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When fire strikes, you can trust SERVPRO of South Huntington!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

When fire strikes, you can trust SERVPRO of South Huntington!

When something drastic happens in our homes or businesses, such as a fire, we aren’t always thinking of the next steps involved to repairing the damage done. This is when SERVPRO of South Huntington is often called in. We make sure that the fire remediation process is executed as efficiently as possible and that the property is brought back to its original state. 

When fire strikes, you can trust SERVPRO of South Huntington to restore your property and make fire damage "Like it never even happened." Our team of IICRC trained and certified professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year. We are always just a phone call away 631-393-0404. Call us today for a no cost assessment! 

We are a leader in fire damage cleanup and restoration

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

We are a leader in fire damage cleanup and restoration

Being a leader in fire cleanup and restoration is something that SERVPRO of South Huntington takes seriously. Our number one goal is returning damage to its pre loss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Here are some fire and smoke damage tips:

DO:

  • Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and belongings
  • Turn off HVAC system to help limit soot and smoke from spreading throughout the structure

DON'T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces 
  • Clean any electrical appliances
  • Turn on ceiling fans
  • Wash clothes, rugs, blankets or any other belongings. Improper cleaning can set smoke odor

House fires are sudden and unexpected

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

House fires are sudden and unexpected

These tips from the American Red Cross will not only help you prevent house fires, but they will also help you prepare for one and make sure your family is safe if ever one does occur.

  1. Get Rid of Fire Hazards

Identifying and taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you do not have fire hazards in your home is important.  This means every electronic items producing heat should be kept at least three feet away from anything flammable.  Space heaters and electric blankets should be turned off when not in use.

  1. Avoid Smoking in Bed and Extinguish Candles

Smoking in bed is dangerous because of the possibility of hot ashes igniting flammable bedding.  It is also important to make sure all candles are extinguished when unattended.

  1. Make Sure Your Children Are Informed

Talk to your children about the importance of not playing with fire. You can take an additional precautionary steps by keeping all matches and lighters stored high and out of reach or locked up in a place that your children cannot access.

  1. Check Your Smoke Alarms

Be sure you have working smoke detectors on every floor of your home and inside and outside of every sleeping area.  Check these monthly to ensure the batteries are working. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.

  1. Make a Plan

Discuss your outside meeting spot with your family and devise an escape plan.  This escape plan should be practiced at least twice a year, and you should make sure that every member of your family is able to escape in less than two minutes.

Have additional questions? Need help with a fire damage or puff back? Call SERVPRO of South Huntington, 631-393-0404. We are on call 24/7/365 and are ready to assist you!

Things you should NOT do after a puff back:

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Things you should NOT do after a puff back:

  1. Don't attempt to wash any walls, wallpaper or painted surfaces. Don't shampoo your carpet or upholstery.
  2. Don’t use standard cleaning products that may cause further damage and may not get rid of the oil residue, toxins and odors.
  3. Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water.
  4. Don't turn on ceiling fans or increase air circulation as this will only spread the soot around.
  5. Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

If you have experienced a puff back in your home or business, you can trust SERVPRO of South Huntington to restore your property. Our team of IICRC trained and certified professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a week. We can work directly with insurance companies in most cases. We will treat your property, family and employees with the utmost respect and consideration, and work quickly and efficiently to minimize damage and cost.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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 South Huntington 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.  SERVPRO of South Huntington has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 631-393-0404

Tips on How to Heat Your Home Safely:

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Tips on How to Heat Your Home Safely:

  • If you use a space heater, keep it at least three feet away from anything flammable including: bedding, mattresses, clothing, and upholstered furniture. Heating equipment not being used properly is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • Make sure children and animals stay away from space heaters and fireplaces.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep. Don't keep them on all night.
  • Always use a screen in front of your fireplace and have your chimney professionally cleaned annually. Douse any fire or coals before you go to sleep or if you leave the house. 
  • Never heat your home with your stove or oven.
  • Be sure that your smoke detectors are installed properly and tested to ensure they are working properly.