Recent Fire Damage Posts

SERVPRO packs up and stores personal belongings during clean up

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen drawers emptied and packed for client Picture is showing empty drawers, after items have been documented and packed up for the family

hen a business or home experiences a fire, it takes many steps in mitigation, repairs, and restoration.

During this time, SERVPRO has a great team of people who take pictures of every rooms contents even in drawers, then packs the contents up and marks every box.

If there is fire damage to items SERVPRO has a system that restores soft contents, and the cleaning team will wash and clean up every bit of cooking utensils, cupboard goods, and prepare everything for when it is taken back to the home, after all repairs are completed.

In this picture, the team is about done packing up kitchen cabinet contents ad preparing to move everything to a private storage compartment for this family.

Once their home is fully restored by SERVPRO, the cleaning & Packing team will carefully move all cleaned up items and belongings back into the clients home, then do a full cleaning of the home for the family to come home to a home in great shape, ready to live comfortably in.

Home Fire after Fire Department puts out fire

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Bedroom shot before fire clean up picture shows the master bedroom with insulation and debris all over the bed and room damaged of fire.

In homes, it is a very devastating feeling when the home catches fire.

While it is scary to experience fire inside our home, it is quite a set back to walk through your home "after" the fire department has safely put the fire out because they work they do, leaves the home an even larger disaster.

Insulation ends up falling down from the attic, debris is settled all over, and this is when choosing SERVPRO to help, ends up being such a relief on my levels.

To choose a Restoration Company that knows the importance of boarding up window openings, clean up from the fire department's mess, then to know SERVPRO will carefully pack up belongings, take them to their cleaning machines by Esporta and bring personal belongings back to clean and sanitary, while their Demo Team and their Repairs teams "Get to Work" in assessing damage, removing damage, then rebuilding the home, is the most settling feeling for a residential customer who's home has been burned and turned upside down. When our customer re-enters their home, in full repair, no more fire odors, and safely repaired back to "Like it never even happened," condition, this allows our customers to feel very comfortable they chose SERVPRO. 

Board up after Fire

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Home Board Up Home exterior photo showing window openings board up for safety

When a residential property experiences a house fire, the fire has typically gotten so hot that the home's windows blow out and before this home is able to get cleaned up and rebuilt, there are weeks that a home sits while the Fire Dept. and City to determine the cause of the fire. During this wait, it is very important to board up these homes because of personal belongings as well as to keep people out who are not supposed to enter. By law, nothing is t be interrupted while the home is under investigation and the homeowner's insurance is assessing as well.

SRVPRO is available 24/7 to do board ups quickly when needed in any situation.

Being there for family who had Home Fire

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Esporta Cleaning of Personal Belongings SERVPRO Esporta Cleaning Center

It certainly is a shock and very unknown area of life when a family wakes up in the night to heavy smoke and is forced to think and act so quickly even from a deep sleep-about a situation most of us will never experience and others have no previous experience with. This is one situation everyone reaches out to their insurance provider about however the first response if the Fire Dept. The Fire Dept works diligently to bring the family and pets to safety and put the fire out all in an immediate first step. From there, the windows will need boarded up to protect their home and belongings and so that the property remains untouched for the Insurance Visit to the home.

SERVPRO- is the next and part of the First Responders and this is availalbe 24/7.

We send our Team immediately whether day or night! SERVPRO works along side the Fire Dept to secure the home and from there, SERVPRO ends up working very hands on with the Families Insurance to help clean out all Personal Content. SERVPRO does a Pack Up, takes all belongings to our Facility to put through our Esporta Cleaning System and we talk with the family to be sure we understand what's MOST important for them to have back the soonest.

We run the items through Esporta and deliver them back right away and continue working on clearing out the Fire Odors, Soot, Fire Damaged Structure. While the Family lives, and resides in temporary housing provided by insurance, SERVPRO works at clean up and full restoration of their home. Once all the home is safely repaired, we provide a courtesy Cleaning and bring the family home. This makes for the fastest recovery and offers them their home again "Like it never even happened."

Encapsulation for Fire Odor

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fresh Clean Rebuilt Home Photo shows the home SERVPRO has fully demo'd and repaired before the family gets to come home

In the process where SERVPRO is preparing a home that has had Fire damage, the smells and air quality are very strong and unhealthy to say the least.

Even weeks after the entire home has been demo'd and the inside of the home is close to being ready for Construction to replace Drywall, Re-Texture Walls, Paint, Lay flooring, etc... The odor still lingers!

Here at SERVPRO we sanitize the air quality by cleaning Ducts, and even often replacing the Duct Work. The next step is to encapsulate all wood framing that was not damaged however still has been effected by odor.

ONce full encapsulation is complete, the home begins to have a clean smell and is safe for being reconstructed.

SERVPRO takes great pride in this entire process and the family is always very hands on in the SERVPRO Process as well which is actually very healing for the family because when anyone has been awoken by a home fire, it is very scary and unsettling!

Allowing these families to be a part in choosing what Personal Belongings they get back within 48 hours, helping to choose new paint colors, flooring, and stepping in to their home once it is encapsulated, it very comforting and these families begin to not only feel hopeful but they begin to relax and see themselves actually coming home.

Fire Damage Mitigation

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Repairs Team making it happen This home is looking great and the residents are feeling so hopeful!

Residential home fires are always a real shock to a family! Even when a house fire gets put out quickly, many rooms in the home still end up highly effected. Intense heat, heavy smoke, the mess that remains from soot and the water and retardant chemicals sprayed all over the home by firefighters when putting the fire out- all take a major toll on the whole home.

Then there is a very heavy smell of smoke that lingers. All of this is why SERVPRO has put together such an extensive plan in the Mitigation of demo and clean up. The SERVPRO Team who sees these projects from start to finish, are most concerned with removing all fire damaged drywall and wood framing that was affected, however- it is very critical to clean out all odors and this means deodorize and sanitize Duct Work or replace it. Additionally, all wood structure that is exposed but not damaged, needs Encapsulated with a special type of paint that seals all wood from lingering smell before the home is rebuilt.

The homeowners are often a bit uncomfortable seeing their home like this. However as the Repairs Team who does the remodeling and reconstruction starts working with them so they see a light at the end of the tunnel.

As their home starts looking and smelling right and they are picking tile and paint for their rebuild, we can always see the excitement and hope which is exactly what SERVPRO prides ourselves on, as our goal is always to make it "Like it never even happened."

What to do after a fire damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

aftermath of a small kitchen fire with visible black smoke damages to the walls and cabinets. We'er here to help

After a fire damage in your home or business, there are a few things you should do and should not do prior to our SERVPRO team arrival.  Smoke damage can also cause a lot of damage in and around the affected areas.  One of the things you should do, is to limit movement in the affected areas of the home or business.  Soot and particles can become embedded into the carpet and upholstery.  This includes touching with your un-gloved hands.  If you absolutely need to enter the affected area, place some old linens on carpet traffic areas.  Also if your electricity is off, completely empty your freezer and refrigerator and leave doors open to prevent bad odor and possible biohazards.  

You should never attempt to dry wet areas with any air movement as this will cause soot and particles to become air born.  You should not attempt to shampoo affected upholstery or carpet without the proper chemicals, this could set in the smoke odor.  

If you need fire cleaning services, call the professionals!  SERVPRO of Lake Havasu City/Bullhead City/Kingman are here to help!