Recent Fire Damage Posts

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

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke coming from underneath door 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)

Smoke rising towards fire alarm 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.