You Can Call Our Technicians 24/7 After A Fire In Your Forest Hills Home
SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood can help you take measures to limit additional deterioration.
Reducing The Level Of Secondary Fire damage In Forest Hills
A little fire can turn into a big blaze in a matter of seconds causing widespread damages. Even after the flames and embers die down, secondary damages can still happen and in most cases lead to severe outcomes such as huge restoration costs that can drive your insurance premiums up. Our professional restoration services can help prevent such secondary damages because we arrive early at your loss site and take preventive measures.
Fire damage in Forest Hills is likely to open up the property and its contents to external elements by shattering windows or puncturing holes on the roof or exterior walls. Such openings create access points for weather elements, wild animals and even vandals to cause further damages. Our SERVPRO technicians board up the affected properties and install roof tarps immediately after arriving at your loss site.
In the aftermath of a fire, several residues including soot and ash spread all over the property. Some of these residues are acidic and therefore cause surfaces to deteriorate through staining and corrosion. Such deterioration mostly affects metallic items or finishes which rust and stone materials such as marble which stain. Our SERVPRO technicians prevent this by pre-cleaning any materials we establish to be at risk. We also apply a thin oil film to protect the material from other residues that may accumulate later. Taking such measures helps prevent subsequent deterioration.
Apart from the damages caused by the fire, the measures taken to put it out can also lead to other damages. Water is the primary fire suppression medium, and it is sprayed in considerable volumes to kill the fire leaving the property wet. Wetness can lead to mold and other forms of deterioration such as rot. Our SERVPRO technicians extract such water fast using water extractors. We also use drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to extract excess moisture.
Homeowners in Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Ridgewood end up footing the bill, whether the damage is from the actual fire or secondary issues. SERVPRO of Forest Hills / Ridgewood can help you take measures to limit additional deterioration. Call us at (718) 381-3702 any time.
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A Guide to Buying Home Fire Extinguishers
Have a fire extinguisher for each floor of your home
A fire extinguisher in your Kew Gardens, NY, home could mean the difference between a cautionary tale you tell for years and a tragedy. Your fire preparedness plan should include placing an extinguisher in an easy-to-reach spot, especially in the kitchen where many home fires start.
A:B:C on the Label
All extinguishers are classified, and home devices have an A, B, or C designation. Many have a combination of the designations. The labels indicate the types of fires you can put out.
- Class A: appropriate for paper, trash, and wood
- Class B: grease and flammable liquids
- fClass C: Electrical appliances and equipment, including live electricity
Other designations are appropriate for warehouses and commercial kitchens.
Strength in the Numbers
Each letter on the label is paired with a number. For example, on a multipurpose extinguisher, you may see: 3-A:40-B:C. The numbers are assigned by the Underwriters Laboratories and describe how effective the fire extinguisher is against specific fires. A 4-A rating indicates a stronger impact against ordinary combustibles than a 3-A. It's normal for the C designation to appear without a number. The designation means that the chemicals within the canister won't conduct electricity. Keep in mind that as these numbers increase, so will the prices.
Weight and Size Matters
After choosing appropriate class designations and strengths, turn your focus to the size of the devices. A portable 2-pound extinguisher is perfect for your car and often comes with hardware to secure it in place. For a home fire, you may want to consider a 5-pound canister for the kitchen or laundry room. A larger model may be best for your garage or workshop. You may even want to consider a stove-top version that pops open to shower baking soda over fires that happen while you're cooking. Before jumping directly to the biggest device, don't forget to factor in your ability to maneuver it during an emergency.
The National Fire Protection Association experts recommend a fire extinguisher for each floor of your home. Turn to home fire remediation professionals to identify each area of the home where fires could happen, and which appropriate device will protect against a fire in your home.
What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?
Boarding up broken window in a Kew Gardens,NY home
The days immediately after a home fire are critical. Homeowners should contact a fire restoration company in Kew Gardens, NY, and notify their insurance provider. The following stages of damage cleaning are necessary to restore a residence.
A service that specializes in fire damage mitigation and restoration will start by assessing the extent of damage. This inspection should include:
- Fire or smoke damage
- Water damage due to fire suppression
- Building materials and contents that can be repaired or restored
- Materials and contents that must be torn out and replaced
This service may help homeowners provide an insurer with proof of loss. Experts can also lay out a timeline for restoration.
A full-service restoration company will provide mitigation services. These include measures such as:
- Boarding-up broken windows
- Tarping over holes in a roof
- Security fencing
These measures can limit additional damage prior to fire restoration. Sealing off a damaged structure may also prevent trespassing.
Damage cleaning is critical to the restoration process. During this phase, experts will:
- Remove ash, soot, damaged materials, and contents
- Clean stained surfaces and items with smoke damage
Filter air and perform odor mitigation
Some of these measures will be done on-site. The service may clean and store smoke-damaged items offsite until restoration is complete.
Once ash, soot, and damaged contents and materials have been removed from the site of a fire, restoration can begin. This may include:
- Rebuilding damaged structures
- Re-installing torn out materials and contents
- Returning cleaned contents
This is the final phase of the fire damage cleanup process. Each stage is critical to restoring the condition of a residence that has suffered a fire.
After a fire at a residence in Kew Gardens, NY, a homeowner should schedule a consultation with a fire restoration company. Insurers prefer to work with certified services that have extensive experience cleaning up smoke and fire damage.