Recent Fire Damage Posts

Know Who to Call After the Fire Department

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business is not something you would ever plan on.  But you can plan on who to call when disaster strikes.  Have our contact info on hand so you can call the Fire and Water, Cleanup and Restoration Specialist at 609-549-0379 or checkout our home page on this web site for our contact information.  By calling SERVPRO of Manahawkin you’ll find a team of highly trained professionals who are committed to helping you through any disaster.  We will develop a plan to get the situation under control and restore your property.  By calling us you’ll take confidence in knowing that when the things that matter most are on the line, we will be too because you can’t keep fire damage from taking control of your home or business.  So before fire or water damage strikes, make sure you’re ready to strike back with the cleanup specialist the insurance industry has trusted for more than 40 years and SERVPROmanahawkin.com  Helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Let The Professionals Take Care of The Fire Damage

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

After the firefighters leave, homeowners may think the danger has passed and the house is safe and ready to return to, but this is not always the case. After a fire, you don’t only have the worry about fire damage, there will now be water damage as a result of putting the fire out and smoke - soot damage as product of the fire itself. Without the right professionals to handle the job the affected area will never return to normal. The restoration process after a fire is time consuming and requires a good deal of manpower, but do not let this discourage you. SERVPRO of Manahawkin is here to help! Our crew is IICRC certified, in addition to having the resources and experience to help make this process as smooth as possible. If you have any questions regarding our fire, smoke and soot damage restoration protocol, please give us a call at 609-549-0379.

The Leading Cause to Home Fires

6/2/2019 (Permalink)

Question: Do you know the leading cause of fires in the home are in any weather conditions? It just might not be what you think.  

Answer: Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly depending on how up-to-speed you are on fire causes), it's cooking. We cook in the house and on our grills outside. So no matter what where you are doing your cooking, kitchen fires are one of the leading causes of fire in the home.  So please, take caution, do not leave the stove unattended, check the oven often, do not let the flame hit any outside walls or wooden surfaces.  Be careful or grease build up.  No matter where you are cooking please for your own safety be careful in the kitchen or where ever you may be cooking.

When you need Smoke and Soot Cleanup in the Manahawkin Area

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

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 Manahawkin 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 – 609-549-0379

Fire Damage Can Happen In a Flash

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage may happen in a flash, so may the cleanup and restoration when you call the professionals at 609-549-0379 or go to SERVPROmanahawkin.com.  That’s where you’ll find a team of highly trained specialist with more than four decades of experience in helping to make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”.  Because when it’s your home or business that’s been damaged by fire, you don’t just want your things clean—you want your life back as well.  So when fire damage strikes, call the red trucks to put out the flames.  And call on the green vans to help put your life back together at 609-549-0379.  With the trust of the insurance industry and more than 1,600 Franchise locations, they’re guaranteed to be faster to any-sized disaster.  The cleanup specialist at 609-549-0379. Helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Be Ready! Plan Ahead

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business is nothing you ever planned on.  But it is something you can plan for by calling on the fire and water, cleanup and restoration specialist at 609-549-0379 and SERVPROmanahawkin.com.  That’s where you’ll find a team of highly trained professionals who are committed to helping you develop a plan to make sure you’re ready for whatever happens.  With an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Manahawkin, you’ll take confidence in knowing that when the things that matter most are on the line, we will be too because you can’t keep fire damage from taking control of your home or business.  But with an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Manahawkin, you can make sure it doesn’t take control of your life.  So before fire or water damage strikes, make sure you’re ready to strike back with the cleanup specialist the insurance industry has trusted for more than 40 years at 609-549-0379 and SERVPROmanahawkin.com  Helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Fire is Your Neighbor

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), 31,000 reported vacant structure fires accounted for 6% of the 520,100 structure fires. This past weekend SERVPRO of Manahawkin got several calls regarding fire damage or smoke - soot damage from small home fires or the homes surrounding the area near these large house fires. For a specific example this house had a fire that initially began at the house next door, which then spread over to this house. As a result the house’s siding is destroyed and the fire started burning through the roof and upper end of the house, entering the attic. SERVPRO of Manahawkin will begin the restoration process for the damage that was done in the house to ensure the area is safe and smoke - soot damage free.

Smokes Hidden Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

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 Manahawkin 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 – (609) 549-0379

What To Do After A Fire

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

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 your SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 
  • 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. 

Fire Damage Restoration

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Every smoke and fire damage situation is unique and brings its own set of challenges. So please do not try to face these challenges on your own. At SERVPRO of Manahawkin we understand that each of these scenarios has a unique solution that we will tailor for specific conditions. Some fail to realize that with a fire, various materials burn, the soot and residue they create will vary from one another and because of this specific cleaning procedures are required. To give you a far more detailed view on SERVPRO of Manahawkin’s process for “Typical” fire restoration, please visit the following page on our website: http://www.SERVPROmanahawkin.com/fire-repair-process If you have any additional questions regarding SERVPRO of Manahawkin's fire restoration procedure, please give us a call at 609-549-0379. 

Leave it to the Professionals

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

When the firefighters leave, many think the danger has passed and the house is safe to return to, but this is not always the case. After a fire, you don’t only have the worry about fire damage, there will now be water damage as a result of putting the fire out and smoke - soot damage as product of the fire itself. Without the right professionals to handle the job the affected area will never return to normal. The restoration process after a fire is time consuming and requires a good deal of manpower, but do not let this discourage you. SERVPRO of Manahawkin is here to help! Our crew is IICRC certified, in addition to having the resources and experience to help make this process as smooth as possible. If you have any questions regarding our fire, smoke and soot damage restoration protocol, please give us a call at 609-549-0379.

Fire Safety Tips

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Be sure all units have working smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required by law in all dwelling units used for sleeping.  They must be mounted on ceilings or top of the walls and centrally located in the corridor or area leading to each sleeping space.  It is recommended that batteries be replaced on a regular basis.  A good time to replace batteries is during fall and spring time changes.

Be sure all units have working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are required by law in all dwelling units used for sleeping.  They must be mounted in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations.  Detectors will chirp if batteries are weak and need replacing.  It is recommended that batteries be replaced on a regular basis.  A good time to replace batteries is during fall and spring time changes.

Always address the smell of gas. 

Gaseous odors indicate a possible natural gas leak.  If you smell gas, contact PG&E immediately at 1-800-PGE-5000. 

Do not allow children to play near radiators or heaters.

To avoid risk injuries & fires, children should not play near or drop things into radiators, heaters or grates- particularly those heaters recessed into walls and floors.  

Use flashlights instead of oil lamps or candles.

Flashlights are helpful in emergencies and safer than oil lamps and candles.  Candles and lamps used at other times should be of the low-flame variety, kept away from combustibles and never left unattended. 

Keep hallways, stairs and exits clear of bikes, recycling, debris and other trip hazards

Buildings that are not kept in a clean and orderly condition are much more likely to have multiple safety & fire hazards. 

Do not overload electrical outlets. 

Overloaded electrical outlets are a common fire hazard. Too many devices plugged into one outlet may cause overloading. 

Always unseal windows after painting.

New paint can improve a room's appearance, but a sealed window will create a egress hazard in the event of an emergency.

Prepare emergency plans for both fire evacuations & earthquakes. 

Map out alternative egress in the event exits are impassable during a fire evacuation.  Reduce injuries during earthquakes by not locating mirrors, shelves, bookcases or top-heavy furniture over or near beds.  Contact the Berkeley Office of Emergency Services at 981-5605 for more preparation & planning information. 

Never disable smoke detectors. 

The Berkeley Fire Code requires smoke detectors be operable. It is illegal to disable, disarm, or remove smoke detectors.

Don’t smoke in bed. 

It is preferable to smoke outdoors.  If smoking is permitted in your building, use adequate and heavy ashtrays, and never smoke in bed.  Extinguish and properly discard all smoking material.

Don’t place items against electrical breakers, over heaters or near furnaces.

Many fires start because of combustible materials placed on top of heaters.  Stay mindful of breakers and heaters that are recessed into walls and floors and never place anything over or against them. 

Don’t use furnace or water heater closets for storage.

Storing items near heat producing devices can cause fires.  Nothing should be stored in heater closets. 

Don’t use propane or flaming devices indoors.

Propane stoves, torches, charcoal grills and other apparatus must not be used in residential spaces.  

Don’t replace 15-amp fuses with higher rated fuses.

Replacing 15amps with higher rated fuses will not provide more power.  This will, however, cause electrical short-circuiting and potential fire hazard. 

Do not use heat lamps.

Avoid using heat lamps. Because of their extreme temperatures, heat and Torchiere lamps pose a serious fire hazard and are not recommended in residential spaces. 

Space heater safety. 

It is best to avoid using space heaters.  But, if they are used, they must be at least 3 feet away from combustibles, unplug when not in use, never used with an extension cord, and should not be used in a bathroom.  “Tip switches” that automatically turn off if the heater tips over are helpful. 

Do not run extension or appliance cords under rugs or carpets. 

Extension cords may develop wear over time.  A worn or frayed extension cord may present a fire hazard.  

Don’t clog plumbing.

Sinks, tubs & toilets must drain & operate completely to maintain health & safety.  Dispose of waste materials in appropriate receptacles.  And don’t flush highly absorbent material down toilets. 

Have a designated emergency meeting place

Know what you will do in an emergency, have a designated meeting place for everyone in your household. 

In The Event Of Fire Evacuation: 

  • Never ignore fire or smoke alarms. 
  • Leave the building immediately — do not stop to collect belongings.
  • Do not use elevators. They may lead to the source of the fire.
  • Check door handles by touching lightly with the back of your hand. If they are hot, do not open them & find another way out.
  • When leaving, close doors behind you and pull any fire alarms you may pass.
  • Stay low — beneath the smoke where the air is clearer and safer to breathe.
  • When you are safe outside, get to phone and call 9-1-1.
  • If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop and Roll to put them out.
  • Cool burns quickly with water — get medical attention immediately.

source: (http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Planning_and_Development/Housing_Code_Enforcement/Safety_DOs_and_DON_Ts.aspx)

Sound of Fire

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

When this is a crackling campfire, there’s no cause for concern. But when it’s the sound of your cabinets cracking and smoldering following a fire that’s damaged your entire kitchen, you need to call SERVPRO of Manahawkin at 609-549-0379. Only the cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Manahawkin can help make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.” So call SERVPRO of Manahawkin when fire threatens your home or business. 

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Ocean County property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition. 

Fire Damage Restoration Services

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

We can make it "Like it never even happened"

Every smoke and fire damage situation is unique and brings its own set of challenges. So please do not try to face these challenges on your own. At SERVPRO of Manahawkin we understand that each of these scenarios has a unique solution that we will tailor for specific conditions. Some fail to realize that with a fire, various materials burn, the soot and residue they create will vary from one another and because of this specific cleaning procedures are required. To give you a far more detailed view on SERVPRO of Manahawkin’s process for “Typical” fire restoration, please visit the following page on our website: http://www.SERVPROmanahawkin.com/fire-repair-process If you have any additional questions regarding SERVPRO of Manahawkin's fire restoration procedure, please give us a call at 609-549-0379.

Christmas Tree Safety

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

The most wonderful time of the year is also the most likely time of the year for house fires. A fire hazard may be right in front of you in the form of a well-decorated Christmas tree.

Christmas tree fires can catch fire fast.

A simple spark can turn a dry Christmas tree into a torch in just 12 seconds. 

A Christmas tree fire can engulf an entire room in flames in less than 30 seconds.

To keep your season merry, follow these Christmas tree tips:

  • Fresh, watered trees are much less likely to catch fire. When buying a tree, look for branches with vibrant, green needles that don’t come off the branch easily.
  • Make sure your tree is at least three feet from any heat source, like a fireplace, heat vent or candle.
  • Water your tree daily.
  • If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.”

People forget once they go out and cut that tree or buy the tree off the lot, they forget to cut the two inches off the bottom of the tree. That allows the water and kind of everything to soak up through the tree.

It is also recommended that you have working smoke detectors.

No Cause For Concern

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

No Cause For Concern

When this is a crackling campfire, there’s no cause for concern. But when it’s the sound of your cabinets cracking and smoldering following a fire that’s damaged your entire kitchen, you need to call SERVPRO of Manahawkin at 609-549-0379. Only the cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Manahawkin can help make fire and water damage “like it never even happened.” So call SERVPRO of Manahawkin when fire threatens your home or business.


Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Ocean County property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Fire Damage May Happen in a Flash

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage May Happen in a Flash

Fire damage may happen in a flash, so may the cleanup and restoration when you call the professionals at 609-549-0379 or go to SERVPROmanahawkin.com.  That’s where you’ll find a team of highly trained specialist with more than four decades of experience in helping to make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”.  Because when it’s your home or business that’s been damaged by fire, you don’t just want your things clean—you want your life back as well.  So when fire damage strikes, call the red trucks to put out the flames.  And call on the green vans to help put your life back together at 609-549-0379.  With the trust of the insurance industry and more than 1,600 Franchise locations, they’re guaranteed to be faster to any-sized disaster.  The cleanup specialist at 609-549-0379. Helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”

The Space Heater Set Dangerously Close

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

The Space Heater Set Dangerously Close

The Space Heater Set Dangerously Close

If a space heater is set dangerously close to the curtains in the basement.  The factory floor can be singed by a stray spark from the heater.  

You can’t plan on the damage caused by fire, no one can, but you can plan to be ready for it – by making sure you’re ready for whatever happens with the cleanup specialist at 609-549-0379.

With an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Manahawkin, you’ll take confidence knowing that when the things that matter most are on the line, we will be too.  

So before fire or water damage strikes, make sure you’re ready to strike back with the cleanup specialist at 609-549-0379 and SERVPROmanahawkin.com

Don't Wait, Plan Ahead

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Don't Wait, Plan Ahead

A fire in your home or business is nothing you ever planned on.  But it is something you can plan for by calling on the fire and water, cleanup and restoration specialist at 609-549-0379 and SERVPROmanahawkin.com.  That’s where you’ll find a team of highly trained professionals who are committed to helping you develop a plan to make sure you’re ready for whatever happens.  With an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Manahawkin, you’ll take confidence in knowing that when the things that matter most are on the line, we will be too because you can’t keep fire damage from taking control of your home or business.  But with an Emergency Ready Profile from SERVPRO of Manahawkin, you can make sure it doesn’t take control of your life.  So before fire or water damage strikes, make sure you’re ready to strike back with the cleanup specialist the insurance industry has trusted for more than 40 years at 609-549-0379 and SERVPROmanahawkin.com  Helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened”.

Unoccupied House Fires

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

House Fire caused by neighboring house

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), 31,000 reported vacant structure fires accounted for 6% of the 520,100 structure fires. This past weekend SERVPRO of Manahawkin got several calls regarding fire damage or smoke - soot damage from small home fires or the homes surrounding the area near these large house fires. For a specific example this house had a fire that initially began at the house next door, which then spread over to this house. As a result the house’s siding is destroyed and the fire started burning through the roof and upper end of the house, entering the attic. SERVPRO of Manahawkin will begin the restoration process for the damage that was done in the house to ensure the area is safe and smoke - soot damage free.

Your Belongings Are Important

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

Contents Restoration

When damage strikes from a fire or smoke damage, it strikes just more than the physical structure of your home, your personal belongings are in harm's way too. SERVPRO of Manahawkin understands that personal belongings and household items hold a significant value to each and every one of us. With SERVPRO of Manahawkin’s “restore” vesus “replace” mentality, in addition to professional training in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold can help you save money while preserving those invaluable items that cannot be replaced.  

Our Process:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Follow Our Safety Do's and Don'ts

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Be sure all units have working smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are required by law in all dwelling units used for sleeping.  They must be mounted on ceilings or top of the walls and centrally located in the corridor or area leading to each sleeping space.  It is recommended that batteries be replaced on a regular basis.  A good time to replace batteries is during fall and spring time changes.

Be sure all units have working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors.

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are required by law in all dwelling units used for sleeping.  They must be mounted in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations.  Detectors will chirp if batteries are weak and need replacing.  It is recommended that batteries be replaced on a regular basis.  A good time to replace batteries is during fall and spring time changes.

Always address the smell of gas. 

Gaseous odors indicate a possible natural gas leak.  If you smell gas, contact PG&E immediately at 1-800-PGE-5000. 

Do not allow children to play near radiators or heaters.

To avoid risk injuries & fires, children should not play near or drop things into radiators, heaters or grates- particularly those heaters recessed into walls and floors.  

Use flashlights instead of oil lamps or candles.

Flashlights are helpful in emergencies and safer than oil lamps and candles.  Candles and lamps used at other times should be of the low-flame variety, kept away from combustibles and never left unattended. 

Keep hallways, stairs and exits clear of bikes, recycling, debris and other trip hazards

Buildings that are not kept in a clean and orderly condition are much more likely to have multiple safety & fire hazards. 

Do not overload electrical outlets. 

Overloaded electrical outlets are a common fire hazard. Too many devices plugged into one outlet may cause overloading. 

Always unseal windows after painting.

New paint can improve a room's appearance, but a sealed window will create a egress hazard in the event of an emergency.

Prepare emergency plans for both fire evacuations & earthquakes. 

Map out alternative egress in the event exits are impassable during a fire evacuation.  Reduce injuries during earthquakes by not locating mirrors, shelves, bookcases or top-heavy furniture over or near beds.  Contact the Berkeley Office of Emergency Services at 981-5605 for more preparation & planning information. 

Never disable smoke detectors. 

The Berkeley Fire Code requires smoke detectors be operable. It is illegal to disable, disarm, or remove smoke detectors.

Don’t smoke in bed. 

It is preferable to smoke outdoors.  If smoking is permitted in your building, use adequate and heavy ashtrays, and never smoke in bed.  Extinguish and properly discard all smoking material.

Don’t place items against electrical breakers, over heaters or near furnaces.

Many fires start because of combustible materials placed on top of heaters.  Stay mindful of breakers and heaters that are recessed into walls and floors and never place anything over or against them. 

Don’t use furnace or water heater closets for storage.

Storing items near heat producing devices can cause fires.  Nothing should be stored in heater closets. 

Don’t use propane or flaming devices indoors.

Propane stoves, torches, charcoal grills and other apparatus must not be used in residential spaces.  

Don’t replace 15-amp fuses with higher rated fuses.

Replacing 15amps with higher rated fuses will not provide more power.  This will, however, cause electrical short-circuiting and potential fire hazard. 

Do not use heat lamps.

Avoid using heat lamps. Because of their extreme temperatures, heat and Torchiere lamps pose a serious fire hazard and are not recommended in residential spaces. 

Space heater safety. 

It is best to avoid using space heaters.  But, if they are used, they must be at least 3 feet away from combustibles, unplug when not in use, never used with an extension cord, and should not be used in a bathroom.  “Tip switches” that automatically turn off if the heater tips over are helpful. 

Do not run extension or appliance cords under rugs or carpets. 

Extension cords may develop wear over time.  A worn or frayed extension cord may present a fire hazard.  

Don’t clog plumbing.

Sinks, tubs & toilets must drain & operate completely to maintain health & safety.  Dispose of waste materials in appropriate receptacles.  And don’t flush highly absorbent material down toilets. 

Have a designated emergency meeting place

Know what you will do in an emergency, have a designated meeting place for everyone in your household. 

In The Event Of Fire Evacuation: 

  • Never ignore fire or smoke alarms. 
  • Leave the building immediately — do not stop to collect belongings.
  • Do not use elevators. They may lead to the source of the fire.
  • Check door handles by touching lightly with the back of your hand. If they are hot, do not open them & find another way out.
  • When leaving, close doors behind you and pull any fire alarms you may pass.
  • Stay low — beneath the smoke where the air is clearer and safer to breathe.
  • When you are safe outside, get to phone and call 9-1-1.
  • If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop and Roll to put them out.
  • Cool burns quickly with water — get medical attention immediately.

source: (http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Planning_and_Development/Housing_Code_Enforcement/Safety_DOs_and_DON_Ts.aspx)

Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From A Fire

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From A Fire

When the firefighters leave, many think the danger has passed and the house is safe to return to, but this is not always the case. After a fire, you don’t only have the worry about fire damage, there will now be water damage as a result of putting the fire out and smoke - soot damage as product of the fire itself. Without the right professionals to handle the job the affected area will never return to normal. The restoration process after a fire is time consuming and requires a good deal of manpower, but do not let this discourage you. SERVPRO of Manahawkin is here to help! Our crew is IICRC certified, in addition to having the resources and experience to help make this process as smooth as possible. If you have any questions regarding our fire, smoke and soot damage restoration protocol, please give us a call at 609-549-0379.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every smoke and fire damage situation is unique and brings its own set of challenges. So please do not try to face these challenges on your own. At SERVPRO of Manahawkin we understand that each of these scenarios has a unique solution that we will tailor for specific conditions. Some fail to realize that with a fire, various materials burn, the soot and residue they create will vary from one another and because of this specific cleaning procedures are required. To give you a far more detailed view on SERVPRO of Manahawkin’s process for “Typical” fire restoration, please visit the following page on our website: http://www.SERVPROmanahawkin.com/fire-repair-process If you have any additional questions regarding SERVPRO of Manahawkin's fire restoration procedure, please give us a call at 609-549-0379.

Fire Damage Do's and Don'ts

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do's and Don'ts

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 your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • 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.

Ocean County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Ocean County 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 Manahawkin 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 – (609) 549-0379

Leading cause of a fire

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

Question: Do you know the leading cause of winter fires? It might not be what you think.

Answer: Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly depending on how up-to-speed you are on fire causes), it's cooking. So no matter what the weather's like outside, be careful in the kitchen.