Recent Fire Damage Posts

Overcoming Fire Damage for Morristown Homes in All Stages

10/17/2023 (Permalink)

Soot on drywall and molding on a door way to a kitchen from a fire. If you experience fire damage in your Morristown home, call SERVPRO! We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Dry Smoke Damage Cleanup in Action

Taking immediate action to mitigate the damage is crucial when a structure fire occurs. This process can involve temporary boarding up, debris removal, and improving air quality. However, once the fire is out, the real work begins. The byproduct of fires can often be one of the most severe obstacles to overcome in returning home to preloss conditions. 

How Does Soot Become a Problem for Your Home

Dealing with fire damage in your Morristown home is no small feat. Numerous actions must begin right away. One of the biggest challenges is removing and managing soot, which can quickly spread throughout the property as dry smoke particles. Even high-porosity materials are not safe from smoke solids infiltrating their surfaces. And if that's not enough, smoke and debris can leave a thin layer on both horizontal and vertical surfaces, making cleanup even more difficult.

Removing Dry Smoke Damage

Professionals often use chemical sponges to remove residues and soil deposits to tackle dry smoke damage. These sponges are made of rubber and are designed to pull soils away from surfaces without damaging the underlying material. Dry vacuums also remove loose debris and particles, making wipe cleaning more efficient and thorough.

Overcoming the Spectrum of Smoke Damage

However, it is essential to note that other types of smoke damage can require different cleaning techniques. Oily residues and wet smoke damage can be incredibly challenging to remove and may require solvents or detergents to emulsify solids. With a combination of damp and dry-cleaning practices, professionals can remove dry smoke residues and other threats, ensuring the property is safe and habitable.

Cleaning up after smoke damage is crucial to restoring a home to its preloss condition. At SERVPRO® of Hamblen County & Grainger Counties, we know the importance of showing up quickly and returning to your home just as you remember it. Give us a call when disasters strike at (423) 318-6733.  

Time is Crucial When Repairing Fire Damage in Morristown

5/15/2023 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage? Kitchen with fire and smoke damage If you are faced with fire damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Morristown. We'll make it like it never even happened.

Fire Damage Repair in Morristown Is Faster with SERVPRO’s Help

You may be experiencing emotional distress due to fire and smoke damage. Thankfully, professionals are available to assist you with efficient and prompt fire repair services.

SERVPRO knows how costly it is to replace household items after fire damage in your Morristown home. Our advanced cleaning procedures and techniques can prevent replacement costs. Our technicians can perform fire and smoke damage repairs properly. Our list of services includes the following:

  • Detailed and accurate assessment
  • Board-up
  • Emergency cleaning and sanitization
  • Professional deodorization
  • Puff-back cleaning
  • Reconstruction

To restore your home, we must first determine the impact of fire damage. Our SERVPRO technicians can perform a detailed inspection to determine the extent of heat, smoke damage, and residues from smoke and fire. We can also assess the damage from the water from firefighting efforts.

After determining the amount of damage, we can remove or move items from the property. Our SERVPRO team can restore, or discard items based on the damage. We can restore salvageable items on-site or take them for thorough cleaning at our facilities. 

It is common for fires to ruin the walls, windows, and roofs of homes, which compromises their security. Our team can offer roof tarp and board-up services to secure your house from intruders and weather elements. Once your home is secure, we can remove the excess water and dry your home using ventilation and drying equipment.

A fire can result in pressurized smoke, which occurs when smoke and other gases increase in size because of increased heat. We can use specialized tools to remove smoke residues from surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. SERVPRO uses equipment like hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers to eliminate smoke smells. In cases where we cannot lift the carpet easily into the backing material or padding, we can use a syringe and needle to inject small amounts of deodorant into confined spots on upholstery or carpeting.

With 24-hour emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Hamblen County can quickly respond to your needs. If you need assistance with fire damage repair, please do not hesitate to contact us at (423) 318-6733.

The Necessary Steps to Secure Morristown Property After Fire Damage

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

firefighter helmet with an American flag stuck in it Our local Fire Departments are Here to Help during a fire, SERVPRO is Here to Help after fire damage.

SERVPRO Sets up Barriers and Declutters Morristown Fire Damage Sites for Convenience

Preventing a fire from happening would be ideal. However, you have to think of alternative solutions to ensure the situation is bearable when fire damage occurs. Securing the premises is one such action, and it requires protection against weather elements, people, or animals that might venture in and mitigation the hazards that fire causes.

Securing your Morristown home after fire damage is only effective if done in good time. Otherwise, most of the secondary damages or hazards that such protection can help prevent might already be underway. Notifying SERVPRO of the fire incident the same day it happens guarantees timely action since we usually send a team on-site within 4 hours of notification.

Protecting the structure should follow a definite plan starting with the aspects of fire damage deemed severe or uncontrollable. For example, weather elements can change the trajectory of an incident from a simple fire cleanup of soils like soot and charred materials to a comprehensive restoration exercise with significant replacement of items.

Crucial structural protection helps:

  • Keep out the rain
  • Keep out vandals
  • Control humidity
  • Contain hazards like electrical shorts

Rain is most likely to filter into a building if firefighters punch a hole in the roof or a cave-in occurs. Firefighters usually create a hole in the roof to vent smoke and gases out if people are trapped in the house, thus increasing their chance of survival. Venting also makes it easier for the firefighters to see inside the burning house. On the other hand, Roof cave-ins are not deliberate and happen when flames compromise some trusses, thus limiting the ability to support the roof's weight. The quickest way to protect a structure with a hole in the roof is to drape a lightweight, protective material over the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians install tarpaulin covers over the roof of your structure before starting other fire restoration procedures. Complete roof repairs may take time, primarily due to bad weather. We choose a heavy-duty material that can last several months.

Protection from visitors

Your damaged house may not feel homely to you, but that does not mean it is unattractive to everyone. People and small animals can vandalize it or find a nesting place, worsening the damage left by the fire. Wall openings, whether shattered windows, missing doors, or otherwise, provide the perfect access points. Sealing them off prevents that. Our SERVPRO teams board up all openings before starting fire cleanup procedures.

The board-up process differs depending on the goals of both the homeowner and the restoration team. These goals can be influenced by the fire restoration timelines and the desired visual appeal. Common ways to board up structures include:

  • Cover over
  • Bolt with tension
  • Inserts

The cover-over approach is the simplest but is only helpful for a reprieve. With this method, plywood boards are attached around the edges of an opening. People can pull off the boards easily if they want to access your damaged home. With the insert option, the plywood is cut into a size that can fit into the opening, thus offering better security and visual appeal.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County has considerable experience securing properties affected by fire damage. Call us at (423) 318-6733. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage in Morristown Homes Is Best When Professionally Handled

12/18/2022 (Permalink)

house odors and stuff affecting lungs cartoon What is the invisible fire damage for Morristown properties? ODOR! Contact SERVPRO to make the house fire seem "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Restores Morristown Homes After Fire Damage

Fires can cause considerable losses to many homeowners, based on data by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which claims that firefighters respond to a fire every 24 seconds in the United States. Property owners can minimize the losses if the fire is countered early enough, but statistics show that property damage losses due to fire damage equal $25.5 billion every year.

To avoid huge losses, we advise that you contact a restoration service provider as soon as possible. Property owners need not worry much about the availability of fire damage restoration services in Morristown since SERVPRO has a local station packed with certified and well-trained technicians ready to come to your service anytime. We also have top-notch equipment that helps us handle almost any situation.

One of the effects of fire damage on a house is smoke odor. SERVPRO technicians are well trained on the modes of permeation of the smoke molecules and various methods of removing them. Independent of whether the smell is real or imagined/psychological, we have multiple products we can use to put you at ease. They include:

Odor counteracting beads - They are time-releasing masking agents that produce pleasant fragrances that freshen up the affected area.

Deodorant pellets/granules – These are odor absorbers containing fuller's earth as the primary ingredient. It acts as a sponge for absorbing and holding odors.

We mix water-based counteractants with cleaning solutions to control smoke odor.

Our SERVPRO team applies water-based wet fog deodorizers using a ULV fogger to make fog or fine mist.

Solvent-based thermal fog deodorizer is applied using a thermal fogger and then given time to penetrate affected materials and counteract the odors.

Our SERVPRO technicians can apply water-based thermal fog deodorizers to eliminate flammability concerns. The produced fog then penetrates cracks and crevices for odor control.

When the restoration process is not handled correctly, the costs can go up. Don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 to perform fire damage repair. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Protecting Contents of Whitestown Homes During Fire Restoration

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign Fire damage restoration for your Whitestown home needs to be handled by SERVPRO. We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year.

Fire Restoration for Damaged Contents

To many customers, personal belongings and contents are the priority with fire damage restoration and recovery efforts. Our prompt arrival for mitigation allows us to help with three heavily impacted types of materials:

  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Non-Porous Objects

Recovering Fire Damaged Clothing in Whitestown

If clothing is directly exposed to the fire damage in Whitestown, there is a good chance that it is too heavily damaged to restore. However, indirect damages and loss effects leave an opening for fixing your wardrobe. Often one of the greatest threats to clothing is harsh malodors that become trapped in the threads and pores of the fabrics. We utilize fogging deodorization to penetrate these impacted elements and offer greater off-site deodorization like ozone chambers.

Cleaning Up Impacted Furniture

Tables, chairs, and upholstered items can be quickly overwhelmed by circulating soot and smoke damage. Cleaning furniture often starts with removing any loose debris from the horizontal surfaces and determining the best approach for solvents and detergents based on the type of affected material. Dry cleaning approaches and extraction techniques can help improve the appearance of soot-damaged upholstery.

Restoring Hard Materials Off-Site

While some cleaning is possible at the residence while fire restoration continues, restoring certain belongings at our SERVPRO warehouse is often more helpful. Using sophisticated, advanced equipment like the ultrasonic submersion tanks that utilize vibration and bursting bubbles to break soils free and lift them from the surface of non-porous items, we can make fire loss "Like it never even happened" for many of your kitchen items.

Contents are a considerable variable of fire restoration and recovery for area homes. Even with the prompt response of experienced professionals like ours, all of your items might not be able to be saved or protected from fire loss effects. It is one of the focuses of our mitigation process to do whatever possible to preserve your possessions. Call our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team today at (423) 318-6733. 

Common Fire Restoration Actions Whitestown Properties Require

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage in Whitestown Conveniently

Fire incidents in Whitestown can be classified as minor or major depending on how vastly they spread through a property. However, such a simple classification is not enough to reveal all the necessary fire restoration actions.

Comprehensive fire restoration in Whitestown properties is critical whether the incident is localized in one area or widespread. The sections adjacent to the seat of the fire require more work or advanced procedures, while in far-flung parts, ordinary surface cleaning resolves most issues. SERVPRO performs quick evaluations determining the specific actions needed inside and outside your home.

Common fire restoration tasks:

  • Cleanup
  • Repairs
  • Repainting
  • Deodorization

The smoke produced during combustion finally settles on contents and structural materials, leaving them caked with residues. Removing all these residues is essential and might require more than one approach. Our SERVPRO technicians are well prepared with vacuums and feather dusters to remove the dry residues before applying wet cleaning procedures.

Finishing Touches

Removing soot and other fire residues is rarely enough to complete restoration. Once the residues are gone, pungent odors and blemishes affecting surface finishes remain. Fixing these issues is essential to restore the property to its preloss condition. Our SERVPRO technicians can help perform elaborate deodorization procedures to neutralize all odors. For example, thermal fogging helps atomize deodorizers allowing them to penetrate deep into materials where they can combine with odor molecules, neutralizing them. Ventilating the property with box fans after fogging helps restore normalcy.

Repainting walls, ceilings, and other structural areas are essential to restore a property to its preloss state. Repainting may be necessary when cleaned areas still have blemishes or spots. Alternatively, after replacing some panels, painting helps ensure a uniform finish. Our SERVPRO technicians handle these and other repairs your home might require.

Necessary repairs after a fire

  • Striping and replacing the electrical system
  • Replacing charred wall and ceiling panels
  • Replacing door and window trim

SERVPRO of Hamblen County is well prepared to tackle simple or advanced fire restoration procedures. You can reach us at (423) 318-6733 when you need any problem addressed, "Like it never even happened."

Basic Objectives of Fire Cleanup in Morristown Homes

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke from a fire Soot and smoke removal from fire damage is no easy task. SERVPRO techs have you covered.

Individual Efforts Comprise the Larger Fire Restoration in Morristown

Fire damage incidents require several stages of cleaning and restoration. As leading restoration professionals, we have several objectives driving our processes and recovery decisions.

Debris Cleanup

Safety and the well-being of house occupants are the primary focus of fire restoration in Morristown homes. One of the initial steps necessary to ensure this safety is implementing fire debris removal protocols. Eliminating heaps of ash and burned materials from the property reduces soot concentration and makes for less extreme malodors to remove later.

Soot Management

One of the most substantial obstacles to fire restoration in your home is removing and managing soot and smoke residues. Combustion creates hazardous circumstances, allowing harmful carcinogenic particles to traverse the environment around the ignition points, spreading soot and smoke soils throughout the property through pathways like the HVAC system and structural openings. Removing residues requires several cleaning strategies, including:

  • Media Blasting
  • Alkaline Cleaners
  • Solvents
  • Controlled Demolition

Odor Removal

One of the objectives of fire damage restoration is the removal of malodors from the structure. Combustion creates volatile compounds that overwhelm affected spaces. We have multiple deodorization practices to improve air quality within the damaged areas of your home or business.

Reconstruction Services

After many fire damage incidents, reconstruction and repairs are likely to be needed. Build-back services are necessary to restore comfortable living conditions for house occupants or allow these displaced owners to return to the structure without fear of injury or harm. With a contractor license, we can complete demolition and repair services necessary after the fire, and smoke damage impact the property.

As complex and complicated as fire damage restoration can often appear, there are basic objectives that drive the process for our experienced restoration professionals. With every loss incident, specific mitigation and recovery goals must be met to return the home to preloss condition as rapidly as possible, and our roster can help. Give our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team a call today at (423) 318-6733. 

Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown Happens Fast with SERVPRO

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot damage on wall Smoke residues deposited in fire-damaged homes in Morristown can be wet or dry, and SERVPRO can clean them all!

How Does SERVPRO Handle Soot Residues During Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown? 

Once the smoke settles on the various surfaces, it is often referred to as soot. How SERVPRO techs handle the soot during fire damage restoration of your Morristown home depends on several factors.

Characteristics of the soot particles such as the pH, nature, and physical appearance dictate the strategies that SERVPRO techs employ during fire damage restoration of your Morristown home. Based on some of these properties, the techs categorize the soot into the following four types:

  • Dry smoke residue
  • Wet smoke residue
  • Protein smoke residue
  • Fuel oil smoke residue

What Makes Residue Left After Smoke Damage to your Morristown Home Wet or Dry?  

Smoke residues deposited in fire-damaged homes in Morristown can be wet or dry. While SERVPRO techs have expertise in cleaning any smoke residue, the wet residues are more challenging to remove than the dry ones.

Whether a residue formed after a fire incident is wet or dry is determined by several variables, such as the amount of oxygen available, the rate of combustion, and the chemical composition of the material. Fast-burning, oxygen-rich fires tend to produce dry smoke, while slow-burning fires that are deprived of oxygen tend to make wet smoke. Furthermore, natural materials like wood, cotton, and paper have dry residues, while synthetic materials such as plastic and polymers produce wet residues.

How are Dry and Wet Residues Cleaned?

SERVPRO techs use less aggressive cleaning methods such as scrubbing with a sponge to clean dry residues. However, the wet residues warrant a more intensive cleaning method involving cleaning solutions and products. 

Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 with any questions regarding fire damage restoration.  

What Determines the Action Taken to Deodorize Morristown Property During Fire Damage Restoration?

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPROs IICRC certified technicians have the training and experience for all phases of fire damage restoration needed for your home.

 SERVPRO Considers the Effect Section of a House, Types and Amount of Residues Involved

Dealing with an invisible problem can bring unexpected challenges. For instance, quantifying the resources needed for removing odors after fire damage in Morristown is challenging unless you find tangible things to base it on.

Deodorization is as essential as any other aspect of fire damage restoration in your Morristown home. Without sufficient deodorization, smoke odors can linger for weeks or months, making it uncomfortable to stay indoors. SERVPRO technicians rely on experience and specialized training to assess deodorization requirements.

Some tangible factors that guide deodorization include:

  • Amount of residues left on surfaces
  • Whether the affected area is confined or open
  • The type of fire residues involved

It is easy to establish these factors even from casual observation. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians check for visible residues on surfaces. We also check whether there are openings such as windows, doors, and ventilation in the odor-filled area. Wiping surfaces with a cleaning sponge helps reveal if residues are wet or dry.

Various actions can help address the odors, including:

  • Removing structural materials 
  • Cleaning surfaces
  • Applying odor counteractants

The chosen method is what determines the necessary resources. For instance, light residues require light or moderate cleaning of surfaces, sufficient ventilation, and misting for odor management products. Our SERVPRO technicians' clean materials and then use ULV foggers to deliver deodorizers. If an area is confined, sufficient ventilation and a powerful deodorization method are necessary. Our teams can use air movers to ventilate the area and run an activated oxygen unit overnight. A thorough cleanup is also essential. When wet smoke residues are involved, a radical approach such as stripping off surfaces is necessary before applying standard deodorization methods.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County considers every aspect of fire damage restoration, including deodorization, crucial. Call us at (423) 318-6733. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Homeowners Need Expert Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

firefighter and stairclimb photo SERVPRO cleans and restores fire damaged Morristown properties after our brave first responders have left

Professional Fire Damage Repair in Morristown Helps Bring Things Back to Normal

Being a victim of a fire is a frightening and traumatizing experience. The ferocity and speed of a fire can make you feel vulnerable and lead to significant loss of possessions and damage to your home. The damage that fires cause does not end when the flames are extinguished. You might need another place to stay after a fire. SERVPRO’s prompt fire restoration services help limit the financial and emotional struggles a fire causes.

We are ready to perform expert fire damage restoration in your Morristown residence. With our emergency response, we can stabilize your home and recover as much property as possible. Our fire restoration process includes assessing the damage, offering smoke damage cleanup, water restoration, and odor removal. Our SERVPRO team can also evaluate the visible structural destruction and contents in your home for recovery based on various factors like:

  • The effects of heat and smoke
  • Restoration costs versus replacement costs
  • Loss of use
  • Loss of value

SERVPRO’s fire restoration process is intended to handle the destruction and return a property to the condition it was in before the fire. Cleaning a building to preloss condition involves removing smoke residues from its exterior and interior surfaces. The residues often emit smoke odors. Therefore, we also deodorize the property to eliminate the malodors.

Smoke damage is the other thing that needs to be dealt with properly. If left untreated, it can cause walls to turn yellow within a few days. Our SERVPRO team can use dry or wet cleaning methods to deal with smoke damage depending on the affected materials. We test the surfaces to determine which procedure can effectively remove smoke residues from a surface or material without ruining it.

Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 for help in the aftermath of fire damage. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can SERVPRO Restore My Fire Damaged Morristown Home?

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Hamblen County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Morristown Properties Require Special Soot and Smoke Cleaning after a House Fire

It is common for homeowners to experience a house fire during their period of ownership. Unattended furnaces, stoves, naked flames, or electrical appliances can be the root cause of ignition, but belongings and structures often act as the fuel. When these materials combust or catch fire, they can release chemicals into an indoor environment. Most harmful chemicals such as monoxide usually pass within an hour, but waiting for an all-clear from a fire marshall before re-entering the property is essential. Most residents rely on professional services to help with:

  • Smoke damages
  • Carpet cleaning 
  • Fire damage restoration

The actions taken by a qualified fire damage restoration professional in Morristown can often mitigate long-term losses and return belongings to a pre-incident condition. One of the core methods used for removing smoke is the use of a chemical suspension. Chemical suspension involves applying an appropriate cleaning solvent and allowing enough dwell time for the smoke particles to suspend in the solvent solution. A rinsing agent can then be applied directly onto the wall surface to remove the solvent and any soiling. 

  • Cleaning smoke residues from walls can also arrest unpleasant odors that may exist after a property fire. 
  • Solvents or other suspension chemicals must be applied correctly depending on the type of smoke- categorized as wet or dry. 
  • Material construction and smoke type hold the strongest influence on whether technicians use an oil or water-based solvent. 

Fire cleaning can be a tricky and time-consuming process. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County for fire damage restoration assistance at (423) 318-6733.

How Can Indoor Air Quality Be Threatened After a Morristown Structure Fire?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Airborne contaminants and threats abound after a fire in a Morristown residence

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is one of the measurements of success with fire damage restoration. Harsh odors and carcinogenic particles can be a threat to those exposed. We have multiple strategies to resolve airborne threats.

What Air Quality Concerns Exist During Fire Restoration?

Fire damage restoration for Morristown homes often begins with assessing the direst circumstances. Responding team members can be overwhelmed with multiple airborne threats and contaminants. Toxins from burned plastics, soot particles from partially combusted fuels, and other threats must get trapped and removed from the house.

Are Air Scrubbers Enough to Manage the Threat?

There is no mistaking that air scrubbers with HEPA filters are among the most heavily used items when environmental cleaning is necessary. Trapping circulating particles can make the living areas safer for house occupants and responding technicians. Apart from our air scrubbers, other tools and strategies can help, including:

  • HEPA Vacuums
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Debris Removal

Indoor air quality can be one of the most immediate concerns of responding fire restorers, as this can provide a dangerous situation for occupants of the house without appropriate action. Our SERVPRO of Hamblen County team has multiple filtration options we can begin quickly. Give us a call today at (423) 318-6733.

Morristown Kitchen Fire Damage Can Involve Many Types of Smoke

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Our Morristown Fire Damage Strategy May Depend on What Was in the Oven

There are many different types of fires that can happen in a home, and each produces a unique kind of Smoke Damage. SERVPRO technicians must learn to identify different varieties of smoke to treat the affected house.

One of the most common sources of fire damage in Morristown is the kitchen. Kitchen fires can start from different appliances and food sources, generating various types of smoke in the process. Smoke remediation strategies center around four broad categories:

  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues
  • Protein residues
  • Fuel oil soot

We can classify most fires as mostly dry or mostly wet. Dry smoke residues are often easier to remove because they do not penetrate materials as well as wet smoke residues. Wet smoke residues, by contrast, often require more intensive thermal fogging techniques to eliminate odors.

One of the most challenging fire and smoke damage types that a SERVPRO technician may encounter is a protein residue fire. These fires result from burned meat, fish, and poultry. Odors from protein fires can be very difficult to remove and may permeate the entire home, requiring large-scale fogging efforts and repeated intensive scrubbing to combat. SERVPRO technicians can use hydroxyl generators and HEPA filtered air scrubbers as initial treatments for clean air quality restoration.

SERVPRO of Hamblen County stays ready 24/7 to respond to local house fire damages. Call us at (423) 318-6733 for fast support.

Where Can Homeowners Get Prompt Assistance With Fire Restoration in Morristown?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Offers Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Morristown

Located in Tennessee’s northeast corner, Morristown is a city in Hamblen County, United States, and serves as its county seat. The city extends to the west and southern ends of Jefferson County. According to the United States Census of 2010, the city had a population of 29,137. In 2019, census experts estimated that the city’s population had increased to 30,193.

Morristown is at the center of eight counties and serves as the regional backbone for employment, shopping, educational opportunities, recreation, and healthcare. The community in Morristown developed from an agricultural-based economy to a manufacturing economy. The city produces a wide range of products, including automotive parts, plastic-made items, and frozen cakes, among many others.

Arts and culture in Morristown

The city hosts a number of annual events and festivals. The most notable events include:

  • Mountain Makins Festival: This award-wining festival raises funds to support the preservation of Rose School. The school offers Arts Education to residents of the five counties and preserves the Appalachian history and culture for generations to come.
  • Morristown Strawberry Festival: The event is a celebration to feature the strawberry harvest and promote the community. The free, family-oriented event also brings together several non-profit organizations and churches to raise funds.
  • Morristown Craft Beer Festival: Held every September at the Morristown Farmers Market, the event brings the community together to enjoy live music, a wide range of crafted beers, a corn hole tournament, and food. 

The City’s Parks and Recreation areas

Panther Creek State Park

Located on the shores of Lake Cherokee, the facility covers a total area of 1,444 acres. It offers access to an on-site playground and various recreational activities such as hiking, disc golf, fishing, horseback riding, boating, and birding.

Cherokee Lake

Popularly known as Cherokee Reservoir, the artificial reservoir is the result of the impoundment of the Holston River. The lake is a popular destination for tourists. Public boating, lakefront resorts, tent, and RV campgrounds, as well as a state wildlife management area, attract visitors for recreational use like paddling, boating, and swimming activities.

Cherokee Park Disc

The facility offers walking trails to visitors, a par-62 disc golf course, three playground areas, volleyball courts, a campground, and a boat ramp.

How SERVPRO technicians handle fire restoration in Morristown Properties

SERVPRO’s team of restorers understands that secondary fire and smoke damage can spread within a brief period. We respond to our customers’ emergency calls within the shortest time possible. Our IICRC certified technicians can determine the extent of the fire damage and come up with the ideal fire restoration plan. 

How SERVPRO restorers clean salvageable items

It is vital to begin fire restoration in your Morristown home quickly because this lowers the chances of severe fire and smoke damage occurring. Before cleaning the affected area, our SERVPRO team removes items affected by fire and separates salvageable valuables from those damaged beyond repair. We have expertise in offering the following services in fire-damaged homes:

  • House fire clean up
  • Smoke remediation
  • Water & fire damage restorations

We use safe, unique, but approved techniques as well as products to clean the affected surfaces. We may use an ultrasonic cleaner that uses sound waves to clean some of your valuables. During the fire restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians can also repaint structural surfaces and refinish wood contents.

Fire damage can be devastating and needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 for professional fire and smoke damage repair to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Fire Can Cause Smoke Soiling and Indoor Air Issues?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Smoke from this fire will travel throughout your home. Do you know how to remove smoke odors? SERVPRO does!

SERVPRO Understand How a House Fire Can Put Long-term Stress on your Morristown Home

Along the sides of the Cherokee Reservoir is Morristown. The small city connects with nearby Jefferson County on both the West and South but retains its position as the Morristown metropolitan area. The region is home to early-modern national hero Davy Crockett who worked as a soldier, frontiersman, and US politician during the early formation of the United States in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. One of the earliest records of commerce in the area is a tavern that was first opened by Davy Crockett in 1794 and is currently the Crockett Tavern Museum's home, which sits on the same site.

Morristown was a key battleground during the American Civil War, with a divided populace aligning with either Unionists or secessionists. For much of the war, Morristown was a temporary base of operations for the Confederate army. However, in 1864 the 'battle of Morristown' was won by unionists forcing the Confederates back onto the Watauga River. Morristown was again at the heart of civil unrest in the twentieth century during the American Enka and Labor movement in 1950 when a strike led to a call-in of the national guard. By 1959, an 'industrial development initiative' grew the infrastructure and economy of Morristown into today's city.

  • Panther Creek is part of Tennessee State Park upkeep and sits along the Cherokee reservoir. The vast natural expanse features camping grounds, picnic facilities, and washrooms. There are several beginners and intermediate hikes available that lead up to the nearby reservoir.
  • College Square Mall, located on East Morris Boulevard, is an example of recent urban redevelopment that has sought to revitalize the region. The large mall features fifty unique shops as well as dining areas and entertainment.
  • Crockett Tavern Museum on Morningside Drive is a faithful recreation of the home lived in by local hero Davy Crockett. Despite its relatively small size, the local history tours and surrounding grounds are well worth the visit.

SERVPRO Conducts Expert Fire Damage Restoration for Morristown Residents

When materials in your home catch fire, they release unpleasant smoke and odor into the property. Unfortunately, smoke can travel quickly through the home even when the fire is localized and contained in one room. SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to help you overcome a fire issue.

One of the pieces of equipment we use in fire damage restoration for Morristown residents is air-filtration devices. Smoke can adversely affect indoor air quality. Using an air filtration device (AFD), technicians can filter out potential carcinogens, dust, soot, smoke, and odor particles during a restoration.

  • AFD equipment incorporates high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) technology.
  • HEPA uses three layers of filters to remove even microscopic particles from indoor air.
  • H14 equipment that is common on HEPA filters is considered medical-grade air purification.

Return your indoor air quality to its normal state. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County for fire damage restoration at (423) 318-6733.

Repairing Upholstery and Furniture after Fire Damage in Morristown

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown

Just as hot soots and ash rise during a fire, they sink once the temperature and pressure levels have returned to normal. You may find that your property shows the most severe signs of soiling on the ceiling. However, as time passes, loose soots may drop onto the upholstery below. If water is used in the firefighting effort, then wet upholstery can quickly absorb or bond with soot particles. These can be challenging for even a qualified restoration technician as there are many factors, including dyes, staining, water-marking, and shrinkage, to take into account. Furthermore, some cleaning solutions may damage if applied to the wrong upholstery. 

Your home can require fire damage restoration in Morristown, regardless of how big or small the incident. SERVPRO provides local fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) to help remove soiling and protect your contents during the cleaning process. We always conduct a pre-test of the materials used in furnishings, upholstery, and the soiling on these items before starting work. Doing a pre-test allows us to create a tailored gameplan to restore your home and contents. 

Upholstery cleaning can take place on any furniture that can handle wet-cleaning without further damage. We generally place these items onto a drop-cloth to prevent the cleaning solution from coming into contact with other areas of the home. To prep your furniture, we apply a velvet epilator to the furniture's surface and carry out light vacuuming. At the bare stage, brushing upholstery can help loosen soils, while light vacuuming can remove them. 

Washing upholstery is a three-step procedure covering washing, rinsing, and drying. SERVPRO can begin by applying a shampoo solution to the furniture cleaning cushions before moving onto the area. Using an upholstery tool, we can then rinse the fabric before returning to the furniture's legs, front, and back. We can then brush the surface again to increase drying times and, in some cases, apply a dry powder emulsifier to complete the job.

We are experts at restoring, not replacing furniture. Contact SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733. 

Are You Looking for Fire Damage Restoration in Morristown?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

servpro box truck at site SERVPRO arrives stocked and ready to mitigate fire damage in Morristown commercial sites--both large and small! We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO is here to help after a fire

Morristown is a small and friendly city of 30,193 in Tennessee. Morristown is a manufacturing hub, with several large employers having bases here. There are over 100 manufacturers in the town, producing everything from food to aerospace parts.

Morrison got its name from its founder, Gideon Morris. By 1855 Morristown was an incorporated city, and it became the seat of Hamblen County in 1870. It is no wonder Morristown makes a delightful place to live or visit with such a long history. The vibrant modern business community exists arm in arm with multiple historical sites and striking historic buildings.

Morristown's most famous son

Davy Crockett is arguably Morristown's most famous son. David Crockett was born in 1786 and lived in Morristown for at least some of his life. Crockett is one of American's most popular folk heroes, known by the name "King of the Wild Frontier." During his life, Crockett had a reputation for hunting and storytelling, later for opposing President Andrew Jackson's policies and his involvement in the Texas Revolution. Crockett died at the Alamo. When you visit Morristown, you can see the Crockett Tavern History Museum. The tavern is a replica log building on the site where Davy Crockett's father, John Crockett, established a tavern in 1794.

Arts and culture abound in Morristown

As well as a long and exciting history, Morristown boasts many arts and culture sites and events. When you are in town, be sure to check out:

  • Panther Creek State Park, on the shore of Cherokee Lake. Families will love the playgrounds, and there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding, kayaking, and more. The park has over fifty well-appointed campsites with water, electricity, and fire rings.
  • Morristown Main Street Historic District is the city's main shopping area and includes several buildings of historical interest, such as the Henry Street Station Post Office.
  • Bethesda Presbyterian Church is a historic building that served as a hospital during the American Civil War. The church congregation was notably split by the Civil War, with both sides unable to reconcile their differences. As a result, there were no church services during the conflict, and afterward, the congregation was divided, with each side taking its own half of the church and not talking to the others.

Morristown also hosts several festivals throughout the year, including a strawberry festival, a beer festival, and the Mountain Makins Festival for arts and crafts.

Is it possible to restore wooden buildings after a fire?

Wood provides fuel for a fire, and so structures like Crockett's Tavern are in particular danger from a blaze. However, if the building survives the fire, it is certainly possible to restore it. SERVPRO trains its staff in every aspect of fire damage restoration, including the best ways to restore each kind of building material.

After a fire, wooden walls and beams may be smoke damaged. Please do not try to clean away the soot yourself, as soot can easily smear and create more stains. However, SERVPRO has all the right equipment to deal with soot damage:

  • Powerful HEPA vacuums to suck up loose, powdery soot.
  • Air scrubbers to capture soot particles and prevent them from re-entering the atmosphere.
  • Soda blasters that use gentle media such as baking soda to scrub sooty beams.

We can also deodorize the building once it is clean to leave it smelling fresh.

For a reliable fire restoration service, call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733.

Why Minor Fire Damage in Morristown Requires Professional Assistance

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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We will get your fire damage in Morristown back to normal in no time. 

Minor incidents such as grease fires in the kitchen might not pose any danger to the structure when controlled early. The level of damages in such cases might only spread to a few areas. However, restoring the affected property can require considerable skill and effort, something only a professional restoration crew can offer. Most of the stubborn issues may stem from smoke deposits, which move freely to different sections of the property, requiring extra effort during cleaning.  

The soot left after fire damage in Morristown might present various cleaning challenges because the smoke produced differs in each fire incident. Depending on what burns, restoration might involve removal of dry smoke residues, wet smoke residues, fuel oil smoke residues, or protein smoke residues. A situation might also combine more than one type of residue, which can complicate cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians have IICRC certification in Fire and Smoke Restoration so they can deal with any outcome. 

Ideally, smoke residues are deposited on the affected material's surface, so you might expect to remove all traces of the residue through a simple process. However, smoke that contains high concentrations of aerosols stains materials deeply, requiring aggressive cleaning techniques. Our SERVPRO technicians use professional cleaning agents to break down such stubborn residues. We also use multi-surface scrubbers to agitate affected areas eliminating all traces of the residues. 

Apart from the visible damages, fire incidents might also leave unseen damages that can cause problems later. Smoke filters into electronics where tar and other residues collect around the circuit boards. Such accumulation leads to interruption or redirection to the flow of current, which can damage the equipment. Affected items might also burst into flames due to overheating or short-circuits, leading to other fires in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians help perform an initial evaluation of items, and if they require specialized cleaning, we can help you access specialized cleaning services.  

Even a minor case of fire damage requires the right response. Call SERVPRO of Hamblen County at (423) 318-6733 to help restore your home. We address every aspect of the damage, “Like it never even happened.”