Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire, Smoke and Other Odors

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

How do we address and eliminate odors? Here are some frequent questions and comments that we have be asked to solve:

  • A skunk sprayed my dog. The dog ran into our home and now my house smells. What do I do?
  • There is a bad smell after my toilet overflowed in my bathroom. I can’t get it to go away. Help?
  • How do I remove the smell after sewage came up in my basement?
  • I found a dead animal in our office drop ceiling. How do remove the smell.
  • How do you make the smell disappear after a biohazard cleanup?
  • How do I get rid of smoke smell after a fire?

Each odor presents a different type of situation, and we first must inspect to determine the best method for removal. There are three methods that we use. They are: the use of ozone, hydroxyl generators, and deodorants.

Call SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties to set up an inspection with a trained professional to determine the best way to eliminate odor from after a fire, or any other type of odor that may get trapped in your home or business.

Fire Extinguishers

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

As handy as fire extinguisher canisters can be in your home or business for small flare-ups, this suppression system gets designed to put out flames quickly and not to limit the mess that it can make. Often homeowners find that putting out a small fire causes more damage and need for cleanup than the fire itself did. Our professionals can help with all stages of fire recovery from debris removal to cleaning up the residue that extinguishing foam can leave on structural elements and contents of your property.

A fire can stay contained to a small area when you utilize fire extinguishers quickly in your home. The suppression chemicals inside these canisters get designed to smother the fire before it can get out of control, but this protection does not come without a need for extensive cleanup and evaluation of structural integrity. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals respond to your fire emergency can assess the full scope of the damage and determine the restorative actions that your property requires to return to pre-fire condition.

Cleanup of residue from the extinguisher happens both through conventional cleaning approaches with wet and dry sponges on accessible surfaces, but also requires specialized equipment designed to reach inaccessible areas more easily. It is our focus to provide efficient and effective fire damage cleanup so that you can return to normal life seamlessly.

Carpeted areas often require focused attention as well when cleaning up extinguisher residue. If the carpet has managed to come through the fire unscathed, it still requires our premier cleaning services including steam vacuuming and dry cleaning to pull the chemical residue and any soot or smoke particulates from the fibers of the flooring.

Enjoy the Last Little Bit of Summer....

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is starting to slowly wind down, and school is about to start for many students. While you're getting those last minute BBQ parties in, there are several safety tips to keep in mind.

According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 11,900 Americans were injured by fireworks in 2015, with the majority happening in the month surrounding the Fourth of July. Another 8,700 are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires. A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill. 

Grills also cause an average of 8,900 home structure or outdoor fires. "These fires caused an annual average of 50 civilian injuries and $2 million in direct property damage," according to the National Protection Association (NFPA). 

Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to keep you and your family safe all summer long.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks. 
  • When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.

If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off for the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water. 

Clogged Dryer Vents Can Be Dangerous to Your Home

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

Dryers come equipped with a lint trap to catch and collect the lint and tiny threads that come off of clothing when residents in Fort Collins do their laundry. Over time, larger items, such as broken zippers, can wear tiny holes into the trap. These holes can permit lint to pass through the trap and into the duct. When clogs develop in the interior of the duct, heat can build up and result in a fire.
 
When a home suffers a fire damage because of a clogged duct or exterior vent, fire damage can occur. This is not the only way that a fire can occur, though, and clothing that ignites while in the dryer causes almost as many fires. Our technicians can help you undo the damage and restore your home.
 
Just like we remove charred materials like burnt drywall sections, wooden trim, and destroyed personal belongings, we also remove and replace ducts and vents. SERVPRO helps homeowners prevent such fires by cleaning out ductwork and all related vents. A fire can start in other ducts, unrelated to the dryer, and we can reduce the risk in these areas, also.
 
Cleaning up and removing any destroyed materials makes it much easier for repair work to happen. Doing so also removes any dangers present that could harm you or your children. Pets can also end up injured when they wander into areas that contain fire damage. A fire, no matter how small, can cause a family to experience enough stress without the added crisis of an injury.
 
Sorting through the laundry, both unwashed and already laundered, reveals which items suffer from fire-related defects. We can often remove smoke damage on unique or one-of-a-kind clothing items. The fire's heat can also cause other problems to items in the immediate area. Drying racks and shelves can become unsightly messes, but the small endeavor of installing new ones can help make everything "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties serves the residents of our beautiful city and the surrounding areas when any fire damage adversely affects a home. 

Fire Damage in Walker & Winston Counties

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire in Reading, PA, or any other small town, big city or sprawling suburb, could range from a nuisance to a nightmare, depending on the severity of the blaze. A fire of any size is likely to cause smoke damage, but it is reassuring to know that professionals can work quickly to get you back to your comfortable routines more quickly than you might expect.

Fires can cause many kinds of damage to a house. After seeing to everyone’s safety, the next priority is to assess the type and extent of the damage and to secure the structure, all of which can be handled at any time of day or night by professionals.

• Repairing structural damage to the house may require partial demolition.
• Water removal will usually begin quickly and progress to the use of air movers and dehumidifiers to completely dry the environment.
• Smoke damage and soot damage require the specialized equipment and techniques that professionals use to treat walls, ceilings and any other surfaces that have been compromised.
• Structures and items that are able to be restored will usually receive special cleaning, such as steam cleaning of carpets and upholstery and dry cleaning of other fabrics such as window treatments. Fogging equipment is highly effective in smoke cleaning and can be part of the remediation process.
• Restoration work may entail replacement of drywall and carpets or other types of flooring, depending on the extent and type of damage.
• Painting walls and ceilings can restore the beauty of your home and prepare for the return of your furnishings and treasured belongings.

A home is a safe space for you and your loved ones, and the thought of being displaced by fire can certainly be scary. With today’s technological expertise, reclaiming your home from smoke damage and soot is more easily achievable than it has ever been.

Stars, Stripes, and SERVPRO

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is here and the 4th of July is approaching quickly! We know that the summer months bring lots of BBQs, swimming, and of course fireworks to celebrate. Sure, fireworks are fun and pretty to look at, but they do cause damage and injuries if not handled properly. We have put together a few simple steps for you to follow to keep you and your family safe this summer season. 

1. Be sure to have a water source nearby to pour on any flames that might spark.

2. Never light your fireworks in a dry grassy area. This is a dangerous combination and will cause fires to spread rapidly.

3.Do not wear loose articles of clothing when handling fireworks.

4. Be aware of the wind conditions for the day you want to light fireworks. 

If the unimaginable happens and you suffer a fire damage at your home or business, do not hesitate to give us a call. Our crews will be happy to come into your home or business and make it "Like it never even happened." Our office number is 205-387-7656.

Fire Damage is Costly

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Fire is one of the most most valuable resources that we have. We use it to cook our food, heat our homes, power our world and so much more.  When it comes to our homes and businesses, fire can also be one of our worst enemies. At SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties, we have seen first-hand the devastation that fire can cause. We take pride in helping our customers get their lives back on track in the wake of a disaster. Knowledge is power when it comes to prevention and we want to share information that can help you protect your home. 

Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires followed by home heating. When cooking be sure to never leave anything on or near the stove and use caution when frying.

If you have central heating, make sure to have ducts cleaned regularly to prevent buildup and reduce the chance of fire.

Dryer vents should also be cleaned annually. Clothes dryers cause an estimated 2,900 fires each year, causing over $35 million in property losses.

Smoke and Soot

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate many different areas within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. 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.