Recent Fire Damage Posts
Small fire, big smoke
A fire at your home or business is that of which nightmares are made of. Each year thousands wake up or come home to find themselves picking up the piece from the ashes of completely burned home. But what do you do if it is a smaller fire? Maybe a grease fire in the kitchen that you where able to get under control before to much damage was done, or a candle that got a little out of control. In these situations smoke can be a bigger issue than the fire itself. It can stain walls and make furniture and clothing carry and odor that always reminds you of a mishap you would like to forget. At SERVPRO we can help no matter how big or small our trained techs can clean items affected by smoke. Let us help you if you find yourself trying to put this situation behind you.
After The Fire
If you have experienced a fire at your place of business or in your home, many decisions exist after the fire has been extinguished. At SERVPRO we are happy to assist you and attempt to make some of these decisions easier with the services that we provide.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Would you and your family know what to do if your home was affected by a fire. Being prepared is the best way to ensure your safety. Here are 7 tips that can help make sure your prepared if you are faced with this disaster.
The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire
1.Install the correct number of smoke detectors . Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
2.Teach children what smoke detectors sound like and what to do when they hear one.
3.Ensure that all household members know a couple ways to get out of every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
4.Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
5.Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
6.Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
7.Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
Our Most Recent Fire Damage 4/27/17
Fire damages are definitely catastrophic to your home or commercial building. Luckily with the tools, knowledge, and man power of our SERVPRO staff, we can take care of you with no issues. We like to put as little stress on the homeowner as possible during these difficult times. We know that it is a devastating time in the customers life, so we try to treat them like family, comfort, and console them by letting them know everything will be okay, and SERVPRO will have them back to new in a timely fashion. "Like it never even happened."
Living by that quote and treating the customers property like its our own is very important to making them feel comfortable with our expertise in the field, rather we move out all of the homes contents, or clean everything on site. Working with sub-contractors for their clothes and textiles to get them cleaned and ready to bring back once the job is completed is something else we explain to the customer, but we also try to deal with the sub-contractor one on one to take even more stress off of the customer. Fires are very tedious and take longer than most jobs to complete since there is so much involved, but here at SERVPRO we do it professionally, and in a timely fashion.
Fire & Smoke Damage. What to do and dont do before help arrives.
-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
-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 to prop doors open to help prevent odor.
-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect thee 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.
-Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
-Change the HVAC filter, but leave the 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.
-Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO franchise professional.
-Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
-Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (including tv's, radios etc.)
-Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.
-Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement could cause secondary damage.
-Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.