Recent Fire Damage Posts

Spartanburg Smoke & Soot Cleanup

2/1/2019 (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 Spartanburg County 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 – 864.576.2430

Winter Time Fires

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter Time Fires A fire caused by the misuse of a fire place.

The freezing temperatures are approaching and that means everyone is going to do what they can to stay warm. What people do not think about is the damages one could cause while trying to stay warm on a cold day.

Cold weather means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heat blanket, candles, and fire places. All of these things can light up the room if used improperly like keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.

Chilly winter air contains less moisture compared to the air in the other seasons throughout the year. Because of the chilly air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier which can lead to electrical fires under the right conditions. 

The older the home the more likely it is to be a potential ball of fire. For example, the Clintons' house was built in 1889. An electrical fire occurred and an electrical fire happens when too much electricity is pulled through older wires that cannot handle the capacity.

To prevent these potential problems, have an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames. Here is something to think about, although the total numbers of fire during the winter decreases, the number of structural fires increase.

The Most Common Causes of House Fires

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Most Common Causes of House Fires This fire was caused by a candle that was burning for too long with no supervision.

According to U.S. Fire Departments, on average there are about 358,500 home structure fires that occur each year. Fires can happen unexpectedly, but there are several common reasons why fires occur.

  • Candles
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Children playing with fire
  • Cooking 
  • Electrical and Lighting 
  • Lightning 
  • Christmas Trees
  • Smoking

These are only several causes of a house fire, but there are many more. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire, let SERVPRO of Spartanburg County be the first person you call to take care of the damages. We provide 24 hour service so our team is always on call and ready to take on any job. We have a certified production team and certified equipment to make sure the job gets done right!

10 Tips To Help Prevent a House Fire

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Tips To Help Prevent a House Fire This pictures show a grease fire in a kitchen.

Here at SERVPRO we want to make sure that everyone is safe. Below are some tips on how to prevent a fire from causing major damage to your home.

  • Never leave your pots or pans unattended on your stove.
  • Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and know how to use it.
  • Clean out the dryer vent regularly
  • Avoid using an older space heater
  • Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire
  • When purchasing a new space heater, ensure it is UL Listed and pay attention to the safety features
  • Have your chimney inspected annually by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweep
  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits
  • Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips—both allow you to plug in multiple electronic devices, but only the surge protector will help protect these devices from a power spike.

Hopefully after reading these 10 tips, you understand some common mistakes that people make that can lead to a house fire. For more information regarding house fires, talk to your home insurance carrier.

Unfortunately mistakes happen, and if you are affected by a fire give SERVPRO of Spartanburg County a call and we will make sure to restore your home and make it " Like it never even happened." 

Call Us Today!

864-576-2430

Collateral Affects of Fire Damage

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Collateral Affects of Fire Damage In the picture you can see the soot build up in the bathroom stall.

After A Fire

Beside smoke and the obvious damaged contents, have you ever wondered what problems a fire caused in your home? You might see black stains on your walls and on other items around your home and not just in the location of the fire. That is what is called soot.

What Is Soot?

Soot includes the fine black particles, composed of carbon, produced by incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. Soot can consist of acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. You may not know, but soot is very dangerous and can cause death. Along side smoke, the combination of both can cause problems for your home and yourself.

How To Find Smoke And Soot

Smoke left behind because of the fire is easy to find because of the smell. Soot you can actually see with your own eyes. But do not just stop looking for soot on surfaces, look deeper. Soot will attach to anything in its path, but can also in fact get inside items like your mattress. The soot can be removed from the surface of your mattress, but if it is still inside your mattress, that smell will last forever so be on the look out. And this is all caused by the water that extinguishes the fire. It reacts with the soot and spreads even more.

If you are hit by a fire, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County and our certified production crew will make sure to clean everything up! 864-576-2430 

Tips That Will Help You Until Help Arrives After Fire & Smoke Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips That Will Help You Until Help Arrives After Fire & Smoke Damage Smoke Damage Can Cause Serious Damage In Your Spartanburg County Home or Business

DO:

  • Limit your movement inside the home in order prevent soot into your upholstery & carpet
  • make it a priority to keep your hands clean at all times
  • If your power is off, be sure to empty your fridge and freezer and leave the unit’s doors open to help eliminate potential odors
  • While you SHOULD change your HVAC filter, it is best to leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of HVAC system

DON’T:

  • Pursue to wash walls or any painted surfaces before first contacting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Make an effort to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water as they may indeed be contaminated 
  • Attempt to send any garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may lead to smoking odor setting into the garment. 
  • Try to turn on any ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is still wet. It is best to contact SERVPRO of Spartanburg County before any action is taken 

If you have any questions give us a call (864)576-2430

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

8/8/2018 (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 Spartanburg County 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 

(864)576-8500

Spartanburg County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/9/2018 (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 Spartanburg County 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 – 864.576.2430

Spartanburg County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/13/2017 (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 Spartanburg County 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 – 864.576.2430