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Who does the cable company call when they have an emergency, SERVPRO!

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Who does the cable company call when they have an emergency, SERVPRO! Ceiling cavity after demo and cleaning during deodorization phase. Eave area mentioned sticks out about 3' left from main support steel beam.

When your cable goes out, you call the cable company; when they have an emergency, they call SERVPRO.  That’s what happened this past holiday weekend when they had a fire in one of their properties. 

The fire was from an electrical wire in the rain gutter that melts ice when temperatures drop below freezing.  The fire burned the gutter area and smoke penetrated the building leaving a foul odor and a mess from the water that was used to put out the fire.  The SERVPRO team arrived as the fire trucks left and began the restoration process immediately.  All debris that had fallen was cleaned up, the area was secured with containment, and deodorization equipment was set-up.  The building owner had a roofing company working on the exterior removing some burned materials and tarping the roof.  The following day the SERVPRO team returned to clean the offices in detail and the additional debris that had fallen during the temporary roof repair.  That’s when the real problem was identified. 

There was an eave area in the ceiling cavity that was inaccessible from the interior.  This area contained burned/charred wood and metal studs.  This eave area was behind one steel support beam and had to be seen by using a cell phone camera as a periscope while standing on a ladder on top of scaffolding.  Once identified, the appropriate parties were notified and a plan was made to remove the materials the only possible way, from the outside.  Ladders and scaffolding were set up and the burned materials were surgically removed.  After materials were removed the area was secured with a new tarp, insulated, and a plastic barrier was installed.  A customer platform for our hydroxyl generator was made to suspend the machine from the ceiling beams.  After the deodorization equipment was run for a few more days, the odor was fully removed!  Repairs are in progress now.

Not every fire job is the same.  It requires experienced technicians that have both knowledge of fire damage restoration and construction to be able to perform the needed work, no matter how difficult it may be.  Call SERVPRO of The Main Line if you are in need of fire damage restoration services and deodorization.

Kitchen fires can involve more than just smoke cleanup

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen fires can involve more than just smoke cleanup Kitchen fire after stove removed.

Having a fire extinguisher is a must for every person with a kitchen.  A small stove fire can usually be put out with a few quick bursts.  This quick response can minimize the smoke damage and usually limit the damage to the immediate area around the stove.  However, the fire extinguisher powder usually doesn’t limit itself to just the immediate area around the stove.  The powder travels, and can get everywhere! 

In this case the smoke damage was limited to the kitchen but the powder traveled throughout the apartment.  The powder was found embedded in the carpets, on the window treatments, on all horizontal surfaces, and even within the HVAC system. 

SERVPRO’s trained fire restoration technicians know to look for all possible complications that may arise from a kitchen fire.  The powder clean-up involves using HEPA vacuums in conjunction with air scrubbers to capture all the powder and not just spread it around.  This type of cleaning is done in a methodically way starting from the ceiling and working our way to the floor, even though we usually pre-clean the floor first.  After all powder is removed from the home, then the smoke cleaning and restoration process can begin. 

If you need emergency clean-up or have any questions on fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO 24/7 at 610-524-0211.