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What Must Happen Immediately to Protect My Fire Damaged Gaithersburg Home?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage In Gaithersburg

Emergency services are a critical element of the fire response our technicians provide, and this could detail many specific actions.

Fire damages can be devastating to your Gaithersburg home, especially when it happens without you being around. Returning to the result of a damaging fire can be overwhelming and stressful. That is why our SERVPRO team takes such careful consideration with the job scoping after this disaster. By communicating with you, we can determine pre-existing conditions and work to streamline the restoration of your home as much as possible.

While there are several tasks involved in restoring fire damage in Gaithersburg homes, it is critical to have emergency services start as soon as possible. In many situations, these tasks precede even the job scoping phase. This time and effort provided by both our in-house contractors and restoration professionals work to make even the mitigation portion of restoration shorter and less expensive. The initial tasks completed focus most on structural breaches and conditions that amplify loss effects in the house. Some of the emergency services that our SERVPRO contractors and restorers provide include:

    •    Roof tarping
    •    Controlled demolition
    •    Fire debris removal
    •    Board up services
    •    Content management

When Can Mitigation Begin for the Property?

Because emergency services precede the job scoping, these efforts can make later phases like mitigation more efficient. Once the inspection of the property has completed, our team has a better understanding of what corrective actions are still required and what personnel and equipment are necessary to reach these goals. Mitigation is a vital stage of the complete recovery of a fire damaged property, so it happens as soon as possible once the damage assessment is done.

As much as it might seem like your home has suffered a total loss after a structure fire, our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team can help to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (301) 963-8474.

Can I Stay in a Burnt Property While Restoration Takes Place?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Makes Every Effort to Work Around your Needs During Fire Restoration While Maintaining an Efficient Service

Can restorers work around my schedule?

Restoration is a time-sensitive task that could lead to permanent harm of possessions or structure if there are delays. But we understand how technicians, chemical agents, and equipment can be an inconvenience to the homeowner. When it is safe for occupants to stay in their homes after a fire, SERVPRO performs emergency cleaning to make it livable. This cleaning may include essential rooms like kitchens or bathrooms, as well as laundry and dry cleaning services. Frequently, we can seal off areas of the property where damage is most severe while leaving the main functional areas of your home free to use. 

What should I do first when cleaning fire damage?

The first twenty-four-hours of fire restoration in your Gaithersburg home is crucial to controlling the extent of harm. Water, which may have been used as part of a firefighting procedure, can begin to damage fabrics or textiles, bond with soots, or create a microbial growth issue. Equally, odor particles may still emanate from the worst affected areas and spread throughout the home. SERVPRO can perform the emergency drying of the property. We can also seal or remove fire debris to prevent them from causing further odor issues while cleaning takes place. 

How can I remove fire odors from the house?

- Locate and remove the source of the odor

- Clean surfaces thoroughly to clear away odor-causing residues

- Use deodorant solvents ideally with misting or fogging equipment at sites of odor

- Apply odor sealant primer to surfaces that continue to produce fire smells

Fire and odor issues can be a massive inconvenience to your everyday life. Our technicians can make your home livable while performing the efficient restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474.

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How Fire Damage-Related Odors Are Eliminated in Gaithersburg

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Teams Work Swiftly to Remove Odors and Improve Air Quality in Gaithersburg

Odor-causing particles resulting from fire damage could further harm your home and possessions long after a fire.  They also may have adverse health effects. Fortunately, in Gaithersburg, there are ways to handle these harmful particles.  

House fires are relatively common occurrences.  When they happen, the first concern is to limit and repair obvious structural damage.  Of course, fire damage in Gaithersburg often involves much more than this.  There is usually substantial smoke damage and deposited acidic soot residues that could affect your home long-term.  Associated particles left around your home that produce unpleasant smells could later cause respiratory issues. Over time, these might also impact your interiors.  Acidic soot, if not properly removed from surfaces, could eventually lead to discoloration of materials and corrosion in metals.  

In Gaithersburg, there are several services like SERVPRO that are professionally trained and experienced in handling such fire-related concerns.  They can save you a lot of time and money in the long-run. SERVPRO, for example, has a wide variety of specialized equipment that can quickly eliminate unwanted smells and harmful residues.  Moreover, our technicians are knowledgeable about various cost-effective methods that can mitigate any particular fire damage situation. Within four hours of your call, our experts arrive on-site to fully inspect your home.  We then develop a plan of action specific to the nature of the surfaces and residues involved.

As part of the plan, SERVPRO first removes irreparable odor-causing items and debris.  Our Gaithersburg technicians employ wet or dry cleaning methods, depending on the nature of the surface or material, to remove troublesome smelly residues from structural elements and furnishings.  Next, they work to control odors from hard to remove elements. Generally, this involves either counteracting odors in these things or sealing the smells in. Workers often use foggers to neutralize unwanted smells in these hard to move home elements.  If this is not effective, our technicians usually control these odors by sealing them in with paint.  

The aftereffects of a fire can be troubling and lead to future damage.  While it is stressful to think about these problems, you are better off dealing with them as soon as you can.  If you need help with fire-related cleaning and restoration, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for assistance.     

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Restore Your Fire Damaged Gaithersburg Home

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Once you have successfully extinguished a fire, do not let the aftermath distort your daily life.

Why Trust Experts to Restore Your Gaithersburg Residence After Fire Damage

Most fires happen unexpectedly, and they can ruin a property severely or cause other issues that negatively impact the property owner’s quality of life. Immediately the unfortunate incident is under control; you need to call a restoration firm like SERVPRO that can mitigate fire damage of any size or scope. We respond fast since we understand how devastating the situation can turn out for you.

We have licensed and certified technicians who can handle the fire damage in your Gaithersburg residence to make it “Like it never even happened.” We have decades of experience and training that helps us restore our customers’ properties effectively. Our team of technicians has access to state-of-the-art equipment that helps us handle the restoration process fast and comprehensively.

Once we get to your residence, our team can assess the fire damage. If the firefighters used water to extinguish the fire, our team can use a thermal imaging camera to see how water and moisture traveled. Water reacts fast with smoke and soot. We can use pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture to prevent secondary damage.

Soot removal is another vital step in fire damage restoration. Soot residue is often acidic, and it can destroy metallic items or items with exposed metal components in your property. It is easy to see soot on affected surfaces, but soot particles can get into your HVAC system. The acidic residue can corrode the metallic components inside, and this could cause your HVAC system to fail or become a fire risk. Our team can check your HVAC system and use appropriate cleaning procedures to eliminate soot.

We use unique techniques and products to clean affected surfaces effectively. If the soot ruined fabric surfaces and wool carpeting, our technicians can use a natural fabric brightener that removes oxidized stains produced after water and soot react. The product acts as a bleaching agent and clears the brown color.

Our SERVPRO team can also evaluate your possessions to determine which items are salvageable and which ones are not. We can dispose of the severely damaged items properly. We train our technicians to use various procedures to restore contents made of different materials. For instance, we can use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean delicate items. We place the contents in an ultrasonic tank containing water and the right cleaning solution.

High-frequency sound waves in the tank form millions of bubbles by expanding and compressing molecules of liquid in the tank. The bubbles burst inward or collapse and produce high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid, which remove contaminants from the contents we are cleaning.

Once you have successfully extinguished a fire, do not let the aftermath distort your daily life. Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for fast and effective fire damage restoration.

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Fire Damage In Gaithersburg

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Health And Safety Considerations During The Fire Damage Restoration Process In Gaithersburg

When homeowners try to cope with the mess left after a fire, assessment of safety hazards presented might appear to hinder proceeding directly to cleanup. Our crews must take the time to evaluate and address health and safety concerns before starting emergency services and restoration work. Customers need to understand the purpose of moving this phase to the top of the agenda.

Common Hazards
The fire damage your Gaithersburg home suffered and efforts taken to knock down the fire can expose occupants and restoration technicians to a broad array of hazards. As we assess your home, we are always mindful that every fire damage project is unique. Electrical and other utility line configurations, types of building materials damaged, categories of water and chemicals used to fight the fire, and the discovery of hazardous substances previously present or created by heat and combustion vary from structure to structure. Safety risks we encounter include but are not limited to:
    •    Overhead and underfoot hazards -- partially burned ceilings and floors that threaten collapse
    •    Contaminated fire fighting water
    •    Slip, trip, and fall hazards -- wet floors and debris, some submerged
    •    Electrical shock hazards
    •    Poor lighting and unknown parameters of confined spaces
    •    Severe deterioration of air quality -- the release of airborne particulates known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) because of heat or combustion
    •    Occupant or bystander safety --  during work activities or any time if the structure remains unsecured

Safety Risk Controls
SERVPRO crews respond by the implementation of controls to prevent workers and inhabitants from suffering injury. Types of controls we put in place include:

Elimination/Substitution -- avoiding the hazard or using safer means.

Example: Shut off the power until water removal and drying completes.

Engineering -- adapting the work environment to eliminate or reduce hazard exposure.

Example: temporary bracing of floors, walls, and ceilings or sealing off building materials that contain lead or asbestos during mitigation and remediation.

Administrative -- training technicians in safety strategies and  scheduling tasks so to limit exposure during task completion.

Example: partitioning and sealing off the affected space while using air scrubbing technology to limit the effects of off-gassing VOCs before SERVPRO crews enter.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Example: outfitting our technicians with barrier-type work clothing and respirators for working in spaces where airborne or contact hazards are present.

Trust that the time taken by SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown to assess and plan for fire damage restoration task hazards improves both the safety and outcome of your project. Call (301) 963-8474 for a professional evaluation and implementation of industry best practices.

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SERVPRO's Advanced Equipment Provide Maximum Opportunity for Salvaging Soot and Smoke Damaged Belongings for Our Gaithersburg Customers

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

small immersion tank for cleaning For Delicate or Sooty Fire Damaged Belongings from Your Gaithersburg Home, SERVPRO Provides Ultrasonic Cleaning Solutions

How Does Ultrasonic Cleaning Work for Gaithersburg Fire Damaged Contents?

With almost countless tools designed to address specific effects of fire loss incidents in Gaithersburg homes, professional restorers now have a more streamlined and cost-effective approach to get you back into your house quickly after an emergency. With content management being such a vital element of our fire recovery effort, our investments in top-tier restoration equipment for fire-damaged personal belongings that reach our SERVPRO facility help to improve our ability to make fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

Among the advanced tools that we now have in our warehouse for these restoration projects is our ultrasonic tank, which can help to address fire damage to Gaithersburg house contents directly. The submersion tank works to remove set-on soot, smoke, and odor residues from surfaces through the introduction of sound waves. Bubbles generated by these vibrations reach the surface of materials to get cleaned and implode, and the minute pressurized force generated can effectively remove residues. Hard materials like silverware, glass, porcelain, tile, and other like compositions are ideal for these tanks.
This immersion technique is the most effective way of applying adequate cleaning solution to damaged wares from your house, as these items become submerged in potent products designed exclusively to aid in clearing surfaces of soot and other residues. Once removed from the solution, the treated items get dried before being stored in the climate-controlled facility awaiting move-back.
While it is one of the most effective soot removal practices that our SERVPRO team can implement, it is not without its limitations. Only contents small enough to fit into one of the submersion tanks can benefit from this cleaning. Also, even though the soot might get removed, additional processes like odor removal in our ozone chamber might still be necessary before the item is entirely restored and ready to get returned to your restored house. Though seldom the case, this non-abrasive nor intrusive treatment is ideal for delicate and intricate items and collectibles.
There are many advanced tools and machines available to our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team that can help to protect and recover fire-damaged personal belongings after a disaster. We are here to help. Give us a call anytime at (301) 963-8474.

Our Crew Is Here To Help After A Fire In Your Gaithersburg Home

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Improving Content Management For Fire-Damaged Gaithersburg Homes

We know that to truly protect a Gaithersburg home after a fire loss incident, we need the help of the residents before we arrive as much as they need efficient recovery practices we provide. Preemptive actions taken by the homeowners can work to protect the contents of your home from damaging effects like soot residue. This spreading effect can leave a layer of thick carcinogens on the surface of your belongings and furniture that can be challenging for even our experienced team to clean.

With the vast array of effects that follow fire damage in Gaithersburg homes, it is no surprise that our recovery team is one of the most experienced and well-trained on our SERVPRO team. Our technicians not only pursue the accreditation from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire & Smoke Restoration, but many of our team pursue secondary endorsements, including structural drying, odor removal, carpet cleaning, and content management.

The sciences behind restoring your belongings after a fire loss incident are continually evolving and expanding, weaving in new practices, equipment, and products. Even with our efficient approach to loss incidents, we encourage homeowners to move at-risk contents and furniture in their house to unaffected areas. Not only can this prevent unnecessary damage to these items, but it can also provide a better space for our mitigation processes to begin.

While we strive to provide on-site recovery for specific belongings when possible, it is unlikely that our content department does not need to move some of your possessions to our nearby facility for focused restoration. When your items reach our SERVPRO facility, we can focus on elements like soot removal, deodorization, drying, and safe storage of your belongings until they are to get returned to a restored property.

As damaging as fire losses can be for your home, our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team can help to reduce the cost of this recovery with our content pack-out process. We can get lightly damaged items to our facility nearby for cleaning, restoration, and storage. Give our professionals a call anytime that disaster strikes at (301) 963-8474 and we can help you however you need.

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How Our Technicians Will Save Your Gaithersburg Home After A Fire Incident 

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

After fire damage you need help getting your apartment back on track. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

A Candle Left Alone in Your Gaithersburg Apartment Can Cause Fire Damage

Fire damage becomes more likely in a small living space, such as an apartment, than it does in a larger home. In your apartment, in particular, you used candles very often for aromatherapy, to erase the stress of a long day at work. Using candles isn't a problem, so long as you always keep fire safety in mind when it comes to your home. 

Unfortunately, in your case, the fire damage in your Gaithersburg apartment was caused by a lapse in fire safety. You placed a candle on the edge of your bookshelf and then laid down on the couch to read a book. While reading, you fell asleep and left the candle to its own devices. You woke up from your nap to the smell of smoke and saw that the candle had caused a fire to break out on the bookshelf. The fire ate through a row of books and was beginning to burn the bottom of the shelf above. Acting quickly, you used an extinguisher to put the fire out, but there was a noticeable odor left behind and scorch marks on the shelf. 

Even if the fire damage left behind was relatively small, that doesn't mean that you cannot reach out for professional help. Here at SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are happy to work with you during your time of need. Our fire damage restoration technicians (FDRT) are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Going through the course, and all of the training scenarios associated with it, means that our technicians are ready for anything. 

When SERVPRO arrives at your apartment, we can start with a brief investigation. After factoring in all of the details, we can create a remediation plan. We can start with setting up an air scrubber outfitted with a carbon filter, to remove the odor left by the fire as we work. From there, SERVPRO can use a specially formulated lubricative cleaning solution, designed to gently lift soot and staining from the surface of your shelf. Once we finish, and return your living room to its preloss state, our technicians hope to leave you feeling, "Like it never even happened." 

If you need cleanup and remediation assistance, large or small, get help immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown by phoning (301) 963-8474. Night or day, we keep the damage away.  

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After A Fire In Your Gaithersburg Home, You Need To Be Concerned About Indoor Air Quality!

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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Indoor Air Quality Concerns After Fires In Gaithersburg Homes

There are legitimate concerns for the safety and wellbeing of those living in your Gaithersburg home after a fire. Even apart from structural damage that could exist, some of the most detrimental effects for homeowners and their families is contaminants, debris, and other particulates in the air. Addressing these effects must happen quickly, and is often a part of the mitigation work that begins as soon as our professionals first arrive at your damaged address.

Fire damage in your Gaithersburg residence might exist in many forms after an incident, but our SERVPRO team of professionals must work to overcome the most hazardous of these conditions before anything else. While structural compromise can open the door to other damages and effects to damage your property, indoor air quality concerns can provide immediate health concerns for those exposed without the appropriate personal protective equipment.

We can set up machines to help with these damages as soon as our team first arrives at your home. While some of our professionals work towards moving fire debris and starting controlled demolition, others are working to both reduce the created dust and to eliminate particulates and contaminants that already existed in the environment after the fire loss incident. Some of the best machines for this task are the air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines. All of these options have onboard HEPA filters to trap contaminants, debris, and other particulates as small as 0.3 microns.

Odors can also prove hazardous to those exposed, but more often, they threaten comfortable living when a family does not require relocation after a small fire. Many of these same machines our SERVPRO team uses to address air quality concerns can also help to reduce the strength and presence of harsh smoke odors after a fire as well.

Indoor air quality concerns can prove hazardous to the health of homeowners and their families without the appropriate preventative actions taken by our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown professionals. Whenever disaster strikes, you can reach our qualified professionals 24/7 at (301) 963-8474.

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SERVPRO Provides Gaithersburg Homeowners a Full-Service Fire Damage Cleanup, Restoration, and Rebuild

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

For Gaithersburg House Fire Cleanups and Reconstruction SERVPRO has No Match!

Cleanup and Rebuilding Your Gaithersburg Home After a Fire

Cleaning technicians of our team are vital components to making every disaster and emergency that affects Gaithersburg homes “Like it never even happened.” Many homeowners want to take the necessary steps on their own to help their house back to original condition after a traumatic ordeal with cleaning and recovery, but this is not always an option. Unfortunately, with situations like a fire, damaging effects can spread far beyond the ignition point and prove impossible to overcome without the experience and advanced equipment available to professional restoration teams like ours.

Cleaning up after fire damage in your Gaithersburg home can require multiple approaches with several pieces of equipment and high-strength cleansing agents and products. With many hurdles to overcome, it is wise to rely on the experience and continued education of our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control Technicians. We have ready trailers at our facility stocked with effective mitigation equipment and many of these industrial-grade cleansers and cleaning agents to help your home get back to looking its best after a disaster.

Our team works to get mitigation started from the moment that we arrive at your damaged address, but much of the cleaning that your home requires must wait for debris removal and other immediate effects to get addressed to make the property safe for your family and our SERVPRO team working to restore it. Cleaning occurs in many different phases, including soot and smoke residue removal, deodorization, and even wiping down surfaces and removing dust and debris during the demolition of non-salvageable components  of your house.

As we care about your family and your home, we only choose the best approaches to recover your damaged property after a fire. While ozone machines, for example, can be highly effective for the purification of indoor air quality concerns, they are not safe to use around humans, pets, and plants. We approach every situation with a full working knowledge of the effects to overcome and what our customer needs. Hydroxyl generators are a viable alternative to improve indoor air quality during the cleanup.

Cleaning is vital to restoring fire loss effects, and there are many phases to this facet of the restoration industry. For significant fire damaged homes, we offer a reconstruction program, work with you and your insurance adjuster, and make a seamless transition from cleanup to renovation.

When you want to get your home looking its best after a fire, you can trust the experienced technicians of our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team. You can reach us 24/7 at (301) 963-8474.

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