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Dryer Lint Fires

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer Lint Fires

Between 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage.

Facts and figures

  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.  

Source: Report: NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Clothes Dryers and Washing Machines"
Author: Richard Campbell
Issued: March 2017

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month

During Fire Prevention month, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. See what programs your local fire station offers.

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere!” That’s the theme for Fire Prevention Week.

LOOK
Look for places fires could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org

Here to Help After A Fire Damage| SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here to Help After A Fire Damage| SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, the best professional fire and smoke damage restoration in Bristol County. We are always here to help!

In the Northeast we enjoy long Summer days and beautiful weather especially after the tough winter we all suffered this year with some of the lowest temperatures ever experienced here in the Bristol County Area. And even though we promised not to complain when the thermostat rose above 80 degrees we are because this Summer is abnormally hot, hazy and humid. And with no sign of relief in the forecast many people have turned to keeping their AC units on maximum 24/7 to keep things cool. And unfortunately, that turned into a problem for one Bristol County family. The air conditioning unit was plugged into an extension cord that overloaded the circuits causing the fire damage according to the local Fire Inspector. Luckily no one was in the home when it happened. But the fire caused major smoke damage.  We were called in to clean and we immediately started cleaning the thick, black soot off all the ceilings and walls. The kitchen and bathrooms were all effected too. But the two areas that needed great attention were the carpets and HVAC duct system which can lead to secondary odor source after a fire damage at your property.

When carpet cleaning their home and business it’s important to remember that the carpet (and padding) can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants (mold and bacteria) to grow. To avoid this from happening make sure not to use too much water during the cleaning process and use commercial grade equipment to extract as much water as possible. If you're not sure how much is too much hire a professional trained (IICRC) person to perform the work. These tips can help protect your property from secondary damage

When we were ready to clean the family’s content we helped them by separating all the salvageable goods from the not salvageable ones which made it easier for the family to claim their lost items. One question that is often asked on jobs such as this one is what the difference is between content and structure. Do you know the difference? If not, here is an easy test. First, imagine you turned your home upside down and shook. Everything that would fall out would be considered content and everything that stayed intact in your home would be considered structure. A good example can be found in the kitchen. The cabinets would still be intact but all the stuff in the cabinets would fall out and be considered content. Equally so, the counters, would be structure and anything set on the counter would be content.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield helped this family after a fire damage and we can help you too! Call us at 508-824-0200 today.

5 Useful Tips for Fire Damage Restoration|SERVPRO Taunton/Mansfield

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Useful Tips for Fire Damage Restoration|SERVPRO Taunton/Mansfield SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers competent smoke and fire damage restoration by professional workers who possess proper training and experience.

Destruction from fire does not only damage your property, it can be fatal to your health. After a fire occurs, you will most likely need restoration services. If there is extensive damage, contact a professional company for the restoration process. Nonetheless, always contact the authorities first when faced with a fire situation. When the time for fire restoration arises, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

To facilitate a smoother restoration process, homeowners can follow these  5 useful tips:

Mend The Smoke Damage Wall

Fires will cause great damage to your paints, wallpaper and even the wall itself. Sometimes, simple soap or bleach with water is effective enough to clean the soot. For thicker soot, you may need to put a little extra elbow grease into scrubbing the walls. If the damage goes deeper, then it may be time to start looking for professional help.

Fix Flooring and Carpet

During a fire, water is abundantly used to put it out. It is a likely scenario that carpets and floors will be soaked after putting out a fire. You may need to remove the carpeting, as it is likely that water has permeated beneath the rug to the flooring. If it soaks into the wood, it may never completely dry when covered up by a rug. This is sure to create even more issues. Hire restoration technicians of SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for expert rug cleaning or removal. We deliver the best results.

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew

Once the fire is put out, the property must be dried out immediately. Otherwise, the moisture makes it susceptible to Mold and Mildew. If mold goes untreated, it can set in to surfaces in your home including your salvaged belongings. In some cases you can clean it up with bleach and water or a disinfectant spray. If this does not work, don't allow it to spread, making matters worse after a fire. Get mold restoration in Taunton, MA to keep the problem away.

Clean Your Clothes

It is sad when even your clothes are affected or destroyed by a property fire. If clothes are covered in soot, throwing them into the washer will not work. In fact, it may make matters worse due to the oily and expansive nature of soot. Professionals have access to special equipment to remove soot rather than smear it. Local dry cleaners or other equipped professionals can help.

Washing Dishes

Fire can also affect your kitchenware. Dishes need proper cleaning, otherwise you may end up ingesting harsh chemicals. Deal with this by creating a solution of 2 tablespoon of bleach in one gallon of water. Soak your kitchenware in the solution for at least 20 minutes. Afterwards, wash the dishes with soap and rinse with hot water. If they don't seem to be getting properly clean, trust your gut. Throw away permanently fire damaged dishes to avoid gaining health issues. 

There are other steps and preventative measures that can be taken in a fire damage emergency. For more information on our fire damage and water removal service in Mansfield, MA, call at (508) 824-0200.

What You’re Able to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You’re Able to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in fire, smoke, water, storm and mold damage restoration of residential or commercial disasters.

Learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is devastating. The good news is, if you hire a professional, much of the damage can be mitigated through restoration.

Working with a professional has several benefits—they will work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, and they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. However, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started as you’re waiting for help to arrive.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do while you wait. If you decide you’d like to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Increased Ventilation

If weather allows, open windows and doors to reduce the smoky smell, and let them remain open as long as possible. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to aid this process once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Laundry

Starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Most things will have to be washed several times, so washing any clothing, bedding or other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution is a great place to start. Leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

Preliminary Cleaning

Non-porous surfaces such as tile and countertops can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the outermost layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to begin, and let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so anything you’re unsure about should be left to the pros.

SERVPRO® has a team of trained professionals that can help your life get back to normal, faster in the event of a home fire.

7 Pointers on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 7 Pointers on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers competent smoke & fire damage handled by professionals who have been trained and experienced in fire challenges.

7 Steps for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Life is unpredictable. You have no idea that what’s coming next? One should be careful and alert to the surroundings. Fire damage is an incident that can be fatal and/or destroy property to some extent. In some extreme cases, whole houses are burned down. After that damage, its restoration process is the second thing that comes to mind of any homeowner. During fire, the concerned authorities should be called first to help you out in fire extinguishing. Once that is settled, you can get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield that offers fire restoration.

These are some of the steps we’ll take to stop smoke and fire damage restoration:

  • As mentioned above, contact a competent and professional restoration company to get a quick response. This is absolutely necessary because the longer you let the smoke or soot sit, the harder it will become to remove and remediate it.
  • A SERVPRO professional will monitor your house. Check the places to see damage in order to create a plan of action required for the restoration. Secondly, the person undertaking this task (estimator) will also work with your concerned insurance company to evaluate the loss.
  • The restoration technicians of SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will swoop in with all the necessary equipment. They will box up all things such as clothing, dishes etc. to save them. Many of the items can be saved through special cleaning and restoration procedure. The things that require quick cleaning or the ones you are sentimentally attached to should be cleaned and saved first.
  • The procedure of cleaning starts with removing carpets, other porous material, scrubbing down walls with special solutions to remove odor and soot. We will wipe every single surface to have effective cleaning and removal. Sometimes, cabinets have to be removed to clean behind walls.
  • Mold problem and water outburst is an issue that must be considered and addressed during the cleanup process. Get mold restoration in Taunton, MA to keep the nasty stuff away from your homes.
  • After smoke damage, odor persists. To address this, proper procedures are adapted to remove the smell. If not done properly, the smell will reappear once the climate, moisture or environment changes.
  • Your belongings are safely returned once proper cleaning has been completed, so that you may start your daily routines again. All things are packed according to your house so that you can easily get back to unpacking and settling in to your old life.

For more information on our fire damage and water removal service in Mansfield, MA, call at (508) 824-0200.

How Do Professional Commercial Restoration Services Stand Out

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Do Professional Commercial Restoration Services Stand Out SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in the most effective professional commercial restoration services for business in Taunton and Mansfield.

Key Benefits of Hiring Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services 

What makes SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield an ideal restoration service for your fire-damaged residential or commercial property? Because our professionals have been efficiently and professionally handling such incidents for years now. We do the simple calculation that fire equals soot and smoke damage, firefighting equals water damage, and if not restored timely, water damage equals mold. For all these steps, we are prepared with the latest equipment from the industry as well as the best practices undertaken for productive results. Our services for fire, water and mold restoration will inspect, assess, clean up and restore every corner of your property while ensuring that everything is handled within a quick timeframe. From apartment mitigation to basement renovation, and from fire damage restoration to cleaning up your property; we do it all!

Effectively Avoid a Fire Hazard

There is a very long list of causes that may spark a fire within your residential or commercial property. But here’s a list of how to avoid these:

  • First and foremost, ensure that all the electrical wiring and system is in check and properly handled to avoid any short-circuiting or sparking.
  • Next, make sure that all gas connections, outlets, and stoves are properly shut at the end of every usage, be it at home or at your restaurant.
  • Keep a safe distance between the cooking fire and inflammable materials such fabrics, wood, paper, etc.
  • Remind everyone at home or at your business place to cap any and all unsupervised flames when not in use.
  • Do not let anyone smoke near inflammable materials, and if it is absolutely unavoidable, designate a safe area of smoking.
  • Switch off any and all unused electrical plugs and outlets so as to avoid any power surges or sparking.
  • Do not keep matches, lighters, flints, fuel, etc. within reach of children. Always lock it up within a safe box.
  • Always check the electrical requirements of any appliance, machinery, equipment, etc. before plugging it in. Use necessary safety precautions.
  • Do not let water, electricity and fire mix up anywhere within your residential property or commercial setting.
  • When indulging in cooking, make sure that you use cork or wooden mats so as to avoid placing hot pans or pots directly onto fabric.
  • Keep fully-functional fire extinguishers at all safety points assigned within your property.
  • Train everyone at your home/workplace on fire safety, guidelines and instructions including fire escape, notifying authorities, etc.

Hire Pros for Fire Damage Remediation

It is a most unfortunate event when a family or a business has to face loss as a result of a fire incident. We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, understand that every matter has to be dealt with carefully and professionally. Once the firefighting authority has given you a green signal that all is safe, you may contact our fire damage restoration services. We swoop in, assess the property damage, and help you in getting your home or business back on track. Since fire leaves behind a lot of soot and residue, we ensure that all that is cleaned up effectively. Also, any amount of firefighting will considerably put your property underwater damage. Worry not, as our water cleanup and restoration services will make sure that once we’re done with your home/workplace, it is new and improved ‘like it never even happened’.

For more information on our fire damage restoration service, get in touch with us at the 24/7 emergency helpline at (508) 824-0200.

Homeowners Insurance Questions and Answers

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Homeowners Insurance Questions and Answers SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is available to fix the damage from a water or fire damage in the Greater Bristol County.

Know Your Deductible

Question: What does it mean when you have meet your deductible? 

Answer: Most insurance policies, whether home, auto or health use this method of meeting your deductible. For example, if your deductible is $250, you must spend $250 for doctors' visits or for prescription medications before your health insurance company will start to pay. Insurance policies can have a wide variance of deductibles. We have seen them as low as $250 and as high as $50,000 (however, both of those are few and far in between) depending on the location and circumstances. A typical family household most likely has a deductible of about $1000. Here's a good explanation of why insureds are required to pay a deductible.  If something such as a computer, cell phone or tablet were stolen, there is going to be coverage for that, but the deductible may exceed the value of the loss item.

Know Your Limits

Question: Does my homeowner’s policy have any limits of coverage?

Answer: Most insurance carriers do place limits on the policies that they write to protect themselves financial.  It's equally important to know that, whether it's during a move or not, any property covered by homeowner’s insurance will only be protected up to the limits on your policy on the day the damage occurred. Your policy may also include a lower limit for your personal property while it's away from your residence premises. Another example of limits to policies would be mold removal. Many carriers choose to have $10,000 limits for claims requiring any work relating specifically to mold remediation work.

In addition, there are different standard limits depending on the category of property. An example would be jewelry or collectibles; your policy may state maximum coverage amounts for such items. However, your agent may suggest purchasing extra coverage and creating a scheduling for items that are of significant value so you get protection for them up to their appraised value, not just the standard personal property limit. No one wants to spend $15,000 for a diamond ring only to get $10,000 for it when it comes time to file a claim!

Know Your Costs

Question: How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Home?

Answer: The types and amount of coverage you need depends on many factors. These factors include your home's size, location, and amenities. Meaning there isn't a simple answer that works in every case. Hint: How much you pay for your home may not be a key factor in the cost of the cost of insurance coverage. The formula for determining good insurance coverage takes many factors like the cost to replace it if something happened.

Question: Does My Location Change the Cost of Insurance?

Answer: Geographic location often affects the type of risks your home is exposed to. For instance, if you own a home on Cape Cod, Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, you may be required to have different insurance coverage limits than those set by the owner of the exact same home in a neighborhood in the Taunton area of Bristol County. Why? Dwelling coverage limits are based on replacement cost, which can vary by location due to different construction or material costs in each area.

Another factor is the cost of labor and materials in different geographic areas. Since homeowner’s insurance typically helps cover the cost of repairing or rebuilding a home if it's damaged or destroyed by a covered peril (water, wind and fire damage are examples of peril), the amount of insurance you may need partly depends on what it would cost to complete the work in your town. Labor costs, in particular, vary significantly in different markets.

And why wouldn't you simply choose dwelling coverage limits that match the purchase price of your house? The actual labor and material costs to repair or rebuild your home could end up being less than what you paid. Or it could be costlier to rebuild your home. A local agent can help you understand the options, so you can choose the coverage that's appropriate for you.

We hope this information has taken a little of the mystery out of the frequently asked questions we receive. And because insurance policies vary so greatly, we strongly suggest that people ask their agent the specifics of their policy. And of course, if you ever need help with a water or fire damage please give us a call at 508-824-0200.

A Family Rebuilds After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Family Rebuilds After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA Fire Damage not only effects your personal property it affects the family emotionally with the odor left behind after the fire is put out.

A Family Saved After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA

In Mansfield, MA, a family had to go through an immense loss of material damage after disastrous fire damage. The fire spread so quickly and immensely that the family had no option but to evacuate the house. A family member smelled something burning but ignored thinking that it was maybe the neighbors having a barbecue or maybe a bonfire somewhere down the street. Within few minutes, the situation got out of hand. The fire enveloped the entire house. Once the brave firefighters stopped the fire and it was cleared for cleanup, the residents worried about their property. This is when they decided to call SERVPRO.

After an investigation into the source and origin of the fire, it was found out that there was a short circuit damage near the kitchen side which promoted the spread of fire. As soon as our team arrived, we worked closely with the family and got the situation under control within a few minutes.

SERVPRO: A Team of Experts

Fire damage can occur because of many reasons, be it carelessness in lighting up firewood, or because of a faulty electrical circuit. In such devastating situations, the first thing that you want is to ensure that you, your family and your pets are safe. The next step, after the firefighting is done, is to protect your valuables. No matter what sort of fire damage your house has, call us and we will handle it. We have a team of professionals who have the right knowledge and experience to assess and handle fire damage of any amplitude.

Fire Damage Restoration At Its Best

Fire damage restoration requires great care and attention, and we are the people who carry it out efficiently with minimal inconvenience. Once your property has been cleared by the firefighting department, you can call us and we will assess and remediate the fire damage. Our professionals will handle everything. The first thing that our team will do is to inspect and assess the fire damage, followed by immediate services like roof tarp and board-up are given to the property. If fire damage has caused water damage as well, we’ll provide the necessary water removal. A proper removal of smoke and soot from every corner coupled with our exceptional cleaning and restoration services will make your property look like as it was, before the damage.

Services That Are Second to None

Having fire damage in your house or near your property requires quick actions. SERVPRO understands these sensitive situations very well and for this reason, our fire restoration services are available 24/7. Our experts are ready to respond immediately when you need help in critical situations. A speedy action always lessens the damage. Our professionals and technicians are highly trained and specialized in smoke and fire restoration. Fire damage causes a lot of burning odor but don't worry, we have got odor control technicians for you too. We assure you complete restoration and will help you in getting your property back to its original state before the damage.

Fire damage is a difficult situation which can very easily be averted with the help of exceptional restoration services. Fire damage restoration service Mansfield, MA by SERVPRO makes sure every corner of your property gets repaired and restored. We have won the trust of our clients by providing them excellent services at any time during the day. We treat our client’s property with care as if it’s our own. You can trust us with our specialized team and latest equipment to get your property back to life.

Berkley, MA Home Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/9/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Berkley, MA Home Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Berkley Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 508-824-0200