Recent Fire Damage Posts

Frying Foods Can Be Hazardous

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fry Pan Frying foods in hot grease require attention and no distractions to avoid a grease fire.

Unexpected events during the cooking of meals sometimes can draw the chef away, with catastrophic results. If a grease fire brings your day to a standstill, SERVPRO is ready to take charge of a seamless restoration.
 
Frying food needs attention without interruptions. But if you are distracted the meat sizzles, and grease ignites. As you rush back, you are greeted with a stovetop in flames. A chemical fire extinguisher snuffs the blaze, but the greasy smoke and soot already coats every surface in the kitchen and floats throughout the house. Call us before you intensify the situation because grease fire damage in your home requires a professional cleanup.
 
Our SERVPRO crew arrives at your grease fire with years of experience and training in abating this type of disaster. We have the equipment, tools, and know-how to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” The crew chief assesses the damage, and the team gets to work. Burned cooking vessels and their contents go in a disposal bag. We evaluate the soot coating the surfaces to determine if it wipes away with one of our spray cleaners or if abrasive techniques must be used carefully. Then the work begins.
 
We know how smoke and soot move during a fire, and how chemicals used to extinguish it impact the cleanup. We will inspect for hidden damage in cabinets, on window coverings, and in areas far from the fire, as ash and soot float freely. Window blinds receive an immersion cleaning; curtains bundle up and take for professional cleaning. Hard, nonporous surfaces scrub clean, upholstery and carpeting undergo deep vacuuming unless the soot is too sticky. Walls and ceilings need cleaning following the proper protocol our techs learned in industry approved certification courses.
 
Odors may linger, and our team works with you and your perception of smoky smells to eliminate this final evidence that a grease fire occurred. Professional deodorizing sprays can take care of the problem, but we also offer thermal fogging in persistent cases, the deodorizing compound combusting in a heated chamber that recreates the fire conditions, the better to neutralize the smell.
 
SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is familiar with efficient grease fire damage restoration, ready to transform a sooty mess back to your kitchen fast. Call (866) 445-8457 to have a crew of recovery experts scheduled to abate smoke, soot, charring and other harm at your home.

Fire Damage Is No Match For Our Skilled Technicians

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with heavy soot damage on the walls and contents. Our professional technicians know how to use a variety of techniques to restore houses after a fire.

Professional help is necessary when restoring fire damage. When flames engulf a property, the danger is obvious. However, the threat does not end after putting out the fire. The combustion process introduces gases and aerosols in the affected environment, and if not cleared, they might lead to health problems when inhaled. In addition to affecting the occupants, the structure also continues to deteriorate in different ways after the fire goes out. Debris and residues, some of which are acidic, can cause such deterioration. The water used to put out the fire from your property might also lead to deterioration.

With the professional restoration services that we offer, it is possible to safeguard the structure and its occupants. Some level of preparation is necessary before starting the restoration of fire damage. It might include the separation of items based on the level of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians separate items into salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable categories which helps reduce the chances of throwing out salvageable items. With our electronic CCIS (Content Claim Inventory Service), we can even group items room by room. We also board-up the structure, which helps prevent further damages by intruders or weather elements.

The smoke produced as a fire burns causes some of the damage, so cleanup is necessary. While it is possible to wipe off some of the soot, most of the residues require further steps for proper cleaning. Our SERVPRO crew uses various approaches to clean your property. Mechanical agitation helps dislodge debris from affected areas. We also use some professional cleaning products, which work through chemical action that either dissolves or suspends the soils, effectively removing them from the affected material. From our experiences handling clean up after fires, we understand the easiest ways to deal with different kinds of soiling. For example, we know that like dissolves like, so we evaluate the type of soiling before choosing a cleaning solution. Some aspects of fires like smoke damage and bad odors spread easily even to parts of the property not reached by the flames. By working as a team, our SERVPRO crew cleans and deodorizes all affected areas.

Restoring damages after a fire should not overwhelm you. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties at (870) 424-0296 today! We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How to Prevent Flue Fires

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A chimney fire has spread to the house and burns the house out of control. Taking care of your chimney can prevent millions of dollars worth of damage.

Does your home have a fireplace? If it does, it more than likely has a chimney. But do you have the chimney cleaned and properly taken care of every year? Taking care to clean your chimney annually can help prevent a type of house fire associated with them called chimney or flue fires. What is a flue fire, you may ask? Let’s find out!

Chimney fires occur at an alarming rate in the U.S. Over 25,000 chimney fires account for over 120 million dollars in damage to property every year. Thousands of injuries, and even many deaths, result every year from chimney fires that spread to the structure of the home. Chimney liners or structural problems can allow high temperatures, sparks, and embers to escape to combustible areas in walls, roofs, or attics. A common cause of chimney fires is creosote inside the chimney catching fire and burning inside it. Creosote is a by-product of burning that coats the inside of your chimney and needs to be removed during regular annual chimney cleaning by chimney sweeps. Creosote build-up is the main cause of chimney fires. The creosote comes from particles that were not fully burned during the fire and when the temperatures in the chimney lowers, they attached to the chimney walls forming the creosote. In fact, when the temperatures within the chimney are below 250 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance in the smoke will condense and stick to the walls. When the temperature drops below 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance again changes form, this time to a dark, sticky substance. This dark sticky and sometimes flaky material can easily catch on fire, and thus is the root cause of the chimney fires.

Along with the soft crackling of the wood, your fire should only produce pleasant sounds, not ones like a freight train barreling toward your house at 100 miles an hour. When this raging noise is coming from your chimney walls, it means you have a powerful chimney fire on your hands. But chimney fires are not always that easy to detect. There are two different types of chimney fires that are quite easy to tell apart, but both can cause substantial damage to your chimney and possibly your home.

Free burning fires are the fires that sound like a freight train or roaring airplane in your chimney. The blaze is loud and unmistakable. Oftentimes dramatic flames or billowing smoke may lap out of your chimney top. Your neighbors or people walking by may be alarmed by the noise and sites from this fire. Slow burning fires are the quieter version of a chimney fire, but is no less dangerous. You may not even know it has taken place. These undetected fires burn slowly at high temperatures that can cause more than just structural damage to your chimney; they can easily catch flammable parts of your home on fire as well.

So, what do you do if you find yourself with a flue fire? As with any other type of fire, the first step that should always be taken is to get everyone out of harm’s way and call the fire department. After everyone is safe and assuming the situation permits without putting yourself in danger, you can first try to cut off the air supply leading to the chimney. To do this, close the damper on the chimney or any other pipes to attempt to smother the fire this way, then close the glass doors or any other fire grate and leave the home. Once outside, take a garden hose and spray water on the roof around the chimney to prevent the roof from catching on fire. Once the fire is completely put out, it is best to monitor the wall temperature of any surrounding walls for the next few hours to ensure no other part of the home catches on fire. The danger with chimney fires, even after they have been put out, is that if it happened once, it will most likely happen again if no further measures are taken. For this reason, after one of these fires has taken place, it is important to call a chimney professional right away to determine the cause of the fire. Besides removing the reason for the fire after one has raged inside of your chimney walls, prevention is also very important. The key to preventing a chimney fire is to have a clean burning fire.

Now, how do you prevent a chimney fire from happening to you? For starters, only burn seasoned or dried out wood. Wood that is completely dry will sound hollow when hit against another piece of wood. It will be dark in color and may have cracks in the ends. It takes about 6 months for wood to be ready to burn. Start fires with clean newspaper or dry kindling. Gasoline or kerosene should never be used to start a fire. Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, or your Christmas tree. Burn large logs, rather than many smaller logs when possible. And finally, get regular chimney inspections and cleanings to remove the excess creosote from the chimney walls and ensure safe burning.

A clean chimney will not burst into flame, therefore proper care and regular cleanings are necessary to ensure the safety of your family and your home. Don’t get caught off guard by the roaring sounds and raging blazes coming from inside the chimney walls, keep a clean chimney and you’ll have a safer house!

Fire Damage and the Restoration Process

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling after a heavy soot fire in the process of being cleaned. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties can take your home back to preloss condition.

A fire can be the cause of serious property damage and a multitude of problems that will cost you a lot of money. Many people don’t realize the full extent or nature of fire damage until it happens to them.

When a fire strikes, the first thing that’s typically noticed is what has been burned and destroyed. Aside from your personal belongings and contents, this can include walls, cabinets, counter tops, and much more. After fires, these pieces are left looking dilapidated and not fit for purpose. This is the most obvious type of fire damage, but there’s more to fire damage than what’s easily seen.

Fire damage doesn’t just destroy your property, though. It can also cause a lot of malodor and can cause staining to various surfaces. When there’s a fire, there’s usually smoke. Smoke can travel throughout the property, staining your walls and carpets and leaving dust, dirt, and soot all over everything. This can be quite extensive and will cover not only the room affected by the fire, but adjacent rooms and can even sometimes travel throughout the entire structure. For these reasons, the home needs to be cleaned and sanitized. This will make your belongings usable again and will prevent health issues that may be caused by these foreign contaminants. The process of soot removal also helps to get rid of bad odors that can otherwise linger for a long time. This process involves the use of many different cleaning appliances and industrial equipment and can even extend to carpet cleaning services which can help to remove small amounts of smoke, soot, and other issues from in between the carpet fibers that can’t be reached by vacuums.

While fire damage and water damage may seem like they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum, they often actually occur together. This is the case if a fire damage leads to a burst pipe or tank, or the fire results in damage to the home that lets rain and other weather inside. Most homeowners also don’t realize that water damage can and usually does occur from the fire department putting the fire out.

Other damages can also occur after a fire, such as damage to your electrical wiring, plumbing, and electrical appliances. Because of this, it may be necessary to have several different services help in your time of need to ensure your home doesn’t just look repaired, but that it’s also able to function normally without hazards.

If a fire loss should strike your home or business, don’t hesitate to call the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties. We’re only one call away 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Top Causes of Kitchen Fires and How to Prevent Them

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

A cast iron skillet sits on a stove with a large fire burning in it. Knowing how to properly cook with oil can prevent causing a kitchen fire.

Every year there are thousands of house fires across America. Some of them claim lives, while others just do thousands of dollars of damage. Fires can usually be prevented, and many of them can be prevented in the kitchen. Here’s a few tips to help prevent kitchen fires.

The leading cause of kitchen fires is leaving cooking food unattended on the stove. Life has a way of keeping us busy, and as our lives progress, they get busier and busier. Finding the time to cook a meal in the kitchen is not always so easy to come by, and while we’re doing so, it’s easy to become distracted. It may be tempting to leave the stove unattended while you watch a video, but in a matter of minutes, your cooking could catch fire and cause a disaster. Protein fires can cause a horrid odor to linger, and it’s almost impossible to know when you’ve cleaned everything after one. Be alert, and don’t use the stove if you’re sleepy or have consumed alcohol.

Certain foods are combustible when they get hot. Some of these foods are things such as flour, oil, alcohol, sugar, garlic, and fatty meats. When cooking with oil, you should heat the oil slowly. If you see any smoke or the oil smells, it’s an indication that the oil is too hot. Immediately turn off the burner to let it cool down. Remove as much moisture as possible from the food going to be fried before putting it in hot oil. Do not put frozen foods into hot grease. Add food gently to prevent splatter. If oil should splatter, be sure to clean it up when safe to do so to prevent potential fire hazards for future cooking. Keep a lid near the pan you're cooking with so that it is accessible if a fire starts. In case of a grease fire, do not under any circumstances try to put it out with water or flour, and do not try to move the pan. Water and oil do not mix, and flour will explode in a violent fireball. Instead, if the fire is small and containable, smother it by placing a lid over the pan or extinguish it with a fire extinguisher. If the fire is uncontainable, immediately evacuate and call 911.

Some people may think wearing an apron is a faux pas, but they actually serve a very important safety role. Wearing loose clothing while cooking can be a fire and cooking hazard, and while aprons not only keep your clothes clean, they tie back your clothing to keep it out of the way. Tying back long hair is another good rule of kitchen and cooking safety. Not only does it keep it out of the way of catching fire, but it keeps your hair from getting in your food.

The final safety tip is to keep a clean kitchen. Having cluttered counters is a fire hazard in itself. Keep things like food packaging, paper products, fabric potholders and towels, and other flammable items away from the stove and properly put up. Keep the stove top clean and free of any food pieces from past meals or oil splatters and spills.

Kitchen safety while cooking is an important responsibility. In a matter of seconds, a fire can start, and if not contained, can become a blaze within minutes. Practicing good kitchen safety can save you thousands of dollars in fire damage and fire restoration costs, or in some cases, your life. Keep these tips in mind the next time you cook.

Tips to Improve Home Fire Safety

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

An adult man and woman stand holding each other while watching a white house burn. While you'll more than likely evacuate your home in case of a fire, a fire extinguisher can help extinguish flames possibly blocking your exit.

Did you know that many fires can be avoided by having active fire prevention methods in place? It may seem obvious, but not all preventative measures may be as obvious as you think. Here are some ways you can help keep you and your home safe from fires.

The first way that you can help to prevent home fires is to familiarize yourself with the different kinds of smoke detectors that are on the market. There are two kinds of smoke detectors on the market, ionization and photoelectric. Ionization smoke detectors are best used for detecting the smoke that is given off from flaming fires where the photoelectric smoke detector is best for detecting the smoke particles given off from smoldering fires. The National Fire Protection Association will tell you that most deaths in home fires are due to smoke inhalation. However, since each alarm is equipped to detect different types of fires, and there is no way to determine which kind of fire will break out in a home, it is best to purchase both. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Remember to test your smoke detectors monthly and change batteries as needed.

The second tip is to have a fire extinguisher. Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher. It’s a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, laundry room, nearby to water heaters and breaker boxes, and nearby to grills and other potential fire hazards. If a blaze were to break out in your home, you’re probably going to evacuate rather than attempt to fight the fire, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep a fire extinguisher in your home. It’s better to have one and not need it than to need it and not have it, and in a fire where flames block the exit, a fire extinguisher can make all the difference.

Another good fire tip is to have a fire escape plan. Every home should have a fire evacuation plan, and you need to practice it a few times a year, especially if you have children. There’s nothing more tragic than a family escaping a burning home only to have someone run back into the house because they think someone is still inside, when really, they were safe somewhere else. Make sure everyone in your family knows the evacuation plan and knows where the family is supposed to meet. Explain the value of staying at the meeting place and waiting there and practice the plan frequently.

These are just a few good tips to practicing fire safety, but there’s plenty more. Remember, if a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO After A Fire Loss

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Even if a fire didn't get too out of hand, attempting to clean it yourself can cause more damage than it helps.

After a small fire in the home or business that only generated smoke and soot damage, you may think it would be easy to take care of the cleanup yourself without ever getting the insurance agency involved. But it’s hard to know where all to check and clean after a fire for soot. Likewise, textiles can’t just be washed with your standard laundry detergent. Many people try to clean up after a small fire themselves, and often end up ruining their contents rather than fixing them.

At SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties, our certified fire technicians are professionally trained to know just where to look for soot and smoke damage. Our cleaning process is extensive to make sure we get every speck of soot out of your house. We use our very own special chemicals to clean soot and smoke off your contents, specially made for fire restoration cleaning. SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties is also able to clean textiles such as clothes, couches, and carpets.

While the temptation may be there to do the cleaning yourself, it’s worth it to hire a professional restoration and cleanup company such as SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, & Marion Counties to clean your contents and structure after a fire.

Fire Damage Is No Match for Our Skilled Technicians

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

With the professional restoration services that we offer, it is possible to safeguard the structure and its occupants.

Professional Help Is Necessary When Restoring Fire Damage

When flames engulf a property, the danger is obvious. However, the threat does not end after putting out the fire. The combustion process introduces gases and aerosols in the affected environment, and if not cleared, they might lead to health problems when inhaled. In addition to affecting the occupants, the structure also continues to deteriorate in different ways after the fire goes out. Debris and residues, some of which are acidic, can cause such deterioration. The water used to put out the fire from your property might also lead to deterioration. With the professional restoration services that we offer, it is possible to safeguard the structure and its occupants. Some level of preparation is necessary before starting the restoration of fire damage. It might include the separation of items based on the level of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians’ separate items into salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable categories which helps reduce the chances of throwing out salvageable items. With our electronic CCIS, content claim inventory service, we can even group items room by room. We also board-up the structure, which helps prevent further damages by intruders or weather elements. The smoke produced as a fire burns causes some of the damage, so cleanup is necessary. While it is possible to wipe off some of the soot, most of the residues require further steps for proper cleaning. Our SERVPRO crew uses various approaches to clean your property. Mechanical agitation helps dislodge debris from affected areas. We also use some professional cleaning products, which work through chemical action that either dissolves or suspends the soils effectively removing them from the affected material. From our experiences handling clean up after fires, we understand the easiest ways to deal with different kinds of soiling. For example, we know that like dissolves like, so we evaluate the type of soiling before choosing a cleaning solution. Some aspects of fires like smoke damage and bad odors spread easily even to parts of the property not reached by the flames. By working as a team, our SERVPRO crew cleans and deodorizes all affected areas. Restoring damages after a fire should not overwhelm you. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (870) 424-0296 to assist. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

House Fire Season? Not When It's Your Home!

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

What if you have a fire?

We often hear about a particular time of the year as being the "season for house fires," meaning house fire disasters are on the rise from that month forward. It is usually associated with colder weather when we start to use more home heating.  When it comes to your home, however, there is no "season" for a fire. It can strike at any time. The sad fact is that 2,500 people will be killed in fires over the next year.  13,000 people will suffer serious injuries related to fires and the loss of property - in terms of real dollars - will be more than $7 Billion!

SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties provides expert restoration services if you have experienced a house fire. If that is your situation now, please call (866) 445-8457 so we can begin restoring your home. The residue left from a fire, known as soot, presents hidden dangers if not properly removed from your home and your possessions. Soot is acidic in nature and within hours to days, it will begin to decay or even destroy whatever surface it comes in contact with.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to determine what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. Each home contains items of sentimental value like pictures and heirlooms. Until help arrives, pictures need to be removed from glass frames as quickly as possible, so they can dry unless they have become stuck to the glass. Valuable items like jewelry, weapons, ammunition, financial papers and other personal items should be removed from the home for safe keeping.

We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages. Visit our websites for information on how we can restore your property at www.SERVPRObaxterboonefultonmarioncounties.com Located at 3918 Hwy 5 South, Mountain Home, AR   (866) 445-8457.   We cover North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri.

What is Fire Damage and How Restoration Works

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties if you have a fire!

A fire can lead to serious and significant property damage and any number of problems that will negatively impact your quality of life and cost you a lot of money until you get them repaired. Many people don’t realize the full extent or nature of fire damage or a large number of different services offered by SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties.

Immediate Damage

In the case of a fire, the first thing you are likely to notice is that your items have been burned leading to them being destroyed. This can ruin walls, cabinets, counter tops and much more leaving them looking dilapidated and not fit for purpose.

This is the most obvious type of damage that SERVPRO will help to address..

Smell and Dirt

Fire damage doesn’t just destroy your property though, it can also cause a lot of bad odor and can stain your various surfaces. When there is fire, there is normally also smoke and this can travel through your property staining your walls carpets and leaving dust, dirt, and soot across your surfaces. This can be quite extensive and will cover not only the room affected by the fire but also the adjacent rooms nearby.

For these reasons, SERVPRO will also make it a priority to clean and sanitize your home. This will make your belongings usable again and it will also prevent health issues that may be caused by them. Importantly it will also help to get rid of bad odors that can otherwise linger for a long time.

This process will involve the use of many different cleaning appliances and industrial equipment. This can even extend to carpet cleaning services which can help to remove small amounts of smoke, soot, and other issues from in-between the carpet fibers. This can’t easily be reached by vacuums.

Water Damage

While fire damage and water damage might seem like they’re at other ends of the spectrum, often they can actually occur together. This is the case if fire damage leads to a burst pipe or tank which can then lead to water spilling out over your premises. It can also be a result of fire damage causing leaks and letting the weather affect your home.

In these cases then, SERVPRO must offer fire and water damage restoration. To do this, we will first address the source of the moisture and will then go on to remove any large pools of water.

Other Issues

Fire damage can be incredibly extensive and can also damage your property in other ways. For instance, it can damage your electrical wiring, your plumbing, and electrical appliances. Thus you might need any number of different services to ensure your home doesn’t just look repaired but is also able to function normally.

How to Find a Fire Damage Restoration Company

If you have experienced fire damage in your home, then you should work quickly to try and repair it and restore as much of your property as possible.

Having the number of a good fire damage restoration company is an important first step. Make sure that the company you find provides 24-hour emergency contact so that they can come out rapidly to deal with any serious damage that might be causing leaks and other problems that are progressive in nature.

Make sure as well to carefully research the company’s track history as well as the full range of services that they offer. You want an organization that will provide you with full renovations and that has mostly good reviews from other users.

Likewise, you should make sure that your home is fully insured. By using a comprehensive insurance plan, you will have financial aid when it comes to finding fire damage restoration services and you will also be able to get any items replaced that need to be completely disposed of.

On top of all this, you should also take as many steps as possible to prevent fire damage entirely. This means making sure that you are careful when cooking and it means avoiding leaving plugs on. At the same time, it also means using a fire alarm and ensuring that this works at all times by testing it regularly.

All these steps will help you to prevent fires where possible and to deal with the damage quickly when they do still happen. When you are in need of a fire and smoke damage restoration company in North Central Arkansas. Call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties, (866) 445-8457

Fire-Resistant Materials

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Reversing fire damage in Arkansas requires an experienced and trusted restoration company.

Residential fires claim over 2,500 lives every year in the U.S alone. Moreover, according to FEMA, most fire-related deaths in Arkansas and the world at large occur when people are asleep, particularly due to the smoke that lulls the sleeping person into a deep slumber. Interestingly, your choice of building materials can influence your exposure to fire and smoke damage when disaster strikes. While no practical building material is 100% fireproof, a properly-constructed house can help prevent the impact by making use of fire-resistant materials. Reversing fire damage in Arkansas requires an experienced and trusted restoration company. With many years of experience as a fire damage restoration franchise, SERVPRO lives up to its reputation of offering quick and efficient cleanup services. Our technicians follow IICRC guidelines to ensure that their techniques, products, and equipment are up to par with industry standards. A number of structural materials in your home can influence the severity of fire damage. House windows, albeit important for light and visibility, are nonetheless a potential fire hazard. In the presence of a strong fire, the intense heat alone can cause the glass to break, making the building more vulnerable to outside flames. If the outside fire is strong enough, it can actually ignite flammable items within the structure even without direct contact. Installing fire-resistant windows is a great way to protect your home from severe fire damage. Dual-paned glass windows, in particular, provide energy efficiency while doubling the time it takes for the windows to succumb to the fire. Tempered glass is also effective, as it is heat-treated to improve its fire resistance by about 4 times as compared to regular glass. Glass blocks do not provide much visibility, but they are extremely effective at minimizing fire damage. Wired glass, which consists of tempered glass that has been reinforced with metal wire, is probably the best option. It offers excellent fire resistance as well as visibility. Most structural buildings also call for underlying gypsum sheathing to enhance their fire-resistant rating. Gypsum board is commonly used to protect the interior finish from fire damage. Also known as drywall, gypsum board features two sheets of paper with a gypsum layer sandwiched in between. Additives help improve its fire-resistance qualities. The papers burn very slowly, subsequently reducing the impact of fire damage. Furthermore, gypsum board contains a noncombustible core with chemically-combined water that impedes heat transfer in the event of a fire. Using numerous layers of gypsum board can promote better fire resistance. Structural materials are a serious concern during fire outbreaks. In the event of a fire disaster, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties can assess and correct the fire damage. Give us a ring anytime at (866)445-8457.

The SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques After Fire Damage To Your Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Soot Cleanup from a Fire in Your Home Could Use SERVPRO Service

Fire Damage Cleanup Holds Many Options

In the event of a fire, the resulting cleanup is difficult. The fire itself damages many different items. After a fire, some articles are destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Other belongings are damaged by the soot from the fire. Anyone who has dealt with a fire cleanup is familiar with the blackened look of articles that are in a soot residue. For the homeowner, this is one of the most upsetting parts of dealing with the aftermath of a fire.   If your home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties can help. Our IICRC certified technicians are equipped with the necessary equipment and products to thoroughly clean your home and restore it to its pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”   Our professional cleanup teams understand that every article in your home is different and has diverse cleaning needs. When you call us, we start by assessing the items in your house to determine which can be saved and which need to be discarded. Once the viability of each item has been established, our professional technicians can decide on the most appropriate cleaning technique for each of them.   Some of the most common cleaning techniques we use include: Agitation. This is the use of mechanical action to dislodge soot particles from a surface. Using a liquid cleaner straight away can push soot further into the material and make the problem worse. Agitation helps loosen soot particles first and prepare the surface for cleaner application. Lubrication. This is the use of a cleaner to make the soot particles slippery. They slide away from the surface with flushing and leave it cleaner. Our certified IICRC technicians can then tackle any further cleaning necessary. Application of cleaning chemicals. The application of cleaning chemicals alters the compound composition of the soot. This means the cleaning product can remove the soot from the surface and leave it clean once more. Suspension and dispersion. These are common cleaning methods. In most cases, the soot is first loosened with agitation. The item is then suspended in the correct cleaning solution until the residue is removed.   SERVPRO have the know-how to determine which cleaning method is the most efficient for each and every article in your home. Our teams carefully examine each item to determine the cleaning method that will best restore it. We know which cleaning products and actions to use and the best dose of each product to clean your possessions without worsening the damage.   If you need help cleaning up after a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is here to assist you. Call us at (866) 445-8457 today.

Deodorizing After A Fire Damage To Your North Central Arkansas Home

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor.

Things You Should Know

One of the biggest problem after an incidence of fire is the lingering, foul, burnt odor. If the odor is not remedied professionally, it can stay on your property for a long time making it almost impossible to stay there.

Thankfully, professionals can help you get rid of this odor after fire damage to your North Central Arkansas home. The odor after an incidence of fire is a mix of chemical and natural odors due to the burning of wood, plastic, and other building material. Here at SERVPRO, we employ a multi-step process to eliminate odor and get your home smelling like home again- removing, and cleaning. Let's take a closer look at every step.

Removing
One of the first things that SERVPRO technicians do while tackling an odor problem after a fire is removing the source of the odor. The source of odor after a fire damage can be burnt wood or other building materials. Our IICRC certified technicians dispose of the source in a safely and efficiently.

Cleaning  
The second step during the deodorizing process is cleaning. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians clean different surfaces depending on the type of the surface and residue deposited on it.

Sealing
Sealing is not required in most cases, but if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the best option. Painting walls to seal in the odors is one such case.

We are here to help you in your hour of need. Call SERVPRO at Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (870) 424-0296 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your restoration needs.

Hard Lesson Learned When Bacon Left Unattended

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Cooking food on the stove, especially with grease, should never be left unattended. Call SERVPRO to remediate after an accident.

Weekend mornings are busy times for families. Preparing for sports, outings, and work around the home requires a hearty breakfast. Unexpected events during the cooking of the morning meal sometimes draw the home chef away, with catastrophic results. If a grease fire brings your day to a halt, SERVPRO is ready to take charge of a seamless restoration.
 
You know bacon should not be left to fry on its own, but a bang and a scream in the family room pulls you away to settle the bickering between a couple of your children. The meat sputters, and grease ignites. As you rush back, you are greeted with a stovetop in flames. A chemical fire extinguisher snuffs the blaze, but the greasy smoke and soot already coats every surface in the kitchen and floats throughout the house. Call us before you exacerbate the situation because grease fire damage in your home requires a professional cleanup.
 
Our SERVPRO crews arrive at your grease fire with years of experience and training in abating this type of disaster. We have the equipment, tools, and know-how to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” The crew member in charge assesses the damage, and the team gets to work. Burned cooking vessels and their contents go in a disposal bag. We evaluate the soot coating the surfaces to determine if it wipes away with one of our spray cleaners or if abrasive techniques must be used carefully. Then the work begins.
 
We know how smoke and soot move during a fire, and how chemicals used to extinguish it impact the cleanup. Expect us to inspect for hidden damage in cabinets, on window coverings, and in areas far from the fire, as ash and soot float freely. Window blinds receive an immersion cleaning; curtains bundle up for a trip to the laundry or dry cleaners. Hard, nonporous surfaces scrub clean, upholstery and carpeting undergo deep vacuuming unless the soot is too sticky. Walls and ceilings need cleaning following the proper protocol our techs learned in industry approved certification courses.
 
Odors may linger, and our team works with you and your perception of smoky smells to eliminate this final evidence that a grease fire occurred. Professional deodorizing sprays can take care of the problem, but we also offer thermal fogging in persistent cases, the deodorizing compound combusting in a heated chamber that recreates the fire conditions, the better to neutralize the smell.
 
SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties is familiar with efficient grease fire damage restoration, ready to transform a sooty mess back to your kitchen fast. Call (866) 445-8457 to have a crew of recovery experts scheduled to abate smoke, soot, charring and other harm at your home.

100 year old Victorian Home in Harrison

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Restoration

Victorian home in Harrison built in 1916 had a fire in one area of home. Congratulations to Harrison Fire Dept. for the work to save this home, fire damage held to just a couple of rooms but lots of smoke and soot. SERVPRO was called to begin the fire restoration process. We first started the drying process from all the water used by fire department, then removing and cleaning the contents, last removed the charred areas. The owner was thrilled that the first step to getting back in their home was complete.