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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)

Fire Damage Three Common Fire Hazards And How To Prevent Them From Destroying Your Harriman Home This Holiday Season 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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Avoid Fire Damage by Checking Your Furnace in Oak Ridge

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Fire Damage by Checking Your Furnace in Oak Ridge Let SERVPRO wipe away your soot damage.

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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Restoring Soot Damage In Your Oak Ridge Home

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Soot Damage In Your Oak Ridge Home 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)

Fire Damage Finding Professional Restoration Once Your Kingston House Fire Is Extinguished 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Problems in Harriman 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Harriman 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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Professional Fire Damage Restoration Expectations In Lenoir City

1/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Fire Damage Restoration Expectations In Lenoir City Lenoir City Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO to Mitigate Smoke & Fire Damage

Lenoir City Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Smoke & Fire Cleanup and Restoration

When a fire breaks out in a Lenoir City residence, extinguishing the flames is just the first step. Charring, soot, and smoke damage are challenging problems for the homeowner, and successful outcomes rely on using proper tools, products, and techniques to restore a property to preloss condition. We offer highly-qualified technicians and state of the art equipment to transform fire damage to "Like it never even happened."

Once the firefighters leave and access to your Lenoir City house is again available, our fire damage crew assesses the issues. Our production manager develops a comprehensive plan to address all necessary tasks, starting with water removal and damage abatement and then moving on to soot, smoke, and odor remediation.
 
Firefighting typically involves significant quantities of water and sometimes chemicals to extinguish the flames. The unabated damage water does to property is ongoing, destabilizing and deteriorating structures as well as risking secondary harm such as mold growth. It also poses a slip and fall safety hazard for both inhabitants and restoration technicians during the recovery period. SERVPRO crews use powerful pumps and extractors to remove standing water. Then they determine drying goals based upon the moisture content of the affected structures and features. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers move water vapor out of the structure, captured by the dehumidifiers via condensation or desiccant technology.
 
Crews evaluate the soot and smoke damage and employ the appropriate tools and cleaners to remove the residues and restore surfaces. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified, trained in the restoration industry's best practices. Light soot and ash respond well to dusting, dry sponging, and HEPA filtered vacuuming. Stickier residues found when the fire smoldered may need spray and wipe techniques or abrasive tools or cleaners to dislodge. Some substances when combusted deposit a lacquer-like coating on surfaces that requires the use of solvents and abrasion to remove. Immersion or ultrasonic cleaning works well for removable fixtures and articles with intricate details.
 
The HVAC system in the dwelling needs inspection as it may have suctioned soot and smoke inside the ducts during the fire, dispersing the debris throughout the property. At a minimum, filters need replacement and more thorough cleaning done by SERVPRO if indicated.
 
After the fire damage, debris and residues are removed, and surfaces cleaned, any lingering odors need attention. SERVPRO (OCT) deodorization specialists use strategies like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to change the chemical composition of odor-bearing particles to neutralize them. Occasionally surfaces still emitting odors after cleaning need sealing to contain the smell.
 
Rely on SERVPRO of Loudon & Roane Counties to come to your assistance with confidence after fire damages your home. Work crews are just a phone call away at (865) 986-3015, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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