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Basics of Cleaning For a Successful Fire Damage Restoration Experience in Dunkirk

5/12/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Performs Detailed Fire Damage Cleanup Procedures in Dunkirk

Cleaning your property after a fire damage incident may appear easy, but this is not always true. Several cleaning elements should be considered for the cleaning job to be effective. At the same, we have to consider the type of surface we are cleaning when choosing the cleaning procedure to remove the smoke particles.

Our SERVPRO technicians undergo the necessary training to help them perform appropriate fire damage cleanup procedures in Dunkirk. For instance, some surfaces may require more agitation than others. When you do not have the required cleaning basics, you might damage items or surfaces that could have been easily salvaged using the right restoration techniques.

The following are the main elements that we consider when cleaning your fire-damaged property:

  • The temperature of the cleaning solution
  • Level of agitation
  • Cleaning time
  • Desired chemical action

By increasing the temperature of the cleaning solution, the molecules move faster, and the reaction between the soil and smoke particles increases. Despite that being the case, there is a temperature limit where each cleaning product is effective and safe. Our SERVPRO technicians always perform pretests and observe the label directions.

We may introduce agitation to break the bond between the smoke particles and the surface we are cleaning. Agitation can be introduced through sandblasting, wiping, water pressure, scrubbing, and rotating brushes. We choose the agitation procedures selectively since one can be effective on a certain surface and fail to work on another.

Cleaning solutions can be acidic or alkaline in nature, and when used, they initiate different chemical actions. The goal is to dissolve the soil and make wiping or washing from affected surfaces or items easy. We are always keen on their dwell time to ensure the needed chemical actions and dissolving happens.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia strives to make it "Like it never even happened" after a fire, mold, storm, or water damage incident. Call (716) 952-6401 for a stress-free fire damage cleanup experience.

Addressing Dangers in Dunkirk Properties after Fire Damage

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Safeguards Dunkirk Homes with Fire Damage

The hazardous nature of fire is not debatable since the heat and smoke it emits cause immediate harm to anyone in the vicinity. What might not be clear is the risk level after extinguishing the fire in your Dunkirk home. For most people, the deterioration of valuables from fire damage is the primary concern since it limits the usage of the property. However, paying attention to the safety risks posed by the incident is essential for a convenient recovery.

Several changes develop in your Dunkirk home after fire damage, and some might extend the risk after the fire department deals with the flames. The extreme heat creates extreme pressure that shatters glass. The flames might also consume building materials such as frames, causing cave-ins when a material cannot sustain the weight of overlying materials. Before embarking on restoration, our SERVPRO technicians first evaluate the property to establish whether there are any risks.

Hazards Developing from Fire

  • Sharp objects
  • Falling objects
  • Corrosion and staining
  • Particulate matter in the air

Sharp objects can range from shattered glass, dangling nails, or broken structural materials. The danger from these materials is compounded by minimal light in the property, where lighting fixtures are turned off, and soot-darkened surfaces do not reflect natural light well enough. Our SERVPRO crews set up portable lights in the damaged areas providing sufficient light to identify hazardous materials. Wobble or stand lights are suitable since they are readily deployable. The wobble light provides a flood of lighting from a single point. On the other hand, stand lights provide directional lighting. We also wear personal protective equipment like rubber boots and heavy-duty gloves to safely reach and remove sharp objects.

Changed Materials

As the fire interacts with the materials and contents in your house, it causes changes in physical form. The most notable difference is when combustion consumes materials releasing fine particles like soot and ash or aerosols. Some materials may escape from the structure as smoke billows out. Others settle on vertical and horizontal surfaces. However, a significant percentage remain suspended in the air posing risks if inhaled.

Managing the particulate matter in the air is a challenging prospect. Simple methods such as pushing the polluted air out of the property through ventilation may be counterproductive. The force of moving air would collect the residues settled on surfaces distributing them around the property and the air. A better alternative is air purification after cleaning all the soiled contents and surface materials in the house. Purification requires an air filtration device that moves and filters air simultaneously.

Crucial Parts of an Air Filtration Device

During air filtration, proper management is crucial to remove all the targeted residues and achieve the desired goals. For instance, the filters require close monitoring to ensure you know when to replace them. Some devices have an onboard device that checks the filter condition automatically and produces a warning sign when change is necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can do such monitoring manually using an anemometer. We also take precautions such as sealing the machine's intake before turning off the device to prevent spreading the captured residues.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, can help you overcome any challenges from fire damage. Call us at (716) 952-6401. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preventing Fire Damage Over Christmas in Dunkirk

12/13/2022 (Permalink)

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House fires are more common during the winter months. We break out the space heaters, light the fireplaces and bring in the Christmas Tree. This extra burden on electrical and heating systems during the winter can increase the risk of a house fire. Preventing these situations relies on common sense and attention to detail. Making sure the dry Christmas tree is away from heaters or fireplaces and the decorative lights are switched off when everyone goes to bed is an example of common-sense fire safety. However, accidents do happen. 

We provide:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Fire debris removal
  • Fire cleanup

House fires often occur at night, which makes early intervention difficult and usually requires the fire department to put out. Once the initial flames are extinguished, using a fire restoration company in Dunkirk can help remove debris and return your home to its original condition. 

What Happens to Household Materials in High Temperatures

House fires expose materials to temperatures between 1500 and 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Light materials like dry wood, organic textiles, draperies, and paper can burn to ashes. Treated woods often have fire resistance due to finish, varnish, or lacquer and the material's natural moisture- typically around 12%. Metals are resilient against the temperatures common in home fires, while double-glazed glass windows may survive depending on the proximity to the source of ignition.

Understanding what materials can be salvaged and what materials require replacement can be fundamental to quick and efficient restoration. Hardwoods, for example, are typically expensive and time-consuming to replace. It's also common for these materials to have natural and synthetic resistance to high temperatures. They are prime candidates for restoration rather than replacement because charred surfaces can be sanded, and clean surfaces can be semi-refinished with wood creme paste. Equally, appliances can be refinished fairly easily using detergent solutions and polish, providing there is no mechanical damage.


  • Arrange for dumpster trucks to remove larger debris and sweep, wash or vacuum ash.
  • Restore hardwoods with cosmetic damages from exposure to high temperatures or flames.
  • Return appliances to their preloss condition using solvents and chemical agents. 

For a quick resolution to a winter emergency, contact SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, for fire damage restoration at (716) 952-6401.

For Fire Damage Restoration in Your Dunkirk Home, Seek Professional Help

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Performs Fire Damage Restoration in Dunkirk

Damage after a fire comes from the smoke, ash, flames, and the water firefighters used to curb the fire. This can make the restoration process too complex to carry out without the help of a professional restorer.

SERVPRO has all the equipment, workforce, and skill needed to conduct fire damage restoration in your Dunkirk residence. We have certified technicians who make the fire damage seem "Like it never even happened." The process we follow might vary from one house to the other, but the general outline is as follows:

  • Assessment of the degree of the damage to the minutest of details to create a proper restoration plan.
  • Strengthening and isolating unsafe areas and protecting the unaffected areas from the elements that might cause further damage.
  • Removal of soot and smoke residues from the walls, ceilings, and other structures and items we can salvage using air scrubbers.
  • For full-restoration work to begin, we clean and sanitize all affected property and then haul away unsalvageable materials.
  • SERVPRO's final process always includes our attempts to get your house back to its former state to the smallest detail possible through repairs.

When cleaning the contents of your house, our SERVPRO team can use the spray and wipe technique, a wet-cleaning process where we apply the cleaning product using a spray bottle and then wipe the surface using a clean towel. The spray allows us to mist the cleaning product onto the surface we are cleaning. In this method, our restorers have more control over the amount of the cleaning product to apply. This method works best for materials that might get damaged when saturated with the cleaning agent.

After cleaning, our SERVPRO technicians can perform different repair and reconstruction procedures, including floorboard removal and replacement, painting, marble flooring repair, drywall replacement, and major carpentry projects.

Do not sit back and watch as your house deteriorates after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, at (716) 952-6401 for swift and effective restoration. 

Need Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Dunkirk – Call SERVPRO

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage and Odor Removal for Homeowners in Dunkirk

Many consumers are concerned about lingering odors after a fire in their Dunkirk homes. Even small kitchen fires spread smoke residues and odors throughout the house. The fire damage may be limited to the kitchen in the stove area, with ash from the fire covering the appliances, cupboards, tables, walls, and the ceiling. The HVAC system may have distributed odors throughout the home.

SERVPRO has a great deal of experience cleaning up after fire damage in Dunkirk. Our fire damage team is ready to respond to your home in less than four hours from your call to provide assistance cleaning your house after a fire. We remove all of the water and fire-retardant materials used by the fire department to control the fire in your home.

We remove burned items since these are often a strong source of odors. Our team removes charred cupboards using controlled demolition techniques to protect undamaged contents and structure. Our fire team assesses the type of fire and the type of residues deposited on all surfaces. We apply the appropriate cleaning techniques to remove oily residues from grease fires or fluffy residues from hot fires.

Everything must be washed and cleaned, including all walls, furniture, and other contents, to remove any remaining residues and odors. We even clean your HVAC system, including the pipes that carry air throughout the home. Many fires require ozone treatment to remove any remaining odor molecules. Ozone is a colorless gas with highly volatile O3 molecules which oxidize the odor molecules they contact. Ozone neutralizes the odor molecules, breaking them into smaller, less offensive materials.

We provide the following services:

  • House fire clean up
  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation and odor control, and removal

Call SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, for fire damage services. We cover Dunkirk and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (716) 952-6401.

Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Assistance in Dunkirk

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is There When Dunkirk Residents Need Fire Damage Help

Charred debris and the loss of precious belongings may be all that is on your mind after you have a fire in your Dunkirk property. You will have to dispose of everything that burned, but you also need to address the powerful odors from soot and smoke residue. SERVPRO features a crew of highly trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) that will get the project done for you while also salvaging whatever possible. We strive to ensure you get quality results and added peace of mind during this stressful time.

Regarding fire damage restoration in Dunkirk, SERVPRO has a long list of methods and specialized techniques to help bring your property back to pre-fire condition. We know how important it is to address smoke residue as it can cause issues in the long run if not cleaned up properly.

What every homeowner should know about smoke damage:

  • Infiltration – Whether you had a small kitchen fire or a more involved blaze, smoke spreads fast and infiltrates even the smallest nooks and crannies in your home. SERVPRO has proven methods to handle soot particles and contaminants.
  • Damage – The longer that soot and smoke residue gets left to sit on surfaces, the more damage it causes. Soot is acidic in nature, so it will discolor, corrode, cause etching or pitting, and create costly secondary damage if not cleaned properly.

Odor Control Technicians (OCT) to the Rescue

SERVPRO’s OCT brigade utilizes a broad range of equipment and products during fire restoration projects. Rather than just masking odors, we battle it head-on and eliminate them with tools like:

  • Water-based thermal foggers
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging equipment
  • Deodorant pellets/granules
  • EPA-registered cleaning agents and deodorizers

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, is the team you want in your corner for commercial or residential fire damage restoration. You can reach us anytime online to request help or call (716) 952-6401. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Restoration Services In Dunkirk Are A Phone Call Away

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

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The Aftermath of a Fire in Dunkirk Does Not Have to Turn Life Upside Down

A home fire in Dunkirk can have many ramifications. From leaving your kitchen out of commission to allowing soot and ash to cover every surface nearby, it may be hard to decide where to begin the fire cleanup process. 

When you include the lingering smell of smoke and how it clings to every piece of fabric in the home, you may quickly realize that returning your home to tip-top shape may require a team of specialists.

Thankfully, Dunkirk has fire damage restoration experts readily available to help. Our certified SERVPRO staff applies its fire and smoke restoration knowledge to every job we take, applying the latest techniques and cleaning solutions in your home. Particularly when a film of residue seems to settle on your furniture, inside cupboards, and on your walls, our team is the best option to apply industry-recommended solvents that clean without causing secondary damage.

It is common for our clients to ask about cleaning upholstery, rugs, and carpets. Porous materials like textiles can be hard to clean, but we apply several techniques to reach the desired outcome, including the below-

  • Mechanic application of solvents appropriate to the type of textile
  • Use of foggers to neutralize the smell of smoke stuck to curtains and other fabrics
  • Immersion of items in cleaning agents whenever possible. This can be done off-site as well, depending on your needs.

SERVPRO of Dunkirk, Fredonia, is a leader in fire damage restoration thanks to our expert staff. We train continuously on the latest best practices in our industry to bring them to your home and make the remediation process as seamless as possible. When you face a fire, do not hesitate to call us at (716) 952-6401 and let us show our commitment to leaving your home “Like it never even happened.”