Recent Fire Damage Posts

Three Things to Look for in a Quality Fire Restoration Company

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

If you've recently experienced property damage as the result of a fire, you will have to find a company that can provide fire restoration services. 

Restoring a property to its pre-fire condition is fairly difficult. Even if a fire was contained to just one room or office, the fact is, odors, soot, and smoke may have penetrated far into the rest of the  structure. So, when you go to select a restoration company, make sure you select a company that has fire-remediation experience and a reputation for being thorough. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene believe the following suggestions will help you to select a good fire restoration company.

1: 24-Hour Availability 

After a fire is out, you may think you have some “down time” to figure out what to do. But fire damage can actually get worse quickly after the fire is out. Water damage from fire-suppression hoses, burst pipes, or a sprinkler system can dramatically increase the damage to your building in the hours after a fire. 

For example, water saturating the dry-wall and framing in your walls and ceiling will cause expansion of the material as it sits, compromising the integrity of the structure beyond where the fire actually occurred. The water inside the walls also encourages mold and mildew to grow and may encourage the infestation of pests. 

You also may not realize how the fire has created other hazards. Did the fire release toxic chemicals which are now on all your belongings? Has the entire electrical system created further electrical or fire hazards? Have conduits or pipes melted or weakened? You cannot assume that the rest of your property belongings are “safe” after the fire is out.

Staying ahead of the damage will not only improve your outcome, it will minimize the amount of work that has to be done as well as the cost. Some steps, such as protecting the burned area from the elements or setting up dryers or dehumidifiers, may need to be done right away. Do not wait until “normal business hours” to contact a fire restoration company to come out and assess the damage and begin necessary work. Having a cleanup company available 24 hours a day can help ensure that problems are addressed before they become catastrophes.

2: Cleanup Expertise

Some clean-up companies may be very good at general clean-up, but fire clean-up requires another level of training. As noted above, a lot of fire damage is not just what you see in the burned area. Smoke and soot can cause a lot of damage in other parts of the building, and can also cause a lot of health problems long-term, particularly for people with respiratory issues. Damage from chemical particles does not just “go away.” Microscopic particles can embed themselves in paint and other finishes, causing problems of toxicity and odor that can linger for years in your walls, cabinets, fixtures, furniture, decor, floors, carpets, drapes, and so on.

Consequently, post-fire clean up has to be very thorough and exacting. Structural elements as well as items in the building will have to be deep-cleaned and deodorized. Some items may have to be discarded, even if they did not have direct fire damage, because they simply cannot be cleaned sufficiently to remove chemical residue.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that good enough is good enough when it comes to cleaning after a fire. Hire a company that has fire clean-up know-how.

3: Fire Restoration Process Knowledge

There is a specific order in which fire restoration work should be done, and simply hiring any construction company to come in and rebuild after your fire will likely leave you with unresolved problems.

A company with fire restoration expertise will first thoroughly inspect and assess the damage, including performing chemical tests to know the full extent of damage from all causes. It will work with fire department and insurance investigators, so that you do not jeopardize your ability to get adequate coverage. It will take steps to minimize further damage. It will clean and sanitize. All of this has to be done before any re-building can begin.

There is no substitute for expertise and experience. Companies that specialize in fire restoration have the technicians, technology, and experience in-house to perform the remediation you need, so that you can get your property back in shape faster. If you or someone you know needs fire remediation, SERVPRO would like to help.  Contact SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene today to schedule an appointment or speak with someone about your fire restoration needs.

14 Bad Habits That Could Start a Fire in Your Home

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

14 Bad Habits That Could Start a Fire in Your Home

06/06/2022

As busy homeowners, fire prevention can a back seat on our list of priorities, creating bad habits. House fires are becoming more and more frequent due to common mistakes that can quickly become a fire hazard. Without you realizing it, these potential fire starters are hiding in plain sight throughout your home. For instance, forgetting to change a dull light bulb or leaving an abundant amount of lint in your dryer. Our mind disguises these simple tasks as harmless, when in reality, it can become quite devastating. Here are a list of some poor habits that can be the cause of a fire in your home: 

  1. Piling up dirty, oily rags- If left sitting, these rags could oxidize and spontaneously combust. 
  2. Misusing electric blankets- If heat starts to buildup or the coils bend the wrong way, the electrical blanket can catch on fire. 
  3. Neglecting appliance recalls- In previous years defective appliances caused 150,000 fires. 
  4. Lingering dryer lint- The combination of lint buildup and excessive heat can create a fire.  
  5. Letting your laptop overheat- If the cooling vent airflow is restricted, the laptop can over heat and catch on fire. 
  6. Choosing the wattage- Using the wrong wattage of a light bulb can initiate an electrical fire.
  7. Using too many extension cords- This can create an overload leading to a short circuit, which can produce an electrical fire. 
  8. Performing DIYs you’re not qualified to do- Electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC mistakes can easily ignite fires. 
  9. Disregarding dust- Dust buildup around electronics and electronic sockets can become a fire hazard. 
  10. Storing batteries improperly- If the battery’s terminal makes contact with other metals (screws, papers clips, etc.), it can short out the battery producing enough heat to possibly catch flammable material on fire. 
  11. Ignoring mice or other rodents- These animals are known for chewing on electrical wires, which removes the sheathing and exposes the heated wiring. This can lead to sparking surrounding surfaces caused by short circuiting, resulting in igniting a fire. 
  12. Forgetting the chimney sweep- Chimney fires are commonly cause by buildup of creosote, dead animals (usually birds or raccoons), and cracked mortar. 
  13. Overlooking the range hood- Grease and other cooking buildup that’s left on the vent hood filter can drip down on the stovetop, catching the fallen material on fire. 
  14. Arranging furniture unwisely- Furniture can unexpectedly ignite, if you position it by a source of heating such as a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater.

These tips are meant to help in the prevention of fires, but if you do have a fire and need immediate assistance, we are here for you 24/7, 365 days a year.

Call SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene @ 208-457-1234.   

Fire Damage Restoration

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration

3/25/22

Restoring your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition is our main goal. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in fire and water damage restoration, removal of smoke odors, and deep-cleaning soot from walls, carpets and upholstery.

We Can Help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage

Beyond just the fire damage, smoke and soot can be toxic, creating a hazardous situation. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot can travel throughout a structure. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools and knowledge to clean up fire and smoke damage. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate personal protective measures to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property. Quick Links:Fire Restoration ProcessFire Tips - Until Help ArrivesRoof Tarp & Boardup Services 

Get Back to Business Quickly After a Fire

As a business owner, you know that any disruption in business affects your bottom line. We have large loss teams that work alongside our local SERVPRO experts. These professionals understand your unique set of problems when faced with fire damage and can respond immediately to your call. Our goal is to help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible after a fire emergency.

Commercial Fire Damage

Why You Can Trust SERVPRO After a Fire

  • 24/7 Emergency Service

    A fire can break out at any time, and our Customer Care Center is ready to take your call, day or night. Contact us today for immediate assistance. 
  • #1 In the Cleanup and Restoration Industry

    We’re a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

  • Easier Insurance Claims Process

    SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience.
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Restoration Specialists

    Our professionals have the expertise and equipment needed to get the job done to your satisfaction as quickly as possible.
  • Preferred Vendor Status

    Many national and local Insurance companies trust in our 50+ years of experience in cleanup and restoration.

If you need help with a fire, call SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene at 208-457-1234

What You Should Do After a Fire

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

What You Should Do After a Fire

3/25/2022

After a Fire - Use Caution

While waiting for help to arrive, safety is key:

  • Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house.
  • Look out for electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.
  • Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” structure and reduce smoke odors.

What You Should Do After a Fire:

  • Limit Movement

    Limit movement in the home to help prevent cross-contamination such as soot particles being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Wash Plants

    Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
  • Cover Traffic Areas

    Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • Change Filters

    Change your HVAC filter.
  • Empty Fridge & Freezer

    If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop open the doors.

What You Should Not Do After a Fire:

  • Don't Wash Walls or Carpet

    Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO as using the inappropriate product or method could lead to additional or irreversible damage.
  • Don't Turn On The Lights

    Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't Clean Electrical Appliances

    Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances, including computers or digital devices that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't Clean Your Clothes

    Don’t send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
  • Don't Eat Soiled Food

    Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't Touch Soot Covered Items

    Don’t touch soot-covered items with bare hands. Oils from your skin can cause the soot to permanently stain surfaces.
  • How to clean after fire damage? 

The majority of cleaning after a fire is working to remove soot residues from the structure and contents of the home or business. We have a specific process we follow, which is tailored to each fire damage situation.  

  • What is the first thing I should do after a fire? 

Experiencing a fire to your home or business can be traumatic and stressful, and knowing what to do after a fire can seem overwhelming. First, contact a local disaster relief agency and your insurance company for immediate assistance, especially if you’ve been displaced. Try to locate any necessary documents you’ll need, like a driver’s license and other records, but don’t enter the structure unless the fire department has deemed it safe for you to do so, first.  

  • How long will the fire restoration process take?

 The timeline for a fire restoration varies greatly, and depends on the severity of fire, smoke and soot damage. The size of the building and the amount of contents also helps determine the length of time for restoration. SERVPRO technicians will complete a full scope of work at the beginning of the project and will provide you with an estimated timeline so you know what to expect. 

Steps In Our Fire Restoration Process:

  1. Emergency Contact

    The restoration process begins when you call your local SERVPRO location or SERVPRO’s Customer Care Center, both of which are staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO professionals to your location.

  2. Inspection & Fire Damage Assessment

    Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke and soot damage. This step is crucial in developing a plan of action. We work alongside investigators, insurance companies and the fire marshal to determine the type, degree of and extent of damage to materials and belongings.

  3. Immediate Board-Up & Roof Tarp Service

    Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. We also offer debris removal, installation of emergency power and temporary lighting, temporary structural repairs and more.

  4. Water Removal & Drying

    If water damage is present, the water removal process will begin almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

  5. Removal of Smoke & Soot From All Surfaces

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

  6. Cleaning & Sanitizing

    We remove affected materials while minimizing damage to unaffected or restorable surfaces. Our professionals can inventory non-salvageable property and assist in packing, relocating, cleaning and storing of personal property. We also offer restoration of specialty items such as art, electronics and documents.

  7. Repairs and Construction

    After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. The repair step can be minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home. We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

If you need help after a fire, call us at 208-457-1234

Types of Fires

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

Types of Fires 

SERVPRO Fire Damage

Knowing the difference between the types of Fires can be life-saving to you, your family, friends and businesses!

First, please know that fueling agents break down 5 types of Fires into these categories: Class A, B, C, D and of course Class K.

Each type of a fire should be handled differently due to their different types of flammable materials. Always be cautious, a bad move can make the situation more dangerous! 

It is important to know which type of fire extinguisher to use! First, pull the pin and aim the nozzle from a safe difference. Then slowly squeeze the handle (sweeping the nozzle from side to side) until the fire has been put out. When using a fire extinguisher, make sure to aim low at the base of the fire.

Always make sure the fire extinguisher is up to date (date-checked) and in working condition. This is imperative for when disasters strike. There is nothing worse than needing a fire extinguisher at the moment of an emergency and it won't work!  

Most importantly, you'll want to use the proper extinguisher when putting out a fire. Contact your local fire department for more information. Also know, that here at SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene we are here to help with the after-math of disasters such as these. Our contact number is 208-457-1234 and we are open for emergencies 24/7 365 days a year! We take pride in having one of the fastest response times around with our 1-4-8 guarantee. Contact SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene for all of your Restoration needs. 

"We are Faster to ANY Disaster"!   

Homeowner Fire Tips

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowner Fire Tips

Are you prepared? 

12/10/21

How can you prepare to avoid house fires this Winter? Here are some great tips from your local SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene location! 

  • Fireplace Safety and You- Be sure to have your chimney cleaned frequently. Without a good cleaning, your chimney can start to accumulate creosote. Creosote IS flammable and is the cause of many chimney fires. A cleaning and regular inspection will help prevent fires and can save lives!!!
  • Install & Maintaining Smoke Alarms- Fires often occur at night when all are asleep. They spread rapidly and fumes run throughout the home too quickly. Smoke alarms will give you early warning signs. Keep them up to date.
  • Appliance Care (Maintain & Monitor)- Clean the lint trap in your dryer after each use, make sure all pathways are clear to prevent a fire. Keep an eye on your built-in furnaces as well- they can be a fire hazard.
  • Convenient Space Heaters- Portable space heaters are an easy fix for cold weather. In order to keep safe, keep all combustible clutter @ a 3-feet minimum away in each direction. Choose a space heater that has an automatic shut off. Make sure to operate and re-fuel portable generators only when you are outdoors. There needs to be adequate ventilation.
  • Lights- Always use the correct wattage for your light bulbs. Certain lamps or light fixtures can cause a fire if they become too overheated. People tend to assume that leaving a light on is safer to protect theft, etc. On the contrary, leaving lighting on can cause fires if the materials around the light bulb are flammable and the light is overheated.
  • Are you prepared? Look around the house for 2 to 3 ways to make a fast exit in case of emergency. If there is a second floor, make sure your family knows how to easily open the windows and deploy a ladder. Conducting fire drills regularly with a designated meeting space is a best practice!

Call anytime, night or day. We are open for emergencies 24/7, 365 days a year @ 208-457-1234! 

Fire Precautions

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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What are Fire Precautions 

10/4/2021

“Fire Precaution” refers to various measures that are taken to minimize the risk of damages from fire. This includes: implementation and installation of policies and equipment that are designed to prevent fires.

The term General Fire Precautions (GFP) is used to describe structural features and any available equipment. This is to ensure that occupants of a building are able to exit and go to a safe place during a fire!

FIRE PRECAUTIONS to take: 

These include (but are not limited to):

  • Fire Alarms Installation
  • Getting an Emergency Plan together with all of your contacts.
  • Ensure the building is equipped with the structural features necessary enclose the fire and extinguish it. Moving to a safe place to gather. 
  • Developing escape routes and shelter-in-place measures.
  • Maintaining automatic fire suppression devices if needed.

Also remember that SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene offers a NO COST Emergency Plan (ERP) available to your business anytime. This is equipped with all of your emergency contacts, account numbers, etc. You will be given online access to reach us at any given time and share this information with anyone you choose. 

Call us today to set up a NO COST ERP Appointment @ 208-457-1234.

Tips you need to know in case of a FIRE

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Tips you need to know in case of a FIRE

10/4/2021

A Fire can be a very scary thing for everyone involved. Sharing information to plan and be safe is essential. Here are some tips to help...

1) Work out a family escape plan ahead of time. 

2) Follow specific instructions when using space heaters. Don't crowd in a small area. Turn off when not home. 

3) Crawl under the smoke. Go as low as possible. 

4) Pot handles in the kitchen should always face away from you. Enforce a kid free zone in the kitchen when cooking near a stove/oven if possible. 

5) Install Smoke Alarms in the home and/or make sure that they are all in working condition. 

Lastly, If you ever experience a fire, call SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene. Your Fire Damage professionals @ 208-457-1234. 

Fire Damage & Your Belongings

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage & Your Belongings 

10/4/2021 

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. We have a “restore” versus “replace” mentality which helps you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We also use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call us @ 208-457-1234. We are available 24/7 for emergencies. 

Your Trusted Restoration Company

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Fires happen all around us! They are those kind of emergencies that nobody wants to have to deal with. They can leave families in despair, worrying about having coverage for their home and belongings. One thing we don't want you to worry about is having the right restoration company taking care of you! We have years of experience working with insurance carriers and agents all over the nation, as well as our first responders. It is our job and our duty to help our community and support them when tragedy strikes. If you ever encounter a fire, you can have peace of mind knowing that when you call our local office, we will be on our way to assist. SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene offers what we call our 1-4-8 response time guarantee. This means that within one hour you will be contacted, within four hours we will be on the scene doing what we do best and in eight hours you or your insurance contact are getting a verbal or written estimate of services. Don't hesitate to call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 208.457.1234. We are here for you!

Unexpected Fire Hazards in Your Home

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Unexpected Fire Hazards in Your Home 

Your Home and You...

10/8/2020

Some of the most dangerous fire hazards in your home are completely unexpected and are things you might not think about on a daily basis. Not all fire hazards are so predictable like leaving a candle unattended or smoking inside your house. The lesser-known fire hazards are just as troubling than most common ones because you do not see them coming until it is too late.

Here are some unexpected fire hazards in your home that you should pay attention to:

  • Dryer lint – Excessive heat and lint buildup is just asking for trouble. It is important to clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly.
  • Dust – Dust can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics and sockets. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite and start a house fire. Be sure to look under appliances and remove dust buildup.
  • Gas water heater – Clothes piled too close to a gas water heater can ignite when the water heater comes on.
  • Laptops – Laptops running for long periods of time tend to get fairly hot. A hot laptop that is left on a bed, couch, blanket or other soft surfaces can prevent air flow in and out of the cooling vents. This can produce enough heat to ignite and start a fire.
  • Crumbs in the toaster – Have you checked your toaster crumbs recently? As crumbs pile up on the bottom, a spark can easily catch fire and start a flame that catches on to items surrounding the toaster.
  • Leaves in gutters – Allowing leaves to gather up in your gutters or bushes to over grow can cause a major fire risk. Be sure to clean your gutters and your lawn regularly to reduce the risk of a fire.

An unexpected fire is devastating and can destroy your home along with your personal belongs. Be proactive in protecting your home from a fire hazard. Be alert and check your house routinely. If the unimaginable ever does happen, we are always ready to help.

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene 208-457-1234 

Fire Departments and House Fires

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Departments and House Fires 

House Fires and You! 

10/8/2020

House fires are caused by a number of things, such as lightning, brush fires, electrical shorts, candles, fireplaces, heaters and more. Fire damage is often doubled with water damage due to the firefighters' efforts to extinguish the flames. 

Home fires are dangerous. The best precautions to take are having a plan in case of emergencies and having working smoke detectors in the home. A plan needs to be in place of how each person will get out of the house and where to meet in the event of a fire.

Fire is fast and deadly. The smoke is just as dangerous as the flames. Once you are outside of your home during a fire, NEVER re-enter the home. The smoke will make it hard to see and breathe. Wait for the fire department to do what they are there to do, talk with your agent and CALL SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene at 208-457-1234. We are trained and experienced to help you with fire damage including: board ups, reconstruction, content cleaning from smoke and soot, and the list goes on.  

Should you experience a fire damage, we are always #HereToHelp.

Start to Plan, Prepare and Prevent

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Start to Plan, Prepare and Prevent

Did you know that wildfire season is year-round in many parts of the country? What can you do to help support and protect your family?

Wildfire Planning

May is Wildfire Awareness month. As the weather becomes warmer and wild-land vegetation, or fuels, begin to dry out, it becomes the most imperative time to plan for the wildfires.

in wildfires, embers cause most home ignitions. Residents can harden their homes and minimize their property damage. This helps reduce putting any  firefighter and their communities at risk. Hardening your home helps to create defensible space on private property. 

Preparing your home

Make your home survivable and community adaptable to wildfires. Learning how to mitigate wildfire risks around your property and community are essential pieces of information to have.

Preventing wildfires from occurring

Public plays a valuable role in prevention of wildfires. The national average is high and most of these fires can be prevented.

Preventable any wildfire can threaten lives, property, and our natural resources. Whether it is properly extinguishing a campfire or keeping your vehicle maintained to prevent sparks- a few simple steps can be taken to make sure wildfires don't happen.

Check out on-line resources to learn about wildfire prevention in your state or area. 

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene offers our services to make sure our community and firefighters are supported.  

Protein Fires

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene 

Protein/ Kitchen Fires 

1/3/2020 

Information that has been recorded and received from the US Fire Administration says: cooking has caused 50% of all of home fires (2014 edition). These fires are called "Protein Fires" which happen as a result of burnt meats, eggs or any other food that contains protein. These fires do not necessarily cause dark smoke or large flames. It is not sufficient enough just to wipe down the area (even though it may look like that is all that needs to be done). The smell of any protein fire can leave quite an unpleasant odor which you will want to have taken care of immediately! The smell will affect your furniture and walls more than just a regular fire would. "Protein Fires" quickly absorb into any surrounding upholstery, cabinets, ceiling and walls. Additionally, "Protein Fires" leave behind layers of cooking grease. Removing this can be nearly impossible and trying to eliminate the odor can be very time consuming and frustrating. 

 Here are some tips on removing cooking grease: 

*Cover kitchen floor with plastic or old rags- preventing more damage from occurring. 

* Mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar and squirt dish washing soap for every quart of warm water into a bucket. 

*Use a submerged sponge mop with cleaning solution and ring out any excess. 

*Use submerged sponge to gently (but effectively) scrub kitchen counter tops, cabinets, ceilings and walls (with using back and forth motion). Repeat 3 times as needed. Use a soft bristled brush for extra scrubbing on tougher grease areas. This not only helps to remove grease spots, but also the awful, lingering smell of a protein fire. 

*Once scrubbing is done, rinse sponge, pour any remaining solution out and clean mop and/or rags. 

* Softly wipe (to remove) remaining residue from the cleaning solution using only fresh water and a clean sponge and/or rag. 

* Take off cover from flooring and scrub. 

* Dry all surfaces.

If staining remains, you may use a fresh coat of paint to cover area. If odors still remain, call your SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene professionals. We have the right cleaning power and equipment to handle your "Protein Fire" needs. 

We are available 24/7, 365 days a year @ 208-457-1234.

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene

Residential Fires/ Christmas

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Residential Fires/ Christmas

12/3/2019

SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene has important safety information to help make sure the holiday season is a safe one for you and your family!

The sight of flickering lights and the ever-ready winter greens are “today’s hallmark” for the holiday season. These “hallmarks” can present some serious fire hazards that can quickly turn into a devastating situation. It is important for SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene to offer information to help everyone safely enjoy this season!

“Fire Facts” for the Winter Holiday Season:

  • Distribute lighting equipment evenly and sparingly. Try not to overload your extension cords. Lighting equipment was involved in more than two of every five (44%) homes. Christmas tree fires is a high risk for house fires!
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires tend to start in the family living room. Five percent are due to chimney or flue issues. One-fifth (21%) of Christmas decoration fires start in kitchens. Sixteen percent start in the living room, family room and/or the family den.
  • Almost three of every five (57%) December home decoration fires were started by a candle, compared to one-third (32%) of fires in January to November.

Christmas Tree Fires/ Decorations:

Being careful to decorate your home can help make your holiday much safer. Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to home fires that started with Christmas trees! These numbers reached the upper hundreds! U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 780 home structure fires per year! These fires began with decorations, excluding fires from Christmas trees.

SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene wants you to be aware that the disposal of a Christmas Tree is just as important to remember as keeping it up and away from hazards!

Christmas Tree Disposal:
Christmas trees are beautiful, but they are “combustible” items. These items become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out in your home over the holiday season. More than one-quarter (29%) of home fires that begin with Christmas trees tend to occur in the month of January. Although Christmas tree fires are not the most common, when they do occur, they’re much more likely to be serious hazard.

If you are affected by a Christmas Tree or Decoration Fire, please call us directly at 208-457-1234.

SERVPRO OF Coeur d’Alene

Smoke and Soot on Contents

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

FIRE- When Fire hits your home and belongings!

Contents

10/31/2019 

When contents in your home have been affected by smoke and soot damage, it is imperative to know who to call for help! At SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene we specialize in Fire, Smoke and Soot clean up and Restoration.

Soot usually occurs when matters burn. These matters include (but are not limited to): paper, wood, clothing as well as any synthetic or organic matter. Soot can spread to any room even if the fire only started and ended in one area.

Some of the things to watch out for, include:

  • Soot Inhalation
  • Wet Smoke
  • Smell
  • Staining
  • Corrosion
  • Eye & Skin Irritation

For all of your Fire, Smoke and Soot damage needs, call us directly at 208-457-1234. We are here to help!

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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Fire Damage Restoration Process

Our SERVPRO process

10/31/2019 

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 
208-457-1234

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will 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 Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene 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 the majority of the water. They will 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

SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re 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.

Call us today @ 208-457-1234!

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage residue on customers personal property. Shoes are covered in soot. Fire Damage at a residential home.

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene 

Fire Damage Restoration Process...

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 1-800-SERVPRO or call us locally @ 208-457-1234.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO (SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene serves the North Idaho area) with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will 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 Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene 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 the majority of the water. They will 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

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They will use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They 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.

Any Questions or concerns- please contact our franchise locally @ 208-457-1234 (SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene). 

Learn More About the Four Stages of Fire Restoration

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Fire Damage & It's Stages

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The fire mitigation and restoration process consists of several stages. It is necessary to determine the extent of damage, take measures to prevent conditions from worsening and complete a fire rebuild. Learn more about the four stages of fire restoration and find out why commercial property owners and insurers should rely on a one-stop shop to start and finish the job.

1. Assessment 

After a property owner reports damage and receives a call back from a mitigation and restoration location in Coeur d'Alene, Id, professionals should arrive on site within four hours. An initial assessment will account for the degree of damage, necessary mitigation measures and the equipment and labor that may be needed to restore a structure.

2. Pretesting 

Pretesting can be helpful in determining the extent of the damage. Preliminary tests may lower the overall cost of a claim by accounting for damage in the initial estimate that might otherwise go unnoticed until later in the fire restoration process. 

3. Mitigation 

Mitigation should start as soon as possible, ideally within hours of an inspection. This phase may involve boarding up broken windows or breaches in walls, tarping over roof damage and putting up security fencing. Other measures may include pumping out water used to extinguish a blaze and removing soot and debris.

4. Restoration

The restoration process can range from cleaning up soot and smoke damage all the way to a full fire rebuild. Whereas mitigation should occur within hours or days of the fire, restoration may continue for weeks.

These are the four phases of mitigation and restoration that should follow fire damage. For the best results, property owners and insurance providers can rely on a one-stop shop that provides assessment, pretesting, mitigation, and fire restoration services in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Relying on the same company for cleanup and rebuilding services can finish a job faster with more consistent quality. 

Home Fires & How To Prevent Them

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Home Fires

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There is a long list of causes when it comes to home fires. They're beginning to become a commonality. When you're the victim of a house fire you lose everything; all the memories you've made, burnt to a crisp.

Some practices to preventing a fire in your home are as follows:

    • Make sure everything is switched OFF and unplugged
    • Check/Inspect your chimney annually
    •  Keep comforters and anything flammable away from heaters
    • Test fire alarms/ replace batteries frequently
    • Never smoke in the home
    • Keep a spoon or spatula as a reminder when cooking/ do not leave stove tops unattended when lit

It is widely recommended that families practice a fire escape route in the event a fire does occur. No one sees a fire coming and it's best you know what plan of action to take in case you're faced with one.

In the event your home has endured a fire, call SERVPRO of Couer d'Alene at 208-457-1234 and we'll make it, "Like it never even happened."

Preventing a kitchen fire during the Holiday Season

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

*Preventing a Kitchen Fire

Did you know that Thanksgiving Day is the "Peak Day" for home cooking fires (according to the National Fire Prevention Association). Fires during Thanksgiving account for almost 3 times the amount of any other time within a year span. 

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of these incidents. Nearly half of these fires are due to cooking equipment problems.

Using water to put a fire out may not be the best option. It is suggested that each home has a fire extinguisher and that each person in the home knows how to use it. Kitchen fires can cause a lot of damage, even if they are small, due to the spreading of soot and water from the fire extinguisher. 

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene encourages each family to use safety habits to prevent a kitchen fire. 

As a side note: Deep Frying your Turkey can be very dangerous. So, please use appropriate precautions and do not attempt this in your home and/or garage. 

These holidays bring joy for so many and should be a day of relaxation, giving and fun! SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and Christmas time!!!

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene- (208) 457-1234 

Fire Damage and the Aftermath

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage and the Aftermath: 

How we can help!

Fires can be especially devastating to your business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene Professionals have specialized in fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your business to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your business unsafe and unusable. We are trained to clean and restore your business with as little disruption as possible.

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

In addition, your local SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give your local SERVPRO of Coeur d’Alene a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Wildfire Damage

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Let's use the recent California Fires as an example:

The past wildfires that happened in Southern California (a few months ago) are an example that we will use. The impact had grown Santa Ana winds and added fuel to those devastating blazes that were encroaching in that area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 neighbors to seek safety. During that time, the “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continued to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds- The Santa Ana winds that had enabled the fires to rapidly increase had reached speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. Also during this time, the National Weather Service had warned of “very rapid fire growth” in that area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help... SERVPRO monitored these wildfire situations closely. Our staffs thoughts were with those neighbors who may have been put in harms’ way during those events.

In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 

SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene 208-457-1234

Coeur d'Alene Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Local Home.

Smoke and soot is quite 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 Coeur d’Alene 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 @ 
208-457-1234

Size Matters

10/9/2016 (Permalink)

A few years back SERVPRO of Coeur d'Alene was called out to a fire here in town. Upon our arrival, we discovered that the fire started in the garage and burned up into the master bathroom, master closet, and master bedroom. Gone also were two Cadillacs and everything in the garage. There was extensive smoke damage throughout the home. The husband was in the room by the garage entry door watching TV when he heard crackling noises. Upon discovering the source of the noised, he proceed to wake up his wife and they both exited safely.

The fire investigation revealed that the home owner had a refrigerator in the garage. Since it was to far away from the outlet, the homeowner proceeded to find one of those small two wire extension cords that one would use to power Christmas lights or a small lamp. The cord was to long, so the homeowner rolled it into a neat bundle an put a twist tie on it. Over time as the cord heated up, the wire from the twist tie melted into the cord insulation and well, the rest is history. Fortunately, insurance usually covers those kind of honest mistakes.

It was fortunate that the homeowners were home to discover the fire. SERVPRO was able to clean and restore most of their contents, as well as some valuable Native American artifacts. Remember to always use proper grounded and sized cords for plugging in appliances. When in doubt, bigger gauge wire is always better.