Recent Fire Damage Posts

Facts about Smoke and Soot Damage

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage can cause a long-lasting odor in your home

Smoke and soot can cause hidden damage and odor. Our Production Technicians are experts when it comes to smoke damage who can accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.   

Facts about Smoke and Soot

  • 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 Did you know there are actually different types of smoke? There is what is called wet smoke and dry smoke! Check out the two types below in more detail. 

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. 

Fire Safety for Pets

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Pets can be considered family, too!

At any given moment, a fire emergency can take place in the Houston area or abroad, and though unexpected; it can be beneficial to already have a plan in place for everyone in your home to evacuate and meet in a safe location. While you should always be most focused on keeping yourself and your family safe, you can also spend some time on pet preparation so that you can have a better chance of getting your pets out of danger as well. You can be better prepared to keep your pets safe during a fire emergency by following these safety tips:

In the confusion caused by a fire, it can be hard to think of everything you need to do right away. If you have a plan in place and practice it a few times, you can be better prepared to handle a fire emergency. This can not only be helpful for pet safety, but also for the safety of everyone in your household. 

Notice Where Your Pets Are 

An important part of the planning process can be noticing where your pets usually spend their time. It can be especially helpful to note where they hide when frightened. You don’t want to put yourself at risk by spending too much time searching for your dog or cat during a fire emergency, but you can be better prepared to get yourself and your pets out as soon as possible by having a checklist of areas you can look. 

Keep Collars and Leashes Handy

Fires can be especially frightening to pets. By keeping their collars and leashes handy, you can more easily guide them out of the house. If you are unable to find them, it can be easier for the fire department to get them out if they are wearing collars. It can be a good idea to hang leashes by the door you are planning to evacuate through.

What To Do After A Fire

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Reducing the risk of electrical fires in one’s home is relatively simple, but the safety benefits are worth a great deal of peace-of-mind.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

How To Prevent A Fire In Your Home

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Preparation

It's important to know what to do in case of a fire. The best fire preparation you can do, however, is to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. There are several ways you can keep your home in Houston,TX, safe from a fire.

Stay in the Room

If you are using something that has the potential to cause a home fire, you need to keep a watch over it. There are several instances where this may be the case:

  • Lighting candles
  • Using the fireplace
  • Cooking a meal
  • Smoking a cigarette

Nothing that produces a flame should ever be left unattended. Stay in the kitchen when you cook and extinguish candles and the fireplace before you leave the room. Smoke outside and use an appropriate receptacle to discard cigarette butts.

Avoid Fire Hazards

Certain appliances and areas of your home are more prone to fire outbreak than others. A regular maintenance schedule should help to minimize your risk. Fire cleanup experts often find dryers to be the source of a home fire, but this is easily preventable. Have the machine and the ducts cleaned at least once a year to remove lint buildup. Store any flammable products in your home responsibly. Keep them away from heat sources and out of the reach of children.

Have a Plan

No fire safety preparation is complete without an escape plan. Test all of your smoke detectors regularly to make sure they're working. Practice escape routes so that everyone in the family knows the quickest way to get out of the house and where to meet up in the event of a fire.

With vigilant safety precautions, you should be able to prevent a home fire. Keep a close eye on open flames and keep up with your regular maintenance schedule. If a fire does break out, follow your evacuation plan to get you and your family to safety.

Contents Restoration (Fire)

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

CONTENTS RESTORATION

From furniture to antiques to artwork and appliances, we'll treat your treasures with the care they deserve. While some items can be cleaned on-site, in many cases we'll need to inventory, pack out and transport the contents of your property to our state-of-the-art facility to ensure the best care possible.

Key Issues

  • Contents may need to be cleaned off-site
  • Contents inventory
  • Determine replacement and restoration
  • Pack
  • Ozone treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Secure
  • Return

Contents Inventory

  • We arrive on-site and inventory all of your personal belongings.
  • We carefully pack all salvable items to transport to our secure warehouse and cleaning facility.
  • Unsalvageable contents are inventoried and discarded.

Restoration

  • Thorough cleaning
  • Proper handling of all electronics
  • Photographs and artwork
  • Fabrics
  • Clothes
  • Memorabilia
  • Antiques
  • Soft goods
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Appliances
  • Surfaces
  • Odor Removal

Fire Damage Services

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

No matter what season it may be, fire damage can always be a cause of damage to your home or property. If your home was effected by fire damage and soot, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has the equipment and professional technicians ready to respond to any situation. If your home has been damaged by fire or soot, here are a few tips on how to minimize the damage.

  • Do not attempt to wash carpet or upholstery with shampoo as it could only smear or stain the soot.
  • Do not try to clean clothes in a washer as it could set a smoke odor in them.
  • Limit movement of items in your home to prevent the movement of soot around your home
  • If you have aluminum foil or small wooden blocks, place them under furniture legs to prevent stains

If you have been effected by fire, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800

SERVPRO Handles Fires!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring as opposed to replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Bear Creek provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carper
  • Do no wash an walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor into the fabric

SERVPRO of Bear Creek is available 24-hours a day to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at (281) 463-9800.

Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when they are installed properly, maintained and checked periodically to make sure they are in working order.

In a home, there should be a smoke alarm in every bedroom on every level of the home. In an office or commercial environment, check with your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all the codes are met.

Every month you should use the test button to test the smoke alarms. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries should be replaced every 10 years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every 10 years. Do not ignore the chirp of an alarm battery. That noise is an indication that the battery is low. Take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from the alarm. Almost half of fire where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA).

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 workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek (281) 463-9800.

FIRE FACTS:

  • 7 People die every day from a home fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • $7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year

Winter Fire Safety Tips

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

The winter season is here! This means that home fires occur more often by unattended candles, space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces.  

At SERVPRO of Bear Creek, we want to remind everyone to take simple steps to protect their homes and family from the danger of household hazards and heating equipment. Practicing the best fire safety is how you can be most prepared for an unexpected disaster in the winter.

Here are a few fire safety tips to prevent most heating related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have your chimneys and vents checked. Fireplaces produce creosote which can ignite. If you light fires frequently, you need a chimney sweep service once a year. When you burn wood, make sure it's dry and seasoned so that it produces more flame and less smoke.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms. Make sure batteries are fresh. Place smoke alarms in the kitchen, laundry room and in bedrooms.
  • Beware of lit candles. Candles can set the mood for relaxation, and that's how they get forgotten or knocked over by kids or pets. Light candles only when you're around to watch them and blow them out when you're ready to leave the room.
  • Beware of space heaters. The name should give you a clue space heaters need space. Like fireplaces; people and pets should not sit any closer than three feet.
  • Don't put space heaters near curtains, tablecloths or other fluttering fabrics. Make sure the space heaters you buy have automatic shut-offs before reaching dangerous temperatures.

If you have the unfortunate experience of fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Bear Creek

We are here to help 24 hours a day! Have Questions? Call Us Today – (281) 463-9800

High Rise Fires

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Living in a high-rise building can protect you from a handful of different disasters. Unfortunately, they don’t make you any less at risk from a fire. Although high rise buildings are more likely to have fire protection systems in place, they face additional challenges that low-rise buildings may not. Complex evacuation strategies, limited fire department accessibility, smoke movement, fire control, and longer egress times and distance are just some of the unique challenges that these buildings may face in the event of a fire. The multiple floors of a high-rise building create the cumulative effect of requiring great numbers of persons to travel great vertical distances on stairs in order to evacuate the building.

People working or residing in high-rise apartment, condominium, and office buildings need to be fully prepared in the event of a fire. Be sure that you are working closely with your neighbors, landlord and co-workers to ensure everyone is aware of the proper fire safety procedures and features in your building in the event of a fire.

Does your building have fire extinguishers and/or sprinklers? Do you know where the fire alarms are located? Do you have an evacuation plan posted in designated areas of the building? SERVPRO of Bear Creek offers a complimentary ERP (Emergency Ready Program) for your business that provides an immediate plan of action in the event a fire or other disaster should occur. For more information, contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800 or go to: https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram

Fire and Smoke Damage

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire, smoke damage can wreak havoc in your home or commercial property. Kitchen flare-ups, closed fireplace flues, and electrical fires can send smoke throughout your house, charring walls, covering everything, and not to mention the smoky smell. The longer you let smoke and odors linger, the more they soak into walls, carpets, and furniture. Once the fire’s out or the flue is open, ventilate the house as quickly as possible to mitigate smoke damage. Open doors and windows, and turn off HVAC systems to avoid further spreading smoke. Call us, SERVPRO of Bear Creek! Let our professional and certified staff in Fire Restoration do the dirty work of ventilating, vacuuming, and deep cleaning.

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 Bear Creek 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 – (281) 463-9800 or check us out online at SERVPRO of Bear Creek.

Do's and Don'ts after a fire

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home can be a devastating experience.  Contact SERVPRO of Bear Creek to help you with the restoration process. Here are some important Do’s and Don’ts to help you before we arrive:

DO:

Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and upholstery.

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

Place dry, towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

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

Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricants.

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

If the HVAC system is left on, tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T:

Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Bear Creek.

Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting SERVPRO of Bear Creek.

Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.  (These items may be contaminated.)

Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.  Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may cause secondary damage.

Send garments to the dry cleaners. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Fire extinguisher knowledge part one

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

In the case of a fire emergency, both knowing general facts and tips on fire extinguishers can help exponentially when putting out any kind of fire. This will be one of two blogs explaining the facts on extinguishers. 

The different types of extinguishers.

In total there are eight different types of fire extinguishers, the first is water and foam based. This type focuses on taking the heat element out of a fire and should mainly used on a fire made from wood, paper or plastic.

The second type of extinguisher is carbon dioxide based that focuses on taking away the oxygen element of a fire, and should only be used on fires made from flammable liquids such as gas or oil, or fires from electrical equipment such as outlets or transformers. 

The third is a dry chemical extinguisher. This type is the most common of extinguishers and focuses on interrupting the chemical reaction of a fire triangle. (The fire triangle is what makes up a fire; Heat, Fuel, and an oxidizing agent which is normally oxygen) This extinguisher should be mainly used on; material fires caused from wood or plastic, fire caused from a flammable liquid such as gas, and fires made from electrical equipment.

Fire damage services

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

No matter what season it may be, fire damage can always be a cause of damage to your home or property. If your home was effected by fire damage and soot, SERVPRO of Bear Creek has the equipment and professional technicians ready to respond to any situation. If your home has been damaged by fire or soot, here are a few tips on how to minimize the damage.

  • Do not attempt to wash carpet or upholstery with shampoo as it could only smear or stain the soot.
  • Do not try to clean clothes in a washer as it could set a smoke odor in them.
  • Limit movement of items in your home to prevent the movement of soot around your home
  • If you have aluminum foil or small wooden blocks, place them under furniture legs to prevent stains

If you have been effected by fire, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at (281) 463-9800

SERVPRO Fire Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

As an individually owned franchise, we understand how important it is to keep your business running at its primal capacity. That is why SERVPRO has a

1-4-8 service response guideline to ensure fast response time.

This stands for within one hour from notice of loss we will contact you and arrange for service

Within four hours we will be on site to start the mitigation service.

Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the job we will perform is communicated to the appropriate person on site. 

*Exceptions may apply such as a local catastrophe or storm conditions.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Bear Creek are available 24/7 ready to respond to any situation. If your home or business has been effected in any way such as fire, storm water or document drying call us at (281) 463-9800

24/7 Fire damage remediation services

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

If there is a fire in your home and your belongings have become damaged, here are some key points on how to interact with the damaged materials in your home

  • Soot
    • The type of fire created such as a gas fire or a plastic fire effects what kind of soot is created. 
    • When soot has effected your home, do not attempt to wipe off the soot as it could smear or permanently stain the fabric.
    • A simple way to check if the soot is dry or oily is to run your finger along the soot and if the soot smears, it is oily if not it is dry soot.

If your home has been effected by fire or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Bear Creek at

(281) - 463 - 9800 for more information.

Fire extinguisher knowledge part two

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

This blog post is a continuation of "Fire extinguisher knowledge part one" from our website.

The fourth type of fire extinguisher is the wet chemical extinguisher. The wet chemical extinguisher helps in that it focuses on removing heat from the fire in order to extinguish a fire and is most effective on fires made from paper, wood or plastics.

The fifth type of extinguisher is the clean agent. This type of extinguisher focuses on breaking the chemical reaction of a fire and is best worked on fires caused by flammable liquids, electrical equipment or combustibles such as wood or trash.

The sixth type is the dry powder extinguisher which focuses on separating the oxidizing agent from the fuel source and is most useful on fires created by combustible metals.

The seventh is the water mist extinguisher. This extinguisher is mainly water and focuses on cooling the fire and adds a cleaning agent to simplify the mess and should mainly be used on fires caused by electrical content.

The eighth and final extinguisher is the cartridge operated dry chemical and is similar to the clean agent in that it interrupts the chemical reaction of the fire

Damaged belongings from a fire

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

When mother nature strikes on your home, ensuring the safety of your personal belongings is always a priority in the remediation process after the damage has been done. Here is some basic knowledge on what items and areas can be saved in a fire.


Doorways and windows


When the remediation process begins, these areas are typically the most simple to restore because all that is needed is a dry sponge and some patented SERVPRO cleaning detergent to remove any soot or stains that may have been made.


House hold items such as tables or silverware


This is very similar to the previous section in that these items are easy to restore. With needing SERVPRO cleaning detergent and a dry cloth to wipe off any soot.