Recent Fire Damage Posts

Our Thoughts On Fires

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Aftermath of a fire in a house kitchen Residential fire in a Kitchen

Not all fires are started the same way. Some can be caused from a candle burning through the night or a cigarette not being put out all the way. Whatever the cause may be, all fires are messy and leave an unwanted burden on a number of individuals. We know the stress thoroughly but more important than that, we know how to help.

In the photo pictured here is a house that suffered a fire in its kitchen. While the cause remains unknown to us it does not matter to our services. Here at SERVPRO of Lowell we care about restoring your home, business, or property back to its original state. We are here to help you forget the stress of the damage and make you realize it is possible to make the problem look like it "Never even happened". 

How To Clean Your Dryer Vent

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty Dryer Vent Before and after a Dryer Vent Cleaning.

Three Areas of Your Dryer That Need to Be Cleaned Regularly

Washers and dryers are convenient to have in your home in Lowell MA , but your dryer can also pose a lint fire risk if you do not clean it often enough. Lint is highly combustible, and your clothing sheds a lot of lint during the drying cycle. There are three areas of your dryer that need to be cleaned regularly.

Lint Screen

Every time you dry a load of laundry, you must clean the lint screen. There are three ways you can do this:

  • With your hands
  • With a brush
  • With the hose attachment on your vacuum


Remove all the lint from the screen before putting it back in the machine. Fire damage cleanup specialists also recommend that you vacuum out the area that holds the screen and wash the screen with mild, soapy water to remove residue left by dryer sheets every few weeks.

Dryer Cavity

A lint fire can be started by debris within the dryer itself. Every six months, vacuum out the inside of your dryer. To do this, you must first unplug the dryer. Then remove the back panel with a screwdriver. Using the hose attachment, clean every bit of lint you see out of the dryer’s cavity. This can help you avoid a dryer fire and subsequent fire cleanup.

Exhaust Hose

The exterior part of your dryer’s exhaust is the hose that connects it to the wall and the area that exhausts it to the outside. It is a good idea to make sure these areas are lint-free every six months in order to avoid fire damage to your home. Detach the hose from your dryer and vacuum it out. Use a vent cleaning rod with a brush attachment to clean out your wall. Make sure the exhaust hose is clamped to the wall output and to your dryer before using it again.

Cleaning the lint screen every time you use it is only one part of avoiding a lint fire. If you are uncomfortable doing the deep cleaning yourself, you can hire a professional to perform the service.

Soot and smoke Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot in a kitchen from a fire Smoke and soot damage after a kitchen fire.

Soot and smoke are byproducts given off from fires. Both can vary in color and smell depending on the materials that make up the fire. Smoke is a collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases emitted when a material undergoes combustion together with the quantity of air that is mixed into the mass. Smoke odor and color can change from a dark black to a light gray depending on what was burnt. Protein fires result in smoke damage from the burning of any protein enriched fibers, most commonly due to neglectful cooking. Unlike any other typical house fire where there is lots of visible smoke from fast burning materials, the low temperature of cooking food reduces the animal fat and protein to a fine mist. This specific type of fire does not appear to produce much smoke or cause significant visible damage to your property, but the mist it produces will cover your entire home in an invisible, sticky, foul smelling residue. This residue can penetrate your range hood, cabinets, ducts, closets, textiles, ceiling tiles, insulation, the paint on your walls, and any other porous surface in your home. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your tenants with empathy and respect and your property with care. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Lowell 978-454-7577

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Lowell Residents: 5 Different Sources of House Fires and How to Prevent a Fire in Your Home

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

This Home Fire Began inside of a Wall!

Wiring and Outlets

  • Make sure all electrical cords are checked throughout your home for signs of fraying and make sure all frayed wires are replaced.
  • Do not cover cords with item such as rugs or blankets.
  • Be aware of the capacity that your home can handle in its electrical system.
  • Make sure to understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips.  Surge protectors help protect electronic devices.

Kitchens

  • Make sure there is a fire extinguishers readily available and make sure one knows how to use it in case of emergencies.
  • Keeping your stove clean is another way to prevent a house fire. Grease on a stove or in an oven can lead to a fire the next time it is used, if not cleaned properly.  

Dryers

  • Installing a dryer not properly could lead to a house fire when it is used for the first time.  Make sure to read the instructions thoroughly to prevent a fire from happening though the vent.
  • Make sure your dryer is cleaned regularly
  • After each load of laundry is done make sure the lint is taken out from the previous load.

Other Sources of Heating

  • Space heaters are known for starting house fires when left on too long, or on when nobody is in your home.
  • Make sure your space heater is far enough away from all furniture or anything else that can get too warm and catch on fire.

Chimneys

  • If there in a chimney that is located in your house make sure it is inspected annually. Have a professional clean or repair your chimney as needed.  
  • Make sure to use wood only.

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Are you MORE than ready for Summer?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Enjoy your Summer safely! When using a firepit, a cover is always a good idea!

Enjoy Summer Safely!

Bar B Q Fire Safety

I am ready to grill and enjoy the tastes of summer! Please keep these safety tips in mind when grilling.

  • Keep a 3 foot area clear on all sides of the grill...kids and pets, too!
  • Locate the grill away from the house or any building, including anything hanging above it!
  • Do not use under trees or shrubbery.
  • Do not forget to clean the grease drippings and the grill itself, often.
  • When disposing of any coals, please make sure you use a metal container and a lid, without anything piled on top of the lid!

Don't you just love a fire pit?

  • Make sure your fire pit has a cover. It may be needed to extinguish the fire quickly and easily in the event of an emergency.
  • Look around the fire pit before lighting it.  Make sure there is nothing easily flammable near it...piles of dried leaves, firewood, tiki torches and/or their fluid.
  • Watch out for what you are adding to your fire pit.  Leaves, paper,magazines or cardboard can separate and send large fire filled pieces into the air, causing a fire elsewhere!
  • Always be bear your lighted fire pit.
  • Not a bad idea to have a fire exteiguisher and/or a hose with the water turned on, handy.

Enjoy your outside time this summer and stay safe!

Lighting Strike

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Dumpster hit by Light Creates an exposure loss

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 employees and tenants with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 978-454-7577

 This Lowell machine shop suffered from a fire caused by lighting SERVPRO of Lowell] worked around the clock to remediate the property, so that business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Many businesses are at risk for a fire, especially when they lease older buildings in need of repairs. We know how costly and devastating a fire can be to a business, so it is always our goal to get you back up and operating reducing your business interruption. 

What to Expect: 

When we visit/inspect your business after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your business, call us right away at 978-454-7577 SERVPRO of Lowell.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. SERVPRO of Lowell has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion

SERVPRO OF LOWELL is always here to help! Try us today!

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Commercial Fire in Lowell

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

A building on fire with fire trucks Warehouse Fire in Lowell

Most common causes of commercial fires and how to safeguard against them: 1. Cooking Cooking is the most common cause of both residential and commercial fires. In the commercial arena, we tend to associate cooking fires with restaurants, but the problem extends to office kitchens as well. Treat all kitchens the same, wherever they are. All kitchen should have a smoke detector, a well-conditioned fire extinguisher and strict safety protocols, including no unmanned appliances. 2. Electrical When it comes to electrical fires, the problem is twofold: user error and electrical system malfunctions. In the realm of user error, the big issues are frayed power cords, misused extension cords and overloaded and daisy-chained surge protectors. When it comes to a system malfunction, the biggest problem is faulty wiring, which is why it’s essential that all commercial buildings have their electrical systems regularly serviced by a professional. 3. Heating Fires caused by heating are similar to those caused by electrical factors in that they’re caused by both user error and system malfunction. The most common form of user error is misuse of space heaters. Commercial spaces often have cold spots, and space heaters are a great way to alleviate that. Space heaters are also quite dangerous if users don’t respect a three-foot or greater safety zone around the unit. As for system malfunctions, fires often occur due to dust buildup and ventilation blockage, so be sure to have your heating system checked regularly. 4. Arson Arson is much more common than you might realize. Although it often occurs at abandoned commercial structures, arson fires that occur at occupied buildings can be devastating. In addition to monitored fire detection and fire suppression measures, security cameras are an essential defense. 5. Smoking Smoking was once a leading cause of commercial fires. Even in smoke-free buildings however, cigarettes can and do lead to fire. Prevention starts with commercial alarm monitoring, but it also requires proper receptacles and fire-retardant furniture. 6. Combustibles Most commercial buildings, including basic offices, must have combustible materials on hand. The real danger with such materials comes when they’re stored improperly, and this is a common occurrence because the materials are often being managed by people who aren’t trained in proper use. Therefore, it’s crucial to have safe storage space available, but it’s also essential that the business trains employees in the use of such materials and continues to refresh that education. Commercial Safety When it comes to fire and other risks to a commercial enterprise, it’s best to be proactive. Contact a security company that specializes in commercial security systems. They can help you identify risk factors in your place of business and make recommendations to help protect your enterprise against fire-related catastrophes.

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6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Blue Flame Fire From A Match Blazing Fire

About SERVPRO of Lowell we’re your locally owned nationally known restoration contractor.

SERVPRO of Lowell specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial property after fire damage. Your call will be answered LIVE by one of our project managers who can be on site within 1 hour conducting a walk through and create an action plan. Our teams of professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration through initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility. They are also IICRC certified. A governing agent in the restoration industry; rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. When disaster strikes; contact your single source provider ready to assist in reducing business interruption. SERVPRO of Lowell will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Local Fire Clean up

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Lingering Hidden smoke/soot odor

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your property, 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.  As seen in this photo the Drywall was opened to expose the smoke and soot damage in the wall cavity. Contact your locally owned nationally known restoration company SERVPRO of Lowell

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 Lowell 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 tenants with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Lowell 978-454-7577

We'll make it "Like it never even happened."