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Lingering Smoke Smell or Visible Soot in Your Alexandria Home?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our highly trained professionals follow strict protocol and procedures when restoring the damage caused by fire. Call SERVPRO of Alexandria for help.

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 Alexandria 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.

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Let SERVPRO of Alexandria Provide Turn Key Services After a Fire

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Restoration Experts, and in-house Reconstruction Team are Ready to Assist After Fires in Alexandria!

We handle everything from the fire restoration, to the storage and cleaning of the smoke on your home's contents, to the reconstruction.

We recently helped a family deal with smoke and soot damage throughout their 4-level townhome. This home was damaged by fire and smoke from an attic fan malfunction. SERVPRO of Alexandria helped out with the following components of restoration:
  • demolition
  • storage and cleaning of the client's contents
  • fire restoration 
  • insurance negotiation
  • material selection
  • building permitting process
  • reconstruction
In doing so, we were able to help our clients negotiate with their insurance carrier for a fair settlement, coordinate all aspects of the reconstruction, and provide them a new and safe space to enjoy for many years to come.  Call us now for all of your restoration and remodel needs! (703)739-2800

What to do if a Fire Strikes your Alexandria Home

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our highly trained professionals follow strict protocol and procedures when restoring the damage caused by fire. Call SERVPRO of Alexandria for help.

Limit Traffic in the Home

Once the fire department releases the home to you, keep the number of people walking through the house to a minimum. Things like soot and other debris can quickly grind into carpets and upholstered items, and it will be much harder for the restoration company to remove from the fabric.

If you do need to move around in the house, lay down some plastic runners in the traffic areas, and try to keep everyone out that does not need to be in the building. People often want to see the aftermath of the fire, but if they don't need to be in the house, they just add to the potential problems and could be a safety concern. 

Cover Your Furnishings

If the furnishings in your home are still relatively clean after the fire, put some plastic over them to keep dirt, soot, and ash off the upholstery. The upholstery may smell like smoke or other odors from the fire, but if the fabric is still clean, dealing with furnishing restoration is much easier. 

Clean Out the Fridge and Freezer

The electricity to your home is often shut off during fire suppression efforts, and if you can’t move back into the home for a while, take the time to clean out the refrigerator and the freezer so that the food does not spoil and ruin the appliances. Once all the food is out, prop the door open on both the fridge and the freezer to keep them from getting musty or growing mold inside.

Unplug Appliances and Electronics

If appliances or electronics are in the house that may turn on when the power comes on, unplug them from the outlets. If the items do not appear to have damage on them, they could have water damage inside or a short that you can’t see.

Something as simple as a wire with the insulation melted off could create a spark and start another fire when the power comes on. Unplugging the attached electronic or appliance is the safest way to isolate it and make sure everything is in working order.

Retrieve Your Important Documents

If you have documents in your home that are important like birth certificates, death certificates, your marriage license, or important insurance documents, retrieve them from the home as soon as possible. The longer these documents stay in the home, the more likely they are to sustain damage, and some of the documents will be hard to replace. 

Locate the documents and put them in something secure to protect them. Move them to a safe deposit box, or invest in a lockbox to keep with you until you are able to return to your house. If you decide to keep the documents with you, make sure the lockbox is fire-, water-, and tamper-proof so that you don't risk losing these documents again. 

Fire Prevention Tips from your local SERVPRO

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Questions about Fire Damage, Call Us Today – (301) 856-5402

Fires in your home can be catastrophic and extremely costly. It is crucial to take the necessary steps to prevent such disasters, sparing personal belongings, and, more importantly, lives. Here are some tips from the experts at SERVPRO of Alexandria:

Smoke Detectors

By law, you are responsible for having and maintaining smoke detectors on each level of your home and basement in Maryland. Smoke detectors act as the first line of defense against ignition and spread of fire. Confirm with your local regulations as to whether or not your home is up to code. Early detection of smoke can help prevent bigger damage and expensive repairs.

Fire Extinguishers

In addition to installing smoke detectors, fire extinguishers are great to have on hand in case of an emergency. If you don’t currently have one in your home, pick up one or more of the standard five-pound extinguishers. They are lighter in weight and easier to use.

Fireproofing Techniques

Reduce the chances of spreading fire in your home by taking every necessary precaution. This includes checking the condition of your kitchen, attic, garage, roof, living room, and chimney.

When smoking indoors or in the garage, make sure there are no combustible materials nearby. When baking or cooking, keep pot handles turned in and over the stove, use oven mitts, clear greasy messes from the area.

There is no substitute for training and experience when it comes to dealing with loss from a fire. As fire damage specialists, our business is built upon fire restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.


If You Have Questions about Fire Damage, Call Us Today – (301) 856-5402

Say "Smell ya Later" to the Odors Left Behind from Fire Damage by Calling SERVPRO of Alexandria

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After a fire, odors can get trapped beyond the areas affected by the fire and will be absorbed into your drywall, carpet etc. Let us Help!

Fire and smoke can wreak havoc on your home or business with devastating consequences. 

In addition to the physical fire damage that occurs, it can be a trying time emotionally. After a fire, odors can get trapped beyond the areas affected by the fire and will be absorbed into the materials in your space such as carpeting, drywall, furniture, drapes, wood, and more. Let the experts at SERVPRO of Alexandria help because we know exactly what to do.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

As fire restoration pros, we use 2 primary methods to eliminate odors:

  1. Dry fogging- Dispenses solvent-based deodorants as very small particles
  2. Ozone- Activated oxygen quickly dissipates with no residue, fragrances, or chemicals that some can be sensitive to

If your home or commercial space has been affected by a fire, contact SERVPRO of Alexandria TODAY as we can make it "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Damage Specialists on Standby Ready to Help Restore your Alexandria Home or Business

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call your local SERVPRO today to restore your home or business back to pre-fire conditions

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (703)739-2800

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Alexandria has the specific fire damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in fire damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your fire damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the fire-damaged home or business
  • When did the fire or fire damage occur?
  • What caused the fire damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Have Fire Damage? Call Us Today (703)739-2800