Team SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a Fire
If you experience soot damage, call SERVPRO East Arlington today!
Team SERVPRO Has the Experience to Eliminate Many Different Types of Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a Fire
Your Texas home was not intended to stop fires before they spread to other areas of the house. In fact, most of the materials used for the construction of your home have the ability to catch fire and help it to spread throughout the structure. Unfortunately, this can spread the effects of this blaze throughout your property and cause a lot of work for the professional restoration team that you choose to help clean up this mess.
Working to clean up the mess after the incident is over is no easy task, either. Most often the substantial effects that stand out are smoke and soot damages. These are common versions of fire damage in homes, and they can often prove to be challenging to remove without the right equipment.
Fortunately, our SERVPRO professionals have the tools and expertise to help you through often widespread soot damages throughout your household. While the most concentrated of this effect can get found around the fires originating at the point where it burned the longest, this is not always the case. This matted debris and film from the combustion leave a dark, often black residue on surfaces, furniture, flooring, and other materials.
Removing this residue requires multiple approaches. For wall surfaces, scrubbing with wet and dry sponges can often remove the bulk of the present film. Confined spaces like ductwork require high powered vacuums to get used instead.
Smoke damage often presents itself in the form of a harsh odor lingering in fabrics, carpeting, and open spaces throughout affected areas of your house. Removal of this odor typically requires thermal fogging, a process that releases an unscented chemical compound into the environment and contents of the room to break apart odor molecules and leave no discernable scent behind.
There is very little that most homeowners can do alone to bring their homes back from the harmful effects of a fire. When you face these kinds of damages, seek out the professionals we employ at SERVPRO of East Arlington. We can respond quickly and get your home back to preloss conditions as soon as possible.
Renovating your Home?
Renovations call for more than just cleaning! Call SERVPRO of East Arlington today!
Just because it’s winter time it doesn’t mean home renovation projects necessarily go on hold. Since the weather outside isn’t really ideal for outdoor renovations, homeowners tend to start projects indoors to utilize time. When it comes to indoor projects, it’s always a good idea to start thinking of safety first. So how should you go about preventing accidents and practicing safety?
Start by making sure you have the proper equipment and that it works correctly. This is the first major step to thinking about safety with your home renovation projects. Malfunctioning equipment can cause injuries, air quality problems, messed up projects, and more, so a quick and thorough check will go a long way.
Wearing the right clothing and protective gear is extremely important since protecting your eyes, hands, ears, and skin is always a good idea. Taking care when using certain equipment, like ladders and power tools, is important too.
The outside of your body isn’t all you should worry about with renovation safety; caring for your lungs is also important! Be sure to have good ventilation when sanding, sawing, or painting. Wearing a protective mask may also be a good idea since particles from sanding and other projects can be so fine in texture.
Also, don’t forget that things like renovation dust will clog your air filters in your home more quickly, so always change them once you’re finished with your project. This is probably one of the most important cleanup projects since the air quality in your home is important to your health.
If you decide at the end of a large renovation project (or just because it’s overdue!) that your HVAC system could use a revamp itself, call us for an air duct cleaning. Our service technicians will come to your home and perform a hassle-free and thorough cleaning, extending the life of your furnace and improving your air quality at the same time.
Spring Cleaning? Don't Forget Your Carpets
SERVPRO of East Arlington can take care of your cleaning!
When’s the last time you’ve had your carpets cleaned at your home or business?
Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets professionally cleaned!
Oftentimes, our carpets are not the most obvious offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research, the average carpet is about 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross! When broken down, that means there is an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch…
Sounds like we need to clean our carpets more often! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it’s actually allergies. Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets professionally cleaned (we can help you out!).
When shoes are worn from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers. These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention thousands of dead human skin cells have also settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair too. This makes out for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites also can inflame allergy symptoms.
So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect. Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms.
When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to spruce up your carpets.
Flu Season isn't Over
Check out these steps to protect your family from the flu!
Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up, but don’t be so sure about that already: this year’s flu season is right up there with some of the worst that has ever been recorded. And all states in the US have reported widespread flu activity so far this season – all except Hawaii, anyway.
The flu spreads easily and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely defenseless.
When it comes to flu prevention, we’ve got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend the majority of your time: your home.
- Wash your hands!
One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get into is washing your hand's first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying around with you from your day.
- Change your dish towels regularly, or use a paper towel
You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, just use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.
- Break out your humidifier
Might sound strange, but the flu virus doesn’t thrive well in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.
- Wipe down all hard surfaces
Flu germs float in the air, but they eventually have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.
- Look at your home from ‘Kid-Level’
Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have more access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning or the floors they may be crawling around on.
Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!
When "What If" Becomes "What Now?"...Emergency Ready Profile
Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile.
As many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place beforehand. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile visit SERVPRO of Lake Arlington --- http://www.SERVPROeastarlington.com
If a Pipe Bursts: The Importance of Timely Water Mitigation
Check your home for pipes bursting.
You depend on your business in East Arlington to keep money flowing in, and you depend on the building where it’s located to keep business going. When a pipe or supply line springs a leak, however, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or more extensive water damage.
The First Few Minutes
Water damage can be caused by a variety of events:
• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking
Even if all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops more water from making the problem worse.
The First Few Hours
The longer water sits, the more potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can start to swell and warp if they are exposed to too much humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. The First Few Days of water damage that persists can interrupt your business, having a negative effect on your bottom line. It can also become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.
To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of East Arlington needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix.
5 Ways To Avoid Kitchen Hazards
SERVPRO of East Arlington has fire damage, restoration experts.
Many people in East Arlington, love to cook. But even seasoned chefs sometimes make costly mistakes. Here are five helpful ways to avoid kitchen hazards, such as a drain clog or grease fire.
- Keep Your Vents Clean
It's essential to keep the vent screens above your stove clean. Otherwise, grease can build up on the screen and inhibit ventilation, becoming a contributing factor in a kitchen fire. The grease buildup could even make a fire worse.
- Don't Leave Pans Unattended
Most cooks know never to lean a pan unattended on the stove. The pan could be knocked over, grease can splatter, or the food can be allowed to cook too long. Each of these things can be a fire hazard.
- Don't Put Grease Down the Drain
When you're done cooking, it may be tempting to pour the hot grease down the drain. Build up grease in the drain can lead to a drain clog and sink overflow. Instead, pour the grease into a container, allow it to cool, and then place it in the trash.
- Wipe Out Greasy Pans Before Washing
You should wipe out any remaining grease and food particles before washing your pans. This can help prevent buildup that may lead to a sink clog.
- Call a Professional to Service Appliances
If you're having problems with your stove or drain, it may be time to call a professional. They will know how to fix the problem without causing a potential electrical fire. These can come from attempting to fix a broken stove or clogged dish disposal without the correct tools. If fire or flooding does occur, then a fire and water damage restoration service may help.
Following these tips can help you prevent problems like a drain clog or grease fire. Never leave your stove unattended when it's on, don't put grease down the drain, and call a professional if your kitchen appliances need maintenance. If a fire or flooding does happen in your kitchen, then a restoration professional may be able to help.
Smoke Residue Can Accumulate after Fire Damage to Your Texas Home
Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Fire Damage Restoration
An incidence of fire damage can cost you a ton of money and time to restore. The ability to restore after such damage depends on the extent of damage caused by the flames as well as the smoke and soot residue as well.
Smoke and soot particles are one of the most significant contributors when it comes to fire damage to your Texas home. Not all fires produce identical residue and the time and effort required to clean these different types of residue determines the success of the restoration process. IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians use their extensive knowledge about different types of residue during the restoration process. While some residues have a minor impact, some others can cause deeper damage.
The Dry and Wet Residue
Wet and dry residues are most frequently encountered after a fire incident. All fires produce both these residues, but their relative proportion can vary greatly. For instance, a rapid burning fire that has an abundant supply of oxygen usually produces dry residues. On the other hand, if the fire was slow-burning with less than optimal oxygen supply, the majority of residue formed is wet residue.
Another thing affecting the type of residue generated is the type of material burning. While natural materials such as wood and cotton result in drier smoke residue, synthetic materials such as rubber and plastic produce wetter smoke.
As it turns out, drier residues are easier to clean compared to wetter residues. SERVPRO technicians can use less harsh techniques such as cleaning with a sponge to clean the damage due to drier smoke, but wet residues often require more intense cleaning processes.
Protein residue is quite common if a fire breaks out in the kitchen. The burning of meat, poultry, or fish usually generates this type of residue. It is pale yellow and can stain surfaces quite easily. It is also accompanied by the characteristic odor that can linger on for a long time. The odor cannot be eliminated without a thorough cleaning process followed by an efficient deodorization. Protein residue can be quite difficult to eliminate, and the restoration process may require additional time.
5 Easy Ways to Prevent Fires This Holiday Season
The holiday season is a time for friends, family, and traditions. With those traditions comes decorating, and with decorating comes some common hazards which cause disasters that can be avoided with a little know-how and a few preventative measures.
December is the peak time for household fires, and the top 3 days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Candles, lighting, fireworks, and Christmas trees are some of the main culprits when it comes to property damage from fires. Here are 5 easy ways to avoid tragedy this holiday season:
- Use flameless candles
These are a safe alternative to traditional candles, and with the many different varieties now available on the market, your options are limitless. They often look and smell like real candles, but don’t have to risk factor their more-traditional counterparts.
- Be cautious using traditional candles
Put traditional candles in stable holders and keep them at least 12 inches from anything flammable. Also, don’t fall asleep with candles lit and when you leave the room, blow them out.
- Take care when celebrating with fireworks
When it comes to celebrations involving explosives, extreme care should be exercised. 10 percent of fireworks fires occur from December 30th through January 3rd, with the peak of these fires occurring on New Year's Day.
- Be careful with holiday trees
Pick out a tree with fresh green needles when not using a flame retardant artificial tree. Make sure you keep the tree watered daily and dispose of it properly at the end of the season by finding a local tree recycling program. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, from 2011-2015 there was an average of 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year, and this cost $14.8 million in property damage annually.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets
When using adapters/splitters or extension cords and power strips, don’t overdo it. Use common sense and only plugin items if there is an available outlet.
Keep Safe During This Festive Time of the Year
Only YOU Can Prevent Winter Home Fires
While it may seem counter-intuitive, the winter season is high time for home fires in the community. According to the US Fire Administration, home fires occur most often in the winter, which means we all need to be more aware of how we are heating our houses, decorating, and cooking our wintertime meals. As a matter of fact, cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
Winter storms also contribute to the increased home fire risks during this season. As stated by the Texas fire department, prolonged outages often increase the risk of residential fires, and these outages often occur as a result of a heavy buildup of snow and ice on powerlines and trees. When the power is out, alternative methods of lighting and heating come into play, and these can be hazardous. Candles, generators, and propane heaters are just a few examples of some potentially dangerous workarounds that people employ during outages.
And fires aren’t the only hazard that is increased by winter weather. Beware of the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide. It’s an odorless, colorless gas that’s created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, propane, and others do not burn completely. Heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can cause carbon monoxide, so always keep this in mind and exercise caution.
Practicing safety is especially important during these winter months, so here are a few quick tips to reduce the risk of home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning this winter:
- Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen when using your fireplace
- Keep all combustible materials at least 3 feet from any heat source
- Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut off in case it tips over, and never leave it unsupervised
- Always use charcoal grills outside in a well-ventilated area
- Never bring your generator indoors. Keep it outside in a dry area, away from home air intakes
- Professionally clean your chimney each year before using
- Plug only one heating appliance in an outlet at any given time
Stay safe, Texas! And remember: we’re here 24/7 and “ready for whatever happens”!