Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage in a home

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in a home This was a fire that happened in an oven. The entire home was affected by soot.

When you experience a fire in your home. it can be a very traumatic event. We understand what it takes to get your home back in order after a fire. We will come in and restore what wasn't damaged by the fire, clean your contents, and do what we can to make it easier for you to cope. 

We also offer pack out and move out services should you need it. We have storage set up at our location to clean and store your contents until you are ready for them to me moved back to your home. We will come in and inventory, box, wrap, and move all of your contents to our secure location until you are ready. 

Once your home is back to preloss condition, we will bring all of your belongings back to you. We make the process as painless as possible for you so that you can quickly get your life back. 

If you experience a fire in your home, give us a call at (256) 233-4033 and let us help you through the process. 

Residential Fire Damage

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Fire Damage in a home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of 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?
Call Us Today – 256-341-1541

Residential Fire Mitigation

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Mitigation Photo of the stove that caught on fire

When a fire in your home takes over, SERVPRO of Decatur can help. Our team of professionals will come in and help get your life back in order. 

This picture was taken in a home that experienced a stove fire. The fire was put out quickly but the damage to the kitchen was extensive. Not only was there damage in the kitchen, the entire home was affected by smoke and soot. Our team went in and packed up all of the customer's belongings, cleaned them, and moved them to our storage building until the construction was finished. 

In addition to packing up the belongings, we also cleaned all of the structure that did not require construction. Our goal is to get to you as soon as possible to start making your home a home again. If you experience fire damage, give us a call today at (256) 340-1541. Let us help you. 

Fire Restoration

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Fire damaged living room

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of 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?
Call Us Today – 256-340-1541

Faulty Wiring Fire

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Faulty Wiring Fire This is a photo of the inside of the cabinet that held the faulty wiring.

This fire was started from faulty wiring in the home. The cabinet was the only place that there was structural damage but the home was filled with smoke and soot. We went out to the property the day after it happened and got started immediately. We placed air scrubbers and packed out the entire upstairs due to a family member having severe allergies. All of the items that were packed out were brought to our warehouse to be cleaned and ozoned. We cleaned the entire home from top to bottom and returned the items promptly to the home so that they could get back to normal before the holidays. 

The family was very grateful to us for making the process easier for them. The insurance company was also very pleased with our service. 

If you have had a fire in your home, please call us and let us help you. You can call us at (256) 340-1541

Fire Damage

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage This is a photo of the front of the home.

This home was almost completely destroyed by this fire. We were called to go out to the property and perform a board up until the packing and cleaning could begin. When our crew went out to board up the windows and doors, the fire started up again. This happened 3 times while they were there trying to board up. Once the fire department was finally able to get the fire completely out, we secured the property. 

We then performed a complete pack out of the home. All of the contents were brought back to our warehouse to be cleaned and ozoned. Since the pack out, the homeowner has been to the warehouse several times to check on the progress. They have been very pleased with what we were able to save from the fire. We have cleaned what we could and made a list of items that were were not able to save to submit to the insurance company. 

If tragedy strikes at your home, let us help. You may be surprised what can be cleaned instead of disposing of it. Call us today (256) 233-4033

Tips for homes with children

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for homes with children Fire damage from a kitchen fire

Fires can happen so quickly and so can burns. Keep these tips in mind when you have small children at home:

  • Set water heater temperature to no higher than 120°F or just below the medium setting.
  • Create a "no kid zone" in the kitchen around stoves, ovens and hot items.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters.
  • Place pots and pans on the back burner with handles turned away from the edge of the stove.
  • Never hold an infant or child while cooking, drinking a hot liquid or carrying hot items.
  • Keep matches and lighters high out of the reach and sight of children, in a locked cabinet.
  • Closely supervise older children when using microwaves, or have them prepare non-hot food. Many burn injuries occur from children pulling hot foods and soups out of microwaves.
  • Teach children to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch fire.
  • Test the water before placing a child in the tub. Fill the tub or sink by running cool water first and then adding hot water. Seat the child facing away from the faucets.

If you or someone else sustains a burn injury be sure to:

  • Cool the burn with cool (not cold) water to stop the burning process.
  • Remove all clothing and jewelry from the injured area.
  • Cover the area with a clean dry sheet or bandage.
  • Seek medical attention.

Residential Fire Damage

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Fire damage caused by lightening.

While fire damage might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of storms, they do bring an increased fire risk. Flooding, downed electrical lines, and lightning all can lead to fires.

After a fire, significant restoration may be necessary to make your building safe to enter and work in again. Fortunately, we have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to restore your building to pre-fire condition.

Fire and smoke damage can have lasting, dangerous effects if not properly resolved. Smoke and soot can seep into fabric, carpeting, and more. Additionally, your HVAC system can spread smoke and soot into areas not otherwise affected by the fire.

Our technicians are trained in the following services and more:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning
  • Odor Control
  • HVAC Services

From windstorms, to floods, to fire, natural disasters can cause significant damage to your business. At SERVPRO® of Decatur, we understand that time spent recovering from such a disaster leads to frustration. We’re dedicated to providing you with fast, quality service. We even work with your insurance companies, so you can have peace of mind knowing that we are taking care of everything. Call us at (256) 340-1541.

Residential Fire Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage This fire was caused by a faulty sewing machine. The sewing room is the room in the picture.

After fire ravages your home, fear and uncertainty along with stress and doubt about the future of your home start to set in. Cleanup after a fire can be very stressful. Let us take the stress of cleanup from you. Our technicians are highly trained in fire mitigation. SERVPRO of Decatur is here to help restore your home. With our industry approved training, rapid response, professionalism, and open communication, we strive not only to restore your home but also give you peace of mind.

Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (256) 340-1541. SERVPRO of Decatur has the tools and experience to make your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO came in and packed the home so that salvageable items  and the rest of the structure could be cleaned.

Residential Fire Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage

Unfortunately, housefires are very common. Not only can housefires cause physical items to be damaged, but they also cause heartbreak because of the important items that get damaged due to the fire. SERVPRO of Decatur has the tools to restore important items that are burned in a fire back to normal. With our cleaning equipment, we are able to make items burned in a fire appear as if they had never been burned. 

We use specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot from all over the house. We also take the time to remove odors caused from the fire and use air scrubbers to make it smell new again. We have a variety of other tools and equipment that restore all types of goods. Here are just a few items that we can restore in a home:

-clothes

-toys

-paintings and artwork

-kitchen items

-furniture

-electronics

-wooden items

-metal items

Call SERVPRO of Decatur today to have your items restored! (256) 340-1541

Residential Fire Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Fire that started in a kitchen

Fire damage to your home can happen in a flash. Be prepared for whatever happens by knowing what to do if you experience a fire in your home. This fire started in the kitchen and the smoke spread throughout the home very quickly. Even though the fire was in the kitchen, the entire home was affected by the smoke and soot. 

Fires are very stressful and you should not have to clean up by yourself. SERVPRO of Limestone and Lawrence counties is here to help you restore your home. With our industry approved training, rapid response, professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only your home but your piece of mind. 

Call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (256) 233-4033. 

Fire Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Backsplash in a kitchen that was able to be cleaned

Decatur residents. If you have a fire at your home and have smoke damage to your bricks, SERVPRO of Decatur can help! We recently sandblasted this customer's home to remove the soot from the brick. The customer was very happy with the results and we were able to save the insurance company a lot of money by restoring instead of replacing!

SERVPRO in Decatur is also able to dry ice blast or soda blast your smoke damaged brick if sandblasting is too abrasive for your particular situation. Dry ice blasting is a great solution to your media blasting needs, and the cleanup is quick and easy!

 If you have smoke damage at your home:

Call SERVPRO 256-340-1541 We are always here to help!

 Our trained technicians are have lots of experience restoring homes to "Like it never even happened."

Decatur Residents...Is It Safe To Burn Leaves?

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

With fall upon us, the question of the safety of burning leaves comes up.  Leaves pile up and bagging them for the city to take away can be a hassle.  Despite the inconvenience, SERVPRO of Decatur recommends that you should not burn leaves.  Burning leaves can cause problems to an individuals’ heath as well as damage to the environment.

When leaves are burned, they can release several gasses and particulates that are hazardous to human health.  There is moisture in leaves, which cause them to burn slowly and release soot, dust and other solid materials into the air.  These items, if breathed in, can cause respiratory problems.  Gasses that are released can also cause problems in the bloodstream if inhaled.

The particulates released into the air by burning can cause a serious drop in air quality.  Multiple leaf fires in an area greatly increase this risk.

An easy solution to burning that is actually beneficial to the environment is composting.  By composting leaves, a great soil conditioning agent is created!

For more information please visit the EPA’s website

For help with a fire loss at your home or business,

Call SERVPRO of Decatur (256) 340- 1541

Sandblasting Smoke Damaged Brick

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Decatur residents. If you have a fire at your home and have smoke damage to your bricks, SERVPRO of Decatur can help! We recently sandblasted this customer's home to remove the soot from the brick. The customer was very happy with the results and we were able to save the insurance company a lot of money by restoring instead of replacing!

 

SERVPRO in Decatur is also able to dry ice blast or soda blast your smoke damaged brick if sandblasting is too abrasive for your particular situation. Dry ice blasting is a great solution to your media blasting needs, and the cleanup is quick and easy!

 

If you have smoke damage at your home:

 

Call SERVPRO 256-340-1541 We are always here to help!

 

Our trained technicians are have lots of experience restoring homes to "Like it never even happened."

Clothes Damaged In Smoke? Let SERVPRO of Decatur Help!

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

We are excited to announce that we have just acquired an Esporta Wash System and will now be providing soft contents restoration to our clients. SERVPRO strives to be a one-stop shop and with the addition of our newest laundry division we are now able to make that claim. The Esporta wash system uses patented technology to restore moldy, biohazard, smoke damaged soft content items such as shoes, handbags, clothing, draperies, and hats to preloss condition.

 

 

 

Now that we are armed with the Esporta iS4000, we are capable of cleaning 2X more than ordinary dry cleaners!

 

The Esporta iS4000 cleans 90% of all damaged soft contents. These soft contents include the homeowners clothing, bedding, outerwear, pillows and stuffed animals. It includes leather items such as shoes, boots, belts, purses and jackets. Plus the full range of sports equipment, helmets, rollerblades & ski boots. Even ceramic collector dolls can be held stationary for cleaning.

 

The Esporta Wash System is capable of cleaning soot, sewage, water damage and bio-contamination.

 

If your home business has experienced a fire or water damage, give SERVPRO of Decatur a call at 256-340-1541!

Fire Damage in Decatur

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of Decatur has the expertise, training, and experience to handle your fire damaged home or office!

Our teams of experts has over 50 years of fire restoration experience and we are here to help when you need us the most! 

Our company is able to handle every aspect of your fire damage claim in Decatur, AL from communicating with your insurance company, moving out your contents for cleaning, painting, demolition, and reconstruction to even your laundry. 

Our state of the art eSporta Laundry Wash System has been specifically designed to get your clothing looking their best even after being tarnished with smoke and soot from a fire.

It doesn't matter if the smoke came from a kitchen fire, electrical fire, grease fire, or a lightning strike. Our team of experts can handle the claim from start to finish. No need to wait on getting on any other contractor's schedule and waiting to get your life back to normal. We can make your fire loss "like it never even happened".

Give us a call at SERVPRO (256) 340- 1541

Who To Call To Restore Items That Get Burned In A Fire

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, housefires are very common. Not only can housefires cause physical items to be damaged, but they also cause heartbreak because of the important items that get damaged due to the fire. SERVPRO of Decatur has the tools to restore important items that are burned in a fire back to normal. With our cleaning equipment, we are able to make items burned in a fire appear as if they had never been burned. 


 


We use specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot from all over the house. We also take the time to remove odors caused from the fire and use air scrubbers to make it smell new again. We have a variety of other tools and equipment that restore all types of goods. Here are just a few items that we can restore in a home:


 


-clothes


 


-toys


 


-paintings and artwork


 


-kitchen items


 


-furniture


 


-electronics


 


-wooden items


 


-metal items


 


Call SERVPRO of Decatur today to have your items restored! (256) 340-1541