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Fire damage cleanup – Old Orchard Beach, ME

Who Can I Hire to Fix My House After a Fire?

After a fire in your home, it is important that you hire a restoration team that can assess the damage.  These damages often go beyond what a quick, visual inspection can offer.  A fire can wreak havoc on the structure of the building, roof, HVAC system and even the plumbing.  A company that is experienced in dealing with these unique challenges that the aftermath of a fire can present is the best team to help repair the home.

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Who Is the Best Disaster Restoration Company

Who Is the Best Disaster Restoration Company?

If a fire or flood causes damage to your home or business, you need a disaster restoration company with experience evaluating and repairing the damage.  A proven track record, with years if not decades of experience will ensure that the restoration company can effectively help with the situation.  It is also important that the restoration business that you choose is fully insured.

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Tips for Preventing House Fires

Tips for Preventing House Fires: Properly Dispose of Oily Rags After Use

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.

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How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odor from My Property

How Can I Get Rid of Smoke Odor from My Property?

After a fire, it can be a challenge to remove underlying smoke odors from the carpet, furniture and even walls.  It is important to ventilate the area as much as possible, opening doors and windows.  Fans directed to exhaust the air outdoors will also help to speed up the process.  A deep cleaning of the entire home, including washing the walls, flooring and upholstery will go a long way to removing any lingering smoke odors.

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Smoke Odor Removal

How Do I Remove Smoke Odor?

To remove the odor of smoke, ventilate the home as much as possible.  This includes opening windows and doors and strategically placing large fans to circulate the air.  Baking soda can also be very effective at removing smoke odors.  Place several small bowls filled with baking soda around the room for 24 hours, allowing them to absorb the odors.  You can sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda onto rugs and carpeting.

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It’s Important to Have Awareness While Repairing Fire Damage – Bedford, NH

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 of the fire, areas now experienced water damage due to exposure from the fire hoses.

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Preventing Fire Damage from Supplemental Heat Sources

Many of the sources that we use to supplement, or entirely heat, a home in the winter can actually pose a potential fire risk if you are not careful.  These include wood-burning fireplaces, pellet stoves and space heaters.  While they can be great sources of heat, you should take precautions to ensure that there is no risk of a fire, which can badly damage your home and belongings.

Fireplace Safety

  • Keep all flammable objects a safe distance away from the fire, typically a minimum of three feet
  • Place a screen over the fireplace to prevent burning embers from escaping
  • Have the chimney professionally inspected and cleaned annually
  • Ensure that there is appropriate venting
  • Install a chimney cap to prevent leaves and debris from falling into the chimney
  • Burn only well-seasoned, dry hardwood
  • Dispose of ashes safely in a metal container with a lid

Pellet Stove Safety

  • Keep flammable objects, including walls and furniture, a safe distance away from the stove
  • Use only high-quality pellets
  • Inspect and clean the stove regularly
  • Schedule annual maintenance by a professional
  • Dispose of ashes safely, placing them in a metal container with a lid

Space Heater Safety

  • Always turn off and unplug the space heater when it is not in use
  • Never leave a space heater unattended when turned on
  • Do not place the heater under a desk or in an enclosed space
  • Plug directly into the wall outlet
  • Ensure that your space heater has an automatic shut off

Beyond these safety precautions, it is important to have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home.  Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible near any of these heat sources and they should never be left unattended or with small children or pets alone.  By adhering to these safety practices, you can ensure that your home is toasty and warm all winter long. 

If you do experience a fire, Soil-Away has teams on call 24/7 to assess the damage and begin the restoration process immediately.  In an emergency contact Soil-Away at 603-641-6555.

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Fire Damage Repairs: Where to Begin

The damage of a fire persists long after the flames are out.  There is often water damage from extinguishing the fire that needs to be addressed.  Smoke and soot can both leave behind a residue on belongings, as well as the walls and ceiling.  Before the area can be considered livable again, these will all need to be addressed, including the sanitization process.

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smoke odor removal - hudson, nh

Smoke Odor Removal – Hudson, NH

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 the AC system and air ducts. It can land on, and stick to, furniture, carpets and upholstery. It leaves odor on everything it touches – which can be just about anything. After breathing this pungent smell for a while, you become anxious for clean air. You need to find someone who is good at smoke odor removal. Smoke odor is difficult to remove and is comprised of harmful chemicals so it’s important to get help.

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electrical fire damage cleanup Nashua NH

Electrical Fire Damage Cleanup – Nashua, NH

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 of electrical fire damage cleanup is a tedious task. Not just damaged or lost property, but also the scar that is left behind in the wake of the fire. Having good insurance coverage will come in handy should a fire occur.

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Fire and Smoke Damage - Portland, ME

Fire and Smoke Damage – Portland, ME

A house in Portland, ME has fire and smoke damage after a large fire started from an air conditioner malfunction.  The fire occurred while the family was asleep.  The smoke detectors inside the house were not working properly, so the fire was able to spread throughout much of the house unheard.  Thankfully, the family woke up when they smelled the smoke.  Quickly, they rushed their pets outside and called for help.  If they were minutes later, they could have been burned, and their pets may have perished from the smoke and fire.  The family, animals, and the house were saved, but not without serious fire and smoke damage.

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Be Aware of These Home Heat Sources for Fire and Smoke Damage Prevention

A fire can develop and spread very quickly in a home.  Many homeowners may be putting their home at risk through everyday actions and not even realize it.  In some cases the fire and smoke damage could have been prevented if the homeowner was aware of heat sources in the home that could be increasing their risk. 

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