Recent Fire Damage Posts

Cleaning up Fire and Soot in Kenton

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

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 Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties 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 – (937) 354-3540

Prepare for fire emergencies in Logan County

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Central Auglaize / Hardin / Logan Counties have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (937) 354-3540

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following our simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably.

Tips to Prevent a Cooking Fire In Logan County

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

*Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.

*Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.

*Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely.

*Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.

*Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.

*Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.

*If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

*Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

*Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

*Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.

Fire Escape Planning Tips

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (937) 354-3540


The following are several tips that could potentially save your life, or the life of a loved one should a fire break out in your home.

*Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.

*Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.

*Consider installing a ten-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm.

*Practice finding your way out of the building with your eyes closed, crawling or staying low and feeling your way out.

*Remember to escape first, then notify the fire department.

*Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Key Things to Remember About Smoke Damage

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Time is of the Essence: The sooner you start the restoration process, the lower the level of damage to the property will be. Here’s what the IICRC says for a timeline of a fire:

a. Within Minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.

b. Within Hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish; counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.

c. Within Days: In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot-stained; upholstery stains permanently.

d. Within Weeks: Restoration costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.”

Understanding this, we are always prepared to begin cleanup immediately upon being called out to a new smoke damaged property.

Give SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties a call if you need help at (937) 354-3540.

Providing Fire Restoration Services for Kenton, OH

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties is the leading cleaning and restoration company in Kenton, Ohio and it's surrounding counties. We specialize in fire, wind, water, mold remediation, storm and vandalism restoration. It is our goal to treat every situation with the utmost care and restore your home or business to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. We want to help you rebuild your dreams and restore your confidence.

We service the Kenton area 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

SERVPRO follows nationally recognized 1-4-8 Response Guidelines. What does that mean?

1 Hour:  Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.

4 Hours:  Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services, EVEN AFTER HOURS!

8 Hours:  Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the restoration plan will be communicated to the appropriate person (this may be the customer, the person responsible for billing, or the insurance adjuster).

* Service Response Guidelines—Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.

Give us a call now at (937)354-3540 to schedule an appointment.

Locally living and serving with Fast and Professional Service in the Kenton Area since 1998.

Fire Safety: Christmas Edition

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

While we love decorating for Christmas, fires related to either Christmas trees or lights is a huge problem each year. Use these tips to help prevent the Christmas Fire. 

  1. Connect no more than 3 strands of mini light sets together, plugged into the same power outlet.
  2. Make certain no more than 50 bulbs are used simultaneously in screw-in light bulb sets.
  3. Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, including space heaters, radiators, fireplaces, candles and even heat vents.
  4. Keep candles at least 12 feet away from anything that is flammable.
  5. Consider using electrical candles instead of flame-producing candles.
  6. Keep your tree well-watered. Dry trees account for the vast majority of Christmas tree fires.
  7. Get rid of your Christmas tree after Christmas or when it is dry.
  8. Use the right type of extension cord. Two-wire extension cords are usually fine for indoor lights, but be certain to use a three-wire, grounded extension cord for any outdoor light display.
  9. Do not overload outlets by using mutiple-plug adapters.
  10. Check for damage or deterioration to any extension cords and discard if any damage or deterioration is evident.
  11. Do not connect extension cords together for longer runs. It is safer to use a single cord of the correct length.
  12. Always turn off festive decorations, both indoor and outdoor, when you leave the house or go to bed.
  13. As always, instruct your family on appropriate fire safety rules and procedures. Make sure you have fire escape routes planned throughout the home and that all family members are properly instructed in their use. Test your fire alarms weekly.

We hope these helped. If you do need us for any smoke or fire damage clean up, please call anytime at 937-354-3540.

Fire Clean-up In Your Kenton, Bellefontaine, or Ada Home

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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 Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties 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 – 
(937)354-3540

Unsafe Circuit Breaker Systems (FEDERAL PACIFIC)

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

If your home was built between 1950 and 1990 and is equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breaker panel with Stab-Lok circuit breakers, you run a significant risk of breaker malfunction and fire.

The breakers inside the panel are designed to guard your home against serious electrical problems by preventing circuit overload, short circuits and outside power surges coming into the panel. When an overload occurs, a breaker protects you by tripping, thus shutting down the power to the circuit. However, if a breaker is defective or not operating properly, the risk of fire to the panel and consequently to your home becomes imminent.

Why are Federal Pacific breaker boxes dangerous?

Multiple tests done on the breakers since the 1980s have proven that one in four Stab-Lok breakers are defective and will not properly trip off. Unfortunately, when the testing began in the early 1980s, a New Jersey court later ruled that FPE committed testing fraud and a cover-up, labeling the breakers as meeting the standards set by the UL when in reality, they were defective.

In 1983, the Consumer Product Safety Commission closed its two-year investigation and felt it impossible to create a product recall at the time because of budget issues, even as Federal Pacific panels and breakers continued to be installed in millions of homes that to this day still run the risk of an electrical fire. An estimated 2,800 fires each year directly result from Federal Pacific panel breaker malfunction. Federal Pacific Electric has been out of business for many years, but the danger and damage caused by their negligence continues.

Do you have a Federal Pacific panel?

If you own a home between 25 and 65 years old, check your breaker box. A Federal Pacific panel will usually have its name or logo on the front cover. Inside, you will find the name Stab-Lok printed near the center or side of the panel. The intact breakers will have the signature red strip that runs across the front.

If you find you a Federal Pacific panel or Stab-Lok breakers, call a licensed electrician in your area for further information about replacing your circuit breaker panel.

For Immediate Service in Kenton, Bellefontaine, or Ada areas Call SERVPRO

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Hardin and Logan county Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Kenton, Bellefontaine and/or Ada areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (937)354-3540

Residential Services

Whether your Hardin or Logan county home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Hardin or Logan county commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROcentralauglaizehardinlogancounties.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Prevention Week

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

fire fighter

Today kicks off #FirePreventionWeek! Take some time to go over safety tips with your family and be sure to thank the men & women who sacrifice their lives to protect us from the flames.

SERVPRO supports the American Red Cross by asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives; checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

A home is more than a supportive structure. It shelters you, your family, and all of your treasured keepsakes. What if you had the power to prevent the loss of your home? Well, the American Red Cross can give you some of that power by learning proper home fire prevention and safety.

Extension Cord Safety Tips

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Extension cord safety

Not enough cord for your lamp or radio to reach the nearest outlet? Just plowing through the junk drawer for an extension cord? This may not be a good idea. Extension cords can be very helpful in delivering power right where we need it. However, regardless of the gauge or rating of the cord, an extension cord is a temporary solution, and is not meant to be used as a long-term extension of your household’s electrical system.
 
Using extension cords properly is critical to your safety. With continu­ous use over time, an extension cord can rapidly deteriorate, creating a potentially dangerous electric shock or fire hazard. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers the following tips for staying safe from electric shock and electrical fires:

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. If cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip you use is rated for the products to be plugged in, and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
  • The appliance or tool that you are using the cord with will have a wattage rating on it. Match this up with your extension cord, and do not use a cord that has a lower rating.
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. This defeats the purpose of a three-prong plug and could lead to an electrical shock. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Use extension cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ETL-SEMKO (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.

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Tips to Prevent a Cooking Fire

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

*Keep an eye on your cooking and stay in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires.

*Wear short or close-fitting sleeves. Loose clothing can catch fire.

*Watch children closely. When old enough, teach children to cook safely.

*Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.

*Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.

*Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.

*If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

*Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

*Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

*Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.