Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Detector Installation and Maintenance

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

An important way to prevent your home or business from a fire loss is by following proper protocol when it comes to installing and maintaining fire detectors.

  • The same fire detectors should never be used for longer than 10 years. If you have had the same detectors for longer than this, it is important to invest in new ones right away.
  • The size and layout of your home or business will determine how many detectors you need. However, as a guide, you should have at a minimum 1 detector per each level.
  • Your detectors should be installed in central locations. Ceiling detectors should be placed on a flat stretch of the ceiling and wall-placed devices must be less than 12 inches from the ceiling.
  • Make sure to follow your device’s instructions very carefully when installing them (especially detectors that require hardwired power). If you are uncomfortable installing on your own, there are many professionals available to install them for you.
  • Test your alarms after installing by using the test button and perform power tests monthly.
  • Replace non-hardwired detectors’ batteries annually.
  • Lastly, thoroughly clean your detectors each year. This is important because dust and other pollutants can impede its performance.

3 Types of Smoke

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

This is the result of smoke damage from a fire that happened in an adjacent room.

There are three different types of smoke that may affect your home or business due to a fire loss.  These two different types of smoke—wet and dry—will cause different types of soot residue after a fire.  This information is crucial for the remediation process.  Pretesting will determine which cleaning procedures need to be used to make your home or business “like it never even happened”. Below is more information about different types of smoke and residue:

Wet Smoke – Rubber and Plastic

  • Low heat. Includes a pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are 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

  • Basically invisible. Discolors, paints, and varnishes. Extremely pungent odor.

Our highly trained professionals are prepared to tackle all types of smoke.                

Kitchen Fire Caused by Grease

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a grease fire.

House fires are much more common than people think.  They can happen in many ways and always suddenly.  One of the most common causes is a grease fire and this photo is where the fire began in this home.  The fire began on the stove and the homeowner was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher.  And although the home was not a total loss, the damage was still devastating. 

We understand how much your home means to you and your family, so we are ready to help.  Our team has the equipment and experience to help you get your home back to normal as quickly as possible. 

So, if you suffer from a fire in your Benton or Bryant home, call SERVPRO of Saline County.

Our Fire Restoration Process

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning smoke and soot from a ceiling.

House fires are more common than one would think.  And when they do occur the home is not always a total loss.  Most fires happen in the kitchen and if put out in time the rest of the house can be saved.  But that doesn’t mean that the rest of the house was not affected.  Fire creates smoke and soot which can travel quickly and get on contents and the rest of the structure.  SERVPRO of Saline County knows how important your home and belongings are.  We will carefully pack up all contents and bring them back to our warehouse where we clean each item.  We then get started on the structure.  We wipe all walls, ceilings and floors with our specially formulated cleaning solutions.  Once we have the entire structure clean and soot free, we will deodorize your home.  Finally, we return all your belongings, unpack the boxes, and place the items exactly where they were before the fire.  So, if you experience a devastating fire, call SERVPRO of Saline County.  We are here to help!