Recent Fire Damage Posts

The Importance Of Fire Damage Restoration

9/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fire ranks as one of the most dangerous events that a home or business owner can face. In a matter of seconds, flames can sweep the entire building leaving an empty shell behind. While the first course of action is to get people to safety, the effects of fire damage become apparent after the fire. Fire damage brings with it other forms of damage such as smoke smell, soot damage and smoke damage. These elements can be as destructive as the flames.

Smoke damage is inevitable after a fire in the home or fire in the business. Smoke can cause damage to the furnishings and other possessions. Items such as clothing, window treatments, upholstery, wall hangings and carpeting can suffer smoke damage. Smoke can be oily and sticky, and this makes it hard to remove. This is why affected persons should work with a restoration company. A thorough fire cleanup can restore a home or business to its previous condition.

Smoke also comes with a smoke smell that is pungent and unpleasant. The smoke smell can also linger in the rooms and clothing if proper fire cleanup is not done. A commercial fire damage company will install a board up. The board up is to prevent further exposure to the fire damage. A proper board up will also limit access to the affected areas.

Fire damage restoration must take care of the smoke damage. It is ill advised to ignore it or simply mask it. A professional restoration company will have ozone generators to help break down the molecules that cause the smoke smell. This is why it is important to let fire cleanup experts handle the task after a fire in the home or a fire in business. They have the experience and tools to carry out a systematic fire damage restoration.

Soot damage is another important part of the restoration process. Soot is the flaky black substance that is left after an incomplete combustion. Soot damage can affect the ceilings, walls and even the contents of the building. Soot can be dry or oily. Depending on the type of soot damage, there are cleaning agents that are used by commercial fire damage companies. A restoration company will conduct a test to ascertain the type of soot damage.

Another issue about fire damage is the subsequent water damage. While water is crucial in putting out the fire, it also exposes a home or business to water damage. Fire cleanup services from a restoration company will also include water damage removal. If the water damage is not addressed, it can create a breeding ground for mold and other fungi.

Water damage can also destroy furniture, fabric, and paper. A restoration company will use dehumidifiers and other water extraction tools to dry the home. They will also board up the area to prevent further damage. The commercial fire damage company will also assess the damage and advice the home or business owners on the items that can be salvaged. Immediate drying services can restore some items to their original condition. The ability to save the items depends on how fast one engages the services of a commercial fire damage company.

While fire can have devastating consequences, immediate fire damage restoration can reduce the extensive losses that come after a fire in the home or fire in the business. SERVPRO of Bellevue West expertise and experience can ensure that home and business owners return to their daily activities in a short period of time. Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on fire.

SERVPRO of Bellevue's Fire Restoration Process

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

All fire damage is different depending on the unique situation. The type of fire, the areas affected and the severity all require calculated solutions. Despite all these factors, our proven process stays the same!  Here is a list of the actions and precautions we take;

 Step 1: First Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.   

 Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

 Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Services

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

 Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is committed to helping our customers during stressful and difficult times. If you have experienced a fire damage in your home or business, please call the professionals at 425-454-3900.

Did you Celebrate your 4th of July Holiday Safely?

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

On July 4th, 1776 our great country was founded; The United States of America! Every year we celebrate by wearing red, white and blue, barbequing and shooting fireworks high into the night sky. While this is a long-lasting tradition, it does not mean fireworks are safe and should always be done with caution. According to the National Fire Protection Association fireworks cause roughly 18,500 fires per year in the US alone. Due to this risk, King and Snohomish counties have banned fireworks in some areas during the 4th of July and you can be fined up to 5,000 dollars. Dry conditions and firework do not mix well, and we never recommend shooting fireworks in illegal areas and drylands. If you are in a safe and legal place and plan to partake in fireworks, here are some tips that will keep your family and homes safe. 

  • Always follow the directions written on the firework, never relight a dud or make/operate any custom fireworks
  • Make sure that the area you are shooting fireworks and the area where they land does not have any fine grass, dead/dry branches and all debris
  • IF you are near your house make sure you have insurance that covers any firework accidents
  • Clean your gutters of anything that could catch fire. Even though gutters are made for water, during droughts they can become kindling
  • If you are leaving town during the 4th, make sure you have a neighbor keeping a close eye on your home
  • Have a water bucket near so you can put out any dud fireworks or fires you might encounter.

These few simple tips can help your family and home stay safe on this most patriotic of holidays.

Steps to Take Following A House Fire

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

House fires can be terrifying experiences, and recovering from them can take a long time. Depending on the size and scope of the fire, fire restoration in Bellevue, Washington, can take several weeks, even a few months, to fully complete. Following these steps can help you recover successfully from this difficult experience:

1. Assess family member safety.
2. Contact insurance agency.
3. Contact board up services.

Check Everyone’s Safety

If you have a fire safety plan, all family members probably followed it to safely exit the house; everyone then should have met at a pre-determined location. After exiting the house, begin by assessing the safety of each family member and pet. Pursue medical care promptly for all concerns.

Contact Insurance Company

Fire restoration should be started as soon as possible, and your fire insurance coverage can help address these and other concerns. Once your family’s immediate care needs have been seen to, you can begin contacting your insurance company. It probably needs lots of information, some of which you may not have at this time. Simply beginning the conversation can be important since your insurance company can provide you with some helpful support following a City, State, house fire.

Arrange for Board Up Services

Your insurance company can probably help you contact board up services and disaster management companies. These service providers may help secure the scene so that no one can enter the property while it is still unsafe. Often, insurance agents must inspect the scene to help assess the degree of damage; this board up service helps agents do their jobs effectively. Your insurance agent may be a point person that you can contact for questions regarding any stage of fire restoration.

Cleaning is likely going to take a bit of time, depending on the degree of the fire and to what extent it damaged your home. Arranging for smoke cleaning can help you get back to your normal routine that much faster.

For more information visit us at http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more fire tips. 

Carpet Cleaning Certifications and Techniques

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

In the Cleaning and Restoration Industry Carpet Cleaning is a typical service line that SERVPRO offers, especially in cases after a water or fire damage when carpet can be salvaged, cleaned and dried. Believe it or not the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) offers several courses for certification that focuses on carpet cleaning specifics. In order for our employees to be an expert in their craft we provide these certifications along with ongoing training. Emphasis is placed on practical application, identifying fiber, yarn and carpet constructions, style types and finishes, soiling conditions, cleaning science and methodology, and other issues and concerns faced by individuals who maintain and clean installed broadloom carpet. When coupled with on-the-job training and field experience, our technicians are well prepared to perform carpet cleaning techniques and procedures in residential homes or commercial structures.

Below are several of the specialized certifications available that our team members hold;

  • Senior Carpet Inspector
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
  • Carpet Repair and Re-installation Technician
  • Rug Cleaning Technician

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Bellevue West are knowledgeable and well trained when it comes to caring for carpet. Trust the professionals and call us at 425-454-3900.

Summer Safety Tips for Preventing Fire Hazards

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is a popular time for barbecuing, campfires and outdoor fun. Now more than ever Americans are enjoying time outdoors and away from home after being indoors and quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people venture out more for these outdoor activities its important to keep in mind the steps to keep families and nature safe.

Recommendations put forth by the US Fire Administration and FEMA include the following;

  • When having a campfire keep a bucket of water handy. Embers can float out of the pit and travel, creating big problems. Also, make sure your fire is completely out when you are done, cover it with water to ensure the flame is dead. A campfire should never be left unattended.
  • Before using a barbecue make sure everything is connected, clean and working properly. Barbecue grease can build up and create accidental fires or worse, if a barbecue is not secured it can tip over.
  • If you are camping inspect areas around barbecues and fire pits. Ensure there is nothing flammable that could ignite.
  • If you are using fireworks or lanterns or candles always supervise. Never leave an open flame unattended.

At SERVPRO of Bellevue West it is our priority to help educate the public about fire safety so we can reduce the amount of fire damaged homes, businesses and landscapes for the betterment of our community. Stay safe and enjoy your summer responsibly. Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West if you experience a fire that compromises your home or business, 425-454-3900.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

If you have recently suffered commercial fire damage, it is important that you get fire restoration done by a company that has experience. SERVPRO of Bellevue West can handle fire damage, smoke damage and even soot damage that has been left behind from a utility room fire or electrical fire. After the firefighters have left with their fire trucks and fire hoses, you need to get fire restoration done by professionals who specialize in commercial fire damage.

The soot damage that has been left behind from a utility room fire or electrical fire is best left to the professionals. Unfortunately, firefighters with their fire trucks and fire hoses will not be able to handle the damage that has been left behind after they have left. This is why it is important for you to contact a local company so that they can come out and assess the damage and give you a quote for how much it is going to cost to restore your office back to preloss conditions. This is an option best left to The Experts, since many people do not have the tools or skills necessary in order to do fire damage cleanup on their own. If you have some type of insurance on your property, you may even find that you save money simply because of the fact that they cover the cost of the cleanup for you.

There are many different options available to you when it comes to getting the most from your fire cleanup options. Because there are lots of companies out there that do this type of work, it is important for you to contact them to get a quote for having the job done. Once you have the job done, you are able to get back into the office and work with clients and employees on a regular basis. This ensures that nothing with your business goes on the back burner simply because you have recently dealt with a fire and do not know how to clean it up properly. There are many different professionals out there who are going to be more than willing to help you with the fire clean up, so make sure that you contact them to find out what they are able to do for you and how much they charge for their services before you make the decision to hire them to get the project done. Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

Content Restoration Methods

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is committed to keeping costs as low as possible. We can do this by having the most advanced methods and fast response times for our customers. Effective cleaning methods and getting to the job early are 2 factors that can keep costs WAY down especially while dealing with contents.

While experiencing a loss many clients have questions about how to handle the cleaning and storage of their possessions. Instead of making snap judgments about replacing an item SERVPRO of Bellevue West will closely examine items to deem if they are salvageable; if it can be restored there is no use in replacing it. Restoring an item can save the customer money especially when it comes to big items such as couches, rugs and other valuables. SERVPRO of Bellevue West has serval different methods to make sure we preserve and clean our customers possessions in the most effective way possible.

Below we have listed our different content restoration methods and a brief explanation of each;

  1. Dry Cleaning: Mostly used to remove light residue. Also used prior to Wet-Cleaning
  2. Wet Cleaning: Effective when used to remove moderate to heavy residues
  3. Spray and Wipe: Used for sensitive or fragile items that cannot withstand wet cleaning
  4. Foam Cleaning: Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed when wet cleaned
  5. Abrasive Cleaning: Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  6. Immersion Cleaning: Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product  

Between these 6 different methods we are bound to have a strategy that will work for your unique cleaning needs. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is committed to making sure we save as much money as possible for our clients. If you have questions about content cleaning or would like to tour our content cleaning warehouse please give us a call at 425-454-3900!