Water Damage Resulting From House Fire
Our team was on the scene after a fire consumed eight rowhomes in Philadelphia.
Water damage is an often unforeseen consequence of a house fire.
Last week, our team was on the scene after a fire in West Philadelphia ravaged eight rowhomes. Firefighters spent half an hour battling the blaze with multiple hoses. Once the flames were extinguished, we were ready to begin the clean-up process.
Each of the structures were riddled with soot and flooded by the water used to put out the flames. After careful inspection, our team determined a partial demolition would be necessary for several of the homes. Others would require less hefty work, such as water extraction, dehumidification and odor abatement.
Once the initial work is completed, our in-house contractor will begin rebuild and repairs. We aim to have each of the eight homes back to preloss condition!
A House Fire in 5 Minutes
The speed with which a small fire can grow to engulf an entire home is incredible. A single flame can spread out of control within a matter of seconds. From there, it only takes 5 minutes for fire to consume an entire home. Let’s look at the progression of a house fire minute by minute:
About half of all house fires begin at the stove. Stovetop flames spread with incredible ease, igniting nearby fat and grease residues in a fraction of a second. From there, kitchen combustibles (paper towels, potholders and rags) heat up, smolder and begin to burn, introducing toxic smoke. If caught within the first 30 seconds, the fire can be smothered using an extinguisher.
If the stovetop fire goes unnoticed, it rapidly grows higher and hotter as it begins to spread around the room. Within 60 seconds, many combustible items are consumed by flames. As the flames advance, a plume of hot air and smoke rises up and across the ceiling.
The hot plume of smoke begins to grow thick and deep beneath the ceiling. Carbon monoxide levels are dangerously high. Flames begin to spread outwards into hallways and adjoining rooms. Eventually, the fire will begin traveling through the vents.
In a little as 3 minutes, kitchen cabinets, wooden shelves, and countertops are completely consumed by the fire. With so many combustible materials, the temperature in the upper layer of hot gas reaches deadly levels- 400 degrees Fahrenheit. The smoke is now dense enough that it hangs just above the floor, and it is growing increasingly toxic.
It only takes 3.5 minutes for the heat from a fire to reach 1100 degrees Fahrenheit. This level of heat can cause all materials in the room to spontaneously catch fire, meaning everything is engulfed in flames. As oxygen is sucked out of the room, glass windows shatter. Flames pour out of doorways and begin to burn ceilings and walls, traveling to other areas of the home at a rapid speed.
Flames can be seen from the street. The collapse of wooden floors and even the roof is inevitable. Just 5 minutes after the initial spark, we have a full-blown house fire.
During a house fire, every second matters. It is essential to have an evacuation plan in place to keep you and your loved ones safe. Gather each member of your household together to create a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Consider drawing a floor plan of your home and marking two ways out of each room, including windows.
In the event that a fire has occurred inside your home, you will need to have it professionally cleaned to ensure deadly smoke and toxins are safely removed. SERVPRO of Burlington / Mt. Holly is able to assist in the aftermath of a fire. Give us a call today to learn more about our fire cleanup & restoration services.
Recovering Cherished Items After a House Fire- The SERVPRO Advantage
SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mt.Holly can safely restore your personal items to preloss condition.
One of the hardest parts about recovering from a house fire is deciding what personal items can be salvaged and what must be thrown away. It can be heartbreaking to discard damaged items that hold sentimental value. Luckily, we have the equipment and expertise to safely salvage your cherished belongings.
Belongings not damaged by fire may still be covered with smoke and soot, or may be soggy from water used to extinguish the fire. Such items require prompt and gentle attention to avoid further damage. The longer soot remains on an item, the more difficult complete restoration becomes. Although you may feel tempted, it is important to resist handling damaged items. The very fine particles in soot are exceedingly abrasive, meaning every touch will grind it further into an item. In order to safely preserve your keepsakes, allow us to carefully collect them. Anything you wish to recover will be carefully handled by our crew, using supports that enable us to safely carry fragile items.
At SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mt.Holly, we have the tools to clean and restore your cherished items. After closely inspecting the damage, we’ll proceed with one of the following cleaning techniques:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS)
Allow us to ease the worry and confusion of the recovery process with our comprehensive contents claim inventory service. A content list for insurance claims is a household inventory list that documents all your possessions. This list can be used to file a home insurance claim after a fire has damaged or destroyed some or all of your personal belongings. Our contents claim inventory service will provide your insurance with a detailed and accurate list of belongings. We’ll take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. By entrusting SERVPRO of Burlington/ Mt.Holly to collect, inventory, clean and restore your belongings, you can reduce the time and cost of returning them to preloss conditions.
Servicing All Medical Facilities
SERVPRO of Burlington/Mount Holly is servicing all medical facilities. From hospitals, doctor's offices, and even dental practices with all types of cleaning services. These include deep cleanings for multiple bathrooms, kitchens or cafeterias. Also we provide top of the line bio hazard cleanup from our trained professionals. SERVPRO of Burlington/Mount Holly is the best in the business when it comes to cleaning services, and making the facility look pristine. We also specialize in fire and water damage cleanups. We want to take care of our community and want you to know that we are here for your home and business 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Give us a call, and we will have a crew immediately out to help and clean in any way possible to get the facility back to running during regular business hours. Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Burlington/Mount Holly!
Staying Prepared In Commercial Buildings
Better safe than sorry is an all too common saying that holds a lot of value. Especially when you are responsible for many lives in commercial buildings. Here at SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly we want you to be prepared for the worst. SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly believes in being READY. One of the first ways of doing this is to have an emergency supply kit. It may be different depending on what type of disasters you are likely to encounter but this is a good starter list. Put these kits or supplies in easy to access areas for everyone in your building.
- Water ( one gallon water per person per day)
- Food ( non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Battery-operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal help
- Dust mask
- Hygiene items
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Local Maps
- Cell phone with chargers
- Important documents
- Fire extinguisher
We care about the well being of you and everyone that resides in the commercial building, so this is why we recommend taking the proper precautions in being ready. You never know what could happen but wherever you may reside in New Jersey, just know that SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly .
Servicing all Commercial Buildings that Suffer a Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events in Burlington County/Mount Holly commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
SERVPRO of Burlington County/Mount Holly specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Dealing With Hurricane Season!
We are in the midst of "Hurricane Season" and no matter how strong a storm is you can almost always count on damage! That's where SERVPRO of Burlington Township/Mount Holly steps in at a moment's notice to help get you back on your feet. Although you will never be able to predict the extent of the storm, you can always be better prepared to deal with them while you ride it out. Here are some crucial prepping steps that you should take before a hurricane hits.
Preparing for a hurricane
- Stocking up with the essential items such as; extra flashlights,candles,batteries,sanitary water, non perishable food items, and a first aid kit
- Make sure you know the details if an evacuation is necessary. So that you an your family can make it out quickly and safely.
- Boarding up any windows or doors to minimize further damage.
- Generators although not needed can help. They provide electricity to you important household appliances, lights, and more.
- NEVER Run Generators inside the household! Carbon Monoxide gas can be deadly if built up in an enclosed area.
You can never be too prepared for a hurricane and the destruction it may bring! Hopefully these tips will help you get ready, and stay safe when the big one hits.
Fire Vandalism Clean Up
SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly understands your hardships and wants you to know we have a staff that is willing to do whatever it takes to get you back up and running. This means providing services at any time during almost any situation at hand. We are always there to help fix the disaster that has taken place
We offer all services from pressure washing graffiti off of walls to bio hazard cleanings to boarding up fires and rebuilding a facility. Our staff here can clean up the smoke damages by using chemical treatment and taking down charred and damaged structures. We can remove odor out of a building and extract water that may have came out of a sprinkler system. We can dry your structure so it does not grow any mold. If you already have mold then we offer remediation and treatment for it to keep you and the others around you safe.
If you are looking for a company who can do it all SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly is here for you and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Vandalism Clean Up
Although some graffiti may have artistic merit, it is plaguing cities throughout the world. These eyesores can hurt property values, and can be associated with an increase in crime.
According to the Bureau of Justice, graffiti is the most common form of vandalism, and its cleanup is burdening businesses and property owners, while taking a chunk out of municipal budgets. American cities spend an estimated $12 billion on graffiti cleanup each year, not to mention countless law enforcement resources.
Some of the most common graffiti targets include schools, businesses, public transportation vehicles and stations, utilities, shopping malls, and government buildings.
With everything going on in the world today SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly offers Services where we can completely remove and clean the walls and floors of these buildings for affordable and reasonable prices. We understand you want your building and your city looking clean and respectable because your image is crucial to people returning or coming in your doors for the first time.
Our experienced staff uses chemicals, pressure washers and heat to remove these unwanted tags to make it look fresh, clean and new. We care about your business and your establishment so do not hesitate to call us!
Sewage Back Up
If you have any type of property such as a residential home, commercial warehouse, building small or large you are bound to run into type of sewage problem. For smaller buildings and homes the actual damage may not be so large, but it can leave behind some not so pleasant smells. For the larger buildings that may be located in the city damages can come in all sizes. Especially when you are dealing with a main city sewage line. These can cause not only terrible odors, but huge cleanups as well. Whether a small or large scale backup, SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly is ready to dive in to get the waste out! Extracting whatever kind of waste is present is the first line of duty. Followed by extreme power washing to make sure no residue is left behind. If any is missed the smell with return and linger around. Finally after everything is washed and wiped down its time to get rid of that smell. Using special chemicals that are made to rid the area of the smell and keep it that way! When stuck in a sticky and smelly situation call on SERVPRO of Burlington Township / Mount Holly to do the dirty work!