Recent Fire Damage Posts

Houston County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 

SERVPRO of Dothan  334-699-5961!

10 Holiday Safety Tips For The Houston County Residents!

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are sneaking up on us and listed below are a few holiday tips we would like to share.

1. Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use.

2.DO NOT overload electrical outlets!!!

3. Never connect more than three strands of lights. Connecting more than this will cause a fuse to blow, and could potentially cause a fire.

4. Keep your tree watered daily. Watering your tree daily will keep it alive and prevent drying out. Trees can be a serious fire hazard!

5. Use battery operated candles.

6. Do NOT leave the house with a fire going in your fire place! Always be home and awake with a fire is going inside. The wood used in a fireplace can  sometimes spark and pop.  This can land on a rug or carpeted area, causing a house fire to start.

7. Protect electrical cords.

Cords should never be pinched by furniture , forced into tight places,  or placed under rugs/ carpeted areas.  Also remember that you should never nail or staple down an electrical cord. This can cause damage to the cord and therefore end us causing a house fire to start.

8. Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking!

Never leave your oven or stove unattended.

9.Turn off any decoration while you are away from your home or asleep at night!!!

10. Keep combustibles at least 3 feet away from a heat source. This was one of the main causes of fires last year.

SERVPRO of Dothan is always here to help. Please be safe and share these few tips with friends and family this holiday season!

Get prepared and stay safe!

Top Causes of Home Fires in the US

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fires and heating equipment is the most common cause of home fire fatalities.

As the Fall and Winter seasons approach, when we start using heaters and fireplaces, and gathering and cooking for the holidays, please be sure to visit the National Fire Protection Association website and review how to prevent  these top causes of home fires and what action to take if they occur:

Cooking equipment





Curious Children

And don’t forget to check and test your smoke detectors at least twice a year. Most people do it when the time changes as a way to remember when to do it but you can test them at any time of the year.

Clothes Dryer Safety

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), "between 2010 - 2014, USA fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year.  These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer/dryer combinations accounted for 5%." One-third of the dryer fires were caused by the simple failure to clean them.

“Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying.”

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers free safety tip and fact sheets along with a Clothes Dryer safety video.