Recent Fire Damage Posts

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?
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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.