Recent Fire Damage Posts

What are Puff Backs and What you need to know.

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

A White Sofa With Heavy Soot Damage as a Result of a Puffback.

Our Furnaces work hard during these colder months to keep us warm around the clock. Now even tho Spring is right around the corner, Most of our furnaces still have a bit to go before their ready to take their Summertime break. Like most things, while they do enhance our lives, they could run into problems. Puff Backs are the misfiring in an oil and gas furnace and boilers that sends soot and smoke throughout the structure as well as creating soot webs. Some of the causes of a Puff Back include;

    • Clogged Burner, Exhaust, or Chimney 
    • Damaged Fuel Nozzle
    • Cracked Heat Exchange
    • Manually Resetting the System too Often.                                      NOTE: *DO NOT press the reset button on your furnace more than ONCE if it pops out. Readily pressing the rest increases your risk of a Puff Back occurring

  What do you do if a Puff Back Happens to you? They are not only messy but can become stressful as well. SERVPRO is here to wipe away your stress as well as all the soot. 

  1. Call your Insurance Company
  2. Call a HVAC repair man to schedule repairs on your furnace or boiler
  3. Call a cleaning service to clean the soot
  4. *AVOID trying to clean/wipe any walls, ceilings, painted surfaces, upholstery, or electronics. Cleaning without the proper chemicals could cause damage
  5. *LIMIT movement to prevent spreading the spread of soot
  6. *DON’T consume any opened food or drinks due to the possibility of contamination.
  7. Don’t worry, Professionals are here to help you through this. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or voice any concerns. A Company like SERVPRO is here to make it     “Like it never even happened.”

Tips For Surviving a House Fire

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Ten Essential Tips For Surviving a House Fire

In a normal survival situation, fire is something you need for lings like light, heat, protection, and the ability to cook food. But in the event of a house fire, it can become your biggest enemy and something you need to escape from immediately. Many people have tragically perished in house fires, and if you don't want the same thing to happen to you or your family, you should take these ten essential tips very seriously.

  1. Write down an escape plan.
  2. Place Rope Ladders on the upper floors.
  3. Install and test Smoke Alarms.
  4. Invest in a Fire Extinguisher.
  5. Test doors for heat.
  6. Stay low to the ground.
  7. Keep your mouth and nose covered with a wet rag or shirt.
  8. Don't go back in after you have evacuated.
  9. Have Emergency Kits near the Exits.
  10. Practice - Do Fire Drills with the family.

Fire - Safety Behaviors

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

                 Practice Safe Behaviors

To prevent our house from catching fire in the first place, there are some safety precautions that you should take.

  • Teach your children fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Always be in the kitchen when you're cooking something. Don't leave cooking food unattended.
  • Do not smoke in the house. Make sure you put out your cigarettes completely.
  • Dispose of any electronics with frayed wires, which could lead to a fire.
  • Avoid lighting candles unless they're directly in your light of vision. Do not leave a lighted candle in a room where no one is.
  • Always check that you have turned the gas off before leaving the kitchen.
  • Try to use a lighter instead of matches.
  • Have a Fire Extinguisher and make sure everyone knows how to use it, in case of an emergency.

Smoke damage due to a fire.

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a fire inside of your home or business, you may end up having smoke / soot  damage. The longer the smoke / soot lingers in your home or business the harder it is to remove and the more it will soak into furniture, curtains , wood and carpets. The faster you contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional, the quicker we can get to you to determine what kind of smoke damage you have due to the fire. Determining what kind of fire you had, helps to determine the proper restoration method. Different types of fires need different types of clean - up methods.

If you have had a fire or know someone who has had a fire, please call SERVPRO 724-628-3022.

"Like it never even happened."

Fayette County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Fayette County Home.

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 Fayette 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 – (724) 938-3022