Recent Fire Damage Posts
Moving a Customer Back After a Fire Loss
Loading up the truck to move contents back to a customers home that has been restored from a fire loss.
In most cases after a fire loss we are required to pack up a home in order to restore the affected contents back to preloss condition. This can be very stressful for our customers as they're still trying to juggle and wrap their head around the loss itself and the insurance process. SERVPRO of Flower Mound works diligently with our customers to ensure the smoothest transition as possible.
Photo inventory helps track the contents as they move throughout the restoration process and into storage prior to the move back. We provide inventory of the items to the insurance company and the customer in order for them to review and keep for their records.
The best and most rewarding part for us is the move back! Being able to see the customers excitement as they receive their items and get back to their normal life is heartwarming.
The Fire Damage Restoration Process
SERVPRO of Flower Mound Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition!
As with almost everything in life, each fire damage is a little different and as such requires a unique solution. The general process however stays the same. The following steps show our restoration process for a “typical” fire damage.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO® of Flower Mound office. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch technicians with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO® of Flower Mound technicians can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO® of Flower Mound technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Using a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Fire in Flower Mound
SERVPRO of Flower Mound supporting the local fire fighters, team work!
It's easy to forget about fire prevention with all the rain that's been rolling in recently, but as one residence recently learned fires happen no matter what the weather is!
Thankfully for the residence in our community the fire departments have made it a priority to have fire prevention departments/missions.
"The Flower Mound Fire Department Fire Prevention Office mission is to prevent and reduce the incidence of fire by increasing the awareness and knowledge of residents and businesses and by respecting fire safety and ensuring compliance with the International Fire Code. This mission is accomplished through fire prevention education, fire investigations, and compliance inspections. It is the Fire Prevention Office goal to keep Flower Mound a safe place in which to live, work, visit, and raise a family."
Click the link below for your fire department and learn more on how to protect your home/business:
Flower Mound: https://www.flower-mound.com/129/Fire-Department
Highland Village: https://www.highlandvillage.org/809/Fire-Prevention-Division
What should you do after a fire?
Your family is safe, all pets and stuffed animals included, now what? Here are easy tips to remember for AFTER a fire:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Knowledge is power and becoming familiar with what you should and shouldn’t do ensures that when a disaster does strike your family will be able to recover quickly.
Identifying the different levels of fire damage
Burnt Bunny makes a full recovery
Much like anything else, all fires are not the same. Some burn blue while others orange and some create more smoke than others. Because there are many different types of fire, there are many different types or fire damage and therefore many different types of fire restoration.
Minor fire damage can be identified by a light to moderate amount of smoke residue only in a few areas. As such, restoration calls for dry and/or wet cleaning the ceilings, walls, floors and contents.
Mediums fire damage situations, those where smoke residue is moderate and more materials are affected, typically will require repainting. In addition to the new coat of paint materials such as drywall, cabinets and contents are more likely to need to be replaced.
Last are the major fire damage scenarios. When the fire becomes so hot at a specific point that the structural frame and/or finishes become charred. This fire damage requires emergency services and will often require restorers to pack up any salvageable belongings to store at a separate location.
The best way to avoid all three types of fire damage is to practice safety measure, ESPECIALLY in the kitchen!
House fires now burn hotter and faster, so what do you do?
Like it never even happened
Fire is the visible process of combustion. Once fuel is heated to its ignition point the duration of the flame is dependent on three factors, oxygen, heat and fuel. In complete combustion fuel will not create smoke or other products, only water and carbon dioxide. This creates the blue flame that we typically see in homes from cooking. Complete combustion requires there be enough oxygen to completely combine with the fuel gas, when there is not enough oxygen you have incomplete combustion. This is going to typically be a yellow or orange flame that produces smoke.
An article by TODAY states that research shows 30 years ago you would have had about 17 minutes to get out of a house that was on fire. Today that time is down to 3 or 4 minutes. Since newer homes have more synthetic materials, the backing on carpets, the drapes and most pillows, house fires now burn hotter and faster.
So what do you do? Become informed, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! The top five common causes of house fires are cooking equipment, heating, smoking in bedrooms, electrical equipment and candles. Knowing what to be cautious of is step one, step two is having a plan to get out of the house and to contact emergency services in the event of a fire and step three is calling SERVPRO® of Flower Mound to get back into your home “like it never even happened”.
Fire in a family home
Cup of coffee anyone?
A young child plays with his toys as the dog lays in her bed. Mom is scanning a take-out menu as dad flips through the channels on the T.V. A loud screeching siren brakes the calm bringing with it the realization that a fire has swallowed the kitchen wall.
Fire fighters are there to put the fire out and SERVPRO® of Flower Mound is there to put your home back together.
In the event of a fire the American Red Cross advises individuals to GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1.
To learn more about our fire restoration process or have us assist you with a fire damage call us at (972) 420-4771 or visit our website! http://www.SERVPROflowermound.com/