Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Restoration using Ultrasonics

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch uses ultrasonic cleaning on fire damage and smoke damaged contents.

When used in Fire Restoration, items that are completely covered in thick soot can typically be cleaned in about 5 to 15 seconds, and this is accomplished without tedious hand wiping or using expensive and dangerous chemicals. The ultrasonic sound waves produced by our machines penetrates even the smallest groove, crevice and detail of an object and gently lifts away soot and other contaminants.

Ultrasonics is this effective all the time, every time. Ultrasonics is safe and gentle. It will not scratch, pit or damage items the way that conventional cleaning methods, such as scrubbing or using harsh chemicals can.

If you experience smoke damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for all of your contents cleaning needs. We are here to help and will make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries.

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or work place has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2

Emergency Fire Damage Tips Part 2

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until professionals from SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch arrive. Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON'T:

Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They may be contaminated.

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.

Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2

Emergency Fire Damage Tips Part 1

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch arrives.Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, wall, and woodwork.

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

DON'T:

Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2 

The First 48

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch understands that returning to normal is your primary concern. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch Response Teams are trained in caring  for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can help get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.

If your home or business suffers a fire damage, Please contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Source:Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2

Fireworks! Don't let them ruin your holiday!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch realizes that much fun is had when shooting fireworks. We ask that you pay attention to the following guidelines when you are participating in fireworks fun and don't ruin your holiday.

Select an area free of dry grasses and other dead vegetation.

Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass            containers.  

Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.

Do not use fireworks when the weather forecast calls for winds above 10 mph.

Have an adult present and never give fireworks to children.

Only use fireworks outdoors.

It is against state law to shoot fireworks from a motor vehicle.

Never experiment or make your own fireworks.

Make sure that you only use fireworks purchased from a reliable licensed seller.

Light only one firework at a time.

Never relight a "dud" firework. If a firework does not work properly, wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water and dispose of it properly.

Store fireworks in a cool, dry place. Never throw or point fireworks at other people.

Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wishes you a Merry and safe Christmas.

Source: Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office

Power strip Fire Hazard!

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to inform everyone of the dangers of using power strips. Power strips have become a necessity in the world we live in. Everything runs on electricity and we just plug it in and let it go never realizing how many amps or load that the power strip can handle

At this time of the year with the temperatures dropping, some may want to use their small space heaters. If so, DO NOT plug them into a power strip. These devices are not designed to handle the energy load of a space heater and can overheat causing a fire hazard.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Source: Fire Marshal, Richland Carolina Fire Department

Christmas Fireplace Safety

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch says, never toss anything but logs into your fireplace.

   Don't try to burn evergreens or wreaths in a fireplace or wood stove. Greenery and tree needles burn much faster than logs, creating sparks, which can fly into the room or onto the roof. They can also cause a build-up of creosote, a highly flammable compound, in the chimney. Don't burn wrapping paper because it can contain metallic materials that could be hazardous to breathe in.

   Make sure the fire is out and the embers have cooled before you leave the house or go to bed. Put ashes in a metal bin that is at least 25 feet away from the house.

   Have your chimney inspected at least once a year.

Source: National Safety Council

Candle Related House Fires

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like everyone to be aware of the dangers of candles in the house.\

Candles are pretty, but they are still open flames. December is the peak time of year for candle related house fires, says the National Fire Protection Association. Sure, they set a glowy holiday mood, but lit flames and Christmas decorations don't exactly mix. In one 5 year study, theNFPAfound that 52% of decoration-related fires were started by candles.

Keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from surrounding objects. Trim wicks to a quarter of an inch before you light them and only let them burn for one hour for every inch of diameter, so the wax can melt evenly. So, if you have a three inch candle, it shouldn't burn for more than three hours.

Never leave lit candles in a room that's unattended. "The bathroom is particularly worrisome because people go in and out, and hand towels get moved around a lot.

Stay Safe!

Christmas Lights! Don't Overdo It.

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you to be safe during the Holiday season.

As much as you may want to cover every inch of your house with twinkles, you may have to scale back depending on your outlets. Check the lights' packaging for the power output and never plug in more than what a power strip or outlet says it can handle. Also, never connect more than three strings of lights in one series.

Always look for the UL symbol when buying electrical items and pay attention to its color: Green means it's approved for indoor use, and red means it can be used indoors and outdoors. If you're using old lights, check the wires to make sure there are no signs of fraying or cracking. Even if you've followed all of these precautions, you should still unplug all indoor lights when you leave the house. Yes, even the ones on your tree in the bay window.

Source: Good Housekeeping Institute

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/22/2018 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch are all in agreement that a fried turkey is a delicious way to cook a turkey. We would just like to caution everyone about the dangers involved when frying a turkey.

Turkey  fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.

Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.

Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

The side of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

Source: the U.S. Fire Administartion

Choosing the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to be aware of the different types of Fire Extinguishers and the proper use of each. 

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.

Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.

Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming more popular in the residential market for use in kitchens.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

What to expect with professional fire damage restoration

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your home or a fire in your business can wreak havoc on your life. Once the fire is over, the real trouble beings. There are many things you will have to do to get your life and property back in good order. After you call the insurance company, you will immediately need to start the fire damage restoration process. This means calling in highly-skilled professionals to get your home back in pre-fire condition. Once the fire trucks leave you will have water damage from the hoses, smoke damage, soot damage and areas that need board up.

The same goes with fire in your business. You will need a team to deal with commercial fire damage. The entire process can be minimized once you call in a restoration company to help. The are always available day and night, and even on weekends, holidays and emergency situations. Fires can happen at any time, and you need to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

After a fire in the home, the first thing a restoration company will do is a professional assessment of the situation. Your home or business will have a strong smoke smell, soot damage and smoke damage that should be worked on immediately. A plan of action will be quickly formulated.

Immediate tarp and roof board up will begin. The professionals will board up all areas such as windows, doors and even the roof if needed. This will prevent further damage with rain or wind. Tarp will also be applied over the board up is necessary.

After fire damage, water removal is a crucial step. Lingering water can set up mold. Part of the fire damage restoration process will require the scrubbing of walls, furniture, upholstery and even carpeting to rid them and the home of soot damage, smoke smell and any other damage. The entire fire cleanup process will be performed quickly and professionally. A restoration company team consists of many people doing a variety of jobs such as odor control technician, fire and smoke restoration technician, upholstery and fabric cleaning technician and water removal technician.

Fire clean up during after commercial fire damage is similar to fire in the home, just on a larger scale. The fire cleanup is performed in a way as not to disrupt your life. The fire damage restoration team will perform the process of sanitation. They will use scrubbers and foggers to eliminate any trace of smoke smell, smoke damage and soot damage.

The last step after a fire in your home is the restoration process. The restoration company can replace anything that received fire damage such as drywall. The fire damage restoration process will ensure that all remnants of fire damage will no longer exist. Fire cleanup after a commercial fire damage has its own set of issues. Odors are one of the biggest things to drive customers away. Teams will take care of the smoke damage and smoke smell that lingers after a fire in your home or business.

Professionals take special care when dealing with fire cleanup after a fire strikes your business. Commercial fire damage can cost you money and time. It is imperative that you get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

If you have a fire in your home or business, do not delay. Call a fire restoration specialist immediately. They will help you restore your fire its pre-fire condition as soon as possible. They can help with all types of situations, whether it's a fire in your home or a fire in your business. Only trusted professionals can do the job right.


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How to Deal with Fire Damage

8/20/2018 (Permalink)


5 Tips for Dealing with Fire Damage Restoration

Fire can quickly and golf a building. Whether the fire was contained to a single room or to spread throughout a home or business, it's important to focus on the fire damage. A restoration company can provide insight and expertise on how to proceed.

Call Professionals Immediately

There are a lot of different steps involved with fire damage restoration. It's why professionals who specialize in restoration should be called immediately. They will be able to take action and start the board up process.

Homeowners and business owners need to rely on a professional company as opposed to trying to do everything on their own. Restoration companies can also work with insurance in order to file the claim.

Professionals will do the fire cleanup once there has been a fire in a home or a fire in a business. By relying on the professionals, it ensures everything is done right.

Start the Board Up Process

The board up process is something that has to be done with residential and commercial fire damage. Without it, it's hard to complete the fire cleanup. The board up is done as a way of containing all of the fire damage so that it's easier to address the smoke damage, the soot damage, and everything else as a result of the fire in a home or fire in a business.

One of the main reasons for boarding up is to allow for privacy while the fire damage restoration is handled. Often, once there is a fire in a home or a fire in a business, it's hard to secure the property. Boarding up is something that the restoration company will do once they arrive on the scene.

Remove Heavily Damaged Items

There is going to be a lot of smoke damage and soot damage. Some things can be wiped off, power washed, or otherwise repaired. Other items will need to be removed from the building and discarded. When there is commercial fire damage particularly, the removal of items will need to be listed for inventory purposes.

As things are removed after a fire in a home or a fire in a business, it will also help with the smoke smell. The items that have suffered smoke damage or soot damage will be what's contributing to the strong odor inside the building.

Focus on Deodorization

The deodorization is something that has to be dealt with whenever there is residential or commercial fire damage. Everything is going to have a heavy smoke smell. The only way to get rid of the smoke smell is through a professional deodorization process. This is something that a restoration company will be able to help with so that the building loses the smell.

Getting rid of the smell from smoke damage and soot damage is a big part of the fire damage restoration process. As for how bad the fire damage smells, it will vary based on the size of the fire as well as the kind. Some chemical fires have a lingering smoke smell that needs professional deodorization so that inspections can be passed. Otherwise, the inspection following commercial fire damage will not be passable.

Work on a Restoration Plan

A restoration plan needs to be established to determine what needs to be replaced and rebuilt within the building. In many instances, a home or business will need to pass an inspection before it can be re-opened. A restoration company will be able to handle all aspects of the restoration and ensure that the property passes inspection.

There is going to be a lot of work involved with fire damage restoration. The fire cleanup will go on for days following the fire. The earlier one starts with the fire cleanup, the easier it will be to overcome the fire damage and minimize the loss.
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How to Properly Handle Fire Damage

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

How to Properly  Handle Fire Damage

What do you do after fire damage has turned your life upside down? Anyone who's experienced the devastation left behind after a fire in home or a fire in business understands all-to-well the difficulties and challenges that are also there when it is time to recoup after such a loss. But, knowing what to do after fire damage saves time, headache, and hassle, while ensuring that your fire in home or fire in business doesn't leave you forever ruined.

Remaining calm after a fire is imperative to successful restoration.What to do until help arrives. If you are frantic and worried, making strides in the recovery process is less likely going to happen. You won't think clearly like you would under normal circumstances, and the decisions that you make may not be the best. It is much easier said than done, but ensure that you remain as calm as possible after a fire.

The first thing to do after a fire- contact your insurance company. The insurance company will come to the home and assess the fire damage that remains. They;'ll help pay for the costs of fire damage restoration and help you get back to normal after commercial fire damage or a fire in home. Your insurance company handles all the paperwork associated with a fire damage claim, easing the burdens on your plate at such a difficult time in your life.

Now, find a good restoration company. A good restoration company will get your business or home back in good condition quickly, alleviating the smoke smell, minimizing smoke damage and soot damage, adding board up to windows and doors, and more. The restoration company has the right tools and equipment for the job, minimizing the risks and dangers oftentimes accommodating a fire damage restoration project. The costs of hiring a restoration company for fire damage restoration are minimal, but the rewards considerable. Do not try to handle fire cleanup alone when the restoration company is one phone call away.

Once you find a fire damage restoration professional deciding what services you wish to use from the company is vital. Do you need board up service? A board up of the facility helps minimize the dangers of the building. Do you need smoke removal or soot damage removal? Is the smoke smell still a concern? These are just some of the issues that a restoration company resolve quickly after fire damage as a part of the fire cleanup process.

A fire damage restoration company provides a versatile mix of services that alleviate the hassles and headaches that come with a commercial fire or a fire in home. You can pick from the services available according to the damage that is left behind in your home. Many people who need fire cleanup services choose a package deal simply to alleviate the headaches and frustrations. Choose a company specializing in commercial fire damage if you've experienced fire in a business, as these professionals have a clear understanding of the risks associated with a fire in business.

When you've experienced a fire in business or a fire in home, the above information can help ease the burdens of the damage left behind and make fire cleanup simpler. It doesn't matter if you experience smoke smell, soot damage, smoke damage, or something else. Whether you need board up service, soot damage or smoke damage removal, have water damage, or need additional services, rest assured the fire damage restoration pros are at your call day and night, ready to assist. Do not let fire damage ruin you when fire cleanup is readily available to you. Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on fire damage.

Many Reasons Why It's Best to Call a Professional After a Fire

6/6/2018 (Permalink)


Why It's Best to Call a Professional After a Fire

There was a fire in the home. Luckily, it didn't destroy the house, but instead left a mess to be cleaned up. The smoke smell is a lingering reminder of the damage. Then there is the fire damage, the soot damage, and the smoke damage. Usually, this is too much for an individual to take care of on their own. Professionals should be called to handle the mess left from a fire in the home. Fire damage restoration professionals will nearly always be called in when there is a fire in the business or commercial fire damage.

Fire damage restoration professionals should be called immediately after the fire is put out. These people are trained to check for structural damage, air quality and replacement of materials that may have been destroyed. Usually, they can tarp the roof if it sustained fire damage. They can board up windows and doors. This will keep the property from sustaining additional damage from wind or rain.

Soot damage and smoke damage can ruin things like drapes, carpets and walls. The smoke smell can seep into walls, making it very complicated to remove. Professionals have the tools needed to remove the soot from upholstery and curtains. They can get the smell out of the home or business.

Cleaning up after fire damage is more involved than it may sound. It is important to start the process as quickly as possible for a number of reasons. The fire will leave behind soot and acid. If the soot is left on appliances, it can permanently yellow the finish. Acid left on counter tops and surfaces can eat away at the finishes. Fire damage restoration in the first 24 hours will stop the damage from the elements, the acid and the ash.

Fire cleanup often involves cleaning the water left behind from firefighters. Puddled water can ruin floors. Wet sheet rock will crumble and mildew. All of this must be dried and cleaned up, too. Industrial fans and specialty vacuums are used as well as pumps to remove the remaining water.

Fire in a business or commercial fire damage must be handled immediately to prevent loss of income and inventory. Customers will only wait so long before they take their business elsewhere. Professional fire cleanup is critical to get things done in a timely and competent manner.

Start the fire cleanup with a call to a professional fire damage restoration company with a great customer satisfaction rating. These companies typically offer 24/7 emergency service. Technicians are trained to remove the smoke smell. Others are specially trained to upholstery and fabric cleaning or water damage restoration.

A good crew can have minor fire damage repaired in as little as a week. Commercial fire damage or more extensive home damage will take longer to restore. Considering the water drying time, structural repairs and specialized equipment to remove the smoke smell, it could take months to restore. However, it will take much longer for an individual to try to clean it up themselves.

Remember, fire cleanup after fire in a home or fire in a business should start immediately for the best results. Commercial fire damage restoration should start as soon as the fire marshall deems the building safe to enter. Don't take the chance on losing thousands of dollars of inventory after a fire in the business place. Don't let soot damage permanently ruin the family heirlooms in the attic. Smoke damage can be erased if the proper techniques are used in time.

A fire in the home or commercial fire damage can be minimized or even fully vanquished with the help of professionals. Why let smoke damage or soot damage ruin the family business or home? Call the professionals for help.
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Fire Damage Restoration Cleanup

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

When fire happens, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is ready to help!

Major Components in Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage restoration can be a lengthy and confusing process. Most people would not know where to begin the process of fire cleanup, or how to ensure that all fire damage is appropriately documented. When a fire in home or fire in business comes to mind, fire damage is an obvious first thought but other issues can include smoke damage and soot damage, all of which can contribute to commercial fire damage for business owners. If you are facing these difficulties, there are several steps you can take to begin addressing the situation.

When beginning the process of fire cleanup, the first thing you need to do is survey the existing structure for any holes through which weather exposure can occur. Holes in exterior walls, broken windows, and burned-through roofs are all examples of breaches through which additional damage can occur. When the interior of your property as well as your possessions are exposed to rain and wind, fire damage can be exacerbated and new damage can occur. So before you do any additional fire damage restoration, make sure to seal any breaches.

The next step in fire damage restoration is water removal. Water removal can be a major source of commercial fire damage, as water can destroy multiple pieces of property and wreak havoc on a structure following a fire in a business. Water can also create a significant hazard because standing water can carry disease and can house hidden, floating dangers. Because of this, it is essential that you wear water boots when removing water left over from the emergency response team. Catalog any items destroyed by water and drain the water using a vacuum.

After removing the water, examine your property for soot damage. Following a fire, burnt materials turn to ash and oil, causing soot damage. Soot can be found on many objects but can also get into small, hard-to-reach places. Be sure to catalog all objects with soot damage, and if the item is small and easily replaceable it is probably not worthwhile to try to restore it. Fire cleanup can be a lengthy process and simply discarding easily replaced items and cataloging them to keep record of the lost value is a better strategy than trying to reverse soot damage on every item you come across.

The next step of fire cleanup when addressing fire in a business or fire in a home is to examine the walls, ceilings, and floors for sustained damage. Fire damage affects an entire structure. In the case of fire in a home, be sure to look at all bedroom walls and be detailed. Minor damages can turn into larger damages over time. It is extremely important to be thorough both at home and following fire in a business. Note damage to building to help assess total commercial fire damage.

After looking at the structure, your last step in fire damage restoration is evaluating smoke damage. With fires in homes, possessions can sustain smoke damage as well as have lingering smoke smells. Smoke smells can make cloth items like clothing and linens unusable, and as with soot damage these things should be cataloged and discarded if they are inexpensive and replaceable. Smoke damage can also be a significant contributor to commercial fire damage, and all parts of a building should be examined for smoke smells, because smoke smells can have a major impact on customer experience.

If you approach cleanup with a level head and thorough understanding of the process, what is normally a long and overwhelming task can be made easier to handle. An eye for detail and consistent, thorough record-keeping will make this process better for you whether you own your own home or your own business.

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Cleaning Your Belongings After a Fire

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Antonio TX

The fire trucks have left and the fire marshall says your home is safe again, but a strong, smoky odor remains. Will you have to get rid of everything? How much dry-cleaning, wall-scrubbing and airing out is it going to take to get your life back to normal? Here are some content cleaning guidelines to help you get started.

Clothing
Dry-cleaning is often the best choice for getting smoke-damaged clothing clean, but there are alternatives. Easy-care clothes with a light smoke smell can be washed using your normal laundry detergent and a tablespoon of vanilla. Stronger smells and soot may need to be washed with a mixture of trisodium phosphate and chlorine bleach. (Note that trisodium phosphate is caustic and must be used with caution.)

Upholstery and Carpet
Removing odors and soot from upholstery and carpet may require a dry-cleaning step followed by a wet-cleaning step. Talk to a professional in San Antonio, TX, to determine what process will work best for your situation.

Non-Porous Items
Items made of metal, glass, rubber, plastic and ceramic can be cleaned effectively using ultrasonic machines. These machines use high frequency sound waves to remove smoke particles from your possessions.

Walls and Ceilings
If your walls and ceilings are blackened from the fire, you may want to consider using temporary content storage for your moveable possessions so that you can focus on cleaning the structure itself. As with carpet and upholstery, it may take several steps to get things satisfactorily clean. These steps may include scrubbing with detergent, scrubbing with trisodium phosphate and, sometimes, applying fresh primer and paint.

Cleaning your home after a fire takes a lot of time and work, but it can be done. Tackle cleaning projects such as dry-cleaning and carpet shampooing one at a time. Get help from friends, family and restoration professionals. And rest assured that your life will indeed return to normal soon.

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3 Important Steps for Cleaning up Your Home After a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with a house fire in San Antonio, TX can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to worry about taking care of your family and finding a place to stay, you also need to decide how to deal with smoke damage, cleaning, repairs, etc. Luckily, there are a few straightforward steps you can take to get your life back on track.

1. Make Sure the Area Is Safe

When it comes to fires, appearances can be deceiving. While you may not see any flames, fire may still exist deep within your house. It can be best not to go too close or enter the structure until the fire department tells you it’s safe. Your home may be contaminated by unclean water and ash, so it can be best to wait for professional help before attempting to move or touch items.

2. Decide What Needs to Be Done

After you’ve made sure you’re safe, one of the next steps you should take is to contact your insurance company. Your coverage provider can help you understand the costs related to cleaning up smoke and soot damage. You may need to make a list of everything that was damaged or destroyed. Important documents and credit cards may need to be replaced.

3. Get Professional Help

It can be nearly impossible to handle all the things that need to be done after a fire on your own. Hiring a professional damage restoration company to help take care of smoke cleaning and other repairs can save you a world of stress. A restoration company will generally know exactly what needs to be done to fix your home and possessions, hopefully returning them to their previous states.

After you make sure it is safe to enter your home, you can inventory your possessions and decide what repairs need to be done. A restoration company can help you fix smoke damage and complete other necessary tasks to get your home back to a livable state. Visit http://www.SERVPROalamoranch.com for more information on fire damage. 

What Is the Best Way to Address Fire Damage?

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

What Is the Best Way to Address Fire Damage?

After a house fire in San Antonio, Texas you may feel overwhelmed or confused about how to manage the many tasks before you. This is understandable—you need to deal with fire damage, water damage, insurance processes, home security, and even meeting your family’s basic needs. It may help to think of your fire emergency similarly to a medical emergency, and the fire restoration like a period of physical healing.

First Aid

You have probably dealt with a medical emergency or acute injury. First, you need the help of a trained professional. With a fire emergency, the process is much the same.
First aid for your fire means calling for help immediately. Obviously, call the fire department or 911 to put out the flames and assist in evacuation.
Next call your insurance company and a recognized disaster relief group, like The American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.
In the same way an emergency medical team would stop the bleeding or immobilize a broken bone, a reputable fire restoration service can help board up entrances to stop potential looting and advise you how to avoid further damage after the fire.

Follow Up Care

Follow up care by your regular physician is the next step after an emergency room visit, and consulting a professional restoration company is the next step after a house fire. Choose trusted professionals for repairing fire damage and water damage.
The amount of water damage often takes homeowners by surprise—a fire hose delivers a lot of water to put out the flames, and the water does its own damage. Generally, a restoration company needs to dry your home and remove soot and smoke before the remaining cleanup begins. Premature attempts by homeowners to salvage belongings often does more harm than good because smoke and soot can be permanently set into many textiles, often just by touching them.

Recuperation

Just as an injured person usually requires a recuperation period, a family needs time to recover after a house fire. Even after the fire damage has been repaired and the smoke cleaned, it will take patience and effort to return everything to normal.
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The Beginning Stages of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

10/31/2017 (Permalink)


The Beginning Stages of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage to your home or a fire in your business can wreak havoc on your life. Once the fire is over, the real trouble beings. There are many things you will have to do to get your life and property back in good order. After you call the insurance company, you will immediately need to start the fire damage restoration process. This means calling in highly-skilled professionals to get your home back in pre-fire condition. Once the fire trucks leave you will have water damage from the hoses, smoke damage, soot damage and areas that need board up.

The same goes with fire in your business. You will need a team to deal with commercial fire damage. The entire process can be minimized once you call in a restoration company to help. The are always available day and night, and even on weekends, holidays and emergency situations. Fires can happen at any time, and you need to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

After a fire in the home, the first thing a restoration company will do is a professional assessment of the situation. Your home or business will have a strong smoke smell, soot damage and smoke damage that should be worked on immediately. A plan of action will be quickly formulated.

Immediate tarp and roof board up will begin. The professionals will board up all areas such as windows, doors and even the roof if needed. This will prevent further damage with rain or wind. Tarp will also be applied over the board up is necessary.

After fire damage, water removal is a crucial step. Lingering water can set up mold. Part of the fire damage restoration process will require the scrubbing of walls, furniture, upholstery and even carpeting to rid them and the home of soot damage, smoke smell and any other damage. The entire fire cleanup process will be performed quickly and professionally. A restoration company team consists of many people doing a variety of jobs such as odor control technician, fire and smoke restoration technician, upholstery and fabric cleaning technician and water removal technician.

Fire clean up during after commercial fire damage is similar to fire in the home, just on a larger scale. The fire cleanup is performed in a way as not to disrupt you life. The fire damage restoration team will perform the process of sanitation. The will use scrubbers and foggers to eliminate any trace of smoke smell, smoke damage and soot damage.

The last step after a fire in your home is the restoration process. The restoration company can replace anything that received fire damage such as drywall. The fire damage restoration process will ensure that all remnants of fire damage will no longer exist. Fire cleanup after a commercial fire damage has its own set of issues. Odors are one of the biggest things to drive customers away. Teams will take care of the smoke damage and smoke smell that lingers after a fire in your business.

Professionals take special care when dealing with fire cleanup after a fire strikes your business. Commercial fire damage can cost you money and time. It is imperative that you get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

If you have a fire in your home or business, do not delay. Call a fire restoration specialist immediately. They will help you restore your fire its pre-fire condition as soon as possible. They can help with all types of situations, whether it's a fire in your home or a fire in your business. Only trusted professionals can do the job right.
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Major Components in Fire Damage Restoration

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Major Components in Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage restoration can be a lengthy and confusing process. Most people would not know where to begin the process of fire cleanup, or how to ensure that all fire damage is appropriately documented. When a fire in home or fire in business comes to mind, fire damage is an obvious first thought but other issues can include smoke damage and soot damage, all of which can contribute to commercial fire damage for business owners. If you are facing these difficulties, there are several steps you can take to begin addressing the situation.

When beginning the process of fire cleanup, the first thing you need to do is survey the existing structure for any holes through which weather exposure can occur. Holes in exterior walls, broken windows, and burned-through roofs are all examples of breaches through which additional damage can occur. When the interior of your property as well as your possessions are exposed to rain and wind, fire damage can be exacerbated and new damage can occur. So before you do any additional fire damage restoration, make sure to seal any breaches.

The next step in fire damage restoration is water removal. Water removal can be a major source of commercial fire damage, as water can destroy multiple pieces of property and wreak havoc on a structure following a fire in a business. Water can also create a significant hazard because standing water can carry disease and can house hidden, floating dangers. Because of this, it is essential that you wear water boots when removing water left over from the emergency response team. Catalog any items destroyed by water and drain the water using a vacuum.

After removing the water, examine your property for soot damage. Following a fire, burnt materials turn to ash and oil, causing soot damage. Soot can be found on many objects but can also get into small, hard-to-reach places. Be sure to catalog all objects with soot damage, and if the item is small and easily replaceable it is probably not worthwhile to try to restore it. Fire cleanup can be a lengthy process and simply discarding easily replaced items and cataloging them to keep record of the lost value is a better strategy than trying to reverse soot damage on every item you come across.

The next step of fire cleanup when addressing fire in a business or fire in a home is to examine the walls, ceilings, and floors for sustained damage. Fire damage affects an entire structure. In the case of fire in a home, be sure to look at all bedroom walls and be detailed. Minor damages can turn into larger damages over time. It is extremely important to be thorough both at home and following fire in a business. Note damage to building to help assess total commercial fire damage.

After looking at the structure, your last step in fire damage restoration is evaluating smoke damage. With fires in homes, possessions can sustain smoke damage as well as have lingering smoke smells. Smoke smells can make cloth items like clothing and linens unusable, and as with soot damage these things should be cataloged and discarded if they are inexpensive and replaceable. Smoke damage can also be a significant contributor to commercial fire damage, and all parts of a building should be examined for smoke smells, because smoke smells can have a major impact on customer experience.

If you approach cleanup with a level head and thorough understanding of the process, what is normally a long and overwhelming task can be made easier to handle. An eye for detail and consistent, thorough record-keeping will make this process better for you whether you own your own home or your own business.
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MAKE THIS FALL FIRE FREE, SAN ANTONIO ALAMO RANCH

10/5/2015 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities.  Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

** Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable.  Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

** Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

** Teach children to stay away from open flames.  Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.

**Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume.  Consider avoiding billowing fabric.  If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.

** It is safe to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern.  Use extreme caution if using a real candle.  Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out o fthe way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

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10/1/2015 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans, for your home and business, including your fire escape plan.  Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention.  The 2015 focus is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep".  The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each seperate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?*  Smoke alarms save lives.  If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to give you time to get out.  In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch Franchise professionals want you to stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster.  Ask SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch for a copy of Restoration Newsline. ^^^ 

*Data provided by the National Fire Protection Association