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After a fire, clean your WHOLE Decatur house

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a fire, clean your WHOLE Decatur house If you need our help call us today at 404-378-9998

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. Smoke and soot is extremely invasive and can get into all kinds of nooks and crannies in your home.

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of your house, and smoke flows through the plumbing systems, traveling through holes around your home from the basement all the way up to the attic. The type of soot depends on what burned in the house. There are two different types of smoke – Wet and Dry. Before restoration process begins, SERVPRO of Decatur will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred and figure out their cleaning procedures from there.

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.

Our smoke damage expertise allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damages. If you need our help call us today at 404-378-9998

Types of Fire Extinguishers and how to use them

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Types of Fire Extinguishers and how to use them PASS

It is important for your safety to have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, but also that you have the RIGHT type to put out the most common house fires. It is recommended that you have one fire extinguisher on each level of your home. If you don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, don’t worry about it. You can go to the Decatur fire department and they can train you.

Remember the word PASS

  • Pull- Pull the pin
  • Aim- Aim low at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze- Squeeze the lever above the handle.
  • Sweep- Sweep from side to side.

There are several classes of fire and you should use a specific type of fire extinguisher for each

  • Class A- Ordinary combustibles (wood, paper, textiles)
  • Class B- Flammable liquids (gasoline, diesel, oils)
  • Class C- Electrical appliances and tools
  • Class D- Flammable metals
  • Class K- Vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances

For your home, it is recommended that you get a multi-purpose fire extinguisher Class ABC.


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How to prevent kitchen fires

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

The kitchen is where most of the home fires occur.

More than 3,300 Americans die each year in fires and 15,000 are injured.  Here are a few tips to help prevent and remove kitchen fire hazards

  • Keep kitchen towels, oven mitts, plastic bags and curtains far from an open flame and the oven.
  • Don’t leave food on the stove unattended, since it only takes a second for a big fire to start.
  • Clean the stove and grill regularly to prevent grease buildup, since grease fires are one of the worst. Remember NEVER pour water on a grease fire
  • NEVER use your oven to heat your home.
  • Make sure all the burners and the oven are turned off.
  • Unplug electric appliances when you are not using them.
  • If possible wear short sleeves, since wide sleeves can catch fire without you even noticing it.
  • Install a smoke detector in a hallway close to the kitchen.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Check our blog about Fire Extinguishers to learn more.   


Campfire and Grill Safety Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Campfire and Grill Safety Tips We’re here to help, call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998

If you want to spend a happy and “injury-free” summer with your family and friends we recommend you follow these safety tips from the U.S Fire Administration.

  • This should be a no-brainer but… never use a grill inside. Keep your grill at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails and eaves.
  • Clean your grill after EACH use. We bet you don’t want the grease from that delicious steak to start a fire.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Keep a 3-foot save zone around grills and campfires
  • Place coals from the grill in a metal container with a lid.
  • Never leave a campfire or grill unattended.
  • Watch out for kids and pets and make sure they don’t get too close.

We’re here to help, call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998


Fire Damage Emergency Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of Decatur today at 404-378-9998

This is what you can do until help arrives

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Common classes of Commercial Fire Damage in Decatur

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common classes of Commercial Fire Damage in Decatur Call us at 404-378-9998

If you are experiencing commercial fire damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property. Fire damage can take many different forms so it is important to know what to look out for. Watch out for the following types of commercial fire damage and call the experts at SERVPRO as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.

  1. Class A fire damage: This type of fire damage is the result of a fire involving flammable solids, such as, various plastics, paper, rubber, wood, and cloth. This category of fire damage most likely spreads from a single source, which makes it easier for individuals to quickly isolate the fire and put it out with a fire extinguisher.
  2. Class B fire damage: Class B fire damage consists of damage as a result of flammable liquids or solids that can become liquefied. This includes gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, various waxes and plastics, and paint. However, fires caused by cooking oils and fats don’t count as Class B. These fires are known to spread very quickly and tend to cause vast damage.
  3. Class C Fire Damage: A Class C fire damage is one involving flammable gasses, including hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas. More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction in the property's structure. It is a common example of commercial fire damage, and it can result in long-term loss if not dealt with immediately.
  4. Class D Fire Damage: Class D fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals such as magnesium, potassium, and sodium. If this type of fire damage is not taken care of quickly, it is possible that chemicals will become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.

If you are ever in the situation where you need help dealing with fire restoration, be sure to call SERVPRO of Decatur. Call us today at 404-378-9998 to learn more about what we can do for you.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 404-378-9998

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 Decatur 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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This week is Fire Prevention Week

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage This week is Fire Prevention Week Test your smoke alarms

National Fire Prevention Week is from October 8th to October 14th 2017

Are you prepared in case of a house fire? 

If not, SERVPRO of Decatur has some helpful tips:

  • Remember…Every second counts!
  • Have an escape plan- According to the National Fire Protection Association, only half of all Americans have an escape plan. Don’t wait…develop your plan today.
  • Plan your escape, and PRACTICE your escape plan.
  • Teach kids how to escape on their won in case you can’t help them.
  • Test your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if they haven’t been changed in over a year
  • Check the pressure gauge on your home fire extinguisher today to make sure the gauge’s needle indicates proper pressure (Green zone)


Fire Damage: The Dangers You Can't See

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: The Dangers You Can't See When it comes to your health and the health of the people you love, don't take any risks. Give us a call today!

If told to image fire damage, we would probably all visualize a similar picture. Roaring flames that once spread throughout a home now leaves behind blackened debris, burnt furniture and belongings, thick soot all over the walls, and a smell of smoke that you think is going to be impossible to ever get rid of. While all of these things can be harmful to humans, and pets alike, the most dangerous thing that fires can leave behind are invisible asbestos deposits and the combustion deposits of lead paint. These chemicals are especially harmful to children and the elderly.

 Although more recently built homes are less susceptible to the dangers of asbestos and lead paint, those homes and buildings built prior to 1980 may contain these chemicals. In these cases, it is important that professional remediation is used when dealing with a fire. The professionals at SERVPRO of Decatur is here to help with all of your remediation and restoration needs!

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Data Center, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires around the country each year, and 80% of those fires start with clogged dryer vents.

There are a few warning signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned out. One sign is if your laundry is taking longer to dry than usual; dryers work by removing hot, moist air, so if something is preventing that air from getting out, your laundry will most likely need a few extra cycles to dry. Another sign is if you notice that your clothes have a strange smell, this could mean that your dryer is not ventilating properly.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO of Decatur can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998.

Summer Fire Prevention Tips

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Fire Prevention Tips If you need help cleaning up after a fire call SERVPRO of Decatur at 404-378-9998.

Household fires can start from a variety of ways, especially during the hot summer months when people are hosting barbecues and firing up their grill. There are potential sources of fire all throughout a household that many homeowners tend to overlook. Here are a few safety tips to prevent fire in several different areas of you home:

  • Dryers
    • Clean out the lint buildup on the lint filter after every load of laundry.
    • Only dry items that are safe to be put in a dryer.
  • Fire Pits
    • When building a fire pit strategically place it at least 10 feet from any structure.
    • Build your fire pit on a solid surface that is away from overhanging trees.
    • NEVER leave the fireplace unattended.
  • Gas Grills
    • Place the grill outside, at a reasonable distance from the house.
    • Constantly check the grill’s propane hoses durability.
    • Never light a gas grill with the lid closed.

How to Rescue Residential Stonework from Fire Damage

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

When a fire breaks out in your home the main concern is to put it out and then repair all of the damages to the inside of your home. But if you have experienced a moderate to severe fire it is very likely that these incidents have lead to visible marks and blemished on the outside of your home as well.

The good news is that stains on stonework, concrete and other structural materials can almost always be fixed. While brick and concrete are not indestructible, they are extremely sturdy and do not usually crack under the pressure of heat! Therefore we can use straightforward cleaning techniques to restore the outside of your property. Below are three levels of stains that might occur to the outside of your building if you experience a fire:

Light Stains

If there is no structural damage, our SERVPRO technicians can use mild cleaning agents to wash the soot and smoke damage off the surface.

Moderate Stains

The problem with soot is that it can be very acidic and if it is not removed from a structure quickly there is a chance of corrosive residues becoming embedded deep into your stonework. This is why SERVPRO makes sure to pay very close attention to cracked joints.

Heavy Stains

The most severe staining occurs when heavily combustible materials have caught fire and burned for some time. When this happens, jet washing is usually a suitable method for cleaning up the stains!

If you need help restoring your home after a fire give SERVPRO of Decatur a call at 404-378-9998.