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I'll Huff and I'll Puff ...

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage I'll Huff and I'll Puff ... Puff Back

A puff back occurs when an oil furnace malfunctions forcing large quantities of soot throughout your home. Forced air systems can send this oily soot hurling through the vents causing smoke damage in every single room.

Because this occurrence is generally caused by varying types of oil leaks in your furnace, the soot can be very greasy and almost impossible for you as the homeowner to clean by yourself. This soot can affect almost everything in your home including the walls, ceilings, furniture, artwork, clothing, and other important valuables. Often times a puff back requires a professional restoration or cleaning service to address the issue.

The good news is that puff backs can be avoided. Regular maintenance coupled with heightened awareness are the tools necessary to help prevent this situation from happening in your home. Some of the signs that your oil furnace may need attention include:

  • Black soot on the furnace
  • Smoke on walls or ceilings
  • Banging sounds
  • Odd smells near the furnace

Being proactive and knowing what signs to look for can help you to avoid a puff back situation in your home.  It can also help to keep your furnace running safely and smoothly all winter long.

But if you do need cleanup, Call SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove to help! 

How to Get Rid of Smoke Damage and Smell

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Get Rid of Smoke Damage and Smell After a minor fire, often the worst damage is not done by the fire itself but by the smoke and soot

Smoke damage can wreak havoc in your home. Kitchen flare-ups, closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and stinking up the place. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture.  Smoke damage becomes harder to repair over time. Get rid of odors quickly to avoid a persistent problem.  

Call the professionals let us begin!!!!!

If you’ve had extensive smoke damage, professionals can help you clean up and get rid of smoke odor. 

Once the fire’s out or the flue is open, ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage.

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County and China Grove the Smoke or fire remediation company: Certified in inspection, Cleaning and Restoration, WE use ozone treatments or thermal fogging to eliminate smells in hard-to-reach areas. Ozone treatments use an ozone generator to send an electrical current through the oxygen, which attacks the smoky odor. Thermal fogging works at the molecular level and generates fine particles to infiltrate the pores of affected materials.

SERVPRO DOES a Professional duct cleaning: Vacuum-scrubs ducts to clear soot and smoke residue


SERVPRO Carpet cleaning: Steam cleans your carpets.

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County and China grove will perform a Deep clean

Throw away heavily damaged or heavily smoked items, and will start cleaning the house top to bottom.  WE WILL:

  • Wipe down all hard surfaces counter-tops, appliances, and furniture—with a cleaning cloth.
  • Wash walls and ceilings. Wipe soot away with a dry sponge. Rub away stubborn stains with a spray. 
  • even light bulbs. Remove bulbs to wash and dry thoroughly, then reinstall.
  • Wash or dry-clean all clothing and drapes.
  • Deodorize carpets and window coverings with odor counteract-ants.
  • Throw away all food that was not sealed in airtight containers.
  • Replace all HVAC filters.

Fire Fighters are Heroes

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Fighters are Heroes SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove would like to say THANK YOU to our Firefighters.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Run Towards the Danger

When there are fires and explosions, most people flee and run in the opposite direction. Firefighters, however, run towards them. When disaster strikes, firefighters are one of the first officials to reach the scene. Even in medical emergencies, firefighters are responding to the call.

Firefighters are courageous. They know that there’s a chance that things might not go their way. Yet, they push through and do it anyway. General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.”

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Never Give Up

On average, firefighters will work 10, 24-hour shifts per month.

Firefighters also don’t get holidays off. When you’re curled up around the tree waiting for Santa, servicemen and women are out there keeping you safe. While your family is enjoying the fireworks this week, firefighters are on patrol. Besides running the shows, firefighters ensure that all safety regulations are in check to ensure that no one gets hurt.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They’re Also Scientists

Not every fire starts with a match. In some cases, fires start when certain chemicals collide or when an electrical wire gets too hot. There a six known classes of fires. Some include gases, liquids, metals, and oils. Each one requires a different approach and it’s up to the firefighters to decipher which type of fire they’re dealing with.

After subduing the flames, firefighters are tasked with finding the cause. They discover the starting point of a fire by using their knowledge of fire and deductive skills. They use their scientific knowledge of chemistry, physics, and engineering to deduct where and when a fire started. Besides pinpointing the origin, firefighters can also determine if a fire was accident or arson.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Inspire Others

Think about all the little boys and girls on Halloween strutting around town in plastic red firefighter hats. Even when you were young, there was always one classmate or friend who wanted to be a firefighter when they grew up. Firefighters are inspirational. Every day they face new dangers and every day they find ways to fix them.

It takes a special kind of person to become a firefighter. They throw themselves out of windows, run through burning buildings and cut people out of cars. Firefighters see and experience things that affect them both mentally and physically. Despite this, they continue to do what they do.

Firefighters Are Heroes Because They Do More than Fight Fires

Being a firefighters means more than just battling blazes. Firefighters save people. Whether you’re hurt, stuck in a car, or stuck in a building, firefighters are there to help. They answer in catastrophes and car accidents. They even act as emergency medical technicians in some situations. Firefighters care for the sick and injured. They rescue pets, pull animals out of trees.

Firefighters also work to prevent future fires from happening. They install fire alarms, create fire regulations, and teach children fire safety. Firefighters work tirelessly to ensure that their community is taken care of. Because being a firefighter isn’t about the glory or the money, it’s about how many lives you can change.

We are so grateful for our firefighter partners who work tirelessly to make a difference in their communities.

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  SUMMER SAFETY TIPS Summer is here

The summer season is a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.  Below you will find tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks.  Apply soapy water to the hoses to easily identify possible leaks.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp away from the campfire.  Use flashlights or battery- powered lanterns inside the tent, NOT liquid- filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building a fire.  Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.  To extinguish a campfire, cove with dirt or pour water over the fire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.

SERVPRO wishes you a happy and safe summer.

National Electrical Safety Month

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires can be prevented by following essential home electrical safety tips.

Extension cord safety

  • Don't use extension cords as a substitute for repairing building wiring.
  • Inspect extension cords for broken connectors, damaged insulation and missing hardware before each use.
  • Do not run extension cords through walls, over beams, around corners or through doorways.
  • Only use extension cords approved for the environment and loads expected.
  • Use only surge protected power strips. Inspect the power strips regularly for damage or signs of overloading
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Don’t run extension cords under rugs or carpets or in high traffic areas.
  • Keep extension cords away from children and animals.

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

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home. Restaurant Fire

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 North Cabarrus County & China Grove 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
– 704-939-1944

National Electrical Safety Month

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires can be prevented by following essential home electrical safety tips.

Extension cord safety

  • Don't use extension cords as a substitute for repairing building wiring.
  • Inspect extension cords for broken connectors, damaged insulation and missing hardware before each use.
  • Do not run extension cords through walls, over beams, around corners or through doorways.
  • Only use extension cords approved for the environment and loads expected.
  • Use only surge protected power strips. Inspect the power strips regularly for damage or signs of overloading
  • Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician so you do not have to use extension cords.
  • Don’t run extension cords under rugs or carpets or in high traffic areas.
  • Keep extension cords away from children and animals.