Smoke and Soot After a Fire
This is am image of how smoke and soot rises to the highest point of the home, creating webs.
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 Geauga County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 440-564-7266
Independence Day is Approaching!
As Independence Day approaches, we here at SERVPRO, would like to share a few facts according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/FireworksSafetyTips.pdf
More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks every year.
Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms seen in the month around July 4th.
Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg. One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires
$105 million in direct property damage.
Bottom line is they suggest leaving the firework show to a professional, keep you, your family, pets, and property safe!
Fire loss from reckless actions are certainly something that nobody wants to face. Hiring a qualified professional to take care of the matter is paramount. If you are the victim of illegal fireworks damage SERVPRO of Geauga County, is a certified fire restoration company. We are on call 24/7 and are here to help to make the process a little more bearable.
Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com or call us at (440) 564-7266, for more information on fire damage.
Be safe and have fun this Independence Day!
Storms Approaching Geauga County
As storms approach Geauga County this weekend, your commercial property may be at risk of flooding, water damage, or even fire. In the event of storm damage, here are four steps to help you stay on top of things.
Extraction of Water
If a storm has left you with standing water, then that water will have to be pumped out before any repair or restoration can begin. Generally, a submersible pump can be temporarily installed to rid your structure of standing water. The extraction of water should begin as soon as possible to minimize damages to the building and its contents.
Removal of Damaged Materials
Once you have removed the standing water, you will need to remove items that have been exposed to the water and or still holding water. Such items, like pulling out carpet and other floor coverings in order to protect your subflooring, baseboards, and walls. Tear out of such materials will need to be completed prior to any repair or restoration begins.
Drying of Structure
Once everything that can be removed has been torn out, you will still need to allow the remainder of the building to dry out. Walls and ceilings may look dry, but they are generally constructed of porous materials that hold water inside, even once the surface is dry. Powerful dehumidifiers will help to draw out water that can cause hidden damage if it not properly removed. The drying of the structure will need to be tested to ensure that it’s complete before you begin repairs.
Repair to the structure can commence as soon as testing confirms that the building has dried out. You’ll want an experienced contractor to handle your restoration as so that any hidden damaged materials can be recognized and remedied.
Water damage from a storm doesn’t have to be a catastrophe, but it does require proper drying out, tear out, and storm restoration in order to maintain the safety and aesthetics of your building. Be sure you follow all the steps to keep your property in top condition after damage from a storm.
Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on storm damage or call us at 440-564-7266.
SERVPRO of Geauga County is here!
Here at SERVPRO of Geauga County, we understand that disaster can strike any time and we are available for you 24/7. Being locally owned and operated, our first responders, office team, and owner all reside in the community and take pride in being invested in the well-being our community.
We understand how devastating a flood, fire, trauma, bio, or vandalism can be. SERVPRO of Geauga County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-(Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification), rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
If you experience any emergency service damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266 as quickly as possible to avoid any further damage and or illness. We will make it “Like it never even happened.” For more information, please visit us at: http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com .
Water Invasion in Geauga County!!
Water damage is one of the most common forms of damage that occurs in homes and commercial buildings. Excess water in home or water in business can be due to floods or rain as well as internal problems including supply line break or pipe break, leaking fixtures, or even roof leaks. The extent of water damage in a flooded home or business can be difficult to determine as much of the water or moisture can get absorbed into porous materials around the property.
It is often tempting to try and clean yourself when you have water in your home or business, but it is better to call a mitigation company. Mitigation professionals have the skills, understand the problem, and have state-of-the-art equipment to handle the cleanup and drying.
Mitigation professionals have the resources and ability to determine where the water is coming from, also known as the source of loss. After the source of the water damage is found, the water in home or water in business situation can be handled properly. A malfunctioning appliance or fixture can be turned off. A pipe break or supply line break can be blocked or shut off.
Next, the Mitigation professionals begin water extraction using either their industrial portable or truck mounted extraction pumps. Water detection technology enables them to determine saturation levels and identify areas. This enables them to use specialized equipment to dry out the space and dehumidify the area.
After the structure and its contents have dried out, including drywall, insulation, wood beams, the next step is to apply a good disinfectant in the area. Professional-strength disinfectant is used on all areas affected by the water in home, water in business or flood waters including wood and walls and non-upholstered furniture.
This is only a part of what SERVPRO of Geauga County provides during a water / flood situation. To learn more, please visit us at: http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com or call us at: 440-564-7266.
Grilling Safety in Geauga County
Spring Safety Tips – Grilling Safety
- Only use Propane and Gas Grills Outdoors
- Place grill away from your deck, house, garage, overhangs, and deck rails.
- Children and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the gilling area.
- Remove any grease or fat that may be in trays below cooking surface.
- Open gas grill lids prior to lighting
- Check all hoses (apply soap and water to the hose and look for bubbles)
- If you smell gas while cooking move away from the grill and call the fire department.
- If using a charcoal grill, never add fluid wile there is a flame.
- Let coals completely cool before disposing of coals. (Only place in a metal container that is away from all flammable objects.)
If you do suffer any fire damage while grilling, call SERVPRO of Geauga County at 440-564-7266. We are ready for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And we will make it “Like it never even happened.” For more information on fire or water damage situations, visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com/
Why SERVPRO of Geauga County is Here for You!!
SERVPRO of Geauga County is here for you when you need it most. Our team is qualified and prepared for any disaster, no matter how big or small. We help to recover homes and businesses from tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and floods. Recently, we traveled to Houston, Texas to help out with extensive freezing and weather conditions. Our SERVPRO teams are strategically placed around the country so that we are readily available to assist wherever we are needed. We value teamwork and persistence, and that is proven in our efforts.
Whether the disaster is local or on the other side of the state, SERVPRO franchises and their corporate officers are both there to help. No wonder most insurance companies call SERVPRO to help their insured clients at the first sign a disaster recovery is needed.
SERVPRO of Geauga County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 440-564-7266
Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information.
Flood After the Storm in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Mitigation of Flood Damage
If you notice any kind of uncontrolled water in your home or business, you should not wait until the problem escalates. Most flood damage cases start as a small defect, are ignored for days, and end up bursting into an uncontrollable mess.
Flood damage is also associated with plumbing failures. Some of the steps you should take immediately you notice that there is damage in the water system include:
• Do not panic, remain focused on the task at hand
• Call your plumbing service company, some of them offer water cleanup and drying services
• If you can access the water main, shut it down to stop further loss of water and flooding
• The main electrical breaker should be shut and all the plugged electrical appliances removed from the carpet
• Lift all curtains that may be touching the floor
• Books, papers, and fabrics should be removed
The most important mitigation process is to commence with the restoration promptly. Calling an expert promptly will prevent further water loss and damage to your property. The experts will start with water cleanup to remove all the water in your business or home. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on water damage
Fire and your Geauga Property
In the devastating event of a fire in home, or fire in business, there are many things that must be done for fire cleanup. Fire damage can leave extreme amounts of soot damage, air quality problems, and smoke damage. Commercial fire damage and fire loss can also be incredibly harmful to a business. Regardless of the amount of damage, it's of the utmost importance to have a professional assess the damage.
The fire damage can be damaging to one's health, especially if there is smoke damage. The air quality from the fire in the home will not only cause you harm, this as well as soot damage can be fatal to pets. Commercial fire damage can harm a business and its reputation if the fire cleanup isn't handled properly. It's not easy to explain to employees and customers that there's been a fire in the business.
The valuation of fire loss is typically handled by insurance adjusters. They will assess the estimate of fire damage and fire loss to determine an amount that will cover the fire cleanup and if your insurance policy will cover it. After the assessment is done, the homeowner should call a fire cleanup company to provide them with an estimate. The company will restore the property, so the air quality, smoke damage, and soot damage are handled by a licensed professional.
Fire loss from a fire in a home is certainly something that nobody wants to deal with. Hiring a qualified professional to take care of the matter is paramount. Not only will the job be done safely, but the restoration process should yield results as if there was never a fire in the home. While these events are never a good thing, help is available to make the process from the fire loss a little more bearable. Visit http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com for more information on fire damage
Spring Thunderstorms in Geauga County
The Red Cross offers tips and advice for SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY. The following was copied directly from redcross.org/thunderstorm
- Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
- Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
- If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
- If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
- Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
- Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
- Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
- If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.
- Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
- When storms hit Geauga County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
- Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-564-7266 or visit us at: http://www.SERVPROgeaugacounty.com