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Is My Oven Salvageable After a Fire in Lenoir City?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Eliminate Fire Damage From Lenoir City Homes

Fire damage in the home is most common in kitchens, with this one area accounting for two out of every five fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data. While ovens are built to withstand some degree of direct exposure to fire, the damage may require professional assistance to restore your Lenoir City residence.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to return fire-damaged Lenoir City homes to a preloss condition. This firm focuses on thorough training for technicians in the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for fire damage cleanup and restoration.

What Should I Do in the Event of an Oven Fire?

    •    Ovens can smother minor fires. Keep your oven door closed, and most small fires that occur can be snuffed out by the lack of oxygen. However, if additional suppression is needed, try baking soda, salt, or your kitchen fire extinguisher.
    •    Clean up after extinguishing. Ovens need a thorough cleaning after putting out a fire, not just for burnt residues, but also for the fire suppression methods you used.
    •    Confirm whether or not professional repair is needed first. If you are unsure about whether your oven can function after a fire, call an oven repair company for guidance after a small fire.

What Tools Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Soot Residues from My Kitchen?

SERVPRO uses a broad selection of cleaning instruments and solutions for cleaning a variety of surfaces:

    •    HVAC systems can be cleaned with agitating tools to dislodge and eliminate soot deposits.
    •    Light soot residues can be addressed with dry cleaning sponges and EPA-registered detergent solutions.
    •    More substantial damages, such as charred wood cabinets, can be removed with abrasive materials like soda ash or dry ice.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties keeps residences looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (865) 986-3015 for cleanup service from an emergency response team.

How Can I Get Rid of Kitchen Appliance Fire Damage in Lenoir City?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Provide Fire Damage Cleanup for Lenoir City Homes Affected By Kitchen Fires

Kitchen appliance fires in the home can be overwhelming to deal with, especially for Lenoir City homeowners cooking for loved ones on top of managing work and day-to-day tasks. Unfortunately, however, home cleaning products are not designed to tackle the complexities of fire and smoke residues.

When kitchen fire damage occurs in your Lenoir City home, SERVPRO technicians are ready to bring you rapid mitigation, repair, and restoration that restores your kitchen while minimizing loss of belongings.

Understanding Wet and Dry Smoke in Fire Damage

Fire damage can generate wet or dry smoke, depending on the type of material burned. Dry wood, paper, and cotton or wool, for example, typically produce a dry smoke from fast-burning, high-temperature flames. Synthetic materials, like foam rubber and plastics, produce low-temperature, slow-burning fires that leave behind greasy deposits that are harder to clean.

Several other factors affect the type of residues in a kitchen fire, including:
• The flame’s temperature and access to oxygen
• Burning speed
• Presence of combusted proteins

How SERVPRO Removes Kitchen Fire Damage From Your Residence

If the catalyst of the fire is an appliance failure, the resultant wet residues and aerosols require more cleanup than their drier counterparts. SERVPRO techs typically work from ceiling to floor, addressing dry, light soils before moving on to more heavy-duty cleanup measures.

• Venetian blinds and other materials might require immersion in an ultrasonic tank filled with water and cleaning solution to remove residues thoroughly.
• Protein residues from burnt animal proteins require enzyme digesters to mitigate odors and to alter these hard-to-clean deposits for easy sanitation chemically.
• The air in your home can be cleaned with HEPA-filter air scrubbers designed to catch soot particles and other impurities in the air.

SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties serves the community with emergency-response mitigation that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (865) 986-3015 when you need disaster cleanup at any time of the day or night.

How to Avoid Fire Damage by Checking Your Furnace in Oak Ridge

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Proper Weatherization can Diminish the Risk of Fire Damage in Oak Ridge

Preparing your home for winter can help minimize the expense of heating your Oak Ridge home. Sealing cracks around doors and windows prevent the loss of heat while keeping cold air from blowing in when wintry winds gust around outside. 

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners check around the furnace's enclosure for soot and darkened areas because these can indicate an increased risk of fire damage to their Oak Ridge home. Signs of puff back may have gone unnoticed last winter, although the tell-tale sound might have bothered you and others when at home. 

Making a thorough check around the furnace in the fall might reveal sooty residue. This residue comes from misfiring of the furnace. Delays in purchasing a new furnace can cause a fire in your home. Flames can quickly enter the ducts and burn through, creating fires in various areas in your home. Furnaces that experience puff back also spew soot into the air. The staining you see around vents within your house show the problem quite visibly. 

After you purchase a new furnace, we can clean affected vents and ducts, to ensure the air heating your home remains clean. Timely removal of this residue from these areas helps keep additional build up from occurring around vents. SERVPRO workers can also get the walls soiled by the soot clean and looking “Like it never even happened.” 

While a fire in the sense that many think about never happened, puff back can cause similar effects. Smoke and soot from a fire invade your home at one time, but with puff back, the soot build-up happens steadily over time. This fine soot can affect more than just the walls around the furnace and vents. Your belongings can become covered in a very thin film of it over time. A deposit like this can create a heavy odor all through your residence. We can eliminate these soot particles, also, with effective cleaning and rinsing methods. 

The IICRC-certified technicians from SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties can eliminate the soot particles that filtered throughout your home and leave things smelling fresh again. If you notice signs of puff back, contact us at (865) 986-3015. Our technicians are more than happy to assist those in Tellico Village, Blue Springs, and Kingston, also.

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Restoration Professionals in Lenoir City Tell the Best Ways to Remove Fire Damage Odors

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Different Responses That Can Help Deal with Odor from Fire Damage Incidents in Lenoir City

Fire incidents lead to different problems that must be dealt with to restore the preloss conditions in a property. The most common problem is a bad odor, which can develop from minor or catastrophic events. The response taken to remove odor from a property may depend on the intensity of the fire damage.

Ventilating the confined area

Some fire damage incidents in Lenoir City may be localized within a specific area but produce a thick smoke that spreads throughout the property. Such smoke may contain particulate matter, aerosols, and other residues, thus emitting a bad smell. It is easy to deal with such odor by ventilating the property to remove smoke remnants. Our SERVPRO technicians use axial air movers to ventilate such property, removing the particulate-filed air and replacing it with clean outdoor air.

Placing activated oxygen units overnight

Real particles, which keep evaporating into the air, compose the invisible odor, thus resulting in the smell that reaches the nose. If the odor originates from residues on surfaces of different materials within the property, a simple procedure such as ventilating the property cannot deal with the odor effectively. Our SERVPRO technicians can use activated oxygen to deal with such odor. We set up ozone or hydroxyl generators within the affected property, at least overnight, eliminating all traces of bad odor.

Thermal fogging the structure

Some fire odor issues can persist even after a thorough cleaning and standard deodorization processes. Such persistence mostly occurs because of the deep penetration of odor molecules into materials. Any deodorizer used must be delivered deep into the affected materials to neutralize the odor molecules. Thermal fogging helps our SERVPRO crews remove such stubborn order since it mimics the smoke patterns that deposit the odor molecules initially.

Different kinds of odor problems can develop depending on how a fire incident unfolds. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 help fix all the effects from the fire, "Like it never even happened."

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Lenoir City After A Fire

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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How Professionals Choose Appropriate Fire Damage Cleaning Products in Lenoir City

Ordinary dirt and grime in a Lenoir City home usually clear away with the application of soap, water, and some “elbow grease.” The residues left after a household fire are not as easily removed. If the homeowner uses a general cleaner and conventional techniques the soot-based soiling often smears and spreads, or remains stubbornly stuck, making the situation worse instead of better.

Residues Meet Their Match

Lenoir City fire damage residues need professional attention to ensure removal without harming surfaces. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained workforce carefully matches different types of residues found in various spaces in your dwelling with the proprietary soaps, detergents, and solvents we find most effective.

Evaluation of Soot and Surface

The soot that covers the walls, ceilings, floors, and contents of your home consists of the incompletely combusted materials that provided fuel for the fire. Because those materials are different room to room, the residues left vary as well. SERVPRO reviews the consistency of the soot, characterizing it as dry and ashy, wet and sticky, or protein-based and varnish-like. We also check out the structural components covered with residues, determining how durable and able to withstand aggressive cleaning strategies those surfaces are.

Pre-Cleaning and Testing

If the residues are loose and dry, we use vacuums, dusters, and dry sponges to remove. Even in cases where the soot is more closely adhered, we employ these strategies to pre-clean. SERVPRO technicians have a good idea of the types of cleaners that help break the bond between wet or protein-based soot and surfaces, but we want to avoid unintended damage. We pre-test the soaps, detergents, or solvents on an inconspicuous area to judge the efficacy of the cleaning product and see if the solution harms the surface. Likewise, we try out degrees of agitation or temperature adaptations to see if the chosen cleaner works better or mars the surface.

Take advantage of the training and experience the fire damage restoration crews working for SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties possess. Call (865) 986-3015 to arrange for our professionals to assess your fire loss.

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Best Fire Debris Cleaning Practices in Lenoir City

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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What Fire Debris Cleaning Entails for Lenoir City Homes 

Debris cleanup after a Lenoir City structure fire is often the responsibility of the property owner, though most insurance policies offer some degree of coverage for this task. Often it is easier to rely on the expertise and experience of professional restorers to oversee this cleanup and recovery, as the right tools and techniques can prevent further loss and damage to your house. 

While fire debris cleanup for Lenoir City homes might be a necessary step when disasters occur, many homeowners do not know what to expect. Professionals like our SERVPRO team must approach debris and rubbish removal from a household in phases, all of which fall under the emergency services your home requires before even full mitigation work can begin. Knowing what to expect from our team and even our in-house general contractors can showcase the importance of these tasks.

Ash and Rubble  

Some homeowners might take the term debris removal literally, and rightfully so. A significant portion of these actions involves the shoveling out and disposal of half-burned remnants of construction materials, contents that experienced a total loss, and ash. We can work quickly to remove these piles of dust, debris, and charred remains as these can continue to be a catalyst for odors and other airborne threats. A dumpster may be rented to contain the removed fire-damaged materials and contents from the home.  

Vacuuming Sediment and Residue 

Clearing off surfaces and contents in the affected areas of your home is also a vital element to the initial mitigation approach your property needs. We use dry vacuuming to address heaps of soot and smoke particles that come to rest on surfaces and materials. Dry vacuuming is one of the agitative cleaning practices that can safely reduce residues without damaging the surface beneath them. The focused removal of these threats can limit erosion of construction materials and potential marring of contents. 

Controlled Demolition and Cleaning 

Post demolition cleanup is another element to debris removal, as much of this controlled demolition must happen before our SERVPRO team can begin mitigation. We work closely with reputable contractors in the area to ensure that we can transition seamlessly between this demolition and the cleaning and restoration work yet to begin. 

Fire damages might pose a threat to your home, but our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team can help with effective and efficient debris removal and recovery. Contact us anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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Seeking Professional Assistance Reduces Anxiety after Fire Damage in Your Loudon Home

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Seeing smoke billowing out of your property or getting a call that your house is on fire can create much uncertainty. Fires have the potential to reduce your highly valued property to a pile of rubble in a matter of minutes. Luckily, fact action quells most fires before they turn catastrophic. However, that is rarely the end of problems for the affected Loudon homeowner.

It Is Easier To Save Items

Items left caked in soot, and other residues is a common outcome when fire damage affects a Loudon home. Most items are salvageable if appropriately cleaned. Fires also open up home interiors to vandalism or damage by weather elements through shattered windows or holes on the roof or walls. Professional assistance helps deal with both problems quickly, thus helping save items. Our SERVPRO teams separate contents into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. If content move-out is necessary, we also create inventory worksheets indicating which items need light or heavy cleaning. We also board up the structure to protect the contents within.

The Restoration Process is Organized

Restoring property damaged by fire to its preloss state takes several activities from tearing down building material remnants, removing debris, cleaning, and drying the property among other steps. To the untrained eye, it is not easy to tell which steps to start with and how long the entire process might take, which builds up frustration. FSRT, Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician training, helps our SERVPRO team break down the process into stages and groups of tasks, simplifying its implementation. For example, we start with thorough scoping of the loss site instead of diving into restoration immediately.

The Right Equipment

When faced with a difficult task, the mere sight of sophisticated equipment can be reassuring because it indicates that every step necessary to restore your property can be accomplished. Our green trucks arrive at the loss site with a wide range of equipment including:

  • Pressure washers
  • Cherry pickers
  • Surface scrubbing equipment
  • Duct Cleaning Systems

It is normal to feel anxious after a fire incident. Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to help manage the cleanup and restoration. You can reach us at (865) 986-3015. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Recommends to Call Us to Make Your Fire-Damaged Home Whole Again

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO at Your Service Loudon Property Owners Breather a Sigh of Relief When the SERVPRO Green Fleet Arrives for Cleanup and Restoration of Their Fire Damaged Homes

Fire Damage Crews in Loudon Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property

If your property in Loudon ever burns, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. However, there are a few things that you can do to speed up the mitigation process before we arrive. Upon arrival, we begin checking your structure for any potential hazards. Since you are planning to start some of the work yourself, it is smart to avoid any safety hazards you find.

When starting to restore fire damage in Loudon, our SERVPRO team usually shuts off all of the utilities running to the house. If you think the blaze was the result of a gas leak, it is wise to shut off the gas supply running to your home. If water was used to extinguish the inferno, it is smart to shut off the electricity to prevent electrical shorts or worse. A pipe break, from the fire's heat, can add more water to the already wet areas from the first responders' extinguishing efforts.
 
Next, you can start cleaning surfaces inside your home where you notice soils and soot residues. You can remove soot residues sometimes just by simply cleaning them with a dry towel or hot, soapy water and a rag. The general rule is that you can clean hard, non-porous surfaces with soapy water and a rag. However, when cleaning softer, porous surfaces moisture can soak the soils deeper into the material, therefore using a dry towel to wipe off soot residues proves to be the better option.

Looks pretty complicated? Worried about making more of a mess than the soot and residues already have done? We advice property owners to step back, ask yourself, can "I really restore my home to its pre-fire damage condition?" Probably not, contact SERVPRO's skilled FSRT fire and smoke damage restoration technicians to make you feel, "Like it never even happened."
 
Call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for fast 24/7 service conducted by our highly trained team.

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Our Professionals Are Here To Help When A Fire Has Damaged Your Lenoir City Apartment

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

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What You Should Do When Fire Damage Happens Inside Your Lenoir City Apartment

No one wants to deal with fire damage inside of their home, but small fires happen more frequently than you would imagine. Living in an apartment complex can be affordable for many people seeking out a place to live. However, it can also be rather small and cramped, leading to clutter. When the candle burning on your coffee table began to get lower to the table as it burned, some papers were just a little too close and caught fire, which then spread to some nearby magazines, and then to a throw blanket.

By the time the small blaze was put out in your Lenoir City apartment, fire damage had been left behind on the wooden coffee table in your living room, as well as the carpet underneath it. The fire was easy enough to put out on your own, but the flames still left behind scorch marks, soot, and a foul smell in your living room. You might consider throwing away the table and the carpet in this situation, but it is best to call for professional help swiftly. It is possible that the items can be remediated and returned to their preloss state.

After you call SERVPRO, we can send our technicians to your home as quickly as possible, along with advanced technology made to fight fire damage. Our techs are highly trained and have gone through our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP,) allowing them to be prepared for whatever barriers they may find inside of your home.

SERVPRO can start by removing all of the scorched remains from the fire, taking away anything unsalvageable from the scene. From there, our technicians can set up an air scrubber equipped with a HEPA filter to pull the particles from the air that are responsible for the foul scent. Afterward, SERVPRO can use cleaning solutions specially made and designed to break down soot to remove the stains from your coffee table as well as your carpet. Once finished, SERVPRO can return your living room to you as if the fire damage never happened.

When fire damage impacts your apartment, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties by calling (865) 986-3015. Night or day, our professionals can keep the damage away.

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Removing Odors from Smoke Damaged Clothing in Lenoir City Homes

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Soft materials and fabrics can often take much of the widespread damages after a fire in your Lenoir City residence. Removing soot residues and smoke particulates from your belongings is one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome after a disaster, but this often pales in comparison to the widespread effects of harsh odors. With fabrics like clothing, drapes, and furniture, these foul odor molecules can permeate beyond the surface and seat into the material, becoming more and more difficult to remove without immediate and deliberate action.

We have multiple strategies and advanced technology for addressing fire damage in your Lenoir City home, including the odor effects that can impact your clothing and fabrics. Our SERVPRO professionals understand the importance of responding quickly to these emergencies, so we keep our personnel and our equipment ready to roll out at a moment’s notice to fire disasters that affect our counties. As is the case with every disaster like this, we must work quickly to establish effective mitigation and containment, both of which can protect your property from further and more devastating damages.

With recovering fabrics damaged by smoke and other foul odors after a fire, cleaning is often one of the first steps that must occur. While many of your belongings can get removed as part of the pack-out process by our SERVPRO team, what remains must get cleaned with our dry-cleaning, hot water extraction, or another advanced machine. This process can help to reduce the smell in these items but rarely removes it entirely.

We focus on the use of thermal and UV foggers to penetrate damaged materials with an odorless chemical compound that neutralizes smoke odor molecules on contact. This machine is a portable unit, helping to address these same symptoms throughout the residence quickly.

Fire damages can occur in many different stages in your home, but our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties professionals have the experience and equipment to handle each of these effects. Give us a call anytime at (865) 986-3015 to make fire loss damages “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Find the Right Fire Damage Remediation Company in Kingston For Your Situation

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Each scenario of fire damage is different and must be assessed before starting the remediation process. Call SERVPRO to come out to the scene.

Fire Damage Remediation in Kingston

In a restoration service after a fire, the typical steps are to remove charred materials and decide which items need disposal as well as what can be salvaged. Often, odors can remain much longer than the fire itself because smoke or soot is residing in tough to reach areas. After thorough deodorization using water-based sprays or thermal fogging those odors can linger causing an unpleasant reminder to the homeowner of previous events.

We know that dealing with fire damage in Kingston is as much about restoring infrastructure as it is about tackling odors. Getting a home back to preloss conditions means creating an environment that has no noticeable signs that the damage occurred at all; making it, in essence, "Like it never even happened." To provide this kind of service SERVPRO encourages our technicians to gain IICRC qualifications in smoke odor control as well as fire damage.

A stubborn odor may pass with time, but most homeowners want to get back to their every day lives with as few reminders of the fire as possible. SERVPRO can deploy thermal foggers throughout the structure of your home to ensure all odors are removed. Thermal foggers use a heating element to vaporize cleaning solvent.The advantage of this method is that the vapor behaves in much the same way as smoke meaning it enters the same ventilation points, nooks and crannies to neutralize odors.

Still, in some cases, a tricky odor can stay behind even after a fogging procedure. In fires that involve high air pressure, it is not uncommon for insulation to expand and become porous. Porous materials imbibe smoke and could be permanently damaged so we may have to remove and replace insulation in your attic or other cavities.

If an odor is still hanging around after all other options have been exhausted SERVPRO can deploy advanced Ozone generators. These machines actively alter airborne particles not only neutralizing but eliminating odor particles. Since these machines require a home to be vacated during and after use, we only deploy these when necessary. More often than not a varied approach using all or some of the above is more than enough to tackle the fire and smoke odors.

When you need to get your home back to preloss conditions, contact SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015.

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We Will Restore Your Harriman Home After A Fire Causes Significant Damage

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is traumatic, but we can be your top ally in making your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Fixing Fire Damage To Your Home In Harriman

Now that the weather is dreary and cold, we need to be extra vigilant of the dangers threatening our homes. Aside from concentrating on the consequences of below zero temperatures, such as frozen pipes, ice dams, and snow-covered driveways, we need to be vigilant of those materials that might ignite and incur fire damage to our homes. Something as simple as a faulty furnace or wire can be the beginning of a very traumatic experience.

Luckily, SERVPRO is here if ever your home in Harriman faces fire damage. Even as you vacate your home, our team of experts is here to guide you through the process of making your home inhabitable once again. Our support is triggered by your call, and we are ready to take action 24/7 through our rapid response team. Our team’s training and expertise help you restore your home quickly and effectively, minimizing as much as possible the collateral damage of the fire.

Frequently our clients express desperation when they see the soot damage caused by the flames. It feels like every single surface is saturated with soot, including your carpets and upholstery. Before you attempt to remove any residues, allow our SERVPRO crew to apply their industry knowledge and devise a plan suitable for each section of your home. Through training, we know that each material requires a specific substance and methodology when removing the remains of smoke and soot, and we can take the proper steps. Applying inappropriate cleaners may result in even more damage and further delay. It's best to leave this process to the professionals.

Lingering odors is also a by-product of fire damage to your home, which is why we also address the issue as part of the remediation process. Along with traditional cleaning methods, such as shampooing and disinfecting your carpets, we also apply advanced techniques to neutralize and eliminate any odors that cling to your home and furniture. Keep in mind that at SERVPRO salvage as much of your home as possible. However, when carpets and upholstery have been drenched in water for too long, or have been affected by debris, we may proceed to remove it before it becomes a health hazard.

At SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties, we are here to help. Reach out at (865) 986-3015 at any time of day, so we can rapidly come to your assistance. Fire damage is traumatic, but we can be your top ally in making your home look “Like it never even happened.”

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Three Common Fire Hazards And How To Prevent Them From Destroying Your Harriman Home This Holiday Season

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

During the holidays, candle fires are four times higher than any other month.

Fire Damage In Harriman: Keep Disaster At Bay This Holiday Season

The holiday season is coming soon, and you know what that means. Holiday decorations, Christmas trees, wood burning fires, and holiday lights are likely to adorn your Harriman home. Also, family members and friends are going to gather in your home to celebrate with you. During this holiday, keeping your family, friend and home safe should be at the top of your list. At SERVPRO, we want you to enjoy the holidays like everyone else and not have your celebration interrupted by fire damage. Here are three common fire hazards and how to prevent each.

Candles
During the holidays, candle fires are four times higher than any other month. Yes, SERVPRO fire damage experts in Harriman respond fast to mitigate damage, but as a homeowner, you have a part to play. If you follow these recommendations, you will keep your family and home safe during this holiday season.

To reduce candle fires, always maintain a foot or more of space between the candles and any flammable material such as drapes. Use sturdy bases when setting candles. You can shop for these bases at the local store. If the whole family is going to step out of the room to spend time in the backyard, make sure no candle flame is left unattended.

Decorative Lights
After each holiday, families remove the decorative lights to store in a safe place until the next holiday season. While care is taken to ensure the lights are stored in a proper place, they may end up having cracked or frayed wires. If these lights are set up with frayed or cracked wires, a short circuit may occur. The sparks from the short circuit can start a fire leading to fire damage. To prevent this, stack the plugs. This is much safer especially if you have a large number of decorative lights. For the extension cords, make sure they are in good condition. During installation, use UL rated clips.

Deep Fryers
Holiday parties cannot be complete without deep fried turkey. Not only does it add a great touch to your party but it is delicious. As you already know, cooking oil is combustible, and if one does not take care when cooking, a fire can occur. Also, the vapor may ignite which poses a serious risk in your home. So, instead of a deep fryer, consider buying a deep-fried turkey from a professional service.

At SERVPRO, we want you to have a disaster-free holiday. So, if you need the help of SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties fire damage experts this holiday season, call our emergency line at (865) 986-3015. Happy Holidays from SERVPRO! The trusted leader in the restoration industry.

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Restoring Soot Damage In Your Oak Ridge Home

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Toss Soot-Covered Possessions--Call SERVPRO in the Oak Ridge Area for a Fast Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Technicians Can Utilize Many Pieces of Equipment and Cleaning Products to Remove Soot Residue

Apart from structural concerns or demolition, one of the hardest effects of a fire in your Oak Ridge home (aesthetically speaking) is soot damage. This film of carbon from the burning of materials spreads out widely throughout the affected areas of your home and beyond, requiring a lot of concentrated efforts to remove and restore.

Overcoming soot damages, or any fire damage effects in your Oak Ridge home for that matter, begin with finding the right restoration team. Often homeowners try to take care of portions of the cleanup and repairs on their own but fail to see that it is more cost-effective and less time-consuming to choose professional restoration services instead. Our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly to the emergency and work efficiently to remove the effects of the fire.

The ease with which soot can get cleaned varies based on its thickness and the material affected. While much of these surfaces and materials can get restored on site using various pieces of equipment from dry/wet sponges to high-powered vacuums, other materials like fabrics and drapes can benefit from our SERVPRO technicians working along with local drycleaning to more efficiently get these materials ready for reinstallation. Esporta machine systems may be available to clean a wide variety of fabrics and soft materials at our facility.

Carpeting can also prove to be a hassle when it has gotten heavily affected by the soot damages. In these cases, concentrated cleaning efforts from bonnet cleaning to our Premier Showcase level of carpet treatment get used for bringing the fibers of this flooring back to life. Even with light or moderate soot coverage, this is a recommended approach. Often this material also requires focused deodorization to remove the smoke damage embedded into the individual fibers and the base/padding.

While soot damages are just one aspect of the effects that you might experience from a fire in your home, they are often one of the hardest for homeowners to have to see. Our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties fire restoration technicians can help you to overcome all of the obstacles in returning your home to preloss conditions stretching well beyond the soot damage. Give us a call anytime you need us at (865) 986-3015 to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Finding Professional Restoration Once Your Kingston House Fire Is Extinguished

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Kingston House Fire Damage? Don't Wait, Call SERVPRO

Kingston Fire Damage Restoration Should Be Handled by a Professional Company--SERVPRO

When a fire breaks out in your Kingston home, you trust in the local professionals at the fire department to do their part to put out the flames and extinguish the threat. Unfortunately, once it reaches the point where you can safely assess the situation, nearly all of the damage has happened. Now you set your attention on finding a way forward from the current damage you face to return your home to its preloss conditions.

Fire damages in your Kingston residence appear in many areas and many ways. Our SERVPRO technicians work closely with you to determine what lingering effects make living in your home the most difficult and then work our way back from this priority. All of this starts with an initial assessment of the property to determine the full scope of the damage that our restoration technicians face.

Fire extinguishment can sometimes cause damage itself, however. With the high volumes of water necessary to quell significant incidents and the need for access holes through parts of the exterior of your home, at times it can feel like this process caused more damage than the fire did. Our technicians can get to work quickly on removing the water and cleaning up the mess this process left behind.

Then our SERVPRO professionals set their sights on other significant concerns, like the likely widespread smoke and soot damages. Heavy-duty vacuum systems can remedy a lot of the present soot damages, even in inaccessible areas, and sponges used dry or with a cleaning solution can help to remove more set in stains. Deodorization with thermal foggers is one of the last steps in fire restoration. It can help you to breathe a little easier in your house once again. SERVPRO techs often place HEPA filtration equipped air scrubbers to grab any airborne particulates and odors.

With the widespread damage of significant fires, you can often find yourself at a loss of how to proceed. Your insurance adjuster insists on professional restoration to get the claim approved, and our SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties team of experienced restorers is ready to clean up the mess. We even coordinate our efforts with you and your adjuster to reduce the stress. Give us a call anytime at (865) 986-3015.

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Fire Damage Problems in Harriman

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO addresses water damage left behind by extinguishing efforts before cleaning up fire damage.

SERVPRO Can Help with Water and Fire Damage in Your Home

Many times when a fire burns a house in Harriman water gets used to extinguish the blaze. Often homes that suffer burn damage also get affected by water. Different techniques get utilized when there are multiple types of damage present.

Smoke created by the fire spreads throughout the building leaving behind soot residues and foul odors. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Harriman know that excessive water can change the way soot residues get removed. A major part of any restoration process is cleaning any affected building materials or contents.

If a fire burns for a long time, many building materials can get burnt and charred. In some cases, flames burn a home so severely that all heating ducts and electrical wires ran in the attic get torched and the house no longer has power. If the house does not have electricity, then any materials that got saturated with water must get removed within 72 hours so that mold does not form.

When a fire gets extinguished, the fire department often saturates building materials throughout the entire house. When building materials are wet, everything must get removed including drywall and insulation. Once the house gets stripped down to the studs, drying equipment gets set up inside the building to dry out the wooden studs that make up the home's structure.

After moisture levels return to preloss conditions, smoke and burn damage issues that are present get addressed. It is possible that flames and heat burn trusses and studs so bad to where they get replaced. If the charring does not go too deep into the wood, then sanding the charred material off can work.

After all of the burnt material and smoke damage gets removed from the structural materials the area gets sealed with a specialized paint. The sealant paint coats the materials so that foul odors are trapped beneath it. The paint also protects the wood from microbial growth.

After problems with the trusses and studs are remediated, the reconstruction phase begins. If you ever need professional help with smoke or water damage call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 any time of the day.

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Fire Damage Experts in Harriman

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds quickly to help restore your home after a fire.

Call on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Anytime a fire starts indoors; the aftermath is devastating. If your Harriman home is ever the victim of a severe blaze, many different types of damage possibly occur. A fire's flames, heat, and smoke all cause different kinds of damage to the contents and building materials inside your house.

Sometimes fires behave strangely and all of the damage caused is not obvious. It is smart to call in SERVPRO's fire damage specialists in Harriman to make sure every area damaged gets the necessary attention. Smoke often travels to areas of the building away from the source that causes soot residues and unpleasant odors.

Whenever dealing with a fire situation, our SERVPRO technicians study how flames and smoke behave. The damage created during the burn is different in every situation. There are many factors affecting how severe a home gets damaged in a blaze.

After a burn, the amount of damage created depends on things likes what materials got burned and the amount of heat, oxygen, and moisture present. Airflow inside the building and the types of smoke residues present also play a role in determining how severe a structure gets damaged. Another factor that affects the cleanability of the damage present is the type of surfaces smoke and heat effect.

The type of surface smoke comes in contact with changes how the surface gets damaged. Porous surfaces allow soot residues and odors to penetrate deeply into the material and are harder to clean than non-porous surfaces. Synthetic fibers tend to collect more soot but are easier to clean than natural fibers.

Another factor that changes how easily an object is to clean is the age of the surface. As a general rule the older the surface is, the harder it is to clean. This rule holds true whether the surface is paint, carpet, or fabric.

To make sure all smoke and soot get adequately cleaned after a fire, it is wise to seek professional help. Remember, you can call SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties at (865) 986-3015 for 24/7 assistance.

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