Recent Fire Damage Posts

The Steps to Fire Restoration

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins as soon as you call SERVPRO of Edison. We are open 24/7, and our technicians are trained and equipped to respond to any size disaster.   Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the damage which will help ensure that the SERVPRO team is properly equipped with the right materials needed to help restore your property to pre-fire condition.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Inspection and assessment are important so that you can understand what the remediation and restoration process will entail, and other SERVPRO of Edison team will diligently inspect every aspect of your property so that they can understand the depth of the damage and develop a plan of action. 

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

Fire damage can often damage the structure including roofs, windows, and exterior walls. SERVPRO of Edison will board up exterior damage and/or tarp the roof for additional security and to protect your home from more damage.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying  

If there is water damage as a result of putting out the fire, it is important that the extraction process begin immediately to prevent further damage. The SERVPRO of Edison team will then assess the extent of the damage, and place equipment such as dehumidifiers or air movers where they deem it necessary. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot 

The SERVPRO of Edison team will use specialized techniques and equipment to remove smoke and soot from all impacted surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitation

As a part of the remediation process, our team will clean the affected items and structures using a variety of specialized techniques perfected over years in the remediation industry to make your property look "Like it never even happened."®

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step in the remediation process and may involve large or small repairs. Regardless of the size of the restoration, our technicians are trained and equipped to restore your house or business to pre-fire conditions and will work with you to ensure that it is done properly and quickly.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Edison at 732-248-9555

Commercial Fire Damage

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Edison has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Fire damage can be especially devastating for a business or commercial property. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-damage condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Edison and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business. Whether the fire emergency occurs in a hotel, restaurant, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage, manage the restoration project through to its completion, help get you back to business and make the loss "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Edison specializes in:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Edison at (732) 248-9555



Stay Safe While Grilling this Holiday Weekend

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:

  1. Grill outside and away from any structures
  2. Make sure your grill is stabl
  3. Keep your grill clean
  4. Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
  5. If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
  6. Take care around the grill
  7. Be careful with charcoal starter fluid
  8. Wear the right clothing
  9. Be ready to put out the fire

Other things to keep in mind:

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
  • Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. 
  • If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. 
  • Never use water to put out grease fire.

Precautions to Take While Grilling

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is typically filled with cookouts, BBQs, and family get-togethers, and while this is fun it also brings the possibility of fire hazards. In order to stay safe while still having fun, we’ve created a list of precautions to take while grilling.

Precautions to take while grilling with propane:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
  • Do not leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
  • Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year**
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.

**A light soap & water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

Edison Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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 Edison 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 At 732-248-9555

The Fire Restoration Process

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins as soon as you call SERVPRO of Edison. We are open 24/7, and our technicians are trained and equipped to respond to any size disaster.   Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the damage which will help ensure that the SERVPRO team is properly equipped with the right materials needed to help restore your property to pre-fire condition.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Inspection and assessment are important so that you can understand what the remediation and restoration process will entail, and other SERVPRO of Edison team will diligently inspect every aspect of your property so that they can understand the depth of the damage and develop a plan of action. 

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

Fire damage can often damage the structure including roofs, windows, and exterior walls. SERVPRO of Edison will board up exterior damage and/or tarp the roof for additional security and to protect your home from more damage.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying  

If there is water damage as a result of putting out the fire, it is important that the extraction process begin immediately to prevent further damage. The SERVPRO of Edison team will then assess the extent of the damage, and place equipment such as dehumidifiers or air movers where they deem it necessary. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot 

The SERVPRO of Edison team will use specialized techniques and equipment to remove smoke and soot from all impacted surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitation

As a part of the remediation process, our team will clean the affected items and structures using a variety of specialized techniques perfected over years in the remediation industry to make your property look "Like it never even happened."®

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step in the remediation process and may involve large or small repairs. Regardless of the size of the restoration, our technicians are trained and equipped to restore your house or business to pre-fire conditions and will work with you to ensure that it is done properly and quickly.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Edison at 732-248-9555

The Do’s and Don'ts of Fire and Smoke Damage

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded in the upholstery and carpet
  • Keep your hands clean to prevent further damage
  • Change HVAC filter and have a professional check the system
  • Tape cheesecloths over registers

Don’t:

  • Don't attempt to clean walls, floors, or electronics
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpets or furniture
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or sagging from retained water
  • Don’t send smoke damaged garments to a regular dry cleaner
  • Don't use food items or canned goods that were exposed to the heat of the fire.

If you have experienced fire damage to your home, we are here to help you. You call us at (732) 248-9555 anytime to get a quick response from our restoration experts.



Keeping Your Home’s Smoke Detectors Operational

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are an extremely important component of fire safety. Fires in homes with smoke alarms are less likely to be fatal, as having an early alert to danger can help everyone escape the home safely and effectively.

In addition to installing your smoke alarms on every floor of the home, in every bedroom and in areas that are highly susceptible to fires, it is important that you perform regular maintenance on them to make sure they remain effective and are replaced when they reach the end of their working life.

Important Components of Smoke Alarm Maintenance

  • Check smoke alarms every 30 days. It is recommended to test your smoke alarms at least once a month to make sure they are operational. Alarms should be equipped with a test button you can press and hold to make sure the alarm sounds.
  • Know when to replace the batteries. Smoke alarms used to be  designed to have the batteries replaced annually, but many alarms are now made with long-life batteries that do not require replacement for the lifetime of the unit. Be sure you know which type you have and set a reminder to replace your batteries when the manufacturer recommends it.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Regardless of the model, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years at a minimum. Smoke alarms that are older than 10 years old have a 30% rate of failure, so do not let yours age past their effective lifespan. It is important to note that some smoke alarm models are designed for three- and five-year use, so knowing the details of yours when you install it is important.
  • Vacuum your alarm yearly. Dust can collect in the vents of smoke alarms and make them less sensitive to smoke and high heat. 

If you have experienced fire damage to your home, we are here to help you. You call us at (732) 248-9555 anytime to get a quick response from our restoration experts.



SERVPRO of Edison Responds to Fire Loss

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire erupts on your property it can leave a devastating effect on your home and personal belongings. One little fire can cause a whole house to become fully affected, whether by charred material or soot and smoke damage.

Recently SERVPRO of Edison was called to mitigate a fire loss in Fords, NJ after a fire occurred in an upstairs bedroom. After the fire department deemed the property safe to enter, SERVPRO went right to work. Our technicians started by boarding up all the windows and doors, extracting all material that was wet after the hose-down of the fire, and removing any salvageable content. Within a few short weeks, the property was in the process of being reconstructed and on its way to looking new again. Our quick response helped eliminate any additional damages, and got the home one step closer to making it look “Like it never even happened.”

Local Recycling Center Catches on Fire

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water and Fire Damage at Edison Recycling Center Damages from a fire and water loss in Heller Park Industrial Park located in Edison, NJ.

Recently, a cardboard recycling plant in Edison, NJ had a large fire loss. Our owner was on-site within one hour of the call – at 12:30am. Once the fire department cleared the scene, our crews began extracting the water throughout this massive warehouse. By the end of the day, all the water was extracted and our air movers and dehumidifiers were beginning to dry out the structure. A quick reaction to a fire and smoke loss is critical to ensure the least amount of damage.

Type of Smoke

Paper, cardboard and wood are materials that generate a dry smoke. These types of fires generally have a higher temperature and are fast burning.

Plastics and rubber generate a wet smoke, which is sticky and smears. These types of fires generally have lower temperatures and are slow burning.

Fuel oil smoke and soot can be generated from a furnace puff back.

SERVPRO manufactures all of our cleaning products. Our technicians are expertly trained to know which product to use, depending on the type of fire and smoke each job has.

Have questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot damage?

Call us today at (732) 248-9555

Fire in Colts Neck, NJ

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Residential Fire 2nd Floor Bedroom where the fire started

When a resident in Colts Neck, NJ experienced a fire in a second-floor bedroom, her insurance agent referred SERVPRO of Edison to take care of the demolition, cleaning and deodorization. Within two hours of receiving the call, our Project Manager was on-site formulating a game plan with the homeowner and insurance adjuster. There was smoke and soot throughout most of the home – affecting the structure as well as her personal contents. There was also water damage in the 2nd floor bedroom and rooms below on the 1st floor.  Once given the OK to begin work, the team at SERVPRO of Edison worked diligently and had the home ready for re-construction in less than two weeks.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services:

  • Board up
  • Inventory and Pack out
  • Content Cleaning
  • Demolition
  • Structural Cleaning
  • Deodorization

Do’s and Don’ts regarding Fire Damage:

Do:

  • Call SERVPRO of Edison and your insurance carrier immediately
  • Be cautious of structural damage and other hazards when walking around
  • Take pictures of all affected areas

Don’ts:

  • Do not turn on any electrical appliances or electronic devices
  • Do not attempt to clean any affected surfaces or move any items
  • Do not eat any food or take any prescriptions if they were affected by the smoke or soot
  • Do not run any HVAC systems

SERVPRO of Edison Helped Restore This House After a Fire

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Just a small crack in the chimney mortar caused unimaginable damage.

Fire is an unpredictable disaster that can cause long-lasting damage and destroy a home if not remediated properly.Even the smallest of fires can be a life altering experience for owners and occupants of a home. We recently were called in to help a local family remediate and recover from a fire damage in their home. Having put out the fire in their fireplace, the family went to bed, not anticipating that an unknown crack in their chimney would have such a devastating effect on their home. A hot ember became trapped in the crack, causing a fire to start in the chimney. Fortunately, the family smelled the smoke in the night, called in the fire department and everyone was safely evacuated. The fire was limited to the family room, but the smoke spread throughout the house, causing damage to the contents in the kitchen, living room, laundry room, bedroom and garage. Many restoration companies reached out to provide service, but they chose to work with SERVPRO because we were the company that made them feel most comfortable and assured that their home would be returned to its original condition. We quickly began work to remediate their property. We brought in a dry cleaning specialist to remove and clean their content, and also removed the content that was damaged beyond repair. We then cleaned the home to get rid of the smoke damage. This is just one story of how we made a disaster “Like it never even happened!”

Call SERVPRO of Edison at 732-248-9555 to schedule your appointment today!