Recent Fire Damage Posts

The Importance of a Fire Escape Plan

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Graphic with Text Good preparation goes a long way in an emergency situation.

During a fire, people can have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

In a matter of minutes, a small fire can produce a major flame, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place.

A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families and businesses have developed and practiced a fire escape plan.

Once a family or employee plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home or office understands the plan. The best way to do this is to develop some muscle memory by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. This will increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing it.

The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. (*Tips and statistics provided by the American Red Cross)

  • Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  • Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

If you suffer fire damage to your structure, call SERVPRO when the coast is clear - we can help! 

864-576-2430

Knowledge is Power When it Relates to Fire Prevention...

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

Here are a few common causes to look out for: 

  • Cooking
    • 48% of all fires are caused by cooking.
    • Remember to turn off source of heat.
    • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Heating
    • Do not put anything close to the heater.
    • Follow guidelines on how the heater can run.
  • Electrical Fires
    • Make sure fireplaces and lighting are up to code and are safe.
    • Ensure alarms are replaced
  • Smoking
    • Never lay cigarettes, cigars, etc., down and forget about them.
    • Smoke outside to avoid any potential fires related to dropping or forgetting about the item.
  • Candles
    • Never leave a candle unattended.
    • All materials should remain 12 inches away from all candles.

These are just some tips in order to prevent fires. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County keep your safety a priority and we hope you and family values that as well. Other things to have in place is a route for you and your family if there ever was a fire. Also, everyone in your family should know the route and plan in place. IF there is a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County.

Got Fire Damage? Call the Pro's at SERVPRO

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can strike for any number of reasons, including after one of the many storms that hit our area. Homes, commercial properties and even vehicles can all be at risk and may require the services of a professional remediation company like SERVPRO of Spartanburg County.

While it may be tempting to roll up your sleeves and begin the clean-up process yourself, there are some specific reasons why hiring a professional service provider is a much better idea:

  • We're trained to handle the danger – Fire cleanup can be a very dangerous process. Not only can there be hazards like broken glass and weakened support structures, there may also be toxic chemicals and mold present. A professional remediation company is trained to identify these kinds of hazards and take the proper steps to both avoid and address them.
  • We understand the regulations involved – There are very specific fire regulations in Spartanburg County and as a professional remediation company, SERVPRO is up to date on those regulations and knows exactly what steps to take to ensure that your property is adhering to them.
  • We are trained to restore a wide range of items – Fire damage can affect any number of surfaces in your home, from walls and floors to fabrics and fibers. With our comprehensive training in fire damage remediation, we know what it takes to address damage to your home and belongings and have the necessary equipment and techniques to properly address it.

Dryer Vent Fire Prevention

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer Vent Fire Fire happened due to clogged dryer vent line

Did you know that dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of residential fires in the nation? If you’re not regularly servicing your dryer, you run the risk of falling victim to a dryer vent fire. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your dryer keeps the heat inside:

  1. Use a professional installer 
  2. Regularly service your equipment
  3. Keep the surrounding area free of flammable materials 
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry
  5. Use only rigid or flexible metal venting material
  6. Ensure air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted
  7. Do no overload
  8. Inspect Gas Lines
  9. Use the correct plug and outlet
  10. Never run the dryer when you leave home or are sleeping. 

While these steps are simple to carry out, they are equally crucial in preventing a dryer fire. If you find yourself dealing with the heat outside of the dryer, call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County (864) 576-2430 for our fire and smoke damage restoration services. We’d be glad to help!

Fire Damage Restoration Tips: What to Do During and After Grease Fires

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with a cooking fire is always a stressful experience. Above all, try to keep calm and remember these dos and don’ts for dealing with a grease fire:

1.      Don’t Use Water on a Grease Fire

Unlike most fires, pouring water on a grease fire will make things worse. Instead of extinguishing the flame, the water will scatter the burning oil, spreading the fire.

2.      Don’t Pour Flour or Sugar on Grease Fires

Flour and sugar are flammable, and pouring either on a grease fire only fuels the flames.

3.      Don’t Use a Water-Based Extinguisher

Every kitchen needs a fire extinguisher, but not just any extinguisher. A water-based fire extinguisher will have the same effect as pouring water on a grease fire.

4.      Don’t Carry the Fire Outside

Carrying a pan with a grease fire outside is extremely dangerous. The burning grease may spill, injuring the carrier or spreading the fire to other areas of the home.

How to Correctly Deal with a Grease Fire

1.      Switch Off the Stove

Immediately turn off the stove. If the controls are inaccessible due to the flames, turn off your main gas or power supply.

2.      Use a Metal Lid

Putting a lid over a flaming pan will starve it of oxygen and extinguish the fire. If a metal lid isn’t available, a metal baking sheet will suffice. The lid must completely cover the flames, or they may still have access to oxygen.

Make sure to leave the lid on for at least a couple of minutes to ensure the flames are out. Glass or plastic lids are not suitable substitutes for putting out a cooking fire.

3.      Douse the Flames with Salt or Baking Soda

Pouring salt or baking soda on a flame will smother it. The amount of baking soda or salt needed will depend on the size of the flame. Do not use baking powder or flour in place of baking soda.

4.      Grab a Class B Flame Extinguisher

An Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) extinguisher that shoots foam or a class B dry fire extinguisher is best for putting out a grease fire. When using the extinguisher, stand back to prevent being hit by hot grease or flames.

When Do You Need a Professional?

If baking soda or a class B chemical fire extinguisher fails to fire, immediately go outside and call the fire department. Once the fire is out and the fire department grants permission to enter the building, call SERVPRO of Spartanburg to begin the clean-up process. 

The fire restoration process generally has a few stages: 

  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Steps to prevent further damage (tarping any exterior holes, for example)
  • Addressing any water left behind by suppression efforts
  • Removal of any smoke or soot from walls and surfaces
  • Cleaning, repair, and restoration

While waiting for the fire restoration company to arrive, avoid the area of the fire as that may spread soot to other areas. Don’t eat any food from the kitchen and leave the power off. Remember to call your insurance company to begin the claims process. 

How to Prevent Grease Fires

While it’s crucial to know how to handle a grease fire, knowing how to prevent them is also helpful. 

  • Cook with appropriate utensils
  • Never leaving the stove unattended
  • Fry with cooking oils that have a high smoke point, such as canola, peanut, sesame, or sunflower oil
  • Remove moisture from food before placing it in hot oil
  • Have an easily accessible class B fire extinguisher in the kitchen

About SERVPRO

For clean-up after a grease fire in Spartanburg, contact SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is a leading provider of fire, water, and storm restoration services, as well as mold remediation and commercial cleaning.

Post-Fire Care: Damage AFTER the Fire

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Soot Damage from a Local Job Soot damage on the wall and contents from a toaster fire

Fire Damage

Fire damage is caused by the actual fire. This can include damage to the structure of the property. Often materials are melted and can ignite other materials with this type of damage. 

Fire damage can also produce different toxins, causing explosions or acting as an accelerant spreading the flames and causing additional damage. 

Water Damage

Water damage is mostly always present with fire damage because the flames must be extinguished. Often the damage caused by the sprinklers in a building is much more significant than the actual fire damage itself. 

Smoke Damage

Soot from a fire can be found in every room of a building that has been severely burned - even those rooms that the flames did not touch. Often homeowner's belongings, furniture, clothes in drawers, important documents, paintings, and more contents are completely covered in black soot. Some items are not salvageable…and the items that are salvageable have to be properly cleaned in a timely manner, or the soot can permanently destroy them. 

Mold Damage

After experiencing a house fire, the water damage must be professionally handled, because when it is not properly dried mold can grow. Mold is a toxin that can cause numerous potential health problems for those living in the property. It is important to make sure the water damage is taken care of by professionals like those at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County. 

Fire Prevention Tips for the Workplace

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Fire damage resulting from a faulty space heater

Call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County at 864-576-2430!

With the changing of the seasons comes cooler weather, and for most of us, it is a welcome change. Who doesn’t love snuggling up before a warm fire at this time of year? We’re pulling out sweaters, fluffy blankets, and other cozy garb to stay toasty, and gearing up for bonfires (don’t forget the smores!) In addition to these warmth necessities, you will most likely pull out a space heater or two.

In your place of business, you will be taking those extra steps to make sure your staff is comfortable during the colder months, as well. Let’s make sure they stay fire safe! Here are some winter fire hazards to be aware of:

  • Most businesses won’t be using a fireplace to warm their interiors, but those who work in the outdoors may build fires on the job site to keep hands and toes functional. Make sure your crew is mindful to use metal receptacles for bonfires, and that they place them far away from flammable materials such as wood and linens. If a wind comes up, things could get dangerous fast.
  • In your offices, the use of space heaters will be helpful. Inspect every unit used to make sure that cords and plugs are in good working condition. Another major preventative measure is enforcing a policy to ensure they are never left running when the room is unoccupied or when the workday is over. Designate someone to oversee this such as an office manager; they should be the person who is normally last out the door. If the position doesn’t exist yet, take it upon yourself.
  • Employ a landscape company to remove leaves and dead vegetation from your property. In the event of a fire in your building, space that is cleared from the foundation and exterior walls will help firefighters to gain access as well as prevent a fire from spreading further.
  • When repairing or renovating your offices or outbuildings, use fire-resistant materials whenever possible. Flooring, furniture, and paint can all be produced or treated after purchase to make them more fire-safe.

The team here at SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is always available to help you keep your business fire safe. In the event of damages sustained from fire or water, we have the experience and know-how to complete a cleanup project quickly and efficiently, getting you back to work as soon as possible.

Fire Prevention Week 2021 Is Here Spartanburg

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

commercial fire damage This local business chose SERPVRO of Spartanburg County to lead them through the fire and back into business

Fire Prevention Week Is Here - Sunday, October 3rd, through Saturday, October 9th is officially Fire Prevention Week!

This year’s theme is “Learn the sound of fire safety"!” The theme grew out of the increased attention to the varying alarm notifications being  heard during remote learning and work. 

A few areas to also give some time discussing with family members are:

  • Smoke alarms at home
  • Home fire sprinklers
  • Home safety for people with disability
  • Smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Heating safety
  • Cooking safety

There are some safety tip sheets that you can download by going here: NFPA.org

We hope you never have to go through the unfortunate experience of fire damage to your personal or business property. However, if you must go through this experience, it's imperative that you choose a local, reputable and proven Restoration provider! Do your research and ask many questions. SERVPRO of Spartanburg takes pride in being at your side during your time of need. Give us a call (864)576-2430 

Putting Out a Fire Can Be Worse Than The Fire Itself

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

If you are in the unfortunate situation where you have a fire in your home or business, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is always here to help. No matter how big or small the fire is, SERVPRO has highly trained technicians to make your home look as good as new. Below are some tips until we arrive.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpets.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

As a reminder, SERVPRO of Spartanburg is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly!

Give us a call at 864-576-2430

Fire Damage: We are Here to Help!

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. We can provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to preloss conditions when possible.

So, after your first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Spartanburg County help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind, as well.

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at (864)-576-2430!

What to Expect With A Fire

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire in your home or business happens a lot of times all you see are the surface problems. Damages can go beyond the surface. Some things you may not think to check are the HVAC, Roof, Plumbing, Insulation, even the full structure of the building.

The above are underlying issues which is why you need to call an experienced Restoration Company like SERVPRO. With many years experience at our own location we're equipped to help with it all.

During the Restoration process al things within and around the structure should be removed from the area and cleaned if possible. If properly cleaned, sanitized and dried it stops the possibility of bacteria growth. 

Always call SERVPRO and let the professionals take care of your building and property.

CALL US TODAY!

(864) 576-2430

Common House Fires

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Some of the most common house fires and the proper ways to extinguish them are as followed:

(Please remember always call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency)

  • Grease Fire- Extinguishable with a lid/covering, baking soda or a chemical extinguisher.
  • Electrical Fire- Extinguishable with baking soda or a dry extinguisher.
  • Flammable Liquids- Extinguishable with a foam or powder extinguisher
  • Candles- Smother the flame. Stopping oxygen from getting to the flame can help slow the spread, a chemical extinguisher can also be used.
  • Space Heaters- Like an electrical fire smother with baking soda or use a dry extinguisher.

Whatever the type of fire there is or the amount of damage caused to your property SERVPRO is here 24/7 to help you get back to pre-damage conditions.

CALL US TODAY!!

(864) 576-2430

Grease Fires

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

Grease fires are one of the most common causes of kitchen fires that can quickly spread throughout your home.

Properly Handle The Situation 

  • Protect yourself
  • Turn off the heat source
  • Use something metal to smother the flames
  • Have Baking Soda available

If you can not get the fire under control call 9-1-1.

DO NOT

  • Never use water
  • Never use cloth or glass to try to smother the fire

Having any type of fire happen in your home can leave you not knowing where to start to pick up the pieces. We here at SERVPRO understand how stressful this can be. Call us. Let the professionals help, We’ll be with you every step of the way, from cleaning your contents to removing any residue in the home.

CALL US TODAY

(864)576-2430

Soot Webs

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

These are soot webs after synthetic material burns, and the remnants from on the wall.

Sometimes after a fire occurs in your house you will see what looks like Black Cobwebs all over the place. Contrary to what they may look like these are actually called "Soot Webs". They occur after synthetic material burns at a high temperature. The soot gathers onto walls and against areas in the house. This is why after a damaging fire you should contact us. We have the knowledge to clean and remediate the issues caused by the fire and rid you of all the remnants that are left behind. We're here to help you make it look "Like it never even happened."

Tips That Will Help You Until Help Arrives After Fire & Smoke Damage

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

In the unfortunate circumstance where you would need fire damage restoration, we here at SERVPRO Spartanburg are here to help. Below are some do's and don'ts of fire damage.

DO:

  • Limit your movement inside the home in order prevent soot into your upholstery & carpet
  • make it a priority to keep your hands clean at all times
  • If your power is off, be sure to empty your fridge and freezer and leave the unit’s doors open to help eliminate potential odors
  • While you SHOULD change your HVAC filter, it is best to 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 HVAC system

DON’T:

  • Pursue to wash walls or any painted surfaces before first contacting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Make an effort to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water as they may indeed be contaminated 
  • Attempt to send any garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may lead to smoking odor setting into the garment. 
  • Try to turn on any ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is still wet. It is best to contact SERVPRO of Spartanburg County before any action is taken 

If you have any questions give us a call (864)529-9756

Fire Damages

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mechanic Shop covered in wet insulation after a fire.

A fire after hours in this Mechanic Shop caused the fire department to tear down the ceiling to check for "hot spots". This has caused the entire area to be covered in wet insulation. This before picture shows the mess that is left behind after some of the insulation dries. SERVPRO of Spartanburg was called to clean up the aftermath! Everyone at the location is thrilled with our ongoing efforts with this project. Be on the look out for our after pictures. 

The Fire Restoration Process

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

There is no doubt that a fire is traumatic. What most people fail to tell you is that the process to restore your property caused by a fire can be long. If you or someone you know has recently had a fire no matter whether it is a residential or commercial property, knowing exactly what happens during the fire damage restoration can be very helpful. At SERVPRO of Spartanburg County, our trained professionals can make the damages caused by a fire can make it “Like it never even happened.” Here are a few key aspects in fire damage restoration.

Evaluate the Damage

Before the restoration process begins, our trained professionals asses the scene and evaluate the severity of the damages caused by the fire. Here is when your team take note of everything that needs to be done. There could be water damage that needs attention as well as smoke and soot damage.

Coordinate

Our production team has the expertise to get the job done right! Our team can not only restore the damages due to a fire, but also get rid of the smell of soot and smoke from you property. And we have proven track record of successfully restoration commercial and residential properties. Take a look at our videos, photo gallery, and before and after pictures.

Restore

Once our production team is prepared and ready to go, they will tackle the job and restore it just the way you want it to be. You will be shocked in how well the damages have been repaired and restored after the job is done. SERVPRO of Spartanburg County works with you and your insurance company to make sure everything is covered properly.

If you have stumbled across this problem, pick up the phone and give us a call! We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or send one of your experts to inspect the affected area.

864.576.2430

For Homeowners, Putting Out A Fire Can Be Worse Than The Fire Itself

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating ling-term problems. SERVPRO professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. SERVPRO professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Ask about our contents claims inventory service and document restoration services.

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the furniture of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Spartanburg County professional help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer’s peace of mind, as well.

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at 864-576-2430. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have worked for over 40 years to make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help provide a solution to your property’s fire damage needs.

Structural Cleaning- After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional Will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your facility. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.

Contents Cleaning- All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. Finally, SERVPRO can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items if requested.

Deodorization- SERVPRO provides specialized services that rid your place of business or home of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO does not merely cover up lingering odors with fragrance, they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

Extinguishing A Fire 101

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business is on fire, there is only one thing top of mind, PUT THE FIRE OUT! In your business you are required to have a fire extinguisher and it is a good idea to have one in your home too. A fire extinguisher can save your home or business from suffering major damages. Below are the steps on how to properly use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire.

  1. PULL--Pull the pin that will break the tamper seal
  2. AIM--When aiming, point the nozzle or hose low. Go for the base of the fire.

NOTE--Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers. It can damage your skin due to extreme heat.

  1. SQUEEZE—Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  2. SWEEP—While extinguishing the fire, sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it is out.

If you are not confident in your ability to perform this task, evacuate immediately and call 911!

Fire Safety

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Reviewing the fire escape plan is very important. It can save lives.

When it comes to a house fire, you would do anything to keep your family safe. In an event of a fire at your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape. If you had that little time wouldn’t having a plan of escape and early detectors help this situation? This answer is super easy, yes. It can save lives. Here are some other things that can help your family in an event of a fire.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. That includes bedrooms and outside the sleeping areas.

Make sure to test the smoke alarms every month. If they are not working, change the batteries.

Create a family fire emergency escape plan and review it at least twice a year

And finally, if a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County experts can help you and your family deal with the aftermath of a house fire. Do not hesitate, let us take care of our your problems. Pick up the phone and call immediately. We off 24/7 emergency services for people in need. We are always here to help!

864.576.2430

5 Common Causes of Fires In Your Home or Business

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

This fire was caused by cooking utensils catching on fire.

No one wants to deal with damages to your home or business due to a fire. Fires are catastrophic and brings along unhealthy smoke and soot. The best way to prevent all of this is knowledge. Knowing the common causes of fires in your home or business can help you understand how to stay safe.

SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is always here to help and today we are here to help everyone understand the common causes of fires in a home or business to prevent these fires from happening.

  1. Smoking

Generally when thinking about smoking people think about the negative health effects but, what people do not think about is that smoking inside your home or business can cause a fire. Smoking is the leading cause of house fires especially when cigarettes are not disposed of properly. A cigarette that is still lit when thrown in the trash can ignite in seconds, covering your home or business in flames. To help prevent this, smoke outside and properly dispose your cigarettes.

  1. Kitchen Fires

The kitchen is not an uncommon location for a fire to spark. It can happen because of open flames or intense heat of the stove. There are many things that can act as a catalyst to start a fire in your kitchen. Cooking utensils, clothes and napkins are just a few out of all the things that can help start a kitchen fire. The best way to prevent a kitchen fire is to always be aware of what you are doing while cooking.

  1. Electrical Fires

All home and businesses are filed with electrical appliances and covered with wires behind the wall. Any malfunctions with those wires or appliances can cause massive fires. Something that a lot of people forget is that electrical fires cannot be put out by water, a water-less extinguisher is needed to take care of the fire. To prevent and electrical fire, make sure to not plug too many appliances to one outlet and to repair any wires that are damaged.

  1. Lightning Strikes

Mother Nature isn’t always our friend in life. When thinking of a storm, most people relate it to flood damage and do not realize that there is also a fire risk. Lightning strikes are unpredictable and if your house or business is struck, it can cause a fire. If you are in an area prone to storms, the best thing to do is to have an efficient evacuation plan to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Children Playing With Fire

Kids are going to be kids and that is something that is hard to control. Their curiosity can lead to disaster rapidly when playing with fire. Children tend to play with lighters, matches and candles without worry about causing a fire. To help with this situation, educate your children on how dangerous it is to play with fire to prevent a disaster from happening.

When disaster strike, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County is always here to help. In an event of an emergency, pick up the phone and give us a call!

864.576.2430

Spartanburg Smoke & Soot Cleanup

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 864.576.2430

Winter Time Fires

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

A fire caused by the misuse of a fire place.

The freezing temperatures are approaching and that means everyone is going to do what they can to stay warm. What people do not think about is the damages one could cause while trying to stay warm on a cold day.

Cold weather means turning up the heat and the use of other heating methods like space heaters, heat blanket, candles, and fire places. All of these things can light up the room if used improperly like keeping them on for too long or placing some of these heat sources too close to flammable objects.

Chilly winter air contains less moisture compared to the air in the other seasons throughout the year. Because of the chilly air, the physical wood structure of the home becomes drier which can lead to electrical fires under the right conditions. 

The older the home the more likely it is to be a potential ball of fire. For example, the Clintons' house was built in 1889. An electrical fire occurred and an electrical fire happens when too much electricity is pulled through older wires that cannot handle the capacity.

To prevent these potential problems, have an annual safety inspection to make sure your home is not at risk of lighting up in flames. Here is something to think about, although the total numbers of fire during the winter decreases, the number of structural fires increase.

The Most Common Causes of House Fires

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This fire was caused by a candle that was burning for too long with no supervision.

According to U.S. Fire Departments, on average there are about 358,500 home structure fires that occur each year. Fires can happen unexpectedly, but there are several common reasons why fires occur.

  • Candles
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Children playing with fire
  • Cooking 
  • Electrical and Lighting 
  • Lightning 
  • Christmas Trees
  • Smoking

These are only several causes of a house fire, but there are many more. If you or someone you know has been affected by a fire, let SERVPRO of Spartanburg County be the first person you call to take care of the damages. We provide 24 hour service so our team is always on call and ready to take on any job. We have a certified production team and certified equipment to make sure the job gets done right!

10 Tips To Help Prevent a House Fire

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

This pictures show a grease fire in a kitchen.

Here at SERVPRO we want to make sure that everyone is safe. Below are some tips on how to prevent a fire from causing major damage to your home.

  • Never leave your pots or pans unattended on your stove.
  • Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and know how to use it.
  • Clean out the dryer vent regularly
  • Avoid using an older space heater
  • Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire
  • When purchasing a new space heater, ensure it is UL Listed and pay attention to the safety features
  • Have your chimney inspected annually by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweep
  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits
  • Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips—both allow you to plug in multiple electronic devices, but only the surge protector will help protect these devices from a power spike.

Hopefully after reading these 10 tips, you understand some common mistakes that people make that can lead to a house fire. For more information regarding house fires, talk to your home insurance carrier.

Unfortunately mistakes happen, and if you are affected by a fire give SERVPRO of Spartanburg County a call and we will make sure to restore your home and make it " Like it never even happened." 

Call Us Today!

864-576-2430

Collateral Affects of Fire Damage

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

In the picture you can see the soot build up in the bathroom stall.

After A Fire

Beside smoke and the obvious damaged contents, have you ever wondered what problems a fire caused in your home? You might see black stains on your walls and on other items around your home and not just in the location of the fire. That is what is called soot.

What Is Soot?

Soot includes the fine black particles, composed of carbon, produced by incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. Soot can consist of acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. You may not know, but soot is very dangerous and can cause death. Along side smoke, the combination of both can cause problems for your home and yourself.

How To Find Smoke And Soot

Smoke left behind because of the fire is easy to find because of the smell. Soot you can actually see with your own eyes. But do not just stop looking for soot on surfaces, look deeper. Soot will attach to anything in its path, but can also in fact get inside items like your mattress. The soot can be removed from the surface of your mattress, but if it is still inside your mattress, that smell will last forever so be on the look out. And this is all caused by the water that extinguishes the fire. It reacts with the soot and spreads even more.

If you are hit by a fire, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Spartanburg County and our certified production crew will make sure to clean everything up! 864-576-2430 

Tips That Will Help You Until Help Arrives After Fire & Smoke Damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage Can Cause Serious Damage In Your Spartanburg County Home or Business

DO:

  • Limit your movement inside the home in order prevent soot into your upholstery & carpet
  • make it a priority to keep your hands clean at all times
  • If your power is off, be sure to empty your fridge and freezer and leave the unit’s doors open to help eliminate potential odors
  • While you SHOULD change your HVAC filter, it is best to 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 HVAC system

DON’T:

  • Pursue to wash walls or any painted surfaces before first contacting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Make an effort to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without consulting SERVPRO of Spartanburg County
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water as they may indeed be contaminated 
  • Attempt to send any garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may lead to smoking odor setting into the garment. 
  • Try to turn on any ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is still wet. It is best to contact SERVPRO of Spartanburg County before any action is taken 

If you have any questions give us a call (864)576-2430

Smoke & Soot Cleanup

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

 Wet Smoke – Plastic and   Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

  Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today 

(864)576-8500

Spartanburg County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 864.576.2430

Spartanburg County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Spartanburg County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 864.576.2430