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Smoke, Soot and Fire with SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Door cover in soot This office warehouse experienced an electrical fire and this door was where the fire blew out following exposure to the oxygen outside.

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

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 972-548-6044

Preventing Commercial Fires

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Help reduce fire hazards at work by following a few of these best practices.

Preventing Fires at Work

Everyone wants a safe work environment. This means it is every employee’s responsibility to contribute to safe work practices. Here at SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville, we want all of our commercial businesses to be equipped with best practices for preventing fires at their Northeast Collin County/Greenville Texas business.

Here are some tips on avoiding fire hazards:

Good housekeeping: Keep your workplace clean and clutter-free. An untidy work environment provides fuel for a fire and blocks access to emergency exits, fire sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and other fire safety equipment.

Prevent arson fires: Lock buildings at the end of the day. Don't leave garbage outside of the building where it can be set on fire. Report all suspicious activity near your workplace.

Electrical: Ensure appliances such as coffee pots and space heaters are turned off when you leave the office. Do not hide wiring under carpets. Ensure that the electrical control panels in your building are accessible, in case the power needs to be turned off in an emergency.

Chemicals and flammable fuels: Store them properly! This is imperative if handling and storing these items are part of your job. Contact your regional structural fire manager for clear directions and requirements. Check containers regularly for leaks and damage.

Smoke in designated areas only and dispose of extinguished smoking materials in proper containers.

Post emergency telephone numbers and your building's address near the phones for easy reference in an emergency. (We offer a free Emergency Ready Plan for businesses to keep a compiled list of all emergency contacts and vital building date right on your smartphones. Call us at SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville to have this set up 972-548-6044)

If your business is affected by a fire, call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at 972-548-6044 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We service:
Murphy, TX           Greenville, TX
Lucas, TX                  Celeste, TX
Parker, TX              Commerce, TX
Princeton, TX       Caddo Mills, TX
Anna, TX                   Lavon, TX
Melissa, TX             Fairview, TX
Farmersville, TX       Wylie, TX

FIRE & SMOKE DAMAGE, MELISSA TEXAS

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Antique furniture piece with severe smoke damage SMOKE DAMAGED FURNITURE

FIRE AND SMOKE Damage Restoration Melissa TEXAS

House and building fires are enormously dangerous and damaging.  This sight of the burning fire can awe-inspiring but unfortunately leaves the homeowner overwhelmed and depressed.  Typically, the resulting conditions are both unlivable and unworkable. A fire causes widespread structural damage, destroys personal belongings and leaves behind smoke and soot, and the smoke results in further damage.  Mending from smoke damage is very exhaustive work and very challenging.  Smoke permeates areas of the home that at first glance, are unharmed or undamaged.  Smoke Damage Restoration Melissa. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville today, and we can get you started on the path to full restoration.  (972)548-6044

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Smoke Damage Restoration

Melissa Smoke Odor Restoration Solutions

A big worry and nuisance after a fire is smoke, and its residue and smell.  If you had a fire in your Melissa home, you would have some smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is the smoke damage expert dedicated to eliminating any trace of smoke damage. Smoke odors can surprisingly come from a house or fireplace fire that got a little out of control.  Smaller smoke damage circumstances could be as easy as leaving the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven too long.  We can reverse the smoke damage with little to no structural replacement and guarantee the results if the circumstance allows.

FIRE & SMOKE Damage Restoration Beyond Reproach

The first substantial step is calling a knowledgeable fire damage restoration expert to assess the damage and develop an action plan to restore your home.  The quicker you act, the faster we can get your family back into and comfortable in your Melissa home. SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is a preferred restoration company for many major insurance carriers meaning we have the experience and knowledge of working with your insurance company and adjusters. You have enough stress, let us offer our expertise and get you back into your home.

What does the Experience of SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville Mean for You and Include? 

It means you will be treated with dignity, respect, and receive customer service above your expectations.  Our experience includes:

  • Securing your home and any belongings that may still be salvageable.
  • Repair and restore any portions of the home to the original condition.
  • Keep you informed the entire process of what is upcoming
  • Deodorizing and neutralizing the smoke and soot damage.
  • Work with your insurance company to get your home back to its original condition.

Moreover, the following services are completed concerning your home and its mitigation and restoration:

  • Complete Structure Repair & Rebuild
  • Odor control and deodorization to remove all traces of smoke odor
  • Board-Up Structure / Temporary Fencing / On-Site Security
  • Debris Removal
  • Structural Drying
  • Soot, smoke and residue removal
  • Dehumidification
  • Carpentry / Structure repairs
  • HVAC Cleaning and Decontamination

One call to SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville can offer you the peace of mind that comes from knowing professionals are on the job and restoring your smoke damaged home to the home you once loved!           

Get Help Melissa WITH FIRE & Smoke Damage Restoration Today

If you need smoke or fire damage restoration in Melissa, call us today so that we can help you get back on your feet. (972)548-6044

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Fire Damage Restoration in Murphy, TX

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

FIRE DAMAGE TO CEILING IN KITCHEN FIRE DAMAGE TO CEILING IN MURPHY, TX

Fire Damage Restoration Murphy

Experiencing a fire can be a very devastating event, even traumatizing.  You probably know someone, in Murphy, that has had a fire recently.  Although you may think that it could never happen to you, it is always good to have some type of contingency plan in place just in case.  When a fire does occur, fireman do a phenomenal job extinguishing it and preventing further damage.  The real challenge begins when the fire department leaves.  There is a possibility that you will have to deal with not only fire and smoke damage but also water damage.  Fire damage will require some type of restoration beyond normal and this is where SERVPRO takes over.  At SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville, in Murphy, we have a rapid response team that is available for you 365 days a year and 7 days a week.   Fire damage, to a home or office, is not something that can be taken care of slowly but needs to be addressed as soon as possible.  Fire damage can cause significant damage to your roof which may lead to leaks and possibly caving in.  The quicker you start the restoration process the quicker you prevent damage from spreading through the structure.  Unfortunately, for Murphy residents and business owners, items damaged in a fire are not always salvageable.  (972)548-6044

Murphy Fire Damage Restoration

Murphy fire damage restoration requires several steps such as; emergency contact, assessment, tarp and sealing services, clean up, repair and renovation, and consultation.  We then can formulate a plan of action once we are able to determine how much damage has resulted.  We will put necessary parameters in place to prevent further damage and our cleanup process will have your location back to normal in no time.

A fire can be a very unpleasant experience for anybody.  This experience can make people scared and uncertain.  It is bad enough when fire damages a residential area but when it damages a commercial area it can be very costly.  Fire damage can disrupt a business’s daily operations by jeopardizing both jobs and profits.  It is important to seek restoration services within the first 24 hours.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is committed to reducing further losses that came because of fire damage, in Murphy.  It is our main priority to restore normalcy back to either your home or business so daily operations can resume.

When you need a help during a Murphy TX fire emergency and need fire damage restoration services Think SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville!  (972)548-6044.

FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION, GREENVILLE TX

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

KITCHENB COVERED IN ATTIC INSULATION FIRE DAMAGED KITCHEN

Fire Damage Restoration Greenville

Even the smallest of flames can grow into a major fire destroying a home and threating the lives of anyone still inside.  Fires can get out of control as quick as 30 seconds. As the fire grows hotter and hotter, more flammable objects and furnishings ignite from the spreading flames.  Flammable items include wooden cabinets and countertops, wallpaper, hanging baskets, and curtains.  A fire cannot be predicted but when they happen the damage can be extensive.   Fires take a human toll, with the infliction of personal trauma and anxiety.  Have you experienced a fire or has someone you know?  There is a high likelihood you know someone, in Greenville, that has had the horrifying experience of a house or business fire.  Who do you?  911?  The fire department! Yes.   

Fire Restoration Plan for Greenville Homes and Businesses

What happens once the fire department leaves?  After the fire is extinguished, the cleanup project begins.  Do you have a plan in place?  If you don’t, do not worry, SERVPRO has you back.  When a fire disaster hits you need a team, such as SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville.  A team skilled and experienced in fire mitigation evaluation, planning, cleaning, and restoration.  Insurance companies require you to take appropriate mitigation actions to quickly.  Mitigation is the process of taking actions to reduce additional damages.  Thus, you are required to do what is necessary after safety has been established.  Fire causes large amounts of damage to your property. In addition to fire, water and smoke cause further damage.  Smoke odor invades building materials and personal belonging. Smoke soot damages unburned walls. SERVPRO understands that your cherished possessions and memories are at stake. As fire restoration professionals, we specialize in soot and smoke damage as well.

With the extensive damage fire causes, you will need the assistance of a professional.  SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is available 24/7/365.  In Greenville, the SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville fire damage mitigation crews are talented and prepared are a rapid response force fully ready to go 365 days a year and 7 days a week.   The faster the fire restoration process can begin the risk of damage spreading is decreased.   (972)548-6044

Greenville Fire Damage Restoration

“What is involved with fire damage restoration?”  Usually, it involves the homeowner or business owner to initiate an emergency contact to SERVPRO, which starts the evaluation and assessment, tarp and sealing services, clean up, repair and renovation, and consultation process, for Greenville fire damage restoration.  Services required are predicated on depth and severity of the damage.  Upon arrival, an assessment or site review will follow to determine the intensity of damage, services required, and outline a solution.   Meanwhile, our crew will be executing the process of mitigation as required in the prevention of further damage and, when complete, our cleanup procedure will be swift and comprehensive.

Don't try to do it yourself!

The residue left behind after a fire is a biohazard and can cause health problems if it is not taken care of correctly and completely. You do not want to attempt to clean up your home on your own after a fire or you may cause more damage. Only experts with the right training and tools can assure the job is done properly.

When you need emergency assistance as the result from fire damage requiring mitigation and restoration, in Greenville TX, SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville is available 24/7/365.  For fire emergency cleanup and fire damage restoration services Think SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County / Greenville!  (972)548-6044.

FIRE DAMAGE, MURPHY TX

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Exposed wooden beams in ceiling with fire damage and soot MURPHY, TX FIRE

FIRE DAMAGE , MURPHY, TX

May 2019

Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration Murphy | Murphy Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration Murphy

Experiencing a fire can be a very devastating event, even traumatizing.  You probably know someone, in Murphy, that has had a fire recently.  Although you may think that it could never happen to you, it is always good to have some type of contingency plan in place just in case.  When a fire does occur, fireman do a phenomenal job extinguishing it and preventing further damage.  The real challenge begins when the fire department leaves.  There is a possibility that you will have to deal with not only fire and smoke damage but also water damage.  Fire damage will require some type of restoration beyond normal and this is where SERVPRO takes over.  At SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville, in Murphy, we have a rapid response team that is available for you 365 days a year and 7 days a week.   Fire damage, to a home or office, is not something that can be taken care of slowly but needs to be addressed as soon as possible.  Fire damage can cause significant damage to your roof which may lead to leaks and possibly caving in.  The quicker you start the restoration process the quicker you prevent damage from spreading through the structure.  Unfortunately, for Murphy residents and business owners, items damaged in a fire are not always salvageable. 

 SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville can handle the Murphy Fire Damage Restoration.                              Call us at (972)548-6044

Murphy fire damage restoration requires several steps such as; emergency contents assessment, tarp and board-up services, clean up, repair and renovation, and consultation.  We then can formulate a plan of action once we are able to determine how much damage has resulted.  We will put necessary parameters in place to prevent further damage and our cleanup process will have your location back to normal in no time.

A fire can be a very unpleasant experience for anybody.  This experience can make people scared and uncertain.  It is bad enough when fire damages a residential area but when it damages a commercial area it can be very costly.  Fire damage can disrupt a business’s daily operations by jeopardizing both jobs and profits.  It is important to seek restoration services within the first 24 hours.   SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville is committed to reducing further losses that came because of fire damage, in Murphy.  It is our main priority to restore normalcy back to either your home or business so daily operations can resume.

When you need a help during a Murphy TX fire emergency and need fire damage restoration services Think SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville!  (972)548-6044.

The 7 Steps of the Fire Damage Process

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen affected by fire damage with smoke and soot up walls 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)

House fire in snow 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)

gas burner fire 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)

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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)

Roof affected by fire damage 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)

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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)

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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.”