Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fireplace Safety in Windham, NH

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireplace Safety in Windham, NH Photo courtesy of pixabay.com

With cold weather upon us, your fireplace becomes more than just a focal point of your home. Before you throw a log on the fire and light a match to keep your family toasty and warm, consider these 8 tips to keep them safe.

  1. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional. There could be soot build up, cracks, or loose bricks.
  2. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to help avoid fire and smoke damage. It is a good practice to replace the batteries every spring and fall when we change the clocks.
  3. Ensure your chimney is capped. This keeps rain, birds, squirrels and debris from entering.
  4. Use kindling to start the fire instead of flammable liquids. Also be sure to burn well-seasoned wood.
  5. Don’t overload your fireplace. A fire that is too hot can crack your chimney, and could get out of control very quickly.
  6. Use a spark guard to keep any ambers from shooting out damaging your floor and possibly igniting a fire.
  7. Have a metal container nearby to remove and store hot ash. These ambers can stay hot for a while so be sure to keep it a safe distance outside away from your home.
  8. Even if you had your chimney inspected, look for signs of creosote and soot buildup. Creosote is a dark substance that can build up if wood isn’t burning completely.

No need to get the chills this winter! By following these simple tips, you can help keep your family safe until warmer temperatures return.

Preparing for a Fire, Large or Small

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preparing for a Fire, Large or Small If your home or business ever suffers fire damage, in anyway, please let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."

While not popular in Salem or Plaistow area, a wildfire can occur anywhere-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences were recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  

Wildfires or just fires in general, can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area prone to wildfires, consider the following safety tips to help prevent the spread of wildfire.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, and dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

If your home or business ever suffers fire damage, in anyway, please let us help you make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is here to help and can be reached at 603-893-9700.

When Every Second Counts

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Every Second Counts Facilities with well-prepared employees and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe employee injuries

Worrying about the cleanup and restoration can be stressful, and many home and business owners are left with a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty. SERVPRO's Franchise Professionals know restoring peace of mind is just as important as restoring property.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow wants to be there in your time of need, helping you and your customers piece their lives back together.

Our goal is simple:

In an emergency situation, like a building fire, every second counts. How quickly you respond could depend on how prepared you are before the emergency. Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Facilities with well-prepared employees and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe employee injuries.

When preparing a fire evacuation plan, it is important to designate multiple evacuation routes and exits. This ensures more than one way to exit the building, should an exit be blocked by fire. When choosing emergency exits, consider the following recommendations.

  • Exits should be clearly marked and well  
  • Exit routes should be wide enough to accommodate the number/volume of evacuating person
  • Exit routes should remain unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

If you  prepare  drawings  that  show  evacuation routes and exits, post  them  prominently  for  all employees  to  see. Once an  escape  plan  is created, it should  be  practiced  to help familiarize  staff  with  emergency  exit  routes. It is important to talk to your local fire department, as local codes may require more frequent drills  for various  facilities.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow can help with emergency planning by establishing an Emergency READY Profile, (ERP), for your facility. For more information about the ERP or emergency planning, contact

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow 603-893-9700.

Fire Damage in Kingston, NH

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Kingston, NH SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will always treat you, your tenant, and all those involved with empathy and respect and your property with care.

A business fire can be very stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings, contents of the building, and structure are just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. Here at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow, understand how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response. Our service response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 

Smoke alarm facts:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the business, including the basement if your building has one.
  • If your business has a kitchen, smoke alarms should be installed generally 10 feet from any cooking appliance
  • Test the smoke alarms once a month
  • When you change your clocks twice a year, change the batteries in the alarms also
  • Replace the device when it is ten years old

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your business after fire and smoke damage.  SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will always treat you, your tenant, and all those involved with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (603) 893-9700

Test Your Smoke Alarms Monthly

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow at 603-893-9700.

Limiting the Damage to Your Salem, NH Home after a Fire

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Limiting the Damage to Your Salem, NH Home after a Fire We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.

The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time and are restored to preloss condition when possible.

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with light coating of petroleum jelly
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO®
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO®
  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water damage without consulting a repair service.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

So before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (603) 893-9700. SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow has worked for over 40 years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Duct Cleaning to Clean Your Air

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is from a fire damage or you need to spring clean from allergies, duct cleaning is one more space in your home to consider cleaning. Below is some information from Home AdvisorAverage Cleaning Cost

Cleaning ducts and vents generally costs between $263 and $472, but as with many services, the bigger and dirtier the project, the more you'll need to pay. When a professional comes to assess the needs of your system, they will consider:

  • The size of your ductwork
  • The degree to which it is contaminated
  • The ease with which they can reach various parts of the system
Residential vs Commercial

The average cost of keeping your residential ductwork orderly is going to vary greatly from that of a commercial building. This is because commercial air ducts are often larger and more extensive. Residential cleanings can cost an average of about $20-$30 per vent. For commercial buildings, service providers must do an estimate of your space before they can provide an accurate quote. Before factoring in the materials and the number A/C and furnace units, you can expect a commercial project to cost at least $35-$50 per hour.

Mold and Mildew Removal

The amount of debris or mold present in your system could certainly ratchet up the overall price. The cost of mildew removal is around $0.07-0.08 per square foot, on top of your initial cost, according to Blue Book. Removing these elements involves added time, special equipment and even special chemicals. In fact, you may be referred to a specialist if mildew and mold is too severe.

Custom Designed Ducts

Most residential air duct systems are installed in a predictable fashion or are easy to figure out. However, you can expect a higher quote if your system has been custom-designed, involves extra components and has features which are difficult to access. This is due to the added work and time which will have to be put into the project.

Commercial systems are often customized to fit the building they serve. They are almost guaranteed to feature added components, and will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The more difficult the construction is to maneuver, the more you can expect to pay.

So when considering who to call for your duct cleaning, consider SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow to meet your needs. We work to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety Tips for the Plaistow Area

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

While not popular on in Salem or Plaistow area, a wildfire can occur anywhere-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences were recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  

Wildfires or just fires in general, can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area prone to wildfires, consider the following safety tips to help prevent the spread of wildfire.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house.  This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, and dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

If your home or business ever suffers fire damage, in anyway, please let us help you make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is here to help and can be reached at 603-893-9700.

When a Fire Strikes, SERVPRO is Here to Help!

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When a Fire Strikes, SERVPRO is Here to Help! Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation.

Worrying about the cleanup and restoration can be stressful, and many home and business owners are left with a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty. SERVPRO's Franchise Professionals know restoring peace of mind is just as important as restoring property.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow wants to be there in your time of need, helping you and your customers piece their lives back together.

Our goal is simple:

In an emergency situation, like a building fire, every second counts. How quickly you respond could depend on how prepared you are before the emergency. Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Facilities with well-prepared employees and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe employee injuries.

When preparing a fire evacuation plan, it is important to designate multiple evacuation routes and exits. This ensures more than one way to exit the building, should an exit be blocked by fire. When choosing emergency exits, consider the following recommendations.

  • Exits should be clearly marked and well  
  • Exit routes should be wide enough to accommodate the number/volume of evacuating person
  • Exit routes should remain unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

If you  prepare  drawings  that  show  evacuation routes and exits, post  them  prominently  for  all employees  to  see. Once an  escape  plan  is created, it should  be  practiced  to help familiarize  staff  with  emergency  exit  routes. It is important to talk to your local fire department, as local codes may require more frequent drills  for various  facilities.

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow can help with emergency planning by establishing an Emergency READY Profile, (ERP), for your facility. For more information about the ERP or emergency planning, contact

SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow 603-893-9700.

Kingston Business Fire Prevention

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kingston Business Fire Prevention This is a picture of a fire damaged restaurant. A smoke detector can save your business from disaster.

A business fire can be very stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings, contents of the building, and structure are just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. Here at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow, understand how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response. Our service response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 

Smoke alarm facts:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the business, including the basement if your building has one.
  • If your business has a kitchen, smoke alarms should be installed generally 10 feet from any cooking appliance
  • Test the smoke alarms once a month
  • When you change your clocks twice a year, change the batteries in the alarms also
  • Replace the device when it is ten years old
  • Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your business after fire and smoke damage.  SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will always treat you, your tenant, and all those involved with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

    Call Us Today – (603) 893-9700

    Fire Safety Plans Make a great Holiday Gift!

    11/20/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Safety Plans Make a great Holiday Gift! “Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season."

    SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is a restoration specialist that highlights the difference between fire prevention planning with fire safety planning.

    The holidays are approaching and many families are finalizing plans for elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, and decorating with festive lights. Amidst all this planning, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan.

    “Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season. This tends to focus homeowners on fire prevention precautions—and that’s a good thing,” said Gregg White, owner of SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow. “But to truly protect your family from the dangers of a home fire, at the holidays and throughout the year, you need to start with a fire safety plan. Developing a fire safety plan and practicing it regularly with your family is the most important step you can take to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.”

    SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and their disaster response professionals know from experience how devastating a home fire can be. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. This is why SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.  As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed. encourages all -area homeowners to follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire.

    1. Install the right number of smoke alarms . Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
    2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
    3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
    4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
    5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
    6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
    7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

    “Fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things,” said Gregg. “Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.”

     For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit our website. For more information on SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow, please contact Raeann Keeley-Pellerin at 603-893-9700 x33 or rpellerin@SERVPROoflawrence.com.

    About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

    Emergency Fire Tips for Homeowners and Business Owners

    6/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Emergency Fire Tips for Homeowners and Business Owners After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

    The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time and are restored to preloss condition when possible.

    • Limit movement to prevent further damage
    • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
    • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with light coating of petroleum jelly
    • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO®
    • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO®
    • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water damage without consulting a repair service.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
    • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

    So before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (603) 893-9700. SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow has worked for over 40 years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

    Choosing the Best Fire Extinguisher for Your Plaistow Home

    3/7/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Choosing the Best Fire Extinguisher for Your Plaistow Home "Accident brings tears, fire safety brings cheers." - unknown

    This article from Remodelista explains the need for fire extinguishers in your home, how many, and the options you have. “Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher that’s kept readily at hand. And yet many homeowners either (A.) know they don’t have a fire extinguisher and don’t think it’s a problem (I’m embarrassed to admit I was in this category until I started researching this post), or (B.) own a fire extinguisher (or several) but have no idea how to operate it or even if it would still work in case of a fire. Here’s what you should know about fire extinguishers to help keep your home and family safe.”

    When using  a fire extinguisher, remember these simple tips:

    • stands for “pull the pin” to release the lock on the nozzle. Obviously, you’d point the nozzle away from your body as you do this.
    • stands for “aim low.” That means directing the stream at the source of the fire, not at the leaping flames.
    • S  is for squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • S is to remind you to “sweep” the nozzle from side to side as you release the flame retardant.

     

    SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow is able to help if a fire does strike your home or office. Should you have questions, concerns, or would like more information, please visit our website or call 603-893-9700

    5 Wildfire Safety Tips

    1/17/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage 5 Wildfire Safety Tips Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall.

    A wildfire can occur anywhere-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences were  recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

    If you live or work in an area prone to wildfires, consider the following safety tips to help prevent the spread of wildfire.

    Wildfire Safety Tips

    • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead  vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This  prevents  embers from igniting your home.
    • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to  prevent debris from accumulating.
    • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
    • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
    • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

    Let Us Help You Worry Less When a Fire Strikes

    1/12/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Let Us Help You Worry Less When a Fire Strikes Worrying about the cleanup and restoration can be stressful, and many home and business owners are left with a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty

    Worrying about the cleanup and restoration can be stressful, and many home and business owners are left with a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty. SERVPRO's Franchise Professionals know restoring peace of mind is just as important as restoring property.

    This blog provides information on the steps to take in an effort to prevent costly secondary damage to your property and possession s should a fire strike your home or business. It also reinforces the importance of being prepared and having a fire escape plan in place.

    Your local SERVPRO’s Franchise Professionals want to be there in your time of need, helping you and your customers piece their lives back together.

    Our goal is simple:

    In an emergency situation, like a building fire, every second counts. How quickly you respond could depend on how prepared you are before the emergency. Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Facilities with well-prepared employees and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe employee injuries.

    When preparing a fire evacuation plan, it is important to designate multiple evacuation routes and exits. This ensures more than one way to exit the building, should an exit be blocked by fire. When choosing emergency exits, consider the following recommendations.

    • Exits should be clearly marked and well  
    • Exit routes should be wide enough to accommodate the number/volume of evacuating person
    • Exit routes should remain unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

    If you  prepare  drawings  that  show  evacuation routes and exits, post  them  prominently  for  all employees  to  see. Once an  escape  plan  is created, it should  be  practiced  to help familiarize  staff  with  emergency  exit  routes. It is important to talk to your local fire department, as local codes may require more frequent drills  for various  facilities.

    Your local SERVPRO@ Franchise Professionals can help with emergency planning by establishing an Emergency READY Profile, (ERP), for your facility. For more information about the ERP or emergency planning, contact SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow 603-893-9700.

    Holidays in Your Salem and Plaistow Home

    12/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Holidays in Your Salem and Plaistow Home The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy fellowship and quality time. Don't let a home fire ruin your plans.

    The holiday season is here and that usually brings Christmas trees, candles, and many more decorations. As December is the peak point in the year where candle fires increase, SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow wants to help with some ideas to keep you and your home safe.

    • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
    • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
    • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
    • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
    • Use sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees
    • Keep anything that can catch on fire – pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
    • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after customers leave.

    When disaster does strike, SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow is always here to help. Give us a call at 603-893-9700 with questions, or when you in need of service. No job is too big or too small.

    Smoke and Soot Cleanup in your Salem or Plaistow Home

    12/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup in your Salem or Plaistow Home Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Salem/Plaistow Home

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 603-893-9700

    Odor Damage in your Salem/Plaistow Home and Business

    11/29/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Odor Damage in your Salem/Plaistow Home and Business When fire strikes, the odor clean up is just as important as all other damage. We are help to help every step of the way!

    Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

    As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

    SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow can provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

    SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Ask your SERVPRO representative to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

    If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services please visit our website or contact SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow at 603-893-9700. Whether it's fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

    About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

    Looking for a Great Holiday Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan

    11/16/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Looking for a Great Holiday Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan “Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season."

    SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is a restoration specialist that highlights the difference between fire prevention planning with fire safety planning.

    The holidays are approaching and many families are finalizing plans for elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, and decorating with festive lights. Amidst all this planning, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan.

    “Each year, statistics show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season. This tends to focus homeowners on fire prevention precautions—and that’s a good thing,” said Gregg White, owner of SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow. “But to truly protect your family from the dangers of a home fire, at the holidays and throughout the year, you need to start with a fire safety plan. Developing a fire safety plan and practicing it regularly with your family is the most important step you can take to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.”

    SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and their disaster response professionals know from experience how devastating a home fire can be. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. This is why SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.  As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed. encourages all -area homeowners to follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire.

    1. Install the right number of smoke alarms . Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
    2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
    3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
    4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
    5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
    6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
    7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

     

    “Fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things,” said Gregg. “Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.”

     For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit our website. For more information on SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow, please contact Raeann Keeley-Pellerin at 603-893-9700 x33 or rpellerin@SERVPROoflawrence.com.

    About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

    Help Prevent your Salem and Plaistow Fire Business Damage

    11/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Help Prevent your Salem and Plaistow Fire Business Damage This is a picture of a fire damaged restaurant. A smoke detector can save your Salem/Plaistow business from disaster.

    A business fire can be very stressful event for any property owner. Damage to personal belongings, contents of the building, and structure are just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. Here at SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow, understand how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response. Our service response guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 

     

    Smoke alarm facts:

    • Install smoke alarms on every level of the business, including the basement if your building has one.
    • If your business has a kitchen, smoke alarms should be installed generally 10 feet from any cooking appliance
    • Test the smoke alarms once a month
    • When you change your clocks twice a year, change the batteries in the alarms also
    • Replace the device when it is ten years old

     

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your business after fire and smoke damage.  SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will always treat you, your tenant, and all those involved with empathy and respect and your property with care.

     

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

    Call Us Today – (603) 893-9700

    Worry Less when Fire Strikes

    5/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Worry Less when Fire Strikes When fire strikes your life, we make it "like it never even happened."

    When a fire rips through your home or business, it can cause fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.

    After the first responders have put out the fire, and the area is deemed safe, it is your ocal SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are here to help. With rapid response from knowledgeable technicians, it is a relief to know that your home or business can be returned to normal as fast as possible.

    NFPA states:

    ·         487,500 structure fires were reported in 2013 across the United States

    ·         These damages totaled 9.5 billion dollars in damage to property

    ·         One fire to a home or business was reported every 65 seconds

    Don’t let the unthinkable cause stress or doubt for you. Call your SERVPRO® Professionals to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.”

    5 Types of Smoke/Soot Damage in Your Home

    5/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage 5 Types of Smoke/Soot Damage in Your Home "Like it never even happened."
  • Wet Smoke
  • Usually from plastic and rubber
  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, stocky, smeary
  • Smoke webs are more difficult to clean
  • Dry Smoke
  • Usually seen with paper and wood
  • Fast burning, high temperatures
  • Protein Fire Residue
  • Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
  • Almost invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, comes with extremely pungent odor
  • Fuel Oil Soot
  • From a furnace puff back
  • While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly
  • Other
  • Always have special cases that require special attention
  • When these types of damages affect your home, we are always here to help recover your home. We aim to make it “Like it never even happened.”