Recent Fire Damage Posts

Odor Removal After a Fire

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Odor Removal After a Fire Hydroxyl Generator uses ultra-violet light to eliminate odor molecules thus the smoke smell.

Restoring fires takes specialized skill. It's not as easy as simply cleaning and repairing. Soot and smoke permeate every inch of the affected area including all soft goods and porous materials. Once the odor gets trapped it will remain and remnants of smoke will continue to be noticeable.

The goal of any restoration company is to restore the property back to preloss condition. That means eliminating all the effects of the fire damage including odors. Walls, ceiling, floors, all furniture, contents (including electronics) and clothing must be addressed or risk having a lingering odor. 

Depending on the type of fire, cleaning it improperly will only embed the soot into porous areas causing further damage. All these are reasons to hire a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake. We have certified fire restoration technicians and the specialized equipment to restore your property back to preloss condition.

Don't attempt to restore your property. Hire a professional to ensure 

Home Fires are Tragic

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fires are Tragic A recent house fire in Hazleton. Fires are always tragic but around the holidays they become worse.

House fires are tragic! They cause serious interruption to the life of the victims and many times relocation to a temporary residence is required while the home is being repaired.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake understands the stress, worry and disruption that comes from being a victim of a house fire. We work alongside your insurance company to help facilitate the claims process through the mitigation, restoration and rebuilding process.

There is a science behind the mitigation and restoration process of cleaning a house fire. We are an IICRC certified company with trained fire restoration technicians. It takes specialized equipment and training to ensure that your home is restored back to preloss condition.

In choosing SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake as your fire cleanup company you are getting a brand you know, a company you can trust and one with the knowledge and expertise to restore your home. 

Proper Soot Cleaning

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proper Soot Cleaning Soot on a kitchen ceiling following a grease fire. Proper cleaning ensures restoration to preloss condition.

Following a small fire, many homeowners want to clean the damage themselves. While this is understandable, it is not recommended. 

Different types of fires require different types of cleaning. For instance, a protein (grease/kitchen) fire cannot simply be wiped clean. (see below) The soot will smear and embedded itself into any porous surfaces including wood and sheet rock making the damage worse. Soot sponges and specialized cleaning chemicals are required.

To make matters worse, as the homeowner you are responsible to reduce any secondary damage let alone damage caused by improper cleaning. in the event, you experience fire, smoke or soot damage always call a professional mitigation company to ensure your home gets restored a preloss condition. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake employees IICRC certified fire restoration technicians to properly clean your home following any fire disaster.

Board up and Tarp Services

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board up and Tarp Services Securing the structure following this house fire in Hazleton. Board ups help reduce theft and reduce homeowner liability.

Following a fire, your home may need to be secured. The firefighters in the course of extinguishing the fire may have broken some windows for ventilation purposes or needed to bust the door down to do their job. It's possible the fire ripped through the roof leaving a void. 

As the homeowner, you are responsible to have the home secured. Theft is unfortunately not uncommon following a fire and should someone break in and hurt themselves, it falls back to you.

For all these reasons, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake offers board up and tarping services to fire victims on an emergency services basis. We can secure the property and prevent any possible secondary damage immediately following the fire. 

Pictured below was a large scale tarping we completed for a homeowner in Dallas following a chimney fire. By securing the windows, doors and roof the homeowner was able to safely leave the property and work on securing a temporary residence while the home was being reconstructed.

Christmas Tree Fires

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

This video from National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows just how quickly this holiday season can turn from festive to tragic. A Christmas tree fire can turn devastating and deadly within seconds.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake believes being prepared is the key in avoiding disasters and we are pleased to share this information. We want everyone to have a joyous holiday season and avoid unnecessary disasters, so ensure your Christmas tree is properly hydrated.

However, if your home or business does experience a smoke, fire or water emergency know we are available 24/7, even on the holidays. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake is the Back Mountains area's premier emergency services company proudly serving all of Luzerne County.


Please be cautious this holiday season and water your tree.

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Chimney and Wood Burner Fire Safety

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Chimney And Wood burning Fireplace Safety:

A night by the fireplace will keep your heating bill lower and keep you nice and toasty. But wood burning appliances have become the largest source of heating-related fires in U.S. homes, so it’s important to understand how to safely maintain your chimney and fireplace.

Know Your Hearth
Take the time to learn just what kind of chimney and fireplace you have. If you have a freestanding wood burner with a factory-built metal chimney, make sure to have a professional install it or follow the manufacturer’s specific guidelines, as those have been created using the appropriate national standards. Also, be aware of the proper placement of a fireplace in a room. Always have a floor protector below it, and have it extend at least 18 inches on all sides. You don’t want a loose piece of wood to pop out of the fire and end up on the nearby carpet or wall.

With a masonry chimney, always close the screen once the fire is lit. Be especially cautious with your young children, and don’t let them within three feet of any kind of fireplace. Stoke your fire with the poker and andirons, not other pieces of wood. And keep the chimney flue open to ensure that the fire is properly ventilation.

Know Your CreosoteThe most significant thing to consider in regards to chimney safety is creosote. This is a black tar-like residue that collects in the chimney flue from past fires. Creosote is highly combustible, and over time can accumulate thickly enough to start a chimney fire. For this reason, you’ll want to call a chimney sweep at least once a year before the heating season for a professional cleaning.
The sweep should fix any cracks, blockages, or leaks in the masonry or lining of your chimney that could present a future hazard. Inspect your chimney often; a good rule of thumb is to have the chimney cleaned if there is 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch of creosote on the walls or lining. In the meantimeYou can take precautions to avoid further creosote buildup. Only burn seasoned wood. Not all firewood is created equal. You’ll want wood that was cut the previous year and has been stored away since that time. This wood is dark or gray compared to freshly cut, unseasoned “green wood.” It is brittle, has cracks running through each piece, and is quite dry. It will produce the most heat and least amount of creosote.
Avoid slow, smoldering fires. Having more smoke than flame in your fireplace is never good. Reduce the smokiness by not burning newspapers or cardboard for kindling. Cut wood into thin sticks to get the fire going. Also, don’t use lighter fluid because it burns up quickly, leading to more smoke.
Burn everything up. Use a highly efficient fireplace that fully burns all the combustibles and turns everything to dust.
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SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake, Northeastern Pennsylvania premier specialty cleaning company is proud of our relationship with State Farm insurance and is pleased to provide these safety tips. 

Are You Prepared for Heating Season?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Are You Prepared for Heating Season? This is an example of improper cleaning when the homeowner inadvertently embedded the soot into the sheetrock causing permanent damage.

Living in Northeastern Pennsylvania, when most of think of winter we think snow, ice and cold and all three of these weather phenomenons translate to heating bills. ChaChing!

Nonetheless a well functioning furnace will not only be more effective and save us money, it will also reduce the chance that it malfunctions and causes a puffback. I got my furnace services yesterday and would recommend that everyone do the same. It's the old adage that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

A puff back occurs when a furnace misfires causing soot to expel from the floorboards (baseboard heat) or radiators (steam heat) covering everything in its path. Whether your furnace be powered by oil or gas it causes a mess. Oily clothes, furniture, childrens toys and kitchen utensils. 

A puffback is normally a covered loss and should be cleaned by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake  because it requires specialized training and equipment. I can't tell you the amount of times a homeowner in good faith has attempted to clean his or her home with over the counter cleaning products only to make it worse. Don't make it worse and possible cause damage which is irreversible, call the professionals.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake has the specialized training and resources to safely clean your soot damaged home following a puffback. We are Lackawanna Counties leader in smoke, fire and water cleanup. 

Fire Smoke Cleanup -Shickshinny, Pa

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Smoke Cleanup -Shickshinny, Pa A basket of muffins was left on a stovetop which caused smoke damage throughout the house.

Accidents happen! That why we all purchase insurance. When a basket of home made muffins was left on a stove top oven, the result was this kitchen fire in Shickshinny. The homeowners were working and luckily, the neighbors heard the smoke detectors and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread and caused further damage. 

The homeowners insurance company called SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake to help return the property back to pre-fire condition. In this instance, the fire was relatively small but because it was not caught immediately the entire home suffered smoke damage. Restoration companies are called due to their skill in removing soot and odor from every nook and cranny of the home.

Cleaning a smoke damaged home requires specialized training, materials and equipment to properly restore the home and therefore insurance companies entrust restoration companies like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake. If your home experiences a smoky kitchen fire like this one, call a professional restoration like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake and let us help you make it "Like it never even happened".

Fire Restoration is an Extensive Process

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration is an Extensive Process Soot damage from a single apartment fire. Secondary damage is commonplace and is one reason fire mitigation is a costly process.

Fires are tragic. However when they occur around the holidays they become even more so. They disrupt the lives of homeowners, tenants and businesses and can causes thousands of dollars in damage.
One reason, that mitigating fire damage is so timely and costly is that usually there is smoke, soot and water damage resulting from the fire. Here you can see the amount of soot which gathered in the lobby of this apartment highrise after it suffered an apartment fire. Ironically, the actual fire was contained to a single unit but secondary damage to the building was extensive. If this is the damage in the lobby you can image what the adjacent hallways looked like.
Smoke and soot will permeate every nook and cranny of the affected area and without professional mitigation, completely removing the odor might be difficult. Restoration companies like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake have certified fire technicians who understand the properties of smoke, soot and odor and are able to come up with the proper remedy. We have the specialized equipment to manpower to handle a fire disaster that affects a large area. the cleanup process is extensive because every floor, wall, ceiling and items within the affected area need to be "touched".
Having the specialized equipment and trained personnel is just one reason SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake is Luzerne Counties leader in smoke, fire and water cleanup and restoration. 

Board Up and Tarping Services

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board Up and Tarping Services A large scale tarp up to secure this Dallas home following a fire.

Following a fire, your home may need to be secured. The firefighters in the course of extinguishing the fire may have broken some windows for ventilation purposes or needed to bust the door down to do their job. It's possible the fire ripped through the roof leaving avoid. 

As the homeowner, you are responsible to have the home secured. Theft is unfortunately not uncommon following a fire and should someone break in and hurt themselves, it falls back to you.

For all these reason, SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harveys Lake offers board up and tarping services to fire victims on an emergency services basis. We can secure the property and prevent any possible secondary damage immediately following the fire. 

Pictured below was a large scale tarping we completed for a homeowner in Dallas following a chimney fire. By securing the windows, doors and roof the homeowner was able to safely leave the property and work on securing a temporary residence while the home was being reconstructed.

Don't Clean Soot Damage Imporoperly

12/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Clean Soot Damage Imporoperly This homeowner attempted to clean this ceiling with soap and water only to make matters worse. Grease fires require specialized equipment to properly

Following a small fire, many homeowners want to clean the damage themselves. While this is understandable, it is not recommended. 

Different types of fires require different types of cleaning. For instance, a protein (grease/kitchen) fire cannot simply be wiped clean. (see below) The soot will smear and embedded itself into any porous surfaces including wood and sheetrock making the damage worse. Soot sponges and specialized cleaning chemicals are required.

To make matters worse, as the homeowner you are responsible to reduce any secondary damage let alone damage caused by improper cleaning. in the event, you experience fire, smoke or soot damage always call a professional mitigation company to ensure your home gets restored a preloss condition. SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/harveys Lake employes IICRC certified fire restoration technicians to properly clean your home following any fire disaster.

Home Fires are tragic!

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fires are tragic! This home fire in Hazleton was caused by a chimney malfunction.

House fires are tragic! They cause serious interruption to the life of the victims and many times relocation to a temporary residence is required while the home is being repaired.

SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake understands the stress, worry and disruption that comes from being a victim of a house fire. We work alongside your insurance company to help facilitate the claims process through the mitigation, restoration and rebuilding process.

There is a science behind the mitigation and restoration process of cleaning a house fire. We are an IICRC certified company with trained fire restoration technicians. It takes specialized equipment and training to ensure that your home is restored back to preloss condition.

In choosing SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake as your fire cleanup company you are getting a brand you know, a company you can trust and one with the knowledge and expertise to restore your home. 

Removing Odors Following a Fire

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Odors Following a Fire Pictured is a hydroxyl generator which literally zaps the odor molecules and is used as an aide in eliminating smoke odors following a fire.

Restoring fires takes specialized skill. It's not as easy as simply cleaning and repairing. Soot and smoke permeate every inch of the affected area including all soft goods and porous materials. Once the odor gets trapped it will remain and remnants of smoke will continue to be noticeable.

The goal of any restoration company is to restore the property back to preloss condition. That means eliminating all the effects of the fire damage including odors. Walls, ceiling, floors, all furniture, contents (including electronics) and clothing must be addressed or risk having a lingering odor. 

Depending on the type of fire, cleaning it improperly will only embed the soot into porous areas causing further damage. All these are reasons to hire a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Hazleton/Dallas/Harvey's Lake. We have certified fire restoration technicians and the specialized equipment to restore your property back to preloss condition.

Don't attempt to restore your property. Hire a professional to ensure the job gets done properly.