Recent Fire Damage Posts

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever experienced a home or commercial building fire? If you have, you know it can be an extremely scary time for multiple people. SERVPRO of West Greenville County specializes in fire damage restoration and we are here to help you! We assure you we have the expertise to make sure your home is restored properly.


We have experience working with commercial and residential fires. Multiple of our fire damage restoration jobs have been rooted from kitchen fires. A lot of times the walls and ceiling are the main areas that are damaged. Homeowners call SERVPRO in hopes that we could restore their home back to how it was before the fire happened, and we do just that! 

If you ever experience a fire and need to restore your home, call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570! We work efficiently and effectively to get the job done!

Fourth of July Firework Safety

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks are used often when a holiday or special event occurs. With the fourth of July being just about a week away. we want to inform you of some firework safety tips. Fireworks start around 18,500 fires per year, whether it be a structure fire, vehicle fire, or outside fire.

SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants nothing more than our residents to be safe while using fireworks.

Here are a few firework safety tips:

  1. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  2. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  3. Point fireworks away from people and homes.
  4. Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.
  5. Have a hose or bucket of water nearby.
  6. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

If something happens to go wrong, and you experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570

When your West Greenville home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.We promise to treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. 

All About Smoke and Soot Damage After a Fire

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you've experienced a home or building fire, then you know how smoke and soot can damage your property. 

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 West Greenville County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 864-292-8570

Fire Damage Restoration Tips

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

This home experienced a kitchen fire.

Experiencing a fire in your home or commercial office can be terrifying and stressful. SERVPRO of West Greenville County understands the stress that comes with restoring your home after a fire, and we are here to help some of that stress go away. 

Below are what we believe to be some of the most important fire damage restoration tips:

Limit Movement in the Building

Be sure to limit the amount of movement and activity in the building where the fire occurred. This prevents the soot from spreading throughout the house and becoming harder to clean. You do not want to make the damage to your home worse. 

Remove Smoke Damage

A lot of the damage from a fire occurs to the walls of the home or building. Whether your walls are painted or you have wallpaper you will need to clean them. If the fire is minor, you most likely can scrub your walls with bleach and detergents to clean them. If the fire is more serious you will probably want to repaint, but give time for the walls to be cleaned and dried. Soot often appears on walls after a fire. Soot is greasy, so be sure to dust this off of the walls before cleaning them.

Remove Mold & Mildew

Often times mold and mildew appears in your home after a fire due to the water that is used to put out the fire. We highly recommend having a fire damage restoration service inspect your house for mold and mildew to help prevent another serious problem from entering your home. Here at SERVPRO we can help restore your home after a fire and make sure no mold appears! 

Repair Carpet and Flooring

Just like the water used to put out the fire can cause mold and mildew, the water can also cause immense damage to your floors. Your carpet and floors end up absorbing a lot of the water that is used to put out the fire. Water can also get under and in the cracks of flooring. This then leads to water damage in your home. Luckily, we are a water and fire damage restoration service, so we can tackle both!

Clean Clothing Properly 

Making sure you clean your clothes after a fire is extremely important. We want to make sure you are able to restore as many things as possible. Be sure to not smear the greasy soot into your clothing- this will be very difficult to get out. Also don't rush to put your clothes in the washing machine. Often times, getting them professionally dry cleaned will be your best option.

Clean Dishes Thoroughly

It is extremely important to wash all of your dishes thoroughly after a house fire because what you put on your dishes will be put into your body. Be sure to scrub all dishes and let them soak in a solution of water and bleach for about 20-30 minutes, then scrub some more. The solution should contain 2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water. Throw out any dishes that do not become fully cleaned.

Call SERVPRO of West Greenville County to help you with your fire damage restoration needs!!

The 5 Main Causes of Holiday Fires

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fires around the holidays are very common. SERVPRO of West Greenville County hopes everyone has had a fire free holiday season. Here are the main causes of holiday/winter fires:

Fireplaces

During the winter and holiday season people use their fire places more. Be sure to clean out your fireplace and watch the fire until it is completely burned out.

Cooking

Throughout the holiday season people tend to cook more. Many people will start cooking and leave their food unattended. If you are cooking in the oven, do not forget to turn it off!!

Decorative Lights

Make sure the lights you choose to decorate with do not have frayed wires. This could easily start an electrical fire. We recommend you do not leave lights up year round, as the chances of that strand catching fire increases. 

Candles

People also tend to light more candles during the winter and holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, four of the five most dangerous days of the year for residential candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. If you light a candle make sure it is away from anything that could blow on it and catch fire. Also make sure it is on a sturdy surface and you don't forget to blow it out.

Christmas Trees

It is very common for a christmas tree to catch fire if it is not treated properly. Make sure you water your christmas tree if it is real in order to reduce the chance of it catching fire. 

If you happen to experience a fire don't forget you can call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570!!

Fire Safety Tips

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire safety is a very important thing to be aware of, and everyone should know the basic safety procedures to prepare for a possible fire and what to do if a fire occurs. 

Preparing for Home Fires

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  2. Test smoke alarms every month to make sure they are working properly.
  3. Plan and discuss a fire escape plan with your family. 

During a Fire

  1. Escape immediately using the best route.
  2. If a door handle or door feels warm, do not open it and get out of the home using a different route.
  3. Once you are out to the building call 911.
  4. Never go back inside for anything.
  5. If your clothes catch on fire: STOP, DROP, and ROLL!
  6. If you're stuck inside the house, cover any area where smoke might get in and find a way to signal help that you are still in the house. Do this by either calling 911 and telling them, or find a flashlight or phone light and hold it up to a window.

These are just a few of the basic rules in dealing with home fires. If you experience a home fire, SERVPRO of West Greenville County is here to make this hard situation much more bearable.

Call us at 864-292-8570 if you need help restoring your home after fire damage!

Local Church Fire Damage

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

One of the offices damaged by the fire.

A local church experienced was broken into and the person set fire to two offices and the auditorium in the church. The fire also caused a water line to spray water leading to water damage throughout the church as well. This left the church with fire and water damage in multiple rooms. SERVPRO of West Greenville County is continuing to help this church restore their property after this tragic incident. The people at the church are very thankful for SERVPRO and the work they are putting in to get the church back to normal. 

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for everyone involved. It's a stressful and confusing time. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we'll always treat your property and belongings with care.

Call SERVPRO of West Greenville County if you happen to experience fire damage 864-292-8570

Fireworks Safety

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fireworks are ofen used when a holiday or special event occurs. With the fourth of July coming up next week SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants to share a few tips to make sure you are staying safe. Fireworks start around 18,500 fires per year, whether it be a structure fire, vehicle fire, or outside fire.

SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants nothing more than our residents to be safe while using fireworks.

Here are a few firework safety tips:

  1. Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks.
  2. Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  3. Point fireworks away from people and homes.
  4. Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.
  5. Have a hose or bucket of water nearby.
  6. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

If something happens to go wrong and you experience fire damage call SERVPRO of West Greenville County at 864-292-8570

When your West Greenville home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.We promise to treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Safety Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires are some of the main causes of a home fire. Here are 10 tips on how to prevent kitchen fires:

  1. Never leave a cooking area unattended.
  2. Clean cooking surfaces regularly to avoid grease buildup.
  3. Never wear loose clothing while cooking near an open flame.
  4. Keep pot holders, towels, utensils, plastic bags, oven mitts etc. away from anything that generates heat in your kitchen.
  5. Check your kitchen before you leave the house or go to bed to make your sure everything is turned off.
  6. Have smoke alarms installed in your kitchen and throughout your home.
  7. Use a timer to remember that the stove or oven is on.
  8. Unplug electric appliances when they aren't in use.
  9. Use caution with what you put in the microwave- make sure you are using microwave safe containers.
  10. Don't overfill pots and pans with oil or grease. 

SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants you to be safe and aware of the safety tips of cooking in a kitchen. If you do ever experience a home fire, call us at 864-292-8570 and we will help restore your home!

Fire Damage Restoration in Greenville, SC

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

The damage in the kitchen caused by the fire.

A kitchen in an apartment complex in Greenville, SC caught fire earlier this year due to an appliance while cooking. The stove caught fire and damaged the walls, ceiling, cabinets, and microwave. After attempting to stop the fire, the apartment also experienced major water damage. 

SERVPRO of West Greenville County was called in to clean up the aftermath! We extracted water from the carpet and vinyl flooring and cleaned up all the smoke damage. The owners were very impressed with the job SERVPRO completed and how fast we got the job done! 

Experiencing a house or apartment fire can be an extremely scary and stressful time! SERVPRO of West Greenville county is here to make that hard time a little easier and make your home look "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 864-292-8570 if you experience fire or water damage and need restoration completed in your home!

Electrical Fire Causes Major Fire Damage in Williamston, SC Home

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage in the kitchen after the electrical fire.

An electrical fire that started in the laundry room and spread throughout the house caused fire damage to this home in Williamston, SC. Most windows in the home broke, and the ceiling collapsed leading to major damage. SERVPRO of West Greenville County worked as hard as they could to make this difficult time much easier for this family.We restored the home and fixed all of the fire damage. The family was very appreciative for everything SERVPRO of West Greenville County did to help them in this hard time!

Check out one of our earlier blog posts for fire safety tips so you are prepared if you ever experience a fire in your home or business!

SERVPRO of West Greenville County is trained to handle any size job that comes our way! Times like these where you experience unexpected damage to your home can be very hard and we are here to make it a little more bearable, just call 864-292-8570 

Lightening strikes Church in South Carolina

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Church's multimedia room caught fire from lightening strike consequently suffering the most damage in this loss.

This church in South Carolina suffered from a fire caused by a strike of lightening to the building, catching its multimedia room in the basement on fire. SERVPRO of West Greenville County, along with other SERVPRO teams worked around the clock to remediate the problem, so that business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Many organizations are at risk for a fire, especially when they reside in older buildings in need of repairs. We know how costly and devastating a fire can be to a business, so it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. 

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. 

What to Expect: 

When we visit your establishment after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your business, call us right away at (864) 292-8570. SERVPRO of West Greenville County will treat you with empathy and respect, and your property with care.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. SERVPRO of West Greenville County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

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 West Greenville County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. 

 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (864) 292-8570

Teaming Up With The American Red Cross for Fire Prevention Month

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Home fire safety checklist from www,redcross.org/homefires

October is Fire Prevention month

SERVPRO of West Greenville County wants to help you prepare for and learn how you can prevent fire damage to your home! SERVPRO Industries, Inc. and SERVPRO of West Greenville County support The American Red Cross and the effort to inform and help our community learn home fire safety.

On average, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.  Don’t let a home fire happen to you and your family.  The American Red Cross can help you learn tips on how to prevent a home fire at your household, and help prevent injury to you or your loved ones.  Make sure your family can safely escape your home in less than 2 minutes.  Test your smoke alarms.  To learn more please visit www.redcross.org/homefires for home fire prevention information. Don’t let a home fire affect your family.

Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year due to home fires-

Your help is needed in any and every form.  If you can donate please visit, http://redcross.org/cm/SERVPROindustries-pub. If you can give your time or effort, please become an American Red Cross volunteer at www.redcross.org to help others recover from home fires.

You can also visit The American Red Cross's website to download fire safety checklists and home fire escape plans to help your family prepare in the event of a disaster.