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Deodorizing After a Fire in Your Lake Worth Home

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Methods to Ensure Your Home Does Not Retain the Malodor of Smoke

Lake Worth is a city in Palm Beach County, close to the Atlantic Ocean and 64 miles north of Miami. Recreation activities centered around the beach and art are attractions for locals, snowbirds, and vacationers. Included in the area lovely beaches, a fishing pier, and a downtown shopping area. Open-air markets and art festivals are typical occurrences in Lake Worth. Many murals, illustrating the town's vibrant art scene, reside in the downtown area. You can enjoy an art walk to view the murals, or you can find eclectic vintage shops and fashion boutiques.

Some of the original settlers in the area were former slaves Samuel and Fannie James, who arrived in 1885. Fannie wrote to the Postmaster General in Washington DC to approve a post office in the area. She decided that the town should be called Jewell. Homesteaders lived in the area at that time, but she was the first official postmistress once establishing the post office. Before that, the region was home to Indigenous People known as Jaega. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of written history about the Jaega after the Spanish settlement in the late 1600s. Finally, In 1909 when Dade County became too large, it expanded and became Palm Beach County. Jewell was incorporated as the "Town of Lake Worth" in June 1913.

A historic building of interest is the Casino and Beach Complex. Despite the name, it is no longer a casino but a shopping and event complex with 1920s architecture. The event space hosts weddings and other events, featuring a 3,000 square foot ballroom with a wrap-around terrace and scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Like any beachside towns, water sports are a huge draw to the area. You may prefer quiet time relaxing ocean-side, or you may like to go on a deep-sea fishing charter.

Here are some everyday water activities in the area:

  • Enjoying live music and entertainment
  • Kayaking or paddleboarding in the intercoastal or the ocean, if you're brave
  • Fishing charters or boat rentals for a full or half-day 

Encountering Fire Damage in Your Lake Worth Condo

After visiting the beach, you may come home to find that you left something on the burner and have a small kitchen fire. No matter the fire's size, you often are left with a terrible strong smell, especially if you burnt meat or fish. It may not be a substantial, visible mess, but it typically creates an unnaturally strong odor and leaves a clear sticky residue throughout your kitchen.

SERVPRO technicians can tackle strong smoke odors by:

  • Removing the source of the smell as quickly as possible
  • Wet cleaning the impacted area to remove the sticky residue
  • Use masking and absorbing agents to reduce the smell
  • Use thermal fogging equipment to reach and remove the odor throughout the home

For assistance with restoration after a fire in Palm Beach County, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777. 

Lake Worth – A City Founded on The Love of Books

1/2/2021 (Permalink)

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The Joy of Reading Is Part of Lake Worth History

Lake Worth is a charming and quirky city in Florida. The city is home to 34,910 people and is part of the populous Miami metropolitan area.

Lake Worth has a fascinating history. Two of its principal founders, Samuel and Fannie James, were ex-slaves, who made their home in the area in 1885. They used the Homestead Act to claim a piece of public domain land for themselves and established a house there. They continued to grow their land over the next few years, selling parcels of land to various other homesteaders and investors. Fannie ran a pineapple farm and was also the first postmaster of the first post office in the area.  

By 1912 the city boasted a population of just 38 people. However, that year saw many additions to Lake Worth, including: 

  • The first church in the area
  • The Chamber of Commerce
  • A library
  • A schoolhouse
  • A newspaper

These additions were the start of rapid growth for Lake Worth. By the end of 1912, the population had increased from 38 to 308 people and, according to the census, 876 fowl and 36 bicycles. 

Lake Worth today has a multicultural character, thanks in part to the many immigrants who were instrumental in the city's growth. Lake Worth did not fare well during the great depression, thanks to hurricane damage, which toppled a school tower, destroying a casino and bridge. After the Second World War, immigrants from Finland, Quebec, and Germany brought their native crafts, foods, and traditions to the city, helping Lake Worth to flourish once more. The arrival of Central American immigrants added to the unique cultural flavor. Visitors to Lake Worth today will notice all kinds of influences among the tropical suburbs, including: 

  • Lutheran churches
  • Beer halls
  • Bavarian delicatessens
  • European chocolatiers 

Lake Worth – Where the Library Was Founded Before the City

Lake Worth was incorporated as a city in 1913 – but the library was founded in 1912. A group of pioneer women living in the city saw the need for a library to help educate people of all ages, so they began a book drive to establish a library. In the beginning, these women would cycle seven miles to pick up donated books, and patrons read the books by candlelight in a small reading room.

What is incredible is that no tax dollars at all went into the building of Lake Worth Library. The institution was founded entirely on private donations, and it took thirteen years of campaigning, donation drives, and book drives to establish it.  

With such an exciting beginning, it is not surprising that Lake Worth is not like other libraries:

  • For several years it housed a dedicated art wing and was home to the local Art League.
  • Even today, it has a unique collection of paintings by notable artist R. Sherman Winton – the only known collection of Winton paintings in the world.
  • It also houses a collection of wood carvings by local artist Sam J. Schlappich, whose work was featured in the World Fair of 1939.

You can even view a bullet casing from 1943 when a blackout order was imposed, so a policeman shot out the bathroom light to plunge the library into darkness. 

The library also has a bullet casing, which legend holds is the one used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated John F. Kennedy. However, no one is quite certain if this one is authentic or not. It is unusual for a library to be a tourist attraction, but this adorably quirky institution is well worth visiting. The library has been and continues to be a massive part of the Lake Worth community, with many residents having happy memories of time spent there as a child. 

Visit Historic Downtown for Some Local Color

When you have finished at Lake Worth Library, be sure to spend some time in the historic downtown district. Lake Worth's downtown is unforgettable, with murals painted on the walls, colorful locals sporting all kinds of styles, and a plethora of quirky restaurants, art studios, vintage boutiques, and tattoo shops. There is always something to see and do in this vibrant area, and with so many character-filled bars and restaurants, you will never be lost for a place to rest and enjoy some refreshment.

If you are in town in February, you might catch the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. This popular event has been running since 1995 and is one of the largest free art festivals in Florida. Every year more than 600 artists gather armed with plenty of colored chalk and turn the pavements of downtown into colorful murals. This event is a relaxed two-day street party that has something for all the family to enjoy.

If you need to relax after all that excitement, take a stroll to the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier. For a small fee, you can stroll this historic pier, enjoy some bird watching, and take a walk along the beach.

The Humid Weather Does Not Make Lake Worth Fireproof

Lake Worth enjoys a lovely subtropical climate with high humidity, but unfortunately, this does not protect the city from fire. A few years ago, in June 2013, the city was rocked by an enormous industrial fire. People could view the flames for miles as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze in a warehouse. The cause was established as acetylene and oxygen tanks exploding, and it did not help that the warehouse stored thousands of wood chips, which provided fuel.

When a fire happens, the fire department is first on the scene to get the flames under control. When their job is done, SERVPRO can help with the all-important cleanup process. We aim to leave your home "Like it never even happened," with no lingering smoky smells or soot stains to remind you of the incident.

We understand how distressing it is to lose personal belongings after a fire. That is why we try to salvage as many of your belongings as possible, using state of the art cleaning techniques such as Esporta washers and ultrasonic cleaning tanks. We can help restore bedding, drapes, furniture, and even toys and clothes.

Should you need help with fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is here for you. Call us today at (561) 588-9777.

The Lake Worth Harvest Festival Is Almost Here

11/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Prepare Your Lake Worth Home for Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season

The Lake Worth Annual Harvest Festival is November 21st and 22nd this year. All weekend long, local and nearby residents can select decorations, artwork, artisanal foods, and more, from over 250 artists, craftspeople, and chefs. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3-12, 2 and under get in free.

The centerpieces, wreaths, and other decorations are individual creations, and can often be personalized by the artist or craftsman. For folks who love giving holiday treats or buy them for themselves, some vendors specialize in Peppermint Bark, Christmas Crack, Fruitcakes, and every type of fudge you can imagine!

More Than Food and Gifts

The Harvest Festival is more than a farmer’s market. Families can also enjoy the following:

  • Art Shows
  • A Classic Car Show
  • The Cutest Baby Contest
  • Domino Tables
  • Door Prizes Drawn Throughout the Day
  • Live Music and More

Fall can be a risky time for fire. If you need fire restoration in your Lake Worth home, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth today at (561) 588-9777. We are here for you.

Can West Palm Beach Homeowners Obtain Fire Damage Recovery Services from One Company, Meeting the Needs of Both Structures and Contents?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Approaches West Palm Beach Fire Restoration Challenges Balancing the Requirements of Damaged Structures and Contents -- Check Out Our Strategies to Restore the Space and the Irreplaceable Items that Make Your House a Home

If you have never contended with the effects of a fire in your West Palm Beach home, the tension presented when you have both damaged essential structural components, and a houseful of fire residue-coated items, is daunting. The necessity of quickly restoring the soot, smoke, and charring-compromised dwelling is undeniable. But you also wonder how room after room of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions can also receive the attention needed. Can both concerns be met by one multi-talented and appropriately equipped team? Let us show you why the answer is affirmative.

Is It Possible to Subdivide the Fire Damage Responses into Manageable Jobs?

When we arrive at your West Palm Beach home, fire damage restoration might proceed more efficiently if we consider a "divide and conquer" approach. One of the strategies we often follow is to move some or all of the contents of your home elsewhere while our onsite crew works on:

  • Firefighting water removal, containment, and disposal
  • Surface residue evaluation, including the matching of the soot residues found on different surfaces with appropriate cleaners, tools, and methods for efficient removal
  • Determining if charred or water-damaged structures are restorable, or if the components now, or after aggressive charring or water removal, no longer demonstrate the strength needed for their function, requiring replacement
  • Contemplating the challenges of odor removal and developing a deodorization plan

Why Would Packing-Out the Contents of a Fire-Damaged Home Help Speed the Restoration of the Physical House's Structure?

SERVPRO technicians relentlessly guard against the drift of fire residues in West Palm Beach from one space to another during restoration. Otherwise, the restoration process never resolves. A house fully loaded with furniture and other portable property requires our team to contain each workspace. Technicians must move items continuously to maintain the integrity of cleaned spaces. Contents also carry soot and water if they were located near the fire or if air currents or HVAC systems spread soot and debris to them. Moving the contents out of the house helps by:

  • "Clearing the decks" for efficient water and fire residue removal
  • Preventing contents from spreading soot and odors within the walls of your home, particularly in newly-cleaned areas
  • Lowering your home's humidity because it is likely the contents were soaked with sprinkler systems or the firefighters' hoses
  • Permitting us the room to scale up equipment assignment and crew members deployment to complete project phases quickly 

How Does a Pack-Out Improve Restorative Outcomes for the Contents of Your Home?

Like the benefits granted to your home's structure after removing soiled, wet contents, packing out your furniture and other possessions protects them from continuous resoiling from smoke and soot residues lingering in the air and settling on surfaces in your home. It also prevents wicking of the firefighting water into porous materials, and takes the permeable items away from a humid space filled with contaminants.

How Is My Personal Property Managed and Secured During a Pack-Out?

When our specially trained contents technicians assess the pack-out inventory, they start by sorting them according to the type and intensity of fire and water damage. During the pack-out process, SERVPRO employees use our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to track the property through lists, barcodes, and pictures. The CCIS provides a concise documentation system for insurance claims, following each item. We determine item by item if it needs and can endure cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and disinfecting to regain its previous function and appearance.

What Are Examples of Special Restoration Resources SERVPRO Uses for Contents?

In our production facility, we maintain a range of resources focused on fire-damaged items' unique needs. Away from the hectic environment at your home, we carefully select from the following treatments, and more:

  • Freeze-drying for documents, photos, and other paper soaked during the firefighting
  • Industrial washers and dryers to restore:
  • Clothing
  • Bedding
  • Toys
  • Household linens
  • Window treatments
  • Immersion tanks to soak soot-encrusted non-porous items before a scrub with soft brushes and towels
  • Ultrasonic tanks that use sound waves to blast off deeply embedded fire residues 
  • Small chambers to clean and dry furniture efficiently
  • Contained areas where we can use deodorizing technology like:
    • Thermal or wet foggers
    • Hydroxyl generators
    • Ozone machines

Never fear that SERVPRO of Lake Worth might falter in our pledge to return your dwelling and the unique contents within to "Like it never even happened." We respond 24 hours a day, prepared to send out fully equipped crews promptly with a single call to  (561) 588-9777.

How Do You Remove Smoke and Protein Residues from Fire-Damaged Cabinets in West Palm Beach?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Cabinets with fire and smoke damage. Fire and smoke damage can get tricky, SERVPRO is here to assist your West Palm Beach condo after fire damage.

When kitchen flare-ups damage your West Palm Beach condo, there are several steps involved in protecting the affected surfaces. 

Damage to your kitchen can happen quickly and be an alarming situation for your West Palm Beach condo. As fast as these scenarios can get out of control, it is vital to understand the impact these flare-ups can have on the kitchen and surrounding areas. Cleaning up after a fire of any size or type requires careful planning and thorough evaluations. Our project manager can respond quickly to fire loss emergencies to evaluate the property, the damage present, and what should be done to restore your condo to its original condition.

What Cleaning Practices Remove Surface Residues? 

Much of the choices made in restoring fire damage to West Palm Beach condos and residences involve understanding the type of smoke residue and debris present. Every type of fire can present a different obstacle for restorers like our SERVPRO team. Grease and kitchen fires often result in protein residues on exposed surfaces like the cabinets and counter-tops. There are several potential approaches to removing these residues and restoring the underlying materials. 

  • Agitative Cleaning – Agitative cleaning involves several different potential processes such as brushing, steel wool, vacuuming, or feather dusting to remove thicker groupings of particulates on the surface.
  • Media Blasting – By combining baking soda along with pressurized air or water, we can often break apart thick residues on surfaces generated by proteins and grease without damaging the substrate underneath.
  • Chemical Solvents – We have multiple cleaning products designed to address oil-based soils and water-based threats alike. Chemical solvents can emulsify surface soiling to rinse or wipe it away. 

As threatening as fire losses can seem, our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team has the experience and a potent line of cleaning products to help restore exposed elements and contents. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (561) 588-9777.

Can Smoke Residues Get Removed from Carpeting in My Lake Worth Property?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire damage to Lake Worth homes can be devastating and overwhelming, but our SERVPRO professionals can help with practical cleaning approaches.

Because there are so many different types of fire damages that can impact Lake Worth properties, there are no universal solutions for cleaning and restoring a home after these disasters. The type of combustion and materials burned before extinguishment occurs can leave various residues and soiling on surfaces and contents throughout the property. Smoke residues are formidable aspects of fire restoration for our SERVPRO team. When these soils impact sensitive materials like carpeting, a repair can be challenging.

With so many layers of fire damage in Lake Worth homes and businesses to contend with after these disasters, our restoration professionals in this niche are among the most heavily trained in our roster. Experience against considerable damages to flooring materials can often allow us to preserve and protect exposed elements like carpeting from requiring removal and discarding. Cleaning soot and smoke residues from fibers require a calculated process that begins with determining how severe soiling is and ensuring that our cleaning approaches are not going to cause irreparable damage to the flooring. Our restoration process for smoke-damaged carpets includes:

• Damage Assessment
• Pre-Testing and Sampling
• Carpet Cleaning
• Post-Cleaning Inspection

Who Can Perform Controlled Demolition and Reinstallation?

Inevitably there are situations where flooring materials like carpets are too severely damaged to preserve. With in-house contractors available to dispatch along with our restoration professionals, SERVPRO can provide efficient controlled demolition solutions in these situations. These same contractors can replace the flooring once other fire mitigation services have completed.

Fire damage can be widespread and overwhelming for homeowners, but our SERVPRO of Lake Worth team works to reduce the severity of these conditions through cleaning and restoration techniques. Give us a call today at (561) 588-9777.

Your Home Experienced Fire Damage. What's Next?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

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What Factors Affect Fire Damage Restorability in Lake Worth Properties? 

At first, even when localized to one area of the home, fire damage can look daunting to clean up. We know that looks can be deceiving, and often items homeowners think are a total loss are restorable through our cleaning methods.  

When mitigating fire damage to a Lake Worth property, several factors determine how much SERVPRO technicians can salvage through restoration efforts. No two fires are the same because the materials that fuel the fire are unique to the premises' location, and airflow patterns are never the same. The rules for cleaning and restoration are rooted in scientific methods. They are finite, and technicians apply them to each situation to fit the circumstances for the best outcome for the property and possessions.  

Technicians use wet and dry sponge methods to clean smoke residue, and soot non-porous surfaces such as vinyl wallpaper and enamel painted walls. Items that smoke has permeated such as upholstery or carpeting generally require deep cleaning methods to neutralize the odors. Plastics and rubber leave wet smears to clean up while wood and natural materials leave a drier, lighter residue that is easier to clean.  

Soot is a double issue during clean up. The small particles can cause odor, and also some motes are tinier than the human eye can see. SERVPRO technicians often use HEPA air scrubbers that can capture particles as small as 0.3-microns. Soot can travel if not contained and wind up in food containers in the pantry moving through the threads in a jar or invade the refrigerator through gaskets not providing an adequate seal. Our technicians can inspect food items and advice if it is safe to keep or dispose of them.  

Removing Odors from Properties with Fire Damage here in Lake Worth 

One of the most prominent issues homeowners experience after a minor fire are unpleasant odors. When materials burn, they release chemicals along with carbon into the surrounding atmosphere. In particular, synthetic materials release thicker smokes that come with smells that are not easy to remove. Using a professional service to remove soots and tackle lingering odors is an essential part of getting your home back to how it was before. 

Properties that undergo minor fire damage in Lake Worth can be remediating relatively quickly with a minimum fuss. Inhabitants do not have to move out of the structure during restoration because containing the flames to one specific area, like a kitchen, occurred. 

The more concerning aspect is that smokes travel on natural air currents and can occupy small, enclosed spaces that are difficult to remediate. From there, these residues and soots can give off odors that provide an unpleasant reminder of the fire damages and fill your home with the smells of burnt plastics and wood. SERVPRO can provide technicians with IICRC qualifications in odor control and remove unpleasant smells efficiently.

Deodorization requires more than one method to be truly useful. Sometimes, we never locate the source of an odor; in this case, SERVPRO technicians use multiple procedures to \properly combat the smell. The first procedure is to use thermal fogging equipment. These vaporize deodorant solvents and spread that vapor throughout the affected area. Since deodorizing fumes are similar to smoke, they enter the same cavities and neutralize the offending odor. 

In enclosed spaces like ventilation shafts or small attic spaces, we can place odor pellets. These mask odor particles until they eventually dissipate into the surrounding atmosphere and no longer present a problem. Furnishings can also be a common culprit in burnt smells even if they appear clean to the naked eye. We use chemical containment methods, spraying furniture with chemical deodorizers that form a barrier and prevent odors from rising into the air. 

Part of getting your home back to preloss conditions is removing all reminders of the event, contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for thorough restoration and deodorization.

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How do I remove smoke residues from walls, floors, and ceilings in Lake Worth?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Big fumes of smoke coming out of the second floor of a residential building Controlling soots and smokes, as well as their accompanying odors is a challenge.

Get rid of smoke residues in your Lake Worth home for good using SERVPRO Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FRST)

Getting rid of smoke residues effectively is a challenge for most homeowners without a sound knowledge of how carbon reacts and bonds with surfaces. Using a Lake Worth restoration service can ensure that fire is reduced due to efficient procedures. While waiting for an FRST technician, you may feel inclined to address some of the damages yourself. We recommend light vacuuming on spots that show light to moderate soiling, ventilate the space by opening windows, and lay sheeting over the flooring, carpets, and furnishings, which can protect them from falling soots. Before you begin any mitigative proceedings, you must address potential safety hazards by switching off power or gas to the affected area.

Why are cleaning soot and smoke so tricky?

Cleaning soots from a fireplace or flue is not the same as cleaning smoke residues from walls. The challenge in restoring soots and smoke residues in your Lake Worth comes from soots bonding at high temperatures with the surfaces on walls and ceilings. Removing bonded soots can be exceptionally challenging without damaging the paintwork, or drywall beneath. Where the composite of soots includes animal fats, fuels, or grease, these deposits may not mix with water leading to a homeowner just spreading soots further around when trying to clean. Spreading soots around or mixing them with water can cause further expense and increase the timeframe of restoration.

How do soots bond with surfaces?

 When a fire starts, hot air rises rapidly, creating a vector current of cooler air beneath. In an enclosed space, this phenomenon can result in a significant amount of pressure. Combusting materials release hot soots into the enclosed, which are pushed against surfaces rapidly. In some situations, the pressure and temperature may wear away at the finish or varnish of appliances and woodwork. In other situations, soots may be pushed into paintwork or even drywall beneath. When these phenomena happen, you are dealing with bonded soots and, in most situations, may require powerful chemical agents to remove them.

How can you get rid of soots that are stuck to the wall?

    •    Using agitative or aggressive cleaning methods including steel sponges
    •    Machinery that files down surface layers removing both soot and material to leave behind a smooth finish for repainting or varnishing
    •    Chemical solvents which can dissolve the soiling and suspend it until washed off

What kind of machinery can I use to get rid of soot?

Abrasive mechanical equipment can be used to remove severe smoke residues or charring from the outer layers of furniture and structure. This equipment may include angle grinders fitted with light sandpaper. Alternative soda blasting can be very effective at cleaning moderate damages without necessarily impacting the walls underneath. SERVPRO technicians adopt abrasive restoration means like these as a last resort. However, one advantage of such techniques is that the surface restores to a smooth, like-new condition and is responsive to refinishing or varnishing. Refinishing walls can have odor control benefits if you use an odor sealant primer that can trap and retain unpleasant burnt smells.

How can I tell what kind of smoke damage I have?

    •    Light to moderate smoke residues barely standout against clean surfaces and are composed of dry soots. Dry vacuuming and light wet cleaning can be effective on light smoke residues
    •    Moderate smoke residues are darker in color and may have multiple layers of soots from dry and wet smokes to bonded soots.
    •    Severe smoke residues are usually greasy in texture and odorous. Using harsh chemical agents or removing the material altogether may be the only options for restoring severe soiling

How much should you ventilate a space after a fire?

Smoke can leave behind stubborn odors. Equally, chemical agents that we use to remove smokes can have pungent odors, while deodorant solvents can be unhealthy to inhale in high concentrations. Ventilating space relies on creating an air exchange between indoor air and clean air. SERVPRO can exchange the air in a space up to sixty times before clearing it for safe entry. We achieve this by setting up box vent fans in the property and opening windows; this process is known as open-system ventilation. It may not always be appropriate to perform open-system ventilation, in which case, our technicians can deploy air-filtration devices to filter and clean air in an enclosed environment; This process is closed-system ventilation.

Controlling soots and smokes, as well as their accompanying odors is a challenge. You may need to use powerful mechanical equipment and chemical agents to get your home back to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for expert solutions.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Lake Worth After A Fire

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Why is there so Much Smoke Residue and Little Fire damage

Every fire burns differently. Fire burn profiles depend on the material that is being consumed by the fire. The amount of oxygen available to fuel the fire also affects smoke production. Fires with lots of oxygen tend to burn faster and hotter. There can be a great deal of fire damage and little smoke damage with these fires. Hot fires produce less smoke residue. Burning material that smolders receives less oxygen, produces more smoke residue which is distributed throughout the home.

SERVPRO can help with smoke damage as well as fire damage in your Lake Worth home. We can assess the situation, and prepare a plan to restore your home, remove damaged materials as well as the smoke odors in your home. The residue is deposited on surfaces within your home as air currents carry partially burned residue throughout your house. The material can be oily and easily smears if touched causing increased cleaning challenges.

SERVPRO Can Remove Smoke Odors After a Smoldering Fire in Your Lake Worth Home

Once the assessment is completed, SERVPRO gets to work immediately. We follow these steps to reduce and eliminate smoke odors:

Remove the source of the fire, e.g., cooking pot on the stove
Remove fire damaged materials around the fire
Track the distribution of the smoke residue
Wipe down and clean all hard surfaces
Clean all porous surfaces with appropriate cleaning materials

We discuss the cost of smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and timelines with the homeowner and their insurance adjuster. We consult with each party. We fully inform the homeowner regarding how much time is needed. Which items can be cleaned vs. those that may have to be replaced due to the fire damage or from smoke residue.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth for assistance with fire damage restoration and recovery. We are available 24/7/365, in Lake Worth, and the surrounding area at (561) 588-9777. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage Restoration In West Palm Beach Sometimes Involves Cleaning Resilient Hard Floors

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Can Help Your Hard Floors After a Fire

Whenever something burns on your property in West Palm Beach, one major problem can have to do with soils and soot residues created by smoke and charred materials. When dealing with fire damage, our SERVPRO technicians spend much of their time figuring out how to clean and restore your contents and building materials that got negatively affected. The various surfaces inside your house can take different chemicals and methods to clean.

One major part of any fire damage project in West Palm Beach is cleaning the floors inside your house. Our SERVPRO team knows that floors can collect a large amount of smoke residues during and after an inferno burns. Also, gravity can force any particles that did not adhere to your ceilings and walls to fall to the floor. Work processes can also cause charred particles to get released into the air and then eventually settle onto your flooring materials. Therefore, as a part of the restoration process, we can clean the floors both at the beginning and at the end of all mitigation procedures.

Most houses have various types of flooring, including carpets and hard floors, both of which must be cleaned differently. Carpets often get cleaned by using hot water extraction methods with a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor. Hard floors, on the other hand, can get cleaned using a variety of chemicals and methods depending on the severity of the situation.

Many homes contain some vinyl flooring, which is classified as being resilient. These types of materials consist largely of resins and polymers. These floors are also relatively soft compared to wood or concrete, and they come in either tiles or large sheets.

Light to moderate surface residues present on your resilient floors can often be cleaned by sweeping, dust mopping, or damp mopping. For more heavy soot residues, spray buffing could be implemented. During the spray buffing process, residues get removed then replaced with a spray buff solution. If the smoke residues are thick and they adhere well to your floor's surface, then the flooring could have to be removed and replaced.

If you ever notice the presence of soot residues inside your home, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 24/7. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why it is Important to Clean HVAC Systems After Fires in West Palm Beach

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Top of HVAC unit Once smoke gets into your HVAC unit, it travels. We can clean your air ducts to minimize smoke and soot spreading throughout your home.

Fire Damage West Palm Beach – Does My HVAC System Need to be Cleaned

An HVAC system forces air, either heated or cooled throughout the home. During a fire, smoke residue may be drawn into the system and redistributed throughout the entire house. Not only does your whole house need to be cleaned and deodorized, so does your HVAC system.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in the West Palm Beach area. Our experience has shown that many HVAC systems need cleaning after a fire. However, it depends on the type of fire, how long it was burning, and proximity to cold air return vents. We can inspect and evaluate your system to assess cleaning requirements. No one wants to redistribute smoke odors throughout a restored home from a residue filled HVAC system.

HVAC System Assessment

Factors SERVPRO takes into account include: did smoke enter the system, length of time the fire burned, was the HVAC system operating at the time of the fire, type of smoke residue, amount of residue, presence of smoke odors. Also, factors such as damaged HVAC components, duct type, is the disassembly of the system required, and do the filters need to be replaced are considered.

In some situations, such as disassembly, an HVAC professional may assist with inspection and reassembly of the system.

Cleaning Process

After a full evaluation, SERVPRO can prepare recommendations for cleaning. Small fires that burned for a short amount of time may not require significant cleaning of the HVAC system. The cleaning process may involve: cleaning of all vent registers and air intakes, replacement of all air filters, clean all accessible interior surfaces. Denser concentrations of smoke residue may also require fogging of all of the ducts. We can introduce fogging from the vents as well as from the central plenum to remove all smoke odors. Cheesecloths can also be placed over all vents to trap particles.

We replace some components in more severe fire damage situations. SERVPRO, in conjunction with an HVAC professional, can prepare recommendations as required.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Manalapan, Hypoluxo, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What are the First Things West Palm Beach Homeowners Can do After a Fire?

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen on ladder battling second story fire Fires happen and the cleanup is a messy process. SERVPRO can remediate your home to its preloss condition. Call us today!

Emergency Fire Damage Cleanup Tips for Homeowners in West Palm Beach

The journey a homeowner takes during the aftermath of a fire in West Palm Beach can be long and arduous. Mitigation and remediation after a household fire are priority services for our disaster recovery company. We understand your desire to take steps to jump-start the process back to normality, but we want to guide your efforts so that your actions do not cause additional harm or safety concerns. Hints focusing your response to productive tasks as you partner with us include the following. 

Limit Migration of Residues 

The tiny particles of incompletely combusted materials that are the solids found in smoke are also known as soot, visible evidence of fire damage in your West Palm Beach house. Soot floats on air currents, seeking surfaces upon which to settle that are cooler than the fire that created it. Ventilation systems and even the movement of you or our workers walking through the affected areas can accelerate the distribution of soot. To limit the spread of soot, we recommend: 

  • Turning off HVAC systems, blocking vents and registers with cheesecloth, and changing filters 
  • Minimizing walking through affected rooms 
  • Keeping hands clean to prevent the transfer of soot to clean surfaces 
  • Creating clear pathways on flooring and protect upholstered furnishings by placing clean, colorfast sheets or towels on surfaces 

Protect Metals and Other Surfaces 

A thin coating of lubricant prevents the highly acidic fire residues from tarnishing or pitting fixtures. Faucets, appliances, and trim benefit from this treatment until a thorough professional cleaning by the SERVPRO team completes.  

Get Recommendations for Competent Dry Cleaners and Electronic Service 

Not all resources available in the community have the training and experience to evaluate fire damage and resolve the harm. SERVPRO can share contact information with you for area contractors who take the extra steps necessary to clean and deodorize fabrics and electronics. Our crews are familiar with and can provide assessment and cleanup of fire-damaged carpeting and upholstery. 

Food Safety Concerns 

Empty freezers and refrigerators if fire damage interrupted electrical service. Pantries and cupboards need an inspection by knowledgeable SERVPRO technicians to ensure any food retained is safe. Even sealed cans, bottles, and jars could provide an environment for spoilage if temperatures were high enough during the fire. Soot can climb the threads of caps to contaminate food.  

Following the appropriate actions recommended by SERVPRO of Lake Worth during initial assessment can streamline fire damage cleanup start to finish, keeping you and your family safe as well. Contact our skilled team at (561) 588-9777 for emergency assistance and tips on what you can do to help us help you. 

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Call Us For Immediate Access To Qualified Personnel In West Palm Beach

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot and smoke with black walls We will clean to “prepare for painting”. This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface after a fire like this.

Principles Used To Clean Fire Damage In Your West Palm Beach Home

As a homeowner, you want to clean as much as possible after a fire occurs in your West Palm Beach home. The idea is that cleaning and restoration services reduce any costs associated with your claim, versus disposal and replacement of every item in your home. 

The cost of services offered by a local fire damage restoration company in West Palm Beach are only a small percentage when compared to the cost of replacement or even resurfacing. A restorer can apply the principles and elements of cleaning, helping you restore materials to a quality preloss condition, and reduce any losses you might experience. 

A qualified Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT) from SERVPRO uses the five principles of cleaning to accomplish the restoration of your home. Remember, the idea is to return materials to an acceptable condition, not to replace or resurface anything. 

  1. Careful Inspection of the Affected Area: Starting near the source of the fire, tracing how far smoke, soot, and additional residues move through your home.
  2. Identifying Different Residues: Smoke residues often change, even within the same loss environment. A restorer selects an effective cleaning method depending on the type of smoke residues present in each area. 
  3. Identity of Different Surfaces: The surface material also has an impact on which cleaning methods and products your technician uses. A restorer's job is to preserve the material, not cause additional damage.
  4. Capture and Remove Residues: Using either a wet or dry cleaning process, your restorer prevents residue from bonding with different materials and surfaces, lifting particles away. 
  5. Disposal of Residues: There are local, state, and federal guidelines used to dispose of debris and cleaning waste associated with an event. 

Your cleaning and restoration technicians from SERVPRO use the four elements of cleaning to suspend residues and remove them. We go through extensive Employee Certification Training (ECT) and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) before ever stepping foot in your home. 

At SERVPRO, temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time all play a significant role in how we suspend and remove residues found in your home after a fire. We combine the principles and elements of cleaning to remove smoke, soot, and odors, providing a unique solution to your specific circumstances.

Contact SERVPRO of Lake Worth for immediate access to qualified personnel, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. (561) 588-9777

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We Know How To Handle The Mitigation Process In Lake Worth After A Fire Disaster

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

We respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event, big or small, we are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Can Help with West Palm Beach Fire Damage, Even If You Want to Handle Restorations Yourself

Small house fire damage can cause a big scare during the incident itself but may appear relatively benign after things settle down. While it is true that most fires stay contained and cause only a limited amount of home damage, you may want to wait before you grab a paint can and simply cover up the burnt area. Even if you wish to handle reconstruction and restoration efforts on your own, SERVPRO can still help you out in a few ways as a professional damage mitigation service.

Insurance Concerns

Sometimes, insurance companies covering fire damage in West Palm Beach specifically request the services of a damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. In these situations and even many times when the insurance adjuster does not directly call for our involvement, it may be cost-beneficial to have our technicians bring in industrial cleaning solutions and specialty products designed for fire residues. Some types of smoke and ash can cause additional damage to the home without advanced approaches to cleanup, adding on costs for both you and your insurance company. Additionally, we can provide cost estimates and inventory services that help to accelerate and legitimize insurance claims.

Safe Disposal of Materials

Fire residues can contain toxic, caustic, and otherwise hazardous materials that should not be poured down drains or send to a landfill. These substances can also sometimes cause health effects if handled without appropriate personal protective equipment. We can help by cleaning up materials and disposing of them safely so that any repainting and other fire damage restorations can be done with as few safety hazards as possible.

Odor Removal

Even small fires can sometimes create long-lasting smoke smells in the area, even after renovations and restorations have been completed. Lighter smoke odors can sometimes be masked with commercially-available air fresheners and adsorption agents, but if problems persist, you may want to give us a call. We keep a stock of deodorizing agents explicitly designed to target various types of fire and smoke odors to ensure that no smells remain uncovered once we leave.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can handle the entire fire damage mitigation and restoration process from start to finish and stays ready on a 24/7 basis to respond rapidly to calls for help. Call us at (561) 588-9777.

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How to Remove Smoke Odors After a Fire in Your West Palm Beach Home

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whether fire or water restoration, SERVPRO of Lake Worth is equipped for the job.

Removing Odors with Fire Damage in West Palm Beach

Fire damage can be devastating for a home, there are not only charred items and building materials but also damage from water or the extinguishing agent used to put out the fire. Because soot can travel, it is vital that cleanup happens as quickly as possible and traffic stays out of the fire loss area until mitigation efforts are completed to avoid spreading it to other rooms.

When SERVPRO cleans up and restores fire damage in a West Palm Beach home, our first concern is safety. We contain the rooms using thick plastic barriers and cover the vents to keep soot from traveling into the ductwork.

Our technicians pack and remove restorable items to another area outside of the cleanup site. Then we remove charred items and building materials and extract water or remove fire extinguisher residue as needed using hand-held vacuums with HEPA filters. The HEPA filtration is necessary because it captures the small soot particles that can cause odor.

Our technicians work closely with your insurance adjuster to ensure that there is approval for every step of the restoration process and we remain within budget. SERVPRO technicians photograph and catalog every item we handle, whether it is a restoration or a loss.

After the cleanup of fire loss areas of the home, we clean and disinfect surfaces. This action typically lowers foul smoke odors significantly, but sometimes the smoke odors left behind require additional odor control treatments.

We have different types of equipment to meet smoke odors head-on and eradicate them. Hydroxyl generators and ozone machines work in similar fashions to capture odor-causing particles and render them inert at the molecular level. Another type of odor control uses thermal fogging, which delivers a liquid solvent heated and delivered as a fog that penetrates porous items exactly like smoke and overtakes the residual smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Lake Worth can turn around the effects of fire damage. Contact our certified technicians 24/7 at (561) 588-9777, and we can arrive onsite within hours to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Safety Tips While Cooking

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family.

Cooking is a special activity that many families like to do together. Unfortunately, cooking fires are the leading cause house fires and home fire injuries today. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40 percent of all home fires begin in the kitchen and U.S. fire departments record that they respond to an average of approximately 166,100 cooking-related fires annually. There are about 455 daily fires in the United States and with cooking fires being the top source, it is important to be aware of how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

Cooking equipment can be very dangerous if not used properly and carefully. Thanksgiving is actually the leading day for home fires involving some type of cooking equipment. That number is 4 times the average number of home fires! Since the average American household cooks at least one hot meal each day, it is absolutely essential to be doing so safely. These are some of the most critical fire safety tips to follow while cooking:

  1. Never leave the kitchen while boiling, frying, broiling, or grilling food
  2. Turn off the stove every single time the kitchen is left unattended
  3. Do not use the stove or stovetop if you have consumed alcohol or are feeling sleepy
  4. Keep items like wooden utensils, oven mitts, towels, and food packaging away from the stovetop
  5. Regularly check on food items that are roasting, baking, or simmering
  6. Always use a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking food
  7. Be aware of your clothing like large-fitting shirts or loose sleeves
  8. Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen
  9. Never throw away hot grease in the garbage can
  10. If a small fire starts on the stovetop, smother the flames with a lid to cover the pan and then turn off the burner
  11. If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat and do not open the door
  12. If you have any doubts about stopping the small fire, get out of the home immediately and call 9-1-1

As the fall holiday season begins, many families will be enjoying their time together in the kitchen. As you cook your meals this year, be sure to share these fire safety tips with your entire family. If your kitchen does suffer from fire damage, contact SERVPRO right away to handle the cleanup and restoration. Contact us today for more information!

Getting Smart about Smoke Alarms

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy.

Fire safety is often associated with tips to prevent fires from starting and steps to take in the event that a home fire occurs. Research shows that when a smoke alarm sounds off in a household, the inhabitants have less than 2 minutes to get out of the house for safety. This means that families must have a very specific plan of action when it comes to fire safety. We have discussed this in previous articles, but we have never spent the time to talk about something extremely important: smoke alarms.

Did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years? Did you know that smoke alarm batteries (9-volt battery) need to be replaced at least once per year? Did you know that smoke alarms should be tested every month? These types of facts are things that are rarely discussed yet are extremely essential for each and every homeowner. Having a smoke alarm properly installed in your home can literally be the difference between life and death. Reports from the U.S. Fire Administration point out that three out of five home fire death result from fire in properties without working smoke alarms. This speaks to the massive dangers linked to malfunctioning smoke alarms and just how critical is it to be on top of your alarms at home.

There are a few additional tips beyond replacing smoke alarms every 10 years and batteries every year that each person should know. First, when discussing your evacuation with your family it is imperative to enforce that as soon as an alarm sounds off everyone should exit. Hesitation in exiting the home when a fire starts is a common issue. Also, smoke alarms in your home should be interconnected, meaning that when one alarm sounds off, they will all sound off. In doing so, everyone in the house will be made aware of the fire no matter their location.

Finally, smoke alarm placement is key. Be sure to have a smoke alarm inside and outside of any and all sleeping areas and bedrooms as well as installing alarms on every level of a home. If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy. Contact our team of fire damage cleanup professionals to learn more about your restoration options today!

Fire Safety Tips for Your Pets

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind.

When it comes to evacuation and safety plans in the event of a fire, most homeowners plans for protecting their family and their most meaningful possessions like important documents and family photos. Home fires are far more common than many people think and having a specific plan in place is essential. For those family with pets, an additional level of fire safety must be accounted for in order to keep your furry family members safe and sound. Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to research from the United States Fire Administration. Therefore, all pet owners are strongly encouraged to think about fire safety preparation for pets.

A family pet is truly like a real member of the family. As such, ensuring that your fire safety plan includes your pet is critical. Keep the following fire safety tips for your pets in mind:

  • Never leave any open flames, like candles, unattended – especially if they are within the reach of your pet
  • Watch out for things like space heaters getting knocked over by your animal
  • Hide all electrical cords out of reach of your pets
  • Do smoke detector checks twice a year
  • Keep a collar on your pet
  • Put a sticker on your windows and door to let firefighters know that a pet is inside the household
  • Have a microchip implanted in your pet
  • Account for your pet’s food when making emergency supply lists
  • Keep your pet’s leash, food, and carrier by the home’s exit in case of a fire

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 700 home fires annually are started every year as a result of a pet or wild animal. All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind. If you have suffered any fire damage as a result of a home fire, contact the fire damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!

Staying Safe in a House Fire

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

A house fire is one of the most frightening things that a family can experience. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that there are more than 300,000 home structure fires each year in the United States, with an astonishing average of seven deaths per day linked to house fires. While the kitchen is the most common place that a fire starts inside of a home, areas like the living room, bedrooms, and family room are also sources of a sizable number of fires. As a homeowner in South Florida, it is absolutely essential for you and your family to be well-versed on an emergency plan in the event of a fire in your home.

A common misconception about house fires is that homeowners think “it will never happen to me”. Unfortunately, this mindset often leads to a lack of preparation that can make all of the difference in the event of an emergency. As such, keep these safety tips in mind for staying safe in a house fire:

  1. Do not rely on a fire alarm to inform all of the members of your family that a fire is present in the home, start yelling out loud
  2. Grab the fire extinguisher is the fire tame enough, but be sure to abort that plan and leave immediately if the fire extinguisher proves to be a futile effort
  3. Call 9-1-1 or the fire department
  4. Exit immediately and crawl low to avoid smoke inhalation
  5. Feel the doorknob before opening any door to ensure that it is not hot
  6. Leave your valuables in the home, get yourself and your family out as quickly as possible
  7. Use a damp towel or shirt to cover your nostrils so that smoke does not enter your lungs
  8. Never run into a room with flames present
  9. As you exit a room, close the door behind you to avoid the spreading of the fire
  10. Once you have evacuated the home, stay outside in a safe place and wait for first responders to arrive

House fires bring out a variety of instincts in people, and they are often dangerous responses to the emergency situation. Therefore, it is vital that you go over these safety tips with your family so that everyone is prepared in the event of a fire. After the fire trucks are gone, your and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Call us today to learn more!

6 Surprising Causes of Home Fires

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Home fires are incredibly scary to think about. In the most unsuspecting of times, homeowners must act quickly to protect their loved ones, their pets, and their most cherished home items. Unfortunately, in the United States nearly 4,000 people are killed each year from fires, that number is more than all natural disasters combined. In fact, approximately every minute and a half a new home fire is reported throughout the country, as reported National Fire Protection Association. While most people think of home fires as something that would never happen to them, the reality is that these occurrences strike far too many families across the nation. Fire damage is a serious problem, even for the smallest of home fires. As such, the ability to prevent a home fire from happening in the first place is absolutely critical.

Most people think that common fire starters like candles and cooking make up the majority of home fires. Nevertheless, it is important to be educated on all kinds of causes in order to prevent fires from starting in the first place. Some of the more surprising causes of home fires are as follows:

  1. Dishwashers: many people believe that since dishwashers have water in them they are incapable of causing a fire. However, the motor and heating elements in a dishwasher make it a potentially dangerous appliance.
  2. Jars: ant kind of glass object has the potential to catch fire from the reflection of the sun, so flammable liquids should not be stored in glass jars or glass containers of any kind.
  3. Outdated Appliances: old appliances have a tendency of having faulty wires and thus cause unexpected fires.
  4. Circuit Breakers: if the wiring in a circuit breaker is old or faulty it make catch fire.
  5. Smoke Detectors: even though smoke detectors are there to help in the event of a fire, they can actually catch fire on their own if they are malfunctioning. Make sure that your smoke detectors is not missing any batteries or malfunctioning in any way.
  6. Children Playing: when kids begin to experiment with things like lighters and matches, accidents tend to occur. Children should be kept far away from matches, lighters, and candles.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. At SERVPRO, we always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Basic Home Fire Escape Plan

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire safety, there is no better way to prepare than having a solid fire escape plan.

No one plans for a fire to break out inside of or near their home. Home electrical fires account for close to 500 deaths and over 1,400 injuries each year. In addition, home electrical fires cost billions of dollars in property damage annually. As such, preparing and planning an emergency escape strategy is critical to protecting you and your loved ones in the event of an unexpected home fire. First and foremost, your home should be inspected for working smoke alarms in every room. In addition, you must create a specific evacuation plan, practice fire drills, and make sure that your entire family is well-versed in what to do in the event of an emergency.

Keep in mind the following pieces of advice when developing and deploying your personal home fire escape plan:

  1. Keep all exits unblocked (both doors and windows throughout the house)
  2. Make an escape route for each individual room in the home
  3. Smoke alarms should be placed in every room, on every level of the home, and outside of any sleeping area
  4. Walk through your escape plan with entire family
  5. Choose a location a safe distance away from your home as your family’s meeting place
  6. Memorize the fire department’s emergency phone number, make sure your family does as well
  7. Assign a capable adult to be in charge of any infants, elderly people, or anyone that lacks mobility and would require assistance in an emergency
  8. Take every smoke alarm signal seriously and evacuate immediately
  9. Inform guests or visitors in your home of the fire escape plan
  10. Never go back into a burning building before being cleared from the firefighters on the scene

Creating a home fire escape plan is absolutely essential for everyone. Whether you live in a single-family home or a high-rise apartment building, be sure to prepare yourself for the steps that would be taken in the event of a fire. When it comes to fire safety, there is no better way to prepare than having a solid fire escape plan.

Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

If you have experienced dryer fire in your home, SERVPRO is here to deal with the fire damage.

Each year in the United States homeowners suffer from the aftermath of clothes dryer fires. In fact, nearly 15,000 home clothes dryers catch fire each year which in turn cause about 100 injuries. While it may surprise some, neglecting to clean your dryer is the most common cause of a fire. As such, preventing dryer fires is actually easy if the homeowner is aware of the potential of fire damage and takes steps to avoid an accident from occurring in their home.

Keep in mind the following tips for dryer fire prevention:

  1. Hire a professional to install your dryer, do not attempt to do this yourself
  2. Make sure that your laundry room has no flammable items inside or near the dryer
  3. Clean your linen filter both before and after every single load of laundry
  4. Get your dryer serviced regularly
  5. Be sure that your dryer’s vent pipe is free, blockage is one the top causes of dryer fires
  6. Hire a professional to look at your gas lines
  7. Never run your dryer when you are asleep or not home
  8. Avoid overloading your dryer
  9. Clean your dryer in any place where lint can build up
  10. Use metal dryer ducts
  11. Check the electrical outlet and plug to ensure it is connected correctly
  12. Do not dry any items containing rubber, foam, or plastic
  13. Do not dry clothes that have anything flammable on them such as gas, alcohol, or cooking oils
  14. Leave ample room between your dryer and the wall behind it
  15. Read your manufacturers’ instructions to go over particular safety tips for your dryer

From lack of maintenance to dirty dryers, almost every single dryer fire each year is caused by something that could have been avoided. If you have experienced dryer fire in your home, SERVPRO is here to deal with the fire damage. Call us today to learn more!

Most Common Causes of House Fires

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

If you or a loved one has suffered from a house fire, contact our fire damage specialists immediately for 24/7 disaster help!

Fires are one of the most terrifying and devastating accidents that can occur in a home. Most victims of house fires will agree that they never saw it coming and never thought a tragedy like that would happen to them. Unfortunately, fires are unpredictable and alarming no matter how they happen and preparing is something that homeowners seldom think about. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 1.3 million fires required U.S. fire departments responses in 2015. On average in our nation, a home fire occurs every 86 seconds. This means that there is no such thing as being too prepared for a house fire.

More than three-quarters of civilian fire deaths are caused by home structure fires. As such, homeowners must be aware of the threat of a fire in order to hopefully prevent one from occurring. In fact, research shows that the majority of home fires are completely avoidable. Having a complete understanding of typical house fires causes can play a critical role in prevention. The most common causes of house fires are:

  1. Cooking/cooking equipment
  2. Careless smoking
  3. Heating equipment
  4. Electrical equipment
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Intentional fires (arson)
  7. Candles
  8. Curious kids
  9. Poor wiring
  10. Lightning
  11. Barbecues
  12. Flammable liquids
  13. Christmas decorations and trees
  14. Dryers and washing machines

Smoke alarms and sprinkler systems are critical for any homeowner. Most homes in the U.S. have smoke alarms, however, about 60 percent of fire deaths come from homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms. From more obvious dangers like cooking and smoking to less obvious dangers like flammable liquids and poor wiring, being aware of the most common causes of house fires is essential to preventing them from occurring. If you or a loved one has suffered from a house fire, contact our fire damage specialists immediately for 24/7 disaster help!

Odor Removal after Fire Damage

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach, our team of fire damage experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your home.

House fires are incredibly scary for homeowners and even neighbors. Getting out of the house safely and quickly is of course the main priority if a fire ignites in any area of the house. While making sure that you and your loved ones are safe is the first step, dealing with the aftermath of the fire comes next. After a fire, it is important to do the following:

  • Limit all movement in the house in order to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the carpets and upholstery

  • Change the HVAC filter

  • Make sure hands are kept clean to not further soil the woodwork, walls, or upholstery

  • Wash all houseplants on both sides of the leaves

  • Take old linens or clean towels and place them on upholstery, carpet, and rugs in traffic areas

  • Use a light coating of oil or petroleum jelly to protect any chrome in the house

Following the above steps, it is important to reach out to professional fire damage removal experts in order to assess the damage within the home and make recommendations for the most efficient and effective way to clean up. Odor removal and deodorization is critical in the days following a house fire. It is important to note that attempting to deodorize your home on your own can cause major issues in the long-run. As such, hiring a team of professionals will ensure a stress-free, thorough, and complete job.

At SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach, our team of fire damage experts are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors in your home. With IICRC technical class under their belts, the fire damage team is able to properly removal all odors to ensure they stay gone forever. Too many people attempt to do this themselves and end up just masking the smell, not eliminating it. Using special equipment, the SERVPRO fire damage squad removes the odor without a trace, even odors that have penetrated surfaces.

Have you recently suffered from fire damage in your home? Is the odor just not going away? Contact our fire damage odor removal team today and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Steps to Prevent a House Fire

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Taking the above steps to prevent home fires is incredibly important to making sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your house.

Home fires are a true danger in the United States, marking approximately 12,600 injuries and 2,500 deaths each year throughout the nation. In many cases, the smoke and heat actually poses a greater threat than the flames themselves. As such, being educated and prepared in the event of a home fire is critical. Even more important, however, is understanding how to prevent home fires from starting in the first place.

Fire spreads incredibly fast. In less than 30 seconds, a tiny flame can spread and get out of control, causing a serious fire. The most deadly fires in homes happen when the people are asleep. If a person wakes up to a fire, it is imperative that they get out of the house immediately, as there is no time to grab valuables.

From discarded cigarettes to cooking appliances, the majority of home fires are started from carelessness. Some of the most important steps to prevent house fires include:

  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or any other heating appliance being used.
  • Barbeque grills should be placed at least 10 feet away from overhangs, branches, etc.
  • Do not wear long sleeves while cooking.
  • Never cook while drowsy or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Always smoke cigarettes outside of the home.
  • Ensure that cigarette butts, ashes, etc. are completely out before walking away.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Make sure all electrical and appliance wires are replaced once worn out.
  • Teach children about the dangers of fire at a very young age.
  • Make sure that all lighters and matches are locked in a cabinet, out of the reach of any children.

Unfortunately, far too many people underestimate the true dangers of home fires. Taking the above steps to prevent home fires is incredibly important to making sure that you and your family are safe and secure in your house. Most people who suffer in a home fire say that they never thought it would happen to them. Be sure to make a plan and take every measure to prevent a house fire.

What to do After a Fire in your Home or Commercial Building

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Be specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and

The days following a fire are extremely scary for a homeowner or a property manager of a commercial building. From structural damage to cleaning up and removing smoke odor, tackling a “to do” list following a fire can be daunting and overwhelming. It is important to remember that one should not enter their home or commercial property after a fire until the fire department has confirmed that it is safe to do so. According to the American Red Cross, the following actions should be taken:

  1. Check for structural damage
  2. Check utilities like telephones, electrical systems, and climate control systems
  3. Look around for household items that may contain toxic fumes and any other hazards (things like cleaning products may present a hazard when mixed with fumes)
  4. Contact a local service like SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach to clean up and remove the smoke odor

Consulting a professional is imperative to keeping the property safe and secure. When in doubt, call SERVPRO to make sure that they can clean the damage and remove the odor throughout the property.

Fire Repair and Restoration

Recovering your home and commercial building after a fire means taking the necessary steps to revive the structure. After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Boynton Beach have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (561) 588-9777

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Remember, these steps should be carried out by trained professionals. Attempting to do these things on your own can result in unsafe conditions for you, your family, and your employees.

Lake Worth Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/21/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lake Worth 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 Lake Worth 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.

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