Recent Fire Damage Posts

House Fire? What You Can Do Until Restoration Help Arrives

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

A house fire can be devastating and leave you in a panic to put things back together. Many people start trying to clean up the mess right away but sometimes trying to clean it can cause more damage.

Here is what you can do until restoration help arrives

  • Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas.
  • coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs or wet carpet.
  • DO NOT wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • DO NOT shampoo carpets or upholstery.
  • DO NOT clean any electrical equipment.
  • DO NOT send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

The first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between replacing versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Tri-Cities West can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

Board up: Immediate actions right after a fire

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you have had a fire in your home or building it is often in complete shambles. The fire department might have had to cut holes in roofs to vent the smoke, spray water or fire retardants or break windows. Between the fire and the efforts to put the fire out your space may not be safe and may need to be boarded up until it can be restored or replaced.

Boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should have to deal with after a disaster.  SERVPRO of Tri Cities West can help you board up the building and guide you to resources in the Pasco, Kennewick or Richland community.

If you do not have insurance, your family and community might help you get back on your feet. They will potentially help you find food, clothing, medicine and a place to stay. Call us today to have a helping hand guide you through and help you find resources during this trauma. 

Organizations that might help include:

  • American Red Cross (ARC).
  • Salvation Army.
  • Religious organizations.
  • Public agencies, such as the public health department.
  • Community groups.
  • State or municipal emergency services office.
  • Nonprofit crisis-counseling centers.

May 4th Is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage May 4th Is Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Home Ignition Zone

Whether you live close to a forest or in the desert landscape, wildfires is something that can devastate anyone. 

Last year the Tri-Cities region experienced several wildland fires that burnt down homes and damaged structures.  

"Wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion dollars in property losses in just the last two years."- National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association is a global nonprofit and focuses on reducing  the devastation of wildland fires through prevention with its "Firewise" program. 

The Firewise program has tips to reduce the risk of your home or building catching fire from a wildland fire.

Here are a few tips for prevention: 

  • Clear your Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) of any burnable material such as dead grass, leaves and sagebrush
  • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers.
  • Create fuel breaks with driveways, walkways/paths, patios, and decks.
  • Prune trees up to six to ten feet from the ground; for shorter trees do not exceed 1/3 of the overall tree height.
  • Tree placement should be planned to ensure the mature canopy is no closer than ten feet to the edge of the structure.

If you experience any damage from a wildfire, including smoke odors, SERVPRO can clean it up "Like it never even happened."

For more information, tips or to get involved to make your community "Firewise", visit nfpa.org, your local SERVPRO franchise professional or your local fire department.

- The SERVPRO TEAM

Smoke and Soot Facts

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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 Tri Cities West 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. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 509-943-9290

Cleaning After A Fire

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning After A Fire SERVPRO of Tri-Cities West

You need more than a standard vacuum to clean up after fire damage.  Also needed is a well trained staff and special equipment to get the job done correctly.  Without using the experts you may be putting people at risk of respiratory distress from the fire/smoke particles present at the scene of the loss. Remember, the air in the structure needs to be purified, especially if the space is confined.  No matter the type of structure, proper care is needed to keep it safe for the people there.   The contents present at risk as well, need to be cleaned the right way, immediately to avoid smoke/soot etching into surfaces.  Smoke is very acidic and damaging to the contents contained in the structure. 

You will need the guidance of experts that are well trained and highly educated in Fire Cleanup and Restoration.  Our techs are trained in IICRC Standards for Fire.  They are well equipped to give you the best information and service in regards to what should happen to remediate a fire loss.  Don’t take fire into your own hands! Look us up for the help you need- SERVPRO of Tri-Cities West

Tuesday Tip: Cleaning Your Dryer Vents Can Prevent A Fire

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air! I think we are all very excited about spring and all the joys it brings. Spring brings renewal to the earth, new buds on trees, grass is getting green and birds chirping but it also means birds are building nests and there are a few things to remember... "Dryer vents are a perfect place for birds to build nests"... -Big Bird

FEMA reported that 34% of house fires are caused by unclean dryer vents.

Unclean dryer vents have caused a whopping $35 Million in property damage each year as well as injury and death.

We don't want that to happen to you or your home so please take precautions to reduce the risk. These fires are usually preventable.

Here are a few tips: 

  • Clean the dryer filter before and after each load
  • Make sure the outdoor flap will open and is not blocked by obstacles. 
  • Consider getting your vents professionally cleaned. Especially if they are not vented directly to the outside and not easily accessible for you. For more information and a referral to a great local company that can do this for you, you can contact your local SERVPRO.

We hope you have an amazing Spring!!!

- Team SERVPRO

Tri Cities Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tri Cities Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke ad Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Tri Cities 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 Tri Cities West 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 – 509-943-9290

Tri Cities Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tri Cities Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Tri Cities 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 Tri Cities West 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 – 509-943-9290

Professional & Safe Fire Damage Restoration Services

7/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional & Safe Fire Damage Restoration Services Fire Damage

You need more than a standard vacuum to clean up after fire damage.  Also needed is a well trained staff and special equipment to get the job done correctly.  Without using the experts you may be putting people at risk of respiratory distress from the fire/smoke particles present at the scene of the loss. Remember, the air in the structure needs to be purified, especially if the space is confined.  No matter the type of structure, proper care is needed to keep it safe for the people there.   The contents present at risk as well, need to be cleaned the right way, immediately to avoid smoke/soot etching into surfaces.  Smoke is very acidic and damaging to the contents contained in the structure. 

You will need the guidance of experts that are well trained and highly educated in Fire Cleanup and Restoration.  Our techs are trained in IICRC Standards for Fire.  They are well equipped to give you the best information and service in regards to what should happen to remediate a fire loss.  Don’t take fire into your own hands! Look us up for the help you need- www.SERVPROtricitieswest.com