Recent Fire Damage Posts

After the Fire

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

How to approach smoke damage

When fires occur in a home or office, they cause more damage than many people realize. From fire damage to smoke damage to water damage, there is so much most people learn in the hours following a fire that they didn’t know before. This influx of knowledge and information is often overwhelming, and it leaves many property owners unsure of what to do next. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island works to ensure property owners have help with things like water and smoke damage following a fire. 

No matter where you are in New York, smoke damage is sometimes worse than fire damage. Fires might be put out after being confined to a small area, but the smoke from the fire can carry throughout a property anywhere in NYC. Before your town-home or apartment suffers further damage, give us a call.

Smoke damage affects much more than just your lungs if you’re present during a fire. It’s tremendously acidic, which means it begins destroying anything it touches within hours of a fire. Essentially, even the items in your home not damaged by the actual fire can be destroyed quickly when you don’t approach smoke damage efficiently. 

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island prioritizes your needs by responding to your call immediately. We work to remove smoke damage, manage water damage, and prepare your home for you to re-enter as quickly as possible. We understand that time is of the essence following a fire, and they work to make sure you get as much of their time as quickly as possible. Don’t allow your home to become further damaged by failing to understand just how much damage can be done following a fire. Call the professionals for help.

How To Prevent Fire Damage

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

How To Prevent Fire Damage

Fires in homes or apartments are damaging, but most of them can be prevented. Most people have a fire extinguisher and smoke alarms to combat any fires that nay occur in their living spaces. 

What Are Fire Hazards To Watch For? 

We at SERVPRO, want people to be aware of leaving on appliances that can give off excess heat. People should make sure that they turn them off when they need to, and that there are not shorts in the wires. Both of these can ignite fires. Our professionals at SERVPRO also want people to replace the batteries every year in their smoke detectors. This can save someone's life when they work properly. 

Kitchen's Have Huge, Fire Risks 

As a rule, cooking in a kitchen poses fire risks. It is important to keep paper and other flammable products away from stoves and ovens. It is also important that people watch closely so they don't overcook foods. Burned foods can ignite fires easily, especially if there is grease involved. Using oven mitts and pot holders are also recommended. 

In NYC, We Are There For You 

Our services are used by people that have homes or apartments that have mold damage, fire or smoke damage and problems from flooding. We can restore the environment of their living space back to new. 

We are SERVPRO, in New York, offering reasonable prices from experienced experts in property, restoration services. Our company takes great pride in how we treat our customers. One of our goals is to provide the best in customer service. Contact us when you are in need of our restoration services, and we will have our team assist you in a timely manner.

what do to if you have smoke damage

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

what do to if you have smoke damage

Smoke damage causes various safety issues on both a small and large scale. Even fine smoke particles present big risk factors for residential and commercial buildings and the people who live or work there. Prolonging smoke damage cleanup only makes it harder to eradicate and resolve, so it is important to contact a home restoration company right away. It is important to hire a team of professionals who have the training and equipment to assist with both fire damage and any water damage caused by valuable firefighting endeavors. 

The professionals at SERVPRO are available round the clock to assist New York residents with their emergency fire damage restoration needs. Do not begin washing walls, cleaning carpets or furniture, or turning on fire damaged appliances before fire restoration professionals arrive. While it is natural to desire life to return to normal as soon as possible, safety concerns must come first. SERVPRO is a company NYC residents know and trust, and their team of professionals offers the utmost compassion and respect during stressful situations. They always aim to quickly determine which items can be salvaged and restored, and are available to assist with move outs and move ins associated with extensively damaged properties. The team of professionals can also assist with the often overwhelming task of conducting a content claim inventory.

What to do after a fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

What to do after a fire

Few things are as devastating to NYC homeowners as a house fire. If your home catches fire, the New York SERVPRO team works to help you begin the process of rebuilding your life. However, there is a list of things you must do following a fire that applies to homeowners anywhere in NYC, Manhattan, or anywhere else in New York. 

Call Your Insurance Adjuster 

You must call your insurance company right away. Your agent will help you understand what happens next, and they will walk you through the process of finding contractors and handling your everyday needs. Your adjuster helps you find a place to stay in New York while your home is unlivable, and he or she helps you with the financial aspect of your situation. 

Call A Restoration Specialist 
SERVPRO is a restoration company that helps people with their homes following a fire throughout Manhattan and other cities. What makes a restoration company imperative is that you cannot go back into your home when there is fire damage. It must be cleaned, boarded, and there are other issues that must be handled. For example, water damage is another problem to add to the list following a fire. 

Sort Your Property 

Once you have a restoration specialist handle the details inside your home and you’re cleared to enter, it’s time to sort your property. There may be undamaged items in your home that you can salvage. There are many more that are unsalvageable, and those items will need to be sorted and disposed of. 

Being the victim of a house fire is devastating. It’s also confusing and scary, but you are not required to go through this alone. The people you hire to help you with your new needs are here to make sure you know what to expect. They’re here to make sure you don’t feel alone, and they work hard to make sure you don’t have nearly as much to worry about. Jump to top 

Fire Damage

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire is the natural oxidation of a solid or some liquid material in the chemical process of combustion. Fire is one of the fiercest elements on the planet. It can leave in its wake a devastating trail of damage, property loss and has been responsible for numerous deaths across the country over the years. Most people do not realize the extent of damage fire can cause. It is capable of bringing down buildings, infrastructure that cost a lot of capital.

The most tragic form of fire is referred to as a "wildfire". This type is fierce and spreads over a wide area fast. This type of fire does not need direct flame to spread. The small embers are enough to start house fires that claim lives and leave huge financial damage on its victims. The small bits of debris can be spread by the wind over long distances and can set a house on fire when they land on weak spots of a house.

Although it is hard to fully control the fire damage, we are in a position to prevent the fires and the response we give to such outbreaks.

Fire damage control

Immediate damage control and response is crucial in that it will:

  • Save as much of your property as possible and personal belongings.
  • The fire restoration you hire will document everything they collect by taking pictures reducing chances of losing items.
  • They will return all salvageable items back in the house
  • Save any trapped person or pet in time
  • Help you settle back as soon as possible.

The main source of fire damage however, is to educate people on fire prevention and how to stop causing fires. How to react to fire and when it happens is also very crucial and how to contact fire damage and restoration companies.

Causes of fire damage in homes and how to prevent it

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

A homeowner's worst enemy is fire because it can burn your hard earned investment to the ground and even cause deaths to you or your family. Fire is a vicious enemy who can not only burn your property but can also cause other problems such as water damage, break windows because of pressure as well as damage the roof hence expose your home to greater damage. All these dangers and losses that can be caused by fire call for you as the homeowner to think of ways to prevent fires and put them into action.

The first step you should take towards preventing fire outbreaks at homes is taking safety precautions. One way you can do this is by installing a fire alarm in your house and ensuring that it is functional at all times. The other way is by buying a fire extinguisher and placing it in an accessible and safe place. This equipment can help you mitigate the damage that fire can cause when it occurs. You can also consider installing a fire door in your kitchen to slow down the rate of burning as you look for alternative means of putting out the fire.

The next step is to ensure that you follow manufacturer's procedures whenever you are handling combustible equipment. These include equipment and items such as lighting candles, cooking equipment and electrical appliances. For example, at no time should a hob used to turn off gas be left on because once the gas fills the house it will only take a spark to ignite and cause fire.

Another thing to consider is the design of your house which should not catalyze a fire outbreak. Therefore, care should be taken to see that bright lights are not installed too close to the loft installations, flammable items should not be placed above the stove and dry grass growing around the house should be trimmed among other measures.

The possible causes of fires at our homes are kitchen fires, lightning, children playing with fire, electrical fires, and smoking. Kitchen fires can be prevented by being careful when cooking. For instance, you should wear fitting clothes when cooking and open the damper before lighting wood fire, wet ashes before throwing them away and watch out for an awful smell. Electrical fires can be avoided by avoiding overloading an outlet with appliances and repairing outlets and wiring that needs repairs. Fires caused by children can be prevented by educating children on the dangers of fire and smoke fires can easily be avoided if the smoker avoids smoking when inside the house and then ensuring that they dispose of the cigarette butt well once they are done smoking.

At SERVPRO, we have experience in dealing with fire damage and we have been providing our services to residents of Manhattan, New York City. Call us today if you had a fire at your home and are wondering how to handle the damage it caused.

Fire Damage Restoration

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage, whether it happens at home or your business premises can be very devastating. After the fire occurrence, it leaves your property in a mess due to the smoke and also the water flooding from the fire fighting attempts. Each fire damages are unique and require different solutions, and we understand how stressful it can be.

Some hazards like fire are inevitable, and when it happens, you will need someone who can repair the damages and bring your property back to its prior condition. This is done by removing the smoke damage stains, the soot coatings and the smoke odors leaving the property in a preloss condition. This is where we come in.

There are numerous causes of fire which include;

  • Kitchen fire
  • Electrical fire
  • Home heating fire
  • Flammable items
  • Candles
  • Smoking

To perform fire restoration, we follow the following steps;

Property inspection

Our team is experienced, and we have all the tools required for a thorough inspection. They will conduct the inspection carefully to determine the severity of the fire and where smoke and soot has settled. It is the first step to decide which action to take.

Smoke and soot removal

We then start the cleaning job to eliminate all the soot and smoke residues and checking the missing items that need replacement.

Cleaning soot and removing smoke is not an easy thing to do by yourself and that is why you need professionals like us. We remove the entire smoke residue from the walls, floor, windows, and ceiling.


After cleaning, we perform a drying action to remove all the water flooded when attempting to fight the fire.


This also involves the removal of smoke odor through fogging equipment and scrubbers.


This is the last step which includes repairs and replacement. It ensures that everything is brought back to the way it was before the fire occurrence.

Creating Fire Safety Exit Plan for Your Home

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

It is imperative for you and your family to have a home escape plan in case of a fire. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island created step by step instructions for a fire safety exit strategy.

  1. Using a floor plan (if you do not have one, you can easily draw a simple one) pick a primary exit from each room of your home. Your primary exit would be the quickest exit. You should also pick an alternative exit from each room, such as a window, if the primary exits are blocked in an emergency.
  2. Any rooms that are not on the ground floor should have a fire escape ladder. They can easily be purchased online or at your local hardware store.
  3. Write down your exit plan and give copies to each member of your family, make sure to do a practice session with any young family members.
  4. You and your family should also do an exit plan practice session in the dark as a fire can happen at any time and frequently knocks out the power.
  5. When exiting your home during a fire it is important to remember the following:
    1. A closed door that is emitting heat should not be opened, if you feel any heat you should leave using your alternative exit.
    2. If the door is closed and not emitting heat, you should open it slowly with your shoulder pushed against the door in case flames and/or smoke are on the other side.
    3. If there is smoke along the exit route, you and your family should crawl on the floor with mouths and noses covered to avoid smoke inhalation.
  6. Pick a designated meeting spot outside of your home. For example, the end of your driveway or in front of a neighbor's house.
  7. Pick a neighbor, ideally one you are friendly with, and let them know that in case of an emergency you will be coming to their house to call 911. This may seem obsolete because of cells phones however during a fire the most important thing is to exit your home ASAP and you can easily not have access to your phone or forget it.
  8. You and your family must wait outside your home until emergency services has deemed your home safe for reentry.
  9. If there is any damage from fire, water, and/or smoke - call SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island 718-979-4100 for your Cleanup & Restoration and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island wants you to know that your family’s health and safety is top priority. We’d like to offer you assistance in anyway we can that is why we’ve created this easy to use Fire Safety Exit Plan. Should there ever be any fire, smoke, water, or mold damage in your home - please remember SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How Smoke and Soot from Fires Can Damage Your Home

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fires whether small or huge can be devastating when it starts at your home. More hidden damages can be done to your home than you can imagine if a small fire engulfs your home. The ugly site of soot and smoke is left visible most of the times.Both of this signs can be an indication of much more on the inside than what is seen on the surface. Smoke is dangerous to homeowners since it can slip into structural crannies and nooks and penetrate the area while leaving behind undetected odor and damage. During a fire, heat and smoke rise to migrate to cooler areas away from the fire and may permeate even areas of the home that may be thought to be undamaged. The smoke might as well wind around plumbing systems through gaps around pipes to move from one floor to another.

The various types of smoke debris that result to hidden damage include:

  • Residue from proteins
  • Residue from wet smoke
  • Residue from fire extinguisher
  • Residue from dry smoke

Most of these residues are difficult to clean but not to us. At SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan in New York City, we bring exquisite cleaning and restoration services to both residential and commercial clients. Our restoration technicians are highly trained and are equipped with advanced equipment. We also provide round the clock emergency services to your convenience. 

Smoke Damage Tips, reduce smoke damage after a fire takes place.

7/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage Tips, reduce smoke damage after a fire takes place. Smoke & Soot damage after a fire.

After a fire tragedy has hit your Staten Island home or business, the restoration process can prove physically and mentally draining. You can get advice from SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island to help you prevent further damage and determine which items can or cannot be restored. Here are three tips to reducing smoke damage.

Get the air moving

Air out every room in your home by opening all the windows. Get all the fans running or install one if none existed before the fire.

Fans and dehumidifiers can also be used to dry all the wet items to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

Remove soot

Remove soot from walls, household textiles, and other surfaces to avoid aggressive stains. You can remove some soot using a vacuum cleaner.

Use a mild soap or a chemical sponge to clean soot from walls.

Remove smoke adore

Deodorize your household textiles to remove smoke odor. You can use cleaning products or chemicals that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. Consult with a professional fire restorer about the cleaning products to use and the use of fire fogging to neutralize the smoke odor.

Replace your house insulation to avoid odor retention.

Consult with SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island for assistance in cleaning your house, smoke and soot removal and the restoration of your entire household.

How To Prevent Fire Damage And What To Do After One in Staten Island

6/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prevent Fire Damage And What To Do After One in Staten Island Install a fire alarm in your Staten Island, New York home to help prevent a fire

There's no minimizing the devastating effects of a house fire. That's why taking fire preventive measures in your home, as well as acting quickly after a fire, can help prevent damage while lessening its impacts later.

Remove Fire Hazards & Install Alarms

Many house fires can be prevented by simply removing all fire hazards while installing smoke alarms on each floor of your home. Have your chimney inspected regularly, throw away old papers, and remove debris such as dead tree limbs outside the home. Make sure all flammable liquids are kept in a well-ventilated area.

Get The Air Flowing

If you've had a fire - and after you've hired SERVPRO of Midtown Manhattan to handle the cleanup, repair and restoration - open all the windows and place fans throughout the home to get rid of any moisture, because mildew forms quickly.

Remove Fabrics

Remove any carpet, rugs and draperies that have sustained fire or water damage. Also remove any clothing and send it to a dry cleaner that specializes in fire and smoke removal.

Fighting Fire & Smoke Damage

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fires are not only devastating but cause extensive damage as well. Fires can cause rapid and widespread smoke and soot damage, which can be hard to identify at times. Our experts at SERVPRO Southern Staten Island will survey the site to determine exactly how severe the damage is from the fire and smoke, or a fire extinguisher in the case that one was used. We will use our high tech cleaning and detection techniques to locate the areas of any residential or commercial areas that have been affected.

After a fire, there is soot left behind which is a black flaky substance. Soot may seem easy to wipe off or clean up but it’s a tedious process which no home owner wants to do after a devastating loss. Soot can also circulate through your home, affecting more contents than just what the fire actually damaged.  Our team then preforms powerful cleaning and restoration techniques to remedy the contents. It is important to know that water can have long lasting effects on your property or business, in which mold can grow or odors can stay dormant leaving an unhygienic environment.

Should you be a victim to these damages, it is imperative that you contact SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island immediately. This way, we can begin to remedy the situation before more contents are affected. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island is certified to Service all surrounding areas, so don’t hesitate to call if you are located elsewhere. Our team is fully trained and equipped to handle any size loss! 

When Fire Stikes Contact SERVPRO of Staten Island

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Fire Stikes Contact SERVPRO of Staten Island Smoke damage in a home.

When fire damage occurs, it is unexpected and devastating. SERVPRO of Southern Staten Island provides a quick response times during this critical time and difficult time for your home or business. 

Fire and smoke damage both seen and unseen needs the expertise of experience professionals, that is why it is extremely important that any fire or smoke damage is properly and thoroughly cleaned by a trained professional.

We are a locally owned and operated company that has gratefully been serving the Staten Island community for over 10 years. We are invested in the Staten Island community, that sense of community pride inspires our employees to provide quick and efficient responses, 24 x 7 to all your smoke and fire damage needs. 

Typically, fire damage can be seen and is obvious, smoke damage may not be as obvious, allow SERPRO of Staten Island to evaluate the smoke damage to determine the extent of the damage that is not visible to the naked eye. We Work with your insurance and get your restoration done as quickly as possible so you can return to your restored environment with confidence of a job well done.