Recent Fire Damage Posts

Inspecting Your Home After a Fire

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Northwest Orlando If you have fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando!

When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Northwest Orlando home can prove challenging to overcome. Fire damage effects can be reaching for the average homeowner to face on their own. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.

Reacting to the fire damage in your Northwest Orlando home can seem impossible. When the extinguishing process completes, you can begin restoring it to normal. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our SERVPRO team handles fire restoration, from soot clean-up to deodorization, to help make the steps towards getting your house to its original condition.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from when we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage, and our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and strategies to contend with what they face. We'll deliver the assessment of your damages to the insurance company that covers your home. Claims won't be issued until further details are discussed.

Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Call anytime at (407) 698-5155.

Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire damage in your business is a serious concern. Moderate damage can result in your facility closing for repairs for weeks on end, which can be devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, many fire hazards are present in workplaces regardless of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

3 Things to Pay Attention to

1. Electrical Concerns

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these damage pests and other forces. Electrical fires may start when power sockets overload or when equipment gets hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

2. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in workplaces relate to low equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace may result in accumulating dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may include dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

3. Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners, and many other types of businesses may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain sealed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. 

As you can see, numerous fire hazards could result in severe damage to your business. If your company has already experienced fire damage, repairs are needed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today.

Fire Restoration Services

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage icon If you experience fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando to assist you.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house but your belongings. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a severe hazard. Don't attempt to turn on or operate any damaged electrical device. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If not removed, the residues corrode, causing electronic failure in the device.

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today at (407) 698-5155.

Fire Extinguisher Ready

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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By now, fire extinguishers have become staples in most disaster-ready homes and provide billions worldwide with a quick, straightforward way to respond to sudden blazes. Generally, all fire extinguishers are alike, as they follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:

  • Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
  • Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals.
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.

Knowing these steps can save you a ton of hassle with instances like the average kitchen fire. However, to mitigate as much fire damage as possible, you need to consider a few other things.

Choosing Your Extinguisher

The first thing you should be aware of is that not every fire extinguisher is suitable for every job. For example, you’ll need a class B extinguisher to get the job done when dealing with a grease fire. Research different extinguisher uses before deciding where to allocate these appliances around your home.

Emergency Services

Ideally, you should have someone call 911 as you attempt to extinguish the flames. This ensures you’re able to get the assistance you need if your attempts are unsuccessful. Furthermore, know when to leave the house. If the blaze becomes large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. Let firefighters and emergency responders take responsibility for the fire. Work with SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando afterward to get your home back to normal again.

Keeping proper fire extinguisher handling tips in mind may be able to save your home and your family in the coming years. Be sure to discuss the above tips with every member of your family. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando for additional information on fire damage cleanup.

Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Excessive lint in dryer vent in Orlando, Florida home If you exercise fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando.

How to Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents


It's no surprise that having a fire within the home is damaging to anything in its path. Your household dryer is an excellent example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time, and the usual culprit would be a clogged dryer vent. In this particular case, the fire is preventable if you maintain your dryer throughout the year and ensure that its vent is clean and clear of buildup.
Over 15,000 calls are to the local fire departments every single year for home-related fires and smoke issues. The unfortunate part is that most fires are due to clogged dryer vents within the home. Some of these fires are minimal, but others have been damaging when not caught in time.


You may want to know how dryers work. Some homeowners are new to appliances, and home maintenance doesn't know that their dryer needs care. Dryers work by creating hot air in the drum itself, and this is the hot air going to dry up your clothing. You might know the small lint trap on your dryer when you open its door, but excess lint passes through this filter and goes through the dryer vent. The dryer vent is located on the outside of your home so that the hot air goes outside. Heat attracts lint built up in that area from dryers being so hot and causes the fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can cause tons of damage to a person's home.


The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean the lint hose weekly. Special tools and services exist that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.

Warning Signs Your Dryer is Clogged and May Result in a Fire


1. If it takes longer than about 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged.

2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle.

3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open entirely when the appliance is on.

Preventing a Fire with Your Dryer

1. You should clean the vent of your dryer at least twice each year.

2. Make sure to clean out the lint trap inside of the dryer thoroughly before each cycle.

3. For those who notice any of the warning signs mentioned above, make sure to contact a professional company to have the appliance repaired and cleaned.

For those homeowners who aren't lucky to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be a daunting thing to clean up on your own. Professionals of SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can come in handy. They can work on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that issues are resolved immediately.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the community too. SERVPRO is a national network of over 1,650 Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

Rug Cleaning After a Fire

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Rug with fire damage Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando to clean your carpets and upholstery!

The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling overtime after experiencing fire damage. Protect your investment by calling SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

SERVPRO System offers several cleaning options to match any type of carpet and upholstery.

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.

  • Hot Water Extraction: A more in-depth cleaning method for all carpet types.

  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.

  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.

  • Dry Cleaning: This cleaning method is used when color-fastness is an issue.

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando may be able to save your rugs and carpet after experiencing fire damage. Call today at (407) 698-5155!