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5 Summer Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Summer Fire Prevention and Safety Tips Summer Camp Fire

Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun as families across the country take advantage of the warm temperatures to get back in touch with nature.

It’s certainly relaxing to enjoy a beach bonfire with friends and loved ones, or roast marshmallows by the lake or in the backyard fire pit, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.

1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.

2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course). Sparklers and pinwheels might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.

3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.

4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no scrub or brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.

5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. Unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.

And always remember if you do experience a fire in or near your home or business the professional power of SERVPRO is ready to help assist you with any damage that might occur. 

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Boarding Up After a Fire Protects You and Your Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Boarding Up After a Fire Protects You and Your Home Make sure to board up your home after a fire disaster

Board Up After A Fire

Firefighters often break windows and knock holes in roofs when putting out a fire. After the flames are out, homeowners in Troup, TX , need to board up these openings before heading off to stay with friends or family. Consider these three factors before you leave your home.

1. Trespassers, Theft and Injury

Most people will leave a home with fire damage alone because it is inherently unsafe, but kids can see a landscape that is perfect for exploring. If they get hurt, their injuries could be a liability for you. Teens might see it as a great place for a party or some new graffiti, while adults can target a vacant home for theft or other criminal activities.

2. Mother Nature

The weather won't stop just because your home has been damaged. Performing an emergency board up of windows, doors and other openings will help keep out wind, rain and storms until your home can be repaired. Closing the gaps also keeps out branches, leaves, and pollen from trees and bushes. Make sure to board up crawl space access to keep out critters and rodents.

3. Insurance Coverage

Some insurance policies require homeowners to mitigate further property damage after a disaster hits. If you neglect to secure your property or limit access by people who shouldn't be there, your insurance might not cover the new damage or injuries. If someone gets injured inside the property due to your negligence, the insurance company could deny coverage. Even if they are trespassing, you could still be held liable.

Make sure to protect your home in Troup, TX , after a fire disaster by getting a professional fire restoration company out to board up holes, broken windows, burned doors and roof damage as soon as possible. Doing so can save your property from more extensive damage while also protecting you, as property owner, from additional liability.

3 Tips for Avoiding Cigarette Fires at Home

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Tips for Avoiding Cigarette Fires at Home Smoke outdoors in your Troup, TX area

Smoking can be a pesky habit with fallout that reaches far beyond the health implications. Cigarettes can leave lingering smells and even create a physical threat: Thousands of residential fires are linked to smoking each year. If it sounds frightening it should! But you have options. Read on to learn how, with just a little extra care, you can avoid your, Troup, TX home becoming a victim of a cigarette fire.

How Does Smoking Cause Fire?

Smoking may not be the best habit, but you may wonder, how can it cause fire? There are a variety of ways, obvious and not so obvious. Cigarette butts can ignite:

  • Trash
  • Dry underbush outdoors
  • Improper ash cans

And much more. A cigarette fire can quickly rise from a small event to a full conflagration, so it’s best to take steps to avoid any flames.

  1. Smoke Outdoors
    Believe it or not, some folks still smoke indoors, especially at home. Asking members of your family to smoke outdoors removes the risk of an ashtray fire, or of butts or ashes igniting curtains, books, furniture or any other flammable items. It may also leave your house smelling better.
  2. Never Smoke Sleepy
    Smoking can be a relaxing pre-sleep ritual for some, but it can come at a high cost. Falling asleep on a couch or in a bed with a lit cigarette can lead to embers igniting fabric. The results can be fatal.
  3. Don’t Use Plants as Ashtrays
    It can be tempting, if you’re smoking in the backyard, to toss your butts into the grass. But dry leaves can easily catch fire from a smoldering cigarette butt. Instead, find an ashtray or stamp your butt out.

Smoking remains a common habit and one that can pose a significant fire risk. Learn what not to do. Use the tips above and, should your home be damaged by a cigarette fire, call remediation specialists quickly for fire cleanup you can trust.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do Until Help Arrives Smoke damage clean up in Tyler,TX

Tips for A Successful Fire Restoration

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your SERVPRO® of Tyler professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

Do:

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/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these 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.

Change HVAC filters; leave 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.

Don’t:

Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® of Tyler professional.

Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® of Tyler professional.

Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.

If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

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Stay Safe This Summer

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stay Safe This Summer Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July. In 2013, eight people died and about 11,400 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. Your local SERVPRO® of Tyler Professionals want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Firework Facts

  • In 2011*, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires, including 1,200 structure fires, 400 vehicle fires, and 16,300 outside and other fires.
  • These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage, with no reported fire deaths.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

*Most recent statistics available-provided by the NFPA

Light the Night Safely

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Light the Night Safely SERVPRO® of Tyler wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Tips to Reduce Fire Risk This Holiday Season

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

SERVPRO® of Tyler wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Signs Your Furnace Needs Immediate Attention

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Signs Your Furnace Needs Immediate Attention Keep your furnace maintained for best results and lower costs

Most homeowners know to maintain their windows, garage doors, stoves and other appliances that they regularly use, but not many give much thought to the hidden appliances and machines, such as water heaters and furnaces. Yet, water heaters and furnaces are the source of many home fires and the reason for many calls to Whitehouse, TX, fire cleaning teams. This is because they go unmaintained for so long that when they do malfunction, the problem is a relatively large one. Fortunately, preventing a furnace fire is fairly easy and requires little time investment on your part. Typically, furnace maintenance revolves around one of three main components:

  • The distribution system
  • The heat/cold source
  • The thermostat

By accurately troubleshooting the issue, you can keep your furnace operating at maximum capacity and prevent the need for smoke cleaning experts.

The Safe Way to Furnace Maintenance

Before you start work on your furnace, there are some preliminary steps you can take beforehand to make sure the issue isn't something as minor as a blown fuse. This may save you a world of trouble and eliminate the need for a fire cleaning team entirely. Some things you can do include the following:

  • Check to make sure that the unit is receiving power. Sometimes, something as simple as resetting the power may be all it takes to get your furnace back to operating as normal.
  • If the unit has a power switch, make sure that is switched to on.
  • If the power switch is on, try hitting the unit's reset button. However, only do so after allowing the unit to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make sure the thermostat is set properly. It is not uncommon for thermostats to be off by five to 10 degrees.
  • If the unit uses gas, make sure the pilot is lit.

Sometimes, the measures above are all it takes to restore a furnace to maximum operating capacity. Unfortunately, however, the fix isn't always so simple. If your furnace needs further trouble shooting or maintenance, contact your local fire cleaning team today for assistance.

Lightning Strikes and How They Can Affect Your Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning is beautiful to watch unless it’s striking close by. Not only does the thunder boom loudly around you, but there is potential that your house could be damaged if struck. Atmospheric electricity can significantly damage your home, and it is likely that the electrical surge can start a fire. To prevent a lightning fire in Tyler, TX, here is an informational blog that can equip you with the right knowledge to act.


What Happens When a Bolt Strikes a House?


Lightning wants to touch the ground, so the bolt will find the path of least resistance to get there. When a bolt contacts a house, it can go through electrical lines, water pipes, phone lines, metal window frames, and anything that can conduct electricity. There are three main dangers you should be aware of when a thunderbolt strikes:

• A house fire
• Shock wave damage
• Power surge damage

The explosive power of a bolt can cause a lot of damage, which is why it’s important to protect your home from this type of harm.


How Can You Prevent a House Fire?


One of the best ways to prevent a lightning fire is to invest in a professionally installed protection system. Electrical rods help direct the surge of power toward the ground and away from the building. However, to stay even safer during a thunderstorm, avoid using water when atmospheric surges are near. You can also unplug any electronics to help avoid any dangerous surges of power from destroying your gadgets and entertainment systems.

Thunderstorms can be dangerous if a bolt strikes your house. However, there are many precautions that can be taken. Keep in mind that the cost of lightning fire damage cleanup has increased because of the growing number of electronics in each household. Turn off your water, and unplug your TVs and computers to minimize harm and risk during a lightning storm.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

6 Space Heater Fire Prevention Safety Tips

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can help keep the cold at bay during those cold winter months in Tyler, TX, but they can also cause considerable damage if improperly used. Burns against tender skin can send people to the emergency room, and radiant heat from an overly-hot burned space heater can result in a home fire. To keep your family and possessions safe, here are six safety tips.

1. Maintain a safe distance of at least three feet from fabric covered combustible materials. This includes beds, curtains, couches, and blankets.

2. Space heaters are designed to sit on the floor, not a table or chest. The radiant heat from sitting upon a cluttered wooden area can not only result in a burned space heater; it can cause the surface it is sitting upon to smolder and catch fire.

3. Keep children and pets at least three feet from the heater. Serious injuries can occur when little ones or pets get too close to the space heater’s hot surface.

4. When going to bed or leaving the room for an extended period, shut the heater off. Some units cycle the heating elements on and off, but space heaters are not meant to run for extended periods of time in an unattended room.

5. If using a space heater in a garage, workshop, or storeroom, place it in the center of the room if possible. Keeping it away from flammable liquids, ignitable materials, and wooden surfaces can help prevent a fire.

6. Put the heating unit on a level surface. Although carpet may seem level and secure, a soft surface can result in a wobbly heater and a scorched carpet.

Fires started by a burned space heater can be common. If a fire does occur, smoke cleanup and fire damage repair can be very frustrating and time consuming. Consider contacting a professional fire restoration team. Space heaters can keep the cold away, but they can also cause serious damage to homes and property if not treated appropriately.

For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROtyler.com/.

Protecting Your Home From Smoke Damage Caused by Puff Back

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

When most people in Tyler, TX, think about smoke damage, they think of the aftermath of a fire. What they don’t know about is the puff back effect. This phenomenon is a small explosion inside the burn chamber or the boiler of your furnace that sends a blast of soot and smoke into your home. It can occur in both oil-fired and gas furnaces, but the risk is higher in oil-fired heating systems. The most common cause is lack of maintenance and repairs.

An Ounce of Prevention

Annual inspections are a key tool in preventing this type of smoke damage. Every year you should have your heating system inspected, cleaned and adjusted by a professional. These experts know how to check for the following problems:

• Clogged or cracked nozzles
• Improper nozzle angle
• Cracked electrodes
• Shorted ignition cables
• Defective spark transformers
• Incorrect air-fuel mixtures
• Low-grade or dirty fuel

If any of these problems go unchecked, there is a real danger of a puff back, which can result in potentially significant damage to your home.

A Pound of Cure

If you do experience smoke damage from a puff back, there are three things you absolutely need to know:

1. Typical homeowner’s insurance policies cover damages caused by smoke, soot and ash.
2. Thorough documentation of damages is necessary for making a claim, including police and fire reports if available.
3. Most insurance companies will only cover the cost of professional cleanup.

For the health and safety of everyone involved, you should not attempt to clean up the damage yourself. Professional cleaners are equipped with the proper protection and equipment to safely clean the premises. The two best things a homeowner in Tyler, TX, can do in the event of any type of smoke damage is to contact their insurance adjustor immediately and, most importantly, leave the cleanup to a crew of professionals.



Until Help Arrives

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your SERVPRO® of Tyler professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

Do:

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/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these 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.

Change HVAC filters; leave 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.

Don’t:

Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® of Tyler professional.

Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® of Tyler professional.

Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.

If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

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Understanding the Aftermath of an Electrical Fire

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding the Aftermath of an Electrical Fire

Many people have faulty wires that are not properly insulated in their homes, and most of them don't even know about the hazard. Faulty wires can cause a residential fire and inflict a lot of damage to the homeowner's property. Few things are as terrifying and stressful as watching flames consume your home and personal belongings.

If you have found yourself in the same situation, you are probably wondering what you can do to repair the fire damage and to remove the lingering smoke odor. Fortunately, a fire restoration team can fix your smoke damaged home and help you salvage your property.

They will begin the process by cleaning soot from walls of your smoke damaged home, and you will be happy with the outcome when you see it for the first time. To address the lingering smoke odor, the team will use filters to clean the air and paint to cover the fire damage on the walls. If you would like them to do so, they can even ship your items to an off-site location to be cleaned and restored.

In addition to cleaning soot from walls, your qualified team will also remove water damage so that you can enjoy breathtaking results. Even though dealing with the aftermath of an electrical fire can cause a lot of stress, you don't have to face the problem alone. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information on fire damage.

Can a Fire-Damaged Home Ever Get Back to Normal?

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Can a Fire-Damaged Home Ever Get Back to Normal?

Few things are more heartbreaking than going through a home fire. If your home in Texas has gone
through a blaze, whether due to bad electrical wiring or an oil fire, it may be a literal shell of its former
self. You may wonder if your smoke-damaged home can ever get back to normal. Fortunately, by
working with a fire restoration company, you can increase your chances of returning your home to its
pre-burn state. Here are four steps most fire restorers use to fix fire damage.

1. Survey the Damage

As you may know, fire restoration firms play no part in extinguishing your home’s blaze. Instead,
firefighters work hard to check your house for inhabitants and stop the destructive fire. After firefighters leave, restorers survey damage. They also board up doors and broken windows to keep criminals from causing additional damage.

2. Clean Personal Belongings

Because your smoke-damaged home is likely not safe or inhabitable, restorers remove salvageable
belongings to clean them off-site. Then, using specialized cleaning products and techniques, restoration technicians remove smoke from your keepsakes.

3. Restore Walls and Floors

Homeowners are often surprised to realize that fire-suppression activities can cause more damage than the fire itself. Restorers work hard to remedy smoke and water damage. Often, they must paint walls and renovate flooring.

4. Tackle Lingering Smoke Odor

Even weeks after a fire, smoke odor can linger in your smoke-damaged home. To encourage a fresh,
clean scent, restorers use ozone and thermal fogging techniques. They also spend time deep cleaning
your home’s heating and air conditioning systems. Likewise, with the help of high-powered filters and
fans, fire restoration techniques remove small soot particles from your home’s air. After workers finish,
homes often smell like they never burned.
Returning your fire-damaged home to normal involves more than simply cleaning soot from walls. When
you work with a skilled restoration service, you take advantage of expertise and equipment to recover
from your devastating Tyler, Texas home fire. Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information.

Soot Damage in Commercial Property

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Damage in Commercial Property

Getting rid of soot damage is also part of fire restoration projects, and you will find that commercial fire damage experts can do this for you quickly and easily. Soot damage can be a lot more problematic than you think. It is important that you make the decision to work with experts who deal specifically with soot damage and any other problem that comes with fire restoration after you have had an electrical fire of some kind or even some type of utility room fire in the home or office. Fire suppression is incredibly recommended by firefighters Who come out to your home and put out the Flames using their fire hoses.

Despite the fact that you have used fire suppression systems in the past, you might have still had to call firefighters in in order for them to use their fire hoses as well as any of their high-quality fire trucks to put out the flames. Despite these professionals using fire trucks, you need to make sure that you do everything that you possibly can to ensure that you get the most from this option. There are a lot of different options available to meet your needs, ensuring that you feel confident in what you are able to achieve.

Now that you are aware of how important it is for you to hire fire restoration professionals, it is important that you contact a professional in your area and have them come out to your home to do an assessment of the damage. If you have some type of insurance on your property, it may also cover the costs of this for you. This is why it is so important for you to make the decision that you get the most from this clean up. It is something that you should never attempt to do on your own when there are experts out there who are more than willing to do it for you.

Visit http://www.SERVPROtyler.com for more information about our other services.

Hire a Restoration Company

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Hire a Restoration Company to Address Property Damage Caused by a Fire

As a property owner, one of the things you will need to do is prevent your home or business from catching a fire. While this is quite simple to accomplish, there are times when a fire occurs beyond your control and therefore causes damage. The damage caused by a fire can be quite devastating as the property will get a number of hazardous particles on it along with a bad odor and a breakdown of the various structures. While experiencing a fire can be very overwhelming, you will be able to benefit by hiring a restoration company that specializes in dealing with the effects caused by fires.

There are a number of effects that occur when a property experiences a fire. These include fire damage, smoke damage, soot damage and a smoke smell. Each of these can cause a hazard as well as ruin the property. However, using the services of a restoration company will help you minimize the effects of each of these things.

With fire damage, parts of your property will get burned and therefore become weaker. Fire damage can not only weaken property structures but also ruin their appearance as well. The effects of fire damage can also cause other things such as smoke damage, soot damage and a smoke smell.

Along with damage caused by a fire, smoke damage is also quite frequent. When smoke damage occurs, the smoke will get on the property and then cause soot and as smoke smell to accumulate. With the accumulation of soot and a smoke smell, the property will begin experiencing more damage that worsens the condition of a property.

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Soot Damage in Residential Home

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Damage in Residential Home

After a property experiences a fire, soot damage often occurs. Soot damage is when a collection of black particles get on parts of the property and begin to deteriorate both the structure and appearance of it. Due to the accumulation of toxins and particles, soot damage will often play a considerable role in damaging a property after a fire.

If you are a homeowner who experiences a fire in home, you will often have a considerable situation to resolve. Fortunately for homeowners, the use of a restoration company will be available to address any damage that occurs due to a fire in home. With the help of a company, homeowners will be in position to get a number of tasks done for them in order to restore their home. One of the services available to homeowners who experience a fire in home is fire cleanup.

Fire cleanup is one of the most effective ways to address a fire in home because it consists of a number of steps that efficiently restore the condition of it. First, fire cleanup will consist of removing all debris, smoke and soot from the property. Fire cleanup will then entail providing sanitization of parts of the property. The process of fire cleanup will help a number of property owners more effectively address the effects of a fire in home.

Whenever there is a fire in business and commercial fire damage, owners will often deal with a situation that is quite urgent. A fire in business will usually incur significant damage and therefore the assistance of a restoration company will be essential. With a fire in business, property owners will usually get the same services offered for those who have a fire in a residential property. The restoration company will usually address commercial fire damage by removing debris and sanitizing the property. The company will also address commercial fire damage by providing advice and instructions on how to maintain the property as well. Therefore, restoration companies are very helpful when you experience commercial fire damage that is caused by a fire in business.

Along with clearing out debris and providing sanitization, fire damage restoration also consists of a board up. During the process of fire damage restoration, a board up provides a way to conceal areas of the property that can be hazardous. A board up can also protect parts of a property such as windows and appliances during fire damage restoration. As a result, using a board up is one of the more important aspects of the fire damage restoration process.

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Emergency Fire Damage Tips

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Fire Damage Tips When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

DO:



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.

  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

  • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

  • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

  • Change HVAC filter, but leave 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.


DON’T:



  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.

  • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)

  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.


When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO® will help you take it back.

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms: Life Savers Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO® of Tyler at 903-561-0168.

Make Fall Fire Free

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Make Fall Fire Free This fall season brings cooler temperatures, Beautiful colors and abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe an

This fall season brings cooler temperatures, Beautiful colors and abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
  • It is safest to use flashlights or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything than can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Facts and information provided by the National Fire Prevention Association, nfpa.org

Are you Prepared?

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Are you Prepared? More Fire Prevention Tips at sparky.org

October is Fire Prevention Month-a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans, including your home fire escape plan. Do you have a plan? Have you changed or tested your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness. The 2016 theme is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” designed to educate the public about the basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety. The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Smoke alarms save lives. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

Visit Sparky.org for more fire prevention tips.

East Texas Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage East Texas Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your East Texas Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

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 Tyler 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 903-561-0168

Make This Fall Fire Free

10/14/2015 (Permalink)

This fall season brings cooler temperatures, Beautiful colors and abundance of outdoor activities.  Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable.  Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume.  Consider avoiding billowing fabric.  If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
  • It is safest to use flashlights or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern.  Use extreme caution if using a real candle.  Place lit pumpkins away from anything than can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and yards. 

Facts and information provided by the National Fire Prevention Association, nfpa.org