Archived Fire Damage Blog Posts
We can save that wood!
This shows a before and after scenario showing the efficacy of SERVPRO range of products
A fire in a home can cause a lot of damaging ripple effect. It can destroy precious personal property of the home owner or affect the integrity of personal property by changing the appearance or smell as a result of soot.
The effect of soot on an item can almost mean the end of the item to the owner when the right products are not applied to get rid of the effect of smoke. This is a popular situation with wood materials.
Wood can be cleaned and restored with various products in our SERVPRO range after a soot damage, we especially like to use the SERVPRO Lemon Oil Polish which is a professional quality polish formulated to clean, protect, polish, beautify and restore all wood finishes.
It repels water, while protecting natural wood surfaces from discoloration and raising of wood grain.
We have used this severally and the result is phenomenal
Living Ready in Wildfire Season
Wild fire season is a very precautionary time for anyone living in an area prone to wild fires. The negative ripple effect of a wild fire to a property owner cannot be underestimated.
The local authority does a very good job in warning property owners on the procedures they need to take in the event of the wild fire or home fire, in the event of an evacuation or containing the fire spread.
We advise that property owners regularly inspect the surrounding of their homes and business for leaky gas pipes, prune dead plants and properly dispose of those, prune overgrown trees; especially any close to power cables, ensure trash is disposed of properly because it can be a perfect fuel agent for fires and finally ensure the access points are free from clutter to allow the emergency services get to the source of the fire quickly.
DIY before help arrives after a fire loss
After a fire disaster, smoke smell lingers in a home/business and removing the smell is of utmost importance. Here are a few steps you need to remove smoke smell before a professional arrives.
Step 1: Air Out
Even when we can’t see smoke, we can smell it. When a fire loss occurs, smoke particles stick to porous and non-porous surfaces. Its important to open the windows and doors to ventilate your property. The air circulation will help clear out the space. You can also put on fans if available, though this won’t completely get rid of the smoke smell.
Wipe down all surfaces and launder all fabrics; like curtains, pillows, blankets.
In a case where the flooring is carpet, vacuum and deep clean carpet
Clean the HVAC system. You can also change your HVAC filters. You might need to consider a professional in a serious fire loss
Smells can linger from the wall paint, so a fresh coat of paint can help minimize the smoke odor and beautify your home again
Aftermath of a fire damage
Fire damage is very devastating to any family but it is also very helpful to understand the restoration process in case of a fire damage in your property. Here are a few steps that can help facilitate the restoration process.
Typically, the first step will be calling your insurance agency. Most home insurance agencies will help you contact a restoration company. This is a very crucial step. At this point, it is important that you pick a reputable and professional company for the best price.
Secondly, once a reputable restoration company like your local SERVPRO commences work at your property, we work to remove moisture from the property that might have been pumped in the structure in a bid to stop the fire. This is important because mold growth activity can start in as little as 48 hours.
The next step is to remove debris from the loss. Removing debris helps properly ascertain the level of the loss and tailor an appropriate procedure for restoration to commence.
After the debris is removed, we deodorize the structure of any odors from the fire loss. We either use the ozone, thermal fogging or ULV misting deodorizing procedures. The walls and flooring will be thoroughly cleaned in preparation for any form of reconstruction that needs to occur after this loss.
Watch out for FIRE!
A few of the most mentioned causes of a fire in homes are electric fires, home cooking, heating, Christmas trees, candles, chemicals. It can be difficult to remain mindful of all these potential causes of house fires, but the more attentive you are to the things that could ignite, the better off you’ll be.
If you are the victim of a house fire, your property and your health are at risk. Fires do a huge degree of damage depending on how long, and large, they burn. When you’ve had a house fire and the emergency service professionals are gone, you need help picking up the pieces.
SERVPRO is here to help you deal with your damaged property. Because the fire is not the only source of damage, you will be left with the lasting effects of smoke ingrained in the fabric of your house and the water damage from the recovery efforts of the emergency response team.
We understand how important it is to get this damage dealt with the right way so that you can get back to living your life. Call us today to consult with one of our dedicated professionals about what steps you can take to make your home feel like home again.
Recommended Contra Costa County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your residential or commercial spaces, causing evident damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan to remediate.
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. This also means there are various kinds of soot residue when a fire damage occurs. In order to begin restoration, SERVPRO of East Concord/Brentwood will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The information provided after pretesting will determine the cleaning procedures to be performed. See below 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
Due to the difference in the severity and type of smoke damage that can occur, we understand each specific condition requires a tailored unique solution. We have the right equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We also understand the impact of this loss on your family and business, hence our empathy, respect and utmost care of your property.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 925-420-5104
About SERVPRO of East Concord/Brentwood
SERVPRO of East Concord/Brentwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, water damage or mold growth. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.