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Cleaning Smoke and Nicotine Smells From Your Acworth GA Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

There is a tried and true method that will removal almost any odor, and it applies to almost all types of smells, including smoke. The “big secret” is somewhat simple, but the devil is in the details. In order to successfully remove any odor, you must first remove and/or clean the source of the smell. Once the source has been permanently neutralized, technicians will clean all surfaces paying special attention to horizontal surfaces. Even dust sized particles can carry smoke and nicotine smells, so all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned using HEPA vacuums and professional cleaning products.

We will be taking a closer look at cleaning smoke and nicotine smell from your Acworth, Ga home. The following bullet points are some typical steps or procedures SERVPRO professionals use to clean smoke and nicotine from homes and businesses.

  • Cleaning is done using the top-down method. This process’s name is relatively self explanatory. It is best to clean smoke or nicotine residue starting with the ceiling and working your way down the walls, and all the way down to the floors. This will minimize the potential of re-soiling cleaned areas and insure that no spots are missed during the cleaning process. 
  • Wet clean all color safe or glossy finished walls and trim surfaces with a light detergent.
  • We clean color safe or glossy finished cabinets, light fixtures, windows, and any other surfaces that aren’t part of your regular cleaning process with a light detergent.
  • During the cleaning process, special attention is focused on horizontal surfaces. Horizontal surface provide an easy place for odor particles to land and can build up if not cleaned regularly. Examples of not commonly cleaned horizontal surfaces include door jams, window seals, window treatments/blinds, cabinet tops, and crown molding.
  • Only soft white cloths are used to do this type of cleaning. We use soft white cloths to prevent damaging the surface, but also to verify that the nicotine is being removed. Because the cloth is white our technicians will be able to see yellow residue developing on the cleaning cloth as they clean. This indicates that the process is working and that the nicotine particles are successfully being removed. We will repeat this cleaning process until no yellow residue appears on the surface or cloth used to clean the surface.
  • It is advisable to also have your ductwork thoroughly cleaned and HVAC filters replaced. Smoke and nicotine odor particles are typically airborne at some point, so it is likely that they have contaminated your HVAC system. Duct cleanings are an important step in removing smoke and nicotine odors.
  • Thermal fog the entire affected area. Thermal fogging is a process where heat is applied to our professional deodorizing products using a thermal fogging machine. This machine releases a fog that smoke and nicotine odor particles are drawn to and are absorbed by, thus neutralizing the odor.

 Nicotine and smoke odors are probably one of the more common odor related issues and can be cleaned up quickly and effectively by well trained and well equipped professionals. SERVPRO of Bartow County has tons of experience cleaning and restoring nicotine and smoke damaged homes and businesses. Our team of trained professionals have the knowledge base and experience to take on even the challenging odor issues. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for Smoke and Nicotine Odor Removal - (770) 387-7455

10 Helpful Tips for Cleaning Up After a Bartow County Fire

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Your not alone. SERVPRO of Bartow County is here to help cleanup after a house fire! We can make it "Like it never even happened"!

Home fires are some of the most destructive things on the face of the Earth. Seeing your house go up in flames is can be a heavy financial burden as well as emotionally damaging. If you have ever experienced a house fire in Bartow County you probably know exactly what we are talking about. It is important to focus on the positive when faced with such adversity. Take solace in the fact that you don’t have to face this catastrophic event alone. SERVPRO of Bartow County is here and can help you regain your grip on reality when everything feels like it is going out of control. SERVPRO of Bartow County can make it “Like it never even happened”!

What should I do once I am ready to start the fire cleanup process?

Often times when customers call on our services they wanting to know what they can do while help is on its way. The following are some easy to follow guidelines to help the cleanup process get started, and prevent additional damage to your property:

  • Try to limit movement in affected areas of  the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into textiles like  upholstery, carpet, and clothing.
  • Be mind full of what you touch and keep your hands clean. Touching clean items or areas with soot on your hands will further soil upholstery, furniture, clothing, and walls.
  • Use dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and in traffic areas to reduce additional damage during the cleaning process.
  • If the power is off, find a suitable place to store all the items in your freezer and refrigerator.Once the appliances are empty prop the doors open to help prevent odor.
  • If the temperatures could drop below freezing and the heat to your house is off, winterize your plumbing by pouring  RV antifreeze in sinks, toilets, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Turn off your HVAC system, change the filters, and leave system off until a trained professional can inspect the system.
  • You can use cheesecloth to prevent soot particles from traveling through the HVAC system by affixing several layers of cheesecloth to the air registers.
  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting trained professionals like SERVPRO of Bartow County
  • Attempting to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting trained professionals is ill advised.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and could cause an electrical shock. Air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Don’t forget the number one rule...Stay calm and call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Celebrate Safely This Fourth Of July

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

From our family to yours...have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

SERVPRO of Bartow County would like to wish you and your family a happy Fourth of July! The Fourth of July,  that time of the year that we celebrate with friends and family at barbeques and picnics. With traditions like fireworks and bonfires, there may be some potentially dangerous situations along the way. In order to celebrate safely when it comes to these events, consider the following tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration.

  • The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view public fireworks displays put on by professionals.
  • If you plan to use fireworks, ensure they are legal in your area.
  • Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, directions and warning label, do not light it.
  • Supervise children around fireworks at all times
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Pour water over it and dispose of it.

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  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass.
  • Keep a bucket of water and/or fire extinguisher nearby. Know how to operate the fire extinguisher properly.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbeque
  • Use caution when using lighter fluid on a barbeque. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire, as the flame can flashback into the container and explode.
  • Never grill in an enclosed area, as carbon monoxide could be produced.

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If you or someone you know is in need of fire restoration and clean up give SERVPRO of Bartow County. We’ve taken the hassle out of water restoration and can get you back to preloss condition in no time. We are a premier service provider for most national insurance providers and use the industry standard, Xactimate estimating software.

SERVPRO of Bartow County | Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your Bartow County home.
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 Bartow 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 – (770) 387-7455

October Is Fire Prevention Month

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

October is fire prevention month, a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness. The 2018 theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere." This theme hopes to create awareness in the steps necessary to reduce the chance of a fire and how to react in the event a fire does happen. The National Fire Protection Association states the following:

  • "LOOK" for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
  • "LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
  • "LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Stay safe and prepare now to help ensure you are ready for any disaster. Find additional safety tips on our website www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

American Red Cross Fire Fact Sheet

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

The Fire Restoration Professionals - SERVPRO of Bartow County -

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Bartow County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Cartersville home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

  • The American Red Cross responded to more than 74,000 disasters in communities across the United States last year and 93 percent of these were fire related.
  • The American Red Cross is responding to 10 percent more home fires today than it was six years ago.
  • Nationally, the number of home fires is on the rise with the number of fires increasing 8 percent since 2000. The average cost of a home fire in 2006 was more than $17,000.
  • Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.
  • Only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
  • Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, and affect people from all backgrounds and geographic locations.
  • In 2006, a home fire was reported every 80 seconds, and someone dies from a home fire every 204 minutes.
  • Children under five and adults over 65 are more than twice as likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the US population.
  • African Americans in this country are disproportionately affected by home fires, and account for 25 percent of all fire deaths while they represent less than 13 percent of the population.
  • Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. And, two out of three cooking fires start with the range or stove.
  • Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths.
  • In 2005, 74 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82% in relation to having neither.
  • Each year over 200 people die from carbon monoxide produced by fuel burning appliances in the home including furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters.
  • High-rise fires are more injurious and cause more damage than all other structure fires.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (770) 387-7455

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Don't Let Your Cartersville Apartment Go Up In Smoke

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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If you life in an apartment or condominium in Cartersville Georgia (or anywhere else for that matter) the United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like to advise you of the following fire safety measures.

Building Fire Safety 

  • Don’t prop open exit or stairway doors. These are installed to slow the spread of heat and smoke if there is a fire.
  • Speak to your apartment manager if you see a damaged smoke alarm, fire extinguisher or an emergency light that has burned out.
  • Make sure your apartment has working smoke alarms inside each sleeping room. Test them every month. Replace the batteries every year.
  • Tell your apartment manager if you think there is a problem with one of your smoke alarms.

Be Prepared

  • Create an escape plan. Discuss how you will get outside. Practice your plan.
  • Count the number of doors there are between your apartment and the nearest fire exit. Memorize the number in case you have to find the exit in the dark.
  • Know where all the exit doors and stairs are on your floor.
  • Learn your building evacuation plan if you have one. Create and practice an escape plan for your own apartment. 

Stay Calm

  • In the event of a fire, stay calm. Move to the exit as you have practiced. Call the fire department once you are outside.
  • If your door feels warm to the touch, do not attempt to open it. Call 9-1-1 and tell the dispatcher your apartment number and that you can’t open your door.
  • Stuff the cracks around the door with towels, rags, bedding, or tape. Cover vents.
  • Wait at a window and signal for help with a flashlight or by waving a white cloth.
  • If your apartment door is cool to the touch, open it slowly. Stay low and check for smoke or fire in the hallway. If the hallway is safe, follow your building’s evacuation plan.
  • Never use an elevator to escape a fire. Always use the stairs.

Wait Outside for the Fire Department

  • Once you are outside, move away from the building. Give firefighters and fire trucks plenty of space.
  • Stay outside. Do not go back inside for any reason.
  • If you think someone is still inside, tell firefighters where you think they are.
  • Wait until firefighters tell you it’s safe to go back inside.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Fires Are Preventable: Protect Your Cartersville Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your home, business, or property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. Ready.gov shares the following tips on home fire prevention.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fire. Replace all worn, old or  damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a  three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

  • Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

How To Recover Your Cartersville Home After A Fire

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

In addition to being physically and emotionally draining, home fires are typically financially taxing. Of course, your family’s health and safety are your first priority, but over the weeks and even months that follow, you will need to take some practical steps to recover your financial well-being. This is where SERVPRO of Bartow County can help lift the burden of both emotional and financial stress. Our trained professionals help family recover precious belongings, family heirlooms, and critical documents every day.

Here are some prudent steps you can take once everyone is safe and you are ready to start the recovery process:

    • Contact your insurance agent as soon as you can to report how, when, and where the damage occurred. 
    • Be prepared to provide a general description of the damages (a list/photographs of damaged or lost items are helpful in most cases).
    • Do not through away items you plan to claim without discussing it with your agent or adjuster.
    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
    • Leave system off until a trained professional can check the system;Change HVAC filters once system has been checked.
    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting trained professional.
    • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting trained professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV set, radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water with out first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
    • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
    • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for all of your fire restoration needs (770)387-7455

If you found this article useful, check out our related blog "Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives"

For more helpful advice, our friends over at the American Red Cross have published this guide - Disaster Recovery: A Guide to Financial Issues.

You many also find some helpful direction in replacing vital documents after a disaster below:

 Driver's License: Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles (or appropriate state issuing authority) 

Government Issued ID: Contact the issuing authority

Insurance Policies: Your insurance agent or company

Military Discharge: Department of Veterans Affairs, Papers 1-800-827-1000 or TDD/TTY 1-800-829-4833

Passports: Visit State Department website

Birth, Death, Marriage and Certificates: Georgia Bureau of Records (or appropriate state issuing authority)

Social Security or Medicare Cards: Visit www.ssa.gov or your local Social Security office or 1-800-772-1213 or TDD/TTY 1-800-325-0778

Credit Cards: The issuing financial institution, as soon as possible

Titles to Deeds: Records department of the area in which the property is located

Stocks and Bonds: Issuing company or your broker

Wills: Your attorney

Income Tax Record: The IRS center where filed, your accountant or 1-800-829-1040

Citizenship Papers: Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 1-800-375-5283 

Mortgage Papers: Lending Institution

Who do you call after the fire department leaves?

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

 Did you know SERVPRO of Bartow County cleans up all the chaos after the firemen leave your home? We clean up the fire damage left behind from the brutal flames, smoke, soot, water, and fire retardant.  

SERVPRO of Bartow County has been tasked with job of removing the debris, then demolishing the walls and removing that debris and then assisting with the starting back over building the house from the inside out.

SERVPRO of Bartow County cleans up the fire damage left behind from brutal flames, smoke, and the lifesaving fire extinguishing techniques used by your local fire department.

If you have suffered from a fire damage or smoke damage and do not know who to turn to, call

SERVPRO of Bartow County today (770)387-7455

We will walk you through the process every step of the way, and make it "Like it never even happened."

Distraction is a Significant Cause of Fire Damage in Cartersville GA

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Odors and Fire Cleanup Performed by SERVPRO Professionally

Household fires frequently elicit an “if only” remark from the homeowner after the flames die down. “If only” I had turned off the stove before watering the flowers. “If only” I checked to make sure curtains were tied back when I turned on the space heater. “If only” I blew out the candles on the dining room table when my guests and I retired to the living room after dinner.

We hear these stories regularly when assessing homes for needed fire damage restoration in Cartersville. Letting a pot boil dry because you get caught up chatting with a neighbor is a not uncommon tale, but yours ignited a blaze. Smoke and soot quickly covered every inch of your kitchen and the space on your laminate countertop where you placed the red-hot pan suffered a deep and unsightly burn. Our fire damage restoration and repair team assesses the situation and lists the tasks needed to transform a sooty, smelly mess to preloss “Like it never even happened.” condition. 
 
You put out the fire in the pot with a chemical extinguisher and were glad that kitchen structure did not sustain damage from open flames. Even though charring, other than the melted counter, is minimal, you are astonished at how far the soot drifted through your home. The smell of burning plastic is pervasive as well. The SERVPRO project manager we send to evaluate takes note of the widespread nature of soot and smoke damage and devises a plan to clean up the various residues and eliminate that horrible odor. 
 
Technicians on our SERVPRO team hold certifications in Fire and Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning, and Carpet Cleaning received from completing IICRC courses. All of these specialties are crucial as we move from room to room in your Florida home cleaning up the ash and soot from all surfaces. Making professional decisions on the tools to use and the products that enhance the equipment's cleaning action is essential to a successful outcome. Fire damage cleaning is not a “one size fits all” process. Light dustings of soot vacuum or dry-sponge up well, while sticky airborne residues from the melted countertop may need a solvent and abrasive scrubbers to eliminate. 
 
Repair of the counter top and the deodorization procedure are likely to be our last jobs. Depending on the depth of the melted area, the burn mark may buff out or the damaged piece might have to be removed and a new portion installed. SERVPRO approaches deodorization step by step, beginning with the removal of the offending substance and then moving to high-tech solutions like thermal fogging, ozone machines or hydroxyl generators. You can rely on our expertise on all counts. 
 
SERVPRO of Bartow County is more than ready to rescue you and your family from a momentary lapse that resulted in fire damage to your home. Call for a consultation at (770) 387-7455.

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What to do Following a Fire at Your Home or Business

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most devastating experiences you can face in your lifetime is a fire in your home or business. If that occurs, there are some specific steps you need to take to best protect your property in the aftermath of a residential or commercial fire.


Emergency Fire Damage Response


A crucial step that you need to take in the aftermath of a fire in home or fire in business is obtaining prompt emergency fire damage response from a professional. The reality is that fire in home or fire in business damages are best mitigated if a professional team is on site as soon after a fire as possible. The reality is that not every fire restoration company in operation has the ability to provide a rapid response for you.


Securing the Premises


Another important step following a fire in home or fire in business is securing the premises. This includes securing the premises from further damage, but also from others who might try to enter the property inappropriately.

The process of securing the premises following a fire includes a proper board up. The board up process covers the obvious, including windows. However, when it comes to the board up process, doors are likely to be damaged. Indeed, the board up effort may need to include sections of walls as well. In the aftermath of a residential or business fire, engaging a professional who is experienced in all elements of securing the premises, including appropriate board up, is vital.

Covering the Essential Elements of Fire Damage Restoration


Appropriate fire damage restoration is a multifaceted endeavor. The process begins with essential fire cleanup. Fire cleanup is a task that must commences in a timely manner to prevent further degradation of the premises. In addition, fire cleanup in a prompt manner is necessary to open the doors for the remaining tasks that must be undertaken to remediate fire damage. Fire cleanup is best undertaken by a professional.

Once the preliminary cleanup tasks are completed, the focus moves to address issues like addressing smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell. Once again, in order to appropriately address smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell after a fire in home or fire in business, professional assistance is a must. In order to thoroughly address issues like smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell, a home or business owner must have access to a professional with suitable skills and equipment. As part of the fire restoration process, smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell must be addressed in a timely manner to protect the property and minimize the long-term impact of fire damage.

Residential Versus Commercial Fire Damage


When seeking fire damage restoration services, you need to make sure that you select a restoration company that focuses on residential or commercial fire damage, or both areas, depending on your specific needs. The reality is that there are difference in what needs to be addressed when it comes to residential and commercial fire damage. You must access a restoration company that works in the realm of residential or commercial fire damage remediation, depending on the nature of your situation.

Expenses and a Fire Restoration Company


There are notable price disparities between fire damage restoration professionals. Although you must be quick in obtaining assistance, you can take a reasonable amount of time to engage in at least some price shopping. Take the appropriate amount of time to examine the price points of fire restoration services available in your community. In addition, make sure you examine the scope of services offered by a particular restoration provider. In the final analysis, you are best served engaging a professional that provides comprehensive restoration services for your home or business.


Visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com for more information on fire damage or call us at (770) 387-7455.

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How to Inspect a Fire Extinguisher

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

In the event of a home fire get to safety immediately and call 911 - Then call SERVPRO of Bartow County

When was the last time you took time to check the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a dusty hook in your garage? If you’re struggling to remember, it’s time to check it. Like any other piece of safety equipment, a home fire extinguisher should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s in proper working condition. A fire extinguisher in good working condition is your first line of defense when a home fire erupts.

Ideally, you should inspect your portable home fire extinguishers every month.

Tips for Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Check

  • Check the label or tag.

Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.

  • Check the tamper seal.

If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.

  • Inspect for physical damage.

Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.

  • Check the pressure gauge.

Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.

  • Is the fire extinguisher full?

During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.

  • Shake it.

If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.

  • Write inspection date on tag.

Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.

  • Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.

In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911. A home fire extinguisher can be used to put out or control small fires, but it’s still safest to call professional fire fighters before you attempt to control a fire on your own.

If you need professional fire, smoke or water damage cleanup after a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455 -

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Repairing Your Cartersville Property After A Fire

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

Don't face this type of mess on your own. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bartow County!

Has your home recently been damaged by fire? If so, you’re probably eager to get started cleaning up and restoring your home and belongings. Most people who suffer fire damage want their lives and their homes to return to normal as soon as possible. But many don’t know the costs. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost to repair smoke and fire damage in the metro Atlanta area is $6250.

Fire damage can make areas of your home unusable until the fire damage has been repaired. More extensive fire damage may make your entire home unsafe and you may have to live in temporary housing or with relatives until cleanup and repair work is completed.  No matter how minor or significant the fire damage restoration work is, you want to know how long it will take. The timeline depends on the restorative process and whether you take the opportunity to do remodeling at the same time.

  • Starting Fire Damage Repair Work 

It can be difficult to determine how and where to get started with fire damage repair work. The first step in the repair process is to remove water from the home if firefighters used water during the extinguishing process. Water extraction can be completed by the professionals from SERVPRO of Bartow County quickly and properly. We arrive in our green vehicles stocked with equipment and supplies to tackle any cleaning and restoration need you have. 

  • Other Things To Consider

SERVPRO of Bartow County can also suggest to you and your adjuster what items and materials are salvageable. Keep in mind that smoke damage can also be a problem.  Some items, such as carpeting and your HVAC system, may need to be professionally cleaned to remove the smoke odor from your home. 

  • Get Professional Help

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 can help you restore your property in minimal time with minimal costs. Our IICRC certified cleanup and restoration technicians have the skills and assets to do a quality job. We are a locally owned and operated, water and fire damage restoration franchise. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County 24/7 - (770) 387-7455 -

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SERVPRO Salvages Cartersville Fire Damaged Homes Quickly

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

House fires can be dangerous and messy, call SERVPRO of Bartow County for cleanup!

A home fire can be one of the most damaging experiences a homeowner can face, something no one should ever face alone. Fire does not simply cause damage to your home; it ruins your life, destroys personal belongings, and often leads to loss of fond memories that you can never get back. 
  
You can help prevent fire damage in your Cartersville area home by learning more about various events that happen in your neighborhood. By discovering more about these incidents, you can eliminate common causes that affect you in your home. Remember, every home is susceptible to fire damage, making it necessary for you to understand how to protect yourself properly. 
  
Having an experienced, licensed, and IICRC certified fire damage restoration technician on your side would not hurt, SERVPRO can help put the pieces back together after disaster strikes. We can fully manage your restoration process and provide you with any additional services required to return your property to normal working order after an event occurs.  
  
Consider this, fires cause much more than heat and smoke damage. You would need to include water extraction, various types of cleaning, sanitation, deodorization, and many repairs to that list to be more accurate in your evaluation. SERVPRO technicians can provide you with each of these services, including repairs that often include replacement of framing materials, drywall, painting, and finish work necessary to return your home to normal.   
  
It is a firefighter's job to put out fires and save lives, leaving additional damage and water in their wake, they are not concerned with saving the contents of your home. It simply is not in their job description. However, every SERVPRO technician takes the time to address items individually, taking a restore versus replace mentality that often returns damaged items to a quality condition you can enjoy for years to come. 


Making the call to SERVPRO of Bartow County puts your home in expertly trained hands that you can count on to put every effort into restoring your home properly after a fire.

Learn more about what our technicians can do for you, call our office and begin your homes recovery, today. (770) 387-7455

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SERVPRO Helps Prevent Fire in Your Bartow County Home with Dryer Vent Cleaning

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Protect your Bartow County home from fire damage with dryer vent cleaning!

House fires affect millions of people every year at the cost of over $500 Million. Smoke detectors have proved their value every year, saving lives and homes from total loss. Most house fires start in the kitchen, but a significant number still occur in a place most forget about once the item is installed, the dryer vent. 

A dryer vent cleaning cost may seem like an avoidable charge, but it is needed to prevent fire in your Bartow County home. There are over 15,000 dryer fires each year, and the accumulated property damage cost exceeds $70 Million annually. SERVPRO has the personnel and equipment needed to keep you from adding to those numbers in the coming year. This vent cleaning can also reduce the workload of your clothes dryer while lowering energy usage.

A dryer inside the house or apartment uses a metal exhaust pipe (galvanized iron or steel usually) to vent hot air to the outside of the home. The zinc-coated material is designed to handle the highest dryer setting and more, but not open flames from burning, built-up lint. Since this is an exhaust pipe and smoke seeks the easiest access, a vent fire goes undetected by the smoke detectors much longer than a fire anywhere else in the house. 

If your dryer is in the garage or under a carport, the chance for a major fire is reduced, but not eliminated. The flexible vent tube may not run under the house, but it is still at risk. The buildup of lint can still ignite, destroying your dryer and the washer next to it. As the flexible, plastic pipe melts, the burning material quickly ignites drywall and other building material. Worse, there is the possible loss of a car, boat, ATV or RV that might be parked next to the dryer as well. 

Our SERVPRO technicians can eliminate this threat with an inspection. We can attach an air mover which introduces high-velocity air flow into your vent for just a few minutes. If the build-up has caked against the sides of the pipe, they use a brush with a telescoping handle to scrape the sides and then reattach the air mover to blow the lint outside your home. For a flexible conduit, we detach it from the dryer and clean it outside using either an air mover or your own garden hose to wash it out. 

The cost for vent cleaning is minor compared to other restoration and cleaning work. It is significantly cheaper than removing fire damaged drywall and cleaning smoke and soot covered property. If you need our services or would like an inspection...

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County - (770) 387-7455 -

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Holiday Fire Facts

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

  • One of every three homes Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires result in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles
  • One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family to enjoy fellowship and quality time. As the weather outside turns frightful, we rely on the warmth of our homes to host gathers with loved ones. Of course, if disaster does strike during the holiday season, SERVPRO of Bartow County is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Call SERVPRO of Bartow Country for all of your mitigation and restoration needs - (770) 387-7455

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season-however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to hel greatly reduce the fire rick in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils,paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains) away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guess leave.

SERVPRO of Bartow County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Fire Damage: What To Do Until Help Arrives

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls woodwork, carpeting , and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Bartow County arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of successful restorations.

 

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliance, then protect these surfaces with light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Bartow County.
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Bartow County.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV set, radio, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water with out first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Contact SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

Can you do it in under 2 minutes?

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Safety

Every second counts during a fire. Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan.The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

  1. Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. find to ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  2. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
  3. Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to make the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  4. Teach children how to escape o their own in case you cannot help them. Pla for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.
  5. Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Home and Family Safe from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Make sure you check your carbon monoxide detectors when you check your fire detectors.

Carbon monoxide is often call “The Invisible Killer”. It is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (including: wood, natural gas, gasoline, propane, methane, and oil) burn inefficiently. Carbon monoxide is particularly dangerous because it can be a bi-product of using many household heating or cooking devices. It can be ingested into your body by simply breathing. Carbon monoxide poisoning is often times confused with flu symptoms, food poisoning and other illnesses. Some symptoms include: nausea; shortness of breath; dizziness; light headedness; headaches (any combination of these symptoms). High levels of carbon monoxide can be fatal.

  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.
  • For the best protection, interconnect all carbon monoxide detectors throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a carbon monoxide detector that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the carbon monoxide detector sounds.
  • Test carbon monoxide detector at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the carbon monoxide detector sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide — only use outside.

SERVPRO of Bartow County for all of your mitigation and restoration needs - (770) 387-7455

You Have So Much Invested In Your Property; Trust Professionals to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset!

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bartow County has all the equipment and trained personnel necessary for what ever size job you may have.

The Right Equipment

SERVPRO understands that using professional equipment make a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to preform. SERVPRO of Bartow County will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup an restoration. for instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke - Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering pungent odor, sticky, smeary
  • Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry powdery non-smeary residues.
  • Protein - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Other Types - Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows SERVPRO of Bartow County to focus on saving your precious items. Isn't that what really matters?

Deodorization Equipment

  • Ultra Low Valume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

If you or your business has experienced any size fire loss and need help restoring or mitigating the home or business please contact SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

SERVPRO of Bartow County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Bartow County Home.

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 Bartow 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 –
(770) 387-7455