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What Can I Do About the Fire Damage in My Home?
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If You Need Fire Damage Restoration Services, Call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach!
A small mistake could lead to fire damage on your Fort Walton Beach property. A candle left unattended could turn into a blaze, or a small kitchen fire could get out of hand. No matter what accident causes the fire on your property, you should reach out for professional help immediately.
Here at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach, we care about the fire damage on your property, and We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. To us, it doesn't make a difference if the fire was large or small- we're still available to help you when you need it.
The Fire Left Soot on My Walls, What Can SERVPRO Do to Fix That?
SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained and understand soot in and out. If your walls have a lot of soot on them, we can:
- Use EPA-registered cleaning agents
- Use sealant paints to lock odors
- Remove the drywall in worst-case scenarios
Soot stains can be tricky, as you must know what burned to break them down at a chemical level. However, our technicians are trained to know the difference and can apply the necessary technique to remove most stains.
What Devices Can SERVPRO Use to Remove the Smell of Fire Damage?
A Fire can leave behind unpleasant malodors. However, our SERVPRO techs can use a few different devices to neutralize the scents, such as:
- Hydroxyl generators
- Thermal foggers
- Ozone machines
Depending on how severe the fire damage is on your property, our technicians can use the appropriate device. For example, ozone machines are only used when the fire was so severe that residents cannot be inside of the house. Thermal foggers tend to be used in smaller, more concentrated, spaces.
If your home needs fire damage restoration, do not wait. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach by calling (850) 863-2552. Our technicians are always available to help you.
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What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Home Structure Fires in Your Fort Walton Beach Home?
Prevent Fires in Your Fort Walton Beach Home
SERVPRO Wants to Help You Prevent Home Fires
It is important to frequently evaluate your home’s fire risk. We encourage you to review your fire prevention strategy, and complete yearly tasks that ensure the technology you rely on to alert you and your family is in good working order.
Make sure a working smoke alarm is installed on every level of your home. Also, install a smoke detector in each bedroom. Use the yearly observation of Fire Prevention Week, coming up in October, or your birthday, to change the batteries in your smoke detectors or alarms, but also make sure you test each alarm monthly. Resist any temptation to disable a smoke detector in the kitchen because cooking steam or smoke sets it off occasionally. Instead, invest in and use high-quality exhaust fans when cooking.
Purchase appropriately rated fire extinguishers and distribute them throughout your home, concentrating on areas where the fire risk is highest. Kitchens, workshops, garages, and utility or laundry rooms are obvious choices, but ensure that an extinguisher is easy to access in every space of your dwelling. Test them regularly and recharge after use.
Plan And Clear Escape Routes
Plan and practice a fire escape plan for each room of your home. Discuss the plan with all members of your family and hold drills regularly so all are confident in what they should do and that they can do it. Assess for special needs like safety ladders for upper stories or your home, and then install and practice their use. Be sure that windows and doors you plan to employ as escape pathways are free of obstructions and are not screwed or nailed shut. Paint and caulk can interfere with opening a window or door. Remedy this problem if you find it impossible to open an escape route.
Review Insurance Coverage And Catalog Your Belongings
Contact your insurance agent yearly to review your fire damage coverage. Make an effort to document and inventory heirlooms and other items with high monetary or sentimental value in your home. Claims are easier to establish with this evidence in hand.
If despite your planning a fire damages your home, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 for fast and high-quality restoration services. We have the trained technicians, experience, and professional equipment necessary to bring your home back to preloss condition after a minor or major fire.
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How Do I Remove Odors After a Fire?
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SERVPRO Technicians Use Thermal Fogging to Remove Fire Damage Odor in Your Destin Home
Smoke can cause severe damage to areas of your home not directly affected by a fire. In many situations, even trained professionals can take several visits to remove smoke odors from some spots in your home. Regardless of how thorough the restoration in your Destin area home seems, smoke odors can linger.
What you need is a trained professional, one that has access to the right equipment and understands which techniques to use, to get rid of the odors that exist in your Destin home. Fire damage often leads to extensive repairs, so having access to a highly-skilled professional makes sense. You want them to understand how to deal with fire, smoke, and water damage, including any cleaning, deodorization, or disinfection experience necessary to finish the job right.
SERVPRO technicians can put a variety of deodorization techniques to work for you. Our fire damage restoration technicians are well versed in using pressure sprayers, box fans, ozone machines, duct cleaning systems, HEPA filtered air scrubbers, and injection devices to get the job done right. We work out the proper way to approach the area in question, working to eliminate odors rather than just masking them.
SERVPRO can put a method called thermal fogging to use, where deodorizers are heated and sprayed throughout your home in fog form. A fogger allows deodorizer solutions to permeate tough-to-reach areas, absorbing smoke particles and neutralizing any odors that exist. Our advanced services involve removing the debris causing the odor and cleaning any surfaces that might have odor-causing residues on them.
However, SERVPRO restoration teams go even further, finding ways to replicate the nature of smoke, allowing deodorizers to penetrate different areas. Providing you with excellent results regarding odor neutralization and successfully returning your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition for you and your family to enjoy.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has technicians available 24/7, 365, day or night. We provide you with the cleanup and restoration services that make dealing with damage to your home, easier. Our staff even works with your insurance company to help ensure you receive the results you deserve. (850) 863-2552
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How Do I Perform Fire Debris Cleanup in My Home?
When it comes to fire damage cleanup and restoration in Fort Walton Beach, SERVPRO Is Serious!
You Can Hire SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to Assist You to Remove the Debris in Fort Walton Beach
After a fire, it is not advisable to tackle fire damage restoration in your Fort Walton Beach residence without the assistance of experts. However, you can take a few steps to start cleaning up your home. Make sure you prioritize safety.
What can I do after a fire?
Below is a list of several expert fire damage restoration tips to help you recover from your Fort Walton Beach home’s fire damaging event.
- Reduce movement in the house to prevent additional damage, the spread of smoke, and soot particles from getting embedded in fabrics.
- Place towels over high traffic areas like carpets and rugs
- Wash your hands to avoid transferring soot to the walls, upholstery, and wood
- If you have shut off the electricity, wait before emptying the refrigerator and freezer
What Should I not do after a fire?
The actions you should avoid doing after a fire damages your house include:
- Avoid attempting to wash painted surfaces walls, upholstery, and carpet without the assistance of professionals
- Avoid cleaning appliances or electrical equipment that the fire damages
- Avoid consuming packaged or canned food that is stored close to the scene of the fire
- Avoid turning on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is damp because of the water firefighters used to extinguish the flames
What should I do about the debris?
As the property owner, it is your responsibility to clear debris from your home after a fire. Thankfully, most home insurance policies provide coverage for debris removal. It is an essential expense to restore your property to its preloss state. SERVPRO can help you remove the debris quickly because we have advanced tools to make this procedure easier. We can even remove hazardous materials safely.
What is regarded as household hazardous waste?
This is the waste from houses, which poses a threat to human and animal health or the environment. Examples include toxic, ignitable, reactive, or corrosive chemicals, such as pool chemicals, bleach, paint, antifreeze, and used oil filters; removing bio-hazardous waste quickly helps protect public safety and health. It is an emergency protective measure. Since the waste could significantly affect the environment, we do not combine it with the debris from the general clean up that is disposed of in a landfill.
Do you include burned appliances and electronics in the hazardous waste clean-up?
No, we do not include electronic wastes or appliances like computer monitors, televisions, cell phones, and CPUs in hazardous waste clean-up. Instead, we remove them as part of the overall debris removal procedure.
What next after debris removal?
The removal of debris paves the way for thorough cleaning of the property. It is essential to clean the structures of your house, such as flooring and painted walls. The longer you let soot sit on affected surfaces, the more extensive the destruction becomes, and the cost of restoration continues to increase.
In the majority of fire losses, removing smoke and soot is the toughest part. Besides, even a small fire can cause severe soot damage within minutes and leave unpleasant odors if you do not clean up your property. It is appropriate to handle soot damage within one or two days of a fire to prevent permanent damage. Our SERVPRO team has the tools and expertise to clean up affected surfaces quickly to mitigate the loss. Fire damages usually present unique cleaning and restoration situations. We consider certain factors in determining how difficult it is to remove smoke residues. They include:
- The type of surface – In porous surfaces, particles, and odors penetrate further, and cleaning them is more challenging. It is easier to clean non-porous surfaces
- Age of surface – In general, older surfaces are more challenging to clean, regardless of the materials
- Amount of moisture – Moisture sets smoke residues, making them harder to clean and more likely to stain the affected surfaces
- Amount of heat – If the flames of the fire were hot, cleaning the surfaces is harder. Surfaces expand and become more porous because of the heat. Therefore, odors and residues penetrate the surfaces more deeply. Heat may also cause materials to melt or char. In such a case, our SERVPRO team can often refinish the affected materials
There is water from firefighting efforts, what can you do about it?
Water can cause additional destruction, such as mold growth. Our SERVPRO crew can extract the water from the affected areas as part of the fire restoration job. We have different types of pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers that we can use to remove the water and moisture. The time it takes to restore a property varies based on the extent of the destruction.
Cleaning up your house after a fire is a challenging task that calls for SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach the help of professionals. Call at (850) 863-2552 to help you restore your home to its original state. "Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage In Fort Walton Beach
If you ever suffer from a severe fire starting inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7.
Fire Damage In Fort Walton Beach Could Require The Occupants To Vacate The Structure
Structural burns in the Fort Walton Beach area account for more nearly half of the fires that burn each year. In the United States, there are nearly half a million cases of fire damage caused to structures annually. Infernos inside houses account for around $8 billion of property issues each year. During each individual situation, the problems can include those created by the heat and smoke created during the blaze.
When the fire damage inside your Fort Walton Beach residence is severe, your house could be deemed unlivable until restoration procedures get completed. If the incident is covered by your homeowner's insurance, then you will be compensated to stay in a hotel or different location during the mitigation process. If you and your family are forced to vacate your structure, our SERVPRO technicians can take several steps to ensure your home is secure and safe for our workers to begin the restoration procedures.
The first step our SERVPRO team takes after you vacate your property is to secure your structure. Many times when a building burns, the windows break, and doors no longer seal. When this occurs, we board up and secure your house from any intruders and the outdoor elements.
Next, we go through your damaged structure and look for any potential electrical issues. If there are any bare wires, we can call in a certified electrician to restore power to your building to aid with the work processes. Next, we check for any loss of integrity or stability of your house's structural components. If we find any dangerous areas, we can block them off from any foot traffic until the problems get repaired.
If possible, our SERVPRO crew returns heat to your building so that no pipes freeze. If restoring the heat to your home is not possible right away, we can then shut off your water so that your plumbing system does not fail due to cool temperatures. If water was introduced to your structure from the fire department or a sprinkler system, then we can take further steps to prevent moisture-related issues.
If you ever suffer from a severe fire starting inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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We Have Effective Techniques To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach After A Fire
Our experts understand this can be a difficult time and our team is ready 24/7 to help you with the restoration process after a fire disaster.
We Help You Distinguish Between The Structure And Contents Of Your Home After A Fire In Fort Walton Beach
After experiencing a fire and making sure everyone within your home is safe, you now need to go about the process of restoring your home and getting back to your routine. The fire may have damaged not only the house itself but also some of your furniture, clothing, and other items.
If you have fire damage in your Fort Walton Beach home, it is important to distinguish between the structure and contents of your home. Typically, insurance companies separate the two things for scoping and estimating the cost of restorations. SERVPRO restorers handle the contents and structure separately. In some situations, restorers move the contents of the home to an offsite, secure location for cleaning before returning them.
After the project manager scopes the structure of the home, makes an estimate, and gets the go-ahead to begin the restoration process, the first step is to begin emergency services to ensure a safe work site. Depending on the severity of the fire, emergency services may include boarding up the home, debris removal, and creating ventilation. At this stage, this is when your contents (personal belongings) may go out for cleaning.
The SERVPRO project manager creates a specified plan for cleaning and restoring your home. Flooring, walls, and appliances all require specialized cleaning with specific products. For example, oxidizing cleaners such as StainZap work well on smoke stains and are useful in bathroom and kitchen cleaning. Strong acid cleaners like Stone and Porcelain clear attack soot and smoke from both stone and brick. Gentle creme cleaners are best for wood and restoring damaged wood surfaces around the home.
Before specialized cleaning, restorers often pre-clean the home to prepare each item for more in-depth cleaning. Pe-cleaning includes vacuuming to remove particulates and light debris. Compressed air uses air pressure to mildly agitate and remove loose particulate residues to allow more thorough cleaning of surfaces. Brushing, another form of pre-cleaning, can mildly or aggressively agitate the surface to remove loose residues. Soft brushes agitate delicate surfaces while wire brushes provide very aggressive agitation for more durable surfaces. Pre-cleaning makes the specialized cleaning more effective for the impacted areas and materials within your home.
For help restoring your home after fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
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Mary Ester Professionals Give Tips on Cleaning Fire Damaged Homes
A small fire started in the kitchen, but smoke and soot spread throughout the home. SERVPRO has the tools to restore your home completely.
Cleaning That Takes Place After Fire Damage Affects A Mary Ester Property
After small fires such as a stove flaring in the kitchen or an appliance malfunctioning elsewhere, smoke deposits are likely to be the main problem that needs addressing. Depending on the materials affected, there might be clouds of smoke which spread to other parts of the house quickly, thus widening the scope of fire damage from the start point.
Apart from replacing the ruined appliance or other materials at the ignition point, restoring such fire damage in your Mary Ester property requires cleaning principally. It might sound simple, but on considering the variety of materials affected, from fabrics such as upholstery to building materials, you realize it is not an easy task. Also, apart from surface deposits, some might bond with materials creating stains. Our SERVPRO technicians can address the problem with ease because we first scope the property identifying the type of residues and their spread patterns. Scoping helps establish different categories of soils, including:
- Hydrophilic – they dissolve in water
- Hydrophobic – do not dissolve in water
- Lipophilic – they dissolve in oil-based cleaning agents
- Lipophobic - do not dissolve in oil-based cleaning agents
The wide variety of soils means that one approach only cannot clean your fire damaged property thoroughly. Some cleaning processes might also cause problems if used indiscriminately. For example, power washing is very useful in removing soils from surfaces. However, if used to clean materials such as drywall, excessive pressure and wetness can ruin the material. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming to lift loose soils from surfaces. Agitation and use of cleaning agents also help break the bond soils have with materials.
In some cases, using conventional cleaning methods might not work on the soils, especially when involving wet smoke or protein residues. Advanced methods to breakdown such soils might be necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can use enzymes or bleaching agents depending on the type of soiling. Enzymes work through changing the soil from insoluble to soluble state. Bleaches, on the other hand, work by adding or reducing oxygen molecules.
If you want a team that has what it takes to clean your home to its preloss state, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. You can reach us any time at (850) 863-2552.
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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Mary Ester Home
SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency service to our customers and we have the specialized training, advanced equipment, and experience.
SERVPRO Inspectors Find These Extra Consequences of Fire Damage in Mary Ester
Fire damage can impact your home in unpredictable ways. While it may be immediately apparent that ash, smoke, and burn damage need extensive restoration work to reverse, it might be harder to identify future problems such as water leaks that may be caused by flames on the building exterior. Part of the reason why SERVPRO has become such a trusted name for home damage restoration work across the nation is thanks to our inspectors that carry out thorough analyses of the situation and identify additional problems that may have escaped your attention. Here are some of the things they look for with fire damage situations.
Holes in Roofs and Exteriors
Dealing with fire damage in your Mary Ester home is bad enough – you probably do not want to handle damages from water on top of what has already happened. Water can even start to mix with ash and smoke materials to create a sludge that poses greater challenges even for well-equipped cleanup crews like those at SERVPRO. Our inspectors examine the fire-damaged part of your home thoroughly to check for potential leaks or holes in the building exterior. If they identify any potential problems of this nature, we work fast to set up tarps to cover the area before any ill weather effects can worsen the situation.
The heat of a flame can, even without direct contact, start to melt down metal cables and the materials that shield them. Sometimes, these damages may not be immediately apparent while still posing a significant safety hazard in your home. We know how to check for signs of fire damage on all types of household wiring and work to correct any safety hazards that may be present as a result.
Many fire residues are acidic or can otherwise harm the types of fabric in carpets, furniture, and clothing typically found in local homes. We conduct tests to determine if there is any risk of material destruction to your belongings and, if there may be a significant problem, take care to clean each object in ways that do not cause harm.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has years of experience helping local homes and businesses recover from the effects of fires large and small. Call us at (850) 863-2552 for our 24/7 services.
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Our Technicians Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Contents In Your Destin Home
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Restoring Destin Resident's Valuable Contents After Fire Damage Using Immersion Cleaning
A fire may start and finish in just one area of the home. However, as materials combust, they release carbon in the form of gas alongside a range of other chemicals that are present in the material burning. Despite containment of the actual fire, smoke can spread throughout your home, leaving behind thick oily residues on both structure and content. The addition of water used in firefighting procedure can often cause these deposits to become embedded on surfaces creating a challenge for restorers to remove.
Many homeowners with fire damage in Destin become more concerned with contents than structure- walls can be repainted, doors and windows refitted, structure replaced. However, contents are collected over many months or years and hold both sentimental and literal value. High-density items like drapery rods, chandeliers or precious metal ornaments are prime candidates for immersion cleaning by SERVPRO because they are non-porous and generally made from non-reactive materials.
Immersion cleaning units can be brought on-site by SERVPRO. Where damage has spread throughout the structure, it may be necessary to inventory and pack items out to a unique facility. If items are damaged by oily residues, an immersion cleaning unit may be ineffective in restoring with dissolving the residue in an oil-based solvent a viable alternative. A SERVPRO technician can conduct pre-testing on the different types of soiling before any items entering an immersion cleaning tank.
Items that can benefit from immersion cleaning are placed in a tank of water with chemical cleaning agents. When the machine is switched on, high-frequency soundwaves create vibrations and with them, bubbles. As the bubbles burst, temperature and pressure are produced against the item agitating and scrubbing off the pre-existing soiling. Ultrasonic cleaning methods are exceptionally effective at restoring contents to a preloss condition- as they were before the fire.
Specialized equipment is how we restore rather than replace valuable contents. Contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 today to arrange service.
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We Are Available 24/7 To Restore Your Fort Walton Beach Home After A Fire Disaster
We have the experience, equipment, and training to restore your home to pre-damage condition. “Like it never even happened.”
Enjoy Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Your Home In Fort Walton Beach
Learning the basics of fire restoration can help any homeowner make crucial decisions concerning what to do or not do, should this type of event occur. It is easier than some of you might think to get your Fort Walton Beach home ready to face the worst possible situations. The actions you take both before and after can drastically impact the quality of the home restoration you receive.
You can start by locating a local, licensed company that specializes in fire damage restoration in the Fort Walton Beach area. An IICRC industry certified professional can give you a huge leg-up when it comes to restoring your home after a fire. Between preparing your home before an event occurs, and the support you receive immediately following a fire, the services we provide can be invaluable.
SERVPRO goes beyond basic cleaning; we utilize a variety of cleaning actions, making every effort to control the application of products that help produce the best results. Our technicians put the elements of cleaning to work quickly, often dislodging soils, oils, soot, and ash from various surfaces found in the home. It is our goal to restore as many items as quickly and efficiently as possible.
SERVPRO uses strict principles of cleaning to ensure quality results. Every item gets inspected fully, allowing us an opportunity to capture, dissolve, and remove any residues left behind. It is part of our job to prevent problems caused by the fire from turning into more significant issues down the road. With that said, we have access to all of the latest cleaning and restoration equipment, supplies, and techniques to help us get your restoration done right the first time.
SERVPRO has an entire staff of trained professionals standing by, ready to assist with any problems you might face. We are proud to serve homeowners in our local community and work hard to provide you with the home restoration services you deserve.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is a locally owned and operated franchise, available 24/7, year-round to provide you with the quality restoration services you can trust. We help our neighbors throughout the surrounding area get things back on track after events such as fire, mold, or even storm damage occurs in your home, call today. (850) 863-2552
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Contact Our Experts After A Fire Has Caused Significant Damage To Your Destin Property
Expert contents restoration is just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 now.
Ultrasonic Contents Restoration For Fire Damage In Destin Properties
When we talk about contents damages, we are mainly talking about items of significant value that are difficult to replace. Cheaper fabrics, polyesters or paintwork may be non-salvageable if the cost of restoration is higher than the cost of replacement. In the event of a fire, soots or smoke residues can enter porous items causing permanent damages. Equally, water used during fire fighting procedures can cause soots to set making them more challenging to clean.
We operate an expert contents restoration service for homeowners suffering from fire damage in Destin. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with some of the finest technology in the industry that helps us to work to a restore rather than replace method. We have found this approach to be useful to homeowners who have spent years accumulating valuable or sentimental possessions that would be difficult or impossible to replace.
When materials burn they release carbon among other chemicals into the surrounding atmosphere in the form of smoke. Smoke can travel rapidly throughout a home and, as it cools, soots deposits appear on surfaces or possessions. In high-pressure fires, smoke is forced inside furnishings or upholstery which can create unpleasant odors. We tackle this issue onsite, primarily by using foam cleaning methods in conjunction with spray deodorants.
Denser items can also become soiled by smoke but, with the right equipment, respond well to restoration efforts. Precious metals, for example, can be sent to a SERVPRO external cleaning facility for immersion treatment. This type of cleaning is only suitable for items that can withstand complete submersion in a liquid, ruling out certain fabrics or electronics.
Your SERVPRO technician inventories items that can be treated using immersion cleaning before being sent to a cleaning facility. They are then fully-submerged in a water and solvent solution. High-frequency sound waves are emitted creating bubbles that burst at high temperatures which act as mini scrubbers. Ultrasonic cleaning methods like this have proven extremely effective in restoring golds, jewelry, ornaments and more.
Expert contents restoration is just a phone call away, contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 now.
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Our Specialists Explain How We Remove Smoke Odors From Your Mary Ester Home
If you ever need assistance after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately.
Fire Damage Experts In Mary Ester Talk About The Removal Of Minor Smoke Odors
Whenever something burns on your Mary Ester property, the smoke coming from the blaze can create serious issues. Even if the initial burn is small, the smoke and heat coming from it can still cause fire damage. Most problems created inside a home after a fire are minor and do not require removing a lot of your structural materials. However, even the smallest blazes put out partially combusted substances into the air in the form of smoke. These airborne partially combusted particles can cause different types of fire damage to occur.
When smoke fills the interior of a building, it can float all through the building's air system. During many fire damage situations in Mary Ester, problems caused by smoke and soot are a majority of the issues our SERVPRO technicians work to mitigate. The smoke coming from a fire first rises with the heat to your ceiling before it spreads to other rooms. When the smoke hits cooler surfaces like your ceiling and the upper part of your drywall, it often leaves soils and soot residues behind. Soot residues can be easy or hard to remove depending on the composition and other characteristics of the soils present in the house.
When mitigating minor smoke-related problems, our SERVPRO technicians start by removing all of the soot residues. Our experts have at our disposal various types of chemicals and methods to use on the different surfaces inside your home. For porous surfaces, we utilize dry cleaning methods so that moisture does not soak the soot deep into the materials. When cleaning non-porous surfaces, we often apply wet chemicals and wipe off the soils with a rag.
In some cases, burnt aromas can exist inside the home even after all soot residues and soils have been removed. When this occurs, we utilize other deodorization methods such as ultra-low volume fogging, thermal fogging, or ozone generation. The fogging methods pump deodorants into the air so that the chemicals act the same way the smoke did. Ozone generators chemically neutralize malodor particles. If you ever need assistance after something burns on your property, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately.
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Avoid Fire in Your Destin Home by Taking Certain Preventative Precautions
Portable heaters are helpful in the winter time but they have the potential to start a fire. Stay vigilant and call SERVPRO if you have fire damage.
Destin's Fire Damage Professionals Talk About Common Causes of Structural Burns
Nobody ever plans on starting a dangerous fire inside their Destin home, but sometimes accidents do happen. One moment you can be cooking dinner, the next minute putting out a fire, then next noticing the fire damage caused by the blaze. Some fires just happen due to electrical shorts, clogged chimneys, or broken furnaces and they are not necessarily easy to prevent. However, other structural fires ignite due to dangerous situations people create inside their own homes. By knowing the common causes, it is easier to prevent causing fire damage to your property.
First off, it is always important to have an emergency exit plan seen by all of the members of the household so that everyone knows the best way to get out of the house safely. Next, getting the flames extinguished quickly can save your Destin home from fire damage. Once the fire is out and no longer smoldering or burning, it is now safe to call in restoration experts such as SERVPRO. Problems associated with heat and smoke can be treated more efficiently if the process starts right away.
The most common cause of house fires is cooking equipment. It is important to never leave the kitchen while cooking to make sure nothing gets too hot. Heaters also cause many structural burns including portable space heaters and furnaces. Make sure not to put space heaters near flammable materials such as clothes or paper.
Indoor smoking also causes many blazes to start inside residences. Cigarettes can appear to be out but ignite things as soon as they come into contact with flammable materials. Electrical equipment is another common source for indoor burns. Anything that uses electricity can short out and cause a spark.
However, disasters are never planned, and some fires ignite due to no fault of the homeowner. If this occurs at your home, our SERVPRO technicians are available to help you mitigate your problems all hours of the day. If you are ever the victim of a structural fire, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552 immediately after the blaze gets extinguished.
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Here's What Really Matters When It Comes To Our Fire Damage Restoration Services In Fort Walton Beach
Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Fort Walton Beach home.
Professional Restoration Following A Fire In Your Fort Walton Beach Home
Some disasters can catch a family by surprise and cause far-reaching damages to their Fort Walton Beach residence. No matter how the situation occurred, the only thing that matters now is going to be returning your house to the way it used to be. To do this, many insurance providers recommend the use of our professional restoration services for our fast response time and expertise in overcoming the effects of a fire on your residence.
Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Fort Walton Beach home, and the more that you can learn about these, the more you can appreciate the need for a professional’s touch in the situation. Our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and training to overcome all facets of fire damage from the primary effects to secondary conditions that also must get addressed to restore one’s home successfully.
However, many homeowners might be leery of choosing professional restoration when they feel like they could repair the damage on their own. Even with some experience in the industry, fires can vary significantly from one situation to another. The damages that you can see easily are rarely the full extent of what you have to contend with, which requires specific training to inspect and identify. Furthermore, home insurance companies often require the use of professional restoration companies like our SERVPRO team to ensure that the job gets completed quickly and to specific standards.
Our technicians can work quickly to limit the prolonged effects of the fire damages on the contents of your home or specific areas through our mitigation techniques. From the moment that we arrive at your home, our mitigation work can begin to help make the restoration work simpler and reduce the irreparable damage that can continue in your house until the next phase begins.
There is no time to spare when it comes to overcoming fire damages in your home. From the time that the first responders extinguish the blaze, you should be thinking of our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach fire damage restoration specialists to help you bring your home back to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime you need us at (850) 863-2552.
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Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration In Destin Homes
Once a fire disaster strikes your Destin home, you want to know that there is a restoration company that can assist you day or night.
Working With Insurance Providers For Fast Fire Restoration
Once disaster strikes your Destin home, you want to know that there is a restoration company that can assist you day or night. Insurance companies usually have emergency contact information to help begin the claims process and get a grasp of the situation that has impacted your home, and work to reach the appropriate parties on your behalf to begin the restoration process.
Fire damages in your Destin home need to get addressed as quickly as possible, meaning that you have to seek out the help that you need as soon as you can. When you reach out to your insurance provider about the incident, many of them choose or encourage you to call our SERVPRO team. We have a rapid response procedure that can get the situation professionally assessed and get an estimate to your insurance provider as quickly as possible. This service ensures that the claims process is as efficient as it can be.
Your insurance provider is going to need proof that the incident has taken place and that the severity is as bad as you tell them it is. You should avoid attempting to take pictures and assess the situation on your own, as there could be structural concerns or dangers present in your house that professional outfits like our SERVPRO technicians have the expertise and protective equipment to navigate safely.
Our estimator works to thoroughly assess not only the extent of the damage that your home has sustained from the incident but also a record of unsalvageable items and materials encountered that your insurance company must include in their claims process. We work directly with the adjuster to cut out the legwork on your end, making the claims and restoration process as seamless as possible.
Our SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach team of fire restoration technicians works to maintain our goal of efficient service that meets or exceeds your expectations. It is this commitment that has made us a company to call for insurance outfits serving their clients. Let our crew know how we can help you today by calling (850) 863-2552.
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Grilling too Close to Exterior Walls can Lead to Fire Damage to Your Mary Ester Home
Fires can start in many places which seem controlled, such as your grill. Should your house be facing damage after a fire, contact SERVPRO right away.
Certified SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Fire Damage and Work Towards the Goal of Restoration
Summer means many families cook outdoors at home, preparing meals on the grill, and spend time enjoying fresh air and sunshine. Sometimes, the way a Mary Ester home's exterior is laid out can make grilling and barbecuing difficult. Lack of space is often a culprit.
Getting your grill too close to your residence can cause fire damage in Mary Ester to both the exterior and the interior of your house. While requirements regarding insulation often dictate a non-flammable state, this can change over time. A grill placed too close is only one way a fire can occur in your home, also.
Regardless of how a fire starts inside your home, SRPRO can help mitigate the damage caused. We know how to re-establish livable conditions in your home again, just “Like it never even happened.” Fire damage can create many changes inside your home's undamaged areas, as well, but we always make sure we resolve these issues, also. Odor, water left behind from fighting the fire, bubbled paint from over-heated areas that did not catch on fire are some examples.
Because our team members work so well together, we resolve all of these problems quickly. We want to help get your family back home, or if you did not need to leave and reside elsewhere, to have the entirety of your home back to normal.
When families can stay in a home after a fire, the damaged area must remain unoccupied for both safety reasons and to allow our employees the space needed to complete the job. When a family must vacate their home, stress and significant inconveniences become an aspect of life that we know can create severe hardships.
Once our work ends, we walk through each area we worked in and explain the results to you. We are always available to answer questions, but we understand each stage, including the completion of our work, is unique to our customers. Questions are still welcome because we want to make sure you know what we need to do to restore everything wholly and safely.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is always here at (850) 863-2552 to take your call. We serve Fort Walton Beach and Destin and many more area residents for the restoration of their homes after fire damage and other crises.
The Common Effects After a Fire in Your Destin Home
Smoke is almost always a part of fire damage. Contact SERVPRO right away should your property suffer from a fire.
Team SERVPRO Tackles the Fire Damage Remediation Process From an Inspection to Restoration
The effects of a fire in your Destin home can be an overwhelming sight to see. When it comes to picking up the pieces and restoring the damage, most often it is a process best left to professionals with the right equipment and expertise to get the job finished correctly and have that job completed as efficiently as possible.
Fire damages in your Destin home appear in a variety of ways. From soot and smoke damage to the need for reconstruction, the right professionals can make all the difference. Our SERVPRO technicians get trained to handle all manner of fire damage, including the most efficient approaches to cleaning up the mess and the best methods for restoring a home to preloss conditions.
The process begins with a full inspection of all of the damages that your home faces. This assessment is in part to provide your insurance adjuster with the appropriate information to expedite a claim and also to give you and our SERVPRO professionals a better idea of the work that is necessary to restore the home.
For highly structurally damaged properties, there is little that we can do until the rebuilding and remodeling have occurred in the areas that need it. Once this reconstruction gets completed, our professionals can work to start removing the lingering harmful effects of the fire such as the soot and smoke damages.
Smoke damage is one of the most difficult to remove from your home because it often takes the form of a noxious odor that spreads throughout the affected areas of your residence. This effect often requires the use of thermal foggers and other such equipment to break apart the harsh smell on a molecular level. The process leaves no discernable scent behind and can be used to treat carpets, furniture, draperies, and more.
Overcoming a fire in your home does not have to leave you on an island. You can always count on the expertise and rapid response of SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach. Our dedicated team of fire restoration specialists can help you to bring your home back to its original condition quickly. Give us a call today at (850) 863-2552.
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Crucial Water Removal Services Help Restore Your Destin Home After a Fire
Water removal services are needed after fire damage
How water can affect your home after a fire
Restoring your home after a fire happens in your Destin residence involves a variety of crucial steps and procedures. Without the implementation of these steps, your home can suffer additional and unexpected damage months after the completion of restoration efforts.
One step that might seem counter-intuitive in restoring a Destin area home after a fire includes water removal services. However, removing the thousands of gallons the fire department used to extinguish the fire that attempted to destroy your home must happen or your home's future includes water damage as well as the destruction caused by the fire's heat, smoke, and flames. Removing it prevents both water and mold from creating more problems. It also helps keep restoration work from becoming an expensive but futile exercise.
At SERVPRO, we use a diverse array of equipment that can remove standing water, moisture hidden in absorbent materials, and humidity from the air. Because of the heat involved in a house fire, much of the water sprayed into your home by firefighters often does not remain a liquid but evaporates into steam. A significant portion of this steam remains in the air, with a considerable amount condensing on surfaces. When those surfaces can absorb the moisture, they do so quite readily, and then retain it, leading to mold problems, rusting of nearby metal pieces, and water stains and damage.
We understand that you want your home restored to preloss condition after a catastrophe such as a house fire, as quickly as possible. Even though the firefighters' water often remains invisible instead of making itself known as the charred materials, smokey smells, and soot-covered belongings do, we aggressively remove it from your home.
Without water removal services, homes that sustained fire damage and then allowed to 'dry out naturally' often harbor mold colonies only a few weeks afterward. Water damage also accrues steadily over time, and left-behind water can quickly damage freshly painted areas with both stains and bubbling, warp wood components, and disintegrate fresh glue in flooring. Restoring your home's natural levels of humidity prevents these problems.
Hand-held units efficiently extract water from floors while the overall humidity in your home quickly decreases once we begin running our desiccant machines. Air movers also help when walls and ceilings, undamaged by the fire, hold water that may have entered via vents in the walls or through charred areas that created holes. Dehumidifiers help in areas experiencing lower amounts of humidity in the air, such as attached garages and sunrooms or other areas of the home that did not sustain damage during the fire.
After a fire affects your home, call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach at (850) 863-2552. We ensure that every step of the restoration process, including water removal, brings your home closer to its preloss state.
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Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree how lovely are thy branches. Christmas trees bring lights, joy and happiness into our homes during the holiday season, however they also bring risk of fires that could damage your home!
According to the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) Christmas trees alone result in $13 million in property damage each year. We at SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach want to give you some tips on keeping your holiday safe and to be fire free.
- CHOOSE FRESH OVER A CHEAP DRY TREE.The fresher the tree, the less likely it will pose a fire hard. Look for flexible needles that don't break, and a trunk that has sap.
- KEEP THE WATER COMING. The tree stand should contain a continuous source of water and be sturdy enough to resist toppling over by children or pets.
- DON'T OVERLOAD THE CORD. Attach only 3 maximum strings of lights to anyone extension cord, then place cords along wall to prevent a tripping hazard. Never run them under rugs or carpet.
- TREES DON'T NEED WARMTH. Keep trees away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles and even TV's.
- NOT ANY LIGHTS WILL DO. Use low energy, safe lighting that's been certified by a safety testing lab. Don't use damaged or frayed cords.
- UNPLUG LIGHTS. Never leave the lights on over night or while you are not at home.
- DON'T KEEP A DRY TREE AROUND. Dispose of it at this point properly.
- ARTIFICIAL TREE SAFETY AWARENESS. Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal of approval from a safety testing lab if the tree contains a built in lighting.
- DEATH BY ARTIFICIAL TREE. If the tree is metal, never use electric lights, as they can charge the tree and lead to electrocution.
- KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER NEARBY. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher and everyone knows where it is located and how to use it.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! BE SAFE! Remember we are here for you 24/7/365.
FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!
FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner!! This is the time of the year FOOD is one of the main focus’s - The delicious turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, carnberries and the list goes on! And what does that mean?? Lots of things going on in the kitchen and lots of people all helping out. You may not realize that everyone’s favorite eating holiday Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires! That is according to the US Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has some fire safety tips for you and your loved ones this holiday season.
KEEP THE CHAOS OUR OF THE KITCHEN
Holiday meal preparation can be hectic, especially once guests begin to arrive. For everyone’s safety, insist that all non-food-related activity happens outside of the kitchen. Fewer people in the kitchen means fewer chances for a kitchen fire during holiday cooking.
NEVER LEAVE THE STOVE UNATTENDED
Stand by your pan! If you have to leave, turn the burner off. Make sure that all the handles are facing towards the middle of the stove, where no one can bump into them.
DRESS FOR SAFETY
When you’re in the kitchen, how you dress can be critical. Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves, and tie back long hair. Loose clothing and long hair can catch fire when you least expect it, causing severe burns and spreading the fire to the rest of the kitchen.
BE READY TO PUT OUT A COOKING FIRE
The most effective way to put out a cooking fire is to smother it. Keep a tight-fitting lid and potholder within reach anytime you use the stove so you can smother any flames that ignite inside a frying pan or saucepan. Keep a working fire extinguisher handy for fires that start outside a cooking pot or pan. Remember to aim the extinguisher at the base of the flame, not at the flames themselves.
IF YOU CANNOT GET A COOKIING FIRE UNDER CONTROL QUICKLY, EVACUATE THE HOUSE AND CALL 911.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552 wants to wish you and your family a very Happy and SAFE holiday season!!
Fire Damage in Fort Walton Beach, FL
Fire Damage SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach cleaned-up
When a fire happens, the first thing homeowners want to do is return their home to normal. The last thing they want to do is deal with the paperwork. That's understandable when one of the worst things that can happen to your home actually does, it's a nightmare came true.
As a Fort Walton Beach homeowner, fire damage isn't just a job to you, and we at SERVPRO feel the same way. This is perhaps the most stressful thing to happen to you as a homeowner, and we will be with you from the first examination to when we put the keys back in your hand. We have six key steps to make sure it happens.
1) We make sure YOU are satisfied - Our inspectors and technicians will explain the restoration process to you and answer every question.
2) Minimize and further loss - Our teams are highly skilled and trained to prevent secondary property loss from smoke or soot damage and as we move your property out of the damaged areas and then back in once the work is completed.
3) Identify what can be restored - We will test every item that may have been exposed to determine if it can be cleaned, does not require cleaning or could be questionable and depends on your decision. We will also be honest with you about what is no longer useful and needs to be replaced.
4) Save you and your insurance adjuster time - We will help you work with your adjuster to process everything as quickly as possible. Our initial testing and inspections provide the adjuster with the information they need to get your fire insurance case started.
5) Report the scope of loss - Our work reports to the both of you keep the paperwork moving as we restore your home and property. They also help the adjuster review our services and prioritize the work schedule to reduce costs. Once we're done, we will provide a final report that will help the adjuster process all final paperwork.
6) Produce quality restoration - In the end, even if the insurance adjuster is happy with our work, we've failed if you aren't happy. This last step is what customer service is all about for us.
We don't just come in, drag out your possessions, throw on a coat of paint and then hand you a bill. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach is here to help our neighbors through every step of the fire restoration process. If you need us, call us today at (850)863-2552 to get started.
October - Fire Prevention Month
Fire in Destin, FL
October in Florida – the perfect time of the year to get together with family and friends and prepare for the upcoming holidays ahead! There is so much to look forward to like bonfires, dinners, parties, and etc. SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach wants to remind you that October is also Fire Prevention Month! Your safety is so important to us that we want to share how to prevent fires from happening in your home or business.
Since 2013, SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach has partnered up with the American Red Cross and established the Disaster Responder Program to reduce fire injuries and deaths. We want to provide you with some tips to prevent fires:
- Install smoke detectors and test them every month to ensure they are working properly.
- Have a conversation with your family or coworkers about a fire escape plan and establish a meeting spot outside.
- Keep all items that could catch fire away from the stove and oven.
- Make sure all candles are blown out before you go to bed or leave the house.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher – you can contact your local fire department for training.
- Ensure you have flashlights that are easily accessible if the power goes out.
- Check your heating sources to make sure they are clean and working properly.
- Do not overload extension cords.
These are just some of the many ways to assist in preventing fires. You can find more information online at www.redcross.org/homefires. If a fire does occur, make sure to call SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach, we offer FREE board ups and can provide you with everything you need to make your home or office look “like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO is here to help tips if your Fort Walton Beach home is affected by Fire & Smoke
Fire Damage in a Fort Walton Beach Home.
· Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particle from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
· Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
· Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
· If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
· Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
· Change HVAC filters, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
· Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system
· Attempt to wash any walls or painted surface
· Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery furniture
· Attempt to clean any electrical appliances ( TVsets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water
· Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water( They may be contaminated)
· Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
· Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach tailors a unique solution. Whether in Okaloosa, Walton, Washington or Holmes County we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (850) 863-2552
SERVPRO Can Quickly Start the Fire Damage Restoration for Your Okaloosa County Property
Fire Damage in kitchen at an Okaloosa County home
When Okaloosa fire damage strike your home, it is essential to hire a professional team to help restore any damages. Get an Estimate Right Away. Call your homeowner's insurance agent, ask for a suggestion for a fire damage restoration company, so that this group can meet with your insurance adjuster. SERVPRO has a working relationship with over 315 insurance and property management companies. This company will work with you to complete your paperwork and assist with your claim process. If an insurance company covers only a certain percent of the total cost, it is imperative to get an accurate assessment of the fire damage, and a scope of service for restoration and repair.
Repairs are needed Quickly
Remember that repairs are required quickly to avoid permanent or further water damage caused by extinguishing the fire. Rapid cleaning and correctly wiping down soot will also salvage more fire damaged items and lessen your final expenses.
Free Estimates from a Professional Company
Most quality restoration companies will provide detailed free estimates. The company will provide you with a list of needed repairs and a timeline for completing the repairs. The estimates must include all fire damage, but also the large tasks of safely removing charred furniture, walls, or other items, as well as clearing smoke odor and water damage from the home. Smoke and soot, in a large blaze, can cause significant destruction. After the water has been removed using industrial grade pumps, the drying process can start using air movers to increase the evaporation rate of the interior and dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity (RH) of the ambient air, porous materials, and fabrics.
Restoring your Home
After you have a detailed plan, hopefully provided by SERVPRO, with your insurance company's agreement, our highly skilled IICRC certified technicians can commence with the repair and fire damage restoring of your home in Okaloosa County. Prompt fire damage restoration action helps a professional full-service restoration team like SERVPRO restore the structure to its previous condition as efficiently as possible. Restoring your home starts with good estimates from a good fire damage restoration team. The plan of action will carry through to its conclusion "Like it never even happened."
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, so SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach tailors a unique solution. Whether in Okaloosa, Walton, Washington or Holmes County we restore your property. Call us 24/7 for prompt service. (850) 863-2552
Thanksgiving can be the one of the greatest days of the year- joining with family to reflect on the year and all that it has brought, to be thankful for your blessings, and of course indulging in the feast of foods. But for some it can end abruptly... Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. To prevent such a tragedy, please keep an eye on your cooking and also keep your cooking area neat. With excess clutter lying around it can be a true fire hazard. It is always nice to have little hands around to help with cooking, but those little hands can easily be injured, so keep children away from knives and all heating elements.
We hope your Thanksgiving dinner goes well! SERVPRO of Walton County is a 24/7/365 company so if a disaster does happen know that you can call us to remediate the issue. We specialize in eliminating smoke odors and cleaning soot from your home (or business).
Limiting Fire Damage
Fire Damage Destin, FL - Fire Cleanup Restoration
Although kitchen fires generally begin on the stove, the damages can affect the entire kitchen including, the walls, ceiling, air ducts and appliances. The following steps can help prevent further damage:
- Limit movement to prevent further damage.
- Place clean towels or old lines on carpet traffic areas to prevent additional soiling.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and frigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appilances with a light coating of petroleum jelly.
SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of our customers' homes and personal belongings following a fire incident. Before trying to attempt cleaning up the fire damage yourselves contact SERVPRO of Fort Walton Beach 850-863-2552