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4 Most Common Causes of a Kitchen Fire

11/28/2022 (Permalink)

A woman ignores two fires in her kitchen while doing her nails at the table. There are many causes of kitchen fires, including burning food, poor electrical outlets, and inattentiveness.

A kitchen can be a dangerous place if you are not cautious. Most of us cook every day in the kitchen and deal with various electrical appliances near a water source and heating elements. 

Kitchen fires are usually how a home fire starts, so it can be very alarming when something catches on fire while you just want to fix yourself a meal. Here are the most common causes of kitchen fires so that you're prepared to avoid them. 

Most Likely to Cause a Kitchen Fire

Cooking Accidents 

Taking your eyes off your food while cooking is not a good idea. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires, accounting for more than half of all home fires. 

So, it is important to always stay in the kitchen when you're cooking. If you feel tired or out of it, this is one case when ordering takeout is not only the healthier option but the most responsible one, too. 

Electrical Problems 

Malfunctioning appliances or faulty wiring are the second leading cause of kitchen fires. Be especially careful with old appliances, as wires can become loose and break. 

Electrical fires are especially dangerous because everyone's first instinct when dealing with a fire is to pour water over it. This is a big mistake because water conducts electricity! 

The first thing you should do is unplug the appliance if it's plugged in. Then smother the flames with fistfuls of baking soda. If this didn't put out the fire, call emergency services immediately. 

Make sure to properly maintain your electrical appliances so that this doesn't happen. A good habit to get into is not to overload circuits with too many appliances plugged in at once.

Candles 

Candles are one of the leading causes of house fires, usually because people underestimate the damage they can cause. Lit candles, especially when left unattended, can set fire to the whole house. 

Exercise caution with lit candles, especially near flammable materials like curtains or towels. It's also not advisable to put a candle in a drafty spot, like by a vent or a window, on a windy day. 

Don't burn a candle for longer than 4 hours, and never leave it unattended. This is especially important if you have children or pets in the house. 

Kids Playing with Fire 

Adding to the last point, kids often start kitchen fires by playing with matches or lighters they find around the house. A child's natural curiosity can put them at risk. 

They're too young to know any better, so it's on the adults to supervise them and teach them about fire safety. Children are usually fascinated by fire, so they won't immediately call out for help if they accidentally cause one. 

They associate fire with birthday candles and fireworks and don't realize how scary they can be until they potentially get hurt. They also tend to play with fire in hidden, enclosed places because they may have been told it's wrong. You can see how this can be disastrous. 

If you have a child in the house, educate them about fire safety as soon as possible. Teach them about the dangers of fire, and that matches, lighters, and heating elements in the kitchen aren't toys. 

Call Fire Damage Professionals

Kitchen fires are scary, but once the damage is done, you'll want your old kitchen back. After all, a kitchen is one of the most useful rooms in a house. 

We at SERVPRO have been doing fire damage restoration for years. Call us, and we'll make sure that not the slightest trace of smoke or soot is left in your home. We're available 24/7 to restore your home back to its unblemished state. 

Don't Mask Bad Odors, Stop Them at the Source

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

A technician inspects a sewer line that was overflowing. Sewer line inspections can help prevent disaster, and stops bad smells from permeating in your home.

Maybe you just moved into a new place and can't figure out where the weird smell is coming from. Or, maybe you've lived in your home for years, and it's time to do some deep cleaning. Either way, removing foul odors can be tricky. But don't worry - we're here to help. We'll give you some tips and tricks for getting rid of offensive smells in your home, so you can feel confident about inviting friends and family over.

Get Rid of Sewer Smells

When you notice a foul odor in your home, it's important to figure out where it's coming from and how to get rid of it. Sewer smells are one of the most common unpleasant odors and can be tricky to dispose of. You can do a few things to eliminate the smell if you think it is coming from your sewer line. First, check all your drains and ensure they're clear. If that doesn't solve it, pour a cup of bleach down the affected drain. If the odor persists, call a plumber to inspect your sewer line. Getting rid of foul odors in your home is important for your comfort and health, so immediately taking care of smells will keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

Clean Your Pet

When your pet has a bad odor, cleaning them as soon as possible is important. Not only will this remove the foul odor, but it will also prevent your pet from becoming sick. The odor from your pet will cling to household objects and furniture if not removed immediately. Give your pet a good shampooing with a mild soap. You could also rinse them with diluted vinegar or hydrogen peroxide if the odor is very intense.

Eliminate Mold and Mildew Odor

No one likes a smelly home. When trying to get rid of foul odors, it's important to deal with mold and mildew. These fungi love damp, dark places, so check any areas that might be prone to moisture buildup. Clean the tub, shower, sink, and toilet in the bathroom regularly. The kitchen is another place mold and mildew thrives, so don't forget to clean under the sink, behind the fridge, and in any other nooks and crannies where water might collect. 

If you have a major mold odor problem, it is best to call professional services like SERVPRO of the South and Northwest Grand Rapids at 616-622-9700. Our skilled professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors, whether from an inside or outside source. We won't merely mask odors but use professional odor removal techniques to deal with the cause of the problem.

Change Your Garbage Disposal

No one likes smelly garbage disposal. If your disposal is stinking, it's time to take action. The first step is to determine the cause of the smell. If you notice your disposal is smelling after you've put certain foods down, the food is likely to blame. Use running hot water and dish soap and pour it down the disposal to clear the smell. If the food is left at the disposal for too long, it will rot and produce a nauseating smell. You might need to remove the food with a pair of tongs or a plunger. If your garbage disposal still smells even after you've cleaned it, maybe your drain needs to be cleaned. 

Clean any spills or messes immediately, as they are often the source of bad smells. Open the windows and doors regularly to let fresh air in and circulate. Consider using air fresheners or scented candles to help mask any lingering odors. Following these tips, you will keep your home smelling fresh and clean.

Is Mold Really in Every Home?

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy duty fans dry walls after a flood corrupts basement drywall. Mold removal can be a tough task, taking repairs down to the studs, only to be built back up.

Of the many pests that can plague a house, mold is one of the most common. This is large because it requires very little for mold to grow and being the resilient pest that it is, and it can be very difficult to get rid of it. Ideally, you should go for a deep clean of the property to really get rid of the mold. 

Mold spreads through spores. The spores are tiny and light, so they have easily carried around in the air. Mold might seem like a minor problem, but it can be a very destructive pest if it is left untreated. Here is how you can manage the situation. 

Where Can I Find Mold?

Certain areas of the house are more likely to develop a mold infestation. Like any other living organism, water is a basic requirement for mold to live. Any place that has water or even a high level of humidity can be a breeding ground for mold. 

Places such as the crawl space, near a pool, a damp basement, or any area that has been recently affected by flooding can be good places for mold to grow. If you have indoor plants, then there will be more humidity in the house, which can also attract mold. 

Mold can latch onto nearly any surface and feed off it. Things like cardboard, drywall, paint, rugs, leather, wood, upholstery, and even insulation are places where mold can start growing if there is enough moisture in the environment for it to survive. 

How Did I Get Mold?

You might clean your house regularly, but that doesn't mean you can get rid of all the mold spores. These little spores can get in through your ventilation system, windows, and doors, or they can latch on to clothing and belongings and enter the house when you come in with them. Once inside, the spores may stay dormant for weeks or months until they get the right conditions to develop. 

They can easily be moved around the house through people and pets. If you recently had something that was affected by mold and you threw that item away, the spores from that item may have spread to other parts of the home. Spores can also distribute themselves through dust, so any contaminated dust in the home can also start a mold infestation. 

Signs Of Mold

The best solution is to detect mold before it becomes a major problem. In the right conditions, mold can grow extremely quickly and can easily eat away at the surface that it grows on. If this happens to be a valuable item or the structure of your home, it could lead to a lot of problems. 

One of the biggest signs is the odor that mold creates. Sometimes, this could smell like rotten eggs; in other cases, it might just smell like rubbish or like something is decaying. The odor depends on the surface that the mold is on. If anything smells off, get it inspected. 

The other major sign is fungus growth. Usually, you can spot fungus growth on carpets, furniture, clothing, or walls and floors. It can range from white to green to black, depending on the particular mold. 

Another sign is an increase in allergies and, specifically, breathing-related problems. If you have anyone in the house with asthma or a similar breathing condition, the allergy will flare up and won't go away because the mold spores are still in the air. 

Conclusion

The best solution is to get a professional team, such as the mold removal experts at SERVPRO, to help you with this situation. They will help you remove the mold properly and disinfect the area, so there is no possibility of the mold returning. The SERVPRO team has plenty of experience working with mold infestations, and they can help you get the issue resolved and prevent it from spreading.

How $5 Can Save You Thousands!

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

Foam cover for your faucet Just place the loop around the faucet handle, stretch the cord away from the house. Slide the cord lock until the cover is firmly against the house.

Every winter we see it, a client calls because they have a frozen pipe that has burst, and their basement is full of water.  The most vulnerable water pipe to freezing and bursting is the one that goes to the outside faucet of your home.  Clients always ask, how can this be prevented?  There are several things that we can recommend doing to prepare your home for the winter months, but the easiest and most overlooked are the most important.   

First, make sure all your hoses are disconnected from your home. If water remains in your hose, and freezes and expands, it will work up into the faucet and waterline, and cause water damage in the home.

Second, if you have a zone shut off to your exterior water sources, turn them off.  Most newer homes are plumbed with a shut off to the exterior water, usually within 10 feet from the outside water source, and is usually easily accessible when you have a broken pipe. A zone shut off is more convenient than shutting the water to the entire home.

Third, you can purchase a foam insulated faucet cover to install on the exterior water sources to your home. They are cheap, usually right around $5, and simple to install. The cover is an easy way to protect outdoor faucets from freezing temperatures. Just place the loop around the faucet handle, stretch the cord by pulling away from the house. Slide the cord lock until the cover is firmly against the house.

The foam cover protects outdoor faucets against freeze damage, provides peace of mind when the temperatures drop, and they installation is quick and easy

SERVPRO of Grand Rapids South and Northwest Grand Rapids is always available when you experience water damage, a flooded basement or ice damming.  Winter is rough enough, having to worry about who to call when an emergency happens shouldn’t be.

Our local contact number is 616.662.9700, we are always local and available 24/7.

Severe Weather Should Not Take You by Surprise

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

The front door to a house is cracked open as flood waters seep in. Heavy rains can do more than flood streets. Some waters can meet you at your front door.

During severe weather, your house will endure brutal conditions like high winds, heavy rain, and mountains of snow. Take the time to equip your home with accessories to survive a storm. Don't wait until the forecast calls for severe weather because you might not have enough time to make the necessary preparations

Home Architecture

If you're building a new home, ensure it complies with your city's structural regulations. If you live in an area prone to harsh weather, ensure you follow all the building guidelines, making it easier to withstand any weather disasters. For instance, some common rules include a driveway of a certain length and width, building your home on an elevated platform (for floods), a fixed number of rooms and corridors, installing safety devices like fire alarms and smoke detectors, and maintaining your lawn. A clear lawn and backyard with fewer obstructions make evacuation easier.

General Tips

Prepare an emergency evacuation plan to help you get out of the house if under threat. Understand the layout of your home, and mark all doors, corridors, windows, etc., for easier evacuation - practice escape drills every few months to develop route memory of the plan. Build an emergency kit with canned food, water, and disaster control supplies to last at least two days. Create this kit a few days before the weather changes. It is advisable to keep the kit assembled at all times and place it in an easily accessible place since you may not have much time to evacuate. Also, develop a plan to communicate and meet up with your family at a specific spot if everybody isn't together.

House Inspections

Conducting regular home inspections is crucial to withstand severe weather conditions. These inspections should include roof, piping, electric line, and property evaluations. If you find any problems, get them fixed immediately. Delaying the repair will only burden you in bad weather circumstances. For instance, suppose your area experiences a flood. You risk pipelines breaking and cutting off your clean water supply with faulty plumbing.

If you have any issues with electrical lines and a fire breaks out, open or live electricity lines pose a serious threat that can hinder your chances of escape. Property inspections will also help you know if your home's structure follows all disaster management guidelines, and if anything requires changing, you can do it with ease.

When you notice something out of the ordinary, call SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids at 616-622- 9700. A professional inspection will help you thoroughly prepare your home for any natural disaster.

Preparing for a Tornado, Hurricane, Wildfire, and Thunderstorm

If you live in a tornado-prone zone, your home must have a basement or underground bunker where you can stay until the tornado passes. Ensure your house surroundings don't have fixtures that can be uprooted, like fences.

For hurricane zones, have your home built at the right elevation. If the hurricane is approaching, secure your home by covering windows with storm shutters and installing straps to stabilize your roof.

For areas that experience frequent wildfires, it is essential that your home has a comprehensive fire alarm and smoke detector system. Have many fire extinguishers on hand and learn the fire evacuation procedure in your area.

For thunderstorms, prepare your home well ahead of time by removing any tree branches that could collapse onto your roof. Stabilize your roof and cover all windows with storm shutters. Understand your city's evacuation strategy and storm signals.

Preparing your home to withstand severe weather conditions reduces the damage it endures. Don't be thrown off guard at the last moment by bad weather. These tips will help you thoroughly prepare yourself and your home for any weather conditions.

Prevent Power Surges from Causing Severe Damage

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

A line worker repairs a transformer after it was hit by lightning. Power surges often happen when transformers are hit by lightning, or when severe storms interfere with power lines.

We all know power surges can be a pain. They cause our electronics to malfunction, lights to flicker, and appliances to make strange noises. But did you know that power surges also cause severe damage to your home?

What Is a Power Surge?

In electrical terms, a power surge is a sudden surge of power for a brief period. It can occur when lightning strikes, a power line is knocked down, or an appliance is turned on or off. Power surges range from a few volts to thousands of volts and can last for a fraction of a second or several minutes.

While power surges are generally not harmful to people, they can cause serious damage to your home and electronic equipment. In extreme cases, power surges can cause fires. Therefore, it's crucial to take steps to prevent power surges from damaging your home.

How to Prevent Power Surges from Causing Severe Damage

You can do a few things to prevent power surges from causing severe damage to your home:

Install Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are devices that absorb or redirect excess electricity. They can be plugged into outlets and are often used to protect computers, TVs, and other electronics.

They're relatively inexpensive, easy to install and provide peace of mind from a power surge.

Unplug Appliances during a Storm

If thunderstorms are in the forecast, unplug appliances that could be damaged by a power surge, including computers, TVs, stereos, and small appliances.

You can also disconnect your home's main breaker to prevent power surges from occurring in your home.

Storms often knock down power lines, so it's important to be prepared.

Install a Whole-House Surge Protector

A whole-house surge protector is installed on your electrical panel. It protects your entire home from power surges.

A whole-house surge protector is the best option if you live in an area with frequent lightning strikes. Whole-house surge protectors are expensive, but they're worth the investment if you want to protect your home from severe damage.

Use Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers are devices that shut off power to an electrical circuit when there's too much current. They're usually located in your home's electrical panel.

The circuit breaker will trip and shut off the power before the surge can damage your home when a power surge occurs. It is an effective way to prevent power surges from causing severe damage.

Have a Backup Plan

Even if you take all the precautions listed above, there's still a chance a power surge could damage your home. Therefore, a backup plan is always recommended.

One option is to purchase a UPS (uninterruptible power supply). UPS units come in different sizes, so you'll need to choose one appropriate for your needs.

It's also a good idea to have a backup generator on hand. Generators are used to power all or part of your home during a power outage. Again, you'll need to select a generator according to your needs.

You can always create an emergency power outage kit if you don't want to purchase a UPS or generator. This outage kit should include the essentials you'll need in the event of a power outage, such as flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, and water.

By taking the time to create a backup plan, you can rest assured knowing you'll be prepared when a power outage occurs.

For professional assistance with your backup plan or other home electrical system issues, contact SERVPRO of South and Northwest Grand Rapids at 616-622-9700. We are vastly experienced in power surge issues. Our professional team will advise you on the best solution. We're always here to help.

Did You Find Mold in Your Commercial Building

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Mold around a fuse box in a commercial warehouse building corner There are many signs of mold before it becomes visible to the naked eye.

It's important to be aware that any presence of mold in a business can be extremely harmful to employees and customers. Molds produce allergens, mycotoxins, and other toxins that can cause serious health problems.

If you think you've found mold in your business, it's important to have it professionally removed as soon as possible. Do not try to remove the mold yourself - it's important to have a professional who knows how to properly remove the mold and clean up the area so there is no risk of exposure.

What are the signs of Mold?

The most telling sign of mold is the presence of visible mold growth. However, there are other signs that can indicate the presence of mold in a building, such as: 

- A musty odor

- Water stains or water damage

- Peeling or bubbling paint

- Cracked or warped ceilings or floors

- Condensation on windows or walls

- Increase in asthma symptoms or other respiratory problems

How Does Mold Affect Your Staff?

As we stated, mold can cause a variety of adverse health effects, the most serious of which is an allergic reaction. People with mold allergies can have severe respiratory problems, including asthma attacks.

People with compromised immune systems are also at risk for infection from mold exposure. And finally, mold can produce harmful toxins that can cause serious health problems. These toxins are known as mycotoxins, and they can cause a wide range of symptoms, including respiratory problems, headaches, skin irritation, and damage to the liver or kidneys.

So it's important to keep your office clean and free of any mold growth. And if you do spot any signs of mold, don't touch it!

How Do You Test For Mold?

If you're a business owner and suspect that you may have a mold problem, it's best to call in the professionals. Mold can cause serious health problems, so it's important to identify and address any issues as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO is one of the leading providers of mold remediation services. They have extensive experience in identifying and removing mold from businesses of all sizes. They'll work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and will ensure that the problem is resolved quickly and safely.

Why Hire SERVPRO to Get Rid of Mold?

SERVPRO has been removing mold and restoring properties affected by mold for years. We have the experience and knowledge to do the job right, and we'll work tirelessly until your property is back to its original state. 

Mold can be a serious health hazard, so it's important to hire a qualified professional to remove it from your property. Not only will SERVPRO get rid of all the mold, but we'll also treat the area to prevent future growth. Give us a call today and let us take care of everything for you.

Dealing With Bursts Pipes in Your Business

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

A pipe burst causes displaced tile in an office building bathroom. A burst pipe can cause extreme damage, both during leakage and its aftermath.

There are a few telltale signs that can indicate a burst water pipe in a commercial building. If you notice any of the following, be sure to contact a professional as soon as possible: 

  • Water leaking from walls or ceilings
  • Sudden increase in water bills for no obvious reason
  • Damp spots on walls or ceilings
  • Mold growth
  • Noises coming from the pipes, such as gurgling or hissing sounds
  • Turn Off the Water

Water can be turned off to a commercial building in a variety of ways, but the most common way is to turn off the main water line. This can be done by finding the main water shut-off valve and turning it either clockwise or counter-clockwise (depending on the make and model of your valve).

If you can't find the main water shut-off valve, then you'll need to go to each individual floor and find the stop valves for each set of bathrooms, kitchens, etc. Each stop valve has a specific purpose (e.g., hot water, cold water, sprinkler system) so be sure to turn off the right one!

Be Sure to Remove Electronics

Water and electronics don't mix, so it's important to remove all electronic equipment from the vicinity of a burst pipe. If water gets into the circuitry, it can cause short-circuiting and serious damage. In addition, if the power is still on while water is present, you could be risking an electrical fire.

That's why we recommend removing all computers and other electronics away from the vicinity of a burst pipe - to protect both the equipment and the building.

How To Help Staff Know to Stay Away

If you are an employee and see water spilling out from under a door or see puddles near an outlet, do not enter the area. You may think it's just a little water, but there could be electrical current running through it. If you see sparks or any other evidence of electricity, do not enter the area and immediately report the situation to your supervisor. Even if it doesn't look like there is any danger, always assume that there is and avoid the area. Water and electricity don't mix!

Contact Your Insurance Company for Damages

It's important to contact your commercial insurance company as soon as possible after a pipe burst in order to minimize the damage and ensure you are covered. A burst pipe can lead to serious water damage, costing thousands of dollars in repairs. By contacting your insurer as soon as possible, you can speed up the process of getting your claim approved and start repairs quickly.

How To Help Dry the Area Quickly

There are a few key things you can do to help dry the area out quickly and minimize the damage. First, try to remove any excess water or moisture as quickly as possible. Use a wet vac or towels to soak up any standing water. If the area is carpeted, use a shop vac to suck up any moisture in the padding and under the carpet. 

Then, if possible, open all of the windows and doors in the area to allow it to air out. Turn on fans or heaters to help speed up the drying process. You can also use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air. Finally, if you have access to them, use industrial-strength fans or heaters to help dry the area out.

Call SERVPRO ASAP

If you suffer from burst pipes, it's important to call a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO. They have the experience and expertise to handle the aftermath of a burst pipe, including extracting any water, drying out the area, and repairing any damage that's been done. Plus, they can help you with insurance claims and get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

Restoring Your Garage after a Fire

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a small one-stall garage, including burned tires and a tool wall. A fire damaged garage can burn everything it the confined space.

If your garage catches on fire and is put out, your first steps should be to contact your insurance company and a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO. They can help you assess the damage and begin the process of cleaning and repairing your garage.

Fire damage can be very extensive and can cause a lot of damage in a short period of time. It's important to have a professional assessment done as soon as possible so that the right steps can be taken to restore your garage to its original condition.

How Do You Clean Up Smoke After a Fire?

If your garage has been damaged by a fire, it's important to take the necessary steps to clean up the smoke and soot residue. Smoke and soot can cause a number of respiratory problems and can also damage your belongings.

SERVPRO is a professional cleaning company that specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We can help you clean up the smoke and soot residue from your garage and can also investigate to see if we can restore other damaged parts of the building.

How Do You Clean Fire Damaged Concrete?

If your garage has been damaged by a fire, it's important to clean the concrete as soon as possible. The soot and ashes from the fire can cause the concrete to become stained and discolored.

If you're dealing with a small area of damage, you can clean it yourself using a vacuum cleaner and some detergent. For larger areas, it's best to call in professionals. SERVPRO is a company that specializes in cleaning up after fires and other disasters. They have the equipment and experience necessary to get your garage back to its original condition.

What’s Salvageable After a Garage Fire?

In many cases, items that appear to be destroyed can often be restored with the right techniques and equipment. The professionals at SERVPRO have years of experience in fire damage restoration, and they will work tirelessly to get your garage back to working condition.

How Do You Seal Wood After a Fire?

If your garage has been damaged by a fire, it's important to take action quickly to prevent further damage. One way to do this is by sealing the wood. SERVPRO can help by providing the necessary equipment and expertise to seal the wood and protect your home.

Fire can cause significant damage to wooden surfaces, and in some cases, the fire may have even reached the inside of the wall studs. In order to prevent water damage and additional decay, it's important to seal the wood as soon as possible. SERVPRO can provide a variety of services including content cleaning, pack-out services, and air scrubbing. We also have specialized equipment that can be used to dry out walls and floors quickly.

How Can SERVPRO Help You After a Garage Fire?

Fire can cause significant damage to wooden surfaces, and in some cases, the fire may have even reached the inside of the wall studs. To prevent water damage and additional decay, it's important to seal the wood as soon as possible. SERVPRO can provide a variety of services including content cleaning, pack-out services, and air scrubbing. We also have specialized equipment that can be used to dry out walls and floors quickly. Contact us today to see if we can help.

Cleaning Your Chimney Will Lower a Chance for a Fire

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning your chimney annually can help to prevent a fire from happening in your home. By removing the soot and creosote build-up from your chimney, you can help to create a safe environment for yourself and your family. Soot and creosote are highly flammable and can easily ignite, causing a dangerous fire in your home.

Signs of a Chimney Fire

When you see any of the following signs, it means you have a chimney fire and should call your local chimney sweep or fire department immediately.

  1. There is excessive smoke coming from the chimney.
  2. You can smell something burning in the house.
  3. You can see flames or sparks coming from the top of the chimney.
  4. The bricks around the top of the chimney are cracked or missing.
  5. The metal liner inside the chimney is damaged or corroded.

Roof Damage Because of a Chimney Fire?

Chimney fires can cause significant damage to a roof. The heat from the fire can warp and melt the roofing material, and the smoke and soot can discolor and corrode the metal flashing around the chimney. In extreme cases, the fire may even cause the chimney to collapse.

If you have a chimney fire, it's important to take steps to prevent further damage to your home. Be sure to call a professional restoration company to assess the damage and help you get your home back to normal.

Puff Back Through the Chimney?

Puff Back is a condition where flammable creosote deposits in a chimney or furnace explode, sending soot and ash spewing into the air. The name comes from the sound of the explosion, which is similar to that of a cannon.

Creosote is a black, tarry substance that forms when wood or coal is burned incompletely. It can accumulate in chimneys and ductwork over time, and if it's heated to the point of combustion, it can cause a Puff Back.

Are Soot and Smoke Inhalation the Same?

The short answer is no, they are not the same. Soot is a black or brown powder that is produced when something burns, such as coal, wood, or oil. Smoke is made up of soot and other particles that are created when something burns. Inhalation of soot can cause health problems such as coughing, difficulty breathing, and chest pain. Inhalation of smoke can also cause health problems, including coughing, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and asthma attacks.

What Happens After a Chimney Fire?

If you experience a chimney fire, the best thing to do is call your insurance company and SERVPRO for fire damage restoration. A professional will come in and assess the damage, clean up the soot and ash, and repair any damages caused by the fire. It's important to act quickly after a chimney fire because the longer the soot and ash sit in your home, the more damage they can cause.

Why Call SERVPRO to Help?

If your home has suffered a chimney fire, it's important to call in the professionals to help get your property back to normal. SERVPRO is one of the leading restoration companies in the country, and they have the experience and expertise necessary to properly deal with the aftermath of a chimney fire.

Chimney fires can cause a lot of damage, not just to your chimney but also to your roof and home interior. The soot and ash from the fire can be extremely corrosive, and can quickly eat away at metal, wood, and other materials. SERVPRO's team of experts will work quickly to clean up the mess and restore your home to its former glory!