After a structure fire, most home and business owners are consumed with cleaning up the visible debris, failing to realize the bigger problem: soot and smoke damage. Soot and smoke particles that are released by fires can permeate and settle into flooring, seep into walls, and accumulate in ceilings and attics.
Soot and smoke can cause corrosion and discoloration to almost any surface including: plastic; fiberglass; metal; fibers, including carpeting, upholstery, and clothing; wood; and vinyl. In addition, soot and smoke that lingers behind walls and inside ceilings is overpowering and toxic.
The dedicated and skilled team at J&R Contracting responds to smoke damaged structures with a sense of urgency so that your contents can be saved and salvaged. Our employees have the ability to identify smoke travel, odor permeation, and heat and water damage, even when hidden in remote cavities.
Additionally, J&R Contracting employs certified technicians who have the best techniques and equipment available, and are able to eliminate soot and smoke odor that conventional equipment and treatment solutions are unable to.
J&R Contracting is committed to restoring your structure and belongings after devastating smoke damage. We are proud to offer a LIFETIME Smoke Odor Guarantee, a guarantee that not one customer has had to use in over 55 years of business.
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It is rapidly approaching one of the most dangerous times of the year for home related fires. Consider these statistics and safety recommendations:
1. Thanksgiving Cooking
- Nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurr on Thanksgiving Day as on a typical day
- In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,730 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving with ovens and cooking ranges as the leading type of equipment involved and unattended cooking as the leading contributing factor
a. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers
b. Never leave the kitchen when you have food on the stove and never leave home with food in the oven
2. Christmas trees
- US fire departments responded to an estimated 210 home structure fires per year between 2010—2014 that began with ignition of Christmas trees
- Some type of electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 35% of home Christmas tree fires
- Christmas tree fires caused an annual average $16.2 million in direct property damage
a. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source such as radiators, heat vents, fireplaces, and candles
b. Follow manufacturer instructions for the number of light strands to connect and always replace worn or broken cords
c. Never leave trees lit while unattended, including when you go to bed
- According to NFPA, candles were the heat source in 38% of the fires between 2009—2013
- Approximately 36% of candle fires began in bedrooms
- The top four days for home candle fires were New Year’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas Eve
- Candle fires resulted in $374 million of direct property damage
a. Trim wicks to 1/4 inch before burning
b. Discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch, if in a container
c. Extinguish candles if they repeatedly flicker or smoke, or the flames goes to high
Information gathered from: NFPA and National Candle Association
Recently, J&R Contracting heard about a house fire affecting a neighbor in our backyard. We sent a responder over to see if we could help. When the J&R employee arrived, the fire department was on scene; however, the homeowners had been unable to reach their insurance agent and were unsure about how to proceed to salvage their possessions. Their most prized possessions were the thousands of photographs of their grandchildren and family members, and they were despondent thinking they were lost forever.