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Preventing Kitchen Fire Damages to your Damascus Home

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Paying Attention Can Prevent Fire Damage in Your Damascus Kitchen SERVPRO Tips

Fire and Smoke Restoration and Cleanup Are Available Through SERVPRO

Kitchen fires are not uncommon insurance claims for fire damages. Interestingly enough, many of these scary and potentially deadly events could have been avoided. Preventing fire damages to this area of your home is as simple as following some simple guidelines and being more alert about your actions.

Preventing kitchen fire damage to your Damascus home begins with you. Setting a few simple guidelines for your cooking and kitchen use can save you a call to us here at SERVPRO. The first rule that you should set for yourself (and anyone else who uses the kitchen), is never to leave a stovetop going when you plan to leave the room for any length of time. It does not take long for an unattended pot or pan to catch fire, and within little time the blaze can exceed fire extinguishing capabilities.
Another good option to consider is ensuring that you are paying attention to the items left around the countertops near the range. No matter the kind of range/stove top you are using, it is not unlikely for paper or cloth items to catch fire from exposure to a high level of heat, whether a heating element or an open flame.
However, even the most careful of homeowners find themselves at the wrong end of a low scale housefire, and having our SERVPRO fire restoration team at your service can go a long way towards putting your mind back at ease. Fire from any source can leave significant damages, but our team of IICRC certified skilled technicians are well versed in complete restorations from fire damages, including both repairing damages you can see as well as removing odors that affect the area.
If you have fire damages to your home that you want to take care of, feel free to give our experienced team at SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion a call 24/7 at (276) 258-5071. We are always available to help you through your difficult time and to work with you and your insurance to restore your home to its preloss condition.

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The Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke on Your Bristol Home

7/22/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Odors in Bristol and SERVPRO for Cleanup

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Bristol Properties Affected by Smoke and Fire

In your home, a fire is a serious matter. Even a fire which is small and non-devastating can have consequences which are overwhelming. Some of these might not be apparent right away to the average person, which is why you need a professional company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up after a fire.

Structural Damage
The structure of your Bristol home can be damaged by a fire. You need to be cautious when entering your home after a fire because of this damage. It is not reasonable to determine that all the floor supports are intact on your own. Therefore, an inspector needs to check your property for damage to the structure before you go back into it. When the damage is severe, you may have to board up the property for liability and safety reasons. Our SERVPRO technicians can also help you do this.
Smoke Residue and Odor
Most smoke particles are just 0.004 microns wide, which means they can work their way into all the nooks and crannies, from carpet to furniture, wallboard, and even insulation. Cleaning up smoke residue and odor becomes increasingly difficult depending on the volume of smoke, but also on the type of smoke which are present during the fire. Some materials which are natural, such as paper and wood, leave gray or black, ashy residues which are easier to clean up. Some inorganic materials, like synthetic fabrics and plastics, leave a smeary residue which is difficult and risky to clean up. SERVPRO can get rid of all residue and odors with special equipment, detergents, and deodorizers.
Water Damage
Most fires also lead to water damage. When firefighters try to put the fire out, they douse your home with water, which soaks everything which was involved in or close to the fire. If you do not act right away to dry out your walls, carpeting, and furniture after the fire, there is a high chance that mold and mildew growth begins in addition to the fire damage. Building materials degrade rapidly after being exposed to pressurized water.
Our technicians are also trained to handle this type of damage. We can dry out your home while doing the other cleanup work, plus clean up any mold damage and check for hidden mold.
Get in touch with SERVPRO of Abingdon/Bristol/Marion right away after a fire. We are easy to reach when you dial (276) 258-5071, and we guide you through the whole restoration process to get your home back to its normal condition.

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How Thermal Fogging Helps Get Your Bristol Kitchen Smelling Clean Again After Fire Damage

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Rid Your Bristol Home of Smoke Odors with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Has the Equipment and Skills to Rid Your Home of Smoky Odors

Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to suffer fire damage to their home knows that even after everything has been cleaned and restored, it is not uncommon to notice a lingering smoky odor. The remaining smell of smoke is especially unpleasant because it acts as a reminder of the blaze and can cause significant distress to the homeowner.
A kitchen is a common place for a fire to start even if you are careful and safety conscious. Should you have the misfortune of fire damage to your Bristol kitchen, SERVPRO is on hand to assist with cleaning your home and restoring it to its pre-blaze condition as much as is practical. However, there is a chance that you can still smell the leftover smell of smoke, and this is where thermal fogging comes in.
The key to thermal fogging lies in understanding the principle that “like works on like.” That means that the way a smoke odor came to be present is an important part of working out the best way to deal with it. For example, if a room smells bad because of water damage, then a “wet” odor removal process such as wet fogging is the best choice.
In cases of fire damage, the odor was caused by heat and smoke, so the best way to dispel the scent is by using heat and smoke. When the blaze happened, the particles that caused the smell were hot and pressurized, thus if we use a cleaning method that is also hot and pressurized the cleaning agent can enter materials in the same way, which makes it more efficient.
Thermal fogging works by vaporizing a solvent-based deodorizer. The result of this process is a fog comprised of tiny particles less than 05. Microns in size, which is then applied to the area to be deodorized.
Operating a thermal fogger requires expertise, and SERVPRO trains our technicians to ensure they are skilled at carrying out the fogging process. First, we evacuate all people, pets, and plants from the area. Next, we eliminate all sources of flame, flash, or ignition because fogging agents are flammable. It is essential to apply just the right amount of fog, and we make sure our IICRC-certified staff knows how to do this.
After fogging is complete we thoroughly ventilate the area before you return. Thermal fogging is a specialist process that dissolves smoke odors and leaves your home feeling "Like it never even happened."
Do not struggle with the aftermath of a fire. Call SERVPRO of Abingdon / Bristol / Marion at (276) 258-5071 for help.

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Preventing a Fire in your Bristol Home's Garage

3/19/2017 (Permalink)

Bristol Fire Damage in a Garage Can Be Cleaned Up by SERVPRO

Fire Damage in Garages Are Common and Need a Fast Clean Up--Call SERVPRO

Fires originating in the garage are some of the most destructive home fires. They tend to spread quicker than fires that start in other areas, and they create more property damage than other kinds of fires. A professional fire damage restoration company is needed in such a case, and SERVPRO is the one to call.

 Garages are usually multipurpose areas. Stored belongings, parked cars, chargers for power tools, home appliances, and flammable liquids like gas, oil, and paint thinner are just a few of the common items found together in a garage that can create a fire and fire damage to your Bristol home. Luckily, there are some easy ways to keep your garage and home from suffering from a garage fire.

Fire-Safe Garage Construction
The first step is to check your garage structure and make sure it is up to fire code regulations. Inspect the ceiling, walls, and door between the garage and house. If there is a room over the garage, fire-resistant, type X sheetrock needs to be installed on the ceiling of the garage. Any walls adjoining the house and garage also need to be covered with a minimum of half inch sheetrock, which creates a barrier to slow down the spread of a fire, and helps prevent even more fire damage. Our SERVPRO techs could take care of most problems after an assessment of the fire damage. Some items may be non-salvageable depending on the severity of the fire.

The door between the house and garage (if the garage is not single standing)  needs to be a solid core door with at least twenty minutes’ fire rating and self-closing mechanism. In the case of attic space over the garage, ensure the access opening has a fire-rated cover which is kept closed to prevent the fire from spreading quickly into the roof structure.
Flammable Items
It is recommended that all flammable liquids be stored in a separate shed away from the house, including oil, gasoline, paint thinner, paint, and varnish. These kinds of highly flammable products should at least be stored in approved, tightly closed containers and kept away from workshop areas and appliances where a spark could ignite them. Be sure that recyclable paper and cardboard, cleaning supplies, rags, and boxes of stored belongings are not next to tools, appliances, or batteries where heat or sparks could ignite them.
Install a Heat Alarm
A heat alarm is recommended rather than a smoke alarm, for inside your garage. Someone working on a project or fumes from a vehicle can set off a smoke alarm. Heat alarms are hardwired into the electrical system of your home and have a battery back-up. Heat alarms should not be installed close to fluorescent lamps, however, because they can interfere with the electrical functionality of the alarm.
Ensure your garage door is functioning correctly, which helps you vent the area during a project which generates fumes, reducing the danger of a fire.
When a fire does happen, contact SERVPRO of Abingdon/Bristol/Marion as soon as the fire is out. We are renowned for fire damage cleanup and salvage everything possible when you call us at (276) 258-5071.