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How Our Fire Damage Specialists Get Rid Of Foul Odors In Your Brentwood Home

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Fire Damage Specialists Get Rid Of Foul Odors In Your Brentwood Home SERVPRO of Williamson County can help to restore your home to the way it was before a fire.

Different Chemicals SERVPRO Uses To Eliminate Odors From Fire Damage To Brentwood Homes

Fire damage in Brentwood can often create large volumes of thick smoke that leave permanent damages and odors in your home. The approach SERVPRO technicians need to take towards reversal of damage and removal of odors can vary dramatically depending on the material burned and the presence or lack of moisture and certain chemical compounds in it. Here are several techniques our technicians employ on a day-to-day basis to keep your home free of smoke odors after a fire.

Pairing Agents
Some of the most critical tools we have at our disposal to take on fire damage in Brentwood homes and businesses are our specially-designed pairing agents. These agents are chemical compounds that bond with odor-producing molecules in the smoke residues found throughout your home, eliminating the odors at the source. While these agents cannot typically eliminate odors on their own, they act as a highly effective counterpart to the next weapon in our arsenal.

Masking Agents
While pairing agents are chemically engineered to target specific types of odor molecules and neutralize them, masking agents are more generally applicable chemical compounds that mask and cover odor molecules. Without a pairing agent, masking agents are often ineffective, but with our industry-leading chemical combinations, our deodorizing treatments remain both effective and low-cost.

Absorption and Adsorption Agents
Sometimes, smoke odors may require a slightly different approach to scrub out of your home. For these situations, we can use absorption and adsorption agents, which are as similar in function as they are in their names. Chemicals that absorb odor molecules pick them up and contain them while adsorbing chemicals encourage odor molecules to bond to their surfaces. In both cases, these agents help to remove smells from the air and leave your home with a neutral scent.

SERVPRO of Williamson County can help to restore your home to the way it was before a fire. Call us at (615) 790-9634 to find out more.

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How Our Team At SERVPRO Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Nolensville

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Our Team At SERVPRO Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Nolensville SERVPRO of Williamson County has the equipment and the trained technicians to complete a fire damage cleanup thoroughly and professionally.

What To Expect From Professional Fire Damage Cleanup In Nolensville

When your Nolensville home suffers the effects of a fire, the cleanup follows a research-driven, proven professional protocol when an experienced restoration company takes on the project. Checking the boxes according to best industry practices developed by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) gives you the best possible outcome and is the approach we use with every fire damage remediation.

Ironically the first job on the list for Nolensville fire damage cleanup is water removal and structural drying. Firefighters work hard to save your property from the destructive flames with unlimited quantities of water. Safety considerations, as well as the considerable risk of permanent structural and property damage from the water itself, demand a primary focus on water remediation.

SERVPRO technicians hold multiple certifications from the IICRC across water, fire, and microbial restoration skill areas. This multi-pronged approach streamlines the project, with soot and smoke cleanup proceeding immediately after the water evacuation. Our crews begin soot cleanup, matching tools and products to the types of residues and soiling involved.

Ashy, loose soot removes with dry sponges and HEPA filtered vacuuming. Paper and wood fuel fires commonly leave this type of soiling. Electrical and other smoldering fires involving fabrics deposit thicker, stickier soot requiring abrasive cleaning tools and products with wetting agents and surfactants that help break down the coating. Protein-based fires in the kitchen deposit a thin but tough film that might need solvents to loosen. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the evaluation of the residues left by the combustion of a wide range of materials.

SERVPRO crews are expert at odor removal, often needed after fire cleanup. A cleaned home that still holds smoky smells is unacceptable. The odors make it very difficult to move past the fire damage. Our technicians try different techniques to rid the space of malodors, including the use of thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators to neutralize through chemical reactions the tiny odiferous particles airborne or settled on surfaces after the blaze.

SERVPRO of Williamson County has the equipment and the trained technicians to complete a fire damage cleanup thoroughly and professionally. Call (615) 790-9634 to set up an evaluation and get the process moving.

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What to Know About Your Fire Extinguisher

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners in Nolensville, TN, remember to put a fire extinguisher in their home, but don’t know some of the basics they need for proper use. There are a few things everyone should be aware of with these important tools.

How To Use your Extinguisher

Having an extinguisher on hand may seem like an easy way to quickly put out a small kitchen fire. But knowing how to use it is equally important. Professionals have come up with an easy acronym to help users remember the correct formula. It is P.A.S.S.

  • Pull - pull out the pin located in the extinguisher’s head to break the tamper seal
  • Aim - aim the nozzle or hose at the fire’s base
  • Squeeze - squeezing the handle will release the formula inside the extinguisher
  • Sweep - From side to side, move the nozzle over the base of the fire until it goes out.

If the fire does not go out, is too big for the extinguisher, or reignites, get out of the house and call 911 immediately. If there is fire damage afterwards a professional may be able to help.

What the Labels Mean

Many fire extinguisher labels contain important information you may need for proper use. The labels will rate the extinguisher with an A, B, C, or combination of these three to indicate what type of fire it can be used for. An A designation shows the extinguishing agent is effective against combustible dry fuels like paper, while B designate usefulness against liquid fuels such as oil. The C designation indicates the extinguisher may be used in the event of an electrical fire. Some extinguishers are rated for all three fire types while others cover only one or two.

Knowing how to properly use your fire extinguisher can not only help you put out a small kitchen fire safely, but may help you save valuable time needed to mitigate fire damage. Remember to P.A.S.S. (pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep) over the fire. When in doubt, always call your local Nolensville, TN, fire department.

How To Save Your Belongings From Smoke Damage

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

The effects of a house fire can be terrible. Your first concern is the safety of your family members. You’re probably then worried about whether you’ll be able to salvage your home. You probably also have many belongings you hope to preserve. While some things might be a lost cause, with proper dry-cleaning and other methods, you can save some belongings, even if they were damaged by the smoke.


Inspect Your Home.


The best thing to do for full-scale content cleaning after a fire in your Brentwood, TN, home is to contact the professionals. A trusted company will send representatives to first inspect the affected area.

• Inspect and test rooms the fire directly affected as well as adjacent rooms.
• Check for smoke damage to the floor, walls and items.
• Check for leftover soot.


Board and Tarp.


In order to prevent any further damage, the professionals will board up windows and place large tarps over damaged portions of the roof or siding. The company representative may also discuss your options for content storage while the restoration process is underway. By boarding your home and putting tarps over vulnerable spots, you can avoid further damage.


Get rid of Smoke and Soot.


It’s vital to remove this damage as soon as possible. The professionals have high-quality methods to not only clean and sanitize affected areas but also to remove the lingering smells smoke leaves behind.


Clean and Sanitize.


Smoke can do extensive damage to all areas of your home. The professional company you choose will send technicians to use dry-cleaning and other proven cleaning and sanitizing agents to help ensure your home is as close to the state it was in before the fire occurred.

Dry-cleaning, sanitizing and preservation are critical to this restoration process. When you have the pros on your side, you can breathe a sigh of relief that you will once again have a livable home.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Grill Safety for Your Summer Parties

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Safety for Your Summer Parties When your grill fire gets out of control

With the summer upon us, here at SERVPRO of Williamson County know that you will be enjoying these beautiful days gathered outside with loved ones while you are cooking dinner on the grill.

Here are just a few quick tips on grill safety to make sure you stay safe, while still having fun:

  • Establish a four-foot “kid free” zone around the grill
  • Never add flammable liquids to the fire
  • Always put ashes in a metal can stored at least 10 feet from your home or structure
  • Never leave your grill unattended

If for any reason the fire on your grill gets out of control and you do have fire damage, SERVPRO of Williamson County is always ready to serve you. We have a team of professionals that will go to great links to do your fire cleanup.

What do I do if I have a fire in my home?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home it is important to contact a professional restoration company in Brentwood, like SERVPRO of Williamson County. They have crews that operate 24/7, and can be onsite at anytime to preform emergency board ups and/or start the initial inspection of what is needed to get your home back to pre loss condition. 

Every fire situation can be unique so it is important to get SERVPRO on site immediately to start observing what can be saved and what needs to be replaced. If you content has smoke and soot damage, SERVPRO can do a professional pack out and take the content to their state of the art facility to start cleaning and restoring them. 

If you have any questions about our fire restoration processes, feel free to reach out at anytime. 

How do I clean up items in my home after a fire?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home in Brentwood, TN it is important to get a professional restoration company on site immediately. SERVPRO of Williamson County is one of the premier companies in Brentwood that can come on site and take care of your contents from start to finish, as well as fully restore your home. 

In most cases where there is severe soot and smoke damage, SERVPRO will complete an itemized pack out and very detailed inventory of all of your contents. These contents will then be taken to our state of the art warehouse, where we will carefully clean and restore what is not fully damaged. If contents are damaged beyond repair, our team will take pictures and provide you the details to give to your insurance company. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact SERVPRO of Williamson County at anytime. 

Be Ready To Fight Small Home Fires

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Defense against a home fire starts with you. Thanks to notification by the smoke detectors, you will see it first. Having the proper tools and understanding how to use them will give you an excellent chance of preventing a small fire from turning into a major disaster. The primary tool of choice should be a suitable fire extinguisher.


Look for a Suitable Code Rating


• Code A describes the effectiveness against normal combustibles including burning wood, paper and trash.
• Code B describes the effectiveness against burning gasoline, oil and burnable gasses such as propane.
• Code C means that it the extinguisher is safe to use on burning electrical equipment.


Ratings Can Be Confusing


For example, code 1-A:10-B:C means that it is 10 times better at B fires than a code 1-A:1-B:C unit. The best thing you can do is to go to a retailer with a knowledgeable staff. Explain what you plan to protect and they will help you select the best one for the job. They can also give advice on placement and use.


Choosing the Correct Size


Fire extinguishers are sold by weight. Heavier ones have more fire-fighting capacity but are also more difficult to handle. Lighter ones are easier to handle but there is a risk that they will empty before the fire is completely suppressed. The size decision gets easier if the extinguisher you choose has a hose. A 10-pound unit with a hose will be much easier to handle than a 10-pound unit without a hose.


Now You Are Ready


Owning a suitable fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it are the two keys to fire preparedness in the home. If you and your extinguisher succeed in extinguishing a fire, congratulations on a job well done. To help with the cleanup you can call upon the services of restoration specialists in Brentwood, TN. Also, don’t forget to have your extinguisher refilled.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwilliamsoncounty.com/.

Fire Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey Turkey fryers can fry your entire house, please be safe!

A deep-fried turkey might be delicious, but it can also be dangerous.  We have all seen the viral videos of fire blazing above roofs and heard the stories of houses and other property going up in smoke.  

Please be safe this holiday season and remember the following tips from our friends at State Farm:

If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

if the unexpected happens, remember SERVPRO of Williamson County is always a phone call away.  615-790-9634

Tips for Fire Prevention in your Franklin Home

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

No. 1: Cook with caution.

Nearly half of all home fires are cooking-related, says the National Fire Protection Association. And, of these, unattended cooking is the leading factor. So, stay in the kitchen if you’re cooking, and, if you have to leave — even for a short time — be sure to turn off the stove. Other cooking safety tips from the NFPA: Stay alert, and avoid cooking if you’re sleepy or if you’ve consumed alcohol; check food regularly; and keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove-top.

No. 2: Never leave space heaters unattended.

Heating systems, especially space heaters and wooden stoves, can easily ignite nearby household items. Keep all space heaters at least three feet from household items. Turn heaters off before leaving a room or going to sleep. Never leave pets or children unsupervised with a space heater or wooden stove (the NFPA recommends a 3-foot “kid-free zone”); in addition to the risk of starting a fire, heaters and stoves pose a danger of burns, as well.

No. 3: Check your electrical cords.

Faulty, cracked or deteriorating electrical cords can cause an electrical fire. Check all your electrical cords for fraying or other signs of wear, and replace or repair any damage. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpeting. And do not overload circuits; plug in only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time, the NFPA says; consider hiring an electrician to add additional circuits or outlets if you need them.

No. 4: Replace open-flame candles with LED-powered versions. 

With seasonal decorations covering tabletops and mantles, lighting real candles can be an invitation to disaster. Instead, the NFPA suggests choosing battery-operated candles, like LED versions. They flicker and sometimes even smell like the real thing! If you must have candles, the NFPA says blow them out when you leave the room or go to sleep; use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t topple; and keep all candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.

No. 5: Test your smoke detectors.

Test smoke detectors and check batteries at least twice a year (many suggest doing so on daylight savings). Stay safe by following the NFPA’s recommendations for smoke alarm placement: install one inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor in your house, including the basement.

Source: Allstate Insurance 

Williamson County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Williamson County Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and soot can leave odors if not cleaned properly, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Williamson County.

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 Williamson 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 – 
615-790-9634

Grill Safety - Memorial Day

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Safety - Memorial Day Always keep your grill at least 10 feet from your home or any other structure.

As Memorial day approaches and we take time to remember those who we have lost while proudly serving, and gather to celebrate their memory make sure to celebrate safely.

Here are just a few quick tips on grill safety to make sure you stay safe, while still having fun:

  • Establish a four-foot “kid free” zone around the grill or campfire
  • Never add flammable liquids to the fire
  • Always put ashes in a metal can stored at least 10 feet from your home or structure

SERVPRO of Williamson County hopes that you have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. SERVPRO of Williamson County is open 24/7 365 “faster to any size Disaster” to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 615-790-9634

Halloween Fire Safety

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Halloween Fire Safety Have a Safe & Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Williamson County

 

For each year from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween and caused an estimated 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source.

Don't let these statistics scare you away from celebrating Halloween to the fullest! The vast majority of these fires are easily preventable. Here are a few safety tips to help ensure the holiday remains festive and fun.

•Keep decorations far away from open flames and other heat sources like lights and heaters. Remember to keep all of your home's exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

•Try a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o'-lanterns. If you want to use real candles, be extremely careful. In this case, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter when lighting them inside jack-o'-lanterns. If there are children around, make sure they are watched at all times when candles are lit. Place the lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far away from driveways, doorsteps, walkways and yards -- anyplace where trick-or-treaters may walk.

•Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters whose costumes may brush up against the lighting as they walk to from your door.

•Choose costumes that don't require long-trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can clearly see where he is walking to prevent trips or falls near dangerous or flammable items.

•Talk to your children and remind them to stay away from open flames, including jack-o'-lanterns with candles inside. Provide them with flashlights or glow sticks to carry for lighting as part of their costume.

 

Fire Prevention Week - "Don't Wait - Check The Date!".

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week - "Don't Wait - Check The Date!". Don't Wait - Check The Date!!

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. Read more from NFPA Journal.

As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

Fires During the Holiday Season

11/30/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fires During the Holiday Season We are available all hours and all days.

Fires during the holiday season kill many hundreds of people and cause millions of dollars of property damage each year. Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires. Christmas trees alone account for 200 fires annually. Here are steps you can take to safely stay warm and festive this year.

Cooking Care

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food
  • Check your food regularly if you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food and use a timer to remind you
  • Keep items that can catch fire away from your stovetop - paper plates, napkins, towels, etc.
  • Have baking soda and a current fire extinguisher available. Water should not be used on oil fires

Christmas Tree Care

  • Select a tree with a trunk that is sticky to the touch and green needles that don't break off when you pull them back from the branches
  • Keep your Christmas tree watered at all times
  • Place your tree as far away as possible from any heat source, including heat vents and fireplaces
  • Never put lit candles on a tree
  • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove
  • Don't go near a Christmas tree with an open flame, such as a lit candle, lighter or match
  • If you are using an artificial tree, make sure it's flame retardant

1800's Log Cabin Kitchen Fire

7/21/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 1800's Log Cabin Kitchen Fire Kitchen fire in a rebuilt 1800's log cabin.

Groceries set on the stove caused this fire in an 1800's log cabin.  SERVPRO of Williamson County will use soda blasting to preserve the logs.