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Smoke Damage in Electronics

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Do electronics still work after a fire?

Although fires bring extensive damage to your property, the consequences of smoke are also worth mentioning. Let’s talk about what smoke can do to your electronics.

Smoke contains different chemical compounds that can cause damage to computers, TV’s and even sound systems. Electronics are sensitive enough that their circuitry can be easily damaged by smoke from the smallest of fires.

Smoke causes damage through the heat elements that lead to failure in electronics. It infiltrates the inner components and coats parts with a black film. When the inner workings are coated, especially the parts that produce heat as part of the electronics, it creates insulation and a magnetic charge. 

Soot buildup is also a cause for concern. It could get pushed by smoke and make contact with anything in its path. Soot from smoke contains acidity that will destroy metals and cause disintegration and discoloration. If the area is damp, the moisture will make the soot even more acidic, which could lead to permanent staining surfaces. 

Can my device be saved?

Sometimes the damage done by smoke is simply too much to restore certain devices. It all depends on the damage and the type of electronics in question. 

After a fire, damaged electronics are a safety hazard. Keep them turned off until a professional takes a look at them. Also take into consideration the potential water damage done from putting the fire out. This could lead to a shortage. You can improve the chances of saving any device by carefully unplugging, removing, and cleaning items. However, if it has a heavy coating of soot, smoke, or burn marks, restoring it is not an option. Rather safely discard the device. 

Something SERVPRO of Alexandria understands, is that smoke damage can be as problematic as fire or water damage. Therefore, we want our community in Central Louisiana to be well informed about the issues smoke can cause and how to properly address them. We are an emergency service ready to help any day at any time. You can contact us through phone at (318) 427-7511 with any questions.

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History of The Fire Extinguisher

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Vintage fire extinguisher patent Vintage fire extinguisher patent

Just like any other advancement, the fire extinguisher has a rather analogue past. The earliest version of a fire extinguisher could be considered a bucket chain leading from a well or water source to the site of a blaze. Ctesibius of Alexandria, “the father of pneumatics”, brought the pump into our history around 200 B.C.

In the 15th century, a sprinkler system was installed in case of a fire by da Vinci at a commissioned job for the Duke of Milan. 

Modern Fire Extinguishers

Wall-mounted fire extinguishers was a patented system by Ambrose Godfrey who was inspired by the sprinkler system. In the event of a fire, fuses attached to the device would ignite and detonate a small chamber of gunpowder. The resulting explosions would spread onto the fire.  

It was British inventor George William Manby who invented the first portable pressurized fire extinguisher between 1810 and 1818. What he called his “extincteur” was capable of deploying up to three gallons of potassium carbonate onto a fire. 

In France 1866, soda-acid fire extinguishers were first developed and found their way to the USA in 1881 by way of Almon M. Granger. In case of fire, a person would break open a bottle of acid attached to the device and mix it into a larger container of sodium bicarbonate. The resulting chemical reaction would pressurize a stream of water that was directed through a hose. 

Foam fire extinguishers and beyond

Russian engineer Aleksandr Loran found inspiration in the foamy head from a glass of beer and invented fire fighting foam in 1904. He patented the foam fire extinguisher that same year. The new foam-based fire extinguishers were able to fight oil-based flames.

American homes and public buildings were outfitted with glass fire grenades. These were hung from the walls and filled with water or carbon tetrachloride, a colorless liquid that chemically inhibits the combustion process. The globes would be thrown into the fire, chattering. The most popular brand was manufactured by Red Comet in Denver, who specialized as a safety company from 1919 into the early 1980s. Though the spheres are no longer in function, the early fire grenades are now  traded as antiquities.

New Generation Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers have not changed too much in design since, however their firefighting challenges have evolved for specific fires:

  • Liquid based
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Grease
  • Combustible Metals

You can look into our previous blog on Different Types of Fire Extinguishers to learn more about them. You may also be interested in finding out what is considered a Natural Fire Extinguisher, as well as learning about the importance of a Fire Drill.

Follow our blog for more information on fire damage, and how SERVPRO of Alexandria helps the community of Central Louisiana from a worst case scenario to the tiniest of damages. We are here to help, and ready whenever you need us. Open 24/7 don’t hesitate to call us at (318) 427-7511. Stay safe CenLa! 

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Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Different types of Fire Extinguishers Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are different types of fire extinguishers which are meant for a different type of fire. These have been classified as:

  • Class A: freely burning, combustible solid materials such as wood or paper
  • Class B: flammable liquid or gas
  • Class C: energized electrical fire (energized electrical source serves as the ignitor of a class A or B fire – if electrical source is removed, it is no longer a class C fire)
  • Class D: metallic fire (titanium, zirconium, magnesium, sodium)
  • Class K: cooking fires – animal or vegetable oils or fats

Regardless of the type of fire, there are 4 elements that are always involved; fuel, heat, oxygen, and chain reaction. The purpose of a conventional fire extinguisher is to stop at least one of the elements from being part of the mix and stopping the fire from igniting any longer. 

Let’s take a look at these six types of fire extinguishers. With every type of fire there is a different safety concern you should take into consideration when attempting to smother it. Therefore a specific type of extinguisher is necessary and here is why:

  1. ABC Powder Fire Extinguisher
  • An ABC powder fire extinguisher has numerous advantages as it is a multi-purpose extinguisher and is therefore one of the most common extinguishers to have on hand.
  • A powder extinguisher sprays a very fine chemical powder composed most commonly of monoammonium phosphate. This acts to blanket the fire and suffocate it.
  • Powder extinguishers are effective for class A, B and C fires, since it is not an electrical conductor and since it can effectively break the chain reaction in a liquid or gas fire, something a water extinguisher cannot do.
  1. Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher
  • A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher (CO2) is one of the cleanest types of extinguishers to use as it leaves no residue and requires no cleanup.
  • The CO2 extinguisher does exactly that – extinguishes CO2. By doing so, it removes oxygen from the fire, effectively suffocating it of oxygen. It is perfect for use on class B fires that involve flammable liquids and on electrical fires.
  1. Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher
  • The wet chemical extinguisher is a specialized type primarily focused on class K fires, those involving cooking media such as animal and vegetable fats or oils.
  • These extinguishers contain a solution composed of potassium that effectively launches a two-pronged assault on fires.
  • First, the liquid mist it sprays acts to cool the fire. Second, due to the chemical reaction of the solution with the cooking medium, a thick soap-like substance forms, sealing the surface of the liquid to prevent re-ignition.
  • The wet chemical extinguisher, then, is ideal for a kitchen setting and class K fires. However, it can also be effective for class A fires where a material such as wood or paper has caught fire.
  1. Water Mist Fire Extinguisher
  • The most versatile of the set, the water mist extinguisher, uses a newer technology that works across most classes of fire.
  • This type of extinguisher releases microscopic water molecules that fight the fire on a variety of levels. First, because so much water is dispersed in such a microscopic fog-like form, the level of oxygen in the air is decreased, which helps to suffocate the fire.
  • Second, the water particles are drawn to the fire and, as water always does, acts to cool it, reducing the temperature.
  • Finally, and perhaps what is most unique about the water mist extinguishers, is that the water has been de-ionized (the minerals have been removed). As a result, it can actually be used on electrical fires, as the de-ionized water will not act as a conductor, as well as on burning liquids/gases that a standard water extinguisher could not be applied to.
  • Thus, a water mist extinguisher is safe and effective for use on classes A, B, C and K fires.
  1. Foam Fire Extinguisher
  • Foam fire extinguishers are suitable for class A and the flammable liquids of class B, though not effective for gaseous fires. 
  • They spray a type of foam that expands when it hits the air and blankets the fire. This blanket prevents the vapors from rising off the liquid to feed the fire, thus starving it of fuel. Also, because the foam is mixed with water, it has a cooling effect as well.
  • Foam extinguishers are some of the best for liquid fires, such as gasoline fires, but can also be used on Class A fires involving solid combustibles like wood.
  1. Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher
  • A clean agent fire extinguisher is a type of gaseous fire suppression. Stored in its liquid form, when it is sprayed and hits the air, it converts to its gas form which is non-conductive, safe for use while humans are present, leaves no residue, and has a very short atmospheric lifetime, making it eco-friendly.
  • The gas, often composed of Halon, extinguishes fire by reducing the oxygen levels and impeding the chain reaction. Because it is non-conductive and so clean, it is ideal for rooms or businesses filled with electrical and computer equipment. They are most commonly used for class B and C fires.

Now that you are familiar with the types of fires and their respective extinguishers, take a look into the sorts of activities and projects you do on your property and get the fire extinguisher, or extinguishers needed to protect yourself and others in case of an emergency. Like any other tool, this won’t help much if you don’t know how to properly use it. Take the time to train everyone in the building, and make sure the equipment is maintained properly as well.

If you are ever in need of fire restoration services, you know you can count on SERVPRO of Alexandria. We are here and ready to help 24/7. Call us at (318) 427-7511. Stay safe Central Louisiana!

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Natural Fire Extinguisher

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Baking soda in a dish Baking soda can be used as a natural fire extinguisher

Did you know that baking soda is a natural extinguisher?

Isn't it interesting how baking soda has multiple uses, such as cleaning, baking, and smothering fire? It definitely has some versatility. Sodium bicarbonate can be used to put out small and controllable house fires; small grease and electrical fires. You can look at this other blog to find out how to put out small fires around your house.

Did you ever consider salt to be a natural extinguisher as well?

A lot of people do not realize that salt is one of the main ingredients in a conventional fire extinguisher. Salt disperses heat and minimizes oxygen supply to a fire. Salt is better used on a grease fire on or around an oven.

It goes without saying that fire is dangerous and can quickly get out of control. Having  conventional fire extinguishers available is the best option. However, it is always good to be informed of other alternatives if needed under an emergency. Stay fire safe Cenla!

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Heating Up Your Home

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

Space heater with a text that says "Safety precautions when using space heaters Space Heater

Did You Know...

Heaters are the second leading cause of home fires as well as home fire injuries? It is also the third leading cause of home fire deaths. Because we care, we share; here are some ways you can attempt to stay out of those statistics.

Three Feet Rule

-Keep your heater 3 feet from anything that could catch fire. The potential for house fires increases when you leave them on for too long or too close to flammable items. Space heaters and electric blankets may cause a spark and ignite.

-Turn off portable heaters when you’re not in the room. Night can be cold, but it's safest to not sleep with them on. 

-Keep heaters plugged into the wall, not extension cords. Keep them flat on the ground and away from kids and pets.

Do not use a stove oven to heat up your house.

This is one of those “just because you can, doesn't mean you should” situations. 

Using an oven to heat a house is not only inefficient, it is also risky and potentially deadly.

Carbon monoxide (CO) can cause health effects. CO is an invisible, odorless gas that is emitted when gas appliances are used.

Check out our blog on how to put out some common, small house fires and you can visit our local Fire Department’s site for some more fire prevention tips.

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How to Safely Put Out Small House Fires

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Grease fire on top of stove. A pan with grease on fire on top of a stove.

At SERVPRO of Alexandria, we care about our community’s safety. As common as fires could be, we still hope our loved ones don’t ever have to go through an incident such as a house fire.

Let’s talk about small, manageable fires; situations where we can control and keep the fire from spreading. It might be small, but it is important to keep your distance and treat fires with confidence and caution. Here are some tips on how to put some of those flames out.

-When an electrical fire starts, cautiously disconnect the electricity to the source of the fire. 

-Never use water to put it out.

-There are 3 things we recommend you can do to put out the fire

  • Baking Soda. Did you know baking soda is a natural extinguishing agent?
  • Fire extinguisher. Preferably multipurpose fire extinguisher with “C” on the label.
  • Heavy Blanket. Smother it; no oxygen, no flames. 

-Natural gas fires are those types of fires you don't want to extinguish on your own. 

  • If possible, turn the valve off. 
  • Exit the building, call the fire department, and the utility company as soon as you are safely outside.

-In case your oven ignites, leave the oven door closed. Remember, no oxygen, no flames. If the fire continues or is too large to contain, follow the previous recommendations.

Attempted to fry some chicken nuggets and now your pot is on fire?

  • Carefully cover the flames with a metal lid or perhaps a cookie sheet. Anything metal that could cover the pot should work. 
  • Turn off the burner/heat source. 
  • Remember baking soda? Well, it applies here too. In any case, salt is a good option as well. Both white powders are non-flammable and will smother the flames and extinguish them. Do not attempt to smother it with sugar not flour, contrary to baking soda and salt, these will catch fire.
  • As last resort; a class B dry chemical fire extinguisher. Make sure to use it cautiously, the pressure can cause the oil to spread, creating a bigger fire.
  • Do not use water.

Or perhaps you’re out in the backyard cooking on your gas grill and a grease fire starts.

  • Everything from the nuggets incident applies here. 
  • An upside down pot could also work to cover and smother the fire.
  • Pressured fire extinguishers should definitely be a last resort. Do not stand too close, and spray with caution until the fire is out. 
  • Clean the grill with a wire brush to remove any flammable residue, as well as baking soda if it was used.
  • Do not use water.

The City of Alexandria’s Fire Department has some more general safety tips you can follow.

Lesson of the day, keep baking soda, salt, metal sheet or lid, and a fire extinguisher in your kitchen in case of an emergency. Stay safe Central Louisiana!

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Handling the aftermath of a fire

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

fire SERVPRO fire clean up

Here are some tips from your friends at SERVPRO of Alexandria, La on how to properly handle fire and smoke damage to your home or business


  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Take any house plants outside, they will need to be cleaned. We often do not think about the residue that is left on these.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.


  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electric shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

These are just a few tips in helping the process of cleaning the aftermath of fire damage to your home. In the midst of something of this nature happening to us, we do not think about these things. 

SERVPRO is located in Central Louisiana. We are the number one choice for restoration services in your area. If you have any questions please contact us at 318-427-7511

What To Know About Content Cleaning After a Fire

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

What To Know About Content Cleaning After a Fire

After a fire in your Alexandria, LA., the cleaning of your personal items may be something you’re worried about. In addition to needing to know what items are salvageable, it’s also important to know which cleaning method should be used. There are many options from dry-cleaning to a full wash. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Many Items Can Be Salvaged

One of the most comforting things to know is that many more items than you might initially believe can be salvaged. This includes paper documentation and electronics. If you need help identifying what items can be recovered, you may wish to consult with a restoration professional. Items can be cleaned and then moved to content storage until repairs can be completed.

2. Cleaning Methods May Vary By Item Type

It’s also important to remember that content cleaning includes a variety of methods designed to clean different types of items. Some solutions include dry-cleaning for delicate fabrics, washing detergents for items that can be submerged, and wipe on solutions for large scale metal or wood items. An ozone machine can be used to restore air quality, while paper documents and electronics may require special care.

3. Your Restoration Company Can Help

Knowing which items are salvageable, what cleaning method to use for each one may seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, a local fire damage restoration service can help. These professionals know how to identify the different types of damage that may befall your home's contents during a fire. They will also know which cleaning solution is best for each item type.
Many of your items may be able to be saved even if they seem to be badly damaged. Consult with a restoration professional to determine what can be done, and what the appropriate cleaning solution may be for each item. Remember, different cleaning options, such as dry-cleaning, may be needed for different items.

Pack Outs, Inventory and Pack Backs

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

employees boxing contents Packing out your contents after fire damage or water damage is a highly organised process.

If you ever experience a fire in your house or business rest assured that SERVPRO of Alexandria has the proper tools to handle your personal possessions. We work directly with your insurance company to determine what is salvageable and unsalvageable. 

This process takes time to inventory and restore everything. We take great strides in determining what is restorable and what is not.

During the inventory process we use software called Xactimate ContentsTrack. It allows us to tag each item with a bar code so that we can track its progression through the process of boxing and cleaning.

This inventory process keeps us organised so that when you are ready for your belongings we know exactly where they are located in our warehouse.

Whether it is fire damage or water damage please give us a call.

A Few Leading Fire Sources

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Outdoor grills can be a cause of fire in your Alexandria, LA. home

Leading Causes Of Fire Damage

Homeowners in Central Louisiana, should be aware of a number of leading causes of fire damage. Understanding these statistics can help you prevent a home fire and make more informed decisions regarding your fire insurance policy.

1. Food Preparation

Cooking fires are the largest category of fires requiring a documented fire department response. Most of these involve a stove range of some kind, with electrical ranges being somewhat more dangerous than gas ranges on average. Outdoor grills also rank fairly high on the list of fire causes. Around a third of these cooking fires are the result of unattended flames or heating surfaces. Clothing ignition does not usually directly cause kitchen fires, but a fire that spreads to clothing has a strong correlation with personal injury.

2. Heating Systems

The second-most common category of home fire, at around 15% of total reported cases, involves heating elements. Many of these fires, around two-fifths, are due to smaller portable space heater units. The typical cause of a space heater fire is the proximity to combustibles such as upholstery or certain building materials. Another prominent issue is the lack of appropriate fire cleaning around fireplaces and chimneys, where certain flammable materials can build up over time.

3. Electrical Systems

Another leading cause of fire lies in the various faults that can appear in home wiring and related electrical systems. A majority of these occur either in lighting components or locations where electrical power is transferred, such as outlets or adapters. Homeowners should take special care to schedule an inspection for any exposed wiring or non-functional appliances, as these can lead to shorts that ignite surrounding flammable materials.

Even the most cautious homeowner can never completely eliminate the risk of a home fire. However, a little familiarity with some of the most common fire problems can help prevent injury and the need for professional fire restoration.

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Four Ways to Clean Belongings After a Fire

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Stuffed animal before and after.

Watching your Alexandria, Pineville or Ball home burn can leave you with an ache in your heart. Not only do you have to deal with a massive insurance claim, but there's a good chance you'll end up losing some of your treasured possessions. When you work with a residential fire damage cleanup crew, some of your smoke-damaged belongings may get saved. Content cleaning is a delicate art that can take the following shapes.

1. Dry-Cleaning: Clothes, furniture and other porous items often have to be cleaned with a dry-cleaning method. This helps remove the smoke and soot that built up during the fire. If you try to wash your clothes on a normal cycle, you may end up causing more damage. The soot has to be removed from the textiles before you can return to a typical cleaning method.

2. Wet cleaning is an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. For items that can’t withstand wet cleaning we can spray and wipe. 

3. Foam cleaning can be used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

4. Abrasive cleaning involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.

5. Odor Removal: Smoke isn't the only thing that can cling to your possessions. The odor after a fire can be a long-term reminder of what you went through. After cleaning methods have been put in place, you may want to do some sort of odor removal too. Professionals often use thermal fogging or ozone/hydroxyl treatments to rid your home of the funky smell.

After a fire, you want to get everything back to normal as soon as possible. This means you need to clean your belongings. If the cleaning process takes longer than expected, you can also use content storage to get your dirty, smelly items out of the house until they're clean.

Learn more about Alexandria, Pineville or Ball.

Making a fire Escape Plan for Your Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire escape plan

You had fire drills growing up at school, (hopefully) you have the occasional fire drill at work now that you are an adult, but do you ever have fire drills at home? Coming up with and practicing family safety drills can help to make sure your family is prepared in the event of an emergency. It is an important topic to discuss with your family, especially children.

The National Fire Protection Association has a helpful section on how to create a family fire escape plan. It includes how to draw a fire escape path for your home, how to reinforce fire safety to younger children, and tips how to stay as safe as possible during a fire.

Some of the tips include:

  • Call 911 as soon as possible, even if you think you can contain the fire
  • Know at least 2 ways out of each room
  • Have a designated outside meeting place a safe distance from the home
  • Assign “partners” for young, elderly, or family members with mobility issues
  • Close Doors behind you as you leave each room to slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire

Your family’s safety is the first priority. After emergency services have done their job SERVPRO will be here to help you repair, restore, and recover your belongings.

Why Cleaning is Critical During Fire Damage Restoration in Alexandria

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning fire damage residues on items is not as simple as spraying and wiping down. Contact SERVPRO of Alexandria so we can help.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand Effective Techniques to Clean Residues

After a fire damage incident, it is understandable for any homeowner to be stressed. Such traumatic events disrupt your professional or personal lives, and there is need to work closely with a restoration service provider as you work towards returning your Alexandria, Pineville or Central Louisiana property to its earlier state. It all starts by identifying what is restorable and performing emergency services to limit further damage. 
Cleaning is one of the services that our SERVPRO team offers when attending to fire damage events in Alexandria. One of our goals is to reduce the fire damage claims. Remember, if you do not act quickly, you might end up with expensive options such as replacing restorable items and resurfacing parts of your structure. We are going to look at some of the principles of cleaning that we use when restoring your materials. 
Starting from the location where the fire originated from, our SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect the site. During the inspection, we identify the various kinds of residues, and this helps us to come up with an effective cleaning method. The cleaning process we choose should remove the smoke residues efficiently and not cause any damage to the surface. 
There are four essential elements we take into consideration to suspend and remove the smoke residues: temperature, agitation, time and chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that chemical reactions increase as the temperature increases and thus we are keen to select an appropriate degree of heat that corresponds well with our cleaning solution of choice. If we want to dislodge smoke particles and distribute cleaning product on areas, we can use agitation. In this process, we can use sonic vibrations, water and air pressure, brushes and towels. 
Digesting, changing pH, oxidizing, dissolving, bleaching and emulsifying are some of the chemical actions we take into consideration when cleaning your property. Depending on the action we desire, we select a proper cleaning product. Time is also critical during restoration, and it is dependent on the type of cleaning solutions we use and residues at the site. 
At SERVPRO of Alexandria, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, water and fire damage in both residential and commercial properties. Call us at (318) 427-7511 if you need more details on our industry proven services. 
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What to Do When a Fire Has Left Behind Damage in Your Alexandria Property

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke can not only discolor but damage the structure of your home. Contact SERVPRO after a fire for expert remediation and clean up.

SERVPRO Technicians Employ Proper Techniques to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Home

From the first blaze onwards, the fire damage that is left behind can be dizzying. The trouble with a fire occurring is that it can cause multiple types of damage to your property and not only structural damage. While it can be overwhelming to learn that fire can cause such extensive damage, it is fortunate that help is nearby to take care of the damage for you. 
We are close by, and we understand how to help. Our skilled technicians know how to identify the correct solution to the fire damage left on your Alexandria property. We arrive within hours on the scene and start the mitigation process in your home. After all, the quicker the damage is seen to might just reduce further loss and therefore the cost associated with it. 
Structural damage is one of the most prominent impacts of a fire, but a less apparent effect is the extent that smoke can damage items all over your home. Smoke carries soot with it, and that soot attaches itself to everything that it can reach. It can cause an unpleasant odor, discolor your belongings, and ruin them in extreme cases. Truthfully, smoke damage can impact many of your belongings, including that of clothes, curtains, carpets, artwork, and electronics. 
However, depending on the extent of the damage, our SERVPRO of Alexandria technicians might be able to restore these items by employing multiple cleaning techniques. If an item is salvageable, we can revive it through restoration, and then return it to you in its preloss condition after thorough cleaning. We can employ these same techniques to the smoke damage in your home that has left behind discoloration, odors, and greasy soot. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, SERVPRO can accomplish a successful cleaning and restoration. 
If a fire occurs on your property, do not wait. 24/7, you can call SERVPRO of Alexandria at (318) 427-7511 to receive the help you need. Let us come and restore your home to its preloss condition. 

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After the fire is out, what should you do next?

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

First visit our page on what to do immediately after you've experienced fire damage.

When it comes to cleaning and remediation of property with fire damage, SERVPRO of Alexandria first determines which cleaning methods to use on the various surfaces and materials in a structure. Structural items include framework, ceilings, doors, windows, floors and floor coverings, bath fixtures, cabinets, light fixtures and the HVAC system.  In simple terms, if something can't be carried out of a building, it is considered structure.

All materials and surfaces fall into two categories: Washable and Non-Washable.

Washable - These materials and surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. This is possible because using one will not further damage the item or surface (floor or wall) being cleaned. We maintain an extensive inventory of cleaners for every type.

Non-Washable - These are materials and surfaces that cannot be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. Doing so would cause further damage to the material or surface. Non-washable methods include dry solvent, dry sponges/cloths, and vacuums.

Over the years, SERVPRO of Alexandria has seen many examples of what can happen when an unqualified company or individual tries to tackle fire damage restoration. The assumption, for many, is that cleaning and removing damaged items is easy. The truth is it’s hard work that requires special equipment and techniques. SERVPRO of Alexandria technicians are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

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Central Louisiana Fire Damage

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Pineville, Louisiana

While the last thing anyone would ever want to do is take something away from the services that our firefighters perform on a daily basis, putting the fire out is only the beginning. Homeowners often get stuck with communicating damages that they do not understand, to a restoration company they do not know or have never used before. How can you tell whom to trust?

First, it is never too early to contact SERVPRO of Alexandria to discuss fire damage or other services that we have available. We will be more than willing to explain what we can do for you and answer any questions that come to mind. 
Since SERVPRO of Alexandria is willing to help you prevent as well as recover, it does not hurt to form a relationship with us before emergency issues become necessary. 
SERVPRO of Alexandria follows rigorous safety and restoration guidelines provided by the EPA and OSHA. These certifications show proof that the technicians performing repairs in your home have the correct training and specialize in restoring your home to a quality condition. 
SERVPRO of Alexandria offers a variety of services including, fire, water, storm, and mold remediation services. We help you manage the entire situation from beginning to end and help you get things under control quickly. However, one of the most valuable services anyone can offer is safety. 
Before any work begins on your property, our technicians fully inspect the surrounding area looking for any possible hazards that exist. Electrical, structural, and slip – trip and fall hazards are all too common. Keeping you, your family, and our team of technicians safe during your restoration process takes priority. 
Please contact us for help with fire damage restoration. SERVPRO of Alexandria can give you the services you need and get you the peace of mind you deserve. (318) 427-7511.

Click on AlexandriaPineville or Ball for more information. Also, the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce or the National Home Builders Association of may be able to help.

Fire safety is key in fire prevention!

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire safety is key in fire prevention!

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) there are on average of between 350,000 and 400,000 fires every year in the U.S.that is an average of 39.9 – 45.6 fires every hour!  That is a lot of house fires every year! Unfortunately a majority of these fires could have been prevented.

The key to fire prevention is fire safety awareness! 

According to the NFPA the top 9 leading causes of house fires are as follows.

Cooking- 42% of all house fires are caused by cooking related incidents.  For instance, an oven or stove left unattended. Something most of us are guilty of, but should never do, is leaving something on the stove unattended.  Even if it’s only for a moment, disaster can strike in an instant.

Children playing with fire- It is really important to teach children about fire safety.  All too frequently a lighter and/or matches are left where children can reach them.  It is important to teach your children about fire safety and the reasons why they should never play with fire. Be sure to have this conversation not just one time but once a week just to be sure they don’t forget.

Smoking- People falling asleep while smoking may not seem like a big deal however smoking is the source of many house fires leading to almost 1,000 deaths a year.  Lit cigarettes accidentally dropped on a number of household items can quickly become large fires!  Please, if you smoke in your home (which we strongly recommend not doing), make sure you are awake enough to finish it or extinguish it!

Heating- Every winter we hear about a home catching fire due to a heating source. If you have a furnace, remember to have it serviced regularly.  A more common cause of heating related fires is small space heaters.  If you are using space heaters try to purchase ones that turn off automatically when bumped or flipped over.  Always keep space heaters on a flat surface with nothing around them i.e. curtains, chairs, clothes, ext. 

Electrical- One of the leading culprits is the over-use of extension cords.  Surprisingly, just because there is an open plug doesn’t mean you can plug just ANYTHING into it.  Extension cords can safely pull a certain amount of amps, so be sure to have the right equipment for the job! You can figure out what extension cord is right for you simply by reading the label.  If there is ever any doubt, you are probably much better off to hire an electrician to provide you with permanent wiring.  It is also very advisable to have an electrician perform an annual checkup on your home’s wiring.

Candles- Candles are a completely preventable fire.  They should never be left unattended when all too often they are.  If you leave the room the candle should leave with you or be blown out. Forgotten candles are very dangerous. It is important that you always remember to blow them out when leaving the house, always double check!  Getting into this ritual could save you and your loved ones lives and a lot of grief.

Dryers- Dryers are all too often forgotten!  It is imperative for us to remember to empty out our dryer vents and be certain that they are properly vented.  Remember to maintain your dryer by cleaning the vents to the outside once a year.

Flammables in the House – There are a lot of products left around the home that are highly flammable (especially if the garage is attached to the home).  Be careful of where you place any flammable materials (fuels, oils, etc.).  Don’t place them next to a possible source of a fire as they can rapidly turn a bad situation into a disaster.  The simplest rule is to keep them contained and away from the home to the greatest extent possible.

Christmas Trees- It seems like nothing really sets the holiday mood like a live Christmas tree (great smell and just exceptionally authentic).  However, if you don’t keep it well watered and still proceed to wrap it with electrical cords (I mean… Christmas lights of course).  If you let it get too dry it can quickly result in a fire so just check it frequently and leave the lights off if you are going to be away from home for a while. 

The fact of the matter is that most household fires are completely preventable.  Please be sure to exercise caution when it comes to your home.  Taking a few extra precautions can keep you and your loved ones safe!

If you have any questions please give SERVPRO of Alexandria a call at (318)427-7511.

Click on AlexandriaPineville or Ball for more information. Also, the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce or the National Home Builders Association of may be able to help.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

When fire damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Alexandria, Pineville and Ball will help you take it back.


    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
    • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.
    • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
    • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.
    • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.


    • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
    • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
    • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Alexandria, Pineville and Ball will help you take it back.

Restaurant Fire Safety

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your restaurant safe with these tips. If you do experience a fire, call SERVPRO of Alexandria to help get you back to business!

Restaurants—with their open flames, hot equipment, electrical connections, cooking oils, cleaning chemicals and paper products—have all the ingredients for a fire to flame out of control. Nearly 8,000 eating and drinking establishments report a fire each year, according to 2006-2010 data tabulated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in Quincy, Mass. These fires caused an annual average of $246 million in direct property damage.

A fire can devastate your business, leading to lost revenues and even permanent closure. But there are steps you can take to prevent fires and minimize the damage.

Preventative maintenance

Install an automatic fire-suppression system in the kitchen. This is crucial because 57% of restaurant fires involve cooking equipment. These systems automatically dispense chemicals to suppress the flames and also have a manual switch. Activating the system automatically shuts down the fuel or electric supply to nearby cooking equipment. Have your fire-suppression system professionally inspected semiannually. The manufacturer can refer you to an authorized distributor for inspection and maintenance.

Keep portable fire extinguishers as a backup. You’ll need Class K extinguishers for kitchen fires involving grease, fats and oils that burn at high temperatures. Class K fire extinguishers are only intended to be used after the activation of a built-in hood suppression system. Keep Class ABC extinguishers elsewhere for all other fires (paper, wood, plastic, electrical, etc.).

Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment, and watch for hazards like frayed cords or wiring, cracked or broken switch plates and combustible items near power sources.

• Have your exhaust system inspected for grease buildup. The NFPA Fire Code calls for quarterly inspections of systems in high-volume operations and semiannual inspections in moderate-volume operations. Monthly inspections are required for exhaust systems serving solid-fuel cooking equipment, like wood- or charcoal-burning ovens.

Staff training

Train your staff to:

Find and use a fire extinguisher appropriately.  An acronym you may find helpful is PAST – pull out the pin, aim at the base, make a sweeping motion, (be) ten feet away.

Clean up the grease. Cleaning exhaust hoods is especially important, since grease buildup can restrict air flow. Be sure to also clean walls and work surfaces; ranges, fryers, broilers, grills and convection ovens; vents and filters.

Never throw water on a grease fire. Water tossed into grease will cause grease to splatter, spread and likely erupt into a larger fire.

Remove ashes from wood- and charcoal-burning ovens at least once a day. Store outside in metal containers at least 10 feet from any buildings or combustible materials.

• Make sure cigarettes are out before dumping them in a trash receptacle. Never smoke in or near storage areas.

• Store flammable liquids properly. Keep them in their original containers or puncture-resistant, tightly sealed containers. Store containers in well-ventilated areas away from supplies, food, food-preparation areas or any source of flames.

• Tidy up to avoid fire hazards. Store paper products, linens, boxes and food away from heat and cooking sources. Properly dispose of soiled rags, trash, cardboard boxes and wooden pallets at least once a day.

Use chemical solutions properly. Use chemicals in well-ventilated areas, and never mix chemicals unless directions call for mixing. Immediately clean up chemical spills.

Be prepared: Have an emergency plan

If a fire breaks out in your restaurant, your staff must take control of the situation and lead customers to safety.

• Be prepared to power down. Train at least one worker per shift how to shut off gas and electrical power in case of emergency.

Have an evacuation plan. Designate one staff member per shift to be evacuation manager. That person should be in charge of calling 911, determining when an evacuation is necessary and ensuring that everyone exits the restaurant safely.  Ensure your staff know where the closest exits are, depending on their location in the restaurant.  Remember that the front door is an emergency exit.

• Offer emergency training. Teach new employees about evacuation procedures and the usage of fire-safety equipment. Give veteran staff members a refresher course at least annually.

Source: http://www.restaurant.org/Manage-My-Restaurant/Operations/Back-of-House/Fire-Prevention-101-The-Basics-on-Restaurant-Fire

If you have any questions are concerns please call SERVPRO of Alexandria at 318-427-7511.

How Fire Damage Services Can Help With Your Alexandria Home Restoration Process

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Has Badly Damaged This Roof

Your Alexandria Home Deserves Quick Fire Damage Support

As many restoration experts know, fire damage can seriously degrade your Alexandria home in several ways. First of all, the fire can engulf many of your valuable items in its flames and then spread through your private living space within a matter of minutes. Following the fire, all of the items in your private living space will likely be covered with soot, smoke, and ash. Additionally, your property will probably suffer water damage because of efforts to put out the fire. The cleanup process that follows the fire will likely be difficult as well as time-consuming. Typically, the cleanup process will necessitate the use of special equipment that you do not own. However, as a homeowner, you can easily access and utilize professional fire damage services to restore your home. Doing so enables you to avoid the anxiety-inducing effects of handling the cleanup, repair, and restoration processes alone. To learn whether a fire damage restoration service like SERVPRO would be right for you, consider the basic information outlined below: 

Fire Damage Services Include Timely Clean-Up

When you hire a professional fire restoration company, it's important to know that they understand how time-sensitive the cleaning process is. Just hours after the fire has transpired, the wooden furniture within the home can permanently discolor and swell. Additionally, the fire can cause your drywall to warp and soften while separating carpet from its backing. It's also important to note that mildew and mold can start growing within your home just 48 to 72 hours following the fire. Since this is the case, it is important for you to have excess moisture removed from your house as quickly as possible. Typically, a professional restoration company will provide you with round-the-clock emergency services so that the cleanup process can begin immediately. 

Fire Damage Professionals Make Your Home Secure And Safe

In addition to offering expedient cleanup services, the very keystone to a successful restoration, a SERVPRO expert examines your home's structure to identify any water or fire damage that may have transpired. Whether your Alexandria  home's structure is constructed of wood, brick or block, materials have probably endured substantive damage as a result of the fire. If the fire damage is severe enough, you may need major renovations so that your home becomes safe and secure again. A professional restoration company will provide all of the services necessary to ensure that your home is safe and secure following the cleanup process. 


Fire damage has an adverse effect on the appearance and possibly, structural integrity of your home. However, accessing professional expert services empowers you to return your home to its original state. When you start looking for a proven service provider, keep the professionals of SERVPRO in mind. The company's technicians possess extensive experience in the industry, and they're ready to start working on your behalf immediately.  Call now to the fire and water specialists so that they can optimize and expedite the recovery of your home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Alexandria is locally owned and operated. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 

 The fire and water restoration process begins when you call us.  (318) 427-7511

The Benefits of Securing Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services in Alexandria

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can Be Costly to a Business

In Alexandria, Commercial Fire Damage Restoration is Completed by SERVPRO

No business owner in Alexandria wants his property to go through a commercial fire damaging event. Fires are never on a day's agenda, but by following a preventative plan you may avoid an incendiary occurrence at your place of business. But if your commercial property is adversely impacted by fire, it is now part of your agenda. The priorities of limiting damages and minimizing out-of-pocket-expenses for the restoration services are of the utmost importance. Hiring a team of uniformed, trained technicians from SERVPRO can offer effective, expedient commercial fire damage restoration services. Protecting your asset is our number one priority.

Professionals Have Industry Experience

The extent of the commercial fire damage and the type of business or service determines our restoration and cleaning steps. Assessing visible fire damage and pre-testing damaged items are critical first steps. Our fire damage restoration specialists have been trained according to IICRC guidelines. And with additional in-house and corporate courses we surpass the industry standards for commercial fire damage restoration.  Though each fire is unique, SERVPRO follows a protocol that goes from assessment, water removal (if applicable) and drying, cleanup, content restoration, to mold remediation. Deodorizing smoke odor and removing its source will return the air quality to pre-fire levels. A final walk through with you, to guarantee your satisfaction with our service, is the final step.

SERVPRO of Alexandria Use Specialized Equipment

Industrial grade equipment is needed in conjunction with properly trained and experienced technicians for fast and efficient commercial fire damage restoration. We can utilize truck-mounted water pumps and portable wet-vacs for the water extraction. The drying continues with air movers (high-velocity fans) and dehumidifiers--both refrigerant and chemical models. Cleaning with the use of special sponges, products, and chemicals according to the IICRC guidelines continues the fire damage restoration process. We can ship to our cleaning facility furniture, electronics and business machine. We even offer document drying to save business paperwork. Portable foggers, low and high volume models, remove odors and their sources. We complete commercial fire damaged service with your walk through.

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You Immediately

As a business committed to offering cutting edge commercial fire damage restoration services in Alexandria, SERVPRO offers fast solutions from friendly people. To expedite the initial service, thus limiting costs and "closed for repairs," we will prepare an estimate that complies with insurance industry standard guidelines. We cooperate and coordinate with insurance adjusters, upon request. This will accelerate the claim's resolution.  We offer 24/7 emergency services and also recognize how anxiety-inducing a fire can be. SERVPRO of Alexandria will get you back in business "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Alexandria can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the scope or size of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us for help. (318) 427-7511