Recent Fire Damage Posts

Stay Safe on the Fourth of July

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

It's that time of the year again.  Long, hot summer days, baseball, the American flag and buntings decorating the front of our homes.  Then comes the Fourth of July.  It's a time of celebration with fireworks, BBQs, friends and family. With all of the fanfare the  most important thing to keep in mind is safety.

Fireworks

Fireworks can be dangerous.  Give yourself plenty of space and find a safe location away from your house or anything flammable.  Supervise children and be sure that first-aid supplies are close by.  Find more fire safety tips from the Federal Emergency management Agency FEMA.

Grilling

While grilling. keep your grill a safe distance from your house tree branches and deck railings.  Keeping your grill free from grease and fat is helpful as well as fat can cause unexpected flames.  

Heat

This time of year we can generally expect hot days.  Stay cool, wear a hat and light clothing, protect yourself with sunscreen, stay hydrated  and find relief in the shade.  

Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City wish for you to have a fun and safe Independence Day celebration.

Fire Damage - "Like it never even happened."

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Were you aware that a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces through your entire home?  Regardless of the size, a fire can also cause odors that may last for year.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City understand how events like fire can affect your life.  Concerns may range from the expense replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake.  Typically restoring an item will save you money versus replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures.  SERVPRO consists of a 24-hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both the home and the homeowner.  Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO of Jefferson City professionals can help you regain control quickly and help protect your home and personal belongings.

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 573-635-5883.  We can help make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Space Heater Safety

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Who doesn't like a space heater to keep their feet warm at your desk on a chilly day.  Or to plug one in to warm up a room.  A supplemental heat source should be operated with a measure of caution. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters, whether portable or stationary, account for two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths. If you're using a space heater, help reduce the risk of fire with these tips:

Radiant space heaters warm whatever is directly in front of them, while convection heaters can help make an entire room feel more comfortable. To use them safely, consider the following tips:

  • Purchase units with an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
  • Keep heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn, such as upholstery, curtains, pets or people. Approximately half of fires in residential buildings involving a portable heater occur because the unit is too close to a combustible material.
  • Keep the unit on a level surface and plug it directly into a wall outlet.
  • Never use a space heater to dry clothing.
  • Select a unit that automatically switches off if the unit tips over.
  • Do not leave a space heater unattended, especially when children or pets are in the room. Do not leave an electric heater on overnight or when you're sleeping.

Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City hope these winter weather safety tips are useful to you.  Safety first.  

Stop, Drop and Roll - Fire Drills at Home

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson City will be faster to any size disaster in the event you have a home fire.  But to be completely honest with you, we'd much rather teach you some home safety tips to prevent us from having to clean up what remains of your fire ravaged home. Now is as good as time as any to begin fire drills with your family.  It will get your children interested in the change of routine and keep adults in practice as well. Practice exactly as you'd do it in real time. Define, step-by-step, what you expect your children to do.

  • Start the fire safety training drill by sounding a smoke alarm, so children can recognize the beep as an early warning to fire.
  • Leave everything behind and follow the escape route. They should never attempt to pick up toys and personal possessions, or look for their parents, siblings or pets. Sticking to the evacuation plan to get out safely is most important.
  • Teach them to stay low to the floor, moving on their hands and knees, if there is smoke in their room. To avoid inhalation, instruct them to cover their face with a pillowcase or shirt.
  • Show them how to crawl over to their bedroom door and touch the doorknob first. If it's not hot, they should proceed out the door and exit the house to the safe meeting place outside. If it's hot, they should go to their window and wave a shirt.
  • Stop, drop and roll. Practice this important safety move so you can help prevent serious burns if your clothes are on fire.
  • Repeat the plan until they have mastered it. With enough drills, you can avoid panic and confusion if a real fire strikes the home.

Talk about next steps, like calling 911. After you have gotten to your meeting space, talk to your children about calling 911. Children old enough to understand the phone should know how to call at the first sign of an emergency. But remember, kids can sometimes think it's funny to prank call 911, so stress to them that it is against the law and carries consequences.

Be Fire Smart

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Temperatures are dropping and as always, we're bound to have some frigid Central Missouri weather days ahead of us.   It's unfortunate that home fires occur at all, let alone that they occur more in the winter months than in any other season. SERVPRO of Jefferson City has some information to provide for your winter weather safety:

  • Be aware that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.
  • One in every seven home fires and one in every five home fire deaths involves heating equipment.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • Hire a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.

Visit SERVPRO's fire damage repair and restoration page at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

And remember we have 24-hour emergency service at SERVPRO of Jefferson City - 573-635-5883

The Holiday Season – Staying Safe

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve?

Keeping that in mind, your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want to share some safety tips offered by the American Red Cross to help reduce the risk of fire in your home this holiday.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Lights, strings, and other holiday decorations should be at least three feet away from heat sources.
  • Unplug your Christmas tree lights and any other holiday lights before going to bed, and before leaving your house.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate your tree. If you use candles elsewhere in your home, always extinguish them before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • In the kitchen, keep anything that can catch fire, potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains – away from your stove top.
  • Create a designated person to make certain all candles are extinguished at the end of the day.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season from your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson  City -- 573-635-5883.

Why Fires Start in Commercial Buildings

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

According to the USFA, even though every business is different, commercial fires tend to start for the same reasons. As a business owner, it's important to be aware of these causes, so you can do your best to prevent them. 

  • Cooking- Kitchen fires in restaurants are the most common source of fire in non-residential buildings, often because the grease traps, hood suppression system, and exhaust vents for commercial stoves, broilers, and deep fat fryers are not properly cleaned and maintained.
  • Electrical and Heating Malfunctions– Worn electrical cords and faulty wiring are also a major cause of commercial fires.
  • Arson- Intentional fire-setting in abandoned buildings, especially in the current economic climate, provide an easy target for fire setters. Don't let these hazards kill or injure firefighters.
  • Smoking- Even in a smoke-free building, you can't watch what your employees do all the time. It only takes one cigarette to start a fire. Many historic hotel fires, and the Sofa Super Store fire, were started by someone smoking cigarettes.
  • Improper Storage- Most fires in storage properties are not in warehouses but are in garages, barns, silos, and small outbuildings. Many fires are started when flammable materials are stored too close to a heat source.

Additional Risks

Your business may have fire risks that aren't covered here. Commercial fire sprinklers can protect all types of businesses from fire, making them a worthwhile investment in your building and employees' safety.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to help protect your investment.  Give us a call at 573-635-5883.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Takes Pride in its Services

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Heirloom piece of furniture covered with soot An heirloom piece of furniture from a homeowners house that our professionals cleaned and deodorized to "Like it never even happened."

Unfortunately, a lot can be lost by smoke damage after a home or commercial fire.  Give your SERVPRO of Jefferson City team a call and within four hours of loss notification our professionals will be onsite to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning

SERVPRO of Jefferson City can professionally clean and deodorize. We can restore furniture, rugs and area rugs, draperies and upholstery.  

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized; your area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.  We also provide you an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items for the home owner.

Deodorization

We won't leave you with offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  Our professionals can locate the source of the odor and remove them for you.

You need the best after fire damage and SERVPRO of Jefferson City provides the best.  Call us at 573-635-5883.

Celebrate Summer Safety

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

With summer months comes barbecues, parades and fireworks.  

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hundreds are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents.  We all love firing up the grill during the summer months.  So that makes July the peak month for grill fires.  SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants our customers to take proper safety precautions while enjoying your backyard barbecues so please consider the following tips to keep your summer celebrations disaster-free!

  • Only use propane and BBQ grills outdoors.
  • Place grill well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Let charcoal grills completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Wear protective eyewear when lighting or standing near fireworks.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Attend a public display of fireworks.  It's the safest way to enjoy your 4th of July celebration.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

Let our Crew Help You With Fire Cleanup

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire strikes you need to have a trusted company cleanup the damage properly.  Call SERVPRO of Jefferson  City at 573-635-5883 for your fire cleanup. We are a preferred vendor for many insurance companies making the process that much easier for you. We can handle everything from pack out to overseeing reconstruction services. We specialize in fire and smoke restoration and spend time training our techs in the cleaning process.  Also, it is important to remember that no fire is the same. SERVPRO of Jefferson City -  faster to any size disaster and can make your fire loss "Like it never even happened," and we use a restore vs. replace mentality meaning you can get your original items back in most cases and your structure restored quicker. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City today!  Our crew is available 24/7/365 to help you.

 

Save Lives- Invest in a Smoke Detector

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Thousand of people lose their lives every year in residential fires. In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat.  That's one reason why most five victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns.  A  majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape.  A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm.  This often allows a family the precious, but limited time needed to escape. 

About two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.  Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of dying from a fie in your home. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants our customers to keep safe.  If we can be of help at any time give us a call at 573-65-5883.

Smoke Alarm Guidelines

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you don't have a smoke alarm installed in your home, purchase one and install it.

It is very important to install smoke alarms according to the manufacturer's instructions.

It is recommended a smoke alarm be installed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.

The USFA recommends that every home where people sleep be equipped with either (a) both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, or (b) dual sensor smoke alarms (which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors).

Do not install an ionization smoke alarm in or near the kitchen because it is more  likely to create a false alarm during cooking.

Test your smoke alarms every month.

Install interconnected smoke alarms.

Install smoke alarms using house wiring with battery back-up.

Fire Safety During Winter Storms

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather is officially upon us and now is a good time to think about fire safety during winter storms.  Did you know that half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February?  Knowing what to do in the event of a storm may help save your family and your personal belongings.

  • Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home at least once a month.
  • Plan two ways out of your home and keep your sidewalk and driveway free of ice and snow.
  • Make sure your house number is visible from the street so firefighters can locate your home.
  • Power can often times go out during high wind or ice storms.  Have battery-powered flashlights and extra batteries. 
  • Keep up to day on winter weather by checking on the radio, television or social media for updates.
  • If your heat stops working bundle up with extra layers of clothing and blankets to keep warm. 
  • Check on your neighbors.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed. 

We hope these tips help keep you and your family safe but when problems arise and the things that matter most are on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well.  Contact  SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.   

Fire Safety for your Family

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire alarm clock Make a plan to keep your family safe in the event of a fire.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants to be your number one emergency service for Fire & Water - Cleanup and Restoration.  We also want our customers to know how important it is to us that you are taking the proper steps keeping your families safe in the event of a fire.  There’s no time like the present to make plans for an emergency evacuation.  We’d like to offer these tips:

  • Plan an escape route with your family
  • Know how to exit each room
  • Arrange for a meeting place outside and make sure it is away from the house
  • If there is an emergency, call 911
  • If you don’t have your cell phone, go to the nearest neighbor’s house to call
  • Do not stay in a building that has caught on fire
  • Make sure your children know your home address

Take advantage of this link to FEMA.  It offers a create your family emergency communication plan and family communication plan fillable card.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/133447

Also, make sure there is a smoke detector on every floor of your home as well as a fire extinguisher.  Stay diligent in your efforts to keep your family safe.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 573-635-5883

Fire Damage - Choose SERVPRO to Restore Your Property

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

A basement fire burns through the floor of the upper level Fire and soot damage from a basement fire

Let SERVPRO do the work.

Once the fire department leaves you are left with the cleanup. The cleanup process of soot, smoke and water damage is a daunting task.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson City to take on the job.  Our crew is IICRC certified in the proper techniques to bring life back to your property.

Soot damage remediation involves a lot more than scrubbing the floor and walls.

1) Be prepared to inspect and address the damage caused by the fire as well as the smoke.

Between the initial fire damage and water damage from the firefighters extinguishing the fire, you may become overwhelmed with the damage. Call in the professionals to quickly and efficiently get the job done.


Smoke damage is not always visible to the eye. Did you know that smoke can seep through drywall impacting the insulation and drywall.

Soot has the ability to migrate into ventilation systems as well as electronics.   

Your local restoration company, SERVPRO of Jefferson City has highly trained technicians and state-of-the-art equipment to return your home or business to preloss condition.

For more on smoke damage visit us at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

SERVPRO of Jefferson City technicians are trained to the highest standards.  Call us today (573) 635-5883.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms Can Save Lives.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City wants you to stay safe and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) smoke alarms, when properly installed, can help save your life.

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement.

Alarms should be tested monthly using the test button.  Alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years.  Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years.  If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately, and never disable or remove the battery from the alarm.

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Keep your family save and create a fire emergency plan and conduct regular fire drills.  More tips on what to do before, during or after a fire are available at this American Red Cross site:   https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html

Fire Extinguishers In Your Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers can save lives.

Do you need a fire extinguisher in your home?  The answer is yes.  And you must know when and how to operate it.  Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

Pull the pin.  Hold the nozzle pointing away form you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.  Remember, extinguishers do have limitations.  It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility.  To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org

Fires are Preventable

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

This can be prevented

Fires are Preventable

Safety precautions are a must in preventing fires.  The following are a list of tips on home fire prevention suggested by Ready.gov.

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shutoff, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Smoke Inhalation Dangers

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchens are a common place for smoke inhalation.

Did you know the number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation?  Smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in harmful smoke particles and gases.  Inhaling harmful smoke can inflame your lungs and airway, causing them to swell and block oxygen.  The results can be deadly, leading to acute respiratory distress and respiratory failure.

Smoke inhalation commonly happens when you get trapped in a contained area, such as a kitchen or home, near a fire.  Most fires occur in the home, often from cooking, fireplaces and space heaters, electrical malfunctions, and smoking.

If you or someone else has been in a fire and exposed to smoke or showing signs of smoke inhalation, such as trouble breathing, singed nostril hair, or burns, call 911 for immediate medical care.

According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely.”  Your friends at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want you to stay safe, informed and prepared to help ensure you are ready for any disaster that comes your way. 

Water Damage and Its' Source - SERVPRO of Jefferson City to the Rescue

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Source - Toilet Water Line Shut Off Valve

SERVPRO of Jefferson City was called in to clean up the water damage caused from this toilet water line shut off valve.  Our crew was quick to respond with their air movers and dehumidifiers, cleaning the bathroom, bedroom, living room and hall areas. Demolition involved taking down a collapsed ceiling, and removing baseboards on insulated walls. SERVPRO had a very pleased owner at the end of this process.

Water damage can affect the value of your property.  Before you try to tackle the job yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.  SERVPRO professionals know how disruptive water damage can be to your home or business.  They are trained and properly equipped to manage the drying process. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your property will be quickly and thoroughly dried

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a pervasive Odor in your Jefferson City, Missouri, Area Home

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

This picture depicts soot residue after a home fire.

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 Jefferson City 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 – 573-635-5883
  

Jefferson City Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/18/2018 (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 Jefferson City 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 – 573-635-5883

Are you using a wood burning stove?

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

With the temperatures so low and the cost of heating so high. Many homeowners have opted to use wood burning stoves to heat their homes. This method is efficient and perfectly safe. As long as you follow a few safety tips:

  • Most importantly make sure you have smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home
  • Make sure your stove is properly installed and has been inspected by a professional.
  • Keep all contents the proper distance away from the stove. Per your cities fire safe guidelines. It is usually at least 3ft.
  • Use seasoned wood only and light small bright fires. No paper or trash!
  • Clean your chimney yearly and have it inspected.

Our team of Professionals here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want you to have a safe warm disaster free winter! Remember, IF disaster strikes give us a call. We are always on standby to rush in and make it “Like it never even happened!”

Fire, Smoke, & Soot

2/2/2018 (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 Jefferson City 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 – 
573-653-5883

Fire Facts

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Structural fires, such as home fires, can originate from many different causes, and happen very suddenly.  Correspondingly, every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot 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, uniquely taylored
Restoration
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (573) 635-5883 - also follow us on Facebook!

Fire-Free Fall

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Prevention is key, and it starts with you! Preventing fire damage to your home or business is more than just keeping a fire extinguisher handy. There are many things you can do to help keep your home, and family safe. Having your heating system serviced regularly by a professional is a good way to ensure everything is working as it should. Cleaning around these areas is very important; make sure no dust or flammable items are near the ignition sources. This also applies to your dryers lint trap, it is important to remove the lint after EVERY use. A clogged lint trap is not only a fire risk, but it also reduces the efficiency of your dryer. In addition to keeping vents clean and free, remember to replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord. When possible, it is best to avoid using outlet extenders or Plug-in bars, as they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Candles, they may smell nice but they are a major fire hazard as well. There are many alternatives available instead of open flame candles. We also advise that you avoid smoking indoors; cigarettes are a known cause of house fires. Cigarettes should be disposed outside in a bucket of sand, or soaked in water prior to throwing them in the trash. Now, on to kitchen! Did you know FORTY ONE percent of home fires start in the kitchen? The number one prevention tip for the kitchen, NEVER leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the room turn off the oven. All it takes is a second for a fire to ignite. When using your oven, use a timer so you’ll remember that the oven is on. Do not cook when you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy. It is also very important that your cooking area is clean from any grease build up, and making sure there aren’t any flammable items near your stove or oven(Pot holders, Oven mitts, Wooden utensils, paper or plastic items, etc.). It is extremely crucial that you never use your oven to heat your home. A big step in prevention is installing smoke alarms near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check your alarms twice each month, and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends replacing the batteries twice a year. You can help to prevent fires in your home. In an event where fire damage does occur in your home, don’t hesitate, give us a call. Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City will help restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

What comes after the fire?

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fires have many different origins, and the damage they cause varies in severity, but is devastating to the people and structures affected .

When a fire happens, the aftermath is very overwhelming. Many times, people are left wondering – what now?  Who do I call?  Can any of my belongings be salvaged?  Soot from fire not only soils surfaces, it is also hazardous to your health. We will work with you and your insurance company to take care of you after a Fire Damage occurs. We inform you of your options, and we are available to call 24/7 to get you help faster.  You and your family’s health and safety come first.  We can provide you with the information you need to start putting the pieces back together, safely. Soot residue causes headaches, scratchy throat, and dizziness that can be experienced within a short amount of time during contact.  The fact is, soot exposer can cause long term effects including cancer and lung problems that can creep up much later.  SERVPRO technicians are trained in Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration, and have the expertise needed to put your mind at ease, and help get your life back. From furniture, clothing, nic nacs and collectibles, to important papers and those precious paper projects your kids and grandkids made, SERVPRO of Jefferson City knows how valuable those items are to you.  In most cases, we can actually clean those precious items held dear.   With our specialized cleaning tools, we are able to remove the soot and odor and return to you safely. For more information on Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration, or to request help now,  call the experts who are faster to any sized disaster, and can make it "Like it never even happened." : SERVPRO of Jefferson City  573-635-5883.

Fire Restoration is Uniquely Taylored

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

This home shows before and after example of a home specially cleaned, restored and renovated by SERVPRO of Jefferson City after a fire.

Structural fires, such as home fires, can originate from many different causes, and happen very suddenly.  Correspondingly, every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot 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, uniquely taylored
Restoration
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Jefferson City and Mid MO Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home

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 Jefferson City 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?
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573-653-5883