Recent Fire Damage Posts

Be Aware of Holiday Fires!

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Chimney Safety Tips Keep your home and pets safe with these simply tips

With cooler weather upon us your fireplace becomes more than just a central point of your home. Before you throw a log on the fire and light a match to keep your family toasty and warm, consider these 8 suggestions to keep them safe.

  1. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional. There could be soot build up, cracks, or loose-fitting bricks.
  2. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to help avoid fire and smoke damage. It is a good practice to replace the batteries every spring and fall during day light savings time.
  3. Ensure your chimney is topped. This keeps rain, birds, squirrels and debris from entering.
  4. Use kindling to start the fire instead of flammable liquids. Also be sure to burn well-seasoned wood.
  5. Don’t overload your fireplace. A fire that is too hot can crack your chimney, and could get out of control very quickly.
  6. Use a spark guard to keep any ambers from shooting out harming your floor and possibly igniting a fire.
  7. Have a metal container nearby to remove and store hot ash. These ambers can stay hot for a while so be sure to keep it a safe distance outside away from your home.
  8. Even if you had your chimney inspected, look for signs of creosote and soot accumulation. Creosote is a dark substance that can build up if wood isn’t burning completely.

No need to get the chills this winter! By following these simple tips, you can help keep your family safe until warmer temperatures return.

NFPA and Smoke Detectors in Your Home

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

yellow wall with a curtain rod showing damage from soot Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of The Andovers at 978-475-1199.

Keep Your Home Safe from the Fireplace

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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While the cold weather is still here, many use their fireplaces to take out the chill. It is very important to follow fireplace safety, and these 8 tips will help guide you.

  1. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional. There could be soot build up, cracks, or loose bricks.
  2. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to help avoid fire and smoke damage. It is a good practice to replace the batteries every spring and fall when we change the clocks.
  3. Ensure your chimney is capped. This keeps rain, birds, squirrels and debris from entering.
  4. Use kindling to start the fire instead of flammable liquids. Also be sure to burn well-seasoned wood.
  5. Don’t overload your fireplace. A fire that is too hot can crack your chimney, and could get out of control very quickly.
  6. Use a spark guard to keep any ambers from shooting out damaging your floor and possibly igniting a fire.
  7. Have a metal container nearby to remove and store hot ash. These ambers can stay hot for a while so be sure to keep it a safe distance outside away from your home.
  8. Even if you had your chimney inspected, look for signs of creosote and soot buildup. Creosote is a dark substance that can build up if wood isn’t burning completely.

No need to get the chills this winter! By following these simple tips, you can help keep your family safe until warmer temperatures return.

In need of a cleaning from the soot or have a fire? Call SERVPRO of The Andovers to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Returning to "Before the Fire"

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

No matter where the fire starts, if your home is nearby, it can be affected by the soot or smoke.

A fire can occur anywhere, at any time-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences alone were  recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. They also can be started off a smaller fire in a home or out in the open. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area that has the potential to be affected by fire, consider the following safety tips to help prevent it from spreading:

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead  vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This  prevents  embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to  prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

SERVPRO® of The Andovers is here to return your home to preloss condition. When in doubt, call us at 978-475-1199

Learning The Differences in Smoke Damage

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

As always, reach out to SERVPRO of The Andovers to help you get back on your feet!

Your home can be affected by many different types of smoke. When in doubt, below you can determine what may be affecting your home. And as always, reach out to SERVPRO of The Andovers to help you get back on your feet!

Wet Smoke
Usually from plastic and rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, stocky, smeary
Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

Dry Smoke
Usually seen with paper and wood
Fast burning, high temperatures

Protein Fire Residue
Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Almost invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, comes with extremely pungent odor

Fuel Oil Soot
From a furnace puff back
While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly

Other
Always have special cases that require special attention

When these types of damages affect your home, SERVPRO of The Andovers is always here to help recover your home. We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Odor Damage Removal

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Ask your SERVPRO representative to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO of The Andovers can provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO of The Andovers does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO representative to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services please visit our website or contact SERVPRO of The Andovers at 978-475-1199. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Space Heaters Need Their Space

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

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In the colder months many of us turn to space heaters as an additional source of comfort when the temperatures drop. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns that while portable space heater devices do generate heat they also present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution. Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February.* Below are some safety measures to keep in mind before turning on your space heater.

  • Buy a unit that is the correct size for the area you wish to heat.
  • We are sure this goes without saying, but read all the instructions before plugging the space heater into the wall and turning it on.
  • If you are taking the unit out for the season make sure you inspect it. Check the power cord for damage and be sure it isn’t hot to the touch when plugged into the wall.
  • Don’t leave the heater on in an unattended room.
  • Place the space heater on a hard, level, nonflammable surface.
  • Keep a three-foot perimeter around the unit to help prevent a fire.
  • Never place a space heater in wet or moist place such as a bathroom. This could lead to fire or shock.
  • Be mindful of children and pets. They could easily knock over the heater or touch it causing serious harm.
  • Consider unplugging the unit when not in use.
  • Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.

Practicing good safety measures can reduce the risk of fire in your home, but keep in mind accidents can and do happen. If you find yourself in a fire situation SERVPRO® of The Andovers can help. We are available 24/7/365.

Your Smoke Alarms Should Be Tested Monthly

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Lawrence at 978-688-2242.

Do You Need a Pro to Clean Your Air Ducts?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

There are tasks in your home that are more cost-saving for a homeowner to do, but sometimes a professional is needed. Do you know when it is time to hire a pro to clean your air ducts? Consider this information from Home Advisor to make sure you are all set:

In most modern homes with up-to-date heating and air conditioning systems, filters are changed regularly through the year, so you may not even need to hire a professional. However, keep your eyes open for the accumulation of dust, dirt, dander and mold. If you see it despite regularly changing your filters it could be an indication you need a high-pressure cleaning.

One of the best ways to know if your ducts or vents need to be cleaned is to just check them. Your eyes will be able to check for indications of mold, dust or pollen buildup. You might also be able to smell the presence of mold, which would be a clear indicator. Ductwork will have some buildup of dust, since the return registrars pull air back in. However, this doesn't mean your ducts have too much debris, and you can easily clean them with a duster or vacuum.

If you do have children or spouses who suffer from allergies or reactions to the air turning on, it might be an indication there is something in there making them react. They should speak with their doctors and then get a heating and cooling contractor out if it is recommended that airborne pathogens are the cause of their reaction.

Here are some clear signs that you need to call a pro:

  • You have insulated ducts that are hard to access
  • Recurring mold growth
  • Rats or other vermin are crawling in them, or presence of their droppings
  • Dust or debris can be seen in the air due to a clogging
  • Visible mold
  • Recent construction

So when in need, call SERVPRO® of The Andovers to help you make the allergans or damage "Like it never even happened."

Help Prevent a Fire in Your Town

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, g

A fire can occur anywhere, at any time-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences alone were  recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. They also can be started off a smaller fire in a home or out in the open. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area that has the potential to be affected by fire, consider the following safety tips to help prevent it from spreading:

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead  vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This  prevents  embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to  prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

SERVPRO® of The Andovers is here to return your home to preloss condition. When in doubt, call us at 978-475-1199

5 Types of Smoke Damage

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

When these types of damages affect your home, we are always here to help recover your home. We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Your home can be affected by many different types of smoke. When in doubt, below you can determine what may be affecting your home. And as always, reach out to SERVPRO The Andovers to help you get back on your feet!

Wet Smoke
Usually from plastic and rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, stocky, smeary
Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

Dry Smoke
Usually seen with paper and wood
Fast burning, high temperatures

Protein Fire Residue
Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Almost invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, comes with extremely pungent odor

Fuel Oil Soot
From a furnace puff back
While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly

Other
Always have special cases that require special attention

When these types of damages affect your home, we are always here to help recover your home. We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Holidays in Your Home

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

December is the peak point in the year where candle fires increase, SERVPRO of The Andovers wants to help with some ideas to keep you & your home safe

The holiday season is here and that usually brings Christmas trees, candles, and many more decorations. As December is the peak point in the year where candle fires increase, SERVPRO of The Andovers wants to help with some ideas to keep you and your home safe.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after customers leave.

When disaster does strike, SERVPRO of The Andovers is always here to help. Give us a call at 978-475-1199 with questions, or when you in need of service. No job is too big or too small.

Fire Odor Damage in your Andover/North Andover Home or Business

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises respond to property damage from big to small.

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO of The Andovers can provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO of The Andovers does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO representative to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services please visit our website or contact SERVPRO of The Andovers at 978-475-1199. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Staying Safe this Labor Day

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Stay safe while grilling this coming holiday weekend!

Labor Day is coming up, and is the grilling and fire pit season! Keeping the stove off and lighting that grill or smoker is a summer dream. While we all look forward to that warm weather, it is very important to keep these fire safety tips in mind!

Grilling:

  • Keep a 3 foot clearance on all sides of the grill (that means keep kids and pets clear too!)
  • Do not use the grill near the house, siding, railings, or any overhangs
  • Do not use under trees or shrubbery.
  • Periodically clean the grill and its grease traps to prevent grease fires.
  • If using coals, please make sure they are completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.

Fire pits:

  • Before starting the fire, make sure the lid can fit and cover the inside fire in case of emergency
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air.

Other safety reminders:

  • Do not leave grills or fire pits unattended
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand

Always stay safe with any summer activities. Enjoy your holiday, and when in need, visit our page.

Emergency Fire Tips for Homeowners and Business Owners

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better chance we can reduce damage and save money. We are available 24/7/365.

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO® of The Andovers is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO® of The Andovers can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with light coating of petroleum jelly
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO®
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO®
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water damage without consulting a repair service.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

So before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (978) 475-1199. 

Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered – whatever the case, with SERVPRO® of The Andovers our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

5 Wildfire Safety Tips

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall.

A wildfire can occur anywhere-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences were  recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area prone to wildfires, consider the following safety tips to help prevent the spread of wildfire.

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead  vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This  prevents  embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to  prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

Fire Damage in Your Andover Home

12/22/2016 (Permalink)

When a fire rips through your home or business, it can cause fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.

When a fire rips through your home or business, it can cause fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.

After the first responders have put out the fire, and the area is deemed safe, it is your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are here to help. With rapid response from knowledgeable technicians, it is a relief to know that your home or business can be returned to normal as fast as possible.

NFPA states:

·         487,500 structure fires were reported in 2013 across the United States

·         These damages totaled 9.5 billion dollars in damage to property

·         One fire to a home or business was reported every 65 seconds

Don’t let the unthinkable cause stress or doubt for you. Call your SERVPRO® Professionals to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

Holidays in Your Andover or North Andover Home

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy fellowship and quality time. Don't let a home fire ruin your plans.

The holiday season is here and that usually brings Christmas trees, candles, and many more decorations. As December is the peak point in the year where candle fires increase, SERVPRO of The Andovers wants to help with some ideas to keep you and your home safe.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after customers leave.

When disaster does strike, SERVPRO of The Andovers is always here to help. Give us a call at 978-475-1199 with questions, or when you in need of service. No job is too big or too small.

Smoke and Soot Odors in Your North Andover/Andover Home

12/7/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Andover/North Andover Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of The Andovers will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 978-475-1199

Fire Odor Damage in your Andover/North Andover Home or Business

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire odor can be as bad the physical damage. We are here to help every step of the way!

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO of The Andovers can provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO of The Andovers does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO representative to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services please visit our website or contact SERVPRO of The Andovers at 978-475-1199. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Looking for a Great Holiday Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

“Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season."

SERVPRO® of the Andovers is a restoration specialist that highlights the difference between fire prevention planning with fire safety planning.

The holidays are approaching and many families are finalizing plans for elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, and decorating with festive lights. Amidst all this planning, SERVPRO® of The Andovers reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan.

“Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season. This tends to focus homeowners on fire prevention precautions—and that’s a good thing,” said Gregg White, owner of SERVPRO® of The Andovers. “But to truly protect your family from the dangers of a home fire, at the holidays and throughout the year, you need to start with a fire safety plan. Developing a fire safety plan and practicing it regularly with your family is the most important step you can take to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.”

SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and their disaster response professionals know from experience how devastating a home fire can be. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. This is why SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.  As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed. encourages all -area homeowners to follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire.

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms . Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

 

“Fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things,” said Gregg. “Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.”

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit our website. For more information on SERVPRO® of The Andovers, please contact Raeann Keeley-Pellerin at 978-475-1199 x33 or rpellerin@SERVPROoflawrence.com.

About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Labor Day Fun with Safety in Mind

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Keep children and pets away from any open flames this summer to prevent disasters!

Labor Day is coming up, and is the grilling and fire pit season! Keeping the stove off and lighting that grill or smoker is a summer dream. While we all look forward to that warm weather, it is very important to keep these fire safety tips in mind!

Grilling:

  • Keep a 3 foot clearance on all sides of the grill (that means keep kids and pets clear too!)
  • Do not use the grill near the house, siding, railings, or any overhangs
  • Do not use under trees or shrubbery.
  • Periodically clean the grill and its grease traps to prevent grease fires.
  • If using coals, please make sure they are completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.
  • Fire pits:

  • Before starting the fire, make sure the lid can fit and cover the inside fire in case of emergency
  • Keep the fire pit well away from flammable materials and fluids
  • Do not burn trash, leaves, paper or cardboard that could spark or send hot particles through the air.
  • Other safety reminders:

  • Do not leave grills or fire pits unattended
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Always stay safe with any summer activities. Enjoy your holiday, and when in need, visit our page.