Recent Fire Damage Posts

Why Smoke Detectors Are Important

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County to begin the fire restoration process. If you experience a fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County to begin the fire restoration process.

We learned fire safety throughout elementary and middle school and what to do when you hear a smoke detector. However, have you forgotten to change out the batteries? Or maybe you turned off your smoke detector because everything you cook sets off the alarm?

We know this is bad, and we should think twice before taking out the batteries. Why? Because fire detectors work. According to The National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of 5 homes without a smoke alarm experience deaths. Let smoke detectors help your family!

So, be sure to check your smoke detectors once a year, replace the batteries, and make sure each smoke detector is working in your home – they save lives, after all! For additional fire safety tips, visit The National Fire Protection Association.

For all your fire cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today at (931) 645-1285!

Overcoming Soot Damage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Clarksville, Tennessee, property with soot damage If you've experienced a fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery today at (931) 645-1285.

SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a Fire

Your Clarksville, Tennessee, the home was not intended to stop fires before they spread to other areas of the house. Most of the materials used for constructing your home can catch fire and help it spread throughout the structure. Unfortunately, this can spread the effects of this blaze throughout your property and cause a lot of work for the professional restoration team you choose to help clean up this mess. 

Working to clean up the mess after the incident is over is no easy task, either. Most often, the substantial effects that stand out are smoke and soot damages. These are standard versions of fire damage in homes, and they can often prove to be challenging to remove without the right equipment. 

Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to help you through often widespread soot damages throughout your household. While the most concentrated of this effect can be found around the fire's originating point where it burned the longest, this is not always the case. This matted debris and film from the combustion leave a dark, often black residue on surfaces, furniture, flooring, and other materials. 

Removing this residue requires multiple approaches. For wall surfaces, scrubbing with wet and dry sponges can often remove the bulk of the present film. Confined spaces like ductwork require high-powered vacuums to get used instead. 

Smoke damage often presents itself in the form of a harsh odor lingering in fabrics, carpeting, and open spaces throughout affected areas of your house. Removal of this odor typically requires thermal fogging, a process that releases an unscented chemical compound into the environment and contents of the room to break apart odor molecules and leave no discernable scent behind. 

There is very little that most homeowners can do alone to bring their homes back from the harmful effects of a fire. When you face these kinds of damages, seek out the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of Montgomery County. We can respond quickly and get your home back to preloss conditions as soon as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (931) 645-1285.

Five Ways to Avoid Kitchen Hazards

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Many people in Clarksville, Tennessee, love to cook. But even seasoned chefs sometimes make costly mistakes. Here are five helpful ways to avoid kitchen hazards, such as a drain clog or grease fire.

1. Keep Your Vents Clean

It's essential to keep the vent screens above your stove clean. Otherwise, grease can build up on the screen and inhibit ventilation, becoming a contributing factor in a kitchen fire. The grease buildup could even make a fire worse.

2. Don't Leave Pans Unattended

Most cooks know never to lean a pan unattended on the stove. The pan could be knocked over, grease can splatter, or the food can be allowed to cook too long. Each of these things can be a fire hazard.

3. Don't Put Grease Down the Drain

When you're done cooking, it may be tempting to pour the hot grease down the drain. Build-up grease in the drain can lead to a drain clog and sink overflow. Instead, pour the grease into a container, allow it to cool, and then place it in the trash.

4. Wipe Out Greasy Pans Before Washing

You should wipe out any remaining grease and food particles before washing your pans. This can help prevent buildup that may lead to a sink clog.

5. Call a Professional to Service Appliances

If you're having problems with your stove or drain, it may be time to call a professional. They will know how to fix the problem without causing a potential electrical fire. These can come from attempting to fix a broken stove or clogged dish disposal without the correct tools. If fire or flooding does occur, then a fire and water damage restoration service may help.

Following these tips can help you prevent problems like a drain clog or grease fire. Never leave your stove unattended when it's on, don't put grease down the drain, and call a professional if your kitchen appliances need maintenance. If a fire or flooding does happen in your kitchen, then a restoration professional may be able to help.

Inspecting Your Home for Damage After a Fire Fire Damage

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

If you have a commercial fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today! If you have a commercial fire, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County today!

A fire in a commercial business or a property-managed real estate complex can be devastating. Still, when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects many different individuals' lives. SERVPRO of Montgomery County offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO commercial services is like a one-stop shop. Continuing with the example, if a fire burns through a commercial business and the sprinkler system turns on, there will be both fire and water damages. SERVPRO's commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO can treat fire and water damages simultaneously. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they do not need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are essentially a liaison between insurance companies and clients.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it "Like it never even happened," with their residential and commercial services. You can trust our SERVPRO of Montgomery County fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Give us a call anytime at (931) 645-1285.

Kitchen Fire Tips

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Between 2012-2016 the NFPA found that cooking was the leading cause of fires within the United States. It’s important to remember safety when cooking in our homes. Don’t leave stove tops or ovens unattended, and if you have to leave the room to host guests or for another reason, be sure to take an oven mitt with you to remind you that something is cooking on the stove or in the oven. 

If you happen to have a grease fire in your home, do not pour water on it! It seems like it’s elementary, but when you’re panicked with a fire in your kitchen, sometimes you can do silly things. Instead, cover the fire with a cookie sheet to suffocate it. If it’s a small fire, you can also use salt to put it out as well. Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher on hand just if a fire breaks out in your kitchen. 

For all your fire cleaning needs, give SERVPRO of Montgomery County a call today at (931) 645-1285.

Fire Damage Restoration in your Clarksville Home

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Montgomery County is available today for any fire damage needs! SERVPRO of Montgomery County is available today for any fire damage needs!

Clarksville Home Fire Damage Restoration

We recently responded to a service call regarding a local Clarksville home that experienced fire damage and needed SERVPRO of Montgomery County’s cleaning and restoration services. This home suffered extensive smoke damage from a grease fire that occurred in the kitchen. Additionally, the fire affected the home roof because the fire ended up burning through the ceiling, resulting in a large hole in the roof. As a result of the firefighters putting out the fire, there were water damage issues inside the house.

Our team of production and service technicians arrived on the scene to remediate the damages. We cleaned all of the houses, including the walls, ceilings, and all surfaces. Since most of the structure suffered smoke damage, including its contents, we hand clean every little bit of the client’s personal belongings, including mattresses, lamps, and many other household items. Lastly, we thoroughly cleaned the house’s air ducts with our trained on-staff experts.

How to Keep Pets Safe During a Fire

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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How to Prepare for a Potential Fire Emergency

A fire can quickly engulf any home in Clarksville, Tennessee; an inferno can also threaten everyone's well-being, including pets. While you may communicate evacuation instructions to human family members, ensuring pet safety can be challenging. Employing four useful strategies can help everyone in your family prepare for a potential fire emergency.

1. Keep Leashes Accessible

A leash is an essential pet care accessory that can safely extract your dog or cat from the premise and keep track of them in the ensuing chaos. To expedite its retrieval, you should store this device near a frequently-used exit. You should also train your pet to come to you when called promptly.

2. Practice Evacuating With Pets

If you have children, consider routinely performing fire drills to ensure everyone understands crucial evacuation procedures. Including your pets in these exercises may be extremely beneficial.

3. Post a Pet Alert Sign

A pet alert sign is another useful fire emergency planning tool that you can attach to windows near your front and back doors. These placards are designed to help first responders quickly identify the number of animals living inside the residence. Posting this information may be especially vital if a fire erupts when no one is home.

4. Help Others Identify Your Pet

A frightened animal may run away during a crisis. Purchasing an identification tag and microchipping each pet can enable others to determine the correct owner quickly. To eliminate communication problems, be sure to update both items if your contact information changes.

Enduring a fire emergency can be a daunting experience. If you have animals inside your home, pet preparation should be a component of your family evacuation plan. In addition to providing peace of mind, knowing both your human and furry family members are safe may reduce the stress of the fire cleanup and restoration process.

Smoke Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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After you've experienced a fire at your Clarksville, Tennessee, property, you need to act fast and contact fire damage specialists.

The longer you allow smoke and odors to linger, the deeper they soak into walls, furniture, and carpets. You should ventilate your house as quickly as possible and turn off your heating and air and replace the air filters. Additionally, your HVAC system could make the problem worse by spreading smoke, soot, and ashes throughout your home. Heavily damaged items may need to be disposed of. Consider throwing away food items that weren't sealed in airtight containers that came in contact with smoke damage.

Don't let a fire ruin your life. The devastation can be disheartening. React quickly, the faster you start the smoke cleaning process, the less extensive the damage will be. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County (931) 645-1285