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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)

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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)

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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.


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.


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?
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: