Recent Fire Damage Posts

Why You Need the Expert's After a Fire

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can be extremely stressful if an experienced team is not called to respond to the emergency. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is available to assist with a team of experts 24/7 to begin the recovery process of your property. Our team of highly skilled professionals undergo extensive fire and smoke restoration training and certification to restore your property. Our team of highly skilled professionals undergo extensive fire and smoke restoration training and certification to restore your belongs "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo offers extensive cleaning and restoration services to your fire and smoke damaged property. 

-Structural Cleaning-ONce a fire loss has occurred SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will assess your fire and smoke loss to determine the depth of cleaning and equipment that must be used to thoroughly restore the structure. Ceilings, walls, carpeting, artwork, and wood floors all require a specific cleaning process. At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professional may also be able to reduce the cost of refinishing and repainting surfaces by lightly cleaning surfaces with minimal soot. Lightly cleaning surfaces that have less fire and smoke damage will deodorize and prepare the surface for fresh paint. 

-Contents Cleaning-our team of trained professionals will carefully inspect contents such as furniture, area rugs, and draperies to determine the most appropriate cleaning method. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can provide wet or dry cleaning methods to your contents. Additionally, preloss condition will be restored to other contents by our professionals using our extensive deodorization and cleaning methods.  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can provide you with an inventory list if your loss has items that are deemed non-salvageable by the professionals. 

-Deodorization-SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo also provide you with a specialized deodorization process to rid your property and contents of fire and smoke odors.  Ask you SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals to explain the various methods that are available and will work best for you and your family. Just give us a call at 601-634-0909. We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

Smoke and Soot Can Leave a Lasting Odor in Your Home

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can cause hidden damage and odor. Our Production Techs are experts when it comes to smoke damage who can accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.   

Facts about Smoke and Soot

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

 Different Types of Smoke Did you know there are actually different types of smoke? There is what is called wet smoke and dry smoke! Check out the two types below in more detail. Wet Smoke // Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke // Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

 Protein Fire Residue // Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

Do you know how to you a fire extingusher

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hopefully, we all have easy access to a fire extinguisher in our home or place of business….The question is, do you know how to use one and on what types of fires?  

A fire-extinguisher can certainly be very helpful in preventing fire and smoke damage from spreading throughout your home or office in Northeast Mississippi. If the worst happens, remember that SERVPRO of Tupelo and Amory/Aberdeen & West Point has caring experts to help you in cleaning up the damage left from a fire.

OSHA has some helpful training tips (see below). If you have any doubts or concerns at all, leave the premises and 911 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of Tupelo and Amory/Aberdeen & West Point wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire if and only if:

  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than injuries to you or others.

Types of Portable Fire Extinguishers 

  • Class A fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving cardboard, paper, wood, dried vegetation. 
  • Class B fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving flammable and combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel, oil, and oil-based paints, and many solvents. 
  • Class C fire extinguishers are suitable for use to extinguish fires that involve appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in or otherwise electrically energized, as well as for fires burning in close proximity to electrically-energized equipment. 
  • Class D fire extinguishers are designed for use to extinguish combustible metals, such as magnesium or sodium, and are often designed for the specific type of combustible metal. This does NOT include ordinary carbon steel, only metals that will burn when ignited. 
  • Class K fire extinguishers are designed to be used for putting out fires that involve oils and greases used for cooking in kitchens, such as vegetable and animal-based oils and fat.

Educating Yourself On Fire Prevention

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

No one likes to think about the possibility of having a fire in their home. Fires can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent the likelihood of a home fire. Here are four tips for preventing a fire in your home.

1. Install Smoke Alarms

Fire preparation begins with installing smoke alarms in every sleeping room of your home. You should also have smoke alarms placed in hallways, kitchens, and family rooms. Once you’ve ensured you have the right number of alarms, be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries annually.

2. Educate

Education is key to increasing the safety of your loved ones. Teach children the following fire safety basics:

  • Stop, drop and roll
  • Fire crawl
  • Checking doors for heat
  • Escape routes
  • The location and sound of smoke alarms
  • Emergency phone numbers

3. Create an Escape Plan

Everyone should create a fire escape plan. Creating a plan of action is one of the best fire preparation tips to keep your family safe. Draw a floor plan of your house and mark all possible exits, including doors and windows, in each room. Walkthrough your home and ensure that all exits are free from clutter and that children know how to open and safely exit each window.

4. Practice Your Plan

Once you have a plan in place, it’s wise to practice it. Choose at least two times a year to hold fire drills. These drills can either be planned or spontaneous. A good run-through of the plan will identify any areas that need to be adjusted or improved. Remember to emphasize that once you get outside, you should stay outside of the house. Never go back inside a home that is on fire.

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Keep Your Home Fire Free in the Fall

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. But the season also brings many fire risks. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

Decorations

Fall decorations, like dried flowers, leaves and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Since these items are dry, they can ignite very easily and spread flames quickly.

Have A Plan

Be sure you have a Fire Preparedness Plan and your family knows what to do if a fire breaks out in your home. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

Protect your family by teaching your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and that you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher.

Make Halloween Safe

Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabrics. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Be Careful in the Kitchen

With the holidays quickly approaching, your kitchen may be working on overdrive. While cooking, it can be easy to get distracted, especially if you have children. However, kitchens are a high-risk area for household fires, so it’s important to remain watchful.

Never leave food unattended while cooking, especially working with oil. Hot grease can splash and ignite. Keep flammable objects, like washcloths, potholders, and paper towels, away from the stovetop.

If a fire starts in your oven, keep the door closed. Turn it off and wait for the fire to extinguish.

Safely Use Your Fireplace

As the weather turns cold and brisk,fireplaces can bring a warm and inviting atmosphere to any home. However, if fireplaces are not properly cared for, they can lead to an increased fire and smoke risk. Make sure your fireplace is clean and well maintained and never left unattended when lit.

While you can take precautions to prevent fires this fall, sometimes accidents happen. If your home suffers any fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo. 

After smoke or fire damages a home, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible. Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909, and we’ll assess the damage and make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Dryer Fire

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever thought about why it is important to clean your lint trap out regularly in your dryer? It can cause a fire! If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo employs trained professionals who are capable of helping you during this time. 

1. Clean the lint weekly

It is important to clean the lint trap out on a weekly basis. This helps your clothes dry faster, but more importantly, it helps to prevent fires that start in the dryer. 

2. Clean the Dryer Duct

Have you ever changed out your dryer duct? It isn't hard to do and can save your home from a possible fire. The dryer duct should be checked on a regular basis to ensure it is clean and there is not blockage. 

3. Dryer Duct: Upgrades are Available 

A little maintenance can go a long way! SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is prepared to help you if a fire occurs in your home. However, if you remember to check your dryer duct and keep your lint trap clean, your chances f having a fire in your dryer dramatically lessens. 

How to Recover After a Fire

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Often people aren't aware that SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can clean your contents after a house fire. It's not an easy task but this is how we do it! 

We start by inventorying the contents and separating salvageable from the non-salvageable items. 

We carefully pack up the salvageable content from the home to take it our our warehouse where we can start the cleaning process. If needed we once the items are cleaned, we can ozone the items. Ozoning is a process that neutralizes any additional smoke smell out of the items. Then SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can return the cleaned items to you! 

If you are in need of fires restoration or have questions about our restoration process, please feel free to call us at 601-634-0909

Eliminating Cigarette Smell

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Have you just moved into a home or apartment with a strong nicotine smell? There are some home remedies to try, but these will only work under certain circumstances.  There are many questions to consider, like how long the cigarette smoke has been impacting the area, how strong the smell is, and where the smell is concentrated. 

If the home remedies are unsuccessful, it is best to send a professional out to inspect it.  Once we can establish the extent of the damage, we beginning to plan action steps for ridding the home of the stench. Often nicotine residue can cling to the HVAC system, so a full duct cleaning could be the answer to residual odor that seems to outlast other odor removal methods.  If the ducts have been cleaned, then we will ozone the affected areas. We will bring in air scrubbers to remove the airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process. 

Aft the ozone process is complete, we will us a thermal fogger, which uses a special solvent-based deodorizer that is heated and applied as a dry fog/smoke. Thermal foggers rely on a deodorizing solution that is vaporized in the fogger then blown into the room permeating all of the contents and structural elements. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909. 

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we'll respond immediately to get you back to business. 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and mange the restoration project through to its completion.  

We can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage.  We are part of a national network of over 1,700 franchise with special disaster recovery teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disaster. 

We proudly service these counties: Humphreys, Holmes, Sharkey, Issaquena, Warren, Yazoo, Claiborne and Jefferson. 

YOUR BELONGINGS AND FIRE DAMAGE

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure, they make it a home. 

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced.  We pretest your belongs to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

Dry Cleaning-Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning-An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 

Spray and Wipe-Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning. 

Foam Cleaning-Usef for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 

Abrasive Cleaning-Involved agitation of the surface being cleaned. 

Immersion Cleaning-Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can conduct and organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including: 

Quicker remodeling process

Protecting items from potential damage

Protection contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909. We will come out and work with you and your insurance company to help put your life back together. 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solutions, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our processes for the "typical" fire damage emergency. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us.  Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resource. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water.  We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.  

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongs to pre-fire condition. We're also trained to removed odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step-getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet: or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

I've had a fire, now what?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

A wave of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you restore your home. 

So before you risk doing additional damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Fire Tips for the Fall

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

The Fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. But the season also brings many fire risks. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. 

Decorations

Fall decorations, like dried flowers, leaves and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.  Since these items are dry, they can ignite very easily and spread flames quickly.

Have a Plan

Be sure you have a Fire preparedness Plan and your family knows what to do if a fire breaks out in your home.  Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. 

Protect your family by teaching your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. 

Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and that  you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher. 

Make Halloween Safe

Remember safety when choosing a Halloween costume.  Consider avoiding billowing fabrics. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame. 

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery -operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle.  Place lit pumpkins away from from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Be Careful in the Kitchen

With the holidays quickly approaching, your kitchen may be working on overdrive.  While cooking, it can be easy to get distracted, especially if you have children.  However kitchens are a high-risk area for household fires, so it important to remain watchful.

If you have any questions or need or services, please call 601-634-0909

Things to Do After A Fire

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Often SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is called when a fire is ongoing either by the customer, an insurance agent or insurance adjuster.  These are some of the pointers that we have for our customers.  

*Call your insurance company and report the claim

*Take pictures of damage 

*Make sure the property is secure, we at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you with a board up

*If you are renting, contact the owner/landlord immediately 

*Contact family and friends to let them know you are ok

*Keep all receipts for any personal items you may immediately need to replace-i.e. clothes, make-up, toiletries  or food

*Notify your children's school so they will understand that the students are under unusual stress

*Contact utility companies to make them aware of the situation

At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we are here to help, day or night.  If you need us please call 601-634-0909. 

Deodorizing Your Home After a Fire

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that in two minutes a small fire can turn into a life-threatening situation? Not taking immediate action in the next five minutes can lead to your home burning down. Making that lifesaving call to the local fire department can save you and your family. If the damage is not extensive, your home is easy to restore back to the pre-fire damage condition. Before enter your home, removal of the smoke odor is a must.  Here are three deodorization equipment used by fire damage restoration technicians.  

Ozone Machine

Using the ozone machine by fire damage technicians in your home eliminates odors caused by mold and fire.  As a portable unit, it works by generation ozone, an unstable gas composed of oxygen molecules. The gas reacts with smoke odor oxidizing the residue and removing it. Before turning on the machine, SERVPRO restoration experts ensure no pets, people or plants are present. After completion of the deodorization process, the gas reverts to normal oxygen. 

Electric Sprayer

SERVPRO fire damage experts also use the electric sprayers to dispense chemicals.  It does this at 50 psi.  During restoration, we spray the chemical directly on the surface. The electric sprayer method is applied to heavily charred structural components or carpets. When sprayed, the chemical wets the surface. This is the reason whey we only use it on surfaces with little or no potential of discoloring. 

Ventilation Box Fan

Unlike the ozone machine, the ventilation box fan generates airflow at great velocity.  With a velocity range of 3,000-5,000 cubic feet of air per minute, the machine works by removing odor, vapors, and fumes.  To ventilate and deodorize fire damages, thermal fogging is necessary. To ensure complete removal of all smoke odor and residue, the exchange  of air must be done 40 times.  The ventilation box fan is also useful when drying a wet structure and firefighting. 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is a trusted leader in the fire damage restoration industry that people have come to rely on.  To get rid of smoke odor professionally, call our office at 601-634-0909 

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Bedroom Fire The aftermath of a Bedroom Fire

Fires and fire damage are common things we see in our world.  But if you are prepared, you have a much better chance of having the least damage to your home.  

Fire Extinguishers:

-Always have more than one working extinguisher in your home. Some great places to keep an extinguisher are under the kitchen sink and in the bedroom

-If you are going to install an extinguisher on the wall remember to place it high on the wall and away from any heat soucres

Smoke Alarms:

-Test smoke alarms every month and batteries should be replaced at least once a year

-Make sure you have ample smoke alarms throughout the home

And have an evacuation plan with your family  and practice it! 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is here to help if you have any questions.  Just give us a call at 601-634-0909

Different Types of Smoke

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us SERVRPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Can You Prevent a House Fire?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Can You Prevent a House Fire?

Not all house fires are preventable but this are some good things to know to keep you and your loved ones safe that we see many times in a house fire:

Stay in the kitchen-Never leave a hot cooking surface unattended

Check the Dryer-make sure that cords and connections are inspected. Always clean out the lint trap after a load is finished. Snake the outside hose to much sure that lint hasn't built up in there

Maintain Cords: Regularly check the condtion of cords and watch for frayed wires, repair or replace cords immediately

Flammable Products: Keep flammable products away from heat, including exposure to sunlight. Designate a cool, dark cupboard for flammable products

Candles: Never leave candles unattended and always keep them away from blankets and curtains and even animals

We hope these tips helped and if you have a fire damage, give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call at 601-634-0909

Pack outs

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire strikes, most people are overwhelmed and often the first question is what happens to our belongings.  At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo we can help by offering to inventory, clean and store your belongings.  When our technicians first arrive at your property, they will start taking pictures, room by room, documenting and bar coding anything that will be removed from the property.  After everything is documented and bar coded your contents and furniture will be loaded into our trucks and taken back to our meridian office for cleaning and storage.  Every step of your belongings journey from fire damaged, to restored will be documented and pictures takes.  Insurance companies, especially like the list and details that SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can provide. We will work with your insurance adjuster and agent so that everyone is on the same page.   

Smoke Cleanup

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Few smells linger like the odor of smoke. Even if a fire in your home in Vicksburg & Yazoo only affects part of the structure, smoke damage can permeate the entire house. Fire remediation experts remove smoke and soot after they have secured the area and extracted anything damaged by the fire and the water used to put it out. They may use several techniques to do so.

Dry Cleaning

Regular washing may not get rid of the total smell left behind by smoke. Many of the items that need odor removal can be handled by dry cleaning:

  • Draperies
  • Clothes
  • Furniture covers
  • Linens

When you wash smoke-infused clothing in a washer, there is an extended period of time where the clothes are sitting in smoky water. The smell can also get trapped in the machine itself. Dry cleaners often have special oxidation processes for getting soot damage out of textiles.

Thermal Foggers

Many professionals use industrial foggers to rid homes of smoke damage after a fire. A fogger is helpful because it gets the smoke out of cracks and crevices in a similar way to the process it underwent during the fire. Chemicals are heated to produce fog that permeates porous surfaces, traps smoke particles and neutralizes them. Once the fogger has completed its job, the air is usually noticeably cleaner.

Ozone Treatments

Another smoke cleaning method is the use of ozone machines. These devices create a similar atmosphere to the outside air after a thunderstorm. By releasing ozone particles into the air, the area gets refreshed. Soon, the clean air replaces the sooty, stale air, making your home smell clean and normal again.

fire in your home will likely cause extensive smoke damage not only to items within your home but to the structure itself. Professional technicians can clean the damaged area and employ various methods to get rid of the smoke odors.

How to Eliminate Smoke Odor

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

When you walk through your home in after a fire, you may be overwhelmed by the smell of smoke. Fire does more than burn your structure and the things inside it. It also permeates the air with an intense smoke odor, and getting rid of this odor is part of the mitigation process. There are three main methods professional remediation experts use for smoke cleaning.

1. Thermal Fogger

A thermal fogger uses a vaporized solution to neutralize odors in your building. By heating the solvent, the machine produces a fog that it releases into the room. The deodorizing particles find their way into carpet, walls, cracks, crevices and vents to trap smoke particles and absorb them, leaving behind a fresh scent without the use of water.

2. Ozone Machine

An ozone machine creates the same atmosphere that occurs in nature after a thunderstorm. It is effective in smoke cleaning because it purifies the air by traveling the same path that the smoke took through the building and oxidizing its fumes. Technicians seal off the affected area and set up the industrial ozone machines. They vacate the area, letting the machines work their magic, and return later to a room that no longer reeks of smoke.

3. Air Purifier

An air purifier pulls malodorous air into it and releases purified air. The best air purifier to use for the remediation of smoke damage is a HEPA purifier with an activated carbon filter. The HEPA filter can trap extremely small particles. The pores in the activated carbon filter hold smoke particles and neutralize them, ridding the area of odor.

There are many smoke cleaning devices and techniques. After assessing the damage to your building during the walk-through, experts can recommend the method they think would be the most effective in neutralizing the smoke odor in your building so that you can get back to business.

If you have had a fire, please give us a call at 601-634-0909.  We will work with your insurance company to make a stressful situation a little easier.  We will take the time to explain the process to the homeowner to make sure they are comfortable with every detail! 

Safety tips to prevent home fires.

10/6/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that cooking is the number one cause of house fires? Also, Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires. Here are a few safety tips that you could follow while your in the kitchen this holiday season or any day:

  1. ALWAYS be alert. If you are sleepy try not to use the stovetop. 
  2. Make sure you keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove top. (oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels,etc.)
  3. NEVER leave the kitchen while cooking on the stove top. 
  4. If frying always keep an eye on whatever it may be. (Heat your grease slowly)

SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you with any of your fire damage needs 24 hours a day 7 days a week 601-634-0909. Faster to any Disaster!!

Keeping your home safe from fires.

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

As most of us know the basic tips of fire safety in your home, such as not leaving candles burning unattended and having a fire extinguisher.  Here are a few more helpful tips that you can do to prevent residential fires.

  • Make sure when winter approaches to have your heating system serviced by a professional. (including chimneys)
  • Remember to clean out lint from your dryer filters before every use. (Trapped lint causes your dryer to have less airflow.)
  • Keep firewood, leaves or any other household trash away from home in case of a grass fire that may start close to these items.

If your home is ever affected by a fire call SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909, and let our professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

Do's & Dont's for fire safety

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Are you and your family aware of fire safety tips and have a plan in case of a fire in your home??

DO'S

  1. Make sure there are smoke alarms on every level of your home and by bedroom doors.(Most house fires start in the middle of the night.)
  2. Always remember to keep anything that is medically needed beside your bed at night that can be grabbed easily.
  3. REMEMBER to have a fire escape plan that shows a way out of every room within the home. 

DONT'S

  1. Don' forget every month make sure your smoke alarms are tested. 
  2. Don't stop to call 911 until you and your family are out of the home and to safety. 

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Are you covered in case of a fire?

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

As a renter or a home owner we always think we have our valuables protected to the best of our ability, it is very important to have content coverage on your items weather you are renting or even if you own the property. We often do not like to think about this disaster happening within our homes but it happens frequently. In the event of a fire even the little things within your home add up when your having to replace most of your home. We at SERVPRO strive to do our best to help restore property that is damaged to the best of our ability.If your ever in this situation and don't know what can be saved call the professionals at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us take the worry off of your hands!

House Fires

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Do you and your family know the leading cause of house fires and how to protect your home?? Make sure your household has a fire ready plan and working smoke alarms. Every year many people are hurt and some result in death due to poor fire safety. Did you know that smoke inhalation is just as hazardous as the fire itself! Smoke inhalation can take all the oxygen out of the room and replace it with hazardous smoke and gases. Many house fires are started from lit candles not blown out and grease fires that get out of control. If your home is ever affected by a fire call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Safety Tips for Winter Weather

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

In the event of cold snaps everyone finds ways to keep their home nice and cozy. Alot of times space heaters are used, so here are a few tips to keep you safe while using space heaters.

  1. Always make sure you have inspected the plugs before use.
  2. REMEMBER to turn the heater off if you are leaving the room or going to sleep.
  3. Proper placement of space heaters is very important, remember to keep it away from anything that can burn!
  4. Plug the space heaters into a wall socket and avoid using extension cords.
  5. When the heater is not in use make sure it is unplug.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo have highly trained and professional staff who are always willing to help when disaster strikes. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week 601-634-0909!!

Fire Safety Facts

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

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  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape.
  • If area is safe, list vital contents for emergency restoration/priority service. 
  • Be sure your staff wears proper personal protection equipment. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • Wash off both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting your local SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, computers, television, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.

Residential fires

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible.   Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.

If your home or business is ever damaged by a fire call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo (601)-634-0909 and let our trained professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Extinguisher Facts

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Do you know how to use a Fire Extinguisher??

You could save your home from fire with a fire extinguisher at your ready.

Close your eyes and imagine. You’re at home, or maybe in the office, and you smell ... smoke? Definitely smoke. Fire! You don’t panic, because you’re not the type and you’re prepared. You grab the nearest fire extinguisher, find the flames. You get ready, aim.... and suddenly realize you don’t know how this thing works.

Fire extinguishers can be the first line of defense if fire breaks out in your home or business, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use them or have the wrong extinguisher for the job. When it comes to fire, plan, prepare and remain calm. Knowing how, when and why to use your fire extinguisher—not to mention which fire extinguisher to use—will increase both your safety and peace of mind knowing you can protect you and your belonging from fire damage.

When to Use a Fire Extinguisher
Home or office, when a fire breaks out you have moments to decide: fight or flight? If you feel even the slightest doubt about handling it yourself, move everyone to a safe place and call 911. Ditto if you don’t know how to use your extinguisher or aren’t sure it’s the right class for the fire you’re fighting; better to let the pros handle it than to try to navigate the learning curve mid-fire.

If you decide you can safely put out the fire, grab the extinguisher and get busy, after you locate a safe way out. If you spot a clear exit but it doesn’t look to stay clear long, get out now.

What Kind of Extinguisher to Use
Home- and business owners can choose from five types of fire extinguishers:

  • Class A: for a fire involving normal combustibles and flammables, including cloth, paper and wood
  • Class B: for a fire involving flammable liquids like gas, oil, paint, paint thinner and solvents
  • Class C: to fight a fire involving electrical equipment/appliances that are plugged in and receiving power—electric drills, table saws, computer equipment, televisions, wiring and fuse boxes, for example
  • Class D: to put out a fire involving combustible metals—magnesium, sodium, zirconium, etc. (Note: Don’t try to fight this kind of fire unless you’ve been specifically trained for it!)
  • Class K: for fires typically found in restaurants, involving cooking oil and commercial-grade cooking equipment

Some fires involve several or all of the above. Fortunately, fire extinguishers are labeled not only with the types of fire they’re designed to fight, but with the types of fire you should avoid using them on. Example: Never use a Class A extinguisher on a Class B or C fire—the results could be deadly!

Fire Extinguisher How-to

  1. Stand six to eight feet away from the flames.
  2. Make sure you have a clear exit, in case the fire spreads or flames out of control.
  3. Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever.
  4. Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
  5. Press the lever located above the handle to release the agent.
  6. Use a back-and-forth sweeping motion to saturate the base of the fire until the flames are extinguished.
  7. Continue the process if the fire re-ignites.
  8. If the fire doesn’t go out or spreads, get to safety.

Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Install fire extinguishers in areas where fires are likely to break out, including kitchens and break rooms.
  • Check periodically to make sure all fire extinguishers are fully charged.
  • Show every family member or employee where the fire extinguishers and fire alarms are located.
  • Train yourself, your loved ones and your co-workers to use the equipment properly.

Even with a fire extinguisher, some fire damage will occur. When this happens, call your local SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo (601)634-0909. 

Tips to Prevent Workplace Fires

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

We all know who to call if there is a fire (your local fire department) but there are also things we can do to help prevent them as well.  Most people have emergency plans for the homes but often forget about their workplace. 

Here are some tips to help a fire from happening in your office:

  • Don’t overload your outlets
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each work day
  • Check electrical cords for damage and replace as needed. Also don’t put cords in areas where they might become trip hazards or stepped on.  
  • Keep heat producing equipment (computers, coffee makers, etc) away from anything that might burn

These tips are helpful in prevention of fires.  You may also want to have a fire safety meeting as well as appoint someone to be in charge of checking this list periodically and making sure the office is in compliance.  If a fire does occur call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo (601)634-0909 and let us help with the damages.

Electrical Fire.

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are the most common cause of household fires across the United States.  This is why home owners must be consistent on watching how electrical equipment is kept and making sure that cords are not frayed or damaged.  When electrical cords are frayed or old, it is a good idea to switch the cord out.  This also is something we must watch with our kitchen appliances and TVs also.  If home owners keep a close watch over cords and electrical equipment, it will lessen the chance that your equipment would cause a fire in your own home.  In older homes, it is a wonderful idea to have a licensed electrician come in to check your outlets and any wires he or she can get to in your home.  Over time, wires can fray which could lead to a fire. If a fire does occur and you need assistance, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg&Yazoo 601-634-0909.  Always here to help. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Contents Restoration

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

CONTENTS RESTORATION

From furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible.

Key Issues

  • Contents may need to be cleaned off-site
  • Contents inventory
  • Determine replacement and restoration
  • Pack
  • Ozone treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Secure
  • Return

Contents Inventory

  • We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.
  • We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility.
  • Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded.

 

Restoration

  • Thorough cleaning
  • Proper handling of all electronics
  • Photographs and artwork
  • Fabrics
  • Clothes
  • Memorabilia
  • Antiques
  • Soft goods
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Appliances
  • Surfaces
  • Odor Removal

Warren and Yazoo County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Warren or Yazoo County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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