Recent Fire Damage Posts

Living Room Fires in a Pineville Property

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Protect Your Home in Pineville From Fire Damage Caused by Chimneys and Candles

Flames Are the Cause of Many Home Fire Damaged Related Incidents

Although fires in living and family rooms are less frequent than those in more hazardous kitchen areas, they can grow to large sizes more readily and more often than those in kitchens. Many living room fires start with an accident in the fireplace, when a candle is knocked over, or when an electronic device comes into contact with water or otherwise severely malfunctions. Regardless of their cause, these fires quickly find sufficient fuel in the surrounding area. If the fire is not extinguished quickly, it can create some of the biggest restoration projects SERVPRO finds in residential developments.

How They Start
Fire damage in Pineville living rooms typically starts from one of three sources: the hearth, candles, or electronic malfunctions. Fireplace accidents are easily created if proper safeguards such as containment bars are not in place, and can produce heavy amounts of smoke in addition to larger blazes. Clogged or unclean chimneys lead to many flare-ups and roof fires. Candle fires are often relatively benign if they start while someone is in the room, but can sometimes start silently when the room is left unattended, blossoming into a large disaster. Electrical fires usually require some accident on a resident's part to start up, so while those can become large very quickly, they are typically hit with fire extinguishers before they get out of hand.
 
Problems Faced in Restorations
The main challenge SERVPRO faces in restoring these fires are in their size. Living rooms may contain fabric carpeting and furniture, flammable bookcases, and numerous small objects that quickly spread fires out from their origin. Also, when dealing with hearths, large volumes of smoke may present additional hurdles. Before we begin any work beyond standard mitigation, we develop a clear action plan to tackle significant problems that arise. Through our expert training and superior equipment, we can deal with fires of any size given time.
 
SERVPRO of South Charlotte has battled many fires since its founding. If your home has taken fire damage, call us anytime at (704) 333-7737.
 

Smoke Odors and Fire Damage Often Act in Tandem

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Fire and Smoke Damaged Property in Arboretum

SERVPRO's Many Proven Techniques Mitigate Smoke Odors and Fire Damage

Following a fire, early deodorization is essential as a follow-up to cleaning and odor removal procedures. Deodorization gives a clear indication of how effective an odor removal process is working. Deodorizing usually requires multiple techniques to produce the proper results. As a multi-step process, this helps to reduce cross-contamination of smoke residue. Odor removal should begin in the area where the fire originated.

Fire odors are caused by different sources such as soot, flames, contaminated materials that become damaged, all of which require different methods of deodorization. For a fire damage event in Arboretum, your home or business may need a water-based deodorant treatment.
 
The purpose of this method is to counteract gas smells at the floor level and to keep them from becoming airborne. A compression sprayer is used, which is filled with a water-based deodorant and is then applied to the floor along with a safe odor counteractive chemical for the smoke.
 
Another deodorant process involves a time-release granulated deodorant that is applied to the floor. These specialized granulants release odor counteractants to reduce the intensity of smoke odors. Granule treatment should only be performed by SERVPRO because of the particular care that should be taken on different floor surfaces.
 
The last emergency deodorization procedure used is an odor counteractive spray or fog. This method is called “thermal fogging,” to recreate the conditions that exist during a fire. Tiny particles become deeply embedded into surfaces, just like smoke particles during a fire. Odor counteractant vapors will continue to work throughout the SERVPRO restoration project.
 
Of the varied deodorizing techniques, the first step of any odor removal treatment is to remove the source of the odor. The second basic step is to clean the area of residue. Removing odor sources and cleaning residues is perfunctory in every deodorization methods. During a fire, odors can come from some sources, both indoors and outdoors. Of course, HVAC systems must not be activated during these procedures, and quite often a thorough and comprehensive duct cleaning are needed.
 
SERVPRO of South Charlotte technicians are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. We have the training, tool and industry approved equipment to deodorize and remove offensive odors from a fire, water damage or mold. Acting fast can save your property even after fire damage. We are available 24 hours a day, give us a call - (704) 333-7737 and let us help restore your property to a pre-loss condition.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Repair and Restoration Process

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

In just hours after a fire occurs, metal fixtures, including faucets and handles on doors, can be permanently ruined by fire damage in Meyers Park.

Fire Damage Process

In just hours after a fire occurs, metal fixtures, including faucets and handles on doors, can be permanently ruined by fire damage in Meyers Park if it is not immediately treated properly. Our technicians at SERVPRO have both the compassion and knowledge needed to perform your fire damage restoration the right way the first time. Our team of technicians is licensed, fully trained and certified in smoke and fire damage restoration. We realize that these times are stressful and emotional, and treat you accordingly, guiding you through each step of the restoration. We realize that each fire emergency needs:

Sensitivity and Urgency
Timing is critical once the fire is out. Your repairs for fire damage need to be started fast to maximize their effectiveness. We will answer your call and move into action right away, 24/7. We recognize the trauma and emotional upset which occupants suffer, and work fast and considerately to mitigate any damage to property that is salvageable, like fixtures, household items, metals and other items. Our techniques are state-of-the-art, and our cleaning processes will many times stop you from having additional costs of replacement. Smoke and fire damage restoration needs special skill and knowledge, and our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise that is needed to do the job correctly.

Accurate Assessments and Explanations
Our professionals will figure out the full extent of your fire damage, which includes the impact of the heat, smoke, and residues from smoke and fire. We will keep you as the business or homeowner informed, helping you to overcome your loss and give you back your hope by showing you what we can save and how we will do it. We will explain in terms you will understand, what you can expect, and what you can do as well. We then employ our emergency fire damage repair services.

Respect and Thorough Treatment
Treatment could include odor and smoke removal when needed, plus total sanitation and cleaning, professional deodorization and duct and air vent cleaning. During our treatments, we always handle your property respectfully, as if it was our own, and take extra care and the steps needed to protect your personal belongings and the flooring. Our emergency fire damage repair services are comprehensive and can reverse a lot of the effects of smoke and fire damage. Fire damage repairs and restoration with our cleaners can make a time that is very trying a lot less unpleasant. Our techniques and cleaning solutions will dramatically increase how likely we can save your property instead of needing to replace it. We have an emergency response service that works around the clock, saving you and your insurance company valuable time and money.

Our fire mitigation services include the following:
- Pad and carpet removal when needed
- Odor and smoke removal
- Professional deodorization
- Total cleaning and sanitization
- Temporary protection

Meyers Park fire damage can be a very stressful time for you, but letting the professionals at SERVPRO of South Charlotte can ease a lot of your worries and stress. Give us a call anytime at (704) 333-7737 so we can get started on assessing and fixing your fire damage right away.

Four Fire Damage Restoration Factors for Charlotte

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Never Leave a Flame Unattended Says SERVPRO

SERVPRO Steps to Restore Your Charlotte Fire Damaged Home

A serious situation is a given with heavy Charlotte fire damage. If you try to complete the remediation process on your own, you will often expose yourself to health and safety hazards that may lead to injury. For these reasons and more, calling a professional fire damage restoration team like SERVPRO is the most prudent course of action when disaster strikes your residential property. Learn more about how remediation experts can assist you with the property restoration process by reviewing this short outline:

Fire Damage Remediation Techniques. There are many factors and services involved to restore your property following a fire. Some are drying the property, cleaning the HVAC system, rebuilding the damaged structures of the property, and removing unsalvageable goods.

Drying Your Home. Drying your property following a fire is important. Typically, firefighters perform extinguishing work that leaves excessive water in your living space. This standing and hidden water create the perfect breeding ground for mold if left unattended. To prevent a mold infestation--starts with 48-72 hours after water intrusion--SERVPRO will extract volumes of water using powerful pumps, and wet vacs. Now additional drying and moisture removal can begin using specialized equipment like air-moving machines and dehumidifiers.

HVAC System. Residual particulates from a house fire coat the coils and filters of HVAC systems with debris and soot. Soot is not smoke, but an oily by-product of partially combusted materials like plastics and vinyl. The ductwork must also be cleaned and deodorized. Special techniques, along with IICRC and corporate training enable our technicians to complete successfully this wipe down and clean up stage. If this process is done properly, staining, painting, and replacement of drywall and ceilings are minimized, along with your costs.

Structural Repair. When fire damage has compromised structural materials such as trusses, floor joists, drywall, and the electrical or plumbing systems, then the affected areas may have to be replaced. When feasible, repair is done before replacement. Our fire damage restoration experts can complete this work, or we can work and instruct your building contractors on your behalf.

Removing Unsalvageable Materials. SERVPRO utilizes a corporate level developed technology called Contents Claim Inventory Service--CCIS-- that inventories all household content. Categorizing of these items is then made as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The CCIS benefits you regarding the claims process with your insurance adjuster. We will help and cooperate with your okay. Fire damaged items beyond repair must be disposed of properly. If not, these items could contaminate other areas of the property.

Don't Delay-Get Great Fire Damage Remediation Services Today!
In many cases, Charlotte property fires send homeowners into a panic. Don't let this happen to you. Instead, recognize that hiring a top-notch fire damage restoration company is the key to restoring your property to pre-loss condition while maintaining your emotional equilibrium. SERVPRO works for you to keep costs down, treat you with empathy, and get you back home ASAP.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

SERVPRO of South Charlotte is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this Charlotte community too. When you have a smoke, soot or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Charlotte, Matthews, and Ballantyne communities and want to do our part in making it the best it can be. Call us for immediate assistance. (704) 333-7737

Fire Damage Restoration for a Matthews Property

11/4/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged House Can Be Restored By SERVPRO

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Steps for Your Matthews Home

After fire damage in Matthews has impacted your home, it's important to call a team of professional fire damage restoration experts. Doing so can help limit structural damage, prevent mold infestation by rapid water removal, save money on repairs, and enable you to maintain your emotional equilibrium. For thorough, effective fire damage restoration services, you should trust the professionals of SERVPRO. Each fire will require a unique approach and plan; these are the steps we typically implement to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.

1. Emergency Response. Once you call us for fire damage restoration services, you can count on us responding quickly. Under normal circumstances, we can be at your home in about one hour. We'll ask the questions necessary to ensure that we can address your issues quickly while also bringing the required equipment and resources necessary to expedite the restoration process.

2. Inspection And Assessment. One of the first things our experts will do upon arrival is a thorough inspection and assessment of the damaged areas. This work will enable us to determine the extent of fire, smoke, and soot damage. Once we complete the inspection and assessment, we'll be able to devise a customized action plan to restore your property.

3. Securing The Property's Structure. To prevent more damages from transpiring on your property, we make a point to secure the structure. The depth of this step is dependent upon the extent of the fire damage to your Matthews property. This may include putting tarps on the roof, shoring up damaged walls, and boarding up your broken windows or simply securing the perimeter against vandalism and for safety concerns.

4. Water Removal. If standing water is present due to the efforts of the fire extinguishing, we work immediately to remove the water. To expedite the process, we make use of specialized equipment like water pumps, wet-vacs, air movers and dehumidifiers. This water extraction mitigates warping and damage to furnishings and very importantly, limits the chance of mold growth.

5. Soot and Smoke Removal. Our professionals are highly skilled in removing soot and smoke through the use of specialized equipment and techniques. We'll work with speed to eliminate all smoke and soot from your walls, ceilings, hard surfaces and HVAC system.

6. Cleaning and Disinfecting. All items that can be restored will necessitate cleaning and disinfecting. We use a variety of sanitizing products and cleaning techniques to accomplish this objective. Typically, we'll remove odors with air scrubbers and foggers.

7. Restoration. The last component of the remediation process is restoration. Our professionals will work hard to complete small repairs, install new carpet, replace drywall, etc. At SERVPRO, we believe that limiting your expenses is a primary concern. Thus, we attempt to restore items and materials rather than replacing them. In some cases, though, your property may require major construction.

As a team of fire damage remediation experts, the professionals of SERVPRO excel in restoring your property in Matthews quickly and correctly following a fire. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will offer you the customized, client-centered services that remove the burden of restoration from you and get you back home "like it never even happened."

Locally Owned, with National Resources 

We live and work in Matthews too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of South Charlotte is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage. We are proud to be an active member of the Matthews community. Call us for assistance. (704) 333-7737