Recent Fire Damage Posts

Football is More Important then Supper...?

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking fire caused heavy smoke damage to stove top and cabinets. A fire started on top of the stove in this home. Not only was the stove affected, but the upper cabinets and ceiling throughout the entire home.

Why does the last 5 minutes of a football game on TV seem to take an hour? You decided to make that salmon dish your uncle was telling you about so you prepped for it first thing this morning.

Start of the 4th quarter you decided to put it into the oven right as your team fell behind 14 points and the game seemed over.

That's when the magic started!  The rookie they just drafted gets put in the game and the biggest comeback in franchise history starts.

They tie up the game with 10 seconds left as the wide receiver torched the defender.  Torched him so bad you can smell the burning as if you were there.

Wait.....that's not torched defender...that's your Salmon burning in the oven!

It's happened to us all, we see it every day.  If this happens to you call SERVPRO and we'll come out, asses the damage, and help return your home back to 'Like it never even happened'. 

Not all smoke and soot are the same, and trained professionals like we have at SERVPRO know how to deal with each type that occurs.

    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 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.

We are here to help @ 608-487-9758.

Untreated Fire and Smoke

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage was caused by a fire in this college dorm common room. A local university suffered a fire in one of its dorms. With an immediate response, SERVPRO is able to reduce the severity of the damage.

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

The restoration cost increases

When the treatment process is extended, the damages begin to get worse and more difficult to deal with. If smoke goes untreated for long, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. These challenges make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Extensive damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.

Soot deposits

Neutralizing of soot residual and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Permanent damage

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home. In case you suspect some smoke damage in your residence and need smoke cleanup, water damage cleanup or storm damage repair contact your #WeAreLocal GREEN team, SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties.

Fire Prevention Starts at Home

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

There should be working smoke detectors located throughout the home. Now is the time with the start of heating season, to be sure you are prepared for whatever happens.

They say good habits start as a child as they watch the adults in their lives.  October is the start of the heating season in most parts of our country.  Are you ready to flip that switch?  Let's find out...

Does every room including bedrooms, have a working smoke detector?  Half of home fire deaths occur between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.  Most people are sleeping at this time. 

Granted, 51.6% of fires in 2017 were started by cooking, and other causes include 9.1% from heating, 7.1% have been caused by unintentional carelessness,  and lastly, 6.5% from an electrical malfunction.  (According to  https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/#causesR).

With Fire Prevention Week upon us, be sure to check and test your smoke alarms.  Be ready and prepared for whatever happens.  

Here's to Having a Safe Summer

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Safety is important during all seasons, not just in the summer time.

Every year, almost 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 people are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grills.  Summertime should be a time where memories are made and the outdoors are enjoyed.  

Being mindful of the following tips, will help your summer end on a happy note:

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills-DO NOT add fluid once the coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, be sure that connection hoses are intact and tight.  Using soapy water along the hoses is a great way to safely identify any leaks.
  • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials when finished with them.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set it up away from the campfire.  Only use battery operated lights and lanterns inside the tent.
  • ALWAYS build a campfire down wind from the tent area.  Clear vegetation and dig a pit or use a certified fire ring.  
  • Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals and keep a safety area of at least 500 feet from displays.

Your #WeAreLocal GREEN Team wants everyone to have a safe and happy summer!

Have You Checked Your Fire Extinguisher Lately?

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Different types of fire extinguishers are required for different types of fires.

Fire extinguishers last between five and 15 years but they all ultimately expire and become ineffective, no matter what fire-fighting substance they contain. Household fire extinguishers—which are typically filled with dry chemicals (carbon dioxide or halon)—lose their charge over time. Those with compressed gas can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken, while those with ammonium phosphate will solidify over the years, rendering the entire device unusable.

Read on to get a handle on the age and effectiveness of your fire extinguisher, plus tips on how to extend its life, get it serviced, and dispose of it correctly if necessary.

Store a fire extinguisher in a clean, indoor location can help extend its life. Exposure to sun, UV radiation, wind, or rain can cause corrosion, rust, and deterioration. If the canister is dented or bruised, or if the tamper seal and pin are missing, there’s a possibility that it might explode unprompted. Examine the entire unit and if it’s not in good shape, properly dispose of it without delay.

Fire Breaks out in an Apartment Complex

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire caused major damage in an apartment complex.

Once the fire is out and all the firemen have left, you are alone and unsure of your next step.  Where do you turn?  Who do you talk to?  Let SERVPRO help you.  We work with insurance to make your claim as stress free as possible.

We are here to help make it "like it never even happened" and to put your home or business back to preloss condition.  This particular fire started due to a lightening strike to the roof.  The tenants are escaped unscathed, but a lot of their belongings did not.  

Thanks to your #WeAreLocal GREEN team, we were able to go in and do the water mitigation first, then followed up with the cleanup from the fire itself, which affected three apartments.  Cleanup was slow and tedious, but everyone was patient and we finished the whole project from start to finish in about 8 weeks.

Fire damage?  Water damage?  Storm damage?

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Once the Fire is Out-Who do You Call?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating to everyone and everything in the home.

Although a fire itself does a significant amount of fire and smoke damage to items touched by flames - smoke, soot residues and water damage or flooding from the fire department will affect other parts of your home. It is important to take all necessary precautions before entering your home after experiencing fire damage.

Besides natural hazards that may exist, entering your house can be 1) unsafe and 2) lead to secondary damages as movement or foot traffic can make some of your personal items unsalvageable. Protect your investment wisely and hire an established restoration contractor like SERVPRO to help get you back on your feet after fire or smoke damage has affected your home.

SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available 365-days a year, including holidays. Our technicians have received the necessary IICRC certifications and follow all municipal and OSHA safety guidelines to perform fire damage restoration on your property.

Insurance companies choose SERVPRO  because we offer full-service to our clients. We manage your entire restoration project, providing customers with a detailed scope of work and schedule through each phase of the project while answering any questions you may have throughout the fire restoration process. 

Having a company like SERVPRO on your side after a fire or water damage to your property can make a major difference in not only protecting the value of your investment but ensuring you have the best experience possible in dealing with a fire or water damage.

SERVPRO is a full service disaster restoration contractor serving the Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties Area. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster providing 24 hour emergency service with direct insurance billing. Call us 608.487.9758.

Untreated Fire and Smoke

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage that did not get cleaned up right away.

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

The restoration cost increases

When the treatment process is extended, the damages begin to get worse and more difficult to deal with. If smoke goes untreated for long, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. These challenges make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Extensive damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.

Soot deposits

Neutralizing of soot residual and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Permanent damage

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home. In case you suspect some smoke damage in your residence and need smoke cleanup, water damage cleanup or storm damage repair contact your #wearelocal GREEN team, SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties.