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Cleaning The Ducts Can Prevent Dryer-Related Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning The Ducts Can Prevent Dryer-Related Fire Damage In Your Dallas Home Dallas homeowners rarely consider the possibility of fire damage when purchasing a new washer and dryer set.

Cleaning The Ducts Can Prevent Dryer-Related Fire Damage

Buying new appliances for your home in Dallas can make things run more smoothly in your household. Old appliances wear out and become less efficient to operate, often causing not only safety issues but also higher utility bills. These older machines can also damage your belongings. Replacing them can save you quite a bit of hassle.

Dallas homeowners rarely consider the possibility of fire damage when purchasing a new washer and dryer set. An old dryer can easily cause a fire, leaving many people to fail to realize that it is the duct leading away from the back of the dryer where fires most often begin. Merely changing the old dryer for a newer one while leaving the ductwork in place does not help prevent a fire.

Changing the duct work and cleaning the vent can help prevent a fire from occurring. September is National Preparedness Month. Eliminating the risk of fire throughout your home can help keep your family safe for the entire year. Even if you do not install a new dryer, having the duct cleaned, as well as the vents, can help protect your family from such a disastrous event.

SERVPRO helps restore homes after a fire occurs, mitigating fire damage according to IICRC standards. Our technicians understand how a devastating fire can affect a family and the subsequent issues they must contend with on an ongoing basis. Our staff can help by quickly getting you back into your home “Like it never even happened.”

A fire related to a dryer and its vent can damage clothing, the laundry area, and other portions of your home indirectly with its smoke. We carefully work to resolve all of these issues and leave your home clean and odor-free. During our time working on your home, SERVPRO technicians keep you informed of your home's progress, assist you with insurance claims, and provide you with inventory sheets that give you information on your belongings.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is always ready to assist you after fire damage affects your home. We also provide services to those in Seagoville, Hutchins, and Wilmer. All you need to do is call us at (972) 227-0800, and we can begin working at your earliest convenience.

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Different Types Of Smoke Particles To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Different Types Of Smoke Particles To Expect During Fire Damage Restoration In Dallas  Fire damage incidents can lead to the production of free-floating or driven smoke.

Different Types Of Smoke Particles

Fire damage incidents can lead to the production of free-floating or driven smoke. Driven smoke refers to the smoke which is propelled and pressurized by the energy that the fire generates. This form of smoke usually affects vertical surfaces. After the driven smoke cools, it transforms to free-floating smoke - which is usually heavier when compared to air and settles on horizontal surfaces. Irrespective of the type of smoke in your Dallas property, you need professional restoration services to prevent further damage and salvage your contents.

When our SERVPRO technicians are choosing the methods of fire damage remediation in Dallas, we look at the type of smoke residues, the structure, and the surface with the particles. For instance, if the structure experienced a protein fire - fires from burning fish, poultry, and meat - then we expect to deal with an oily and dense texture. Protein fires slightly discolor cabinet surfaces and painted walls. The primary challenge when dealing with them is the extreme pungent that they produce, which means we have to employ thorough odor removal techniques.

If you rely on fuel oil as a source of heat, then you should expect fuel oil soot when the oil burner malfunctions. Also, a puff-back may occur when the heat exchanger has a crack and an improper vent. This kind of soot has some dust particles which originate from the duct-work as well as fuel oil which has gone incomplete combustion. It is easy to remove while fresh, though, it can stick and create a strong bond with the painted walls and make it hard to remove if left for an extended period.
Our SERVPRO technicians also determine whether we are dealing with wet or dry smoke residues. It is quicker to clean dry residues when compared to wet residues, and this helps us to establish whether to use less aggressive or harsher cleaning techniques.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides 24-hour emergency services that meet residential and commercial restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (972) 227-0800 and schedule an appointment to learn more about our services.

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Fire Damage Experts in Dallas Describe Chemicals Used for Cleaning Soot

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Experts in Dallas Describe Chemicals Used for Cleaning Soot Seeing your home after fire damage can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and effective remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Evaluate Fire Damage to Determine the Appropriate Method to Clean the Soot in Your Home

Whenever a fire starts inside your house in Dallas, whether it is big or small, smoke can cause many problems. When a fire burns, not everything burnt in the blaze completely combusts. Partially combusted fuels get released into the air in the form of smoke. Smoke can travel throughout any structure and leave behind foul odors and soot residues.
 
If building materials and contents get covered in soot, the soils can ruin their surfaces. When mitigating fire damage in Dallas, the removal of soot residues is essential. Depending on several factors residues can be easy or difficult to remove.
 
Since the composition of soot can vary, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a variety of cleaning methods and chemicals during the cleaning process. Surfaces that are porous are best cleaned with dry soot removal methods. If wet chemicals are used on porous substances, then the soot can soak into the item causing more damage. Non-porous surfaces can be cleaned using wet chemicals and techniques because water will not soak the soils into material.
 
For most surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians can use a low-alkaline general surface cleaner. For areas affected with thick or greasy residues a heavy duty, high alkaline cleaner can be used. Some surfaces should be cleaned with chemicals that are specifically made for them.
 
For any glass surface, a specialized glass cleaner often gets utilized. Glass cleaners are slightly alkaline and contain ammonia. For wood surfaces, a wood creme cleaner can be effective. Wood cremes slightly polish wooden surfaces and can aid in deodorization.
 
Liquid creme cleaners work in the same way as wood cremes, and they can be used to clean grease and polish surfaces. Liquid cremes cannot be used on surfaces that are harmed by mild abrasives such as porcelain or enamel. Strong acid cleaners can be used to remove smoke and soot damage from stone and brick. Oxidizing cleaners are sometimes used when cleaning water-based organic stains and can help with deodorization.
 
Using the right product on the correct surfaces is essential to effectively clean problems with soot. In many cases, multiple types of methods are used until the most efficient technique is discovered. Any time you need help with smoke-related issues, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 24 hours a day.

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Commonly Asked Questions About Fire Damage Restoration In Your Dallas Area Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Commonly Asked Questions About Fire Damage Restoration In Your Dallas Area Home Every fire damage situation is entirely different.

Fire Damage Restoration

Many questions come to mind after experiencing fire damage on your Dallas property. To help address some of our customer's more common concerns, we have put together a short list. Remember, if you have any additional questions or concerns, we are available 24/7, year-round.

Addressing a variety of questions from homeowners throughout Dallas, currently experiencing fire damage in their home comes naturally to our IICRC technicians. We frequently look to inform and educate our customers, which makes for a smoother, less stressful restoration experience for everyone involved.

How long does the cleaning and restoration process take?
Unfortunately, every situation is entirely different. There may be extensive water, smoke, and fire damage, along with cleaning, deodorization, and reconstruction issues to account for in your restoration. However, SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration team accurately assesses any damage found on your property and presents you with an estimated timeframe before beginning work.

Can I check my home and belongings after the fire?
After SERVPRO technicians have the opportunity to check for possible hazards, the team leader present on your property can walk you through everything, explaining damages that exist and the services we intend to implement as a solution. We want to ensure that you avoid any electric, water, or fire hazards, keeping you out of harm’s way.

What happens to our household contents during the restoration?
SERVPRO technicians help you decide which items remain salvageable and make arrangements to store furniture, electronics, and personal belongings in a clean, dry area on-site, in a container on-site, or if necessary, store items in our facility until each receives the proper restoration services.

Is it possible to remain in our home while the restoration is underway?
In most situations, you, your insurance company, and the restoration expert on-site help make this determination. It highly depends on the amount of fire, smoke, and water damage present that helps insurance adjusters determine whether it is safe for you to remain or not.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County provides emergency cleanup and restoration services for fire, water, storm, and mold situations throughout the Lancaster, Seagoville, and Wilmer areas. We provide members of our local communities with environmental services they can trust, call today (972) 227-0800.

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How Are Fire Damaged Contents From Your Dallas Home Restored By Professionals?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Are Fire Damaged Contents From Your Dallas Home Restored By Professionals? Restoring fire damage to your Dallas home is a job for the professionals.

How Are Your Fire Damaged Contents Restored?

Restoring contents is a far better option than replacing them when it comes to fire damage. Whether it is the walls or ceilings, upholstery or any other article that is damaged by a fire, professionals can restore it by using various cleaning techniques.

Restoring fire damage to your Dallas home is a job for the professionals. Successful restoration requires extensive knowledge about the damage caused by fire and years of experience. SERVPRO technicians can use multiple techniques to clean up the damage caused by smoke and soot following a fire damage incidence.

Dry Cleaning
It is a technique that is best for light to medium, non-greasy damage. Feather dusters or cleaning cloths can be used during this step of cleaning. It is sometimes the first step before more thorough cleaning is attempted.

Wet Cleaning
As the name implies, wet cleaning involves the use of a liquid to remove smoke and soot residue from the surfaces. This method can be employed by SERVPRO professionals if the damage is moderate to heavy. The process often involves cleaning with water with or without detergent in it.

Spray And Wipe Technique
It is a technique used to clean surfaces that can be damaged by the excess of cleaning liquid. As the name implies, technicians can use a spray bottle filled with a cleaning solution to spray the damaged area and then wipe it with a clean cloth.

Foam Cleaning
The technique involves the use of a cleaning agent foam and is most useful for cleaning upholstery. This method ensures that there is minimum damage due to bleeding of dyes as the very small amount of liquid is involved.

Abrasive Cleaning
If the smoke and soot residues are too tough to get off by wet or dry cleaning, professionals can use an abrasive surface such as a scrub. The scrub can agitate the stain-causing particles and remove them without harming the surface underneath.

Immersion Cleaning
SERVPRO technicians can use this technique if the material is safe to be completely immersed in a cleaning liquid. The process is ideal for Venetian blinds among other things. If the stain is too tough to remove, ultrasonic sound waves can be used to loosen it before wiping it away with a cloth.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County today at (972) 227-0800 to speak to one of our fire restoration experts.

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Fire Damage Restoration Specialists In Dallas

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Specialists In Dallas SERVPRO Tip--Type B Fire Extinguishers Prevent Damage in Dallas Kitchens

SERVPRO Provides Dallas Homeowners with Professional Fire Clean Up and Restoration Services

House fires occur more often than you may think. One minute you could be cooking dinner in your Dallas home, then suddenly you look at the stove, and it is on fire. Grease fires are a common occurrence that can cause extensive damage to your house. Most people know that you should immediately put the fire out using baking soda or a fire extinguisher and not water. Hopefully, you have followed good practices and have that Class B extinguisher under your kitchen sink base cabinet.
 
We at SERVPRO in Dallas provide fire damage restoration services around the clock. Once the fire is no longer a threat, call us in to assess what damage the fire may have caused.
 
Our team of IICRC certified professionals at SERVPRO can complete a thorough inspection of your home. We can show up at your house shortly after you call us to help you out immediately. We can assess the visible damage from the fire, and look for damage that may not be visibly noticeable.
     
When dealing with a fire damage claim, there are a few different ways to mitigate the damage to your home. When items are extensively damaged, replacement may be necessary. Sometimes the damage is present, but it may only affect the surface of a wall or object and resurfacing solves the problem. Other times our crew can restore the problems caused by a fire with cleaning. Cleaning and restoration of the fire damage area can reduce the costs of the mitigation project.
 
We work hard to find the most efficient way to restore your home back to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." Our team has a vast arsenal of specialized chemicals (keep that fire extinguisher handy) and techniques that can salvage resurfacing or replacement of an item. We can even save heirlooms or cash with our restoration methods.
 
When you have a fire inside your home, large or small, it is vital that you call in the professionals. For prompt and thorough fire damage restoration services contact SERVPRO of  Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 at 24/7.

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Tiny Candles Can Create Substantial Fire Damage in Dallas Homes

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tiny Candles Can Create Substantial Fire Damage in Dallas Homes Electrical lights and burning candles can quickly catch surrounding items ablaze in your home. Call SERVPRO if you experience fire damage this season.

If Fire Damage Strikes Your Home, Rely on SERVPRO to Properly and Thoroughly Remediate the Damage

Throughout Dallas at this time, every year, many different warnings flood radio and TV regarding the dangers of fire in homes. Safeguarding your family and home while still enjoying the lights and festive decorations do not always mix well. Fires do happen, and they happen when we least expect them.

Dallas homes lit up with electric lights and candles, can end up with fire damage. When electric lights burn too hot or have a short, a crimped or exposed wire, or candles catch surrounding items ablaze, the entire home can become engulfed in flames. Fire spreads quickly, which is why fire departments across the country advise people to get out before calling the fire department. Once outside and safe, calling the fire department and waiting for them to arrive can seem like a very long time.

Once firefighters extinguish a fire, most homes become inhabitable. The time involved in repairing fire damage depends on the extensiveness of the damage. Smaller fires might not render a home unlivable, but the damage still requires professional mitigation. Because fire damage, just like other kinds of damage, can affect a home in a wide range, SERVPRO professionals train to mitigate all types and sizes of damage.

Some fire damage might seem minor because it involves only decorations or other non-structural items. The smell from these items' combustion can produce long-term odors. As they burn, the fire causes soot and other particles to permeate the air. Once these substances settle onto and into materials within your home, they begin integrating. As they do this, people pick up these particles when they breathe.

Detected as bad odors, these particles continue to do this for months, or even years, until we eliminate them. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is skilled in this area of fire damage mitigation. Regardless of the size of a fire, odor becomes a constant reminder of the event. Making sure that the particles making the odor can no longer do so is part of our job. Without odor control management, fire damage remains.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County want to help those in our area have the best holiday season, and beyond, possible. When fire damage might keep you from enjoying your life, home, and family time, call us at (972) 227-0800, and we can help you solve the disaster that continues to rob your family of their regular routines.

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Dallas Fire Damage - Understanding Smoke Residues

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dallas Fire Damage - Understanding Smoke Residues Smoke Cleanup After Fires in Dallas Properties Takes Professional Help--Contact SERVPRO

SERVPRO Explains the Nature of Fire & Smoke Damage in a Dallas Property


The primary source of damage to a home in a Dallas fire comes from smoke and soot, not the actual flames. The heat plays a contributing factor, but only as it provides a means of travel for smoke and soot and how it may expand the surface of an item.
 
Cleaning smoke, soot, and other fire damage from a Dallas home require understanding about what burned, how hot it burned, and the surface material of the item covered in residue, among other factors. When it comes to smoke, in particular, SERVPRO focuses on two in particular; temperature of the smoke and the temperature of surrounding surfaces.
 
Smoke travels through homes on the hot air generated by the fire. This transfer is called Convection. The hot air rises because cooler air forces its way downward to the floor. If the fire continues, it eventually draws the cooler air back up, heating it and the cycle repeats as long as the fire has oxygen and something to consume. These Convection Currents push smoke along ceilings.
 
Residues are harder to clean from ceilings and higher points in a home because of the higher temperature. The heat ‘opens up’ surface material, which allows the residues to penetrate deeper than they would at a lower point in the home.
 
Strangely enough, hot smoke attracts to surfaces with low temperature. That is why closets and windows collect such a thick residue coating. The side away from the fire usually has some insulation (closets) or has a much cooler, outside temperature (windows). These surfaces suffer little to no damage compared to ceilings, so the residues remain on top. They do not dig into a kitchen countertop as they do with ceiling tiles.
 
Understanding these two factors helps SERVPRO determine which methods of cleaning we need to use. For surfaces directly affected by heat, it may be necessary we use wire brushes or agitation devices to break up the residue trapped deep inside. If the surface has not been directly affected but has a thicker residue, our technicians try to use cloths and sponges with water or a chemical cleaner to remove the contamination.
 
Cleaning and restoring a home is never an easy process, but it can be a successful one if a professional service uses the right techniques and tools. For more information about what SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County can do for your home or to schedule an inspection, call us at (972) 227-0800 today.

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Protecting Property from Fire Damage in Dallas

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Property from Fire Damage in Dallas Burnt and Fire Damaged Properties in Dallas Get Cleanup and Restoration from SERVPRO

Fires Large and Small Get Needed Restoration Services from SERVPRO

Anyone who has ever witnessed the results of a fire-damaged structure can testify that fire has no master. It can cause all sorts of damage, destroying numerous materials in the combustion process. Heat and smoke residues further enhance the damage. Sometimes even firefighters can contribute to some of the loss as they try to extinguish the fire with pressurized water cannons.
 
To save your property in a fire damage situation in Dallas, you need to contact a professional cleanup and restoration company immediately. SERVPRO has been in the fire damage restoration and cleanup industry for many years, and we have the equipment, skills, training, and technicians to protect your property and belongings.
 
To secure your property from the fire damage, SERVPRO technicians may have to move your belongings to a safe location. This procedure can be challenging, as it involves significant labor and several tasks. These tasks include packaging, moving, unpacking, cleaning, repackaging, and moving back. This pack-out service is utilized under severe fire damaging events or to preserve specific possessions.

Our specialists follow IICRC regulations and are highly efficient at fire damage restoration techniques. In some cases, it may also be necessary to vacate the primary residence during a move-out – for instance, when remodeling the property. It is much faster to remodel the house when no people are living in it. Excessive damage to the roof or flooring (basically any major part of the structure) may also necessitate moving out the family to a safer location.
 
Safety is our top priority during any fire damage event. Our restorers have been trained to maintain high levels of accuracy in their work. This meticulousness helps to avoid breakage and keep a proper inventory of your contents.
 
SERVPRO also understands that a move-out is not always necessary. Once our emergency team arrives on the site of the fire damage, they can use their professional judgment to make a decision. Transferring property can be costly, so we try to minimize the number of move-outs as much as possible. In most incidents, we can clean and restore the property while our customers are still in residence.

Do not let your valuable items go up in flames when disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County has experienced specialists who can mitigate your property from the fire damage. Call us today at (972) 227-0800.

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The Challenges Of Restoring Severe Fire Damage In Dallas

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Challenges Of Restoring Severe Fire Damage In Dallas Whether it is unattended candles, malfunctioning electronics, or cooking mishaps; the damage is always serious.

Restoring Fire Damage


There are more ways than you might think to start a residential fire. Whether it is unattended candles, malfunctioning electronics, or cooking mishaps; the damage is always serious. Even if the amount of physical destruction is moderate, the stress involved with the cleanup and insurance tasks can be substantial.

The good news is that all cases of fire damage in Dallas homes (even the severe ones) can benefit from professional restoration. The extent of restoration depends on how much of the property is beyond repair on arrival. Nevertheless, our technicians do everything that they can to rescue possessions, furniture, valuables, and more. In some cases, the conditions of the fire make repairs harder. Continue reading to find out what these are and how we solve them.

Fragile Materials
Most items, even fabrics, don’t respond immediately to smoke damage. So, if they do not burn, a fast clean up can save them. On the other hand, oil paintings and other delicate valuables can get damaged by even the slightest contact with soot. To minimize damage, do not touch or move the items. We can send your artwork (particularly valuable oil paintings) to an expert restorer for cleaning. Movement must be limited during the removal because soot is acidic. Too much motion grinds it into the paint.

A Change In Temperature
We often find very oily, stubborn soot after house fires. It clings to walls and ceilings and can be tough to remove. The consistency of soot changes if there is a rapid shift in temperature. So, for example, if a fire crew uses cold water to extinguish flames. The temperature and humidity in the affected space shifts quickly and the consistency of the soot changes. It becomes more oily and adhesive. The SERVPRO technicians use a high alkali detergent to wash it off surfaces without creating smears and new stains.

Damaged HVAC System
If your ventilation system was in use during the fire, this could complicate the clean-up process. It can take a while to completely restore HVAC ducts because they are not easy to access. Plus, the airflow carries smoke, soot, and unpleasant odors around the home. You might end up with lingering smells in areas that weren’t directly affected by the fire. We can deal with this by setting up deodorizers and pulling the odor causing particles out of the air. As for the HVAC ducts, SERVPRO uses a combination of fans, air movers, air scrubbers, and deodorizing chemicals to repair the damage.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is an experienced, reliable fire damage restorer. You can find us in your local area and contact our technicians for help at any time. Whatever the size or cause of your fire, we can provide a solution. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.

Avoiding Fires from Burning Candles in Your Dallas Home

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding Fires from Burning Candles in Your Dallas Home Candles Are the Culprits Behind Dallas Fire Damaged Homes

Dallas Properties Are At Risk from Fires Causing Damage

Everyone loves the romantic glow of candles. The fragrance and ambiance that they create are like nothing else. However, you might want to think twice about lighting candles and then leave the room. Many house fires start from unattended candles, around one-third of these started in bedrooms. More than half of these fires begin because candles are set too close to flammable items. Candles should always be kept at least twelve inches from anything that can burn.
 
Additional causes of fires from candles and fire damage include someone playing with the candles. Something as simple as knocking the candle over if someone bumps a table or a pet brushing up against one is enough to spark a fire in your Dallas home. After a fire like this, you need the professional help of SERVPRO to repair and restore your home.
 
Keeping some safety tips in mind when it comes to candles is, therefore, critical.
 
Keep candles away from pets and children. Even though they might look nice on your coffee table, a wagging tail or passing child could easily tip the candle over. Keeping lighters and matches in a safe place is necessary. Lighting materials need to be stored high up and out of sight in a closet, pantry or kitchen cupboard. Children are often fascinated with fire, and you do not want to give them any temptations.
 
Using candles in the bedroom is not wise. Many candle fires begin in this room, and about half of the deaths from fires occur in the overnight hours between midnight and six. Also, make sure you are using the appropriate candle holders. Candles come in various sizes and shapes, so you need the right type of holder for each one. It is important to that you place them on surfaces that are durable and heat-resistant.
 
Once a candle burns down to two inches or less, get rid of it. Replacing a candle is a lot less costly than having to replace or repair your home. When you do need repairs from fire damage, however, the technicians at SERVPRO are the ones to call.
 
Don’t use candles during a power outage. Instead, use a battery-operated light or flashlight, as they are a lot safer. Night lights are also a lot safer than using a candle and are quite inexpensive. Remember not ever to leave candles unattended, and always follow the safety recommendations from the manufacturer.
 
If you do experience a fire, get out right away and call for help once everyone is safe. Do not ever go back into a burning home for any reason. After the fire is out, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County as soon as possible so we can assess the damages and get to work quickly. Doing so eliminates the possibility of further damage from acidic soot and water soaked home. We can be reached anytime by dialing (972) 227-0800.

Understanding Factors Leading to a Chimney Fire in Dallas

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Factors Leading to a Chimney Fire in Dallas SERVPRO Says Keep the Chimney Clean in Your Dallas Home to Prevent Fire Damage

Trust SERVPRO to Inspect and Prevent Fire Damage

They add architectural interest to your home, but the real function of your chimney and the flue that lines it is to channel dangerous exhaust gasses from your wood stove, fireplace or furnace out of your home. A chimney enables the air in your home to stay breathable, just like windows and vents in your attic, bathroom, and the kitchen. Unlike other exhaust points in your home, wood stove and fireplace chimneys need special care to keep them working properly and prevent a fire.

As you sit in front of your wood stove or chimney in Dallas, enjoying the warmth, it is unlikely you are thinking about its condition. If you do not give some thought to it before lighting fires against the cold weather, however, your dirty chimney could cause a fire damaging your home. If a fire does occur, you will need professional help from SERVPRO, a trained fire damage restoration company.

A chimney fire can be quite massive. Indications of a fire can include a hot, intense smell, loud popping and cracking noises, and a lot of dense smoke. These fires can burn explosively with a lot of noise. They can often be dramatic enough for people passing by or neighbors to notice them. Dense smoke or flames can shoot out from the top of the chimney. Homeowners have reported being startled by a low rumbling sound much like a low flying plane or freight train. Many of these fires, however, go undetected.

Chimney fires which are slow-burning don’t have the air or fuel to be visible or dramatic, and many times go unnoticed until an inspection. However, the temperatures can get very high and cause as much damage to the structure and possessions of your home, as the more striking fires. A chimney not exhausting the heat, smoke, and gasses properly can endanger a home, so you need to have your chimney regularly inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

SERVPRO technicians are certified in HVAC cleaning and maintenance. Our technicians can check and clean duct work, flues, dampeners, and chimney caps to reduce the risk of a chimney flareup. Incomplete combustion can lead to carbon monoxide which is a lethal gas because it stealthly prohibits the body from absorbing oxygen. Signs that we look for include collapsed or cracked flue tiles, or chunks missing. Indicators of a problem can be honeycombed or puffy creosote, discolored or distorted rain cap, a warped metal of the damper, factory-built metal chimney or metal smoke chamber connector. Other elements suggesting a fire hazard can be cracks in exterior masonry, creosote pieces and flakes on ground or roof, TV antenna damaged by heat and evidence of smoke which escaped through mortar joints of tile liners or masonry.

If your home does suffer from a chimney fire, you will need our professional staff at SERVPRO to clean up and repair any damages. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available anytime you need us. Just give us a call at (972) 227-0800 so we can come out right away and get your home back to normal, "Like it never even happened."

Precautions To Prevent Fire Damage From Candles

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Precautions To Prevent Fire Damage From Candles Candle fires are more frequent than many people realize.

Fire Damage From Candles

When you think aromatherapy and a relaxing ambience, you think of candles. Aromatherapy, tea-lights, and fashionable candles are also the cause of damage from house fires. Cooking and cigarettes remain the main cause of accidental fires. However, we are entering holiday seasons where candles account for more fires than any other time of year.

Candle fires are more frequent than many people realize. The right use of candles helps reduce fire risks significantly. The whole family should practice proper candle use to prevent fire damage in Seagoville. SERVPRO experts believe that taking candle precaution is an important part of candle safety. Some precautions begin with making sure that the plastic film covering your new candle is entirely removed before lighting it.

Trim the wick because long wicks cause dripping and flaring when a candle is lit. Do not leave a candle burning, extinguish it before leaving the house. Next, never place a candle near a window or a drafty area. Curtains, bedding and clothing materials are the number one reason that fire spreads after being ignited by a candle.

Make sure the surface for candles is even and not unstable. Lastly, do not leave candles burning in the bedroom because you fell asleep. Bedroom fires from burning candles are at the top of the list of annual candle fires. Home security fire alarm systems are always needed, but remember that they are not a substitute for general candle and fire safety.

When the fire is out, fire damage remediation must begin immediately. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County will answer your call quickly because we are locally owned and operated. We are available 24 hours a day. Fire and smoke damage restoration require skill, knowledge, and experience which our remediation technicians have in order to get you back to a pre-fire condition.

You never know when disaster will strike or in what form it will appear. We understand the trauma and emotional stress that homeowners suffer when a fire occurs. We work quickly and consistently to mitigate damage on your household items. Call us today at (972) 227-0800 and let us help you.

How To Handle a Home or Business Fire

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Handle a Home or Business Fire Fire and Smoke Damage in Dallas Can Use the Services of SERVPRO

Fire Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Fires can be terrifying and life changing. Not only do they erase the value of your home, but severe fires can also completely derail your life and destroy your possessions in just a few minutes. Plus, you have to consider the effects caused by firefighters and other specialists assessing the scene. Now, your beautiful home is dealing with soot, ash, structural damage, and even water damage. It's easy to feel helpless when you're dealing with these situations, but they don't always have to be bleak. Our service professionals understand how to renovate or restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." Our friendly and professional staff has to provide a fire damage assessment that determines what we can do to help.

Why You Should Call SERVPRO for a Fire Damage Assessment
We've seen a lot of fire damage in Dallas, and a few things about handling the situation stand out. First, don't start cleaning your home; leave it just like it is. Secondly, call your homeowner's insurance company and determine what your coverage limits are for fire damage, and to have an adjuster come out to estimate the repair costs. This can help you afford to repair and restore your home back to normal. Third, give us a call. We can begin the cleanup process, determine what kinds of damages there are, and whether or not you can safely enter your home. After that, upon agreement, we'll start working, determining the best materials, equipment, and clean-up gear that we'll need to fix your home.
 
What Does SERVPRO Actually Assess in a Fire Emergency Situation?
We perform a large number of checks to ensure that your home is safe. First, we scan for superficial, surface damages that could be problematic in the future. Often, shingles melt, siding is destroyed, and many surfaces are covered with smoke, soot, and ash. We often advise our customers to take pictures to capture damages to show their insurance agent. We can also provide photos during our assessment.
 
The second, more important part of the assessment determines if there is any internal damage to your home. This could include your walls, roof, floors, joists, flooring, ducts, ventilation systems, windows, sinks, wiring, plumbing and more. Fire damage can make your home unlivable unless the situation is addressed.
 
Picking Up the Pieces After a Catastrophe
You're probably stressed to your limit. We can empathetically help. That's why you should give SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call at (972) 227-0800 to handle all of the issues that may arise from the fire. Our training, experience, and equipment are your answer.

SERVPRO Has the Experience and Know How to Deal With Cedar Hill Fire Damage

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Has the Experience and Know How to Deal With Cedar Hill Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Damage

Restoration Can Get Your Home Back to How it Was BEFORE the Fire

There are a lot of problems that could result from Fire Damage in Cedar Hill. Aside from the burnt pieces of property, there is also the water used to eradicate the fire before it destroys the home. This leaves the property owner with a mess on his hands. Not only does he have to deal with all of the damages caused by fire and smoke, but he is going to have to deal with a lot of water left over from the fire incident. People are often at a loss of what to do about the total damages to the property from the incident. To top it off, these initial damages could give way to more damage if left on its own. Therefore, you should give us at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County a call so that we can quickly take care of the issue.
 
We are highly experienced with dealing with Cedar Hill fire damage. We also understand that fire, flood and other forms of property damage are relatively rare for the property owner. Therefore, he does not have the experience of dealing with these damages. As a result, he may make the damages worse with his attempts. On the other hand, we have the experience, skills, and equipment needed to not only take care of every bit of damage on the property but also to restore the property to its previous condition before the damaging incident.
 
One thing that we are passionate about is restoration. We would rather restore the damaged pieces of your property as opposed to replacing it due to the huge cost of replacing your property. We are also able to improve the condition of your home with less of a chance of getting disrupted.
 
We at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County recommend fast action in solving an issue so that you can avoid more severe problems in the property down the line. We are available 24/7 and are strategically located so that we can provide our restoration services to you so that you can live in a home that is perfectly safe and comfortable. If you have experienced an incident that caused fire damage to your Cedar Hill home, then you should give us a call (972) 227-0800.

Balch Springs Fire Damage-Insurance and Settlement

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Balch Springs Fire Damage-Insurance and Settlement Restore Fire Damage with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Balch Springs Fire Damaged Property

If the occasion happens that your insurance provider and the restoration company are in possession of a discrepancy regarding their estimates for the Balch Springs fire damage, then they either need to agree to a medium ground, or they need to start an arbitration. Going through with the option of choosing the medium ground is a type of compromise which might present the inclusion of varied outcomes, all of which are dependent on the specifics of the situation that you are facing. But it can get the fire damage restoration moving quicker. The arbitration option takes into account the involvement of a third party that will go about the inspection process and then will formulate an appraisal concerning the fire damage. Then this will be presented as a value that is deemed to be acceptable. It is to be noted that all of this is based primarily on the insurance company agreeing to the arbitration. The fire damage restoration company has no say in setting up an arbitration. This "meeting of the minds" is between you and your insurance company, adjuster, insurance company, and the mediator.
 
SERVPRO can assist to a limited degree with helping you to arrive at an equitable settlement amount for the fire damage restoration. We can provide a CCIS document that stands for Contents Claim Inventory Service. This is a corporate computer program that will generate a comprehensive inventory of all damaged items and building materials. This is done on a room-by-room basis. Categories of salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable materials are listed. This document can aid in your content claims settlement.

The planning of the restoration of your home can be under way when you have fire damage estimates. When you have a budget in place, the company is then able to do their best to ensure that they can restore your home to its former condition. Also, it is critical to note that fire damage estimates permit the inclusion of services that a restoration company like SERVPRO can perform. Most of these services you cannot do yourself like smoke, soot, and odor removal. Water removal is usually needed after a fire, extinguishing a fire takes water. SERVPRO can, upon reaching a signed agreement, remove the water, clean damaged items-both possessions and building materials, sanitize, and deodorize your property. We can also repair and restore your home fire damaged Balch Springs home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County focuses on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas save you money. Call us 24/7 for help. (972) 227-0800

The Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage in Cedar Hill

12/2/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage in Cedar Hill Smoking materials started an average of 17,900 smoking-material home structure fires per year during 2007-2011.

Cedar Hill Fire and Smoke Damage And Its Negative Effects

Four Negative Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage

A residential fire in Cedar Hill is one of the most serious issues that a property owner may go through. Even when the fire is relatively small, it can still have profoundly negative consequences on you and your property. Nevertheless, knowing the types of effects fire and smoke damage can have on your home or office can prepare you to handle the situation with efficacy and expediency. Here are four negative effects that often result from fire and smoke damage:

 Structural Damage

 When fires strike, they can cause serious damage to the structure of your property. In fact, sometimes the damage can be significant enough to cause the home or office to collapse. It is also impossible to determine whether all of the property's floor supports have remained intact. For this reason, it is important that you not try to reenter the property following a fire in Cedar Hill. Instead, consult with the fire department or another authority to determine when reentry is safe and permissible.

 Smoke Odor and Residue

 Unfortunately, smoke can enter every little crevice of your residential or commercial property. This includes your insulation, wallboard, and carpet. The more smoke present, the more difficult it will be to remove the smoke odors. The type of smoke on the premises will also determine how long the removal process takes. For example, smoke that results from natural substances like paper and wood will leave a gray or black residue that is simple to remove with a dry sponge or vacuum cleaner. On the other hand, smoke that results from inorganic matter such as synthetic fabrics and plastics can leave behind a smeary residue which is dangerous and difficult to remove.

 Food Spoilage

 When a Cedar Hill fire strikes, the heat it produces can result in your canned food items expanding and contracting. In most cases, these processes will engender food spoilage. The smoke particles can also seep into boxed and bagged foods. Since the smoke contains carcinogenic compounds, it's important that you not consume foods that have come into contact with it. For this reason, you should be sure to throw out refrigerated and frozen foods. Also, take pictures of the things you're throwing out to ensure that you can attain reimbursement from your insurance company.

 Water Damage

 Most of the time, fires will cause water damage. This results from the fire department's use of extinguishing efforts to put the fire out. Typically, this involves the firefighters soaking almost everything near or in the fire with water. If you don't start drying out your furniture, walls, and carpet afterward, you can run the risk of developing a serious mold invasion.

Although there are several types of fire and smoke damage that property owners have to grapple with after a fire, knowing who to call for help can expedite the restoration process. The right company to call for professional, proficient fire damage remediation services is SERVPRO. With more than 1,650 franchises and 50 years of experience, we've become industry leaders and are deeply passionate about doing thorough, goal-oriented work. All of our IICRC-certified technicians put the customer first, and we work with lightning speed to ensure that you can return to your property as quickly as possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (972) 227-0800

How an electrical fire can affect your Dallas home.

9/13/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How an electrical fire can affect your Dallas home. Inspect your property for faulty wiring, shorts, and loose wires that could increase susceptibility to electrical fire.

Electrical Fires 101 - how they can affect your Dallas Home

While there are many causes for fires in the home, electrical fires are a particularly difficult type to grapple with. In fact, the Electrical Safety Foundation International reports that around 51,000 of fires that take place on residential properties are electrical. These fires cause over 1,400 injuries, 500 deaths, and roughly $1.3 billion in damage to your property. To ensure that electrical fires do not become a big issue in your Dallas home, the SERVPRO experts advise implementing the following safety strategies:

• Inspect your property for faulty wiring, shorts, and loose wires that could increase susceptibility to electrical fire. When you note any issues, call a certified electrician to fix them. Also be sure to make use of safety covers on any outlet that a child has access to. 
• Make sure that a smoke detector is installed on each level of your home. Also be sure that the smoke detectors are functioning properly. 
• Turn off any electrical equipment that produces an unusual spark, smell, or sound.
• Replace or repair frayed, cracked, or loose cords. Do not place your cords in high traffic regions of the home. Also refrain from placing them under rugs or carpets.  
• Make use of surge protectors to keep your appliances safe. 
• Keep flammables stored far from your electrical appliances. 
• Have an ark fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) installed in the house. These devices monitor circuits to assess any dangerous arcing conditions. 
• Do not allow children to climb any trees located near a power line. 

Smoke Alarms

Ask the following questions to ensure that your smoke alarms are functioning effectively:

• Did you test them?
• Are they working properly?
• Are there enough alarms in the home?  

Switches and Outlets

Ask the following questions to ensure that your switches and outlets are functioning effectively:

• Do the plugs fit correctly?
• Are they warm to the touch?
• Do they work properly?
• Do they make any unusual sounds? (sizzling, buzzing, or crackling)

Lamps and Appliances

• Are you using the right bulbs?
• Do you use space heaters safely?
• Are appliance cords protected from damage?

Conclusion 

Practicing effective prevention measures is the key to ensuring that your home and family are safe in the face of electrical fires and shock. In the event that your property is subjected to damage generated by an electrical fire, Call your local SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas (972) 227-0800. They can make it, "Like it never even happened."

What Is Included in a Fire Damage Assessment at a Dallas Home

4/9/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is Included in a Fire Damage Assessment at a Dallas Home Have a Professional Prepare a Damage Assessment Report and Contact Your Homeowner's Insurance Company.

It is essential to have a fire damage assessment performed by a Professional Company such as SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas to determine the severity of the damage.

For any Dallas homeowner, fire damage is among the most disastrous and traumatic events that could take place. In only a few short minutes, a fire can destroy everything you've worked so hard for along with all of your valuables and keepsakes. Although things can seem hopeless in the wake of a house fire, it's important to remember that, depending on how much fire damage was done, it's often possible to salvage the house and return it to its original condition. However, to find out if this is a possibility, it's essential to have a fire damage assessment performed to determine the severity of the damage.

Where Can I Get A Fire Damage Estimate?

Although you might feel tempted to begin cleanup right away, it's strongly recommended that you contact a professiona service such as SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County to prepare a Damage Assessment Report and contact your homeowner's insurance company. Depending on your policy, the cost of replacing your possessions and restoring your home from fire damage may be covered. If it is, your provider will send an inspector to you home to prepare a cost estimate. After this, the next thing you should do is hire a professional restoration service so the cleanup process can begin as soon as possible. Both your insurance provider and the restoration service will perform their own estimates of the cleanup costs. This is determined by several factors like the extent of the damage, what tools, equipment and materials are needed to start repairs and if you home is still safe enough for you and your family to stay in. Here are some of the considerations that go into creating an accurate cleanup cost estimate:

Superficial Damage

Among the first things checked for in your home following a fire is the degree of superficial damage, which is often more easily repaired than other kinds of damage. The inspector typically starts with your home's exterior and looks for things like melted materials, missing or damaged shingles, chimney damage and other kinds of exterior wreckage. The inspector may also look at your yard, neighbors' yards, your roof and siding and any other outside surfaces that may have sustained damage.



Internal Damage 

The next step in preparing an accurate estimate is determining the level of damage that occurred inside of your home. The inspector walks all throughout the house and looks for visible damage to ceilings, walls, roofs, vents and ducts, flooring, sinks, tubs, plumbing and windows. This is done to see if these items are damaged beyond repair or intact enough to salvage. This is especially important if you have a basement as fire damage to ceilings, walls and foundations may require significantly more work. 



The Cleanup Process

After a damage assessment for your entire home has been performed, the restoration service can get started with cleanup right away. This fast action is essential for preventing mold and mildew development and saving as many of your possessions, fixtures and housing materials as possible. The number one priority is to avoid additional damage. 

It is strongly recommended that you leave your fire damage estimate to you local fire damage restoration service. Although taking photos of the damage and collecting records for your own purposes is wise and encouraged, only a professional has the equipment, knowledge and experience needed to determine the true extent of the damage. If you'd like to learn more about choosing a fire damage restoration service, please check your local phone book or speak with your homeowner's insurance company.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County proudly serves Cedar Hill , Lancaster , Dallas, Balch Springs , Wills Point , and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your Southeast Dallas home or commercial structure caused by:

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage fire damage emergencies in the Dallas area. They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting you back in your home as quickly as possible. Call the fire restoration experts 24/7 at (972) 227-0800 for help.

What Is Involved in Balch Springs Smoke Removal

4/3/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Is Involved in Balch Springs Smoke Removal One of the most important parts of cleaning out your house after a fire has taken place is smoke removal.

What is involved in smoke removal?

One of the most important parts of cleaning out your house after a fire has taken place is smoke removal. Unfortunately, Balch Springs smoke removal is also one of the most tedious and challenging parts of the process as well. This is because the process often necessitates use of special industrial-grade equipment that is typically only available to professional restoration companies. Additionally, you need to start the process of smoke removal as soon as you possibly can after the fire has taken place in order to prevent smoke and soot in your Balch Springs property from setting into your walls, ceilings, and furniture. It is, however, important to keep in mind that it is not safe to go into your home when a house fire has just taken place, because house fires often damage structures of homes, and homes often suffer significant water damage from the fire fighting activity. It is always advisable to find a professional restoration company to expertly deal with the task of smoke removal within your home, but it is also beneficial to you to be knowledgeable about things that you can do on your own to take care of the smoke removal process in your house.

Make Sure It Is Safe to Go Into Your House

Once a house fire has taken place, you should make sure to have a trained professional examine your house, so that you can be given professional assurance that it is safe to go inside. Whether or not you do this can make the difference between whether you end up stopping your home from becoming damaged even more severely and keeping yourself safe from harm, or instead causing yourself injury and incurring even more damage to your home. It is important to remember that a home that has recently suffered from Balch Springs fire damage is probably not stable, and applying pressure to the boards of the house can lead to their collapse and your injury. Additionally, if you have not brought in an electrician to inspect your home for electrical damage, you will run the risk of electrocuting yourself. As such, you should make sure to bring in a professional to examine your home and assure you that it is safe before you take it upon yourself to enter the home after a fire has occurred.

Use Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) for the Soot Cleaning Process

Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) is a compound that is extremely efficacious in the process of removing soot and smoke from your house, although it may not be possible to clean up places that are severely charred and have large amounts of soot. It is important to remember while using TSP to clean your home that you should be wearing protective clothing, heavy-duty rubber gloves, and goggles to protect yourself from both the smoke and soot residue and the TSP itself. TSP usually works well in the process of cleaning up minor smoke damage, but you may also need to incorporate other techniques, such as thermal fogging and ozone generators; you would need to hire a professional to take care of these for you. In any case, you should consult with a professional before starting the smoke removal process in your home.

When you are thinking about smoke removal, it is always smartest to get in touch with a professional restoration company, who will have the resources to be able to address the task with effectiveness. If you have questions about smoke removal or ways to restore your home after a fire, contact a professional restoration company.

Inspection and Pretesting

The SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professional pretests while inspecting the property to determine the extent of fire damage and the scope of needed cleaning, restoration, and repairs.

  • The full extent of the smoke and fire damage. How many materials are affected by smoke or fire? What is the proper method for cleaning? Will your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is restored? These are just a few of the decisions that must be made.
  • Unaffected areas - It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to these areas. It will save you money!
  • What materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are the smoke residues cleanable? Who is completing the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair? Fire damage pretesting is vital. A complete inventory is invaluable! How long will the cleanup take? We'll let you know what to expect.
  • The most effective cleaning methods. What work procedures will restore the damaged materials?

Pretesting also allows the SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professional to focus on saving precious items or keepsakes for you.

Once the fire damage mitigation begins, the SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas Professionals will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to help make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (972) 227-0800 for help.