As a homeowner, extensive damages are the last thing that you want to think about. However, they should be on your mind! One of the biggest things that you can do to help avoid these damages revolves around understanding how they can come about in the first place. This way, you can enact preventative measures that decrease your chances of having to suffer the consequences! This is especially the case with chimney soot damage, which can take a lot to amend. So, what causes chimney soot damage?...
During New England winters, it is ideal to be cuddled up by your fireplace during a cold night. Though without proper precaution and maintenance, your cozy warm night can turn into a disaster. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, an average of 17,600 chimney fires happen annually in the United States.
Follow along as the fire and soot restoration experts at Soil-Away go over chimney fire prevention tips so you can feel safe and secure with your family around the fire this...
A big, and yet often preventable, cause of fires in the home is oil-soaked rags. Summer is a great time for home improvement projects, particularly those that need to be done outdoors. One project that is sometimes taken on by the homeowner is staining a deck, porch or outdoor railing. The oil-based stain soaks through the rags. When not properly disposed of or stored, exposure to the heat outdoors and trapped oxygen can cause these oily rags to ignite.
Clothing and other soft contents, such as stuffed animals, can be cleaned after a fire’s smoke and soot have damaged them. Using patented technology, the Esporta iS4000 Wash System is able to not only remove any debris and odors, but it can also sanitize the items. This process ensures that soft contents are safe to be on your body after a fire, removing the underlying bacteria and grime.
Repairing fire damage is not an easy task. Think about the theater in Bedford, NH. Fire trucks came to put out the fire. After the firefighters put out the fire, the
theater needed repairs for the structural damage to the building, as well as soft
contents restoration for all the costumes and props that were covered in
soot and smoke. On top of this, the
theater needed air duct cleaning because of soot and smoke making its way into
the HVAC units, and during the extinguishing...
Smoke odor – no one likes the smell of smoke odor. It’s a
thick, choking smell that seems to permeate throughout your home or business.
The terrible smell seems to stick in your nostrils wherever you go. The acrid
odor of cigarette
smoke is bad enough, but on a larger scale, it’s almost unbearable. If your
Hudson, NH home has been the victim of a house fire, the smell can get intense.
During a fire, smoke travels through minute cracks and crevice’s in your property.
It can even seep in through...
As you meander within your home
in Nashua, NH, your nose catches the slight scent of smoke. Panicked, you run
around the house, trying to find where it’s coming from. Then you hear a loud
sparking sound. You rush to its source to find the room enveloped in flames.
You call the emergency number, and soon enough, the firefighters arrive,
extinguish the fire, then depart. In the aftermath, you let out a sigh as you
now must contend with, what you observed, the electrical fire damage. The task
After the fire has been put out you will likely be battling smoke odor which can linger for quite some time. It is important that you address this, taking necessary steps to remove the smoke smell from the home. This will allow you to put the fire and property damage fully behind you, allowing your family closure from the ordeal.
Following the completion of fire restoration
services, homeowners and businesses must turn to the renovation or rebuild
phase. Depending on the severity of the
fire and the level of the damage, this often requires construction services to
restore the building. This construction
may be simply replacing kitchen cabinetry or as in-depth as gutting the area
for a complete rebuild.
Sadly, not all businesses have the best intentions after a fire, when families and businesses are feeling their most vulnerable. There are many companies, coined “Fire Chasers”, that will find businesses and homes affected by fire by listening to police scanners. Their goal is to quickly visit the destination of the disaster and sign business for their companies. These companies show up uninvited, pushing their services to restore your home or business.
Fires can leave a trail of devastation for homeowners, not only with the damage to the home itself but the family’s belongings. While insurance can go a long way to making the homeowner whole again, it can be difficult overcoming the emotional hurdles of losing those sentimental items. As an Auburn, NH family learned after a small fire in their home, it is well worth the effort for every homeowner to take some necessary precautions to prevent house fires.
The temperatures outside, while not quite freezing yet, are starting to drop dramatically and homeowners are switching on the heat to combat these temperatures. With the price of fuel today many also begin to seek alternative sources to supplement their home’s heating system during these winter months. These types of alternative heat sources may also come with serious fire risks that you should be aware of if not taking the proper precautions.
Soil-Away is a full service disaster restoration contractor. Our team specializes in 24/7 emergency response for fire, smoke, water, flood, mold and biohazard damage to your property. Soil-Away is based in New Hampshire and has been serving commercial and residential clients throughout New England since 1990.