Recent Fire Damage Posts

Top 5 Reason for a Home Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

A fire, for the most part, can be avoided.  No one wants a fire, and yet they happen every day.  Here is a list of the top 5 reasons why a fire starts in a home.

1.  Unattended cooking.  It only takes a minute or two for burning pots and food to start a fire, and if you're away from the stove or oven, you may not know until too late that your kitchen is on fire.  If you must walk away, be certain to ask someone else to watch the food, or turn off the burners until you return.

2.  Heating.  Space heaters - wonderful source of heat or supplemental heat, but they can become a danger when placed near flammable items, such as window treatments.  If you have one that does not have auto shut-off when it is tipped over, be extra careful when placing the heater on a surface in your home.

3.  Smoking in Bedrooms.  Oh wow, did you know that 73% of all fatalities from a house fire comes from someone smoking in their bedroom?  The burning can smolder unnoticed by someone who is asleep.  The smolder can suddenly turn into a fire.  When it comes to smoking in the bedroom - don't do it.  It's hard to break a habit, but you can start a "new normal" and make a point of smoking in your kitchen, or better yet, outside. 

4.  Electrical Equipment.  Check all of your appliances to ensure that none has a frayed cord.  A frayed cord can start an electrical fire.  The next most common reason for an electrical fire comes from overloading power outlets.  Especially do not overload outlets with double adapter plugs.  It's very risky and unsafe.

5.  Candles.  Candles are so nice to have - they smell wonderful, and give off a subtle ambience.  As nice as they are, we sometimes leaves them burning unattended.  It happens.  We forget.  Always blow a candle out when leaving a room or leaving the house.  Ensure that you are not locating candles anywhere near flammable items, such as books, papers, curtains.

Be safe now and always.  Think twice before doing something that could result in a fire.

SERVPRO of Aiken - Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/2/2017 (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 Aiken 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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