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How a Fireplace can Cause Your Rocky Hill Home to Go Up in Flames

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How a Fireplace can Cause Your Rocky Hill Home to Go Up in Flames Be sure and have your fireplace inspected regularly to prevent fires.

Leaving a Fireplace Unattended Can Cause Fire Damage in Your Rocky Hill Home

As the winter months set in, some may be inclined to use a fireplace inside of their home to make their sitting rooms toasty. However, it could cause fire damage should the flames be left unattended. Keeping a fire going inside of your home requires a watchful eye and a careful hand. It is important not to over-feed the fire, or else the flames could rebel against you and build too high. Unfortunately, that is what happened inside of your home. However, it is comforting to know when accidents do happen, that there is always help close at hand.  

When fire damage does happen inside of your Rocky Hill home, it is essential to reach out for help as soon as possible. While you extinguished the fire quickly enough, the blaze had reached up beyond the mantel and left behind soot stains on the shelf above it. The damage in your living room may be considered relatively small; however, it is an eyesore when plastered against the light colored paint. Calling for professional help as soon as possible maximizes the chances of removing the soot stains successfully.  

When you reach out to SERVPRO, we always travel to your home as swiftly as possible while also bringing advanced technology with us designed to tackle the specific damages inside of your home. Our IICRC-certified technicians can investigate the fire damage inside of your living room and then determine the best solution to remove it. SERVPRO can use a lubricating cleaning solution that pulls the grime away from the wall and allows it to be wiped away with a cloth. Our technicians always choose a method of remediation that is appropriate for the material that is damaged.  

After some scrubbing and repeated cleaning with our solution, SERVPRO can address any other problems the fire may have caused. Sometimes, a fire can leave behind a foul odor that we can address with devices such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators. Once the damages are all taken care of, SERVPRO can leave your home as it was before the fire stained your wall.  

If experience causes minor damages in your home, never wait to get help. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville by dialing (865) 862-8907. No matter the time or place, we can help you.

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How SERVPRO Can Help You Come Back From Smoke Damage in Your Bearden Home

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  How SERVPRO Can Help You Come Back From Smoke Damage in Your Bearden Home Our priority is to take care of your home and restore the smoke damage "Like it never even happened."

Bearden's Fire Damage Restoration Team Talks About Problems Associated With Smoke

If a fire ever starts inside your Bearden residence, both the heat and smoke created by it can cause you problems. Flames can burn your contents and cause fire damage to your building materials. Smoke can also cause many issues throughout your home as it floats through the building. The effects of smoke can easily be seen after something burns in the form of charred objects or discolored surfaces. During most fire damage restoration projects, dealing with smoke-related issues is a large part of the process.

Shortly after the burn takes place, the effects of smoke can be seen on your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. During any fire damage project in Bearden, our SERVPRO team inspects your entire home looking for stains or discoloration due to smoke. As soon as we receive your call, we send our emergency response team out to inspect your home and to write up an initial estimate for you and your insurance company. During the first estimate, we walk around your property and determine what we think will need to be replaced and what we think we can repair with cleaning or refinishing techniques.

Smoke consists of substances that did not fully combust or turn into gas with the application of heat. Since fires burn different fuels at a variety of different temperatures the composition of the partially combusted particles varies. Fires that burn fast, hot and have plenty of oxygen put out a dry smoke that is the easiest to clean and can be wiped off of most surfaces. Blazes that burn slowly at lower temperatures and are oxygen starved release wet smoke that can adhere well to surfaces and be extremely difficult to clean.

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Smoke can also penetrate deep into porous materials causing them to produce foul, burnt aromas. Sometimes the smell of smoke and burnt substances can linger in the building after all charred items get removed, and soot residues are cleaned. In these cases, deodorization techniques such as ULV fogging or using an ozone machine get utilized. If you ever suffer a structure fire on your property, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 24 hours a day.

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SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Ways to Effectively Combat Odor After a Fire in Rocky Hill

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Technicians Use Many Ways to Effectively Combat Odor After a Fire in Rocky Hill Fire damage can seem insurmountable when you first set eyes on it. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Overcoming Smoke Damages from a Fire in Your Rocky Hill Home

Disasters in your Rocky Hill home can be challenging to overcome, even with the most dedicated of work on your part or those that offer to help. Many situations leave their primary effects which can prove overwhelming enough to overcome, but also have secondary effects that can be equally concerning to resolve. In a situation like a fire in your house, you not only have the immediate structural concerns to contend with, but you also have secondary effects like smoke and soot damages.

Fire damages in your Rocky Hill residence rarely become the responsibility of the homeowner to resolve. From the moment that the first responders leave the scene, you speak to the insurance provider covering your home and find out the details you need to get in order to file a claim that funds the restoration. Professionals like our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly to begin assessing the damage and determining what needs to occur to make the situation “Like it never even happened.”

While you might be the most concerned about the pressing structural concerns that occur from the widespread fire that had recently gotten extinguished, several secondary effects could pose a threat to those within the house such as smoke damages. This effect often presents itself as a noxious odor that spreads well beyond the immediately affected areas of your house and requires specialized equipment from our SERVPRO professionals to overcome.

Addressing this effect is one of the last steps in the restoration process, and it involves setting up equipment like thermal foggers to break up the odor on a molecular level. The odorless chemical solution removes the harsh scent from the atmosphere, and can also get safely used on embedded odors within fabrics, furniture, and drapery.

While smoke damages might not top the list of your primary concerns when it comes to dealing with the effects of a fire in your home, this is an essential part of the complete restoration process for our technicians. Our SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville team is ready to help overcome all of the effects of the disaster as promptly as possible. Give us a call anytime at (865) 862-8907.

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The Far-Reaching Effects of Soot Damage in Your Knoxville Home

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Far-Reaching Effects of Soot Damage in Your Knoxville Home SERVPRO Starts the Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration As Soon as the Knoxville Fire Trucks Leave

SERVPRO Improves Air Quality during the Fire & Smoke Cleanup and Restoration Services for Your Property

Soot damage is a common concern following a disaster in your Knoxville home. The manner in which it spreads to affect new areas of your residence, materials, and contents makes it one of the most challenging of consequences to restore. Even more to the point, this result from a fire disaster in your home is not something that the homeowner can readily remove on their own for several different reasons.

If you experience fire damages in your Knoxville residence, it can surprise you to how widespread and challenging they are to overcome. Many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed by the extent of the damage. The insurance company is often the one to require professional restoration work like our SERVPRO rapid response team. Not only can we provide a detailed estimate and photographic proof of the damage sustained, but begin work quickly on mitigating the loss throughout the affected areas of your home upon a signed contract.

Soot damage can be especially challenging because it coats everything that it comes into contact with, providing a sheet of dirt and debris for our SERVPRO technicians to clean up. Often these films can get remedied with dry/wet sponging or through the use of high-powered vacuums, but that rarely takes care of the entire problem. Soot travels through air ducts, leaving the residue throughout this network of sheet metal, fiberboard, or flex in the walls of your home that require concentrated efforts to remove.

Another concern about soot damage is the effect on the environment within your house that must get addressed quickly as well. Our technicians often have to employ equipment like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA and carbon filtration systems to help remove debris and soot on even microscopic levels from the air in the affected areas of your home. This provides the added feature of safe and clean indoor air quality IAQ.

While soot damage is just one of the many symptoms that linger in your home after a fire gets extinguished, it is something that requires expertise and the right equipment to restore. Our SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville fire restoration technicians are available anytime that you need us by calling (865) 862-8907.

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Fast Professional Response to Your Rocky Hill Fire Damage

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fast Professional Response to Your Rocky Hill Fire Damage From Wildfires to Rocky Hill House Fires Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Provides Excellent Results for Fire & Smoke Recovery

A fire in your Rocky Hill home can be a tremendous shock. When faced with a significant household emergency, a homeowner usually takes some time to consider the options available. Waiting even a few hours before lining up restoration means permanent damage to the structural components and contents of your home. Put your trust in us: We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

As the flames that consumed materials in your Rocky Hill home extinguish, the fire damage is just getting started. Smoke pervades every space, even far from the initial site of the fire. The components of smoke include toxic gases, water vapor, and tiny particles of the fire’s fuels -- your household’s goods and structures -- incompletely consumed. Those particles comprise the soot that can coat every surface, both vertical and horizontal, in a fire-damaged dwelling. We have strategies to clear and clean up the soot fast, setting the stage for other restoration steps.
 
SERVPRO crews train to be masters of fire damage restoration, able to assess the aftermath quickly and confidently design a plan for speedy recovery. Fire residues are highly acidic, rapidly damaging all materials typically found in a home. Plastics discolor within hours, and as time passes walls and fabric yellow, metals tarnish, glass etches, and wood breaks down. When cleanup lags, the cost of returning your home to preloss condition soars. Speed is vital.
 
Speedy cleanup and restoration is the norm for SERVPRO, but have no worries that the quick pace of our work compromises quality. Our crews bring skill and experience to your fire damage project, matching the correct products and tools to eradicate the different types of soot found in your home most efficiently. Our immediate ability to recognize the characteristics of the soot coating everything allows us to work smarter and more efficiently. Your property benefits as we clear the corrosive debris swiftly and steadily, halting the progression of deterioration.
 
Our protocol is to arrive at your home within hours of your first call. SERVPRO vehicles stock water removal, drying, and fire residue cleaning equipment and products at all times, jump-starting the delivery of our fire remediation services. Because our crew members hold multiple certifications, there is no delay between our employees removing the water left after firefighting efforts and their shift to smoke and soot cleanup and restoration.
 
At SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville, we pride ourselves on our fast response and full-spectrum restoration services. When you need immediate help after a fire damages your home, call us (865) 862-8907 any hour, any day for reliable and rapid restoration.

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Fire Damage Inspection and Estimation in Your Fort Sanders Residence

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Inspection and Estimation in Your Fort Sanders Residence When fire has damaged a part of your home and you and your family plus any pets are safe, contact SERVPRO to effectively remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Efficient and Effective Fire Damage Remediation Services After a Fire in Your Home

Once the first responders have successfully snuffed out the fire in your Fort Sanders home, you are left to face the damage that it has done. While there are a multitude of ways that this fire likely affected your residence, few of these symptoms are manageable for you the homeowner to contend with alone. Almost always, fire recovery is a process that should get completed by competent and qualified professional restorers.
 
Your insurance company is likely one of the first calls that you make to begin the process of restoring your home back to its prior condition. As a home insurance carrier, you have certain allotted coverages for unexpected events like fires, and this same provider likely has a working relationship with a reputable and credible restoration company. Soon, that company is calling you for information about the fire damage affecting your Fort Sanders residence.
 
Our SERVPRO estimator and project manager are often the first to set out to a new client's home to assess the situation in person. For one, the insurance company providing the coverage for your home is going to need a soft estimate to begin filing the claim and getting the work started as quickly as possible.
 
This estimation follows a thorough inspection detailing the full scope of the work that is necessary to bring a home back to preloss condition. This estimation carefully considers the equipment needed and the personnel required to do the job as efficiently as possible. A soft (non-concrete) job length time also becomes a part of the submitted information to the insurance company processing the claim. This work all happens with little required on your end, just part of our SERVPRO policy to make things easier on the client in an often stressful time.
 
There is no way to fully prepare for a fire in your home, but the right team of qualified specialists can help you to get back to the way things used to be much more quickly. You can rely on our rapid responders at SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. Give us a call anytime at (865) 862-8907.

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The Fire Damage Specialists of Knoxville

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Fire Damage Specialists of Knoxville Smoke damage and odors can linger for a long time if not treated correctly right away. Contact SERVPRO immediately after a fire for best results.

Team SERVPRO Knows That Fire Damage Has Many Facets Which Can Include Soot and Smoke

Sometimes the unexpected happens, and a fire breaks out inside your Knoxville townhome. In any fire scenario, first things are first, and it is essential that you make sure your family and your pets are safe. Next, it is crucial that the blaze gets put out and the dangers involved get eliminated.
 
After the threats of fire are over, it is now time to deal with the damage it caused. The best move is to notify SERVPRO's fire damage experts of Knoxville immediately after the burn takes place. Our team is IICRC certified and has experience dealing with fires of all different levels of severity.
 
Sometimes when the blaze is small, smoke damage is the only issue. Other times, flames and heat burn and char contents and building materials inside your townhouse. Many times, some damage is evident, and other things get ruined that are not readily noticeable.
 
Smoke coming from a fire, many times devastates your home. Smoke often leaves soot residues and causes foul odors to remain inside a structure. When dealing with smoke damage, the first thing we do is clean any soot residues that exists.
 
Then, after soot gets cleaned our restoration crew works to get rid of foul odors that are still present. First, we remove the odor source and debris. Eliminating the source of pungent odors, sometimes keeps odors from spreading to other areas of the building.
 
Next, we re-create the conditions that caused the initial odor problem. If smoke caused the bad smell, then deodorizing chemicals get dispersed inside the building in a way that mimics how the smoke penetrated materials and made them stink. Our restoration crew usually accomplishes this task by using fogging equipment to pump deodorization chemicals into the air and building materials.
 
Don't let any damage caused by smoke go untreated. Whenever heat or smoke causes problems inside your home, call SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoya Hill / South Knoxville at (865) 862-8907 for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Different Types of Fire Damage in Rocky Hill Have Distinctive Restoration Techniques

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Different Types of Fire Damage in Rocky Hill Have Distinctive Restoration Techniques Electrical Fires Cause Damage to Rocky Hill Homes--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Fire and Smoke Sources Often Dictate the Manner of Restoration

Fires can have very different characteristics and may make the work SERVPRO does in repairing fire damage in Rocky Hill longer, shorter, or anything in between. Some fires, like electrical fires, may require specific safety protocols and cleanup techniques. Others may be problematic due to the size and spread of fires of that variety. Here are a few of the most common types of fires in modern American homes, and how we deal with them.
 
Electrical Fires
 
One of the most common ways to get fire damage in Rocky Hill is through an electrical fire. Electrical fires, as the name suggests, start from short-circuited or malfunctioning electronics. Large amounts of electrical energy become concentrated in one area or touch a flammable surface, and ignites. The source of these fires cannot be put out with water, and are often actually caused by water touching an exposed power line or delicate electronic item. When dealing with the results of these fires, SERVPRO technicians must take care to avoid using water-based cleanup techniques until the area has been sufficiently secured.
 
Grease Fires     
 
Grease fires most often start in the kitchen when food is left unwatched, or something goes wrong in the cooking process. While most grease fires can be quickly put out by a hopefully nearby fire extinguishers, they may still cause significant damage to the kitchen and cause smoke damage around the home. We take care to treat situations according to their size, efficiently conducting restorations without being overly intrusive in your home. Odor abatement from protein fires is of particular need for professional services like those offered by SERVPRO FST technicians.
 
Weather-Caused Fires
 
Many fires start during powerful storms when lightning strikes the home, or another damage is caused by falling power lines, floodwaters, or wildfires. Fire damage of this variety tends to be significant and wide-spread across the home and may require a lengtheir restoration process. Also, floods and other types of water damage may add to your problems, requiring separate restoration procedures. SERVPRO is licensed to clean up all types of damage that may result from a storm and can then prepare the property for a rehab.
 
SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is ready around the clock to respond to your call. If your home has been hit by fire damage, contact us at (865) 862-8907.

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Remediating Rocky Hill Fire Damage

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remediating Rocky Hill Fire Damage Although a small percentage of fires destroy a house completely, most of the remediation cost is from smoke and soot.

Fire Damage Remediation

Any house fire in a Rocky Hill home causes some damage. Although a small percentage of fires destroy a house completely, most of the remediation cost is from smoke and soot. The time to clean affected structure and property is a lengthy process, but usually, it is cheaper than dealing with a home that requires extensive work to clear out and replace burned property.

Due to smoke and soot, much of the Rocky Hill fire damage can center around the heating and air conditioning system. Once we begin to inspect a home, SERVPRO runs through a short checklist with the owner and fire department, if they were called out, to determine how extensive the residue may be and the actions we need to take.

First, what was the proximity of the vents to the fire? The closer the vents and the air conditioner or furnace were to the fire itself, the more likely we need to clean the system.

Was the air or heat turned on and in operation? If yes, did smoke enter the supply side of the system? If the answer to both is yes, then there is smoke residue inside the ductwork.

Did smoke blow out of the return vents? If it did, then the residue is probably throughout the entire duct works, and SERVPRO technicians must bring in extendable brushes and fog machines to generate a cloud of cleaning agents that can reach every surface inside the ducts.

How long did the fire burn? A quickly extinguished blaze does not have time to generate much smoke, which means the amount of residue is small. One that burned a longer period, even if there were few flames, generates much more smoke which travels through the home, leaving a residue over a wider area. The surface residue is thicker as well, requiring stronger cleaners. It is more likely that we need to remove and replace building material such as ceiling tiles, drywall, and floor trim.

Each question we ask at a house fire provides valuable information to help return your home to its pre-fire condition. The goal of SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is to help you return your life to its pre-fire condition as well. Call us at (865) 862-8907 if you need us or just have a question.

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Electrical Shorts Can Cause Fire Damage to Your Rocky Hill Apartment

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Shorts Can Cause Fire Damage to Your Rocky Hill Apartment You should regularly check your appliances to prevent fire damage from frayed cords and wiring.

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Everyday living requires the use of multiple electrical appliances. Some are larger than others while others are handheld and even portable. Your Rocky Hill apartment most likely holds several examples of both sizes. Any appliance, regardless of size or function, can develop problems with frayed cords or pinched wiring.

In the Rocky Hill area, fire damage can come from problems with wiring or cords that become overheated or come into direct contact with materials that ignite when exposed to bare wires. Checking your appliances on a regular basis can prevent this situation. At SERVPRO, we understand that every home contains several appliances but cannot stress enough the importance of such maintenance.

After appliance-created fire damage affects your apartment, we can mitigate the problem quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO technicians earn and retain certificates from the IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), enabling them to carry out the required work. When water from the fire department remains behind, saturating your walls and floors, our extensive equipment can handle this aspect, as well.

Because fire and smoke create noxious odors from the soot, removing as much as possible can reduce smells significantly. This is crucial with shared central air or heating systems between apartment units in the same building. Otherwise, your neighbors may experience problems with soot particles that flow into their dwellings, impacting their air quality for months. Because timely responses can minimize this situation, mitigation should begin immediately after any size fire.

Even in small fires that never required the fire department's response, smoke can travel far and wide. We have the equipment and measuring devices to detect where smoke went, and can then clean it up, eliminating the problem before it can spread. Fire does not need to be large to require professional clean up services.

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville is always ready to help with fire damage mitigation, no matter the severity. Cleaning up soot and smoke deposits protects your health and that of others around you. Our local number is answered 24/7 by professionals who can provide the assistance you need. Contact us at (865) 862-8907 any day of the year to make sure your apartment receives the attention it needs. 

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How SERVPRO Deals With Smoke For Rocky Hill Fire Damage Restorations

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Deals With Smoke For Rocky Hill Fire Damage Restorations Smoke is pervasive: it finds its way into all corners of a burned area, embeds itself deep into materials, and cannot be removed through normal means.

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Although it may be the last thing on your mind when a fire hits, smoke often ends up becoming one of the costliest and most difficult aspects to recover from after a fire. Smoke is pervasive: it finds its way into all corners of a burned area, embeds itself deep into materials, and cannot be removed through normal means. However, it cannot be ignored, either, as long after other aspects of the fire damage in your Rocky Hill home have disappeared, the smell of smoke may still linger in the air. SERVPRO stocks machines specifically designed to combat smoke for this reason, as nothing but the most high-quality equipment can effectively eliminate smoke odors.

The bedrock of our smoke removal strategy for victims of fire damage in Rocky Hill is the deodorizing fogger. Foggers are machines that, as the name implies, create a specialized fog in your home. This fog is composed of special cleaning and deodorizing compounds that seek out smoke particles and neutralize them, removing the odor at its source. The fog simulates the path and behavior of smoke, so that deep corners and challenging materials are treated effectively. We employ two varieties of this machine: thermal foggers, which are placed in large areas such as rooms or hallways, and ULV (ultra low-volume) foggers, which help to deodorize tight places such as the space behind walls or in HVAC vents.

In addition to fogging technology, our expansive selection of cleaning tools allows us to target larger aggregations of soot and ash, eliminating the most pungent sources of odor with ease. Furthermore, our planning expertise and site management help to keep odors from spreading and contain treatments to as tiny an area as possible in your home.

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville has the tools and training required to take out any smoke odors your home may have. Call us 24/7 at (865) 862-8907.

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Careless Mistake Causes Fiery Catastrophe

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Careless Mistake Causes Fiery Catastrophe Our team of fire damage experts comes as soon as possible after the Fire Marshall clears your home for cleanup.

When A Fire Strikes Your Home, SERVPRO Will Be There To Help!


The end of the heating season does not mean that mornings and evenings are always cozy. Rather than turning the furnace back on many folks simply decide to use a space heater to take off the edge of the chill. Forget about the heater for even a moment or two, and the cheery warmth transforms into a blaze. Flames extinguished, SERVPRO arrives to set things right.

Space heaters are notorious causes of fire damage, including inside your Rocky Hill home. They are unstable and prone to tipping, especially since they need to be plugged into a wall socket, stretching their cords in under the feet of you or your family. Pets and children bump into them or drape items near them resulting in fast, hot fires that quickly get out of control.

Our team of fire damage experts comes as soon as possible after the Fire Marshall clears your home for cleanup. SERVPRO staff take basic and advanced classes in fire restoration. Once at your home a project manager assesses the damage and designs a comprehensive plan to return the premises back to preloss condition. You are part of the plan and invited to manage tasks that do not require specialized training.

It is wise to wait until you speak to our staff before jumping in to try to clean and restore. The nature of soot and smoke damage cleaning is sometimes counterintuitive. A homeowner is best off following specific directions rather than trying to use routine cleaning methods for extraordinary challenges.

Our team determines which surfaces respond best to a dry cleaning, using dusters, dry sponges or HEPA vacuums to clear ash and other dry, loose debris. Stickier grime, perhaps due to an oily accelerant like kitchen grease or candles, needs a spray and wipe technique with appropriate cleansers, or even an abrasive sponge or cloth. Fabrics and carpeting often require a foam cleaner, applied with a brush or pouf. Items that sport carving or complicated construction like knick-knacks or window blinds restore well after immersion. SERVPRO has units that use immersion plus ultrasonic waves for deep cleaning. Only our certified technicians qualify to use this specialized approach.

The air itself needs scrubbing and deodorizing after a fire. SERVPRO staff members are familiar with various methods of deodorization. We match the odor “cure” with the way the smell entered your home. Never a cover up, our smoky aroma solutions remove the unpleasant stench.


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Recover quickly from a space heater disaster with help from SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville. Call a dispatcher at (865) 862-8907 to set up an appointment.

Helping residents after the Tennessee wildfires

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Helping residents after the Tennessee wildfires Tennessee wildfires

Many of you, your family or friends are feeling lost and confused after the devastating wildfires. People are not sure what to do next? How do they begin to pick up their lives and move forward in their new devastated world?

Well … I asked around and hopefully there will be relief for them listed below. My husband John, our SERVPRO family and I are grieving with you and hope the things listed below will help you ... help them.

You Want To Help In Some Way?

TEMA shared this information about DONATIONS:

DONATION & VOLUNTEER CALL CENTER
1. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and Tennessee Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TN VOAD) have setup a call center for information about donating goods and volunteering to help survivors of the Sevier County wildfires.http://etvoad.org/

2. The call center number is 866-586-4483 and is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day of the week.

OTHER OPTIONS TO DONATE/HELP SEVIER COUNTY

1. Cash donations can be made through the American Red Cross at redcross.org/donate, or by calling call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a donation.

2. New Hope Church of God at 2450 Winfield Dunn Parkway in Sevierville is collecting donations also. Contact number is 865-932-4673, staffed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., http://www.newhopeonline.com/

3. Sevier County residents can use the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well website, https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php, to indicate their status so family members and friends know they are OK.

4. Residents can also use Facebook’s Safety Check to indicate their status: https://www.facebook.com/about/safetycheck/

 

 

Fire Damage In Knoxville

12/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Knoxville Fire damage isn't just about property loss; it is also about getting people back into their homes and returning them to their normal lives.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process

Our community had an apartment fire on the 21st. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but 23 people are now displaced and living with family (hopefully), or in shelters and hotels. To some degree, their lives are now on hold.

Fire damage in Knoxville isn't just about property loss; it is also about getting people (like those 23) back into their homes and returning them to their normal lives. SERVPRO works diligently to make that happen for every customer and neighbor. In order to speed the process along, we have three immediate objectives and six actions that we take to return a home, apartment building or any other structure to a livable state as quickly as possible.

1) Provide a safe work environment for people who enter the structure.
2) Prepare the site to begin restoration work.
3) Prevent fire and smoke damage from causing further property damage and destruction.

To accomplish these objectives, our restoration teams will accomplish the following:

Inspections - Examine the building for safety and health hazards.

Board It Up - If needed, this helps prevents vandalism, trespassing, and looting.

Dry It Out - Sprinklers and the Fire Department will leave water and possible fire suppression foam in the structure. Water and moisture levels will need to be brought down to normal levels as quickly as possible.

Establish Power - If the wiring or electrical outlets are compromised, then our technicians will set up generators to provide light and heat for the restoration work.

Clear The Air - In extreme cases, the smoke odor may be so strong that the work site is uninhabitable. To remove it, we'll use air scrubbers and thermal foggers to take care of it.

Initial Cleaning - Personal possessions such as clothing need to be cleaned immediately if possible. This is so displaced residents can have as much of their normal life with them as they are living in temporary housing. We maintain special washers designed to clean soot and smoke residue. We also provide this service for bed linens, carpets, and some furniture.

Restoration cost is a major concern for people displaced by a fire. For many family members, it is a distant second to getting back into their home. SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville understands this desire and works with each client to return them to their normal life as soon as we can. If you need our help, call us today at (865) 862-8907.

Removing Smoke Residues Caused By Fire Damage To Your South Knoxville Home

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Smoke Residues Caused By Fire Damage To Your South Knoxville Home Smoke residue comes in different varieties, and some are easier to clean than others.

Eliminate Smoke Residues Created By Fire Damage

Smoke residue comes in different varieties, and some are easier to clean than others. Dry, wet, protein and fuel oil smoke residues are all important to know how to remove. Take the guesswork out of cleaning and restoring your fire damaged property in South Knoxville by hiring our expertly trained technicians today. We're here to help you through the situation and return your property to its pre-damage condition. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that as a fire progresses through its stages, it can produce both wet and dry smoke. A different cleaning approach is needed to handle each type of residue left over by an event.

The smoke residue left behind depends on the rate of combustion, the amount of oxygen and kind of material or substance that burns throughout the entire fire. While we understand that if the event is fast-burning and oxygen-rich, it will produce dry smoke, while the fire is oxygen-starved, it will produce slow-burning, smoldering wet smoke. Natural Materials such as wood, paper, cork and other natural fibers create dry, small powdery residues that don't smear. However, synthetic materials like plastic and rubber often produce large easily-smeared particles.

SERVPRO technicians are trained to determine the conditions of a dry versus wet smoke event and apply the proper cleaning procedures to handle each particular situation.

Cleaning Dry Smoke Residues - These types of residues can be easier to clean. Dry smoke only contains a few aerosols that deposit small, dry particles on surface areas and usually don't stain as deeply as wet smoke. Meaning that the residues and odors left behind by dry smoke take less aggressive cleaning tactics to remove. However, dry smoke fires tend to burn hotter and therefore cause more heat damage than others do.

Cleaning Wet Smoke Residues - This type of residue consists of a large concentration of aerosols including varnishes, solvents, and other liquids. With these slow-burning fires, air currents aren't as high and give the wet smoke more time to creep into crevices and small enclosed areas that typically avoid damage in faster-burning fires.

We often run into circumstances at SERVPRO where many items exposed to wet smoke aren't restorable even though damage appears minimal. The aerosols end up penetrating surfaces and are absorbed into different materials, leaving large black particles behind and stripping stained finishes. Taking a minute to understand the possible reasons behind the causes of losing items in a fire is only one reason to hire us. We take a lot of pride in the work that we do for you and want to assist you during this trying time. Contact SERVPRO of Rocky Hill / Sequoyah Hills / South Knoxville today for all of your restoration needs. Our staff is available 24/7, call us (865) 862-8907.

Fixing Knoxville Fire Damage

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fixing Knoxville Fire Damage Of fire and smoke, smoke is certainly more dangerous.

Residential Fire Damage in Knoxville

When you need a quick fix for Knoxville residential fire damage, you'll need to hire a locally owned and operated company. If your property has suffered severe damage due to fire and smoke, it’s important to use a team of experienced damage control professionals. Once there, they can quickly diagnose the damage, assess the general situation, and get right to work on containing and correcting the problem. The sooner you contact them, the less chance you have of further damage. With any fire damage, time is of the essence.

Knoxville Residential Fire Damage Cleanup Needs

The trouble your property faces isn't over when the actual fire is finally put out. In fact, it may just be beginning. After the fire is extinguished, there is still the damage from smoke, as well as damage to the structure itself, to deal with. There is also plenty of work to be done to get the property properly cleaned up, such as removing debris, neutralizing odors, and ventilating the area. 

A Fast Response Means Less Problems

The primary goal of a Knoxville fire damage cleanup service is not only to limit the damage to your property but also to respond quickly enough to salvage as much as possible. A fast response is necessary to limit the damage and the overall cost of the job. After smoke and debris are cleared out, the restoration can begin, getting the property owner back to normal life in their family home.

Restoration Rather Than Replacement Is the Key

When it comes to fixing any fire damage in Knoxville, the key to a successful solution is restoration rather than replacement. While it would be easy for a cleanup team to simply recommend that the entire structure be torn down and replaced, the reality is that such a drastic measure may be completely unwarranted. It's usually far easier, more convenient, and more cost-effective to do a complete restoration job on your property rather than tearing it down.

What to Look for in a Fire Damage Service

Most people choose to go with a locally owned and operated business as they can respond to your emergency within a very short period and get immediately to work. A reputable restoration service will give you an overview of what to expect before you begin. They should clear away the debris, do a thorough cleansing of any fire damage to your structure, clean up your upholstery, and purify the air so that you won't fall victim to any noxious and poisonous odors. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Rocky Hill/Sequoyah Hills/South Knoxville is the company to call on when you need a quick, efficient, and cost effective fix for all of your fire damage, cleanup, and restoration needs. When fire damage occurs in Knoxville, Bearden, or Fort Sanders, we have the personnel to help. Contact us anytime at (865) 862-8907.

What Is South Knoxville Fire Damage Remediation?

4/28/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is South Knoxville Fire Damage Remediation? When a fire occurs in your home, it causes more than just damage from flames.

What is fire damage remediation?

When a fire occurs in your home, it causes more than just damage from flames. South Knoxville Smoke damage, water damage and chemical residues that remain behind after burning can cause significant health risks for you and your family. A fire remediation company has the special knowledge, training and equipment required to eliminate the unattractive and unhealthy residues left by a fire. These professionals can help to make your property livable again, as quickly as possible and at reasonable expense.


Techniques for Fire Damage Remediation
Fire damage remediation South Knoxville is done in a number of steps:

· A complete inspection of the property is done to assess areas of damage and to ascertain areas that require the most attention.

· Areas affected by water from fighting the fire are thoroughly dried using industrial dehumidifiers and heavy-duty drying machines.

· The HVAC system is dried and cleaned to prevent the growth of mold that can affect the health of the home residents.

· Areas of the home that were damaged by flames are rebuilt.

· Unsalvageable materials that have been damaged by fire and water are removed from the premises.


Correcting Water Damage
Water damage can cause as many problems as the fire itself. Furniture, construction materials and personal items that remain in standing water can become a breeding ground for mold spores. Mold growth can cause a number of health problems, including increased asthma symptoms, eye and throat irritation, coughing and lung infection. A South Knoxville fire damage remediation company has the knowledge and equipment to thoroughly remove the moisture from all areas of your home, to restore it to a healthy environment.


Restoring Your HVAC System
A fire can cause significant damage to your HVAC, affecting the wiring, ductwork, filters and other components. The resulting soot and water damage can lead to your system being unusable until appropriate repairs are made. A professional fire damage remediation company can assess and repair the damage so that your system can be returned to service.


Rebuilding Damaged Structural Components
A fire can cause significant damage to construction materials and structural components in a home. This damage must be carefully evaluated to ensure the safety of the structure. A professional fire damage remediation company can ensure that all damaged areas are replaced, using independent contractors and ensuring that the work is done correctly and safely.


Disposing of Unsalvageable Debris
After a fire can result in a variety of hazardous materials left on your property. Water-soaked materials that breed mold can be left behind. Smoke-damaged furniture, drywall and other items can continue to contaminate other items. In some cases, these items can be cleaned and repaired. However, other items must be disposed of in a safe manner, according to local disposal regulations. A professional fire damage remediation can ensure that these items are removed from your property, so that you do not have to worry about proper disposal.


Assessing Fire Damage and Remediation Issues
A fire incident brings concerns about odor problems, structural damage, lurking moisture problems and other unique issues. Fire damage remediation can correct these problems and restore your home to its former condition. An experienced fire damage remediation can do a thorough assessment of the damage to your property and initiate the appropriate corrective measures to bring your home back into use as quickly as possible. 


If your home has been involved in a fire, contact a local fire damage remediation company to help get your property, and your life, back to normal.