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The #1 Best Guide To Rebuilding A Fire Damaged House
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Rebuilding a fire-damaged house starts with hiring the right team of fire restoration professionals.
No homeowner ever expects their house to be damaged by a fire. However, when a fire tragedy does occur, a homeowner must ensure that the rebuild is adhering to specific regulations and restrictions that will ensure the home is rebuilt in compliance with building codes and laws.
The following blog post will cover the steps necessary to ensure that a property is adequately restored to its preloss condition. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton put together this guide because we understand how overwhelming rebuilding a property can be for those who have recently suffered from a fire damage loss.
Most common reasons why fire damages occur
Restoration contractors receive many calls a year inquiring about fire damage restoration services. The most common reason that fire damages occur is the result of the following:
No matter why the fire damage occurred, the right fire restoration contractors will have the professional knowledge to rebuild the property to its preloss condition.
7 Part guide to rebuilding after the fire
Rebuilding a fire-damaged house is not an easy task. A complete rebuild requires the owner to start by contacting the right fire restoration contractor. The right contractor should have the team and crews in place to ensure that all members are on the same page and skilled in rebuilding properties that fires or other natural disasters have damaged. With the right team in place, the following rebuild steps will occur:
Starting point: Board up & tarping
When a house is damaged by fire, the homeowner will want to ensure that the property's windows and doors are adequately boarded up and tarped. The board-up and the tarping process are in place to secure all belongings from further damage and uninvited guests.
2nd step: Documentation
Documentation is the process of taking pre-mitigation pictures and videos and an inventory list of all items damaged during the fire. Fire restoration professionals will commonly use advanced technology that thoroughly scans the property for damages.
3rd step: Water damage restoration
Most people forget to consider that firefighters use gallons of water to put out a fire. Therefore, on every serious fire damage project, water damage restoration services will also be necessary.
4th step: Contents inventorying and cleaning
Contents inventorying and cleaning will start by separating all salvageable and unsalvageable contents. All unsalvageable contents will be removed and thrown away while the salvageable items will go to an offsite location for cleaning. Restorable fire-damaged items include but are not limited to:
- Glass items
- Metal items
5th step: Demolition
Demolition of all burnt structural items is a necessary step in the rebuild process. The structural items that are demolished will be thrown away and hauled to a waste location.
6th step: Structural cleaning
The restoration contractors will deep clean all soot and smoke damage for structural items that do not require demolition. In most cases, structural items made from porcelain, metal, and glass can be cleaned and restored to their pre-fire condition.
Final step: Reconstruction
The final step in rebuilding a house after a fire involves reconstructing the home to its preloss condition. The right restoration contractor will ensure that the house receives new building materials equal to or greater value than what was damaged by the fire.
As you can see, rebuilding a fire-damaged property can be an overwhelming process for those who do not know what they are doing. We hope you enjoyed reading the guide we put together. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or require fire restoration services.
3 Common Causes For Dryer Fires With Prevention Tips
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The restoration professionals at SERVPRO receive numerous calls a year from dryer fires.
Having a clothes dryer in your home can be easily overlooked as a privilege because everyone seems to have one. However, keep in mind that millions of people in the world do not have the luxury of having their clothes dried in an hour. Although there is one benefit for individuals who do not own a clothes dryer, they don't have to worry about dryer fires.
It is always sad when the professionals at SERVPRO receive calls for fire damage restoration after a dryer fire breaks out. Fire damage will result in the loss of sentimental belongings that are irreplaceable. But, no matter the size of the dryer fire, the SERVPRO professionals will always be there to help. You can count on them to remove unwanted soot damage, ashes, and for cleaning of salvageable contents.
In this blog post, we will be going over the three most common causes of dryer fires and how to prevent them from occurring. Before we dive into this blog post, remember that most dryer fires are preventable.
The 3 Causes of dryer fires
- Lint build-up
- Blocked exhaust hose
- Animals (unwanted Guests)
Lint build-up is the leading cause of dryer fires. A dryer fire will occur when excessive amounts of lint obstruct dryer vents. A dryer requires a certain amount of airflow to function properly, and the lint trap is there to collect excess lint.
Prevention tip: Clean the lint trap after every load of laundry. Also, make sure every individual in the household knows how to remove excess lint.
Blocked exhaust hose
A blocked exhaust hose is another major cause of home dryer fires. Dryer exhaust hoses can become kinked when squished against the wall or blocked by too much lint. A blocked exhaust hose can trigger a fire in the dryer and spread outwards.
Prevention tip: Make sure you inspect the hose for kinks before using your dryer. It is best to keep your dryer a few feet away to prevent kinks. Also, hire duct cleaning professionals yearly to clean out any excess lint accumulated inside the exhaust hose to avoid further issues.
A small animal can enter through the external venting system connected to the dryer. Most of the time, animals enter the venting system searching for a place to nest their young. The high heat paired with animal fur can result in a dryer fire.
Prevention tip: implanting steel wool and caulking around the edges of the exterior vent will be the best course of action in preventing a dryer fire caused by animals.
We hope you enjoyed learning about the three leading causes of dryer fires. For further protection, it is essential to never leave the house while you're drying clothes. A dryer fire will start quickly but can also be put out just as quickly when noticed in time.
Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton if your home does experience a dryer fire and you require fire restoration services. SERVPRO of North Fulton is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, and has all the necessary equipment and certifications to restore any size fire insurance claim.
When you decide to hire SERVPRO for restoration services, we'll work diligently to get the job done as quickly as possible so that you and your family can return to normal life as if the disaster never occurred. Contact us today for any additional questions regarding fire damage!
The Top 5 Causes of Electrical Fires and How to Put Them Out
During an electrical fire, rush to your electrical panel to cut off the source.
Knowing the potential causes of electrical fires will help understand how they can be avoided.
An electrical fire can be devastating. You must know the warning signs of an electrical fire, as well as what to do if one happens in your home or business. Electrical fires occur when there is a problem with the electricity flow, which causes heat and sparks that set materials on fire. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that it's "estimated about 13% of all home fires are caused by faulty wiring and (39%) of all electrical failure or malfunction occurred in the cold weather months from November through February."
This blog post aims to help homeowners throughout greater Atlanta prevent electrical fire damage from occurring. When fire damage does occur, you can count on the first responders at SERVPRO for high-quality fire restoration services.
How do electrical fires start?
Electrical fires can start for several different reasons but the most commonly caused by faulty electrical outlets and outdated appliances. Below is a list of the five most common electrical fires that the professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton have had to mitigate.
5 Common Causes of Electrical Fires
- Outdated electrical wiring
- Electrical circuit overloads
- Old appliances
- Light fixtures
- Improper wiring
Electrical fires from outdated electrical wiring
As we mentioned earlier, outdated electrical wiring often causes electrical fires. Newer appliances are made for homes with new circuit breakers. When a newer appliance causes an overload, it will trigger a circuit breaker box and shut down the overloaded circuit.
The opposite occurs for wiring in older homes. Electrical circuits in older homes are designed to handle the amount of electricity needed for today's appliances. Outdated circuit breakers will likely have worn faulty connectors that will cause an electrical system to overload and start a fire.
Electrical fires from electrical circuit overloads
An electrical circuit overload will occur when there is more electricity inputted than a circuit can handle. A circuit breaker will trip and shut down all power to the specific circuit in most newer homes when a circuit receives too much electricity. An electrical fire occurs when the breaker is not triggered, causing the wires to overheat.
Electrical fires from old appliances
Old appliances like a record player from the '70s can start an electrical fire by not having a properly insulated cord. Electrical fires can also form when the old appliance's power supply malfunctions and feeds electricity in an uncontrolled fashion.
Electrical fires from light fixtures
Light bulbs are used in nearly every room of a home. To avoid an electrical fire, you must use light bulbs that are designed for your light fixtures. Electrical fires caused by light fixtures will occur when a bulb with a wattage that is too high is installed. The wrong wattage will cause brittle wiring in a light bulb leading to a bulb catching fire.
Inside a light fixture, the heat from a light bulb will not dissipate as well, causing a greater risk of fire. When a bulb overheats, it will damage a fixture, melt the socket inside it, and likely start a fire.
Electrical fires from improper wiring
Electrical fires caused by improper wiring can be difficult for homeowners to detect because there is no flame or smoke associated with this type of electrical fire. A homeowner should get an electrician out when their breaker is constantly tripping.
How to put out an electrical fire?
When your home has an electrical fire from one of the above common causes, you must first prioritize your safety, especially when an electrical fire is rapidly growing.
When the source of the electrical fire is coming from an appliance, you should immediately unplug it. Removing electricity will reduce the spread of flames. After the source of the electrical fire is disconnected, you'll need to disconnect the electricity in your home. Your home electrical panel has the power to turn off all power supply with a single switch. Once all electricity is turned off, the source of the electrical fire will be removed entirely.
Final thoughts and who to call for electrical fire restoration
We hope you enjoyed learning about the common causes of electrical fires. You need to call 911 if you are in the middle of an electrical fire. Call a certified electrician ASAP if you think your home has an electrical issue.
When an electrical fire occurs, you will want to call a reputable company with a known track record of putting customers first. The IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are available 24/7 for any questions or concerns regarding electric fire damage.
Is Your Fire Pit Properly Distanced From Your Home? 11 Tips Included
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Fire pit safety guidelines to avoid home fire damage
Many homeowners want more from their backyards than a typical wood deck with a barbecue grill. Nowadays, there is a growing attraction to features such as pools, outdoor kitchens, vegetable gardens, and fire pits. Fire pits come in many types, sizes, styles, and materials to choose from, allowing you to base your decisions depending on the available space in your backyard.
Before you start dreaming about a relaxing, cozy night under the stars, roasting marshmallows, there are several things you should consider before adding a fire pit to your backyard.
Any time you think about adding an open flame to your property, you need to consider the disasters that come along with it. Disasters never come with a warning, fire as small as a matchstick can turn out to be highly catastrophic. Let's look at a couple of things to be cautious about when it comes to installing a backyard fire pit.
How far should a fire pit be from the house?
Fire pits will bring a warm, serene feel to your outdoor setting, but bear in mind that open fires can be hazardous when installed on your porch or patio. You risk starting an uncontrollable fire if you don't keep your fire pit at a safe distance from your house.
Before deciding where to place your fire pit, you must first determine if you will be purchasing a portable fire pit or installing a permanent fire pit. There are several choices for both permanent and portable fire pits when it comes to price and design. When you've decided which one you want out of the two, you'll need to figure out where the right spot to place it.
- A fire pit should be (at least) 10 to 20 feet away from your house. 10 to 20 feet is the most recommended minimum distance; however, the farther away you choose to install your fire pit, the less likely it is to cause a fire hazard to your home.
- You should also keep the fire pit (at least)10 to 20 ft away from any shrubs, trees, or other flammable materials.
To figure out how far away items can be from your fire pit, calculate a 10 to 20-foot radius and imagine an imaginary circle around it. Having a radius will make it simple to ensure that your home and all other belongings are kept a safe distance from the open flame.
11 Fire pit safety tips
- Do not place a fire pit on uneven ground.
- Do not place the fire pit under any power lines.
- Build a fire in an open area and never under a building overhang.
- Only burn seasoned wood. (which has been dried for six months)
- Avoid using softwoods like birch and pine because they tend to produce more sparks.
- Do not burn treated construction lumber.
- Do not use any flammable liquids.
- Keep a bucket of water, a fire extinguisher, or a garden hose nearby.
- Keep pets and kids away from the fire. (at least 3 feet)
- Be mindful of the wind direction.
- Never leave the fire unattended.
Remember that fires will spark and rise far higher in the air than you would expect, so make sure your fire pit is not only far away from your home but also away from any awnings or other covers.
Two Types of Fireplaces (Permanent Vs. Portable)
Permanent Fire Pits
The assistance and design of landscaping experts or experienced contractors are among the top advantages of a permanent fire pit. You can also purchase a ready-made kit that helps you to build a permanent fire pit.
Portable Fire Pits
Portable fire pits are designed to be movable and are available in a variety of designs. Steel, copper, and cast iron are the most common materials used to make portable fire pits.
Regardless of the type you pick, you must use appropriate materials (which do not disintegrate when the fire heats up).
Contact SERVPRO for fire damage restoration
Fire disasters from a fire pit can come without warning. Such an unfortunate thing can happen to anyone, so it is best to follow the fire pit safety tips we listed in this post. Be aware that SERVPRO of North Fulton specializes in fire restoration if your home does suffer from fire pit fire damages. We are available 24/7 and offer skilled, certified professionals who can restore your house to a pre-disaster state. As well, we will also help you with your fire insurance claim. Our goal is for you not to be able to tell that there was ever a fire!
5 Helpful Tips To Avoid Fire Insurance Claims From Being Denied
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Learn why fire damage claims get denied
After your property is damaged by a tragedy such as a fire, the worst thing that can happen is finding out that your claim has been denied. There are several reasons that insurance agencies justifiably reject fire insurance claims. But that never means that all claim denials are justified.
A fire can occur to any business or home despite the location or precautions taken. The worst part is, one can never be fully prepared. If you have property insurance and are worried about a future fire situation, or if, unfortunately, you are already facing this and see no way out, then read on. This post will help!
Common reasons for a denied claim
There are many common reasons why insurance agencies can deny claims for coverage associated with fire and smoke damage. While it may be disappointing to receive a rejected claim, the insurance provider can only reconsider their decision if their refusal of coverage has been taken because of an error on their part or because of a false allegation of fraud.
Let's look into the common reasons for the denial:
- Not filing the claim on time; missing the deadline stated in the policy.
- Lack of documentation and evidence of the fire loss.
- Filing a claim for the losses that are not included in your coverage.
- The coverage limit has been met or exceeded.
- Late or missing premium payments.
- Evidence of illegal activities.
- If the policyholder does not take any precautionary measures and deliberately leaves the property exposed to further loss.
How to avoid being denied
Some insurance providers can reject coverage claims or underpay for damage to policyholders, causing an unreasonable and unfair financial hardship on those who have filed valid claims. For those who are not aware of property claims' ins-and-outs, the entire procedure of filing a claim can be time-consuming and challenging. It can be beneficial for your settlement if you employ a professional to help file the claim, record damages, and negotiate with your insurance provider.
5 Tips to avoid being denied:
- Notify the insurer immediately of any losses and keep in mind the time limitations needed to file a claim.
- Pay premiums on time.
- Know what the insurance policy protects & excludes and, if available, obtain sufficient coverage.
- Take all the required steps after a loss to protect the property and minimize the damage.
- Document all the property damage.
Reasons why a claim was denied
Every fire is different, and the fire department investigates each one to find the starting point. The fire department then sends a report to the insurance companies, and most insurance companies send investigators to inspect the situation as well. All of this must be done before filing a claim. However, not all the claims are paid in full; here are some explanations why:
Misrepresentation of property
You could jeopardize the whole argument by inflating the real worth of items or claiming that you have lost more than you can prove.
The police and the fire department can suspect arson if they can not find the hotspot. It is best to employ a professional insurance claim attorney to manage your claim if the insurance provider has convicted you of insurance fraud or arson.
Work done without inspections/permits.
The insurance provider will reject the claim if an electrical fault starts a fire in a house where the electrical work was not adequately approved.
What to do if your claim gets denied
When a claim is denied, the property owner will receive a letter detailing precisely why the insurance provider rejected the fire claim.
- Review your denial letter; compare the information in this letter to the specifics of your insurance policy's coverage.
- Since the claim is rejected, the burden of evidence is on the property owner; build a strong case that includes:
- Proof of the loss in detail.
- Policy evidence that indicates the loss should be compensated.
- Supporting paperwork and facts.
SERVPRO knows fire damage claims
In the industry, SERVPRO of North Fulton is a renowned company, and it has been serving clients north of the Atlanta perimeter since 1967. If you have suffered smoke and fire damage to your property and have claim problems, look no further.
Our trained insurance damage professionals will support you by reviewing your claim and speak with your insurance adjuster on your behalf. We know what your adjuster is looking for and will provide an accurate xactimate estimate.
SERVPRO understands the situations our clients are in. We believe that we must supply our customers with white glove services. Contact us today!
What Are Soot Webs?
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After a fire breaks out, you may be left with sticky soot webs
Soot webs are composed of small carbon particles formed by the improper burning of materials in a property. Soot includes several acids and also additives, metals, soils, and ashes. These particles create an unpleasant sight and an unpleasant odor. Soot webs come to life following the partial burning of materials, such as tar, wood, and other related fuels. Black soot webs are much more delicate than human fur, pollen. Soot particles are full of toxins, acids, metals, and substances.
During the burn, the soot extends to the whole building, sticking to the walls. As a result, soot's acidic characteristics will further affect your property and interior air quality. Soot can reach your property even though there wasn't fire damage directly in your building.
What causes soot webs?
Soot webs develop in low-circulation places and usually are a result of synthetic source-based fires. During a burn, the fire's heat travels into cooler places as the air attempts to develop balance. As the soot moves through the air with the heat, the soot contaminants pass through the air in these cooler regions with poor circulation and will accumulate in those places. Since soot is a product of incomplete combustion, the particulates help make it quite simple to make massive chains of soot webs.
A burning fire produces an excess of soot webs, but it's not the only cause of soot. Regularly lighting tiny candles in indoor conditions will cause soot webs to possibly build up. Poorly maintained fireplaces are responsible for the development of soot webs too.
What are soot webs made of?
Most normally recognized as black cobwebs, it is what occurs after fossil fuels such as wood, coal, and oil have not burned entirely. Many of the products in modern homes include plastics and other synthetic materials, causing soot webs when a fire breaks out. Homes in closely clustered neighborhoods next to a house fire sometimes get soot exposure even though the fire does not explicitly hit them. Soot comprises a range of acids and also additives, metals, soils, and ashes.
How do you clean soot webs?
Your home is likely to contain numerous additives, including chemicals, foams, bed sheets, wood items, and synthetic materials. Soot extracted from these products causes cleaning a challenging process. Even if the fire was minimal, soot contaminants could penetrate your entire home through the HVAC unit.
When cleaning soot, wearing personal protective equipment to shield the lungs, eyes, and skin is essential to reduce the chance of sensitivity to soot. Keep the windows open to improve airflow before you begin. Based on the extent of the area affected, precautions must be considered to avoid soot distribution. Cover everything that is not tainted by soot and build containment barriers to lock in any damaged soot areas. Utilizing air scrubbers and thermal fogging are some of the unique procedures often required to stabilize indoor environmental quality after a fire.
Dust cloths and household kitchen cleaners will not be enough to disinfect and remove unwanted soot! The removal of soot extensively demands professional instruments, experience, and skills. Experts will thoroughly disinfect the soot and odors of the whole house.
Contact the soot cleaning professionals
For complete smoke mitigation or fire damage repairs, please contact SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO professionals are well trained by the IICRC and skilled in fire and smoke damage restoration. Our experts have sophisticated tools and expertise to restore the house to its pre-disaster state no matter if the damage is minimal or severe.
Can a Curling Iron Start a Fire? 3 Ways to Protect against a Curling Iron Fire
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SERVPRO of North Fulton has mitigated house fires caused by curling irons
In this blog post, we will be going over a curling iron's specifications and how to protect against house fires caused by curling irons. To avoid major house fires, always keep your curling iron far from any flammable materials.
How hot do curling irons get?
A curling iron is a tool used to perfect curls or straiten hair. The temperature of your curling iron definitely matters when looking to perfect your hairdo. It is best to keep the curling iron set below 200 degrees Fahrenheit for fine or thin hair individuals. Higher temperatures can cause hair strands to burn. Individuals with thicker hair set your curling iron between 200 degrees and 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although it is not recommended to set a curling iron above 300 degrees, they can still reach high temperatures of approximately 250°C (475°F) and take about to 30 minutes to cool down.
Do Curling Irons Cause Home Fires?
A curling iron creates heat through an electrical resistor that is positioned inside them. Like many household electrical items, curling irons have a circuit board that can cause a home electrical fire if left plugged in.
As mentioned earlier, a curling iron can get up to 475 degrees Fahrenheit. With such high temperatures, your curling iron could burn down your home if mishandled.
A report in 2004 and 2005 by the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) states, "The largest number of fires involved personal grooming appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, etc. These appliances were associated with an estimated 234,000 fires."
For this reason, you must know how to handle your curling iron properly and the ways to protect against curling iron fire damage.
3 Ways to Protect Against a Curling Iron Fire
1) Unplug to avoid a curling iron fire hazard
Most people use their curling iron in the bathroom. It is best to be sure that you don’t overload your bathroom outlets by plugging in too many devices into the wall.
When done perfecting your hair, it is best to unplug it, or you could burn the bathroom countertop or start a curling iron fire.
There are many times people forget to turn the curling iron off when done using it. When you make it a habit to unplug your curling iron after every use, you will no longer have to worry about it once you’ve left the house.
2) Resting Your Iron
It is best to use the built-in rests that give them something to sit on while it’s heating up or cooling down to avoid a curling iron fire. The built-in rest protects countertops, and it ensures the only part of the iron that touches the counters is the cool plastic tip.
3) Use A Hot Mat
A great accessory to avoid a curling iron fire is a silicon mat. A silicon mat is useful if you don’t have a rest attachment on your curling iron. Remember never to rest the iron on a towel or cloth material!
In this post, you learned that a curling iron uses electricity to curl or straighten hair and how to protect a curling iron fire. The high temperatures a curling iron may reach can cause a house fire, especially when left unattended.
If an electrical fire does occur, SERVPRO of North Fulton is always here to help 24/7. We specialize in fire damage restoration. All of our crews have extensive fire damage restoration training from the IICRC to get your property back to preloss condition.
For more information on preventing electrical fires in your home, visit nfpa.org.
Creating A Fire Preparedness Plan Will Keep Your House Members Safe
Have you sat down with your family and created a Fire Preparedness Plan? Developing a detailed plan with your family will keep everyone safe during a fire.
Statistics show that families that create fire preparedness plans are more likely to live and be safe during a fire loss. If you haven't already, we suggest gathering as a household to create a plan unique to your home. To create a detailed plan, you must consider the following five items:
Identify The Exits
When a fire breaks out in your home, it is best to identify two different ways to exit each room safely. One member of the house may have to teach each member of your household how to safely exit through windows if that is the only option. Keep in mind that some house members may have a more difficult time escaping a fire, such as babies, elderly relatives, or individuals with disabilities. It may be necessary to relocate them to a more accessible area of the house to quickly escape from a fire.
Designated Meeting Place
When looking for the perfect emergency meeting place, it is best to pick a spot that's a safe distance away from your home. Great meeting spots would be locations like a mailbox, a park, or a neighbor's house. When developing your plan, try to walk out and test the meeting spot with all house members to establish it as the official meeting place. Keep in mind that all house members must know that once they exit the house, they should not go back inside for any reason. Calling 911 should only occur once an individual is at the meeting place and not in the burning house.
Map it Out
A detailed drawing that includes the layout of your home and the exit areas is important in ensuring everyone stays safe. On the piece of paper, mark the different exits and exit paths from every room. The detailed plan should be somewhere accessible and make sure to go over the plan with any overnight guests.
Teach house members the following safety tips:
- Choose the escape route with the least amount of heat and smoke, but be prepared for less than ideal circumstances.
- Do not touch the doorknob with bare hands. In some cases, the fire is close and will burn your hand badly. If it's not hot, the fire is not close by; then, it's ok to exit through the door.
- Remember that smoke rises, stay low, and crawl when traveling through a room or hallway with a lot of smoke.
Twice a year, we suggest that your house members schedule practice drills and replace the batteries in your smoke alarms. Practicing the safety tips from above will be a critical part of the drill.
Remember, nothing is more important than the house members' safety. SERVPRO can repair and remove and replace the damaged materials in your home, but a life is irreplaceable. A family fire preparedness plan will save lives.
If you have recently suffered from fire or smoke damage to your home, give SERVPRO of North Fulton a call at (770) 992-2777. With our restoration experience and training, we can make it "Like it never even happened."
3 Reasons Why Board Up Services Are Important After A Fire
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SERVPRO offers board up services after fire damage in your home has caused glass windows to shatter.
When fire damage occurs in your North Atlanta Home or business, it can cause a variety of damaging costs. Did you know that house fires can produce heat up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit? High temperatures, combined with a lack of oxygen to your home, will cause your property doors and windows to blow out. In addition to a lack of oxygen, fireballs will be shot around your property, causing damage to the interior of your home or business.
SERVPRO of North Fulton Has been to the go-to fire damage restoration company for the Sandy Spring Fire Department. This strong relationship has been created because we are fast-acting and there when our local firefighters need a home or business boarded up.
Having your property boarded up is beneficial for the following three reasons:
- Preventing further damage from weather
Fire damage clean up is not something that can be completed in 24 hours. Most home fires have a combination of leftover debris and soot damage to the walls. Rather than offering same-day installation of windows and doors, we find it best to provide board up services while we wait for the damages to settle. When we board up a home or business after a fire, we are negating the potential damages caused by rain or other storms. Heavy rainfall can cause water damages to an unprotected building. As well, implementing wood planks to cover your property entrances will prevent debris from entering your property.
- Reduce potential theft
Unfortunately, we have heard stories of people that target damaged buildings as a free pass to steal the belongings inside damaged properties. We do our best to help the property owners remove all of the undamaged belongings, but sometimes valuables are forced to be left inside due to safety precautions. When SERVPRO boards up your property after fire damage, we hope to secure the belongings of your property from thieves.
- Keep out unwanted animals.
Properly covering a building after a fire occurs will help prevent any four-legged creatures from making a new home. Before our professionals can replace your property to prior loss conditions, we must cover any entranceways where unwanted pests could enter.
Having fire damage to your property can be extremely stressful, so we are here to help our North Atlanta residents every step of the way. As you can see, once we receive the initial call, we will send out a crew to board up any broken windows and doors to prevent bad weather, thieves, and pests from entering your property.
If your home or business has recently suffered from a fire loss, we want to help you mitigate it. Our highly trained fire damage staff is available 24/7 365 days a year to help our North Atlanta residents with any size fire loss. Call us today at (770) 992-2777 to schedule an appointment.
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Important Documents To Replace After Fire Damage
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SERVPRO understands that one of the biggest headaches after a fire in your home or business is the loss of important documents. After taking the steps in calling the three most important places found in the last blog post, the next thing to focus on should be replacing the important pieces of documentation that went up in flames.
The most important documents to replace:
- Driver’s License
- Bank Paperwork
- Tax Records
- Vehicle Registration/Title
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate
- Damaged Money (damaged cash is exchangeable with the treasury for undamaged cash)
Fire Damage Safety
We understand that you may want to try to recover your important documents after fire damage had occurred. We want to make it clear that it is important to ask the onsite firefighters if you are allowed back onto the premises of your home or business after fire damage has occurred. When fire damage occurs, the structure weakens, causing materials to look more sturdy than they are. The last thing we want is for you to have to recover from a preventable injury.
Have you experienced a fire and contacted a fire restoration service yet? Give us a call to schedule an appointment. If the situation is an emergency, give us a call 24/7 at (770) 992-2777.
For more information on fire damage check out the IICRC fire resources page HERE
The Most Important Places To Call When Fire Damage Strikes
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Experiencing a home fire is devastating. You can potentially lose most or all of your belongings and your home all at once. The following financial hardships and trying to rebuild or restore a home or business damaged by a fire can be daunting. Still, acting fast is crucial when it comes to fire damage restoration. To fast track recovery, these are the three most important places to call in the event of fire damage:
1) Fire Restoration Service
Following a fire, the property that has undergone severe damage needs to be inspected and repaired by a professional fire restoration company. The Professionals at SERVPRO of North Fulton are specially IICRC trained to properly handle this kind of disaster and restore your home or business to like new again. The longer your home or business sits in soot or water damage, the more severe the damage will be. Make it a priority to call a fire restoration such as SERVPRO, we will inform you of the actions you can take, to make the situation more organized.
2) Insurance Company
After contacting a fire restoration service, the next company you should contact should be your insurance to let them know of the situation at hand and begin the claim process. Your insurance agent will be able to guide you through the necessary steps to take the proper fill out your insurance claim and any best practices or actions you should take to aid in documentation.
3) Utility & Lending Company
It is essential to immediately contact your utility and lending providers to inform them of such a terrible disaster. These companies often understand the financial hardship that a disaster such as a fire can cause. Your insurance company will typically have the means to assist you while you get back on your feet, whether it be with payment plans or halting your payments temporarily altogether.
The professional technicians at SERVPRO of North Fulton receive IICRC certifications in fields related to the mitigation of fire damage. Our 24-hour service line can be contacted at (770) 992-2777
For more information check out After The Fire published by FEMA HERE
How to Prevent Kitchen Fires
Unplug kitchen appliances when not in use.
A good number of household fires begin in the kitchen as there are many potential fire hazards present in the average kitchen. Kitchen fires can be hard to deal with, especially in the event of a grease fire, which can very quickly escalate out of control into a large fire, endangering life and property. Luckily, the fire and smoke damage restoration experts here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are specially trained to help repair fire and smoke damage after a fire occurs. While you can’t get rid of every potential fire hazard in your kitchen, there are some pretty easy ways to help prevent a fire from occurring:
Keeping your kitchen appliances clean and in good working conditions can help prevent a fire from starting up over the combustion of food and grease buildup. Your toaster is a good example of something that many people don’t think to clean often enough. Be sure to dump the bottom tray of your toaster out every now and then to remove the build-up of dry bread crumbs. Over time these may build up and combust during use leading to a kitchen fire.
Another simple step to preventing a fire is to unplug kitchen appliances that do not need to be plugged in when you’re not using them. Older appliances with faulty wiring may burst into flames leading to smoke and fire damage even if you’re not using them.
Keeping proper safety equipment ready around your home is another step you can take to help yourself in the event of a small fire. Smoke detectors should be kept relatively close to your kitchen, not too close to be easily set off by cooking smoke, but close enough to detect smoke that could indicate a fire. The batteries should be tested monthly to ensure that everything works as you never know when a fire could happen. Fire extinguishers are also an extremely important item to keep in your kitchen to help put out a fire on the spot before it gets out of control.
While cooking there are some steps you can take to prevent accidental fire, especially a grease fire. Do not overfill pots and pans with oil and grease. While you might not think about it, the buildup of grease and cooking oil on the surface of your stove is extremely flammable and if not cleaned up properly, may lead to a sudden grease fire while cooking. It’s also important while cooking to keep yourself safe by keeping your hair up, sleeves pulled up and not wearing clothing that is too loose as to possibly catch fire. Keep things like dry rags and paper towels away from the stove while cooking and don’t leave burners on if you aren’t using them.
The final way to help prevent a kitchen fire is to never leave food unattended while cooking. This might seem like common sense, but leaving anything unattended in the kitchen is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Keep an eye on your food until you’re finished cooking and keep the area around your cooking space clean.
Following all of these steps can drastically reduce the odds of a kitchen fire occurring in your home, however, fires can’t always be prevented. In the event you have a fire in your kitchen, please give SERVPRO of North Fulton a call anytime at (770) 992-2777. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you 24/7.
Ensure Fire Safety this Summer in Your Home
Just the thought of going through a fire is terrifying to most families. Loss of life and property are possible outcomes of fire, and dealing with the aftermath can be very confusing and overwhelming. There are over 300,000 house fires a year in the U.S., and unfortunately, most of these home fires can be prevented by simple things. The professionals here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are here to help you avoid this kind of disaster from happening to your home. Here are some ways to keep your home fire safe for the summer.
First, Be Mindful of Candles
Candles can be so lovely to smell and look at, but it’s easy to forget it’s still a dangerous open flame within your home. Candles have caused tens of thousands of home-related fires and deaths over the past few years alone. Most home fire damages are caused by leaving flammable items too close to the candle or by falling asleep with candles lit.
To prevent a possible candle fire, you should:
- Blow candles out before you go to sleep or when you leave the area
- Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable sources
- Use candle holders that cannot be tipped or knocked over easily
A few small actions can go a long way when it comes to preventing drastic smoke and fire damage within your home.
Second, Cell Phone Charging and Overheating
Have you ever gone to sleep with your phone on the charger overnight and tucked somewhere in your bed, under a blanket, or even worse, under your pillow? Leaving a phone to charge is much more dangerous than you might have thought. If you notice when charging your phone, it will typically get warm, and in some cases, when the phone is covered overnight and in combination with a faulty battery, the trapped heat can cause the phone to explode right next to you. Not only can this itself cause extensive damage, but it can also start a house fire that can quickly escalate.
If your phone ever feels like it’s overheating on the charger, you should unplug it and turn it off right away until it cools down before using it or attempting to charge it again.
Third, Fix Your Fire Alarms
Too many homes often forget about or neglect their fire and smoke detection systems. Not having a well-functioning fire alarm system could make the difference in loss of life and property in the event of a fire. In the event of a fire after alerting authorities and safely evacuating the area, your next step should be to contact a local fire and smoke damage restoration company. The professionals here at SERVPRO of North Fulton are specially trained in fire damage restoration and can help in the recovery process after a fire occurs.
There are many ways to keep your home safe during the year from accidental fires. Check out some of our other blog posts about fire safety to learn more, and in the event of an emergency, give SERVPRO of North Fulton a call anytime at (770) 992-2777. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you 24/7.
Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before and After the Fire
Do not forget your pets!
An important part of fire safety is knowing what to do when a fire happens. For this reason, a home fire evacuation plan is a great thing to have. In the event of a sudden fire, an evacuation needs to happen quickly and efficiently while leaving as few important things behind as possible and knowing where to go. Once you can escape home or business that is in flames and alert authorities, your next step should be to contact a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of North Fulton.
Here’s what you need to do before, during, and after the fire.
It is important to prepare properly in order to evacuate effectively. A few things you can do to prepare for a fire evacuation is to create a disaster relief kit or a to-go bag. This will contain any essentials that you would need in case you had to up and leave in case of an emergency. Good things to also put in this bag would be extra cash, clothing, emergency health information, and some plastic bags to keep sensitive items safe. Having a to-go bag ready to go in case of emergency can make keeping a level head in an emergent situation much easier while helping keep you safe.
Everyone in the household must also be on the same page in the event of fire damage. Everyone should have the same meetup location, such as a neighbors house, in case everyone has to leave in a hurry. If a fire is large enough to affect multiple homes or a large area, it is good also to have a meeting location in several areas.
During an Evacuation
It is important to know already what to do in the event of a fire so that you can make decisions to keep you and your loved ones safe. You must maintain clear communication with everyone in your home in the event of a fire; power lines may be down, or phones may not be working in some situations or others may not be able to get to you. It’s essential to listen to important updates from the news and authorities that are keeping up with the situation.
Do not forget your pets and try to keep them in a place they’re accessible so that you can easily retrieve them should you need to evacuate your property.
After an Evacuation
It’s important to wait to inspect your property after a fire until after you are permitted to do so by authorities. Once you are allowed back within the distance of your home or business, your next step should be to contact a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO of North Fulton is ready and available for fire damage restoration and will immediately lend aid to the recovery process. Experiencing this kind of scenario can be extremely frightening and overwhelming. Please leave it to the professionals here at SERVPRO to help you restore your home from smoke and fire damage.
The Chemistry Behind Fire
The flame itself occurs during the ignition point, which is a part of the combustion reaction.
In order to understand fire damage, we should understand the process of fire itself. Fire occurring is due to the oxidation of something during the exothermic chemical process. Essentially, that means that when oxygen fuels, combustion, heat, and light are produced, which is what you see and feel as a result. While most of us aren’t chemists and haven’t been in a chemistry class in years, we can recall some knowledge of elements and compounds to understand fire better. The flame itself occurs during the ignition point, which is a part of the combustion reaction. The flame, however, is only the visible part of the fire itself. The flames are a combination of not only oxygen but also nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. A variety of temperatures and colors of the flames are produced dependent on the circumstances. Different materials can burn hotter, and some can create flames that may be blue in color.
Fire is a hazard to life, once the reaction creates spreadable flames. Of course, we understand that it burns and spreads. However, there are other dangerous aspects of fire itself. For one, it can create pollution because certain things, when burned, can put chemicals into the air. Plastic, for example, isn’t something that can be burned safely. Forest fires can threaten the nutrition in the soil, which can prevent a forest from growing back easily. Fires cause permanent damage.
Though fires are helpful, used to benefit the growth of society since the beginning of time, there are a lot of boundaries between it being helpful and destructive. For light and warmth, we use it in many ways, but the moment we lose control of it, it threatens the well-being of our homes and belongings and lives.
Fire damage is important to take seriously since the lingering effects of fire can harm our bodies, homes, and material possessions. In case of fire damage, immediately contact a restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Fulton to limit damaging after-effects of the chemical process that we just learned about.
Creating a Fire Escape Plan For Your Family
Fires can grow very quickly so plans help us react in a timely manner to the possible danger.
It is vital for every family to have a plan together in the event of a household fire. This plan can be memorized or printed and posted somewhere in the home that is easy to find. Having a plan ready can lessen the consequences of a fire by having everyone respond out of habit to the possible danger. If your family doesn’t already have a plan ready for a possible fire emergency, here are some tips for creating one.
Firstly, it matters where your smoke detector is located. If the smoke detector is in the hallway, make sure people sleep with the doors open in order to hear it should it go off. If it’s inside a room, it would be okay for that door to be closed since they’ll be able to hear it go off. Make sure there isn’t anything in the way of blocking the alarm sounds. Create a predetermined meeting place for the family. The best possible places for this to occur would be farther from the home. Making the meeting location too close to the home can be dangerous, depending on how the fire spreads. A good meeting place could be a neighbor’s house or an easily identifiable landmark across the street from the home. These preliminary assessments can ensure that everyone is prepared, especially considering the fire may happen during the night and waking up to a fire can be an overwhelming experience.
If fire damage does occur to your home, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton can remove smoke damage and restore your home to the way it was before the fire happened. Fires are serious events, but with the right planning and the right fire damage professionals, your life can go back to normal soon after a fire occurs.
Putting Out Small Interior Fires
The fire damage in this hallway caused it to be unsafe.
The source of each individual fire changes the way the fire must be dealt with. Small fires, which are usually started by cooking or electrical outlets, can usually be put out by an individual. In case you experience a small fire within your home, office, or building, here is the way to deal with each type of fire.
Electrical fires occur due to dysfunctional or misused electrical outlets, cords, and appliances. If the fire is due to a broken cord, pour baking soda on the cord. Fires caused by outlets or appliances can be put out with a Class C fire extinguisher. It’s important that you never use water on an electrical fire due to the possibility of being shocked as a result.
Fireplace fires are not dangerous since they’re in a contained area, but if you no longer need the fire to be going you should put it out before leaving or going to sleep. In order to put out a fireplace fire, poke at the wood and cover the coals in order to take away the fuel for the fire. In addition, you may use baking soda to put it out by sprinkling some on the fire.
Cooking or gas fires can be stopped by placing a lid over the pot to stop oxygen from reaching the fire. Turn off the gas supply to stop it from spreading. Fire blankets work well for these situations.
If a small fire occurs in your home, office, or building, call your local SERVPRO of North Fulton. at (770) 992-2777. SERVPRO of North Fulton has professionals who know how to remove smoke damage and make the area affected by the fire look “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Prevention Tip: How To Prevent House Fires
Your home is a special place for you and your family. With so many cherished moments associated with this one of a kind place, it is hard to imagine losing it. Unfortunately, many families are forced to go through the heartbreaking process of saying goodbye to their homes as a result of fires. What is even harder to accept is that most house fires could have been prevented with a few fire safety facts and fire prevention tips in place. So just what items in your home pose a threat to your safety and the safety of your family? Use the following fire safety information and fire prevention tips for how to prevent house fires, and continue making memories in your home.
Fire Prevention Tip #1: Test Smoke Alarms
One of the easiest fire prevention tips is to regularly check smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Smoke alarms are essential for how to prevent house fires, serving as the first line of defense when a house fire is imminent or already underway by emitting a piercing alarm to notify those in the house the moment smoke is detected. A non-functioning smoke alarm can, therefore, mean serious disaster. Each smoke alarm comes with important fire safety information and features a small button to test whether it is working or needs new batteries. If the beep is weak when testing the alarm, change the batteries right away.
Fire Prevention Tip #2: Clean Ovens and Stoves
Cleaning ovens and stoves are among the most important fire prevention tips. While cleaning your oven and stove is likely a least favorite chore, doing so on a regular basis can help prevent house fires. Fires from ovens and stoves can result when food particles fall onto burners and get too hot. In addition to removing particles of food in your oven and stove, make sure to keep the area around your oven and stove clear as well. Curtains that hang too close, cookbooks left in the vicinity of these appliances, or ill-placed dish towels can all put you at risk for house fires as well. Create a routine for before and after you cook that ensures ovens and stoves are free of hazards.
Fire Prevention Tip #3: Stay in the Kitchen
With a busy schedule, it can be hard to focus on just one thing at a time. During the evenings, many individuals are pulled in multiple directions, preparing dinner, helping the kids with homework, and getting the house in order for the next day. However, even short distractions that happen while cooking can have serious consequences. One of the well-known fire prevention tips is to never leave food unattended when cooking in the kitchen for any reason, as it only takes mere seconds for a fire to break out. If you must leave the kitchen, make sure to turn off any burners in use, or call a family member to watch over the food until your return.
Fire Prevention Tip #4: Check your Cords
With an increasing dependence on electronics for daily tasks now more than ever, you likely always have something plugged in to charge, whether a cell phone, tablet, or smartwatch. Another method for how to prevent house fires is discarding frayed wires and cords used to transmit power into electronics. Among your list of fire prevention tips, add regularly checking the condition of cords, looking for damage such as exposed wires or frays. If you notice damage, replace the cord immediately. Keep in mind that pets often like to chew on rubbery items, so keep cords out of reach to avoid damage.
Fire Prevention Tip #5: Take Care with Fireplaces
Though one of the more obvious fire safety facts, pay special attention when using fireplaces. Fireplaces pose a special risk for house fires as sparks can easily escape and fly out onto flammable surfaces. When having a fire, make sure there is a door between the fire and the floor to prevent the escape of sparks. When you have distinguished the fire, make sure that all ashes are completely cool before throwing them away. Purchase a metal container to dispose of ashes to reduce the risk of any still-warm ashes from causing a fire. Lastly, never leave a fire unattended under any circumstances.
Fire Prevention Tip #6: Check Your Dryer
Another very common source of house fires is clothes dryers. Fires result from dryer when vents are not properly installed or are not cleaned out regularly. Heat produced during the drying process can cause lint and other debris to get too hot, and lead to a fire. To prevent fires, make sure that dryer vents are properly installed using the instructions that came with the appliance. To be safe, you might consider enlisting a professional to assist with the installation process. Additionally, clean out the lint filter after every load of laundry. This often overlooked step takes just seconds but can save you and your family from experiencing a fire.
Fire Prevention Tip #7: Don’t leave Candles Unattended
Candles work wonders for enhancing the ambiance of a home, promoting much needed calm and relaxation through soothing scent and light. However, the exposed flame makes candles a hazard and potential risk for house fires. Another of the key fire prevention tips when lighting candles is to make sure they are placed far away from any fabric, such as curtains or blankets, and other flammable objects. If you’re leaving the house or starting to feel a bit drowsy, extinguish the flames immediately. Further, if you have little ones or furry friends around, consider waiting until they are out of the room. Pets and kids can easily tip over candles on accident.
Fire Prevention Tip #8: Maintain Heating Sources
Most of us rely on heating systems to keep us warm during the chilly months of winter. Because of this reliance, it is important to make sure that all heating sources are well-maintained and functioning properly. Heating sources that are broken and in need of repairs pose a great risk for fire. Filters should be cleaned regularly to avoid a buildup of dust and debris that can catch on fire. Additionally, you should have all heating sources inspected by a professional on an annual basis to catch malfunctioning components early.
Fire Prevention Tip #9: Avoid Old Space Heaters
If you not only rely on your home’s heating system to keep you warm but also rely on space heaters, take special care. One of the not so well known fire prevention tips, Many old space heaters pose a great risk for house fires, as they often do not have the same safety features now found in newer models (such as turning off automatically when tipped over). When using space heaters, other best practices including keeping heaters away from curtains, blankets, and furniture that can easily catch fire, place them in spots with little foot traffic, set space heaters on solid, firm surfaces, and do not set space heaters on any other surface besides the floor.
Fire Prevention Tip #10: Safely Store Flammable Products
Many of the products we use every day are flammable and therefore put us at risk for house fires. There are obvious products such as gasoline, which should always be stored in UL approved containers in a location outside of the house. Other flammable products include shaving cream and hairspray, which should be stored in cool places away from sources of heat.
Fire Prevention Tip #11: Don’t Smoke in the House
Smokers should pay special attention to their habits to prevent house fires. While you may enjoy the convenience and comfort that comes with smoking in your home, it is best to take smoke breaks outside of the house. A single unattended cigarette or a cigarette dropped after falling asleep in bed or while lounging on the couch, can result in a fire. When cleaning out your ashtray, be sure that all ashes are completely cool. Then, dampen ashes in the sink before placing in a trash can and out of the house.
Fire Prevention Tip #12: Grill Safely
There is nothing more exciting than a backyard barbeque with friends and families in the summer. There are a few precautions to take, however, for how to prevent house fires when grilling. If you’re grilling on the deck, be sure to place non-flammable pads beneath your grill to prevent the start of fire in the event of dropped food or coals. Also, be sure the grill is attended to at all times. Call a friend over to watch the grill if you must step away, even if only for a minute. If there is no one around to watch the grill, turn off the propane.
Fire Prevention Tip #13: Purchase a Fire Extinguisher
One of the best investments for how to prevent house fires is to purchase a fire extinguisher. Having a fire extinguisher handy can make the difference between a frighteningly close call, and a serious disaster resulting in the total loss of your home. Fire extinguishers can be purchased at most home improvement stores, and are incredibly affordable. Store your fire extinguishers in spots that pose a special risk for fires, such as in the kitchen or near fireplaces. Make sure that all family members in the house understand how to operate the fire extinguisher, and are comfortable taking the steps necessary in the event of a fire emergency.
Fire and Smoke Damage: How To Deal With It
Knowing how to deal with fire and smoke damage is important in restoring your home back to normal.
Experiencing a close call with even a small fire can be a traumatizing event for individuals and families. If a fire is caught in time, many homes will not experience any structural damage that makes the house unlivable. However, even if a house is still standing, there is often times damage from the fire and its smoke that requires attention and repair in order to make the space safe and comfortable again. Following fire and smoke damage, there are steps you can take to restore your home to its previous condition, as well as ways in which professional restoration companies can step in to offer assistance and help determine fire and smoke damage clean up costs.
Signs of Fire and Smoke Damage
Following a fire, there will likely be a number of signs to look out for that can help you determine what is considered smoke damage. One of the most obvious signs includes discoloration. Immediately following a fire, you will be able to see damage on your ceilings, walls, and other surfaces as a result of smoke damage in the form of discoloration in stains. Discoloration and stains will become more obvious in the few days that follow the fire, taking on a yellow color. Metal surfaces in the home will indicate smoke damage by becoming rusted and displaying other signs of corrosion. Rust and corrosion will begin to present just a few hours after the fire. Any plastic surfaces in your home that come into contact with smoke or fire will likely experience warping, a change in shape, in addition to discoloration. Lastly, countertops, often constructed from porous materials like granite or marble, usually become discolored from soot. Unfortunately, this damage is likely permanent.
In addition to discoloration, smoke or fire damage is defined by a strong, smoky odor. Fabric items like clothes, furniture, curtains, and carpets are particularly at risk for trapping smoke residue, thus giving them this odor. In many cases, fully cleaning and deodorizing household items to remove the smell requires the help of professional cleaning services.
Following a fire, you should also look for electrical damage, another sign of what is considered smoke damage. Examine all electrical wiring throughout your home to see if any systems have been compromised, paying close attention to cords, outlets, breaker boxes, and fuses. Also, examine any appliances in your home that may have come into contact with smoke or fire. Failing to take this important step following a fire can leave you at risk for yet another incident.
Finally, another sign of fire and smoke damage in your home might be interior damage in the form of degradation to the house’s insulation, ventilation systems, framing, and wall studs. Pay close attention to your HVAC system in particular, as improper cleaning can cause harmful smoke particles to travel throughout your home and put your family at risk for respiratory issues.
Areas Most Prone to Fire and Smoke Damage
There are a few key areas to pay close attention to following smoke or a fire, as they are prone to experiencing damage.
Walls and windows: smoke is naturally drawn to areas with a lower temperature, making exterior walls and windows vulnerable. It is not unusual to find a great deal of smoke residue on outside walls and behind curtains.
Ceilings: we all know that hot air rises. So it won’t come as a surprise that following a fire, ceilings tend to have a large amount of smoke residue. The highest concentration of smoke residue will be found directly above where the fire began.
Corners: When smoke particles have an electrical charge, called ionization, they are pulled towards certain surfaces. With particularly strong electrical charges, such as those resulting from burning plastic, the smoke residue will take on the appearance of cobwebs, found in the corners of rooms where the ceilings and walls come together.
Repairing Fire and Smoke Damage
Smoke and fire damage cleanup following fire and smoke damage, it is usually the best option to enlist the help of trained professionals experienced in handling these difficult situations. Professionals will work with you to provide comprehensive fire and smoke damage clean up costs. Professionals will typically engage in the following fire damage cleanup steps and fire damage restoration tips:
- Ensure ventilation: following a fire, it’s important to prevent soot particles from further burrowing into surfaces of your home. The first step to fire damage cleanup is to ensure proper ventilation so that specialists can remove harmful dust and soot from the air. Once this has been done, it is then safe to get to work.
- Sort belongings: after a fire, some belongings can be saved, while others must be disposed of. During fire damage cleanup, specialists will examine the items in your home and make recommendations as to what should be discarded given their level of damage.
- Deep cleaning: Very important during fire damage cleanup is deep cleaning of walls, ceilings, and floors to remove all smoke residue to ensure occupants don’t continue to breathe in these harmful particulars. This cleaning will also remove the smoky odor likely present in your home. The cleaning process often includes a cleaning of the HVAC system so that soot won’t travel throughout the home next time you use your heating or cooling systems.
Costs of Fire and Smoke Damage Repair
The cost of fixing fire and smoke damage depends largely on the extent of damage and the size of your home. Smoke damage clean up costs will be lower in cases where only a few damaged items or appliances need to be removed. On the other hand, expect higher fire and smoke damage clean up costs in cases where smoke has caused significant damage to HVAC systems, ceilings, walls, and floors, and there is extensive soot building on carpeting and other fabrics. It is important to contact a professional to discuss your options and specific fire and smoke damage clean up costs. Specialists will also provide helpful fire damage restoration tips.
Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents in Sandy Springs
Contact SERVPRO should fire or smoke damage your home. We provide efficient remediation services that will leave you more than satisfied with results.
Certified SERVPRO Professionals Thoroughly Remediate Your Fire and Smoke Damaged Home
Smoke can be just as damaging, if not more so, than the flames associated with fire in your Sandy Springs home. Small house or kitchen fires often result in horrible smoke odors that can linger forever if not treated correctly.
Having a fire damage restoration company in Sandy Springs help you return things to normal is likely your best option. A quality company can provide you with the proper equipment and resources necessary to remove unwanted odors while offering full-service restoration and cleaning services as well.
SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, regardless of when your incident occurs, we can be there. We have access to air-movers, fogging equipment, cleaning and sanitizing methods that make restoring your home much faster than ever before.
SERVPRO technicians scrub every surface affected by the event, including the ceiling, walls, floors, cabinets, countertops, appliances, and more. We use EPA-registered disinfectants to help clean and sanitize the entire space. Our technicians work hard to reduce any losses you might experience and make it a point to address specific concerns you might have.
SERVPRO has an entire fire damage restoration service, designed to adjust to meet your specific needs. Since each circumstance is different, we make it a point to thoroughly inspect your home and keep you informed throughout, making the entire experience as stress-free as possible.
It takes dedication and devotion to the task at hand to remove odors clinging to fabrics, soft plastics, clothes, curtains, bags, shoes, carpeting, and other household items caught up in the aftermath of a fire. Our technicians make sure to do everything in their power to prevent losses and are determined to provide you with the quality results you deserve.
SERVPRO of North Fulton County handles cleaning and restoration requests from residents in Newtown, Milton, Birmingham, and all surrounding communities. We are proud to offer restoration solutions that help members of our local community and show it in everything that we do. Call today for an initial inspection or to learn more about what we can do for you. (770) 992-2777
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Both New and Old Appliances are Capable of Causing Fire Damage in Your Alpharetta Residence
Fire damage that stems from a cooking incident can happen very fast and cause a lot of damage. Contact SERVPRO should you face a fire.
Team SERVPRO Reacts Quickly to Fire Damage to Minimize Secondary Damages
While many appliances made years, or even decades ago can still provide a great deal of utility to Alpharetta residents, the risk of electrical shock increases significantly with each use. Newer appliances may seem to pose much less threat than their older counterparts, but many of these become subject to recalls. A large number of recalls involve electrical wiring or other components that can create sparks under normal conditions.
Paying attention to any recalls involving appliances installed during renovations can help homeowners avoid preventable fire damage in Alpharetta after updating their home's kitchen or bathroom. Older models have electrical problems but seldom find a place on recall lists. Sparks or a burning odor when in use should cause future use to take place with extra caution, or not at all.
Once a fire occurs, cleaning up the damage and removing the smoke and soot become a priority. Charred materials create new dangers while smaller particles from smoke can cause health effects to people and damage their belongings in other ways. SERVPRO technicians can remove these problems so the necessary work happens quickly, speeding up the restoration of your home to prevent conditions.
Removing burnt drywall and paneling from your home's framework and properly disposing of it helps remove a great deal of soot, but ash and other deposits exist wherever smoke traveled during the fire. Propelled by the heat, smoke can seep into areas of your home that otherwise sustain no damage. Cleaning soot away and deodorizing can help brighten up a home after fire and smoke.
Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) understands the ways soot can affect your home, even after restorative work ends. When a kitchen appliance catches fire, it might involve a cooking appliance in use. Fires involving food can lead to a different type of smell that also needs attention to ensure your home once again feels like home to you and your family. No matter the source of malodorous problems in your home, we can resolve the situation for you.
SERVPRO of North Fulton County employs individuals dedicated to helping others in our community. Fire damage can gravely affect your family and keep your home unsafe and unwelcoming. Call us at our local number, (770) 992-2777, available 24 hours a day year-round.
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Water Removal Following Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home
There is nothing quite as devastating as a fire breaking out in your Alpharetta home, regardless of its size.
Water Removal Following Fire Damage
There is nothing quite as devastating as a fire breaking out in your Alpharetta home, regardless of its size. Once the fire extinguishing completes, restoration efforts are in full swing. While this might typically involve putting scrubbing machines and detergents to your walls and flooring to get rid of the soot lingering behind, even this step cannot come before the removal of the water that was needed to put out the blaze.
Our SERVPRO technicians are well equipped and experienced with crossover restoration projects like water removal on top of fire damage to your Alpharetta residence. Depending on the size of the fire that needed extinguished, you could find moderate flooding in profoundly affected areas of your home. To prevent further losses from this current disaster, time is of the essence to get restoration efforts underway.
From the moment that you call us at SERVPRO, we are already piecing together a plan to help you bring back your home from the damages you sustained. Our emergency response team can be there quickly to begin assessing the problems and walking you through what it takes to fix it completely. Water removal is one of the first concentrated efforts from the team to mitigate any damages that extinguishing might currently be causing.
Our professional staff begins by setting up our portable pumps and wet vac systems to rid the area of standing water. Once all of the noticeable water is gone, drying fans are then used to eliminate any lingering wetness and moisture in structural components, flooring, and furniture. Since excessive moisture left unchecked can result in the formation of mold colonies, the final aspect of water removal is often running a dehumidifier for an extended period. Dehumidification can pull the remaining moisture out of the air and away from hungry mold spores looking for the proper conditions to thrive.
Fires can create a great deal of damage to your home, regardless of their size. When extinguishing efforts have left you with a considerable mess, call us at SERVPRO of North Fulton County. We are available anytime at (770) 992-2777.
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Fire Damage Remediation for Your Alpharetta Home
Fire damage is often devastating. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services for the structure and contents of your home.
Our SERVPRO Technicians Make Your House Safe After a Fire
The disaster which does not discriminate is fire. No matter if you live in Alpharetta or elsewhere, or what the condition and age of your residence, there is always a chance that your home could suffer from a fire for various reasons. Most homeowners understand this, and it is a widespread fear for people who purchase their own homes. However, when fires do occur, what happens next?
Once the fire is out, and you are left behind with all the fire damage to your Alpharetta home, you need the professionals of SERVPRO to help you restore your home back to the way it was. Loss from fire presents restoration challenges which are different from normal repair and cleaning. The combined effects on a building from intense heat, burning fire, smoke residues, and water from fire-fighting efforts need us to provide you with various services and work together with licensed subcontractors and contractors.
Starting with mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop further damage. It could include boarding up your home and establishing a temporary source of electricity. When your home is wet, we also need to perform emergency drying to stop secondary water damage, such as mold growth.
Our SERVPRO technicians then take care of cleaning your structure from fire damage, removing smoke residues and deodorizing odors given off by the residues. We consult with you on which structural components can be cleaned and which we need to replace. Repair or replacement for anything which cannot be cleaned is the next step.
Our content cleaning services include cleaning your possessions inside your home. Sometimes, contents can be cleaned on site, while other situations require them to be packed and moved to a different location for cleaning and storage.
We also subcontract cleaning of certain contents like electronics, dry cleaning of clothing, refinishing furniture, and cleaning expensive artwork.
In some cases of fire, structural components could have too much damage to the point that they cannot be restored. In this case, we work with licensed general contractors to provide the needed reconstruction services.
SERVPRO of North Fulton County is expertly trained to take care of your home after fire damage. For anyone living in the areas of Roswell, Ocee, or Alpharetta, we can be reached by dialing (770) 992-2777.
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When To Use An Extinguisher To Prevent Fire Damage To Your Alpharetta Home
A fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives.
Do You Have A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home?
A home fire is a frightening experience for any resident of Alpharetta. However, there are some cases where it is safe to use a fire extinguisher against a home fire, and doing so might prevent fire damage to your home or stop the flames from spreading further.
SERVPRO would like to remind readers of the US Fire Safety Administration’s advice about the use of fire extinguishers to prevent fire damage to Alpharetta homes.
It is certainly a wise idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your home. Commercially available devices such as those you can buy at your local hardware store usually fall into one of three categories:
A – for use with ordinary materials such as cloth, wood, and paper.
B – for use with combustible and flammable liquids such as grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints.
C – for use with electrical equipment such as appliances or power tools.
Although there are category D and K devices available, these are generally for commercial purposes.
The important thing to remember when fighting a blaze in your own house is to stay safe and do not tackle a fire that is bigger than you can handle, or larger than your home fire extinguisher can safely tackle.
Before attempting to fight a blaze in your home, it is important to alert everyone else in the house that there is a fire. Shout or do anything else you must to get their attention and ensure they have exited safely. SERVPRO suggests them to call the fire department immediately.
Do not try to be brave or tackle a fire that is going out of control or spreading. Your safety is the most important thing. If you cannot extinguish the fire without putting yourself in danger, simply get out as fast as you can and let the fire department handle it. However, if a fire is small and contained in a specific area such as a pan or a wastepaper basket, it might be safe to tackle it yourself.
Only use a fire extinguisher if you are confident you have a clear escape route and that the flames are not blocking and not in danger of blocking that route.
In the event of a home fire, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to scrub and clean soot-damaged surfaces and deodorize your home so that it is livable once more.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
For help with fire problems in Roswell, Crabapple, Milton, Ocee and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 today.
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Change Your Habits, Protect Your Sandy Springs Home Against Fire Damage Today
The majority of fire incidents involve common mistakes, accidents that occur due to misuse, neglect, or distraction.
Guard Your Property Against Fire Damage
Apart from causing severe damage to your home, avoiding damage can be quite easy. The majority of fire incidents involve common mistakes, accidents that occur due to misuse, neglect, or distraction. You can learn how to avoid these problems and regain control of your living environment entirely.
If you experience a fire in your Sandy Springs home and are looking for fire damage restoration assistance, you are in luck. There is a company available to help restore the damage on your property, that can also teach you how to avoid developing these types of problems in the future. Start protecting your home by having smoke detectors installed in every room. You and your families safety come first. Having security systems in place that allow you time to reach a safe location gives you the best chance of survival, and early detection is the key.
Have a qualified fire damage restoration technician, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect your entire property. They can help point out areas that require professional attention, perform needed repairs, and provide you with the advice you need to mark issues off of your list. It helps if you can keep track of storage areas on your property that contains easily flammable materials. SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to store items in a way that prevents problems from occurring, limit damages that you experience, and possibly even avoid them altogether.
It never hurts to have a solid escape plan for you and your loved ones. Every family member needs to understand how to respond to emergency situations, get them involved, practice your escape route to ensure their safety. SERVPRO Professionals can offer solutions to assist with organizing your plan, recommending routes, and discuss available options.
Your safety comes down to your habits. No more leaving candles unattended in the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. Same goes for portable electric heaters that you use during the winter. If you smoke cigarettes, take responsibility and maintain smoking materials properly.
If you have any questions, would like more assistance, or just need general advice, contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County today. SERVPRO can help provide you with a solution (770) 992-2777.
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Cleaning Smoke After Fire Damage in Sandy Springs
Rely on SERVPRO for Smoke Cleanup in Your Sandy Springs House
Inspection and Assessment Lead to Correct Fire Cleanup Procedures
You had a kitchen fire, so now what? Even though you got it put out relatively quickly, there is still plenty of damage, including much damage from smoke. Instead of cleaning it yourself, you need the help of a knowledgeable professional, such as SERVPRO, who is trained to handle this kind of damage.
You may be quite out of sorts after experiencing a fire, but as soon as you can gather your thoughts a bit, a call to SERVPRO should be immediate so as to prevent further fire damage to your home in Sandy Springs. The longer you wait to call, the longer the acidic soot and smoke have time to do more harm. Our technicians follow core principles for cleaning up smoke residues including:
• Finding all the residues
• Identifying the kind of residues
• Identifying the type of surface the residues are on
• Capturing the residues in dry particulate form or a solution
• Removing the residues
• Properly disposing of the residues
Finding and Identifying the Residues
The technician first inspects and tests for smoke residues to determine the extent of damages and decide what cleaning methods are needed for restoration. The technician also pre-tests particular items to figure out the best restoration procedure. By doing this inspection and pre-testing, the tech locates residues, identifies the kinds of residues, and decides what surfaces to clean.
Capturing and Removing Residues
Before being removed, you have to capture the residues. The restorer uses air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Air and fluids carry particles suspended with them on contact. Dissolving and vacuuming are two ways to contact soils and dispose of them.
Soils and residues which are not loose need to dissolve before being removed. Doing so loosens their bond with the surface and suspends them in a cleaning product and flushed away once it is rinsed or extracted from the surface. The kind of surface and soil are two main factors in dissolving soils. Some soils dissolve in water while others do not and need the use of a cleaning product which is solvent-based. The kind of surface has to be considered to preserve what is being cleaned.
Smoke residues with solid particles consist of mostly carbon. Dry particles which are loosely attached to surfaces can be suctioned by vacuuming. Moisture contacting particles allow the surface to absorb them and therefore are harder to remove. Vacuuming is always attempted first before applying wet cleaning products.
There are general rules which the SERVPRO tech follows to dispose of the residues properly, so you do not have to worry about it yourself. They understand not to dispose of cleaning solvents in a sewer and septic system and not to dispose of cleaning wastes in a gutter or storm drain. If needed, water with biohazards is brought to a proper disposal firm to handle correctly.
Smoke damage left from a fire can have detrimental effects on your possessions and needs to be cleaned right away, so call SERVPRO of North Fulton County immediately after a fire. We can be reached with just a phone call to (770) 992-2777, and we will be to your property quickly to help.
Dealing with Fire Damage can Bring Your Sandy Springs Home Back to Life
Smoke & Fire Help for Your Sandy Springs Home, Call SERVPRO
Fire & Smoke Loss to Your Property Restored By SERVPRO
A fire has many uses in the home – cooking, warmth from both furnaces and fireplaces, hot water, outdoor grills, but the fire must always be in a controlled situation. In an uncontrolled situation, it can spread quickly. A blaze is not only dangerous and potentially deadly, but it also creates much damage that can make your home unlivable.
Home-cooked meals are a part of life in Sandy Springs, but fire damage can erase that from a family's routine. Because SERVPRO is a locally owned business, we know how important this is to you and your family. We will work as fast as it is safe to do so that you can get your family back in your home. We want to minimize as much as possible how much time you will stay with relatives or in a hotel after a fire has compromised the safety and security of your home.
Fire damage includes not only the charred parts of your home but also the soot that has settled on practically everything within your home. These include areas that never had any flames, as smoke can travel easily from room to room and down hallways and up staircases. At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves on having technicians who are trained in IICRC standards regarding the latest fire damage restoration methods.
Knowing how to handle a particular aspect of fire damage best means that your home and the items in it receive professional treatment. Our training ensures that your belongings are given the care they deserve. Having Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT) certification shows we are serious about, and capable of, delivering the results you hope for and expect.
Providing a complete and thorough job also takes the right equipment and tools. From removing charred materials to restoring walls, floors, and ceilings, we have the capacity. However, even with those measures of replacing with new materials, and cleaning your personal items to remove all traces of oily soot, smoke odors can linger. We can treat this problem until smoke odors disappear. Methods include the use of thermal foggers that can render smoke particles inert and direct deodorant compounds.
Whenever fire damage happens in your home, give us a call. You can always reach us, SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777. We can get your house back to livable condition so that your family can return home.
Fire Damage Preventitve Construction Saves Lives and Properties
Fire Doors Help Preserve Life in Times of Conflagrations in Commercial Buildings in Milton
Fire Codes Help Mitigate Damage and Present Personal Harm
If you follow Georgia 400, Highway 9 or Highway 141 and you will come to a Georgia community that has historic charm, easy living and great planned commercial and residential developments. The community's reputation as the crown jewel of Metro Atlanta is one of economic and social growth. There are many new and established businesses along this corridor with a small town feel. SERVPRO is even close by.
If fire damages any of our commercial establishment, it would not only have a negative economic impact, but it would considerably affect our historic communities. A fire damage in the Milton Crabapple District would significantly disrupt our rooftop restaurants and our cool pubs. Either as a resident or a guest in any of our commercial businesses, you may have passed a doorway labeled “fire door.”
If we use or work in a building and a fire breaks out, we expect that we will be protected, but this is not always the case. Fire doors are a part of a building's “passive” fire protection system. Since fire is never predicted, the fire door, unlike other doors, is designed to protect lives and offer protection to a major part of the building.
Fire doors are manufactured to withstand the spread of fire for a specific period, between 30 to 60 minutes. This time allows people to escape the building. Fire doors are a necessity in nearly all types of buildings. They are made to provide necessary fire safety measures and standards, such as accessibility, sound proofing, safety glazing, thermal efficiency and ventilation.
Fire doors are made of solid constructions, like flax board or a wood composite material that burns very slowly. They are fitted with special seals which seal the door on impact with heat, to stop the spread of fire and smoke around the edges of the door.
When a fire door is closed, it will slow down a direct fire attack. The doors are classified with different fire ratings which indicate their level of protection. After people in a building have been evacuated, fire doors will continue to provide a certain degree of protection for fire responders to enter the building.
In the case of fire damage, when the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Fulton County. You need a company that provides results while minimizing the disruption to your business. We are available 24 hours a day to get your Georgia business back up and operational.
We are locally owned and operated so you can depend on us to get the job done right and quickly. Our highly trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to get your business back open for business. Call us at ( 770) 992-2777 and learn more about our commercial cleaning and restoration services.
The Damage Caused By Fire
Even though the immediate fire danger is past, after it is gone it leaves behind a lot which will continue to affect your Johns Creek structure.
Fire Damage Repair and Restoration
You may think you are in the clear after the firefighters have left, and that your home won’t experience any more fire damage in Johns Creek, however, if you don’t call in the experts right away to help you clean up the smoke damage, your building will never get back to normal. The principles of fire restoration are quite simple, but it does require a lot of experience and manpower to perform correctly. This means that it should never be attempted on your own.
Even though the immediate fire danger is past, after it is gone it leaves behind a lot which will continue to affect your structure. Smoke and ash, if left untouched, will cause extensive etching, corrosion, and discoloration, plus lingering powerful odors. A professional company that cleans smoke and fire damage will be able to prevent this before it becomes a huge problem, as long as you contact them soon enough. Several companies say they can restore the areas affected by the fire, but you should only use ones that have the right certification and training, such as SERVPRO. The IICRC is the leading agency in this industry, and they require its registrants to take coursework which is extensive before they can earn their certification. Therefore, this is a symbol of excellence, and anyone upholding these standards can be found through the IICRC.
At SERVPRO, we can clean your smoke damage and restore affected items. However, we need to be brought to your property as soon as possible to stop the issues that are ongoing which ash residue can create. The first thing ash will do is discolor a majority of surfaces. Anything that was near the fire or made of plastic will begin discoloring in just minutes, and in several hours the finish on appliances and fiberglass will start to yellow. Metals will tarnish as well. When a few days have passed, ash will make the walls permanently discolored, along with upholstery and clothing. Wood and vinyl will have to be replaced or refinished, and metal will begin corroding.
If you don’t get our professional staff in to clean your fire and smoke damage, the cost for restoration will get very high in just a few weeks. You might need to replace metals, carpet will discolor permanently, and glass could be etched severely, causing the need for replacement. Odors will also be obvious and could be intense enough to be disruptive. Since ash is acidic, the longer you take to hire our experts, the more destruction there will be.
The first thing we’ll do is find all the materials that are affected and locate the source of any odors. The process has to be very thorough to be successful, and we will be sure to do so.
Any time you experience Johns Creek fire damage, please contact us right away at SERVPRO of North Fulton County by dialing (770) 992-2777 so we can assess your damages and get you back on your feet.
Fire Damage Sandy Springs - 3 Reasons to Contact a professional
Fire and smoke damage can completely destroy a home
Sandy Springs Fire Damage - 3 Reasons to Contact a professional
When a fire breaks out in a home or business, it’s not easy to contain. However, some things can be done in advance to minimize the potential for fire damage in Sandy Springs that may occur. In most cases, people may have a fire extinguisher in a particular place so that everyone will have easy access to it at all times. In some situations, however, when the fire spreads and damages other areas in a building, there will be some after effects that the owner will have to address. Getting the proper assistance right away is one of the best ways to get things back in order quickly. Therefore, for those who may need help in determining what they should do, here three reasons why professionals in the industry should be contacted instead of trying to handle these problems in-house only.
Professionals Know How to save salvageable items
It’s not uncommon for everything in a home to look like it cannot be restored after a fire has occurred. Specifically, because fire and smoke damage can quickly destroy many things. However, when an individual has the expertise and knowledge to save items using various kinds of professional techniques, they can save possessions that people would normally throw away. For instance, if the fire did not completely burn the draperies but has left a lot of smoke, fire damage Sandy Springs professionals have the equipment required to remove all of the smoke smells from the fabric.
Another great benefit of hiring professionals to take care of fire and smoke damage is saving time. Since people like to get back to their regular lives as quickly as possible, they may try to obtain all of the help that they need from friends, families and the like. However, with the assistance of a professional, the family can secure a survey of the damage with a strategic plan to take care of it quickly while also doing a thorough job.
Because these professionals have the expertise and equipment to address both small and large jobs, they can help people with saving money. This is because the person may find costly items in the home that the owner may want to throw away. However, when an individual is well versed in what things can be restored, they can save money by not having to buy the item again.
Fire and smoke damage can completely destroy a home. However, for those of you who want to get a quick assessment of things that can be restored instead of being thrown away, you should contact SERVPRO of North Fulton County at (770) 992-2777 any time of the day or night.
Things to Remember After a Residential Fire in Sandy Springs
Candles are a huge cause of residential fires.
The Aftermath of a Sandy Springs Residential Fire
Four Things To Do Following A Fire
Experiencing a fire on your residential property can be the most upsetting thing that happens in your life. Following a residential fire in Sandy Springs, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unprepared to deal with the aftermath. However, the professionals of SERVPRO want to ensure that you take all the steps necessary to get your home back in absolutely amazing condition. Make it happen by doing these four things following the fire:
Ask To Reenter The Building
Your first course of action following a Sandy Springs residential fire is determining whether it is safe for you to reenter your home. In many cases, houses impacted by fires are not structurally sound. This means going back inside could prove dangerous and even deadly. For this reason, make sure you ask the local fire department or another authority whether it is ok to go back inside.
File Your Claim And Attain A Fire Report
After you determine whether it is safe for you to reenter the premises, your next step is to file your claim with the insurance company. This process is very important because it determines how much coverage you will attain for any restoration services provided for the property. To ensure that you get the greatest coverage possible, make sure that you take excellent photos of all damages done to the property. In addition to filing your claim, you should also obtain a fire report which indicates the condition of your property, the areas where the fire took place, and the time and date in which it transpired.
Make Temporary Living Arrangements
In many cases, Sandy Springs fire damage is severe enough to preclude you from sleeping in your home. For this reason, it is prudent to make temporary living arrangements in advance. In many cases, you can stay with a friend or family member. If you do not live close to anyone you know, you may find it advantageous to relocate to a temporary lodging facility such as an extended stay hotel.
One final step you must take following a Sandy Springs residential fire is contacting the professionals of SERVPRO. As a fire damage restoration company with over 50 years of experience, we specialize in eradicating all fire damage with speed and skill. Each of our IICRC-certified technicians will also treat you with dignity and warmth as we recognize how challenging it can be to deal with the fire aftermath.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Fulton County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (770) 992-2777
Fire Damage Restoration Experts for Your Johns Creek Home
After the Inferno, Call SERVPRO
Johns Creek Help for Fire Damage
Once a fire has taken place in your residential property in Johns Creek, you may find yourself wondering if your home will ever return to its pre-fire damaged condition. Although witnessing the negative impact that fire can have on your home can be disheartening, it's important to realize that restoration of your property is possible. To make it happen, you need to call a certified, qualified fire damage contractor like SERVPRO. Learn more about how fire damage contractors can help restore your property by reviewing the short outline provided for you below:
Equipment and Expertise
There are numerous reasons that hiring a fire damage contractor can prove beneficial for your home after it has been impacted by a fire. First, a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO has the licensing, equipment, and experience necessary to complete the job in a quick and professional manner. These technicians understand the significance of smoke seepage and soot buildup into walls, furnishings, fabrics and hidden voids. This seepage results in a pervasive smoky odor unless the issue is addressed. These experts utilize specialized equipment to eliminate unwanted smells, and then deodorize affected areas. Some of the equipment employed is Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers and Thermal Foggers. Additionally, SERVPRO will make use of water extractors, vacuums, high-velocity air movers and dehumidifiers to remove water. This immediate response helps to prevent or control mold and mildew growth. Additionally, the educational background that these contractors possess empowers them to ensure that your residential property passes post-fire safety and building codes inspections.
Ensuring Your Safety
It is not prudent for you to start the cleanup process right after a fire of any large scale; your property may not even be safe for reentry. In fact, there are several factors that can decrease the safety of your property, such as water pooling near appliances and electricity. Additionally, fire damage can result in the weakening of your floor's structure, thereby making it unsafe to walk through damaged areas of your home. For these reasons, it's a good idea to have a professional fire remediation contractor like SERVPRO inspect and determine if reentry is safe. After a severe fire event, the fire marshall would initiate the inspection.
If your residential property in Johns Creek has been adversely impacted by a fire, it's important to know that a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can be of great assistance to you. By offering customized, cutting edge remediation services, these contractors can restore your home to its original condition. We have extensive experience in cleanup, water removal, repair, and restoration. We offer round the clock services for your emergency needs.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
We are proud to be an active member of the Johns Creek community. SERVPRO of North Fulton County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Alpharetta, GA residents and business owners with any size cleaning or fire restoration emergencies.
We are dedicated to responding to any local emergency. Call us at (770) 992-2777
Effective Steps to Johns Creek Fire Damage Recovery
It is important to leave the restoration process to the experts.
Effective Steps to Fire Damage Recovery
While a Johns Creek fire in your home or office can be devastating, it is important not to delay in restoring your property. A fire alarm system can make sure that everyone evacuates the area safely, but burned and heat-damaged possessions pose a different sort of challenge. Even with the flames extinguished, other agents like soot and smoke can continue causing damage, making it imperative to start the restoration process as soon as possible.
As soon as the Johns Creek fire has been extinguished and it is safe to enter the building, you should take inventory of the damage. Put together a detailed list of items that have been destroyed or damaged in the fire. If possible, you should include photographs of the damage. This will allow you to clearly explain the situation when you contact your insurance company and the restoration contractor. It is easy for things to be misunderstood, so having a written list of the damage with photographic evidence puts you in a better position to know and communicate what has been damaged and to what extent. You should try to put this inventory together within a few hours once the fire has been put out.
Once you have finished documenting and have a good understanding of the damage, it is time to call your insurance company. Preferably, this should be done within one day of the event. The sooner you contact your insurance company, the sooner they will be able to send an insurance adjuster to assess the damage to your home or office.
Hire a Reputable Fire Damage Restoration Contractor
First step is to contact SERVPRO which is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This assures that SERVPRO possess necessary health and safety certifications and have been trained in the latest restoration technologies. It also indicates that SERVPRO has the experience with a wide range of fire damage restoration projects.
Working together with your insurance company to create a restoration plan, SERVPRO can return your property to its pre-fire condition. By communicating directly with your insurance adjuster regarding which items can be cleaned and restored and which need replacement, SERVPRO can save you a lot of time and energy.
Johns Creek fire damage is not the only problem caused by fire. Putting out the fire also causes extensive water damage, while smoke can travel to every part of the building, damaging areas that are untouched by fire.
Let the Professionals Handle It
It is important to leave the restoration process to the experts. While you may want to start by cleaning things on your own, this can often make things worse. You should especially avoid:
• Wiping walls, ceiling tiles or any other absorbent surface
• Reusing carpet and upholstery that have been damaged by the smoke
• Eating or cooking with anything exposed to heat and smoke, including canned goods
• Turning on any electronics such as your computer, TV, or an electrical appliance before it has been examined and professionally cleaned
Restoring your home or office after a fire can be stressful, but SERVPRO handling your insurance company and reconstruction makes it much easier to have a full recovery.
What To Do After A Fire
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.