Recent Fire Damage Posts

Pretty Bird vs Nasty Soot in Waterloo, IL

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Pretty Puff Back bird and a soot-filled floor joist system. Show me a pretty bird, not a nasty, soot-filled puff back in my house.

What Are Puff Backs?

Have you ever seen a cute little bird, the black-backed puff back, often found in wooded habitats? These birds are innocent and wonderful. They fly gracefully into the open air causing no trouble to anyone. On the other hand, have you ever seen an escape of nasty, soot-filled air into your home? This type of puff back is not innocent and wonderful. In fact, it causes massive black stains and bad odors in your home. This kind of puff back mostly occurs from oil-fueled furnaces if they are not properly maintained. 

Why Do They Happen?

Puff backs are small explosions in a furnace that cause soot to be pushed back into the home instead of through the ventilation system. They are usually caused by build-ups of dirt and soot in the ventilation, failing fans, and clogged filters.

How to Prevent Puff Backs

The only ways to prevent puff backs are to replace filters often and have a professional look at your furnace. As previously stated the largest cause of puff backs is the lack of maintenance on furnaces. It is good practice to have all of your heavily-used appliances routinely checked.

In this Waterloo, IL basement, a puff back left a significant amount of damage on the floor joist system. Our SERVPRO technicians arrived quickly and started the cleaning and deodorization process to return them back to normal. The incident provided an awakening for the residents, and they decided to have their furnace checked often. 

Dangerous Dryer Vents in Steeleville, IL

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A dryer vent full of lint This Steeleville dryer vent is full of the perfect fire kindling lint!

Do you want statistics? We have statistics! 

According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), failure to clean dryers causes 34% of home fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Tips

  1. Keep your dryer ventilation unblocked, both inside and outside of the home
  2. Clear out lint inside flex ducting attached to your dryer
  3. Remove lint from the filter after every load
  4. Make sure the outdoor flap is open

With our HEPA duct cleaner vacuums, no amount of dust, dirt, or lint can stop us from protecting your home from fire damage. If your home needs dryer vent or HVAC cleaning, come to the professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. Contact us today at (618) 464-0300.

"Footprints In The...Soot"

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Soot footprints These are footprints from soot on a hardwood floor.

Most of us have heard of the poem written in the early 1900s called, “Footprints In The Sand.” Well, what we witness often when responding to a fire damaged structure is the after effects, which is smoke and soot residue. When one walks on all of that soot, it makes unwanted and unappealing footprints.

It is important to know what type of smoke damage has occurred when cleaning up and restoring a structure. There are two different types: wet and dry. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to know these different types in order to properly perform the cleanup and restoration. 

  • Wet Smoke. (Plastic and rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary. Soot webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke. (Paper and wood) Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises. 

Pictured are several soot footprints on a hardwood floor and this type of smoke is wet, produced from a burning dehumidifier made mostly of plastic. Remember, this type is sticky and smeary and is more difficult to clean.

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are professionally trained to handle even the toughest of losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

618-464-0300

Goodbye Smoke Smell - Purify Your Air With Ozone

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Ozone generator machine We have ozone power contained in a green box.

Fresh Ozone

Do you remember your fifth-grade science class? Ozone is three oxygen molecules bonded together which makes up the layer that protects the Earth from harmful UV rays. Ozone can also be created when lightning strikes, which helps purify the air. We can harness that purifying power through devices called ozone generators.

What is an Ozone Generator?

Ozone generators produce small lightning reactions that produce ozone (O3) molecules. This actually changes the molecular makeup of the air, purifying it of any smoke molecules that may be present after a fire disaster. 

How Does it Work?

When the ozone machine produces O3, those extra oxygen atoms attach themselves to smoke molecules, resulting in a molecule with a non-offensive odor. The addition of an oxygen atom to a molecule is a process called oxidation. With these generators, we are able to clean anywhere that air can flow, which is why it is so effective in the restoration of smoke-damaged homes or businesses. 

Is it Safe to Use?

Too much ozone can actually damage certain materials such as textiles, leather, rubber, and certain plastics. However, in the hands of a professional, the ozone can be used competently to remove smoke odors without harming these items. When too much is inhaled, ozone can damage your lungs. When in use, the structure is closed and there should be no entry. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are experts in odor removal and are trained in these matters. 

If your home or business has a smoke odor that you just cannot get rid of, come to your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We have your back and can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Contact us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Get Stoked for Chimney Maintenance This Winter Season in Valmeyer, IL

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Get Stoked for Chimney Maintenance Protect your chimney today by taking these home-saving precautions.

Your chimney may seem like one of the most low-tech objects in your home, but if not properly maintained it can cause a chimney fire or even start a fire in your living room. As we all stoke our fireplaces to keep warm this winter, remind yourself to check for soot buildup often. The more you know about the dangers of chimneys, the better prepared you can be to prevent fires.

Creosote & Soot

Creosote, a combustible, tar-like substance, is a byproduct of burning wood. The more wood you burn, the wetter and greener the wood, and the less airflow the chimney gets, the more creosote builds in your chimney. This ruins ventilation and increases the risk of fire. 

Buildup of soot in your chimney can also be messy. As the fireplace gets less and less ventilation due to soot sticking to the inside of the chimney, the more soot gets pulled back into the home, causing blackened carpets and floors. This kind of soot damage is difficult to clean without the proper professional equipment. 

Tips

Following these tips is good practice to avoid fire damage in your home or business.

  1. Only burn dry, cured wood.
  2. Use only wood. Painted wood or other flammable materials may seem like good kindling, but can release chemicals into the air or cause more soot to build up.
  3. Close your damper when the fireplace is not in use to prevent warm indoor air from rushing out the chimney. 
  4. Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors in your home.

If your home or business ever has fire damage, let the experts handle everything. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties can completely restore any amount of fire damage you have. Call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Sprinkler System For Your Chester, IL Business

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

A sprinkler attached to a red pipe. A sprinkler attached to a red pipe for putting out fires.

Sprinkler Systems for Chester Businesses

Businesses should have to worry about their day-to-day operations, not about the constant fear of fire damage in their building. One of the best ways to minimize potential damage, along with good practices and proper knowledge of fire extinguishers, is a sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems are highly-effective fire suppressors and can save a business from total loss. Here are a few things to know about sprinkler systems.

Sprinklers are Activated by Heat

It is a common misconception that sprinklers act as smoke detectors do and do just that: detect smoke. This is false, as sprinkler systems are activated by the heat generated around flames. This ensures that only certain areas are doused to minimize water damage to other parts of the building. The nozzle head, combined with water pressure, will spread enough water to the origin of the flames to fully put out the fire and save the building.

High-Pressure Water

Sprinkler systems deploy highly-pressured water when in use. The volume of water helps contain as well as put out the fire. There is no delay from activation of the system to the release of water, so as soon as they detect anything awry, water is immediately spread to affected areas. 

Minimizing Damage

For some people, the first thing they think of when they hear ‘sprinkler system’ is: water damage. The truth is, while sprinklers can cause water damage, they also save businesses thousands or even millions of dollars in fire AND water damage. When sprinkler systems activate, only the spouts around the heat will shoot water and are efficient when it comes to containing and eliminating fire. This limits the damage to only areas affected by the fire. The amount of water damage caused by sprinklers is much less than the water damage caused by fire hoses. 

Any fire disaster can cause damage, but with a functioning sprinkler system, the amount of damage can be drastically reduced, saving your business time and money. If your business requires fire cleanup, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Puff Back in Your Waterloo Basement

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

A basement wall with puff back soot A local Waterloo basement showing signs of puff back soot!

We’re not talking about the cute little bird, the black-backed puff back, often found in wooded habitats. We’re talking about the escape of nasty, soot-filled air into your home, causing massive black stains and bad odors. The kind of puff back that mostly occurs from oil-fueled furnaces if they are not properly maintained. 

Why Do They Happen?

Puff backs are small explosions in a furnace that cause soot to be pushed back into the home instead of through the ventilation system. They are usually caused by build-ups of dirt and soot in the ventilation, failing fans, and clogged filters.

How to Prevent Puff Backs

The only ways to prevent puff backs are to replace filters often and have a professional look at your furnace. As previously stated the largest cause of puff backs is lack of maintenance on furnaces. It is good practice to have all of your heavily-used appliances routinely checked.

In this Waterloo, IL basement, a puff back left minor damage on the wall, but this easily could have been much worse. The homeowners were left with only a small amount of soot that our SERVPRO technicians made quick work of. The incident provided an awakening for the residents, and they decided to have their furnace checked often. 
If your home or business suffers from a puff back or other fire/smoke damage, call our 24/7 emergency response service. We can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Contact SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties today at (618) 464-0300.

Dryer Vents in Your Okawville Home

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

A dryer vent full of lint This Okawville dryer vent is full of the perfect fire kindling: lint!

According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), failure to clean dryers causes 34% of home fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Tips

  1. Keep your dryer ventilation unblocked, both inside and outside of the home
  2. Remove lint from the filter after every load
  3. Make sure the outdoor flap is open

With our HEPA duct cleaner vacuums, no amount of dust, dirt, or lint can stop us from protecting your home from fire damage. If your home needs dryer vent or HVAC cleaning, come to the professionals at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. Contact us today at (618) 464-0300.

Blowing Smoke in Nashville, IL Homes

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A trailer home on fire with acrid smoke billowing Protect your home or business with our state-of-the-art fire restoration process at SERVPRO!

Did you know that there are different types of smoke that can affect your home or business after a fire? How the fire damage restoration cleanup is executed depends on the types of smoke we find. Here is a list of a few kinds:

  1. Fuel oil soot - Refers to smoke that backflows into a home from a furnace or fireplace.
  2. Wet smoke - Refers to smoke that results from plastics and rubbers that burn at low heat, causing a sticky, smeary substance to form. Can have a pungent odor. 
  3. Dry smoke - Your average smoke. Comes from paper and wood burning at high temperature, sending the heat towards the ceiling along with black, billowing clouds.
  4. Protein smoke - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from fire itself. Protein smoke is virtually invisible, yet it discolors paints and varnishes and has an extreme pungent odor. 
  5. Others - Smoke from tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue. 


At SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties, we pride ourselves in learning about any kind of damage that can be done to your home or business. The better we understand the disaster, the better we can help make it “Like it never even happened.” If your home or business needs fire, smoke, or soot damage recovery, call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Wielding Nature’s Power in Your Okawville, IL Home/Business

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of an ozone generator With our ozone technology, your smoke damage will be a thing of the past!

Just as a refresher from fifth-grade science class, ozone is three oxygen molecules bonded together which makes up the layer that protects the Earth from harmful UV rays. Ozone can also be created when lightning strikes, which helps purify the air. We can harness that purifying power through devices called ozone generators.

What is an Ozone Generator?

Ozone generators produce small lightning reactions that produce ozone (O3) molecules. This actually changes the molecular makeup of the air, purifying it of any smoke molecules that may be present after a fire disaster. 

How Does it Work?

When the ozone machine produces O3, those extra oxygen atoms attach themselves to smoke molecules, resulting in a molecule with a non-offensive odor. The addition of an oxygen atom to a molecule is a process called oxidation. With these machines, we are able to clean anywhere that air can flow, which is why it is so effective in the restoration of smoke-damaged homes or businesses. 

Is it Safe to Use?

Too much ozone can actually damage certain materials such as textiles, leather, rubber, and certain plastics. However, in the hands of a professional, the ozone can be used competently to remove smoke odors without harming your stuff. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are experts in odor removal and can do just that. 

If your home or business has a smoke odor that you just cannot get rid of, come to your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We have your back and can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Contact us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Get Stoked for Chimney Maintenance this Winter Season in Valmeyer

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A chimney on fire Protect your chimney today by taking these home-saving precautions.

Your chimney may seem like one of the most low-tech objects in your home, but if not properly maintained can cause a chimney fire or even start a fire in your living room. As we all stoke our fireplaces to keep warm this winter, remind yourself to check for soot buildup often. The more you know about the dangers of chimneys, the better prepared you can be to prevent fires.

Creosote & Soot

Creosote, a combustible, tar-like substance, is a byproduct of burning wood. The more wood you burn, the wetter and greener the wood, and the less airflow the chimney gets, the more creosote builds in your chimney. This ruins ventilation and increases the risk of fire. 

Buildup of soot in your chimney can also be messy. As the fireplace gets less and less ventilation due to soot sticking to the inside of the chimney, the more soot gets pulled back into the home, causing blackened carpets and floors. This kind of soot damage is difficult to clean without the proper professional equipment. 

Tips

Following these tips is good practice to avoid fire damage in your home or business.

  1. Only burn dry, cured wood.
  2. Use only wood. Painted wood or other flammable materials may seem like good kindling, but can release chemicals into the air or cause more soot to build up.
  3. Close your damper when the fireplace is not in use to prevent warm indoor air from rushing out the chimney. 
  4. Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors in your home.

If your home or business ever has fire damage, let the experts handle everything. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties can completely restore any amount of fire damage you have. Call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Sprinkler Systems for Chester Businesses

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Sprinkler Systems for Chester Businesses

Businesses should have to worry about their day-to-day operations, not about the constant fear of fire damage in their building. One of the best ways to minimize potential damage, along with good practices and proper knowledge of fire extinguishers, is a sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems are highly-effective fire suppressors and can save a business from total loss. Here are a few things to know about sprinkler systems.

Sprinklers are Activated by Heat

It is a common misconception that sprinklers act as smoke detectors do and do just that: detect smoke. This is false, as sprinkler systems are activated by the heat generated around flames. This ensures that only certain areas are doused to minimize water damage to other parts of the building. The nozzle head, combined with water pressure, will spread enough water to the origin of the flames to fully put out the fire and save the building.

High-Pressure Water

Sprinkler systems deploy highly-pressured water when in use. The volume of water helps contain as well as put out the fire. There is no delay from activation of the system to the release of water, so as soon as they detect anything awry, water is immediately spread to affected areas. 

Minimizing Damage

For some people, the first thing they think of when they hear ‘sprinkler system’ is: water damage. The truth is, while sprinklers can cause water damage, they also save businesses thousands or even millions of dollars in fire AND water damage. When sprinkler systems activate, only the spouts around the heat will shoot water and are efficient when it comes to containing and eliminating fire. This limits the damage to only areas affected by the fire. The amount of water damage caused by sprinklers is much less than the water damage caused by fire hoses. 

Any fire disaster can cause damage, but with a functioning sprinkler system, the amount of damage can be drastically reduced, saving your business time and money. If your business requires fire cleanup, call  SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

Shockingly Simple

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing electrical fires can be fairly easy… Taking care of one is a little more difficult. Electrical fires account for about $1.1 billion in property loss every year according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency). To keep yourself and your property safe from electrical fires, follow these simple steps.

Crowded Outlets

Try not to overcrowd outlets. Too many electrical appliances plugged into a single outlet or power bar can start an electrical fire. Try to spread things out as much as you can and monitor the outlets for any signs sparking.

Check Your Wiring

Always check the wires or cables you use with your electrical appliances. Using faulty wiring or cables is very dangerous and can lead to an electrical fire. Make sure the appliance you are using is also working properly by testing it thoroughly before you put it to use.

Worst-Case

If an electrical fire were to start in your home, do not try to put it out with water. Doing so could electrocute you or make the fire worse. The best thing to do is to try to unplug the power source if possible. Smother the fire using baking soda or a class C fire extinguisher. If the fire is still growing after these steps, do not continue to try to fight it. Leave the area and call the emergency services.


Being knowledgeable of the dangers of electrical fires can help you avoid them and avoid property damage. If your home or business does experience an electrical fire, allow SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties to restore everything back to pre-disaster condition. Call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Fire Extinguishers

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers, when used correctly, can be life and property saving tools. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS.

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-sde.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers to have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org

Call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties if your home or business suffers fire damage at (618) 464-0300.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

The fire that tore up this living room began in the kitchen. The #1 cause of home fires is cooking equipment!

For most people, smoke alarms just tell them when they have started cooking in the kitchen. However, as much as we joke about the pitfalls, smoke alarms SAVE LIVES when properly maintained.

Fire Facts

  1. 7 people die every day from a home fire.
  2. 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
  3. $7 billion in property damage occurs every year.*

Keeping you and what you care about safe is worth a few nine-volt batteries every few months. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level. For office and commercial environments, check your state requirements.

Should you ever have an incident where fire or smoke damage occurs at YOUR home or business, contact our 24/7 emergency service and we will make it “Like it never even happened”.

Call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

*According to the American Red Cross

What is Causing Home Fires?

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

The after-effects of a home fire.

We at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties know that the more informed our neighbors are, the safer they are from disasters like home fires. There are many causes of home fires, but some are more prevalent than others. We listed out the top five causes of home fires below:

#1 Cooking

The leading cause of home fires in the United States is cooking. Most often, these fires are caused by unattended stoves or ovens. Grease fires also heavily contribute to this statistic because of their unpredictable nature and unconventional methods to deal with them. If you ever have a grease fire in your home, DO NOT use water. Rather, use a metal lid, ample baking soda, or a fire extinguisher to suffocate it.

#2 Heating Appliances

Devices such as space heaters and furnaces are also susceptible to catching objects around them on fire. Much like with cooking, heating appliances left unattended can cause heavy fire damage. Check on your heating appliances for signs of damage or misuse often to avoid fire in your home.

#3 Electrical Gear

For electrical gear, often it is too many appliances plugged into one outlet, or an overheating/overused appliance that will start the fire damage in a home or business. Make sure your home or business stays safe by checking outlets for black marks or signs of sparking.

#4 Intentional

Unfortunately, arson is the number-four cause of fires in the United States.

#5 Smoking-Related Accidents

Always practice safe smoking habits if you or someone you know smokes in your home or building.


SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties is there for you in any fire damage situation, 24/7. If your home or business suffered fire damage of any kind, call your local experts at (618) 464-0300.

The Ultimate Fire Cleanup

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

This almost unrecognizable home in Mt. Vernon, IL suffered major fire damage. Our technicians were able to completely restore the property.

Repairing Fire Damage in Mt. Vernon, IL Home

Fire cleanup is in our daily routine, so even rough sights such as the aftermath of a fire in a Mt. Vernon, IL home do not perturb us. As fire cleanup pros, we know how to tackle all kinds of fire damage, and our 24/7 emergency response time allows us to bring our skills to you in your time of need. We understand the stress that our clients experience during these disasters, so we offer our expertise to put their minds at ease while we take care of everything.

What SERVPRO Offers

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Our technicians will respond quickly to any disaster and complete the entire list above within days of our first contact. With speed and efficiency, we are able to save more of your property to make it “Like it never even happened”. In accordance with our motto, we have ways of dealing with damaged property to impact your life as little as possible. We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

We at SERVPRO pride ourselves in our quick and painless restoration of our neighbors’ homes.

We provide our professional tools and mentality 24/7 to ensure that you know our first priority is YOU. If you suffer any fire, water, mold, or storm damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties.

(618) 464-0300

Happy Holiday, Not Happy Hazardous Holiday

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Safety tip: Purchase a fire extinguisher!

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become a hazardous one! 

According to the National Fire Protection Associationcooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires.

Listed are just a few safety tips to help keep you safe for this holiday season.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended-stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or boiling food.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Purchase a Fire Extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.

If your home has a fire disaster due to cooking, do not hesitate to call our 24/7 emergency response service. SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties has your back this holiday season!

Contact us at (618) 464-0300.

Fireplace Safety in Monroe County 10/25/18

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure you beautiful fireplace remains beautiful!

  • Never use your hands when handling burning logs. Make sure to use fireplace tools.
  • Adults should never leave a child unattended to play near the fireplace when in use. Keep fireplace tools and equipment away from children.
  • Keep the screen closed to prevent sparks from escaping onto carpeting, make sure to keep the glass open to allow airflow up the chimney to cool it down.
  • In the event sparks do fly out, make sure to have a nonflammable rug in front of your fireplace. These are available at any fireplace supply store.
  • Prior to using your fireplace open a window a few inches to prevent the room from becoming filled with smoke.
  • Before making a fire test to see if the smoke will go up the chimney by lighting match and quickly blowing in out. If the smoke is going up, you are safe to start your fire. 
  • To clean up ashes never use a vacuum because there may be live coals.
  • Your chimney should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep at least once a year or after 80 fires. Have them show you how to check for yourself when the chimney needs to be cleaned.

Deodorizing Smoke odor with Hydroxyl

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

These UV optics create the Hydroxyl Radicals that elimate smoke odor

When fire or smoke damage strikes your Waterloo home or business you need the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties to come to the rescue. 

One of the questions we get on nearly every fire job is, "Will this odor ever go away?!". When we are on the job we can say, "Yes it will!". But not on it's own, we will help it to leave by utilizing industry leading technology such as a Hydroxyl Generator.

Hydroxyl is a free radical found in nature created by the Sun's UV rays and water vapor.  These radicals clean our air everyday of harmful compounds. a Hydroxyl Generator creates these free radicals and they in turn begin to destroy odor molecules in the home. Hydroxyl is effective on many types of odors but really shines on fire restoration.  It is completely safe to breath so the machine can be run throughout the restoration process so that when your home is restored to it original condition it smells fresh as well.

Eliminating smoke odors is just one way that SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties can help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Waterloo, IL Smoke and Soot Clean up

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Waterloo Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –618-464-0300