Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Safety Plan For Your Home

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help you with the after effects from a fire and we can get your home back like nothing ever happened. More importantly, is the safety of your family should a fire happen to you.

There were an estimated 367,500 reported home structure fires and 2,745 associated civilian deaths in the United States in 2014 .

They say that your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning.

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.

Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.

Before a fire happens, pull together everyone in your household and make a plan.

  • Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room. Find two ways out.
  • All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill!

Fire Restoration - A Six-Step Process

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

The process of restoration fixes the damage caused by fires in a quick, efficient manner. SERVPRO follows the basic six steps.

Emergency Service
Professional fire restoration companies like SERVPRO are available for emergency service. In some instances, a fire may cause damage such as burn holes in the roof. In these cases, a restoration company can quickly come out to the property and secure the building from further damage.

Damage Assessment
The next step is to assess the damage caused by the fire. During this step, the fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, will look to see the length the fire, smoke and soot traveled as well as the effect the fire had on the furniture and walls. The company can make an action plan and provide an accurate quote and time estimate.

Tarp and Sealing
Once restoration is underway, the company's main concern is to prevent further damage from happening, such as leaks due to holes in the wall or a burnt roof or a burst water tank or pipe. The company will quickly stop the source off the leak before water spreads to additional parts of the building.

Clean Up
After stopping any leaks, the restoration company will clear away dust, soot and smoke from surfaces as well as begin saving the property from water damage. The company will use submersible pumps to remove standing water. Then the area will be dried and sanitized. Carpets will be cleaned, and other measures taken to remove the odors caused by smoke. Finally, items that are beyond repair will be removed and replaced.

Renovation and Repairs
During the renovation and repair stage, the fire restoration company, like SERVPRO, will repair or replace cabinets, install new carpet, repaint walls, replace wallpaper and fix other damage in order to restore the property back to its original appearance. The company can also use this opportunity to improve the property, allowing it to look better than it did before the fire occurred.

Fire Prevention Debriefing
After the restoration process is complete, the company will offer ideas on preventing fires from happening in the future. If the fire were avoidable, the company could provide design advice and fire alert tools such as smoke detectors.

Let SERVPRO help your home

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Although there are many challenging matters that residential property owners must handle following a fire, smoke damage in can be a uniquely difficult remediation process. However, learning more about how smoke damage can impact your property and what steps you should take to restore your home can help you avoid anxiety and limit fees on repairs. Get the basic information you need on these important matters by reading the information provided by SERVPRO.

Why Smoke Damage Remediation Can Be Challenging. The complications and difficulties result from several issues, including that the smoke can permeate all areas of your home. Moreover, toxic chemicals from the smoke can generate substantive health risks, if present. Additionally, there are multiple kinds of smoke that can exist on your property. Each class requires a different set of treatment chemicals and equipment to ensure that the removal process is effective. For example, dry smoke from wood and wet smoke from plastics react to cleaning products in distinct ways. Attempting to remove smoke or soot with the wrong process or chemicals can further damage property by sealing the unwanted odors and stains into your carpets, floors, ceilings, and walls.

How The Professionals from SERVPRO Can Assist You. Although the smoke damage can seem like an overwhelming issue to deal with, securing professional remediation services can be immensely helpful. Smoke damage remediation specialists possess the licensing, certification, and equipment necessary to complete each component of the restoration process. In many cases, insurance agents provide homeowners with referrals to reputable smoke damage remediation companies. Our company is listed as a preferred vendor by many insurance and management companies. Many government fire and smoke damage projects have been performed by SERVPRO.

Why A Smoke Damage DIY Cleanup Usually is Unsuccessful. Smoke damage remediation is a process that you should not attempt to complete on your own. Homeowners rarely possess the specialized equipment and cleansers necessary to complete the work properly. Special foggers utilizing a variety of chemicals for destroying odor causing smoke and for deodorizing are needed. Puff-back from a furnace can inject soot into the unseen voids of the structure leading to staining and unwanted odors. Additionally, not having the proper protective clothing and gear can put you at risk of inhaling residual fumes from the fire or the cleaning products. Finally, there are several aspects of the remediation process that must be completed to ensure that your home is once again a safe, sanitary place. Disinfecting and sanitizing require extensive job knowledge and field training. 

Let SERVPRO Handle Your Smoke Damage Remediation Needs. Once smoke damage in your property requires remediation, delaying service only adds to the cost, the amount of lost personal items, and secondary damages to the structure. SERVPRO Industries, Inc. training, based upon the cleaning standards of the IICRC, provide our skilled technicians with the knowledge to restore your home to its preloss condition whenever possible. Like it never even happened.

Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late To Get Fire Damage Restoration

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do Not Wait Until It Is Too Late To Get Fire Damage Restoration Soot and smoke are produced in large quantities after a fire.

Fire accidents are dangerous and can lead to property damage and physical injuries. Soot and smoke are typically what causes property damage. Many homeowners struggle to decide whether they should move out and purchase a new home. However, it is important to note that a Downriver fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO Downriver, can restore your home to its original state and help you save money.

What Happens After A Fire Calamity?
Soot and smoke are produced in large quantities after a fire. This occurs when household items get burnt, and the smoke and soot that are released into the air and find somewhere to settle. The walls, carpet, and appliances are things that are typically affected by smoke and soot. They will start turning a yellow color and will eventually be destroyed by the smoke and soot. The items also make it difficult to remove odor.

Many homeowners think that they can handle fire damage on their own. However, it is best to call a professional to handle this job.

The Procedure For Restoring Home That Has Been Damaged By Fire
The main goal is to restore your home to its original state. The professionals at SERVPRO Downriver will take the following steps to ensure that your home is restored: 

A specialist will inspect your home to determine the extent of the fire damage. Structural damage and smoke damage are the major concerns. They will then decide the type of cleaning methods and products that they will use.

Protecting The Unaffected Areas
The professionals will need to protect the areas that were not damaged by the fire from damage.

Restoration Process
Below are the two methods that professionals can use to perform restoration:

    •    Desiccant dry air moisture restoration- Professionals will use special tools to get rid of the excess moisture in your home.

    •    Vacuum Freeze Restoration- This is used for restoring books and photos.

The nature of the fire damage is what the professionals at SERVPRO Downriver take into consideration when they are deciding which method to use. The specialists will also remove debris and any other materials that accumulated as the result of the damage. Items that are severely damaged will need to be replaced. Firefighters typically use a lot of water to put out the fire, and this creates excess moisture. Specialists will remove the excess water. The next step is soot removal followed by ash removal and deodorization. Additionally, this process will warrant the need for new painting.