Recent Fire Damage Posts

We Restore More Than Structures After a Fire

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Soot covered stuffed lamb laying on a blue rolling bin Check out the after photo to see how this little lamb was restored back to preloss condition!

When you think of a house fire the first thought is how are you going to clean and restore my home, right? Do you also think about how to restore the contents inside the home as well?

SERVPRO of Flower Mound takes pride in being able to assist customers with every aspect of their loss. Of course we are going to address the structure and return it to preloss condition but we also want to address the everyday things that while small can mean the most. We utilize the Esporta Wash System to get you two weeks worth of clothing back within 24-48 hours, your bedding to reduce up front expenditure, and even your child's favorite stuffed animal to help making your temporary living a little less scary. 

Our team is dedicated to helping you through this process as seamlessly as possible and in order to do that, we take every aspect of the loss into consideration! Take a look at our Before & After photos to see the little lamb that made it back to one very happy customer. 

We Restore More Than Structures After a Fire

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Soot covered stuffed lamb laying on a blue rolling bin Check out the after photo to see how this little lamb was restored back to preloss condition!

When you think of a house fire the first thought is how are you going to clean and restore my home, right? Do you also think about how to restore the contents inside the home as well?

SERVPRO of Flower Mound takes pride in being able to assist customers with every aspect of their loss. Of course we are going to address the structure and return it to preloss condition but we also want to address the everyday things that while small can mean the most. We utilize the Esporta Wash System to get you two weeks worth of clothing back within 24-48 hours, your bedding to reduce up front expenditure, and even your child's favorite stuffed animal to help making your temporary living a little less scary. 

Our team is dedicated to helping you through this process as seamlessly as possible and in order to do that, we take every aspect of the loss into consideration! Take a look at our Before & After photos to see the little lamb that made it back to one very happy customer. 

The Importance of Proper Smoke Remediation

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

Soot covering contents with fallen ceiling insulation Customers cigarette didn't go out and caused a fire in his garage and smoke damage inside the home.

After a fire in a home it's very possible that contaminating smoke has touched every item and area in your home. In smoke, there are residual amounts of chemicals and other bi-products due to burning plastics and other chemical-based items in your home that may have burned in the fire.  Those residual chemicals have been transferred by the smoke and is now left on your walls, furniture, floors, personal items, and other contents in your home.  Even things like your light bulbs in your lamps must be decontaminated or disposed of properly.

It's important to remove and remediate the items in the home that were exposed to the fire and smoke so that they do not further contaminate your home.  The residual amounts of chemicals and other bi-products can irritate: eyes, lungs, skin, and other parts of the body.

SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville uses special equipment, techniques, and cleaning products to remove the smoke and soot from your home and salvageable contents. SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville will also remove the odors using our industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. In most cases, air ducts will need to be cleaned as well along with new HVAC filters installed.

SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville will help to make it "Like it never even happened."

Utilizing Matterport Technology After a Fire Loss

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

Dollhouse view of a fire in a residential property This is the "Dollhouse View" of the Matterport which give you a quick view of the property.

When you are looking to buy a house and search through Zillow or Realtor.com, they typically have photos throughout the home and sometimes a virtual tour option. Did you know that SERVPRO of Flower Mound/Lewisville staff are equipped with the same technology? 

When a customer calls with a fire loss, the first step we take in the restoration process is to perform a Matterport scan of the property. This allows us to capture the damage caused, the contents within the home, and an accurate detail for the scope of work to discuss with the property owner and insurance company. 

The scan provides a virtual tour of the home which is beneficial for scope review and estimate approvals, documentation of non-restorable items, and a faster view of the property for the adjuster prior to them being able to schedule an onsite visit. 

What To Do After A Fire

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

burned upper kitchen cabinets with debris on the lower cabinets Local fire caused severe damage to the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the rest of the structure.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy, be careful!

What to do after a fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting our team.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stores near the fire, heat or water. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged. 
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your fire loss, our dedicated team is here to help in any way we can! 972-420-4771

Which Type of Fire Extinguisher Should I Buy?

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are four classes of fire extinguishers – A, B, C and D – and each class can put out a different type of fire.

Class A fire extinguishers

Class A fire extinguishers are used for ordinary combustibles, such as paper, wood, cloth, and some types of plastic. These extinguishers typically use water or certain types of dry chemicals to either absorb heat or coat the fire.

Class B fire extinguishers

Fires that originate from flammable liquids and gas can be extinguished by a class B fire extinguisher. This is the type of extinguisher you’ll want to use on a fire caused by oil or fuel.

Class C fire extinguishers

Class C fire extinguishers are effective against electrical fires from live wires, panels, and circuit breakers. The extinguisher works by releasing materials that stop the conduction of electricity.

Class D fire extinguishers

Class D fire extinguishers are used on combustible metals. These include magnesium, sodium, aluminum, and titanium.

Class K fire extinguishers

Commonly used in restaurant kitchens, class K fire extinguishers can effectively put out fires caused by cooking fats, greases, and oils. They use a process called saponification by releasing an alkaline agent to create a foam that traps vapors and puts the fire out.

Purchasing your fire extinguisher

Now that you know how many extinguishers you need and what types to get, you can head to the hardware store. Look for fire extinguishers that you can easily lift. Larger extinguishers may pack more power, but you must be able to use it properly.

Source: Safety Online

Fire Prevention Week 2021 - The Sounds of Fire Safety

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week 2021 in United States will begin on Sunday, October 3rd and end on Saturday, October 9th. This year’s Fire Protection Week theme is: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”. The National Fire Protection Agency is working to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

What do the fire alarm beeps mean?

  • A continued set of three loud beeps—beep, beep, beep—means smoke or fire. Get out, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
  • A single “chirp” every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced. All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.

For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, there are special smoke alarms and alert devices that include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarms sound. Products like pillow or bed shakers that are designed to work with smoke alarms are also available.

Source: NFPA.org