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Can I Wait To Start Fire Damage Restoration In Nashville?
We understand how devastating fire damage can be to you and your family. Calling SERVPRO for remediation services will help you recover.
SERVPRO Technicians Will Help With the ENTIRE Process of Recovering From Fire Damage in Your Home or Business
The emotional ups and downs of surviving a house fire in Nashville may find you begging for some time before you commit to a company and a recovery plan. If you needed to move out because the damage was severe, you now are dealing with partial homelessness and unexpected expenses. Remaining in your damaged home also makes you feel vulnerable, and the thought of technicians going through your property strips you of your sense of privacy.
Some of our customers also cope with injury or worse stemming from the event, interfering with reaction times. Reality does come knocking, however, when your home sustains fire damage in Nashville. Your abode needs immediate attention no matter how much you want to consider your options. Waiting even a day or two greatly increases the amount and severity of the original damage and the chances for collateral harm multiply as your house awaits restoration services.
Our training and experience indicate fast action underlies the success of our restoration efforts. The soot and other residue from the fire are extremely acidic, and many surfaces and materials begin to deteriorate immediately. Here are some things that will happen to your home and your belongings if you delay responding to fire damage according to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration, and Certification, the industry’s standard developing organization.
Waiting just a few minutes causes some common kitchen and household porous materials like marble, small appliances, and plastics to discolor or yellow permanently.
Waiting a few hours causes grout lines to discolor and laminate countertops to yellow. Porcelain appliances like refrigerators and stoves discolor, and metals without protective coatings tarnish and etch.
Waiting days to a week accelerates the losses, with most other metals pitting, corroding, and rusting. Clothing and fabrics like upholstery and window coverings stain permanently. Wooden surfaces degrade and need refinishing, and vinyl tiles may become so badly damaged they need replacing.
Waiting weeks or more allows permanent staining of carpeting. Glass and china etch and are no longer usable. Silverplate breaks down.
SERVPRO anticipates that homeowners may be operating in slow motion during the period immediately after a fire disaster. Our team members treat you and other victims of fire damage with compassion and concern, but we must stress that action needs to be taken sooner than later.
Consider proactive steps before a disaster strikes like developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan so you can make decisions without the stress of a crisis impeding you. Both our commercial and residential clients are invited to explore this option.
SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville awaits your contact after fire destroys even a portion of your home, frightening you and your family and interfering with your peace of mind. Call us at (615) 868-5324, and we pledge to make restoration after a home fire as painless as we are able.
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Dealing With Soot And Smoke Residues After A Fire In Your Nashville Home
Combustion requires three items: Fuel, oxygen, and heat.
Smoke And Soot
The lion’s share of restoration and replacement costs after a fire are from smoke and soot. These residues settle on and sometimes leave a coating on every surface close enough to the source of the heat and flames.
To do our best in restoring the effects of fire damage in a Nashville home, SERVPRO instructs our technicians on how burning material forms smoke and soot residues. Understanding what happens with combustion (turning a solid into a gas with heat) determines the type of plan used in returning a home to its original state. Combustion requires three items: Fuel, oxygen, and heat. If these articles are all in the right amounts, the fire burns clean, and there are no residues. Since this happens only in theory, we must deal with smoke and soot residues on both the structure and personal property.
Smoke is composed of gases, aerosols, and solid particles. Gases are sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides produced by burning organic materials (wood flooring or paneling for example). They are invisible unless amounts of the other two components are present as well. Since the by-products of gases are carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, it is hazardous for anyone to be around an active fire without a mask or breathing apparatus.
Aerosols are tiny liquid particles within the gases generated by a fire. Solid particles are minute amounts of carbon from the unburned material. Suspended aerosol and solid particles make the smoke visible. When it settles on a surface, smoke then becomes soot residue. Aerosols and solids also absorb odors, which is what makes soot smell.
Depending on the material that combusted, soot residues contain different types of acids. They form from the moisture in the air and the chloride and sulfide particles released from the burned material. The longer soot remains on a surface, the more likely it discolors or corrodes it.
Knowing what burned in your home, how long it burned, and how much oxygen was present helps us restore it to a clean and livable condition. The more we know before getting started increases our capability to get it right. If you need our help here at SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville, call us today at (615) 868-5324.
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SERVPRO Cleans Your Ventilation System After Fire Damage to Your Nashville Home
SERVPRO technicians pay close attention to cleaning your HVAC system after a fire to make sure that soot doesn't keep spreading throughout your home.
Our Quick Response Can Save You Money and Lessen Time Unable to Enter Your Home
Fire damage can happen to any home. A small spark, a faulty appliance, damaged wiring or a burning candle can quickly start a blaze which leaves your home and belongings damaged. A home fire is distressing, and it is natural to want things back to normal as soon as possible. That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO immediately following a fire - “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.”
When fire damage afflicts your Nashville, much of the damage is visible. However, one area you might not consider is your HVAC system, and especially the ventilation part. Soot gets into your ventilation system. That means that when the system becomes operational again, it might distribute smoke residues throughout your home, thus causing further damage or smells. Our experts prevent further contamination by carrying out thorough inspection and cleaning of your HVAC system.
The first step is to assess the ventilation system for smoke residue. The extent of damage depends on several factors, including the severity and burn time of the fire, how close the blaze was to the vents and ducts, and whether or not the system was operational during the fire. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to carry out a full assessment, and to liaise with trained HVAC experts on your behalf should the system need disassembling.
The next step is to clean the HVAC system as thoroughly as possible. Our experts remove and clean or replace filters, and vacuum, scrub and dust internal surfaces to remove soot residue. Powerful all-purpose detergents aid the cleanup process.
SERVPRO understands that complete protection of ventilation systems is vital. That is why we use ULV (ultra low volume) fogging to apply industry standard sealant to HVAC ducts following cleanup. Sealant bonds any remaining soot particles to the duct walls to ensure they cannot spread into your home. ULV machines compress sealant compounds into a fine cold mist, and our experts use specially designed nozzles to direct the fog into every nook and cranny of the duct.
ULV fogging is also ideal for spreading deodorant agents throughout the ventilation system to counter unwanted soot odors and ensure your home smells fresh once more. We also place odor control beads in the system for added odor control protection.
We train our teams to perform the exact amount of fogging to seal and deodorize ducts without over-saturating them.
Your HVAC system needs attention after a fire. Call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 for assistance.
Cleaning up Your Nashville Home After a Severe Fire
Extensive Fire Damage to a Home in Nashville Calls on SERVPRO for Restoration and Rebuild
SERVPRO Handles Large Scale Fire Damage Cleanup and Rebuild in Nashville
One of the most severe losses a homeowner can experience is seeing a fire consume their home and possessions. After such a devastating loss, support and clear direction in salvaging whatever you can from fire and smoke damage are what brings reassurance. At SERVPRO, our staff is more than trained and experienced professionals – they care about people and are their goal is to get you back in your home as fast as possible, while ensuring you are informed each step of the way to ease any concerns you may have.
It is good to understand the fire types that are most common which can affect your home in Nashville and cause fire and smoke damage. Knowing ahead of time can help you prevent such fires from occurring that negatively affect you and your family.
Food on the stove or in the oven has burned and has left a strong, burnt food odor and smoke residue on surfaces and contents. This is usually associated with meat.
Multiple synthetic and natural items in your home have burned, which creates a black smoke and sooty residue on surfaces and contents, with synthetic smoke odors. Emergency corrosion mitigation is needed in this case to protect hard surfaces that are at risk for additional damage from pitting and staining.
Shrubs, bushes, and trees have burned, and smoke has come through the structure from outdoors, leaving smoke residues and odors.
Heating appliances like furnaces that run on oil have malfunctioned and created smoke that spreads throughout your home. A classic case of "puff-back" can be difficult to cleanup.
Not Just Burnt Items
Smoke and ash can keep causing corrosion and damage to materials if they go unattended. Smoke odors remain in a home long afterward and keep causing problems if they are not removed, which is why SERVPRO comes to your home quickly after being called. In only a few minutes after a fire, discoloring occurs on walls and other surfaces. After a few hours, finishes on appliances turn yellow, and smoke etches glass after a short time, while smoke tarnishes metals fast.
Since not all fire damage is the same, we take the time to identify the source and figure out the kind of fire that happened. We evaluate the areas that are wet from firefighting efforts that could need treatment and remediate any water damage. We also evaluate any sensitive material which could be damaged by smoke and soot particles. For the aftermath of severe fire incidents, we recommend that you remove belongings, medications, laptops, school books, toys, and other items when you temporarily relocate during the fire damage restoration and rebuild. Then we "pack-out" the remaining contents for cleaning and storage purposes. The use of ultrasonic cleaning and Esporta washing systems can salvage much thought to be lost possessions.
We also perform structural restoration which includes removing any charred contents that might seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation, plus evaluate floor coverings and carpets that could need removing. We inspect your home’s framing and subfloors for safety and treat surfaces affected for smoke odors, sealing them to keep any odors leftover from leaking back into your home. We thoroughly clean, eliminate the bulk of odors and deodorize surfaces to bring your home to its preloss condition, whenever possible.
At SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville, we are ready to restore your home after a fire disaster. With you as our priority, we move quickly to perform expert and thorough remediation once you call us at (615) 868-5324.
The SERVPRO Cleaning Techniques After Fire Damage To Your Nashville Home
Soot Cleanup from a Fire in Your Nashville Home Could Use SERVPRO Service
Fire Damage Cleanup in Nashville Holds Many Options
In the event of a fire, the resulting cleanup is difficult. The fire itself damages many different items. After a fire, some articles are destroyed or damaged beyond repair. Other belongings are damaged by the soot from the fire. Anyone who has dealt with a fire cleanup is familiar with the blackened look of articles that are in a soot residue. For the homeowner, this is one of the most upsetting parts of dealing with the aftermath of a fire.
If your Nashville home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO can help. Our IICRC certified technicians are equipped with the necessary equipment and products to thoroughly clean your home and restore it to its pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”
Our professional cleanup teams understand that every article in your home is different and has diverse cleaning needs. When you call us, we start by assessing the items in your house to determine which can be saved and which need to be discarded. Once the viability of each item has been established, our professional technicians can decide on the most appropriate cleaning technique for each of them.
Some of the most common cleaning techniques we use include:
Agitation. This is the use of mechanical action to dislodge soot particles from a surface. Using a liquid cleaner straight away can push soot further into the material and make the problem worse. Agitation helps loosen soot particles first and prepare the surface for cleaner application.
Lubrication. This is the use of a cleaner to make the soot particles slippery. They slide away from the surface with flushing and leave it cleaner. Our certified IICRC technicians can then tackle any further cleaning necessary.
Application of cleaning chemicals. The application of cleaning chemicals alters the compound composition of the soot. This means the cleaning product can remove the soot from the surface and leave it clean once more.
Suspension and dispersion. These are common cleaning methods. In most cases, the soot is first loosened with agitation. The item is then suspended in the correct cleaning solution until the residue is removed.
SERVPRO have the know-how to determine which cleaning method is the most efficient for each and every article in your home. Our teams carefully examine each item to determine the cleaning method that will best restore it. We know which cleaning products and actions to use and the best dose of each product to clean your possessions without worsening the damage.
If you need help cleaning up after a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville is here to assist you. Call us at (615) 868-5324 today.
Full Restoration after Fire Damage is Multi-Faceted for Nashville Homes
Many times there is a fire, substantial amounts of personal belongings need to be laundered or cleaned by hand, which can be an intensive task.
SERVPRO Performs Full Fire Damage Restorations to Nashville Homes
Fires in the home happen for countless reasons. Some are electrical fires caused by shorts in the wall, or an appliance and others occur when something ignites after touching something hot enough. Even small fires can make a home unsafe in which to live.
When Nashville residents have the misfortune of fire damage in their home, the technicians at SERVPRO can restore your home, so it is “Like it never even happened.” They do this by repairing any structural damage, removing and replacing charred materials, cleaning away the soot and grime, boxing up personal belongings, and deodorizing your home.
Structural soundness of your home is crucial to our technicians' safety and is addressed before any other work can begin. After ensuring that the weight of both our employees and their equipment can be safely held by your home's floors, we can start working on other aspects of the restoration process. Sometimes support beams show obvious damage, and these are replaced or fortified first. Floorboards are also quickly inspected, and those with damage are replaced or covered. Additional repairs that are permanent can be made as we work.
The flames of the fire do not have to touch certain items in your home to damage them. The heat inside your home can become so intense that some materials combust on their own, melt, or even shatter. These items need to be disposed of so that any leached toxins, sharp broken edges, or soiling can create problems in the rest of your home.
Different items in your home have special surfaces that are easily damaged when soot or ash remains on them. These items include fixtures, décor, memorabilia, and much more, and they all must be cleaned of any residue before this damage can happen. This damage, which includes etching and discoloration, may seem insignificant, but as the microscopic particles work deeper into the metal and other hard surfaces, the damage becomes more and more noticeable.
Many times there is a fire, substantial amounts of personal belongings need to be laundered or cleaned by hand, which can be an intensive task. Items, such as blankets, need to be laid out and examined. Baby and toddler gear need to be opened and examined for sharp edges that may have been created when the heat melted plastic materials. These items can be taken to our SERVPRO site and cared for there. Other items too fragile to be handled in your home can also be boxed for the same purpose.
When carpets, ceilings, walls, and your personal things are returned to pre-fire condition, the odor can remain. This does not mean that there is still fire damage, but rather that the soot produced such fine particles that they have permeated into areas that are largely inaccessible without additional, and otherwise unneeded, reconstructive work. Instead, SERVPRO technicians deodorize your home to your standards. Deodorization includes the use of ozone machines, packets that are placed in locations that cannot be reached by children or pets, and also by the use of deodorants injected directly into the carpet and padding.
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We want your home to feel like home again, and we have the training and experience to do so. For complete fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville anytime, at (615) 868-5324.
Important First Steps When Fire Damages Your Nashville Home
SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville has the training and the experience to help you manage all the aspects of fire damage restoration.
When Fire Damages Your Residential Property in Nashville, Imperative Action is Necessary
After your house has sustained fire damage, there are several things you must do to keep your family safe and begin the process of property recovery and restoration. One of the most important is to engage the professionals at SERVPRO to inspect the damage and begin devising a complete plan to return your home to pre-loss condition. You need us on your recovery team immediately because we have the training and the experience to help you manage all the aspects of fire damage restoration no matter how large or small the extent of the fiery destruction.
Once we are on board with you, it is time to walk through the initial steps necessary for a homeowner to take after fire damages your Nashville house.
First, you must be given permission by the local fire officials to enter your home so that we may assess the damage and determine what will be required to get your family back to the quiet enjoyment of your space free of the effects of the fire. Take care not to enter before being given the all clear as structural damage can be a hidden danger and fire have been known to reignite.
Second, our SERVPRO team can help you begin an ongoing communication with your insurance company as the recovery effort begins. This is crucial as you want to receive the maximum in coverage according to your contract as your home is restored.
Third, in consultation with local utility companies, we will determine if and when electricity, heating, and cooling systems can be brought back online safely.
Fourth, any areas of your home that have sustained damage severe enough to expose the interior to the elements must be secured. We can help board up or install temporary sheathing. If necessary we can erect a temporary fence to prevent vandalism or looting.
Fifth, we can help you find temporary housing or set up containment areas within your home to keep the fire damage away from unaffected areas.
Fire damage can feel very overwhelming, but you can rely on the training and expertise of your local SERVPRO contractor to guide you through all the intricacies of fire restoration. Our trained staff can manage everything from cleaning away the soot and grit to eliminating the persistent odors that can linger in upholstery, bedding or floor, and wall coverings. If removal and replacement of structures or fixtures are indicated, we will explain why it is necessary and work to get your insurance to cover the cost as we complete these tasks. We follow a specific protocol when cleaning and remediating damage so as to avoid spreading soot or threatening the integrity of your structure.
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SERVPRO of Madison / Goodlettsville can be reached 24/7 at (615) 868-5324 for an immediate dispatch of trained fire damage inspectors. Team up with us for a thorough restoration of areas of your home damaged or destroyed by fire.
Speedy Fire Damage Solutions Save Time and Money
Call SERVPRO To Restore Your Madison Fire & Smoke Damaged Property
SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Restoration Rapidly
When you need a quick response, SERVPRO does not disappoint, standing with you and your family or business during the crucial hours and days immediately following a fire. No one wants to think about the devastation a fire can bring to daily life, but you will be in professional hands should the unthinkable happen if you let our trained technicians walk you through the restoration process. As After the fire is out, and the fire department allows access, you can have the damage assessed. Our expert and caring staff will get you through the uncertainty and confusion a sudden fire creates and helps develop a plan to get you safely back into your home.
The cost of repairing fire damage in Madison may seem daunting, but our business is committed to helping you find solutions that work financially for you while also swiftly returning your premises to a comfortable and secure state. "Like it never even happened." When we assess the damage, we are always working to make the cost of restoring your property affordable. We work diligently to assist you with your insurance claims by providing professional estimating and invoicing practices confirming for your carriers that the fire loss claimed is supported by the extent of the damage and the repairs and clean up needed, expediting the service. We are not an insurance company, and will adhere to the instructions of you and your insurance adjuster.
Although a property owner might want to try to remain in a home or business after a fire, it is often necessary to evacuate the premises until the fire damage is repaired. This is when the speedy reaction time of SERVPRO is vital; our team members are ready to travel to the site of your fire. Smoke damage can cause more problems than the actual fire. Don’t endanger yourself or your family or your business by trying to use a fire damaged building for shelter or commerce because you are fearful restoration will take too long. Big or small, an incendiary event can make it risky to work or live in an unrepaired building. Count instead upon our timely attention to your situation, moving quickly to set things right. We can restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."
No matter what hour fire devastates your property know that SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is poised to leap into action. Contact us 24/7 at (615) 868-5324 after you have gotten everyone safely out of a building damaged by fire and have contacted your insurance company.
Critical Fire Damage Terms Defined
Fire Damaged Buildings Can Harbor Toxic Fumes and Materials
Things That You Can Do Vs. Things To Leave to Professionals After a Fire
In a lot of cases, residential fires and fire damage could be prevented by taking precautions such as cleaning the lint from your dryer vent or switching to fireless candles. There are three terms that are critical to remember when thinking about the risk of fire in your home. These are Prevention, Mitigation, and Restoration.
Fire Mitigation Explained
Mitigation is defined as the effort to lower the loss of both property and life in the event of a disaster by FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Association. It means action is taken to understand the risks and proactive measures that are taken to manage them, like acquiring insurance to help pay for the costs of fire restoration.
Fire Damage Restoration Explained
Fire damage restoration should be started as soon as the authorities have deemed that the property is safe. An acidic byproduct of fire, smoke is capable of staining and corroding surfaces such as counters and walls. Sometimes, steps which are taken to put out the fire can cause even more damage than the fire itself. This is why correct fire restoration deals with smoke, heat and water damage.
Things You can Do on Your Own
The very first thing you need to do is call for professional help by getting in touch with our team at SERVPRO. Then you need to open all the windows to get air moving and push smoke out of the rooms. Move your children and any pets to an environment that is smoke-free. Smoke has carcinogenic gasses which can affect their health. You can start with trusted neighbors for aid right away, and then move to a temporary home with family or friends until the fire restoration is completed. Empty your freezer and refrigerator if the power is out. After they are empty, prop open the door to keep odors from building up on the inside.
Lastly, take an inventory of the contents of your home. Make a list of any items which will need to be replaced. You should also document the damage with photographs as well. You’ll need copies for your insurance company, for your personal records and maybe even for the fire investigation authorities. It is a good idea to make up to five copies, so you have them just in case.
Leaving it to the Professionals
There are things you should not attempt on your own because of the risk of smoldering ash and toxic gasses. At SERVPRO, we have the right safety equipment so we can do the work without any risks.
- Do not wipe down wood trim walls or furniture, or any other surface that is absorbent.
- Do not move or sit on upholstered furniture.
- Do not consume any food which was exposed to the fire’s extreme heat, including canned items.
- Do not turn on any systems in your home such as the air conditioner or the furnace.
- Keep away from electrical devices like stereos, appliances or TVs until after the SERVPRO can deem that it is safe.
Fire damage in Nashville needs to be handled by the professionals, so when you experience such an event, give us a call at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville at (615) 868-5324 right away so we can help you.
Fire Damage Requires Expetise to Remediate
Fire and Smoke Damaged Home
SERVPRO Is Equipped To Handle All Aspects of Damage
Fire damage is very unpredictable. For one thing, there are multiple possible causes for a fire. Along with the fire, there are smoke and fumes that could cause a lot of problems in the home. Even after the initial fire, there are usually other damages that extend beyond the damages that the fire causes. Then the amount of water needed to put out the fire can cause a lot of damage as well. This can result in a truly stressful situation.
Fortunately, our professionals at SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville can easily and quickly solve your problem.
One thing that makes us very efficient in fire damage restoration is that we have a lot of knowledge about the damages that are caused as well as what it takes to fix the damages. We are also quick about restoring the house from damages caused by fire, smoke and soot. Along without knowledge and expertise, we are also very caring and empathetic to what you are going through.
Our fire damage restoration process will ensure that your home is back to its prior condition before the fire. We thoroughly inspect the home for all damages caused by the incident. We then cover the damaged roofs and windows with tarps and boards. In the case of water damage, we remove the water with our pumps and dehumidifiers. Afterward, we get rid of soot and smoke from every surface that it has affected. We have the equipment that is specialized in removing all of the smoke and soot from the surfaces of the home. We then clean and sanitize every area of the home that was affected by the fire. Then we restore as much of your home as we can.
Our companies are located where we can reach our clients quickly. If you have experienced any fire damages in Madison, then call us at (615) 868-5324.
Contacting Professionals for fire damage in Madison Services
Candles Are a Common Cause of Fire in a Home
Fire Damage Restoration Always Entails Dealing With Water Damage As Well
Cigarette smoking, electrical outlet problems, candles, space heaters are all common causes for starting a fire in a home. Even when a homeowner takes special care in preventing their homes from going up in smokes, major Fire Damage in Madison problems can still occur. If the owner is home, they may be able to minimize the damage by putting out the flames before the fire spreads. On the other hand, if no one is in the home when the fire breaks out, the entire home may go up in flames before the smoke or flames are even discovered. Regardless to the circumstances, these times can be very devastating for everyone involved. Meaning the lives for the entire family will be completely disrupted until the structure is rebuilt or the repairs are made, and people can occupy their homes again.
To that end, here are few things that must done in the aftermath of a minor or a major fire in the home. Some of the most essential consist of the following:
Contact a Professional Fire Damage Repair Restoration Company
After the firefighters have put out the fire, the homeowner is often left with dealing with the recovery process. Unfortunately, this process is not always easy for the family because the job that’s left can be quite hefty. Also, it does not matter if the fire damage is relatively small, there are still some duties and responsibilities that should only be performed by a professional agency like a Madison Fire Damage remediation company. This is because the process of getting everything back together includes ensuring no hidden damage is left untreated or appropriately cared for. For instance, these jobs normally call for our teams of specialists to use professional equipment to remove soot, smoke damage or other odors from items in the home that can be salvaged.
Assessment of the Damages
Once our highly trained fire restoration technicians are on site, we provide an inspection that identifies what work needs to be done. For instance, in some cases, the home may have little damage left over from the flames, but will have a lot of smoke damage in the home that can only be removed with the appropriate advanced tools and equipment. Meaning these jobs are not intended for the family to do alone with a do it yourself home remedy.
Removing Excess Water
It is also important to note that fire damage near Madison is not the only problem that people will have to deal with. Specifically, because the firefighter will use lots of water to put the fire out. When this occurs, the owner will need a professional solution that will remove the excess water, dry the water from the items in the home and ensure nothing is left that will cause mold to grow and spread.
So, for those of you who need a professional to visit your home for an assessment of the damage and a plan, you call SERVPRO of Madison Goodlettsville at 615-868-5324 today.
Many Of The Dangers Fire Damage Holds For Your Goodlettsville Home
Firefighters Try to Control a Spreading Home Fire
Safety is Primary When Dealing With a Home Fire - During and After
In any fire, regardless of the actual source of the fire, many things can happen. Nashville fire damage in your home should not be treated as an afterthought. Of all things that can and do happen, not too many of them are good, so a quick look helps you understand this.
The flames that can engulf your home or even just a few parts of it can cause things, such as smoke, soot, often greasy, to become airborne and infiltrate throughout the structure. Heat and fire cause many chemicals to be released from carpets and many other synthetic fabrics and building materials.
Furnishings burn, decorations melt, and all of this adds to the odors from those gasses released from those fabrics, along with the insulation. The earthy, fairly musty smell from all of the water that used to put the fire out will also be present. Smell also presents the very real possibility that different molds begin to use that water to take hold and initiate the process that may take over a significant portion of your home.
All of this water, mold and fire damage in your Nashville home must be handled in a proper way to return your house to a livable condition.
There are, of course, things that you can do to help prevent your being hurt or killed during this time which is also a very real possibility as there are more than 12,600 people injured and 2,500 people that die in home fires every year, across the United States.
First, remember that fire is fast. It only takes as little as 30 seconds for a flame to get out of control. The thick, black smoke permeates your home and make it impossible to see or know where anything is, even in a house you have been living in for years and years. It is that intimidating. This timeline does not allow you to gather up all sorts of stuff you would like to save. There is time for getting out if you do it carefully.
Another thing to remember is that fire is, of course, HOT. In the five minutes, it can take to engulf your home totally; the floor temperature may be sitting at 100 degrees, but at your breathing level, it could 600 degrees. It can sear your lungs and cause much damage to skin, eyes, and all extremities.
Fire alarms are the best idea to have installed before you think you need them. They can be life saving and prevent fire damage near Nashville.
Smoke alarms should be placed outside and inside bedrooms.
If one of them goes off, get up and out, staying as close to the cooler floor as possible. Do not try to stop and call anyone; Do not try to stop and gather anything, other than the kids.
If your Nashville home has suffered from fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville for 24/7 help. We proudly serve the greater Nashville, Goodlettsville and Madison areas with professional, timely and friendly water, mold and fire-related problems for many years. Our phone number is (615) 868-5324.
Why Professional Assistance Is Needed to Clean Up Fire Damage in Goodlettsville
The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean. This usually involved creosote build-up in chimneys.
Hiring Cleaning Professionals After Goodlettsville Fire Damage
If you are a homeowner and are dealing with fire damage in Goodlettsville, trying to take on the cleanup yourself can be a difficult job. Though it is certainly possible to restore small areas of damage on your own, a home that has significant damage due to fire, such as on the roof, walls or floor, is best left to professionals. Though you might think that cleaning a home in Madison or Goodlettsville with residential fire damage is as easy as removing and replacing the scorched areas, there is much more to consider with this type of problem. With the assistance of a professional company, you will have the best chance to reduce the odds of a total loss.
Cleaning Up After the Chaos
Most homeowners realize that they need to clean up quickly after a fire in Goodlettsville, but what they don't understand is that this initial cleanup is not only toxic for a person's health but could also be extremely difficult to perform. Usually, an inspector from the insurance company will come to view the damage, but after they leave, it often requires the use of a HAZMAT suit to thoroughly protect the lungs when cleaning up this large of a mess.
Fire Damage Isn't the Only Issue
Fire in Goodlettsville not only leaves charred and smoky belongings in its wake; it also leaves water damage as water is necessary to control the flames. Water damage can sometimes be more difficult to deal with than fire damage because most Madison or Goodlettsville homeowners do not have the tools or the knowledge to handle it. Also, any surface that has water sitting on it for more than about 18 hours is already experiencing mold and bacteria growth. In this case, the best practice is to throw the surface out as it is too difficult to efficiently clean; leaving the mold and bacteria on the surface can lead to serious respiratory issues in the future.
Don't Forget About the Smoke Damage
Water and fire damage are only part of the story when dealing with a home in Madison or Goodlettsville with residential fire damage. Smoke is also an issue because not only does it change the look of surfaces; it also leaves an odor that is difficult to remove. To remove the smell of smoke, special cleansers are required. Also, keep in mind that even a small fire can push the smoke through the home, and smoke damage can occur in areas of the home that were never touched by fire. This means every surface of the home must be treated for smoke damage even if the fire occurred in another area of the home.
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If you have recently experienced a fire in your home, it is best to call upon the pros. When a fire occurs in your residential property in Madison/Goodlettsville, Watertown, or White House, we have the skills and equipment to help. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is available to quickly respond to your home following a fire. Call us today at (615) 868-5324.
How to Deal with Smoke and Fire Damage in Nashville
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How to Prevent, Prepare for and Deal With Fire Damage in Nashville
Dealing with Nashville fire damage can be very difficult. In addition to the damage, caused by the fire, smoke can also cause damage. Smoke damage includes stains and odor problems.
How to Prevent Fire Damage
In some cases, preventing Nashville fire damage is not possible. Lightning strikes and forest fires can lead to fires in your home, also. If your neighbor's home catches fire, this may also affect your home. Because damage from the fire is not avoidable, it's best to be prepared for fire restoration services. Of course, you can help to minimize risks by properly disposing of smoking materials, being careful while cooking, and by keeping your furnace in good working order.
How To Prepare to Deal with Fire Damage
The best way to prepare for damage to your property is to ensure that your home and your possessions are insured. Carefully read the terms of your policy or consult your insurance agent. An effective insurance policy will cover Nashville fire damage and will pay to replace items lost.
You can also prepare for damage from fire by researching fire restoration services in your area. SERVPRO has extensive experience.
How Can Your Property Be Restored After A Fire?
Our company provides services when your property has been damaged by fire. Our technicians will usually tarp and seal any holes in the ceiling or walls. Prevention of rain or snow intrusion into your home nulllifies further damage after the fire.
Securing the property is also important to prevent looting and trespassing.
After assessing the Nashville fire damage, SERVPRO will come up with an action plan for restoration. Then, our experts will offer the homeowners an accurate price quote for repairing and restoring their home.
Then our restoration company will begin the cleaning process. First, we will remove any soot, dust or smoke stains. This process should also help to remove the smoky smell left after a fire. Then, our company will repair damaged items like countertops, cabinets and furniture. The company will also install new carpeting and paint the walls.
An experienced fire restoration company like SERVPRO will offer homeowners a wide range of services that will help to restore the home, and help the homeowners to get back to their lives as soon as possible.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Madison/Goodlettsville is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Nashville community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.
We are here in Nashville and are ready to help you. Just call us. (615) 868-5324
Are You Missing These Hidden Sources of Goodlettsville Fire?
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.
Are You Missing These Hidden Sources of Fire?
Most people are aware of the Goodlettsville fire risks posed by candles, smoking, and malfunctioning appliances, but there are also a number of everyday household hazards that may surprise you. Below are some of the most commonly overlooked sources of house fires.
Microwaves - especially out-of-date models - are one of the most common sources of house fires. Accidentally microwaving a piece of silverware or aluminum foil can cause arcing, and dry foods can easily ignite if cooked for too long. To make matters worse, the fan can also provide oxygen to feed the flames, which is why you should never leave a microwave unattended when in use.
While battery-related fires are rare, they do happen. 9-volt batteries are especially hazardous, since the positive and negative posts are so close together. If a piece of conductive metal comes between those posts, it could cause a short, igniting any nearby combustible materials. The best option is to store unused batteries in their original packaging, or to cover the ends with a bit of electrical tape. Never store batteries in a drawer with loose metal or flammable objects.
All outlets are rated for a certain wattage, and use light bulbs that exceed those standards is a fire waiting to happen. If the outlet is unmarked, the safest course of action is to choose light bulbs that are 60 watts or below. If your home includes track or recessed lighting, consider using cooler LED bulbs instead of CFLs in order to avoid overheating.
Every year, more than 15,000 fires are caused by dryer lint. Lint traps do not catch the majority of lint, which means that most of it ends up in the dryer vents, blocking air flow and exhaust gasses and eventually becoming a serious fire hazard. Clean the lint trap between each load of laundry, and take the time to clear lint away from the vent and the back of the dryer at least once a month.
Laptops heat up during regular use, and covering up their cooling vents can result in overheating and even a Goodlettsville fire. Avoid leaving your laptop on the bed, couch, or any other surface that might block air flow.
Newspapers, magazines, books, and paperwork can easily ignite if stored too close to a heat source. Always store reading materials on a shelf or in another cool, dry place, and consider tossing out anything that you won't use again so that it doesn't become a hazard in the future.
Heating pads and electrical blankets that are old, damaged, or improperly used can pose a significant risk to your home and your safety. Replace any pads that have missing covers, tears, cracks, or exposed wires. Avoid bunching pads up during use, and never fall asleep with a heating pad turned on - many older models do not have an auto-off setting, which can lead to serious burns, short-outs, and even Goodlettsville fires.
Barbecue charcoal is highly flammable, even when it's damp. The best way to store charcoal is to keep it inside a metal container with an air-tight lid, so that if a fire does start, it won't be able to spread. Keep charcoal in an area that isn't exposed to sunlight or moisture, such as a shed or outdoor storage unit.
Assorted clutter is a surprisingly common source of household fires. Combustible materials that are stored near light fixtures or electrical outlets can easily ignite; clutter in the bedroom is especially dangerous since it gives you less time to react to a potential fire. Avoid stacking clothing or paperwork in a closet with light bulbs, and vacuum regularly so that flammable dust doesn't accumulate around sockets and light fixtures.
Old and outdated appliances are a major Goodlettsville fire hazard, even if appear to be functioning properly. Many older appliances do not have the built-in safety features that come with modern models, and pieces may wear out or break down over time with regular use. Check old appliances regularly for worn insulation, exposed wiring, or malfunctioning components.
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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.
- Emergency Contact
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
- Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
- Cleaning and Repair