The Facts on Smoke and Soot Damage
Smoke and soot are both 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 level 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 Montgomery & Pulaski Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during the pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke - Platic and Rubber
- Low heart smoldering
- Pungent odor, sticky, smeary
- Smoke webs are more difficult to clean
Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood
- High temperatures, fast burning
- heat rises therefor smoke rises
Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible
- Discolors paints and varnished
- Extremely 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 as well as treat your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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There's Mold Spores Where?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise, "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoor son your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Restoring Commercial Property Following a Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events in the New River Valley or Pulaski County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Present Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties
SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-Industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties is an Esporta Certified Operator, meaning that we utilize a patented restoration technology that can restore over 90% of the soft contents in a home to a food grade clean.
The Esporta technology also allows us to be able to restore 85% of the soft contents that may have been previously considered unrestorable and tossed by restoration dry cleaners using a traditional cleaning method.
Types of Damages and Contaminations We Can Restore with the Esporta:
- Contaminated water & sewage
- Heavy smoke & soot
- Bio waste contaminated goods
What Types of Items Can Be Restored with the Esporta Wash System:
- Leather goods of all kinds
- Laundry of all kinds
- Wash and fold
- Press and hand
- Household goods of all kinds
- Sleeping bags
- Stuffed animals
- Unique articles such as sports equipment
- A wide variety of other articles
Not only is the Esporta cleaning process thorough, but it is quick as well. Laboratory results indicate that this process is five times more effective than the traditional washing machines, which means we are able to restore many of the items that you previously thought would need to be replaced.
If you find yourself in a situation where soft contents within your home have been negatively affected by a disaster, call SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties, so we can make it "Like it never even happened."
We're Ready For Your Water Damage
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration - in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The stress address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on site)?
About SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties
SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-Industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Coffee Stains Are No Match
Tips on how you can get those stubborn coffee stains out of your carpeting:
Always start with water! If you catch the spill immediately, take a clean towel and blot blot blot. Start at the edges and work your way to middle. Spray with water and repeat until the coffee is all removed. On a still wet stain this may be all you need to do!
Still stained? Try foamy white shaving cream. Gently rub into the carpet without pressing (you don't want to push the stain in further). Allow to stand for a few minutes, then blot. To rinse, spray with water and blot. Repeat process until completely rinsed.
Got an already dry stain? No problem! Make a baking soda and water paste, rub into the carpet, and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the powder. You should be stain free!
Stain a tad more stubborn? Mix one part white vinegar, two parts water and spray directly to the stained area. Blot with a clean dry towel. Rinse by spraying water and thoroughly blotting. Repeat the rinse until all the vinegar is removed.
Once your stain is gone, take a dry towel and lay over still wet area, stomp your feet over the towel to remove excess moisture. Once the area is dry, vacuum to return carpet to its normal texture.
Stay Safe During a Lightning Storm
We are no stranger to thunder and lightning storms here in Virginia, but the harsh danger that lurks behind them is unknown to many of us.
Local U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning (www.iii.org)
These fires can cause a lot of damage and can put the lives of your family in danger.
The use of lightning rods as well as the accompanying protection system are designed to protect a home or building from a direct strike of lightning, as well as a lightning-initiated fire. These systems work by intercepting the lightning strike and providing it with a conductive path for the harmful electrical discharge to flow through directly into the ground. For more information on lightning rods and lightning protection systems, you can visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-rods .
If your home is not equipped with a lightning-protection system, here are tips on how you can stay safe inside your home throughout a lightning storm provided by weather.gov.
- Stick to your cellular and cordless phones. Do not use any phones that are connected by a cord!
- Do not touch electrical equipment throughout the storm. This can include computers, TVs, or cords, however, you CAN use remote controls safely.
- Avoid plumbing as much as possible. Do not wash your hands, take a shower, or wash your dishes throughout the storm
- Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls
- Protect your pets! Dog houses are not a safe shelter during there storms, and dogs that are chained to trees or on a metal runner are particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes
- Protect your property! Lightning will generate electric surges that can damage electronic equipment even from some distance from the actual strike. Typical surge protectors will not protect your equipment from a strike of lightning. Do not unplug equipment during a thunderstorm, for there is a risk you could be struck!
What You Might Not Know About Lightning
In honor of lightning awareness week, weather.gov has provided these facts about lightning that you might not be aware of!
Did You Know:
- All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. However, people can remain safe, as long as they follow some simple guidelines when thunderstorms are in the forecast.
- Lightning will often strike outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. A lot of the lightning deaths that occur happen either before the storm before any rain has arrived, or after the storm has appeared to have passed and the rain has ended.
- If you can hear the thunder, you are in danger. Do not be fooled by the clear blue skies. If you can hear the thunder, that means that lightning is close enough to pose as an immediate threat.
- Lightning leaves many of its victims with permanent disabilities. While only about 10% of lightning victims die, many of the survivors are left with intense pain, neurological disabilities, depressions, and other health problems that stick with them for the rest of their lives.
Visit www.weather.gov/lightning to learn about how you can stay safe during a thunder and lightning storm.
With the 4th of July just around the corner, we are seeing the pop-up fireworks shops all over. They have every type of firework you can imagine ranging from a smaller scale popper to a full-blown sky display for your viewing pleasure. As beautiful as the sky may look lit up with all the colors of these fireworks, it is important that we are making sure we are taking the necessary precautions to keep our loved ones, neighbors, and surrounding homes safe on this holiday.
Fireworks cause nearly 20,000 home fires each year! (NFPA.org)
This why it is safest to leave the firework shows to the professionals, but if you must put on your own show it is important to follow these recommended safety tips provided by Fireworksafety.org to ensure you are keeping yourself and your surroundings as safe as possible.
Recommended Safety Tips:
- Obey all laws regarding the use of fireworks
- Know your fireworks: read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting
- A responsible adult should always be present to supervise all firework activities. NEVER allow fireworks to get into the hands of children
- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
- Wear safety glasses when shooting off your fireworks
- light one firework at a time, and move away quickly
- Use fireworks outside in a clear area, away from all buildings and vehicles
- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water
- Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks
- Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day
- FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department
Don't let a firework mishap ruin your Independence Day, be safe when handling any and all fireworks!
Swimming Safety Tips
For many people, the 4th of July means cookouts, swimming, and having fun with those we are closest to. And while swimming can be a great way to cool off in the summer heat, it is important that we are keeping an eye on all and any children tempted by the cool water, no matter how hectic and busy the parties may get.
Here are some tips provided by CPSC.gov to ensure your child's safety this 4th of July!
Staying Close, Being Alert and Watching Children in and Around the Pool
- Always keep an eye on your children around any body of water, and never leave them unattended!
- Make sure your child is aware of basic water safety tips
- Keep small children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments
- Make sure to keep a telephone close by whenever you are near a body of water
- If a child is missing, look for them in the water first
- Share safety instructions with family, friends, and neighbors, so everyone will be alert
Learning and Practicing Water Safety Skills
- Make sure both you and your child know how to swim if you will be in the water
- Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in any water emergency
Following these tips and being aware this Independence day will not only keep your child safe, but it will give you peace of mind, so you can enjoy the holiday to the fullest!