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Holiday Fire Tips from SERVPRO of Lexington Thomasville

11/30/2022 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree and Fireplace Home fires are more common at Christmas.

Did you know that there are more home fires at Christmas than at any other time of the year? SERVPRO of Lexington Thomasville would like to inform you of some safety tips that will help prevent accidents from a fire happening to your home or business during the holiday season.

Christmas Trees:

- When it comes to lighting your tree this year, make sure that you are using power strips to plug your lights in. This will help prevent the overloading of your household wiring.

- If you do not have an electrical outlet near the location of your tree, be sure to use extension cords. This will help with avoiding stretching of the electrical cords which could potentially be a tripping hazard.

Candles:

-When using candles, do not burn them for more than 4 hours at a time. Putting them out every 4 hours helps prevent in the spilling of hot wax.

Fireplaces:

-Stack wood carefully away from the fireplace.

-Keep tinder enclosed or out of reach of any sparks that could be thrown out of the fire.

SERVPRO of Lexington Thomasville is available 24/7, 365 days a year. We take pride in being faster to any size disaster and making your home or business look "Like it never even happened." If you find yourself to be the victim of a house fire this holiday season, please give us a call. We can come out within a few short hours of you calling us.

SERVPRO’s List of Do’s and Don’ts for Deep Frying a Turkey this Thanksgiving:

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Deep fryer causing fire in a structure. The fire was created by a deep fryer that overflowed on an open flame in a structural building.

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville would like to share with you some tips for deep frying your turkey this year! Every year, fire departments across the country get called out for house fires on Thanksgiving, most of them because of improper cooking techniques. Here is a list of dos and Don’ts for deep frying your turkey this year!

Do’s:

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and structures.
  • Keep the fryer on a stable and level surface.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling.
  • **** Remember oil can ignite when it contacts the burner. ****
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A turkey that is 8 to 10 pounds is best.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes.
  • Use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms.
  • In case of emergency keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.

Don’ts:

  • Never leave fryers unattended for any reason whatsoever.
  • Never leave kids or pets unattended around the fryer.
  • Do not use too much oil. **** Dropping your turkey into too much oil will cause oil to overflow from the pot and can result in significant injury and/or fire once the oil meets the fire or heating element. ****
  • Avoid moving the fryer when it is in use.
  • Do not deep fry a frozen turkey. Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 days before cooking. **** Allowing ice or water into the hot oil can cause flare-ups. ****
  • Watch the weather forecast, you never want to work with a fryer when it’s raining or snowing outside.
  • Never put the turkey into the fryer when the burner is on. Submerge turkey in oil and then turn on the burner.

SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville is always available in case you do have an accident and require us to come out. Remember, we are always faster to any size disaster and make your property look "Like it never even happened." We are happy to be of service to you and your family during the upcoming holidays! Whether it is because of water damage or something as extreme as fire damage, there is no job that is too big or too small for your team here at SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.

SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville Offers Smoke Odor Removal

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Cigarette burning with SERVPRO logo Our professionals are trained in treating smoke damage to your home or business.

Did you just recently purchase a property and a smoker had lived there previously? Have you decided to give up cigarettes for good but still struggle with your house or car smelling like smoke? Did you know SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville offers cigarette smoke odor removal?!?!?! Removing a cigarette smoke smell from your home will begin with a thorough cleaning to remove any tar and nicotine from walls, ceilings, and other hard surfaces. Soft surfaces will also need to be cleaned thoroughly. This will be followed by a deodorization technique, possibly using an ozone or hydroxyl machine. Once the odor is removed from your ceilings and walls, we would follow up with a recommendation for an HVAC/duct cleaning, carpet/floor cleaning, as well as a drapes/blinds/window treatment.  We are the #1 Choice in cleanup and restoration based on Commercial and Residential Attitude and Usage Tracking studies. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers and 1,550 homeowner decision-makers on the first choice for future needs related to cleanup and restoration work. Studies were conducted by C&R Research: in October 2019 and Decision Analyst: in October 2019. The needs for each situation may vary, so contact your local SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville for a customized plan. 

Water Standing Outside Your Home or Business?

11/2/2022 (Permalink)

Barn with standing water outside of it. Water standing outside your home or business can cause serious problems.

What Happens When You Call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville to Treat Water Damage to Your Home or Business?

When you call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville, our specialist will guide you through several questions that will help us appropriately respond to your unique water damage. Once we understand the type of water damage that has been done, a SERVPRO Professional will schedule a time to come out and assess the damage and begin working on a restoration plan created specifically for you and your property. A fast response is necessary, and we like to come out and develop you plan for you as soon as possible after your initial call with us.

Once our SERVPRO Professionals arrive at your home to assess the damage, we will discuss with you the severity of the damage done to your property, the hazards that may be present, and determine what can be restored. We can also assist you with the shutting of the source of the water coming into your property.

Service work begins with a thorough extraction of water. This helps to prevent the spread of water into your property, and also helps with reducing the amount of time it takes to dry. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, we will communicate this with you.

Before we begin the drying process, our technicians will clean, sanitize, and deodorize the affected areas of your home or business. Our industry-leading drying equipment will eliminate any water that you cannot see. During the drying process, our professionals will monitor the equipment daily that we use for drying. Once the drying process is complete, your property may need construction work to get you back to the original preloss condition. We can handle both the initial water mitigation and the construction that needs to be done. We are a “Do-All” company and there is never a job that is too big or too small for us to handle.

Chemicals that were improperly stored spontaneously combusted

10/15/2022 (Permalink)

A home caught on fire when chemicals stored in the garage spontaneous combusted due to hot weather A home caught on fire when chemicals stored in the garage spontaneous combusted due to hot weather

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the training needed to restore your home to it's pre-fire condition. These steps show you our process for a fire damage emergency..

The restoration process begins when you give us a call. That is STEP ONE. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources. We will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This is STEP TWO and is important for developing a plan of action. Fire damage can affect windows, walls, and roofs. To protect against further damage, SERVPRO can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. That is STEP THREE. The water removal process is STEP FOUR and begins almost immediately, removing the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces which is STEP FIVE. SERVPRO will clean all of the restorable things that were damaged by the fire. This is STEP SIX. Using many cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. Restoration is STEP SEVEN, getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Never store chemicals in a garage or an area that can be affected by extremely high heat. In the event that this happens, Call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville.

Why call SERVPRO instead

10/7/2022 (Permalink)

Industrial fridge cleaned out after odor was found Industrial fridge cleaned out after odor was found

SERVPRO was called in for a terrible odor in a commercial kitchen. The odor was coming from an industrial fridge. SERVPRO cleaned and deodorized the fridge and the entire kitchen. Most restoration companies are called for repairs, reconstruction, etc. SERVPRO is a do all company. We will come clean something as simple as a fridge making your situation "Like it never even happened". No job is too small!

Apartment units caught on fire from unsupervised candle

10/1/2022 (Permalink)

apartment unit damaged from fire Apartment unit damaged from fire due to a candle being left unattended while lit.

Our team has been working on this apartment complex that was damaged by a fire due to a candle being left unattended in the bedroom. We have cleaned up, tore it down to the studs, removed all the damaged supports and frames and replaced them to make the building safe again. Four units were damaged due to one candle. NEVER leave candles alone when in use and call SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville for fire damage, including smoke and soot. We will make it "like it never even happened".

Pay attention to your pipes behind your toilets.

9/24/2022 (Permalink)

pipes behind toilet froze and burst causing water loss pipes behind toilet froze and burst causing water loss

Although all pipes are at-risk in extreme temperatures, some pipes are more prone to freezing because of their location in the home. Pipes most at risk for freezing include exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home, pipes located in exterior walls, and any plumbing that’s located outside the home. Pipes in attics, crawl spaces, and outside walls are especially vulnerable to freezing, particularly if there are cracks or openings that allow the cold air from the outside to come in contact with the pipes. If you incorporate the following tasks into your regular seasonal maintenance, you can prevent frozen garden hoses, costly pool repairs, and post-winter faucet replacements: 

Drain water from the swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines; Remove, drain, and store any hoses used outdoors; Check around the home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas; Wrap insulation around any exposed pipes; and turn off the water supply to exterior faucets and drain them.

and when all else fails, Call SERVPRO.

Fire damage due to electrical issues

9/17/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage on the wall and ceiling due to electrical problems Electrical issues causing fire that damaged home

Restoring your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition is our main goal. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in fire damage cleanup and fire restoration, smoke damage cleanup, and removal of smoke odors. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot can travel throughout a structure which can actually be hazardous to your health. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools, and knowledge to clean up and remove the smell of smoke. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property.

 

Home crawl space with standing water due to damaged equipment

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

Crawlspace with standing water due to damage and broken equipment under the home Crawlspace with damaged equipment and standing water

Once our techs arrive at your home, they will take a look at the water damage and help you understand what is going to happen next. If necessary, we will also assist with stopping the source of the water damage. All of this is a crucial step to creating an effective plan that will result in the restoration of your home. Work normally begins with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water and reduces drying time. Hundreds and sometimes thousands of gallons of water are removed using powerful pumps and extraction units during the water removal process.