Recent Fire Damage Posts

Important Do's and Dont's for Fire and Smoke Damage

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape.
  • If area is safe, list vital contents for emergency restoration/priority service. 
  • Be sure your staff wears proper personal protection equipment. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • Wash off both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting your local SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, computers, television, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.

Holiday Safety Tips

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking. Thanksgiving ranks at the top of the list for home fires involving cooking equipment with three times the average number, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

 But the potential for a kitchen fire doesn't have to turn your next holiday party into a bah-humbug affair. Here are the "ingredients" for a safe holiday:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking so you can keep a close eye on the food, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
  • When cooking a meal that takes a long time like roasting a turkey or baking a roast, check it frequently. And a timer is your friend. Use one to help remind you there's something cooking. Some people even put timers in different rooms so they can hear it over the music and party chatter.
  • Be alert and focused when cooking. It's easy to get distracted when there is a lot of activity around you. To help minimize the risk of injury, if you're sleepy or have had an extra glass of eggnog or two, ask others to take over in the kitchen. Or save that glass of wine to have during dinner or after you've cleared the table and washed dishes.
  • Keep things that can catch fire, such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels away from the cooking area.
  • Make sure kids stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven, hot food, and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Store toys, pocketbooks, and bags in a safe place so you, your guests, and the kids don't trip near the stove and oven, or on a sharp corner of the counter.
  • Move matches and utility lighters out of reach of children.
  • Secure cords from electric knives, the coffee maker, plate warmer, mixer, and other cooking equipment at the far end of counters so no one accidentally pulls them off the edge.

10 Best Practices to Avoid Christmas Decor Catastrophe

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Decorating the house for the holiday season is one of the most festive times of the year! It can also be the most hazardous if not done correctly. Using lights, trees and wreaths are necessary but proper precautions need to be taken to avoid the all too common house fire. First and foremost, be sure to read all instructions and manufacturer's installation procedures before you plan to use decorations indoors and outdoors. 

In order to keep your family safe, follow these 10 best practices to ensure installation is done correctly: 

1. Always, always check wiring! Even on new sets of lights there is still a possibility or frayed wiring. Do not fix frayed wiring with tape-always discard and replace sets.

2. Any and all light sets should be approved by the Underwriters Laboratory. Be sure to check which lights are approved for indoor use and which sets are approved for outdoor use. This differentiation is clearly labeled. 

3. Always use clips when hanging lights. Never hammer nails into the wiring.

4. If hanging lights outside, only use heavy duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use. 

5. In some cases, it is possible to plug outdoor lights and other decorations into ground fault circuit interrupters. These are used to prevent electric shock and break the circuit in instances involving a difference in electrical currents. 

6. Utilize the timer feature on all lights, both when you go to bed and when you are not home. 

7. Keep indoor lights away from curtains or furniture.

8. Avoid placing cords on floors in high traffic areas.

9. When decorating outside, keep ladders secure and always do so with supervision. 

10. Finally, keep all candles away from fabrics or decor! 

Restoring your home after Fire

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire season is upon us. The average wear and tear of firefighting efforts ultimately lead to extensive smoke damage, fire damage, and acidic ash debris that needs to be cleared ASAP to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, and Harrodsburg an IICRC certified business, have specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home or commercial business to pre-fire condition.

Whether your home or business is suffering from a small kitchen fire or a structural fire, our technicians are on-call and ready to restore the structure as soon as the call comes in. Timely mitigation is key to managing the restoration process. Acidic soot will begin to break-down glass and metals almost immediately following a fire. Our team will carefully test the affected rooms or any other rooms that may be affected to determine what type of damage has occurred and the best plan of aciton.

In most cases the walls and roof will become compromised, and in these cases we will board up missing windows. If water damage is present, we will use dehumidifiers and air movers to ensure the area is dry for the smoke and soot removal process. Once we are sure the surfaces are dry, we will use specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot. Smoke odor can pose as extremely challenging to deodorize, however, with our state-of-the-are foggers we are able to clean and sanitize all belongings to pre-fire condition. Getting your home to pre-fire condition is our main priority. Restoration may involve minor repairs, replacing drywall, painting, or installing new flooring.

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The Do's and Do Not's of commercial and residential fires.

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, timing is important. The first hours, even minutes are crucial to proper restoration. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Make yourself and others in your household aware of what to do and what not to do. 

What To Do After A Fire

·  Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

·  Keep hands clean so that you make sure not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

·  Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

·  If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

·  Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

·  Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

·  Change HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

·  Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

·  Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

·  Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

·  Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

·  Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, and Harrodsburg Cleanup Fire, Soot and Smoke.

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Versailles, Nicholasville, Danville, & Harrodsburg 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.

Kitchen Fire in Local Home

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

A few months ago our SERVPRO team responded to a fire at a local home. Luckily, the fire was contained to the proximity of the kitchen. When a fire takes place, the home is not just affected by the fire. There is also water damage from the sprinklers putting out the fire. 

Our SERVPRO team goes in after the fire fighters have put out the fire and the damage has been done. Our team goes in and cleans all of the contents and gets rid of the smell caused by the smoke. The remnants of smoke is much harder to get rid of than imaginable. Our team works very hard by cleaning the walls, then painting them with an oil based paint. And lastly, adding a final coat. 

After we repair the damages, we offer remodeling services as well. We are currently expanding in our remodeling and construction department. Our SERVPRO team likes to make sure the job is seen all the way to the end. 

Fire at Nearby Theater

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Exactly a week ago, our SERVPRO team got the phone call that a theater in a nearby city caught fire. Our SERVPRO team responded immediately and drove to the theater in Kentucky. Our SERVPRO team members are trained in first responding and disaster recovery. They knew just how to get the job done!

The accidental fire began when a construction worker was using a handheld tool on the roof and the tool created a spark. Fortunately, the fire was contained to the roof. Most of the building’s damage was caused by smoke and water damage from the sprinklers attempting to put out the fire. The lobby, dressing rooms, office, restrooms, and many other areas of the building were affected.

There is a lot of work that still needs to be done but fortunately we have the right team for the job. Our SERVPRO team is working extremely hard to make it look like, “it never even happened”.

10 Best Practices to Avoid Christmas Decor Castrophe

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Decorating the house for the holiday season is one of the most festive times of the year! It can also be the most hazardous if not done correctly. Using lights, trees and wreaths are necessary but proper precautions need to be taken to avoid the all too common house fire. First and foremost, be sure to read all instructions and manufacturer's installation procedures before you plan to use decorations indoors and outdoors. 

In order to keep your family safe, follow these 10 best practices to ensure installation is done correctly: 

1. Always, always check wiring! Even on new sets of lights there is still a possibility or frayed wiring. Do not fix frayed wiring with tape-always discard and replace sets.

2. Any and all light sets should be approved by the Underwriters Laboratory. Be sure to check which lights are approved for indoor use and which sets are approved for outdoor use. This differentiation is clearly labeled. 

3. Always use clips when hanging lights. Never hammer nails into the wiring.

4. If hanging lights outside, only use heavy duty extension cords that are specifically designed for outdoor use. 

5. In some cases, it is possible to plug outdoor lights and other decorations into ground fault circuit interrupters. These are used to prevent electric shock and break the circuit in instances involving a difference in electrical currents. 

6. Utilize the timer feature on all lights, both when you go to bed and when you are not home. 

7. Keep indoor lights away from curtains or furniture.

8. Avoid placing cords on floors in high traffic areas.

9. When decorating outside, keep ladders secure and always do so with supervision. 

10. Finally, keep all candles away from fabrics or decor!