Archived Fire Damage Blog Posts
What To Expect After A Fire Strikes in Your New Orleans Home
Better To Be Safe Than Sorry
Among the most pressing of concerns following a fire in your New Orleans home are the dangers that you cannot see. From structural integrity loss to widespread effects from the fire itself, many homeowners are not fully aware of just how detrimental the situation can be for their health and wellness. Understanding these concerns can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration services following such an incident in your residence.
Once first responders have extinguished the blaze, you have a mindset of getting the fire damage restored in your New Orleans home. Your insurance company is going to want to get their own assessment of the full scope of the damage, which is part of the service that our SERVPRO team provides. Even with a confirmation that the fire is entirely out, a homeowner could encounter many potential hazards in photographing the damage or cataloging ruined contents.
One of the first potential pitfalls that a homeowner might encounter after fire damages is the weakening of structural components and construction materials throughout the residence. These could be ceiling materials, walls, flooring, supports, framework, and more. These weakened portions of material are unstable and can fall, collapse, or give way with little or even no pressure at all. Our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely trained to handle safety concerns like these through both our assessment and throughout the restoration process.
The air quality is another concern that should give a homeowner pause before rushing back into their home after a fire. There is any number of potential contaminants, smoke, and debris floating around in the environment that could adversely affect your health. Our professionals have personal protective equipment designed to improve their air quality until the appropriate measures are taken via air scrubbers to detoxify the atmosphere.
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It might seem like you are getting the ball rolling quickly for yourself by assessing the damage on behalf of your insurance company before filing a claim. Our SERVPRO of Metairie team works directly with insurance providers and their adjusters to catalog the full scope of the damage and help to expedite the claims process to get restoration started promptly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at
Don't Burn Baby Burn!
Summer is a time to get out and have fun. But the weather isn’t the only thing that heats up during these few months. Be aware of the risk of fires and prepare by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and having functioning fire extinguishers.
5,700 homes experience grill related fires every year. In fact 57% of fires happen within four months; May, June, July, and August. Grill fires happen when someone mishandles the igniting of the grill with a spark or flame. Mechanical issues such as broken containers or pipes also can increase the risk of causing a fire.
For precautionary measures, before the startup of grilling season check your grills condition , clean it, check the drip pan, and thing else that could potentially have grease on it from previous cookouts. Inspect each part of your barbecue pit to make sure everything is attached properly. Also, be sure you are in a grill-friendly environment free of branches, roofs or any sort of overhang when igniting the grill. Be prepared for a fire, as grease and fat are likely to catch on fire. Keep baking soda near the grill in case a grease fire breaks out. If you find yourself faced with a fire emergency this summer, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Metairie! 504-468-3046
Mid-City Fire & Water Restoration
All it takes is the tiniest teeny flame and poof! A fire starts without warning and absolutely no planning. On Thursday May 2, 2019 the residents of a New Orleans apartment complex experienced the imminent fear when a three alarm fire suddenly took place. Thankfully no injuries were reported however, this instance helps you to think twice about fire safety and preventatives.
When moving, most people are so burnt out from all the packing and hauling when it comes time for the unloading they simply place boxes down wherever. The majority of people will place kitchen boxes on the counter tops and stove without thinking twice. It’s just another surface. What people don’t think twice about is the danger of doing so. While moving into the apartment, newly tenants had placed a box of their belongings on top of the stove, which hit the knob without any knowledge of it. This caused the box to go up in flames and spread. Thankfully the fire department was able to put out the fire promptly. Unfortunately by doing so not only did the Miid-Ciity, New Orleans complex suffer fire damage but also water damage as well.
SERVPRO of Metairie plans for the unexpected! The team was able to get to the location in just a few short hours after the fire took place. They began to start water mitigation using dehumidifiers and air scrubbers. Residents were pleased with the results, by getting the equipment in so quickly it was able to eliminate the odor and got it under control.
SERVPRO of Metairie is available to help any local home or business restore their water or fire damaged property. Call the trusted restoration leaders in the Greater New Orleans area, SERVPRO of Metairie for any of your needs. (504) 496-0193.
SERVPRO of Metairie Fire Remediation in Uptown New Orleans
A fire to a historic home can cause much grief to a city. An iconic home with significant meaning to not only its owners, but to parade goers who enjoy the beautiful uptown scenes in the city of New Orleans.
The historic 7 alarm fire smoked and smoldered for many hours while the local New Orleans Fire Departments wrestled with the flames. During these tireless hours to contain the fire, smoke filled the air of New Orleans. The scent of distress could be detected as far as the Central Business district in downtown, causing many locals to turn to their trusted news source for answers.
SERVPRO of Metairie was able to provide fire restoration work to a beautiful property in Uptown New Orleans. As soot traveled throughout the structure, we were able to provide a solution to the problem. Working with the local adjuster, we formulated a plan to restore the property to like condition. The project took 1 week while working around the parades traveling down St Charles Ave.
SERVPRO of Metairie is available to help any local home or business restore their water or fire damaged property. Call the trusted restoration leaders in the Greater New Orleans area, SERVPRO of Metairie.
SERVPRO Can Help Speed the Process of Fire Damage Recovery in Your Metaire Home
Home cooked dinner gone wrong? SERVPRO can help you restore your Metairie home fast and effectively.
Restoring Normalcy after Fire Damage in Metairie
Even a small fire can leave your property looking like a warzone with partially burnt items strewn all over, and smoke residues or other forms of soiling on different surfaces. Luckily most fires are put out before gutting the entire structure. However, this leads to significant cleanup and restoration work before normalcy returns.
Most homeowners dealing with fire damage in Metairie are first timers, so they have very little information on what to do. It is not unusual to think that every blackened item or surface needs to be thrown out after the incident. Our SERVPRO team includes a project manager who oversees the entire process. Apart from managing the rest of the crew, the project manager advises the property owner on crucial steps to take such as boarding up the property to present additional damages and also liaises with the insurance adjuster to ensure every aspect of the damage is fixed “Like it never even happened.”
Salvaging some materials and contents of the house can help reduce the total restoration cost. Proper inspection of items and using advanced restoration techniques help in the salvage process. Our SERVPRO team separates items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. We clean salvageable items on site and move the questionable ones offsite for in-depth inspection and cleaning. We use electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which helps keep better track on contents and return them to their original location in the house after restoration.
Water-related problems such as mold infestation can develop soon after a fire incident because of the water used to put out the fire and in the cleanup processes. Drying off excess moisture helps prevent these problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use different moisture detection tools to determine which drying processes are necessary. Thermo-hygrometers help establish the levels of relative humidity in affected and unaffected areas. We also use moisture sensors to probe materials and determine the level of moisture they hold. We then use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry them to preloss state.
In case of fire damage, call SERVPRO of Metairie to help restore normalcy. You can reach us at (504) 496-0193 any time.
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Fire Losses Get Special Cleanup Efforts from SERVPRO for Metairie Houses
SERVPRO Follows the Fire Department in Metairie and New Orleans Areas to Cleanup and Restore Homes
Restoration for Your Home in Metairie After Fire Damage
Experiencing a home fire of any size is scary and overwhelming. You have a lot to deal with now in keeping your family together and safe while you are unable to reside in your home. However, dealing with the damage as soon as possible is essential to prevent further damages to your structure and belongings.
Fire damage to your residence in Metairie needs to be addressed by professionals as soon as the fire is out. SERVPRO’s technicians have the training and tools required especially for this type of situation. We also understand that it is a stressful time for you and your family, so we strive to take some of the pressure off.
Many homes have various types of wood surfaces, which require a variety of cleaning methods after a fire depending on how the wood was finished. Our SERVPRO FSRT technicians follow IICRC guidelines to maximize recovery. When it comes to unfinished wood, it is porous so it can absorb smoke residues which cause discoloration or staining. Apply wet cleaning products can allow the residues to penetrate deeper. For light residues, we use dry cleaning methods like brushing, vacuuming, and dry sponge cleaning. Thicker residues can be cleaned with denatured alcohol. If all else fails, sanding and sealing the wood may be required.
Finished wood can usually be wet cleaned. Pre-cleaning by vacuuming heavily soiled areas or dry sponging will assist in the overall process. Massive smoke damage requires more aggressive procedures and may respond to a wood crème cleaner. For severe damage, the wood can be stripped and refinished.
Laminated woods are constructed of particle board, pressed wood, or plywood, to which surface veneers adhere. We can pre-clean with the same dry-cleaning methods and wet clean using a general surface cleaner. When finished the cleanser can be rinsed, and we dry the area.
When it comes to the structural integrity of your home, the framing may need replacing after severe fire damage. If there is a significant loss, we ensure that a structural engineer or building inspector approves the restoration.
SERVPRO of Metairie is here to help you after fire damage occurs in your home in Lafreniere Park, Metairie, or the surrounding areas. Please call us as soon as the fire is out at (504) 496-0193 so we can get your home back to the way it was before.
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How Fire Damage In Metairie Does Not Stand A Chance Against Our Team At SERVPRO
Not all fire-related problems can be solved so quickly and may require the help of a professional mitigation and restoration company to eliminate.
Separating The Temporary And The Long-Lasting In Metairie Fire Damage
Most homes in Metairie with fire damage show immediately apparent signs of it - from tar-coated walls and ceilings to warped materials and deep-seated odors, the signs and symptoms of a recent fire should be apparent to anyone walking through the home. However, not all of these effects are permanent, and some may go away with some light cleanup and a little bit of time.
Of course, not all fire-related problems can be solved so quickly and may require the help of a professional mitigation and restoration company like SERVPRO to eliminate. Here is a brief overview of what should and should not be troubling you for years to come after a fire.
Damage That Sticks Around
Many of the lasting effects of fire damage to Metairie homes only become apparent once temporary considerations have been pushed aside. Smoke odors can remain in a home for many years after a fire but may be impossible to identify while the area is still dirty and coated in ash. Other issues have much to do with ash, soot, and other materials being given the time and opportunity to settle in and create more long-lasting consequences for the home. SERVPRO's fast response times and mitigation strategies help to control how much of this deep, costly damage takes root after a fire.
Problems That Go Away
Some of the most worrisome signs of damage when you first look at the aftermath of a fire are often among the easiest to clean up. Heavy coats of ash can create an ugly picture in your home but are often swept away with ease. Discolored walls and other surfaces are also easily fixed with a thorough cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. Keep in mind, however, that precision care must be exercised during the cleanup of these materials to avoid the creation of caustic or otherwise damaging substances in the home.
SERVPRO of Metairie responds quickly to fire damage calls in the local area to prevent as much damage as possible from happening in your home. Contact us at (504) 496-0193 for our help.
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Cleaning Fire Damage In Metairie Homes
The majority of Metairie home fires are usually restricted to one or two rooms and extinguished quickly.
Cleaning Fire Damage
The majority of Metairie home fires are usually restricted to one or two rooms and extinguished quickly. Physical damage usually happens to building material like ceiling tiles, drywall, and other property that our technicians can quickly remove and replace.
The majority of Metairie fire damage usually comes from residues left behind after the fire department or a sprinkler system extinguishes the flames and stops smoke movement. SERVPRO restoration teams deal primarily with dry and wet smoke residues, but also have the expertise to clean and remove protein and fuel oil smoke residues as well.
Dry and wet residues generate from the same fire, just at different stages. When the fire is oxygen-rich and burning fast, smoke residues left are powdery and dry. In the beginning, or once fire suppression efforts begin, the fire has an oxygen-poor environment. It burns more slowly at these times and leaves a wet, sticky residue.
Cleaning dry residues is a simpler process, and often allows our technicians to restore more items to their original condition, preventing loss of property. That is because dry residues have less aerosol moisture and do not penetrate surfaces as deeply as wet residues. The odor from dry residues is not as strong as wet residue odors. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians can remove these residues with a dry sponge or cloth, wiping them off surfaces. For upholstered items like sofas, technicians can clean them with a stiff brush.
Wet residues contain higher levels of aerosols and are more difficult to clean. The aerosols are usually furniture varnishes, solvents and other liquids burned off from damaged property. Smoke moves slower in an oxygen-poor fire, so the residues penetrate surfaces deeper, and leave stronger odors. Cleaning and removing wet residues requires a cleaning agent along with sponges and brushes to break up them up for removal. If the residues penetrate plastic surfaces, they stain almost immediately and usually require disposal and replacement.
Protein residues result from kitchen fires when one of the sources is either, fish, beef, or chicken. They leave yellowish stains, which we can clean like a wet residue, but the odors are more pungent and difficult to remove. If the fire burned long enough, odors penetrate the entire home and technicians need stronger cleaners to eliminate them, and often require multiple methods to eliminate them completely.
Fuel oil is not a common residue problem in Louisiana, but when an oil burner in a furnace malfunction, it can be a large problem. The residue particles are dry, but they form crusty layers on affected surfaces. That makes them more difficult to remove without damaging walls and ceilings. Technicians use strong cleaners with a brush or stiff sponge and repeat cleaning until the surface is clean or they determine that it is cheaper to replace the item.
The goal of SERVPRO of Metairie is to restore each home to its pre-fire condition. If you need our services, call (504) 496-0193 today for a visit.
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The Cost Of Fire Restoration In Your Metairie Home
Fires are an unexpected catastrophe to families, especially when its damage is far-reaching and costly.
The Cost Of Fire Restoration
Fires are an unexpected catastrophe to families, especially when its damage is far-reaching and costly. Without the right information, you have no idea how long restoration could take for your Metairie home, or how much that this project ultimately costs. Understanding your role in the equation is critical for a sound working relationship as your home gets restored.
The more that you know about estimation practices and pricing, the better prepared you are to understand the sheer volume of work and care that goes into restoring fire damage in your Metairie home. Our policy is to be as upfront as possible with both insurance adjusters or property managers, but also to do the same for the individual clients as well.
Restoration costs might appear high when you first get a glimpse at estimates and figures thrown around after our SERVPRO estimator completes the initial inspection. What you may not notice is that this overall value consists of multiple factors rolled into one, stretching far beyond the physical bodies set in place to restore your home. There are costs incurred with transporting and retrieving equipment needed to restore your home, for example.
The administrative side of things is another area where the added expense is necessary. With every restoration job that our SERVPRO team undertakes, steps must be taken to document this job both in writing and in photographs. This portion of your estimated bill takes into account assessments of measurements, the sketches for layouts of your home, and even the costs associated with determining the cost of the job.
These estimates are a requirement for insurance companies and property managers as they detail the full scope of the work to get performed and compare that against a regional breakdown of restoration costs.
The amount of time that it takes to complete the work that technicians determine is necessary varies from project to project. When work begins, it is under an understanding that timetables given to date are mere projections of completion. If you need restoration services for your property, trust in our SERVPRO of Metairie technicians to respond swiftly and get the job done correctly. Give us a call anytime at (504) 496-0193.
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Your Portable Induction Cooktop Can Cause a Fire in Your Metairie Home
Any kitchen appliance has a risk of fire damage. Count on SERVPRO to help make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is here to help with any type of fire damage
You may be tempted to buy a portable induction cooktop if the stovetop in your apartment doesn't have enough burners, but it is important never to leave these devices unattended as they get extremely hot and can cause fire damage. While these tools may be useful, any device meant for cooking can cause a fire in your home if they are not carefully observed. However, accidents can happen, even if you keep safety in mind, and it is reassuring to know that qualified help is close by when these situations get out of hand.
It is essential to call for help to come to your home in Metairie to deal with the fire damage as swiftly as possible. When fire damage is left for long periods of time without remediation, it only allows it to become more permanent. Melted plastics on your kitchen counter, adhered soot, and the ash left behind only grow harder to clean up as they cool. Plastic containers, which have been exposed to soot, change color and become more yellow just moments after the soot adheres to their surfaces. Getting a restoration team to your home as quickly as you can is the best way to ensure that a lot of the damage that occurred in your home is reversible.
SERVPRO can send a team of specialists to your home to inspect the damage. Different materials melt at different temperatures, and only trained professionals can determine the best method to remediate them successfully. SERVPRO techs can use trade tools to tackle the different kinds of damage that the fire left in your home. For example, a hydroxyl generator can be used to neutralize odors. Lubricative cleaners can be used to remove soot stains from the surfaces of your kitchen equipment. SERVPRO strives to find a solution to every type of damage that your home sustains during the fire.
If your home should suffer from fire damage, do not hesitate or try to consider your options. The sooner you dial (504) 496-0193 to contact SERVPRO of Metairie, the quicker we can get to your home to remediate the damage.
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Professional Cleaning Techniques Used In Metairie Fire Damage Restoration
If a fire damages your home call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."
No two fires are alike, and each requires a range of techniques employed by our certified technicians.
One of the most useful skills restoration experts bring after fire damages your Metairie home is the ability to match the appropriate strategy, tools, and products to the specific issues a fire inflicted upon your house. Proceeding with technicians trained to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is crucial. We offer the crews and the equipment necessary to resolve your fire damage emergency successfully.
Depending on the types of materials combusted, the fire damage to your Metairie home may need several different approaches to restoration. Materials that burn quickly and hot can combust almost wholly, deposit lighter ash and soot. Examples might be paper and dry wood structural components. Our crew takes care of this type of loose debris with HEPA filtered vacuums, dry sponges, and brushing.
If the fire involved damp materials or plastics and fabrics it probably burned more slowly, at a lower temperature, and less thoroughly. The aftermath when these items char tends toward dark, odiferous smoke full of unburned particles. These bits deposit in thick coatings that adhere to surfaces. SERVPRO employees use spray and wipe techniques, choosing cleansers that loosen the soot so that cloths follow to remove the coatings.
Food fires deposit a thin but tenacious layer of almost lacquer-like debris on surfaces. It also contributes to a persistent odor that must also be eliminated as the SERVPRO team manages the scene. We employ abrasive cleaners teamed with abrasive tools to break down the coating. Our team is familiar with how to remove the soot without damaging surfaces, a delicate balance learned during our continuing training.
Some items like intricately detailed glassware or window blinds can require immersion cleaning to get all of the soot off and out of crevices. SERVPRO production employees often inventory and remove these difficult to clean items to an off-property site where we use large tubs, specialized cleaners and methods, and even advanced technology like ultrasonic cleaning that utilizes the power of sound waves to dislodge the dirt and smoky residues.
Take the opportunity to use the skills and experience of SERVPRO of Metairie when your home’s structure and contents suffer fire damage. Call (504) 496-0193 24/7 for a fast response and professional fire damage restoration plan.
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The Ease of Professional Fire Restoration Services for Your Metairie Home
Fire damage can affect any room in your home. Contact SERVPRO to arrange for remediation services right away.
SERVPRO Technicians Customize a Fire Damage Restoration Plan to Your Home's Situation
When a fire unexpectedly occurs in your Metairie home, you can often find yourself overwhelmed with the effects that this traumatic situation leaves throughout your house. Finding the place to start picking up the pieces and rebuilding things to the way they used to be is not a situation that you are meant to contend with alone, and professional restoration services can help you to bring your home back to preloss conditions and breathe a little easier.
Fire damages to your Metairie home present themselves in several different ways, which can make it difficult to determine which of these effects make living in your home the most challenging. Keeping an open line of communication with the production manager for the project can help the SERVPRO professionals assigned to your restoration to prioritize specific tasks to make it easier for you to remain in your home.
This process always begins with an assessment of the full scope of the damage. This inspection ensures that a plan is formulated detailing every specific approach that your home requires to get successfully restored to preloss conditions. The plan is something that our SERVPRO management works directly with your insurance company about to show both cost and necessity, helping you to have one less thing to worry about as you attempt to move on from the recent fire.
Once work is ready to begin, our professionals set our sights on the individual tasks laid out in the restoration plan in order of priority. From smoke and soot cleaning to deodorization, our technicians work until your home is just the way that it once was. We can even help to prepare your home for reconstruction needs through controlled demolition efforts of severely compromised structural components.
Multiple levels and layers go into successfully restoring your home after fire damage, but our SERVPRO of Metairie trained technicians are up to the task. If you are facing the effects of a recent fire in your residence, you can reach our experienced emergency response team anytime by calling (504) 468-3046.
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SERVPRO of Metairie Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician
SERVPRO of Metairie is currently seeking to fill an opening in our restoration specialist roster for a Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician. Candidates should:
- Follow SERVPRO implemented guidelines to perform assigned restoration and cleaning tasks.
- A self-starter who can operate with or without direct supervision.
- Be able to comfortably speak with clients to better meet their needs.
- Clean and maintain equipment, vehicles, and workspace.
As a technician for SERVPRO of Metairie, you are expected to work under specific regulations and guidelines intended to produce a safe work environment and professional results. This means coordinating efforts with a crew chief and other technicians to ensure that jobs are completed on time, vehicles and equipment are properly maintained, and that customer satisfaction is paramount.
Experience in restoration is preferred for the position, though we will train candidates that we deem suitable for the opening to our high SERVPRO franchise standards.
SERVPRO of Metairie is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.