Recent Fire Damage Posts

Staying Safe While Using Your Home’s Fireplace l SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

If your family enjoys spending an evening by the fire, you’re not alone. For many people, a wood-burning fireplace is an attractive feature for a family living room. They’re especially popular during the winter months when long nights at home make a warm fire especially appealing.

Wood-burning fireplaces can be very safe if they’re used the right way. Before you start a roaring fire at your home, take steps to be certain your fireplace and chimney are ready to warm your family safely.

Fireplace Safety Basics

Before you light your fire, you’ll need to ensure your chimney is capped and doesn’t have any cracks. You can get your home inspected and your chimney checked to be certain that it’s ready to be used.

Here are a few more things to do before you start your fire:

Consider cracking a window. Even though it’s probably cold outside, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this step to ensure your family is getting adequate clean air.

Add a screen. Fireplace screens are important to help protect your family from the dangers that an open fire can represent.

Clean your fireplace. Don’t let ashes and debris gather. These can cause a fire hazard if you light fire after fire on top of them.

Keep your fireplace clear. Not only is what’s inside the fireplace important, what’s around it matters, too. It would help if you kept your fireplace area clear from rugs, wood, paper and anything flammable. Don’t let kids or pets too close, either.

Be prepared for the unexpected. Have a fire extinguisher handy. Also, be certain you have working smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help.

Hebron Families Can Protect Their Homes from Dryer Fire Risks l SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that clothes dryers cause more than 13,800 house fires every year?

This modern convenience that we rely on daily can indeed be a home fire hazard if it’s not maintained properly. Fires caused by dryers can really be boiled down to a couple of major causes. The first is an improperly vented dryer.

You can check your dryer’s vent against the standard safety regulations—they’re different for gas dryers and electric dryers.

The second is easier to prevent. If a dryer’s vent isn’t cleaned regularly, it can pose a problem. So the best way to lower your risk for this type of fire is to clean your dryer vent every time you use it.

While it’s smart to take steps to prevent problems like dryer fires, even the most diligent homeowner can be caught unaware sometimes. If that happens, it’s good to have a local team available to guide you through the restoration process.

We’re Here at Every Step

Families living in The Lower Shore can rely on us as a trusted partner during the restoration process. Here’s why:

We help with the whole restoration process. Depending on where it happens, fire can damage walls, upholstery and property. But that’s not all. The aftermath can also include water damage and smoke damage. Our team can repair and remediate all of these issues.

We work to restore your home first. It’s our goal to help you recover from a fire in a way that’s both logical and economical. We work with you through restoration and help you save money on repairs and insurance premiums. This often involves restoring or repairing rather than replacing.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO has locations all across the United States. But we’re also a Hebron-based business with a team of experts who live here in our community. That means we have access to the resources, equipment and training of a leading-edge company, combined with the benefit of knowing and understanding the area where we live.

We’re available to help at any time. Fires don’t always happen during regular working hours. Beginning the restoration process quickly is a vital step in getting your home back to its original state. Timing matters during an emergency. We make sure our team is available 247 you need us.

If you have fire damage in your home, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Make Sure to Prioritize Safety When Using Your Fireplace | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

As the weather turns cooler and the nights get longer, more and more of us will be making use of fireplaces to heat our homes throughout the winter. While this can be done safely, it is important to always use caution when an open flame is involved, even when it is mostly contained. It has been found that the majority of house fires occur during the winter months, many of which are due to issues related to fireplaces and heating accidents.

Fortunately, there are plenty of safety measures you can take to make using your fireplace a much less risky experience. You can have all the coziness of a warm, crackling fire without nearly as much of the risk thanks to these helpful tips below.

Helpful Tips to Make Using Your Fireplace Safer

The National Fire Protection Administration reports that half of home heating fires occur between December and February, but with safety in mind, you can reduce your chances of one happening to you. Here are some great tips for using your fireplace safely:

  • Always have your chimney inspected before use each year.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, whether you are going to sleep or leaving the house.
  • Keep a three-foot buffer around the fireplace that is free from flammable objects, children and pets.
  • Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case embers do begin to spread.
  • Avoid using a vacuum to clean up ashes, as they can still spark fires.
  • Do not let ashes build up to be more than an inch thick in the bottom of the firebox.
  • Be sure that no tree limbs or other debris have grown near your chimney, and always trim them back before using the fireplace.
  • Use a metallic mesh screen or glass fireplace guard every time you start a fire.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are operational each time you use your fireplace.

If you have fire damage to your home, we are here to help with the restoration process from beginning to end. You can get in touch with us any hour of any day to report damage—contact us for more information.

Steps to Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

While not every business is required to have a written Emergency Action Plan, every business owner should prepare for the possibility of a fire.

Though one would hope to never have to face a fire in the workplace, it is important for the safety of your employees and the longevity of your business that you know what to do should one break out.

How to Create a Plan

By planning thoroughly for how to escape from a workplace fire, you can be aware of exactly what to do should one occur. Here are the five steps to creating a fire escape plan for your workplace:

  1. Brainstorm scenarios.While the majority of workplace fires are a result of cooking, it is important to consider other possible scenarios as well. Consider all possible areas a fire could break out in order to determine your execution of the next step.
  2. Plan evacuation routes and escape procedures.It is important that all employees know exactly how to escape in a timely manner. Plan evacuation routes from every area of the building, ensuring each room has two methods of escape. Create a workplace evacuation mapand hang it prominently on escape routes and near stairwells to alleviate confusion.
  3. Schedule drills often.Scheduling drills is one of the best ways to practice preparedness as you can rehearse your evacuation plan and ensure it is as efficient as possible. Let employees know in advance when a drill is coming, but be sure they know to take it seriously.
  4. Ensure equipment is operational.It is important to regularly check your smoke alarms and sprinkler systems to ensure they are working, and inspect your fire extinguisher to be sure it is not expired.
  5. Have a plan for the aftermath.While your chief concern should be helping all personnel get to safety in the tense moments of a fire, planning in advance for the aftermath is important. Keep copies of important business documents such as your insurance policy in a secure location such as a safety deposit box, and be sure you’ve done your research on commercial restorationso you can focus on reopening your doors quickly.

As leaders in commercial restoration, we’re always here to help if your business has suffered from a fire. Contact us today to learn about how we handle commercial restoration correctly.

(410)749-2221

Our Fire Restoration Process Can Help You Recover Faster | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

After a house fire, many people find there is a significant emotional impact in addition to the physical one. The quicker your home is back to its pre-fire condition, the quicker you can begin to heal.

After years in the restoration business, we understand how important rapid response time is. That is why when you call us after a house fire, we’ll respond quickly. Using our multi-step restoration process, we can help you reclaim your home and recover from a fire.

Our Step-by-Step Fire Restoration Process

  1. Initial Contact

After a fire, call us right away. Thanks to our 247 emergency line, we will always have someone there to gather information about the damage and dispatch our response team.

  1. Damage Evaluation

To develop our restoration plan, we thoroughly inspect your home to determine the extent of the damage, paying attention to where the fire, smoke and soot have spread.

  1. Protection Service

If the fire has compromised your home to the elements, we will tarp and board up exposure areas to prevent adding to the damage.

  1. Water Removal (if Necessary)

Fire damage will often involve water damage because it is typically how fires are extinguished. If this is the case, we begin the drying process to prevent further water damage, utilizing advanced tools to dry out the affected areas quickly.

  1. Smoke and Soot Removal

Soot contains hazardous chemicals and can cling to nearly any surface of your home. For this reason, we take soot removal very seriously and bring highly advanced equipment to remove every trace of it.

  1. Clean and Sanitize

Utilizing the industry-recommended cleaning techniques, we are able to restore a variety of belongings to their pre-fire condition by cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting them so they are safe for use. We will also clean lingering smoke smells and airborne soot particles from the air using air scrubbers.

  1. Restoration

Restoring your home to its pre-fire condition is the final step in the process. It can range from minor tasks such as drywall restructuring or installing new flooring to major reconstruction. Regardless of what restoration your home needs, we can handle it all.

If you need fire restoration, get in touch with us today to learn more about our process and how we can help you.

(410)749-2221

Top Residential Fire Risks You Need to Know | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

While we are all familiar with the possibility of a house fire, many are shocked to find out just how common they are: It is estimated that firefighters respond to a fire every 24 seconds in the United States.

Though it is not a pleasant thought, understanding the ins and outs of house fires is a necessary precaution to make safer decisions at home and at work. By knowing the most common fire causes, individuals can be sure to implement proper safety measures where it matters most and reduce the risk that they will experience a house fire themselves.

While there are many things that can lead to a house fire, we have made a list of the top four so you can stay safe.

The Top 4 Causes of House Fires

  1. Cooking
    Cooking is the No. 1 cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Because using the stove or oven is something many people do every day, the conditions are ripe for a fire to occur at any moment. It is important to always exercise safety in the kitchen and never leave the stove or oven unattended while cooking.
  2. Electrical Malfunctions
    Though electricity is generally harmless, unsafe electrical practices lead to 24,000 fires each year. Overloaded outlets, frayed cables and outdated appliances are all common causes of electrical fires and something individuals should watch out for.
  3. Heating
    Errors in heating are a leading cause of home fires, especially during the winter months. Though space heaters are useful for keeping your central heating bill reasonable, it is important to select models with safety features to prevent a fire from starting. Automatic shut-offs are the most important thing, so the unit will switch off if it tips over or begins to get too hot.
  4. Candles
    Because candles are quite common in most homes, it is easy to forget just how dangerous they can be. The open flame of a candle can quickly spread if placed too close to surrounding flammable objects or if allowed to burn too long. Never leave lit candles unsupervised and never put them on a surface that could tip over or disrupt the candle in any way.

If your home has suffered from a house fire, we are here 247 to take your call and start the fire restoration process. 410-749-2221

Our Fire Restoration Process Can Help You Recover Faster | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

After a house fire, many people find there is a significant emotional impact in addition to the physical one. The quicker your home is back to its pre-fire condition, the quicker you can begin to heal.

After years in the restoration business, we understand how important rapid response time is. That is why when you call us after a house fire, we’ll respond quickly. Using our multi-step restoration process, we can help you reclaim your home and recover from a fire.

Our Step-by-Step Fire Restoration Process

  1. Initial Contact

After a fire, call us right away. Thanks to our 247 emergency line, we will always have someone there to gather information about the damage and dispatch our response team.

  1. Damage Evaluation

To develop our restoration plan, we thoroughly inspect your home to determine the extent of the damage, paying attention to where the fire, smoke and soot have spread.

  1. Protection Service

If the fire has compromised your home to the elements, we will tarp and board up exposure areas to prevent adding to the damage.

  1. Water Removal (if Necessary)

Fire damage will often involve water damage because it is typically how fires are extinguished. If this is the case, we begin the drying process to prevent further water damage, utilizing advanced tools to dry out the affected areas quickly.

  1. Smoke and Soot Removal

Soot contains hazardous chemicals and can cling to nearly any surface of your home. For this reason, we take soot removal very seriously and bring highly advanced equipment to remove every trace of it.

  1. Clean and Sanitize

Utilizing the industry-recommended cleaning techniques, we are able to restore a variety of belongings to their pre-fire condition by cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting them so they are safe for use. We will also clean lingering smoke smells and airborne soot particles from the air using air scrubbers.

  1. Restoration

Restoring your home to its pre-fire condition is the final step in the process. It can range from minor tasks such as drywall restructuring or installing new flooring to major reconstruction. Regardless of what restoration your home needs, we can handle it all.

If you need fire restoration, get in touch with us today to learn more about our process and how we can help you. 410/749/2221

Wicomico Country Smoke and Soot clean up

2/7/2019 (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 the Lower Shore 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 – 
410-749-2221

Holiday Fires - Christmas Tree Fire Safety

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

Christmas Fires

Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show the holidays are a high-risk time for home fires. Christmas trees are responsible for 240 home fires each year, and other holiday decorations are the cause of another 1,170 fires.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe this holiday season: 

•Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree.

•Keep trees at least three feet away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, and direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process.

•Use lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, to reduce drying of the tree.

•Always inspect light sets before placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.

•Do not overload electrical circuits.

•Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.

•Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.

•Install and ensure smoke alarms work inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.

If you have a fire, call SERVPRO of the Lower Shore. We make it like it never even happened.

Wicomico, Worchester, and Somerset County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your SERVPRO of the Lower Shore 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 the Lower Shore 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 –  410-749-2221

What to do in case of a fire

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Home

Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can merit the use of a professional restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go haywire, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas. 

Small Fires can Pose High Risks 

While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Wicomico, Somerset, and Worchester County fire damages. It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the skillet and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water. 

With electrical fires, the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard. 

After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage 

When there's been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation. Landlords, if you are renting, will also appreciate if you inform them of the fire, and they can see the damage for themselves. It is every landlord's worst nightmare to have a fire or flood damage their properties. If they can see the amount of damage, they can rest easier knowing the extent of the repairs required. Fires do happen, through nobody's fault, and your landlord will know this. 

Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can greatly facilitate insurance claims being resolved, as well. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

At SERVPRO of the Lower Shore, we have highly trained and skilled professionals who are experienced in all sizes of fire damage clean-up and restoration. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you clean-up and repair fire damage, no matter how large or small. Call us at (410) 749-2221 to get the necessary damages repaired and the mess eliminated so you can go back to your daily routine.

Recovering from Home Fire Damage in Salisbury

8/5/2016 (Permalink)

Recovering from home fire damage

Cleaning up the damage from a fire can be a time consuming task. Recovering from a home fire often involves expensive repairs to your home. When dealing with fire damage, you must contact your insurance agent and work to restore your home to its former glory. On top of that, your home likely won't be livable, which forces you to reside in temporary housing. All of these things can certainly take a toll, and that is why hiring a professional Salisbury fire damage contractor can be a worthwhile investment. They take care of cleaning and restoring your home, so you have one less thing to worry about. 

Cleaning Your Home

The first thing a professional Salisbury Fire damage contractor does is clean your home. Bringing in a professional to do this can be extremely helpful because the cleaning process is not always something you can do yourself. Cleaning up after a fire is a long process involving special equipment and expertise in order to ensure that the job is done well. A professional fire damage contractor will first assess the damage caused by the fire. This helps him or her to determine how extensive the damage is, what equipment is necessary to repair and clean it, and how long it will take.  

After the damage is assessed, the fire damage contractor will immediately begin to air out the home so that mold and mildew do not begin to grow. Mold and mildew can start growing in your home in as little as 24 hours after a fire, and if they are left untreated, they can eventually cause health problems to the home's residents. 

Repairing The Damage

After your home is aired out and clean, professionals will repair any damage the fire may have caused. They will repair things like structural, drywall, carpet, and plumbing damage. They will also work to repair any other extensive damage the home may have endured. Professionals will also work quickly to fix your home. They often bring in multiple experts to assist them in making repairs so that the process is quicker. Typically, it can take anywhere from a couple weeks to a few months for repairs to be completed, but it depends on the extent of the damage.  

If your home has suffered Salisbury fire damage, it is important to contact a professional. They have experience repairing this type of damage and the proper equipment to get the job done right. No matter what the extent of the damage to your home is, it is helpful to have professional help so you can be sure the repairs will be done correctly.

Wicomico County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/15/2016 (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 the Lower Shore 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 – 
410-749-2221