Recent Fire Damage Posts

Our Step by Step Fire Damage Restoration Process

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today 251-928-9625

Fire & Smoke Damage: What to Do

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire & Smoke Damage: What to Do This photo was taken prior to work beginning at a home in Gulf Shores, AL. The fire was caused by an issue with the house's electrical wiring.

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 high 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, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers top stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Fire & Smoke Damage: What not to Do

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service technician.
  • Turn on your HVAC system for heating or cooling the structure. Smoke can travel through your ductwork and create secondary damage.
  • 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.

Always be Ready

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

National Fire Prevention Month is coming up in October, which makes it the perfect time to make or review your plan of what you and your family should do if there was a fire in your home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1,345,500 fires were reported in 2015. These fires are most commonly caused by cooking, smoking, heating, and faulty wiring.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door can help slow the spead of smoke. Install smoke alarms in each sleeping room and also outside every sleeping room. These smoke alarms should be interconnected, meaning they communicate with each other, forming an integrated system of protection for your home. The NFPA recommends you walk through your home and examine all possible escape exits. Households with children should draw a floor plan of your home, showing two possible exits out of every room. Agree on a meeting place outside away from your home where each family member will gather after escaping or waiting on the fire department.

Safety Steps:

  • If are in a closed room, touch the door to see if its hot. If you feel heat, or see smoke, do not open the door and try another escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it slowly.
  • Always crawl low to your exit, keeping your head one to two feet above the floor, where the air will be clearer.
  • If you are trapped, calling the fire department immediately. Seal your door with towels and signal from your window.

For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety.

Fire Damage

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary. Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced. Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory. If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7. 

Fire Damage: Common Causes

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Fire Damage: Here to Help

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary. Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced. Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory. If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7. 

Summer Fun and Fire Risk

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Every summer we see house fires related to backyard grilling. With summer just around the corner, we thought it may be helpful to offer some of our most valuable grilling safety tips. Did you know that on average 8,900 house fires are caused by grilling each year? And, an average of 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard grills each year? We didn't either.

Don't Let a Grilling Accident Ruin your Summer Fun

    1. Set up the grill at least 10 ft away from the home - this includes 10 ft away from your wooden deck! Do not grill on the deck.
    1. Favorite team playing in the college world series? Bring your radio or TV outside. Don't leave a grill unattended.
    1. Only turn on the gas when the grill lid is open.
    1. Raining outside? Wait for it to pass. Don't operate a backyard grill indoors.
    1. Check for gas leaks before use.
    1. Dirty grill? Clean it before using. Cleaning regularly prevents grease buildup - AKA more fuel for your fire.
    1. Prepare for the unexpected. Even the most experienced cooks can have a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.

Understand Accidents Happen

SERVPRO of Baldwin County is equipped to handle any sized smoke or fire loss. Whether it's your home or your business, we know that fires happen when they are least expected. And, we understand that fire and smoke damage can be stressful. Fast response and quick mitigation by our team of trained professionals are keys in reducing the amount of damage and time that you spend out of your home or business. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7: 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244.

Residential House Fire in Daphne

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential House Fire in Daphne This attic was affected by water, smoke and fire. This photo was taken during the initial walk-through before work was performed.

We recently performed fire and smoke restoration at a home in the Daphne/Montrose area. The cause of the fire was car engine overheating in the garage. While the fire damage was largely confined to the garage, soot and smoke odor traveled throughout the home affecting 100% of our customer's structure and content. There was also water damage in the Kitchen, Laundry, Garage, and Finished Attic where the fire was put out by first responders.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County was called in to clean up the damage. Our team of experts evaluated contents and structure to determine what could be restored. We performed the following services:

  • Contents Evaluation and Inventory
  • Move Out and Content Restoration
  • Walls, Ceiling, and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Textile Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Demo and Reconstruction

During the final walk-through, our customer said, "Everything looks fantastic. You made a difficult process extremely easy!"

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. From the Eastern Shore to North Baldwin to the Coast, we are YOUR disaster restoration contractor, and we are here for you. If you experience fire or water damage, reach out to our team of professionals: (251)928-9625 / (251)943-6244. 

Common Causes of Fire Damages

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Causes of Fire Damages Electrical out catching fire

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Common Causes of Fire Damages

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Causes of Fire Damages Electrical outlet catching fire

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Fire Damage: What to Expect

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: What to Expect This photo shows a hallway with a significant amount of soot and smoke damage.

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary. Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced. Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory. If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7. 

Fire Damage: What to Do

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: What to Do This photo shows significant smoke damage to a wall

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 high 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, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 

Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.

Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers top stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Fire Damage Restoration

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration A recent fire damage

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. 

Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. 

Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary.

Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced.

Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory.

If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call Us Today (251) 928-9625 or (251) 943-6244

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7. 

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Safety Tips Don't be a statistic! Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County.

Every summer we see house fires related to backyard grilling. With summer just around the corner, we thought it may be helpful to offer some of our most valuable grilling safety tips. Did you know that on average 8,900 house fires are caused by grilling each year? And, an average of 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard grills each year? We didn't either.


Don't Let a Grilling Accident Ruin your Summer Fun



  1. Set up the grill at least 10 ft away from the home - this includes 10 ft away from your wooden deck! Do not grill on the deck.

  2. Favorite team playing in the college world series? Bring your radio or TV outside. Don't leave a grill unattended.

  3. Only turn on the gas when the grill lid is open.

  4. Raining outside? Wait for it to pass. Don't operate a backyard grill indoors.

  5. Check for gas leaks before use.

  6. Dirty grill? Clean it before using. Cleaning regularly prevents grease buildup - AKA more fuel for your fire.

  7. Prepare for the unexpected. Even the most experienced cooks can have a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.


Understand Accidents Happen


SERVPRO of Baldwin County is equipped to handle any sized smoke or fire loss. Whether it's your home or your business, we know that fires happen when they are least expected. And, we understand that fire and smoke damage can be stressful. Fast response and quick mitigation by our team of trained professionals are keys in reducing the amount of damage and time that you spend out of your home or business. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7: 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244.

What to Do When There’s a Fire:

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When There’s a Fire: Massive fire at local home

October is National Fire Prevention Month, which makes it the perfect time to make or review your plan of what you and your family should do if there was a fire in your home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1,345,500 fires were reported in 2015. These fires are most commonly caused by cooking, smoking, heating, and faulty wiring.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door can help slow the spead of smoke. Install smoke alarms in each sleeping room and also outside every sleeping room. These smoke alarms should be interconnected, meaning they communicate with each other, forming an integrated system of protection for your home. The NFPA recommends you walk through your home and examine all possible escape exits. Households with children should draw a floor plan of your home, showing two possible exits out of every room. Agree on a meeting place outside away from your home where each family member will gather after escaping or waiting on the fire department.

Safety Steps:

  • If are in a closed room, touch the door to see if its hot. If you feel heat, or see smoke, do not open the door and try another escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it slowly.
  • Always crawl low to your exit, keeping your head one to two feet above the floor, where the air will be clearer.
  • If you are trapped, calling the fire department immediately. Seal your door with towels and signal from your window.

For easy planning, download NFPA's escape planning grid. This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety.

Common Causes of Fire Damage

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Causes of Fire Damage SERVPRO Residential Fire

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Fire Damage: What to Expect

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: What to Expect This before photo shows the damage left behind once the fire was put out.

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary. Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced. Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory. If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7.