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Keep Fires at Bay in the Warmer Months | SERVPRO® of North Central Mecklenburg County

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Summer Home Fires Summer Home Fires

Looking forward to summertime is welcome event after the long cold months of winter. Spring is in full bloom, and summer is right around the corner.

It’s a time of renewal and getting outdoors. There are plenty of activities to do outdoors such as hiking, going to the lake, grilling and barbecuing with friends and family, just to name a few.

With the warmer weather families will begin to gather for reunions, graduations and the seasonal cookouts that everyone loves. That also brings with it the risk of increased fires.

Unfortunately, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But by being cautious, you can minimize fires at home this season.

Here are some great places to start:

The grill. By and large, the grill is one of the biggest culprits of spring fires. It presents a substantial risk due to the combination of flame, grease, heat and gas. But just taking a few precautions can greatly reduce the risk of a fire on the barbecue grill! Make sure the grill is cleaned prior to every use and that all parts are in proper working order. Replace any worn or damaged components before grilling and keep the grill at least six feet away from any flammable objects, especially the house! Lack of proper cleaning is responsible for almost 20% of grill fires!

The fire pit. While the grill get its share of blame for accidental fires, the fire pit can be dangerous as well. Gathering on a cool spring or summer evening around a fire pit can provide some of the best rest and relaxation after a long day or week. Keep these safety tips in mind: Kids should never be left alone around a fire pit. Keep a bucket of water close by. Don’t add pine needles or leaves to a fire pit as this can cause “flare-ups” and embers can be carried away by the wind. If you are cooking hot dogs or roasting marshmallows do it over the embers and not the open flame, which will help avoid the flame damage and help you get that elusive perfect roasted finish that you’re looking for.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a professional at least once every season. Ash, soot and creosote buildup is a major cause of fires, and with proper maintenance, this risk can be reduced. The failure to clean dryer vents is a leading cause of fires that emanate from the dryer.

Our technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Living Room Fire Damage Cleanup in Charlotte

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO for fire damage mitigation. We are always available to help you.

Our Experiences Technicians at SERVPRO Know Exactly What to do After a Fire

Fire damage of any size should have professional mitigation. The main reason is even small amounts of soot can spread. Not only is it unhealthy to breathe and a potential skin irritant, but the particulate can also result in pungent odors throughout the home. 

When SERVPRO handles fire damage in Charlotte homes, special care goes into saving homeowners the cost of replacing items. In many cases, contents without charring but smoke damage have restoration potential. 

Before the technicians arrive on-site, there are numerous actions that homeowners can take to assist in limiting the loss to their structure and contents. 

  • Talk to the fire department and ascertain if it is safe to remain in the home. 
  • Avoid the fire loss area and limit movement within the home; if you choose to remain in the house, this helps avoid driving soot particles into upholstery and carpet.
  • Do not attempt to clean any of the smoke damage, using improper solutions and methods can drive soot deeper into surfaces and cause permanent damage. 
  • Use clean towels or linens on rugs, carpet traffic areas, and upholstered furnishings. 
  • If the electricity is nonfunctional, and fire loss affected the kitchen, empty the refrigerator and prop the doors open as it will require cleaning.
  • Chrome handles and knobs get protected from the caustic soot through an application of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Remove houseplants outdoors and wash both sides of the leaves.
  • Ensure the HVAC is off.

Fire Loss Cleanup

When the techs work on fire loss, they take an organized approach to cleaning. After removing furnishing out of the living room, SERVPRO technicians use deep steam cleaning to pull the particulate out of the fibers and eliminate smoke odors. This method of carpet shampooing leaves behind no residues resulting in truly clean fibers and backing. Walls get attention to remove smoke damage, and when residual odors remain, the techs apply a sealant to lock in deeply embedded soot particles and leave a clean surface ready for painting.

SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County at (704) 596-9700 stands ready to assist local property owners with any size or type of fire damage and make the loss to their homes, "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage In Your Charlotte Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Restoring Porch and Attic Fire Damage in a Charlotte Home

A fire that started on the porch of a house in Charlotte spread to the attic before the fire department controlled it. The homeowner was glad that the fire did not consume the entire property, but there was still the issue of damages to address. The arrival of SERVPRO green trucks was the first sign of reassurance.

The fire damage in the Charlotte home affected some of the exterior and interior areas since it started on the porch before spreading through the wall materials to interior areas.  Various challenges were apparent immediately we arrived at the site. For example, although many of the affected building materials could be salvaged, processes such as cleaning would be challenging because of the unfinished nature of their surfaces. It is harder to remove residues from rough surfaces, and the open pores allow deeper penetration of residues, complicating deodorization. Our SERVPRO crew brought a soda blaster to the loss site to help clean such materials.

Away from the building materials, the contents affected by the flames also posed a different kind of challenge because we had to sort them out to determine what was damaged completely, and what could be salvaged. With everything either charred or covered in soot, making the necessary distinctions was not that easy. Our SERVPRO team started the process by doing thorough sorting to establish salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items. We also liaised with the homeowner to establish items of value.

Away from the main sections damaged by the flames, other areas in the house required a general cleaning to remove smoke residues and bad odor. We expedited the process by using procedures such as cleaning with chemical sponges, which remove residues from surfaces without leaving smudges. We also mixed water-based deodorizers with the cleaning solutions to take care of deodorization during the cleaning process.

Trashcan fires and other ignitions outside the house can cause severe fire damage. Call SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County at (704) 596-9700 to help you deal with such damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Mecklenburg County Fire and Soot Mess? What To Do? Call SERVPRO!

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

When this SERVPRO Service Vehicle Is Parked on Your Mecklenburg County Property--You Know Help for Fire and Smoke Damage Has Arrived!

Approaches for Cleaning Smoke Residues in Mecklenburg County

Beginning with the point of ignition, the effects of a fire loss incident lessen the farther away from this point that you get in a Mecklenburg County home. While concentrations of ash and soot might be the strongest at the origin of the blaze, adjacent rooms and areas to this damaged region can experience a lower buildup of soot and smoke residues. Effective cleaning of these areas begins with the right process to loosen the buildup with mechanical actions.

Because not all fire damage in Mecklenburg County homes is the same or the same level of severity, the process to clean and restore these areas varies multiple times in the same residence. Building an understanding of the best agitative cleaning practices to reduce the severity of buildup on surfaces and contents can maximize the efficiency of our SERVPRO professionals working in the house.

Each level of debris buildup (mild, medium, and heavy) has different techniques, tools, and processes. Mild agitation is ideal for when soiling is not thick and overwhelming. This level of damage would often be in nearby rooms to the origin point of the fire. Breaking up the sediment and residues can make later cleaning practices with foam, wiping, or media blasting methods more effective.

•    Feather Dusting – Hard surfaces can sometimes benefit from feather dusting to loosen or even remove excess residues.
•    Vacuuming – Smoke particles and soot can get vacuumed from surfaces with a HEPA filtered machine. The attachment brush can also help to break up surface residues.
•    Brushes - Paintbrushes can do a lot for a softer removal of set in residues without damaging the underlying material.
•    Compressed Air – Using pressurized air can have a direct effect on the buildup of wastes. This practice is not always the best for our SERVPRO team; however, as it can move loose particles into crevices and areas that are more challenging to reach.

As challenging as fire loss incidents can become, the right cleaning approach can help to protect many of the exposed surfaces. Our SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County team has the equipment and personnel to make fire losses, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (704) 596-9700.

SERVPRO Knows Charlotte Property Owners Rely on Our Fire Damage Restoration Services for Great Results

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

Charlotte Homeowners Expect SERVPRO to "Walk the Line" and Mitigate Fire Damage

Overview of Professional Fire Damage Response in Charlotte

When your Charlotte home experiences a fire loss, it is understandable that you want recovery activity to proceed immediately. Understanding the steps professionals must take to prepare correctly for safe, efficient, and effective restoration helps our customers partner with our crews. Collaboration ensures  that the ultimate result of our joint efforts is a secure, clean, dry, disinfected, and deodorized home for you and your family--“Like it never even happened.”

First We Inspect

Although our team is very familiar and skilled with fire damage restoration in Charlotte, every job we take on is unique. An in-depth inspection of the damaged area is essential before we can create the appropriate fire damage mitigation and remediation plan for your home. We trace the migration of smoke and soot residues throughout your property as damage can manifest far from the ignition site. Every moment taken to gather data increases the likelihood of superior results from our remedial actions.

Second We Evaluate

The SERVPRO team is highly qualified in the fire damage restoration industry’s best practices, including the theories of smoke, soot, and odor damage as well as applied strategies to mitigate and remediate the maladaptive results of a household blaze. We evaluate the characteristics and qualities of residues, the intensity of charring, and the presence of complications such as water damage and odors as we begin to prioritize and plan. Harm to structural components and contents are all part of the equation as we match products and protocols to the damage observed.

Third We Provide Emergency and Safety Services

Safety for you and your family and our crews are paramount considerations. SERVPRO completes emergency measures as needed to secure your property, including board up and tarping and water extraction. We can generate power for needed interventions if utilities are temporarily unavailable. We set up containment perimeters and operate air scrubbers to ensure the welfare of occupants and our workers.

Fourth We Complete a Detailed Remedial Agenda

Once safety and emergency protections are in place, SERVPRO’s crews work through a comprehensive clean up plan designed for your circumstances. Deep cleaning of surfaces and contents completes using precisely matched products and methodologies. We help arrange for rebuilding and repairs as needed. Structural drying, disinfection, and deodorization are critical tasks that, when taken together with our other efforts, return you fire-damaged home to preloss condition.

The talented and trained team at SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County is ready to tackle your fire damage needs. Call (704) 596-9700 day or night, 365 days a year, to set up an assessment as the first step back to a secure and comfortable dwelling.

How well are you prepared for the damage from an unexpected fire?

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Each fire job requires a unique solution, we have your answers to restoring at SERVPRO!

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:

  1. Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  2. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  3. 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 Central Mecklenberg 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. 

Have questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us Today- 704-596-9700

Dont forget about your fire alarms!

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire alarm going off due to smoke

The number one reason to install a fire alarm is to make the building safe for your employees, customers, and tenants. A combination of smoke and heat detectors, sirens and bells, and strobe lights detect and alert building occupants of a fire, giving them ample time to evacuate in an orderly fashion. A few examples on why its important to test your alarms are as followed but not limited to:

  • Fire alarms save lives
  • Fire alarms reduce property loss
  • Fire alarms shorten your recovery time
  • Fire alarms may qualify you for insurance discounts
  • Fire alarms keep you code compliant

The National Fire Alarm Code requires weekly and quarterly visual checks, more thorough semi- annual tests, and professional yearly inspections. Cleaning up after a fire and restoring a home or business to its original condition is a job that requires professionals. That's where SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenberg County comes in! Give us a call at 704-596-7900 todayin case a fire occurs & restoration is needed. 

Grease Fires and How To Prevent Them

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

This kitchen suffered fire damage from a grease fire in the local Charlotte area.

Grease fires are one of the number one causes of home fires and home injuries. A grease fire can potentially cause you to lose your kitchen, our even your home if they are not dealt with properly. Here are proper ways to deal with a grease fire and ways you can prevent a grease fire. 

First off, how does a grease fire start? 

- A grease fire can occur when cooking oil becomes too hot and begins to ignite itself. Vegetable oils commonly have a smoking point of 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 

I've created a grease fire, what do I do? 

  1. DO NOT PUT WATER ON A GREASE FIRE. Some may think the number one way to put out a fire is with water. As that may be correct in some situations, within this situation it is not. The water instead will cause the burning oil to splash which will cause the fire to spread instantly. 
  2. Instead of using water, you want to starve the fire of oxygen so grab a metal lid or baking sheet and cover the fire. 
  3. Turn off the heat source
  4. If the fire itself is small ,you can pour baking soda or salt to put it out. If you don't have those, you can use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the fire. 


How do I prevent a grease fire? 

  • If you are ever cooking, frying, boiling, or any type of cooking, it is best to stay in the kitchen at all times to keep an eye on everything
  • Keep anything flammable away from your stovetop
  • If you exceed recommended grease temperatures and notice it begin to smoke, turn off the burner and let it cool. 
  • Keep a lid near the pan you are cooking in 

Remember anytime you are cooking with heat, be smart and be prepared! 

Ways to Prevent Kitchen Fires

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Spreading Quickly

House fires happen year around. Kitchen fires are number 1 on the list of leading causes of house fires. The kitchen is an area of the house that is used daily, but can be the most dangerous. There are a few safety tips SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County would like to share with you. Next time you are in the kitchen try to do the following:

1) Pull back your hair and roll up your shirt sleeves to keep them away from cooking services

2) Keep children and animals away from cooking surfaces.

3) Use kitchen time so you know when food is done.

4) Check and make sure the stove top and oven are completely off when exiting the kitchen.

5) Keep a lid close by when you are cooking to smother small fires.

6) Keep pot holders, towels, paper towels away from the stove top. 

7) When using cooking oil don't leave the kitchen and be very attentive. 

These are things we often forget about, but can cause a kitchen fire quickly.