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Stay Safe When Your Campfire Is Ablaze | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO® of North Lilburn today.

Everyone loves the classic scene of a campfire in your backyard, roasting marshmallows and sharing laughs with your family. The warmth of the fire keeps everyone comfortable as the sun sets, and it’s a great time!

Fires are used for numerous reasons and in a wide variety of locations, from yards to campsites and for comfort, fun or a meal. However, the fires that we think are safe and easily controllable are more dangerous than we believe.

According to our National Park Service, almost 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

In Georgia, we face a significant risk of outdoor fires spreading when we least expect it. Our area’s high heat combined with an abundance of foliage creates the perfect environment to sustain a fire and allow it to expand.

This does not mean that you shouldn’t burn your dead plants or have campfires around your home. Follow these safety measures every time you burn, so that you can relax and enjoy your low-risk fire.

Recreational Fire Hazards

It is true that any kind of flame can become dangerous, but the most common outdoor fires spread due to a campfire, grill or fireworks. On average, grills are responsible for 8,800 home fires every year, usually due to an operating error. It’s crucial to check that the flames are gone, and especially important that the propane is turned off before leaving your grill unattended.

When building a campfire, the most important decision is the location of it. Select a place that’s separated from structures or vehicles, and avoid using accelerants like gasoline to get it going. Once the fire is roaring, make sure to only use wood as fuel, and keep a watchful eye on where the embers are landing.

A backyard fire pit is one of the most common desires for every homeowner, but just because it’s part of your property doesn’t mean it’s always safe. You should follow every precaution like you would with a traditional fire, such as ensuring that you don’t place it under an overhang.

Many homeowners choose to get rid of home repair materials or household waste in their fires, but you should only burn approved firewood.

Fireworks are another common cause of outdoor fire spread, and while they are legal in Georgia, Gwinnett officials always advise us to attend firework shows instead of trying them ourselves. If you are going to be launching off fireworks, be sure to have an adult supervising at all times, and only launch them directly into the air to avoid collision with a home or a person.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Although they can be destructive, fires and combustible materials still serve a purpose. Areas like ours with a large number of dead leaves in the fall make burning one of the most effective ways to clean up our yards.

The Gwinnett County government has prohibited all debris burning from May 1 through Sept. 30, but you can still perform outdoor burns during the other months.

Removing dead foliage and debris from your yard is an important part of keeping your home safe from wildfires. There is also specialized landscaping that can help prevent fires from spreading around your property. Most importantly, knowing what to burn and adhering to standard fire safety procedures can prevent fires from becoming unmanageable.

Most people store gas in the shed or oil in the garage for a variety of reasons. Improper storage can cause destructive results, like the leakage of liquid or fumes that could ignite. Only use officially approved containers for gas and oil, and keep them away from any child’s grasp.

Before igniting a fire outside, check the local weather conditions and regulations to make sure that you’re in the clear. High winds and dry spells are a sign that you should pass on the fire and enjoy one another night.

If you do unfortunately experience a home fire, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn. Our experts are trained in every facet of damage cleanup and restoration. We maintain a primary goal of restoring as much of your property as soon as we possibly can!

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Follow These Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

Fire damage never stops in this country, and already this year, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires, which is only a small portion of the total fires that have occurred in the country so far in 2022.

As always, smoke detectors are the main way to prevent extreme home damage or a loss of life, but there are many other measures that you’re able to take to protect yourself and your home. Some are more complex than others, but most involve a good cleaning:

Clear Out the Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most common places for home fires to begin. There are many reasons why this is the case, but taking your eyes off the food while cooking seems to be the leading cause.

Beyond that, having excessive clutter in the kitchen, including appliances and recipes or other flammable objects on the counter, poses an additional risk. The less cluttered your kitchen space is, the less likely that unexpected fires will occur.

Turning the cooking heat too high is another frequent source of fires in the home. This can cause food to burn more quickly and expel heat further from the intended location.

Ensure that you cook on the proper heat level with nothing that could catch fire in the vicinity to prevent these destructive eruptions.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

When fires originate outside your home, your yard becomes the last line of defense. Taking steps to intentionally alter your landscape can protect the flames from spreading inside and will allow emergency services like the fire department to operate more efficiently should a disaster happen.

The dangers of fire damage have become so serious, that states like California are imposing defensible zone requirements that citizens must adhere to in their yards and property. These defensive maneuvers have been proven to be effective in slowing wildfires, so taking precautions like this may be the right move for you.

These landscaping techniques don’t prevent you from planting your beloved floral pieces and gardens—it instead takes those plants and recommends placing them in strategic locations that will prevent the spread of the fire. It’s also a good idea to remove any dead plants, leaves or flammable material, since these items will only fuel the flames and put your property at more risk.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Besides keeping a watchful eye on your kitchen while cooking and performing quality yard maintenance, a good spring-cleaning regimen can also limit the potential for fires. It’s important that you take adequate time every spring or summer to give your home appliances a deep-clean and dusting, along with inspecting the overlooked elements of your home like chimneys and fireplaces.

This may sound grueling, but reducing your risk of sustaining fire damage is actually a low effort. Simple tasks like dusting are easy ways to lower a fire’s ability to sprout. In particular, you should dust around appliances, outlets and anything that produces heat regularly.

In 2022, a home is much more than simply a roof over your head—it serves as a workspace for the adults, a play area for the children and a safe haven for the entire family. Putting in the effort to keep your home clean is one easy way to help stop fires in their tracks and prevent costly damages.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer From Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow, orange, and red flames House fires are preventable. SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you might think.

You can add simple steps to your daily routine and simple home maintenance items to your checklist that will lower your risk for common causes of house fires.

Be Sure You Know How to Prevent Fires

Most of these fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They don’t cost a lot but can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.

Know how to fight a grease fire. Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Part of the danger they present is because grease fires can’t be put out with water. In fact, water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Metal pan lids and baking soda can work for smaller grease fires, too.

Keep your fireplace clear of old ashes. If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you’re not letting the ashes collect there. Instead, clean your fireplace regularly and dispose of your ashes safely.

Watch how you use your space heater. Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Also, take steps to ensure your space heater is clear on all sides by at least three feet.

Keep your smoke detectors working. Testing your smoke detectors, changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every 10 years will ensure they are best able to help protect your family.

Consider switching to battery-operated candles. Scented candles are popular during the fall and winter months because they add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. But these can be a fire hazard if they’re left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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When you want to spend a summer day outside, a freshly grilled meal is one of the best ways to make the most of it. Grilling is a great cooking method for nearly anything, but because it involves an open flame, we do always want to remind the community to take the proper safety measures every time it is time to cook outdoors.

Grill fires happen more frequently than many would assume according to reporting from the U.S. Fire Administration—close to 6,000 fires are a result of grilling incidents every year. However, many of these incidents are entirely preventable, so it is wise to know the top safety tips to remember.

The Top Grill Safety Tips to Remember

Create a safe zone around your grill. Having your grill located in a good spot involves placing it somewhere that is both convenient and safe. Because flare-ups spreading to other objects are a common cause of grilling fires, a three-foot buffer is recommended to have surrounding the grill that is free from flammable objects.

Clean your grill grates often. Your grilling grates can get dirty with every use, which is why it is best to brush them after each grilling session. Stuck on bits of food and grease not only make consistent grilling less achievable, but they also increase the risk of fires as they can suddenly ignite if temperatures rise hot enough.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. Grills can be subject to wear and tear with age, especially the propane connections and tubes. It is best to do a visual inspection before you get ready to light the grill so you are aware of any potential spots that could cause a gas leak, which could be quite dangerous.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

How Would You Answer These Fire Safety Questions? | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow, orange, and red flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

You can take simple steps today to keep your home and family safer from winter fire risks.

These fire safety questions offer you a roadmap for easy, inexpensive ways to maintain your home and lower your fire risk:

Do you know if your furnace is in good condition? Just because your furnace is working doesn’t mean it’s in good shape. Dirty, clogged vents from your furnace can create a fire hazard that puts your family at risk. The fix is surprisingly simple. If you haven’t had your furnace checked by a heating and air professional this year, it’s a good idea to have it looked over and ensure the ventilation is clear and everything is in good working order.

Does your family have a kitchen fire extinguisher? Grease fires can happen in any kitchen. Because these fires don’t respond to water (it makes them worse) and they’re a common threat to homeowners, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Fire extinguishers can help you put out a small grease fire before it becomes an enormous blaze.

Are you using your fireplace safely? Fireplaces with chimneys that are clogged and dirty create a fire hazard. If you want to light a crackling fire, be sure you’re you’re disposing of the ashes from your last fire correctly. Also, never light a fire before you are sure your chimney is in good shape.

Do you use battery-operated candles? Many people love the look and scent of a traditional candle burning at home. But they can be a fire hazard if you don’t use them properly and blow them out when you leave your home. These issues aren’t a concern if you opt for a battery-operated option.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Odor Removal after Fire Damage | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

yellow, orange, and red flames on the stove Fire damage, including smoke and soot, can leave behind an awful smell that affects your belongings. Click here to learn the best practices.

One of the most troubling side effects of fire damage is the smoky odor it leaves behind. Why does smoke seem to stick to everything it touches? Smoke particles are tiny and can easily embed into porous materials like carpets, furniture, fabrics, books, and even paint which are, unfortunately, very common to our homes. Furthermore, certain materials, like plastics, that burned in the fire can make removing the smell even tougher. With that said, it’s best to leave fire, smoke, and soot restoration to the professionals!

After you’ve called us and before you leave the home, please be aware of how much you’re moving around the house. Try to limit your movements because with each step or touch you can further embed soot particles into upholstery and carpets. This means that even though it might be instinctive to throw sooty towels into the washer or start washing your walls, you shouldn’t!

At SERVPRO® of Montgomery, we have technicians who have the training, equipment, and several odor removal products to identify and efficiently eliminate these odors. Our technicians can identify not only the cause of the odor, but the conditions when smoke or a fire touched the surfaces of your belongings. This knowledge enables them to often remove the odor over time without a trace.

Successfully removing offensive odors can be a challenging task, so give us a call, and leave the job to us! We’ll take care of you.

If your home or business needs fire, smoke, or soot restoration or any of our services, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with our team regarding our services.

Doing What You Can to Reduce Your Fire Risk at Home | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Hand turning off smoke alarm If you experience any damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Reach out to SERVPRO® of North Lilburn to learn more.

There will never be a good time to experience a house fire, but never experiencing one at all is certainly preferred. Practicing prevention can go a long way in reducing the likelihood that you will experience a house fire. It only takes 30 seconds for a fire to spread through the home and cause serious damages, but by preventing them altogether, you can keep your household significantly safer.

Reducing your overall risk profile is so important to your safety when it comes to house fires. By making sure your home is equipped with safety features, your family is prepared and you are practicing good habits, you can mitigate a fire’s likelihood and impact.

How You Can Reduce Your Household Fire Risk

Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are always the first step in improving your household fire safety, as they will be the thing that notifies you if a fire has started. Be sure to do a monthly test to make sure they are operational, and keep track of when they were installed so you know when to replace the unit altogether.

Create a fire escape plan. Making sure that your family members feel comfortable escaping your home quickly in case of a fire is so important. Fire escapes should be done in under two minutes to avoid dangerous smoke inhalation. By drafting a solid plan and practicing it often, you can be certain that everyone will know exactly what to do.

Limit your fire risks. Practicing good fire safety habits on a daily basis can really add up, as you are reducing the chances that a fire can even start. Simple things, like not running cords under rugs, always attending to open flames and avoiding using frayed wires, will go a long way in ensuring your home will not be impacted by a fire to begin with.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Fire extinguishers are so important for having nearby while using any open flame. Though it is important to only use a fire extinguisher when the fire is small and contained, having one nearby can be the difference between a small flare-up and a large-scale house fire that causes significant damage.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Safer From Fires This Winter | SERVPRO® of North Lilburn

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow, orange, and red flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO® of North Lilburn is available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Making your home safer from fire hazards isn’t as difficult as you might think.

You can add simple steps to your daily routine and simple home maintenance items to your checklist that will lower your risk for common causes of house fires.

Be Sure You Know How to Prevent Fires

Most of these fire prevention tips are easy to add to your home safety routine. They don’t cost a lot but can make your family safer by lowering your risk of a house fire.

Know how to fight a grease fire. Grease fires are a well-known kitchen hazard. Part of the danger they present is because grease fires can’t be put out with water. In fact, water makes these events worse. Instead, keep a fire extinguisher handy. Metal pan lids and baking soda can work for smaller grease fires, too.

Keep your fireplace clear of old ashes. If you enjoy using your wood-burning fireplace, be sure you’re not letting the ashes collect there. Instead, clean your fireplace regularly and dispose of your ashes safely.

Watch how you use your space heater. Don’t plug your space heater into an extension cord. Use one of your wall outlets instead. Also, take steps to ensure your space heater is clear on all sides by at least three feet.

Keep your smoke detectors working. Testing your smoke detectors, changing their batteries twice each year and replacing them every 10 years will ensure they are best able to help protect your family.

Consider switching to battery-operated candles. Scented candles are popular during the fall and winter months because they add a warm glow to your home and can smell delicious. But these can be a fire hazard if they’re left burning while you’re not home or knocked over. Battery-operated candles eliminate these hazards.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Did You Suffer From A Fire Damage? Call us!

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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 Kirkland 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.

Call SERVPRO of North Lilburn at 770-709-3266

What To Do Until Help Arrives After A Fire

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet. 
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and to tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants. 
  • Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a team of specialists, trained to professionally clean your home and personal belongings. If you experience a fire in your North Lilburn home or business, give us a call at (770) 709-3266. 

Tips to Avoid Kitchen Fires

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that the leading cause of house fires is cooking fires? 

It’s also the number one cause for injuries! 

Here are some tips to help prevent cooking fires: 

When cooking, you should never leave the kitchen unattended. 

Stay in the kitchen when you fry, broil or grill. 

Turn off the heating source when you leave the kitchen, for any amount of time. 

Keep flammable objects away from the stovetop. 

Clean ovens and stovetops regularly to remove any food debris, oil or grease. 

Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing while cooking. 

SERVPRO of Downtown Charleston knows how to properly restore your home after a fire. Call us at (843) 577-2470 immediately after the fire is out so we can get to your property and help you.

If The Fabrics In Your Lilburn Home Are Damaged By A Fire, Let Our Experts Help!

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call (770) 709-3266 at any time of the day and have your problem fixed.

How To Professionally Fix Fire-Damaged Fabrics In Your Lilburn Home

The fire damage restoration method we choose when attending to your property is determined by the type of fire your property experiences. Different types of combustion emit different kinds of chemicals, which means the composition of their odors and soot is entirely different. As an example, you cannot expect the smoke particles that results from burning wood to have the same composition as that of burning plastics. We have the experience of choosing the right cleaning method as we work to restore your Lilburn property.

If you spot some soot on your fabrics after your Lilburn home experiences fire damage, do not make a mistake of wiping or rubbing it away. Since smoke is oily, there are chances of grounding it into the fabric and causing permanent stains. We pre-test fabrics to make sure that the damage is not exacerbated during cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians can also vacuum the affected couches, blankets, and drapes. During vacuuming, we hold the nozzle some considerable distance above the item and avoid upright vacuuming to prevent forcing the soot into the fabric.

After removing the soot from your clothing, we can further restore them by using a washing machine. We also have some techniques to restore the non-washable garments. By looking at the type of smoke particles resting on different surfaces, we can come up with a cleaning method to clean the floors, walls, and ceiling. Once cleaning is complete, we apply disinfectants on the areas to prevent possible mold growth.

Unpleasant odors usually result when materials burn. The smell can move around the structure and penetrate cracks and other inaccessible locations. We never use a fragrance as a final way of addressing the odor problem. They are only useful when we need to make the site pleasant for work. It is a mistake to mask unpleasant smells using perfumed sprays since they mask the odor for a while. The fragrance may also trigger a chemical reaction with the existent smell and lead to an exclusively new odor. In such instances, our SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization. We may perform thermal fogging, a deodorization technique that produces dry fog, which is characterized by small particles that penetrate hard to reach areas to neutralize the odor-causing particles.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn has been restoring both commercial and residential properties for years. The unique training we undergo, and the specialized equipment we use has made us industry leaders. Call (770) 709-3266 at any time of the day and have your problem fixed.

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Call Our Crew After A Fire Has Damaged Your Lilburn Home

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Instead of stressing over the damage, give us a call at (770) 709-3266 and let us handle everything for you.

Fire Damage Restoration And Move Outs In Your Lilburn Home

At any time, fires from a failed appliance are a devastating disaster for your Lilburn home. Recovering and cleaning up after a fire can leave you feeling lost and unsure of what to do next. However, the longer you hesitate, the more damage is done to your property by the settled soot and smoke. The acidity in these particles continues to damage your structure and possessions until it is cleaned up.

Whether the fire damage in your Lilburn home resulted from a microwave, outdated wiring, or a dryer vent, you need professional help from a remediation company. Our staff at SERVPRO understand that this is a traumatic event for you and your family, and we work efficiently and tirelessly to ensure you a cleanup process that is less stressful for you.

Dryers are one of those appliances that you can set it and then walk away. However, it is not a good idea to ever turn your dryer on and then leave home. A buildup of lint is a widespread cause for fires being ignited in your dryer. Cleaning out the lint from the trap each time you use the machine is a must, plus you need to clean out the vent regularly as well.

During the restoration process, SERVPRO staff take some of your possessions to be stored and then cleaned. After cleaning is done, contents are stored again until the repair and restoration of your home are finished. There are things we keep in mind when storing your contents, including allowing aisles so we can easily access your items. Also, contaminated, dirty boxes are kept in a separate area from items which have been cleaned to avoid them being soiled again. All items are also tagged and sorted separately from boxed contents.

Even though a majority of storage areas give limited access, valuable items and electronics are stored in a separate secure locked area that requires a sign-in sheet to get access. We do not use plastic to cover your furniture, as high humidity can result in condensation underneath the plastic, affect any finishes or varnish. In hot weather, the plastic covers can stick to furniture and bond with the varnish.

Microwaves can also begin a fire in your home when the food in it overheats, inappropriate items are put in the microwave to heat, routine maintenance and cleaning hasn’t been performed, or the wiring is faulty. Your regular oven, overloaded circuits, and old wires can also be fire hazards. Be sure to monitor all these items in your home and replace any old or faulty wires.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn can come to the rescue and restore your home in Pleasant Hill, Lilburn, or the surrounding areas after a fire. Instead of stressing over the damage, give us a call at (770) 709-3266 and let us handle everything for you.

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If Your Lilburn Home Requires Professional Fire Damage Services, Our Crew Can Help!

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Give us a call today at (770) 709-3266 to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Appliance-Related Fire Damage In A Lilburn Home

The last thing anyone expects to discover in their bathroom is fire. When the heating element on your hair dryer malfunctions, however, it can create hard-to-clean fire damage on your walls and bathroom fixtures, not to mention odors from overheated electronics and other heat-exposed objects. It can be overwhelming to consider having to clean up all of the soot and odor on your own.

When you encounter accidental fire damage in your Lilburn rental home, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to your property within hours to mitigate damage, clean up soot, and eliminate foul odors from burnt particles in your bathroom.

Dry soot is much easier to clean than its wet counterpart, and in a humid area such as a bathroom after a shower poses unique challenges in the cleanup process. Heat combines with moisture and condensation to cause tough-to-clean stains that require more than dry soot cleanup often requires. A variety of cleaning techniques may be used to mitigate tough stains, films from burnt residue, and other forms of heat damage before deodorizing can take place. Bathroom vents can be cleaned to prevent the spread of odors, generally by knocking soot out of place and vacuuming it up. HEPA air scrubbers with filters that can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns may also be used to decontaminate air and kill odors.

One method of deodorization, among multiple techniques that may be used to eliminate odors in your home, is thermal fogging, a dry deodorization method that releases a smoke-like dry fog that interacts directly with odor-causing particles to eliminate odor. The droplets that release this fog are roughly 0.5 microns in size and highly effective in removing odors from fire damage. Industrial ventilation box fans used after deodorizing can quickly ventilate a home, especially after thermal fogging, which requires air to be exchanged 40 times to ensure removal of residues and vapors.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is ready to aid you when you need disaster cleanup in your home. Give us a call today at (770) 709-3266 to restore your home to its preloss condition.

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SERVPRO Acts As A Rapid Response Team To Handle Restoration In Your Lilburn Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and trained technicians waiting for your call 24/7 so call us right away.

The First Steps to Controlling Odors Caused by Fire in Lilburn Homes and Apartments

Any fire that consumes solid materials like furniture, toys, wooden items, or other common things found in the homes around Lilburn also produces smoke. Smoke contains partially burned particles of various sizes that settle on every surface inside the home. The particles, or soot, causes the house to smell acrid and bitter.

SERVPRO helps many homeowners in Lilburn with fire damage mitigation of physical property but also with practical methods that remove the substances that leave odors behind after a fire. Fires do not need to affect your entire home's structure to produce unwanted odors in every room. Odors only need a source, and soot from the fire and smoke causes intense odors. The scent becomes especially pungent whenever heat or humidity increase.

The first part of mitigating odors starts with the cleanup of the surfaces in your home. We remove fire damaged items, which also removes an abundance of soot. We box up otherwise undamaged items for cleaning at our facility, where we unpack them and load them into our ultrasonic cleaning machine. Other teams remove soot from surfaces with specially designed sponges. These pull soot away from walls and mirrors without leaving streaks. The tiny pores in the sponges pull large amounts of soot off each surface and keep it locked away. The way it does this keeps streaks from happening. It also does the job while dry, meaning it does not require rinsing. When needed, we switch to another sponge to prevent overloading. One thing we remind our customers is that with lighter colored painted walls, some stains might remain. We do this even if the walls must still get a new coat of paint. Painting over soot only leads to the soot bleeding through later.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn uses these and other methods to remove the odor in homes after a fire. Degreasers also play a role, as does thermal fogging and other odor control measures used by our Odor Control Technicians (OCT). Call us at (770) 709-3266, so we can help make our home smell “Like it never even happened.”

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How Professionals Assess Fire Damage to Your Lilburn Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can assess the property damage from a fire and help you to quickly restore your home.

Removing Fire Damage Quickly from Lilburn Homes

Your Lilburn home is not a safe place for you to be once a fire has occurred. Even with the first responders and firefighters leaving the scene, there still could be environmental or structural concerns that could pose significant threats to the health and wellbeing of those that choose to assess the damage themselves. Getting debris and other direct threats removed from the property immediately is a job for professional technicians like ours.

As tempting as it might often be to inspect the fire damage to your Lilburn home on your own, this is not a wise decision to make. Even our technicians performing assessments on fire-damaged properties run a risk of injury or hazardous exposure, and that is why we suit up in personal protective equipment designed to keep us safe. Our extensive safety training helps to keep us protected from potential hazards, but also ensures that we install the appropriate precautionary measures to protect the occupants of the house or anyone else that might attempt to get inside.

Regardless of the severity of the fire itself, smoke and soot damage are often common contributors to the effects spread throughout the property. Smoke residue and odors are among the most challenging for homeowners to remove, but our SERVPRO team have advanced equipment designed to remove this residue, soot, and eliminate odors present in the affected areas and beyond.

Debris removal and demolition are also early stages for our restoration process, and they both require precautions to prevent further smoke particulates, dust, debris, and soot from circulating through the house. To reduce this kick up of harsh particles, our SERVPRO technicians on-site can set up our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators. These machines can remove particulates from the air as small as 0.3 microns.

While many homeowners want to know the severity of the fire damages to their home, a wise choice for this assessment is our experienced SERVPRO of North Lilburn response team. We can quickly arrive after the disaster has occurred and work to restore your property to its original condition. Give us a call anytime you need us at (770) 709-3266.

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Proven Tips to Avoid Fire Damage in Lilburn Around the Holidays

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Candles create a warm festive mood. Stay vigilant when using candles and contact SERVPRO should you have fire damage.

Leaving Candles Lit in Your Lilburn Home Unattended Can Cause Fire Damage

During the fall season, it may be tempting to light a lot of candles inside of your home, but leaving them unattended can lead to fire damage. Candles that are lit in your home should always be placed on a flat and open surface, without any drapes nearby. Despite how small the flame is, it can still spread and cause a lot of damage if left alone in an unsafe space.
 
Leaving a candle in your dining room window didn't seem like such a bad idea at the time, but the drapes caught ablaze and caused fire damage inside your Lilburn home. When small fires like this break out, it is still essential for you to call for professional restoration surfaces as soon as you can after the blaze is extinguished. The fire can still cause damage inside your home after it is put out. For example, the longer that you wait to call for help, the more discoloration the soot can cause.
 
Here at SERVPRO, when you contact us, we make an effort to gather the appropriate equipment for the job and then rush to your home. As professionals in the restoration industry, we know how swiftly fire damage can spread. With this knowledge in mind, we always make an effort to get to your home as swiftly as we can.
 
When we arrive at your home, our SERVPRO technicians can get to work straight away. First, we can clean up the bits of burnt scrap leftover by the drapes. After, SERVPRO can get to work cleaning up the scorch marks along your window sill and walls.
 
A common way of tackling staining left by a fire is to use a spray-and-wipe method with a solution made to tackle the specific type of soot that was left behind. Usually, the solution can either be lubricative, meant to lift the grime away from the surface gently, or chemically-based. Once our SERVPRO technicians finish removing the soot from your dining room, we can use thermal foggers to tackle the particles in the air that are responsible for the foul smell fire causes and leave your home feeling like it did before the damage happened.
 
When you find fire damage inside of your home, it is imperative that you call for help immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of North Lilburn by dialing the number (770) 709-3266. Day or night, our technicians are ready to help you.

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Lesser Considered Fire Damages in Your Lilburn Residence

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

After the firefighters leave and you and your family are safe, contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage left behind.

Fire Damage Encompasses Many Aspects Including Water and Lingering Odors

While there are many blatant effects that a widespread fire can have on your Lilburn home, you often do not consider some of the secondary effects and threats that your house faces in light of the incident. Understanding all of the threats and effects you can expect after a fire in your home can prepare you for finding the best professional restoration company to handle the substantial task of bringing your home back to preloss conditions.

Often the initial effects from a fire in your house are difficult to miss. It might not even be safe for you to enter your home following extinguishment, leaving the assessment of the fire damages in your Lilburn residence to the hands of experienced estimators and restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team.

One of the lesser known effects that most homeowners do not consider when it comes to restoring their home after a fire, is the water damage throughout their property. With fire extinguishing efforts that prove invaluable to preserving the structure of your house throughout the worst of the blaze, this process unfortunately also leaves pooled water and overly saturated areas throughout your home that must also get restored.

Another lesser considered effect from a fire in your home that might not prove as glaring and abrasive as structural damage or even water damages is the lingering odor. This smoke damage presents itself as a long-lasting charring smell or odor emitted from the combustion of certain materials in your house. While SERVPRO deodorizing efforts can eliminate this nauseating presence, it makes attempting to live in your home long after the fire has occurred a challenging ordeal before the odor removal occurs.

Likely you try to assess the damage that your home sustains during a widespread fire but tend to overlook additional work that might have to happen to remove odors, water damages, or even to rebuild areas of your home. Finding the right restoration company to help see you through all of these obstacles is one of the easier parts of this situation, as many depend on the reliable services of our SERVPRO of North Lilburn restoration specialists. Give our rapid response team a call anytime at (770) 709-3266.

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Tips and Fire Damage Restoration Services for Your Lilburn Home

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your Lilburn property, SERVPRO strikes back.

Learn About SERVPRO's Fire Restoration Tips & Services for Your Lilburn Property

Having a fire in your Lilburn home is a devastating experience for everyone in your family. Events like these can severely impact your decisions, actions, and reactions making it almost impossible under certain circumstances to determine the proper steps to take to recover fully. However, you are not alone.

The smoke and fire damage that you experience in your Lilburn area home can be a tricky thing to deal with on your own. While there are some actions that you can take to protect other members of your household and a few personal belongings, the restoration process itself requires the touch only a professional can provide.

Seeking a professional fire-damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, can give you the support and peace of mind needed to continue moving forward. We have fully-licensed professionals waiting in the wings with all the equipment, resources, and materials necessary to help you restore your family’s home to a quality pre-fire damage condition. Our professional technicians can make the entire restoration process easier and minimize fire damage suffered in your home.

While you are waiting for your SERVPRO professionals to arrive, you can help by limiting the foot traffic into and out of your fire damage home. By keeping everyone off your carpeting, vinyl, or wood flooring, as well as other surfaces such as desks, tables, and kitchen counters you can help your restoration technicians keep dirt, dust and smoke residues from embedding further into various materials found in your home. It is important to remember the damage to your home continues long after the flames are out.

Make sure that everyone in your home knows how to avoid electrical, gas, water, and environmental hazards that may exist on your property. Keeping your family safe and providing you with highly-trained restoration specialists is what SERVPRO is all about. We help you limit losses, avoid permanent damage, and prevent future problems.

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Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn for more information, we can help you regain control over your living environment and provide you with the services necessary to fully restore your home, today. (770) 709-3266

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Why You Need Mitigation Services After A Fire Damage Event in Lilburn

5/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is made up of smoke residues and can leave odors. Contact SERVPRO for quick service and efficient remediation.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Three Different Types of Fire Damage

If your structure experiences a fire, there are different types of fire damage which are likely to occur. If you do not treat the event with much seriousness, then it means you are likely to incur losses, and salvageable contents may end up being unsalvageable. The journey does not stop after extinguishing the fire; it is important to note that even the extinguishing agents may cause some destruction in your Lilburn home.

Let us begin by looking at the different kinds of fire damage in Lilburn that our SERVPRO technicians respond to. We have three types of fire damage - major, medium, and minor - and each requires unique restoration procedures. Major fires usually lead to severe destruction, and in most cases, the smoke residues move and occupy a large part of the structure. On the other hand, medium fires cause moderate destruction with minor ones causing damage to only certain parts of the structure.

Once our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the site, we offer mitigation services which help in securing the structure against further damage. Coming up with a temporary electrical source, winterizing the structure's plumbing system, and boarding up any existing openings is part of the work. If there are some water leaks or wetness as a result of the extinguishing agents, we can set up space heaters to dry the area.

Our SERVPRO team also performs cleaning procedures which target to remove the smoke residues from your contents. While in some cases it is possible to clean your items at the site, there are instances where it is necessary to move them to another location before the cleaning starts. We usually perform pack-outs when the site is not secure to allow on-site cleaning procedures. After cleaning, the smoke odors might still be present, and deodorization may be necessary. We perform this process using ULV foggers and thermal Foggers, with the fogs neutralizing odor-causing agents.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is a trusted industry leader that performs storm, mold, water, and fire damage restoration. Call us at (770) 709-3266 if you need us to respond immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Restoration Methods Used in Lilburn

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team understands how smoke behaves and travels and which methods are best to restore your home.

SERVPRO’s Team Thoroughly Removes and Remediates Fire Damage in Your Home

Anytime a fire starts inside a building in Lilburn, heat, and smoke both possibly cause damage. The heat coming from the fire's flames many times burns materials or contents to the point where replacement is required. Smoke created by the blaze creates foul odors inside the structure and leaves behind soot residue.

When restoring the structure back to original conditions, multiple methods get used. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Lilburn know how smoke behaves inside a structure and which methods are best. Often, cleaning takes place instead of replacing or resurfacing materials to save your insurance company money.

A vital part of cleaning during any restoration job is deodorization. After the mitigation gets completed no more pungent odors should exist. Most foul aromas get eliminated when all affected materials and contents get removed or cleaned of all soot residue.

In other cases, burnt smells penetrate into porous materials and still exist after all soot has been cleaned. Deodorization is then the final step. There are a large number of chemicals that get applied in different methods that battle foul odors.

Sometimes specialized equipment gets used when applying deodorants. One way to apply deodorizing chemicals is to spray them onto affected surfaces. In many cases, chemicals get applied using a pump or electric hand sprayers. Many hand sprayers shoot chemicals out at pressure up to 50 psi.

In some situations when there is a dense amount of chemicals sprayed at one time, equipment is used to apply ventilation. Box fans sometimes get used to push out hazardous chemicals and create high-velocity air flow. Ventilation box fans generate airflow from 3,000 to 5,000 cubic feet of air per minute.

In other scenarios, ozone machines get used to pump unstable O3 particles into the air. The particles react with odor-causing molecules to oxide residues and remove odors. Ozone machines many times eliminate odors in contents and building materials after they received fire or smoke damage.

Various deodorant methods often get used to eliminate odors caused by different types of soot. For help removing soot and odors left behind by a fire, call SERVPRO of North Lilburn at any time of the day, any day of the week. (770) 709-3266

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How to Act Before and After a Fire Damage Incident in Your Lilburn Property

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to help restore your home after fire damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage incidents are destructive and frightening. What you have worked hard for can be entirely consumed in a matter of minutes. Despite their severity, there are still some Lilburn residents who underestimate house fires - particularly smaller fires. Irrespective of its size, you should expect more damage beyond the burning. As an example, windows, boilers, and pipes can burst after the incident leaving you with extensive damage.

Doing everything you can as a resident of Lilburn to avoid fire damage is so important. We know not everyone has the skills and experience to do so and therefore advise you to work with an IICRC certified company like SERVPRO. Our team can inspect your heating systems and chimneys for faults, and any mistakes that are likely to cause a fire. Why wait for a disaster when you can do something to prevent it in the first place?

Our main goal is to make your home habitable after the fire by using specialized equipment and procedures to do the restoration. Through deodorization, SERVPRO technicians clean the soot and sterilize areas to reduce the chances of mold growth. Our team wears the right protective gear because we understand the importance of observing safety precautions when working in hazardous situations.

Call professionals as soon as you can to mitigate the damage and ensure you salvage as many of your contents as possible. Remember, you should never ignore issues like mold and water damage. We can stop any water that is leaking from burst pipes, extract water from your property using truck-mounted or portable extractors, and do the cleaning. We also dry your property, perform deodorization, as well as dehumidification.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn is an experienced industry leader in storm, mold, fire and water damage restoration. Call us at (770) 709-3266 when you need immediate commercial and residential services.

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Fire Damage In Your Lilburn Residence From Your Microwave Oven

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Microwave fires can quickly cause a great deal of fire damage in your Lilburn kitchen.

Fire Damage From Your Microwave Oven

Every day, microwave ovens are used in Lilburn and can be convenient for heating many different foods quickly when used safely. If you are not careful about microwave safety, however, these appliances can become a potential fire hazard. Using only the microwave-safe utensils, not leaving your oven unattended while making popcorn, and refraining from using any dishes that contain metal helps to keep you safe and your microwave is working correctly.

Microwave fires can quickly cause a great deal of fire damage in your Lilburn kitchen. Smoke, soot, and water damage can continue to do damage to your home after the fire are out, so it is essential that you contact our professionals at SERVPRO as soon as possible. We can stop further damage from occurring and repair your home in a timely manner.

We perform various restoration services after a fire. The purpose of mitigation is to secure your home and stop further damage. It can include boarding up openings to secure your structure and establishing a temporary source of electricity. We also need to perform emergency drying services to stop secondary water damage from firefighting efforts.

Our techs remove residues from smoke and deodorize odors residues put out. SERVPRO keeps you informed as to what we can clean and what we cannot. Anything that does not respond to cleaning requires repair or replacement.

Your personal property has to be cleaned of smoke residues as well. Sometimes, contents can be cleaned on site, while other times we pack up anything that is salvageable and move it to a different location for cleaning and storage. We usually subcontract specific jobs such as dry cleaning of clothing, cleaning of electronics, furniture refinishing, and cleaning of any expensive artwork.

In some situations, structural components could be damaged beyond the point of being restorable. The work of reconstructing and repairing could require additional skills, so that is when we work with a licensed general contractor to get your home back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of North Lilburn works with you to get your home in Pleasant Hill, Lilburn, and the surrounding areas back in order, whether that means we can do all the work ourselves, or we need the assistance of other professionals. Call us as soon as you can at (770) 709-3266 for assistance in cleaning up after a fire.

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Preventing Fire Damage from the Toaster in Your Lilburn Kitchen

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

When crumbs accumulate in the bottom of your toaster, they can easily catch fire during normal operation.

Steps for Fire Damage Restoration

Given the right circumstances, almost any electrical appliance in your home in Lilburn can become a fire hazard. Electric toasters are being included in this category more and more lately. Toasters have existed almost as long as electricity. They are naturally fire hazards because of the heat they produce. After all, they are made to generate enough heat with electricity to brown slices of bread put into the slots. If the electric elements which generate heat do not turn off as they are supposed to, the bread can burn and cause a fire.

After bread is toasted, it is more fragile and produces crumbs which many times fall into the appliance. When these crumbs are left to accumulate, they can catch fire easily during normal operation of the toaster and can cause fire damage in your Lilburn home quickly.

It is best to reach out to our technicians at SERVPRO after a fire in your home. We are an experienced fire damage remediation company, and we know that time is of the essence once the damage has been done so that more damage does not occur from soot and smoke.

After assessing the fire damage, our technicians look at four fundamental elements that are needed to suspend residues left by the fire so we can remove them.

Temperature is the first, as heat increases the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. We choose an appropriate temperature depending on the solution and the material we are cleaning.

We also agitate surfaces by using brushes, towels, air and water pressure, and sonic vibrations in ultrasonic machines. Agitation dislodges the residues from surfaces and spreads the cleaning products over them.

Our SERVPRO staff also choose the right cleaning product according to the action we desire, which includes emulsifying, dissolving, oxidizing, bleaching, digesting or changing pH. The professional cleaning products work by various chemical reactions, so the appropriate one needs to be chosen. Also, the time which is necessary to thoroughly clean and deodorize your home depends on the types of residues present and the products used.

You can trust SERVPRO of North Lilburn to take care of your home after a toaster fire properly. Residents in the areas of Pleasant Hill or Lilburn can reach us at any time by dialing (770) 709-3266.

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An Unknown Rodent Infestation can Cause Fire Damage in a Lilburn Residence

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical fires caused by rodents in the wall can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO to remediate the damage quickly and rewire the electric.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Remediate Fire Damage Regardless of the Cause

Wild rodents are voracious and unwanted houseguests. They destroy the materials homes are made of as they make their bedding. Everything from drywall to insulation to clothing to wiring is fair game in a rodent's mind.
 
Lilburn homes may have rodents living in the attic and other seemingly closed-off spaces that are rarely seen by human inhabitants, and the presence of these undesired rodents can lead to fire damage. These animals, including raccoons, are often smart enough to avoid detection by only gnawing on those materials enclosed behind drywall or paneling.
 
What both mice and raccoons alike do, however, is gnaw on wiring, leaving wires bare and exposed to shredded insulation, stolen clothing, paper and other items. Much of what rodents view as great bedding choices are also the same ones that can easily ignite.
 
When you have a fire, the fire department sends highly qualified firefighters to battle the blaze that is destroying your home. Once the fire is out, your home needs professionals who are also trained and skilled in restoring the fire damage so your family can again live in a safe and secure setting that is completely their own.
 
We at SERVPRO have the qualified individuals who can get everything required by code authorities completed for you. We also understand that the tragedy and trauma of a fire, coupled with having to live with friends or family, can threaten to destroy more than the structural aspects of a home. We aim to finish each restoration and recovery from disaster as quickly as we possibly can without taking any shortcuts that could result in less-than-perfect results.
 
When a destructive fire begins in the wiring, on the surface, the cause may seem unknown until fire investigators complete their assessment of the situation. When the official cause shows that rodents have played a hand in causing a fire, this knowledge can help bring some relief in that none of the blame rests on any particular individual.
 
Experiencing a house fire can create intense stress and strain within any family, and this can continue until things are once again “Like it never even happened.” This is why the dedicated professionals at SERVPRO of North Lilburn restore family homes ruined by fire damage. Whenever this catastrophic nightmare becomes a reality for your family, call us, day or night, at (770) 709-3266. We can make it right again.

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The Importance Of Professional Fire Damage Restoration Assistance For Your Home In Pleasant Hill

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Don't Burn Up Your Money Along with Your Home in Pleasant Hill--Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Let SERVPRO Assist You in Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property

The fire itself leaves heat and scorch marks on surfaces near the actual flames, while smoke, ash, and soot often extend into areas exceptionally far from where the fire originally took place. It leaves you facing damages like stains, smears, and odors throughout your entire home.

Dealing with fire damage in your Pleasant Hill home is far from easy. It takes specialized training, equipment, and experience to tackle some of the circumstances that exist. Attempting to address these problems on your own, generally, leads to additional damage, causing you to get rid of contents and personal belongings that you could have saved.
 
SERVPRO wants you to understand how important it is to seek professional assistance after a fire occurs on your property. Others may think of it as an opportunity to benefit from your misfortune. However, we look at it as a way to help inform homeowners, a way to prevent problems from ever occurring at all.
 
Calling SERVPRO technicians after local authorities deem your property safe to enter, gives you access to expertly trained personnel who help you avoid hazards that may exist, understand how fire behaves and makes every effort to help you understand your situation and provides you with quality solutions you can afford.  
 
SERVPRO works with you and your insurance company to arrange a happy medium that ensures you get to return to a clean, safe, healthy living environment when everything is said and done. We manage your entire restoration process, help with any paperwork involved in your claim, and provide you with quality solutions that give you peace of mind during an emergency.
 
You are not alone; we are on your side making sure that you receive the help you deserve. During a time when uncertainty rules, it helps to know that someone is out there looking out for you and your family that you can trust. We want to help and make a variety of services available to ensure your survival.
 
Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn for additional information or to begin your restoration, today. Our IICRC certified technicians can help return your home to a quality pre-damage condition and get you back on your feet. (770) 709-3266

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Get The Restoration Services You Deserve When Fire Damage Occurs On Your Pleasant Hill Property

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

Pleasant Hill Fire Damage Gets Great Restoration from SERVPRO

Call on SERVPRO for One-Stop Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Fire damage can be brutal, regardless of where it is on your property, or how it starts. As a fire advances through stages, it produces heat, smoke, and soot residues that do much more than simply settle on the various surfaces found in your home.
 
Whether you live in the Pleasant Hill area, or on a tropical beach, fire damage can occur. Let's say you had a small fire in your kitchen. Things got out of control when you were attempting to cook your evening meal, and the curtains caught fire.
 
The fire spread quickly out of control, causing damage to your cooking area, including your stove, vent, countertop, cabinets, walls and flooring. Firefighters respond to your call for help, put the fire out using any methods necessary. They do their job, quite well, but it often leaves you with a huge mess, wondering what to do next.
 
You would need to start with a demolition crew to remove and dispose of any fire damaged materials, contents and personal belongings that are simply not restorable. Sheetrock, skeletal remains of your cabinetry, melted appliances and anything stored inside of your cabinets, gone.
 
Next, a cleaning company needs to scrub the entire area. All surfaces affected by the event require specific attention, or they may need replacement as well. Often enough, cleaning and deodorizing the entire area is the most important step of the process, especially important before any reconstruction can occur.
 
After all of that, someone else needs to install new sheetrock, flooring, framing and the other structural materials scarred by the event. Requiring many different companies, all of which you would need to call, schedule and manage under normal circumstances.
 
Using a quality restoration company, like SERVPRO, gives you access to a team of expertly trained professionals that manage your entire restoration process for you, give you the support you need during a trying time and make things as stress-free as possible.
 
You deserve to have someone available 24-7, 365, day or night that can help you get things back to normal quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO can do just that, including allowing you an opportunity to restore many items that you thought you might have lost forever.
 
SERVPRO offers fire, water, storm, and mold restoration services, local and national emergency resources, and much, much more. We care about your family, home, and each service we provide shows it.
 
Contact SERVPRO of North Lilburn today for additional information on available services or to get the help you need to return your property to a quality pre-damage condition that you and your family deserve. (770) 709-3266

Signs Of Possible Electrical Fires In Your Lilburn Home

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are a leading cause of house fires.

Indications Of Electrical Fires


Electrical fires are a leading cause of house fires. Because of this, you need to pay particular attention to any signs of malfunction of your electrical outlets. You should take care of these problems sooner rather than later, and hire a professional electrician to check out any issues right away. If a fire does occur, you want an experienced fire damage restoration company to help you out. SERVPRO is ready to help you whenever you need and has the experience and professionalism you expect.

The six signs below of burning around an electrical outlet or plug should not be ignored in your Lilburn home to prevent fires and fire damage. These include shocks and sparks, discoloration, crackling or sizzling sounds, burning smells, flickering electricity, and an outlet that is hot to the touch.

Discoloration Around An Outlet Or Plug
One of the most significant warning signs, brown, yellow or black marks around the outlet or plug is an indication that plastic or wiring is burning. It is a strong indication that the outlet is failing or damaged. If you see this discoloration, turn off the breaker and don’t use it until it is inspected. You can replace the outlet cover; however, you should not replace the outlet as there could be damage to the wiring you cannot see, causing the problem to become worse if not fixed.

Sparks And Shocks
When plugging in an appliance, you feel a shock or tingling sensation; this is a sign the outlet is not working correctly. It can be an indication that the outlet has too much current going through the wire, causing the appliance to ignite.

When the outlet sparks when plugging an appliance in, stop using that outlet until you get it repaired. Even if this happens only once or twice, it shows there is a much bigger problem that you should not ignore, as this could lead to a fire or severe injury. If you do have a fire spark, call in SERVPRO as soon as you can after the fire is out so that they can remediate any damage.

A Burning Smell
One of the most common signs of an electrical fire, this smoke is acrid, pungent and unmistakable. Contact your fire department right away if you smell burning, and trip the breaker.

Sizzling Or Crackling Sounds
If you are hearing these noises coming from your electrical outlets, this is a sign that it is shorting and sparking. You could also hear sizzling. Contact an electrician if you hear these sounds, and stop using the outlet right away. You should never ignore odd sounds from your outlets.

Flickering Electricity
A variety of problems can be apparent with this issue, including faulty wiring. It can be happening deep inside the walls of the structure of your home. It is something an electrician needs to inspect.

An Outlet That Is Hot To The Touch
Outlets should not ever feel hot to the touch. Unplug any devices if you notice this issue and get it inspected, as it could be a sign of outlet failure and could combust if you keep using it.

Electrical fires are serious events. If your home has suffered through one, you need to get a hold of us at SERVPRO of North Lilburn right away. We can be easily reached by dialing (770) 709-3266 at any time.

Fire Damage Odor Can Linger On

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke odors can remain after remediation. Call SERVPRO today to ensure that they don't!

SERVPRO Technicians are Fully Certified to Remediate Odor

In general terms, smoke is the fuel that did not burn. Smoke seems to dissipate after a fire, but the rapid cooling of fire particulates leaves a visible film and odor. The reason you can see smoke is due to the presence of minute particles of carbon and various other burnt materials. Smoke odors are pervasive and stubborn, lingering long after a fire is extinguished. As an interesting fact, certain items from the 1906 fire of San Francisco, still smell strongly of smoke - nearly 90 years later.
 
No matter whether fire damage in the Pleasant Hill community is caused by a natural disaster, a residential fire, a commercial fire or from an accident, smoke odor is very challenging to remove. There are several factors that can influence the severity of smoke odors. One factor involves the size of a fire. The larger the fire, the more materials that are burned, the more smoke there will be and more intense is the odor given off by the materials.
 
Additional factors can involve the size of the area or room that the fire has affected. For example, the smaller the room or area, the more intense and concentrated the smoke odor can become. Also, the longer an area is exposed to smoke, the more embedded an odor becomes, especially in porous materials. The type of materials affected will influence the type of products and treatments used by professionals to remove smoke odor.
 
One of the biggest concerns in residential and commercial fires is getting rid of the odor from a fire. Please keep in mind, that no matter how bad the fire, odor, or smoke damage is, life safety is always a top concern. Fires can release a number of hazardous materials which is why your home or business will be carefully examined by SERVPRO to make sure that it is safe to enter.
 
The technicians at SERVPRO of North Lilburn are experts in deodorization. We are a proud community business, locally owned and operated. Removing the odor source is the universal first step as part of our deodorization treatment. Our remediation experts are industry trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors from their source, both indoors and outdoors.
 
We understand that masking does not work when your smoke odor is severe or persistent. By identifying the cause of the odor, understanding its conditions in which it contacts surfaces, we can help remove it over time without a trace. The science of identifying and eliminating odors is a tricky process, therefore call and leave the restoration to us - (770) 709-3266.

Improve Your Home After Fire Damage

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

When Fire Damages Your Norcross Home, Call SERVPRO for a Fix

Fire and Smoke Damage Fix by SERVPRO

The damage a fire causes to a property goes far beyond what the flames burn. Some fires may create localized damage in one room of the home, but even when this is the case, smoke damage can be found in many other rooms. The fire damage can be intensified by the use of water, chemical fire retardants and other materials that may have been used to extinguish the fire. Drywall, carpeting, and furnishings may be damaged without a flame ever touching it. When your home has been impacted by fire damage in Norcross, you may wonder what you can do to return it to its normal condition.

Water Extraction and Cleanup
The first step after encountering fire damage in Norcross is the cleanup process. This cleaning follows the water extraction to remove the standing water and ashes that remain throughout much of the damaged area. It may also include removal of the chemical fire retardant agents that may have been used. The charred remains of building materials and furniture will also have to be discarded.

Repairing the Damage
The next step in the home restoration process is to fix the damage that the fire left behind, which includes removing fire-damaged materials. It may also include professionally cleaning some surfaces, such as carpeting, that have been impacted by fire and smoke damage. Some surfaces, such as wood that have been marred by water damage may need to be refinished. A professional restoration crew from SERVPRO understands the processes and techniques that will yield superior results. We can perform upholstery and fabric cleaning as well as odor control.

A Fast Response Is Important
While you want your home cleaned up the right way, it is also important that it is cleaned up quickly using the proper techniques. Although you want to return to life as usual in your home as soon as possible or get your business up and running at full speed, it is essential to dry out the entire area. Water and the increased humidity left behind by the firefighters' efforts can result in mold growth if thy are not extracted from the home as soon as possible. Our professional extraction methods, utilizing pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and foggers will yield superior results.

We understand the importance of a fast response after a fire rages through your home or business. Regardless of whether your property has received significant or minor fire damage in Norcross, we are available to help you. Contact our SERVPRO of North Lilburn office today at (770) 709-3266 for more information about our services and to begin the home restoration process.

Restore Your Home with Lilburn Fire Damage Services

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

Keep a Fire in it's "Place." Be Careful of Hot Ambers.

Reliable Fire Damage Service in Lilburn from SERVPRO Erases Signs of a Fire

There are few things that can be more destructive to your home than a fire, and you may be wondering how you will be able to overcome the current challenges you are facing after a fire has ravaged through your home. SERVPRO offers Lilburn fire damage service that you are looking for, and we go to great lengths to restore your home to its former condition after a fire.

What Fire Damage Can Do to Your Property

When you think about fire damage, you may first think about burning damage from the flames themselves, but a fire can do much more than that. A fire can destroy only a small area of your home, but the effects may be extensive because of the smoke damage as well as the water from the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames. Lilburn fire damage restoration service will remove all traces of the fire so that life can return to normal in your home without much delay.

The Importance of a Fast Response

We understand that you want the damage repaired immediately and that you may feel anxious until the work is completed. Your goal after a fire event is to restore the home to its former condition as soon as possible while also protecting your value and equity. There is another reason to request a speedy response from your remediation specialists, and this is that mold growth may be an issue. A substantial amount of water from fire extinguishing efforts can remain in your home, and you have a short window of time to dry out the property before mold growth becomes much more likely to occur. Mold can cause health problems, so don't hesitate to get the issue resolved. The SERVPRO of North Lilburn team understands the many reasons why you need a speedy response and is known for providing fast service.

What We Can Do for Your Home

Property restoration after a fire is not a matter to take lightly, and you want to feel comfortable that your home is in capable hands when you set up service for Lilburn fire damage restoration. A fire in your home can be a traumatic, stressful event to endure, and you may want nothing more than to erase the signs of the fire and to get back to living a normal life once again. SERVPRO of North Lilburn is ready to help you with this process. As a locally owned and operated business, we are strategically located to respond quickly to your fire damage emergency event. When a significant fire damaging event occurs in the Lilburn area, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us 24/7 at (770) 709-3266.

Why Should I Hire Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services for My Norcross Property?

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Be Careful in the KItchen

Fire Damage in Norcross Can Be Restored by SERVPRO 

When your property undergoes devastation and deterioration due to a fire, you may be inclined to clean up the damages yourself. Fire damage in Norcross can entail many complications. However, this is not the most efficient and practical course of action, self-clean up. In fact, calling a team of professional fire damage restoration experts like SERVPRO is the best way to get the clean up process completed quickly, safely, and in a cost saving manner.

Expedient Restoration
The fire damage restoration process is a time sensitive one. Specifically, the longer you wait to have your fire damage issues addressed, the more deterioration your property and possessions can suffer. Failing to remove standing water quickly and correctly can result in damaged flooring, furniture, and sagging ceilings that can pose a safety issue. Additionally, smoke and soot damage can ruin household structures and materials if not eradicated immediately. Our fire damage restoration firm will send an experienced estimator to assess the damage and formulate a cost-effective cleanup process. Our goal is to limit your personal losses, save you money, and get you back home as soon as possible.

Experienced Restoration
Hiring a professional fire restoration company makes sense. Our technicians undergo extensive training. These experts are required to achieve certification through trade group organizations like the IICRC. The certification process provides them with the industry standard protocols for mitigating damages through correct cleaning techniques. We provide extensive additional instruction through corporate and franchise hands-on and e-video training practices.

Comprehensive Restoration
There is a broad range of property issues that a homeowner may have following a fire damaging event. When you call a fire damage restoration firm like SERVPRO we will be able to address and resolve all of these issues with speed and skill. Some of the restoration services:
- water removal, from the fire extinguishing work
- content restoration on-site or a pack out and ship to our facilities for comprehensive cleaning
- smoke, soot, and odor removal using industry-specific cleaning products, sponges, and foggers
• air duct cleaning and vent cleaning
• sanitation utilizing antifungal and antimicrobial products
• deodorization after the above procedures
• final walk-through with you to ensure your complete satisfaction with our fire damage restoration results for your Norcross home.

Contact SERVPRO Today
To obtain the best fire damage restoration services available, contact the professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals offer a fast response, comprehensive restoration work, and excellent customer service. They also make use of the most cutting-edge equipment and methodologies when working on your behalf. Your fire damaged Norcross home will be restored to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of North Lilburn?

We're Fire and Water Damage Specialists and proudly serve the local communities and surrounding areas of Lilburn and Norcross. Call us for immediate 24/7 help. (770) 709-3266