Recent Fire Damage Posts

Why Call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville If you Had A Fire In your Home

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

A tidal wave of emotions can sweep over a homeowner after a fire ravaged their home. Fear, stress, and uncertainty can overwhelm a homeowner, and that stress can cause a homeowner to make rash decisions. But, if that homeowner calls SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville, our team of IICRC certified technicians can help elevate that fear by carefully explaining the process and timeline to restore their home.


Why Call SERVPRO?


SERVPRO is the industry leader in residential restoration. We understand the first 48 hours after the fire is critical. It can make the difference between restoring and placing your belongings. In addition to restoring your home to preloss conditions, our team can also provide:

  • Content Restoration
  • Content Claims Inventory
  • Document Drying
  • Emergency Board Ups
  • More

So, before you risk doing further damage by trying to do it yourself, call the fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at (336) 224-2565. Our professional team is available 24-hours a day 365 days a year, to help you with your emergency property damage.

At SERVPRO, we’re here to help.

Top Causes of Kitchen Fires

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

According to recent statics, US fire departments responded to an average of 172,900 home structure fires a year that started in the kitchen. These fires caused 550 deaths and more than 1 billion in direct property damage. The overwhelming majority were due to cooking activities. Two of every five home fires start in the kitchen. So, what are the most common causes of a kitchen fire?

  • Unattended Cooking. Unattended cooking is by far the most common reason for a kitchen fire. Talking away for only a few seconds could have disastrous consequences.
  • Placing constable materials too close to a heat source. Your kitchen is full of flammable materials. It is essential to keep these items away from your stove. A few seconds is all it takes for a fire to start.
  • Frying with oil. Never step away from your stove while frying with oil. Two-Thirds of kitchen fires occur after cooking with oil or butter. Cooking at a higher temperature can ignite to oil.
  • Cooking While Tired or Impaired. Cooking while tired or impaired is dangerous because your cognitive abilities are lessened. It is estimated nearly 23% of kitchen fires happened because someone fell asleep.

So What Should You Do If You Have A Kitchen Fire?


First, call 911 immediately if you cannot control the fire, get your family and pets to safety. After the first responders have extinguished the fire, call the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at (336) 224-2565. We can secure your property and begin the restoration process. Our team of IICRC certified technicians has extensive experience in getting your property back to preloss condition.


At SERVPRO, we’re here to help.

Home Fire Safety Tips For Fall

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

front porch steps with different sizes of pumpkins and flowers Fall decorations can be just a beautiful even when keeping safety in mind.

As the weather turns cooler and leaves begin to change, many homeowners begin planning to decorate their home for the upcoming holidays. But some safety preparations need to be included in the planning process to keep your home and family safe.

  • Checking Your Detectors: Homeowners need to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. Typically, it’s scheduled during the time change in the spring and fall. This is a critical step in home safety because it is estimated that approximately 20% of detectors don’t work due to dead or missing batteries. It is also recommended detectors should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Fireplace Safety: Fireplaces are the cause of thousands of home fires each ear. Before you light up that match, have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Creosote build-ups are the top reason for most home fires involving a fireplace. It is also recommended to have a fireplace screen to prevent sparks and embers from escaping and causing a fire.
  • Fire Escape Plan: Make sure your family has a fire escape plan and practices it regularly. Train everyone to stay low to the ground to prevent smoke inhalation. To learn more about creating your home fire escape plant visit www.ready.gov.
  • Maintain Your Yard: With leaves falling, a small spark could turn into a major fire. To prevent this, remove fuel from all yard equipment before storing it for the winter. Also, prune trees to prevent limbs from falling on power lines and rake up leaves to remove combustible materials from your home.
  • Holiday Decorations: Use battery-operated lights instead of candles to prevent accidental fires. Check all electrical lights for frayed wires or cords before hanging. Make sure any decorations are made from flame-retardant materials; if not, treat them with a flame retardant solution.

The fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy with your family and friends. And with a few simple preparations if can a safe time of year as well.

When Spring Cleaning your Lexington Home Don’t Forget These Things To Help Prevent Home Fire Damage.

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

white electrical cord plugged in gray wall Inspect all electrical cords for damage to prevent house fires.

After a long cold winter, many people are excited about the change of season. They are ready to get outside and start their spring cleaning projects. When making your list of things to do, there are a couple of things you need to make sure that are on your list to prevent property damage.

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors need to be tested monthly. If your detectors are battery-operated, Spring is a perfect time to replace those batteries. You can remember to do this when you “spring forward” for daylight savings time.
  • Kitchen and Bath: When deep cleaning those areas, remove excess clutter from around electrical outlets, inspect electrical cords for wear and fraying.
  • Grilling: According to the National Fire Protection Association, charcoal or other solid fuel grills cause average 1400 fires a year? Before firing up that grill, clean out excess grease. Make sure it’s a safe distance from your home, and if you are using a gas grill and smell gas, shut it off immediately and do not use it until it is repaired.
  • Clothes Dryer: While completing your spring cleaning, take time to clean the lint that has collected around the drum of your dryer. Clean or hire someone to clean your dryer vent and move combustible items away from the dryer.

If you do experience a fire in your home, call the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville. Our IICRC certified team of professionals are experts in restoring your home to preloss conditions. To learn more, give us a call at (336) 224-2565.

The Steps In Restoring Your Clemmons Home After a Fire

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Light switch on wall with soot covering the walls Even a small fire in another room can affect your entire home as seen by this soot covering this light switch.

The Steps In Restoring Your Clemmons Home After a Fire

A fire in your home or business is one of the most terrifying things a person can experience.  Homeowners can feel overwhelmed and unsure of the process to get their homes repaired.  After the first responders have left, you may wonder what your next step is? At SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville, we will walk you through the process of what happens if your home catches fire.

  1. Contact SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville 24/7 for Emergency Services

Your first concern is always your and your families' safety.  Even before you call the insurance company, you need to call the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.  We can begin assessing and securing your home.

  1. Home Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

 Depending on the severity of the fire, the local Fire Marshals and a team from SERVPRO will inspect the property to assess the structure's safety. 

  1. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarping (If Needed)

Once give the OK by emergency personnel to enter your home, our team of highly trained technicians can tarp the roof to prevent secondary damage from the elements; board up doors and windows, or even fence the property to prevent intruders from accessing your home to steal or vandalize your property.

4.Water Removal and Drying (If needed)

Many people forget the need for water mitigation after a fire.  Fire Department can use thousands of gallons of water to put out the flames.  If not properly dried, that water can cause secondary damage, such as mold. It's important to use air movers and dehumidifiers to prevent that from happening. 

  1. Smoke and Soot Removal from All Surfaces

As soon as it's safely possible, the team from SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville will begin the process of cleaning up the smoke and soot from your salvageable personal property.  If not properly cleaned, the chemical residue can cause additional damage, such as pitting metal objects. Any unsalvageable property will be inventoried for your insurance claim.

  1. Fire and Smoke Cleaning and Repair of the Structure

While some of our team works on cleaning and repairing personal items, the rest of the team will begin to demo unrepairable sections of the home, cleaning the rest of the structure and repairing items as needed.

  1. Restoration/Rebuild

Once all the demolition is complete and the structure is clean, our team will begin to rebuild your home by installing new carpets, replacing drywall and painting the walls, etc., as needed.

  1. Final Walk-Through/Punch List

After the home has been restored and final deep cleaning, our team will walk through your home with you to inspect the finished project and address any issues you may have.

If the worst should happen to your home or business, trust the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.  With decades of experience behind us, we can make any damage to your home "Like it never even happened."®  Give us a call at (336) 224-2565 to learn more.

Signs of overloaded circuits in your home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association says that home fires caused by electrical failures or malfunction result in more than 400 deaths per year and cause $1.4 billion in property damage annually. Electrical fires can often be prevented, especially if homeowners learn to identify the signs of overloaded circuits. The Electrical Safety Foundation International notes that the following are some common signs of overloaded circuits.

• Flickering, blinking or dimming lights
• Warm or discolored wall plates
• Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches
• Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses • Cracking, sizzling or buzzing from receptacles
• Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles or switches

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50 percent of electrical fires can be prevented by arc fault circuit interrupters, or AFCIs. AFCIs are products that are designed to detect a wide range of arcing electrical faults in an attempt to reduce instances in which electrical systems are ignition sources of fire. Arcing is very dangerous and occurs when an electric current flows through the air between two conductors. When these currents flow through unintended paths, the result is high intensity heat that can ignite surrounding material, such as wood framing or insulation. AFCIs monitor circuits for normal or dangerous arcing conditions, serving as something of a safety net that can reduce the risk of home fires. Recognizing the signs of overloaded circuits and using AFCIs can help homeowners significantly reduce the risk of home fires in their homes. More information about electrical f

Common causes of house fires

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, roughly 25,000 home fires causing more than 300 deaths occur in the United States each year. Homeowners can keep themselves and their families safe by being aware of the dangers around a home that can contribute to house fires and the preventive measures that can reduce the risk for such fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the following are the most common factors that can lead to fires around the house.

  • Cooking accidents: It can take mere seconds for grease splatters or an overheated pan or pot to cause a fire. Stay in the kitchen at all times when cooking.
  • Heaters: Have furnaces and other heating appliances regularly inspected. Keep portable heaters away from anything that can burn, including curtains and furniture. Do not leave portable heaters running while you are sleeping or out of the home.
  • Smoking: Smoking inside a home can lead to fires. Some people forget to extinguish the smoke or embers may fall, while butts may smoulder for hours before causing flames to form.
  • Washers and dryers: Between 2010 and 2014, American fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. Mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines. Failure to clean dryers also can cause fires to ignite.
  • Candles: Candles can add ambiance to a room and are commonly used in decorations, but they also can be a fire hazard. Candles easily can be knocked over by children, pets and others. Do not leave candles lit and unattended.

If the unimaginable happens, give the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville a call at (336) 224-2565 and we can make your damage "Like it never even happened."

What to do after your home is damaged by fire

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

The notion that their homes could be damaged if not destroyed by fire is something many homeowners find unimaginable. But fires damage homes every day across the globe, which only underscores the importance of knowing how to respond should your home be engulfed in flames.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires in the United States in 2019. Fires also pose a threat in Canada, where the insurance provider SGI Canada reports that there are roughly 24,000 house fires each year.

Installing and maintaining fire alarms can help prevent house fires from producing tragic consequences. A well-practiced evacuation plan also can protect homeowners and their families in case of a fire, increasing the likelihood that anyone inside the home can promptly exit before suffering injury or even death. It’s also important that homeowners recognize what they need to do after their homes have been damaged by fire.

  • Recognize that it’s still risky even after the fire is out. The U.S. Fire Administration notes that homes damaged by fire pose a threat even after flames have been extinguished. Soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that can make people sick. Only enter a home after the local fire department has deemed it safe to do so. Before entering the home, don personal protective equipment like masks, goggles and gloves to avoid getting sick from any contaminants lingering in the home.
  • Contact your insurance company. Your insurance company can be a great resource when looking for assistance with finding the right restoration company. At SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville we work with hundreds of insurance carriers, so we understand the process and can assist you with the fear and confusion of your fire claim. Insurance companies also will advise homeowners on what they need to do in the immediate aftermath of the fire, including how to begin the claims process.
  • Contact a disaster relief service. Disaster relief services like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army can help homeowners find food, clothing, medicine, and even lodging.
  • Find shelter for pets. The USFA advises pet owners affected by house fires to leave their pets with family members, friends or veterinarians until the house has been completely cleaned. Doing so ensures pets won’t be exposed to potentially harmful contaminants or residue that can put their lives in jeopardy.

House fires happen every day, and knowing what to do in the aftermath of such fires can help homeowners get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season with These Safety Tips

11/28/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas tree in foreground of fireplace with candles and stockings one it The Holiday season can be magical but safety should be considered when decorating your home.

2020 has been a challenging year for many of us. The thought of decorating our homes and spending time with our families takes on even more significance than in the past year. But we still need to keep safety as our top concern when decorating our home. The U.S. Fire Administration states that the top 3 days for candle fires are Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. More than half of the home decorating fires in December are caused by candles.

Christmas trees are another area to be concerned about. It is estimated that a heat source too close to the Christmas tree causes one in every four winter fires, and on average, one of every 52 reported Christmas tree fires results in a fatality.

How Do We Prevent Holiday Fires?


Besides exercise cautions with candles and live Christmas trees The National Fire Protection Agency recommends the following:

  • Only use decorations that are flame retardant or nonflammable
  • Check your holiday lights each year for frayed wires or damage
  • Don’t string more than three sets of lights together
  • If decorating with a live Christmas tree, water frequently and keep away from flames and other heat sources to prevent the tree from drying out.

SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is an industry leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services. If you would like to learn more or would like a free estimate, give us a call at 336-224-2565. We’re here to help.

Should Homeowners Consider Customer Service When Choosing A Restoration Company?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Charred Ducts in a soot filled basement. The ducts in the basement are charred due to the fire in the homeowner's oil furnace.

The fire trucks have left.  Your insurance claim has been filed.  You feel overwhelmed.  And you just want to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.  This may tempt you to sign a contract with the first person who says they can do the job.  The problem is that not all restoration companies are created equally when it comes to skills and customer service.

At SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville, we understand we are only as good as our last job.  That’s why we strive for exceptional customer service each and every time our phone rings.  And how do we do this, you may as?

  • We are continually training. Our employees are required to stay up-to-date on training
  • We use the latest equipment to ensure we can get you back into your home as quickly as possible
  • We understand we are only as good as our last job. So, we focus on providing the best possible customer service.

Remember, you can choose whomever you wish to repair and restore your home, so pick the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.  Give us a call at 336-224-2565, and we can make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."®

I’ve Had A Fire, How Long Will The Restoration Process Take?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

heat register and wall covered in soot and smoke Trusting the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville can help get you back in your home faster after a fire.

You’ve had a fire. You wonder if things will ever be the same again. The good news is if you call the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville the process will be a lot less stressful. As for how long it will take, simply put, it varies. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to home fires. First, the local authorities will have to inspect to see if the property is safe. Then they will have to determine the cause of the fire. The next step will be your insurance adjustor examining the loss. All these factors have to play out before the restoration process begins.

The next steps will depend on how extensive the fire damage is. If you call SERVPRO our team of highly trained professionals can walk you through each step of the process, breaking down the estimated completion time. With our cutting edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only your home but your peace of mind.

If you would like to learn more about our restoration services, give us a call at 336-224-2565.

How pet owners can prepare for disasters in advance

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

As we wind up National Preparedness Month the need to prepare for natural disasters is never more apparent. But disaster preparation should be a proactive endeavor, as taking action before a storm can make confronting the storm that much easier.

Pet owners must give extra thought to disaster preparedness to ensure their pets can make it through harsh storms unscathed. Natural disasters like storms, fires and floods can put pets in jeopardy, so it’s vital that pet owners take the steps necessary to protect their furry friends before such disasters strike.

  • Place a rescue alert sticker on your front door or window. Rescue alert stickers alert first responders to the presence of pets in a home. The ASPCA recommends placing the sticker on the front door or window (visit aspca.org to receive a free sticker). Include the types and numbers of pets in the home as well as the name and phone number of your veterinarian.
  • Learn about local safe havens. If pet owners must evacuate in the case of a coming storm, their pets must evacuate as well. Some animal shelters provide emergency shelter for pets and/or can arrange for pets to be fostered until their owners can safely return home. It’s vital to conduct this research in advance, as the ASPCA notes that not all shelters can accommodate pets during storms or other emergencies. Knowing which ones do can ensure pets have a safe place to go should disaster strike.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies. The ASPCA recommends pet owners plan as if they won’t be allowed to return home for several weeks, even if they suspect their time away will be much shorter. Speak with your vet about what to include in a pet first-aid kit, and be sure to bring at least several days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food. Disposable litter trays, liquid dish soap and disinfectant and an extra collar or harness and extra leash are some additional emergency supplies to pack. A full list of recommended emergency supplies can be found at aspca.org.
  • Make sure pets wear collars and tags at all times. Disaster can strike at any time, so it’s vital that pets wear their identification tags and collars at all times. The ASPCA urges pet owners to include pets’ names and any urgent medical needs on the tags. A telephone number where owners can be reached at all hours of the day should be included on tags as well.
  • Take location into account. The ASPCA advises pet owners who live in regions prone to certain disasters to find rooms in their homes which can serve as safe havens during storms. Many storms do not require evacuations, but that does not mean pets won’t be frightened. Safe rooms should be clear of windows and be easily accessible and easy to clean.

Disaster preparedness includes strategies to keep pets safe in the wake of storms or other potentially hazardous situations.

The First 48 Hours are Critical in Home Fires

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Wall heavily damaged by smoke and soot with visible rings where portraits hung. Smoke and soot can cause additional damage if not cleaned properly.

A home fire is an overwhelming event that can leave the homeowner distraught, confused, and paralyzed with the decisions that have to be made. But the reality is the first 48 hours after the fire can make the difference between restoring or replacing your personal property. So, knowing who to call is critical in preventing secondary damage. If you call the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville our team of trained professionals will arrive on the scene and provide a wide variety of services such as:

  • Emergency Board Ups/Tarping
  • Smoke/Soot Removal
  • Contents Inventory
  • Document Restoration
  • More

Our crew will work closely with the homeowner and the insurance company to walk you through the restoration process and timeline to return your home back to preloss conditions. We at SERVPRO strive not only to restore you home but to give you peace of mind.

So, before you risk additional damage by trying to do it yourself, give SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville a call at 336-224-2565, and we will come out and take a look at the damage for free. Because at SERVPRO we are here to help.

Signs of overloaded circuits in your Midway home

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

soot stains the walls beside an electrical outlet An electrical fire in this wall receptacle caused minor damage in this Midway home. Fortunately no one was injured.

The National Fire Protection Association says that home fires caused by electrical failures or malfunction result in more than 400 deaths per year and cause $1.4 billion in property damage annually. Electrical fires can often be prevented, especially if homeowners learn to identify the signs of overloaded circuits. The Electrical Safety Foundation International notes that the following are some common signs of overloaded circuits.

  • Flickering, blinking or dimming lights
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • A burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Cracking, sizzling or buzzing from receptacles
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles or switches


The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50 percent of electrical fires can be prevented by arc fault circuit interrupters, or AFCIs. AFCIs are products that are designed to detect a wide range of arcing electrical faults in an attempt to reduce instances in which electrical systems are ignition sources of fire. Arcing is very dangerous and occurs when an electric current flows through the air between two conductors. When these currents flow through unintended paths, the result is high-intensity heat that can ignite surrounding material, such as wood framing or insulation. AFCIs monitor circuits for normal or dangerous arcing conditions, serving as something of a safety net that can reduce the risk of home fires. Recognizing the signs of overloaded circuits and using AFCIs can help homeowners significantly reduce the risk of home fires in their homes. More information about electrical fires and how to prevent them is available at www.esfi.org and www.afcisafety.org.
And, if the worse should happen and you experience fire damage to your Midway home, the experts at SERVPRO® of Lexington/Thomasville are here to help 24/7. We offer

  • Emergency Board Ups
  • Free Estimates
  • Fire, Smoke Soot Removal
  • Contents Claims Inventory
  • Document Restoration


Give us a call today at 336-224-2565 to learn more and remember we make fire damage "Like it never even happened."®

Secondary Issues Caused By Fire Damage

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

small vent hole in a ceiling This is an example of a small vent hole in the ceiling of residential home in Winston-Salem.

After the last ember has cooled and the first responders have left, many Thomasville homeowners are left with the question ‘What Now?’ If they called the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville, we could create a plan of attack to help get your home or business owners back into your property as quickly as possible while mitigating the secondary damage caused by fire.

What is Secondary Damage?


When property owners think about fire damage, they usually think about the obvious; burned buildings and smoked up walls. And when business owners think about fire damage, they are thinking about lost revenue and business continuity. But the reality is a fire at your property can cause other damage. It can be as extensive as the fire itself, especially if not addressed quickly, and can keep you out of your home or business longer if not addressed promptly.

Water/Mold Damage
When firefighters arrive, they use vase quantities of water to try to save your property. It soaks everything, including furniture, clothes, and even your ductwork. If not adequately cleaned and dried, the water can cause mold damage.

Odors
When a home burns, the materials burn inside release different toxic chemicals and not only require different cleaning techniques but can affect parts of the home unaffected by the fire.

Structural Damage
Fire is not the only thing that can damage a structure during a fire. Sometimes firefighters are required to break windows, doors, or even cut holes in the ceiling or roofs. These vent holes are used to prevent flashovers and help get rid of heat and smoke so firefighters can look for trapped individuals. So you may end up with a hole in your roof even though the fire did not burn through.

Understanding fire damage and all that it entails is critical to ensure proper restoration. If you call SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville, we can arrive on the scene any time day or night. We offer 24-hour emergency services, which include emergency board-ups, tarping, and fencing. Then, we can create a custom plan to restore your property to preloss conditions. If you would like to learn more, or have experienced a fire and need assistance, please give us a call at 336-224-2565.

Learn the facts about devastating wildfires

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

With the recent talk of the deadly wildfires in Australia and the fires that ravaged thousands upon thousands of acres of land across California in the summer of 2018 officials at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said these combined fires comprised the largest wildlands fire in state history. Frightening images of blazes consuming landscapes dominated newscasts as thousands of people were forced to evacuate. Wildfires torch everything in their paths, devastating communities, businesses, and natural resources. Outbreaks seems to come out of nowhere, and meteorologists are not yet able to forecast when wildfires may occur. It is important to note that wildfires are often started by humans. The National Park Service says as many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by negligence — whether it’s discarded cigarette butts or campfires left unattended. Some are intentional acts of arson. Nature also may be responsible, with lightning strikes causing torching of parched plants and trees. When combined with the perfect conditions, which can include dry weather, drought, and strong winds, a mere spark can develop into a months-long blaze. The NPS has wildland fire managers who constantly assess the threat of human-caused fires and the threat of wildland fires to humans. Assessments are made as to whether the wildfire should be left to run its course (in rural areas) or it should be contained and extinguished in a human-dominated landscape. National Geographic states that, historically, wildfires are actually supposed to be beneficial to certain natural landscapes, clearing underbrush in forests and triggering the release of seeds in some plant species, such as the Jackpine. However, when they encroach on people, their danger intensifies. According to Cal Fire, Santa Ana Winds and Diablo Winds are stronger-than-normal wind conditions that occur in Southern and Northern California, respectively. These winds can push a fire the length of a football field in a minute. Embers also pushed in front of fires become small spot fires. Powerful winds can disrupt efforts to extinguish fires, dissipating fire retardants dropped by aircraft. Wildfires can wreak havoc on the environment and impact personal health. Worldwide, wildfire smoke kills 339,000 people per year according to estimates from Environmental Health Perspectives. Inhaling smoke can exacerbate asthma, and carbon monoxide can damage the respiratory system. Considering how difficult it can be to contain fires, prevention remains key. Remember Smokey Bear’s tips, which remain relevant for kids and adults today: • Never play with matches or lighters in the forest. • Always watch your campfire. • Always be careful with fire. • Make sure a campfire is completely extinguished before leaving it. • Observe posted fire-risk warnings. Wildfires remain a constant threat wherever the conditions are right for fires to ignite. People need to be diligent in their prevention of these potentially far-reaching hazards.

Keep your natural tree fresh this Christmas

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Beautifully decorated Christmas tree with presents under it The following tips can help trees last until the final present is unwrapped and the last of the egg nog has been consumed.

Natural Christmas tree aficionados love the authenticity such trees provide during the holiday season. Natural trees also provide a unique aroma that can make holiday celebrations feel homier.

When purchasing natural trees, holiday celebrants, especially those who like to buy their trees in early December, may be concerned about keeping their trees fresh throughout the holiday season. The following tips can help trees last until the final present is unwrapped and the last of the eggnog has been consumed.

  • Buy a freshly cut tree. Whenever possible, celebrants should cut their own trees. This ensures that the tree they bring home is fresh, increasing the chances it will remain so throughout the season. If it’s not possible to cut your own tree, the National Fire Protection Association notes that fresh trees should have green needles that do not come off when touched. Trees that appear to be dried out or those that shed needles when touched should be avoided.
  • Protect trees on the way home. The Tree Care Industry Association advises consumers to protect their Christmas trees as they transport them home. Wrap the tree in a plastic wrap so it makes it home damage-free. A damaged tree might not make it through the holiday season.
  • Cut pre-cut trees before leaving the lot. Pre-cut trees can make it through the holiday season looking their best, but buyers should request that employees cut as much as two inches off the bottom of the tree before leaving the lot. Once trees are cut, sap begins to seal their base, making it hard for them to absorb water. By requesting that between one and two inches be removed from the bottom of the tree at the time of purchase, buyers are ensuring their trees will be able to absorb the water they’ll need to make it through the season when they get home.
  • Place the tree in water the moment you get home. To prevent the base of the tree from drying out, place it in water the moment you get home. Freshly cut trees may initially need the water in their tree stands filled in the morning and then again in the evening. As the season progresses, trees likely won’t need their stands filled more than once per day. 
  • Place the tree away from heat sources. Placing trees away from heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, heating vents, and lights, reduces the likelihood that trees will dry out and also reduces the risk of fire.

A few simple strategies can help holiday revelers ensure their Christmas trees make it through the holiday season unscathed.

Stay safe when stringing holiday lights

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Two story family home and yard covered in snow, Christmas lights and yard decorations. Holiday lighting can make your home a magical place but don't forget to use caution when decorating for the holiday.

Lighting displays are one of the many things that help make the holiday season a special time of year. Often awe-inspiring, holiday lighting displays present a perfect opportunity for communities and individuals to showcase their festive sides. Safety should always be a priority when stringing holiday lights both inside and outside a home. The National Fire Protection Association notes that, between 2009 and 2014, fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. Lighting displays strung on home exteriors also can pose safety risks if homeowners do not exercise caution. Fortunately, various strategies can help homeowners safely decorate their homes' interiors and exteriors this holiday season.

¥ Choose a fresh tree. The NFPA recommends celebrants who prefer natural Christmas trees choose ones with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Dry trees are more likely to catch fire than freshly cut trees. Adding water to the tree stand each day will keep trees fresher longer. When placing the tree, avoid placing it too close to heat sources, making sure it is at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.

  • Check all lights before stringing them. All lights, including those going on trees inside a home and those being strung outside, should be inspected prior to being strung. Look for any worn or broken cords and replace any defected lights.
  • Employ the buddy system. When stringing lights, always work with at least one other person. This makes it safe for homeowners who must climb ladders to string lights on especially tall trees and/or on their home exteriors.
  • Avoid working in inclement weather. The weather during the holiday season can sometimes be unpleasant or unpredictable. Check the forecast before stringing exterior lights to ensure Mother Nature won't pose a threat. Avoid hanging lights if the forecast predicts wet, icy or windy conditions that can make ladders unstable.
  • Turn lights off when going to bed and/or leaving the house. Interior and exterior holiday lights should not be left on when no one is home or everyone inside is sleeping. If left on overnight or when no one is home, lights may contribute to fires that damage homes and may even prove fatal. Holiday lighting displays help make this time of year special. Following some simple safety procedures when decorating with lights can ensure everyone enjoys a safe and happy holiday season. 

If the worse should happen call the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at 336-224-2565.  With our 24 hour emergency services we are faster to any disaster

Fall Fire Safety Tips

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Pair of man's legs sitting in front of a fireplace with a lit fire. Fireplaces can be relaxing but proper maintenance is important.

Now that fall is finally here it may have you thinking of cozy afternoon curled up by a fire.  But before you strike a match it might be a great time to review some fire safety tips. 

Time Changes Means Battery Changes

Daylight savings time ends November 3rd this year so it would be a perfect time to replace all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  And while changing the times in your clocks you should check to verify all the fire extinguishers are fully charged.  You should have at least one fire extinguisher on each level of your home or business.  Extinguishers should be placed near the kitchen.  It is also a good idea to have extinguishers near the front and rear exits, and main hallways depending on the size of the home or business.

Home Heating Safety

Just like getting your car’s oil changed your HVAC system meted to be cleaned and inspected yearly by a certified professional as does your fireplace.    According to realinsurance.com home heating is the number two cause of fires in the home.

If you choose to use a space heater, make sure the unit has three feet of clearance around the unit.  Avoid placing it near furniture or draperies and never drape an item across it to dry it.  Lastly, make sure the unit is turned off before you leave your home or go to bed.

Regardless of the season it is important to follow these safety tips.  They can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your home or business.  But if you do experience a fire let the professionals of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville assist you in getting your property back to preloss conditions. If you would like to learn more give us a call at 336-224-2565.  We are here for you 24/7.

Prevent the hazard of overloaded electrical circuits in your Thomasville home

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke rising from an electrical circuit and power cord. Safety at home is something that can be taken for granted until it's too late. The National Fire Protection Association notes that each year more than

A home is a safe haven for its residents. No matter what's going on at school or the office, many people know they can relax in comfort and safety when they arrive home at the end of a day. Safety at home is something that can be taken for granted until itÕs too late. The National Fire Protection Association notes that each year more than 47,000 home fires in the United States are caused by electrical failure or malfunction. Overloaded electrical circuits are a frequent culprit in residential fires. Fortunately, overloaded circuits are preventable. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, the following are some potential indicators that circuits are overloaded.

  • Flickering, blinking or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles or switches.

Learning to recognize the signs of overloaded circuits is an important step in making homes safe, as the NFPA notes that home fires contribute to hundreds of deaths and more than 1,500 injuries each year. Such fires also hit homeowners in their pocketbooks, causing an estimated $1.4 billion in property damage annually. Prevention is another key component when safeguarding a home and its residents from fires sparked by electrical failures of malfunctions. The ESFI offers the following tips to prevent electrical overloads.

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances.
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only one heat-producing appliance should be plugged into a receptacle outlet at any given time.
  • Consider adding new outlets to your home. Heavy reliance on extension cords indicates that your home does not have enough outlets. Bring in a qualified electrician to inspect your home to determine if more outlets are necessary.
  • Recognize that power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet.

Fires sparked by electrical circuit overload pose a significant threat. Thankfully, such fires are preventable. Learn more at www.esfi.org.

How to create an effective fire safety plan

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

house on fire Temperatures inside a burning home can grow to 1400° in as little as two minutes.

While fire can provide warmth and safety, it also can cause immediate and significant damage that can uproot lives and devastate homes. Because fire is such a formidable foe, it’s imperative that people from all walks of life have a fire safety plan.

The threat of fire

The National Fire Protection Association says U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year between 2011 and 2015. On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services says 48 percent of fires that cause severe losses occur in residential properties. Both the NFPA and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management in Ontario state that cooking-related fires are the most prevalent, followed by fires sparked by heating equipment.

How quickly a fire can spread may surprise some people. The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department says that in the average two-story home fire, a fire ignites in 30 seconds, smoke pours into most rooms by 2.5 minutes, and roughly 4.5 minutes after the fire has ignited, flames can be visible from the exterior of a house. Temperatures inside can grow from 190 F to more than 1400 F in two minutes.

Planning is critical

When fires ignite, time is of the essence to make a fast evacuation. Unfortunately, panic may set in and people may not know how to act when under such acute stress. That’s why planning for the event of a fire can provide families with the information they need to evacuate safely. 

The thought of creating a fire safety plan may be overwhelming but there are resources out there that can help.  The Lexington Fire Department has a number of resources on their website including a link to help create a fire safety plan.

The most important thing is once the plan is created, share it with all family members and practice several times a year.

The Who What and Where of Fire Extinguishers

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Place your extinguisher in an easily accessible location

A fire is a nightmare situation for any property owner and it’s one that no one wants to imagine.  That’s why having an emergency plan and proper equipment in place to be ready for the worse case scenario.  It’s is also the best way to possibly help prevent major structural damage by containing the fire more quickly.

They key for fire preparation and safety is to have the proper equipment in place. Having fire extinguishers and smoke alarms within reach and located in critical areas of your property.  The best places for fire extinguishers are:

  • Near sources of heat-such as fire places and wood stoves.
  •  In a garage or workshop
  • In A Laundry Room
  •  In A Kitchen (not beside the stove where you may have to reach thru flames to access the extinguisher-but 8-10 feet way from stove)
  • On Each Floor or Room of your home

There are several classes of fire extinguishers depending on what type of fire they are being used on.  The types classes of extinguishers are

  • Class A extinguishers will put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers are for use on flammable liquids like grease, gasoline and oil
  • Class C extinguishers are suitable for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers are designed for use on flammable metals

If you are confused on what type of extinguisher best fits your needs many local fire departments will be more than happy to explain the differences as well as recommend what’s right for your property as well as demonstrate how to use it.

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

There are four steps in using an extinguisher and there is an easy acronym to remember it by: P.A.S.S

  • PULL-Pull the pen. 
  • AIM-Aim the nozzle low pointing it at the base of the fire
  • SQUEEZE-Squeeze the handle to release the fire suppressant
  • SWEEP – Sweep nozzle from side to size at the base of the fire until it appears to be out

If the fire reignites repeat these steps and if the fire refuses to die out evacuate immediately and call 911

As the old adage says an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  By purchasing a fire extinguisher it can ensure you and your home are protected in case of a fire.

Did you know?

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

An electrical short in a kitchen appliance caused major damage in this Thomasville home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 92 percent of all civilian structure fire deaths in 2011, resulted from home structure fires. Not surprisingly, kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires. Forty-two percent of such fires, which peak during the dinner hours between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., began in the kitchen. And while smoke alarms may not prevent fires, they can prevent deaths stemming from home structure fires. Three out of five reported home deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or homes with smoke alarms that were not in operation.

If the unimaginable does happen to your Thomasville home having an expert to assist you in restoring your property is important.  The experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville have more than two decades of experience in restoration and mitigation services so if they unthinkable happens we’re here to help.

Give us a call today at 336-224-2565 to learn more about our services.

Did you know?

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

An electrical short in a kitchen appliance caused major damage in this Thomasville home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 92 percent of all civilian structure fire deaths in 2011, resulted from home structure fires. Not surprisingly, kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires. Forty-two percent of such fires, which peak during the dinner hours between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., began in the kitchen. And while smoke alarms may not prevent fires, they can prevent deaths stemming from home structure fires. Three out of five reported home deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or homes with smoke alarms that were not in operation.

If the unimaginable does happen to your Thomasville home having an expert to assist you in restoring your property is important.  The experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville have more than two decades of experience in restoration and mitigation services so if they unthinkable happens we’re here to help.

Give us a call today at 336-224-2565 to learn more about our services.

What are Soot Tags?

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Soot Tags at this Thomasville business.

When you’ve experienced fire damage to your Thomasville home or business you may have questions about some of the more unusual damage you see. One of the biggest questions we get is ‘what are those black cobwebs?’   In fact, those black cobwebs are not webs at all. They are called Soot Tags. Soot tags occur when a synthetic or petroleum base burns in a fire. When a fire burns smoke and soot circulate, moving towards cooler air to try to equalize the environment and when the soot hits the cooler air it begins to form chains or “webs”. And while it’s important to note these tags look similar to cobwebs, you can’t simply wipe them away.

Your home or business is made of hundreds of different materials. Each of these material reacts differently to fire damage thus needs to be cleaned differently. Petroleum-based damage requires special cleaning techniques to ensure secondary damage does not occur. That is why it is so important to call the experts such as those at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. Our highly trained technicians are experts in property damage repair and with our 24-hour emergency response are available to assist you whenever you need us. Give us a call today at 336-224-2565 to learn more about our cleanup and restoration services.

Five ways to increase home fire safety

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Place fire extinguishers on every level of your home, especially in high-risk areas.

An average of seven Americans die each week as a result of house fires. Most fires occur in residential buildings between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when occupants are most likely to be asleep. Your first line of defense is fire preparedness. Here's five things you can do to increase your chance of survival in a fire:

• Install smoke alarms on every story of your home and outside sleeping areas. Be sure to test them monthly, clean them every six months and replace batteries in spring and fall. Having working fire alarms can cut your chance of dying in a fire in half!

• Have a fire escape plan for your family and practice it. A small fire can spread rapidly, you may only have minutes or seconds to escape. When going over the details of your escape plan, check windows and doors to ensure all open easily. Know your local emergency number (911). Never stop to gather belongings or reenter a home after safely outside.  SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville offers a free Emergency Response Plan App that would work well with any home emergency plan you develop.  For more information please contact us at 336-224-2565.

•When renovating, consider using fire-rated, noncombustible products. Your choice of insulation, for example, can be vital. Fire-resistant building materials can give you extra time to escape when seconds count.

• Purchase a multi-use fire ladder for each bedroom in your home and practice using it. A fire ladder may be your only escape option if flames block critical exits.

•Place fire extinguishers on every level of your home, especially in high-risk areas like the kitchen, near fireplaces and in the garage. Use only for small, contained fires that are not spreading rapidly. Know how to operate your extinguisher before an emergency occurs using the PASS method: Pull pin, Aim low, Squeeze lever and Sweep from side to side. The safest option is always to evacuate your home and call for help. Fire prevention measures are a serious matter in every home. 

An Introduction in Fire Restoration

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

The goal of any reputable restoration company is to transform your property back to preloss conditions and to do so in the most efficient cost effective means possible. But why clean you may ask.  Why not just trash everything and start over?  In some cases that is exactly is what needs to happen but restoring versus replacing is more cost effective, less time consuming thus getting your life back to normal as quickly as possible.

Every fire loss is unique, and the restoration plan must be as well.  The plan begins at the first phone call to SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville. Our team member will gather as much information during that initial call, discussing the level of damage, any customer concerns or questions, insurance coverage and more. These questions will help our team begin the emergency evaluation process. And with SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s 24 our emergency services you can rest assured that we’ll be here when you need us.  Once the initial call is received and if it is determined emergency services are needed such as board ups or tarping our technicians are dispatched as quickly as possible.  Our team will then meet with the property owner and insurance adjustor and explain our plan of action and discuss and questions or concerns either party may have.

If your Thomasville home or business experiences a loss due to fire or smoke damage give the experts of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville a call at 336-224-2565 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.’

Returning Home After a Fire

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Home structure fires pose a significant, potentially deadly threat. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 358,300 home structure fires per year between 2010 and 2014.  A host of factors can contribute to home fires. Cooking equipment, heating equipment and electrical distribution and lighting equipment can spark home structure fires. In such instances, homeowners may soon find themselves picking up the pieces after their homes, and many of their possessions, have burned to the ground. The U.S. Fire Administration offers the following tips to men and women who must recover after their homes have fallen victim to structure fires.

• Recognize the need to be patient. When a home is on fire, firefighters may take certain actions to ensure the fire is completely extinguished. For example, holes might be drilled in the walls of homes to make sure there are no hidden flames. In addition, holes may be cut in the roof to let out heat and smoke. Such actions can save lives and even homes, but the resulting cleanup can be time-consuming. When returning home for the first time after a fire, men and women must recognize the need to remain patient as they formulate and execute a plan to clean up their homes.

•Contact a disaster relief service. The local branch of a disaster relief service like the Salvation Army can help victims of home structure fires find lodging, food, clothing, and medicine. Don't hesitate to reach out to such organizations for assistance.

•  Do not enter the home until the fire department deems it safe to do so. Even fires that appear to be out can start again. In addition, the USFA advises that roofs and floors, even those that appear sturdy to the naked eye, can still fall down after the blaze has been extinguished. Avoid entering a home until you have been given the go-ahead by the local fire department.

• Contact SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville and your insurance agent. Victims of home structure fires whose homes are uninhabitable to inform them about the fire and that they will not be living there. SERVPRO can asset boarding up broken windows and trap roofs  to prevent trespassers from gaining entry to the home. Renters should contact their landlords immediately as well and have them contact SERVPRO.

• Be careful with items that were not burned. The USFA notes that even items that were not burned may still have been ruined by smoke or been soaked with water. Have a trained professional clean and restore your belongings is critical in ensuring no additional damage occurs.

But following the advice of your agent and SERVPRO it can make the recovery process go as smoothly as possible. 

What Causes Puff Backs?

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Now that fall is officially here the nights will become cooler and you may be tempted to turn on your heating system.  If you do you need to be aware of the possibility of a puff back.  What is a puff back you ask?  Puff backs are a misfiring of unburned fuel in the combustion chamber of a furnace, boiler, water heater, woodstove or fire place.  This misfiring can cause a black sooty substance to be sent through your home or business covering surfaces such as covering drapes, walls and more.

The first step if you experienced a puff back in your home or business is to call your insurance agent.  In many cases these types of losses are covered by your carrier.  The next step would be to call the professionals of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville.  While you may be tempted to clean it yourself you must be careful.  Each type of fuel source affects materials differently.  While washing your grandmother’s quilt in your washing machine may work in one situation, it may permanently damage it in another.

Calling an expert is the best way to ensure those cherished items that can’t be replaced are restored.  SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is your locally owned and operated restoration company.  Centrally located in Lexington we are faster to any disaster.  Call us today for your no cost assessment at 336-224-2565.

Pet Fire Safety: Protecting your Pets in an Emergency

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Pets bring joy and companionship to many homes but according to the United States Fire Administration nearly 500,000 pets are affected annually by fires. How can a pet owner help prevent injury and death in the event of a fire?

First and foremost, include your pet in your families’ emergency plan and when you practice your plan include your pet. 

When creating your families ‘disaster supply kit don’t forget to create one for your pet and have a safe secure location arranged in advance if you have to leave your home

Train them to come when you call so in the event of a disaster they will come to you

The easiest way to protect your pet in the event of a fire or other disaster take you pet with you when you evacuate. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

Keep a collar on your pet and leashes near the front door in the event the fire department has to rescue your pet

Finally, attached a Pet Alert Window cling to your home so first responders will know the number of pets in your home.  The will help firefighters by saving them critical time when locating your pets.

With a little planning, you can ensure that everyone on two and four legs will be safe in case there is a fire in your home.

Promote Fire Safety Around the Home

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a vital part of home safety

In the classic film "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy famously uttered the phrase, "there's no place like home." Now, several decades later, that sentiment remains very dear to people's hearts. While homes are sanctuaries for many people, a home can be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association and average of 7 people die every day in fire related accidents in the home.  Home fire deaths from fires in which no smoke alarms were present, or in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate, accounted for 60 percent of all home fire deaths. Smoke alarms were lacking in 37 percent of home fire deaths, and at least one alarm was present but non-operational in 23 percent.

Having properly maintained equipment is critical in preventing loss of life.

* Fire extinguisher: This can be kept on hand for minor fires.

* Smoke alarm: These alert to the presence of smoke, which could be indicative of a home fire.

* Carbon monoxide alarm: These alarms are a necessity to detect carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause death if inhaled in high amounts. Carbon monoxide alarms are frequently installed by furnaces and bedrooms.

* First aid kit: A medical kit will have all of the supplies necessary to treat minor injuries.

* Fire escapes: Those who live in multi-level homes can invest in retractable ladders that attach to windows and provide an emergency point of exit. Accidents around the home are prevalent but often preventable.

Having the proper fire safety equipment in place in your home is critical in protecting your family. And remember while a fire in your home can be devastating, belongings can be replaced; especially when you trust your loss to the experienced team of SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville.  

After the Fire, What's Next?

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire is and overwhelming and traumatic event that can certainly leave you stressed out and distraught. You’ll wonder, ‘what will I do’ or ‘what do I do next’. If you call the experts at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville you will be breathing a lot easier.  With over 50 years of leadership SERVPRO is has earned the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners and businesses throughout the country.

We have compiled a list of things be aware of after a fire.  This way you can begin to take control of your life back and we will be there to help each step of the way.

(1) Find out when/if it's safe to enter your home. Not only will the fire department make sure that the fire out it will go through its precautionary measures in order to deem the area ‘safe’ or recommend additional testing from someone like a structural engineer.

(2) After you have contacted any family members to let them know you are safe, contact your insurance company. Let them know what has happened so an adjustor can be scheduled and recommend a professional fire and water clean up specialist such as SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville.

(3) Secure your property.  When the fire department was fighting the blaze they may have had to knock out windows,  doors, or cut vent holes in the roof.  If the property is not secured you could go from bad or worse if it rains or you are robbed.  SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville is equipped to handle emergency tarping and board ups because during this difficult time your family needs you, we can handle the details.

(5) The clean up process begins.  We will beginning the packing of your personal possessions to begin the cleaning/restoration process using our state-of-the-art techniques to get your home back to preloss conditions. 

If you experience a fire in your home contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville at 336-224-2565.  Our 24-hour emergency response team is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Damage Due to Smoke & Fire Requires Rapid Response to Mitigate Damages to your Lexington Home or Business

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

When you get a call at 1:00 am notifying you of a fire in one of your buildings knowing who to turn to is critical and the professionals of SERVPRO® of Lexington/Thomasville know there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of your tenants.
  
At SERVPRO, our goal is to transform a smoke and/or fire damaged structure into an environment that is clean, safe and free from unpleasant owners. To accomplish this the professionals of SERVPRO to return the property and its contents to equal or better than preloss conditions.  Our quick response times may help avoid revenue loss for the property owners and minimize the inconvenience of the tenants
  
Understanding how smoke and soot track from the initial source of the fire and how the added water and chemicals interact with the smoke and soot is just another way our technicians are able to identify the best way to restore your property.  However, understanding the behavior of smoke is only a tiny fraction of what we address when helping restore your property.

Our team of professionals are trained in the latest restoration techniques and are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 
 
If you need an expert in restoration call our experts today, (336) 224-2565

Space Heater Safety

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be an effective method of supplemental heat when the weather outside gets cold, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that space heaters can cause fires and lead to burns and, when using electrical heaters, may cause electrocution from faulty wiring. When operating a space heater, it is important to follow some safety guidelines.

* Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from any drapery, bedding and flammable material.

* Turn off the heater when you leave the room.

* Keep the heater on a level surface that is hard and non-flammable.

* Don't leave the space heater on all night while you are sleeping.

* Never use a portable propane space heater designed for camping outdoors inside a home.

* Make sure smoke alarms in a home have been tested and batteries have been replaced to protect yourself in the event of a space heater-related fire.

Based on 2009-2013 annual averages: space headers, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five (40%) of home heating fires and four out of five (84%) of home heating fire deaths. 

Celebrate with safety in your Thomasville home this holiday season

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Christmas trees are a beloved staple of the holiday season. Whether you prefer a freshly cut tree or an artificial alternative, the day a Christmas tree is brought home or erected is when many people truly grow excited about the holiday season and begin to be overtaken by holiday cheer. But as beautiful and inspiring as Christmas trees can be, it's important that men, women and children exercise caution around trees so no accidents occur. The following are some Christmas tree safety tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association.

* Choose the right tree. The tree you choose can go a long way toward ensuring the tree will make it through the season accident-free. Artificial trees should be identified on their labels as fire retardant, which means they are less susceptible to fire, something that's especially important since so many people drape their trees in decorative lights. A freshly cut tree should have fresh, green needles that do not fall off when the tree is touched. This indicates that the tree is not dried out and less susceptible to catching on fire.

* Do not place the tree near a heat source. Even freshly cut and flame retardant trees can catch fire, so it's important that trees are not placed in close proximity to any heat sources, including fireplaces, radiators, heating vents, baseboard heaters, and candles. In addition, avoid placing the tree near lights or lamps that emit a lot of heat.

* Keep the tree clear of exits. A Christmas tree should never be placed in a spot that bars an exit. Should an accident happen and the tree light on fire, all exits should be easily accessible so residents and guests can quickly get out of the home. * Add water to the tree stand every day. Water should be added to the tree's stand every day. That water will not only help the tree maintain its color and aesthetic appeal, but also helps to prevent the tree from drying out. A dry tree is a significant safety risk, so be sure to check if the tree needs water when you wake up each morning and again before going to bed. Many trees initially need water both in the morning and at night. As the holiday season wears on, the tree will likely consume less water, but it's still best to monitor the stand's water levels every day until the tree is discarded.

* Inspect lights before decorating the tree. All Christmas lights should be inspected before they are hung on the tree. Replace any loose or burned out bulbs, and inspect cords to make sure they are not worn down or frayed. Follow manufacturer instructions carefully when stringing lights, as there may be specific guidelines as to how many strings of lights can be connected at one time. * Use appropriate lights. Many lights are exclusive to indoor or outdoor use, so be sure to use the appropriate lights for your indoor tree. The wrong lights could be a safety hazard. Do not hang lit candles on a Christmas tree.

* Turn lights off before going to bed. Though a Christmas tree may look beautiful when it is illuminated in the middle of the night when no other lights are on, the lights on the tree should always be turned off before going to bed or leaving your home.

* Properly discard the tree. Trees that have dried out pose a considerable fire risk, so it's best to discard a tree when it starts to drop needles. Do not place a discarded tree in the garage or lean it up against your home. If necessary, consult a local recycling company to determine the best way to discard your tree.

Removing Smoke Odors

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Removing odors especially smoke odors and be challenging.  If often requires a combination of techniques and procedures.  That is why having a professional restoration company is critical if you experience a loss in your home or business.  To remove odors you must understand them.  Odors are defined as gases when emanate from a source into the air where they are perceived by the nose.  Whether they smell pleasant or unpleasant, odors are gases people notice.  As an example did you know smoke odors are generally classified into three categories:

Protein Odors i.e. burned chicken or meat

Natural Substance Odors: i.e. wood, paper or cotton

Synthetic Substance Odors: i.e. burned plastics

The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville are trained with the industry’s latest cleaning and deodorization techniques to ensure that your home or business will be returned to preloss conditions. 

Establish A Fire Home Safety Plan in Your Lexington Home

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Cooking accounts for the greatest percentage of residential fires.

People rely on fire and smoke detectors to help keep them safe in their homes. Though fire and smoke alarms are effective, a firm fire safety plan that will keep everyone calm should a fire occur could make the difference between life and death. The U.S. Fire Administration says that more than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, while roughly 18,300 more men, women and children are injured each year. Cooking accounts for the greatest percentage of residential fires, followed by arson. Dryer vent fires are also a big concern. FEMA says that smoke, rather than the fire's flames, is responsible for 75 percent of all deaths by fire. In addition to physical injury and material damage, fires can cause a host of problems. Psychological distress, monetary damages and loss of pets may come with fires. Loss of irreplaceable personal items is also a concern. Although fires can be devastating, they're also highly preventable, and smoke alarms and a home fire safety plan are two precautionary measures everyone should take. Creating an evacuation plan doesn't have to be complicated. Such a plan can be established in a few minutes and then reinforced through practice every so often to keep everyone fresh on what to do. * Begin by assessing the layout of the home. Figure out the two best exits from the home. * If your home doesn't have two doors, invest in a fire ladder so that one of the windows can be a point of exit. * Know how to gain access to the exits, including the best path to take to avoid injury. It's a good idea to consider a few different scenarios. A kitchen adjacent to the upstairs staircase may become engulfed in flames and make exit by way of staircase impossible. Just because you have doors to the outside doesn't mean they'll present the best type of exit. * Sketch out the layout of the home and the escape plan. Smoke can make it difficult to know up from down. Be sure everyone can reach the exits even if vision is obstructed. Try it with your eyes closed. * Check fire alarms routinely, and change batteries at least every year. * Make sure windows can be easily opened if they are an exit point. * Make note of who will be helping children or the elderly out of the home. * Establish a place where the family will meet outdoors. This area should be far enough away from the home so that everyone will be safe from smoke, flames and falling debris. Fires may ignite fuel explosions, so be sure the meeting spot is a good deal away. * Children should be instructed to run to the meeting spot immediately without waiting behind for anyone to catch up. No one should reenter the home after arriving at the meeting spot. * Do a few practice runs so that everyone will be accustomed to getting out quickly. 

Employ simple fire prevention measures to maximize safety

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

ceiling and ceiling fan covered in soot Smoke and soot cover the living room after a kitchen fire.

Did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, most people have a false sense of security regarding house fires, believing that they would have approximately six minutes to evacuate their home in the event of a fire? In reality, smoke and fire spread rapidly and can overcome occupants in less than three minutes. When a fire occurs, there's no question that time is critical. The good news is there are several important steps you can take to maximize your escape time. With the following measures in place, you'll create critical protection for what matters most; your home and family. 1. Install smoke alarms. You should have one in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. For the best protection, make sure all smoke alarms are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 2. Inspect and clean smoke alarms monthly. Replace batteries in spring and fall. To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior. 3. Prepare and practice a fire escape plan. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of every room - especially sleeping areas. Discuss the escape routes with every member of your household, and agree on a meeting place outside your home in case of emergency. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year. 4. Select building materials that provide passive fire protection. Passive fire protection is part of the core of the building and helps control fire by limiting its spread. One very effective form of passive fire protection is the installation of insulation. When adding or upgrading insulation, look for products made from naturally fire-resistant, inorganic materials.  When every second counts, allowing more time for safe evacuation and for first responders to arrive.

Tackling Odors Caused By Fire Damage In Your Thomasville Home

2/25/2017 (Permalink)

A charred chair frame against a wall in a room that has been ravaged by fire. Fire & Smoke Damage and Odors Get Help from SERVPRO in a Thomasville Home

SERVPRO Eliminates the Foul Odors

A variety of machines removes odors caused by fire damage in your home, but not all restoration companies have access to this technology. Make sure that the restoration company you choose can perform the services you deserve.

Performing fire & smoke damage restoration services in your Thomasville area home requires attention to detail and full-service options. Getting things looking normal is a great start, but deodorization finalizes your complete restoration.
 
SERVPRO technicians have access to ozone machines that eliminate a variety of odors caused by animals, cigarette smoke, mold, fire and water damage. These machines generate ozone molecules, an unstable gas containing three oxygen atoms, which react with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and remove odors. These units can be used when space is vacant of people and pets. We can also use hydroxyl generators, less effective that ozone machines, but they also chemically alter the composition of smoke particulates and are safe during restoration services.
 
We also have access to duct cleaning systems that contain all of the equipment and accessories necessary to clean your HVAC system after fire and smoke damages affect your environment. These systems include a strong vacuum and efficient HEPA filter system that pulls soils and contaminants into the filters, preventing bacteria and residues from being reintroduced into your indoor environment. As an added bonus, dormant mold spores are also suctioned out during this service.
 
SERVPRO uses air scrubbers to remove airborne particles, odors, and gasses from the air. The unit removes dirty indoor air, runs it through a series of HEPA filters and exhausts clean air back into the indoor environment, capturing particles as small as .3 micron. Activated carbon and potassium permanganate filters remove a broad range of vapors and odors by attracting odor molecules and absorbing them. Moreover, mold spores.
 
A syringe and pump injection needle inject small amounts of deodorant into confined spots of carpeting or upholstery, making it unnecessary to lift your carpet to get to the padding or backing material to deodorize them correctly. While a Vaportek system uses a compound of natural oils sealed within a membrane to neutralize odor molecules on contact.
 
SERVPRO technicians use fogging to dispense finely divided particles through a mist that penetrate surfaces emitting odors. Wet fogging or Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Fogger is used to atomize liquid deodorizing agents, generating deodorant particles approximately 8 to 15 microns in size that can penetrate most areas where odor-causing residues accumulate. This system works with both water and solvent-based deodorizers.
 
Dry-fogging equipment or Thermal Foggers vaporize solvent-based deodorizers generating a smoke consisting of droplets one-half micron in size that interacts more efficiently with odor-causing residues. Their size allows them to access the very spaces occupied by the noxious smelling residues. The agents produced chemically react with residues, eliminating odors rather than masking them. As you can see, we do it right, following IICRC standards of best practices.
 
There are a variety of services available for eliminating odors from your home after a fire. Contact SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville today for additional information. (336) 224-2565

Fire Damage Affecting Residents In Lexington

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

A smoke detector being surrounded by smoke. Smoke Detectors in Your Lexington Home Save Property and Maybe Lives

Smoke & Fire Require Rapid Treatment to Mitigate Damages to a Home or Business

You get a call late Tuesday evening notifying you of a fire in one of your buildings. According to authorities, one of the basement apartments caught fire and received severe smoke, fire, and water damage, affecting several neighboring apartments. No one was injured, but a few tenants will need help relocating until repairs are complete.
 
Sometimes, people live in close enough proximity to where an accident can have far-reaching consequences. What seems to be a small amount of fire damage occurring to a single Lexington home, turns into an event that encompasses several homes within the same building. Everyone involved in an incident like this will need access to a company that can handle many clients at once, with the proper amount of personnel and equipment available to perform all of the services each of the sites require.
 
At SERVPRO, a complete fire damage restoration involves understanding how smoke behaves. Our technicians need to know more about smoke to properly remove the different types of residues displaced during a fire; soot and smoke particles tend to settle onto or adhere to various surfaces, each causing different kinds of stains and damage.
 
The temperature of both the smoke itself and the surrounding surfaces play a role in how smoke behaves. As a fire continues to burn, it consistently pulls cooler air upwards, heating it. The rising air forces the air near the ceiling downwards, creating convection currents. These currents cause the hotter soot particles and smoke to rise, remaining closer to the top of the room as they migrate to adjacent areas of your home. Smoke continues moving higher until it has nowhere else to go.
 
However, the current doesn't just stop; it will continue swirling around the upper portion of the room as the fire progresses, which is why heat lines develop during a fire. SERVPRO technicians find that areas above these heat lines contain harder to remove residues than other sections of the home because the temperature in these locations have the ability to open pores wider on the surface of a wall, allowing aerosols and residues to penetrate deeper into the material.
 
Understanding the behavior of smoke is only a tiny fraction of what we address when helping restore your property. Ozone machines and hydroxyl generators can capture smoky particulates from the ambient air, but that is only one element of the factors that we grapple with to restore your home to its preloss condition. The goal of every member of SERVPRO staff is to safely return your home to a quality pre-damage condition while providing you with the support you need to overcome a particularly trying situation.
 
Place a call to our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville today, (336) 224-2565