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4 Tips to Avoid Severe Commercial Kitchen Fire Damage

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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A commercial kitchen fire can leave a massive amount of property damage.

A commercial kitchen fire can be a devastating event for any restaurant or foodservice business. A commercial kitchen is designed to handle bulk cooking that requires the use of expensive equipment. As a result, they are extremely prone to fire damage because they contain many different flammable materials such as grease, oil, and cooking supplies.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have restored numerous commercial kitchens that were damaged by fire. The following blog post is designed for those running a commercial kitchen. We will discuss the best four tips to avoid severe kitchen fire damage.

How do commercial kitchen fires occur?

The most common reason why a commercial kitchen fire will occur is when there is a grease fire. A commercial kitchen may be covered with oil, fat, or even cooking supplies that are all highly flammable materials. Flammable materials can ignite when they come into contact with an open flame source, such as a stovetop burner or pilot light.

A commercial kitchen fire may also occur because of human error and faulty equipment like old stoves or ovens which don't turn off when their burners are switched off.

4 Tips for commercial kitchen fire prevention

The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have put together the following tips to help you avoid costly repairs and permanent closure.

1) Remove grease regularly

Grease buildup in a kitchen is inevitable. Schedule a recurring time to remove used grease and place it in an outdoor grease container to prevent a grease fire from occurring. The schedule that you develop needs to be in place so that there is never a chance for excess grease to be present in the kitchen.

2) Service equipment often and replace old equipment

Old and outdated equipment is more likely to have a malfunction and cause a commercial kitchen fire. Unfortunately, there's no way to know when your commercial oven or stove will fail, so you should make sure that old equipment is replaced.

You will also want to ensure that the kitchen exhaust and duct systems are professionally cleaned often. For example, a flame can climb into an exhaust hood and cause severe fire damage when excess grease residues are in the duct system.

3) Prioritize safety

Commercial kitchen fire safety needs to be a priority. The best way to prevent severe kitchen fire damage is to have a reliable fire extinguisher close by when a fire breaks out.

4)Train all kitchen members

Quarterly safety meetings must be held to ensure all individuals working in or around a commercial kitchen are trained to respond to a grease fire. In addition, they all need to know the fire safety protocols, locations of fire extinguishers, and how to properly use kitchen equipment.

What to do when a commercial kitchen fire occurs

The first thing to do when a kitchen fire occurs is to call the local authorities. The Atlanta Fire Department consists of 35 fire stations with experienced firefighters and emergency medical service providers.

The next thing to do is call a reliable Atlanta fire restoration company. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is a well-known company that has been servicing Atlanta since 1967.

Wrapping up

We hope you took the provided tips seriously, so you will never need to call for fire restoration services or the Atlanta Fire Department. 

Contact us today if you are in need of help after a commercial kitchen fire occurs. The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are all IICRC certified and understand the importance of arriving at a fire damage disaster quickly.

5 Great Grease Fire Prevention Tips From Grease Fire Cleaning Pros

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Small grease fire in Atlanta kitchen The grease fire cleaning professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7.

Grease fires are difficult to extinguish and even harder to clean.

A grease fire can occur in any kitchen but is preventable, unlike most types of fires. If you are worried about a potential grease fire or have damages caused by a grease fire, then this post is for you. This blog post will go over the science behind a grease fire, potential damages, prevention tips, and why you should call SERVPRO for grease fire restoration services.

The science behind a grease fire

Did you know that common cooking oils heat up faster than water because of their lower heat capacity? Cooking oil's lower heat capacity increases the likeliness of a grease fire when the oil becomes too hot. A grease fire will break out as it transitions from the boiling point to the smoke point. Keep in mind that the smoke point will vary depending on the type of oil used for cooking. 

As grease heats up from cooking, it creates a flammable vapor that is easier to ignite from ignition sources, such as hot grease splatters. The vapor eventually builds up until the grease catches fire and burns quickly with intense heat.

How to put out a grease fire?

Before discussing how to put out a grease fire, we must first mention that safety should be your number one priority. It is best to call the Atlanta authorities when dealing with a grease fire situation that is out of control. 

The first thing you should do when you have a grease fire is turn off the heat source immediately. After the stove has been turned off, you should cover any nearby flames with baking soda and use a pot or lid to cover the flame.

Unlike most fires, you will want to refrain from using water because that will spread the grease fire to other areas.

Fire damages a grease fire can cause

The most common place for a grease fire to occur is in a kitchen. The amount of fire damage will depend on how long the grease fire burns and if it spreads.

Common damages left behind after a grease fire include:

  • Grease build-up on appliances
  • Smoke/soot damage to the walls, ceiling, and furniture left in the fire area
  • Charring of materials (flooring) that caught on fire

Depending on the amount of fire damage present will dictate how much grease fire cleaning will be needed. Keep in mind that all grease fire damage is preventable when you follow our grease fire prevention tips.

5 Grease fire prevention tips

  1. Never leave the stove unattended while cooking.
  2. Turn the heat down at the first sign of oil starting to smoke.
  3. Never use the same oil more than once.
  4. Have a working smoke detector near the kitchen
  5. Ensure there is an adequate amount of space between cooking areas and combustible materials.

The best company for grease fire cleaning services

When it comes to cleaning grease fires, one company always stands out from the rest in Atlanta, and that company is SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is independently owned and operated by Rick Northen, who prides himself on delivering quality restoration services to every customer.

All of the team members at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta have gone through rigorous training from the IICRC to ensure Atlanta customers receive top-of-the-line fire restoration services. When you choose to hire SERVPRO, you have a team quickly on-site ready to remove debris, clean soot, and restore your property.

Final thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about grease fire prevention and what it means to hire SERVPRO for grease fire cleaning services. Contact us today for questions or inquiries regarding fire restoration services.

Grill Without Damage: A Guide for Grilling Near Vinyl Siding and Outdoor Awnings

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Person grilling in Atlanta Georgia To avoid fire damage, make sure your grill is more than 3 feet away from your home!

Knowing the appropriate grilling distances from vinyl siding will ensure a great summer!

Grilling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but it can also be hazardous. You should consider many things before grilling near your home or outdoor furniture, including how far away a grill should be from your vinyl siding and other outdoor structures. In this post, we will discuss safe grilling practices to ensure you avoid home fire damage!

Far too common during the summer months, the professionals at SERVPRO receive calls when a property undergoes fire damage when a grill is too close to a house.

One of the most recent fire damage restoration jobs resulted from an outdoor grill being left unattended. By the time the homeowner noticed the fire had quickly spread up the vinyl siding and caught the roof on fire. Fortunately, the Atlanta fire department put the fire out before it entered the home.

With summer in full swing, homeowners should know how close they can place their grills before risking home damage. This blog post will be going over grilling safety protocols and the appropriate distance to grill from a house.

How far should a grill be from a house?

It is not wise to place a grill too close to the house as it will cause damage. The material surrounding your home, including vinyl siding and outdoor awnings, are at risk of catching on fire when they come in contact with open flames. To ensure your family and home's safety, we recommend keeping any grill 3 feet away from your home walls and vinyl siding.

There are many types of materials that can catch on fire when placed too close to open flames. To ensure you are not on the tail end of a fire disaster this summer, we recommend following these safety protocols:

  • Never leave a grill unattended
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby
  • No materials should be within 3 feet of proximity

Gas Grills 

A homeowner should monitor a gas grill for any gas leaks that can lead to an explosion or other dangerous conditions. If your gas grill does not start right away with the ignitor, you can use a multi-purpose lighter to ignite the gas grill, but only after waiting 5 minutes for the propane to dissipate.

Charcoal Grills 

If you're using charcoal for cooking this summer, be sure not to use lighter fluid near the house. If you decide to use lighter fluid, we recommend using it at least 10 feet away from any outdoor furniture or your home vinyl siding. 

Grilling under an awning 

It is also safe to grill under an awning, but only if the awning is at a proper height (9+feet) and the grill is in well-working condition. If you do plan on grilling under your awning, we suggest you use a gas grill, but keep in mind, even with a gas grill, grilling under an awning is still more dangerous than grilling under nothing at all.

Final thoughts

We hope you learned the importance of maintaining proper distance when grilling near a house with or without an awning. No matter what, when you are grilling, it is best to follow grilling safety protocols and keep a fire extinguisher nearby to ensure the safety of your home and all the individuals near the property.


The professionals at SERVPRO know that fire damage from a grill can come without warning; that is why we offer 24-hour support 365 days a week. Our IICRC certified professionals have gone through extensive training and have years of experience mitigating fire damage. Contact us today to receive the best fire restoration service in Atlanta, Georgia!

What is The Job of An Atlanta Fire Chaser?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Not all Atlanta fire chasers are bad 

We appreciate the Atlanta firefighters, cops, and EMTs coming to assist and save lives when a fire disaster occurs. First responders are a huge help. There is another type of restoration first responder known as fire chasers. 

A fire chaser is someone who comes to your aid amid a tragedy to assist you with your property damage. A fire chaser will show up after the extent of the fire damage situation is stabilized.  

This post will take a deeper look at what fire chasers are and how they can help you in a fire damage situation.

Why are they called fire chasers?

They are known as fire chasers because they rush to the scene and provide their emergency services to a property owner when they hear of an ongoing fire. In most instances, a fire chaser will show up uninvited when the fire is still burning.

The restoration first responder (also known as a "fire chaser") is responsible for responding to a possible property loss due to fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fire chasers are there, prepared, equipped, and ready to offer fire mitigation services.

Are fire chasers good or bad?

Some people object to fire chasers when they deliberately and unethically deceive property owners following a potential insurance loss. They've been accused of preying on someone who is at his most vulnerable. Most people believe they tend to take advantage of fire victims by showing up uninvited and talking them into signing contracts.

Remember that there are always a few characters who tarnish an entire career or industry, just like every other profession/field. Some fire chasers take advantage of others and engage in dishonest/unethical behavior to get a property owner's money when they easily can.

Although, not all fire chasers are bad. In most cases, a fire chaser is looking to help the property owner recover from the disaster that they just endured. Fire damage to a property is an emotional experience, and the fire chaser will ensure that the property owner has a place to sleep and is well taken care of. 

How do fire chasers Get Paid?

Depending on the restoration company, there are both salaried and commission-based fire chasers. The fire chaser will provide their customers with immediate repair and restoration help and facilitate them with other necessities. Once a fire chaser has secured a fire restoration contract, the fire chaser will get paid in exchange for their lead.

Avoid Atlanta fire chasers and count on preferred insurance vendors!

Fire disasters always come without warning and such an unfortunate thing can happen to anyone. The professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta do not rely solely on having fire chasers first to a fire damage scene. 

SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta has built a reputation for being preferred insurance vendors. When a fire breaks out in your Atlanta home or business, you will want to contact your insurance before signing any contracts with a fire chaser. Because of our developed relationship with Atlanta insurance adjusters, your insurance agent will likely recommend getting in contact with our fire restoration team.

Once you call, our IICRC certified restoration company will quickly deploy a professional to come and help mitigate the fire damage. To go the extra mile, we will do our best to quickly board up your home and clean soot damaged contents so that your belongings will be safe from further damage. Boarding up services is proven to help with theft and unwanted pests. 


SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta specializes in fire restoration, and we are available 24/7 for the Atlanta residents. We want you to sleep tight and know that you have a reputable team you can rely on for fire mitigation and restoration. When the fire damage project is complete, you will not be able to tell that there was ever a fire!

Understand Why Black Cobwebs Are On the Ceiling After A Fire

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Soot webs are also known as black cobwebs

You may have seen some black webs dangling in ceiling corners if you have ever been to a property that just had a fire disaster. They seem to be cobwebs coated with soot at first sight. The majority of our customers would comment on their lack of cleaning ability. Luckily, these "webs" aren't really webs from a spider.

Our fire restoration experts have seen quite a number of fire-damaged properties. When it comes to the ceilings and walls, the extent of the damage can be evident. However, sometimes, the most severe damage is hidden in attics or between walls; it is undetectable until we dive in with further inspection. The black spider webs that come out of nowhere just after a fire are among the most apparent fire damage indicators.

What are the black cobwebs after a fire?

Soot webs, also known as soot marks, are formed when ionized soot particles attach and stick together. Soot particles are most common in ceiling corners, where the surfaces and air are colder. If you come across soot webs in your house, don't touch them because they're very sticky.

Soot webs, also known as "Black Cobwebs," are often confused as spider webs. These spider webs are known as "Soot Tags" and have nothing to do with real spider webs. In the case of a fire, spider webs will burn up very quickly.

The science behind soot webs

When petroleum-based or synthetic materials catch fire, black cobwebs, also known as soot tags, are formed. Soot forms and binds together in long strands during a fire, resulting in black web creation on ceilings and corners. 

The heat from a fire travels into cooler regions; as the air tries to maintain the equilibrium. Since soot is transported through the air with heat, soot particles accompany the air into cooler areas with weak circulation and then concentrate.

The ionization process of burning (especially) synthetic materials such as polymers and rubbers, produces charged smoke particles that can attract onto specific surfaces and to each other, developing chains and gradually web-like formations. They form in conditions known as wet smoke, which includes low heat or a smoldering environment.

In short, soot is a combustion product, and when the particles are charged, they quickly form soot tags or long chains of soot marks. So, while it seems like a bunch of soot got caught on old spider webs, it's a completely new structure.

What is the best way to clean up soot?

If soot webs go untreated, the acidic particles in the soot will damage your property and appliances. Homeowners should keep in mind that they should never try removing it themselves without proper chemicals as it can cause further damage to the walls and ceilings. 

When it comes to smoke damage on surfaces, our technicians take the following measures to ensure that the best cleaning agents are chosen:

  • Testing whether they're dealing with wet or dry smoke residues.
  • Scoping of services to make sure that cleaning methods chosen do not harm surfaces
  • Using specialized tools, like chemical sponges designed to remove soot

To start the soot cleaning and stage smoke reduction of our fire damage restoration procedure, SERVPRO will use air scrubbers with HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to clear impurities and odors from the air.

Following that, our professionals will use HEPA vacuums to effectively trap ash, soot webs, and dust spores that have blanketed your walls and ceilings. SERVPRO will also use approved chemicals to disinfect and extract odors from both horizontal and vertical surfaces of the contaminated region as a precaution.

Why contact SERVPRO

No fire damage is the best sort of fire damage. SERVPRO is a renowned company in the industry, and it has been serving customers in Atlanta since 1967. If you want your everyday life to be normal again after you have suffered fire and smoke damage, SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is the most reliable option for you. 

While we hope you never encounter soot damage in your home, and if you do, call our fire damage restoration team to make the fire "Like it never even happened."


Our team is fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and has the knowledge and experience in restoring fire damage in no time. We offer 24/7 emergency services to our customers, so contact us today!

How to Clean Small Amounts of Soot

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Soot damage in Atlanta garage The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7

It's best to leave soot cleaning to smoke restoration professionals

Fire disasters are notorious for causing severe amounts of damage to a property's structure.  

One of the most typical fire damage consequences is the development and deposition of soot on walls, surfaces, floors, interior, and exterior surfaces. Homeowners experiencing soot damage should first ensure adequate ventilation within the space; open up all windows and doors. 

For safety precautions, it is best to wear a PPE. Your PPE should consist of a respirator, gloves, and clothing when coming in contact with soot. Any surfaces and items that aren't damaged by soot should be covered and secured to avoid contamination. It is best to move all unaffected furniture to a different room or space to prevent any possibility of contamination. 

What is soot? 

Soot consists of dry and dusty tiny particles of carbon that result from incomplete burning or combustion of wood, oil, coal, and organic matter. Soot can adhere to pretty much any surface, and it commonly attaches to carpets, walls, floors, tiles, furniture, or heating and air-conditioning systems. Soot can be very resistant, and simple household cleaning techniques may make it worse and spread it. Professionals should handle the cleaning of soot and restore fire damaged items to ensure total removal. 

What materials can soot damage?

Soot can become adherent to any surface and leave permanent stains. Typical materials that need soot removal are bricks, stones, drywall, and wood. All home furniture can also be damaged by soot and will need to be professionally restored. 

All furniture that is damaged by soot, cleaned at another location to avoid the spread of soot. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta takes all fire-damaged materials to their warehouse for cleaning. 

How the professionals clean soot 

Fire restoration professionals will begin the soot cleaning process by using a soot vacuum and a soot sponge. They will carefully vacuum the surfaces and gently evacuate any loose soot particles. 

They will use a soot sponge to wipe off the damaged layer of soot on surfaces. Using a soot sponge is vital to the cleaning process and needs to be done carefully to avoid any additional spread of soot. Use the soot sponge only and avoid mixing the use of any other types of cleaning equipment. 

Leave the soot cleaning to fire restoration professionals 

The removal of soot requires deep cleaning and is a tedious process. In smaller areas, it may be manageable to try and clean the damage yourself. Yet, most people find it hard to effectively clean up even smaller areas as they don't have the adequate experience to clean soot. 

When dealing with significant damage, you must leave the job for professionals. SERVPRO offers professional fire damage repair and restoration services to clean your property effectively. They provide excellent services and are experts in deep cleaning soot and removal of the smoke odor. 


Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta today! Upon calling, you will receive IICRC certified fire damage professionals who will use industrial degreasers to remove severe soot damages.

How To Restore Oak Beams That Have Been Damaged By Fire

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Oak beam restored in Atlanta kitchen Our certified technicians can restore any size fire damage.

The goal here at SERVPRO is to restore your home and leave it, “Like it never even happened.”

Certified Technicians Mitigate Fire Damage to Structural Elements with Precision

No matter the size, fire can have a significant impact on a home or business. The most common fires start in the kitchen area. It is best to have the number of a professional fire mitigation company like SERVPRO to handle cleanup and restoration.

The Oak Beam Trend  

A hot trend in home decor has been decorative ceiling beams to enhance the look of open, farmhouse style homes and kitchens. Oak beams bring a rustic feel to the house that everyone loves. 

Oak Beam Restoration  

Although oak beams look beautiful, they can be problematic when a fire occurs because they are a combustible material.  

SERVPRO helps Atlanta homes that have suffered from fire damage. 

When a fire breaks out in your home, you must get it extinguished as quickly as possible. In small kitchen fires, a homeowner can use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. If the kitchen fire is more massive, it is best to evacuate the premises and wait for the fire department to put out the fire. 

Whether the fire is large or small, smoke residue and soot will likely spread rapidly throughout the house and onto the exposed oak beams. 

No matter the amount of damage present in your home, know that the professionals at SERVPRO are here to help. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained by the IICRC to safely clean and restore the damaged beam by dry ice blasting.

What is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a cleaning process that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) pellets. The pellets will evaporate when they hit the item’s surface and clean by a pressurized air stream. Dry ice blasting is a preferred cleaning method by the EPA, FDA, and USDA because it is an eco-friendly cleaning option. 

The reason that we use dry ice blasting to clean a damaged oak beam is because of its non-abrasiveness. Steel brushes, scrapers, and other blasting materials can damage a wood beam that has smoke damage. Dry ice blasting is the best way to clean a wood beam that has smoke damage. It is safe and does not create any chemical waste. 

When performing a soot cleaning job with dry ice blasting, we recommend using protective equipment to ensure safety. After we have blasted the damaged wood beam, we will then sweep up or vacuum the blasted off soot. With this method, you will quickly see an oak beam's ending result that looks as if it never underwent fire damage

 3 Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting

  1.  No waste disposal - The dry ice blasting method produces no waste product, making cleanup simple. 
  2.  Eco-friendly – The entire process is non-toxic.
  3.  Saving money and time– Dry ice blasting is quicker than other soot cleaning methods. 

Here at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta, we understand that your home is your sanctuary. You have created a space that is a reflection of who you are. We want you to continue to feel safe even after fire damage has occurred. Contact us today to handle any fire damage clean up to your home. We are available 24/7!

Call us at (404) 835-0200.


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How To Get Rid Of Fire Smoke Smell? Fire Deodorizing Following Fire Damage In Atlanta GA

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke caused from a fire in Atlanta Our certified professionals will remove the nasty smoke smell after a fire has occurred in your home.

Recovering from a recent fire, regardless of its size, can be complicated, especially when there is a strong smell of fire.

Best Way To Deodorizing Your Home After A Fire

Right after a small fire has occurred in your Atlanta home, it is essential to assess the damages to your house quickly. You will want to inspect the furniture and the walls of your home. In the best-case scenario, your home will not have any severe damages besides the smell of smoke that can linger for weeks after the fire occurred. 

SERVPRO knows that odor removal is a significant aspect of fire restoration.

Once you call our SERVPRO technicians to come and inspect your home, you will find that they are highly educated on the latest restoration techniques. All of our staff have gone through training offered by the IICRC to ensure that the job is done correctly. A small fire may not damage the aesthetic of your home, but the removal of the lingering smoke smell may make you feel like the damages are much worse than they are. 

How To Professionally Clean the Smoke Smell?

The removal of smoke smell is not a problem for our professionals. When SERVPRO arrives, you can guarantee that they will come with the know-how to use fire restoration equipment and experience removing foul smells.  

Most Important Piece Of Equipment Needed to Remove Fire Smells

Fogging Machine

Deodorizing of smoke and fire smells happen through the use of dense fogging machines. Our industrial-strength machines produce a heavy chemical fog that will be sprayed throughout the affected area. A fogging machine will make sure the smell is removed from the structure and contents.

We understand that the smell of smoke and fire are challenging to live with. When we arrive on-site, make sure to speak with a project manager about removing the smoke smell from your home as soon as possible. We can operate our fogging machine while we are performing other fire restoration services. Our goal is to be as efficient as possible and make sure that you are continuously happy with our services.  

Does The Fogging Leave A Scent? 

The chemical that we use in our foggers does not have a scent. The chemical works by reacting on a molecular level with the foul-smelling odor molecules lingering in the air after the fire is extinguished. This chemical is a new compound that has come far from traditional deodorizing techniques. Back in the day, fire restorers would use a chemical compound that would overpower the harsh smell with an overbearing new scent—fogging leaves the room smelling like the natural smell of your home even during the fire damage restoration process. 

If you are recovering from a recent fire, you must contact a reliable and trustworthy company like the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta. We will not only restore your home, but we will educate you on the fire restoration process. Remember, our number one goal is to bring your home back to their preloss conditions. Call us at (404) 835-0200.


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2 Types of Fires That Result In Smoke Damage Clean Up Services in Atlanta

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Atlanta home Our professionals will perform multiple tests so that your home or business is restored properly after a fire.

When your Atlanta home or business suffers from fire damage, you will need to hire a professional fire restoration company to clean the soot. 

Two Types of Smoke Damage

After a fire affects your home or business, you will be left with smoke and soot covering the interior of your home. 

Did you know that smoke and soot can travel throughout your home and penetrate other rooms? Smoke and soot cause interior damage to the paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing, and other personal belongings. 

There are two classified  fire damage types, simple and complex:

What are Simple fires?

Simple fires are fueled by pure combustibles, like wood. These combustibles are natural to target and to start and fuel a fire. 

What are complex fires?

Complex fires are the most common house fires in Atlanta. Synthetic materials fuel house fires. Synthetic materials include properties found in carpets, furniture, toys, and wiring. These types of fires frequently result in incomplete combustion and are the products of soot and acid deposits.

Smoke and soot removal service must happen quickly after the fire occurs. Fast-acting Smoke damage services minimize damage to fabrics, electronic devices, and painted surfaces.

Types of Smoke Residues

Once one of our certified professionals arrives at a fire scene, they will perform tests on the materials covered in soot. After extensive testing, the fire damage professional will determine which type of smoke damage has occurred in your home. We base our cleaning procedures based on the information identified during the soot and smoke damage testing. 

There are five types of residues that we find after a home fire. SERVPRO offers services to clean the following type of residues:

  1. Wet Smoke Residues – This is the most common type of residue in Atlanta home fires. Wet smoke residues are the result of smoldering fires with low heat. These residues are incredibly sticky, smeary with pungent odors that are difficult to remove. 
  2. Dry Smoke Residues – The hotter the fire, the more dry smoke residues are present. These residues result from fast-burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, and small. The only positive side of this type of residue is that it is not as challenging to clean because it contains non smeary smoke particles
  3. Protein Residues – Virtually invisible residues that cause severe damage to your home interiors. Protein residues will discolor the paint on your walls and varnishes. Aswell protein residues contain an extremely pungent odor. To help with the smell, one of our SERVPRO professionals will install an air purifier.  
  4. Fuel Oil Soot – When a furnace puff backs, you can bet it will distribute fuel oil soot.
  5. Other Types of Residues – Our certified professionals have experience in restoring residues caused by tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguishers. These types of residues need just as much attention as fire causing residues. 

Give us a call today at (404) 835-0200 if your property has recently suffered from smoke and soot damages. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is well equipped with a team of restoration professionals that can handle any size disaster. 

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Why Fire Extinguishers Placement is Important for Commercial Buildings (5 Classes of Fires Included)

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Atlanta Fire Extinguisher Proper placement of fire extinguishers is essential for protection against commercial fire damage

Understanding the critical fundamentals of fire safety is essential for your staff and customers. 

Understanding the number of fire extinguishers necessary in your Atlanta commercial building is dependent on a couple of variables. First and foremost, please remember that OSHA is in charge of enforcing fire safety to keep Atlanta residents safe from fire damage. With that being said, it is essential to be aware of your building's square footage and how prone the Atlanta property is to fire damage. 

NFPA Classes of Fire and Spacing for a Fire Extinguisher 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has come up with the five main classes of fires necessary to protect against property damage. We have seen all three fire types happen in Atlanta's commercial buildings.

Class A: Class A fires can break out in offices, classrooms, and assembly halls with mainly minimal combustible materials. For best fire protection practices, it is necessary to have one 2-A extinguisher every 3,000 square feet.

Class B: Protection against a class B fire requires that all employees have access to an extinguisher within 50 feet. These types of commercial buildings include locations such as workshops, storage areas, research operations, garages, warehouses, or service and manufacturing areas. 

Class C: Class C fires are caused by energized electrical equipment. The spacing of an extinguisher is dependent on if the building falls under a class A or B.   

Class D: Class D fires can break out in locations where combustible metal powders, flakes, shavings, or similarly sized materials are generated at least once every two weeks. For best fire safety practices precautions, it is best to have fire extinguishers no more than 75 feet from the potential hazard.

Class K: Class K fires happen in locations where potential fire hazards from combustible cooking materials exist. For safety precautions, it is recommended that fire extinguishers are at a maximum travel distance of 30 feet.

The city of Atlanta is full of commercial buildings that suffer from fire damage multiple times a year. We know this because we have been the go-to Fire Damage Restoration company for most of the property managers in and around metro Atlanta. We understand that each building is different when it comes to the hazard level of potential fire damage.  

We want our commercial clients to make sure that they are always doing their part by following the OSHA and NFPA fire safety precautions and are keeping their Atlanta fire extinguishers at the proper distance. Fire extinguishers have an expiration date labeled on the side of them. We recommend that the expiration dates be saved on your calendar for best safety practices causing a reminder alerts you when the expiration is near. 

In case of Fire Damage 


If a fire breaks out in your commercial building, please call 911 as soon as possible. The Atlanta fire department is known for its highly skilled fast-acting professionals. After the fire is put out, SERVPRO will happily come out and clean all of the damaged materials in and around your property. We are available 24/7 365 days a year. You can call us at (404) 835-0200.

Ensure Fire Safety this Summer in Your Home

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Lit candles "Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable sources to avoid fire damages"

Just the thought of going through a fire is terrifying to most families. Loss of life and property are possible outcomes of fire, and dealing with the aftermath can be very confusing and overwhelming. There are over 300,000 house fires a year in the U.S., and unfortunately, most of these home fires can be prevented by simple things. The professionals here at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are here to help you avoid this kind of disaster from happening to your home. Here are some ways to keep your home fire safe for the summer.

First, Be Mindful of Candles 

Candles can be so lovely to smell and look at, but it’s easy to forget it’s still a dangerous open flame within your home. Candles have caused tens of thousands of home-related fires and deaths over the past few years alone. Most home fire damages are caused by leaving flammable items too close to the candle or by falling asleep with candles lit. 

To prevent a possible candle fire, you should: 

  •   Blow candles out before you go to sleep or when you leave the area 
  •   Keep candles at least one foot away from flammable sources 
  •   Use candle holders that cannot be tipped or knocked over easily 

A few small actions can go a long way when it comes to preventing drastic smoke and fire damage within your home. 

Second, Cell Phone Charging and Overheating

Have you ever gone to sleep with your phone on the charger overnight and tucked somewhere in your bed, under a blanket, or even worse, under your pillow? Leaving a phone to charge is much more dangerous than you might have thought. If you notice when charging your phone, it will typically get warm, and in some cases, when the phone is covered overnight and in combination with a faulty battery, the trapped heat can cause the phone to explode right next to you. Not only can this itself cause extensive damage, but it can also start a house fire that can quickly escalate. 

If your phone ever feels like it’s overheating on the charger, you should unplug it and turn it off right away until it cools down before using it or attempting to charge it again. 

Third, Fix Your Fire Alarms 

Too many homes often forget about or neglect their fire and smoke detection systems. Not having a well-functioning fire alarm system could make the difference in loss of life and property in the event of a fire. In the event of a fire after alerting authorities and safely evacuating the area, your next step should be to contact a local smoke and fire damage restoration company. The professionals here at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are specially trained in fire damage restoration and can help in the recovery process after a fire occurs. 

There are many ways to keep your home safe during the year from accidental fires. Check out some of our other blog posts about fire safety to learn more, and in the event of an emergency, give SERVPRO a call anytime at (404) 835-0200. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you 24/7.

Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before and After the Fire

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

First aid kit SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is ready and available for fire damage restoration and will immediately lend aid to the recovery process.

An important part of fire safety is knowing what to do when a fire happens. For this reason, a home fire evacuation plan is a great thing to have. In the event of a sudden fire, an evacuation needs to happen quickly and efficiently while leaving as few important things behind as possible and knowing where to go. Once you are able to escape home or business that is in flames and alert authorities, your next step should be to contact a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta 

Here’s what you need to do before, during, and after the fire.

Before Evacuating

It is important to prepare properly in order to evacuate effectively. A few things you can do to prepare for a fire evacuation is to create a disaster relief kit or a to-go bag. This will contain any essentials that you would need in case you had to up and leave in case of an emergency. Good things to also put in this bag would be extra cash, clothing, emergency health information, and some plastic bags to keep sensitive items safe. Having a to-go bag ready to go in case of emergency can make keeping a level head in an emergent situation much easier while helping keep you safe. 

It is important that everyone in the household is also on the same page in the event of fire damage. Everyone should have the same meetup location, such as a neighbors house, in case everyone has to leave in a hurry. In the event that a fire is large enough to affect multiple homes or a large area, it is good to also have a meeting location in several directions. 

During an Evacuation 

It is important to already know what to do in the event of a fire so that you can make decisions to best keep you and your loved ones safe. It is important you maintain clear communication with everyone in your home in the event of a fire; power lines may be down, or phones may not be working in some situations or others may not be able to get to you. It’s important to listen to important updates from the news and authorities that are keeping up with the situation. 

Do not forget your pets and try to keep them in a place they’re accessible so that you can easily retrieve them should you need to evacuate your property.

After an Evacuation

It’s important to wait to inspect your property after a fire until after you are permitted to do so by authorities. Once you are allowed back within the distance of your home or business, your next step should be to contact a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is ready and available for fire damage restoration and will immediately lend aid to the recovery process. Experiencing this kind of scenario can be extremely frightening and overwhelming. Leave it to the professionals here at SERVPRO to help you restore your home from smoke and fire damage at (404)-835-0200

How to Prevent Kitchen Fires

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage Keeping your kitchen appliances clean and in good working conditions can help prevent a fire from starting.

A good number of household fires begin in the kitchen as there are many potential fire hazards present in the average kitchen. Fires in the kitchen can be hard to deal with, especially in the event of a grease fire, which can very quickly escalate out of control into a large fire endangering life and property. Luckily, the fire and smoke damage restoration experts here at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta are specially trained to help repair fire and smoke damage after a fire should occur. While you can’t get rid of every potential fire hazard in your kitchen, there are some pretty easy ways to help prevent a fire from occurring: 

Keeping your kitchen appliances clean and in good working conditions can help prevent a fire from starting up over the combustion of food and grease buildup. Your toaster is a good example of something that many people don’t think to clean often enough. Be sure to dump the bottom tray of your toaster out every now and then to remove the build-up of dry bread crumbs. Over time these may build up and combust during use leading to a kitchen fire. 

Another simple step to preventing a fire is to unplug kitchen appliances that do not need to be plugged in when you’re not using them. Older appliances with faulty wiring may burst into flames leading to smoke and fire damage even if you’re not using them. 

Keeping proper safety equipment ready around your home is another step you can take to help yourself in the event of a small fire. Smoke detectors should be kept relatively close to your kitchen, not too close to be easily set off by cooking smoke, but close enough to detect smoke that could indicate a fire. The batteries should be tested monthly to ensure that everything works as you never know when a fire could happen. Fire extinguishers are also an extremely important item to keep in your kitchen to help put out a fire on the spot before it gets out of control.

While cooking there are some steps you can take to prevent accidental fires, especially a grease fire, by not overfilling pots and pans with oil and grease and wiping up and grease spills. While you might not think about it, the buildup of grease and cooking oil on the surface of your stove is extremely flammable and if not cleaned up properly, may lead to a sudden grease fire while cooking. It’s also important while cooking to keep yourself safe by keeping your hair up, sleeves pulled up and not wearing clothing that is too loose as to possibly catch fire. Keep things like dry rags and paper towels away from the stove while cooking and don’t leave burners on if you aren’t using them. 

The final way to help prevent a kitchen fire is to never leave food unattended while cooking. This might seem like common sense, but leaving anything unattended in the kitchen is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Keep an eye on your food until you’re finished cooking and keep the area around your cooking space clean.

Following all of these steps can drastically reduce the odds of a kitchen fire occurring in your home, however, fires can’t always be prevented. In the event you have a fire in your kitchen, please give SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta call at (404)-835-0200 any time and we will ensure you get your home back to working order as quickly as possible. 

Putting Out Small Interior Fires

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

A mother and her son take food out of the oven while other food cooks on the stovetop. Daily activities, like cooking, can still pose a threat to safety.

The source of each fire changes the way the fire needs to be dealt with. Small fires, which are usually started by cooking or electrical outlets, can generally be put out by an individual. In case you experience a small fire within your home, office, or building, here is the way to deal with each type of fire.

Electrical fires occur due to dysfunctional or misused electrical outlets, cords, and appliances. If the fire is due to a broken wire, pour baking soda on the wire. Fires caused by outlets or appliances can be put out with a Class C fire extinguisher. It’s crucial that you never use water on an electrical fire due to the possibility of being shocked as a result.

Fireplace fires are not dangerous since they’re in a contained area, but if you no longer need the fire to be going, you should put it out before leaving or going to sleep. To put out a fireplace fire, poke at the wood and cover the coals. This takes away the fuel source. Also, you may use baking soda to put it out by sprinkling some on the fire.

Cooking or gas fires can be tamed by placing a lid over the pot to stop oxygen from reaching the fire. Turn off the gas supply to prevent it from spreading. Fire blankets work well for these situations.

If a small fire occurs in your home, office, or building, call your local SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta at (404) 835-0200. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta has professionals who know how to remove smoke damage and make the area affected by the fire look “Like it never even happened.”

Creating a Fire Escape Plan For Your Family

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire damaged apartment complex, with scraps of the building all around. Fires can escalate so quickly.

It is vital for every family to have a plan together in the event of a household fire. This plan can be memorized or printed and posted somewhere in the home that is easy to find. Having a plan ready can lessen the consequences of a fire by having everyone respond out of habit to the possible danger. If your family doesn’t already have a plan ready for a possible fire emergency, here are some tips for creating one.
Firstly, it matters where your smoke detector is located. If the smoke detector is in the hallway, make sure people sleep with the doors open in order to hear it should it go off. If it’s inside a room, it would be okay for that door to be closed since they’ll be able to hear it go off. Make sure there isn’t anything in the way of blocking the alarm sounds. Create a predetermined meeting place for the family. The best possible places for this to occur would be farther from the home. Making the meeting location too close to the home can be dangerous, depending on how the fire spreads. A good meeting place could be a neighbor’s house or an easily identifiable landmark across the street from the home. These preliminary assessments can ensure that everyone is prepared, especially considering the fire may happen during the night and waking up to a fire can be a confusing experience.
If fire damage does occur to your home, call your local SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta at (404) 835-0200. SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta can remove smoke damage and restore your home to before the fire happened. Fires are serious events, but with the right planning and the right fire damage professionals, your life can go back to normal soon after a fire occurs.

Safety for Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Atlanta Home

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to store items like gasoline, turpentine, and paint thinner properly to prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO Puts Safety First after Fire Damage in Your Home

If you store flammable liquids in your Atlanta home’s garage such as turpentine, gasoline, or paint thinner, they can be dangerous if not stored properly. Gasoline alone starts around eight thousand house fires each year. A reason this happens is that it is often stored incorrectly in the garage. For instance, when stored in a glass jar with a metal lid, the lid can create a spark if the jar falls off the shelf.

Flammable liquids in your Atlanta home should always be stored at room temperature away from any heat sources in the proper containers. If you have suffered a fire and fire damage from one of these catching fire, however, you want to get the damage taken care of as quickly as possible once the fire is out. Our SERVPRO staff can assist you in cleaning and repairing your home, as we are professionally trained to do so.

Many times, fires cause structural damage to buildings, which can pose safety hazards. We are always cautious of falling or loose debris and watch for damaged structural components which could cause puncture wounds. We wear work safety boots and hard hats for added protection when inspecting your home after a fire. We also keep you and your family out until we ensure that it is safe. Warnings of potential risks are made known with barrier tape and signs.

SERVPRO staff also need to be aware of trip, slip, and fall hazards. Most of these accidents can be prevented by following some simple measures. We inspect your home for potential slippery surfaces and tripping obstacles. Wet floors from putting out the fire can be slippery, or a dry floor can be hazardous if a surface nearby is wet.

Structures which are damaged by fire can present different trip and fall hazards. Walkways, floors, and aisles should be kept clean, dry, and free of any protruding splinters, nails, holes, loose boards, or projections. Holes in the floor are covered as well.

SERVPRO of West Atlanta / Downtown ensures that you and our workers are safe while we are restoring your home in Centennial Place, Mechanicsville, or Reynoldstown after fire damage. Reach out to us right away at (404) 835-0200 once the fire is out so we can begin helping you.

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The Lingering Effects of Fire Damage in Your Atlanta Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Even a small house fire can leave lingering effects requiring professional restoration services.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Return Your Home to its Pre-Loss Condition

Your Atlanta home might not be devastated by the recent fire, but there are still going to be lingering symptoms that make it difficult to live comfortably. With so many things that could hinder your family from moving on from the panic and trauma of the event, professional restoration services become the most expedient and efficient method for resolving the damage quickly and thoroughly. 

When SERVPRO claims to be “Faster to any size disaster,” that is not just a catchphrase used to draw attention. It is a commitment to your Atlanta home’s fire damage and any other need for restorative services that you might have. Our team can walk you through the damage and each step of the total restoration process until every affected aspect of your home gets successfully returned to preloss conditions. 

With even smaller fires, smoke and soot damages are a typical lingering effect. While this might often affect the walls, floors and ceilings of the rooms that experienced the blaze, correcting this problem is often more involved than simple cleaning measures can achieve. Depending on the severity of the present soot and smoke damages, our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment to scrub affected surfaces with a wet solution and without one. This penetrating scrubber can often successfully remove the soot and restore the damage, but more severely damaged areas might only be readied for priming and painting to complete. The same equipment gets used for the contents of your home that have gotten impacted by the smoke and soot as well, such as furniture, carpeting, drapery, and more. 

When people think of fires they might have experienced in their homes in the past, the one thing that people tend to remember is the lingering scent. The noxious odor can make it difficult to stay in your home at all, let alone pass through affected areas. Foggers can get used by our SERVPRO team to alter foul odor molecules and neutralize them on contact chemically. The process leaves no scent in the air after completion and is also effective for fabrics and contents in your home. 

Even a small fire in your home is a big deal to you and your family. Trust our SERVPRO of West Atlanta / Downtown team to help you restore the damage and live comfortably in your house once again. You can reach our experienced emergency response team anytime by calling (404) 835-0200.

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Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Can Rescue Burnt Homes In Atlanta

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

After a fire, Atlanta residents often experience a surreal feeling amid the trauma and shock.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration

After a fire, Atlanta residents often experience a surreal feeling amid the trauma and shock. Losing so much in such a dramatic and tragic manner can affect families for a very long time. Children experience entirely unfamiliar emotions after a disaster that can leave them confused and saddened.

In Atlanta, many different agencies can assist homeowners, and their families after a fire damages their home. SERVPRO often works with these agencies, so customers receive the help needed to recover quickly. Fire damage affects more than the home – it can also hurt the people who live in the home. Helping families get back on track involves helping in many ways, including helping restore the home's structure, both inside and out.

Removing materials burnt by the fire takes time, but we work quickly. We know our customers want to return home as soon as possible. We aim to minimize the time it takes to clean up a home so restoration work can begin. If boarding up a home can reduce its attractiveness to would-be thieves and vandals, we can provide that service.

We can also pack up belongings and store them at our facility to protect them during the entire restoration process. We often recommend this because cleaning and preparing a home for restoration proceeds much faster in the absence of undamaged items. When they are not present, they cannot be inadvertently damaged.

Firefighters often open the roof during a fire to control the fire or to introduce water to extinguish it inside the home. We tarp these when requested. Protecting your home from future rainfall can help control mold and water damage.

Removing charred materials and disposing of them, so nobody comes across exposed metal pieces, or other sharp objects helps protect homeowners, curious neighbor children, and others. We understand that such events often bring out curious onlookers while work continues and keeping the area clean can reduce the chance of accidents. Another aspect we take seriously is reducing your stress during the entire process. At the end of our work, we want your home to look “like it never even happened,” helping you and your entire family put the catastrophe behind you so you can all enjoy a better future together.

SERVPRO of West Atlanta / Downtown sincerely desires to help your family after fire damage touches your lives. We are locally owned and operated and can help restore your home. Call us now at (404) 835-0200.

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