Recent Fire Damage Posts

14 Bad Habits That Can Create a Fire

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

clock burning on fire Call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County with all of your fire restoration needs at (269)963-3033!

House fires are more common than you may realize, with potential fire starters like light bulbs, laptops and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your home, disguised as harmless everyday necessities. Are you guilty of these bad habits that could start a fire in your home?

Misusing Electric Blankets: A warm and cozy electric blanket is a welcome comfort in the winter but, it also poses a potential fire hazard. Never allow pets to snuggle on top and don't pile extra covers over the electric blanket. Excessive heat builds up may lead to a fire. Never bend the coils, always keep your blanket at it's lowest setting and always turn it off in the morning.

Piling up dirty rags: A wood stain may be the perfect finishing touch on a DIY project, but later on, that pile of oil-soaked rags you tossed in the corner could trigger the perfect storm. Those rags are a very real fire hazard if left unattended. The rags could oxidize and spontaneously combust, causing a house fire. Two proper ways to dispose of oily rags are to lay them flat outside to dry or to put them in a metal can filled with water and a tight fitting lid. 

Neglecting appliance recalls: Home appliances have caused an estimated 150,000 fires each year, just during the last decade! A significant number of these were caused by faulty appliances. You can visit www.recalls.gov or register your appliance with the manufacturer to keep on top of recalls and prevent disaster. 

Lingering dryer lint: We're sure you know emptying the lint screen increases your dryer's efficiency, but did you know that lint is flammable? The combination of lint buildup and excessive heat is a recipe for disaster. Make sure to clean the interior of the dryer frame as well as the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly to clear away lint and clogs and to reduce the risk of fire. 

Letting your laptop overheat: If you own a laptop, you know how hot it can get, Leaving your computer on your bed, chair, rug or another soft flammable surface, you increase the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents. This can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire. Keeping your laptop on a desk or table will help prevent fires. 

Choosing the wrong wattage: If you've ever thought "It's okay to use this 60-watt bulb in this 40-watt socket" you're not alone. However, you are putting your home at risk. A leading cause of electrical fires is using a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture. Always check the light fixtures maximum wattage and never go over the recommended rating.

Using too many extension cords: Extension cords are meant to be a temporary response to a lack of electrical outlets; not a permanent solution. The reason why is this: connecting a large number of cords for a significant amount of time causes an overload that will lead to a short circuit - which could start a fire. Hiring a qualified electrician to install additional outlets could help you avoid this problem altogether. 

DIY projects you're not qualified to perform: Americas will spend about $200 billion fixing up their homes this year and nearly a fifth of that will go toward DIY projects. Jobs involving electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC units should never be completed without a qualified professional. Gas leaks and electrical sparks result from improper installation and are a common cause of house fires. Hire a licensed professional instead of attempting dangerous DIYS on your own to avoid putting your family and home at risk. 

Disregarding dust: Built-up dust can be a fire hazard if it collects in and around electrical sockets, electronics, and even floor heaters. Vacuuming regularly, especially behind electronics, will significantly reduce the chance of dust particles catching fire. 

Improperly storing batteries: Storing 9-volt batteries in your kitchen junk drawer might be putting your home and family at risk. When loose batteries roll around with other metals such as paper clips or screws, the two terminals could short out, possibly generating enough heat to ignite flammables nearby. If storing the batteries in the original package isn't an option, place a piece of electrical tape over the terminal to prevent this possibility.

Ignoring unwanted guests: Rodents like mice and rats like to chew on electrical wires to control the length of their teeth. Over time, they can remove the sheathing, this leaves the wires exposed. The electrical current traveling through the wire generates heat and if the wire is exposed this could lead to sparks, which in turn could ignite the surrounding surface. Call an exterminator if you suspect you have rodents. 

Forgetting the chimney sweep: There are common cause of chimney fires, such as dead birds, raccoon nests, cracked mortar, and built-up creosote. The National Fire Protection Assoc. recommends a professional chimney sweep at least once a year. Also, when building a fire in your fireplace, never light it with kerosene. Always use an approved fire starter. 

Overlooking the range hood: Ovens and cooktops are the most common sources of kitchen fires. But, range hoods are also a potential threat. Grease builds up over time and can drip down onto the cooktop, possibly starting a fire. These flames could easily reach your cabinets and before you know it your kitchen could be engulfed. Regularly clean and maintain your range hood to keep your kitchen out of harm's way. 

Unwisely arranging furniture: Furniture placed too close to a wood stove could spontaneously ignite. Pyrolysis is the chemical decomposition of a combustible item. This occurs when an object is continually exposed to a heat source and dries out. This leading-yet seldom considered the cause of fires doesn't even require a direct flame. It only takes heat and time 

If you find yourself in need of restoration after a fire, call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County. We're available 24-hours at 269-963-3033

What is That Smell?

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO company truck Call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County today at (269)963-3033!

Interesting fact about SERVPRO of North Calhoun, we can deodorize your home and business of the toxins that come from substances such as cigarette smoke!

Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.

Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home.

Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors (including animal smells such as skunk and wet dog). Call us today 269 963 3033

CALL SERVPRO FOR FIRE DAMAGE TOO!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen curtains on fire above sink Kitchen Fires can happen so easily, but SERVPRO of North Calhoun County is always ready to help!

Fall and winter weather, coupled with seasonal holiday heating, cooking, and decorations, typically brings about an increase in residential fire frequency.  SERVPRO of North Calhoun County fire damage restoration experts realize that people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared with an escape plan in place.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.

Working smoke detectors along with building and practicing a home escape plan increase your chance of surviving a fire.  The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) promotes steps to help you develop an emergency escape plan.  Simply having a plan for your home or business is not enough.  Your family and employees must be fully aware of the plan and practice it on a regular basis.

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County Cleaning Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause Build Up in Your North Calhoun County Home or Business.

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

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 – 269-963-3033

About SERVPRO of North Calhoun County and Fire Restoration

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County is always here to help with fire damage restoration. 24/7 269-963-3033

About SERVPRO of North Calhoun County

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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 North Calhoun 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. 

Why SERVPRO of North Calhoun County is the Fire Restoration

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County fire cleaning and restoration. Always here to help.

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County has certified technicians in fire cleaning and restoration. We are always pleased to help clean and restore your home or business back to preloss condition.  

Soot from a fire can cause extensive damage that sometimes cannot be seen, we can come in and assess the situation, what needs to be cleaned, if electronics need to be attended to or your textiles. 

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County takes pride in delivering the very best customer service. We will be at your side every step of the way, to ensure any questions are answered and addressed.

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County, 269-963-3033, we can make it like it never even happened. 

Does Your Family Know What to do?

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fires start at anytime, even dinner... are you prepared?

Emergencies happen at a moment's notice with no warning and barely time to react... have you and your family discussed what you should do in the event one should happen to you?

Taking some of these steps will help prepare you and your family in the event you are faced with an emergency in your home.

  • Develop an emergency exit plan.  Ensure your children know where they should go and an alternate route in the event the main one is blocked off. 
  • If you have pets, make sure you have a family member assigned the responsibility of ensuring they are with you.
  • Make sure everyone knows where the emergency kits are.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts in each family member's phone.
  • Keep all important documents in a kit that you can gather quickly as you are exiting the house or in a fire/water proofed container.  Make sure all family members know where they are located in the event something happens. 
  • Have a bag packed with a set of clothing and hygiene items that you and your family can gather during the evacuation.  This bag should include items your pet(s) will need as well.
  • If one of your family members requires medication, ENSURE you have at least 3 days worth of medication available so they will be okay until you can reach a health professional.

It is always a good idea to review the evacuation routes and plan of actions periodically to ensure your family knows what to do at any time.

If you experience an emergency, call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County and we will make your home "Like it never even happened."  Call us today (269) 963-3033!

When Fire causes destruction of your home...

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire destroys Battle Creek Home!

A local Battle Creek resident had a house fire that caused severe destruction of his home.  He immediately called SERVPRO of North Calhoun County to assist him with the damage to his home.  We worked with his insurance company and provided them with necessary paperwork they needed for his claim.  We saved what items could be restore in an effort to minimize replacement costs.  We worked with him throughout the restoration process so that we could get his home back to its preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened."  After the restoration was complete, we also helped set up an Emergency Ready Plan giving the homeowner and his family guidance if disaster strikes again!  SERVPRO of North Calhoun County professionals always step up to do what we can to keep our residents safe and get their lives back to normal as fast as possible!  

But What About That Smell?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Interesting fact about SERVPRO of North Calhoun, we can deodorize your home and business of the toxins that come from substances such as cigarette smoke!

Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.

Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home.

Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors (including animal smells such as skunk and wet dog). Call us today 269 963 3033

Extensive Fire Clean UP

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause Extensive Damage in Your North Calhoun County loss site.

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 North Calhoun 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.

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 – 269-963-3033

Why SERVPRO of North Calhoun is the Best for Commercial Fire Cleaning

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your North Calhoun Business or Home

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

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.  

This picture depicts a kitchen clean SERVPRO of North Calhoun was brought on to perform following a grease fire in the kitchen. The kitchen was restored and in functioning conditioning in two days, customer was left extremely satisfied. 

We are always happy to help. 

Why SERVPRO of North Calhoun is the Best for Fire Damage Restoration.

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Extensive Fire Leaves Smoke and Soot Damage, Causing Pervasive Odor. If You Experience this in Your North Calhoun County Home call 269-963-3033.

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.

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 North Calhoun 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. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 269-963-3033

We are always happy to help. 

Cooking and Fires

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

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Did you know that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries?

  • Unattended cooking cause nearly 90% of all kitchen fires.
  • Home fires are more likely to start in your kitchen than any other room in your home. 
  • Cooking equipment was involved in 47% of home fires in 2011-2015.
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces ones chances of being injured in a fire by half.

You can help to avoid a fire starting in your kitchen by following these tips.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you're frying, grilling or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn the stove off.
  • Check food regularly if you're baking, boiling or roasting it and always use a timer.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. 
  • Keep the stove area clean or items that can catch fire such as, pot holders, towels, bags and other appliances.
  • Clean cooking surfaces regularly to avoid grease buildup.
  • If you're cooking and a fire starts in a pan, slide a lid over the burning pan and turn off the burner. Leave the lid in place until the pan is completely cool. Moving the pan can cause injury and spread the fire. Never pour water on a grease fire. 
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinuisher to keep in your kitchen. You can contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of an extinguisher. 
  • Remember: Smoke detectors save lives! Install an alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month and replace the batteries at least once a year. 

If you or your family find yourself a victim of a house fire. Call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County, we are available 24-hours a day for any emergency you encounter. Our techs are trained in the fire restoration. Call us at 269-963-3033 for your fire restoration needs. 

14 Bad habits that could start a fire

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

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House fires are more common than you may realize, with potential fire starters like light bulbs, laptops and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your home, disguised as harmless everyday necessities. Are you guilty of these bad habits that could start a fire in your home?

Misusing Electric Blankets: A warm and cozy electric blanket is a welcome comfort in the winter but, it also poses a potential fire hazard. Never allow pets to snuggle on top and don't pile extra covers over the electric blanket. Excessive heat build up may lead to fire. Never bend the coils, always keep your blanket at it's lowest setting and always turn it off in the morning.

Piling up dirty rags: A wood stain may be the perfect finishing touch on a DIY project, but later on, that pile of oil-soaked rags you tossed in the corner could trigger the perfect storm. Those rags are a very real fire hazard if left unattended. The rags could oxidize and spontaneously combust, causing a house fire. Two proper ways to dispose of oily rags are to lay them flat outside to dry or to put them in a metal can filled with water and a tight fitting lid. 

Neglecting appliance recalls: Home appliances have caused an estimated 150,000 fires each year, just during the last decade! A significant number of these were caused by faulty appliances. You can visit www.recalls.gov or register your appliance with the manufacturer to keep on top of recalls and prevent disaster. 

Lingering dryer lint: We're sure you know emptying  the lint screen increases your dryers efficiency, but did you know that lint is flammable? The combination of lint buildup and excessive heat is a recipe for disaster. Make sure to clean the interior of the dryer frame as well as the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly to clear away lint and clogs and to reduce the risk of fire. 

Letting your laptop overheat: If you own a laptop, you know how hot it can get, Leaving your computer on your bed, chair, rug or other soft flammable surface, you increase the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents. This can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire. Keeping your laptop on a desk or table will help prevent fires. 

Choosing the wrong wattage: If you've ever thought "It's okay to use this 60 watt bulb in this 40 watt socket" you're not alone. However, you are putting your home at risk. A leading cause of electrical fires is using a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture. Always check the light fixtures maximum wattage and never go over the recommended rating.

Using too many extension cords: Extension cords are meant to be a temporary response to a lack of electrical outlets; not a permanent solution. The reason why is this: connecting a large number of cords for a significant amount of time causes an overload that will lead to a short circuit - which could start a fire. Hiring a qualified electrician to install additional outlets could help you avoid this problem altogether. 

DIY projects you're not qualified to perform: Americas will spend about $200 billion fixing up their homes this year and nearly a fifth of that will go toward DIY projects. Jobs involving electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC units should never be completed without a qualified professional. Gas leaks and electrical sparks result from improper installation and are a common cause of house fires. Hire a licensed professional instead of attempting dangerous DIYS on your own to avoid putting your family and home at risk. 

Disregarding dust: Built up dust can be a fire hazard if it collects in and around electrical sockets, electronics and even floor heaters. Vacuuming on a regular basis, especially behind electronics, will significantly reduce the chance of dust particles catching fire. 

Improperly storing batteries: Storing 9 volt batteries in your kitchen junk drawer might be putting your home and family at risk. When loose batteries roll around with other metals such as paper clips or screws, the two terminals could short out, possibly generating enough heat to ignite flammables nearby. If storing the batteries in the original package isn't an option, place a piece of electrical tape over the terminal to prevent this possibility.

Ignoring unwanted guests: Rodents like mice and rats like to chew on electrical wires to control the length of their teeth. Over time, they can remove the sheathing, this leaves the wires exposed. The electrical current travelling through the wire generate heat and if the wire is exposed this could lead to sparks, which in turn could ignite the surrounding surface. Call an exterminator if you suspect you have rodents. 

Forgetting the chimney sweep: There are common cause of chimney fires, such as, dead birds, raccoon nests, cracked mortar and built up creosote. The National Fire Protection Assoc. recommends a professional chimney sweep at least once a year. Also, when building a fire in your fireplace, never light it with kerosene. Always use an approved fire starter. 

Overlooking the range hood: Ovens and cook tops are the most common sources of kitchen fires. But, range hoods are also a potential threat. Grease builds up over time and can drip down onto the cook top, possibly starting a fire. These flames could easily reach your cabinets and before you know it your kitchen could be engulfed. Regularly clean and maintain your range hood to keep your kitchen out of harms way. 

Unwisely arranging furniture: Furniture placed too close to a wood stove could spontaneously ignite. Pyrolysis is the chemical decomposition of a combustible item. This occurs when an object is continually exposed to a heat source and dries out. This leading-yet seldom considered cause of fires doesn't even require a direct flame. It only takes heat and time 

If you find yourself in need of restoration after a fire, call SERVPRO of North Calhoun County. We're available 24-hours at 269-963-3033

Safety Tips for Smoke Alarms and Family Emergency Planning

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County 269-963-3033

Your ability to get out of your house during a fire depends on an advanced warning from smoke alarms and advanced planning.

We know talking about disasters, especially fires, can be scary for your kids. But, emergency planning is crucial for your families safety during a fire. Talks like these also help keep you and your family confident when it comes to an emergency situation and needing to get out of the home quickly. Talk to your kids about keeping low to the ground, feeling for heat from doors before trying to open them and a meeting area outside of the home that is safely away from the structure.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads quickly. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Follow these safety tips for smoke alarms to ensure you and your families safety.

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of fire, heat and smoke. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom and outside each separate sleeping area. Make sure to install alarms on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected, when one sounds they all sound.
  • Large homes may require extra smoke alarms.
  • Test all alarms at least once a month. You can do this by simply pressing the test button.
  • Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms, they should be 10 feet away from the stove.
  • There are special smoke alarms for those hard of hearing or deaf. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms once they are 10 years old.

If a fire does happen in your home, remember SERVPRO of North Calhoun County is available 24-hours a day for your emergencies at 269-963-3033

Focus on Fire

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fall and winter weather, coupled with seasonal holiday heating, cooking and decorations, typically brings about an increase in residential fire frequency.  SERVPRO of North Calhoun County fire damage restoration experts realize that people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared with an escape plan in place.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.

Working smoke detectors along with building and practicing a home escape plan increase your chance of surviving a fire.  The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) promotes steps to help you develop an emergency escape plan.  Simply having a plan for your home or business is not enough.  Your family and employees must be fully aware of the plan and practice it on a regular basis.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help, Ready to Do What it Takes.

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Calhoun County's owner, Lance Sommerfeld even ready to do what it takes, always happy to help.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Calhoun has the specific fire restoration training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in fire damage restoration.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your loss, damage and details concerning you emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the fire damage occur?
  • What caused the loss (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Calhoun

SERVPRO of North Calhoun specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of North Calhoun Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/29/2017 (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 North Calhoun 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 – (269) 963-3033

Deodorization

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Interesting fact about SERVPRO of North Calhoun, we can deodorize your home and business of the toxins that come from substances such as cigarette smoke!

Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.

Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home.

Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors (including animal smells such as skunk and wet dog). Call us today 269 963 3033

Not All Smoke Damage Can Be Cleaned With Soap!

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to cleaning smoked-damaged contents after a residential or commercial fire, the variety of contents in a typical job requires restorers to utilize a variety of cleaning methods. Here is a quick description of each method of content cleaning:    

Dry Cleaning - Removes light to medium nongrease-based soils.  

Wet Cleaning - Removes moderate to heavy residues. The process involves cleaning using water, with or without a cleaning agent.   

 Spray and Wipe - Apply a cleaning product using a spray bottle. After spraying, wipe the surface with a clean white towel. This method is effective for materials possibly damaged if saturated with cleaning product.  

Foam Cleaning - Effective for light residues or delicate materials. Clean with the foam of a cleaning agent rather than the liquid    

Abrasive Cleaning - Agitates the surface being cleaned. Apply a cleaning product containing abrasive ingredients   

Immersion Cleaning - Dipping contents items into a bath of cleaning product. This bath is an ultrasonic tank filled with water and cleaning solution. High-frequency sound waves then create high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid to agitate and scrub contents. SERVPRO recommends that you

DO NOT attempt to clean smoke-damaged surfaces or contents yourself.

 Call the professionals! SERVPRO of North Calhoun (269)-963-3033

Keeping your valuables safe from Fire

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Calhoun will help you through the process of a fire loss and your valuables that were damaged.

First Step: Itemizing and Photographing

We know how important it is to keep your valuables safe.  Some are irreplaceable.  The first step in keeping your valuables safe is listing and photographing. Keep this information in a safe place. Then in the event of a fire contact SERVPRO of North Calhoun to help, they will begin to work with your insurance and walk you through the steps of either restoration or creating write off lists. 

What SERVPRO Can Do

If your home does suffer from a fire, SERVPRO can help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of North Calhoun specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. 

SERVPRO is Certified in Smoke and Fire Restoration

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The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its pre-loss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner.

For results you can have confidence in, the IICRC recommends hiring a certified restoration firm. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas.

When selecting a certified restoration firm several factors must be considered:

  • Formal and up-to-date specialized training
  • Health and safety certifications
  • Experience in a wide range of restoration projects
  • Proof of proper insurance and licenses

SERVPRO of North Calhoun has all of the above. Call us today!