Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire damage

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes your home or business, often it is your first time going through this experience and this will have you feeling several different emotions with uncertainty being a major one. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield l make it their priority to put the customer at ease while providing nothing but first-class service.

After a fire, smoke and soot damage will stick out like a sore thumb on ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors. However, what may go unnoticed is the damage done to your precious contents and materials you have in your home. We will restore anything and everything we deem restorable and safe in hopes to save the customer as much money as possible during the process.

We will carefully inspect and test all fabrics in the structure to decide which cleaning methods are appropriate. Providing dry and wet cleaning methods, we will restore all contents to preloss condition. Things like electronics, art, wooden furniture, kitchen utensils, clothing, and bedding are some of the things SERVPRO will fully clean and restore after fire damage.    

After a fire

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fires are dangerous, even in the aftermath. It’s pertinent that you know what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do after a fire breaks out in your home or business. There are a few very critical actions you should avoid when dealing with a fire outbreak, remember these four fire don’ts:

DO NOT enter the building until you are given professional advisory that it is safe to do so. 

DO NOT turn on any gas, water, or electric utilities until a professional has assessed the severity of the situation. 

DO NOT start or move any vehicle that has been impacted or affected by the fire. 

DO NOT attempt to clean any soot, smoke, or burn damage yourself. Wait for the professionals with the proper experience to arrive at the scene. It’s important to not risk anything or leave any factors up to chance without the proper education. 

One of the most important things you CAN DO after fire damage is to call your local SERVPRO. We are your trusted fire damage restoration company and will take care of any mitigation, restoration, and clean-up services you could possibly need after a fire strikes. We guarantee it will be no sweat off your back.

Commercial/business fire damage

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damages can become extremely challenging on a business owner. From the many questions regarding insurance coverage and business interruption, to which company to choose for fire remediation and fire reconstruction. SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield owned and operated has the right experience to get your business operational. Our team of certified fire damage restoration professionals will help you navigate the fire loss experience while also working directly with your insurance company.  

The experience SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield has with commercial fire damage has placed the company as one of the leaders in fire damage restoration in Louisiana. Our company possesses experience in warehouse fires that require tedious inventorying of all salvageable stock to be cleaned, multifamily housing structures. Your business can feel assured that SERVPRO  will complete your commercial fire damage project on time and correctly. 

Call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield when you need help with a commercial fire damage. 

Here to help

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated, but we are all still a part of the SERVPRO family. We help each other out, just like a family. If a neighboring franchise has an overload of calls, they can call another SERVPRO to help. 

We also help each other out when large events happen. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, freezes, and wildfires happen every year. We call these Storm events and multiple franchises outside the affected area will send crews to the area to help.  We really are just one really big family and we always come together to help.

We are here for you when you need us, just like we are when another SERVPRO needs us. Call SERVPRO at 513-932-3649and let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke damage untreated

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your property. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of destruction, as some of your items and household goods can be restored if treated immediately. However, the longer you wait to mitigate smoke and fire damage, the more costly the damage becomes. 

  1. The Restoration Cost Increases: When you delay the mitigation process, the damages begin to get worse. The longer smoke damage goes untreated, the harder it is to neutralize the odor. These challenges make the treatment process more time consuming, which equals to a more expensive bill. 
  2. Extensive Damage: Smoke and ash mixed with water produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this substance begins to eat away at your walls, floors, ceilings, and any other surfaces in your home. You will not successfully remove this substance by cleaning with soap and water. This substance requires proper cleaning with the right chemicals to remove it from your home. 
  3. Soot Deposits: If left for too long, soot can travel to rooms that were not immediately affected by the fire. Wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing, and other items can be stained or damaged by soot. 
  4. Permanent Damage: Your home can suffer from permanent damage if smoke or fire damage is not mitigated promptly. Prolonged exposure can cause permanent damage to your walls, metal surfaces, clothes, furniture, and floors. 

If you experience smoke or fire damage, act quickly and call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at (513)858-1071

Cleaning up after a business fire

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs at your business, the aftermath can be difficult to endure. Smoke damage, standing water from fire hoses, and charred building materials may make cleanup feel overwhelming. While the process can be daunting, there are a few actions you can take that may put you and your business on the path to recovery.

  • Limit movement in your office to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage occurring. 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with oil.

Once you call SERVPRO of East/Hamilton Fairfield, we will assess the situation, damage from fire, soot, and water. We provide 24 hour emergency service and We are FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER. This is important because a faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.

Before you risk doing further damage to your business, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield.

Smoke behavior

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Following a fire, there are two different types of smoke, wet and dry.  As a result there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

  • 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.
  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.

House fires

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage can Occur in 30 Seconds

A combustion or burning in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke is known as a fire. Fires can occur in homes and outdoors, due to many causes.

Some interesting facts about fire:

1. There is a house fire every ten seconds in the United States. 

2. House fires can spread in as little as thirty seconds. 

3. Create and practice a fire escape plan. 

4. Cooking is the leading cause of house fires

5. More then 15,000 fires a year are started by cloths dryers

6. 21% of fires are caused by Arson

It is very important that if there is ever a fire GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP! Fires can cause severe damage, it is important to practice safe steps when preparing for a potential fire. 


10/5/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home we understand you won’t be out there on the web looking for tips, but maybe by reading these ahead of time some of these will stick in your head if you do fall into this unfortunate position.

At SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield we have the goal in mind to make it “Like it never even happened,” in your home. Whether it's smoked or smoldered we will make sure our professionally trained crew will be there for you.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts if you have fire and smoke damage.


  • Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open to prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Then protect with a light coat of lubricant.
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowl, holding tanks, and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.
  • Gently wash both side of leaves and indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by trained professional.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.


  • DON’T attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield.
  • DON’T attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO.
  • DON’T attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.
  • DON’T consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They could be contaminated.
  • DON’T turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.
  • DON’T send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set the smoke odor.

Trusting a restoration company

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition, smoky residue saturates every opening. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist. When the cleaning teams do arrive, they promptly differentiate salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.

Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  

Most importantly, a restoration effort reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye they might believe the issue has been fixed; they may experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on in the form of increased respiratory discomfort.  

Companies like SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition.

Board up after a fire

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Completed job after the adjacent home caught fire caused damage leading to board up

If your property in has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or winDow’s. In addition to keeping the external elements out of a building with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier.  SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield offers full-service restoration specialists who can also assist in board-up services.  

Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

  • In a commercial setting, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.
  • You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.
  • You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
  • You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Talk to our experts at SERVPRO East Hamilton Fairfield, about whether boarding up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Call us at (513) 858-1071

Do’s and dont’s

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

There are so many emotions and questions following a house fire that it is hard to know what you should and shouldn't do.  Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind.


*Do not enter your home until you've gotten permission that it is safe to do so

*Do not start or move your car if it has been damaged

*Do not try to clean any of the smoke or soot damage yourself


*contact family members/loved ones to inform them of the fire

*attend to frightened pets and ensure their safety and comfort

*call all utility providers (electric, gas, water) to inform them of the fire

*call homeowners insurance company to begin the claim process

*find somewhere to stay. 

Most homeowner’s policies will have coverage, which could pay for the food, clothing, and shelter that you and your family may need for a specified period of time.

Fire damage

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at 513-858-1071.


10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Is there anything better than to spend time with the family around a roaring campfire enjoying the beautiful Georgia summer nights?

Follow these tips and stay safe this summer

  • Before starting a campfire, be sure it is allowed. During certain times or droughts, it may be prohibited.
  • Use existing fire rings or fire pits.
  • Start a fire at least 15 feet from tents and trees.
  • Build a fire on an open and leveled ground (never start a fire near plants or under tree branches).
  • Pick a spot that is protected from strong winds.
  • Don’t use any flammable liquids to ignite the fire.
  • Be ready to put the fire out in case of an emergency. Have a bucket of water and a shovel close by before starting a fire.
  • Always try to keep the fire small and under control.
  • Don’t leave kids unattended near a fire pit.
  • Before leaving the site, make sure the fire is burn out (use lots of water if necessary.)

Aftermath of a fire

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

In the Aftermath

After a fire occurs, you should quickly react and take steps to restoring your Home/business.  The reason being, fire damage commonly results in broken windows and exposed walls to the outside elements and can cause further damage if not addressed.  Home Owners usually try to save themselves some money here, but if not educated on this specialty situation they can actually cause permanent damage.  We recommend your first step is to call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at (513)858-1071.

Steps We Take

There are multiple steps we take to restoring your home.  We start with removing the source of the odor, follow up with cleaning what is left, and deodorizing.  During the first stage we remove anything that can give off that smell of fire which can include the structure and contents.  After we have removed all of this we move to a cleaning process.  In our cleaning process we remove the soot with a special rubber sponge.  Any other item will rub the soot in and permanently stain the contents.  The last major step we take in the remediation process is deodorizing.  

Kitchen fire

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage After a Kitchen Fire

Cooking is the number one cause of fires in the home; specifically, fires that originate from the stove.  Even when the fire is caught early and put out, the smoke damage that the fire caused can be devastating to a home and it's furnishings.  The smoke odor gets trapped in the curtains, mattresses, sofas, on the walls, and other places in the home.  SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield is IICR Certified to clean, deodorize, and sanitize upholstery. In addition, SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield has a tried and true process of eliminating the strong odor of smoke from the air using deodorizers and ionizing machines. Additionally, we will work with your insurance company.

Please call today to get the process started, 513-858-1071

Smoke alarms

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Learning About Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Fire restoration

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

The fire restoration process should be started as quickly as possible following a fire damage. The longer you wait to contact a certified restoration company, the more likely it is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.   

Some people will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes. Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results. 

Let SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield be your certified professional when facing your own fire damage. We will walk you through the process step by step to ensure that your home is properly restored. Our team of professionals is available 24/7 to help you put your life back together and restore your normal as much as possible.

Call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield today at 513-858-1071

Fire/smoke damage

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning smoke stains off walls and ceilings can be a difficult task. Even if the fire was small like a cooking fire, the smoke can quickly discolor your ceilings and walls. Since the smoke rises, the smoke usually damages your ceilings first as the smoke spreads across the ceiling leaving smoke residue. While smoke can usually be cleaned easily off metal and smooth surfaces like counters and ovens, ceilings and walls are not so easy to clean, specially if you have very high ceilings.

While we all hope we never have to suffer through the experience of a house fire, it is important to know what to do if one should happen. The first thing you should do is ensure the fire has been extinguished completely.

This can be done by someone in the home if the fire is small and can be put out safely. Or by the fire department if the fire is too big and dangerous to safely extinguish by the homeowner. It’s important to note that it’s always best to call the fire department right as soon as a fire is spotted and to get everyone out of the home quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is available 24/7 365 for any emergency you may have, (513) 858-1071

Damaged contents from a fire

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire is never planned for or expected. Many of our favorite and most treasured items are the once that are irreplaceable. Some examples are pictures, handmade items and antiques. Good thing for our customers, SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield specializes in cleaning all types of contents. 

Many times some of the things, like photos, documents, that get wet and stick together and seem like they are a loss, can actually be saved if you act quickly. SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield has the knowledge, expertise and training to clean and restore all of your property after a house fire. 

Generally fire affected contents will be wet from the fire department putting out the fire. This can cause extra issues as well but these items can usually be still be saved. We make it our priority to clean and restore your contents as if they were our own.

If you experience a fire and soot damage give our office a call at(513)858-1071. 

Fire and soot damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

You should make notes about what items are ruined or damaged and take photographs too. You’ll be contacting your insurance company and a restoration contractor, so you want to be sure about your circumstances. Misunderstandings are common, but if you have photos and notes, you’ll be in a better position to know the extent of the fire damage and what needs to be restored or replaced. This should be done within hours after the fire is extinguished.

Once you have a clear picture of the damage, call your insurance company. Hopefully, you can do this the next day. It is important to call them as soon as possible, so they will send an insurance adjustor to your home or office quickly.

Call a Reputable Fire Damage Restoration Contractor

When searching for a local cleaning and restoration contractor, make sure they are Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified. These professionals have been trained in the latest restoration technology and have health and safety certification. They will have experience in a wide range of fire restoration projects. You should also ask for proof or the proper licenses and insurance.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is a restoration contractor who also does reconstruction. This will save you a lot of time and money. They will first board up your home or office so vandals or thieves cannot enter. They will also work directly with your insurance company to create a restoration plan that will return your property to its pre-fire condition. They’ll inform your adjustor about the items that can be cleaned and restored and the ones that need to be replaced. Your restoration contractor should also be able to safely store some of your possessions during recovery.

Commercial Fire

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why use professional fire restoration?

After the fire has been put off, the professionals can plan and know how to handle the fire damage issue. They first ensure that the sources of fire are under control and put off completely including the utility room fire. They also seal off the area from intruders and onlookers who could interfere with their work. The professionals sort out the things that have burned and put those items that can be repaired in a safe place.

The commercial fire damage services also assist in the documentation to ensure that you do not struggle while filing for compensation. They would also clean up the charred mess and water that has been spilled while putting out the fire. Fire restoration also begins with an inspection of the building to assess whether the fire causes further damages.

Professional fire restoration services are well equipped and skilled to handle any issue that may arise in the process. Fire damage leads to a major loss in the office and other utilities. Some would require replacement while others can be repaired.

Soot damage and smoke damage restoration

Fire damage has many consequences, which include smoke damage and soot damage. The smoke damage leaves a odor from the chemical burnt in plastics and wood among other. It makes other rooms have the same smell. Soot damage results from the dark part of the smoke that paints on the walls as well as dust and spiderwebs. The professional’s at SERVPRO Of East Hamilton Fairfield have ideas on how to clean it up to its original state.

Recover business from a fire damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire tragedies can occur anytime anywhere. Most likely, it can be an electrical fire. Electrical fire is very common in the modern days. Electrical fire can be caused by different things such as using a faulty electrical appliance. It is always recommended that people understand the precautions against electrical fires.

How To Fight The Fire

Immediately after fire breaks in on the premises, the person in charge should call their local firefighters even if the fire suppression system has put out the fire. Firefighters should search the building for any dangerous situations; it could be live wires or fallen parts of the structure. The fire sprinkler system should be tested at least once a year. Contact a professional to test and set fire sprinklers. Fire sprinklers should always be turned on and ready for emergencies.

How To Restore The Fire Damages - Fire Cleanup

It is always good to put proper measures to know how to deal with fire damage restoration. After the fire incidence, fire restoration has to take place immediately because business has to continue. A utility room fire might suffer fire damages, smoke damages, soot damages and also water damages from the firefighters.

Fire damage restoration can be a very difficult task to undertake. Your utility room fire already looks messed up with smoke damage and soot damage, not to mention the losses of the totally burnt items inside the premises. It is always advisable not to undertake the fire restoration process yourself since you do not know the degree of damages and different situations. It’s possible to cause even more damage trying to take on a fire restoration yourself not having the expertise as one of SERVPROS highly trained professionals.

Call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at (513)858-1071

Smoke and soot damage

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to smoke or fire damage restoration, fast action is important. Following the initial fire or smoke-related incident, smoke and soot will settle on surfaces creating additional damage to the structure and your contents.  Smoke contains a wide variety of chemicals and by products, many of them aggressive in nature.

Material in furniture and flooring is often synthetic and when burned, creates chemical reactions. After only a short period of time, items can go from cleanable to unsalvageable. The longer acid or corrosive gasses stay on at-risk surfaces, the worse pitting or etching becomes. Pre-cleaning methods neutralize the acid and protect metal and glass, marble, china, chrome and more. We have them expertise and chemicals to make a situation “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield at (513)858-1071 to learn more about our smoke and fire damage restoration. We are a 24 hour emergency services company.

Dangers of DIY after a fire

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Homeowners Often Take on Unnecessary Risks to Cleanup Up Their Properties After a Fire Loss

One of the most troubling things about a disaster in your home is the uncertainty of when your home can ever look or feel the same again. With a situation like a fire in your residence, you want to correct the effects of this incident as quickly as possible to ensure that you do not allow for the situation to get worse. The temptation is probably high to immediately start to dry and clean or restore your damaged home on your own; there are many concerns that you should know.

As much as you want to save money and do things yourself, your hoke offers requires a professional restoration company.  There are too many variables and threats that exist within the house that the average homeowner is ill-prepared to face. Our SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  team of professionals can respond quickly and help to mitigate further damages while we prepare a plan to restore your home.

One of the most significant risks that a homeowner faces, once their home is affected by fire damages, is environmental exposure. With dirt, debris, soot, and smoke circulating throughout the air in the affected areas of your house, these contaminants to the atmosphere can lead to illness or breathing concerns for an individual without the appropriate protective equipment. Our technicians have the safety gear to prevent exposure in hazardous areas such as full-face respirators.

Another potential concern for the homeowner after a fire has gotten extinguished is a weakening of structural components and construction materials. It is not at all uncommon for ceilings to collapse, floors to give way, or walls to fall over. This risk is one that our SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  professionals assume as we seek to begin the restoration process, but not one that you should.

As tempting as it might be to save yourself the cost of restoration, most homeowners would find that to restore their home to their insurance company’s standards correctly and safely, they need professional and experienced specialists. Our SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield team is available 24/7 by calling (513)858-1071

Restore after a fire

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, cleaning the contents and the structure as a whole is part of the restoration services. Different types of fire damage require different cleaning methods, and it is the work of our SERVPRO technicians to determine the most appropriate way of cleaning. The initial cleaning can be enough for some situations, while in others, we may advise you to do some refinishing and repainting.

After cleaning the various areas and contents, it is time to conduct deodorization. The process aims at getting rid of the unpleasant odors that are left behind after a fire. In most cases, identifying the sources of these smells is a difficult task since some of them may be coming from hard to access areas like cracks. We have the right tools that spray deodorizers into those spaces and neutralize the odor sources.

When it is not possible to conduct the restoration when your contents are still in place, we may recommend a move-out. Such is necessary when our SERVPRO team analyzes the situation and finds out the materials can accrue more loss if we do not relocate them to another area. During the move-out, it is our job to do the inventory together with any detailed cleaning and deodorization.

At SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield, We’re Faster To Any Size of mold, water, storm, and fire damaging incidents. Call us today at (513)858-1071 and be served by an industry leader.

Fire and soot damage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is highly trained in smoke and soot removal. 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.

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. Our team at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Middletown Springboro Today – 513-858-1071

We are trained professionals

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield is here to help when fire affects your home or business. We know that you may have ever experienced a fire(nor you never do). We specialize in fire restoration cleaning and mitigation. We are here to help when a fire affects the structure and/or contents.  We are a full service restoration company. You can depend on us to help you make decisions as you/we work through the process. We clean structure as well as contents. We provide demolition services. We work and manage with dependable subcontractors to help in the rebuilding process. We work with and communicate all documentation with insurance programs and the insured to make sure all know the status and progress of the job. We are here to help when a fire occurs. We are a 24/7 emergency services locally owned company that’s only one phone call away. 

After a fire ??

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of Middletown Springboro Franchise Professionals.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor and ruin your clothes.

Grill safety

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

There is nothing better than grilling out in the summertime or a nice fall day. Everyone love’s to see fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers at any outdoor party or family cookout. However, if a grill is not managed properly, an unwelcomed fire can turn your family cookout into a catastrophe. Here are some tips for keeping everyone at the party safe while grilling out:

General Grilling Tips

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors and preferable off of wooden decks.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the house, deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If you have any questions or need help call SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield  at (513)858-1071.

Smoke detectors

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years or sooner . Other alarms need batteries replaced every year at least, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery(yes that annoying chirp that a lot of us listen to for months before changing), take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield .

The Fourth of July

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is here which means FIREWORKS! Please keep these tip in mind when you're popping Fireworks!

Firework Safety Tips

  • Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for.
  • Don't attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
  • Never use homemade fireworks.
  • Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
  • When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A hose is best, but a bucket will suffice.
  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by first soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
  • Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.

We hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!!

Fire Hazards

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Below are the most common Fire Hazards in your home.

  • Alcohol and Fire

It's a fact that many house fires are caused by someone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Candles

Candle fires happen in places like bedrooms and bathrooms where people use them as mood enhancers. Unfortunately, people can fall asleep with a candle still burning or leave the room without snuffing out the flame. Candles should NEVER be left burning unattended!

  • Cooking

Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily including pot holders, dish towels, and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove and clean up all spills on the stove top or near by counters.

  • Electrical 

Unsafe use of electricity can be a  ticking time bomb! An electrical fire can happen at any time. Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.

  • Cigarettes

Too many fires are caused from careless disposal of smoking materials.

call SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro

Fire Restoration

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Here to help 24/7-365

SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Process

Every fire damage is unique and, therefore, will require a unique restoration process. However, here are steps to our typical fire restoration services:

  • Fire damage assessment: Our trained technicians will thoroughly examine the house to determine the extent of the fire, soot, and smoke damage.
  • Board-upping and Roof-tarping: If a fire damages the roof, walls, and windows, our professionals will place tarps on the damaged roofs and board-up missing walls and windows.
  • Water Removal: If there is water damage, we’ll use state-of-the-art air movers to remove the standing water and dry soaked items.
  • Smoke and soot repair: We have the right products and techniques to remove soot from walls and other surfaces.
  • Cleaning: Our skilled professionals will clean and sanitize all the restorable items damaged by the fire. We’ll also ensure that your home is free from the acidic fumes and odor of the fire.
  • Restoration: Before leaving, we will ensure your home is back to its initial condition (if not better). Our restoration services will involve installing a new carpet, painting, replacing the dry walls, and many other minor repairs in your home.

If you ever need quick and professional fire restoration services, do not hesitate to check out SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield. Whether day or night, we are always available to help you. 513-858-1071

Fire tips

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

House fires make up majority of disasters Red Cross responds to each year.

Below are eight important fire safety tips:

#1 Make sure your street number is visible from the street so that public safety personnel can quickly locate your property in case of emergency.

#2 Prevent landscaping from growing over and around fire hydrants. The time it takes to search for a fire hydrant could be critical!

#3 Turn off electrical, including ceiling fans, before leaving your residence for an extended period. Ceiling fan motors can overheat and cause fires if left on for extended periods.

#4 The sale, offering for sale, display, possession or discharge of fireworks by any person or entity within Rancho Mirage is prohibited.

#5 Do not store flammable items near a heat source, such as a hot water heater, as they can combust.

#6 Fire extinguishers should always be kept in the home and checked on an annual basis. Fire extinguishers are a requirement for businesses.

#7 Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors by replacing them twice a year. A good reminder is to change them when you set your clocks ahead/back for daylight saving time.

#8 Keep a wrench near your gas shut off valve at all times and consider turning off the gas when you leave your residence for an extended period.

Give us a call at SERVPRO of East Hamilton Fairfield and we will help you in the event that there is a fire or flood in your home. We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.

SERVPRO works with your insurance company to make the process easier.

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, home fires occur far more often than any of us would like. Every home is susceptible, so, when interacting with your insurance company following a fire damage event on your property, it helps to understand which steps to take to get you started in the right direction.

Obviously, you want to keep everyone in your family safe and call your insurance agent as soon as possible to report a fire damage incident in your East Hamilton Fairfield  property. They can help you locate a company that specializes in protecting what remains of your home, someone who can provide board-up services, temporary fencing, or assess structural damages.

Emergency damage restoration and mitigation companies, like SERVPRO, can help restore burnt surfaces, provide you with cleaning and deodorization services that remove soot and smoke residues, along with smoke odors after a fire. Contacting a local restoration company can help you begin cleaning up and prevent additional damage to your personal belongings, furniture, and other household contents, limiting any losses you might experience.

Your insurance company should know which restoration company in your area can do the job right for you, providing you with stress-free services that help improve your situation. SERVPRO works with your insurance company, locating temporary housing when needed to keep you and your family safe while working in your home. Ask your insurance adjuster if your policy covers food, housing, and transportation costs and keep thorough records of any expenses you accrue.

Working together, SERVPRO and your insurance company can help you determine whether your home is in good enough shape for restoration, or if you should consider rebuilding. Our technicians keep you informed throughout the restoration process and help you mitigate any losses you experience while working hard to restore your home after a fire.

Fire damage

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

Despite the specialized fire prevention and detection systems that we have in our buildings, fire damage remains a top concern. It is also worth noting that different challenges arise from different fire situations. While we expect to remove the dirt that smoke residues leave behind, there are several processes that restorers perform to retur your Middeltown Springboro home to its former state, and all that requires specific equipment and skills.

You need to treat all fire damage events in East Hamilton and Fairfield as an emergency to prevent further damage. When our SERVPRO team arrives at your property, we perform a pretest and identify items we can replace, clean, and those that need further examination. From our inspection, it is possible to determine the scope of the loss and share with the adjuster, and after that schedule the estimated mitigation processes.

When water comes into contact with some smoke particles, odors may result. Where possible, our SERVPRO technicians remove the odor source and perform deodorization. When the smells are coming from cracks, we direct deodorizing fog or smoke into those spaces by using thermal foggers.

At SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield  , We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is storm, mold, fire or water related. 

Fire: Portable Heaters

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Portable heaters are popular during the winter, especially when a temporary cold spell falls and you need just a little bit more heat to be comfortable.  Most are inexpensive, making them attractive purchases every year.

Yet, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 home fires are associated with the use of space heaters.

Our office works with fire damaged homes/businesses on a daily basis, and we know that safe practices at home can’t be undervalued.  Safe practices with space heaters are important to prevent the loss of property and contents.

 If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage, please give us a call.  We’re available to help 24-7/365, and we work directly with all insurance providers.  Our office offers damage assessment services, property, content, and textile cleaning, and reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of East Hamilton/Fairfield (513)858-1071

Fire: Portable Heaters

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Portable heaters are popular during the winter, especially when a temporary cold spell falls and you need just a little bit more heat to be comfortable.  Most are inexpensive, making them attractive purchases every year.

Yet, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 home fires are associated with the use of space heaters.

Our office works with fire damaged homes/businesses on a daily basis, and we know that safe practices at home can’t be undervalued.  Safe practices with space heaters are important to prevent the loss of property and contents.

 If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage, please give us a call.  We’re available to help 24-7/365, and we work directly with all insurance providers.  Our office offers damage assessment services, property, content, and textile cleaning, and reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of Warren County, OHIO (513)932-3649

Trusting a Restoration Professional After a Fire Is So Important

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Because of the pattern that flames typically form during ignition, smoky residue saturates every opening. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a reputable company like SERVPRO. When the cleaning teams do arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for clean.

A restoration effort reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. 

Companies like SERVPRO are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition.

Give us a call 

Office: (513)-422-9200

Smoke and Soot cleanup

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

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 East Hamilton/Fairfield will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during examination. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and soot damage. "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? And need a highly trained and certified (IICRC) specialists to come out, don't wait and call SERVPRO

Call Us Today- 513-858-1071

How We Do Fire Damage

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Do you ever wonder how SERVPRO keeps up with every customer’s job progress? SERVPRO of Birmingham has a pretty tried and true method to keep everyone up to date on the progress of every job. When a customer first calls in a loss, we at SERVPRO of Warren County enter all of the pertinent information into a form called the FNOL or “First Notice of Loss.” This form is sent to everyone involved including our First Responders, Office staff so they can communicate with your insurance company, managers and ownership so they know the status of every job in progress. Every note, assessment, detail associated with that job from that point forward is attached to that initial FNOL so that it is at our fingertips if you ever have any questions or concerns.

Call our office at (513)932-3649

Protect Your Business After a Fire Damage

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Remediation Services

The word “fire” strikes fear in the hearts of most people and for good reason. Whether it’s your home or business it can bring life, as you know it, to a screeching halt. 

If your business or commercial property caught on fire, don't panic. Instead, call the professionals of SERVPRO® of Warren County and let us start cleaning up immediately. Acting right now is the key to limiting damages and expediting the restoration process, and choosing our team of industry specialists is the secret to attaining the sophisticated services you deserve. All of our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your commercial property back in pristine condition, so call us now at (513) 422-9200 to attain your free estimate.

Knowing which steps to take in the face of a commercial fire can help prevent you from becoming anxious, losing money, and undergoing extensive property damages. To handle fire damage successfully and speedily, implement the following four tips:

1. Call The Insurance Company Immediately.

Be sure that you call your insurance company once the fire is out. This step is important because your insurance agent will work with you to file a claim and determine how much coverage you'll attain for the commercial damages.

2. Contact A Fire Remediation Expert.

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your business may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO of Warren County specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your business to pre-fire condition. Don't ever attempt to handle any of the cleanups, drying, or restoration processes on your own. Doing so could put you in peril of injury and illness.

3. Assemble Your Records.

In addition to contacting a fire remediation expert, make sure that you assemble your business's essential records. You'll want to have this information with you when you start working with your insurance company. To guarantee that you can have all of your files ready in a safe place, make a point to buy a fireproof safe where they can be stored.

4. Get Permission To Reenter The Building.

Always ask the fire department or another local authority whether you can reenter your building. In some cases, a fire can weaken the structural integrity of the commercial property and make it subject to collapse. This is why you need to assure that reentry is safe for you and your employees.

Fire Prevention for Your Family

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

The winter months tend to have more home fires and Lorraine Carli with the National Fire Protection Association, says some of the risk comes with holiday decorating.

(Carli) “In terms of not stringing too many light strings together, not overloading sockets. Candles are in use this time of year so make sure that they’re away from anything that can burn.”

They also suggest having heating systems and fireplaces checked. But cooking in general is the leading cause of home fires. The best way to prevent it: Don’t leave the stove unattended.

(Carli) “Particularly if you have things on the stove top that you’re frying.”

The biggest life saver, early warning — smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries at least once a year, test them monthly, and get the ones hard-wired to your home if you can.

(Carli) “We also recommend that people have smoke alarms that are interconnected so that if one sounds they all sound.”

Also make and practice a home escape plan with two ways out of each room and a safe-distance meeting place outside.


When do Most Deadly Fires Occur?

3/16/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. The national fire protection association recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each seperate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.