Recent Fire Damage Posts
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.
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:
- Furniture covers
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.
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.
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.
A 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
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.
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:
- ALWAYS be alert. If you are sleepy try not to use the stovetop.
- Make sure you keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove top. (oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels,etc.)
- NEVER leave the kitchen while cooking on the stove top.
- If frying always keep an eye on whatever it may be. (Heat your grease slowly)
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Keeping your home safe from fires.
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
Are you and your family aware of fire safety tips and have a plan in case of a fire in your home??
- 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.)
- Always remember to keep anything that is medically needed beside your bed at night that can be grabbed easily.
- REMEMBER to have a fire escape plan that shows a way out of every room within the home.
- Don' forget every month make sure your smoke alarms are tested.
- 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?
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!
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
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.
- Always make sure you have inspected the plugs before use.
- REMEMBER to turn the heater off if you are leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Proper placement of space heaters is very important, remember to keep it away from anything that can burn!
- Plug the space heaters into a wall socket and avoid using extension cords.
- When the heater is not in use make sure it is unplug.
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Fire Safety Facts
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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.
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
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
- Stand six to eight feet away from the flames.
- Make sure you have a clear exit, in case the fire spreads or flames out of control.
- Pull the pin to unlock the operating lever.
- Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
- Press the lever located above the handle to release the agent.
- Use a back-and-forth sweeping motion to saturate the base of the fire until the flames are extinguished.
- Continue the process if the fire re-ignites.
- 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
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 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.
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.
- Contents may need to be cleaned off-site
- Contents inventory
- Determine replacement and restoration
- Ozone treatment
- Odor removal
- 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.
- Thorough cleaning
- Proper handling of all electronics
- Photographs and artwork
- Soft goods
- Dry Cleaning
- Odor Removal
Warren and Yazoo County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
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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