Recent Fire Damage Posts

Kitchen Fires Can Damage Newark Homes

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO provides fire damage mitigation and restores homes to preloss condition

One of the primary rooms for a house fire is the kitchen. Your kitchen is full of combustibles. Walk away from your stove while cooking, and before you know it, smoke is billowing throughout, and the stove is on fire. 

What Are Some of the Damages That Occur with a Cooking Fire?

When fire damage occurs in Newark homes from a cooking fire, our SERVPRO technicians typically see:

  • Appliance damage
  • Smoke deposits
  • Oven hood melting
  • Smoke residue on walls and ceilings
  • Cabinets with fire damage

Animal proteins are often involved in a kitchen blaze and can be difficult to remove. The smell from this type of protein is pungent. That is why you need professional fire damage services. The everyday kitchen cleaner is not going to do the job. 

Grease Fires

Protein fires are considered wet smoke because of the grease compounds. Wet smoke bonds with surfaces quickly, making it hard to remove. Ways to handle wet smoke includes:

  • Lightly vacuuming up dry or unbonded soot
  • Opening windows to provide ventilation
  • Hiring professionals to handle the remaining cleanup

If you need professional fire damage mitigation in Newark, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Learn Something New Close to Your Brookside Home

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Iron Hill Science Center Enjoy learning and exploring at the Iron Hill Science Center, while SERVPRO eliminates damages left by a fire in your home.

The Iron Hill Science Center near Brookside Encourages Learning and Exploration

Not far from Brookside, the Iron Hill Science Center safely opens its doors to visitors of all ages for adventures in exploration. It is a relatively new attraction operated by the Delaware Academy of Science and brings many interactive opportunities for budding scientists to experience. Some of their permanent exhibits include-

  • The Taxidermy Collection
  • The Delaware Prehistoric Sea Life
  • The Rocks and Minerals Exhibit

Although it still operates at limited capacity due to the current health crisis, the Center has designed some programming to be available online to complement in-person visits. 

Scouts should be on the lookout for its monthly zoom meetings helpful in attaining Scout merit badges. On December 5th, 2020, participants will learn about mammals, their habitats, and how to build a shelter for them. 

This session helps achieve an elective merit badge for the William T. Hornaday awards.

Just like scouts prepare for life, so does our SERVPRO team prepare for emergencies. When fire damage restoration is needed after a home fire, our professional team is ready to help. With the best and latest in industry technology, we work hard to minimize the disruption to your home.  

When you call SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933, you can count on us working diligently until your home looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”

Newark Invites Visitors and Residents to Learn More About Our Nation’s History

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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From the Revolutionary War to Today, Newark is Steadfast in Being a Close-knit Community

Newark is often confused with its namesake in New Jersey, but it is famous in its own right. 

Established in 1694 by Welsh and Irish-Scot settlers, it became official when George II of Great Britain granted its charter in 1758. Its growth parallels our nation's development, and it has earned the city a role in history. Beautiful surroundings and community support make it a great place to live, work, and play.

Education has played an essential role in the area’s development, starting with the relocation in 1765 of a school from New London, PA to Newark, which became the Newark Academy. Many notable men were educated at the school, and the University of Delaware's origin can be traced to its existence. James Smith, George Read, and Thomas McKean, all signers of the Declaration of Independence, were educated at the Newark Academy. In 1883, Newark College was chartered and later joined forces with the Academy to become Delaware College. Eventually, the College would become the University of Delaware in 1921. 

The Stars and Stripes are also said to have flown in battle for the first time right outside Newark at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge. This critical battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1777 was the only battle fought in Delaware. British General Cornwallis and General Washington engaged south of Cooch’s Bridge. Sadly, Colonial troops were overpowered by the British and forced to retreat. Following this triumph, British forces advanced to successfully fight the Battle of Brandywine and eventually capture Philadelphia, the capital at that time.

In 1758, King George II authorized weekly markets in Newark for the exchange of goods. Still, it wasn’t until forty years later that the first industrial endeavor became a reality when the Curtis Paper Mill was founded. The Mill operated until 1997and it was the oldest paper mill in the nation until that time. Methodists built the first church in the town in 1812, and in 1837 Newark welcomed the railroad system.

In the 20th century, the Chrysler Newark Assembly Plant became one of the top employers and revenue-generating industries. Built in 1951, it was intended to make tanks for the Army within its sizable facility. Starting in 1957, Plymouth and Dodge vehicles were produced in this assembly plant, which remained open until the 2008 recession when it was forced to close down. Following its closure, the University of Delaware bought the land to develop a site for research and development and grow the University’s footprint.

Naturally, early descriptions of Newark and its surroundings share the agricultural nature of the area. Despite its origin, it is now marked by housing developments even if it remains close to farming communities in close-by Pennsylvania and Maryland. Newark is exceptionally close to “The Wedge,” where Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware meet. It is also surrounded by extensive public parkland, which provides many options for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking are all popular among the residents. Newark is also known for its role in developing figure skating athletes and serves as a training site for notable names in this field. The University of Delaware Figure Skating Club (an independent organization) started in 1986 and facilitates year-round training for amateurs and Olympians alike.

What to do while in Newark?

People of all ages can find something to do while visiting Newark, and some of the most popular locations are listed below.

  • White Clay Creek State Park- Anglers, rejoice! White Clay Creek offers plentiful fish for anglers of all levels. Whether you prefer fly-fishing or just trying your luck at the Creek’s edge, you should enjoy your visit. If fishing is not your preference, just explore one or several of the trails the park offers while paying close attention to the historical references along the way. The Chambers House Nature Center presents the history of the park and the context under which it was established. Seasonal hours apply, and they’re updated on their website.

  • Glasgow Park- Another great option to enjoy the outdoors, Bear Mountain is one of the trails most people enjoy while visiting Glasgow Park. It is a popular destination for sledding and particularly significant given Newark’s lack of elevation. Dogs, ice skaters, and children with different abilities can all find their home at Glasgow, making it one of the most popular spots for residents and visitors alike.

  • Bob Carpenter Center- This multi-purpose arena opened in 1992 is home to basketball teams and events, including concerts, rallies, and conferences. If you seek an indoor venue to spend a few hours watching a sport or performance, make sure to check “The Bob’s” calendar of events posted online.

Restoration of Your Newark Home

Our nation’s history can be appreciated throughout Newark, and many of our buildings date back many years. Being mindful of older building practices and materials is an essential step in remaining attentive to any threat to our home. However, something as simple as an electrical malfunction could ignite a fire and threaten all we hold dear. When accidents happen, and fire damage restoration becomes a need, SERVPRO is here to help.

We are part of the community, and our team operates under the most advanced best practices for the water and fire restoration industry. At SERVPRO, we strive to be quick and efficient, so damage doesn’t expand any further. We apply industrial-grade water removal equipment while we target cleaning solutions to remove soot and smoke from your home. Once you call our 24/7 hotline, you can rest assured that you are in the best hands during this emergency.

SERVPRO of Newark is at your service whenever you need us. We are your partner in coordinating all the moving parts of a restoration effort, including insurance, contractors, move-outs, and specialty drying solutions. When you call us at (302) 733-7933, you immediately gain access to the best in the field. Just like you, we want to minimize your loss and restore your home quickly, so the disaster feels, “Like it never even happened.”

Thanksgiving Day Breakfast for Newark, DE Residents

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

brick building with fire coming out of the windows from inside It will be exciting to see the community at the annual Thanksgiving day breakfast in Newark!

Thankful for Amazing Food with the Annual Newark Thanksgiving Day Breakfast

The Thanksgiving Day Breakfast has become a Newark tradition. Despite the pandemic, there will still be food to be thankful for, just with revisions. This year, the Thanksgiving Day Breakfast is transforming into the Thankful for You Drive-Thru event for the Newark area residents. In order to enjoy a delicious meal, all you have to do is drive through on Thanksgiving morning, and you will have offerings available such as donuts, coffee, fresh fruit, and much more.

  • Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
  • Time: 8 am to 10 am
  • Where: George Wilson Center at 303 New London Road in Newark, DE
  • Cost: Free of charge, donations welcome.

Pre-registration for this event must be complete by Friday, November 20, 2020, at 5 pm. Donations are being accepted, including Toys for Tots, canned goods for the food bank, and coats for the Sunday Breakfast Mission.

When anyone in the community has a fire in their home, SERVPRO of Newark is here to assist with professional fire damage restoration methods. Call us at (302) 733-7933 to have a team sent to your property 24/7 for emergency services.

Household Newark Kitchen Fire, What Now?

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Leading Fire Damage Restoration Service for Newark Residents.

Why are kitchen fires so common?

Kitchen fires are among the leading causes of house fires for Newark residents. Leaving a stove unattended can lead to sudden combustion involving flammable substances like animal fats or fuel for those with gas ovens. Oil-based flammables reject water, which can make fires uncontrollable. The typical damages associated with a kitchen fire include appliance damage, smoke deposits, or melting of the oven hood and upper wall and ceiling smoke residues. Burnt animal proteins can be odorous as well as challenging to clean using household products. SERVPRO technicians can identify different types of soot deposits and take the necessary steps to return your home to its preloss condition.

What are the most effective ways of removing animal fats from walls?

Protein fire damage in your Newark home can be stubborn and odorous. Protein fires are classifiable as wet smoke because the deposits are greasy. Wet smokes present a challenge as they can bond with surfaces. We recommend performing light vacuuming in the affected area to remove any dry or unbonded soots from the body. Opening windows and ventilating the space can help encourage odors to disperse. However, cleaning the remaining residues is best left to professionals with the correct knowledge, equipment, and cleaning.

What are the tell-tale signs of wet smoke?

  • If the source of combustion is oil-based or synthetic, it is likely to produce wet smoke deposits
  • Thick, greasy smoke residues that do not mix with water
  • Unpleasant odors in the affected area and surrounding rooms

What cleaners remove protein smoke deposits?

When dealing with smoke deposits, it is vital to remember that like dissolves like. Water-based smoke deposits respond to water-based detergents and cleaners. Oil-based smoke, therefore, responds to oil-based solvents. One way of understanding which cleaning products are useful is by testing on a wall's discrete area. If smoke spreads around, then stop- you may have to use a different solvent. SERVPRO technicians seek to use oil-based solvents that can suspend wet smoke particles in the solvent. We can then rinse the wall to remove both the solvent and the smoke particles. It may be necessary to repaint walls after soot to remove soot to return your home to its preloss condition.

How are solvents applied to smoke deposits?

  • Mix the solvent to the recommended dilution as per manufacturer instructions
  • Apply directly to areas of the wall with smoke damage and allow time for the solvent to suspend soots
  • After suspension time, rinse the wall using water with a detergent, place sheets or mats below to avoid further damage

Are kitchen fires solely composed of animal proteins?

While the cause of a kitchen fire in Newark may be an animal fat, the combustion can lead to other materials being burned. Most appliances use a synthetic finish. At high temperatures, these finishes can bubble and melt. Not only do kitchen appliance finishes cause harm to the appliance's surface, but they can also release other toxins into the environment in the form of smoke. Our technicians measure the type of smoke residues by taking pH tests of the smoke residues. Like oil and water-based soot, cleaning fluids should generally be applied to return the smoke deposit to a neutral pH. Alkaline deposits respond best to acidic cleaning fluids, whereas acidic soots respond to alkaline cleaners. SERVPRO technicians conduct extensive testing to mitigate against losses to appliances or other kitchen fittings.

How do professionals counteract fire odors?

  • Identify the source of the odor which may be soots or smoke residues and attempt to remove them through cleaning
  • Refinish surfaces using odor sealing chemicals and also put in place a drying strategy to reduce moisture 
  • If odors persist after completing the above actions, fumigate the affected area using misting or ultra-low volume fogging equipment (ULV foggers)

What qualifications are important for fire restoration services?

A fire and smoke restoration technician (FRST) needs to be well-versed in the behavior of fire and the different cleaning detergents and solvents. Also, it can be helpful for technicians to have access to odor control professionals and equipment. It is usual for SERVPRO to dispatch an experienced crew chief, a production technician, and specialists for odor control or drying. It may be necessary to have some general construction training to help rebuild some or parts of your home during the fire restoration. SERVPRO cross-trains crew chiefs and technicians to ensure that you only deal with one company for most of a repair. If third-parties are necessary, we can arrange them on your behalf using trusted local specialists.

Kitchen fires are, unfortunately, one of the most common causes of a house fire. To avoid expensive damages and mitigate odor or soiling, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933.

Do I Have to Discard Fire-Damaged Valuables?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged structure, with boardup After SERVPRO Techs Secure Your Newark Fire-Damaged Home's Structure, We Can Pack-Out Your Contents for Off-Site Cleaning and Restoration

SERVPRO Cleans Your Belongings in Your Newark Home

After a fire in your Newark home, your instinct may be to throw away everything and start over, however with some careful attention, you may be able to salvage your items. Restoration is the goal over expensive replacement, especially for things that hold sentimental value.

How Should I Clean Valuable Items?

SERVPRO Uses Specialized Techniques and Cleaning Products While Restoring the Contents of Your Home

After a fire in your home, one of the first things you may notice is that your valuables have soot or smoke residue on them. Seeing your cherished belongings fire-damaged in your Newark property can be disheartening, especially when dealing with the shock of a fire in your home. Our technicians use techniques and products to clean your items. They may clean the pieces offsite or in your home, depending on the amount of damage.

How Do Technicians Clean Dishware and China?

  • They clean delicate items by hand to ensure the best care.
  • Off-site, ultra-sonic immersion tank cleaning provides exceptional cleaning results with no risk of breakage
  • Technicians should presoak the dishes in an alkaline detergent like the specially formulated Wall and All Surface Cleaner.
  • For stubborn residues after a grease fire, heavy-duty cleaner like SERVPRO's Industrial Cleaner works to remove grease.

How Do Technicians Clean Silk Plants and Floral Arrangements?

  • They make sure not to agitate the surface as silk cannot handle strong abrasive movements.
  • Technicians carefully remove residue from the surfaces with a soft brush or compressed air.
  • An alternative yet effective method involves using table salt and a plastic bag:

o    Put the arrangement in a sealed in a plastic bag, sprinkle salt on the plant’s leaves and flowers, hold the arrangement upside down, and gently shake to remove the residue.

For 24/7 help mitigating further damage after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage in my Newark Residence Has Left Bad Odor, How Do I Remove It?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

smoke billowing out of window Has fire and smoke damaged your home? Call SERVPRO to come in and elimanate the problems.

Call SERVPRO Restoration Professionals to Eliminate the Smoke Odor

A fire is one of the worst incidents that can occur in your Newark home. Apart from destroying structural materials and your belongings irreversibly and quickly, fire can also cause supplementary hazards like water damage from firefighting efforts. The byproducts of the fire could continue causing damage to your home long after it was extinguished, even if it was small and contained. Stubborn smoke odor is a common example of the consequences of a fire. The odor can linger for a long time and compromise the quality of indoor air.

Which Factors Determine the Ease of Removing Smoke Odor?

It is challenging to eliminate the smoke smell because smoke particles are tiny, and they can get anywhere, including wall cavities. After a fire damages your Newark home, the smoke particles can stick to many household surfaces and become embedded into different kinds of porous materials such as fabrics, furniture, carpeting, and paint. Removing the smoke particles requires effort and specialized odor removal equipment.

Several strategies are effective in reducing the number of smoke particles in a house. However, some factors determine if those methods can restore the safe living conditions you are used to in your house. They include:

Length of exposure – When a home has been exposed to smoke for a long time, the smoke odor can be embedded into household materials more deeply.
Size of the fire – A more significant fire produces more smoke. Therefore, the resulting smoke smell can be more intense and pervasive.
Kind of burned materials – When different materials get burned, they provide different odors. Some smells are easier to remove than others.

What Can I Do to Eliminate the Smoke Smell After a Fire?

As you deal with the aftermath of a fire, you can try some proven DIY smoke smell removal techniques to determine if the results are satisfactory. If the outcome is unsatisfactory or you do not want to do the job yourself, the best option is to enlist professional odor removal services. Some DIY techniques you can use to remove the smoke odor include:

Air out your home – Open all windows and doors so that there is good ventilation and a lot of fresh air in your house. You can also place fans strategically throughout your home for an added effect.
Deep clean your house – Remove porous materials like area rugs, decorative cushions, furniture covers, blankets, duvets clothes, linens, and towels from the affected areas and wash or dry clean them.
Wash the windowpanes to restore their shine and transparency, but pay more attention to the window sills and frames. Smoke residue mainly sticks to the window sills and frames. You can place them in a washbasin or tub and use shampoo or soap to clean them.

Use a solution of white vinegar, dish soap, warm water, and white vinegar to wash all solid surfaces. This includes doors and door frames, walls, ceilings, cabinets, baseboards, furniture pieces, light switches, light fixtures, and shelves.
Clean upholstery and carpets – Smoke particles can get embedded deeply into carpet fibers and upholstery, making it difficult to remove the odor. You can sprinkle baking soda on carpets and upholstery and let it stay for a few hours to allow the soda to absorb the smoke smell. Vacuum the surfaces after that with a vacuum cleaner that contains a HEPA filter.

As you can see, it takes several steps to eliminate smoke odors from a house completely. Therefore, it is advisable to work with restoration experts from SERVPRO to deal with the smell. We are fully equipped with sophisticated restoration equipment and years of experience.

What Can SERVPRO Do to Eliminate the Odor?

Our team can control and remove odors from your home and personal belongings by starting with basic deodorization procedures. They include:
Removing the source of the odor.
Cleaning odor-causing residues from surfaces.
Recreating the conditions for odor penetration.
Sealing surfaces as required.
Our crew determines if the odors are light, moderate, or heavy and then chooses the most suitable deodorization techniques. We also consider which materials burned. If the fire burned natural substances such as wood and paper, we can remove the smoke residue using suitable chemicals, a specialized vacuum, or a dry chemical sponge. If the fire burned protein-based substances like beef and chicken, a greasy film could be covering the nearby floors and walls. The grease can sear onto surfaces, and powerful chemicals are required to remove it. If the fire burned synthetic materials, the cleaning process requires specialized techniques and equipment.

Our SERVPRO team can use a thermal fogger to deal with the odors. We start fogging in the source area and dispenses less fog while moving away from the source area. Thermal fogging is an effective procedure for removing smoke odors because it recreates the fire-related properties of pressurization and heat. Porous materials pick up the thermally activated deodorant droplets in the same way they picked up smoke odors. The deodorant droplets enter deep inside tiny crevices, cracks, and pores of surfaces like the way smoke deposits were created.

If one deodorization technique does not remove the smell altogether, we consider which other methods could be useful for the kind of odor we detect. In many cases, we combine several deodorization techniques to produce the desired results.

When you need to remove odors from your home after a fire, call SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933. We have the expertise and tools required to remove the odor to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

What to Avoid When Dealing With Fire Damage in Newark

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire place with log burning Fire places are amazing for warmth and ambiance. Contact SERVPRO should your home be facing fire damage as a result of a fire that got out of control.

Taking Care of Chimney Fire Damage in a Newark Home

Many homeowners enjoy relaxing with friends and family by the fireplace. Still, without regular cleanup, creosote deposits and soot in chimneys can catch fire and cause extensive damage to the home. There is an average of 25,000 chimney fires every year in the US that cause over $125 million in property damage. When this type of disaster occurs in your home, there is a team you can count on for rapid service that is focused on restoration.

If your Newark home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to return your residence to a preloss condition. SERVPRO technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike all receive extensive training and education in fire damage cleanup, as well as the claims filing process, to better assist homeowners and insurance adjusters and filing accurate and comprehensive claims. On top of that, SERVPRO uses industrial-grade materials and EPA-registered cleaning solutions to remove residues and odors effectively.

Tips for Chimney Fire Prevention

  • Have a professional inspect the chimney and fireplace annually. Creosote and soot buildup in your fireplace are the number one causes of chimney fires. A certified chimney sweep can handle the job with ease and ensure that your chimney is safe to use once more.
  • Keep fires small and use seasoned wood. Small fires produce less creosote, especially ones that burn more brightly, which means less smoke and soot buildup in your chimney. Dry wood that is seasoned for more than six months is ideal because there is no wet material that condenses inside the chimney to create creosote.
  • Avoid using paper or flammable liquids in your fireplace. These materials can create flames that can get out of hand quickly because they can float up the chimney and ignite pre-existing creosote deposits.
  • Install a chimney liner and cap. Chimney liners improve airflow for combustion gases while protecting your chimney, making it easier to clean. Chimney caps, meanwhile, prevent animals or debris from getting into your chimney.

SERVPRO Removes Odors & Debris

The most effective odor removal method, aside from deodorizing, is removing odorous soils like charred creosote deposits. After cleaning, deodorization can take place using a variety of materials. For example, a thermal fogger may be used to remove odors from around your chimney.  This type of deodorizer is a counteractant, meaning that it combines chemically with odor-causing particles and either eliminates or changes them. 

SERVPRO of Newark wants to ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." No matter when you need assistance after a disaster, you can call (302) 733-7933.

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Newark Fire-Damaged Houses Are Cleaned and Restored by SERVPRO

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire truck, billowing smoke at a fire-site Fire Trucks Leave, Then What? Call SERVPRO to Your Newark Property for Cleanup, Restoration, and a Smile!

Factors That Determine Restorability from Fire Damage in Newark Homes

A common sight that greets many homeowners upon first viewing the fire damage in their Newark home is a large, wet pile of their possessions in the center of the room. This scenario happens because, during firefighting efforts, the firemen push burning debris to the center of the room and hose it down to stop it from igniting. Progressively more gets added until the danger of fire in the place is over.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive to clean up fire damage in Newark properties, they immediately move our charred items and building materials. They then examine wet items for restorability potential to save the homeowner the cost of replacing possessions.

Inspection Elements
When the techs go through items in fire loss areas, they look for possessions that have restoration potential through their advanced cleaning methods. Porous items often have the least amount of potential salvaging because of the absorption of soot that can get worse through the application of cleaning products.

Cleaning Methods Commonly Used
Fire loss cleanup is never a one-size-fits-all process. The techs carefully test surfaces and items to determine the construction materials. The results assist in choosing the best methods and agents to utilize for smoke damage removal. Pack-outs and cleaning at our facility is an option where Immersion Cleaning - a robust cleaning method for the non-porous items can prove to be effective. Ultrasonic cleaning and the Esporta Washing Systems are advanced equipment.

?    Dry Cleaning - used most often for lifting away dry smoke before wet cleaning solutions get used.
?    Wet Cleaning - a very effective method against wet smoke residues. SERVPRO has exclusive solvents and cleaners to release the hold the smoke damage has on surfaces.
?    Foam Cleaning - a cleaning method used to clean and refresh upholstery and window treatment fabrics that have the potential to shrink or bleed when wet cleaned.
?    Abrasive Cleaning - commonly used to remove residues.

Repair to the Home
Once the techs finish cleaning up the fire loss to the structure and contents, they create a report to assist the homeowner in filing their insurance claim and expedite the reimbursement. This report details not only the actions taken during restoration but also necessary repairs to restore the property entirely. With their general contractor license #1992104829, SERVPRO saves homeowners the stress of finding an outside contracting company for rebuilding needs.

SERVPRO of Newark at (302) 733-7933 has certified technicians ready to address any size fire damage to your property and make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Loss in Brookside? Call SERVPRO!

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Building on fire After a fire, many times demolition is necessary. SERVPRO has the training for safe debris removal and building restoration.

Is Controlled Demolition Necessary After Brookside Fire Loss?

Structure fires can be a destructive force in Brookside homes. Without a prompt response by professionals to begin mitigation and other emergency services, it can become costlier the longer you wait. As overwhelming as the circumstances might be, your insurance provider is going to recommend or insist on the use of professional restoration for cleaning, debris removal, and other recovery tasks. Our SERVPRO team stays ready to help in these situations as soon as we get cleared to enter a home by first responders. 

While debris removal and immediate hazards must take the center focus of our initial actions, handling structural concerns is another vital aspect of recovering fire damage in Brookside homes. Fire losses present multiple layers of effects, but the most threatening is the weakening of structural elements like subflooring materials, ceiling drywall damage, and even potentially collapsing walls. 

Often, debris removal after a fire loss incident involves our SERVPRO technicians arriving with shovels and other similar hand tools. Debris, ash, and other half burned remnants can disrupt clean airflow throughout the property. Removing damaging debris can also help to reduce the concentrations of smoke odors and circulating threats like soot particles. This same catalyst can get found in charred structural elements like drywall, flooring, and more. 

Identifying the need for demolition and reconstruction is not a situation that gets made lightly. We have a team of competent, licensed (#1992104829) general contractors that can assess the stability of structural elements and when it is more cost-effective to remove damaged materials rather than attempt to restore them. For particle board cabinets in the kitchen, for instance, it can often be less expensive to replace the cabinets rather than utilize advanced strategies to restore it. 

Understanding whether your home needs reconstruction services or not after a fire is rarely a determination that you can make on your own. We have skilled technicians capable of assessing structural integrities and the times where controlled demolition can save our customers money after a fire. Give our SERVPRO of Newark team a call today at (302) 733-7933. 

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We Act Fast In Brookside To Restore Your Home After A Fire

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

A stove top fire in a home This stove top was left on and unattended for too long and eventually forgotten about and caught fire. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Holiday Dinner Accidents can Leave Fire Damage Throughout Your Brookside Residence

Grease fires are not the only possible cause of fire inside your Brookside home's kitchen. Turkeys, roasts, and hams can all overcook or basting liquids can spill over during the arrival of guests and the preparation of all the side dishes. Food prepared on the top of the stove can also catch fire if left unattended for too long.

Any food burning can produce a thick, pervasive smoke that can leave your residence in Brookside full of smoke, in addition to the fire damage caused by any flames. The SERVPRO team working on your home after such an incident is dedicated to working as efficiently as possible to get things safe and clean for you and your family. The holiday season is stressful enough without the interruptions caused by an unexpected fire. 

Because we can scale our services to any size disaster, SERVPRO technicians are available to merely deodorize your home after such an incident, clean away smoke deposits, or tear out and rebuild areas where the fire damage destroyed walls or ceilings. Our building team works under Residential Contractor License # 1992104829, assisting us with every aspect of restoring your home from the damaging and destructive effects of heat and fire.

Even basic foods like rice can fill your house with dense smoke if it cooks too long. While smoke from rice and many other low-protein foods looks white, it can leave a strong odor behind. Deodorizing and using our dry sponge technique on surfaces can leave affected areas of your house smoke-free.

Cooking a turkey by deep-frying, which is becoming very popular, should take place outside the house and at a safe distance. A fire starting inside a skillet full of frying food pales in comparison to a large vat full of hot oil with a turkey lowered into it. Turkeys prepared this way taste delicious, but the process can start a fire quickly if the bird contains too much moisture on its surface. 

SERVPRO of Newark wants families in Ogletown, Pike Creek, and North Star to enjoy celebrations this holiday season safely. If fire damage makes this impossible, call us at (302) 733-7933.

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How We Provide Quality Solutions To Fire Damage In Brookside

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

fire causing damage to home “Like it never even happened.”

Quality Solutions To Fire Damage On Your Brookside Area Property

You might be surprised by how many fires we respond to in Brookside that involve cigarette smoking, heating equipment, electrical systems, or cooking. When these kinds of events occur, your insurance company puts you in contact with a restoration professional who provides critical services that help return things to normal.

Your insurance company goes to a restorer to help reduce the overall losses you might experience due to fire damage in your Brookside area home. The costs associated with restoration services are a mere fraction of the cost of replacement, and help restore your lives quickly, “Like it never even happened.”

Restorers, like those of us at SERVPRO, are on your side. We understand your current situation and are proud to serve as your first and last contact concerning your restoration. Our highly trained team of cleanup and restoration experts work hard to provide you with quality solutions to your fire damage situation.

Performing fire damage restoration is not the easiest way to earn a living. Every job we face presents a set of unique challenges, long hours, and the possibility of exposure to hazardous situations. Still, the work is fulfilling and gratifying, especially with the opportunity to help others recover from potentially devastating situations.

At SERVPRO, we perform several functions, we:
    •    Satisfy the property owner (you), providing an explanation of your restoration process and filling your need for immediate service.
    •    Minimize the extent of the losses you might experience and limit secondary damages.
    •    Identify what we can restore through cleaning, and what requires replacement.
    •    Save the insurance adjuster time by providing testing, loss-detail, and scope of loss while managing your entire restoration. Our CCIS contents claim inventory service is key.
    •    Report on your scope of loss and prioritize the work schedule.
    •    Produce quality restoration and the organization of services from start to finish.

SERVPRO technicians train regularly, using our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP) and acquire the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to learn standards concerning cleaning, inspection, and restoration of your property. Our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) learn how to handle any fire damage situation that may occur on your property.

Call SERVPRO of Newark for 24-hour access to highly-trained professional personnel, advanced equipment, and valuable resources throughout the Ogletown, Pike Creek, and North Star areas. Call (302) 733-7933 today!

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Our Crew Is Here To Help After A Fire In Your Brookside Home

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Blue speech bubble with "Need Help?" in white If you have fire damage, contact us today at (302) 733-7933 to find out more on what we can do for you.

Residential Fire Damage Restoration In Brookside

With the Blue Hens as neighbors, Brookside residents get to enjoy both small-town and collegiate living. Life along I-95 still has many of the same drawbacks as living elsewhere when it comes to risks like floods and fires.

A short in a small appliance or the older wiring in some homes often causes fire damage in Brookside homes. Restoring those residences requires SERVPRO specialists to perform demolition and disposal, rebuilding where necessary, cleaning affected materials, and even what might be called the finishing touches.

Take a small, two-bedroom home a married, student couple might rent for example. If the fire began in an electrical socket in the kitchen, then the overall effects usually stay limited to the kitchen/dining area with some smoke generated throughout the small residence. Here, our initial efforts in the kitchen start with demolition and disposal while other response team members in the rest of the home wipe down surfaces to remove smoke residues.

After demolition, technicians expand cleaning operations. Electrical fires usually burn cleanly, leaving dry, powdery residues for the most part. To remove them, team members use dry sponges and carefully wipe down everything from top to bottom. Where the layers are slightly thicker, they use a small amount of water or a mild cleaner to break them up for removal.

With cleaning finished, SERVPRO teams install new interior walls and ceilings to replace the damaged panels. If the fire burned long enough to scorch the wall or ceiling framing behind them, they sand down the burned layers to remove them and eliminate the odors they generate. If burned too deeply, they dispose of the sections and replace with new wood.

Once the team completes rebuilding, technicians work with the owner and residents on making the structure a home again. They can paint or wallpaper, so it looks exactly as before, but if they have the option from the insurance company, they often upgrade to a nice paint or another wallcovering.

At SERVPRO of Newark, we want to put every one of our neighbors back into their home as quickly as possible. If you have fire damage here or in North Star, Ogletown, or Pike Creek, contact us today at (302) 733-7933 to find out more on what we can do for you.

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Soot Lurks in Home after Fire

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Soot on Ceiling in Home after Fire

After a fire has happened in a home and the “smoke clears” it may seem like the immediate danger has passed.  While that is true in a sense that the fire is gone and it may be safe from further destruction, there is still a danger that may lurk in the home.  There is perhaps soot residue now present.  Soot can cause odors, discoloration, corrosion and etching.  SERVPRO of Newark offers a thorough cleaning of soot and smoke residue left behind from fires.  We know that smoke behaves in a way that is different in each and every fire.  Depending on what the fire was, how it started, temperatures, air flow of homes and the list goes on, we clean the entire home in a detailed process.  In this picture you can see how the soot in the ceiling is coming off as SERVPRO cleans it. SERVPRO helps it "Like it never even happened".

Keeping Your Pet Safe From Accidental Fire

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping Your Pet Safe

Protect Your Pets From Accidental Fires

Approximately half a million pets are affected by house fires each year. Many house fires are caused by pets, especially when left home alone. Here are some tips to help prevent any accidental fire started by your pets and for keeping your pets safe in the event there is a fire in your home. 

Open Flames

Dogs are curious creatures and may take interest in a flickering flame. If you do have any open flames in your home at any time, be sure to never leave them unattended and to keep an eye on your pets. Consider getting a fireplace screen to protect pets when sleeping in front of the fire if you utilize a fireplace. Also make sure the fire is completely out before going to bed. Small sparks and coals can get through a screen and result in a fire.

Secure Wires and Cords

Pets are often tempted to chew on loose wires and cords. Exposed wires can be a fire hazard, so consider securing any electrical objects so that their cords are out of reach.

Smoke Detectors & Pet Decals

Pets left home alone cannot escape on their own when there is a fire. Monitored smoke detectors contact emergency responders when you are not home and add an extra layer of protection beyond that of battery-operated smoke alarms. Placing a pet sticker(s) in the window will help rescuers know how many pets to look for, saving valuable time and hopefully your pets.

Pet Collars & ID's

Keep collars (with ID tags) on your pets at all times and leave leashes by the entrance or somewhere easy to find in an emergency. It is important that you can find your pets quickly if there is a fire. Know where your pets like to sleep and especially where they like to go when they are scared or anxious; like under a bed or hidden in a quiet corner.  In the event that you cannot find your pet when exiting, leave doors and windows open on your way out and call to them so that they come out on their own.

If you have any questions or require restoration services due to fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Newark at (302)733-7933. Our crews are available 24/7 for services.

Holiday Safety Tips

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking Fires

Local SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Specialist Offers Wilmington Families Tips on Cooking Up a Safe Holiday Season

Startling statistics underscore the need for caution in the kitchen

Wilmington, DE (Grassroots Newswire) -- Holiday party planning begins now for many families, and Tara Brown of SERVPRO of Newark offers some important reminders to Wilmington residents to help ensure this season glows with the warmth of good food and good friends, and not with the glare of a devastating home fire.

“The holiday season is a time when many families plan big and elaborate meals for large groups of people,” says Brown. “But all that cooking creates an extraordinary risk of fire. For a safe and festive holiday season, it’s important to understand that risk and take steps to minimize it.”

Cooking Fire Safety

Research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reveals that in 2017, on average, U.S. fire departments responded to a home fire every 88 seconds.1 Cooking equipment was the leading cause2 of home fires and fire injuries, causing 47 percent of home fires. These fires resulted in 20 percent of the home fire deaths and 45 percent of the injuries.

“Wilmington families should keep these statistics in mind as the holidays approach. According to the NFPA, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve2,” says Brown. “Families should also be aware that frying poses the greatest risk of fire, in fact, the NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.3 This video graphically illustrates the danger these devices can pose.”

Brown offers these additional cooking safety tips from FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration.4

  1. Keep an eye on what you fry: If you see any smoke or the oil starts to boil, turn the burner off.
  2. Stand by your pan: If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
  3. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
  4. Wear short sleeves or pull sleeves up: 18 percent of cooking fire fatalities in 2016 were caused by ignited clothing.2
  5. Keep a pot lid or cookie sheet nearby to cover a pan if it catches on fire.

“Taking common sense precautions like these and keeping kids and pets out of the kitchen during meal prep can help keep your holiday celebrations safe,” says Brown. “The precautions you take could help prevent a devastating home fire, a tragic injury, or even the loss of life. While SERVPRO disaster response professionals are fire damage restoration specialists, they know how important it is to keep the focus on fire prevention, because for some types of loss, there is no remediation.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit For more information on SERVPRO of Newark, please contact them at 302-733-7933 or






Wet Smoke vs. Dry Smoke

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Minor Carbon Chains from a Wet Smoke Damage

Smoke and soot can be very invasive and penetrate cavities within your home or business, causing odors and hidden damage. Did you know there are different types of smoke? There are two different types of smoke – wet and dry. Different types of soot residue are left behind as a result of the different smoke. SERVPRO of Newark has the experience to inspect and accurately assess the damage to come up with a plan of action.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber. These types of fires usually are slower burning, tend to smolder, pungent odors, sticky and smeary, carbon chains likely to form

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood. These types of fires are fast burning, at high temperatures causing some to rise because heat naturally rises.

Protein Fire Residue- Evaporation of a material. The smoke is practically invisible, varnishes and discolors paints, odors are pungent

Soot Clean Up

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Soot Clean Up

Soot and smoke clean up can be a tedious task. Soot is very invasive and penetrates a lot of nooks and crannies of a home. When the smoke goes into all these cavities it causes odors. SERVPRO of Newark specializes in accurately assessing the extent of damage and helps develop a comprehensive plan of action. Each smoke and soot damage situation are different therefore requiring different techniques. Depending on what caused the fire from what actually burned or melted in the fire makes a difference. There are different types of smoke that will play a factor in determining which cleaning method is best to do. Wet Smoke, mostly from plastic and rubber will differ from Dry Smoke, mostly paper and wood and they both will differ from Protein Smoke.

Fire Prevention Month

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Great Chicago Fire

Fire Prevention is a dedicated way to try to improve conditions and make efforts to correct an issue before it turns into a problem. Fire Prevention Week is during the period of which October 9 falls. Did you know Fire Prevention Week goes as far back as 1925? The oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is the Fire Marshals Association of North America (FMANA). They sponsored this week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire. Click for more on Great Chicago Fire The association found a way to keep the public informed on fire safety as well as observe the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. This fire, according to President Calvin Coolidge, could of been prevented if the conditions of the building were better. Due to this devastating fire over one hundred thousand people became homeless and lives were lost. Please use this month of October to try and help your home or business from fires.

Does your Family have an Emergency Plan for when Disaster Strikes?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Devastation

When it comes to preparing for an emergency these 4 steps are crucial. 1. Put together a plan and focus on questions such as: how will we receive emergency alerts and warnings? What is our shelter plan? What is the best way to evacuate? What is our plan to communicate as a family? 2. Considering the needs for your household, what are some of the daily living needs and responsibilities in your family, are there dietary or medical needs? Are there pets living in the home? Are there young children in the home? 3. Make a family emergency plan, there are many resources and examples all over the web. 4. Practice your plan with everyone in your household. Talking, planning, and properly executing will keep everyone safe until the disaster is over.


4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Our Free SERVPRO ERP App/Service can help your company organize and better prepare your properties in a customized format. Businesses that use our ERP app gain preparedness and security in the case of an emergency. Here are some of the ways businesses benefit from our Emergency Ready Plan App.

Location Management: Businesses with multiple locations are able to manage all of their buildings' emergency needs from this app. Some of our clients use this ERP service for on building, while others use it to manage multiple locations.

Strengthens Protocol: In many cases, our businesses have to address an emergency while the authorized personnel is not on-site. Our ERP App breaks down important information for all employees including water lines, floor plans, and breaker locations.

Faster Response: The ERP app allows you to contact us directly through the app which can be a more direct way to contact us and provide all the information we need to get to the emergency.

Impact of Fire Extinguishers and Soot

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

This photo shows the damage that not only a fire can do, but also the damage that a fire extinguisher can do. Even if someone used a fire extinguisher and contained or put out a fire, there can still be a strong odor and chemicals that need to be removed from the building/home.

The chemicals from a fire extinguisher can coat a room quickly and leave a thick dust behind. Normally this extinguisher dusting comes along with a coat of soot. Even if a fire has been small and quickly put out, the smell and chemicals left behind should be properly cleaned out of the space. You can see in the photo how apparent the soot and extinguisher's affects are. This is just one small portion of the room, but this entire living room was impacted.

Winter House Fire

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Recently our SERVPRO technicians were called out to a property after a large fire. Along with the home owners, our team surveyed the house and the damage to what was left. In this photo, our technicians stand inside the home with the front yard totally visible through the burnt walls. The home was considered a total loss and there was not much left within the property for our team to clean or assist with. As SERVPRO of Newark, we did our best to lend a helping hand to the family in any way that we could especially since this trauma occurred right before the holidays. We assisted them in their move to a temporary living space and checked in with them often to make sure they were okay. 

Board Up Following House Fire

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and Soot Damage

This picture was taken right before our SERVPRO team cleaned out and boarded up this house. As you can see, there was a major house fire here that affected almost every single room with either fire or soot damage. The fire originated in the kitchen and spread into the dining room, living room, and then to the bedrooms. Luckily, even with the large size of the fire, the structure remained intact and our technicians were able to save and clean some of the contents. Once our team was sure the structure was secure, they started on the demo of the home, removing all soot and fire damaged sections. After the home was rebuilt and brought back to livable conditions, SERVPRO moved the family's cleaned contents back in for them. 

Winter is Coming!

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Winter is coming and for those who have a working fire place in their home, it's important to know the how to operate it safely. Before anything else, you should make sure that your fire extinguisher is accessible and that it works correctly. You should also check you smoke detector and your carbon monoxide detector. The fireplace should be clear of anything around it that could catch fire. You should give the fireplace a range of three feet around it with nothing flammable nearby. Cracks and pops of fire from the fireplace should be sure to not land on anything. Before lighting the fire, check the chimney to make sure there are no blockages or animal nests that are lodged in the chimney. You should have you chimney swept every few years as well.

Once you have taken all these precautionary steps, you should be ready to put your fire place to use!

Before SERVPRO Arrives at the Scene

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • Leave soot on surfaces until a SERVPRO of Newark professional arrives and can assess the Fire damage. Cleaning surfaces may further damage furniture and walls.
  • Restrain from walking, cleaning, or sitting on damaged furniture, carpets, upholstery, and walls until a SERVPRO of Newark professional has arrived.
  • Electrical appliances like televisions sets, radios, microwaves, etc. that may have come in contact with water, soot, or fire should be avoided. Touching or cleaning electrical appliances should be handled by a SERVPRO professional or after consulting with an authorized repair service.
  • All food, drinks, and water that are close to a fire damage or a water damage may be contaminated. All consumable goods should not be eaten, they should be thrown out. 
  • Leave all ceiling fixtures off. Moving air throughout the damaged rooms may cause more damage. Fire damage or water damage to the electrical wiring of ceiling fixtures are likely to heighten the risk of shock. 
  • Do not send damaged clothing and textiles to the dry cleaner before consulting with your insurance agent and your SERVPRO of Newark professionals. Damaged clothing and textiles are likely to be mishandled at a dry cleaners rather than with the use of SERVPRO of Newark's Esporta services.

Before SERVPRO Reaches the Fire Damaged Scene

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

  • Leave soot on surfaces until a SERVPRO of Newark professional arrives and can assess the Fire damage. Cleaning surfaces may further damage furniture and walls.
  • Restrain from walking, cleaning, or sitting on damaged furniture, carpets, upholstery, and walls until a SERVPRO of Newark professional has arrived.
  • Electrical appliances like televisions sets, radios, microwaves, etc. that may have come in contact with water, soot, or fire should be avoided. Touching or cleaning electrical appliances should be handled by a SERVPRO professional or after consulting with an authorized repair service.
  • All food, drinks, and water that are close to a fire damage or a water damage may be contaminated. All consumable goods should not be eaten, they should be thrown out. 
  • Leave all ceiling fixtures off. Moving air throughout the damaged rooms may cause more damage. Fire damage or water damage to the electrical wiring of ceiling fixtures are likely to heighten the risk of shock. 
  • Do not send damaged clothing and textiles to the dry cleaner before consulting with your insurance agent and your SERVPRO of Newark professionals. Damaged clothing and textiles are likely to be mishandled at a dry cleaners rather than with the use of SERVPRO of Newark's Esporta services.

ASPCA Fire Restoration

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

ASPCA Facility Aftermath

A vicious fire broke out at the Brandywine Valley ASPCA after a car had crashed into the building and caught fire. This was a devastating fire that not only a precious human life was lost but the lives of some animals as well. This ASPCA location is one of the largest in the Delaware area and had been recently renovated. Many cats and dogs were relocated during the restoration and rebuilding process of the facility. Luckily, SERVPRO of Newark was able to respond quickly and help bring the building back to life. We are proud to be a part of the Brandywine Valley ASPCA's rebuilding process and have made a point to get involved in their adoption events and make as many donations we can. 

What We Can Do For You After a Fire

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in an Office

After a fire, SERVPRO offers many services to restore your home/office/building back to its pre-fire damage state. We offer Structural Cleaning, which includes cleaning of the ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors as well as paint preparation cleaning. We also offer Contents Cleaning. Contents cleaning is the cleaning of the items that were affected by the fire, which includes electronics, wood furniture, artwork, kitchen items, bedding, clothing, and much more. After our main Structural Cleaning, SERVPRO offers Deodorization, which is conducted using our leading technology that attacks the source of smell rather than just covering it up. Beyond these services offered when our customers endure a fire, we also offer other related services. These services include Board-upsInventoryMove-OutsDuct Work, and Metal Polishing.

Fire Safety Tips

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Aftermaths of House Fire

  • Prevent soot particles from further damaging your furniture and carpets by keeping movement throughout the home to a minimum

  • Change your HVAC filter but leave systems off until a professional can come check the home

  • Cover HVAC air registers with layers of cheesecloth to prevent soot particles from getting in/out of your HVAC system

  • If your home electricity is off, empty your refrigerator and freezer to prevent mold and odors. Keep your refrigerator doors open after removing food

  • In the case of your heating being off during the winter, pour antifreeze down your sinks, toilet bowls, tubs, and holding tanks to avoid freezing and bursting pipes

  • When walking on damaged carpets and floors, place towels down to prevent tracking of soot and further damage

Roof Hole

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Roof Tarp

Here is a team of SERVPRO men attending to a hole in the roof as well as the side wall.  In this picture you can see the men working to put down a tarp and securing it with furring strips. They also placed a board over the side window. After a mishap has taken place in a home or building sometimes the structure needs to be secured from additional outdoor elements. Additional elements may be something like additional rain and winds.  The furring strips are placed to help raise, level or help secure the tarp and/or wood. They are placed perpendicular to the joists and then they are nailed in place.  This is a temporary fix until the roof can be properly repaired by a roofer.