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Summer BBQ

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Grill on fire

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues:

Dos and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

Do:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  2. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  3. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  4. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

If you do experience a house fire this summer be sure to call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352)735-3311 to help with all your fire damage and smoke damage needs. We are always here to help!

SERVPRO Vehicles responding to a Fire

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicles SERVPRO Vehicles at a Fire

What Happens During the Fire Damage Restoration Process?

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The first thing you should do is assess how much of your home might have smoke or fire damage. How deep did the fire penetrate the structure of the home? How much smoke and soot covered your surfaces? Do your walls, furniture and fixtures show signs of heat damage? Hiring a professional fire damage restoration company Like SERVPRO of Lake County Florida will allow a complete and comprehensive assessment of the damage. Everything should be recorded and documented for insurance purposes. All untouched furniture needs to be removed from the home as soon as possible and stored in a safe controlled climate facility as smoke lingers and embeds itself into fibers long after a fire. The sooner that you can air out these pieces, the better. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at 352-735-3311 for all your restoration needs. 

Responding to a House fire

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

According to the latest numbers from the National Fire Protection Association, a structure fire is reported every 65 seconds.  When the alarm sounds, emergency responders and fire departments answer the call for help with quick and decisive action. When the smoke clears, SERVPRO's fire restoration services team stands ready to help with the same rapid response – 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

The first 24- to 48- hours after fire damage are known as the “golden hours” of recovery. An effective emergency response that quickly stabilizes the facility ensures the recovery of as much property as possible. The acidic soot and smoke damage that is often produced when fires are extinguished accelerates the deterioration and corrosion of building components and vital assets.  To compound the problem, fires are most frequently extinguished with dry chemicals or water.  Plus, the toxic smoke odor left behind must be neutralized. The fire damage restoration process includes mitigating damage, providing smoke damage cleanup and water restoration as quickly as possible after the damage first occurs.  Beyond the visible structural damage, contents inside the structure must be evaluated for recovery based on a number of factors including:

  • Replacement Cost vs. Restoration Cost
  • Effect of Smoke and Heat
  • Loss of Use
  • Loss of Value
  • Decreased Life Expectancy
  • Sentimental Value

SERVPRO's fire restoration services can include: emergency board-up, demolition, soot removal film application, thermal deodorization to mitigate smoke damage, and complete reconstruction. Count on SERVPRO's fire damage restoration services to answer your call.

Lightning Striking a Home

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

A-Frame home Lightning Striking an A-Frame Home

Lightning struck this Lady Lake, Florida home destroying the roof and damaging all of the rooms inside. The customer was quick to call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida to mitigate the damage. Our certified technicians responded promptly to begin the cleanup. First they removed the falling drywall to prevent anyone from getting hurt. Then they extracted the standing water to prevent it from further soaking into the building materials and causing mold to grow. They also contacted the customer's insurance company to help the claims process run smoothly and confirm that insurance was aware of all the actions being taken to prevent further damage. The customer was very happy with SERVPRO's response time, especially considering it was a storm where many of his neighbors were without power too. SERVPRO of Lake County will always make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Please call 1-352-735-3311

Hazard of a Kitchen Fire

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Picture of Damage from Fire

Remember when your mother taught you not to leave the stove on unattended? There was a good reason for it, sometimes appliances can catch on fire. This was the case pertaining to this particular job. Our customer contacted us after their stove caught fire, which caused soot to be spread throughout their entire home. As is the result with all fires, there was also a coinciding Smokey odor that had permeated our customer's home. They called us to help with the damage and we were happy to be of service. We started by washing the walls and ceilings, cleaning the floors, and running a hydroxyl generator to help with the residual odor. In addition, the HVAC system was also cleaned as part of the process. This is a service that helps with soot and odor removal. Upon the completion of services, our customer could not believe the difference in their home. What started out as a huge mess was quickly rectified by our highly trained and certified crew. 

How-To for Fire Damage

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fire House Fire

A fire can be an emotional and traumatic experience for any property owner. We at SERVPRO of Lake County want to help restore order and get you back to your daily life and business fast!

Follow these DO’s and DON’Ts to help reduce additional damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

*Limit movement in the affected area to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery  or carpet

*Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

*Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Leave HVAC system off until a trained professional can check the system.

DON’T:

*Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces prior to contacting us here at SERVPRO of Lake County

*Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered surfaces prior to contacting us at SERVPRO of Lake County

*Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (example: toasters, microwaves, stoves, computers, televisions and other office equipment) that may have been close the fire, heat or water; without consulting with an authorized repair service.

*Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.

*Turn on any ceiling fixtures - if the ceiling is wet or has fire damage. Wiring may be wet or damaged and could cause electrical shock or create secondary damage.

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, there is also a van full of clean. When fire and water damage take control of your life, remember that SERVPRO of Lake County is here to help you take it back.

Give us a call today (352) 735-3311. 

House Fire

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Fire Destroyed Kitchen

House fires can be devastating, especially a total loss. SERVPRO of Lake County was contacted by the home owner to access her fire damage in her home and to see if there was anything we could possibly salvage. After doing a walk through, we found some furniture and some family heirlooms in her lanai that could be restored to her satisfaction. She thought SERVPRO picking up her belongings cleaning and storing them for her was just awesome. The home owner was very grateful for SERVPRO to walk through her home in spite of all the devastation that took place do to her fire. There is never a job that's to big or to small for us to do. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida all your needs. Ph. 352-735-3311

Multiple SERVPRO Vehicles at Jobsite

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicles SERVPRO Vehicles responding to a house fire.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Lake County home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Please give SERVPRO of Lake county a call at 352-735-3311

Garage Fire

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Air Scrubber Air Scrubber in Garage

An accidental fire can occur in your garage from many household items and can easily smoke up a garage in minutes if it is not properly and quickly extinguish . While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to garage fires. Most homes are stocked full with combustible items. This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of a fire. This particular instance the home owner wasn't sure what started it. The smoke was all throughout the garage and much of his tools and equipment needed cleaning. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty equipment, combustibles or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house /garage fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur. It would be a good idea to not leave a lot of items laying around on the floor and good housekeeping practices would be a great idea too. It would also be a good idea to always have a fire extinguisher ready just in case one is needed.

Summer Barbeque

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues:

Do's and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

Do:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  2. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  3. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  4. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

If you do experience a house fire this summer be sure to call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352)735-3311 to help with all your fire damage and smoke damage needs. We are always here to help!

Kitchen Fire

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Stove Fire Kitchen Stove Caught on Fire

How to Put Out Kitchen Fires

When a fire starts in the kitchen, you need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. But how you act depends on what kind of fire you have and where it is. Follow these instructions for putting out kitchen fires: getting out of control. But how you act depends on what kind of fire you have and where it is. Follow these instructions for putting out kitchen fires:

  • If you have a fire in the oven or the microwave, close the door or keep it closed, and turn off the oven. Don’t open the door! The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.
  • If your oven continues to smoke like a fire is still going on in there, call the fire department.
  • If you have a fire in a cooking pan, use an oven mitt to clap on the lid, then move the pan off the burner, and turn off the stove. The lack of oxygen will stop the flames in a pot.
  • If you can’t safely put the lid on a flaming pan or you don’t have a lid for the pan, use your fire extinguisher. Aim at the base of the fire — not the flames.
  • Never use water to put out grease fires! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Instead, try one of these methods:
    • If the fire is small, cover the pan with a lid and turn off the burner.
    • Throw lots of baking soda or salt on it. Never use flour, which can explode or make the fire worse.
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large wet cloth.
    • Use a fire extinguisher.
  • Don’t swat at a fire with a towel, apron, or other clothing. You’re likely to fan the flames and spread the fire.

If the fire is spreading and you can’t control it, get everyone out of the house and call 911! Make sure everybody in your family knows how to get out of the house safely in case of a fire. Practice your fire escape route.

Electrical Fire

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Wiring Fire Fire starting from wires

Electrical and Fire Safety Tips

  • Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions in the NEC.
  • Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.
  • Ask a qualified electrician if your home would benefit from AFCI protection, especially during inspections of older homes or upgrades to electrical systems. These advanced new safety devices recognize dangerous conditions that are not detected by standard breakers.
  • Test smoke detectors and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.
  • Establish an evacuation plan that can be used in case of an emergency, and practice with your family.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.
  • In homes with young children, install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns.
  • Conduct a basic assessment of your home electrical system, electrical cords, extension cords, power plugs, and outlets.
  • Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.
  • Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.
  • Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed. 

Appliance Fire

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Appliance Fire in the Kitchen

Common Appliances that potentially can cause fires

  1. Dishwashers. Have you ever opened your dishwasher immediately after it finished its cycle? The heat that shoots out when you open the door can be overwhelming. A dishwasher contains heating elements that dry your dishes. These heating elements get wet, heat up, and cool down every time you use the dishwasher. Old or faulty elements can start a fire. Never turn on a dishwasher before leaving your home. While it's nice to return to clean dishes at the end of the day, it's not worth the risk.
  2. Dryers. Lint buildup in a dryer and the importance of cleaning it often. If a Dryer is not cleaned regularly, there is a higher risk of a fire. 
  3. Microwaves. Microwaves are very convenient. Warming up leftover meals can be a big timesaver when the family schedule is hectic. They also can be very dangerous. There have been many complaints about microwaves starting on their own and causing a fire. If you hear your microwave running, and you didn't turn it on, unplug it immediately. Microwaves: a fire hazard in your kitchen 
  4. Refrigerators. One might never think of a refrigerator being a fire risk; however, an overheated compressor or an electrical short can cause fires. In addition, a light that stays on all the time can be hazardous.
  5. Toasters. In 1913, Westinghouse debuted the first two-sided toaster. Toasters have electric elements inside that are used to brown your bread or bagel. If the toaster fails and doesn't turn off, a fire can start. Never leave a toaster unsupervised and remove the crumbs on the bottom of the toaster regularly. In addition, inspect the electric elements for stuck crumbs.

Summer Is for BBQ

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues:

Dos and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

Do:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  2. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  3. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  4. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

If you do experience a house fire this summer be sure to call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352)735-3311 to help with all your fire damage and smoke damage needs. We are always here to help!

Smoke Damage on Trophy Mounts

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Trophy Mounts Soot Cleaning Trophy Mounts

An accidental fire can occur from many household items and can easily smoke up a house in minutes if it is not properly and quickly handled. While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to house fires on any kind. Most homes are stocked full with combustible items. This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of a house fire. This particular instance was a home owner was using the self-cleaning attachment for his electric stove. The sensors on the stove malfunctioned and it didn’t shut off. The smoke was all throughout the house and his collection of trophy mounts were all affected. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur. When using the self-clean on your stove, it would be a good idea not to leave and be aware of what could happen. It would also be a good idea to always have a fire extinguisher ready just in case one is needed.

Encapsulation after a house fire

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

wall studs painted with shellac Encapsulation of wall studs

Every home faces the potential for a numerous assortment of risks with the most dangerous of the array being a house fire. An accidental fire can occur from many household items and can easily destroy your home in minutes if it is not properly and quickly handled. While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to house fires on any kind. Most homes are stocked full with combustible items. This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of a house fire. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur. With the Holidays right around the corner, be extra cautious when using candles and lighting around the Christmas trees and also faulty extension cords to.