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When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Miami Garage, Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Help!

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Miami Garage, Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Help! Our emergency response crews are ready 24/7 and can be onsite in hours to mitigate your fire loss.

SERVPRO Tackles Big Fire Damage In Miami Garage

After fire damage happens to a home, one of the most important things a homeowner can do is avoid the area. Why? This inhibits the spread of smelly soot particles to currently unaffected areas of the home. If it winds up in your ductwork, they will require cleaning to get rid of the smoke odor.

SERVPRO answered a call from an owner in Miami with extensive fire damage to their attached garage from an electrical fire. During the call, we advised the homeowner to keep the interior door to the garage closed and to tape around the door frame. This action assists in keeping odor-causing soot particles out of other areas of the home.

On arrival, we immediately contained the doorway to the garage and began scoping the damage. There were few contents in the garage in restorable condition; many of the power tools were a loss as the rubber coated wiring inside and outside melted. Our technicians packed out the homeowner's standing metal tool chest and a couple of large metal shelving units that needed cleaning but were otherwise in good shape for remedial actions at our location.

After removing salvageable items and debris, our technicians went to work on the charred building materials. Sheetrock damaged by fire requires removal as it contributes nothing but odor. We utilized controlled demolition techniques to save as much of the framework as possible for rebuilding the garage.

Our technicians used vacuums with HEPA filtration to pick up soot particles left and then deployed air scrubbers with HEPA filters to capture particulate matter smaller than the human can see but does not escape detection by the human nose if left behind.

The final stage of getting the fire loss area ready for rebuilding comes in the form of disinfection and odor control. We hand clean all surfaces to ensure, and if any residual reminders of the fire remain, we eradicate it. We have many methods for odor control, and in this case, we chose to apply thermal fogging to the garage area to thoroughly neutralize odor so the garage would be ready for rebuilding.

Call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900. Our emergency response crews are ready 24/7 and can be onsite in hours to mitigate your fire loss and restore your property to its preloss condition, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Clean Wet Smoke Residues In Your Miami Condo

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Damage Experts Can Clean Wet Smoke Residues In Your Miami Condo You can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (305) 269-8900.

Cleaning Wet Smoke Residue In Miami Condos

In many of the Miami condos stretched out along the coastline, people strive to maintain the look and aesthetic appeal of these properties through constant maintenance and upkeep. While many of the potential hazards have gotten partially addressed through reinforced construction and flood diversion techniques to protect condos against severe weather threats, other disasters like fires can still threaten an area residence at any time.

While fire damage can vary from one Miami condo to another, there are common concerns shared with all of these instances that must get addressed by competent and qualified professionals. Our licensed technicians have extensive training and continued education in the fire loss recovery niche of the restoration industry, making us ideal experts to handle every facet of returning your fire-damaged condo to its original condition.

Among the primary tasks of our SERVPRO team when we first arrive at your condo is to assess the entire scope of the damage. Understanding the tools and processes required immediately can help us to limit the restoration time and cost for our customers. During this inspection, we can often earmark belongings and furniture throughout the condo for temporary removal and cleaning during restoration. These items can get taken to our facility for focused cleaning, deodorization, and other attentive actions to return them to preloss condition.

Wet smoke is always a possibility for local fires, and the residue and staining this instance can cause can be problematic for our professionals to address. With sophisticated vacuums, brushes, and effective cleaning agents, our SERVPRO team can protect marble countertops, plush carpeting, and other amenities. Wet smoke is not something that homeowners should attempt to address on their own, however, as these residues can set in quickly to allow staining that can prove stubborn and challenging for even talented restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team to remove.

Your condo features premium building materials and some of the most exceptional aesthetic combinations throughout the entire Miami coastline, and this is a reason that these appealing features are worth preserving and protecting when disaster strikes. You can count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Miami professionals. You can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (305) 269-8900.

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Here is a Method That is Helping with Fire Damage Remediation in Miami

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here is a Method That is Helping with Fire Damage Remediation in Miami When a fire damages your home, it is best to react quickly and call in professional help. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to take your call.

One Factor in Restoring Fire Damage in Miami Depends on Where the Smoke Went

When we get a call requesting an emergency response team to a residential fire, our technicians get to work immediately diagnosing where the smoke went. Sometimes homeowners tell our technicians that the fire was in a limited area of a room, but unless contained, soot particles and smoke residues can get transferred to other areas of the home and require treatment to eliminate odor-causing particles.

While remediating fire damage in Miami, our technicians may contain areas by using clear, poly sheeting over doorways and vents to stop the spread of soot any further in the home. We track the probable path of the smoke and test for the types of residues we are dealing with. There can be different types of residues in a single area, and each requires a different cleaning method to be effectively removed.

For example, frying a frozen turkey is extremely dangerous, yet 900 homes are damaged every year according to the National Fire Protection Association. When the ice from the turkey hit the hot oil, the ice becomes steam and expands to over 1500 times its original volume resulting in a massive flash fire. The result can be smoke residue from a protein fire from the turkey which leaves little in the way of visible residue and a considerable amount of pungent odor, wet residue from synthetic or rubber everyday kitchen items in the area and dry smoke residue from burned wood and organic building materials.

SERVPRO technicians address each type of residue with their knowledge of the cleaning methods needed. Wet smoke needs a wet sponge treatment to lift the greasy, heavy residues. While dry smoke does not need to be wet and dry sponge methods are used to lift it away from surfaces.

After a fire odors may be an issue that thorough cleaning does not completely eradicate. Our technicians have equipment such as thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to completely neutralize all traces of smoke smell. If any building materials are beyond restoration, we offer a complete line of building services to return your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of South Miami has emergency response teams available 24-hours a day by calling (305) 269-8900. No matter if your fire damage is large or small, we can clean up, eliminate odors and rebuild.

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Call Our Experts After A Fire Has Caused Significant Damage To Your Coral Gables Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call Our Experts After A Fire Has Caused Significant Damage To Your Coral Gables Home A call to SERVPRO of South Miami represents peace of mind.

Small Fire In Coral Gables Requires Professional Help

It is hard to imagine that a home in Coral Gables could catch on fire. Most houses on the tree-lined streets of the City Beautiful have stood there for decades, braving thunderstorms and hurricanes, seemingly unmovable by the elements. However, it is precisely their longevity that makes your home vulnerable to malfunction with old wiring that could cause a fire in your property. Even when it seems like a small event contained to just a part of your house, reaching out to a specialized team can make all the difference.

When there is fire damage to your Coral Gables property, our SERVPRO team is close by and readily available to help restore your home. Our team is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week with the goal of reacting as soon as the emergency takes place. The longer the smoke residue and water remnants sit on your home, the more widespread the damage can be. Taking fast action can make all the difference in returning your home to mint condition.

Upon your call, our SERVPRO Green Fleet arrives at your home to assess the damage and determine the path of the fire. With this information, we're able to plan for immediate needs and anticipate any long-term consequences. Our wide array of equipment is able to extract any water left after firefighters extinguished the flames home and return moisture readings to their appropriate levels. We also focus on identifying the different surfaces affected by smoke and soot with the goal of applying a material-specific solution for their removal. Due to our formal training as well as our on the field expertise we can make a work plan focused on cleaning your home while salvaging as much of its contents as possible.

Many of our SERVPRO customers worry about the smell of smoke left after a fire. It can feel like upholstery, rugs and the very walls of your home can not lose the offending odor. In reality, we are trained to tackle the issue in different ways. Depending on the specifics, our team may use air scrubbers to rid the air of the offending particles, or we may bring in an ozone generator to alter the air molecules and break down the smell. For more extensive odor removal we may use air filters specifically designed to purify the environment in your home.

A call to SERVPRO of South Miami represents peace of mind. By dialing (305) 269-8900 you will enlist the knowledge and expertise of a professional team, all focused on making your home look “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Coral Gables

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Coral Gables We are here 24/7 to help restore your home after the flames of the fire have been put out. Our technicians can clean all the areas and save valuables

Restoring Property to Pre-loss State After Fire Damage in Coral Gables

Fire destroys property fast, and in different ways, so complications can always arise in any restoration process. Knowing which steps to take immediately after the fire is put out can help ease the process. Working with our IICRC certified restoration technicians can help restore your Coral Gables home to preloss state easily.

Putting out the flames does not mean the end of fire damage in Coral Gables. In many cases, the fire creates an opportunity for other damages to arise. For example, if the blaze is fierce enough to puncture a hole in the roof or walls of the house, it creates an opportunity for weather elements to ruin the property further. Even in small fires, secondary problems can arise. For example, moisture from sprinklers or the water used by firemen to quell the blaze saturates surfaces it sets smoke residues. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent these secondary problems by boarding up the affected structure immediately. We also bring water extraction and drying equipment to loss sites to help combat moisture problems.

Bad odors are typical after a fire incident. It can manifest if there are aerosols and other smoke residues in the air. Various residues deposited on surfaces also tend to produce pungent odors especially when synthetic materials, fuel oils or proteins are burnt. Such smells can only go away after removing the residues. Our SERVPRO technicians clean all affected areas. We also use different procedures to deodorize the property. For example, fogging the area with neutralizers, sanitizers, and digesters helps because the best way to get rid of smells is to replicate the conditions that caused them in the first place.

It is not always possible to salvage items damaged by flames. The fire damage on drywall, ceiling or other organic materials might be too extensive for restoration to work. Replacing such materials helps deal with the damage effectively. Our SERVPRO technicians are well-versed, with the teardown, build up and refinishing processes needed in such areas.

Restoring fire-razed property can be a tricky process. Call SERVPRO of South Miami to help determine the best steps to take. You can reach us at (305) 269-8900 any day. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Grilling Ribs and Steaks in Miami Gardens? Invite SERVPRO to Cleanup Any Mishaps with Fire Loss

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling Ribs and Steaks in Miami Gardens? Invite SERVPRO to Cleanup Any Mishaps with Fire Loss Miami Gardens Grilling Flare-Up? Call SERVPRO to Cleanup the Mess

Fire Damage Technicians Out of Miami Gardens Discuss Problems with Barbecues

During this time of year in Miami Gardens, many people enjoy barbecuing on the grill outside. Many do not realize it, but outdoor barbecues are very often a source of fire damage. At any time, the wind can pick up and send a chunk of charcoal flying toward your house. Since it is estimated that 75% of American families own an outdoor grill the risk is one that everyone should take seriously. Every year around 600 structures experience fire damage as a result of outdoor cooking, which is almost two every day.
 
According to the statistics, the summer months are when most grill-caused burns take place. In Southern Florida, barbequing is a year-round event. One minute you can be grilling a steak outside in Miami Gardens, then fire damage can suddenly occur. Most of the cases of structure fires started by barbecues happen when people use charcoal or other solid fuels. However, when propane or gas grills leak, they can also set components and fixtures ablaze.
 
Once a flaming hot piece of charcoal gets close to fuel outside your home or your house itself, the cooking fuel can start a fire that can burn just a part or all of your building. Once the fire gets extinguished, and everyone is safe it is time to call in SERVPRO's experts to assess the situation. Initially, our estimators go in and inspect your entire property for problems. We come to your place equipped with a testing kit that helps us determine whether we can restore things inside your house or not. Once we have inspected everything that got affected, our SERVPRO estimators write up a preliminary estimate for you and your insurance adjuster. Often, all it takes is a spot-inspection to identify the problem areas and start a cleanup and recovery service.
 
Even if the fire did not burn into your house very far, smoke could still be a problem. Smoke consists of partially combusted particles that solidify when they come into contact with cooler surfaces. Once smoke hits a surface, it can penetrate into the item causing burnt odors to exist and coat the surface of the object with soot residue.
 
If you ever have an accident while barbecuing like 600 other Americans every day do, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (786) 610-5955 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Working to Get Your Miami Home's Fire Damage Insurance Claim Through Quickly

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Working to Get Your Miami Home's Fire Damage Insurance Claim Through Quickly SERVPRO technicians assess the damage after a fire as part of our operating practice. Contact us right away for best results.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Work Diligently to Assess the Damage in Your Home After a Fire

A fire in your Miami home can be a challenging thing to make sense of, let alone to face. With the slew of damages that result from even the smallest of blazes, these lingering effects and acute conditions require immediate attention and a professional’s touch to restore and rebuild properly. Regardless of the size of the fire that started in your house, finding the right professional assistance can make what follows afterward to go much more efficiently.
 
Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your home, you can begin to take a better look at the fire damages in Miami that you face. Fortunately, a thorough inspection and assessment is part of the SERVPRO process when we are called to give estimates or to provide the necessary information to an insurance provider that has reached out to our company.
 
This assessment helps our team to better determine the full scope of the present damage and what has to happen to restore your home to preloss conditions. Often our project manager and estimator both assess the damage, working out a running catalogue of damages and equipment necessary to complete this restoration most efficiently.
 
The estimation itself is often shared with the homeowner but ultimately given to the insurance provider or adjuster, so that the claims process can move along. The sooner that this claim can get processed, the faster that work can begin on your house to bring it back to original conditions. Our SERVPRO team often works directly with the insurance company representative to save you time and the headache of running necessary paperwork and information back and forth.
 
As you can see, our team puts a lot of time and effort into making a restoration that your home needs as simple and easy as possible. We strive to respond quickly and to get started promptly in helping to clean up the mess and return your home to its former conditions. You can count on our SERVPRO of South Miami fire damage specialists. Give us a call 24/7 at (786) 610-5955.

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Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Kendall

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage in Kendall When you are facing fire damage, SERVPRO is the company to contact for effective remediation services. Call right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Remediates Fire Damage from Assessment to Odor Removal

Most Kendall home fire damage does not cause major structural damage, but there is always some physical damage from heat and flames. Most homeowners have to deal with the common, secondary issue created by the local fire department when they extinguish the fire.
 
The goal of SERVPRO is not just to remediate fire damage in Kendall homes, but also to reduce and hopefully prevent any secondary damage while cleaning up from the original disaster. Our response teams perform both sets of tasks concurrently to ensure we can return each home in its pre-fire condition to every owner as quickly as possible.
 
Our teams begin by removing structural and personal property to reduce the odors in the home and prevent further contamination from smoke and soot residues. This action includes any scorched items or anything heavily covered in soot and smoke residues. They dispose of all burned items and remove the rest to our offices where specialists use commercial-grade cleaning agents and sound wave generating immersion tanks to remove the extra thick layers of residues.
 
For items covered in only light-to-medium layers of residues, our technicians remove them to an unaffected area of the home and clean them in place. They can usually accomplish this using dry or wet sponges, and one of the milder cleaning agents in our inventory.
 
As the cleaning continues, a SERVPRO inspector examines the entry points, walls, and even the roof for damage. For broken windows and doors, team members cover them temporarily with plywood. Depending on the level of damage to the roof or walls, our specialists cover them with plywood or use tarps. Team members accomplish this to not only protect against inclement weather, but to also protect the interior of the home from the rodents, animals, and other pests native to Florida.
 
After cleaning the home, our team then deodorizes it. Odors can linger for weeks and months after all other damage has been removed or remediated. Technicians can usually eliminate odors with a combination of deodorizing sprays, but if the odors deeply penetrated the wood framing, they use an ozone machine to generate a gas that penetrates to the same level as the original odor and eliminates it.
 
Stopping and preventing further fire damage is not a short task, but SERVPRO of South Miami is here with you at every step of the process. If you have any lingering odors or other problems after a recent fire, call us at (305) 269-8900 to begin returning your home to its pre-fire condition and your family back to its normal state as well.

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Fire Damage Technicians Out Of Kendall Explain Different Types Of Smoke Residues

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians Out Of Kendall Explain Different Types Of Smoke Residues Kendall Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration Needed? Contact SERVPRO

Soot and Smoke Odors and Films Are Handled by SERVPRO

If a fire ever starts on your property in Kendall, the heat and the smoke coming from the blaze can both cause you problems. The flames and heat can burn structural materials and components causing them to be removed and replaced. Smoke coming from the burn can travel throughout the entire home and ruin items.
 
Smoke residues can permanently stain contents and building materials requiring them to be replaced. In some fire damage scenarios in Kendall, it is possible to save your possessions and building materials with cleaning and removing soot residues. How easy it is to clean items depends on the types of soot present inside the structure after the burn takes place.
 
Cleanability of soot residues varies based on how wet or dry the smoke that traveled through the building was. Dry smoke is created by blazes that burn natural materials at a fast rate and have plenty of oxygen. Wet smoke is produced by fires that burn synthetic materials slowly and are oxygen-starved. Most fires create a variety of both wet and dry smoke throughout their duration.
 
Dry smoke is easier to clean than wet smoke, and our SERVPRO technicians can wipe it off with dry sponges or clean it with water-based chemicals. Vacuuming carpets and fabrics of loose soot and debris are very useful as an initial step. If the smoke is more dry than wet, less aggressive cleaning methods can be used to remove the soot. If the smoke is too wet, then cleaning can be extremely difficult or impossible.
 
If the fire starts inside your kitchen, then there is a good chance that the fuels burned was a protein such as meat, poultry, or fish. Proteins produce smoke that leaves behind residues that are yellow or amber in color. Protein residues created foul odors and must get cleaned so that odors are eliminated. In some cases, all areas of the home must be cleaned because foul odors can exist even if the protein residues cannot be seen.
 
Fuel oil soot can also be created during a fire. In colder climates, soot tags that resemble black spider webs can be seen in corners and ceiling areas. Fresh soot usually comes in large or small particles and can usually be cleaned easily. For professional help cleaning different types of soot residues, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Trusting Professional Restoration To Handle Your Kendale Lakes House Fire Damage

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Trusting Professional Restoration To Handle Your Kendale Lakes House Fire Damage We have the tools and experience to clean and restore your fire damaged property.

SERVPRO is The Company To Call When Fire Damage Strikes Your Kendale Lakes Property

When fire ravages your Kendale Lakes home, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the effects you have to face. While you might want to do your best to care for these immediate concerns on your own, often trying to resolve and restore damages of this nature only get worse from inexperienced attempts to remedy them. Fortunately, you always have professional restoration services at your disposal to help you overcome even the most traumatic of lingering symptoms and pressing concerns.

Since there are so many different causes of fires, the damage that they cause can vary significantly as well. Finding the right approach to dealing with the fire damages to your Kendale Lakes home can be as simple as reaching out to SERVPRO. Our experienced restoration technicians get specially trained in all varieties of fire damages and the best methods of restoring your home and its contents from each effect it could experience.

From the moment that our team arrives at your home, our assessment begins. We inspect every area of your home, even the rooms adjacent to where the fire occurred to get a full scope of the damage that your home faces and what has to happen to restore it entirely. This process is better for you to get involved with as well, so you can voice some of your most pressing concerns as well as have parts of our restoration process explained to you so you can adequately prepare for your role in the process.

Tackling each of these effects and symptoms might take some time, but our SERVPRO professionals work to restore your home and its contents thoroughly. The process includes working directly with the insurance company which handles the claim you have to make for the damage to the house, to save you the stress and legwork of working with an insurance company adjuster on your own.

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While there are many facets to the restoration process following a fire to your home, you are always in good hands with SERVPRO of South Miami. Our experienced fire restoration technicians are available 24/7 to help you when you need us the most. Give us a call anytime at (305) 269-8900.

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Kendall's Fire Damage Professionals

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kendall's Fire Damage Professionals After the fire is put out and no longer a danger, it is time to assess the damages.

Fire Damage Professionals

In most cases, you will never expect it, but it is a possibility that a fire starts inside your Kendall home. Any time a fire starts the priority is to make sure your family and your pets are safe. Next, the blaze gets put out either by you or the fire department depending on the severity of the fire.

After the fire is put out and no longer a danger, it is time to assess the damages. When figuring out how the fire damaged your house, it is wise to call SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Kendall to help you find all of the damaged areas. When a fire starts, the flames, heat, and smoke coming from the burn all cause different types of damage inside your home.

Our experts at SERVPRO get trained in the theory of fire. When flames start, smoke and soot collect onto surfaces all over the building. When it comes to removing residues, some is hard to remove, and some are not.

Whenever enough heat reaches any material, combustion occurs. Combustion is the act of solid substance turning into a gas through the application of heat. Sometimes soot is created by elements burning but not fully combusting the entire way. In this case, the sediment formed from partially charred materials is harder to remove.

When full combustion occurs, the burnt materials turn into smoke that gets released into the air. When a fire is actively burning, the smoke contains carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, which are both gases that are hazardous for humans to breathe. Once the fire gets put out, the harmful gases subside.

Smoke coming out of fire causes materials to get enveloped by a foul odor. Smoke also contacts surfaces and leaves soot and smoke residues that stay after the smoke dissipates. Soot left by smoke is usually easier to clean off of most surfaces than carbon resulting from half-burnt materials.

Whenever dealing with a fire or smoke damage problem, it is essential to get the official opinion from the experts. For a complete and professional remediation job, call SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900 for help 24/7.

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Identifying and Responding to Electrical Fire Damage in Miami

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Identifying and Responding to Electrical Fire Damage in Miami Electrical fires must be handled differently than regular fires.

It is Important to Understand the Difference of an Electrical Fire

Electrical fires are different from regular fires in a few ways. While both have the potential to spread across your home and cause a much more significant problem, small fires and electrical fires must be approached and considered as fundamentally different processes. Electrical appliances, plugs, and cables are among the leading causes of fire damage in Miami, accounting for hundreds of confirmed cases every year and potentially much more where the source is unknown.

What an Electrical Fire Looks Like

Electrical fire damage in Miami can often look exactly like regular fire damage, albeit with a few fundamental differences. Most importantly, the source of the fire should be an electric appliance or cable and easily identifiable as such. Use common sense here: if you think the object on fire has an active wall connection or battery, treat it as an electrical fire. However, some electrical fires can also give off additional warning signs. Some may burn an unusual color, or send off sparks in either sporadic bursts or a consistent stream and pattern. If you observe any of these warning signs, be wary, and treat the fire with as much caution as possible.

Dealing with Electrical Fires

Eliminating a small electrical fire is relatively easy, but if done improperly, also very dangerous. Electrical fires cannot be put out using water-based products, including some older types of fire extinguishers. The electronics underneath are likely to be very unstable and prone to becoming an electrocution hazard, especially when sprayed with a stream of pressurized water. The only time water should be used against an electrical fire is long after the fire has spread, and firefighters are forced to use water hoses to douse the flames. Make sure your home has modern, functioning CO2 or chemical fire extinguishers placed at critical locations so that you can effectively combat any type of fire, even an electrical one.

SERVPRO of South Miami is a locally owned company with national resources dedicated to helping local homeowners respond to and recover from disasters and damages to their home. Call us at (305) 269-8900.

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Avoid Costly Fire Damage Throughout Your Coral Terrace Home By Contacting Experts Today

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Costly Fire Damage Throughout Your Coral Terrace Home By Contacting Experts Today Unfortunately, fires occur on their schedule, causing fire damage to your Coral Terrace home when you least expect it.

Avoid Fire Damage

You may find that many professionals recommend having a qualified professional inspect your Coral Terrace home before tragedy strikes. They do so because it is much easier and far less expensive to catch fire hazards early. Restoration technicians can perform an inspection of your property that gives you insight into what to avoid, lessening potential risks.

Unfortunately, fires occur on their schedule, causing fire damage to your Coral Terrace home when you least expect it. Having access to an IICRC certified team of professionals can have a major impact on the quality of your restoration after a fire, and give you the help you need immediately. Never settle for less when dealing with getting your home back on track after emergency situations occur.

The fire itself causes significant damages to surfaces touched by flames. Combustion often causes permanent damage, making restoration impossible. While some of the areas require replacement materials installed, other surfaces are fully restorable. However, it takes a professionally trained technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, to limit any losses you might experience.

Smoke, soot, and ash residues often make their way into every crack and crevice, reaching a far wider area than the original fire. A small kitchen fire, for instance, can spread smoke throughout your home that continually causes damage until someone addresses the problem appropriately. SERVPRO uses a variety of cleaning methods and equipment to mitigate damages to various surfaces in your home.

Water issues always accompany a fire, because firefighters use water to put the flames out. They do a great job, and we appreciate what they do. However, if this water is not taken care of immediately, residues begin to penetrate tougher surfaces making it harder for restoration technicians to restore many of the contents of your home. Fast response is an essential part of a successful recovery. SERVPRO gives you access to experienced professionals, trained and certified in fire, smoke, and water damage restoration services, who offer full-service solutions to get you back into your home as soon as possible after a fire. We take the lead, managing your entire restoration from start to finish, and thoroughly explain every step of the process.

SERVPRO of South Miami has technicians ready to answer your call. We are proud to serve Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne, and many other local communities (305) 269-8900.

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SERVPRO Provides Excellent Fire Damage Restorations For Homeowners In Key Biscayne

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Provides Excellent Fire Damage Restorations For Homeowners In Key Biscayne A multitude of problems can develop after a fire occurs in your Key Biscayne property.

Fire Damage Restorations For Homeowners

A multitude of problems can develop after a fire occurs in your Key Biscayne property. The fire itself does significant damage to items touched by flames while smoke and soot residues permeate the rest of your home with little to stand in the way.

You need to take all of the necessary precautions before entering your Key Biscayne home after experiencing fire damage. Besides natural hazards that may exist, entering your property without the proper protection can lead to secondary damages or making some items unrestorable. Protect your investment wisely, hire a quality restoration team to help get you back on your feet after an emergency occurs.

SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available 365-days a year, including holidays. We train hard and make ourselves available so that you can rest easy knowing that professionals are available whenever you need us. Our technicians have IICRC-industry certification, follow local, state, and federal guidelines to perform restorations on your property while demonstrating efficiency and providing each customer with the services they deserve.

Insurance companies like working with SERVPRO because we offer a full solution to our clients. We manage your entire restoration, providing customers with a detailed outline of each stage, and answer any questions that you may have throughout the fire restoration process. We help you understand the paperwork needed to process your claim and fight to get you what you deserve to return things to normal.

Having a company like SERVPRO on your side after an emergency occurs on your property can make a major difference in protecting the value of your investment. The amount of time and effort we put into your restoration proves the amount of dedication we have to improve your circumstances. We put every resource available to work for you, supplying the proper amount of personnel and equipment to produce results quickly and efficiently.

Consider calling SERVPRO of South Miami for all of your emergency needs. We are ready and willing to answer your call for help, anytime, day or night. (305) 269-8900.

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Avoiding Kitchen Fires in Your Coconut Grove Home

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding Kitchen Fires in Your Coconut Grove Home Cooking fires are the most common household fires.

Avoiding Kitchen Fires

Cooking fires are the most common household fires, and you do not have to have a huge, commercial-sized range for a fire to start. From stray dishtowels to grease spills, even a very small cook top in a studio apartment can create a blaze. You should know tips ahead of time to keep you and your family safe in the kitchen.

When cooking, remain in your Coconut Grove kitchen. It may seem like the obvious thing to do, but most cooking fires and fire damage occur from unattended cooking. If you must step away from the stove for any reason, first turn the heat off and move the pan to a burner that is cool.

When a cooking fire has flared up in your kitchen, be sure to contact SERVPRO after the fire is out. We are a professional and experienced fire damage restoration company, and we can repair and clean your home thoroughly for you.

When cooking, use a timer. Regularly check the food, whether you are baking, roasting, simmering, or boiling. When you use a timer, it helps remind you to check on your dish. You also need to keep the stove top clear of any oven mitts, dishtowels, paper towels or anything that can catch on fire.

Keep your stove top clean and wipe up any spills. When a stove top or oven is dirty, cooking with them is an invitation for potential fires. The buildup of grease is very flammable, so clean your stove each time you cook and wipe up any spills right away.

You should also avoid overheating your oils. Cooking oil which is overheated can start to bubble up and smoke, causing it to ignite and spill out. If you are not sure of the smoking point for your cooking oils, you can find charts online. Also, do not dispose of any oil before it has had time to cool. Tossing hot grease into your trash can could make it go up in flames. Putting it in an old food can after it cools is safer before tossing it out.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you after a fire to put your house back together again. We do an initial inspection and fire damage assessment, plus immediate board-up services if needed. Water removal and drying are done to clean up firefighting efforts, and we remove smoke and soot from all affected services.

SERVPRO of South Miami knows what works when it comes to fire damage remediation. Give us a call at (305) 269-8900 whenever you need our help after a fire.

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Fire Damage Restoration Services in Coconut Grove You Can Count On

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services in Coconut Grove You Can Count On Tackle the devastation of a fire on your property by calling SERVPRO immediately after you and your family are safe. That will help prevent damage.

Team SERVPRO Works For You After a Fire Has Damaged Your Home

While it may be less expensive to seek help from family or friends, an untrained eye can lead to additional damages that cause severe problems. They can miss or ignore problem areas in an attempt to save you a buck or two, resulting in excessive damages down the road.
 
Fully trained technicians with access to industrial-grade equipment provide you with the best results when dealing with fire damage on your Coconut Grove property. A qualified restoration company puts years of experience to work for you, replacing damaged materials, cleaning and sanitizing restorable areas, returning your home to a quality condition in a quick, efficient manner.
 
SERVPRO technicians provide you with talented teams that sift through the remnants of a blaze to remove soot and ash that continues to harm your contents and structural components long after the flames subside. Restoration professionals have the knowledge and resources to identify problematic areas, limit losses, and prevent additional damage.
 
SERVPRO teams do everything to secure your property, restore power, and prevent hazards from forming. Our services were designed to bend and adjust to changing situations, making only services you need available, that fit your circumstances. We never charge you for unnecessary services and do everything possible to return your property to a quality pre-damage state.
 
SERVPRO uses board-up techniques to protect exposed areas of your home from outdoor elements, closing openings such as broken windows or open doors that might allow intruders to take advantage of your current circumstances. We also protect your home against corrosion, wiping smoke residues off of plastic or painted surfaces, furniture, fiberglass, and countertops.
 
We can also help protect metal trim on window frames, around faucets, door hardware, or lighting fixtures. Any surface subject to further corrosion gets treated with a pre-cleaning agent that stops damage in its tracks, allowing your restoration process to work its magic.
 
After you inform you insurance company, family, and close friends about your situation, contact SERVPRO of South Miami to get started on your home’s fire damage restoration immediately. We have IICRC certified technicians with years of experience and resources that make restoring your home a wonderful experience. (305) 269-8900

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Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Key Biscayne Property

4/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering From Fire Damage In Your Key Biscayne Property Protect Your Key Biscayne Property with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO Offers the ERP-The Mobile App to Help Prevent and Mitigate Damage By Fire and Water


Home fires can be an extremely damaging experience, they destroy your home and ruin lives on a daily basis. Having your household memories and treasured belongings destroyed in a fire causes mental and financial stress, to say the least.
 
Homes experience fire damage in Key Biscayne far more often than you might think. After examining fires in the area, the root causes fall into three categories cooking, heating, or neglect. Regardless of how the fire in your home began, it helps to have a quality restoration company on your side.
 
At SERVPRO, we promote preparation as a key factor for preventing damages in your home due to fire. Thinking that your home is immune, only make losses greater when a disaster occurs. You should take a few moments to obtain our Ready Plan Mobile App; you can download it directly to your PC, as well as your iPhone or Android smartphone.
 
SERVPRO’s Ready Plan allows you to plan ahead, make contact with our local franchise and share information about your property that helps us respond with the correct amount of personnel and equipment to serve you during an emergency.
 
Having a relationship with your local restoration company helps protect your property. If we have directions and know what it looks like, we can respond quicker and reduce the losses you suffer.
 
The app also assists homeowners with accounting for household possessions before catastrophe strikes. With SERVPRO’s Ready Plan, you can add images and maintain visual records concerning areas of your home prone to fire. Search for the ERP--Emergency READY Profile app.
 
Creating a damage log allows you to communicate your issue more efficiently and document the problem for insurance purposes while giving you direct access to the services you need to get back on your feet as soon as possible.
 
Your insurance company looks favorably on you for using a quality restoration company that can provide you with a full-service solution, and SERVPRO works hard to meet or exceed any expectations you may have. We provide customers with solutions unique to your situation, providing fire, smoke, and water restoration services, along with any cleaning and deodorization and repair methods necessary to get the job done right.
 
Make the decision to restore your home as quickly and efficiently as possible, contact SERVPRO of South Miami today for access to the services you deserve. (305) 269-8900

Making Your Fire Damage Disappear in Your Home

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Making Your Fire Damage Disappear in Your Home Cleaning up after a fire is a complicated process.

After A Fire Contact SERVPRO For Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

While the amount of what you own may not reach hoarder level, after a fire has rampaged through your home, you may still be surprised at the number of items covered in soot that you now need to sort through. Without sifting through the many items, it's impossible to clean the ones that are still good. This is not a small job, and many people just throw everything away. This isn't good for the environment, or for your bank account.

Replacing everything in your Miami home that shows signs of fire damage might seem like the easiest route, but it isn't the best course for all people. If you have very few items, and they are visibly damaged by heat instead of soot, then that might be the only course you have anyway. For those who have families and all of the many things that go along with taking care of children, you'll be aware of the memories you'll also be throwing away. This also applies to those whose children have grown and moved out, and for many others.

Cleaning up after a fire is a complicated process. Soot is also full of carcinogens and irritants. The particles can be so small that they are also very abrasive, and cleaning must be one as soon as possible. One or two unskilled people will not be able to clean at the rate needed to stop the corrosive activity of the soot. Instead, a team of skilled and highly trained individuals should be utilized to help ensure that your items are cleaned correctly.

At SERVPRO, we have experience and skills backed by training and certification in all aspects of fire damage clean up, along with repair and restoration concepts that will have your home looking, feeling, and smelling “Like it never even happened.” We won't only clean your personal belongings and furniture but also your walls, carpeting, rugs, ceilings, upholstered and non-upholstered furniture, glass and metal accents, cabinetry, doors and wooden trim, and draperies. We will bag and remove your clothing, bedding, and other linens to be washed at our facility with special cleaners that will not only remove the soot, but also the scent of the fire, and return them to you smelling fresh and clean again.

If you and your family want to put your lives back together after a fire has happened, call us at SERVPRO of South Miami at (305) 269-8900. We are always available, 24/7, to help guide you through a fire damage emergency so your family, quickly making the fire a thing of the past.

Fire Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Requires Professional Clean-Up If you've suffered fire damage in Pinecrest, you should be aware that the risks do not disappear when the fire is extinguished.

Professional Fire Damage Clean-Up

Fire can strike anywhere, and small towns are no exception. Because many families never experience a fire, most people do not understand the damage even small fires can cause. Smoke and soot, combined with firefighters' attempts at putting out the fire can create a soggy black mess in what used to be your home-sweet-home. It can be a nightmare. Because of the levels of toxicity in the soot that accumulates on the many various surfaces found in any home, the clean-up should be done only by professionals with experience in handling such tasks.

The Hazards of Fire Damage are Real
If you've suffered fire damage in Pinecrest, you should be aware that the risks do not disappear when the fire is extinguished. Damage can be quite visible, or hidden. Hidden damage creates not only risks to your family's health but also their physical safety. While you may have escaped the fire, the structures that support your home's interior and exterior can continually become weaker. Walking across the floor as you once did before can now be a dangerous thing to do. You need to have someone inspect for structural damage before entering. The same professionals who inspect should be someone who also is knowledgeable in which items are safe to remove for your immediate use.

What Soot Does to Your Personal Belongings
Soot contains many toxic components and items that are otherwise not damaged, and only covered in oily soot, must be cleaned before being used. Many times, a house fire results in damage to walls and a contained area, with soot being carried throughout the home. Those items that are not affected by the flames or the heat of the fire and have no electronic parts often can be safely cleaned and re-used. Having an expert assist you in making those determinations will protect you and your family's health. While it may seem to be a money-saver to attempt to clean-up after a fire, this can be the cause of additional damage. To avoid this, it's recommended to have professionals carry out the cleaning and rehabilitation of the contents in a home after a fire has occurred.

Call in the Experts When You've had a Fire to Deal with the Damage Quickly, Safely, and Professionally
SERVPRO of South Miami has highly skilled teams available 24/7 who are experienced in post-fire clean-ups. We have the equipment, the experience, and the expertise to help you recreate your home-sweet-home once again by restoring your belongings to you once again. Call us at (305) 269-8900 and we'll be at your home quickly to help you assess the damages and begin the work needed.

Fire Damage Restoration Experts in Coral Gables

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Experts in Coral Gables A fire inside your Coral Gables home only results in extensive damage due to soot, smoke, and added toxins.

Fire Damage Restoration Experts in Coral Gables

Just what is fire? Fire emits heat and light. It is the outcome of a chemical reaction, called “combustion.” At a certain point in the combustion reaction, called the “ignition point,” flames are produced. Flames consist of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen. In order for combustion and fire to transpire, there must exist the three triangle elements: fuel, oxygen, and heat.

U.S. statistics report that residential homes can expect to average a house fire every 15 years or five fires in an average lifetime. There is a 1 in 10 chance that someone in the home will suffer a fire related injury during their lifetime. The U.S. Fire Administration reported that there were 1,012 home fire fatalities reported between January 1, 2016, and May 17, 2016. Home structural fires generally occurs due to the following:

• Appliances used in cooking; heating; washing machines & dryers; air conditioners and fans; etc.
• Children playing with fire
• Candles
• Chemical and natural gas spontaneous combustion
• Electrical and consumer electronics
• Fireworks
• Holiday Christmas trees holiday lights and decorations.
• Lightning Fires and Strikes Information on incident type, and when and where the incidents occurred.
• Falling asleep while smoking where mattresses, bedding, and upholstered furniture could ignite.

Coral Gables residential fire incidents also occur in businesses, educational properties, health care facilities, prisons, storage areas, vacant buildings, retail stores, and industrial/manufacturing facilities. A fire inside your home only results in extensive damage due to soot, smoke, and added toxins. Water damage is also present, caused from the water used to put out the fire, all of which only increases the cost of restoration. Also, standing water creates an environment for mildew, dry rot, and mold growth.

Smoke odor permeates clothing, furniture, carpets, draperies, bedding, walls, household ducts and nearly everything within a home. DIY deodorizing and disinfecting after a fire does not completely restore internal residential belongings because if it is not done properly, smoke odor will return. Only professional residential restorers are trained in thermal fogging, using ozone generators and using chemical sealers to clear ducts, joints, and crevices. IICRC certified professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Of course, there are fire safety devices that can be installed in Florida homes to help save your home and lives, such as fire sprinklers, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. However, if a fire becomes uncontrollable, get everyone out of the house to a designated location. This is a very stressful and difficult time, and you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis.

We at SERVPRO of South Miami maintain specialized fire and water damage equipment, and we have the expertise to help you through this tough time. We are members of the community and are proud to serve our other communities, like Miami, Key Biscayne, and Fisher Island. This is why we will always treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you experience a fire damage event, call us immediately at (305) 269-8900 so that we can restore your losses to a quality restored condition.

Soot and Smoke Damage Complicate a Fire in Coconut Grove

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot and Smoke Damage Complicate a Fire in Coconut Grove Call SERVPRO For Smoke and Soot Clean Up and Odor Removal

Coconut Grove Soot and Smoke Damage Require Professional Restoration and Clean Up from SERVPRO

Soot and smoke restoration are essential after a Coconut Grove fire has damaged your home. Long after the fire has been extinguished, soot can threaten your household with the damage it leaves behind. This greasy residual with a strong odor blackens surfaces and degrades both fabrics and hard surfaces.

In most cases, you will need help from a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to remedy the problems. They will offer smoke odor removal and home restoration services. They have the tools, heavy equipment, knowledge, and experience to rid your home of all traces of smoke and fire damage. The HVAC system can readily be compromised from smoke and soot. Duct and air handler cleaning are essential to prevent cross-contamination to unaffected areas of the smoke damaged house.

When fire consumes wood, it creates a thick smoke that can spread throughout the burning home. Smoke is a product of combustion whose particles and character are the results of the temperature of the flames, fuel type, and sufficient oxygen. It carries chemicals and possibly soot with it through the air. These chemicals and soot stick to walls, floors, clothes, furniture, and appliances. Even after you have cleaned your home, there all still many unseen traces of smoke and soot damage that will remain. If you tried on your own to clean walls and hard surfaces, you probably left behind stains. Little by little smoke and soot damage will eat away at surfaces. They are unhealthy to breathe for pets and humans. They are irritants to the skin, eyes, and throat. SERVPRO utilizes specially developed sponges and chemicals to clean smoke and soot residue from furnishings, walls, and ceilings.

Smoke and soot can create plenty of damage to your home after a fire has been extinguished. It can corrode metals and its acidic nature can lead to etched glass. It can cause appliances to fail or work improperly due to short-circuiting or overheating from lack of proper ventilation. It can damage pictures, artwork, and other valuables. It creates weaknesses in wooden structures. It degrades surfaces and destroys furniture. SERVPRO, after severe fire and smoke damage, can pack-out articles, furniture, electronics, and artwork to our cleaning facilities for professional results. They will be returned when your property is once again clean and safe.

Soot is a fine residue made of carbon and fuel by-products (plastics) that can easily stain anything in its path. Aside from damage to material items, it can be very dangerous to breathe, irritating to the skin, and cause severe respiratory health issues. To remove smoke and soot damage from your home, contact SERVPRO to minimize smoke damage through the efforts of our IICRC trained technicians. We will make your ambient air fresh, clean, and safe again "Like it never even happened."

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

When your Coconut Grove, South Miami, or Kendall home experiences fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of South Miami is dedicated to responding immediately. Call us 24/7 for help. (305) 269-8900

Save Your Home from Fire & Smoke Damage in South Miami

11/16/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Save Your Home from Fire & Smoke Damage in South Miami One of the more interesting facts about fire is that most house fires start in the kitchen.

How to Save Your South Miami Home from Fire & Smoke Damage

 Dealing With Fire Damage: A Quick Reference Guide

One of the most damaging incidents that can impact an individual's commercial or residential property is a fire. The damages induced by fires are profound and can include water damage, smoke damage, and the deterioration of the property's structural integrity. Nevertheless, learning more about fires and fire damage in South Miami can empower people to make prudent decisions that lead to the preservation of their properties. Get basic information about fires and how to effectively handle them by reviewing this quick reference guide:

 Smoke Damage

Smoke damage is one of the most debilitating results of a South Miami fire. For example, the smoke damage that results from a fire causes unwanted odors. And just as the odor emitted from a cigarette contains carcinogens, so does smoke and the odors it leaves behind. Individuals who consistently breathe in these toxic particles can suffer from several unwanted health complications, including respiratory issues, asthma attacks, and lung disease. For this reason, it's critically important that you attain fire restoration services once the disaster strikes in your home or office. This way, you can have smoke and smoke odors removed quickly and correctly.

 Fire Damage

Although fires in South Miami can begin as a tiny matter, they can also spread throughout your entire property and destroy it. Because all of your furniture, carpets, and surfaces will be in need of attention, it's important to attain fire cleanup services to make sure that the job is completed properly. Fire restoration specialists can expedite and optimize the cleanup processes because they possess the specialized equipment necessary to do so.

 Water Damage

After the firefighters leave the scene, property owners are happy to note that they haven't suffered a complete loss of their home or office. However, the extinguishing work completed by the firefighters oftentimes leaves the property covered in excess water. This standing water must be eradicated immediately because it can promote structural damage and mold invasion if it is not eliminated quickly. 

Although fires can cause a wide range of health issues and structural complications, you don't have to let the natural disaster destroy your well-being or property. Instead, let the professionals of SERVPRO provide you with the detail-oriented fire damage remediation services that will whip your home or office back into excellent shape. Our IICRC-certified technicians work with speed and diligence, and they also provide you with the warm customer service necessary to keep you reassured and comfortable throughout the remediation process. We're ready to help you right now.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Miami is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (305) 269-8900

Smoke Damage Remediation as Part of Fire Damage Restoration in a Coral Gables Home

9/14/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage Remediation as Part of Fire Damage Restoration in a Coral Gables Home Don't Let Smoke Get in Your Eyes

Fire Damage in a Coral Gables Home May Sustain Smoke Damage

Once your home in Coral Gables has sustained fire damage, obtaining professional fire damage restoration services is important. This restoration process is complex, and the following may sound counter-intuitive. After the inferno, water removal is required because of the firefighters efforts to extinguish the flames. This involves using special equipment to dry out the structure. Water pumps, wet vacs, and dehumidifiers are some of the state-of-the-art equipment employed by SERVPRO technicians for this very important task. Learn more about how securing smoke and fire damage restoration services can assist you by reviewing the following outline: 

The Smoke Damage Assessment

There are two primary components of the smoke damage restoration process: determining the extent of the smoke damage and identifying the type of smoke that has been combusted. For these reasons and more, it's almost always prudent for homeowners to hire professional assistance when smoke damage restoration becomes necessary. These skilled SERVPRO technicians possess the extensive experience, equipment, and expertise necessary to grapple with unwanted smoke damage irrespective of its severity. This restoration company will complete this process by doing a thorough assessment of your property. During this time, you'll also need to contact your insurance agent to ensure that they are aware of the fire damage. In some cases, the insurance company will refer you to a professional fire damage restoration company that they trust. SERVPRO works with over 300 insurance providers and property management companies. If this happens, the two companies will likely work together, SERVPRO providing input, to draft a cost-effective settlement, meaning that you may not have to pay as much money out of pocket. And the entire process can get underway more quickly.

Cleaning Your Home

After performing a thorough fire damage assessment, SERVPRO will move forward with the cleanup process. It is critically important that the cleanup project is initiated as soon as possible.  As previously stated, water removal has to be the number one priority. Otherwise, mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria will have an opportunity to start growing in your home.  Additionally, these remediation specialists will make use of cleaners and deodorizers to eliminate soot and smoke from your property, along with the odors.

Call SERVPRO Today!

When your home in Coral Gables has sustained smoke and fire damage, don't hesitate.  A rapid response by a professional smoke damage restoration service will play a key role in returning your property to pristine condition. We work with passion and persistence to eliminate unwanted smoke and soot from your residential property.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of South Miami is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Coral Gables community too. When you have a ffire or smoke  emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We’re also part of a network of over 1,650 Franchises, including special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We are faster to any size fire emergency. Call (305) 269-8900

Why Dealing With Kendall Fire & Smoke Damage Requires Professional Assistance

6/10/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Dealing With Kendall Fire & Smoke Damage Requires Professional Assistance Every professional fire restoration job begins with a thorough assessment of the damage.

Why Dealing With Fire & Smoke Damage Requires Professional Assistance

In the aftermath of a major Kendall fire, most homeowners want to move past the traumatic experience and get back to normal as quickly as possible. Naturally, returning the home to a pristine state is a huge part of this process, and many homeowners feel that the next proper step to take is to begin the cleanup process on their own. In truth, this is neither the fastest nor the most effective way to deal with fire and smoke damage. Calling SERVPRO is a much better idea.


Restoration companies with experience cleaning up Kendall fire and smoke damage can call on vast resources that are simply unavailable to ordinary homeowners. They have the expertise to root out every last bit of damage and eliminate all evidence of fire and smoke. They also have the heavy-duty tools and professional manpower necessary to perform a proper cleanup job quickly. Homeowners who attempt to tackle fire and smoke damage on their own typically miss a great deal of damage that should be repaired. Their cleaning techniques are often ineffective; homeowners can even spread around potentially-dangerous contaminants while attempting to clean.


Every professional fire restoration job begins with a thorough assessment of the damage. Many good restoration companies will perform this service free of charge and provide an obligation-free breakdown of the damage they find. With the homeowner's consent they can proceed directly into cleanup operations. It will take time to finish the job, but professionals can be counted on to eradicate every last piece of evidence that a home suffered Kendall fire and smoke damage.


Homeowners who are waiting to start the cleanup process should be careful to avoid any activities that expose them to danger or risk causing further damage. Damaged furniture should not be used; it may have smoke and harmful particulates lodged in it. All foodstuffs that were in the home should be thrown away; they may have been cooked through or even contaminated during the fire. Electronic devices should be carefully evaluated prior to use to ensure they survived unharmed.


It can be extremely frustrating for homeowners to do nothing following a fire. Dealing with fire and smoke damage is simply not a job for amateurs, though. Calling SERVPRO for professional assistance and then taking heed of the advice and instructions provided by professionals ensures that the problems caused by fire & smoke are resolved completely.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.