Recent Fire Damage Posts

Removing Smoke from Personal Items in a Fire Damage Emergency in Mount Juliet

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Smoke from Personal Items in a Fire Damage Emergency in Mount Juliet Fires from space heaters left unattended can do plenty of damage. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and for damage prevention tips.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Damage and Match it Up With the Most Effective Cleaning Option

It is almost winter, and millions of people are turning to their space heaters to keep warm during the cold spells. Unfortunately, space heaters are one of the leading causes of house fires, at least according to the National Fire Protection Association. Despite their small size, they draw plenty of electricity that tends to overwhelm most extension cords. If the space heater is on, but unattended to, or the unit is too close to a flammable agent such as a mattress, it can start a fire.
 
In the event of a space heater fire, having a restoration company in your emergency contacts is important. SERVPRO has several years of experience dealing with fire damage in Mount Juliet and can respond quickly to your emergency. We use different methods to clean your items, ensuring that everything remains safe during the cleanup process.
 
Removing light to medium non-greasy soils from the fire damage requires dry cleaning. First, SERVPRO professionals clean off surface dust using dusting cloths or feather dusters before vacuuming to eliminate light debris.
 
To remove heavy debris, we use a more aggressive cleaning method: wet cleaning. This process involves using water, with or without a cleaning agent. The item being cleaned up is extremely saturated during cleaning.
 
We also use foam cleaning to reverse smoke damage on upholstery fabrics that may shrink when wet. This technique is especially powerful for light residues or sensitive materials such as box springs and mattresses. If needed, we may use immersion cleaning for materials that do not shrink when completely saturated with a cleaning product. This process is particularly ideal for Venetian blinds that have sustained smoke damage.
 
Several other types of actions come into play in a fire damage situation like this. Detergents allow oil-based soils to blend with water-based cleaning solutions, while alkaline and acidic solutions neutralize each other. Our restorers use these chemical actions to separate smoke residues from the surfaces they attach to during a fire outbreak.
 
Space heater fires are rare and only occur under no supervision. If it happens to you, SERVPRO of Wilson County can respond quickly to counter the smoke and fire damage. Call us right away at (615) 449-5000.

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Responding To Protect Homeowners In Lebanon From Fire Damage

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Responding To Protect Homeowners In Lebanon From Fire Damage Our SERVPRO technicians can deliver remarkable results when dealing with damage caused by fire and soot.

Protect Your Lebanon Home from fire Damage By Calling SERVPRO

Smoke and flames billow out of control as firefighters rush in to put the raging fire out, you and your family stand helpless, mesmerized by the scene. You sigh as the fire consumes room after room of your dream home, asking yourself how anyone could ever recover from such devastation.

When local authorities finally determine that it is safe for you to reenter your Lebanon home, the extent of fire damage you see from the outside diminishes hope even more. You know it is not safe for your family to enter.

After taking your family to a hotel, you make some calls, letting loved ones know what happened and that everyone is okay. Next, you place a call to your insurance company, who suggests you seek help from a professional restoration company before you give up hope.

At SERVPRO, we help families recover from situations like this every day. We often tell people to keep their heads up and look at the situation they are in as an opportunity, rather than a setback. Unless you happen to be one yourself, you should never consider your home lost before giving professional restoration technicians an opportunity to assess the damage.

Expertly trained IICRC certified technicians, like those found at SERVPRO, can deliver remarkable results when dealing with damage caused by heat, smoke, and soot associated with fires in your home. The damage you see may not be quite as severe as you think, or there might just be a way that experienced restoration technicians can restore many of the contents of your home to a quality condition that you simply do not understand, yet.

Giving SERVPRO the opportunity to respond to your emergency situation, provides you with access to technicians with several years experience, advanced equipment, and other resources that make recovering from a fire more of an option that you may think.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County can respond quickly to any situation, providing you with the help you deserve during an emergency, help you protect your family, and restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition in a quick and efficient manner. Call our offices today. (615) 449-5000

For more information regarding the city of Lebanon, click here:http://www.lebanontn.org

My Neighbor's Home Caught Fire - Why Is My Home Damaged?

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage My Neighbor's Home Caught Fire - Why Is My Home Damaged? Smoke is the most common problem for homes neighboring a site that has had fire damage.

Why Did My Home Get Fire Damage?


If your neighbor has recently dealt with a fire, you are probably concerned for their safety and any property that might have been lost in the blaze. However, your attention should also be focused on your home, as well. Even if the flames never reached your property, you may find some new spots of damage if you look close enough. SERVPRO often has to perform fire damage restoration services on an entire block for a single fire due to the spread of effects many pyres cause. Here are a few ways your home might require our services for a fire that never touched it.

Smoke Damage

Smoke is the most common problem for homes neighboring a site of fire damage in Old Hickory. Large house fires produce large amounts of smoke, and this material can work its way deep into houses around the block. If your home was downwind of the fire, this might be an especially troublesome factor. SERVPRO carries machinery that makes short work of any smoke damage you may have incurred, cleanly and inexpensively.

Ash Staining and Burn Marks

If your home is close to the nearest neighbor or winds were especially strong at the time of the fire, you may find some visual indicators of damage on the exterior walls and surfaces. There may be burn marks or, more commonly, ash stains present on walls, windows, and roofing. Our SERVPRO technicians help to clean up these unsightly but relatively mild forms of damage without too much cost to you.

Debris and Hazardous Materials

Especially severe fires may produce large amounts of debris or hazardous materials that may fall into your property. Handling these objects and materials yourself is difficult and dangerous. We have the training and personnel necessary to make short work of any offending items tainting your property.


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SERVPRO of Wilson County is available around-the-clock to help locals who have encountered fire damage of any shape or size. If your home has been hurt by a fire in any way, give us a call at (615) 449-5000.

Get Help Immediately to Limit Fire Damage in Your Watertown Home

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get Help Immediately to Limit Fire Damage in Your Watertown Home Don't let soot and smoke linger on your property. Call SERVPRO for a rapid response to your fire damage disaster.

Fast Response Increases Remediation and Restoration Success

Fires take their toll on personal items and result in a variety of damage that you cannot even see. Calling professional technicians as soon as possible makes restoring many of your items affected by smoke and soot entirely possible. Just keep in mind that the longer it takes for you to make a decision, the more time acidic residues have to damage your belongings.
 
Most people look at the fire damage in their Watertown home with little to no hope of restoration. Luckily expert technicians can tell the difference between a salvageable item and one that is unrestorable. With the right amount of time, the appropriate tools, experience and many advanced cleaning methods at their disposal, many of your items can survive.
 
In many situations, the type of fire, material, and extent of exposure pose particular challenges. Smoke particles can penetrate various surfaces, leaving behind residues and odors that make many restoration companies cringe. However, with the proper ventilation and removal of unsalvageable debris, cleaning and deodorization methods prove highly effective in returning your property to a quality pre-damage condition.
 
At SERVPRO, we have successfully treated curtains and upholstery items found in homes just like yours. We use vacuums and the proper hose attachments, along with cleaning and deodorization techniques to remove stubborn particles. Clothes and bedding provide technicians with unique circumstances; each takes special handling and cleaning methods to remove odors and stains correctly.
 
SERVPRO technicians find that leaving furniture in place and moving it to another location can be challenging as well. Handling furniture items the wrong way can cause additional damage while leaving them where they are can cause significant damage to your flooring or carpeting.
 
Hard flooring caught within the affected area often requires refinishing or replacement. Water used in firefighting efforts stain, rip, and scar flooring. However, under the right conditions cleaning and deodorization techniques can return things to normal.
 
Many of your appliances or fiberglass surfaces can turn yellow if left exposed for too long while metal surfaces produce rust and corrosion, and plastic surfaces stain or discolor within minutes if not wiped down with the correct solution as soon as possible, SERVPRO cleaning professionals can help.
 
Make an immediate choice to call for help, SERVPRO of Wilson County is available 24-7, 365 days a year. With our emergency response teams standing by to assist you with a variety of situations in your home. Call today. (615) 449-5000

How Are Deodorization Agents Used to Restore Fire Damage in Mount Juliet?

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Are Deodorization Agents Used to Restore Fire Damage in Mount Juliet? SERVPRO's Ozone Machine Helps Eliminate Smoke Odors After a Fire in Mt. Juliet

SERVPRO's Equipment and IICRC Best Standards Neutralize Smoke Damage

Deodorizing technologies are a big part of fire damage restoration. They have made the job of eliminating lingering odors much easier than it was in the past. It is because deodorizing machines imitate the behavior of smoke and soot particles.

These devices can disperse odor busting chemicals in a way that ensures full penetration. Without this, deodorizers have a habit of getting obstructed and settling on top of surfaces, which isn’t very helpful. So, when we repair fire damage in Mount Juliet homes, we always turn to this technology.

Keep reading to learn about the deodorizing agents used and why they are so effective at banishing bad smoke smells.

Masking Chemicals
Masking deodorizers are only used as a supplementary measure because they don’t eliminate smoke odors. They merely hide them. They can be useful if odors are very strong and the SERVPRO team finds it hard to work around them. Sometimes, we apply masking chemicals at the very end of the restoration, when the odor causing particles are gone. They leave a pleasant floral fragrance.

Absorbing Chemicals
These chemicals neutralize smoke particles by drawing them into or onto themselves. In most cases, another method (an air purifier) is then needed to capture these ‘amalgamated’ particles and dispose of them safely.

Pairing Chemicals
Similarly, pairing chemicals neutralize smoke odors by joining with them to form two bound particles. Once contact is made, the odor is assimilated, and a masking agent is applied.

Disinfecting Chemicals
It isn’t just odors that deodorizing machines can disperse, however. They are also an excellent way to release disinfectants, particularly in rooms containing significant amounts of porous items (such as fabrics).

Chemicals ending with ‘-cide’ (Latin root meaning to kill) deal with microorganisms directly. They kill noxious substances in the air. Chemicals ending with ‘-stat’ are used to restrict and control their propagation.

Common Deodorizing Equipment
The success of deodorizing, particularly after a fire, depends on how the chemicals are applied. The aim is to ‘follow’ the smoke into the damaged or compromised items. So, as smoke behaves in a very distinct way – like a kind of mist – the deodorizers replicate this, assuring contact with the unwanted particulates.

The most commonly used machines are wet and dry foggers, vapor diffusers, and ozone and hydroxyl generators. At SERVPRO, we assess the nature of the fire damage first and then decide which method is most suitable.

SERVPRO of Wilson County is a local franchise, with lots of experience handling fire damage in residential and commercial buildings. If you need help fast, we are ready to provide it. Call us 24/7 at (615) 449-500.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Mount Juliet

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Mount Juliet Don't let a fire keep you down, Call the experts at SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened".

Despite what many people think of when it comes to a home fire, most of the damage is not from the flames. Even in a slightly more rural area, the restoration and replacement costs come from soot and smoke.


With Cedar Creek running through town and the Cumberland River to the North, fire damage to Mount Juliet homes usually starts from the inside or another nearby structure. A brush fire does not find enough fuel to burn long before someone puts it out. Regardless of the source, SERVPRO has the expertise and the equipment needed to help folks get back into their house, apartment or duplex as quickly and safely as possible.


The technicians on our 24-hour response team train to the standards determined by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our personnel studies the latest procedures and train on the best equipment needed to remove the soot and smoke that ruin the interior of your home as well as furniture and other personal property.


Each team keeps an extensive inventory of equipment on-hand to meet every challenge. Commercial grade vacuums remove every type of dry soot remaining after a fire. Air movers and exhaust fans circulate air out of as small an area like a laundry room to larger spaces such as foyers and stairwells. Cleaning machines such as shampooers and steamers take care of carpets, furniture and other property such as drapes and curtains.


In addition to the equipment, each team has access to an extensive line of cleaning products. Besides general cleaners like carpet shampoo, we also use specialized cleaners that do not damage paint and clean surfaces such as marble and glass countertops without damaging them.


If the damage is permanent, our team members remove the property for you. We dispose of everything unrestorable under all state and federal regulations.


Please do not attempt to clean your home yourself. If improperly cleaned, soot and the smoke residue is ground deeper into a surface, which may result in it being thrown out. Finally, if you still have power, do not turn on your HVAC system. This action will blow the soot throughout your home.


SERVPRO of Wilson County is here to help you return your home and your life to what it was before the fire. Call us today at (615) 449-5000 to get started.

Fire Restoration Services Offered In Hickory

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Services Offered In Hickory There are precautions that every homeowner in Hickory should be taking to avoid fire damage from developing in their homes.

Hickory SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services

Having a fire suppression system installed can stop fires and save lives. The type of system and firefighting efforts deployed, determine the extent of damage you experience after a fire. Regardless, you'll need repairs, so let's take a closer look at what a fire damage restoration process entails.
 
There are precautions that every homeowner in Hickory should be taking to avoid fire damage from developing in their homes. It's common sense, right? You'll want to develop a plan to get to safety to at least walk away with your lives. The same could be said about your home, developing a plan to limit as much damage as possible is a good thing. It would be smart to find a quality local company that helps you plan ahead.
 
Not only does SERVPRO have an Emergency Preparedness Application online for you to use to plan ahead, but we also take the time to explain our services to you and answer each and every question you have during your restoration process. You might agree, having a level of understanding concerning the services that technicians perform on your home are beneficial.
 
At SERVPRO we experience three different levels of fire damage. With minor fires, light smoke residues only affect individual rooms with small losses. Medium fires cause moderate damage and smoke residues cover a larger area. While major fires, engulf large portions of a building charring structural materials, leaving massive damage and repairs necessary throughout the home.
 
SERVPRO provides a variety of services to assist you, consider these the five categories of fire restoration services that we provide.
 
Mitigation - Used to secure the structure, preventing further damage by boarding up openings, winterizing your plumbing to prevent freezing, and establishing a temporary source of electricity to prevent hazards and allow other services equipment to be deployed.
 
Structural Cleaning - With a focus on the removal of smoke residues and deodorizing odors that exist on a building's structural components, repairing or replacing necessary components as needed.
 
Contents Cleaning - Any of your personal property within the affected area, has smoke residues removed. Often enough this service can be performed onsite. However, some situations require your contents to be packed and moved to a safe location.
 
Specialty Restoration - All of your electronics, expensive artwork, clothing, and even furniture that needs refinishing is subcontracted out for special handling.
 
Reconstruction - Some fires cause damage to structural components and materials where restoration is not feasible. Therefore replacement is necessary to return your home to a quality pre-loss condition.
 

 

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We can handle all of your restoration services, call SERVPRO of Wilson County today. (615) 449-5000

Homes are Not Immune From Fire Damage

6/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Homes are Not Immune From Fire Damage Old Hickory Fire Damage Can Use the Help of SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Restoration From the SERVPRO Experts

If your home has been devastated by fire, it's good to know that we have the experience and equipment to turn back the clock on fire damage. It is vital that work begins immediately after a fire. The high level of corrosive activity of soot and smoke particles, as well as the settled ashes from burning materials, will corrode both metal and glass, discolor carpets and other textiles, and become stronger-smelling as time passes.

Our crews are trained and certified by IICRC in the repair and restoration of fire damaged homes and businesses. We can reverse residential fire damage in Old Hickory homes. After our crews have repaired and restored your home, all, or most, traces of the fire will only be in your memories.

Our Experienced and Professional Crews Use the Best Equipment to Undo Fire Damage
As we go about the task of cleaning your home after a fire, we also determine which of your items can be restored to like new or nearly so condition. This keeps replacement costs lower, and can help you feel more at home more quickly. As we clean, we repair your home as a whole unit, piece by piece. When it comes to textiles such as carpets and rugs, bedding and throws, pillows and stuffed toys, we use state-of-the-art technology to remove the particles from the fire's smoke that create acrid odors. In certain cases, we can pack-out fire damaged personal items and furnishings for cleaning. Specialized cleaning can eliminate odors even further if needed.

Walls and other hard surfaces are cleaned and if necessary, repainted. This removes stains and odors. Carpets that have been smoke damaged are also specially cleaned and deodorized, and then dried. This is also effective for those carpets that became soaked with water during the fire. Dehumidifiers are required at times to remove the humidity from the firefighters' hoses.

Replacements are Sometimes Necessary
During a fire, sometimes items are damaged by the actual fire. These things are not very easily repaired, and are often set aside and noted in our inventory checklist. Because we are a third party, most insurance companies, particularly the major ones, review our checklists and honor them. We do this so you can present this to your insurance company for faster and usually less-troubled processing. We want to do everything possible to help you regain your home and your life, and as rapidly as possible.

Don't Fight that Fire Damage Alone – Call for Expertise that Can Protect Your Family
We are available 24/7, every day of the year to assist those in our community who have suffered from a fire. You owe it to yourself and to your family to take the necessary steps to regain your home, in not just habitable condition but the condition that you desire. "Like it never even happened." At SERVPRO of Wilson County, we are prepared to help you do just that. Call us at (615) 449-5000.

Lebanon Fire Damage - Treating Fire Damage in Lebanon

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lebanon Fire Damage - Treating Fire Damage in Lebanon Dealing with fire damage? Don't stress, SERVPRO of Wilson County can make it "Like it never even happened."

Lebanon Fire Damage Treatment

Lebanon residential fire damage can wreak havoc on your home, and this holds true regardless of how large or small the fire is. Even a small grease fire in the kitchen can cause widespread damage throughout the home, and the damage can be even more significant from a larger fire from an electrical issue, a lightning strike or another cause. Overcoming the damage and repairing the home to its former condition is a top priority, but the work may be more significant than you might think. 

How a Fire Damages a Home 

The most obvious way a Lebanon fire damages a home is from burning; flames can quickly spread from a small area to cover a larger surface area in the home. They can reach elevated heights, burning from floor to ceiling within a few short minutes. However, the damage from a fire is more widespread than that. Firefighters may use water and fire-retardant chemicals to put the flames out, and these substances can cause additional damage. They can mix with the ash to create an almost mud-like mess. This is combined with other damage from smoke, which can fill the entire home quickly even when the fire is contained to a single room, and special techniques may be required to remove the smoke from the walls, carpeting, and other surfaces. Keep in mind that smoke odors and staining are both concerns. 

How to Clean Up the Damage

At first glance, some homeowners with a do-it-yourself mentality may think about repairing their home on their own, but this is not recommended. Lebanon fire damage cleanup may require water remediation efforts, chemical clean-up, and construction efforts. Also, smoke damage removal may be required to remove the damage from the home. There are special techniques and even advanced equipment that can be used to effectively repair the damage so that your home is restored and all signs of the fire are removed.

Why Time Is of the Essence

While using the right techniques to repair the damage is important, speed is also critical when responding to a Lebanon residential fire damage issue. For example, water that remains in the home for a lengthy period of time can lead to mold growth. This can make a fire damage issue turn into a significant problem that takes more time, effort and money to repair. Besides, you want your home to be returned to normal quickly so that regular daily functions can be restored.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When you want to overcome Lebanon residential fire damage effectively in as little time as possible, professional services are the answer. SERVPRO of Wilson County is a locally owned company that can respond to your request for assistance, and we will work hard to remedy your damage as soon as possible. Our commitment is to help our valued clients improve the condition of their homes. To set up service with our team, call us today at (615) 449-5000.

Residential Fire Damage in Nashville

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage in Nashville A Fire Extinguisher May Prevent a Call to SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Call SERVPRO for Nashville Fire Damage Restoration

Even a small fire can result in significant damage to your home, and SERVPRO is the right service provider for all your Nashville fire damage restoration needs. The size of the fire will impact how much of your space is burned, but even a small fire can create significant smoke damage in the building. Also, water may have been used to extinguish the fire, and this can result in water damage to your home. If you are looking around your property and wondering how you can fix the damage,  rest assured that we can get the job done for you.

A Fast Response
A fire can rage through your home at any time of day or night, so our hardworking team is ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. We'll respond quickly because we understand the urgency of the situation. Your goal is to get your home restored to a livable condition as soon as possible, and you may also be concerned about mold growth caused by the water from firefighting efforts. Our specialists are highly experienced and understand your concerns. When you contact our team of restoration specialists for residential fire damage services, you can rest assured that we will begin the process quickly and work diligently to complete quality work promptly. Your home can be restored quickly with our team on the job.

The First Step in Fire Damage Restoration
The first step in a residential fire restoration project is water extraction to dry out the home, and we use specialized equipment and proven techniques to get this process completed quickly. Keep in mind that the longer you postpone calling us to begin the water remediation process, the more likely it is that you will have mold growth in your home. So call the trusted and skilled team at SERVPRO of Wilson County to assist you without delay.

The Restoration Process
After the water has been removed from the home, our professional technicians will take the next step of completing fire damage restoration. This includes removing smoke and soot damage in all areas of the home that have been affected as well as determining which materials and surfaces can be salvaged or refinished. We clean, repair, and restore in an attempt to prevent discarding of items. This mitigates costs to you and allows you to hang on to your precious, personal possessions.

We understand how challenging it can be to deal with Nashville fire damage in your home. Our primary goal is to improve the condition of your home without delays, economically. Our specialists are all IICRC-certified and committed to your satisfaction. We will leave you with the thought that your home is back in pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Wilson County specializes in water and fire damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We proudly serve our local communities of Nashville, Lebanon, and Old Hickory and are only a phone call away. (615) 449-5000

Perks And Benefits of Watertown Fire Damage Restoration Services

12/15/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Perks And Benefits of Watertown Fire Damage Restoration Services Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Fire Damaged Home

Watertown Fire Damage Restoration Made Easy With SERVPRO

Household fires can cause extensive fire damage in Watertown in a variety of ways. For example, the fire aftermath will typically leave your residential living space covered in soot and ash with smoky odors for good measure. Additionally, your property will likely be subjected to water damage due to the extinguishing work of firefighters. In many cases, homeowners understand the extensive fire damage done to their properties and fall into despair or deep stress. By securing high-quality fire damage restoration services, you can maintain your steadiness while having your property restored quickly and safely. Learn more about the perks and benefits of securing professional restoration services by reviewing the following information compliments of SERVPRO.

Fire Damage Services Clean Your Home Quickly to mitigate damages. Your adjuster should arrive soon after calling your insurance company. By contacting SERVPRO also, we can assess the damage, and since we are an approved vendor for many companies--insurance and property management--cooperative to start promptly the fire damage restoration and limit your liability claim .

Mold Prevention. Another important service provided by fire damage services is mold prevention. By eliminating excessive water and moisture from your property, we can impede the unwanted fungus from growing in your residential living space. This mold remediation work is important because ongoing exposure to the fungus may cause health issues along with damaging your property.

Comprehensive Services. Yet another benefit of hiring a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO is the total package of offered services. We will likely be able to address and resolve any issue you have as a result of the fire damage. Our equipment, experience, and training are at the ready. The top priority is water removal if standing water is present. The process has many moving parts.
• content restoration at your home or our facilities
• sanitation using antibacterial and antifungal products
• deodorization using ULV foggers
smoke removal
• odor removal using chemical and liquid foggers to neutralize, not mask the odors
• air duct cleaning for smoke particulates and soot residue
• vent cleaning to polish the finished look

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Effective Fire Damage Services
Once your Watertown home has been impacted by a house fire, it's logical to hire a branded professional fire damage restoration company. In so doing, you can have your property restored to its original condition effectively and expediently. The IICRC-certified professionals of SERVPRO possess the industry experience and expertise necessary to accomplish each component of the restoration process. We take pride in serving your best interests.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Watertown too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Wilson County is close by and ready to respond to your fire damage emergency in Watertown, Lebanon, or Mt. Juliet. Always available 24/7 to help. (615) 449-5000

What To Do After Fire Damage in Your Mt. Juliet Home?

10/13/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After Fire Damage in Your Mt. Juliet Home? Call Your Agent, Then Call SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO to Quickly Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Mt. Juliet

A House fire can be one of the most devastating experiences that a residential property owner in Mt. Juliet must confront.
Unlike other kinds of property mishaps, fire damage at times is irreversible. In losing personal possessions, family photographs, and witnessing the result of structural damage to their property following a fire, many individuals find themselves trapped in a world of emotional turmoil and financial strain. However, knowing what to do after a house fire can keep all this turmoil in perspective and save you money, and restore your home more expediently. With a plan in hand created from the following quick reference guide for tips and tricks, you will be better prepared to meet such an unfortunate event.

Call Your Insurance Company

The first step you should take following a house fire is to call your insurance company. Your second phone call should be to SERVPRO, an excellent fire damage restoration company.  Our representative will assess and inspect the fire damage at your home. Hopefully, your insurance adjuster will also arrive thereby facilitating a cooperative working relationship with SERVPRO. The company and our rep will help you place your claim and assess the depth and scope of the fire damage done to your residential property. Also, insurance agents and SERVPRO will take photos of the damages done to your property, and we can begin the fire damage repair process.

Contact A Disaster Relief Organization

If the fire damage is severe, homeowners are temporarily left without living space following a fire. In some cases, these individuals can stay with a friend or family member until the restoration process is complete. If there is no relative or friend nearby with whom you can temporarily live, be sure to call a disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross or FEMA. These organizations can provide you with temporary shelter and meet other needs as your property is restored.

If you are without living quarters the team to call for expedient, excellent restoration assistance is SERVPRO. No company can coordinate the entire process from water extraction, drying, cleaning and repairing your home in Mt. Juliet faster than SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer excellent customer service, use cutting edge equipment, and put your needs first. Our personal and professional approach has made us industry leaders with over 1,650 franchises. We're ready to begin restoring your residential property immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this Mt. Juliet too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby in Waterton and Gladeville and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Nashville, TN community. Call us for an instant response. (615) 449-5000

What Happens During Nashville Fire Damage?

6/18/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens During Nashville Fire Damage? When approaching Nashville fire damage, time is of the essence.

What Happens During Fire Damage?

A Nashville fire can happen to anyone; events such as cooking while distracted, malfunctioning heating equipment, smoking in the home, a fallen candle or faulty electrical wiring can quickly cause a devastating fire that can damage the home.

It is important that a homeowner cleans as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage and discoloration. Donning a dusk mask, the homeowner must first ventilate the home by placing a box fan in an open window to draw out air, soot and dust. All carpets, floors and walls must then be dried to prevent mold, mildew and water damage. A SERVPRO technician uses dehumidifiers and large industrial fans for effective drying, and walls and ceilings with water damage must be repaired or replaced.

Soot is next removed from the walls and ceilings before it is possible to effectively clean them. Adequately removing oily soot from draperies, carpets and other household items results in preventable stains. A heavy-duty vacuum is used to remove soot from these items, and a mixture of chemicals is used for certain paints on the walls and ceilings. 

Carpets, furniture and draperies are next deodorized to remove Nashville smoke odor before cleaning. Household deodorizing sprays only provide temporary remedy, and may also interact with smoke odor to create an additional unpleasant odor. A professional restoration technician, like SERVPRO, may use a counteractant or an ozone generator to break up Nashville smoke molecules, which permanently eliminates the odor. Only then are the home and items inside prepared to be cleaned with mild alkaline cleaners, detergents and dry cleaning.

Professional restorers, like SERVPRO, also rid household ducts from trapped smoke odors with various techniques such as thermal fogging or using a chemical sealer. Insulation in the attic may also need to be replaced due to its smoke-retaining properties, which may move through a home in warm weather.

When approaching Nashville fire damage, time is of the essence. Within minutes of fire extinguishment, soot can permanently discolor small appliances, plastics and highly porous materials, and walls, flooring, upholstery and furniture becomes permanently damages within days. Professional consultation, like SERVPRO, along with immediate action after a fire can make a profound difference in restoration, repair and replacement costs, and reduces the time needed to return a home to livable conditions.

  

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Wilson County is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Our expertise in fire damage is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (615) 449-5000

Nashville Fire Damage - Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Removal to a Professional

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Nashville Fire Damage - Why You Should Leave Smoke Damage Removal to a Professional After a fire, a professional can help make the home like it was before the fire.

Fire damage is just the beginning when your house or office catches fire. Smoke and water also do a lot of damage, and it’s not safe to enter your house after a fire because there could be structural damage. Smoke damage needs to be mitigated as soon as possible in order for the building to be returned to its pre-fire condition.

Why Is Smoke Damage Serious?

Smoke leaves behind powerful odors because of the material burned. Carpets, upholstery, wood and plastics are all burned and create odors and ash that can corrode, etch and discolor as well as cling to the remaining structure. Some of the fumes from the fire damage will seep into the walls and floors and may contaminate the indoor air much later if they are not removed. These cannot be removed with a household cleaner. It takes special equipment and the expertise of professionals to mitigate smoke damage, so the house is odor-free.

The different types of damage include:

 Plastics that melt and change color

 Fiberglass that cracks

 Finishes on appliances that turn yellow

 Metals that tarnish or corrode

 Wood that may need refinishing

The longer you wait to call a professional mitigation contractor, the worse the situation will be. After the fire is out, the smoke and ash remain. It’s also more cost-effective to get the repair started as soon as possible. Even if the fire damage in Nashville is contained in a small part of your house, smoke damage can permeate a greater area.

How Is Smoke Damage Cleaned?

Professionals use thermal fogging to remove smoke odor. This technique opens the pores in the walls and floors to neutralize the odor from the smoke that has entered deep into them. The also use dehumidifiers to thoroughly dry the water damage and ozone generators to neutralize the odor. Different chemicals are required to remove the smoke from different substances such as wood and plastic. The final step in smoke mitigation is to repaint the walls and ceilings.

Professionals Know the Job

The best fire damage professionals are properly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They take extensive coursework to get their certification. They will identify all the affected materials in your home and find the source of any odors. Smoke and heat will distribute ash through the home and it can remain in cracks and crevices. Experts know what can be salvaged and what needs to be discarded. They use specialized detergents that have been designed to treat specific types of odor.

Professionals can also increase the possibility of saving property rather than needing to replace it, and they can clean out your vents and ducts. Some of the services offered are:

  Removal of smoke and odor

  Cleaning and sanitizing

  Professional deodorization

  Temporary protection of surfaces already cleaned

  Removing carpets and pads if required

Fire damage is devastating, but it is not over when the fire is out. To get your home back to pre-damaged condition, professional fire and smoke mitigation is essential.

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How to Get the Fireplace Ready for a Cold Nashville Winter

10/15/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Get the Fireplace Ready for a Cold Nashville Winter As the weather gets colder in Nashville, and the days get shorter. Fire damage in Nashville gets more likely.

By Jamie Shelley
Oct. 15, 10:55 AM ET

As the weather gets colder in Nashville, and the days get shorter, people retreat indoors to the warmth of their hearts and Madison homes. If they have a fireplace, fall is a good time to make sure that the flue and chimney are in good working order. A few important tips for your Goodlettsville home will make sure that their fireplace is ready for the upcoming winter season. In order to prevent any fire damae to the house.

Checking from the Outside

People should assess their chimney from the outside. They should determine if it is leaning or if there are any chipped masonry joints or bricks. They should also look out for any holes or cracks.

Homeowners in Inglewood should also check for any stains, loose sections and corrosion if their chimney is made from factory-built metal. If the chimney is exposed to the attic, they should make sure to check there as well for any signs that repair needs to be done.

Install a Chimney Cap

A good cap can reduce water and wildlife damage to the chimney. Snow and water can enter an uncapped chimney and subsequently thaw and freeze causing expansion damage. Small wildlife can live in a chimney creating clogs and potentially introducing ticks, worms, fleas and other disease-causing pests to the house. A chimney cap that features screen mesh will keep wildlife out while protecting the roof from sparks and embers.

Check for Stains and Leaks

Inside your Hendersonville home, people should check the area around their fireplace for any dampness or stains. A damaged flue liner or a faulty flashing could cause all of these. If your White House home sees signs of water around their chimney,  the Gallatin homeowner should call a professional immediately.

If their fireplace has grilles and louvers on the front, people should clean them as well. A clean vent will keep the fan working and to prevent dust from gathering. Using a regular vacuum with a hose extension or a shop vacuum gets the job done.

Inspect the Flue

Your Old Hickory fireplace flue is the duct that allows the gas, smoke and other waste products to exit your Mt. Juliet house. It is vital for people to make sure that they inspect the flue for any signs of blockage. This is done to prevent any smoke and gas from returning to the house.

People in Watertown should also not forget that creosote can build up in the fireplace flue and create a fire hazard. If they look up through the flue and cannot see the light from above the house, it may be a sign that it is blocked, and they may need a professional to clear the flue blockage. If they can see the light, people should simply clean the flue with a fireplace brush.

Replace Deteriorated or Broken Brick Lining

People should also not forget to check for any deteriorating or broken brick lining. Cracks found in the lining are not a major concern, but if the brick lining starts to deteriorate to the point that its steel body is exposed, people may permanently damage the structure due to heat from the flames.

Check the Gas Connection

If your Nashville home has a gas-burning fireplace, it is important that they contact their local gas company and inspect the connection. People should have them inspect it for proper flow of gas and any leaks.

The Bottom Line

A fireplace is a beautiful addition to any house as it provides both ambiance and warmth for a homeowner and their guests over the cold months. However, it is important that a fireplace is working safely and efficiently. With regular maintenance, a fireplace can give people years of wonderful service.

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References:

http://grennanconstruction.com/2013/08/22/5-tips-to-prepare-your-fireplace-for-the-winter/

http://www.hmshomewarrantyblog.com/how-to-prepare-your-fireplace-for-winter-weather/

http://www.camdenfires.co.uk/fireplaces/prepare-fireplace-winter/

http://www.zillow.com/blog/getting-your-fireplace-ready-for-winter-138691/