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Steps to Take After the Fire is Extinguished in Your Spring Hill Home

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps to Take After the Fire is Extinguished in Your Spring Hill Home After the fire is extinguished, secondary damage occurs. Take preventative measures to protect your property.

Before You Vacate A Fire-Damaged Spring Hill Home

Depending on the severity of the situation, many Spring Hill homeowners might not always have a choice in whether or not they must vacate their homes after a fire loss incident occurs. With substantial structural damages and compromised areas of the property, it can be unsafe and damaging to your health to allow prolonged exposure. Even with the round-the-clock restoration services that you can expect from our professionals, many families get displaced by considerable fire damages. 

There are some measures that owners can take to reduce the secondary fire damages to their Spring Hill properties to prevent the situation from getting worse. Before you vacate the premises, there are some last-minute actions that you can take (if it is safe to do so) that can help you and our SERVPRO professionals in route to begin mitigation efforts. These include: 

  • Grab Valuables – There are irreplaceable items within your home that no monetary value or compensation can return. If possible, work to collect these items before you vacate the premises. Even with the immediate response that you can expect from our SERVPRO team, our contents department might not make it in time to protect these possessions from secondary fire damage
  • Seal Off Unaffected Rooms – If you have rolls of duct tape or another wide tape available, you can physically seal off all cracks in doorways and other paths from room to room to reduce the spread of fire damages from the ignition point to new areas of the property. Protect these areas when you can to reduce the overall time and cost of restoration work to come. 
  • Turn Off Air Conditioners/Furnaces – Air circulation can quickly spread damages like odors, soot, and smoke particulates from the ignition point throughout the house. By turning off your AC or furnace before you get out of the house, you can reduce the circulation of these damaging effects. 

We know that you want to get back into your home quickly after a fire loss incident, and our SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties team can help. There are steps you can take to expedite the process and lower its costs as our professionals work to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (931) 388-4248. 

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If A Fire Has Damaged Your Artwork Or Books In Your Columbia Home, Our Crew Can Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage If A Fire Has Damaged Your Artwork Or Books In Your Columbia Home, Our Crew Can Restore It To Pre-Damage Condition! Call us 24/7 at (931) 388-4248.

SERVPRO Takes The Time To Restore Your Columbia Home's Fire Damaged Artwork And Books

Books and artwork are sensitive to many different types of damage that can affect your home. Fire damage is no exception - even light smoke residues and minor damages can cause long-term effects for books, magazines, documents, and paintings. The uniqueness and, in some cases, the high value of old books and some pieces of art make them difficult to replace after a disaster. However, SERVPRO technicians are trained to restore these objects to the state they were in before the disaster happened, without causing any further damage.

Cleaning Artwork
Part of the work we do in reversing the effects of fire damage in your Columbia home involves removing smoke and fire residues from paintings, tapestries, and other decorations in the home. These objects require more care than most other belongings, and may sometimes require delicate and slow cleaning processes to avoid causing any further damage. SERVPRO technicians remove residues from multiple pieces of art in most of the homes they perform restorations on, but for older or more valuable artwork, we still call in an expert conservator to provide the best care possible.

Books
Going through an entire shelf of books one-by-one might seem like an arduous and time-consuming task, but thanks to our practiced and perfected restoration methods, we can give your library the care it needs without significantly slowing down the broader restoration process. Depending on the value and extent of damage to your book collection, we may employ a variety of restoration techniques from simple low-power vacuuming of smoke particles to careful cleaning of individual pages with the help of specialized cleaning agents. Most typically, we may remove any external residues and signs of damage before applying deodorizing treatments to the entire library at once, with individual books sometimes receiving more care according to their needs.

SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties has the skill and experience necessary to handle fire damage restorations of books and artwork while still providing fast and complete services for the rest of the building. Call us 24/7 at (931) 388-4248.

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Call Our Certified Technicians To Handle Your Columbia Fire Damage Restoration

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call Our Certified Technicians To Handle Your Columbia Fire Damage Restoration Call us after a fire we can purify your home after the smoke and soot settle. We have the equipment, experience and training.

Your Columbia Home Smells like Smoke Thanks to Fire Damage!

Most homeowners experience accidents in their home at some point or another. These disruptions of daily life are usually the result of smaller things, like a grease fire that starts in the kitchen and suddenly there are flames to put out and a need to call the fire department. Regardless of its source, the smoke and fire damage resulting from that small event can leave you at a loss when returning your home to normal.

When your home in Columbia falls victim to fire damage, it is best to reach out to an expert team such as SERVPRO. Our technicians are IICRC-certified and receive continuous instruction on the latest techniques and equipment available for the restoration of homes such as yours. Most importantly, our team is available 24/7 to respond to your call and begin the time-sensitive task of removing any remains of the fire, including the subsequent damage firefighting agents may have caused.

Based on our training and field experience, our SERVPRO team can observe the path of the smoke and soot to assess each surface and determine the best cleaning agent for it. Most importantly, our team can determine where the foul smoke smell resides and work accordingly to eliminate it from your home. If your air vents and ducts are spreading the smell throughout your home, we can install specialized filters and air purifying equipment to improve the air quality and return it to normal.

Many times, homeowners attempt to restore their furniture and belongings themselves using store-bought solutions. Although these can be helpful for some things, you also risk worsening the damage if it is not the right solution for the surface you are treating. A professional team such as SERVPRO can make an educated decision for each affected area to optimize its cleaning efforts and minimize your damages.

Even if a fire to your home appears to be of little consequence, reach out to SERVPRO of Maury/Giles Counties at (931) 388-4248 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Staff Explains The Vital Steps We Take To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Columbia

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Staff Explains The Vital Steps We Take To Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Columbia You can reach us at (931) 388-4248 any time.

Important Steps When Restoring Fire Damage In Columbia

A fire can start from any point in a home including the kitchen, living room or even a crawlspace like an attic. Putting the fire out in time helps save the property, but it still leaves a considerable burden of cleaning up the debris from partly burnt materials and smoke residues. We offer professional restoration service that lifts this burden from the homeowner.

Separating items after fire damage in Columbia is a crucial step in the early stages. From a casual look at items covered in soot, dirt, and grime after the incident, you might think of throwing everything out. However, proper cleaning helps save most of the items. Even items scorched by flames can be saved through advanced restorative cleaning steps. Our SERVPRO technicians separate damaged items into salvageable, unsalvageable categories. In case of a move-out, we use electronic CCIS, Content Claim Inventory Service, which further classifies items based on their location in the house. Such classification improves the outcome because we can easily tell which items require more effort based on how the fire affected the room they were.

Certain sections in a structure like light fixtures, cabinets, attics, and walls require special attention. Even if the wall surface is not damaged, it does not mean everything else in the wall cavity is intact. Smoke may filter-in leaving the insulation compromised or full of smoke odor. Our SERVPRO technicians may replace the top 3 to 4 inches of the insulation to address these problems. Cleaning light fixtures such as chandeliers can be challenging because of the decorative trim. For light to moderate residues, we opt for hand cleaning. We also use other approaches such as low-pressure steam cleaning or submerging in an ultrasonic machine.

If there is damage in an attic, restoration can be a bit challenging. Most of the surfaces involved are porous while the wood may have irregular shapes which make it harder to remove residues. The limited space compounds the situation further. Having a sufficient workforce helps our SERVPRO teams to deal with these problems quickly.

Whichever part of your property is affected by fire in Columbia, Spring Hill, and Pulaski, SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties can help restore it. You can reach us at (931) 388-4248 any time.

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Don't Let Fire Damage To Your Columbia Home Stress You Out Call The Team At SERVPRO For Help!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Let Fire Damage To Your Columbia Home Stress You Out Call The Team At SERVPRO For Help! The cleanup and remediation needed in your Columbia home after a fire can be overwhelming.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Columbia

The cleanup and remediation needed in your Columbia home after a fire can be overwhelming. Fire damages not only the structure of your home, but the soot, smoke, and odors can permeate all furnishings, fixtures, and personal possessions. Fire residues are corrosive and toxic, exposing your home and its contents to progressive deterioration. Airborne debris creates risks for you and your family. Professional restoration efforts can help.

The source and fuel of the fire damage in your Columbia home affect the proper cleanup techniques needed to return it to preloss condition. Without comprehensive training in fire mitigation and then the application of proper protocols, attempts to clear away fire residues are likely to make things worse rather than better. Rely on our reliable fire damage restoration company to take you from ruin to “Like it never even happened.”

Speed is crucial when completing fire damage restoration tasks. SERVPRO’s crews are highly qualified to assess any fire scenario, putting into place and implementing an effective plan of action without delay. Our familiar green service vehicles stock the tools and products needed to clear away soot, remedy charring, and attend to the odors that always follow a fire event. Our team works together to complete the cleanup and restoration fast and completely.

One task that surprises fire victims is the need for water removal and structural drying before other cleaning. Firefighting almost always leaves a structure significantly waterlogged. SERVPRO is also a water restoration expert, making the remediation of water loss a seamless part of our overall fire damage strategy. Engaging our services means every possible complication is anticipated and a solution is always readily available.

Another challenge in fire damage remediation is matching types of soot and other debris with proper cleaning methods. SERVPRO technicians use their training and experience to ensure complete and appropriate removal of corrosive fire damage residues. Light ash vacuums and dry sponges away. Thicker coatings might need cleaners with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen the soot caused by electrical fires or the smoldering of fabrics. Protein fires started in kitchens deposit a thin, highly odiferous lacquer-like veneer on all surfaces. Our technicians use solvents and abrasive tools with great care to remove this difficult to remove soot.

SERVPRO of Maury / Giles Counties has the trained technicians and the proper equipment and products to restore your home after fire damage. Call us at (931) 388-4248 as soon as the firefighters release the premises back to you to start the restoration process.

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