Recent Fire Damage Posts

Different Smoke Types

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakeland is always here to help during the different disasters you may experience. 863-646-4213

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.

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 Lakeland 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.

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Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year from your friends at SERVPRO of Lakeland.

Everyone loves to decorate for the holidays, but pretty lights and candles that bring holiday cheer can make your holidays from festive to frightening. Here are a few safety tips from the American Red Cross that can reduce the risk of fire to your home or business during this holiday season in Lakeland, Plant City area.

Make sure you’re Christmas tree, candles or other decorations are at least three feet away from any heat sources such as fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators and heat vents.

Check all light strings to make sure they are in good condition. Do not use any electrical cords that are frayed and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly use them.

Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving your home or going to bed.

Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Blow out all candles before leaving your home or going to bed.

Disasters don’t wait for regular business hours. SERVPRO of Lakeland is available 24/7, including holidays. Call us at 863-646-4213.

SERVPRO of Lakeland wishes you a SAFE and HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Causes of Common Kitchen Fires

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke damage can be a difficult event to go through. Put your trust in SERVPRO of Lakelands team, to get you back in your home.

The kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water and grease come together. The most common type of fire is the grease fire. A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house. Thanksgiving day alone counts for nearly 2,500 house fires across America.

Common Causes of Kitchen Fires

Too high temperature in the fryer

Vegetable, more flammable, oils

Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer

Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts

Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around

Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function

Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave. When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven. The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call fire department.

At SERVPRO of Lakeland we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week. Give us a call at 863-646-4213. We can help make any fire damage you are facing and make it, "Like it never even happened.”

Leave Fire Damage To The Pros

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Most fires start in the kitchen. Call us today SERVPRO of Lakeland is always prepared.

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.

Bring in the Fire Damage Pros

First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so.

While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow.

If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!

Know Who to Hire

Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification.

What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does

A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.

If you or anyone you know is in need of smoke or fire damage restoration services.

Servpro of Lakeland is always here to help! Contact us today.


When is it Not Worth Cleaning?

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

This dishwasher fire caused a lot of smoke in this Valrico Home. Most of the furniture was affected, a decision to replace or restore had to be made.

When it's not worth cleaning is the topic for this post. How do you know when an item should be cleaned, restored or replaced?

That depends on a number of factors, one of which is the actual value of the item. Another consideration is if the item holds sentimental value for the owner. There are some items that may not have a lot of cash value but the sentiments are irreplaceable.

Items handed down from generations like tools, clothing items, photographs, and furniture are all examples of items that may not have a high cash value but mean the world to it's owners.

What items do you own that may not have a high monetary value but mean the world to you?

Do you have plan for these items just in case you experience a fire or water damage?

If you need help with planning feel free to contact SERVPRO of Lakeland at 863-646-4213.

It is Time to Fall Back.

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213 "Like it Never Even Happened."

This Saturday, we "Fall Back" and change our clocks. Please remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors? Keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors is very important in preventing fires, fire damage, and smoke damage to your home. Most smoke detectors take 9 volt batteries, but that can vary from detector to detector. Many firemen say keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors and regularly checking them to make sure they are working properly are the most important thing you can do to help keep you and your family safe from a fire. Always aim to keep your family and your home safe.

If your home experiences a Smoke or Fire Damage call SERVPRO of Lakeland.


How to Overcome a Fire Damage.

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke damage can be devastating. Call us today 863-646-4213

A home fire can have devastating physical and mental repercussions. Instead of feeling helpless and wondering where to turn next, use this guide to help you recover and return to normal as soon as possible.

If you have experienced a home fire in Lakeland, and Plant City area and are in need of fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO at 863-646-4213.

SERVPRO’s Guide for What to Do After a Home Fire

Contact your insurance company right away

Ask your agent about immediate needs for your home, such as removing water caused by the fire department and covering exposed windows and doors. Then, ask about your coverage. Your agent will likely recommend you make a list of everything that was lost or damaged in the fire, including detailed descriptions of each item and what you paid for them.

If you don’t have insurance, your family and the community may help you get back on your feet. Seek help from the Salvation Army, religious organizations, and/or other community groups.

Take care of your family and pets

Be willing to ask for help; you don’t need to go through this recovery process alone. Contact a local disaster relief service to find a place to stay and necessities such as food, clothing, and medicine. Consider leaving your pet with a friend, family member, or veterinarian until things settle down.

Be careful when you return home

Do not enter your damaged home or apartment unless you check with the fire department first and they say it’s safe to do so. When you enter, tread carefully since the fire could have damaged the roof and floor to the point that they might collapse. Ask the fire department if the utilities (gas, electricity, and water) are safe to use. If not, don’t attempt to turn these back on yourself.

Look into replacing important records

Valuable documents (driver’s licenses, passports, social security cards, birth certificates, wills, warranties, etc.) may have been lost in the fire. It’s possible to restore these documents. You can even replace items such as burned paper money, melted coins, and mutilated US Savings bonds.

Seek professional cleaning and restoration services

Homes with relatively small fires can be cleaned and restored to their original condition. Professional fire damage restoration services cover the full scope of cleaning, restoring, and repairing your home, including fire, smoke, and water damage. Experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Lakeland know what cleaning techniques work best for different types of fires and different damaged materials. Even seemingly unaffected areas can be damaged by smoke, which is another reason to leave cleanup in the hands of seasoned professionals.

The road to recovery may be rocky, but with support from your family, friends, and community, and a reliable cleaning and restoration service at your side, you can return to normal sooner than you think. Call SERVPRO of Lakeland to begin the cleanup process today.

“Like it never even happened.”


SERVPRO of Lakeland fire damage restoration update

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

With time soot gets harder to wipe down. It is important to address all Fire Damage professionally, as soon as possible! 863-646-4213

There are several Fire Damage Restoration projects SERVPRO of Lakeland has begun this summer. Some of these have long term fire damage and have not been professionally addressed until now. It is very important to hire a professional to restore all Fire Damage. Call the SERVPRO professionals in Lakeland 863-646-4213 for a free fire remediation estimate! 

"Like it never even happened."

Grease Fires

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a commercial kitchen grease fire.

Grease Fire Do's and Dont's

There are many different ways a fire can break out, one of the most dangerous being a grease fire. If you lack experience putting out a grease fire, know that you do not treat it the same as you would a "standard" fire. There are certain things that you must do and things you absolutely must NOT do. Please consider the following:


  • Turn off the stove or heat source
  • Smother the fire with the pot lid. Without oxygen, the fire cannot survive.
  • Use baking soda to douse the flames. Flour and other items will not work
  • Use a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher
  • call 911


  • Try to put out the flames using water. It will splash the grease, causing the fire to spread
  • Move the item. This could also cause splashing, spreading and could potentially burn you
  • Try to use anything other than baking soda. It will not help

Fighting Fire with Fire.. Remediation

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire in Lakeland, FL

Recently, SERVPRO of Lakeland got a call from a friend of our family. She informed us that her neighbors had a fire in their home the night before and needed some help getting it cleaned up. Upon arriving to the scene of the incident, we realized it was going to be a large undertaking, including cleaning many contents, inventorying and disposing of contents, and removing most of the interior walls and fixtures of the house. The smoke damage and odor was so bad that the homeowners were just lucky to be out safe and have some of their belongings determined to be salvageable. We started working on the house immediately and have been working on cleaning contents and removing smoke odor for almost two weeks now. Make sure to stay tuned to our “before and after pictures” page to see the work we can do if fire and smoke damage affects your home or business. Also, check our YouTube page in the coming months, as we plan to have video from just after the fire, the middle of the cleaning process, and the finished result of what their home looks like when they move back in, so if this type of fire disaster ever happens to you, you will know what to expect from the process.

SERVPRO of Lakeland specializes in:  water remediation, flood mitigation, carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, mold removal, fire damage, and smoke clean up, disaster restoration, storm response, and air duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland has been serving Lakeland and Polk County residents for over 40 years. We are licensed and insured and have an A+ rating with the better business bureau in restoration and cleaning. SERVPRO of Lakeland (863)646-4213.

Fire and Smoke Damage Inside the HVAC

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

The ductwork can hide harmul particulants in the air.

Where there's smoke, there's a headache..

Following a fire, SERVPRO of Lakeland Professionals pay careful attention to the HVAC system and ductwork to prevent the spread of soot and to eradicate a potential source of lingering smoke odor. If the system was operational at the time the fire occurred, chances are good that the system, including air registers and HVAC units, should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent continued circulation of soot and odor-causing particles that may have contaminated the system.

Depending on the size of the fire and the methods used to extinguish it, the duct system may also have been compromised by water. In as little as 24-48 hours, this moisture can provide the catalyst for mold and mildew growth inside the duct system, further degrading indoor air quality. If the duct system has been contaminated with water, your SERVPRO of Lakeland Professional can help locate the moisture and remove it before serious air quality problems can develop.

Contact SERVPRO of Lakeland at (863)646-4213 to learn more about air duct system cleaning following a fire damage and the value of maintaining clean air duct systems year-round

Say No to Soot When SERVPRO's Afoot

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Not every fire is a funeral pyre. Call SERVPRO of Lakeland to clean your fire/smoke damage today!

Fire and Smoke Damage May Be Trickier to Clean Than You Think

A house fire and the resulting damage can sometimes be a tricky situation to deal with.

The damage caused by the fire, itself, is obvious. It leaves furniture charred and smoldering. It leaves walls scorched and warped. And it leaves homeowners with their lives in disarray.

The damage that might not be so obvious, however, can be the trickiest to clean.  Soot builds up in layers that become solidified and tough to eliminate. Some areas need to be wiped and scrubbed with chemicals several times to eradicate the lingering effects of the fire.

It is in situations like this, that you need to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lakeland. When our cleaning teams arrive, they promptly differentiate salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning. Then we go to work on the ridding the structure of any evidence that a fire ever even occurred.

There are many different precautions used when cleaning a fire. To the everyday citizen, the surface may appear clean after a good wipe down, but the truth is that the process is way more involved.

For example, the average homeowner may be unaware that water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls. Also, if left unattended or not properly treated by a professional, the air quality inside the home can suffer greatly and have lasting effects on the health of those residing there.

To the untrained eye, the issue may appear to have been fixed. However, the impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months can manifest itself later in the form of increased respiratory discomfort.  

Companies like SERVPRO of Lakeland are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings with great care as well as clean and store them until your property has been restored to its original condition. We also are constantly aware of the human element involved. We know we are not just cleaning a building but someone’s home.

If you or someone you know comes face to face with fire or smoke damage inside their home or place of business…

Call SERVPRO of Lakeland (863) 646-4213.

"Like it never even happened"

Fire Damage and Water Damage in Lakeland

6/3/2015 (Permalink)

The effects of a bad storm are seen here as both fire and water damage destroyed this Polk County resident's garage.

Fire and Water Damage in Lakeland Caused By Bad Storm

by Ed Davis

After a vicious storm came through earlier this week, SERVPRO of Lakeland responded to an emergency fire and water mitigation call in this Lakeland residence. SERVPRO has begun working with the homeowner to establish an insurance claim. Thankfully no one was hurt during this event. 

Generators, Air Scrubbers, Dehumidifiers, and Deodorization devices will all be placed throughout the home in order to begin mitigation of the smoke odor and contents. Thanks to the quick action of the fire department and the homeowner, the fire did not spread further through the house.

With the higher humidity levels that have persisted this week in Lakeland, FL, SERVPRO of Lakeland has taken preventitve messures to maintain a safe climate within the home through the use of dehumidifiers. This will prevent further flood damage and secondary effects of any water intrustion caused by the storm of fire depression efforts. 

SERVPRO of Lakeland will continue to provide updates as the job progresses.