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When Should I Acquire Fire Damage Restoration Services?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damage to building Building becoming fire damaged by recent fire.

After a fire in a home, it is important to act quickly in contacting a fire damage restoration company. Any sort of moderate to severe fire damage can require extensive treatment in order to minimize replacement costs.

If too much time passes after a fire loss, more damage could occur. By acting quickly, damage can be kept to a minimum, which can help homeowners save thousands of dollars and save sentimental belongings inside the home. By knowing that a fire damage restoration company needs to be called as soon as possible after a fire loss, you can make an informed decision on restoring your home for the lowest cost possible.

Physical Damage Caused by Flames

The initial cause of damage during a fire is the actual flames. The longer these flames burn could lead to more devastating consequences. Repairing walls, roofs, flooring and furniture that are more damaged by flames can require more extensive treatment in order to restore the materials in order to avoid replacement.

Flames create smoke and soot. Smoke and soot can be more damaging because they last longer than flames, which means if they are not taken care of quickly, they can create more damage over a longer period of time. Water damage can happen while a fire department is trying to extinguish the flames.

Damage from a small fire can usually be remediated by the homeowner or a handyman, but for fires big enough to create large amounts of smoke and soot, professional fire damage restoration services may be needed.

What’s Involved in Fire Damage

Fire damage can have many components to it. While every fire damage situation is different, there are certain steps to the restoration process that fire damage professionals follow. These include inspecting and restoring structural damage, removing smells and dirt promptly, and dealing with smoke and soot concerns.

Structural Damage

Structural damage is always the first addressed concern after a fire damage. If the home’s structural integrity has been compromised during the fire, there may be no restoration that can be done. Areas that structural restoration addresses are the foundation, walls, roof, flooring and doors. Structural damage usually occurs during the fire, but also during the extinguishing process (creating water damage).

Assessment of the severity and extent of damage is the first step fire damage restoration professionals will take upon arrival to the home in order to start the restoration process. Once it is determined what needs to be repaired and restored, professionals will protect damaged areas, remove smoke and soot, and dry areas that have been damaged by water.

Smell and Dirt

Professional fire damage restoration help is always needed, no matter if there is structural damage to a home or not. Fire can stir up contaminants in the air including dust and dirt and create foul odors. During fire damage restoration, one of the goals is to remove any foul odors in the home, and to clean up any dirt that may have been stirred up. Professional carpet cleaning, scrubbing of walls, and other methods are used to get rid of dirt and sanitize the home.

Smoke and Soot

Smoke and soot are almost always present once flames start to spread within a home. Homeowners must address this once a fire is extinguished in order to prevent further damage to the home. Fire damage professionals can arrive quickly to a fire damage in order to start removing smoke and soot and prevent further damage. 

Without fire damage restoration and removal of smoke and soot, there can be further buildup of smoke and soot within a home. If damage continues to occur, items that may have been salvageable previously may start to be beyond repair, requiring replacement.

Hire a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company

For more information about our fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of Highland Village. We offer 24/7 emergency service in order to restore your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

How Long Does It Take To Restore A House After A Fire?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

fire restoration needed for damaged home The fire restoration process and timeline for this home is dependent on many factors.

After a fire occurs inside their home, many families are often stuck in a difficult situation. Frequently, the question is asked: “how long until I can move back into my home?” This question can be difficult to answer until a thorough inspection of the damage is completed.

Homeowners can, however, get a more general idea of how long the restoration process will take by looking at the extent of fire and water damage that has occurred. By understanding the fire damage restoration process better, homeowners can prepare themselves for the road that lies ahead.

Dependent Factors of Timeline

There are a few factors that fire damage restoration professionals take into consideration when estimating how long homeowners will need to prepare to be out of their home. These factors include the size of the home, how many rooms the fire affected, and the overall severity of damage.

Even with these determining factors, it is often difficult to predict how long the restoration process will take. A very broad estimate is between one week to four months to get a house fully restored after a fire. In more severe cases, restoration and reconstruction could take up to six months, while the most minimal fire restoration could take as little as a few days. The following factors are an overview of how long the fire damage restoration process can take.

House Size 

The size of a house is one of the most important factors taken into account when determining how long fire damage restoration will take. Larger homes of course typically require more extensive repairs, but that is not always the case. The type of rooms that were damaged is one of the main determining factors of how extensive restoration will be.

The kitchen and living room are two rooms that typically require the most extensive repairs. A spare bedroom might not be as complex of a room to restore due to the room typically not having as many cabinets or built-in shelves.

Fire damage restoration in a small home could take three weeks or less depending on the severity of damage. For a medium-sized home, the fire damage restoration could take up to two months. Larger homes with extensive repairs needed can take around six months.

Size of the Fire

The size of the fire is another major factor that plays a role in determining how long the fire damage restoration process will take. Smaller fires have less potential for spreading and they can be easier to extinguish. Typically smaller fires are minimal in repairs and mostly just require deep cleaning services. The removal of soot and sanitizing can take as little as a couple of days or as long as a few weeks.

When a larger fire has started, the threat of the fire spreading is much higher. The more rooms that the fire spreads to, the longer the restoration process can take. How long the fire is burning until it is extinguished is another factor that can contribute to the size of the fire.

Overall Damage

Overall damage is the ultimate deciding factor in how long the fire damage restoration process will take when restoration professionals are examining the damage after a fire. The size of the home, how many rooms were affected, the types of rooms that were affected, and how soon after the fire damage the restoration company is able to begin the restoration process are the contributing factors to overall damage.

If hard-to-repair items--such as the roof or interior walls--are not damaged, the restoration process can take anywhere from several days to a month. However, if overall damage is severe, the restoration process can take up to six months. Removing all water, soot, and smoke and sanitizing affected areas will have to be completed before the rest of the restoration begins. If roof replacement is required, this also can add on extra time to the restoration process.

Consider Working with a Fire Damage Restoration Company

If your home has been damaged by fire and/or water and you need a prompt response from fire damage restoration professionals, give us a call at (940) 241-3434. We at SERVPRO of Highland Village can provide you with knowledge into the restoration process and help you along the way.

What Is Fire Damage Restoration?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration is the process of restoring a home or commercial property after a fire has occurred. The steps involved in the fire damage restoration process include: an initial inspection of the fire and water damage, boarding up the structure to prevent further damage, removing all water and smoke or soot, cleaning and sanitizing all contents that can be salvaged, and restoring any floors or walls, etc. that were damaged during the fire.

If the fire department was called to extinguish the fire, there may be water damage that the property owner also needs to be aware of. A professional fire damage restoration company can address any concerns about water damage at the same time as the fire damage.

Restore Your Home Back to Normal

The goal of fire damage restoration is to restore the property so it’s “Like it never even happened.” While some homeowners take this opportunity to make upgrades to their property, the end goal in every fire damage restoration situation is to restore as much of the structure as possible while eliminating health hazards that may have accumulated during the fire.

How Fire Damage Restoration Helps 

The specific steps a fire damage restoration company will follow may vary by company and specifics of the extent of fire and water damage, however the fire damage restoration process typically involves these general steps:

  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Removal of water and smoke
  • Cleaning and sanitizing areas
  • Restoration of all damaged areas

Saving money from replacement costs, restoring sentimental items, and removing safety hazards are all benefits of fire damage restoration. The process of fire damage restoration is detailed further below.

Removes Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Fire damage restoration professionals will make note of any and all damage to the home during the inspection process. The longer water and fire damage sit untouched in a home, the harder the home will be to restore, so it is important to call a restoration company as soon as possible after a fire occurs. Smoke may still exist inside a home when restoration professionals arrive, soot (a substance that results when matter does not burn all the way) may exist in the home as well.

Smoke and soot are removed from a home as quickly as possible in order to prevent further damage. Fire damage restoration professionals use specialized equipment and techniques in order to remove smoke and soot from all surfaces, including floors, walls, windows, and more.

Water Removal and Drying

Water damage can be just as problematic as fire and smoke damage. With this knowledge, fire damage restoration professionals will begin to remove as much standing water as soon as possible after a fire damage occurs. Using dehumidifiers, air movers, and other drying equipment is essential in order to remove as much moisture as possible. Drying the structure is essential in order to salvage walls, floors, ceilings, and more that may have required replacement without this restoration technique. Drying the structure also can prevent mold growth.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Before cleaning and sanitizing, most of the effort put forth from the fire damage restoration company has been to prevent further damage. The next part of the restoration process is to clean and sanitize all damaged areas including floors, walls, ceilings, furniture, and other contents. Anything that can be salvaged and restored will be brought back to the original condition and appearance before the fire.

Air scrubbers and fogging equipment help to remove any odors that may be lingering in the home. Repairs and replacements that may be needed are likely to be recommended and completed at this point.

Work with the Fire Damage Restoration Professionals

Experiencing a fire at your property is one of the worst experiences that can happen, however a fire damage restoration company can make the restoration process less stressful. At SERVPRO of Highland Village, we offer 24/7 emergency service in order to serve you better. If you have questions about fire damage restoration, call us at (940) 241-3434 today.

Average Fire Damage Restoration Cost

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Before calling a fire damage restoration company, it is helpful to have an understanding of how much the restoration services you are needing will cost. There is always a wide range of potential costs depending on the damage, including the size of the fire, location of damage, and how much of the home can be repaired as well as what insurance will cover.

Even with these costs, restoring a home can be much more cost-effective than replacing a home and the items within it. Without restoration services, a homeowner may have to pay to replace many expensive items that may not be covered by insurance.

Fire damage restoration companies have standards as to how a final restoration price is determined, the following is an overview of what homeowners can expect from a financial standpoint.

Determining the Average Cost of Fire Damage Restoration

Without reconstruction services, the average fire damage restoration cost is between $4,000 and $10,000. This is a broad range of pricing, however homeowners can keep in mind some factors that will narrow down the price range. There are four considerations that will help determine a price range that professional fire restoration companies will take note of.

Location of the fire

The biggest factor that determines the cost of restoration is the location of the damage. Fire damage in a small bedroom is not as difficult to repair as an entire kitchen. Damage to the floors, walls and roof are also factors that can drive prices up.

Because of these factors, a fire damage restoration company will first inspect the damage and determine which areas in the home are affected. A bedroom restoration could cost as little as a few thousand dollars, while a complete kitchen restoration can cost as much as $50,000. Restoring kitchen cabinets and the equipment inside of those cabinets is more expensive and labor-intensive than restoring or even replacing bedroom carpet.

Size and spread of the fire

Fire can spread incredibly quickly and damage surrounding areas. While where the fire starts is likely to be the most damaged area in the home, rooms that were not touched by fire still may be damaged by smoke, soot and water.

The second largest determining factor of fire damage restoration cost is the size of the fire. The more areas that have been damaged, the higher the cost to restore. 

Items that need to be replaced or restored

Items that are of value to the homeowner that need to be restored play a significant role in the price of fire damage restoration. Many fires originate from the kitchen in a home. This means all appliances such as the dishwasher, refrigerator, sink and stove may require replacement, which can drive up the cost of restoration. Floors and cabinets likely require restoration or replacement as well.

Lowering the cost for a homeowner to recover after a fire loss is the main goal of fire damage restoration, which means professionals will do their best to restore rather than replace items.

Homeowners insurance coverage

Homeowner’s insurance coverage plays a large role in the cost of fire damage restoration. The amount of costs for restoration the insurance company will cover determines how much the homeowner will have to pay. This typically does not determine how much a restoration company will charge.

More extensive homeowner’s insurance will cover more damages to the home. A higher coverage insurance policy can cover all repairs to the insured’s home, while lower coverage policies can lead to the homeowner paying more out-of-pocket.

In order to determine how much the homeowner will need to pay out-of-pocket, it is important to check with the insurance company in order to determine what the policy covers.

Speak to an Experienced Fire Damage Restoration Company

If you have had fire and/or water damage in your home, give our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village a call. We are available 24/7 for emergency situations. We will gladly answer any questions and guide you through the process of restoring your home after damage.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in your home can be a devastating experience. In addition to fire damage, water damage can occur during firefighting efforts such as fire suppression sprinkler systems or the thousands of gallons of water that can come from fire trucks. Restoring a home after a fire loss is one of our specialties, and we are sometimes able to restore a structure without major renovations.

It is encouraged after a fire damage occurs to contact a fire damage restoration company in order to have an expedited restoration process for your most valuable and sentimental items.

Even though each company has its own restoration procedures, the following is an overview of the typical restoration process.

What is Fire Damage Restoration?

Restoring as much as possible of the home after a fire is the goal of fire damage restoration. This may include deep cleaning carpets and furniture, removing a buildup of smoke and soot on surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings as well as the roof of the home. Any foul odors that linger are also taken care of during this portion of restoration.

Restoring the structure rather than replacing parts of the structure is the primary goal during fire damage restoration. Every inch of the structure is assessed and noted as to which parts need restoring and which parts need replacing.

Restoration of fire and water damage are both time-sensitive. The more time that floors, walls, etc. are left without restoration after damage, the more difficult it is to repair and restore the home. In order to avoid costly replacements, fire and water damage technicians work efficiently to remove all soot and water buildup in order to salvage as much as possible in the structure.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process in 7 Steps

It is helpful as a homeowner to know the basics of the fire damage restoration process in order to guard your property against poor restoration practices and in order to know what to expect after a fire damage.

Contacting a fire damage restoration company

Starting the process of restoring your home after a fire can be overwhelming, but one of your first calls after the fire department leaves should be to a fire restoration company. It is preferable to call the same night or same day as the fire damage, but it is understandable to wait until the next day to call after such a traumatic event.

Fire damage inspection and assessment

An inspection and assessment of the damage is the first step in the restoration process. Any flooring and furniture in the home that was damaged is taken note of, along with any lingering odors caused by the smoke and fire.

Board-up and roof tarping

Technicians will board-up and tarp any areas of the home that are of concern, including the roof. This step is usually only performed for moderate to severe damage.

Water removal and drying

Water damage is often caused during a fire loss because of sprinkler systems and firefighting efforts. Removing any standing water from the home and drying the structure is another key step in being able to properly restore a home.

Smoke and soot removal

Smoke is one of the most damaging parts of a fire, and can be very difficult to get rid of. If the fire restoration company arrives the same day or night as the fire, they can begin to remove lingering smoke quickly and reduce the amount of excess soot and damage.

Cleaning and repair

After preventing further damage and assessing and determining the best way to restore the home, technicians can begin the cleaning and repair process. Cleaning can include deep cleaning upholstery and carpet as well as restoring materials that have been damaged by water, and removing any lingering odors.

Complete restoration

While there may be certain things that require replacement, the goal of fire damage restoration is to restore as much as possible. A professional fire damage restoration company should have this mentality in the forefront of their mind when heading into a damaged home. This process can take anywhere from weeks to months in order to properly restore a home.

Learn More About Fire Damage Restoration Today

In order to learn more about fire damage restoration, you can reach out to our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village. Our technicians have the experience and knowledge necessary to restore homes after fire and water damage. As 24/7 fire damage restoration specialists, we are always available to answer any questions you may have.

Fire Safety 101: Smoke Alarms

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Safety 101: Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms have many different uses in our lives. Some of them are more important than others, and some are less important. We know that each one has its place in your home or business, and each one can be used for different purposes. If you are considering installing a smoke alarm system in your home, it is essential to understand the difference between a residential smoke alarm system and a commercial smoke alarm.

Differences between residential and commercial alarms

Smoke Alarms: What Are They? A smoke alarm is a small device that senses smoke, usually as a warning of fire. Commercial smoke alarms issue a signal to your fire alarm control panel, just as any other alarm would. Simultaneously, every level in a house or apartment dials a different number for different reasons. Residential smoke alarms are used in every level of your home, from the basement and kitchen all the way up to your front door. While they are not as common as fire extinguishers, you should consider purchasing one for every level in your home.

Commercial Smoke Alarms

What Are They? In addition to calling attention to fires, commercial smoke alarms are placed throughout a commercial facility. They are usually located at the top of the building, either on each floor or on the highest floor. They will alert a fire department of the problem and notify people in danger of being trapped in the building. Some alarms will also contact a monitoring center if smoke alarms go off inside the building and emergency evacuation orders.

Heat Detectors

What Are They? Heat detectors are often used in the summer and are used in hotels, resorts, and private homes. A basic model will sound an alarm when something indicates excess heat in the air, but not like ordinary belongings such as a hairdryer or water heater. More advanced heat alarms will have the ability to monitor various factors, such as a rise in room temperature. If that happens, the alarm will sound.

Smoke Detectors

What Are They? Smoke detectors are a very affordable alternative to commercial fire alarms and are almost always included in new installations. Smoke detectors detect smoke particles in the air and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can be harmful if inhaled. The majority of detectors available on the market today will also alert you to other possible causes of smoke in the home, such as carbon monoxide poisoning.

Photoelectric Smoke Alarms

What Are They? Photoelectric smoke detectors are designed to only trigger when you or someone else is in the room. This is done using an infrared light, which penetrates deeper than a regular smoke detector, and cannot be disabled by a computer. Photoelectric smoke alarms generally respond quicker to the smoke produced by "smoldering fires" than ionization smoke alarms

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Smoke Alarm Products

What Are They? The NFPA sets the standards for fire detection and extinguishing, followed by millions of homes and businesses throughout the United States. The standard set forth by the NFPA is easily recognized as one of the most stringent, which allows for greater flexibility in the design of smoke alarms. These devices are required to be installed by certified fire marshals. Some states also require that the devices be installed by trained firefighters within sight of the fire detection unit.

Which Type Of Smoke Alarm Do I Need?

Living in the United States, you’re required to have a working smoke alarm in your house. If you’ve ever had to pass one in the store and they start beeping in sequence, you know how irritating (and practical) they are. But what kind of smoke alarm do you need?

When you think of the word “smoke alarm,” you might think of a small device that sounds when there is a fire in your home. But there are actually two main types of smoke alarms: ionization and photoelectric.

While the use of photoelectric and ionization technologies has improved tremendously in recent years, it is still largely a function of luck when it comes to detecting fires and their location in your home or office. Photoelectric smoke alarms are the lowest priced but are typically found in newer properties and can be disabled by a power source, such as a power strip or circuit breaker. Ions are more commonly installed in newer buildings and can be disabled by a power source or, rarely, a technician. The most advanced smoke alarms offer additional sensors, such as those that detect carbon monoxide, which can prove to be even more challenging to deploy.

With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the correct type of alarm to keep you and your family safe.

Here are the most common types of smoke alarms and what they do.

Smoke alarms save lives.

The type of alarm you need depends on your home and your needs.

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Dealing With Fire Damage In Highland Village, TX

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing With Fire Damage in Highland Village

If you have experienced fire damage in your home, you must take action as soon as possible. A fire damage restoration in Highland Village, TX, could save your home and the possessions inside it from destruction. Fire damage can lead to extensive damage to your belongings and carpets, in addition to causing health effects for you and your family.

Fire restoration in Highland Village, TX, is a specialist job for trained and licensed professionals. Many experienced companies specialize in fire damage restoration in Highland Village, so rest assured that you have several choices to choose from.

To ensure that your belongings are safe, the restoration team will need to conduct a thorough inspection. After all, you'll want to know what damage has been done and how extensive it is.

Fire restoration in Highland Village, TX, involves:

  • Knowing exactly how much property has been affected.
  • Beginning cleanup processes.
  • Securing undamaged items as soon as possible.

A fire damage company can be more efficient to conduct a thorough inspection, but sometimes you can start an investigation on your own. This is especially important if several people will need to be interviewed as part of your fire damage restoration in Highland Village, TX. Interviewing a range of individuals will help to ensure that everyone is on the same page with the same objectives in mind.

Once the fire damage has been assessed, the restoration company can determine the extent of the damage. If necessary, they will need to rely on your documentation, photos, and videos to assess the damage's scope further. This will give you a better idea of what can be restored and which items need to be discarded. A fire department may advise that things such as carpets and clothing need to be discarded because of the danger of electrocution while also cautioning against putting clothing directly on top of carpet pads. This may cause the backing to peel off.

When the fire damage in Highland Village, TX is extensive, professionals will likely schedule an in-home visit for you. This will provide them with a better idea of the extent of the damage and provide an accurate cost estimate. In addition, your insurance company may reimburse you for expenses related to fire restoration services in Highland Village, TX, such as soot removal, carpet restoration, smoke damage restoration, and emergency ventilation.

It is wise to ensure that any soot and smoke damage are taken care of promptly. Remember that smoke and soot particles can make breathing difficult.

After the fire damage has been assessed, the restoration company can then begin their work.

Restoration companies typically use specialized air quality equipment to remove smoke, clean debris, and dry items, such as furniture. Because smoke contains thousands of different chemicals, special air cleaners must be used to prevent health effects from occurring.

A qualified restoration company will advise you on the best options for dehumidification and ventilation and provide you with a list of recommended cleaners and deodorizers to use. Remember, removing smoke from the air is only one step in proper fire damage restoration.

After the fire damage has been assessed, the restoration team will begin the fire damage restoration process. Fire restoration companies typically divide the fire damage into multiple rooms, depending on the severity of the blaze. If water-damaged rooms need to be isolated, a plumber will need to be called to ensure that everything is operational and safe. The plumber may even be able to recommend a company that specializes in fire damage restoration. Luckily with SERVPRO of Highland Village, our team can handle all plumbing, electrical, and restoration needs.

While most fires are contained once they have been put out, there is always a possibility that the fire damage caused was not contained. For example, walls that were affected by fire may continue to leak because of water damage, leaving holes or cracks in the walls. While it is possible to stop fires from spreading, there is no way to prevent damage caused by fires from spreading. For this reason, it is imperative to have an experienced fire damage restoration company on hand. After the fire damage's initial assessment, the company will need to test the fire equipment in place.

Once all the necessary fire damage cleanup has been completed, the structural professionals will need to do mold testing and moisture testing. Mold testing is often done in an outside environment, similar to a greenhouse. Water damage cleanup involves removing any excess water, which will help reduce the risk of mold setting in. In many cases, a structural repair firm will also recommend that asbestos testing be done as well. Once all asbestos testing is complete, the structure can be sealed, and a newly painted surface can be applied.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Highland Village is a one-stop shop for all disaster recovery. There's no need to deal with many different companies when you can deal with just one.

Fire Damage Repair and Cleanup

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Fire Cleanup Services

What is Fire Damage Restoration? Fire restoration is the process of restoring fire and smoke-damaged property to the pre-incident conditionFire restoration and fire damage repair jobs can sometimes take months or even years due to this natural disaster's highly destructive nature. When smoke or water is high enough in a home, it can destroy furniture, insulation, drywall, carpeting, electrical systems, and other essential building materials. Most homeowners are not aware that they are at risk for fire damage if they have smoke alarms and other smoke triggers installed in their homes.

fire damage restoration process consists of many different steps. The first step is to remove all items that are still warm, such as carpets, pillows, or mattresses. Heat is one of the most destructive elements during a fire damage restoration process. After the heat has been removed from the room, you will need to dehumidify the area by opening the windows and turning on fans. Dehumidifiers remove excess moisture from the air in your home.

Hire A Professional Restoration Company

After removing the items that need to be cleaned and/or repaired, it is time to address water damage or water mitigation. If your home sustained water damage, have a fire damage restoration company to bring your home up to par. They should also provide the necessary equipment and materials for addressing water damage. If there is flooding, have your water mitigation team come to your home right away. There may be a chance that your home will need to be without power for some time; check with your electricity provider.

In the meantime, you should have a way to provide power to your property.

Smoke damage restoration can be a complicated matter, especially if smoke has reached carpets and furniture in your home. Ensure that the people who are going to be performing the fire damage restoration process are aware of any pet hair or dust on the furniture. You may even want to consider a carpet cleaning professional for this issue.

The smoke and soot damage will require some cleaning and restoration work. If the fire department is not available, have your fire restoration company complete the job. You can use heavy-duty soot removers to help remove the soot, which is difficult to remove without damaging your clothing and skin.

Full-Service Fire Damage Restoration

Be sure to remove the soot before any carpet cleaning services are performed because of the danger that the chemicals used for removing soot could escape into the air during the fire damage restoration process. If you do not want to use chemical cleaners, you can still remove the soot yourself using an old toothbrush or cotton rag.

The mold and mildew will need some severe scrubbing. Fire restoration companies can help with this process. It's not advisable for you to take care of this task independently. Remove any loose debris from the rooms you are working in, including carpets, furniture, drapes, and window coverings. It is crucial that you dry any items that do not require immediate removal. If mold or mildew does develop, a good mold remover can help.

After you have cleaned all surfaces and removed any excess moisture, you will need to start the cleanup process. Fire restoration professionals generally discourage homeowners from attempting to perform these tasks themselves, as the damage that can occur cannot always be easily detected and handled. Wet walls will swell and form mildew if not removed properly. Also, standing water could cause electrical shorts, causing additional damage to your electrical system. It is better to leave things to the professionals so that you can rest easy knowing that your property is in safe hands.

Fire restoration professionals can also provide deodorization services. Deodorizing is essential to remove any foul odors and get rid of any toxic mold or mildew. If you cannot perform the fire damage repairs on your own, you will want to consider allowing your cleaners to perform this step for you.

Fire Damage Cleanup Near Lantana, TX

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleanup Near Lantana, TX

You may not know it yet, but you may already be responsible for fire damage cleanup near Lantana. Have you or someone in your community recently had a brush fire? Do you have smoke or soot residue on your clothes? If you have smoke and soot on your clothes, that may be covered by your insurance policy.

Even if you have smoke and soot cleanup near Lantana, you may still be responsible for other property damage. Have you had fire damage to your house? Have you had to repair smoke and soot damage to walls and ceilings? Have you had to replace insulation? A typical insurance policy will also pay to replace or repair anything inside that home that may have been damaged by flames, smoke, soot, ash, and other byproducts of house fires.

The best way to determine what you'll have to do for fire damage cleanup near Lantana is to assess the damage's extent. You can call your insurance company to get a determination of how much they're going to be paying. They will have an inspector go to your home and evaluate the damage after looking at your insurance policy. If you're insured, you'll be surprised at how much they pay.

Once you have your insurance policy evaluation, if there's a lot of smoke and soot cleanup needed, you can contact the Highland Village restoration company. Restoration companies are specialists in fire damage cleanup. They have the equipment and expertise to deal with any damage that you have. They can help with smoke and soot cleanup, as well as mold remediation in Lantana.

If you have a lot of smoke and soot cleanup to do, make sure you have plenty of time to get the job done. There is no way to predict rain or snow and even less expect when it will stop. Water damage is exponentially worse than fire damage, so make sure you hire professionals for the job. Fire damage can be cleaned up quite effectively, although smoke and soot damage requires special tools and chemicals.

It's essential to have your property protected from such things as tree limbs and flying sparks during any fire damage cleanup near Lantana.

When you call your local fire restoration company, don't assume anything. Take every call seriously. You may not think your home needs fire restoration because it looks okay. But, smoke and soot can cause everything in your home to become unhealthy and cause your home structure to fall apart.

Does Your Lantana Homeowner Insurance Policy Cover Fire Damage?

Should you be prepared to pay for the fire damage? Generally speaking, homeowners insurance typically helps protect personal belongings from specific risks (described in most policies as "perils"), such as fire and lightning strikes. If your belongings are damaged or destroyed in a fire, homeowners insurance may help pay to repair or replace them. Before you let a fire damage cleanup near Lantana get underway, check on your homeowner's insurance policy to make sure. Many companies cover damage that happens to your house, but some might not.

Don't attempt to take care of fire damage cleanup near Lantana on your own. Hire professionals. Find a company near you like SERVPRO of Highland Village, that has plenty of experience in this area and is insured. It doesn't matter how small the spot is where you live. You don't need smoke and soot to affect your health, and you don't need smoke and soot to cause your property to lose value.

Check with your neighbors about what they do when they get a fire. Are they able to remove the smoke and soot in as little time as possible? If you live in a small rural community, find out if you can have a fire safety committee. This group will make sure that your area has a fire damage cleanup near Lantana covered. The members will meet once a month and discuss what they can do.

Fire Damage Restoration In Lantana, TX

Don't wait another minute to clean up fire damage near Lantana. We can help you make your property look new again in just a few days!

Start right away to ensure that your home and family stay safe. When we've finished the cleanup, we'll make sure to do our best and make it look "Like it never even happened."

It doesn't matter how big, or small your fire damage cleanup is. It would be best if you got it done as soon as possible. The smoke and soot will only spread more quickly. Make sure that you and everyone in the home are safe. When the fire is put out and you're ready for our fire damage cleanup near Lantana, make sure that you call our emergency line, and a professional will be out to inspect your home for any signs of short and long-term damage. Prevention is the best way to stop a fire from burning, but the next best measure is proper fire damage cleanup.

Protect Your Home From Soot, Smoke & Fire Damage

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10 Ways To Protect Homes From Soot, Smoke & Fire Damage

Protecting homes from fire damage is often a tedious process requiring many hours of work. Homeowners should be aware that smoke and soot can be challenging to remove from the home's interior after smoke and soot have permeated the surface. Fortunately, most smoke and soot problems can be remedied by hiring a professional smoke and soot cleanup team. Although hiring a company is recommended, there are several straightforward steps that any homeowner can take to improve their success chances.

First, smoke and soot cleanup professionals can often remove smoke and soot from homes before the restoration service arrives. It may be advisable to remove all smoke and soot as soon as the smoke and soot odor is noticeable. This will allow the restoration team to perform their procedures efficiently. If smoke and soot remain, homeowners should try their best to contain the spread of the substance.

Second, smoke and soot residue can often be cleaned up with a few household products. For example, peroxide can be used to neutralize odors. Bleach can also be used to get rid of smoke and soot and is relatively inexpensive.

Third, many smoke and soot cleanup companies recommend the use of oxygenated bleach solutions. These cleaning agents are highly effective in removing smoke and soot residue. These oxygenated solutions are available at most major home supply stores and come in powder form. Mix the solution with water and apply to the affected area, allowing the solution to sit on the surface for an hour or so.

Fourth, smoke and soot cleanup experts recommend using paper towels to absorb the excess moisture. After several hours, the smoke and soot residue can be vacuumed away with a garden hose. Again, be sure to allow the smoke and soot cleanup company to vacuum away the excess residue. This should be done before the sun is up. The sun can accelerate the speed of the evaporation process.

Fifth, when smoke and soot are present, do not open your windows. This will further accelerate the speed of the evaporation process. It also makes it more challenging to contain the spread of the chemicals inside your home. The smoke and soot should be cleaned up by the cleaning experts as quickly as possible. However, opening the windows will slow down the process.

Sixth, if you smell smoke or odors inside your home, contact a professional smoke and soot cleanup company as soon as possible. Do not attempt to address the problem yourself. Smoke and odors can cause health effects for you and your family if left unchecked.

Seventh, before a storm, make sure your home has smoke and heat alarms and make sure they work. These are vital signs of a fire safety risk in your home. Also, have a spare set of keys made available to you. Also, it would be prudent to keep a fire extinguisher in your home, just in case a fire were to break out in an area in which you are not currently located.

Eighth, never place wet towels, mops, or cloths on top of your dryer. Wet towels will cause soot and smoke to escape, encouraging the formation of black smoke residues. In addition, do not place clothes, towels, blankets, etc., directly on the heat source, such as your dryer, because it can lead to severe damage to your home's electrical system.

Ninth, place all window treatments and curtains outside of the window. Not only is this good practice for preventing smoke and soot from escaping, but it can also prevent damage to your home's interior. If you are inside the house, you need to close all windows except the one nearest to the source of the smoke or soot.

Finally, it would be best if you considered using an air purifier in your home. This device will remove smoke and soot residue from the air, which is a significant contributor to severe damage to your home. Air purifiers are very effective at removing smoke and other smoke-related contaminants, which means that they can help prevent smoke damage in your home. Additionally, an air purifier will improve your home's air quality, helping prevent illness. Keeping your home free of smoke and other pollutants can go a long way toward protecting your family from serious damage.

Prevention is better than cure when it comes to fire damage. The best way to avoid fire damage is to ensure that your home is protected against smoke and other potential issues. Be careful in using and maintaining your home's heating system and contact a reputable appliance technician if you suspect any problems. In addition, be cautious about where you store items, precious antiques. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer fire damage in your home, make sure that you have insurance to cover repair costs.

Simple Ways to Prevent a House Fire

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Simple Ways to Prevent House Fires

It is easy to see why most homeowners want to know how to prevent a house fire. When a fire breaks out, it is often the only thing standing between the occupants of a home and destruction. However, following these simple but effective safety tips can help ensure that a fire does not engulf your home in tragedy.

To effectively combat fire hazards, you must have the proper equipment. One of the most critical pieces of equipment you can invest in is a smoke detector. These detectors are available in various styles and models, and they can be purchased online or at local retailers.

Smoke detectors come in two different styles. Either you have a manual model or an electronic system. A manual detector will require that you open and close flues manually to ensure no pockets of dry air between the interior surfaces of flue pipes. Electronic systems can detect smoke much more quickly and allow for faster opening and closing of flues. These detectors may also detect certain chemicals and other common household hazards, which can help prevent fires.

Your smoke detector should be located in an area of your home that is not easily accessible to children. This will ensure that you and any occupants of your home will be safe from fire hazards. For example, smoke can be detected as far away as 100 feet from home in some cases. If your detector is located so that it is accessible to children, it will likely cause false alarms, which can draw unnecessary attention to you and your home.

When purchasing smoke detectors, you should be aware of their recommended range. The range will depend on the model of detector that you are buying. You should test the unit once you have located it in a central location in your home to not activate if it cannot see smoke up to a certain distance. Many models will have a range of around one hundred feet. Be sure to test it outdoors before you place it inside your home.

Your home's fire safety plan should include regular maintenance of all gas appliances. Make sure that you never leave gas appliances running unless they are completely off. Always read your gas appliance manufacturer's safety manual before you leave the house. It will provide you with valuable information about maintaining your appliances and fire safety precautions.

Your smoke detectors must be placed in locations in your home where they will be most effective. This is true whether you have a fireplace or not. Do not place them near curtains, bedding, clotheslines, or any other location where smoke could enter. This is how to prevent a house fire from happening.

When purchasing smoke detectors, it is a good idea to purchase one that is UL listed. This will ensure that it will withstand extreme temperatures as well as electrical fire hazards. In the unlikely event that a fire does start in your home, your smoke detectors will be able to warn everyone in the home and alert the fire department right away. This is how to prevent a fire from occurring in your home.

Fire extinguishers should always be kept in a fireproof container at home. These units should also be kept in areas that are easily accessible. If there is one room in your house that is unoccupied or rarely used, it would be wise to put an extinguisher in this room. You should also make sure that you know where these fire extinguishers should be placed when taking proper precautions to prevent a house fire.

Some people feel that they are better off purchasing an alarm system for their home. This is not a bad idea. You can buy alarms that will protect your family and your entire house, and all of its contents. When you purchase an alarm system, make sure that it will cover all of your home's major fire hazards.

If you have small children, you should invest in childproof locks. Lock your doors when you are not around. Homes that are constantly unlocked pose a serious fire hazard. Homes that smokers frequently occupy are also at a higher risk of fire hazards. Knowing how to prevent a house fire is something everyone should know. By following these simple steps, you can prevent fires a little easier for everyone in your home.

4 Safety Tips For Preventing a House Fire

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

4 Safety Tips On How to Prevent a House Fire

How to prevent a house fire? That is the question that would cross the minds of many, especially those who live with families. Fire is a horrible thing. It destroys things and makes people panic, and even if they are lucky enough to escape the fire, they do not want to return to their homes.

If you've been thinking about ways to prevent a house fire, this article will help you.

Fire Prevention Safety Tip #1

The best safety tips are those that ensure the safety of your family and home. One of these safety tips is to check smoke detectors in your home regularly. Smoke detectors help people stay safe from fire. If you have any doubts about the safety of your home, you should check smoke detectors regularly. You can buy them from the local store, or you can also get them online.

The National Fire Protection Association provides the following safety guidelines for smoke alarms:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on each level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area, the kitchen, and the hallways connecting the sleeping areas.
  • Smoke alarms should be equipped with an alarm system that will sound when the power is out.
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly.
  • Smoke alarms should be regularly cleaned to avoid the build-up of dust.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.

One of the best ways to protect your home and family's safety is to make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order. To ensure that your smoke detector is in excellent working order, you need to make sure it is always plugged in and working. You should also test it monthly to ensure that it is working properly. A battery-operated smoke detector is also a good idea for an extra level of safety.

Do you have any other safety tips that ensure the safety of your family and home?

Fire Prevention Safety Tip #2

Another fire safety tip is to make sure that your home is equipped with fire extinguishers. A fire extinguisher is a must for any home. You might not think much about fire extinguishers until you need one.


It's not because they're not important. It's because they're not often used. The average fire extinguisher only gets used once every ten years or so. It is essential because it can stop house fires from spreading to other parts of your home. Some of the fires that spread throughout your home can quickly spread to your appliances and furniture.

What does it do?

A fire extinguisher is designed to put out fires. They're usually filled with a type of gas that's either stored under pressure or released as a fine mist. When it is sprayed or released, the gas creates a barrier between the fire and the items it's burning. The fire will then either go out on its own, or the person using the fire extinguisher will be able to put it out with a stream of gas or a burst of air. If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, you'll be able to quickly stop a fire from getting worse.

Therefore it is better to make sure that all main areas of your house have fire extinguishers and that the proper sprinkler systems are in place.

Fire Prevention Safety Tip #3

Children should also be taught about fire prevention. You can do this by having a discussion with them about the different fire hazards that their home could be vulnerable to. Discuss the different types of fire that can affect your home and what precautions they need to avoid these types of fire hazards. This is one of the most effective and efficient ways to teach your children about fire hazards.

When you have kids around the house, you need to ensure that you provide them with safety tips. Most children are taught in school that fire is not good and can harm them and their surroundings. At home, you can also ensure that they know where certain safety equipment is placed inside the house and which areas of the house they should be kept away from.

By teaching your family members about emergency procedures and how to react during fire alarms, you can be sure that your entire family will follow these fire safety tips well.

Fire Prevention Safety Tip #4

Another thing that you can do to help you keep your family safe when there is a house fire is to make sure that you have your house fire alarm system ready at all times. You must have this in your home because it could come in handy if a fire breaks out. You should check if your house is fitted with an alarm system before a fire breaks out. You should make sure that your fire alarm battery is replaced at least once every year. By doing so, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful smoke and fire.

Fire can happen anywhere, anytime.

Though not a new thing, in recent years, the vulnerability of houses to fire has been heightened. Houses now tend to be made of flammable materials and are tightly packed together. Those who live in apartments and condominiums are even more vulnerable to fire. No one knows the exact reasons why some homes catch on fire and others don't. But we do know some things that you can do to lower the odds of a fire. 

These are simply four of the critical fire safety tips that you should remember. It's not easy keeping up with all the many demands on a home, let alone when a disaster happens. At SERVPRO of Highland Village, we just want to make sure that you implement proper fire safety precautions to help keep your family and home safe. After all, these are your family's safety that you are trying to protect. In the unfortunate event that you should ever need our services, we are available 24/7 for emergency fire damage restoration and many other disaster recovery services.

Fire Restoration Services

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Fire Cleanup & Fire Restoration Services

The only thing good to know about fire restoration is that after it has happened, there is help available. Fire restoration is typically what many people think of when they hear the words "fire restoration." It is, however, far more than this. It involves cleanup, often along with drying, mold remediation, and even structural restoration. After fire restoration, your home can look almost like new.

Fire restoration is simply where a fire restoration company comes in to help you after your home has been affected by fire: we handle the cleanup and make sure your house is safe once again. Apart from cleaning up the mess, we will check the actual damage to your home.

  • If the damage is extensive, we might even need to rebuild parts of the home or get rid of things that have become unsalvageable.
  • We might also go so far as to do some re-wiring to your home.

And the best part is, you don't have to worry about paying these expensive bills because, after the restoration, your insurance company takes care of it.

Fire Restoration After Disaster

Fire restoration after a disaster is essential because not only does it help prevent future fires, but it also prevents damage caused by smoke and fireAfter the smoke and fire damage has occurred, people are often unsure how to clean up properly. Clean-up can be extremely difficult and dangerous if the wrong methods are used, and it may even require chemicals to clean up the mess. With a fire restoration company, you can rest assured that we will completely clean up your home and no further problems will occur. Our fire restoration services will also prevent further damage caused by smoke and fire to the building.

When our fire restoration company handles smoke and fire damage restoration, the process begins with cleaning. A team of professionals will first conduct a standard air quality inspection of the property to see if there have been any health effects related to the smoke and fire. If a problem has been found, the team will then begin to clean the area so that the smell will dissipate and the possibility of additional health effects will be minimal.

After the air quality is deemed safe, the next step will be to eliminate all moisture sources so that none will be present when smoke and fire restoration begins. Dehumidifiers may be employed to eliminate any excess moisture, while deodorizers eliminate any odors that may be present.

Along with these services, a fire restoration company will also provide support if an emergency arises. Some companies like SERVPRO of Highland Village offer 24-hour emergency response and service, meaning that you can have peace of mind knowing that your property is being cared for after an emergency without worrying about taking care of it yourself.

If you ever find yourself in this situation, you should always consider contacting a company that offers assistance following an emergency.

Smoke and fire restoration is only one aspect of fire restoration, but it is crucial to fixing damages that may have occurred. For smoke and fire restoration, professionals will generally use a carbon-based absorbent to remove soot and residue from carpetswalls, floors, and ceilings. They may also use special equipment to extract water from structures so that they can clean them properly. A qualified restoration team will be able to determine which type of absorbent is best for your particular needs, so be sure to ask them to suggest these options to you.

The third aspect of fire restoration services involves odor removal. Odor is a big concern, especially following any disaster, and our smoke and fire restoration service experts know this. Emitting organic chemicals, such as wood bleach, on the carpet or furniture can create a strong odor that can linger several days after a disaster. A qualified team will be able to eliminate strong smells from home by using the best odor removal products available.

Fire restoration professionals are also likely to offer a wide range of other services, including carpet cleaning and repairs, mold remediation, and more.

While a disaster is a catastrophe, not all damaged property gets destroyed entirely. Often, there are ways to make a home safe again, whether minimal or a great amount of damage, contact a professional fire restoration service to learn more about these options.

Fire Restoration Basics

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The Basics Of Fire Restoration

If a fire has destroyed your home, there are undoubtedly certain precautions to take regarding fire restoration. The structure needs to be deemed stable for re-entry after a fire, and you will also want to arrange for a local fire restoration company to thoroughly clean and restore your house to its former appearance. Your home may look destroyed after a fire, but many times it is possible to bring it back to life with the assistance of after-fire restoration service. Restoration companies have the experience and expertise to restore a home to its original look, and they can do so economically.

After-fire restoration can save you thousands of dollars in costly re-construction costs.

When a fire restoration company arrives at your home to assess the damage, they will collect your personal belongings. They will then inspect your home and determine what kind of damage has occurred. Most companies do not specialize in home fires, so they may make assumptions about the damage that they see. If a fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Highland Village gets hired, we will begin to analyze the damage and determine which items are salvageable. If you do not have valuable belongings in the home at this time, they should suggest ways in which you can save money to replace them.

Smoke and soot can cause an annoying odor in the home after a fire. Smoke and soot should be removed carefully to avoid causing structural damage to the carpet or floors. You should use absorbent rugs to capture the odor not to spread to other areas of the home.

Professional fire restoration companies have the skills and equipment necessary to remove excess moisture from carpets, flooring, furniture, walls, and ceilings.

Smoke and soot can also cause health effects if they are inhaled. People who have allergies or asthma are especially vulnerable after home fires. The best way to prevent health problems is to use smoke detectors or smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to alert you and your family of smoke or carbon monoxide when it begins to fill your home.

If you can spot the warning signs of a fire, it's crucial to alert the fire department. In the case of smoke and soot, you should contact our offices as soon as possible.

Fire restoration professionals can also remove residual smoke and soot that may be present after a fire. This residual damage is removed using absorbent pads. Our professional fire restoration workers can also check electrical and heating systems to determine if they are damaged or need repair. The cost of restoring your home after fire damage can be costly, so it is essential to let the experts deal with problems that they are familiar with; they may also suggest improvements that will save you money in the long run.

The fire restoration process starts to dry out the area.

Dehumidifiers are often used to dry out the home after severe fire damages quickly. Water extraction is also an option when there is heavy water damage. This process involves using pumps to suck out all of the water from the home while the dehumidifier removes excess moisture.

Your insurance provider may pay for the costs of damage control after fire restoration takes place. The insurance adjuster should take care of determining the actual cost of the damage to your home as well. It is important to give the insurance adjuster a price list of everything that is damaged so that they can price it properly.

If notified quickly enough, a good fire restoration company will work closely with the insurance adjuster to get the right value on your belongings.

Fire restoration involves many tedious processes, but they are important to controlling fire damage. Odor control begins before smoke, and fire damage is taken care of. Odor control is essential because not only does it prevent odors from developing, it also keeps the area smelling fresh after the restoration process is complete. After smoke and fire damage have been taken care of, a professional cleaner should remove smoke and odor. Smell cleaning is a critical task that must be completed after fire damage has been taken care of.

The Dangers of Smoke

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Smoke can be extremely hot. While a fire is burning, smoke is created through incomplete combustion, which means there is not enough oxygen to burn the fuel completely. When these leftover particles of carbon, tar, oils and ash are released into the air, this is what we see as smoke.

Smoke inhalation is the primary cause of death in victims of indoor fires. Nearly 75% of home fire victims die because of the effects of the smoke rather than the fire itself. Staying low to the ground is a way to prevent large amounts of smoke inhalation, because the hot air will rise in a structure as it is burning, bringing smoke up with it. This is why smoke damage is usually found higher up on the walls and ceilings. As smoke is driven upwards in a structure, it will meet the ceiling and start to be driven out through doorways towards other rooms and into air ducts. While this smoke is traveling, it deposits residues (soot) on other materials. If you have questions about smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Highland Village at (940) 241-3434.

How To Clean & Restore Your Home After A Fire

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Cleaning and restoring your home after a fire can be dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not taken and the right procedure is not followed. It is also essential to act fast after the fire occurs to prevent smoke and soot from causing additional damage. While the easiest way to restore your home after a fire is to hire a professional fire restoration company, you may be able to clean up small fires yourself, along with the assistance of friends and loved ones. 

Cleaning Procedures

There is a certain cleaning process homeowners should follow after a fire occurs inside of their home. While each home is unique and the cleaning process should be specifically designed to restore all damages found during the inspection process, there are certain steps that should be taken. These steps include but are not limited to wearing personal protective equipment, ensuring the surrounding area is properly protected, and using TSP products to remove the lingering odors the fire caused. The following is an overview of the most notable steps that should be taken during the restoration process after a home fire. 

Use Proper PPE 

Do not start the home restoration process if you do not have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). This is the most important step in the process as inhaling smoke and leaving yourself exposed to other harmful elements after a fire can be detrimental to short and long-term health. The basic PPE essentials you will need before you begin to clean and restore your home include: 

  • Safety goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • Long sleeves
  • Nose mask
  • Apron

You may need additional PPE, such as safety boots, depending on the specific details of the fire aftermath. The main thing is to ensure your body is fully covered and protected. Once you have the right equipment, you can start the process. 

Protect the Surrounding Area

The next step is to protect all surrounding areas. Be sure to open up all windows and doors in the home to allow smoke and other elements to leave the home. This prevents buildup of smoke and soot and can minimize damage as well as help you stay safe and protected. Ideally, you should also have a high-powered fan installed to move smoke and the vapor of cleaning products away. 

Now you will need to protect the floors, especially the areas that have little to no damage. You can do this by laying a cloth down or blocking off the less damaged area to avoid people tracking smoke and other particles through the floor. 

Use TSP Products 

You can use trisodium phosphate (TSP) products to remove the odor that lingers after a home fire. The odor is one of the primary concerns homeowners typically have after a home fire occurs. Not only can the smell be unpleasant, but breathing in the smoke and other particles that contribute to low air quality can be bad for one’s health.

When using TSP products, be sure to follow the directions closely. This is when your personal protection equipment becomes incredibly important. Since TSP products have the ability to burn and damage skin, make sure to have your body fully protected and use extra caution while using TSP chemicals. 

Scrub Walls

The walls in the damaged area will most likely be very dirty, if not damaged. The sooner you can wipe away the soot on the walls the more effective the restoration will be. You can use a chemical dry cleaning sponge (often referred to as a soot eraser sponge) to remove the soot that has built up on the walls. 

Since the walls may be damaged and vulnerable, scrub them gently yet thoroughly to remove as much residue as possible. If multiple cleanings are needed, be sure to let the walls dry between each time you scrub.  

Allow Proper Drying Time

As you clean your walls, floors and roof, be sure to allow all areas to dry properly if you use a liquid cleaning solution. All too many homeowners make the mistake of painting or decorating too soon, which leads to less effective results. Before painting, laying new floors and other home restoration tasks, make sure the walls are dry and ready for repair. 

Contact the Fire Damage Restoration Experts

For the best home restoration results after a fire, contact our professional and experienced team at SERVPRO of Highland Village. We specialize in home restoration after fire and water damage, and it is our goal to reduce the cost of replacements by restoring your home floors, walls, roof, furniture, and more. Our friendly team is happy to discuss how we can help you after your home fire, and we can answer questions you may have. We also offer 24/7 emergency services as we understand the importance of a prompt response following a home fire. 

Characteristics of Smoke

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Bad fire burned off roof of residential house An example of how bad fires can get. This house had lots of smoke damage which took up the majority of SERVPRO's time at this house.

When a fire occurs, smoke inhalation is one of the biggest threats to our health. During a fire, smoke is a result of rapidly decomposing materials releasing solid materials, aerosols, and gases. Carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide are just two of the extremely dangerous gases that are released during smoke in a fire. Small particles of carbon are released and suspended in the air during a fire, which is what makes smoke visible to the naked eye. These particles also absorb the smell from the fire, which is how soot is created. Once smoke settles on surfaces, it is considered soot. Smoke particles are very small in size, around .1 to 4 microns (1 micron = 1 twenty-five thousandth of 1 inch). Even though smoke particles are very miniscule, they can create issues in your respiratory tract. Smoke rises, so stay low to the ground if you are ever near an active fire in order to breathe in less smoke.

Water Damage Turns Into Fire Damage

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Ceiling torn down from a burst pipe Sometimes a water damage can cause a fire damage.

This water leak turned into a fire loss quickly when a pipe running through the ceiling sprung a leak onto the main electrical panel for the house. This short made the panel burst into flames. Using electrical wiring to travel, the fire quickly spread to the HVAC central unit in the attic. Eventually, the fire caused the original leaky pipe to burst, extinguishing the flames. At SERVPRO of Highland Village, we were able to dry and restore where the water and fire had damaged the home and clean and deodorize the rest of the home. We also were able to clean and deodorize all of the homeowner's belongings and return their home to working order. If you have questions about water damage and fire damage, please contact us at (940) 241-3434.

5 Great Ways to Prevent House Fires

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House with fire billowing out of its windows If you could prevent a fire in your business or home, then why wouldn't you?

1. Avoid Leaving the Kitchen

Fires can start very quickly! This is why you should never leave cooking food unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen for any reason, make sure everything is properly turned off!

2. Check Your Dryer

Don’t forget to clean out your lint trap every time you put in a new load of laundry. This is one of the most common reasons for fires in the house.

3. Watch out for Candles

Everyone loves scented candles, especially around the holidays – but if you don’t use them carefully, they could cause a fire. Make sure you put them out before you exit a room and keep them far away from blankets, pets, or other flammable objects.

4. Fireplace Safety

You don’t want any stray sparks to escape so you need to make sure you have a door between the flames and your flooring. It goes without saying, but never leave the room when the fireplace is going.

5. Fire Extinguishers First

Fire extinguishers are the first thing you should reach for when a fire breaks out. You want to make sure you have one in every room that is a potential threat, such as the kitchen.

Only You Can Help Prevent House Fires

There is nothing more devastating than losing everything you own to house fires. Your home is like a member of your family. It’s where you make your most precious memories, so you owe it to yourself to protect it.

How We Clean Your Home After A Fire Damage

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Two chemicals we use for smoke restoration called Fire Star and Lemon Fresh Deodorizer These are only a couple of examples of chemicals we use to clean up after fire restoration.

Here at SERVPRO of Highland Village, we implement a 7-Step Fire Damage Restoration. With the help of our highly trained product technicians and crew chiefs, we strive to get your home or business back to what it is before. "Like it never even happened."

1. Emergency Contact

As soon as we are called our representative will begin asking questions regarding the fire
damage event. Those answers will help us respond quickly with the correct equipment and

2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Once on site we inspect and test rooms of the property to evaluate the fire, smoke, and soot

3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fires can damage windows, walls, and roofs. To protect against more damage, we board up
broken windows and walls then place tarps on roofs affected by the fire.

4. Water Removal and Drying

Removing water happens right away to clean up most present water. Dehumidifiers and air
movers are then used to remove the last of the water and fully dry the area. 

5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use special equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and
other surfaces. 

6. Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean and sanitize all of the items that are restorable and areas that were damaged by the
fire. We also utilize industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove any odors.

7. Restoration

Our goal is to get your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoring the affected area
might include minor or major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.