Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire damage restoration

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO of Warren County arrives at a homeowner’s home to help with fire damage, the first thing we must do is determine what kind of fire damage we are dealing with. It could be that it is smoke or soot damage, damage caused by the fire department, structural damage, or all of the above. Rest assure, that when you call us you are getting highly trained professionals ready to help. We have fire and smoke restoration technicians, odor control technicians, upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians to help and get you back to your normal life.

We offer a variety of services after a fire

  • Fire and smoke cleaning
  • Pack outs
  • Content Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Demo
  • Additional Storage
  • Emergency Board-Ups

If you need SERVPRO of Warren County professionals to clean and restore your property after a fire emergency, call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- (513)932-3649

Fire process

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding the Fire Damage Restoration Process

After a fire tragedy such as an electrical fire or a utility room fire, there is a lot of confusion among the afflicted parties, and it is hard to figure out what to expect. In such a situation, only a professional commercial fire damage expert can ensure that the occupants of the building get back to their normal lives as soon as possible. More importantly, it is crucial for every afflicted party to begin the process. Most people take too long to begin the fire restoration after the fire truck has left the premises only for soot damage to take a toll on the building and its contents after firefighters have completed the fire suppression process.

Emergency Fire Damage Contacts

Any company understands that the longer it takes to begin the fire restoration process, the harder it becomes to remove soot damage as well as smoke damage. Most commercial building managers only have the emergency contacts for a firetruck. Commercial fire damage experts and companies have emergency contacts, and they operate 24/7. They are prompt in their response, and it is vital that property owners and managers save their contacts.

Fire and soot

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire disasters not only cause FAST damage but it also causes lasting damage. When you have a fire in your home or business it is not just the flames that are dangerous, it is the smoke as well. We have specialized trained employees who take their time to make sure there are absolutely no remains of soot on your personal belongings (if salvageable) after your fire disaster.

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

We here at SERVPRO of Warren County know how devastating water, fire, mold disaster can be and we are dedicated to helping you get through it. Give us a call today at 513-932-3649. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Board up

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire!

  • In a commercial setting, there may still be viable stock on/in the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment, cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes later on.
  • You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.
  • You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
  • You want to limit soot damage as well. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials and it’s typically more costly to replace as opposed to restoring.

Fire advice

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes. Although only a small portion of the structure has been visibly damaged it can still be dangerous to enter; an inspection should be considered to avoid the building from collapsing. To avoid any complications or danger towards your well-being it is important to call a professional restoration service such as SERVPRO. Fire restoration requires proper equipment and technical skills to achieve successful and effective results.

As a locally owned and operated business, we live and work in this community too. We are close by and ready to respond immediately when you need cleaning or restoration services. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which allows us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can even call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams for additional resources.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Maineville 
  • Loveland 
  • Mason
  • Franklin 
  • Deerfield 
  • Lebanon 
  • Waynesville 
  • Morrow

Fire/smoke damage

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning smoke stains off walls and ceilings can be a difficult task. Even if the fire was small like a cooking fire, the smoke can quickly discolor your ceilings and walls. Since smoke rises, the smoke usually damages your ceilings first as the smoke spreads across the ceiling leaving smoke residue. While smoke can usually be cleaned easily off metal and smooth surfaces like counters and ovens, ceilings and walls are not so easy to clean, specially if you have very high ceilings.

While we all hope we never have to suffer through the experience of a house fire, it is important to know what to do if one should happen. Obviously, the first thing you should do is ensure the fire has been extinguished completely.

This can be done by someone in the home if the fire is small and can be put out easily and safely. Or by the fire department if the fire is too big and dangerous to safely extinguish by the homeowner. It’s important to note that it’s always best to call the fire department right as soon as a fire is spotted and to get everyone out of the home quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of Warren County is available 24/7 365 for any emergency you may have, (513) 932-3649

Contents damages from a fire

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire is never planned for or expected. Many of our favorite and most treasured items are the once that are irreplaceable. Some examples are pictures, handmade items and antiques. Good thing for our customers, SERVPRO of Warren County specializes in cleaning all types of contents. 

Many times some of the things, like photos, documents, that get wet and stick together and seem like they are a loss, can actually be saved if you act quickly. SERVPRO of Warren County has the knowledge, expertise and training to clean and restore all of your property after a house fire. 

Generally fire affected contents will be wet from the fire department putting out the fire. This can cause extra issues as well but these items can usually be still be saved. We make it our priority to clean and restore your contents as if they were our own.

If you experience a fire and soot damage give our office a call at(513)932-3649. 

Fire and soot damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

You should make notes about what items are ruined or damaged and take photographs too. You’ll be contacting your insurance company and a restoration contractor, so you want to be sure about your circumstances. Misunderstandings are common, but if you have photos and notes, you’ll be in a better position to know the extent of the fire damage and what needs to be restored or replaced. This should be done within hours after the fire is extinguished.

Once you have a clear picture of the damage, call your insurance company. Hopefully, you can do this the next day. It is important to call them as soon as possible, so they will send an insurance adjustor to your home or office quickly.

Call a Reputable Fire Damage Restoration Contractor

When searching for a local cleaning and restoration contractor, make sure they are Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. These professionals have been trained in the latest restoration technology and have health and safety certification. They will have experience in a wide range of fire restoration projects. You should also ask for proof or the proper licenses and insurance.

SERVPRO of Warren County is a restoration contractor who also does reconstruction. This will save you a lot of time and money. They will first board up your home or office so vandals or thieves cannot enter. They will also work directly with your insurance company to create a restoration plan that will return your property to its pre-fire condition. They’ll inform your adjustor about the items that can be cleaned and restored and the ones that need to be replaced. Your restoration contractor should also be able to safely store some of your possessions during recovery.

Commercial fire restoration

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why use professional fire restoration?

After the fire has been put off, the professionals can plan and know how to handle the fire damage issue. They first ensure that the sources of fire are under control and put off completely including the utility room fire. They also seal off the area from intruders and onlookers who could interfere with their work. The professionals sort out the things that have burned and put those items that can be repaired in a safe place.

The commercial fire damage services also assist in the documentation to ensure that you do not struggle while filing for compensation. They would also clean up the charred mess and water that has been spilled while putting out the fire. Fire restoration also begins with an inspection of the building to assess whether the fire causes further damages.

Professional fire restoration services are well equipped and skilled to handle any issue that may arise in the process. Fire damage leads to a major loss in the office and other utilities. Some would require replacement while others can be repaired.

Soot damage and smoke damage restoration

Fire damage has many consequences, which include smoke damage and soot damage. The smoke damage leaves a odor from the chemical burnt in plastics and wood among other. It makes other rooms have the same smell. Soot damage results from the dark part of the smoke that paints on the walls as well as dust and spiderwebs. The professional’s at SERVPRO of Warren County have ideas on how to clean it up to its original state.

Recover business from a fire damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire tragedies can occur anytime anywhere. Most likely, it can be an electrical fire. Electrical fire is very common in the modern days. Electrical fire can be caused by different things such as using a faulty electrical appliance. It is always recommended that people understand the precautions against electrical fires.

How To Fight The Fire

Immediately after fire breaks in on the premises, the person in charge should call their local firefighters even if the fire suppression system has put out the fire. Firefighters should search the building for any dangerous situations; it could be live wires or fallen parts of the structure. The fire sprinkler system should be tested at least once a year. Contact a professional to test and set fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers should always be turned on and ready for emergencies.

How To Restore The Fire Damages - Fire Cleanup

It is always good to put proper measures to know how to deal with fire damage restoration. After the fire incidence, fire restoration has to take place immediately because business has to continue. A utility room fire might suffer fire damages, smoke damages, soot damages and also water damages from the firefighters.

Fire damage restoration can be a very difficult task to undertake. Your utility room fire already looks messed up with smoke damage and soot damage, not to mention the losses of the totally burnt items inside the premises. It is always advisable not to undertake the fire restoration process yourself since you do not know the degree of damages and different situations. It’s possible to cause even more damage trying to take on a fire restoration yourself not having the expertise as one of SERVPROS highly trained professionals.

Call SERVPRO of Warren County at (513)932-3649

Smoke and soot damage

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to smoke or fire damage restoration, fast action is important. Following the initial fire or smoke-related incident, smoke and soot will settle on surfaces creating additional damage to the structure and your contents.  Smoke contains a wide variety of chemicals and by products, many of them aggressive in nature.

Material in furniture and flooring is often synthetic and when burned, creates chemical reactions. After only a short period of time, items can go from cleanable to unsalvageable. The longer acid or corrosive gasses stay on at-risk surfaces, the worse pitting or etching becomes. Pre-cleaning methods neutralize the acid and protect metal and glass, marble, china, chrome and more. We have them expertise and chemicals to make a situation “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Warren County at (513)932-3649 to learn more about our smoke and fire damage restoration. We are a 24 hour emergency services company.

Danger of DIY after a fire damage

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowners Often Take on Unnecessary Risks to Cleanup Up Their Properties After a Fire Loss

One of the most troubling things about a disaster in your  home is the uncertainty of when your home can ever look or feel the same again. With a situation like a fire in your residence, you want to correct the effects of this incident as quickly as possible to ensure that you do not allow for the situation to get worse. The temptation is probably high to immediately start to dry and clean or restore your damaged home on your own; there are many concerns that you should know.

As much as you want to save money and do things yourself, your hoke offers requires a professional restoration company.  There are too many variables and threats that exist within the house that the average homeowner is ill-prepared to face. Our SERVPRO of Warren County team of professionals can respond quickly and help to mitigate further damages while we prepare a plan to restore your home.

One of the most significant risks that a homeowner faces, once their home is affected by fire damages, is environmental exposure. With dirt, debris, soot, and smoke circulating throughout the air in the affected areas of your house, these contaminants to the atmosphere can lead to illness or breathing concerns for an individual without the appropriate protective equipment. Our technicians have the safety gear to prevent exposure in hazardous areas such as full-face respirators.

Another potential concern for the homeowner after a fire has gotten extinguished is a weakening of structural components and construction materials. It is not at all uncommon for ceilings to collapse, floors to give way, or walls to fall over. This risk is one that our SERVPRO of Warren County professionals assume as we seek to begin the restoration process, but not one that you should.

As tempting as it might be to save yourself the cost of restoration, most homeowners would find that to restore their home to their insurance company’s standards correctly and safely, they need professional and experienced specialists. Our SERVPRO of Warren County team is available 24/7 by calling (513)932-3649

Restoration after a fire

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, cleaning the contents and the structure as a whole is part of the restoration services. Different types of fire damage require different cleaning methods, and it is the work of our SERVPRO technicians to determine the most appropriate way of cleaning. The initial cleaning can be enough for some situations, while in others, we may advise you to do some refinishing and repainting.

After cleaning the various areas and contents, it is time to conduct deodorization. The process aims at getting rid of the unpleasant odors that are left behind after a fire. In most cases, identifying the sources of these smells is a difficult task since some of them may be coming from hard to access areas like cracks. We have the right tools that spray deodorizers into those spaces and neutralize the odor sources.

When it is not possible to conduct the restoration when your contents are still in place, we may recommend a move-out. Such is necessary when our SERVPRO team analyzes the situation and finds out the materials can accrue more loss if we do not relocate them to another area. During the move-out, it is our job to do the inventory together with any detailed cleaning and deodorization.

At SERVPRO of Warren County, We’re Faster To Any Size of mold, water, storm, and fire damaging incidents. Call us today at (513)932-3649 and be served by an industry leader.

Fire and soot damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Warren County is highly trained in smoke and soot removal. 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.

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. Are team at SERVPRO of Warren County have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Middletown Springboro Today – 513-932-3649

Highly trained professionals

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Warren County is here to help when fire affects your home or business. We know that you may have ever experienced a fire(nor you never do). We specialize in fire restoration cleaning and mitigation. We are here to help when a fire affects the structure and/or contents.  We are a full service restoration company. You can depend on us to help you make decisions as you/we work through the process. We clean structure as well as contents. We provide demolition services. We work and manage with dependable subcontractors to help in the rebuilding process. We work with and communicate all documentation with insurance programs and the insured to make sure all know the status and progress of the job. We are here to help when a fire occurs. We are a 24/7 emergency services locally owned company that’s only one phone call away. 

After a fire ??

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of Middletown Springboro Franchise Professionals.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor and ruin your clothes.

Grill safety

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

There is nothing better than grilling out in the summertime or a nice fall day. Everyone love’s to see fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers at any outdoor party or family cookout. However, if a grill is not managed properly, an unwelcomed fire can turn your family cookout into a catastrophe. Here are some tips for keeping everyone at the party safe while grilling out:

General Grilling Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors and preferable off of wooden decks.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the house, deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If you have any questions or need help call SERVPRO of Warren County at (513)932-3649.

Smoke detectors

8/21/2018 (Permalink)


Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years or sooner . Other alarms need batteries replaced every year at least, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery(yes that annoying chirp that a lot of us listen to for months before changing), take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of Warren County.

The Fourth of July

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Fourth of July which means FIREWORKS! Please keep these tip in mind when you're popping Fireworks!

Firework Safety Tips

  • Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for.
  • Don't attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
  • Never use homemade fireworks.
  • Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
  • When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A hose is best, but a bucket will suffice.
  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by first soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
  • Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.

We hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!!

Fire Hazards

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Below are the most common Fire Hazards in your home.

  • Alcohol and Fire

It's a fact that many house fires are caused by someone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Candles

Candle fires happen in places like bedrooms and bathrooms where people use them as mood enhancers. Unfortunately, people can fall asleep with a candle still burning or leave the room without snuffing out the flame. Candles should NEVER be left burning unattended!

  • Cooking

Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily including pot holders, dish towels, and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove and clean up all spills on the stove top or near by counters.

  • Electrical 

Unsafe use of electricity can be a  ticking time bomb! An electrical fire can happen at any time. Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.

  • Cigarettes

Too many fires are caused from careless disposal of smoking materials

Call SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro 

Fire Restoration

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Alway's here to help

SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Process

Every fire damage is unique and, therefore, will require a unique restoration process. However, here are steps to our typical fire restoration services:

  • Fire damage assessment: Our trained technicians will thoroughly examine the house to determine the extent of the fire, soot, and smoke damage.
  • Board-upping and Roof-tarping: If a fire damages the roof, walls, and windows, our professionals will place tarps on the damaged roofs and board-up missing walls and windows.
  • Water Removal: If there is water damage, we’ll use state-of-the-art air movers to remove the standing water and dry soaked items.
  • Smoke and soot repair: We have the right products and techniques to remove soot from walls and other surfaces.
  • Cleaning: Our skilled professionals will clean and sanitize all the restorable items damaged by the fire. We’ll also ensure that your home is free from the acidic fumes and odor of the fire.
  • Restoration: Before leaving, we will ensure your home is back to its initial condition (if not better). Our restoration services will involve installing a new carpet, painting, replacing the dry walls, and many other minor repairs in your home.

If you ever need quick and professional fire restoration, do not hesitate to check out SERVPRO of Warren County. Whether day or night, we are always available to help you. 513-932-3649

Fire tips

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

House fires make up the majority of disasters Red Cross responds to each year.

Below are eight important fire safety tips:

#1 Make sure your street number is visible from the street so that public safety personnel can quickly locate your property in case of emergency.

#2 Prevent landscaping from growing over and around fire hydrants. The time it takes to search for a fire hydrant could be critical!

#3 Turn off electrical, including ceiling fans, before leaving your residence for an extended period. Ceiling fan motors can overheat and cause fires if left on for extended periods.

#4 The sale, offering for sale, display, possession or discharge of fireworks by any person or entity within Rancho Mirage is prohibited.

#5 Do not store flammable items near a heat source, such as a hot water heater, as they can combust.

#6 Fire extinguishers should always be kept in the home and checked on an annual basis. Fire extinguishers are a requirement for businesses.

#7 Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors by replacing them twice a year. A good reminder is to change them when you set your clocks ahead/back for daylight saving time.

#8 Keep a wrench near your gas shut off valve at all times and consider turning off the gas when you leave your residence for an extended period.

Give us a call at SERVPRO of Warren County and we will help you in the event that there is a fire or flood in your home. We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.

SERVPRO will work with your insurance company to make things easier

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, home fires occur far more often than any of us would like. Every home is susceptible, so, when interacting with your insurance company following a fire damage event on your property, it helps to understand which steps to take to get you started in the right direction.

Obviously, you want to keep everyone in your family safe and call your insurance agent as soon as possible to report a fire damage incident in your Warren County  property. They can help you locate a company that specializes in protecting what remains of your home, someone who can provide board-up services, temporary fencing, or assess structural damages.

Emergency damage restoration and mitigation companies, like SERVPRO, can help restore burnt surfaces, provide you with cleaning and deodorization services that remove soot and smoke residues, along with smoke odors after a fire. Contacting a local restoration company can help you begin cleaning up and prevent additional damage to your personal belongings, furniture, and other household contents, limiting any losses you might experience.

Your insurance company should know which restoration company in your area can do the job right for you, providing you with stress-free services that help improve your situation. SERVPRO works with your insurance company, locating temporary housing when needed to keep you and your family safe while working in your home. Ask your insurance adjuster if your policy covers food, housing, and transportation costs and keep thorough records of any expenses you accrue.

Working together, SERVPRO of Warren County and your insurance company can help you determine whether your home is in good enough shape for restoration, or if you should consider rebuilding. Our technicians keep you informed throughout the restoration process and help you mitigate any losses you experience while working hard to restore your home after a fire.

Fire damage

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire in Mason,OH

Despite the specialized fire prevention and detection systems that we have in our buildings, fire damage remains a top concern. It is also worth noting that different challenges arise from different fire situations. While we expect to remove the dirt that smoke residues leave behind, there are several processes that restorers perform to retur your Middeltown Springboro home to its former state, and all that requires specific equipment and skills.

You need to treat all fire damage events in Warren County as an emergency to prevent further damage. When our SERVPRO team arrives at your property, we perform a pretest and identify items we can replace, clean, and those that need further examination. From our inspection, it is possible to determine the scope of the loss and share with the adjuster, and after that schedule the estimated mitigation processes.

When water comes into contact with some smoke particles, odors may result. Where possible, our SERVPRO technicians remove the odor source and perform deodorization. When the smells are coming from cracks, we direct deodorizing fog or smoke into those spaces by using thermal foggers.

At SERVPRO of Warren County  , We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is storm, mold, fire or water related. 

Smoke and soot cleanup

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

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 Warren 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 odor.

Electrical fires

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Winter weather and the holiday season puts great stress on home outlets. Along with the ordinary plug-ins (coffee pot, lamps, hair dryers) we add the stress of space heaters. These additional items are potentially very hazardous and can lead do significant damage to your home, business, or property.

SERVPRO wants to provide you with the steps necessary to prevent these things! However, if an unfortunate event occurs, we are here to help!

  • Frequently check electrical cords
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into wall outlets (not extension cords)
  • Clean dryer lint filter after every use
  • Do not overload extension cords or power strips
  • NEVER leave space heaters or heated blankets on unattended
  • Unplug items after use

Use these tips provided by SERVPRO of Warren County as a proactive measure to prevent a fire damage event at your home or business.

Call our office (513)932-3649

Quick response is recommended for RESTORATION for a fire...

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

The First 48 hours after a fire, damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.   Allowing SERVPRO of Warren County, to assist you can help prevent fire damage turning into long-term problems.  SERVPRO'S  timely response will help increase the chances of your property, belongings and memories being returned to preloss conditions. 

The first step of the fire restoration process is to contact the authorities, as in firefighters, to alert them of the fire damage that has occurred. Once the firefighter's or local authority determines the property is safe to enter, they will then assess the number of damages so that they don't spread through the building. Depending on the seriousness, everything may be covered in soot and ashes. Be sure not to track in soot from areas that may have soot damage. Soot damage may affect numerous different surfaces and cause permanent loss if not looked after quickly. 

Firework Facts

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

* In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.

* These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property dmange, with no reported fire deaths.

* On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

Fire Damage is Not a Planned Event

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage probably isn’t on your mind much, but in all honesty, it should be. The first 48 hours after a fire often make the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. So when will help arrive and what can you do in the meantime?

When Will Help Arrive?

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professional contacts you to arrange for service.

  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professional is onsite to start mitigation services.

  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained and uniformed SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield employee walks you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield employee will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

  5. Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to make it “like it never even happened.”

  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high-traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

What NOT To Do

  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

  • Do not clean electrical equipment

  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner; improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals understand returning to your home and business is the primary concern. We respond quickly offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (513) 858-1071.

Fire Damage is Not a Planned Event

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Fire damage probably isn’t on your mind much, but in all honesty, it should be. The first 48 hours after a fire often make the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Warren County professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. So when will help arrive and what can you do in the meantime?

When Will Help Arrive?

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange for service.

  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO's professional is onsite to start mitigation services.

  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained and uniformed SERVPRO employee walks you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO employee will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

  5. Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO professionals work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to make it “Like it never even happened.”

  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high-traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

What NOT To Do

  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

  • Do not clean electrical equipment

  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner; improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO professionals understand returning to your home and business is the primary concern. We respond quickly offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (513) 932-3649.

Firework Facts

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* In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.

* These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property dmange, with no reported fire deaths.

* On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

Grilling Safely

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There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months!  A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren't considered. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield wants you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

* Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

* The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overchanging branches.

* Keep children and pets away from grill area.

* Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

* When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

* Never leave your grill unattended.

* Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.

* Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.

* The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

Fire and Smoke Damage Tips

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According to the NFPA cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. and 42% of house fires started in the Kitchen. Use timers and keep an eye on food when you are cooking.

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 and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilets bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of sott from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV's, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. (You may send them to one who regularly deals with restoration, ask us for names.)

Puff Back?

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What is a puffback? A puffback occurs when a furnace has malfunctioned where a small and confined explosion has occurred in the burner chamber sending soot and smoke throughout the home. The soot will attached itself to walls, ceilings, upholstery carpet and many other items within the home making it difficult to clean.  The soot travels throughout the house which you can see in this picture. SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield is always here to help with the cleanup!

In terms of preventing puff backs it may be helpful to inspect your furnace every so often to eliminate the buildup of debris and/or contact your heating company if you begin to experience any sign of soot in proximity to your furnace.

Call today 513-858-1071

Fire & Smoke

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SERVPRO of E.Hamilton/Fairfield professionals respond quickly to repair fire, smoke, soot damage and much more.

The first step in fire damage restoration is to put out the fire using the proper tools. A first responder may use an approved portable fire extinguisher to prevent a small fire from growing and causing further damage.

The National Fire Protection Agency publishes a series of standards and requirements for portable fire extinguishers called NFPA 10, available here.

No matter what the size of the fire, your first priority should be to get everyone out safely and call 911. Once the fire has been put out, you can call SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield at (513) 858-1071 to assist.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The Aftermath

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Weather Fire or Water or anything in between we are here to help!

Some times it is difficult to know what to do when disaster strikes Weather it is Water, Fire, Mold or Bio Hazard. SERVPRO understands that in this moment of your life you need a trusted partner to pick up the pieces. We pride ourselves on placing people at the greatest importance and will treat your home or business as if where our own. If you just want more info on our services or need us in the eye of the storm we are here for you. 

If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage, please give us a call. We’re available to help 24-7/365, and we work directly with all insurance providers. Our office offers damage assessment services, property, content, and textile cleaning, and reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of Warren County (513)932-3649