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Smoke and Soot Mitigation

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Mitigation

When fire arises, the aftermath can be very invasive, smoke and soot can penetrate various cavities within your home. Smoke and soot can cause hidden damage and odor. Our fire damage restoration expertise and experience allows us to accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

*Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure

*Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through holes to go from floor to floor

*The type of fire greatly affects the restoration process

Different Types of Smoke:

There are different types of smoke, as a result there are also different types of soot residue. Before restoration can begin testing of the soot will be performed to determine which method would be utilized during the cleaning process. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastics and rubbers

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary with smoke webs that can be difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises and so does the smoke

Protein Fire Residue

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paint and varnishes, extreme pungent odor, and is usually a result of cooking

Since each fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution to restore your property. At SERVPRO of Antioch we are equipped with the equipment, expertise and experience to help get you back to pre- existing conditions. We will also provide empathy to you and your family during this invasive experience. Any questions don’t hesitate to call us at 925-706-0106.

Steps to Take after a Fire

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire can be very scary and traumatizing to most people. A mixture of emotions wondering what to do next and how to get it done. First thing to do is to take a deep breath and know that there are services to help tackle the recovery process of your home and belongings. We’ve put together a list of some simple steps to do and be aware of after a fire.

  1. Review with authorities such as police and fire departments as to when its safe to enter the home after the fire. The fire should be completely extinguished, and precautionary measures taken to make sure the structure is deemed “safe” to enter.
  2. Know who to contact. First call your home owners insurance carrier and advise them of the situation. A claim number will be provided to you along with contact information to a claim representative to assist you. Next a clean up company such as SERVPRO of Antioch. We can efficiently and professionally assist you with the process from the cleaning to the reconstruction.
  3. Make sure your property is secure. In most occasions the fire department will contract with a company to board up any broken windows or unlockable doors. When a property isn’t secure its possible it could be robbed for remaining property or another individual becoming injured on the property.
  4. Begin the clean up process. Interior and exterior damage will most likely occur and need to be addressed. You should always hire a professional company like SERVPRO of Antioch to do a thorough cleaning of the structure and personal property of all soot, smoke and odor. We can be reached at 925-706-0106

The Scare with Fire Damage

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fires in your home or even in offices are always an unexpected scare that can destroy structures and damage your personal property as well. Depending on insurance policy purchased, policies will theoretically the insurance company will pay to rebuild or replace fire damaged structural materials. When structural materials or personal property is damaged by fire and can’t be restored to preexisting conditions that is called “total loss or non-salvageable items”.

SERVPRO of Antioch specializes in the process of fire damage evaluation, fire damage cleaning and deodorization. The insurance companies rely on restoration companies to help determine what can be cleaned or repaired and what cannot be salvaged. If its uncertain if an item can be restored the insurance company will direct the restoration company to attempt to clean the fire damage materials. SERVPRO is not just a cleaning company but are also trained to produce full detail inventory for the insured of their total loss. The total loss inventory usually contains photos with notes of makes, models and serial numbers in a full report provided to insurance carriers and insureds. With the full report provided by SERVPRO both parties can come to a final cost settlement for reimbursement.

If your property suffers the scare of fire damage, we are here to help 24/7 just give us a call at 925-706-0106.

What to do in case of fire in your home

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do in case of fire in your home Be safe when something bad happens inside your home, being prepared is key

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 Antioch 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 – 925-706-0106

Fire Consumes Everythings with its Destructive Force

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Consumes Everythings with its Destructive Force This photo shows the effect cleaning can have in the removal of soot from walls and ceilings. This still requires painting, but the soot is gone.

Fire, is an awful beast, consuming everything in its wake and covering what it didn't destroy in thick black smoke.  If you experience a Fire, its important to remember that Life is the most important thing, the items that we lose can be replaced. 

A Fire can become out of control in as little as 60 seconds.  If you smell smoke, get out of the house and call for help.  don't try and put it out yourself or you could get really hurt.  The gases that come from the combustion and the heat that can be generated is often times enough to kill you before the flames ever can. 

When there's a fire, the smoke that remains is a mixture of everything that combusted in the house which could be papers, plastics, chemicals, etc.  This thick black smoke locks itself to every surface.  When walls get affected, they most often need to be painted.  But paint wont stick to smoke so then the smoke has to be removed.  The removal process for smoke is specialized and extremely labor intensive.  If the wrong product is used then the paint wont stick to the surface, yet again. 

This is a photo of the before and after in a fire that ravaged a house leaving black smoke everywhere.  Its amazing how much of the smoke can be removed when done correctly.  It still needs to be painted, but the paint WILL stick to these walls.

 When you experience a Fire, make sure that the work is done right.  Call SERVPRO of Antioch at 925-706-0106

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Home Fire Damage Peaks During Holiday Season

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Damage Peaks During Holiday Season Firefighters investigate a structure after extinguishing a fire

Home Fire Danger Peaks During Holiday Season

Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cites statistics on escalated cooking and candle fire risk that can turn festivities into a fire drill 

As the holiday season approaches and families gear up for decorating their homes and hosting large gatherings of friends and family, Michael Borders of SERVPRO® of Antioch reminds homeowners to take note of some sobering statistics about home fire safety from the National Fire Prevention Association:

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires. The three peak days for home cooking fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.1
  • Candles fires peak in December. The top three days for candles fires are Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.2 

“These statistics are a serious reminder of how the excitement of holiday entertaining can quickly turn into a life-altering fire or even a tragic injury or death,” says Borders. “While glowing candles and elaborate meals set the stage for a great holiday get-together, homeowners need to exercise extra care in controlling the dangerous potential for fires.” 

According to the NFPA3, unattended cooking is by far the leading cause of home cooking fires, with frying posing the greatest fire risk and electric ranges posing a higher risk than gas ranges. Range top cooking in general started the majority of home cooking fires and caused 86 percent of related civilian deaths for the reporting period. 

While incidents of candle fires peaked in 2001 and have been falling since, candles are still one of the top 10 causes of U.S. home fires, according to the NFPA. As with cooking fires, unattended or abandoned candles account for a large portion of candle fires–almost 20 percent–but the most frequent cause of candle fires is placing the candle too close to something that can burn, like curtains, decorations or furniture.

“It’s easy to see why cooking and candle fires both peak during the holiday season,” says Borders, “and it’s also easy to see why homeowners need to take extra care when decorating their homes or entertaining. A moment’s inattention at the stove or a guest repositioning a candle on a tabletop may be all it takes to turn the festivities into a fight to save property and lives. While our business is fire and water damage restoration and we stand ready to help at a moment’s notice if disaster does strike, our sincere hope is that our friends and neighbors will enjoy a fire-free and festive holiday season.” 

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Antioch, please contact Michael Borders at (925) 706-0106 or Mike@SERVPROofantioch.com

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

 

 

Fire Safety Plan, a Great Holiday Gift

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Plan, a Great Holiday Gift Picture of a Living Room after a fire ripped through the home that was started by items plugged in to the wall in the Living Room

Looking for a Great Holiday Gift Idea? Give Your Family a Fire Safety Plan 

The holidays are approaching and many families are finalizing plans for elaborate meals, get-togethers with friends, and decorating with festive lights. Amidst all this planning, Michael Borders of SERVPRO® of Antioch reminds homeowners that they may be overlooking the most important plan they can make—a fire safety plan. 

“Each year, statistics1 show the incidence of home cooking and candle fires peaks during the holiday season. This tends to focus homeowners on fire prevention precautions—and that’s a good thing,” said Borders. “But to truly protect your family from the dangers of a home fire, at the holidays and throughout the year, you need to start with a fire safety plan. Developing a fire safety plan and practicing it regularly with your family is the most important step you can take to help prevent a house fire from turning into a devastating tragedy.”

SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and their disaster response professionals know from experience how devastating a home fire can be. They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no “remediation” possible. This is why SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross (ARC) by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder2 program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign3. As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed. 

Borders encourages all Antioch-area homeowners to follow these fire safety guidelines, developed by the ARC through their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to help minimize injury or loss of life due to a residential fire. 

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms4. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like5 and what to do when they hear one.
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape6 from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire” to alert everyone they must get out.
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire. 

“Fire prevention and fire safety planning are two very different things,” said Borders. “Fire prevention planning helps control or eliminate the causes of a fire. Fire safety planning helps prevent injury and loss of life when a fire does break out. To protect your family and your property, you need both.”

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Antioch, please contact Michael Borders at (925) 706-0106 or Mike@SERVPROofantioch.com. 

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

What to do in case of a Fire at your home

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do in case of a Fire at your home House fire involving the attic and spreading through the upstairs of the home. Heavy smoke is forming on the walls of the home.

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 Antioch 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 – 925-706-0106