Recent Fire Damage Posts

Trust the Experts in Cleaning Contents Affected by Smoke

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Type of Burn and Residues Dictate SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Methods

Whenever a fire starts inside a building, smoke can affect many different items. During a fire, combustion which is in the process of a soild turning into a gas by applying heat takes place. Smoke is created by materials that do not burn completely.

During a burn, smoke can travel all over the structure causing various problems. A big part of mitigating fire damage is dealing with smoke-related issues. When a blaze takes place materials all over the home, get coated in soot residue, and foul odors get left behind.

When restoring a house damaged by smoke, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the structure to figure out which areas were affected. We determine which cleaning methods to use based on how concentrated the soot is, the type of residue present, and the kind of materials affected. If the soot is heavily concentrated, then it can be difficult to clean whereas light residues can be wiped off easily.

A fire creates different kinds of smoke throughout its duration based on the materials it burns, the speed of combustion and the amount of oxygen. When synthetic materials are burned, they create soot that adheres to surfaces better than residues resulting from natural substances such as wood. Fires that burn slow and lack oxygen produce a wet smoke that can be extremely difficult to remove compared to quick burning fires that create a dry smoke.

The type of materials surfaces are made of also affects the cleanability of soot residues. Non-porous materials such as plastic and metal repel moisture well making them easy for our SERVPRO technicians to clean using wet, water-based chemicals. Non-porous materials such as softwood and upholstery absorb soot residues better, and they can penetrate deep into the material. Water-based chemicals can soak the soot deeper into the material causing them to get ruined. Dry cleaning methods such as wiping with a dry sponge prove to work better in removing soot from porous substances.

Various methods are available to use when dealing with multiple types of soot residues affected by different kinds of materials. There are different types of cleaning chemicals as well as application methods that are designed specifically for dealing with certain situations.

SERVPRO of Albany & Americus is here to help you 24/7/365 with any fire damage and restoration issue.

Please call us at 229-439-2048

Why Choose SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to Restore Fire Damages?

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Serving the communities of Americus, Albany, Camilla, and surrounding areas, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has been in the cleanup and restoration business in Southwest Georgia since 1969.  These decades of experience and training have made our franchise a local leader in restoring both commercial and residential properties affected by fire, water, or mold issues.  Along with our longevity in the area, SERVPRO of Albany and Americus specifically employs a team dedicated to fire restoration, including a Fire Production Manager with nearly 20 years of industry experience and a Triple Master Certification from the IICRC.

When you choose SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to handle your fire damages you can expect a quick response, inclusive of 24 hour a day emergency service response, from a professional team that will treat your property as they would their own, the highest level of customer service, and honest, open communication about the status of the project.  With the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, and regional “sister franchises” to support us, we have the ability and equipment to handle even the largest losses.  We take great pride in providing the best possible service to the members of our community in their time of need and will work diligently from emergency contact to completion of restoration to help make your damage “Like it never even happened.”

To  learn more about the specific fire restoration services we offer, schedule an appointment, or request emergency response, please give us a call at 229-439-2048.  SERVPRO of Albany and Americus: We’re Here to Help!

How to use a Fire Extinguisher!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but portable extinguishers have limitations. Because fire grows and spreads so rapidly, the #1 priority for residents is to get out safely. Here is what you need to know about choosing and using fire extinguishers!

It is highly recommended that every home have at least one fire extinguisher. Preferably one fire extinguisher on each floor of a dwelling but particularly in high fire hazard areas like the kitchen. It is equally important to know how to use your fire extinguisher in case of a fire.

The acronym PASS is often used to help one remember how to use a fire extinguisher. 

Pull the pin. While holding the nozzle away from you, and release the locking mechanism. 

Aim low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire. 

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly down.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side to extinguish the fire. 

We hope these fire safety tips are helpful but if you ever suffer from a fire damage WE ARE HERE TO HELP at SERVPRO of Albany & Americus!

Be Safe!

Practicing Summer Fire Safety

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

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With warmer temperatures rolling in, and longer sunny days ahead, many people are enjoying more time participating in outdoor activities.  Although many common causes of residential fires are related to the cooler fall and winter months, there are still some considerations to make during the summertime when it comes to practicing fire safety:

  • Practice Outdoor Grilling Safety! Grilling is a very common activity during the summer, and it is important to take proper precautions when operating your grill.  Be sure to leave plenty of space between you grill and any structures, foliage, or flammable materials. The U.S Fire Administration recommends keeping a 3-foot safe zone around your grill, providing safety for your property, pets, and children.
  • Fire Safety & Camping Trips: Bonfires are a very enjoyable activity during camping trips. It is important to build your bonfire a safe distance away from tents, shrubs, and other materials that can burn.  Never leave your bonfire unattended, extinguish after use, and make sure all coals are out before leaving the area.
  • Enjoying Fireworks: Fireworks can go from fun to dangerous very quickly.  Do not use in heavily populated areas or around dense foliage.  Do not allow children to use fireworks unattended, and always have a method of extinguishing fireworks available.

In the unfortunate event that your summertime activities lead to fire damage to your home, know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is Here to Help.  Our team of professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and take great pride in providing the highest caliber of customer service.  To learn more about our service lines, give us a call at 229-439-2048.

Reducing the Risk of Dryer Fires

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Burned clothes dryer with SERVPRO logo In the unfortunate event that a dryer fire causes damages to your Southwest Georgia home, call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for help!

Dryer fires are a leading cause of residential fire damage in the United States.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 16,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These dryer fires cause around 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property loss. Following are a few ways to help prevent the risk of a dryer fire in your home, protecting yourself, your family, and your property:

  • Clean the dryer vent running from the machine to the outside of your home out regularly: The leading cause of dryer fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents, trapping heat and flammable lint material within the line.
  • Clean the dryer lint filter inside of the machine after each load of laundry is dried. An abundance of lint in the filter restricts the flow of air to the machine.
  • Occasionally check for and, if needed, repair damages to the vent pipes behind the machine.
  • Make sure your machine is installed using the correct type of electrical plug and outlet per the manufacturer’s instructions.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is a trusted leader in the fire clean up and restoration industry, and our highly trained team is Here to Help in the unfortunate event that a dryer mishap, or other issues, causes a fire in your home.  To learn more about our fire related services, give us a call at 229-439-2048, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

Important Information on Fire Damage Responsibilities

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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A fire can be devastating and affect the lives of both tenants and owners. Understanding the responsibilities of both can make the recovery process after a fire significantly smoother. Find out what the tenant and owner responsibilities are after a fire and how the experts at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can have your property looking like new.

Rental Properties: Who is Responsible for Fire Damage?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, non-wildfire structural fires cost Americans over $11 Billion in 2019. Living through a fire is stressful, especially when it comes to dealing with the aftermath. From cleaning to recovering your lost goods, the entire process is full of heartbreak.

The effects of fire damage are even worse in tenant/landlord relationships. Determining who is at-fault and untangling the legal mess can lead to litigation and sleepless nights. 

Preparation is the best way to avoid much of the stress of dealing with fire damage. Landlords and tenants should understand their responsibilities before signing a lease. They should also know their roles in the fire restoration process. 

Who is responsible for coordinating cleanup? What insurance policies are needed? 

Answering questions like these makes navigating the process much smoother.

Landlord Responsibilities

The property owner is responsible for providing a safe living space for the tenant, which means addressing potential fire hazards. Items like bad wiring, unsafe appliances, and construction that does not meet building code can pose a fire risk. 

After a fire, the landlord will need to work with their insurance company to restore the building. In most cases, the property owner has to pay for structural repairs, as well as replace building fixtures like cabinets and plumbing.

In most cases, the landlord is not responsible for replacing the tenant’s property, only items that come with the rental.

Tenant Responsibilities

The tenant is liable for their personal property, such as furniture, clothing, and electronics. Many property owners require that tenants have renter's insurance for precisely this reason.  These policies cover their personal belongings in the event of natural disasters, theft, and other incidents. 

Even more important, renter’s insurance can pay for fire damage should the tenant be at fault. If the tenant was cooking unsafely or simply knocked over a candle, they could be held responsible for repaying the damages. 

Who Caused the Fire?

Insurance companies want to avoid paying out large amounts, so they will want to know who started the fire. 

If the tenant can show that the fire was due to poor maintenance on the landlord's part, the landlord may be liable for the renter's property. Similarly, if it's clear that the fire was the tenant's fault, the landlord may seek damages and compensation from the tenant.

In both cases, every party must be adequately insured, but this is especially important for landlords. 

Property owners must have insurance that covers the damage to the building and fixtures. More importantly, they need to let their insurer know that someone is renting the property. Without a landlord policy, the owner would not receive compensation for lost rent payments and could be underinsured. 

The Recovery Process

After the fire, the owner and renter need to document everything. If possible, walk through the property and take photos and videos. 

Both parties should notify their insurance companies as soon as possible after the fire. The insurers will investigate the cause of the fire and determine the financial cost. To do this, the insurance company will send an adjuster to review the fire damage.

Even if the fire was small, it helps to call the fire department for an objective view. They can inspect the cause and demonstrate how the fire spread.

Unless there's clear evidence that the tenant caused the fire, it falls on the landlord to work with a building restoration service or fire restoration companies. 

Fire restoration service is about more than just repairing fire and smoke damage — it's also about water removal and water cleanup. In many cases, the water used to extinguish the fire will flood the property. If this water is allowed to seep into the floors and walls, it may result in mold growth and unsafe living conditions.

Typically, it's in the landlord's best interest to work with a commercial cleaning service that offers comprehensive fire restoration and addresses secondary damage as well, such as mold removal, flood cleanup, and even an air duct cleaning service.

About SERVPRO of Albany and Americus

There will be sleepless nights after a fire, but there are ways to mitigate that stress. With the right preparation, insurance, and response, both parties can start the restoration and compensation process. 

If you've been the victim of a fire and need a cleanup service, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus. They are your local fire damage restoration service.

Contact information

(229) 439-2048

Tips for Fire Pits

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Home Fire Pit Tips

For many families its a tradition to enjoy the nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips from Allstate to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires, 25 feet away from apartment or multi residence buildings.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Use a commercial fire pit screen on top to help prevent large amber from leaving the controlled area. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

If you ever need us, please call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439 - 2048

When Lightning Strikes Your Home

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Myth: Lightning never strikes in the same place twice.

Fact: As it turns out, lightning is more likely than not to strike twice in the same location. Lightning favors the path of least resistance.

Lightning must interact with other environmental conditions before fires can result. Ignition depends upon sufficient heat production from the lightning, weather, and fuel conditions to ignite combustible materials.

The most effective fire starters are "dry" lightning storms -- thunderheads from which little precipitation reaches the ground and which commonly occur after droughts or dry seasons. Dry lightning is especially likely when the earth's surface moisture dries out.

The lightning strokes they generate are responsible for over 10% of the total number of fires per year in the United States alone. By contrast, lightning fires account for about 20% of burned wildfire acreage.

Lightning strikes can cause significant damage to your home or business. Often you will not see signs of the damage at first due to the damage hiding in attics or inside walls. We suggest that after lightning strikes your home that you call the fire department immediately even if you do not see flames or smoke. It is also good to remember to call your electrician after a lightning strike to run an electrical diagnostic test.

According to the NFPA from 2007-2011 the U.S. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning.

Lighting bolts are estimated to reach up to 50,000 degrees.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has experienced the aftermath of a fire caused by a lightning strike. The odor, the charred insulation within the attic or walls. We have an experienced team to handle any size fire or water loss.

If your home has been hit by lighting count on SERVPRO of Albany and Americus to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety Tips for Families

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439-2048 Teach your children about fire safety and have a plan ready in case of an emergency.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 49,300 fires are caused each year by playing with fire, most of these by children. It's especially important to teach fire safety tips to kids in part to prevent fires from happening and in part so that if an accident does occur, your children will know how to protect themselves. Here's how you can teach your kids to be safe.

  1. Don't play with matches or lighters (This is probably the most important and common fire safety tip for kids.)
  2. Run extinguished matches under water before discarding
  3. Never leave candles or incense burning when leaving a room
  4. Don't over-plug a single outlet
  5. Don't play near fireplaces or stoves
  6. Keep flammable objects away from the stove
  7. Develop and practice an escape plan
  8. Get low, get out
  9. Stop, drop, and roll
  10. Never hide in closets or under beds
  11. Leave your belongings
  12. Don't use the elevator
  13. Once in a safe place, call 911
  14. (For parents) Fireproof your home
  15. (For parents) Talk to your kids about fire safety

If your home or office has been damaged by a fire call us at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at (229) 439- 2048. 

Restoring Your Contents From Fire Damage

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus has technicians that specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

For more information about cleaning contents after a fire that are damaged from smoke and soot call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048. 

"Like it never even happened."

Never Walk Away from Your STOVE!

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

In these challenging times it is easy to get  sidetracked.

It happens, especially now…… doing several things at once, spring cleaning, while you have soup on the stove. So you leave the stove, just for a quick minute. Only it’s just never as quick as you anticipate. Meanwhile back in the kitchen….a fire has erupted. It can happen so quickly.

Good Rule: Never leave the stove or turn your back for any period of time.

Think fast!

1) Evaluate – call 911 if it is out of control while gathering family and get to safety

2) Put a metal lid on it

3) Turn off the heat

4) Dump baking soda

5) Chemical fire extinguisher is best as a last resort or if the above options are not available

6) Stop. Let the area sit, cool down, before you address the damage.

NO, NO, NO

1) Do not throw water

2) Do not use a hand towel

We hope you NEVER have to worry about a Fire Damage, but SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is here to help with the clean-up should disaster strike. 

Quick thinking will allow the structure's damage to be contained to the kitchen. However soot and smoke damage can occur throughout the residence.

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is here to help, give us a call 24/7 at 229-439-2048 for ALL of your Cleaning and Restoration needs! 

FIVE STEPS TO PUTTING OUT A KITCHEN GREASE FIRE

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Over 160,000 home fires happen while people are cooking and, unfortunately, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. About two-thirds of those fires began when food and other cooking materials caught on fire. If you know how to respond to a kitchen fire, and specifically a grease fire, you'll be prepared to minimize damages when an emergency happens. Quick action could reduce the need for fire cleanup and the cost of hiring RESTORATION professionals.

1. Prevent fires by removing flammable items from the area.

Towels, flowing sleeves, curtains, and ingredients that could catch on fire should be moved away from the stove. Clean out burners, so that crumbs and caked-on grease can't burst into flames while you're cooking.

2. Stay with your food.

Too many home chefs get food cooking and then walk into the other room while they wait for pots to boil or pans to heat up. If something in the kitchen does catch on fire, you should be there to quickly respond.

3. Cut off the fire's fuel supply.

One of the quickest ways to put out a cooking fire is to cover the flames with a cookie sheet or a large metal lid. DO NOT POUR WATER ON THE FIRE. Turn off the heat source.

4. Put out the flames with appropriate materials.

Throwing water or baking powder on a grease fire could cause heavy DAMAGE and serious injuries. Be very careful to use baking soda or even a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher to put out kitchen fires if the flames haven't died down. Never use water to put out a grease fire because it will cause the grease to splatter, hitting people and flammable items throughout your kitchen.

5. Contact the fire department from outside the home.

If you haven't been able to put out the fire at this point, it's best to evacuate the home. Once the fire is out of control, you only have a couple of minutes to get everyone out of the house and to safety. Use a cellphone or the neighbor's phone to contact your local fire department.

After the fire is out and the Fire Department has left, Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus 24/7 at 229-439-2048 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Grilling Safety Tips

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Outdoor grilling can be a favorite family activity during the warmer months in Georgia.  It is very important when operating an outdoor grill, whether charcoal or gas, to be aware of the following grilling safety tips to keep yourself and your home safe:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. You do not want walls, overhangs, or carports catching fire from flames created by the grill.
  • Clean your grill regularly. Grease buildup can serve as a fuel source for flame ups that can easily get out of hand.
  • Check for gas leaks. Gases can easily go undetected when leaking in small amounts, which can lead to the potential for an explosion when lighting.
  • Keep a spray water bottle and fire extinguisher handy while grilling. A spray water bottle can be used to quickly extinguish small flare ups, while a fire extinguisher may be necessary if flames become too large or out of control.

In the unfortunate event that outdoor grilling leads to structure damage, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048 for help.  We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to take care of fire damages, both large and small.  

3 Fire Extinguisher Facts Every Business Should Know

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

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3 Facts About Fire Extinguishers

A fire extinguisher is a crucial piece of safety equipment that can save lives and spare commercial properties from extensive damage mandating professional cleanup and restoration. Because of this, every business in Albany and Americus area should maintain at least one functional device. To ensure it’s readily available in an emergency, every owner and manager should also recognize three key facts about this vital fire suppression tool.

1. Device Doesn’t Last Forever

Extinguishers do not have an indefinite shelf life. Unfortunately, they also do not typically come with an expiration date sticker.
To determine the viability of your device, you should complete annual inspections and check for compromised components. Specific defects that may make it unusable include a broken handle, missing locking pin or a cracked nozzle. The gauge should also be in the green. If it’s not, replace the device.

2. Multiple Types Exist

A fire extinguisher is designed to battle specific types of infernos. Class K units, for example, can douse a kitchen fire sparked by grease while a Class A device is designated for use with blazes involving ordinary combustibles, such as wood and paper. Additional distinctions include Class C for electrical fires and Class B for flammable liquids.
Attempting to smother flames with the wrong type of device can be ineffective. To combat this potential dilemma, evaluate your company’s specific fire risks and purchase your extinguisher accordingly. Check the canister’s label to confirm the class. You can also purchase a multipurpose device, which can be used against a variety of blazes.

3. Should Be Accessible and Visible

Minimizing fire damage requires prompt action. To ensure an expedited response, mount your extinguisher in a safe, accessible place and post signage to identify its location. You should also ensure staff recognize this area and refrain from blocking the site.
Because an inferno can erupt suddenly, having a functioning fire extinguisher easily accessible is a crucial safety strategy. Understanding key aspects of the device can ensure it’s in prime operating condition and ready to perform in an emergency.

Cleaning up Fire Damage

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for ALL of your Fire Restoration needs 24/7 at 229-439-2048.

If your home has recently been damaged by fire, you understandably are eager to get started improving the property so that life can resume as soon as possible. A fire may make certain areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired, or it may make the entire home unsafe to be in until the cleanup and repair work is completed. Regardless of how significant or minor the work is, you may want to know how long it will take. The timeline is dependent on not only, the restorative process, but also if any remodeling is included in the final product.

Getting the Repair Work Started

It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work for Albany and Americus residents The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Perhaps, a kitchen fire left chemical residue for cleanup. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO with minimal time and effort. We arrive with our green vehicles stocked with equipment, and supplies to surmount any cleaning and restoration need. Then, you can begin the repair process and decide which items need to be replaced and which ones need to be repaired. We can suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem, and some items, such as carpeting, and the HVAC system may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from the home.

Repairing your home after you have suffered fire damage is not something that you want to attempt on your own. A fire damage restoration project requires a considerable amount of time and energy to complete. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC certified technicians have the skills and assets to do a full restoration. We are a locally owned and operated fire damage repair franchise that is ready to begin working for you. We can also help with mold, storm, or water damaging events to your property. Call us today for 24/7 emergency assistance at (229) 439-2048.

Why to Board Up After a Fire

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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If your commercial/residential property has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of a building with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier. 

Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

1. There is still viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

2. You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. Loss can be far more expensive than restoration or covered replacement.

3. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Talk to restoration experts at SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, about whether boarding up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Don’t hesitate to call us (229) 439-2048.

Residential Packouts

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

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After the fire is out and the smoke is cleared the real work is ready to begin.  At SERVPRO of Albany and Americus, we are there to help you every step of the way.  Everyone thinks about the clean up and restoration that is involved after a fire, but the process is much more involved than you may expect.  It is not just the structure that is affected but also personal belongings as well.  The first step after a serious fire, is to remove all of the contents and transport them to our climate controlled warehouse.  We take pictures of each item and catalog each item on a loss, salvageable, or non salvageable list as we pack it up.  This system means that we know exactly where each item was located in the house and what box it was packed in to.  Not only does this allow us to place the items back in the corresponding rooms when we bring it back, but it also allows us to quickly locate anything you may need during the cleanup process. This is just one more way that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is committed to providing the best service to our clients! Call us today at 229-439-2048.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048 to schedule your dryer vent cleaning.

You may think that you have checked all the boxes when it comes to protecting your home from fire, but can you name the most overlooked source of home fires?  This culprit accounts for more than 2,900 home fires and $35 million dollars in property damage each year.  Would you be surprised to learn that we are referring to home dryers?  There are a variety of ways that dryers can inadvertently cause fires.  Not properly cleaning lint filters and dryer vents accounts for nearly 34% of those fires.  When was the last time you had your vents cleaned?  The general recommendation is that dryer exhaust vents be cleaned and inspected at least once a year to prevent buildup that could lead to a fire.  Those recommendations are based on a typical size household with standard use.  Commercial dryers or those used for more than the standard purposes should be cleaned more frequently. Did you know that SERVPRO of Albany and Americus offers dryer vent cleanings as part of our wide range of specialized cleaning services?  Give us a call today at 229-439-2048 to schedule your cleaning.

After The Fire...

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help you during this process.

When a fire rips through your home or business, the smoke damage and fire damage can be overwhelming. You don't know where to begin with your fire cleanup. You're dealing with a smoke smell that won't go away, smoke damage, soot damage, and fire damage. Things you didn’t imagine worrying about.

Fire in the home and fire in the business can cause extensive damage. Fire damage restoration is not a job you should handle on your own. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus professionals can deal with commercial and residential fire damage. In the Albany and Americus area, we can assist you with fire damage restoration from start to finish, well be there with you.

(229)439-2048

Decisions after the Fire

Once the fire is put out and the fire department considers the property to be safe, the home or business, you have decisions to make. You may think you can board up your property and begin the fire cleanup process, but this is a job for the professionals. When residential or commercial fire damage strikes, you will be left with fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage. Your contents may be destroyed, and you may be left in distraught.

The smoke smell will be so heavy you are afraid it will never go away. SERVPRO of Albany and Americus can handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration job for you. We begin by choosing to board up your windows for safety purposes after evaluating the extent of fire damage after you have experienced fire in the home or business.

We will be able to deal with every aspect of your fire cleanup job after there has been a fire in the house or fire in the business. The process begins by using various types of industrial chemicals to clean all the surfaces that have been affected by fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage.

We can handle commercial fire damage in addition to residential damage. The size of the property doesn't matter. We will put the processes in place to board up the property to protect it from intrusion, eliminate the smoke smell, and tackle every type of damage that has occurred.

(229)439-2048

Smoke and Soot Clean Up

9/11/2018 (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 Albany and Americus 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 – 229-439-2048

Fourth of July: Firework Dangers

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Fourth of July and God Bless the USA

Fireworks cause nearly 20,000 home fires each year. Also, fireworks injure 9,300 people a year. They are a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions However, fireworks pose certain risks, and safety procedures need to be followed to ensure a safe night. 

Here are some tips to avoid any mishaps this holiday. 

Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that they were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.

Always have water handy in case of an emergency. 

Aim the Fireworks away from flammable material and people.

Never extend body parts over the device

Never relight a 'dud' fire work.

Celebrate safely and remember if you experience a holiday mishap SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is always here to help.  

Are candles hurtful to your home?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Clip the wick...

Did you know that burning all those candles do more than set the mood and/or scent the air with fragrance?  Burning candles can cause soot throughout a home.  Soot is a powdery black substance composed primarily of small carbon particles, and is the natural byproduct of incomplete combustion.  There have been studies that 100% soy or beeswax candles are somewhat cleaner burning, but a lot of candles are are made with Paraffin Wax and/or blend of different types of waxes.    

The soot from burning candles often accumulate and cling to walls, ceilings, furniture, contents and even carpet.  In more extreme cases, candles burning by an HVAC return can have soot distributed throughout the home via its HVAC system.

Soot cleaning a home is very labor intensive and therefore soot damage can be a costly expense.  At SERVPRO, we utilize Specialty Dry Cleaning Sponges to remove soot from walls, ceilings, appliances, furniture and contents.  After cleaning, we recommend the painted surfaces be primed and/or sealed and then painted.  Please note, if a thorough cleaning is not completed prior to painting, staining can appear after a period of time through the paint.  Upholstered furniture and textiles need to be cleaned and sometimes the staining from the soot does not come out.

What can you do to avoid this?  Occasional burning of candles is fine, just remember these factors:  Buy quality well-made candles; Keep the wick trimmed down to ¼ inch, if you see black smoke coming from the candle, it is often a sign that the wick is too long; Candles should really be burned in a well ventilated area, however you do want to keep the burning candle away from drafty areas (the flame should not be flickering or dancing around); Use jar toppers/cappers for large jar candles and for other candles, use a glass vase or hurricane.

If you have questions or concerns about the result of burning candles in your home, call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus at 229-439-2048 today!

How to Protect Your Home This Winter

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Winter time for most entails many candles lit, Christmas trees glowing with their pretty lights, and string lights strung along the house. While making your home cozy and comfy for the holidays, these things also come as a hazard to you and your loved ones living there. 

According to the NFPA, fire departments responded to 210 house fires within 2010-2014 caused by Christmas trees along with candles being proven to start 38% of house fires in all.

A few ways to take action this season can be to make sure all lights are turned off and unplugged from the wall sockets before everyone goes to bed at night. Also you want to make sure to blow out all candles before bed and anytime no one is at the house.

Dealing with Arson Fire Damage

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

Our technicians are equipped to clean and restore just about anything in the average home following a fire.

Having to Deal with Arson and Fire Damage 

Arson is a serious criminal offense which can result in decades behind bars for those responsible. For the victims of arson, the tragedy is often worse than simply the loss of their home, as arson cases are handled with extreme caution by insurers and may lead to financial ruin as well. For many residents pushed out of their home by arson, getting back in safe and sound is their top priority, which is why we prioritize fast restorations and speedy responses. Here are a few tips for dealing with fire damage as a result of arson should it happen to you.

Don't Try to Clean Up Yourself

Trying to clean and restore your home following fire damage can be dangerous, and while you may make things a little better, it often takes professional care and tools to get the job done right. Our technicians are equipped to clean and restore just about anything in the average home following a fire and do their jobs thoroughly. Additionally, you should refrain from personal effort for insurance purposes, as many insurance providers will take issue with any actions you undertake without their approval.

Be Patient with Insurers

Insurance providers are often slow to pay following an arson, although this is because they must be sure that it was not you who started the fire in the first place. They operate on a principle of innocence until proven guilty, and so if you had nothing to do with the fire, don't worry, the provider will eventually pay for the damages. Be sure to work closely with them, and follow any instructions they give.

Talk to the Police

Our SERVPRO Professionals suggest to work closely with police investigators, as finding the arsonist will be crucial in convincing insurance companies of the fire damage and ensuring justice is served. Above all, you should work with them to ensure your personal safety, as the perpetrator may still have a grudge against you. Additionally, it is a good idea to attend all court dates so as to secure a conviction; otherwise, the arsonist may come back to hurt you again.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus helps homeowners to get through tough times by providing reliable, fast fire restoration services, and can help to repair damages from fires of all shapes and sizes. Call us 24/7 at (229) 439-2048 for services or a quote.

Fire Damage Sylvester - Sylvester Residential Fire Damage

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage you! SERVPRO of Albany and Americus will make it "Like it never even happened."

Residential Fire Damage in Sylvester

Fire damage in Sylvester is very devastating for residents. This is why there is a need for fire damage services in Sylvester so that the damages can be minimized and to preserve your way of life. In many cases, one would need to evacuate the home and move to another place until the rebuilding of the house. However, there are certain times when the house just needs a minimal amount of restoration work done because of the Sylvester fire. The fire is successfully put out, but some damages can occur with even a small amount of fire. 

Sylvester fire damage does not come by itself. Smoke and soot damage often accompany it. The soot often attracts itself to items and causes discoloration and other forms of damage. Instead of trying to do it yourself, it is important to call professionals for fire damage services. Before calling a company, you have to make sure that they are trustworthy and have the proper licenses to handle a fire. Otherwise, you may find yourself handling more damages that can cost you even more down the line because of amateur services. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Fortunately, there are Sylvester fire damage companies like SERVPRO of Albany and Americus that is available to help you. They have the licenses and the equipment to help you successfully take care of the damages caused by a fire. They are very meticulous in addressing all of the fire damages. They do whatever it takes to make your home inhabitable. All frustrations that result from a fire are limited if not eliminated. These professionals are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They understand that emergencies can happen at the most inopportune moments, and they assist people at any time throughout the day or the night so that they can still keep their home after a fire. Give them a call at (229) 439-2048. 

Fire Damage Remediation for Your Home.

9/29/2015 (Permalink)

Smoke, Soot, Ashes, and Lots of Water. Call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for the Cure

How SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Albany and Americus

Once your residential property has been impacted by a fire, it's critically important that you start the fire damage remediation process. Fire restoration experts know that a house fire can alter the stability of the structure and safety of your family. Moreover, the complex processes necessary to restore your home make it important and advantageous for you to hire a professional team to complete this work for you. Learn more about fire damage restoration and how industry specialists from SERVPRO can assist you.

Fire Damage Restoration: Basic Techniques

In general, there are four basic ways that a professional remediation company will restore homes damaged by fire. These four ways include:

• drying your home
• removing debris
• cleaning your HVAC system
• rebuilding your home's structure

Learn more about each step in the process by reviewing the following data:

Drying Your Home

After a fire has impacted your property, water damage is the primary issue to address and resolve. Firefighters, for a large house fire, will spray vast volumes of water to extinguish the flames. Unfortunately, damp furniture, drywall, carpeting, and fabrics can all function as a breeding ground for unwanted mold and mildew. Professional fire damage remediation specialists from SERVPRO utilize water pumps, vacuums, dehumidifiers and other machines to make sure that your home becomes as dry as possible. This step is quite important given that the greatest financial burden following a fire results from secondary water damage.

Removing Debris

If you discover personal possessions and other items have been extensively damaged by the fire, these things must be discarded. If they are not, the items can contaminate other regions of the property. SERVPRO, upon request, will provide you an inventory report of salvageable and items that need trashing.  They also can offer you a "pack away" of personal items to be returned to your home upon completion of the fire damage restoration.

Cleaning Your HVAC System

Individuals who have HVAC systems in their homes should note that fires can clog the coils and filters with soot, ashes, and other debris. When this happens, the company handles replacing the damaged equipment. The kinds of repairs that will be necessary are contingent upon how damaged your property is and what kind of smoke the fire has generated. Soot requires skilled expertise along with the proper equipment to remove from the ductwork and air-handler.

Structural Rebuild

In the event that a fire has damaged sections of the structure of your property, they must be replaced. SERVPRO can either execute the repairs or set up an outside construction company. Bear in mind, it is usually less expensive and takes up less time to repair and restore damages to the home rather than to replace fire-damaged materials.

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You

When your home has been impacted by fire damage, call SERVPRO of Albany and Americus for assistance. The quicker the call, the quicker we can get you back into your home.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community and we can also help Sylvester, Cuthbert, Leesburg and Dawson. We're faster to any size disaster.  Call us. (229) 439-2048

Recovering from Cuthbert Fire Damage After a Disaster

7/21/2015 (Permalink)

Having a fire in your home or place of business can be incredibly frustrating and frightening.

Recovering from Fire Damage After a Disaster

Having a fire in your home or place of business can be incredibly frustrating and frightening. This is why a lot of people have been hiring the experts at SERVPRO to take care of the issue once the fire has been put out. When you have dealt with a fire, a lot of damages can be left behind. Cuthbert fire damage can include things like soot and water damage, and this is why it might be a good idea for you to hire the professionals. They can take care of the situation for you and have your home back to new.


Recovering from fire damage may seem difficult to do on your own. After a fire hits home, you'll be left with a whole lot of damage that can be difficult to clean with your means. You will have soot, destroyed walls, destroyed floors, and anything else could be destroyed that happened to be in the path of the fire. By hiring the professionals of SERVPRO, they will take care of the situation for you to ensure that your home is incredibly safe for when you want to move back into it.


The reason it might be better for you to hire in the experts is because of the fact that they have all of the equipment that is needed to get the job done. When you are attempting to do it all yourself, it might be difficult for you to know exactly what you need to get the job done. This is why more and more people are hiring professionals like SERVPRO for this type of job. There are a lot of companies out there, but there is none better than SERVPRO because of their expertise in disaster clean-up.


For when you're dealing with extensive or even minor Cuthbert fire damage, it is best for you to call in the professionals of SERVPRO. They will come with their equipment and team so that they can begin the cleaning up of the fire and the remnants that happened to be left behind. You will find that having this type of help is ideal for when you are dealing with damage that needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Damage from a fire can continue if you do not take care of it right away, so make sure that you contact SERVPRO for more information about their services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Albany and Americus is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities: