Recent Fire Damage Posts

Safety - After You've Had a Fire

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety - After You've Had a Fire If there's this much soot on the walls, it's likely in the air. Don't go in without proper respiratory protection!

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards to your health after the flames are gone.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be consuming these items.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes, and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following 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. f electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. lean 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.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

Why You Should Call The Pros After “Just A Little Fire” In Your Spokane Home

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Call The Pros After “Just A Little Fire” In Your Spokane Home A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction.

Contact The Pros Immediately After A Fire

A quickly extinguished fire may seem like the end of your troubles, but the reality is the fire’s aftermath causes far more destruction than the typical homeowner expects. An assessment by a reliable restoration company is a good investment, making certain the cleanup plan does not exacerbate the situation. SERVPRO specializes in restoration of the damage done by fires large or small.

Smoldering for several hours, an old, poorly functioning surge protector covered by an old rug shorted out, causing fire damage to your Spokane home. Little actual charring is present, and you discovered the problem, shut off the circuit, and removed and disposed of the cord without calling the fire department. Calling a restoration firm helps you determine the extent of damage caused by smoke and soot and devise a plan to return all areas of your house to preloss condition. We are eager to help.

SERVPRO technicians inspect all areas of your home for soot, including your HVAC system. The cord smoldered for an extended period, causing a significant amount of potentially toxic materials to spread throughout the dwelling. The heat and incomplete burning of plastics and fabric release fine and sometimes sticky substances that coat surfaces and lodge in clothing, furniture, and linens. If it is pulled into the heating and cooling system, it recirculates until the ducts are cleaned and sealed.

Our crew deep cleans the soot away, using a variety of methods depending on the texture of the contaminated surfaces and the characteristics of the debris. We match professional cleaning products to the tasks; expect different techniques for the varying soot presentations. We also evaluate foods, documents, and personal belongings, identifying items that can be restored, and recommending disposal of those that cannot. It is likely professional sorting saves you money as an overwhelmed homeowner may throw everything away. SERVPRO team members are also proficient at eliminating odors, a significant lingering effect after a smoldering fire.

SERVPRO works with your home insurance company, making certain you receive compensation for destroyed items and at least part of the cost of our services. Our familiarity with proper fire damage restoration decreases the time your home is filled with soot and smells, quickly returning your living areas to a fresh and comfortable condition, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County offers the workforce, professional products, and equipment to restore your home after fire damage. Call (509) 534-0566 to schedule an assessment.

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Commercial toaster fire

2/9/2016 (Permalink)

When the wonderful folks at Pearson Weary Chiropractic had a toaster fire in their break room, we were there to get them back in business quickly.  They were kind enough to post the following message to our Facebook page:

A well deserved shoutout to SERVPRO.  Friday Jan 29th was a day in which our devoted toaster decided to give us a clear message about the dangers of Gluten.  To our surprise rather than cooking it decided to ignite a flame sending a clear message.  Sadly in the end it meant a loss of that said toaster and the damage was one very smoke filled clinic.  Thank you Patients for your patients with us as SERVPRO of South & West Spokane County took charge and cleaned out our office.  Project Manager Jason Taylor and assistant Denine made the place look "Like it never even happened".  We thank them for their efforts.  Everything is bright and shiney and we are so grateful for thie kindness, amazing work and outstanding customer service.  Moral of the story: Yet one more reason not to eat gluten!