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Burlington & Surrounding Area Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Burlington & Surrounding Area Smoke and Soot Cleanup What you can do until help arrives

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 Burlington East 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 – 289-313-8888

IICRC Certified Firm

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Burlington East is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops the Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Burlington East

SERVPRO of Burlington East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you have had a flood, fire, mould or just need some professional cleaning, Call Us Today – 289-313-8888

Clean Homes Sell Faster!

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Clean Homes Sell Faster! Clean Homes Sell Faster!

Top Show Condition and Ready to Sell!

Top Show It’s a fact: A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster. Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way.  Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased Market Value
  • Reduced List to Sale Conversion Times
  • Help Pass Home Inspections

SERVPRO® of Burlington East Professionals offer a variety of services to help revive your home to top show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery & Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Duct & HVAC Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Dirty ducts can circulate odours and contaminants like mould and irritating dust throughout a home.

Duct & HVAC System Cleaning can:

  • Reduce allergens and pet dander
  • Eliminate offensive odours
  • Improve operating conditions and efficiency

Control Moisture – Reduce Mould

Prior to listing your home, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture build-up or mould growth. Should a damage event occur, timely response is the key to preventing further damage—act with the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
  • Properly maintain humidifiers
  • Replace wet or visibly mouldy insulation materials
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation system if necessary

Get it Clean – Get it Sold!

Call Us Today – 289-313-8888

Burlington & Surround Area Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Burlington & Surround Area Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Burlington East for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Burlington East specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 289-313-8888

Faster to your Burlington & Surrounding Areas Water Damage Event

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your Burlington & Surrounding Areas Water Damage Event Your floors could be saved! SERVPRO of Burlington East’s Injectidry system

Did you know your floors could be saved in the event of a flood? 

SERVPRO of Burlington East’s Injectidry system could save your floors if there is clean water damage to them.

Timing is of the essence-call SERVPRO of Burlington East at 289-313-8888 immediately if you have water damage!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Burlington East provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Burlington East arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Burlington East

SERVPRO of Burlington East specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call us today! 289-313-8888

The Deep Freeze is here!

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Deep Freeze is here! Keep your pipes warm to prevent freezing and potential flooding

Do you have broken water lines or sewage back up and need Emergency Recovery and/or Restoration?

Call SERVPRO of Burlington East at 289-313-8888 We operate 24/7/365  - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Here are some tips on Preventing Frozen Water Pipes:

  • Shut off the internal water supply to any outdoor taps including any in the garage
  • Be sure to drain all pipes leading to any outdoor taps
  • Seal any air leaks in your home/garage
  • Locate the main shut off for the water supply to your home. It is usually located beside the water meter. If you have any problems, close the main shut-off immediately
  • Always keep your indoor air temperature above 12C in all areas to protect all plumbing
  • Keep doorways to basement areas, storage rooms and crawl spaces open to allow good air circulation to keep the temperature in these areas warm enough
  • Keep your garage doors closed as much as possible
  • If you will be away, you may want to consider:
    • shut off the main valve to your home
    • flush all toilets and open a tap on a lower level to drain the water out of the line and to prevent them from freezing
    • have someone check your home regularly if no one is home

The Do’s and Don’ts During a Clean Water Loss in Your Burlington Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Do’s and Don’ts During a Clean Water Loss in Your Burlington Home

Did you just have a clean water loss in your Burlington Home? Call SERVPRO of Burlington East at 289-313-8888 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts while you wait for SERVPRO of Burlington East to arrive at your home. 

Do:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water form wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

Don’t: 

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines and or other coloured items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other coloured rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where  the ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Christmas Fire Safety

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

  • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green; needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
  • When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of foot traffic and do not block doorways.
  • Tree disposal after the holidays: When you’re ready to get rid of your tree, please do not burn it in the fireplace or wood stove. The rapid burning and excessive heat can damage the firebox and chimney creating a serious fire hazard. Instead, find out from your municipality the day when trees will be picked at your curbside. Many municipalities recycle Christmas trees into mulch.

Lights & Electrical

  • Indoors or outside, always use CSA approved lights.  Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use only insulated staples, not nails or tacks, to hold strings in place. Or, run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores).
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
  • For added electric-shock protection, plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Portable outdoor GFCIs can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold. GFCIs can be installed permanently to household circuits by a qualified electrician.

*Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

What To Do Until Help Arrives, Emergency Tips For Your Burlington Home!

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do Until Help Arrives, Emergency Tips For Your Burlington Home!

These emergency tips will assist you in taking the proper action for Fire & Smoke damage until SERVPRO of Burlington East arrives!

Fire & Smoke Damage

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colourfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Change HVAC filter, and leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth (Cheesecloth is a cotton cloth that is loosely woven and resembles gauze. It comes in seven grades, from open to extra-fine weave), over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON’T: 

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without contacting SERVPRO of Burlington East
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Burlington East
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service which SERVPRO of Burlington East can provide you with
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may have been contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor

Please, if you have any questions about fire and smoke damage, do not hesitate to call us. When can answer any questions and/or come to your place to look at the damages.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington East today at (289) 313-8888 

How To Prepare Your Burlington Home For Winter!

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

By the time winter arrives, you want to make sure you have your home prepared to prevent anything bad to happen during such cold temperatures. The last thing you want to be doing in the middle of winter is trying to fix a leaky window, broken furnace, or even a burst pipe. Therefore, here are some tips that will help prevent any unfortunate events throughout the winter or water damage.

  1. Have your furnace professionally serviced. A routine maintenance check each autumn will help ensure your furnace is running properly and efficiently. Also, if you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with a programmable one to save money on heating costs.
  2. Inspect all windows and doors for leaks. In order to prevent heat loss, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed. Check the weather-stripping around windows and door frames, and replace where necessary. Also check for drafts and caulk both inside and out where necessary, to keep the heat in and the cold out.
  3. Sweep the chimney. Before you use your fireplace, make sure the chimney and vents are clean and in good condition by having your chimney looked at by a professional. This will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from building up and finding its way into your home.
  4. Clean out your gutters. It’s important your eaves are free of any debris such as leaves, dirt and sticks. Clogged gutters prevent the draining of rain and melting snow which could result in household leaks. Also, make sure your downspouts extend away from your house by at least five feet to ensure that water runs away from your house and not towards it.
  5. Inspect the roof. While cleaning your eaves, inspect your roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles. If your roof needs attention call a roofer to help you with the repairs or maintenance. Also ask them to look at the caulking around the chimney and air vents.
  6. Turn off any faucets outside. Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water.
  7. Trim your bushes and trees. Make sure any overgrown bushes or trees are trimmed back away from your house and electrical wires. This will help decrease your risk of property damage and power problems.
  8. Pad exposed pipes in unheated areas. This is an easy and inexpensive method to help prevent water damage resulting from a burst pipe. Even the smallest of pipes can cause a lot of damage. Pipes in the basement, attic or crawl space are some examples of pipes you may want to cover.

Taking the time to do these tasks before winter to your Burlington home is a very small price to pay especially it helps prevent damages to your home and also to keep your families safe. Also, stocking up on winter supplies like sand and salt for ice on your front door step so people don’t fall and hurt themselves, or even your driveway. Make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blowers are in working order, the last thing you want is to have to shovel or snow blow your driveway and they don’t work!

Have a SAFE and WARM winter season. If you have any questions, or winter damage, call our  team of SERVPRO Burlington East at (289)-313-8888.

Happy Holidays!