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Your Home’s Risk of Lightning Fires | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Whenever fire affects your home, it can be dangerous and cause extensive damage. Thankfully, many internal home fires can be prevented by staying attentive to any cooking or being responsible for flames you light. However, when the fire risk originates naturally, it can be much harder to prevent.

Thankfully, being personally struck by lightning is still a rare occurrence, but lightning strikes on houses are actually relatively common. Approximately 70,000 damage claims were reported due to lightning in 2020. If your home is struck by lightning, take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of damage or injury.

Lightning Formation

Lightning begins as a giant spark that travels from the clouds to the ground (or your roof). Normally, lightning is associated with severe weather, but it can also happen during forest fires, heavy snowstorms and even dry conditions.

Lightning and Your Home

If lightning does strike your home, it can be immediately a dangerous situation and will often start a fire due to the intense heat and transfer of electrical current. If a fire does break out, you might not notice it right away if it starts in your attic or in one of your walls.

Even if you don’t see the fire, you will probably immediately know what happened because lightning strikes are immensely loud and can produce a burning smell as they burn whatever they touch on the way down.

Installing a lightning rod can help reduce the impact of damages to your home. A lightning rod is designed to help deflect and absorb the impact of a lightning strike so your home doesn’t have to take the full force of its energy.

It might also be a good idea to buy a surge protector for your electrical panel to avoid a major problem if the strike hits your electrical box.

Lightning in the Area

If your home avoids a direct lightning hit during a storm, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are out of the woods! If a strike hits a neighboring house, it can also start an out-of-control fire if the flames aren’t controlled quickly. An average of 9,000 wildfires are caused by lightning strikes every year.

Reduce the risk of your property catching fire by cleaning up brush or dead leaves, and check your smoke detectors every month to ensure they are ready to alert you of any danger.

If you do encounter a fire, call 911 immediately and exit your home as soon as you can. When the fire is out and it is safe to re-enter your home, call us at SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte.

Fire damage can be extensive and tricky to restore, but we are highly trained and passionate about the restoration process. We will get you back into your fully restored home right away!

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

Responsible Backyard Fire Practices | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the warm weather with your family. Making memories around a bonfire is a special opportunity during the summer months.

It is commonplace to utilize fire for many uses in our day to day lives. Whether it be bonfires, meals, pest control or burning debris, we constantly use fire as a resource.

Even though we have the best intentions to practice proper fire safety, any time there is flame, there is the potential for danger. The National Park Service claims that nearly 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Understanding fire risk doesn’t mean you can’t still partake in leaf burning, backyard bonfires or lighting up your grill to prepare burgers. It simply means that you should always practice the safety measures below to help reduce your fire risk every time you light a flame.

Fun and Fire

Some of the most common ways that unwanted outdoor fires are started are by neglected campfires, grills or fireworks. On average, grills start 8,800 home fires each year. Be sure to check on propane tanks and your gas lines that lead into your grill before lighting it, and never leave it unattended.

Campfires have their own unique safety requirements. Choose a safe location away from any structures, wood piles or anything flammable.

Use only a match or a lighter, and only use wood as a burning source once your fire is established. Embers can be just as dangerous as an open flame, so make sure your fire is completely extinguished when you are done.

Any freestanding fire pits should be treated with caution as well. It should never be placed on a wooden surface or underneath an overhang.

It can be tempting to feed your fires household waste or excess clutter from your home, but you should only use approved firewood.

Even though the 4th of July has passed, if you are having any sort of celebration with fireworks, make sure to remember the rules in Charlotte. No pyrotechnics are allowed, and only small, non-exploding ground fireworks are permitted.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

If you have a yard that is ripe with leaf drop or pine needle drop in the fall, burning your debris might be the most effective way to tend to your yard, but be very careful with this disposal method.

Before you even begin lighting your fire or gathering your materials, check the North Carolina Forest Service website to see if there are any restrictions in place or apply for a permit if it is needed at the time.

Cleaning out debris is an essential part of minimizing your risk of exposing your home to a wildfire. Understanding what to burn and following general fire safety guidelines will help prevent your fire from growing out of your control.

If you have a gas can in your shed or garage, use extreme caution. Improper storage of these cans can have terrible outcomes. Only use approved containers, and only use the gas for its intended purpose. It can be tempting to use it as an accelerant in your campfire, but that can lead to burns and an out-of-hand fire situation very quickly.

Before you light any sort of outdoor flame, check weather conditions and make sure it is not too windy or dry before lighting up. If there is any sort of danger, pick another day or choose another activity.

If you do experience any sort of fire damage, call us at SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte. Our trained team of technicians knows how to handle fire damage, and our goal is to restore as much of your property as quickly as we can.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Preventing Home Fires Starts With You | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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So far in 2022, more than 20,000 house fires have already been responded to by the American Red Cross. While that number may seem already very high, that is not even the full number of how many have actually occurred this year in the United States.

That number may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry too much! If you have a working smoke detector in your home, you are already providing yourself with the best way to protect yourself from devastating fire damage. Smoke detectors paired with a few of the tips below can help minimize your fire risk.

Clear the Clutter

Decluttering can be a great way to refresh your home, but it also helps reduce fire hazards in your home. Be sure to keep clear paths throughout common spaces like hallways, stairs and entryways so that the exits are always easy to reach in an emergency.

Having excess belongings in common areas also pose a danger if a fire breaks out. More materials are simply more fuel to a raging fire. Do your best to keep things organized and find a proper place for your possessions.

Overloaded extension cords also contribute to a large amount of home fires. Be cautious about loading up power cords or outlet extenders, as they can easily overheat or surge. Unplug appliances or electronics when not actively using them.

Make Note of Outdoor Hazards

Does your property have any beautiful pine trees? If so, you probably deal with fallen pine needles consistently every fall and spring season.

Pine needles are incredibly flammable when dried out, so make sure to take a walk around your house every so often to make sure they are not clogging up any air flow vents, gutters or are up against any outdoor appliances that would be a fire hazard.

Create Defensible Spaces

Did you know that the plants and trees around your house can actually serve a purpose other than as aesthetic or shade to your yard? By being intentional with how you plant things around your home, you can provide your house with a natural barrier that will slow an external fire before it gets to your home. This gives you more time to evacuate and more time for your local firefighters to get to your home to help.

Some states on the West Coast, like California, have enacted defensible zone requirements for yards due to their proven ability to ward off fires. Even though we are on the opposite coast, it is still a good idea to start incorporating this to landscape practices.

Dust and Clean

Cleaning may seem like it has nothing to do with preventing home fires, but it can actually make a great deal of difference. Accumulating dust, especially around things like water heaters or dryers, can be a large fire risk. Simple dusting and spot-cleaning these areas can help keep that risk down.

Also take time to clean your stove and oven regularly as cooking is one of the number one reasons for home fires.

Your home takes care of you on a daily basis, so adding some of these practices to your daily life can help take care of your home. Limiting fire hazards in your home is a great way to ensure you provide your family with a safe place to live.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Preventing Home Fires Starts With You | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

"interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire" If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Northeast Charlotte is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

So far in 2022, more than 20,000 house fires have already been responded to by the American Red Cross. While that number may seem already very high, that is not even the full number of how many have actually occurred this year in the United States.

That number may seem overwhelming, but don’t worry too much! If you have a working smoke detector in your home, you are already providing yourself with the best way to protect yourself from devastating fire damage. Smoke detectors paired with a few of the tips below can help minimize your fire risk.

Clear the Clutter

Decluttering can be a great way to refresh your home, but it also helps reduce fire hazards in your home. Be sure to keep clear paths throughout common spaces like hallways, stairs and entryways so that the exits are always easy to reach in an emergency.

Having excess belongings in common areas also pose a danger if a fire breaks out. More materials are simply more fuel to a raging fire. Do your best to keep things organized and find a proper place for your possessions.

Overloaded extension cords also contribute to a large amount of home fires. Be cautious about loading up power cords or outlet extenders, as they can easily overheat or surge. Unplug appliances or electronics when not actively using them.

Make Note of Outdoor Hazards

Does your property have any beautiful pine trees? If so, you probably deal with fallen pine needles consistently every fall and spring season.

Pine needles are incredibly flammable when dried out, so make sure to take a walk around your house every so often to make sure they are not clogging up any air flow vents, gutters or are up against any outdoor appliances that would be a fire hazard.

Create Defensible Spaces

Did you know that the plants and trees around your house can actually serve a purpose other than as aesthetic or shade to your yard? By being intentional with how you plant things around your home, you can provide your house with a natural barrier that will slow an external fire before it gets to your home. This gives you more time to evacuate and more time for your local firefighters to get to your home to help.

Some states on the West Coast, like California, have enacted defensible zone requirements for yards due to their proven ability to ward off fires. Even though we are on the opposite coast, it is still a good idea to start incorporating this to landscape practices.

Dust and Clean

Cleaning may seem like it has nothing to do with preventing home fires, but it can actually make a great deal of difference. Accumulating dust, especially around things like water heaters or dryers, can be a large fire risk. Simple dusting and spot-cleaning these areas can help keep that risk down.

Also take time to clean your stove and oven regularly as cooking is one of the number one reasons for home fires.

Your home takes care of you on a daily basis, so adding some of these practices to your daily life can help take care of your home. Limiting fire hazards in your home is a great way to ensure you provide your family with a safe place to live.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

The 4 Components for Starting and Ending a Fire | SERVPRO® of Northeast Charlotte

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Have you heard of a tetrahedron? Don’t worry, we will share our answer with you! It’s a three-dimensional, triangular shape with four equal sides.

This discussion about the tetrahedron relates to fire safety, believe it or not. In fact, there is something called a fire tetrahedron, which relates to the four major components a fire needs in order to survive! Read on to learn more.

<h34-things-a-fire-needs-to-live">The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. Fuel is clearly what will make something go, and fires need this in order to keep roaring! Things that can easily be burned, like wood, plastic or organic materials, will continually feed a fire with the fuel it needs.

Heat. A fire require heat in order to get it going and keep going. Once something has been exposed to heat, it will eventually ignite or melt, producing more fuel for a fire.

Oxygen. Oxygen is needed by every living thing, and a fire is no exception to the rule. Oxygen provokes an expanding series of chemical reactions, which can generate products of combustion in the process.

Chemical Chain Reaction. A chain reaction resulting from the three items mentioned above is what will continue to feed a fire. So long as the chain reaction isn’t disturbed, a fire will continue to burn. 

<h34-ways-to-stop-a-fire">The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. The most common way to stop a fire is to cool it, or exhaust the heat! This is usually accomplished by dousing the fire in water. But remember that because of the heat, the water is likely to evaporate or even boil, so it will take a lot of water to put a fire out.

Smother it. Sometimes a fire can’t be put out with water alone; it will need to be smothered! Removing all oxygen will eventually put the fire out, because you are starving it from the oxygen it needs. This is the mechanism behind the popular “stop, drop and roll” mantra we’re taught as kids.

Starve it. Something has to keep feeding a fire, so therefore logically speaking, the best thing you can do is starve a fire. Remove any fueling agents like wood and grass in order to help the fire come to a natural end.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Another guaranteed success is to interrupt the chain reaction, and you can do this by using chemical agents like halon. While these agents are effective, halon also has an elevated potential for ozone depletion, meaning it is an environmental threat and has been banned.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

The Leading Causes of House Fires | SERVPRO® of North Central Mecklenburg County

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

img src =”firefighter.jpg” alt = "a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand” > Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of North Central Mecklenburg County is here for you if your home is affected by fire.

Any fire is dangerous, but a fire in your home is a menacing thought. Your family lives there, and fires are unpredictable. Fires spread quickly and cause a lot of devastation and disruption.

Obviously, we go to great lengths to avoid fires, and we have made some headway. Home fires have been reduced by 55% over the last 40 years.

However, despite this decrease, there are still too many fires happening in homes. Unfortunately, even with all of the ad campaigns to raise awareness, more than 25% of all reported fires still occur in homes.

Let’s take a look at the top causes of house fires, and see if we can get that number down by learning how we can prevent them:

Cooking. This is the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries. Almost half of all home fires are initiated from unattended cooking! The one thing you can do to avoid a fire at home is to never leave your cooking unattended. Stay with the grill, stove and oven, or turn them off if you leave the room.

Heating equipment. These fires account for 14% of the total number of house fires, and they are caused by improper use, equipment malfunction or flammable materials being placed too close to space heaters.

Electrical fires. Overloading of circuits, faulty wiring and the generally higher usage of electricity in older homes are all components that contribute to electrical fires in homes. And still yet another top cause is the use of frayed or faulty outlets, appliance cords or extensions.

Intentional fires. It’s hard to fathom that 28,000 intentional home fires are started every year. When we say intentional, we mean arson! These are fires that are solely caused by someone setting them to destroy, not fires set for other purposes that get out of control.

Smoking materials. Even though smoking materials are only responsible for 5% of home fire occurrences, they are the leading cause of civilian fire deaths. Often, as cigarettes are left burning, people fall asleep, which makes the victims more susceptible.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Keep Fires at Bay in the Warmer Months | SERVPRO® of North East Charlotte County

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

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. 

IF YOU CANNOT EXTINGUISH THE FIRE, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY AND CALL 911

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.