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The 7 Steps of the Fire Damage Process

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The 7 Steps of the Fire Damage Process Fire Damage Restoration Process - Trust the Experts at SERVPRO NECC 972-548-6044

Fire damage causes significant loss of property and time for your home or business.  Even if it is a relatively small fire, all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences, and if you are not careful, you may end up causing significant damage to your property.

Emergency Contact

The most important step of the fire damage process is an immediate response to the situation once it has occurred.  Being properly prepared ahead of time will speed up your reaction time and the response time of your fire restoration professional’s team.  Fortunately, you can contact the experts at SERVPRO to help you get your damage under control quickly.  SERVPRO has even create an app to assist you in developing an emergency ready plan to have at your fingertips as soon as a fire damage situation occurs at your home or business.  Get your plan established at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/.  Being aware of the repair process beforehand will help you understand what to tell the experts when it is time to take care of the damage.

Preliminary Inspections

Prior to actual repairs are to be recommended, the professionals will arrive at your property to review the affected areas in order to determine what the damage actually is.  This should be a very detailed inspection, and the experts may need to take extra time in instances of extensive damage or residue from fire, smoke and possibly water or chemicals.  After the inspection, the specialists will develop the proper response plan of action.  During this part of the process, you can ask them questions about the required procedures, and they will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the repair process.

Protect Non-Affected Areas

          Once the scope of work, procedure and schedules are agreed upon, the experts will prepare their equipment and return to your property very quickly.  Before the professionals at SERVPRO begins to move into the physical work of the damage restoration process, they will seal and/or protect any areas not affected by the fire event, in an effort to prevent any further damage.  They will start with packing up any salvageable items, keeping detailed inventory of what is able to be saved, and what will need to be replaced.  They will close off the area and make all the necessary preparations to begin the cleaning


Area Cleaning

The initial cleaning is relatively quick and paves the way for future procedures.  Professionals will take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged equipment.  These areas and items will be repaired and/or replaced in future steps of the process.

Odor Treatment

Often, the most difficult part of any cleanup procedure is taking care of the mal-odors in the affected area.  Burnt odors may linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a microscopic level.  No matter the extent of the damage, experts will take care of the odor by utilizing advanced cleaning technology to permanently remove the presence of all odors in the area.  They will also ensure that there isn’t any moisture damage around the sections of the property that did not sustain direct fire damage.

Repair and Restoration

Once the odors are taken care of and the surrounding area appears clean, the professional’s will survey the area and make sure that they did not miss any details.  If there is serious structural damage to the property, the professionals may make the necessary repairs themselves or provide you with the contact information of experts who can help. 

Final Consultation

During the final step of the fire damage restoration process, the specialists will take their time to address all details of what has been completed with the property owner.  This is important for several reasons, one of which is because lingering smoke and fire damage may result in future problems. 

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville TX is a locally owned business, and our experts always strive to provide our customers with efficient work and quality service.  No matter the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered, we are ready to work with you and do our best to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Your local experts may be reached at 972-548-6044.

What is Fire Damage and What to Do When it Happens?

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Fire Damage and What to Do When it Happens? To restore you home from a House fire, contact SERVPRO Northeast Collin County Greenville TX

According to the NFPA (National Fire and Protection Association), U.S. firefighters respond to a house fire every 88 seconds, and there are 7 fatalities every day because of house fires. Any fire regardless of size will cause damage to your property.  There is an average of $6.5 billion in damage to home properties every year in the U.S. because of fire.

Fire damage is classified into six different classes and the type of fire damage can be classified in two ways.

The Six Types of Fire Damage

Fires are classified into six different classes. These classes are Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class F.

Class A Fire Damage: Fire damage from a Class A fire is the result of a fire involving flammable solids, including, various plastics, paper, rubber, wood, and cloth.

Class B Fire Damage: Class B fire damage consists of damage as a result of flammable liquids or solids that can become liquefied. This includes gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, various waxes and plastics, and paint. However, fires caused by cooking oils and fats don’t count as Class B.

Class C Fire Damage: A Class C fire damage is one involving flammable gasses, including hydrogen, propane, butane, and natural gas.

Class D Fire Damage: Class D fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals. This may include magnesium, potassium, and sodium.

Class E Fire Damage: Class E is fire damage that results from the factors in both Class A and Class B. The difference being, Class involves the introduction of electrical elements, which makes fighting the fire and the resulting damage very different from Class A and Class B.

Class F Fire Damage: Class F is a fire that results from cooking oils and fats. This type of fire differs from Class B because these fires are significantly hotter and the damage more severe.

Not all fire extinguishers are made for the same type of fire.  Be sure that you read the label on your fire extinguisher to know types of fires for which it is made put out.  For example, there are fire extinguishers that are water based, which would not be safe to use on Class E fires.  Also, double-check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers to ensure that they are able to be used in case of an emergency.

The 2 Types of Fire Damage Classification

Most insurance companies use two classifications for fire damage.  These categories are primary damage and secondary damage.

Primary Damage: Damage that is caused by direct flames to the structure or to objects inside of the structure.

Secondary Damage: Damage that is caused by corrosive substances, smoke, and water from putting the fire out.

Secondary damage typically causes the most damage to the structure.  This is because soot and smoke can work its way throughout the structure.

If you experience a fire in your home, the first step you should take is to call your local fire department.  Your second step should be to reach out to your insurance agent.  Your final step should be to contact SERVPRO.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin Country/Greenville is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the most highly trained restoration technicians in the area.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin Country/Greenville specializes in fire and water damage and will get your home or commercial property looking “Like it never even happened” in a hurry.  You can reach us at 972-548-6044, or download our Emergency Ready App at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

Fire Safety Basics

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Basics Protect your Family With These Fire Safety Basics

Protect Your Family With These Fire Safety Basics | SERVPRO® of Northeast Collin County/Greenville

In the United States, more than 350,000 house fires happen every year, totaling over $5.5 billion in property damage. Beyond the financial loss, these fires also lead to nearly 3,000 lives lost and another 10,000 injuries.

It is best to be sure your family is prepared in the event of a fire. The importance of everyone knowing how to prevent fires and how to respond if one occurs cannot be stressed enough.

Start teaching your kids basic fire safety guidelines at an early age. Let’s explore three fire safety practices you can practice as a family:

Finding Fire Hazards in Your Home

Take time to inspect your home. You will be surprised at how many fire hazards you will spot! Make time to go through every room and outdoor space to uncover any fire hazard.

  • Make sure your appliances are running properly.
  • Check electrical cords and make sure they are not frayed or broken.
  • Do not overload outlets and/or extension cords.
  • Ensure you are using the correct wattage of light bulbs.
  • If electrical wiring is covered by rugs or carpet, uncover it.

Be Aware in the Kitchen

Home fires are often caused by cooking. That’s why it’s important to be especially careful in the kitchen.

Anyone who’s cooking needs to familiarize themselves with basic cooking safety:

  • If you are tired or unable to pay attention, don’t cook.
  • Stay with kids and teens when they are cooking.
  • Always keep a lid on the counter when cooking on the stove. If a small grease fire occurs, the lid can be used to smother the fire.
  • If a fire occurs inside the oven, turn it off and do not open the door to the oven.
  • Leave the room and close the door if a kitchen fire is beginning to spread.

Design a Fire Safety Plan

If a fire occurs, every person in the family must know what to do—including how to get out of the house and where the safe meeting spot is once they’re out.

Once you create a plan, have practice drills.

You know how the saying goes: “practice makes perfect.” Regular practice of what to do makes you more likely to remember the steps if an actual fire were to occur.

If your family has experienced a fire and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of North Colllin County/Greenville is ready to help! Give us call to learn about our fire restoration services and what we can do for you.  SERVPRO® of North Colllin County/Greenville is currently performing Fire restoration and complete home re-construction services in Fairview, McKinney and Murphy Texas.

10 Common Causes of House Fires

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Common Causes of House Fires Don't let this happen to you, but if it does call your friends at SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Home fires can happen at any time. You never know what can cause it, but here is a list of the 10 most common causes of house fires!

Cooking equipment:

Lets be honest here, we have all walked away from the stove at one point or another without double checking everything was ok. Pots and pans can over heat quickly and can cause a fire very easily when they are left unattended! Always make sure you are in the room or have someone watch over it for you!

Heating:

Space heaters are need exactly what they say, SPACE! Always keep portable heaters at least one meter away from anything that can catch fire (furniture, curtains, clothing, even yourself!) Always be sure to do regular inspections on your heating equipment (fire places, central air, furnace) to make sure it is working safely.

Smoking in the house:

We aren’t saying you can’t do it, but we do suggest going outside to do it. A cigarette that is not properly put out can cause a flame, as the butt may stay lit for a few hours! If they encounter any flammable material, such as furniture or curtains, it can cause a fire. Did you know that fires started in the bedroom make up 73% of all house fire fatalities?

Electrical Equipment:

electrical appliances, such as toasters or hair straighteners, can cause a fire if faulty or left unattended. If a power point is overloaded it can also cause a fire from an overuse of electricity. An extension cord can also be a fire hazard if not used appropriately. Always double check the appliances and power sources in your home.

Candles:

We are sure many would expect this to be higher up on the list, but they are still a huge cause for being such a small item. Keep candles away from any flammable material such ass books and tissue boxes. Always blow out a candle before leaving a room! Never leave them unattended!

Curious Children:

Yes, our little angels are a cause for concern when it comes to causing a fire. Children are curious about things and will cause a fire but just trying to see what happens when they burn an object! Keep all lighters and matches out of reach of children to avoid any curiosity turned disaster. Install a smoke alarm in your child’s room and practice an escape plan with your children and family incase of a fire.

Faulty wiring:

Improper wiring is an electrical hazard and a huge cause for concern! Signs of bad wiring can include 1) Lights dim when using another appliance; 2) having to disconnect another appliance to use a different appliance; 3) blown fuses or tripped circuits frequently. Have a licensed electrician come out and inspect your house or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences!

Barbeques:

barbeques are great for an outdoor meal, but should always be used away from the home, tablecloths or any plants and tree branches. Regularly maintain your barbeque station and clean with soapy water! Check the propane bottle for any leaks before every use!

Flammable liquids:

If a bottle on a product says FLAMMABLE keep it away from all heat sources! Be sure to check the label carefully and always use caution when pouring the liquids!

Lighting:

Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are close to the light globes. Check around the house to make sure they are not getting too hot! Lamp bases also become a hazard if they are easily knocked over. Make sure lights are insulated properly from wood paneling or ceiling timbers.

If a disaster happens and a fire does break out, please don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville to help clean up the mess! We strive to make it “Like it never even happened.”

McKinney Fire

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage McKinney Fire Fire Damage to the roof of a house in McKinney, Tx.

Lightning struck a house in Mckinney Texas, SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville was called out to preform a structure clean and deodorization to counteract the smoke and soot left by the destruction.

Fire damage is especially devastating during the summer time while the kids are not in school. In addition to the fire and smoke damage significant water damage from firefighting efforts may occur. SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville has you covered for both! If your home or business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we'll respond immediatley to get you back like it never even happened. 

  • 24 hour emergancy serice 
  • Faster to any size disaster 
  • A trusted leader in the fire and water restoration industry with over 1,650 franchises. 
  • Highly trained fire and water damage restoration specialist 

DID WE MENTION: We are the only SERVPRO in North Texas that offers reconstruction on top of remediation!

Fire Prevention Tips

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Tips Fire or Smoke damage? CALL TODAY: (972)548-6044

The winter season is still going strong here in Northeast Texas! This means that homes fires occur more often by unattended candles, space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.  

At SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville, we want to remind everyone to take simple steps to protect their homes and family from the danger of household hazards and heating equipment. Practicing the best fire safety is how you can be most prepared for unexpected disaster in the winter.

Here are some fire safety tips to prevent most heating related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. When you burn wood, make sure it's dry and seasoned so that it produces more flame and less smoke.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are fresh. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, laundry room and in bedrooms.
  • Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets. Light candles only when you're around to watch them and blow them out when you're ready to leave the room.
  • Beware of space heaters. The name should give you a clue, space heaters need space. Like fireplaces, people and pets should not be allowed to sit any closer than three feet.
  • Don't put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics. Make sure the space heaters you buy have automatic shut-offs before reaching dangerous temperatures.

If you have the unfortunate experience with fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville.

We are available 24 hours a day and are always Here to Help! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (972)548-6044.

Fire Damage Process

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Process Fire Damage? Call your friends at SERVPRO- (972)548-6044

Fire damage can cause tremendous problems for your home or business. Though it may start relatively small, all types of fire damage carry hidden consequences, and if you are not careful, you may end up causing significant damage to your property. Fortunately, however, you can contact the experts at SERVPRO to help you get your damage under control. Being aware of the repair process can help you understand what to tell the experts when it's time to take care of the damage.

Preliminary Inspections
Before the professionals can begin looking into any repair procedures; they will arrive at your property and take a look at the area to determine what the damage is like. This inspection is usually thorough, but the experts may need to take their time in particularly extensive instances of wear and tear. After the inspection, the specialists begin drawing up their plans. You can ask them about the necessary procedures, and they will be more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about the repair process.

Area Cleaning
After agreeing upon the procedures and schedules, the experts will prepare their equipment and come to your property at a later time. They will start with packing up any salvageable items and keeping detailed inventory of what can be saved and what will need to be replaced. They will close off the area and make all the necessary preparations to begin the cleaning. The initial cleaning is relatively quick and paves the way for future procedures. Professionals will take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged equipment.

Odor Treatment
Often, the most difficult part of any cleanup procedure is taking care of the scent in the area. Burnt odors may linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a microscopic level. No matter the extent of the damage, experts will take care of the scent by utilizing advanced cleaning technology. They permanently remove the presence of all odors in the area, making sure that there is no moisture damage around the sections of the property that did not sustain direct fire damage.

Final Restoration Steps
Once the odors are taken care of and the surrounding area appears clean, the professional’s then move on to the last step in addressing commercial fire damage. They survey the area and make sure that they did not miss any details. If there is serious structural damage to the property, the professionals may make the necessary repairs themselves or provide you with the contact information of experts who can help. The specialists take their time to address all details because lingering smoke and fire damage may result in future problems.

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville is a locally owned business, and our experts always strive to provide our customers with efficient work and quality service. No matter the extent of the fire damage your property has suffered, we are ready to work with you and do our best to make it “Like it never even happened.”