Recent Fire Damage Posts

Dryer Vent Fire.....Really....Is That a Thing?

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer vent fires are really a "thing" that happens.  They may not be something you hear about much, but they occur more than one may think.  Customers often ask, “how did this happen, I clean out my dryer lint trap all the time?”  And cleaning out the lint trap is a good thing, but only half the equation.  Your car runs on gasoline and needs oil…..one of the two is not enough.  Same with your dryer.  You need to clean out the lint trap as well as the exhaust hose.  The exhaust hose is the piece of the equation that most people forget and is the main culprit when it comes to dryer related fires.  If you would like to clean the exhaust hose yourself, simply pull the dryer out from the wall, disconnect the venting hose, shake out the big clumps of lint and proceed to vacuum out the hose.  Depending on the amount of dryer use, to be on the safe side, cleaning should be done twice a year.  And never leave your home with the dryer going.

Should you experience a fire due to a clogged dryer vent, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800.  We can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year.   

Careful With The Embers

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

House Fire Nobody Wants a House Fire

Do you have a chiminea, a fire pit or an outside fireplace at your home?  More and more homeowners are enjoying socializing around a fire……something that not too long ago, other than an old fashion campfire, was restricted to indoor fireplaces or woodburning stoves.  As more homeowners are buying portable fire pits and having outdoor fireplaces built, the need to be vigilant with fire safety is critical.

Common sense rules the day when it comes to fires.  Don’t leave fires unattended, don’t leave them under the guidance of a child, contain the flame so embers do not fly off into dry grass, mulch or rooftops, always extinguish when done, and never throw hot embers into a trash receptacle. Common sense, right?  We all would think so, but every year unintended fires take lives, destroy homes, and damage the land because someone was careless or just simply not thinking.    

So, to keep you loved ones and your home safe from fire while enjoying your patio fireplace, always use common sense and err on the side of caution. 

Should the unfortunate occur, and a fire strike, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800. 

It Can Happen To Anyone!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Ever find yourself rushing about the kitchen cooking to feed your family, while doing laundry, helping kids with homework, feeding the dog, and answering the phone? Ever wish you had eight arms? If so, you’re not alone.  Most of the time we’re able to juggle the balls in the air, albeit stressful, we still manage to get it all done, while keeping everyone alive and happy!  Unfortunately, there are those rare occasions when things don’t quite work out and instead, a kitchen fire breaks out.  Once your priority of getting everyone to a safe place outside the home has occurred and the fire has been put out, give SERVPRO a call.  We are fire remediation specialists with the training, equipment, and supplies to clean up and get you back to normal.  No more smoke, no more smell, no more fire!  Give SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly a call today on (703) 830-5800.

Is Your Home Electrically Sound?

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Sticks and stones may not break your bones, but fire will hurt you!  Think of all the plugs, extension cords, and surge protectors that todays’ households use to facilitate the use of computers, phone chargers, TV’s, and the host of other electronics that we couldn’t have even dreamed of 20 years ago.  And with all these electronics, comes the over utilization of electrical outlets.  Older homes were not designed or electrically wired to handle the load of todays' electronics.  Then, multiply these electronics by the number of people within a home, and the strain on the system becomes exponentially more concerning.  The result in many cases: electrical fires.  Unlike kitchen fires, electrical fires often “simmer” inside walls without anyone noticing until they combust into a large-scale fire that is already within the  infrastructure of the home. 

If your outlets spark when you plug appliances or electronics in, this is a problem.  If you notice the electrical power in your home arcs and dims when electronics are plugged in and out, this too is a sign of electrical weakness.  If you smell anything odd and rather metallic in nature, it may be your electrical wiring.  Be proactive and have your home checked by a certified electrician if any of these symptoms occur or you notice anything else of concern.

Should the unfortunate occurrence of a fire take place, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800 for all your fire remediation needs.  We are certified, licensed and trained in Fire restoration.

When in Need....Choose the Best

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Had a Fire? Call SERVPRO

First rate response time and unparalleled professional service is why residents of Northern Virginia choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly.  With a highly trained, licensed, and certified staff of remediation specialists with over 50 years of collective experience in the field, an extensive fleet of recent model trucks, vans, SUV’s, and cars, and a 7,000 square foot warehouse brimming with the newest and best remediation equipment and materials, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly is there to serve your every need.  Being educated, equipped, and at the ready, is why we are one of the nations’ premier remediation specialist. 

So, if you need help following a fire, or discover mold infestation in your home, call SERVPRO. Should a storm get the better of your basement and you find yourself standing in water….call SERVPRO!  And don’t stress about moving your belongings while remediation and restoration takes place, SERVPRO will work with you to inventory, pack and store your belongings.  We really are a full-service operation!

Contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centerville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800. We’re available 24/7.

Don't Let Those Yule-Time Logs Spark a Fire!

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Watch for Popping Sparks

It’s getting to be that time of year again when family and friends gather around the fireplace.  On a cold night, it’s cozy, warm, and mesmerizing to have a nice fire going.  But don’t get complacent and call it a night with a roaring fire still burning.  Embers can pop and land several feet outside the fireplace if the screen or doors are open.  Should these embers catch a rug, newspaper, couch, etc., on fire, the entire room could go up in smoke, and possibly the whole house.  Don’t take any chances with your family’s safety and the integrity of your home.  Always close the fireplace doors should you leave the room and make sure the fire is out prior to falling asleep for the night.

Should the unfortunate occur and you need assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800.  Our phone is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.  We are fire and smoke remediation specialists and can take care of any fire damage that has occurred.  

Smoke, Soot and Smell!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Let Us Help You With This Mess

Smoke and soot damage leaves your property with black marks which can be unpleasing to look at. It destroys the appearance and structure of everything in it. This includes walls, ceiling, furniture and any other item in the affected room. It also leaves the building with an unpleasant odor that is hard to eliminate unless you turn to professionals like us for assistance. We are here to assist any smoke damage victims in Northern Virginia by offering friendly yet professional services to deal with the disturbing issue and restore your home or business property to its previous state.

At SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, we use our experience and high-tech equipment to make sure that we clean and deodorize the building making it a comfortable place to live in. Smoke, due to its nature, can easily seep through the smallest cracks. It is, therefore, hard for you to notice it and this could lead to substantial damages when the issue gets out of hand.

Our team is qualified and has knowledge about how smoke works. This makes us the best option for you. We offer complete cleanup and odor removal in the NOVA area. We do this by following simple yet effective steps as follows;

Removing soot from the household

This is the residue left behind after the smoke damage. It is the action taken after assessing the level of the damage and marking the affected areas.

Determining and getting rid of the source of odor

The smoke smell remains in carpets, upholstered furniture and clothing unless it is eliminated before the cleaning process. We use high-quality additives and chemicals to help break the molecules and get rid of the smell.

Cleaning the room

After deodorizing, it is time to eliminate the smoke spots by doing a thorough cleaning of the walls, carpets and the washable clothes ensuring that they are all left immaculately clean.

If you are having a smoke damage issue in Northern Virginia, we are the right solution for you as;

  • We are experienced
  • Have the right equipment
  • Certified to do the job
  • We offer emergency restoration services

Do not think twice about trusting us to do the job for you and you will not regret your decision.

If disaster strikes, call the team at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300.

DON'T LET YOUR CASTLE GO UP IN SMOKE

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

You may not actually live in a castle, but we all think of our homes as such.  Electrical fires cause horrible damage by burning from the inside out.  Usually starting inside walls and electrical outlets, electrical fires often go unnoticed until the fire has burned through the walls and ceilings.

Should you smell anything metallic in nature, it may be an electrical fire or an electrical short. Don't ignore such odors, immediately take action to have the situation accessed. Don't let your castle go up in flames. Have your electrical panel, outlets, and appliances checked for system integrity.

Should the unfortunate occur and you experience an electrical fire, call SERVPRO for all your remediation needs.  Your SERVPRO team is trained in the latest techniques in fire restoration.

Where There is Fire, There is Smoke

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

We often have clients say, "the fire wasn't bad and it was quickly contained; so why do we have so much damage?" The answer is an easy one: SMOKE

Delays in the clean-up after a fire can also add to the difficulty associated with smoke remediation. The longer the  permeation of smoke remains in your home, the further it penetrates into walls, carpets, furniture, draperies, etc.

The key to successful smoke remediation is to act quickly and professionally.  Once you are allowed back into your home, call your SERVPRO professional.  SERVPRO teams are trained in the latest techniques and products to rid your home of that unwanted smoke odor. 

So don't delay, call SERVPRO and get back into you home sooner, rather than later.

After a House Fire, What Should I Do?

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to have a house fire.  It is devastating to say the least.  However, if the unfortunate occurs, and you experience a house fire, the following are basic steps to follow:

1) Check with authorities before reentering the home.  Structural damage, hot embers, compromised flooring, are all dangers you want to avoid.

2) Once cleared to enter the home, document the damage with video and photographs. These will prove helpful when working with the insurance company and your SERVPRO restoration team.   

3) Call SERVPRO, a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO specializes in restoring and repairing what has been damaged from a fire, smoke, water, or flame retardant chemicals. SERVPRO has the team of experienced professionals ready to immediately handle any of your fire damage and restoration needs.  

That Fire Still Lingering?

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

If Your Home No Longer Smells Like Daisies, Give SERVPRO a Call

Who doesn't enjoy the warmth and glow of a beautiful fire on a cold winter night?  Most of us don't even mind the smoky smell that fills the room for several hours.  But what about a lingering smoky smell months after a not-so-nice kitchen fire?  

If you experienced an accidental fire in your home and you are still well aware of the occurance from the lingering smell of stale smoke, you may not have received the smoke remediation services that were right for your situation.  Give SERVPRO a call and we'll be happy to come out and assess your needs and provide you with a detailed explanation of what needs to be done.  We'll explain the process, the materials to be used and the steps needed to rid your home of that "unwanted" smokey smell.

Careful use of Deep Fryers is a must!

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly recently took on the clean up and restoration of a fire damaged kitchen.  What was the cause of the fire? None other than a deep fryer.  Splattering oil caught a kitchen towel on fire.  In a panic, the homeowner knocked over the deep fryer causing the fire to engulf the kitchen.  Luckily, injuries were avoided and the fire was soon contained by the fire department.  

SERVPRO was able to restore the kitchen to it's former condition and a lesson was learned on the appropriate use of deep frying appliances.

Should you need fire restoration services at your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800 or email us at sp9686focc@verizon.net.

If Soot and Smoke Damage Your Home....

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can leave stains and smells that are difficult to remove.

Smoke and soot damage leaves your property with black marks which can be unpleasing to look at. It destroys the appearance and structure of everything in it. This includes walls, ceiling, furniture and any other item in the affected room. It also leaves the building with an unpleasant odor that is hard to eliminate unless you turn to professionals like us for assistance. We are here to assist any smoke damage victims in Northern Virginia by offering friendly yet professional services to deal with the disturbing issue and restore your home or business property to its previous state.

At SERVPRO of FairOaks-Centreville-Chantilly, we use our experience and high-tech equipment to make sure that we clean and deodorize the building making it a comfortable place to live in. Smoke, due to its nature, can easily seep through the smallest cracks. It is, therefore, hard for you to notice it and this could lead to substantial damages when the issue gets out of hand.

Our team is qualified and has knowledge about how smoke works. This makes us the best option for you. We offer complete cleanup and odor removal in the NOVA area. We do this by following simple yet effective steps as follows;

Removing soot from the household

This is the residue left behind after the smoke damage. It is the action taken after assessing the level of the damage and marking the affected areas.

Determining and getting rid of the source of odor

The smoke smell remains in carpets, upholstered furniture and clothing unless it is eliminated before the cleaning process. We use high-quality additives and chemicals to help break the molecules and get rid of the smell.

Cleaning the room

After deodorizing, it is time to eliminate the smoke spots by doing a thorough cleaning of the walls, carpets and the washable clothes ensuring that they are all left immaculately clean.

If you are having a smoke damage issue in Northern Virginia, we are the right solution for you as;

  • We are experienced
  • Have the right equipment
  • Certified to do the job
  • We offer emergency restoration services

Do not think twice about trusting us to do the job for you and you will not regret your decision.

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

If disaster strikes, call the team at SERVPRO of FairOaks-Centreville-Chantilly at 703-830-5800!