Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Hazard Tips

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association there are almost 17,000 dryer fires a year? 

And the damage can be deadly. These fires have caused about 51 deaths, 280 injuries and over $236 million in property loss and damage. 

So how can you do your best to prevent these fires from starting? Clean your dryer vents! 

How do you know if your dryer needs cleaning or unclogging? Here are a few signs:

  • Dryer sheets have an odor after each cycle
  • Abnormal amount of heat on clothes or in room where your washer and dryer are located
  • Excessive amount of lint build up in the lint trap after a cycle
  • Clothing smells musty after a drying cycle

And here are some more tips on how to prevent a dryer fire:

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings before installing a new appliance
  • Try to clean the filter at least every 5 months with a nylon brush if it does become clogged
  • Check to make sure the dryer lint filter is cleaned out before and after each load of wash
  • Ensure that the outdoor vent cover is open when the dryer is turned on 
  • Be vigilant during the springtime, and check your dryer vent outside to make sure no birds have made a new home 
  • Check your vent pipe for lint every 3 months 

Spring Fires

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Spring brings with it lots of sunshine and beautiful flowering trees in full bloom all around us, but also warmer temperatures and oftentimes strong winds and dry conditions that can spark wildfires.

"Residents are urged to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes and matches," the National Weather Service advised. "Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite will have the potential to spread quickly."

The NWS offers these safety tips:

  • Take ashes outside, away from the house and combustible material.
  • Put ashes in a metal bucket/container.
  • Always use a metal container; never use a plastic or paper bag.
  • Completely immerse the materials in water.
  • Clear an area for the container — possibly down to dirt, ruling out the possibility that grass could catch fire if it were knocked over.
  • Allow the contents to soak for at least a week.

Fire damage can have extremely catastrophic effects on your property. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is the area’s fire & water damage experts and are always “Faster to any size disaster.” Large or small, we will restore your fire- and water-damaged property, residential or commercial, with efficiency and detail.

Call us 24/7 at 662-846-1700. We’re here to help!

A Professional Response to Fire Damage

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Fire has a tremendous capacity for destruction and is one of the most widespread and common risks when it comes to commercial properties. As a result, most businesses have insurance coverage that includes protection against fire losses. When flames do break out, business owners contact professionals to respond to the fire and smoke damage. With the right equipment, these professionals help business owners get their properties back into working condition.

The Scope of Destruction

Experienced fire and smoke cleaning technicians understand that fire damage goes beyond the direct destruction. They take quick action to respond to several fire-related issues:

  • Stains left behind by soot resting on porous surfaces
  • Mold and mildew growth after the use of water to put out flames
  • Corrosion on metal surfaces exposed to water and oxygen
  • Poor air quality as smoke and mold particles hang in the air

The longer commercial properties sit after smoke damage occurs, the more likely it is that the extent and scope of the destruction will increase. The best response to fire and soot damage is to act as soon as possible.

Assessment of the Damage

As professionals arrive at a commercial property to respond, they'll assess the amount of fire, smoke, and water damage. As they begin their inspections, technicians also focused on safety. There are several safety risks inherent in the destruction left after a fire. Experienced fire damage cleanup and remediation professionals are certified and licensed to enter the property. In addition to training and authorization, they have the proper protective equipment to enter weakened structures.

The Cleanup Process

With safety procedures underway, cleanup and restoration professionals are ready to secure entry points and property breaches (such as broken windows and holes in the roof), establish security against further destruction, and begin removing debris. Technicians also remove as much equipment and inventory as possible. At this point, water removal and deep cleaning can begin.

The end goal of the cleanup work is to remove all evidence that a fire took place. When your properties are affected by the fire and smoke damage, the work of professionals begins with safety and results in pristine buildings.

Should I have a fire extinguisher in my home?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Home fire safety should start with a working smoke detector and a fire safety plan. If you already have those in your home, though, you may consider a fire extinguisher as the next step in fire preparedness.

A fire extinguisher works to put out a small fire by removing one of the three components of the fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The most common fire extinguisher removes oxygen from a fire by smothering it in a dry chemical foam. In a way, it’s a high-powered version of pouring baking soda on a grease fire, which makes it particularly relevant in the kitchen.

But if you’re going to invest in a fire extinguisher to help protect your home and family—which luckily isn’t a huge investment, with most home units coming in between $10 and $40—you don’t want a one-hit wonder. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose extinguisher, which works to suppress fires from ‘ordinary combustibles,’ grease fires, and electrical fires. 

Once again, having a working smoke detector in each room of your home should be your first priority in home fire preparedness. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends checking the batteries in your smoke detector once a month, changing them at least once a year, and replacing the unit altogether once it is 10 years old. Once you’re confident with this routine, you can consider adding a fire extinguisher to your home arsenal!

How to Keep Your Sprinkler System From Having Problems

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Imagine your commercial property soaked from an accidental sprinkler activation. Now picture the damage caused by a malfunction during a fire. Improper sprinkler maintenance may cost you dearly, so take this issue seriously and avoid unnecessary losses.

Causes of Sprinkler Impairments

Fire protection systems fail to operate correctly for four reasons:

1. Corrosion, sometimes generated by an excess buildup of oxygenated water from dry pipes

2. Freezing or overheating, caused by extreme temperatures

3. An unreliable water supply, resulting from improper installation

4. Proximity to other sprinkler heads, triggering the heat-sensitive mechanisms to interfere with one another.

Avoid these scenarios and keep your building in Fort Collins, CO safe by following the below sprinkler maintenance suggestions.

Sprinkler Optimization

Fire sprinklers can become dirty, especially in areas like kitchens where greases and oils are used. Water may not properly deploy if sprinkler heads are grimy. Therefore, have them cleaned with a non-corrosive degreaser. When painting ceilings, take precautions so that paint never covers sprinkler parts. Also, move filing cabinets and other ceiling-height items a minimum of 18 inches away from spray arcs, as obstructions may hamper water from reaching ablaze.

Sprinkler Inspections

Checkups performed by trained technicians can reveal problems you would never detect otherwise, such as deeply hidden rust or improper calibration. Have non-electronic control valves tested weekly, as these must be open to properly distribute water. If your building utilizes electronic valves, have them examined during your annual analysis. Considering knobs can easily be mistakenly turned, check your building’s pressure levels quarterly. Gauges are best tested every five years and occasionally need replacement. Your building’s occupancy and protection design will determine the level of review required. After your technician performs an audit, request documentation that explicitly details all findings. Fire protectors should deploy only when necessary, never when a fire isn’t present. Proper sprinkler maintenance means it's less likely you will ever require services from a water restoration specialist.

Kitchen Safety Tips

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

A stove and oven are a necessary household item. We use them on a daily basis for small meals and large meals alike. The stove is a critical component of the household and life would be hard without one, but life can be dangerous if you are not practicing safety and caution while using a stove.

Cooking fires are the primary cause of residential fires in the U.S.. For the most part, kitchen fires are preventable, if you follow the safety tips provided below.

PURCHASING A STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Make sure it has the label of an independent testing lab.
  • Register your oven either online or with the provided card. This allows the manufacturer to contact you about recalls or potential dangers.
  • Be sure that your oven is installed properly, with safe clearance from the hood and proper wiring.
  • Consider installing "after market" safety devices, especially if small children are in your household. 
    • Stove Knob Stops
    • Stove Locking Straps
    • Stove Safety Guards

USING YOUR STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep it clean. Food particles and grease residue can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Create a “Kid-Free Zone” that children are aware they are not allowed to enter.
  • Check for body safety.
    • Tie back long hair.
    • Roll up long sleeves.
    • Remove loose jewelry.
    • Be sure footwear is non-slip.
  • Before each use, do an oven safety check.
    • Be sure you do not smell gas leaking from a gas stove.  If you do, open a window and leave the room.
    • Make sure there is nothing in the oven. An oven should never be used for storage.
    • Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
    • Position your oven racks before pre-heating to prevent scalding.
  • Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using stove top burners.
    • Use burners on the back as much as possible.
    • Never use a pot that is too small or big for the burner.
    • Never leave a burner on that does not have a filled pot or pan on it.
    • Do not leave an empty pan on a hot burners.
    • Turn all pot and pan handles inwards. They can be pulled and knocked over when they are turned out.
  • Close the oven door immediately after removing or testing food.
  • Keep oven mitts and other cloth and paper out of the way of the burners.
  • Use oven mitts and oven sticks to remove pots and pans from the stove top or oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, baking soda and metal lids nearby to put out fires quickly.

IN CASE OF FIRE:

  • Never use water on a grease fire.
  • If it is small in the pan, throw baking soda on top of it or cover it with a metal lid.
  • Never use flour or fan the flames with a towel.
  • Use an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher. Be sure it is placed next to an exit so that you can back out of the kitchen and home if the fire becomes uncontrollable.
  • If it is too big to smother with a lid or put out with an extinguisher, turn off the burner, move the pan off the burner if you are able to, and evacuate the house.
  • If it is in the oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heating element.
  • Do not remove a lid or open the oven door until the pot or pan has completely cooled.
  • Before trying to fight a fire, be sure to evacuate everyone from the home.
  • Turn off the burners or oven.

If the fire does not go out, exit the home and call for emergency help. If you need help with restoring your home after a fire, Call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland at 662-846-1700.

Facts About Smoke, Soot, and Fire Damage

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

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.  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.     

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (662)846-1700

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities 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.

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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (662)846-1700

Fire Damage Loss in Greenville

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is currently working on a Residential house fire in Greenville.  Luckily, the homeowner had insurance and filed a claim for their fire damage.  The fire started in the kitchen due to a stove fire.  Many rooms were affected with smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland’s technician went on site to access the damage.  Once arrived, the technician found that multiple rooms such as the kitchen, three bedrooms, living room, dining room, hallway, and bathroom were affected.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland started on this fire on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 and finished the cleaning process for this fire on Thursday, December 5, 2019.  Once the fire was completed, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland’s office staff submits the estimate to the insurance company for payment.  If you have experienced a fire damage loss, please contact us today at (662)846-1700 for further assistance.

Fire at Local College

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

A nearby community college experienced a fire loss recently.  The building was burned completely, but the some of the contents were salvageable.  Pictured is some of the salvageable contents before SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland cleaned them.  

What To Expect: 

When we visit your home or business after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home or business, call us right away at (662)846-1700. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland will treat you and your family or business with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –
(662)846-1700

Residential Fire

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

A customer recently had left the stove on in their residence and experienced a fire.  Smoke damage occurred throughout the home.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland was called by the homeowner's insurance company to go out and provide our services to get this house back to its preexisting conditions.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities 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.  

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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. 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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (662)846-1700

Sunflower County Fire

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Recently we received a call from a homeowner stating that she had a house fire from the dryer in the laundry room catching on fire.  The homeowner contacted her insurance company to file a claim.  A technician went out and accessed the damage at this Indianola, Mississippi home.  A time was set up with the homeowner to start the cleaning process of the affected areas in the house.

Our technicians went out to start the cleaning process.  There were several rooms affected throughout the home with smoke damage.  The technicians worked hard and completed the job in a timely manner.

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland specializes in fire damage restoration.  If you need any fire damage restoration, please call our office at (662)846-1700.  At SERVPRO, we are always here to help.

Fire Starts in High School Bathroom

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Local High School in SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland's territory recently had a fire that started in a bathroom.

Local High School in SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland's territory recently had a fire that started in a bathroom.  The cause of loss was a trash can located in the guys bathroom.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland was called out to the high school to clean the walls, floors, baseboards, doors, etc. to return the bathroom back to its pre existing condition. 

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.

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.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –
662-846-1700