How to Remove Smoke Odors From Your Charleston Home
Odor Removal After a Fire in your Mount Pleasant House
Since Mount Pleasant homeowners do not expect or predict when disaster might strike, there are often common functions of the house that can exasperate the spread of the damage from an incident like a fire. With conditioned or heated air being a staple to nearly every home in the area, circulating air throughout your home is something that happens almost continually. Whenever situations like fires take place, a running HVAC system can become adversely affected and become instrumental in spreading damages like soot and smoke residue to otherwise unaffected areas of your property.
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome after a disaster like this in your Mount Pleasant home is your need for fire odor control. Smoke damage can seep into materials, fabrics, furniture, and much more. We have many pieces of equipment that can help to eliminate these harsh odors permanently from your home, and we also have specialized areas and tools at our facility to deodorize contents of your home removed during the mitigation phase and pack-out process.
Our SERVPRO professionals work to respond immediately to your emergency with the necessary mitigation to help protect the contents, furniture, and affected items within your home. These often get taken to our nearby facility for focused cleaning and deodorization efforts. The most effective approach for many of these items is time in an ozone chamber. This special compartment of our facility adds air with added oxygen to neutralize odor molecules in the items we have placed inside. This practice, even in portable units, is not safe for use around pets and your family, however.
To remove noxious fire odors in open areas and permanent fixtures throughout your damaged property, our SERVPRO professionals can combine the use of hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers. If there are no people or pets present in the home, ozone generators can also be a practical solution for deodorization in your home.
Restoring your home after a fire requires addressing lingering odor concerns throughout the house. Our SERVPRO of Mount Pleasant fire restoration specialists have the tools and expertise to help. Give us a call anytime at (843) 884-2258.
Cat 3 Water
After a hurricane, which causes major flooding, we cut everything out. The only thing remaining is the studs and the areas that didn’t touch the water. This is an image of a home previously flooded by water.
“Flood waters resulting from hurricanes, tropical storms, rising rivers, or tsunamis may be significantly more contaminated than flood waters from clean sources such as potable water or rainwater that leaks into buildings. The S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, published by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), categorizes water by level of contamination, from potable water (Category 1) to grossly contaminated water (Category 3) (IICRC 2006). The IICRC considers all water originating from sea water, ground or surface water, rising rivers and streams, and wind-driven rain from hurricanes and tropical storms to be Category 3”
We are here 24/7 for your emergency needs at 843-884-2258
Not one to Brag But
We recently hired a new Sales rep. His first day was today, actually. We are not ones to brag, but thank goodness he was here, and one of technicians, Lewis! This poor elderly lady, taking her 2 granddaughters out to Skyzone for the day, got a flat. We tried to put air in the tire with zero luck. The guys got right to work, putting on her spare. Welcome, Nanda Ragala and thank you so much to you and Lewis Pinckney. Great Job Guys!
National Guard Fire
This fire took place in the kitchen. However, a thick layer of smoke was everywhere. This is an image of the male latrine in our local National Guard. Every wall, floor, toilet, shower, and crevices had soot. We got there and went to work cleaning this up. We even got to ice blast the kitchen walls, to get off all melted paint and soot. This unit was lucky, in that this fire put itself out! It could of been a total loss if not. We have since finished this job and they are pleased with our work.
Does you office have a plan in place, in case the open the door to this disaster? That is what happened here. Let us help you to come up with a plan of action. Call us at 843-884-2258
House Gut and Dry
Our office has had the pleasure of helping during storms, 4 years in a row. The first 3 years were here locally. The last storm was a couple hours away. But, we went to put in the teamwork, that SERVPRO prides itself for. This image we are sharing is of a house almost completely gutted. The flood waters went as high as you see. Because, we don't know what is in flood waters, we cut out all drywall that touches. We are IICRC certified and follow such standards. This home is back to normal today, because of our speedy arrival times, and drying process.
As always, feel free to call us with questions to help you at 843-884-2258. We are always happy to answer questions, to help educate our clients, so they know what to do in the case of a storm.
SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant
Why SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant?
We are locally owned franchise, who's combined family experience is over 40 years! This is a letter the father of the current owner received back in 1975! As a whole, we here at SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant take the time to understand our customers needs. If by some chance we don't know the answer, we find it immediately. Cleve and Janice Smith, are always here to give us advice to this day. We are not just the people who come during a disaster, we are always giving advice and helping our neighbors.
Aside from the family, and our employees, SERVPRO's are like family to each other. This means no loss is too big for us as a company, because we can call in the re-reinforcements. As a whole SERVPRO has studied the fastest response plans and has an amazing plan of action in place.
So, whether you choose SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant or another office, you are in good hands.
Hardwood Floor Drying system
One of our popular questions is, can you save our hardwood floors? In the Charleston area, we have a lot of older homes with original floors, naturally they want to save them. Another reason is, it trouble-some and expensive to replace all the floors. Will the new floors match the old? I the answer isn't always simple either. We do have a hardwood floor drying system and we will do our very best to save those beautiful floors. But,we have to be honest, there are some times when the damage has gone to far and they need pulled. The best way to avoid pulling them, is to act fast! Call us immediately. We will be there fast, get water extracted and equipment in place. Lets save those floors, by putting our number in your list of phone numbers, and call use immediately!
This image was taking at a local facility. In the image you can see what appears to be mold. We cut out all this mess, cleaned the air, and followed protocol for clean-up. But, we wanted to share with our client’s ways to avoid this happening:
Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:
- Roof leaks
- Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
- Unvented combustion appliances
- Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings
Basically try to keep the moisture problems under control. If you have any questions, please call us at 843-884-2258
I just wanted to share a story with our clients. I often have to run errands, which requires me to forward calls to my phone. Anyhow, I ran out to the post office, and the phone rings, of course I answer! Thank you for calling SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant, how may I help you? As you know, our phones are answered by us, not a call center, 24/7. It was actually a sales recording. But, the lady in front of me introduces herself, with a big smile, and says “Cleve Smith has been cleaning our carpets for 25 years, thank you all so much”. I smiled back and was in AWW, that our company made her smile, and that she thought so much of Cleve Smith, father of the current owner, Kevin Smith. So, when I get asked “why SERVPRO of Mt. Pleasant?” this is why, we have a great reputation.
Small Business Fire Tips
We have been working on, a fire loss at the National Guard. Luckily, their fire extinguished itself before employees arrived. But, it makes us want to share tips for your business; to stay alert.
“Fire Prevention Tips for Small Businesses
Knowing how to prevent fires at your small business is invaluable. Here’s a list of 20 tips to help you do that.
Have a Safety Officer
It doesn’t matter whether you have two employees or 50; all small businesses need to have a fire prevention officer. This is the person who will be in charge of putting together escape routes and meeting places for your employees. This is also the person in charge of keeping your fire prevention efforts up to date.
It’s a good idea to make sure that boxes or other materials aren’t stored in stairwells. They can become both a fire and safety hazard. Make sure everyone in your company knows these are off-limits.
Watch Where You Smoke
Employees and managers should only smoke in designated areas that are outside of the building. Wherever possible you should have large ashtrays that don’t easily tip over and never empty the contents into a wastebasket.
Electrical cords with broken connectors or cracked insulation need to be replaced right away. If you need to use extension cords make sure you only use one to an outlet. As well you should avoid what’s call Octopus wiring where clusters of wires and plugs converge on an outlet.
Give Appliances Room
You need to leave a space behind coffee machines and computers so that air can circulate and keep them cool. All appliances need to be kept away from combustible materials. Whenever you can, it’s a good idea to unplug appliances at the end of every workday to prevent fires.
Know Arson Risks
This is one of the largest causes of workplace fires. Employees can help to prevent arson by locking doors after work days over. Checking to make sure outside areas are free of combustibles and hallways are unobstructed are some other good tips.
Check the Storeroom
It’s important to make sure you don’t store flammable materials beside the furnace. Even stockpiling flammable or hazardous materials in a storeroom or basement can be dangerous. Your local municipality should have a facility where you can get rid of them.
Maintain Your Machines
All the machines you use in your small business should be maintained properly to avoid any kind of fire. Keeping the machines clean is important and you should even switch them off when they’re not being used.
Get a Good Alarm System
It’s important for small business to have a good alarm system. That way, something that’s smouldering can be caught before it becomes a full-fledged fire. Sprinkler systems are an excellent idea. Check out the kind of compatibility your smart phone has with anything you choose through an app.
Take The Garbage Out
Regular garbage removal is an important part of preventing fires at your small business. You should have a designated routine and a collection point where all your refuse goes. Staff training is important here so everyone is on the same page.
Keep Fire Extinguishers Updated
Fire extinguishers need to be kept in places where they are accessible and visible. They also need to be fully charged and annually inspected by qualified people. If you haven’t already done so, set up a visual inspection once a month.
Keep Doors Closed
Another good way to prevent fires at your small business is to keep doors closed when you’re not using them. Don’t dismantle automatic door closers or prop open fire doors.
Check the Sprinkler System
Establishing a routine to check your sprinkler heads is necessary. Make sure they haven’t been painted over or damaged in any way. There should be a clearance of a minimum of 18 inches below them so they can work properly.
Inspect the Laundry Rooms
You need to clean out the lint trap on any dryers you have at your business on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to take a few minutes to look behind the dryers to make sure nothing has fallen behind them.
Service Cooking Fire Suppression Systems
If your small business is a restaurant, you need to have any cooking fire suppression systems inspected on a regular basis. Twice a year by qualified personnel from your local fire department is the norm here.
Clear Out Those Mechanical Rooms
Make it clear to everyone that works for you mechanical and storage rooms are two different places. If you’re storing anything in a mechanical room now, remove it and make sure the doors are locked when no one is working inside.
Maintain Your Standpipe Systems
These are a series of pipes that connect a water supply to your building. A flush test should be performed once every five years to make sure they are unobstructed.
Test Smoke Alarms
All the smoke alarms at your small business need to be replaced once every 10 years. You should check them at least once a month and replace the batteries annually.
Stay on Top of Fire Code Changes
Chances are your local municipality has updated information on how to keep your business safe from a fire. Staying on top of the fire code changes in your area will give you good cutting-edge information.
Have Good Spill Control Procedures
Cleaning up a hazardous waste spill in a timely and effective manner can prevent a fire. You can get government information here that can tell you best practices including what kind of protective equipment is necessary.
If you have any questions call us at 843-884-2258