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Being as Safe as Possible From a Fire | SERVPRO® of Prattville

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white fire alarm being tested by a person If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here for you. Contact SERVPRO of Prattville to find out more.

Avoiding experiencing a house fire in your home is something we all want to do, but are you certain you are protecting yourself from it as much as possible? A fire can begin to spread in less than a minute, and if you are not prepared, it can cause serious damage to your home and your family.

Implementing fire safety methods is not extremely complicated and will give you great peace of mind. Making sure you are practicing good habits and taking steps to protect your home will go a long way in keeping your family safe.

How Can I Keep My Family Safe From a Fire?

Check your smoke detectors. It is always wise to make sure you have the right number of smoke detectors and that they work as you start boosting your fire preparedness. You should have them on every floor and near every bedroom, and they should be checked monthly to make sure they work.

Create a fire escape plan. Having a plan for how to get out if the smoke detectors go off is key for personal safety. Exiting the home should be possible in under two minutes for everyone, and there should be two ways to escape from every room in the house.

Limit your fire risks. You can also practice small, daily habits to mitigate your fire risk, which makes a much larger impact than you might think. Simple things like clearing out your dryer’s lint trap, not leaving things near the stove that could catch fire and never leaving candles burning unattended can significantly reduce your fire chances at all.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. When a risk of fire is elevated, such as when you are using a fireplace, cooking or grilling, you should always keep a fire extinguisher in the vicinity. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can make the difference between a small, contained fire and one that destroys a home, so it is not a bad thing to invest in.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of Prattville

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

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When you want to spend a summer day outside, a freshly grilled meal is one of the best ways to make the most of it. Grilling is a great cooking method for nearly anything, but because it involves an open flame, we do always want to remind the community to take the proper safety measures every time it is time to cook outdoors.

Grill fires happen more frequently than many would assume according to reporting from the U.S. Fire Administration—close to 6,000 fires are a result of grilling incidents every year. However, many of these incidents are entirely preventable, so it is wise to know the top safety tips to remember.

The Top Grill Safety Tips to Remember

Create a safe zone around your grill. Having your grill located in a good spot involves placing it somewhere that is both convenient and safe. Because flare-ups spreading to other objects are a common cause of grilling fires, a three-foot buffer is recommended to have surrounding the grill that is free from flammable objects.

Clean your grill grates often. Your grilling grates can get dirty with every use, which is why it is best to brush them after each grilling session. Stuck on bits of food and grease not only make consistent grilling less achievable, but they also increase the risk of fires as they can suddenly ignite if temperatures rise hot enough.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. Grills can be subject to wear and tear with age, especially the propane connections and tubes. It is best to do a visual inspection before you get ready to light the grill so you are aware of any potential spots that could cause a gas leak, which could be quite dangerous.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Prattville Fire Cleanup

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A fire to your home or business is absolutely devastating. You definitely experience a swirl of different emotions. SERVPRO of Prattville can be there immediately to help guide you on what to do from securing the residence to calling your insurance. We want to make the process super easy for you! We can be there any day, any time. SERVPRO of Prattville is only a call away. 

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 allow 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Prattville 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?

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SERVPRO of Prattville Can Help With Your Fire Damage

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Prattville is one of the worst issues a residential property owner may have to experience. In addition to destroying an individual's valuable possessions, fires can do serious damage to the structural integrity of your property. However, learning more about what steps to take following a fire can help you limit stress, save money, and restore order in your life. To accomplish these objectives, SERVPRO of Prattville offers the following short outline regarding fire damage recovery steps:

Once a large fire strikes your property forcing you to vacate, you should not reenter. Unfortunately, fires can do significant damage to the foundation and structure of your property. This means that the house can harbor dangerous elements like sagging ceilings, hidden sharp objects, and electrical breakdowns. It's also important to note that your property probably has standing water following the fire due to the extinguishing activities of firefighters. These factors, a few among many, make your property a dangerous place to be. Be sure to consult with the department fire marshal or another official to learn when it is safe to reenter the home.

Contact A Fire Damage Restoration Company like SERVPRO of Prattville after you call your insurance company. When your property has been impacted by fire, SERVPRO of Prattville possess the expertise, equipment, and training necessary to restore your fire damaged property with skill and speed. There are numerous steps that fire damage restoration experts will complete restoring your property. Some of them include:

  • a thorough assessment of damages
  • creation of a customized treatment plan
  • cleaning, drying, and smoke and soot removal (including odors)
  • elimination of damaged items like rugs, drapes, and carpets
  • mold remediation, if lingering water has created this issue

DIY Cleanup and Restoration Are Difficult.

Although many homeowners are tempted to complete the fire damage remediation process for themselves, you should avoid this course of action. Homeowners do not possess the specialized equipment necessary to complete the fire remediation work quickly and correctly. Additionally, property owners are unaware of the health and safety hazards involved in the remediation process. This means that attempting to complete the restoration process on your own could make you susceptible to injury and illness.

Let the professionals of SERVPRO of Prattville assist you. Once you realize that you're in need of fire damage remediation services, there's only one company to call: SERVPRO of Prattville. Our excellent technicians are IICRC-certified and work with skill and persistence to ensure that every corner of your Prattville home is restored to its former condition. Our industry experience has given us a profound awareness of how to expedite and optimize every component of the restoration process, and this is why we achieve such high levels of client satisfaction. "Like it never even happened."

Have Fire and Smoke Damage? Call Today 334.358.1186

SERVPRO of Prattville knows that fire damage can happen any time, so we’re ready to respond 24 hours, 7 days a week—including holidays. We provide immediate emergency fire services for homes or businesses, day or night. Call us for help.

SERVPRO of Prattville Can Clean Up Your Smoke And Soot Damage

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Prattville 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 SERVPRO of Prattville today at 334.358.1186

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services In Prattville

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Prattville professionals can help provide a solution to your property’s fire damage needs. After a smoke or fire damage in your Prattville home or business, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors. Will often need thorough cleaning. We will pretest to determine the extent of equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your facility. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Prattville may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Prattville begins by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. We can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. Finally, SERVPRO of Prattville can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items if requested. 

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SERVPRO of Prattville Can Help You After A Fire

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In Your Prattville Residence Can Necessitate Soot Cleanup Services

After a fire, homeowners commonly find soot on ceilings, walls, and other objects or materials in their homes. Most wall surfaces, including painted drywall, brick, or wallpaper, are porous. Soot consists of fine particles that can penetrate deeply into porous surfaces, causing lingering odors and stains.

Most of the time, it's possible to remove soot from ceilings and walls, but in serious cases, it may be necessary to remove, repaint or reinstall affected materials like wallpaper and drywall. To get the best outcome from soot clean up after fire damage in your Prattville residence, you should hire a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO. Our fire restoration experts are equipped to handle the smoke, ash, and soot cleanup process quickly and effectively. We begin soot cleanup by removing most of the dry soot using a duster, HEPA vacuum or dry cleaning sponge.

When cleaning some surfaces like wallpaper, the appropriate method to use is dry cleaning. Other surfaces can respond well and tolerate wet cleaning procedures. Using a chemical-dry sponge or a dry-cleaning sponge is appropriate when a high oxygen fire has caused soot to build up in a particular area. The soot can smear and leave an unsightly stain if one attempts to use a wet cleaning method. Before we perform any wet cleaning procedures, we test the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous, small area like behind a switch plate to see if it causes any staining.

Soot can cause further damage in your home if it is ground and smudged into paint, plaster, wallpaper, walls, upholstery, and carpets. The odor that soot can cause is difficult to eradicate with typical cleaning methods and household products. Normal household vacuums are inefficient in removing soot and ash for they redeposit the particles around a house which can contaminate previously unaffected rooms and areas. Our SERVPRO technicians can use HEPA vacuums to remove soot from the affected areas, including sockets and light switches. If you do not clean these fixtures before use, short-circuiting can occur. HEPA vacuums trap the particles, preventing them from redepositing.

For help in removing soot from your home, contact SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186. We have the tools and expertise to deal with the aftermath of a fire and restore your property to its pre-fire damage condition.

A Space Heater Threatened my Wetumpka Home

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let the aftermath of a fire threaten you, call SERVPRO !

Let us take the threat.

Home should be the place where we feel safest. It is where we leave behind the challenges of the day to enjoy some peace. What we often fail to acknowledge is that there are threats within our home that can break that peace. Take, for example, a space heater left too close to flammable materials; resulting in flames that could burn down our house. Even if these kinds of accidents are not worthy of being on the nightly newscast, the fire damage and its restoration are best left to professionals. 

In Wetumpka, if you have fire damage SERVPRO is your ally. Our fire restoration technicians (FRT) hold credentials by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification(IICRC), and this training complements our experience on the field. When disaster strikes, we bring the latest in technology and methodology to return your home to pristine conditions. 

As easy as it may seem to clean smoke and soot residue by yourself, it takes a professional group such as SERVPRO to achieve a thorough clean up process. Merely applying a cleaning solution to your belongings may not be enough to eliminate its traces. Furthermore, abrasive cleaning solutions may exacerbate the damage and leave your furniture and property in worse shape than before. Our Green Fleet understands the type and path of smoke and acts accordingly. Natural elements such as wood, leaving behind a fine dust-like residue, whereas polymers leave behind a stickier residue that requires specialized solutions to remove them from your home. 

Even beyond eliminating visible residue, our SERVPRO team works hard to eliminate odors left behind by the fire. We have at our disposal an array of equipment used to tailor the deodorizing solution to your specific needs. Examples of equipment we use include: 

-Deodorizing pellets 

-Ozone generators 

-Air scrubbers 

-Pressure sprayers 

SERVPRO of Prattville is available 24/7 to help restore your home. Call us at (334) 358-1186 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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How Prattville Professionals in Remediate Wet Smoke Damage

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Different types of fires create distinctive smoke residue. SERVPRO can test the damage to determine the best cleaning method to restore your home.

Recognition and Remediation of Wet Smoke Fire Damage in Prattville

A slow burning fire frequently presents more of a challenge than those that burn quickly. If a fire is left unattended, then the levels of smoke damage tend to be wet smoke predominately. These circumstances might occur by leaving an appliance like a hob or iron on when leaving the house. Wet smoke particles are much tougher to clean than faster-burning dry smoke residues, but with professional assistance, you can get your home back to its preloss condition.

Slow burning fire damage in Prattville residences is usually identifiable by a pre-test. SERVPRO technicians conduct these tests to understand what types of smoke we are dealing with and what procedure to take to ensure an efficient service. Although both wet and dry smoke is present in house fires, a large amount of either type allows us to determine the damages as predominantly wet or dry. We can also recognize and remediate protein fires as well as those caused by furnace puff back.

Slow burning fires which draw in fewer air currents create wet smoke deposits. The low level of air occurring during a slow burning fire means that the smoke deposits have more time to work into cavities around the home. These crevices are usually harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. Aerosols can also weaken finished surfaces and penetrate those that are non-finished.

When a SERVPRO technician recognizes wet smoke residues in the property, the first course of action is to use chemical agents alongside agitative cleaning methods. Unfortunately, these are not always effective, and we may need to strip and refinish surfaces around the home, including walls and ceilings. In some cases, replacement may be required to remove wet smoke deposits altogether, but we promise to work with a restore rather than replace method that keeps your claim rates low.

When you need restoration of wet smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186.

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Let SERVPRO Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Your Wetumpka Home After A Fire

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

We arrive quickly and begin the restoration process with our experience, expertise and necessary equipment. Don't hesitate and call us right away.

Unattended Candle vs Living Room Curtains = Fire Damage in Wetumpka

Candles are one of the most frequent culprits for fire damage in living rooms. Left unattended, they post a risk of loss especially for furnishings, window treatments and electronics.

SERVPRO worked on fire damage in a Wetumpka living room caused by a candle. The homeowner regularly burned them and was only out of the room a short time talking with a neighbor at the end of her driveway when she saw smoke pouring out of her garage doorway. The fire was extinguished quickly using a home fire extinguisher, but the area around a window including the curtains was a loss.

SERVPRO arrived within hours and asked the homeowner to turn off the HVAC to stop soot from cross-contaminating other areas of the home through the ductwork. Then while a team of technicians removed the contents too charred to restore from the room, another technician contained the damaged area to stop the spread of soot and odors. The residue left behind by the fire extinguishers was quickly vacuumed up and removed.

Technicians set up high-velocity exhaust fans to speed ventilation in the living room and then began the process of cleaning the smoke damaged area. The homeowner had a high gloss enamel paint on her walls, and this did not allow smoke to penetrate but instead spread across the surface where it was easily cleaned using our professional-grade solutions.
Odor control is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Often the application of multiple methods is necessary to neutralize odors. An air scrubber lowered but did not eliminate the residual odors left behind in the carpeting and a chair that was close to the fire. So the technician chose to use a thermal fogger eradicate the remaining smoke odor, which uses a deodorizing solution delivered as a hot fog that overtakes odors in porous or absorbent items. We also inspected and cleaned the ducts to ensure the odor did not return when the HVAC was back on.

We know when you have fire damage, you need help quickly. SERVPRO of Prattville has emergency response teams available 24-hours a day by calling (334) 358-1186, and our technicians can make it "Like it never even happened."

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What is a Puff Back and How Can it Cause Fire Damage to Your Wetumpka Home?

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Inspect your furnace annually to help prevent possible fire damage.

Puff Backs Happen in Wetumpka When Your Furnace Malfunctions

Not all fire damage we tackle comes from an actual fire. Puff back is a malfunction of an oil-burning furnace that sends soot and residue all over walls, ceilings and any objects in the path of the spew from the unit. This situation often occurs after the furnace has been off for some time and then turned back on and fails to ignite initially. Vapors build up in the ignition chamber, and when the spark from the igniter attempts to light, soot and oil residue blow through the exhaust system into the home. Anywhere this is a register has the potential to spread the soot throughout the home.  

When SERVPRO remediates a Wetumpka home for fire damage type issues after a puff back, our technicians first determine where the soot and residue have landed within the home. The soot damage can range from light particles that are barely visible on countertops to oily dark streaks and solids that resemble a spider's web, and then there is the smell. The odor left behind is unpleasant and needs eradicating.  

Damage from a puff back should never be cleaned up on your own. Soot particles can be unhealthy to breathe, and the home requires professional cleaning. SERVPRO technicians have both the knowledge and equipment such as HEPA filtered air scrubbers in tandem with activated charcoal filters to remove the odor-causing particles from the air. Technicians hand-clean restorable items using professional-grade cleaners and wet and dry sponge techniques.  

SERVPRO has certified Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) experienced in removing foul odors from homes, and they have numerous resources at their disposal. Thermal fogging is a very effective way to neutralize foul odors left behind by a puff back. The OCT uses a fogger to deliver a hot vapor that works much like smoke and penetrates porous objects to eliminate the odors and leave no trace of the smoke or soot odor.  

A puff back is just as dangerous as fire damage and should be professionally cleaned up as soon as possible. To get started, call SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186, and one of our expert technicians can begin the process to turn back the clock on the damage to your home and make it "like it never even happened."

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Our Fast Response Team Will Restore Your Elmore Home After A Fire

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our team has the right equipment to remove soot and smoke damage after a fire.

Recovery Solutions After a Fire in Your Elmore Home 

Disasters do not impact your Elmore home at a convenient time, but when they do, you need assurances that professional restoration technicians can arrive quickly to help. In the event of a fire,  you have a finite timeline to protect the at-risk items in your house from becoming irreparably damaged from soot, smoke residue, and other potential contaminants. Our professionals are available 24/7 to provide fast response to emergencies like fires to be ready for mitigation and restoration solutions whenever first responders have left the premises. 

Fire damage can affect your Elmore home in many ways, and structural elements can often take the worst of these effects from soot and smoke damage to full failure. Finding a way to restore this widespread damage can be challenging, making professional restoration the wise choice to return your home to its original condition. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to offer effective mitigation and restoration solutions for those affected by structure fires. 

Our team works closely with the major and local insurance companies to provide them with the documentation and photographic evidence that they require to approve a damage claim on your home. We understand what these adjusters require through our full inspection of the property, and can offer an estimation quickly to expedite the claims process and get the work started on your home as promptly as possible. 

The SERVPRO team dispatched to your address arrives with powerful machines and equipment designed to begin improving indoor air quality and allowing for debris removal and initial cleanup efforts to begin immediately. Also, our controlled demolition efforts can help to make a seamless transition between mitigation and reconstruction efforts required to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.” 

Providing peace of mind in the earliest stages of fire damage recovery is an important service that we offer, and that begins with our fast response and our expertise to begin helping the situation improve right away. Give our SERVPRO of Prattville rapid response team a call at (334) 358-1186.

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SERVPRO's Fool-Proof Formula For Easy Fire Damage Restoration In Tallassee

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

While you might not think of a maxed-out outlet as a source for fire damages in your home, you might find yourself surprised at how common it is.

Overloaded Electrical Systems Can Cause Fire Damages In Your Tallassee Home

An alarming fact is that many Tallassee homeowners are not aware of some of the things that they might regularly do to pose significant risks to their property. An excellent example of this might be overloading the electrical systems throughout their house at specific outlets. Not only is this unwise for the devices and appliances that use this particular outlet, but it also can allow for the unfortunate event of combustion and fire.

While you might not think of a maxed-out outlet as a source for fire damages in your Tallassee home, you might find yourself surprised at how common this occurrence is. The breaker box and fuses get designed to trip or shut off when certain networks become overloaded, but this is not a failsafe that you want to rely on to work explicitly. One malfunctioning component and a spark could occur which ignites materials in the nearby area.

One of the ways that you can avoid this occurrence is to ensure that the outlets that you have installed can accommodate the appliances and devices you plug into them. Avoid using extension cords where possible, as this extends the reach of the electrical system but adds more potentially faulty components to combust and ignite. Fire damages of this magnitude often require professional restoration to recover, much like our SERVPRO technicians can provide.

From the moment that our experienced SERVPRO team arrives at your home following an electrical fire, we can assess the full scope of structural damage and fire effects to develop an efficient plan to restore your home completely. Often our services are at the behest of the insurance company that offers coverage to your home, but we are available for you the client whenever you need us.

While it might be a common occurrence to push outlets beyond their power limits, you should understand that this could eventually result in fire damages to your home. If you face an emergency, you can always depend on our SERVPRO of Prattville rapid response team to help you bring your house back to preloss conditions as efficiently as possible. Give us a call anytime at (334) 358-1186.

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Preventing Fire Damages To Your Tallassee Residence

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most unexpected and devastating occurrences to your Tallassee home is a fire.

Preventing Fire Damages To Your Residence

One of the most unexpected and devastating occurrences to your Tallassee home is a fire. To make matters worse, many of these situations could get avoided with the right precautionary measures and better education. Most homeowners assume that smoke detectors offer enough of a warning about the dangers of a disaster in your house, enough to notify first responders before too much damage occurs, but this is not always the case.

This occurrence is not inevitable nor is it something that even most homeowners have to experience throughout their lives. Still, fire damages can prove a lingering menace in your Tallassee home that requires attention from trained professionals like our SERVPRO restoration team. In even the best of circumstances, fire can still leave its mark on your house that conventional cleaning methods are unable to restore.

However, there are ways that you can better prepare your home and help to prevent a fire from ever starting actively. Much of this precautionary work comes from being more mindful of appliances in your home as they age, as these can often be a source of ignition. Another measure you can take is to ensure that you have fire suppression equipment in utility areas of your house for easy access.

Fire extinguishers are a great example of suppression equipment that you should have readily available throughout your home. These can help you to put out a small fire before it has the opportunity to get out of control and cause significant damage throughout your house. A quickly extinguished fire often leaves only minimal damages for our SERVPRO professionals to restore, making the process much quicker and ultimately cheaper.

While there are many ways that you can be more mindful around your home to help prevent the possibility of a fire, there are also some instances where it cannot get avoided. If you have already experienced fire damages in your home, count on our SERVPRO of Prattville fire restoration technicians to restore the damage quickly and get your home back to preloss condition. SERVPRO's rapid response team is available 24/7 at (334) 358-1186.

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Fire Damage in a Millbrook Home HVAC System

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration in Millbrook? Call SERVPRO for Great Results

Smoke Residue and Odors Are Key Elements Needing Cleanup after a House Fire

After a fire, Millbrook residents are very conscious of the damage to their homes and take the necessary steps to clean and return them to a clean state. One area that often goes unnoticed, however, especially if the fire was short and did minimal damage, is the heating and air or HVAC system.
Even when there is no physical fire damage to the HVAC in a Millbrook home, there are still problems to address. The residues left behind by smoke and burning property can cover the vent covers and ductwork. SERVPRO technicians know that once the HVAC is activated again, these residues can spread throughout the entire home, causing damage to personal items if not structural property.
The severity of damage depends on where the fire started, how fast it burned, and what fueled it. For example, a kitchen fire usually starts small, so it burns slowly, going through food, metal pans, plastic handles, and fabrics like cotton dishtowels. A fire like this one usually sends up a large amount of smoke. The residues it leaves are often sticky and difficult to remove.
A fire which starts in another part of the house as a living room is different. While it may start slowly, the fire quickly begins to burn faster, consuming furniture, paper, carpets, and eventually, building material. The residues left behind from a fire like this one are drier, more like powder, and easier to clean, though the charred materials may be much greater than a small kitchen fire.
In the case of an HVAC system, the powdery residues can be wiped off vent covers using a dry sponge. If they have not gotten too far into the ductwork, SERVPRO technicians can remove them using a larger sponge on a telescoping, long handle. If the residue is slightly sticky, technicians use water or a mild detergent to break them up for removal.
For residues from a kitchen or similar fire, our restoration teams use a much stronger cleaning agent. They combine it with a long-handled scrub brush to break up the residues for removal. With both kinds of residues, technicians can also remove them with a vacuum hose.
For residues that penetrated deep into the ductwork, our teams can use a fogging machine to generate a cloud of cleaning agent. They force it through every duct, breaking up the residue and then use fans to push it all outside the home.
If you have cleaned up after a recent fire, but still find smoke residue throughout your home, it may be a problem inside your HVAC. Call SERVPRO of Prattville today at (334) 358-1186 to determine if you need additional cleaning services.

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Right Options for Dealing with Fire Damage in Tallassee

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can catch you off guard as well as overwhelm you. Contact SERVPRO right away for best remediation results.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Science Behind Fire Damage Residues

After a fire damage incident, the smoke particles which are left behind are not the same. While some of them are easier to clean, that is not the case when it comes to some soot residues. The most common soot types that most fire events in Tallassee leave behind are wet smoke residues, fuel oil smoke residues, dry smoke residues and protein smoke residues.
Most fire damage incidents in Tallassee leave behind a mixture of both dry and wet smoke. Despite that, the proportions of the two types cannot be the same. With that in mind, you now understand why our SERVPRO technicians use different cleaning techniques when removing the various forms of smoke particles. Generally, eliminating dry smoke is a little bit easier when compared to dealing with wet smoke.
Under dry smoke conditions, some materials are salvageable since dry smoke carries along a few deposits and aerosols. It also means it does not cause severe stains on surfaces, and its odor is less pungent. When cleaning such surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians use less abrasive cleaning procedures. Its major downside is that hotter fires are its primary cause, which means it causes substantial heat damage when compared to cooler fires.
Wet smoke has a high proportion of solvents, aerosols as well as other liquid contents. Slow-Burning fires usually cause it, and that means it has enough time to find its way into enclosed areas and cracks and cause further damage. Though it causes minimal heat damage, most materials exposed to such conditions are not salvageable. When our SERVPRO technicians are attending incidents, even refinishing and stripping is not enough to do the job and that calls for replacements.
After cleaning, we perform deodorization to neutralize the pungent odors. In all our operations, we are keen to abide by the state's regulations and standards outlined by IICRC.
SERVPRO of Prattville is a reliable leader in the restoration industry that addresses water, fire, storm, and mold damage. Call us at (334) 358-1186 and get tested services from our highly trained restoration technicians.

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Fire Damage Restoration in Wetumpka

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you are facing fire damage that includes soot residues, contact SERVPRO for remediation services. Call right away for best results.

Team SERVPRO Understands Soot and Residues Formed By Fire

If a fire ever takes place inside your Wetumpka home, there are different ways it can cause damage. Every fire burns things inside a building differently. A blaze inside a structure behaves differently based on many factors including the type of fuel burned and how the fire was started.
When mitigating problems that take place after a fire, different methods get used based on how things got burned inside the home. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Wetumpka study how smoke and flames behave so they know how to deal with the various situations. By knowing the behavior of a blaze, we are better able to save items without having to replace everything that got affected.
A massive part of fire damage restoration is cleaning and removing soot residues created by smoke. Soot residues vary based on many things that took place during the burn. Some soot and soils are easily cleaned, while others may take a variety of methods to remove.
Any time something gets burned, combustion takes place. Combustion occurs when a solid is turned into a gas by heat. As combustion happens, the solid materials break down and combine with oxygen while heat is given off.
For complete combustion to occur, three things must be present. To turn all of a substance into a gas, there must be a fuel (which is whatever material is being burned), heat and oxygen. In theory, if there were a perfect balance of all three of these things, then all of the burned material would combine with oxygen and disperse into the air.
However, in most cases, full combustion does not take place. Smoke and soot are created when parts of the burned material do not fully combust all of the way. Since the presence of fuel heat and oxygen varies in different sections of the burn, smoke and soot almost always get created during a fire and cause damage to various rooms inside the house.
The variance of amounts and types of fuel, oxygen, and heat is what causes various types of smoke and soot residues. For professional assistance with smoke and soot cleaning and restoration call SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 24/7.

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Fully Recover from Fire Damage on Your Wetumpka Area Property, Today

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Call the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home after fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Rely on SERVPRO to Properly Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Fires can reach extreme temperatures that often affect the loadbearing capacity of many structural components installed in your home. If you put the noticeable visual effects aside, thermal expansion erodes the strength of many materials left behind, often causing damage in other parts of your property not directly affected by the fire. 

When dealing with fire damage in your Wetumpka area home, make sure that your restoration specialist remains flexible to a variety of situations while working towards maintaining the structural integrity of your building. They should always make explicit efforts to form remedial measures that help restore the building to its original design and compensate for any weaknesses discovered as a result of the fire. 

In some situations, replacement of damaged materials become more practical than restoration, in other words, it may not be possible to restore everything. However, even with a variety of challenges added to the situation, SERVPRO’s IICRC-industry certified technicians remain your best option for working towards a full recovery. We can often save many items such as furniture, appliances, personal belongings, and additional household components that appear unrestorable to the untrained eye.  

Our technicians understand that glass, metal, lead, aluminum, alloy, brass, bronze, and copper items show a significant loss of strength after being exposed to a fire. The wood used to construct your home’s framework can often retain structural integrity even after the surface ignites and chars at a steady rate. SERVPRO technicians can remove charring and perform a full inspection of joints, connectors, and interior structural elements to help limit additional losses.  

By putting a variety of personnel, equipment, and resources together, SERVPRO can provide you with the services necessary to clean, deodorize, and restore your family home to a quality pre-fire damage condition. We are available 24/7, day or night, to help you take control of fire damage situations that occur on your property and do everything possible to help members of our local community recover.

Contact SERVPRO of Prattville for additional information or to begin your home’s restoration, today. We service residents throughout the Elmore, Deatsville, Millbrook area, providing solutions that you can count on whenever emergency situations arise. (334) 358-1186

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Specialized and Expert Restoration Relieves Homeowners of the Effects of Fire Damage in Wetumpka

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Cleanup in Wetumpka Includes Teddy

Count on SERVPRO for Fire Cleanup and Odor Control

After a house fire in Wetumpka, the many changes affecting a family can become highly stressful. Now, the security of 'home' is absent, and many of the items used daily are also gone. Often, the changes can affect work and school schedules, also. Meals and other times spent as a family diminishes significantly.

Homeowners in Wetumpka who rely on professional fire damage restoration experts find themselves able to return home quickly. Even small fires that result in nearly unbearable circumstances in only one area of a home can bring about hardship on a family. In some situations, the home's interior barely suffers any damaging effects while personal belongings become heavily soiled with soot and odors.

We train our technicians, so they become certified IICRC Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) as part of an on-going training program. We can restore both damaged homes and the soft contents inside them, helping our customers' families regain their normal lives once again.
Professional restoration of personal belongings in the past entailed a great deal of work and could still produce shoddy results. Recent developments provide much better endings when restoring belongings and home furnishings. Soot can become deeply embedded in textiles, making it nearly impossible to clean.

Being able to clean items that our customers would feel forced to throw away in the past brings both them and ourselves immense satisfaction. When a child of a customer can reclaim her sooty Teddy Bear, the sense of accomplishment is powerful. We can readily remove soot from hard surfaces and eliminate much of the soot particles on many materials in the typical home. However, as long as any soot particles remain, odor continues to waft into the air near these items. Cleaning your soot-covered belongings makes them more than clean – it makes them feel, look, and smell clean again.

SERVPRO of Prattville wants to make fire damage a thing of the past as swiftly as possible for the families in our community. By calling us at (334) 358-1186, you begin our 24-hour services. Damages related to a fire can affect everything in your home, but we can make it all “Like it never even happened.”

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Cleaning Your Walls and Ceilings After a Space Heater Fire in Your Wetumpka Home

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Improperly used space heaters can quickly start fires. Make sure to use your space heaters as directed and contact SERVPRO after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Clean Your Property Efficiently After Fire Damage

Space heaters are one of the most common appliances which can cause fires and fire damage in Wetumpka homes. When they are run continuously or are too near items which are combustible, such as curtains, you run a greater risk for a fire starting. You should place your space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable. A space heater can start a slow burn, going unnoticed for a long while if you are sleeping, as your home fills with smoke.
When your Wetumpka home has suffered smoke and fire damage from a space heater, do not attempt to clean up the damage yourself. A professional fire remediation company, such as SERVPRO, is needed to take care of the problems the smoke and fire have left behind. We can also clean up any water damage which has been left from putting the fire out.
Restoration after a fire includes us removing soot residues from the various materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same. Some of it is simple to clean, while other soot can be very difficult to remove.
Procedures for cleaning ceilings and walls after a fire address various surfaces including painted, stipple, textured plaster, finished or unfinished paneling or wood, and sprayed-on acoustic plaster. Before beginning any work, we identify the surfaces of your walls and ceiling while pretesting for cleanability.
SERVPRO technicians organize the dry cleaning of your home to avoid creating a bigger mess. Therefore, we dry clean ceilings before walls, and walls before floors. We start at the top of walls, working downwards. When this is the only process to be done, we avoid making the area dirty again by wiping from dirty areas to clean ones.
When we need to wet clean ceilings and walls, we do the walls first. Cleaning the ceilings first with this method can cause cleaning solution to fall from the ceiling, dripping on soiled walls and creating streaking. We also start cleaning the wall from the bottom and work upwards, as this stops solution from dripping down onto a soiled surface and make streaking as well.
A spotting pad holder and extension pole are used to reach higher ceilings, and a five-foot ladder can be used to reach ceilings that are eight feet in height.
For areas that are heavily soiled, we use steel wool pads to clean more aggressively. As the pads become moderately contaminated, we rinse them thoroughly and keep using them. Since the pads might scratch the surface area, we use them only when walls or ceilings need to be repainted.
SERVPRO of Prattville is well-trained in the proper cleaning of fire and smoke damaged homes. Contact us as soon as a fire is out at (334) 358-1186 when you reside around the areas of Millbrook, Wetumpka, or Prattville.

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Practicing Microwave Safety to Prevent Fires and Smoke Damage in Your Wetumpka Home

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Maintain Small Appliances in Your Wetumpka Home to Help Prevent Fire & Smoke Damage

Smoke is a Major Problem with Faulty Appliances in Your Home

Just about every home in Wetumpka has a microwave oven. They make the preparation of food much easier, but they can also be a fire hazard if not properly used or there is a malfunction of the oven. There are some simple safety tips you and your family can follow to prevent painful burns and potential fires in your home.
For installation and operation, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, plus their safety precautions before using a new microwave to prevent fires and fire damage. Do not ever use an extension cord to plug your microwave oven in at your Wetumpka home, but rather, plug it directly into a wall socket. Children should also be supervised always when using the microwave. It can be easy for them to forget and put something in the oven that is not suited for it, causing a safety hazard.
When a microwave fire has damaged your home, however, SERVPRO is standing by to come to your rescue. Our technicians can arrive quickly after the fire is out when you contact us so that we can repair and restore all that is possible.
You should only use microwave-safe food containers in your microwave oven. Do not ever use metal or aluminum foil in it, as the metal can spark a fire quickly. At the very least, the metal damages your oven and makes it unusable.
Also, do not try to sterilize clothes, baby bottles, or blankets in these ovens, as these items can result in a fire after they are removed from the oven.
Clean your microwave regularly to reduce the potential for fire. Unplug the oven when you are cleaning it and be sure that the inside and outer edges of the microwave are cleaned. Do not use recycled papers inside the oven, either, unless it is approved specifically for microwave use. Products which are recycled, including paper towels, can contain minute metal flecks which cause sparks and flames. Have you ever noticed sudden small, quick sparks? Fire statistics, caused by faulty appliances, are frightening.
Heat popcorn up according to what the instructions state, starting with the shortest time suggested since some microwaves can burn popcorn in just two minutes.
If your microwave does catch fire, turn it off right away and unplug the power if it is safe for you to do. Do not open the door, but wait until the fire dies out. When the fire has caused damage to your home, do not hesitate to contact our staff at SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out, no matter the time of day. We repair anything that is salvageable, clean and sanitize your home from soot and smoke damage, plus clean up any damage done by firefighting efforts.
SERVPRO of Prattville are experts at cleaning up your home after you have experienced fire damage from a microwave oven. Anyone living in the areas of Tallahassee, Wetumpka, or Prattville can reach us anytime by dialing (334) 358-1186.

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Possible Fire Damage from Frayed Phone Charger in Your Wetumpka Home

7/16/2017 (Permalink)

Don't use wires that have visible damage. If your house does have an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO for remediation and restoration.

Electrical Fires Happen Quickly and Need Immediate Remediation by Qualified Technicians

Everyone has at some point gone ahead and used that damaged phone charging cord, not thinking it would do any real harm. However, why do you need to say goodbye to these damaged cords?
Electrical failures, electrical fires, or malfunctions have caused thousands of home fires and fire damage. Your damaged phone cord can create one of these fires in your Wetumpka home very easily and should be replaced right away. SERVPRO, a professional fire damage remediation company, can assist you in cleaning up and restoring your home after a fire if you have unfortunately experienced a fire of this type.
Phone wires can be damaged in various ways. One of the most commonly seen is when the cable is yanked from the wall to unplug it from the wall socket or side of your laptop, instead of pulling the connector or plug itself. The plug is pulled from the wire covering, which leaves exposed wires dangerously near where your fingers go, but can also snap the grounding prong for the plug.
Cords can sometimes be caught under the leg of a chair, in a door, or even chewed on by a pet. These all lead to pinching, resulting in sliced cords which expose wires that are energized. You risk electric shocks, but also short circuits, fires, and damaged gadgets.
Your phone cord is made up of three layers. The outer is a plastic or rubber which snuggly fits around the wires. Then there is the insulation that gives a bit of protection against wear to the layer farthest inside, the copper wires which are energized.
Once you see damage beginning to happen to the outer layer, that is a hint that the inner layers could also be damaged. You are then at risk for short circuits and fires. When you see this kind of harm, you can patch it temporarily with electrical tape, but replace it as soon as possible.
Our SERVPRO technicians do not waste any time in getting to your home to clean up and repair damages after a fire from a frayed power cord. We understand that the longer the soot and smoke sit, the more damage is done. Whatever can be cleaned and salvaged is taken care of, and when everything is fixed the affected area is deodorized.
Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Prattville if you experience a fire of any size. We can take care of your home for you and restore it back to its original state when you dial our number at (334) 358-1186.

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How SERVPRO Keeps Track of Your Possessions After Fire Damage in Prattville

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Let the fire damage experts at SERVPRO help you to recover rather than just replace fire damaged treasures in your home. Call today to have us assess

SERVPRO's Remediation Process is FULL SERVICE Starting From Repairing the Structure of Your Home to Cleaning Individual Small Items

Sometimes fire damage is relatively minor and is confined to one small area. However, there are also times when unfortunately the fire gets a lot more out of control, and in those circumstances, the cleanup and restoration process is more complex and takes longer. When there is a bigger remediation job to be done, or there is extensive damage to your home or belongings, it is sometimes more efficient to remove your possessions to a secure location while your house is cleaned and restored. Taking your possession to another location is known as a pack out.
What happens when a pack out becomes necessary after fire damage to your Prattville home? It is natural to be concerned about the safe return of every item that leaves your house. SERVPRO is glad to put your mind at rest: Our strictly monitored inventory process ensures everything is safe and tracked at all times.
Our Content Claims Inventory Service is a piece of software that helps make the pack out process as easy as possible. Every item is labeled with a barcode and registered in a database, so we know where everything is, all the time. SERVPRO teams can store pictures of every item, and can also classify each thing as salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable. Taking pictures means we have a record of everything we remove and its condition.
Your contents are transported to our secure storage units using sturdy removal trucks equipped with luggage straps and furniture blankets to prevent knocks on the road.
Once your items reach our specialist storage facility, we do not just store them securely. We also have the necessary equipment to clean salvageable items and return them to you better than we found them.
Our pack out sites are equipped with powerful ultrasonic cleaners which use the action of ultrasound combined with a detergent to clean soot from many things, including jewelry, tools, and lenses. We also have access to Esporta washers, which clean soot from soft furnishings much more efficiently than standard washers, thanks to their use of a unique hydraulic washing action.
Thanks to our Content Claims Inventory Service you can rest assured that each item that goes out is returned to you, aside from those that you have agreed cannot be salvaged.
Let SERVPRO of Prattville take care of your belongings after a fire. Call us at (334) 358-1186 today for assistance.

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Proper Use of Space Heaters to Avoid Fire in Your Millbrook Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Caution Is Required with Space Heaters to Prevent Fires in Millbrook

Fire Damage to Millbrook Properties Require SERVPRO Assistance for Restoration

When the weather is cold, many people turn to space heaters to heat a room instead of heating the whole home. Portable and convenient, space heaters are popular small appliances to heat homes whenever the temperatures drop, but they can also pose a danger. These portable heaters are a potential source of fire if you do not use them properly.
Not being careful with space heaters can like lead to fire and fire damage in your Millbrook home. If this does happen to you, SERVPRO needs to come to your home to clean up and restore the damages. A professionally trained fire remediation company, we have your best interests in mind as we plan to restore the state of your home to its preloss condition. "Like it never even happened."
Selecting the Right Space Heater
You want a space heater which includes a heating element with a guard around it. Pick a heater that has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory and one that is the right size for the area you are trying to heat. The wrong size heater might not be an efficient use of energy. Make sure to also read and follow the operating instructions from the manufacturer, ensuring everyone who uses it knows how to use the heater safely and correctly. Check to see if the heater has an automatic safety switch, which acts as a cutoff switch that turns the heater off if it falls over.
Preventing a Fire
Put the heater on a surface which is hard, level, and stable. Do not place it on countertops, tables, or other furniture. Keep the heater three feet or more from files and other items which are combustible. Do not use the heaters in an area where water is present, such as a bathroom, and do not place items such as files, books, papers, or the like on top of the space heater.
The space heater needs to be plugged into an outlet directly. Do not use an extension cord, unless it is specifically approved and safe for such use. You should also not plug the space heater into a surge protector strip for your computer. These strips are made specifically for computer equipment, and other appliances being plugged into them can negate the warranty on your PC hardware. Keep the space heater off when you are leaving the area, and do not ever leave it on when not at home. Do not use the heaters with cords which are frayed or cracked, as this can easily spark a fire.
If a fire still starts even when you have followed these precautions, do not hesitate to get in touch with our professionals at SERVPRO once the fire is out. You need to act quickly so that the soot, smoke, and water left after the fire do not do even more damage to your home. The faster we can begin remediation, the better chance there is for salvaging items in your home and reducing repair and replacement costs.
SERVPRO of Prattville is available anytime you need fire damage restoration services. We are easy to reach when you dial (334) 358-1186.

Why Professional Fire Damage Restoration Is A Smart Investment For Your Wetumpka Property

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

There are a number of hazards that accompany fire emergencies which linger well after the flames are gone.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Is A Wise Investment

After a fire emergency has occurred, the last thing most people want to think about is paying someone to clean up the damage. However, attempting to take on fire damage cleanup without prior training can end up costing more time and money in the long run.

If you're a homeowner dealing with fire damage in Wetumpka, you're probably wondering whether you should seek professional help to get your house back in order. Here's why working with the team at SERVPRO is a smart move.

1. It's The Safer And Faster Option.
There are a number of hazards that accompany fire emergencies which linger well after the flames are gone. To keep your family safe from smoke other hazards, SERVPRO technicians use industry leading equipment and procedures. Your safety is our top concern, and letting us handle the job will also take less time due to our extensive experience restoring fire damaged homes.

2. Our Team Can Restore Your Possessions.
Many homeowners think they'll need to throw out all of their items that have been affected by fire damage, but when you call us, we'll work to save as much as we can. We use effective techniques to restore furniture, electronics, appliances, and even paper documents. When we're able to keep your possessions out of the trash, you won't have to worry about spending money to buy new ones.

3. We'll Help Prevent Future Problems.
Along with fire damage comes a host of other issues including soot, smoke damage, and water damage. Our experts will ensure we cover all bases and resolve any potential problems with your home's contents or structure. Working to prevent recurring issues will save you money in the long run.

At SERVPRO of Prattville, we know how devastating fire emergencies can be. We'll work to get your home back in great shape as quickly as possible so you can have peace of mind once again. To get a quote or information about our fire damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (334) 358-1186.

Area Homes with Fire Damage Can be Repaired

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and Soot Damage in a Home

Smoke and Soot Damage are Best Handled by Professionals at SERVPRO

If your home has had the experience of a fire, you know that fire damage can be extensive. Settled smoke and soot throughout your home must be cleaned up immediately to reduce the ongoing damage of the corrosive nature of the soot's particles. The oily property of soot can make cleaning up a very tiresome chore, and special cleaners should be used.

Our team of restoration specialists are specially trained and certified in IICRC techniques. We have the skills, training, experience, and equipment to reduce the damage your home's interior and contents suffer. Smoke, even though it has settled, can cause complications in individuals who already have respiratory problems. Homes that have not been cleaned of smoke and soot should not be occupied until the cleaning and restoration processes are completed.

Why Soot is So Difficult to Clean

The types of soot and smoke that are created during a fire are varied, and these variations are dependent on what materials are burning within the home. Sometimes soot is drier and more easily cleaned but this only true if the materials burned were dried wood or paper products. Very few house fires experience this. Some of the burnt materials' smoke and soot combine together, further complicating the cleaning procedures needed to complete the work correctly and fully. Professional training is required to gain the knowledge about these different types of soot deposits within the broad scope of fire damage.

The particles in soot can be as small as .0004 microns in diameter, necessitating a microscope be used to view them individually. Because they are so tiny, they are often difficult to remove without specific tools and instruments. The microscopic particles are what creates the foul odor after a fire, and even with cleaning by professionals, a gas treatment is often required as a final step to completely eliminate these odors. Using ozone, or O3, we can remove even the faintest odors left behind by a fire. Treatment by ozone is safe, and does not take a very extended period of time, but must be done as one of the last steps.

Because of the complicated aspect of soot and smoke deposits after a fire, this type of work is not recommended as a DIY project. Our technicians have the correct equipment and supplies available to them so they can make it “Like it never even happened.” If you have fire damage in your Wetumpka area home, it's best to leave this difficult cleaning job for the trained professionals at your local SERVPRO office. Call SERVPRO of Prattville at (334) 358-1186 for promptest service. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Elmore Fire Damage - Cleaning Fire Damage in Elmore

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Prattville will respond immediately to your fire damage emergency needs in the Elmore area! We're only one call away!

Elmore Fire Damage Cleaning

Soot and smoke can penetrate and travel to other rooms, affecting the carpeting, paint, drapes, upholstery, clothing and other items. Debris removal and ventilation of the scene of the Elmore fire is a good first step to take in cleaning up after fire damage occurs. Neutralizing and thorough cleaning of both the odors and the deposits are needed before you try and do any redecoration. 

General Cleaning Techniques to Getting Started 

Different kinds of Elmore fires need different techniques for cleaning. High-oxygen fires usually will result in dust, dry soot, but slow-burning fires with low oxygen will result in wet, greasy deposits which smear easily. Therefore, the process of cleaning needs to take these variations into account. 

A few guidelines and cleanup recommendations:  

Wear protective clothing such as pants, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves. Wash off any ash, which gets on your skin, as soon as you can.

Also, wear protective gear like a dust mask, so you don’t breathe in any ash or other particles that are airborne.

Open doors and windows to ventilate the area to help remove odors and soot.

Get rid of any debris that is burned to lower odors.

Place dehumidifiers inside the building to control the moisture in the air and prevent mold or water damage, especially where water was used to put out the fire.

Use cooking oil to wipe down all metallic surfaces to stop rusting or staining.

Clean plastic, PVC surfaces like windows and surfaces which are painted white with a mild alkali detergent to get rid of any possible acidic soot that can activate with moisture in the air and cause staining which is permanent.

Go through triage assessments to remove or clean all contents as soon as you can in the order of value.

You should not use deodorants of any kind since they mask odors after fire damage in Elmore, and odors are a significant indicator of any health concerns.

Where you can’t get rid of surface staining, think about using specialist paint to get rid of anti-bleed and stain characteristics. These paints are usually oil-based or lacquers.

Specific Kinds of Damage and How to Clean Up 

High-Oxygen Fire Damage 

Dry sponges can be used to get rid of initial deposits and then you can follow up with a detergent that is low-alkali, then rinse thoroughly. 

Low-Oxygen Fire Damage 

Using a dry sponge here is not advised, as it will make smears and cause the soot to spread. Instead, use detergents which are high-alkali with warm water and then wash down the area. Thoroughly rinse when you are done, since residue can affect any subsequent paint applications. 

Kitchen Fire Damage 

You will need to do a thorough cleaning since fire residue might not be easily visible. Remember that kitchen drawer and cabinet contents need to be taken out to let you access any hidden areas. 

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Overwhelmed? Contact SERVPRO of Prattville for our professional help to get your fire damage cleaned up as soon as possible and get you back to a normal way of life. We are standing by to assist you so call us at (334) 358-1186 anytime. Don’t hesitate to call. 

Prattville Fire Damage - What to Do After Fire Damage in Prattville

3/28/2016 (Permalink)

Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.

The Aftermath of Prattville Fire Damage

Nobody wants to think about the possibility of their home being ravaged by a fire, but the reality is that many residents in Prattville will have to contend with this type of unfortunate event at some point. A fire in Prattville may be localized to a particular area of the home, such as is the case with a small grease fire in the kitchen. Perhaps it is more widespread, such as if lightning strikes the home or you have an electrical shortage that causes a fire. Dealing with Prattville residential fire damage requires you to take a few specific steps. 

When It Is Safe to Enter the Home 

The firefighters will work diligently to put out the flames, but they may not tell you that it is safe to enter the home for a few hours or even days as they want to ensure that heat does not re-ignite the flames. The extent of the fire will play a major role in how long it will take to safely go back inside. When it is okay to enter the home, you can survey the damage and see if you need to seal up areas that were left open to the outdoors because of fire damage. You can also review areas that may be damaged by firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames. There may be several areas of Prattville fire damage that require your immediate attention. 

Determine How You Will Restore the Damage

The next step will be for you to decide if you will restore the fire damage or if you will reach out to a professional for assistance. Restoring fire damage is not a matter to take lightly, so homeowners who do not have skills with both water extraction and significant home renovations will need to contact a fire damage restoration company for assistance with this task. Keep in mind that fire damage may include actual charred areas as well as water extraction, cleanup of ashes and soot, smoke removal and more.

Begin Working on the Restoration Quickly

After you have experienced Prattville fire damage, you want to find a fire damage restoration company that can get started restoring the home to its former condition as soon as possible. A reputable professional will offer fast responses and 24-hour service. 

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When fire damage occurs in Prattville, Elmore, or Lake Martin, we have the skills, personnel and experience necessary to provide you with the superior results that you desire and deserve. Call SERVPRO of Prattville today at (334) 358-1186 to request assistance.

The Importance of Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Jemison

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says A Fire Extinguisher Should Always Be Available for Emergencies

Call SERVPRO for Jemison Fire Damage Restoration

Whether you have had a small or large fire in the Jemison area, you're probably eager to restore your home to its former condition, and SERVPRO of Prattville can help. With our Jemison fire damage services, the condition of your home can be restored to like-new condition so that life can quickly return to normal for you and your family.

The Challenges Associated with Fire Damage Restoration

You may have been fortunate enough to get the fire extinguished before a significant portion of the home burned, but the unfortunate reality is that fire damage can still be widespread throughout the home even when the fire is localized to a small area. This is because smoke damage can be found throughout most or all of the home regardless of how small the fire was. SERVPRO of Prattville has the knowledge and equipment necessary to complete professional residential fire damage restoration services. We understand that this is your home as well as your investment, and you want to restore it to its former condition to preserve its value and return to a normal daily life. SERVPRO of Prattville is ready to start helping you.

What to Expect from Residential Fire Damage Restoration

When you contact us immediately after the fire has been extinguished, we will enter the home as soon as it is safe to do so. We can secure the property to protect the interior from additional weather-related or vermin infestation and protect the contents of your home from being stolen. Also, we can begin the drying out process. Most fires are extinguished using water, and the water must be dried out quickly to minimize the risk of mold growth in the home. Once the home has been thoroughly dried out, the remediation and restoration process can begin. We will salvage all of the items that we can, and we use effective techniques to restore some objects to their former condition if they can be saved.

The End Result

The process for Jemison residential fire damage restoration may take up to a few weeks or longer depending on the extent of the fire damage. Some areas of the home may simply need to be replaced, such as carpeting and wood flooring. Others may need to be entirely rebuilt by a contracted construction crew. We will facilitate the entire process and work with your insurance company to take some of the stress and time out of filing a claim. The end result is that your home will be beautifully restored to its former condition, and you and your family can continue on with your regular lives without delay.

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SERVPRO of Prattville is a true leader in fire damage restoration services, and we provide all of the associated services that are needed to help you overcome the challenges that you are facing and to restore your home to its former condition. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Prattville is strategically located to respond quickly to your pressing needs. When a fire occurs in the Jemison area, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us at (334) 358-1186.