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Seven tips to mitigate a water damage or fire damage disaster this winter

1/18/2023 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth offers tips on mitigating a water damage or fire damage disaster during the winter months.

The fire and water damage restoration team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth understands how a major property damage disaster in the winter months presents many challenges. Less sunlight, frigid temperatures, icy precipitation, frozen pipes, treacherous roads, school and business closures, power grid failures, and supply chain interruptions complicate cleanup, restoration, and recovery. The best course of action is to follow prevention strategies that serve to avoid a catastrophe in the first place.

Below are some practical tips to help the residents of Arlington Heights, Fort Worth, TX, tackle water and fire damage this winter.

Tip: Strive to maintain a healthy HVAC system. Consistent distribution of heat throughout the home will prevent pipes from freezing. Walls, ceilings, and floors may begin to crack and separate if rooms are not kept at a reasonable temperature.

Tip: Ensure that all windows and doors that grant access to the outdoors are shut and tightly locked when not in use. The goal is to prevent moisture from entering the home. Excessive moisture can cause sheetrock to warp and buckle, and a mold infestation can result if moisture is not kept out of the house.

Tip: Reduce the thermostat by five degrees Fahrenheit. The lower temperature will help prevent moisture buildup in the home.

Tip: Allow faucets to emit a slow trickle or fast drip to prevent pipes from freezing when frigid temperatures are in the forecast. A burst pipe can spew 7 to 10 gallons of water per minute, while a fast-dripping faucet only allows a few gallons of water per hour to escape down the drain.

Tip: Identify and seal air leaks with caulk, weatherstripping, or spray foam sealant. Gaps around doors and windows and cracks in walls are some of the main culprits that allow cold air into a home.

Tip: Make sure the HVAC ductwork is sealed. Keep ductwork clean, and the filter changed on the HVAC system.

Tip: Have professional and certified chimney sweep services inspect and clean all parts of the chimney. Make any necessary repairs.

Pre-qualify a restoration company before disaster strikes

Pre-qualifying SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth as a dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration team will not prevent a winter water damage disaster. However, it will make dealing with a property damage disaster hassle-free, stress-free, simple, quick, and easy. Listed below are seven reasons why pre-qualifying SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is so important.

  1. When disaster strikes, one phone call gets results. A cleanup and restoration team arrives on the scene in about an hour.
  2. There is no confusion regarding basic information about the home or business when the crew arrives to begin the cleanup and restoration. Technicians have access to a basic layout of the house, entrances, the water main shutoff valve, and any electrical panels, as well as contact information for the owner or property manager. The pre-qualification process for businesses, professional office buildings, manufacturing units, retail shops, and medical and dental practices facilitates a rapid response, a quick assessment, and a quick cleanup and restoration project. This proactive strategy can determine the trajectory of a business’s future when a property damage disaster has temporarily interrupted normal business operations, the flow of goods and services, and the revenue cycle, which are the lifeblood of the business.
  3. The customer is confident that the team members are trained, experienced, and IICRC-certified.
  4. Technicians have access to industry-leading equipment, cutting-edge technologies, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning products that are safe for humans and pets.
  5. There are no surprises once the work begins. Technicians take every safety precaution for themselves and the occupants in the home. The SERVPRO team treats the belongings of their clients with great care.
  6. A detailed estimate with images and video is presented to each client. This estimate is the basis for the work to be done and for the initial contact with the insurance company. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can handle the insurance claims process from end to end. The project progress and payment schedule run smoothly. The SERVPRO staff provides the insurance company with the documents required at the end of the job, validating that the project has been completed as contracted.
  7. Finally, the pre-qualification process gives the customer time to vet the damage restoration company. References can be checked, and social media reviews can be considered. After the stress and turmoil of a fire and water damage disaster, the call to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can bring calm, comfort, and confidence to the homeowner in distress.

For more information about water damage restoration in Fort Worth, TX, call SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737. The office can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Helping Colleges and Universities mitigate fire damage during the winter holidays

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth highlights practical steps a college or university can follow to mitigate fire damage during the winter vacation. These simple fire safety tips can identify and mitigate fire hazards in on-campus dorm rooms.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth understands the seasonal hazards and restoration services that may be needed during the winter months. The team provides property damage cleanup and restoration to more than homes and businesses. Technicians also serve colleges and universities that have suffered fire damage, smoke damage, water damage, or storm damage. SERVPRO also provides biohazard, crime scene, and suicide cleanup and restoration.

The summer vacation begins with students removing everything from their rooms. However, during the holiday vacation, students depart for home while leaving everything in their rooms. The presence of personal belongings in thousands of dorm rooms at a college or university dramatically escalates the risk of fire. A percentage of the unoccupied rooms are a high fire hazard risk. Students are provided with a detailed list of strict instructions before closing and locking the door to the dormitory room. The fog of all-nighters for final exams, the excitement of seeing friends and family, and the rush to start the journey home for the holidays contribute to some students inevitably failing to carefully follow the proper fire safety prevention steps before leaving campus.

According to the fire inspection and safety professionals at Fire & Life Safety America, important lessons can be learned from the past. “Just look at the past. There have been too many blazes that have affected schools before. For instance, the Providence College fire of 1977 that began because of a lamp directed at a manger scene as part of Christmas decorations. Almost 20 people were either killed or injured in that fire. Or more recently, the Seton Hall University fire in January of 2000. Three students were killed, and 58 students were injured when the fire began in a lounge and quickly spread. Even today, there are approximately 4,000 fires on college campuses every year, causing roughly $26 million in property loss.”

Many positive steps can be taken to prevent fires and fire damage in college and university dormitories when classes are not in session, and students are away from campus for weeks. Include these tips when conducting fire inspections during the holiday break.

Inspect and test smoke alarms

A smoke alarm is the first line of defense in discovering, extinguishing, and surviving a fire. This early warning system alerts students and staff to fire danger. The alert gives students and personnel time to investigate the situation and possibly extinguish the fire. If the circumstance warrants, the building fire alarm is activated, and occupants in the building safely and quickly evacuate the facility according to the evacuation plan. In most cases, activation of the building’s fire alarm system also automatically notifies first responders from the fire department, who are on the scene within minutes.

Inspecting dorm room smoke alarms is simple, quick, and ultimately saves lives. Smoke alarms are essential to any fire prevention and survival strategy, and testing and maintenance of these alarms are the top priority.

While most colleges and universities are smoke-free environments, this classification does not always guarantee student compliance. Unfortunately, some students circumvent the rules and disable the room’s smoke alarm. The vacation inspection identifies disabled alarms, which can be re-activated, repaired, or replaced before students return.

Inspect the sprinkler system and individual sprinklers

Dorm life can be rowdy and rambunctious at times, and sprinklers can become damaged. Efforts to decorate a dorm room can compromise sprinkler performance if the fixtures have been tampered with. Paint, string, streamers, garland, mistletoe, and other items may inadvertently impair sprinkler function. A quick but close inspection of each head can identify damage or impairment from decorations.

Inspect holiday decorations in rooms and activity spaces

Combustibles should be located at a safe distance from heat sources, including holiday decorations. Christmas lights and other decorative lighting should be turned off and unplugged, including battery-powered lights. The heat from lights can be an ignition source for nearby combustibles.

Unplug every outlet

As a general rule, all electrical appliances or devices should be unplugged, and power strips should also be unplugged. All electrical outlets should be empty. The power may be shut off in dormitories and buildings with zero occupancies during the holidays. When the power is restored, devices or appliances, if plugged in, may overload and cause a fire.

Look for overloaded extension cords and power strips. Address the issue when students return from vacation. Some schools do not permit the use of hot plates, electric grills, toasters, air fryers, or other cooking appliances in dorm rooms. If institutional policy bans these appliances, they should be confiscated and removed from the room.

Pre-qualify SERVPRO of Carrollton as the dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration provider

With just one call, the campus staff can have SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth arrive onsite in about an hour. The team responds 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays when the campus is virtually deserted. If the disaster involves multiple rooms, several floors, or the entire building, SERVPRO can scale to tackle any size disaster. The latest equipment, cutting-edge technology, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved disinfecting, sanitizing, and deodorizing products enable technicians to quickly clean up and restore any size or type of damage disaster.

By following these simple tips and implementing these guidelines, a college or university can avoid the primary causes of fire and fire damage in dorm rooms during the holiday vacation. To learn more about seasonal fire damage restoration services in Arlington Heights, Fort Worth, TX 76107, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Tips for Operating a Pellet Stove Safely and Avoiding a Fire Damage Disaster

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights tips on how to safely operate a pellet stove and minimize the potential for fire damage.

Since home heating appliances are a common cause of home structure fires and fire damage in the United States, homeowners who rely upon a pellet stove for home heating should observe the proper precautions to protect against fire damage. Home heating equipment accounts for approximately 50,000 home structure fires and nearly $1 billion in property damage each year. After a fire, water damage restoration services may be needed as well. However, if the homeowner abides by fire safety practices when operating the pellet stove, the fire risk can be reduced.

1. Use top-quality pellets

A reliable source of high-quality pellets can be challenging to find for the pellet stove owner. A lack of regulation and standardization in quality control leaves the consumer at the mercy of the pellet manufacturer. Investigation into the various options can prove fruitless and, at times, frustrating.

One solution often recommended is to use pellets from a secondary pellet manufacturer. A secondary pellet manufacturer produces pellets as a byproduct of the primary business. An example would be lumber, furniture, or flooring business. The benefit of using pellets from these businesses is that the sawdust typically comes from better-quality wood that has been kiln-dried. Primary pellet manufacturers will use sawdust from a variety of wood sources, but the pellets will be inconsistent in quality.

All pellets need attention to preserve their quality. These quality control tips will keep stove pellets in excellent condition and ready for use.

  • Store pellets in a dry location such as a basement, shed, or garage.
  • The storage bin should be away from the elements.
  • If the only alternative is to store the pellets outside, keep them off the ground. Put a moisture barrier (a piece of plastic) between the pellets and the ground. Cover the pellets with a heavy-duty tarp or thick mil plastic to protect against rain, snow, and ice.

Pellets that are low quality or laden with moisture are difficult to ignite, and slow ignition can cause the burn pot to become overloaded. The excessive amount of slowly burning pellets can suddenly ignite, causing a small explosion inside the stove. Great care should be taken when it appears that such a scenario might develop when lighting the pellets.

2. Practice regular stove maintenance to keep the stove clean and safe

Homeowners need to be aware of the importance of keeping the pellet stove clean. Poor maintenance is a leading cause of pellet stove fires. Fly ash, a very fine ash residue, can collect in the flue and ash traps. At high temperatures, ash will melt. When temperatures drop below the melting point, the ash solidifies. The hard residue buildup can cause a blockage, and ash buildup can clog the air intake holes. These blockages can cause the pellet stove to malfunction, resulting in a fire inside the body of the stove. This potentially dangerous fire can spread to the hopper holding the pellets.

Regular maintenance should include the following tasks:

  • Inspect the burn pot for buildup.
  • Empty the ash pans as needed.
  • Examine the flue for any accumulation of fly ash and creosote.
  • Clean air filters as needed.
  • Vacuum any sawdust from the hopper.

3. Have an emergency battery backup system in case the power goes off

When the power goes off, the stove fire continues to burn, but the blower fans are silent. This situation can allow smoke to get into the room, coating everything with a layer of sticky, smelly soot. A battery backup system will keep the stove operational and the home soot-free during a power outage.

4. Hire a professional to inspect the pellet stove

Many insurance companies require periodic pellet stove inspections. Creosote buildup is much less in this type of stove. However, it still needs regular attention to prevent a pellet stove chimney fire.

5. Keep combustible items away from the pellet stove

The second most common cause of pellet stove fires is the combustion of flammable materials placed too close to the stove. Know the minimum clearance recommended by the manufacturer. Wood framing inside walls should be a safe distance from the flue vent. Sometimes, the wood framing can ignite inside the walls. Some cautious homeowners take the extra step of fitting a spark guard at the end of venting. This safety feature prevents sparks from igniting nearby combustibles.

For more information about fire and water damage restoration for homes in Keller, TX, and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth by calling (817) 741-5737. The damage restoration company can also be reached by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

The Importance of Having a Home Fire Plan in Preparation for a Potential Fire Damage Disaster

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth explains how a home fire plan can save lives when put in place in Haltom City, TX, homes.

SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth provides fire damage, smoke damage, and water damage cleanup and restoration services for Haltom City, TX, homes that have suffered a fire. No homeowner wants to go through the fear, chaos, and trauma of a house fire. But unfortunately, a house fire usually strikes at the least expected and most inopportune time.

If a fire breaks out, seconds can save lives. The following tips can help in the creation of a home fire plan and fire prevention strategy. The key to survival is anticipating a fire event and then planning, preparing, and practicing an evacuation plan and fire prevention strategies.

Tip #1: Plan for everyone, both residents and potential guests.

Inventory the needs of everyone in the home, from young to old and able-bodied to handicapped. Some children sleep through loud sounds, such as a thunderstorm or a smoke detector. Assign an older sibling to help the younger. Have a backup when the assigned companion is away.

Tip #2: Identify two ways to escape.

Start in each room. Locate at least two avenues of escape, including a window and a door.  Check to ensure escape routes are easily accessible for everyone who might find themselves in the room at the time of a fire.  Make sure security bars on windows or doors have emergency release devices.

Tip #3: Make the creation of a home fire plan a teaching moment for children.

When children are involved in the planning, they will be more enthusiastic when the time comes to practice and less fearful of executing the plan in an actual fire incident. If the task is age-appropriate, involve the children in drawing and coloring a map of the home. Each child can mark two escape routes and the locations of smoke detectors on their own individualized map. The maps can be framed, hung on the wall, and admired. An unmarked map can serve as a test and as a review.

Tip #4: Designate an emergency meet-up location.

Assign a meeting place outside the home: the mailbox, a decorative bench in the front yard, or a trusted neighbor’s house.  As tempting as the backyard playground or sandbox is, the meet-up needs to be in the front yard so first responders can easily spot residents upon arrival. Drill into children younger and older: No one goes back into the house after leaving.

Tip #5: Put smoke detectors to the test.

Double-check to make sure smoke detectors are in the best locations in the home and that batteries are always new and working. January 1 and July 4 are popular holidays to also designate as battery replacement days. By associating some of the mundane tasks with celebrations, children will more readily participate in the replacement activity and then continue it as a tradition with their own future children.

A smoke detector should be installed in the following locations:

  • in every sleeping room
  • outside every sleeping room
  • on every level of the home
  • in the kitchen area and laundry room

Tip #6: Make a scene with the street number.

Emergency responders have access to GPS, but making the street number easily visible on the road, on the mailbox, and on the front door can only help. However, the Home Owners Association may have some restrictions or limitations.

Tip #7: Be a quick responder.

Three powerful words explain the priorities of the evacuation plan: serve, safe, swift. The assigned person mentioned above serves the purpose of helping a sibling escape safely and swiftly along with themselves.

Tip #8: Have a backup plan: shelter in place.

If evacuation is impossible due to smoke, fire, or structural damage, then shelter in place. Close all doors. Stuff a damp towel under the door. If at all possible, escape through an exterior-facing window. The family fire plan should include rope ladders for second-floor rooms. Have a powerful flashlight in every room so that occupants trapped in the room can signal emergency personnel of their whereabouts.

Tip #9: Call 911.

In the chaos and mayhem surrounding a home fire, the early notification of the fire department through 911 can be overlooked. Precious minutes can slip by as everyone evacuates the burning home. Sometimes everybody thinks someone else has called 911. The simple solution is to assign everyone the task of making sure someone has called 911.

Share the plan with everyone, especially during holidays and on weekends when many people have guests. When small children are in the home, review and practice some or all of the plan on a monthly basis. As the children grow and mature, the schedule can shift to quarterly discussions and drills. Practice saves lives.

SERVPRO® of Northeast Fort Worth is dedicated to providing dependable fire damage cleanup and other cleaning and restoration services. The SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. Pre-qualify with SERVPRO before a property damage disaster takes place.

For more information about Haltom City, TX, fire damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, at (817) 741-5737 or office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Six Hidden Fire Hazards That Have the Potential to Cause Fire Damage in Fort Worth, TX, Homes

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth brings attention to hidden fire hazards that could cause a fire damage disaster in the home.

When a fire damage disaster occurs, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth springs into action 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, to provide customers with a rapid fire damage cleanup and restoration process. To help homeowners avoid a fire damage disaster, the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth exposes hidden fire risks that could cause a fire damage disaster.

Hidden Fire Hazards around the House

A quick, high-level inspection of the home may yield the conclusion that the house is safe from the risk of fire. However, fire risks can be found on kitchen counters, behind walls, and around the workbench in the garage or shop out back.

Most people are aware of common fire risks such as an overloaded electrical outlet or an unattended lit candle and take steps to avoid the unsafe practices. Yet, first responders still are called out to an average of over 1000 home fires a day. Here is a list of surprising fire hazards and instructions on how to avoid fire hazards in the home.

1. Clutter in the Kitchen

The kitchen is a hub of activity. The sink bustles with activity as pots, pans, dishes, and utensils are rinsed and re-used while cooking. Food prep on the counters is a whir of chopping, dicing, slicing, and mixing. Paper towels are used and then pushed to the side to be used again to prevent waste. Recipe cards dangle precariously above the stove as the meal preparation progresses. Potholders pile up next to the stove.

Four out of ten residential fires originate in the kitchen. To reduce the fire risk, keep combustible materials at least three feet away from hot burners. Avoid the temptation to leave meals cooking unattended on the stove or in a countertop oven, toaster, or air fryer. Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire breaks out. Ring in the new year and celebrate Independence Day by putting fresh batteries in the home smoke alarms.

2. Overworked Wiring

Electrical wiring winds its way throughout a home hidden out of sight behind walls. On average, this hidden and unnoticed fire hazard is responsible for almost 1,000 housefires a week. Home electrical fires cause $1.5 billion in property damage each year. Activities such as hanging the family portrait, plugging a power strip into a power strip, or running an extension cord under a rug can burn the house down. Replace aging circuit breakers with arc-fault circuit interrupters to avoid electrical fires from overworked circuits. Any licensed, bonded, and insured electrician can handle this upgrade.

3. Sawdust

A day in the woodworking shop in the garage can produce mounds of sawdust on the floor and a fine coat of imperceptible dust on everything. The gritty sawdust and especially the fine, powdery dust are highly combustible, even more so than typical dust.

Install a dust-removal system, or remove excess dust with a shop vacuum designed to handle combustible dust. Vacuum up the dust several times during the day. Avoid disturbing the dust with an air hose or leaf blower since these methods send the dust airborne where ignition is much easier.

4. The Clothes Dryer

The lint tray captures highly combustible fibers from clothes tumbling in the dryer. Fibers that escape collect inside the dryer cabinet. The heating element can ignite the fibers if the buildup is excessive. Minimize the danger by hiring a professional to clean the dryer cabinet every two years.

5. Loose Outlets

When an outlet begins to wear out, blades hidden from view inside the electrical outlet lose their ability to snugly grip plugs from appliances and electronic devices. The loose connection can result in intense heat buildup that can cause a fire. When plugs fail to stay in an outlet, replace the faulty outlet immediately.

6. Antique Appliances

Vintage appliances make excellent décor pieces that add character to a home. However, the dated appliances were manufactured to less stringent codes, and the electrical components may have degraded over the decades. By rewiring the appliances, fire hazards can be greatly reduced. The best practice is to use modern appliances and machinery with a UL mark, indicating that the device has met or exceeded tight quality controls and is safe for consumer use.

An awareness of the hidden risks of an electrical fire in the home can lead to prevention strategies that make and keep the home safe. In case of a fire damage disaster, reach out to the cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth. After providing fire damage restoration services, the SERVPRO team can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end, allowing the homeowner to focus on recovering from the disaster and moving on with life.

To learn more details about Fort Worth, TX, fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How Keller, TX, Residents Can Avoid Fire Damage and Injuries When Celebrating with Fireworks

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth warns the local community about injuries that can result from the misuse or improper operation of fireworks.

Firework safety and the prevention of fire damage from the misuse of fireworks are important during the Fourth of July celebrations. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is sharing safety tips to help local residents avoid personal injury and fire damage from a fireworks mishap.

Celebrate Safely

Summertime brings hot weather, pool time, grill time, picnics in the park, Fourth of July celebrations, and fireworks. Inevitably with the fireworks comes the potential for personal injuries and fire damage.

Small fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, and sparklers cause most of these injuries. A typical sparkler gets hot enough to melt metal. This favorite firework is not a child’s toy and should be used with extreme caution and only under adult supervision.

Personal firework safety is the most effective means to avoid or prevent injury. Consider these simple tips when around fireworks:

  1. Leave the fireworks display to certified, licensed professionals who have the training, experience, and protective gear to safely discharge the various items.
  2. Enjoy the fireworks from a safe distance.
  3. Keep fireworks at a safe distance from vehicles and structures.
  4. Avoid discharging fireworks under trees, awnings, in the garage, or on the back deck or patio.
  5. Always have multiple options close at hand to extinguish any small fires that might erupt, including a garden hose at the ready, pre-filled buckets of water or sand, and one or more fire extinguishers.
  6. Have a basic first aid kit on hand. Eyewash, burn salve, and antiseptic should be included in the kit.
  7. A fire blanket is always good to have on hand should someone’s clothing catch fire.

Common Injuries from Fireworks

USA Today reported the following statistics on injuries related to fireworks: “In 2020, an estimated 15,600 people were hospitalized with injuries related to fireworks – the highest number in the last 15 years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. Sixty-six percent of the injuries happened between June 21, 2020 and July 21, 2020.”

Be aware of the most common fireworks injuries and what to do in case of an accident.

1. Burns to the hands

Understandably, a burn on the fingers or hand is the most prevalent wound from a fireworks mishap. A first-degree burn is minor in nature, affecting only the top layer of skin and causing redness, pain, and discomfort. Second-degree burns are serious burns resulting in the formation of blisters. Third-degree burns are the most severe burns. The burn area takes on a white leathery appearance and texture, and burn damage extends under the skin, affecting the underlying flesh.

To avoid burns to the hands and fingers, never handle a firework that has not fully discharged. Fireworks may smolder for several seconds or even longer and then explode. Minor first-degree burns can be treated at home, but more severe burns should receive prompt attention from a physician. For minor burns, clean the wound and apply an over-the-counter topical pain medication. Seek further medical attention if signs of infection appear.

2. Injuries to the eyes

A firework such as a firecracker can send debris flying at very high speeds. Heat and debris from fireworks can injure the eye and could cause total loss of vision. Protective eyewear can provide adequate eye safety when handling fireworks. Seek immediate medical attention should an eye injury from a firework occur.

3. Broken bones and deep cuts in the hands

Fireworks can inflict severe hand wounds, including deep lacerations, the loss of a finger or thumb, tendon damage, and fractured bones. In case of a hand injury, remove any jewelry from the fingers and wrist. Protect the hand with a clean cloth, and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. Keep the hand elevated. Seek emergency medical attention.

4. Facial injuries

Powerful fireworks can burn the nose, lips, and ears. Facial bones may be fractured, and teeth may be chipped or dislodged if an impact is taken to the head. Light a rocket or tube-launched firework from the side, keeping one’s head well away from the firework. A firework can reach speeds well over 100 mph upon ignition. An impact with the head can cause severe injury. If an injury occurs, cover the wounded area with a clean cloth and apply an ice pack. Seek medical attention without delay.

5. Hearing loss

Temporary or permanent hearing loss may be induced by very loud fireworks. The impulse sound from a firework three feet away can range from 145 to 170 decibels, or nearly two times the safety limits (85 decibels) for the human ear. The wearing of ear protection when fireworks are being discharged is strongly advised for children from infancy to mid-teens.

Before using fireworks around the home, take the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. In addition, pre-qualify a reputable property damage cleanup and restoration company in the event of a fire damage disaster. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays. The fire damage restoration company has the latest equipment, cutting-edge technology, superior cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved products to handle any size or type of disaster. The SERVPRO staff can manage the insurance claims process from end to end with no headache and no hassle for the customer.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for more information about fire damage restoration in Keller, TX. The office can be reached at (817) 741-5737 or office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Electrical Safety: Essential to the Safe Enjoyment of Swimming Pools

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the need to prioritize electrical safety around the pool to prevent fire damage.

Electrical safety around the pool can prevent a fire damage disaster. The placid crystal waters hide a weblike network of pipes, wires, a pump, and a filter, all powered by electrical current. Serious electrical hazards can cause potential fiery results. To prevent injuries and fire damage, the homeowner is urged to make electrical safety around the pool a top priority.

The pool season in North Texas runs from late March to October. The sizzling Keller, TX, summers make the backyard pool a prime location to beat the heat and relax from a hard day’s work. The pleasure does come with a specific set of necessary precautions:

  • Sunscreen protects against sunburn and skin cancer.
  • Bug spray, scented candles, and electronic bug zappers remedy the pest problem.
  • Life jackets and swim rings ensure a safe swimming experience.

Safety around the swimming pool, spa, and hot tub must include awareness of potential water and electrical hazards. These six tips will help keep the pool and surrounding area safe from electrical shock.

Tip #1: Find a pool pro.

Seek out the services of a licensed, bonded, and insured professional for pool or spa installation, maintenance, and repairs. Schedule a comprehensive inspection and maintenance appointment before the pool opening to ensure the system is operational and safe. For the diagnosis and repair of a suspected problem, secure the services of a fully licensed, experienced electrician who is knowledgeable about the electrical concerns of pools. Strict guidelines are in place to ensure pools are installed and serviced to the highest safety standards.

Tip #2: Choose Bluetooth and battery-powered poolside technology.

Bluetooth devices are perfect for the pool setting. The short-range wireless connectivity allows for cordless signal transmission and control in devices such as radio, musical audio equipment, smart TV, and security system. Convert to onboard battery power or solar power, and eliminate electrical cords.

Keep standard electrical appliances far enough away from the pool so that bystanders can avoid contact with puddled water while using the device. As an added layer of protection, adjust the cord length so that the appliance cannot be moved without being unplugged first.

Tip #3: Use safe outlets.

Special electrical outlets are used with pools and spas. These GFCI or ground-fault circuit interrupters reduce water and electrical hazards by interrupting the circuit when a circuit overload occurs. These GFCI outlets are common in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and some garages. Test the outdoor GFCI outlets once a month to ensure they are operating properly.

Where electrical appliances are necessary, take safety to the next level. Protect these outdoor plug-in accessories and equipment with specially designed outlet covers that prevent splash arcs. Life and play around the pool can get rambunctious at times. A stray splash on an unprotected electrical outlet can cause a circuit to short or throw off a spark. This situation may be all that is needed to ignite a fire or create a risk hazard for electrocution.

Tip #4: Set up safety guidelines.

A formal set of safety guidelines for activities around the pool will protect guests and the homeowner. Post the rules in plain sight. Review the rules with friends, neighbors, and family who want to enjoy the pool. These rules shape safe behavior and guard against careless, hazardous activities that can result in personal injury, death, or a lawsuit. Provide instruction on when to evacuate the pool when inclement weather is forecast or arises. Include warnings about the dangers of mixing water and electrical equipment. The combination of water and electricity is dangerous whether a pool is the source of the water or not.

Tip #5: Know how the system works and learn how to operate it smoothly.

A pool is not just a 30,000-gallon container of clear, cool water; it is also a complex network of pipes, jets, intakes, lights, and wires. The task of opening a pool at the beginning of the season requires knowledge, skill, and some sweat. After the first few times, the flush protocol seems simple. In the case of electrical activity during a thunderstorm, the pool may need to be shut off quickly before lightning strikes. A delay in shutting off the power could result in a fire or great personal injury.

Tip #6: Pre-qualify a damage restoration company before fire damage occurs.

One call to SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has a crew arriving at the client’s location within four hours or less. The team of fire and water damage restoration professionals is available 24/7, including holidays. Technicians are equipped with knowledge, expertise, training, industry-leading tools, the latest technology, industry-standard cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaning products. SERVPRO can handle the claims process from start to finish with no hassles and no headaches for the client.

Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth for more details about fire and water damage restoration services. The office can be reached by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

How to Safely Handle and Store Pool Chemicals in Order to Prevent Fire Damage

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights the fire damage hazards of the improper storage and use of volatile pool chemicals.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth are experienced in dealing with the complex facets of fire damage restoration. Listed below are some common fire hazards in a typical home:

  • Grease or cooking fires in the kitchen
  • Portable heaters
  • Electrical issues from extension cords, overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, or appliances
  • Careless smoking
  • Unattended decorative or scented candles
  • Children playing with matches or lighters
  • Christmas trees and decorations
  • Indoor fireplaces and woodstoves
  • Grill and firepit accidents
  • Dryer lint fires
  • Flammable liquids and aerosols
  • Pool chemicals stored in the garage or near the home

A thoughtful review of this fire hazard list highlights the following important fire safety tips:

#1. Cultivate a healthy awareness of the many potential fire hazards in the typical home.

#2. Have an adequate number of strategically positioned smoke alarms with fresh batteries installed.

#3. Create an emergency plan in case of a fire.

#4. Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company in the event of a fire damage disaster.

How Pool Chemicals Can Be a Fire Hazard

Residential backyard swimming pools are very popular in the hot, dry summers of Northeast Fort Worth. A healthy awareness of the potential fire hazards in and around a typical home will include the fire damage risks of improperly handling swimming pool chemicals. Though many homeowners close their pools for the winter, they still keep pool chemicals on hand through the winter.

In an article entitled “Safe Storage and Handling of Swimming Pool Chemicals,” the Environmental Protection Agency states, “Pool chemicals may become a hazard when they become wetted by a small quantity of water or when they are improperly mixed, such as with other chemicals or reactive materials. A number of the pool chemicals, especially those exhibiting oxidation properties, can potentially be highly reactive and capable of generating high temperatures, as well as releasing toxic vapors if improperly handled or stored. Reactivity may be triggered by water wetting the chemical, or by the inadvertent mixing of a pool chemical with an incompatible material. Some pool chemicals are self-reactive over time, even without moisture addition or mixing with other materials. Pool chemicals involved in fire or toxic vapor release are likely to include those that add chlorine or a chlorine ion to the pool water for bacterial control.”

The three factors that contribute to pool chemicals creating a fire damage hazard are summed up as follows:

  • the addition of wetness or moisture
  • improper mixing with other chemicals
  • increased self-reactivity (instability) over time

Any one or all three of these factors can cause the chemicals to reach very high temperatures, which can ignite nearby flammable items. The chemicals can also explode or give off toxic fumes that can cause serious injury or death.

Pool Chemical Handling Tips

Handle pool chemicals in a well-ventilated area. Use gloves, eye protection, and a mask when dealing with dangerous chemicals. Close containers after each use to keep out moisture. Thoroughly clean equipment and tools that were used to handle one chemical before using them with a different chemical. Clean up spilled chemicals quickly, properly, and safely.

Pool Chemical Storage Tips

Separate chemicals that might react if accidentally mixed with each other. Do not store liquids above powders that, when combined, can explode or ignite. Store pool chemicals in a locked, stand-alone shed. Do not store pool chemicals in an attached garage; the results could cause devastating fire damage to the garage and home. Do not store pool chemicals with combustibles such as gasoline, paint thinners, or other flammable liquids.

A fire damage restoration project involving pool chemicals and the potential for explosions, additional fire, and the emission of toxic gases should not be handled as a DIY project. When a situation arises from a chemical explosion or fire resulting from the improper handling of pool chemicals, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth can rapidly begin the fire damage cleanup project. Technicians are highly trained and experienced in the restoration and cleaning industry. They have the proper personal protective equipment and use proven remediation techniques to safely and thoroughly restore the damaged site to its pre-disaster condition.

For more information about Haltom City, TX, fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth by calling (817) 741-5737 or emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

4 Winter Fire Statistics That Every Homeowner Should Know

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides Keller residents with four winter fire facts and statistics.

4 Winter Fire Statistics and Facts You Should be Aware of

The holidays are a festive time of year that brings people closer together. However, the constant cooking, extravagant decorations, and relaxing fires pose more of a threat than you might think. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth presents a few helpful tips and tricks to make the holidays safer.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is one of Keller’s most trusted fire restoration companies. The influx of cooking, electrical decorations, and other celebratory activities increase the chance of fires and can help homeowners make their holidays safer than ever. Here are a few winter fire facts and statistics every homeowner should know.

1. Christmas Trees Start 160 Fires Every Year

Statistics show that Christmas trees caused around 160 fires per year between 2015 and 2019. The fires resulted in 12 injuries, two deaths, and $10 million in property damages on average. Lighting equipment and electrical distribution caused nearly half of the Christmas tree fires, making many people think twice before hanging decorative lights on their tree.

When setting up a Christmas tree, ensure it isn’t close to candles or fireplaces. Also, check the decorative lights to guarantee everything is working correctly before hanging them on the tree. Although Christmas trees alone don’t pose a threat, hanging hot, malfunctioning lights increases the chances of a fire tenfold.

2. Holiday Decorations Cause 790 Fires Per Year

Hanging holly and festive décor around a home can transform any residence into a winter wonderland. However, holiday decorations cause around 790 fires, one death, and 26 injuries on average yearly.

Two in five decoration fires start when the homeowner sets or hangs the décor too close to a heat source like a candle or fireplace. Always hang holiday decorations away from open flames and heated equipment to reduce the chances of a fire.

3. Christmas is the Peak Day for Candle Fires

More candle fires happen on Christmas Day than any other time of year. In fact, Christmas raises the chances of a candle fire by 2.5%. Candles started around 7,400 fires between 2015 and 2019, resulting in 90 deaths, 670 injuries, and $291 million in fire damage restoration costs.

Homeowners must place candles away from flammable objects like furniture, decorations, Christmas trees, and curtains. Although candles set the mood for the holiday season, use caution when using them around the home.

4. More Cooking Fires Happen on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve Than Any Other Time of Year

The holidays and cooking go hand in hand. However, more cooking fires happen during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires, causing around 1,400 fires in 2019 alone for fire damage companies to respond to.

Christmas Day and Christmas Eve also have high cooking fire rates, resulting in well over 100 each year. It’s best to keep flammable decorations like holly and wreaths out of the kitchen to diminish the chances of a fire.

High-Quality Fire Damage Restoration in Keller, TX

For fire damage restoration services in Keller, TX, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth has you covered. SERVPRO can handle all fire damage restoration needs without putting unnecessary stress on homeowners’ finances.

Unlike other water restoration companies and mold remediation companies, SERVPRO doesn't stop at fire damage restoration service. Its team provides residential and commercial restoration services, including:

  • Water damage restoration
  • Water cleanup
  • Commercial water damage inspections
  • Mold removal
  • Emergency water damage restoration
  • Commercial cleaning service

If you experience a fire this holiday season and need professional restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.

Six Seasonal Fire Risks That Are Common in Winter

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: Homeowners need to be aware of the fire hazards that threaten their homes during colder months. If fire damage should occur, local property owners can turn to the team at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for fire damage restoration services.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth provides fire damage restoration services for the local area and serves the community with honesty and professionalism. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in accordance with the highest IICRC standards. Customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any property damage disaster, including a fire damage disaster.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 360,000 home structure fires occur each year. The cost of these fire disasters approaches $6-8 billion in damages. Fire dangers are elevated during the winter months because the cold weather drives people indoors where life is warm, comfortable, and cozy.

Here are some causes of home fires that are directly related to cold weather and increased time spent in the home.

  1. Cooking

The primary cause of housefires and related injuries is cooking. An activity that involves hot burners or actual flames from natural gas or propane inside the home is a fire hazard by design. During the warmer months, outdoor grilling is very popular, especially in light of the recent pandemic. However, during the winter months, the cold drives this outdoor culinary activity indoors. Keep the home safe with the following fire prevention tips:

  • While food is cooking, someone should remain in the kitchen to keep an eye on the food.
  • Keep flammable materials such as potholders, paper products, towels, and dishcloths away from the stove even when the appliance is turned off.
  • A clean stove free of grease buildup is a safer appliance.
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance from the stove during food preparation.
  1. Candles

During the winter months and the holiday season, scented candles add a delightful aroma to the home environment while enhancing the decor. However, from 2012 to 2016, candles were responsible for an estimated 8,200 home fires, December being the peak month for this type of fire.

According to a source in the insurance industry, “Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the home candle fires. Be sure to extinguish all candles before heading to bed at night, and never leave the room with any candles burning. Three of every five home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle. Candles should be placed at a minimum of three feet from combustible materials such as your Christmas tree and/or decorations, curtains, blankets, etc.”

Safer, flameless decor options include plug-in air fresheners, oil diffusers, and wax warmers.

  1. Smoking

The leading cause of fire deaths in the United States is smoking-related materials, such as cigarettes, pipes, and cigars. In 2014, an estimated 17,200 house fires were caused by smoking.

Smoking safety tips:

  • Avoid smoking indoors, especially during the cold winter months.
  • Keep lighters, matches, and cigarettes away from children. A locked cabinet is the safest storage option for these items.
  • Discard smoking materials with the utmost caution. Ensure that the butts and ashes have been doused and are completely extinguished.
  1. Electrical lighting

Almost half of all Christmas tree fires (43%) were related to electrical distribution, such as overloaded circuits or extension cord mishaps.

Christmas tree lighting tips:

  • Discard strings of lights that have frayed wires or loose bulb connections.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the number of light strands that can be connected.
  • Do not decorate a live or artificial Christmas tree with lit candles.
  • Before going to bed or leaving the house, turn off all Christmas tree lights.
  • Convert to LED lights which are more energy-efficient and create much less heat.
  1. Clothes dryers

Homeowners report an estimated 3,000 dryer fires each year, and dryer fires cause around $35 million in property damage. Fall and winter are the peak months for dryer fires. Lint buildup is the major cause of dryer fires. Every time the dryer is used, clean the lint filters. Regularly inspect and clean the appliance. Homeowners who are unable to perform these safety tips can secure the services of reputable home services professionals who specialize in dryer inspection and maintenance.

  1. Christmas trees

Surprisingly, both live and artificial Christmas trees pose a fire risk in the home. A live tree is more likely to catch fire when it becomes dried out. However, artificial trees produce more severe flames that give off toxic chemicals and smoke. Great care should be exercised when using either type of tree.

Consider the following fire safety tips when using a live Christmas tree:

  • Select a tree with fresh, green needles, which do not fall off when touched or jostled.
  • Remove two inches from the trunk before anchoring the tree on the stand.
  • Daily water the tree to keep the needles fresh and green.
  • Christmas trees should be kept at least three feet away from a fireplace, heat vent, radiator, or other heat sources.
  • Position the tree so that no doorways or hallways are blocked.

By pre-qualifying a fire damage restoration company, the homeowner is better prepared to meet the challenges of fire damage. In the event of a fire damage disaster, only one call will be needed to have a team of highly trained and experienced professionals arrive within an hour to begin the cleanup and restoration process.

For more information about Haltom City, TX, fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, by calling (817) 741-5737 or by emailing office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com

Proven Ways of Restoring and Cleaning Fire Damaged Buildings in Keller

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Apart from consuming your items and your buildings' structural components, fire damage incidents can leave behind dark stains on surfaces and discolored ceilings and walls. There is also the challenge of dealing with the odors that remain trapped in hidden locations. You are also likely to find soot and ash deposits behind walls and around the air conditioner vents. To prevent additional damage, we carefully inspect your Keller property and come up with appropriate restoration and cleaning techniques.  

Sometimes fire damage to your Keller home can cause significant exterior structural damage and leave it dangerously unstable. If that happens, it is necessary to board it up instantly. Our SERVPRO technicians offer emergency board up solutions to secure buildings that are severely damaged. Such services can also cover openings that make the structure vulnerable to animals, rain, and vandals. The goal is to provide temporary support as the necessary repairs are being carried out.  

Soot and smoke particles can penetrate and travel into various parts of the structure and affect carpets, paint, drapes, upholstery, clothing, and other contents within the building. Our SERVPRO technicians can ventilate the site and use appropriate debris removal techniques during the restoration process. We thoroughly clean and neutralize both the odors and deposits before any redecoration can take place.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can use dry sponges when removing initial smoke deposits when attending to damages caused by high-oxygen fires. We use wet cleaning methods when dealing with the destruction caused by low-oxygen fires. In such cases, the use of dry sponges can spread the soot and create smears on surfaces. In most cases, kitchen fires do not leave behind visible residues, so we thoroughly clean the area to clear the mess. If necessary, we can remove contents in the kitchen drawers and cabinets to allow access to hidden locations.  

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is a trusted service provider that offers proven cleaning and restoration services that meet residential and commercial needs. Call (817) 741-5737 when you need our highly trained technicians to return your property to its preloss state.

Grilling and Fireworks Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations in Keller, TX

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth encourages Keller, TX, residents to have safe summer celebrations by abiding by safety practices when cooking on the grill or setting off fireworks.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth serves the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with residential and commercial fire damage restoration services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and on holidays. The SERVPRO team wants everyone to enjoy safe summer celebrations while grilling out and discharging fireworks.

Grilling Safety Tips for a Safe Summer Celebration

With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the re-opening of the economy, people are more than ready to celebrate this summer. Neighborhood gatherings are once again commonplace across the country. The grill, now more popular than ever, is both an enjoyable and convenient way to cook. These sources of summer culinary delight still require regular inspection and maintenance. According to the National Fire Protection Association, grills cause or are involved in nearly 9,000 fires a year. To the surprise of many backyard grill masters, gas grills accounted for five out of six of these reported grill fires! An understanding of three of the leading causes of gas grill fires can make for a safe summer celebration.

  1. Failure to clean the grill

Grease buildup in the grease trap creates a secondary fuel source that will eventually ignite if left unresolved.  When the grill cover is lowered, temperatures in the grill can reach over 500 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes. At this temperature, accumulated grease can flare up, and the flames can potentially cause serious fire damage to anything close to the grill. When nests from spiders and insects obstruct the flow of gas in the burner tubes, a flashback fire can result. In this type of grill fire, flames shoot out around the control panel. Grill fire flare-ups from cooking fatty foods or meats marinated in oil can also ignite residual grease buildup.

The key to safe summer celebrations is to regularly remove accumulated grease and empty the grease cup, which is typically found under the grill. Pay attention to the “flame tamers,” the flat steel shields located above the burners. By trimming the fat off meat or grilling at a lower temperature, excessive flare-ups can be prevented. An appropriately sized bottle brush can be used to clean out burner tubes in order to prevent flashback fires. If flames are yellow in color and burn unevenly across the burners, there may be a burner blockage.

  1. Locating the grill too close to flammable materials

The temptation during inclement weather is to grill on the porch or under an awning. The heat from a gas grill can ignite the awning, melt siding, or catch the house on fire. Potted plants and artificial vegetation can easily ignite when exposed to the heat from a gas grill. The results could be disastrous. To lower the fire risk, grill in a well-ventilated area away from combustibles. Never grill on an enclosed porch or carport, and avoid cooking under low-hanging branches or near shrubs.

  1. Leaving the grill unattended

An unattended grill is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Curious children may receive serious burns if they come in contact with a hot grill. Animals, overpowered by the delicious aroma of sizzling steaks, may topple the grill in search of a tasty meal. Grease fires or flare-ups, if not extinguished, can damage gas lines or the propane tank. The consequences could be explosive. If the gill must be left unattended, shut off the gas. This safety measure may ruin the meal, but it may also prevent fire damage, personal injury, or damage to the grill.

Basic Fireworks Safety Tips

A highlight of summer celebrations is July 4. Fireworks and Independence Day celebrations are popular across the US. Keller, Texas, and the surrounding greater Fort Worth area are no exception.

The National Safety Council reported in a recent article, “In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade, or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers. Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and nearly 17,000 other fires.”

When closely followed, these basic safety tips will help prevent personal injury and fire damage during the festive celebration of this nation’s freedom and independence.

  1. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safely discharging legal fireworks.
  2. Know the local ordinances regarding the lawful discharge of approved fireworks. Failure to follow these ordinances could lead to severe fines and penalties.
  3. Keep in mind that the persons discharging the fireworks may be held responsible for any damages caused by the fireworks. For example, if the fire department is called out to extinguish a brush fire caused by fireworks, the person or group who discharged the fireworks may be responsible for covering the cost to extinguish the blaze. A small fire involving only a few acres could cost tens of thousands of dollars to put out.
  4. Always have adult supervision present when enjoying fireworks. Only discharge fireworks that are approved for personal use. Never light fireworks while someone is holding them.
  5. Young children should never handle fireworks. Older children should have close adult supervision and use protective eyewear.
  6. Once the firework fuse is lit, immediately get away from the device until it discharges. Do not attempt to handle or re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Both used and unused fireworks should be soaked in water for a few hours before disposal.
  7. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that fail to discharge. Have a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire.

The best way to enjoy fireworks while celebrating a holiday is to attend a fireworks display sanctioned by city or county authorities and conducted by certified, licensed, and approved pyrotechnic professionals. Enjoy the sights and sounds while staying safe!

Pre-qualify a damage restoration company before a fire damage disaster occurs. Knowing who to call after a fire can save time and reduce the extent and cost of the fire damage restoration project.

For more information about fire damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth team at (817) 741-5737 or email the office at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

SERVPRO FST Technicians Can Clean Up and Restore Smoke and Fire Residues

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Nobody ever expects it to happen, but from time to time it still does. No matter how careful you are, it is still possible for a small fire to start inside your Keller home. Often small fires start in the kitchen during the cooking process.
 
Sometimes appliances malfunction or you accidentally get that cooking grease a little too hot. Anytime fire breaks out inside your home you had better call in SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Keller. Even if the fire seems small, there is possibly more damage done to your home than you realize.
 
For instance, if a fire gets started in the kitchen say on the stove, the area on the stove that the fire burned possibly appears only slightly charred. However, it is possible that there is damage caused that is not so noticeable. Anytime a fire burns inside the home the heat from the fire and the smoke it sometimes creates negatively affects areas of the home beside the exact location the fire's source.
 
If a fire starts on a stovetop, then the first place the flames and smokes head is directly up towards the kitchen's hood system, if there is one. The heat from the fire possibly burned or caused smoke damage to the venting system. Heat generated from the flames can also char or cause damage to other areas of the kitchen that might not be in plain sight. It is possible for heat and smoke to get behind cabinets and appliances and cause damage to those areas.
 
The smoke coming from open flames possibly causes a lot of extensive damage itself. Smoke can get to other areas of the home and ruin contents and building materials. Smoke and soot are abrasive and can etch glass, and pit other hard surfaces. Oily fires can also easily stain porous surfaces like drywall. SERVPRO's team of experts know how fires burn and can clean up the damage that occurred during a fire.
 
If you ever have a fire take place in your home, it is smart to call in the experts because they know exactly where to look for damage. moreover, how to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened." Anytime even the smallest fire starts inside your house it is wise to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for help 24/7.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home and Its Contents after Fire Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Enjoying a relaxing time with friends and family in your Fort Worth home's rec room helps you stay more productive at work while also enjoying quality family time at home. Most of the time, this stays an uneventful passing, but unfortunately, accidents can happen, also.

When activities in your Fort Worth home get cut short because of fire damage, we can help undo the damage and restore your property. At SERVPRO, we stay on top of the latest developments in the restoration industry, meaning we can always help those in our community when they need us the most. The three main aspects of fire damage all require attention and skilled technicians who can mitigate the situation thoroughly and with professionalism.

It is only through the removal and replacement of charred materials and burnt personal belongings that some aspects can regain their appearance and functionality. When walls burn, removing the damaged sections prepares the area for reconstruction work. Inventory lists of damaged clothing, toys, books, and other items help replace like-kind items, helping your family get everything back to normal faster and with less effort.

Smoke from a small fire in your rec room can travel quickly to all other parts of your home. This smoke leaves not only soot and ash in fine layers on surfaces, making everything a grimy mess, but it also invades the smallest crevices in your home's interior. Although we remove the visible remnants of the smoke, protecting your family from this carcinogenic stew, much can remain in the smaller, less-accessible areas in your home.

Hidden soot can cause problems as the particles disintegrate and become airborne again. Not only do they produce an ongoing foul odor, ruin your food's appeal, and make your home smell terrible, they can also expose your family needlessly to the same carcinogenic compounds found in the original soot. We often use thermal fogging to rid homes of such problems. The fog follows the same pathways of the fire's smoke, and wherever the chemical agents encounter soot, reactions between the two changes the soot into an inert substance, unable to enter the air again. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) handles this and other related tasks after this and other types of disasters.

We partner with qualified specialists who can restore electronic equipment after a fire. Both heat and smoke that entered into the housing of your devices can cause problems. After any disaster that might affect your video games, computers, or other gear, these should remain unpowered until after a thorough inspection. Circuit boards and other connections can short out if you power on damaged equipment, rendering your equipment useless or in need of expensive repairs.

Wanting to help families in our area recover as quickly as possible from the trauma of fire damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can be contacted by dialing our local number, (817) 741-5737, at any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

Nine Grilling Safety Mistakes That Can Lead to a Fire Damage Disaster

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth urges homeowners to avoid nine grilling safety mistakes.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is the premier damage restoration company serving the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with continuous coverage twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is a true leader in the restoration industry and builds upon a dedication to serving the Fort Worth community with honesty and professionalism. SERVPRO technicians are the best trained in the industry. Having the highest IICRC standards means that customers can trust the property damage restoration team to handle any commercial or residential fire, mold, or water disaster.

Grilling is more popular than ever

Without a doubt, grilling is a favorite pastime in Texas. The frequency of grilling has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people spend more time in their backyard enjoying the fresh air and robust flavor of hamburgers, steak, or fish cooked on the grill.

Grilling safely: Grilling mistakes to avoid

Grilling can be dangerous, and caution should be exercised when firing up the grill. Between 2014-2018, fire departments responded to more than 10,000 home structure and outdoor fires involving grills per year. The annual damage totaled almost $150 million. Here are some grill safety tips that warn grill masters of mistakes to avoid when grilling.

Mistake #1: Cooking too close to a structure or combustible material

Cooking under an awning or under a tree to avoid the hot sun could get a griller burned. Floating embers could turn a tree into a gigantic torch. The grill should be at least ten feet away from the deck railing, home, wooden shed, or garage. Use long-handled grilling tools for personal safety.

Mistake #2: Leaving an active grill unattended

Kids and pets do not mix with lonely grills. Playing near an unattended grill is a recipe for disaster. A dog’s sniffer is estimated to be over a thousand times more sensitive than the human nose. Multiply the savory aroma of that sizzling, juicy steak a thousand times, and the temptation is unbearable. Keep this fact in mind when stepping away from the grill.

Mistake #3: Grilling indoors

Believe it or not, some people grill in the house or garage. Cooking inside on a gas or charcoal grill is a fire hazard. Grills also produce carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly. Stay safe by keeping the flame, smoke, and heat outside where it belongs.

Mistake #4: Not cleaning the grill on a regular basis

Clean grills yield better tasting food and are less likely to produce flare-ups. Clean the grill after every use. Be sure to remove grease and fat buildup from the drip tray and grates.

Mistake #5: Failing to use a meat thermometer

The only way to determine if food has been heated to a temperature that is high enough to kill harmful bacteria is by using a meat thermometer. Grill masters need to practice good food preparation hygiene to avoid cross-contamination and food poisoning.

Also, dispose of marinades and sauces that have come into contact with raw meat. Use clean utensils and a clean plate to remove cooked meat from the grill. Wash hands thoroughly with soap before and after handling any raw meats such as seafood, poultry, beef, and pork.

Mistake #6: Cooking too many steaks on the grill at once

Too much fat dripping on the grill flames can cause a flare-up. Cook steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, kabobs, or other items in batches to avoid grill flare-ups.

Mistake #7: Igniting a gas grill with the lid closed

Gas grills cause more house fires than charcoal grills. Lighting the grill with the lid closed allows gas to buildup, producing a fireball at the point of ignition. Practice open-lid lighting. Should the flame go out, turn the grill and gas off. Wait five minutes before attempting a relight. Charcoal grill owners need to be very careful when dousing briquettes that just do not seem to want to light.

Mistake #8: Forgetting to shut off the grill

Take the extra few seconds to turn off the burners and the fuel lines. Charcoal grillers should allow the coals to completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.

Mistake #9: Unprepared to extinguish a fire

One of the fire damage hazards of grilling outside is the wind. If a fire erupts, the wind can cause the flames to spread rapidly. Have a supply of baking soda handy in case of a grease fire. Use a fire extinguisher for other fires. Do not use water on a grease fire.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident. For more information about fire damage restoration in the Northeast Fort Worth area, contact the office at (817) 741-5737 or email office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.

Your Keller Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open.
 
Burn Marks
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Morgan Park, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
 
Smoke and Ash
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order.
 
Structural Damage
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is always here to help in time of fire restoration please feel free to call us at 

817-741-5737

How To Select The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: An overview of factors and considerations to help you pick a fire restoration company that can meet your expectations, including certification, expertise, experience, reviews, and more.

There's no doubt that fire can be unimaginably destructive. Still, many people underestimate the damage the smoke and the water and flame retardants used to extinguish the blaze can do. All three elements require a different approach when it comes to restoration and cleanup.

Because of the critical role a fire restoration company plays in ensuring your home or business recovers, it’s vital to find the right one. Knowing what to look for can make the choice easier in an already stressful time. 

Here are some of the primary elements to look for when choosing a fire damage restoration company:

Certification

Certification is one of the essential factors to consider when choosing a fire restoration company. Make sure they have all the necessary state and local certifications that will legally allow them to provide restoration services and that they are up to date. 

Look for Cleaning and Restoration Certification from the Institute of Inspection in particular, but also pay attention to the company's sub-certifications that specify the additional specialized services they can provide. Some examples of these services include commercial and structural drying and mold remediation.

Expertise and Experience

Besides having the proper certification, the company's employees should also be fully licensed and well-trained fire-damage experts, able to handle a wide range of scenarios.

While expertise is crucial, hands-on experience is arguably more important. Every case of fire damage needs the utmost care since incorrect assumptions early on can prolong or derail the restoration unnecessarily. With adequate experience, such misconceptions are less likely to happen.

Make sure that the fire restoration company you choose has more than enough experience and has handled a good deal of similar restoration projects.

Referrals and testimonials

Get first-hand information from the company's past clients regarding their experiences working with each particular fire restoration company. You can also ask for recommendations from other sources, such as your insurance carrier.

Rather than fixating on a single negative or positive review, look for a pattern. Even the best companies have a few outliers in their feedback profiles.

Explore specialties

Different fire restoration companies have different areas they specialize in. Every asset is different, so the company should handle and treat it differently. Assess your assets, determine your priorities, and look for a company specializing in that area.

Recovery time

Seconds can make the difference between being able to recover an item and having to replace it. Choose a company that offers rapid response times. They should also provide sound advice on the actions to take when salvaging possessions from a fire.

Detailed schedule

A good fire restoration company should provide an in-depth, estimated completion date and a detailed schedule of the steps their team will take during the recovery process.

Storage facilities

Some companies offer storage facilities. If they do, find out more information about those facilities such as storage space and other conditions like security and temperature control. Likewise, inquire whether the company provides packing services and how accurate they are at keeping records.

Costs

Most fire restoration companies will provide a free consultation regarding the work to be done. While these costs typically vary based on the extent of damage, having an estimate allows you to pick the option that falls closer to the amount you are willing to spend.

With these few factors and considerations, you should be able to pick a fire restoration company that can meet your expectations. In Fort Worth, SERVPRO is the industry leader.

Why SERVPRO?

SERVPRO is an all-in-one fire restoration and water cleanup company that has served Fort Worth for over 50 years. Their services include mold removal, commercial cleaning services, building restoration services, and more, to ensure you can get your home or business back to normal with just one phone call. 

For more information about fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth.

Avoiding Fire Damage In Your Home

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Wall damage from fire Damage from grease fire

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty cords, plugs and appliances so knowing safety and fire prevention are keys in avoiding fire damage to your home or business.  The following are steps that homeowners and commercial property managers can take to avoid costly fire and soot damage.

Electrical Cord Safety:

  1. Inspect all cords for frayed or damaged casings
  2. Never damage or break off the third prong in a plug
  3. Never break off a third prong plug and plug into a two prong outlet
  4. Replace all 2 prong outlets with 3 prong outlets
  5. Do not pull out cords from the cord always pull out plugs from the plug.
  6. Use surge protectors sparingly as it is possible to overload a circuit if too many plugs are pluged into one outlet.
  7. Extension cords are to be used as temporary cords.
  8. Use the correct gage when using an extension cord
  9. Try to keep cords from running underneath a carpet or rug
  10. Keep cords away from water and heat sources

Appliance Safety:

  1. Follow manufacturers instructions
  2. Disconnect small appliances when not in use
  3. Disconnect appliances when you are going to clean them
  4. Unplug small appliances if you are going to leave town for an extended period
  5. Check phone chargers for overheating

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at : 817-741-5737

Seperate your Contents and Structure when Restoring Fire Damage in Fort Worth?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Home affected by fire Fire Damage within home

It is essential to take elaborate restoration steps after fires damage buildings and the contents within. Although your concern might not be on what damage falls under content or structure, there might be reasons why you need to distinguish the two aspects. Among the reasons is for insurance purposes since insurance policies make that distinction. Restorative cleaning also involves separation since cleaning contents and structure happen separately.
 
Structure refers to any item attached to the building permanently when addressing fire damage in Fort Worth. So, any damage to the walls, framework, ceilings, and attached floor coverings fall under the structure. Components like light fixtures, HVAC systems, and bath fixtures also qualify as part of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certified ( IICRC) certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FST), so they make the necessary distinction when scoping a fire loss.
 
Understanding the distinction between structural and content damages helps during fire loss cleaning. It is essential to move contents away from affected sections of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians move contents to a clean section within the building for onsite cleaning. We can also move out items to a facility offsite for advanced restorative cleaning. We also evaluate the structure to establish whether restorative cleaning is enough. In case of extensive blistering by heat or charring by flames, we dispose of the affected structure items.
 
When cleaning the structure, it is essential to do tests to establish which cleaning approach to use. An appropriate cleaning method removes fire residues without causing further damage to the surface or the material. Our SERVPRO technicians test and classify structural materials as washable and non-washable depending on whether wet cleaning is possible. Another reason for doing tests is to establish the type of residue left on the material to determine the best cleaning method. For grease and other oil-based residues, we use dry solvent cleaning agent even when the affected material can be wet-cleaned.
 
For the elaborate restoration of your home after a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to help. We are ready at (817) 741-5737 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Offers Off-Site Restoration to Damaged Possessions from Fire & Smoke

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Home affected by fire Home affected by fire

Once a fire in your home has gotten extinguished, you are only part of the way towards recovering from the incident. In fact, you now face damages to your property the likes of which many homeowners have never experienced before. Fortunately, even though this same damage might be out of the wheelhouse and skill sets of most property owners, professional and reliable restoration services are only a simple phone call away.

As you might now see, fire damages present themselves in several unique ways throughout your Keller home. Even areas that were not directly affected by the blaze can house lingering effects like smoke and soot damage. One of the most pressing concerns beyond the structural integrity of your home is the contents you keep inside. Our SERVPRO professionals have a plan to keep these items safe and give them the attention they need to get fully restored as well.

Pack-outs are a service offered by our professionals which remove contents of your home to keep them safer throughout the restoration process. While some of these items might have gotten damaged during the fire, this same process provides a means for these damaged items to get concise inspection and restoration to make them ready for the second phase: pack-ins.

Once the appropriate attention and work have gotten done to the removed items of your home, and the restoration within your house is complete, the contents of your house are ready to get returned. Our SERVPRO professionals carefully bring in each item and put it back in its original position, helping to make the unfortunate circumstance a distant memory as you move on with your fully restored home. Trying to prevent fires from occurring with foresight and planning can at least mitigate fire damage to your property.

Fire damage in your home might feel overwhelming to overcome at first, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be as daunting. You can rely on the rapid response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth fire damage restoration technicians to act quickly to get your home back to original conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (817) 741-5737.

Structural Damage from Fires

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

We can make it "Like it never even happened." We can make it "Like it never even happened."

If a fire ever burns inside your Fort Worth home, the flames can cause devastation to your property. If the blaze gets hot enough, it can cause fire damage to your building materials and contents. If the conditions are ideal, flames can engulf just about anything that is in their path. The amount of time the blaze burns can make a difference as to how much fire damage takes place.

Items that are close to the source of the initial burn are the ones that get torched first. As the flames grow, your fire damage situation in Fort Worth can get worse and cause things to get ruined due to burning, charring, and soot residues. The amount of oxygen and how hot the fire got while burning can both change the types of damage caused during a burn. Slow burning, oxygen-starved blazes tend to create wet smoke that is tough to clean, but the number of objects burns may not be as high. When flames have plenty of oxygen and things, burn hot more charring on contents, and structural components are likely to occur.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage based on your contents and your building materials, our SERVPRO technicians categorize the damage caused to your home in either the contents or structure classification. If your possessions like furniture or art displayed on walls get ruined, then the problems would be placed in the estimate as damage to contents. If items such as your ceilings or walls get torched, then the problems would be classified as structural issues.

If fires do not get put out quickly, it is likely that structural components will get burnt. When things like drywall and ceiling materials get burned, they often get replaced. In some situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew has to remove and replace wooden studs or floor joists due to charring as well.

The general rule when determining whether wooden structural components are ruined or not is if there is more than a quarter inch of charring then the item must get replaced. If the charred material is less than a quarter inch deep, then it is possible to save the items by sanding them down and applying a specialized sealant paint to trap in pungent aromas. If you ever need help with structural charring issues, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 24 hours a day.

Smoke and Soot

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom after fire Visual damages caused by fires

Smoke and soot is very 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 Northeast Fort Worth 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 – 
817-741-5737

Smoke and Soot

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Bathroom after fire Bathroom after fire

Smoke and soot are very 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 Northeast Fort Worth 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

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 – 
817-741-5737

Our Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Assist After A Fire In Your Forth Worth Residence

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Get Expert Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Forth Worth Residence

A fire disaster in your home is a traumatic experience, and it can also cause devastating losses. Smoke and soot can affect different surfaces, including walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, and upholstery. You need to act quickly after fire loss to restore your home to its pre-damaged state.

In an unfortunate event of fire damage in your Forth Worth residence, call fire restoration professionals immediately to prevent further damage. Lingering smoke and soot from the fire can circulate throughout your home and harm the indoor air quality. A professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help you take care of the damage. We have the experience, workforce, and equipment required to deal with fire loss incidents.

If the flames caused an opening in your home, we could board up the area to secure your property and prevent damage that precipitation may cause. If there is no power in your home after the incident, our crew can use flashlights and power generators to establish emergency lighting.

A fire may also leave debris in your home like broken items and nails, and they can cause injuries to the people living in it. The exterior of your house may also have items that may need to be disposed of, such as torn gutters, ash, and damaged shingles. Our crew can remove such items to simplify the restoration process.

Our technicians can also perform initial cleaning to prevent secondary destruction from soot residues. We can pre-clean furniture and soot to remove the heaviest soot. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) may also wipe acidic soot residues from metals and porcelain. We perform a thorough cleaning of the affected structures and contents with environmentally friendly products.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also wet clean some of your possessions to remove moderate to heavy residues. Wet cleaning is suitable for items that do not sustain damage when soaked in water. After cleanup, we can deodorize your home and its contents using air scrubbers or thermal fogging.

After a fire ruins your residence, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is the right restoration company to call. You can reach our professionals anytime at (817) 741-5737 for quick remediation in Keller, Park Glen or Heritage Trace. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Save Your Fort Worth Home

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Structural concerns are a substantial threat to the rest of your property and its occupants after a fire loss incident.

Debris Removal And Rebuilding After A Fort Worth Fire

Many steps must get taken to restore a fire loss incident in Fort Worth residences fully. Even with a team of qualified professionals, many potential risks and hazards exist even in the early stages of damage assessment and cleanup. Any homeowner should understand their limitations in these situations and not unnecessarily put themselves at risk to assess the damage and inspect the property on their own. Instead, leave this step to competent and well-trained professionals like ours.

Overcoming fire damage in Fort Worth residences begins with a thorough inspection of the property and a specific plan to restore it entirely. Many SERVPRO employees and staff members get involved in this planning process which encompasses all of the mitigation steps and the restoration work to follow, including the work that must get performed to appease the insurance company so that damage claims can get successfully filed and approved.

Before much of the mitigation can get started for your house, our contracting specialists must address the pressing structural concerns that exist in many ways. The first of these is through repairing and temporarily constructing solutions for designed or disaster-made holes and breaches in your property’s exterior. This process can prevent further elemental damage occurring while mitigation efforts get underway. Once mitigation completes, these same competent contractors can get to work on the repair of the structural damage, including full-scale build back.

Debris removal is another critical service that precedes the reconstruction of your property. This process includes the assessment of structural integrity and construction material stability against spreading fire loss effects. Our SERVPRO professionals must remove items that have become too badly damaged to preserve, and these removed materials can get later replaced in the full-reconstruction and building phases to come.

Structural concerns are a substantial threat to the rest of your property and its occupants after a fire loss incident. To make every symptom of this emergency “Like it never even happened,” give our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth rapid response team a call today at (817) 741-5737.

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We Are Available 24/7 For Your Fort Worth Fire Damage Restoration Services

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Improper storage of combustible liquids and petroleum products just need a spark to set them off. We are here to help.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Worth Helps Prevent Secondary Damage

Many homeowners love deep frying foods including turkey. Unfortunately, if the oil is overheated, a grease fire can occur. The oil starts to boil, smoke and then catches fire. You can put out a grease fire by using a fire extinguisher or kitchen items like baking soda and salt.

If a grease fire breaks out and you cannot put it out, contact your local fire department. Once the firefighters put out the fire, you’ll want to seek help from a company that provides fire damage restoration services in Fort Worth to prevent secondary destruction. The soot and smoke residues could ruin surfaces like walls and ceilings. Fire restoration experts can clean your home properly and address soot and smoke damage. One such company is SERVPRO and we are available 24/7 to respond to many fire emergencies.

The smoke and soot from the fire can continue to spread and that’s why we move fast to limit the destruction using products like towels, and brushes to remove soot and smoke. We carefully inspect the affected area to locate the smoke residues and identify the type. We then chose the cleaning method that can remove the residue present. Our restoration experts can use heat to increase the speed of chemical reactions in cleaning products. We choose the right temperature based on the material being cleaned and the cleaning solution being used.

After fire damage, you may find it daunting to eliminate the smoke odor from your home, meaning that smoke odor particles are still present. To remove smoke smells from a home, our SERVPRO technicians can use industrial-grade sealants and a hydroxyl generator. Hydroxyl generators are suitable because your home can remain occupied during the deodorization process, unlike ozone machines, which are hazardous to use around pets and humans. Hydroxyl generators mimic the smoke particles and neutralize them at the molecular level, ensuring that the smells are obliterated completely.

If fire has damaged your home, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for restoration services. You can reach as at (817) 741-5737. We have the expertise to restore your home to its normal condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Says to Fort Worth Property Owners--Fire Losses Require Documentation along with Cleaning and Restoration

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Structural Fire Damage to Fort Worth Home Gets TLC from SERVPRO

Why Divide Structure from Contents when Restoring Fire Damage in Fort Worth?

It is essential to take elaborate restoration steps after fires damage buildings and the contents within. Although your concern might not be on what damage falls under content or structure, there might be reasons why you need to distinguish the two aspects. Among the reasons is for insurance purposes since insurance policies make that distinction. Restorative cleaning also involves separation since cleaning contents and structure happen separately.
 
Structure refers to any item attached to the building permanently when addressing fire damage in Fort Worth. So, any damage to the walls, framework, ceilings, and attached floor coverings fall under the structure. Components like light fixtures, HVAC systems, and bath fixtures also qualify as part of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certified ( IICRC) certified in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FST), so they make the necessary distinction when scoping a fire loss.
 
Understanding the distinction between structural and content damages helps during fire loss cleaning. It is essential to move contents away from affected sections of the building. Our SERVPRO technicians move contents to a clean section within the building for onsite cleaning. We can also move out items to a facility offsite for advanced restorative cleaning. We also evaluate the structure to establish whether restorative cleaning is enough. In case of extensive blistering by heat or charring by flames, we dispose of the affected structure items.
 
When cleaning the structure, it is essential to do tests to establish which cleaning approach to use. An appropriate cleaning method removes fire residues without causing further damage to the surface or the material. Our SERVPRO technicians test and classify structural materials as washable and non-washable depending on whether wet cleaning is possible. Another reason for doing tests is to establish the type of residue left on the material to determine the best cleaning method. For grease and other oil-based residues, we use dry solvent cleaning agent even when the affected material can be wet-cleaned.
 
For the elaborate restoration of your Keller, Park Glen or Heritage Trace area home after a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth to help. We are ready at (817) 741-5737 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Experts Explain The Importance Of Safety After A Fire In Your Fort Worth Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help get your structure and life back to normal.

Fire Damage Restoration And Fire Safety For Your Home In Fort Worth

Going through a fire is the fear of many homeowners in Fort Worth, but taking precautions can help to protect your home from the devastating effects. Doing what you can to prevent a fire is not only beneficial for your family’s safety but your wallet as well. You may be able to get privileges and grant discounts from your insurance company if you’ve taken extra measure to fireproof your home.

You need the help of professionals to restore and clean your fire damaged home in Fort Worth. With the right tools and training, SERVPRO can fix your home up to the way it was before the fire occurred. However, consider the following things to help keep your home safe from a fire.

The number of house fires that happen every year is dramatically reduced by installing smoke alarms. Smoke alarms can detect even the slightest bit of smoke and alert you before the fire gets to a size that is unmanageable. The more smoke alarms you install in your home, the more discounts you can also get on your insurance. SERVPRO technicians can also help you clean smoke and soot damage if need be.

You need to be prepared in case a fire does ignite. Sink water is not great for extinguishing a fire quickly. However, a fire extinguisher suffocates flames faster and on a much larger scale. You can keep various fire extinguishers accessible in your home to make sure you can quickly put out all kinds of house fires.

Many house fires happen from mistakes which could have been avoided if you or family members were more attentive to fire hazards. One of the best ways to fireproof your home is just by checking it for any fire hazards and re-organizing to avoid the hazards. You should, for example, clear the areas around heating vents, electrical sockets, stoves, fireplaces, lamps and other areas which could start a fire. Make sure to only smoke outdoors and extinguish your cigarettes with sand or water to be safe.

After a fire in your home in Fossil Creek, Trace Ridge, or Summerfields, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can help get your structure and life back to normal. We can be reached any time by dialing (817) 741-5737, so do not hesitate to call our professionals as soon as the fire is out.

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How to Remove Debris From Your Fire Damaged Forth Worth Residence

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Removing fire debris is one of the first steps in recovering from a fire. Call SERVPRO to remove the debris and restore your home.

Is Fire Debris Removal in Ft Worth Homes Covered by Insurance?

Once a disaster has impacted your Fort Worth home, you work to understand that steps necessary to return your property to preloss conditions. Ultimately, in the case of fires, much of the work that needs to happen falls into the skilled hands of professional restoration technicians like ours. The question becomes who is going to cover the costs of restoring the property, whether this falls into the coverage that you pay for when you have home insurance, or if it becomes an out of pocket expense.

With the often widespread fire effects throughout your Fort Worth property, even fire debris removal can feel overwhelming to a homeowner. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with an honest assessment of the damage and the best approach to restoring the property as efficiently as possible. Your insurance provider requires documentation, evidence, and photographs to approve a claim for your home to get the restoration paid for, so calling our experienced team first can be a time and money saving option.

Also, by getting our professionals to your home quickly, we can implement our mitigation tactics which can keep the damage from getting worse. We have equipment designed to clean up potential water damage, improve air quality, and remove hazards that could exist from the fire spreading throughout your home. Our safety-conscious SERVPRO technicians have full-body personal protective equipment that can keep them safe through these initial efforts.

Often basic home insurance policies from major providers include fire debris removal coverage. To know for sure, you can call your agent directly to walk you through the details of your specific policy. This removal is critical to begin restoration as it removes overly damaged components and potential health hazards from the property and provides a safer environment for our technicians to restore.

With fire damage, no two homes get affected in the same way. Let our highly trained SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth fire restoration specialists offer you comprehensive service from our initial inspection through the return of your restored home. Call us anytime at (817) 741-5737.

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How Professionals Restore Your Fire Damaged Keller Home

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first steps after a fire is securing the building. SERVPRO added tarps to this house to keeps the elements out while it was being repaired.

Proven Ways of Restoring and Cleaning Fire Damaged Buildings in Keller

Apart from consuming your items and your buildings' structural components, fire damage incidents can leave behind dark stains on surfaces and discolored ceilings and walls. There is also the challenge of dealing with the odors that remain trapped in hidden locations. You are also likely to find soot and ash deposits behind walls and around the air conditioner vents. To prevent additional damage, we carefully inspect your Keller property and come up with appropriate restoration and cleaning techniques.  

Sometimes fire damage to your Keller home can cause significant exterior structural damage and leave it dangerously unstable. If that happens, it is necessary to board it up instantly. Our SERVPRO technicians offer emergency board up solutions to secure buildings that are severely damaged. Such services can also cover openings that make the structure vulnerable to animals, rain, and vandals. The goal is to provide temporary support as the necessary repairs are being carried out.  

Soot and smoke particles can penetrate and travel into various parts of the structure and affect carpets, paint, drapes, upholstery, clothing, and other contents within the building. Our SERVPRO technicians can ventilate the site and use appropriate debris removal techniques during the restoration process. We thoroughly clean and neutralize both the odors and deposits before any redecoration can take place.  

Our SERVPRO technicians can use dry sponges when removing initial smoke deposits when attending to damages caused by high-oxygen fires. We use wet cleaning methods when dealing with the destruction caused by low-oxygen fires. In such cases, the use of dry sponges can spread the soot and create smears on surfaces. In most cases, kitchen fires do not leave behind visible residues, so we thoroughly clean the area to clear the mess. If necessary, we can remove contents in the kitchen drawers and cabinets to allow access to hidden locations.  

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is a trusted service provider that offers proven cleaning and restoration services that meet residential and commercial needs. Call (817) 741-5737 when you need our highly trained technicians to return your property to its preloss state.

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Fire Damage Technicians Out Of Fort Worth Talk About Structural Issues

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever burns inside your Fort Worth home, the flames can cause devastation to your property.

Technicians Talk About Structural Issues

If a fire ever burns inside your Fort Worth home, the flames can cause devastation to your property. If the blaze gets hot enough, it can cause fire damage to your building materials and contents. If the conditions are ideal, flames can engulf just about anything that is in their path. The amount of time the blaze burns can make a difference as to how much fire damage takes place.

Items that are close to the source of the initial burn are the ones that get torched first. As the flames grow, your fire damage situation in Fort Worth can get worse and cause things to get ruined due to burning, charring, and soot residues. The amount of oxygen and how hot the fire got while burning can both change the types of damage caused during a burn. Slow burning, oxygen-starved blazes tend to create wet smoke that is tough to clean, but the number of objects burns may not be as high. When flames have plenty of oxygen and things, burn hot more charring on contents, and structural components are likely to occur.

Since insurance companies separate their coverage based on your contents and your building materials, our SERVPRO technicians categorize the damage caused to your home in either the contents or structure classification. If your possessions like furniture or art displayed on walls get ruined, then the problems would be placed in the estimate as damage to contents. If items such as your ceilings or walls get torched, then the problems would be classified as structural issues.

If fires do not get put out quickly, it is likely that structural components will get burnt. When things like drywall and ceiling materials get burned, they often get replaced. In some situations, our SERVPRO restoration crew has to remove and replace wooden studs or floor joists due to charring as well.

The general rule when determining whether wooden structural components are ruined or not is if there is more than a quarter inch of charring then the item must get replaced. If the charred material is less than a quarter inch deep, then it is possible to save the items by sanding them down and applying a specialized sealant paint to trap in pungent aromas. If you ever need help with structural charring issues, call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 24 hours a day.

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Firefighters That Have Responded to a Fire Can Cause Intense Water Damage in Your Fort Worth Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

When the remains of a fire are soaked with water that was used to put out the fire, you know that it is time to contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand That Dealing With Fire Damage Always Includes Remediating the Water Damage Caused by Putting Out the Fire 

Firefighting efforts require the use of an intense amount of water to extinguish flames, however, it can lead to your home needing urgent water damage restoration services. When putting out a fire, firefighters pump out hundreds of gallons of water in just a few seconds. The intensity of the water spray can weaken the structure of your home and also cause slippery surfaces that are not safe to walk in. Until clean up is done, and the remaining structure of your home is dry, a contractor cannot come into the space to rebuild. Fortunately, help is not far from your home.
 
Immediately after a fire has been extinguished, our job is to swiftly arrive so we may begin providing water damage restoration services in your Fort Worth home as soon as possible. It is imperative for you to call for professional help swiftly, as it increases the likelihood that our remediation is successful. The quicker we can begin to tackle removing the water, and cleaning up the space, the more likely we are to save some of the structure that has been waterlogged.
 
When SERVPRO arrives at the scene, the first thing we can do is a careful inspection of your home. We can identify any charred obstacles that could be hazardous and remove them. Additionally, SERVPRO can look for any structural materials that are not saveable and demolish them. Additionally, we can remove any drywall panels that have been ruined. Once the area is free of any dangers that can lead to tripping or other injuries, we can set up to dry out the remaining structure.
 
SERVPRO can set up extractors and wet vacs to remove any puddles of water from the area, as well as anything that is excessively soaked. Extractors in particular help draw water out of materials to further dry them. Additionally, SERVPRO can use tools such as dehumidifiers and ventilation box fans to help create an ideal environment for evaporation. Using these tools allows us to remove the water and moisture from the remains of your home so renovation work can be done by a contractor.
 
Do not hesitate or consider skipping this vital step between extinguishment and renovation. Dial (817) 741-5737 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. We always strive to arrive at your home as quickly as we possibly can.
 
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Going The Extra Mile For Fire Damage Restoration In Your Keller Residence

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Keller Cleanup and Restoration Needed? Contact SERVPRO for Help

SERVPRO Offers Off-Site Restoration to Damaged Possessions from Fire & Smoke

Once a fire in your home has gotten extinguished, you are only part of the way towards recovering from the incident. In fact, you now face damages to your property the likes of which many homeowners have never experienced before. Fortunately, even though this same damage might be out of the wheelhouse and skill sets of most property owners, professional and reliable restoration services are only a simple phone call away.

As you might now see, fire damages present themselves in several unique ways throughout your Keller home. Even areas that were not directly affected by the blaze can house lingering effects like smoke and soot damage. One of the most pressing concerns beyond the structural integrity of your home is the contents you keep inside. Our SERVPRO professionals have a plan to keep these items safe and give them the attention they need to get fully restored as well.

Pack-outs are a service offered by our professionals which remove contents of your home to keep them safer throughout the restoration process. While some of these items might have gotten damaged during the fire, this same process provides a means for these damaged items to get concise inspection and restoration to make them ready for the second phase: pack-ins.

Once the appropriate attention and work have gotten done to the removed items of your home, and the restoration within your house is complete, the contents of your house are ready to get returned. Our SERVPRO professionals carefully bring in each item and put it back in its original position, helping to make the unfortunate circumstance a distant memory as you move on with your fully restored home. Trying to prevent fires from occurring with foresight and planning can at least mitigate fire damage to your property.

Fire damage in your home might feel overwhelming to overcome at first, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be as daunting. You can rely on the rapid response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth fire damage restoration technicians to act quickly to get your home back to original conditions as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (817) 741-5737.

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When Fire Damage Takes Your Fort Worth Family Rec Room Out of Commission

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire damages your home, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to return your home to its pre loss condition "Like it never even happened."

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home and Its Contents after Fire Damage

Enjoying a relaxing time with friends and family in your Fort Worth home's rec room helps you stay more productive at work while also enjoying quality family time at home. Most of the time, this stays an uneventful passing, but unfortunately, accidents can happen, also.

When activities in your Fort Worth home get cut short because of fire damage, we can help undo the damage and restore your property. At SERVPRO, we stay on top of the latest developments in the restoration industry, meaning we can always help those in our community when they need us the most. The three main aspects of fire damage all require attention and skilled technicians who can mitigate the situation thoroughly and with professionalism.

It is only through the removal and replacement of charred materials and burnt personal belongings that some aspects can regain their appearance and functionality. When walls burn, removing the damaged sections prepares the area for reconstruction work. Inventory lists of damaged clothing, toys, books, and other items help replace like-kind items, helping your family get everything back to normal faster and with less effort.

Smoke from a small fire in your rec room can travel quickly to all other parts of your home. This smoke leaves not only soot and ash in fine layers on surfaces, making everything a grimy mess, but it also invades the smallest crevices in your home's interior. Although we remove the visible remnants of the smoke, protecting your family from this carcinogenic stew, much can remain in the smaller, less-accessible areas in your home.

Hidden soot can cause problems as the particles disintegrate and become airborne again. Not only do they produce an ongoing foul odor, ruin your food's appeal, and make your home smell terrible, they can also expose your family needlessly to the same carcinogenic compounds found in the original soot. We often use thermal fogging to rid homes of such problems. The fog follows the same pathways of the fire's smoke, and wherever the chemical agents encounter soot, reactions between the two changes the soot into an inert substance, unable to enter the air again. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) handles this and other related tasks after this and other types of disasters.

We partner with qualified specialists who can restore electronic equipment after a fire. Both heat and smoke that entered into the housing of your devices can cause problems. After any disaster that might affect your video games, computers, or other gear, these should remain unpowered until after a thorough inspection. Circuit boards and other connections can short out if you power on damaged equipment, rendering your equipment useless or in need of expensive repairs.

Wanting to help families in our area recover as quickly as possible from the trauma of fire damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth can be contacted by dialing our local number, (817) 741-5737, at any time, day or night, 365 days a year.

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Fire Damage from Hair Straighteners and Curlers in Your Fort Worth Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Leaving hair straighteners and hair curlers unattended is a fire hazard and can leave your home in need of fire damage restoration services.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

For many people, a hair straightener or hair curler is an essential daily beauty aid. These devices can, however, pose a fire hazard if they are unattended. If you regularly use one of these items in your home in Fort Worth, you should avoid leaving it plugged in when it is not in use, and always ensure you are placing them on a non-flammable surface to avoid combustion. The fire risk that straighteners and curlers pose should not be underestimated, as if left alone even for a short while, small fires can spark and spread, causing additional damage.

Fires from these devices are no less scary than any other fire, and the fire damage they can leave behind in your Forth Worth home can be devastating. You may wonder how your home is ever going to look the same, or where to begin. That is where our technicians at SERVPRO come in. We are here to help you after a disaster like this anytime you need us.

When cleaning your home after fire damage, there are four fundamental elements which are required to suspend residues so we can remove them. Temperature is first, as heat increases how fast the chemical reactions in the cleaning products are. We choose the right temperature depending on the solution for cleaning and the material being cleaned.

Agitation is the next step in SERVPRO’s cleaning process. We agitate surfaces by using brushes, towels, water and air pressure, and the sonic vibrations found in ultrasonic machines. Agitation loosens residues from surfaces and spreads the cleaning products over the surface.

The professional cleaning products go through several chemical reactions with surfaces and residues. We choose the right cleaning product depending on what action we desire, like emulsifying, dissolving, oxidizing, bleaching, or changing ph. The amount of dwell time which is needed for professional cleaning and deodorizing products varies depending on the kind of residues and products.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth takes the time to thoroughly clean and sanitize anything in your home in Trace Ridge, Heritage Trace, or Fossil Creek that is salvageable after a fire. Just give us a call at (817) 741-5737 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you restore your home.

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Fire Damage Specialists in Keller

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Keller Kitchen Fires Cause Lots of Smoke Damage--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Odor Removal

SERVPRO FST Technicians Can Clean Up and Restore Smoke and Fire Residues

Nobody ever expects it to happen, but from time to time it still does. No matter how careful you are, it is still possible for a small fire to start inside your Keller home. Often small fires start in the kitchen during the cooking process.
 
Sometimes appliances malfunction or you accidentally get that cooking grease a little too hot. Anytime fire breaks out inside your home you had better call in SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Keller. Even if the fire seems small, there is possibly more damage done to your home than you realize.
 
For instance, if a fire gets started in the kitchen say on the stove, the area on the stove that the fire burned possibly appears only slightly charred. However, it is possible that there is damage caused that is not so noticeable. Anytime a fire burns inside the home the heat from the fire and the smoke it sometimes creates negatively affects areas of the home beside the exact location the fire's source.
 
If a fire starts on a stovetop, then the first place the flames and smokes head is directly up towards the kitchen's hood system, if there is one. The heat from the fire possibly burned or caused smoke damage to the venting system. Heat generated from the flames can also char or cause damage to other areas of the kitchen that might not be in plain sight. It is possible for heat and smoke to get behind cabinets and appliances and cause damage to those areas.
 
The smoke coming from open flames possibly causes a lot of extensive damage itself. Smoke can get to other areas of the home and ruin contents and building materials. Smoke and soot are abrasive and can etch glass, and pit other hard surfaces. Oily fires can also easily stain porous surfaces like drywall. SERVPRO's team of experts know how fires burn and can clean up the damage that occurred during a fire.
 
If you ever have a fire take place in your home, it is smart to call in the experts because they know exactly where to look for damage. moreover, how to restore your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened." Anytime even the smallest fire starts inside your house it is wise to call SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737 for help 24/7.

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Eliminating Smoke Damage in Fort Worth

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to get rid of lingering odors left behind from smoke during a fire in your home.

Professional Equipment to Rid Your Home of Lingering Odors after Fire Damage

The majority of costs to a Fort Worth homeowner, after a fire, come from lingering odors. That is because most fires do not cause structural damage or even significant damage to a home. The flames usually happen in a single room like the kitchen, and only smoke gets into other areas of the house.

Lingering odors are probably the most challenging part of fire damage in a Fort Worth home to remove. Owners replace burned property and paint over scorch marks pretty quickly. Even property water-logged from fire-fighting efforts can usually be dried using the right equipment and given enough time. It is not always that simple with odors, but SERVPRO maintains the equipment needed to get the job done.

Ventilation Fans – Our technicians start the process using these machines to move up to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute through a home. These fans also serve a second purpose by blowing air through rooms and across surfaces damp from the efforts to put out the fire.

Ozone Machines – These devices force oxygen molecules to react with odor-causing molecules in the air. This forced action oxidizes the molecules, breaking down the odor completely. It is incredibly efficient, but technicians using the devices have to wear protective gear. While engaged, this ozone gas is dangerous to pets, residents, and items with natural rubber. After the devices are shut off, the gas quickly converts back to oxygen.

Pressure SprayersSERVPRO technicians use these machines to apply deodorizing and other cleaning agents directly onto the affected property. They are very useful on upholstered fabrics and carpets that have substantial amounts of odor-causing smoke residue.

Injectors – These devices are small, commercial grade pumps designed to remove odor-causing stains on a rug or piece of furniture. Our IICRC-certified technicians use them with a large needle to inject a deodorizer directly into the stain. We use this device where possible to avoid reupholstering an item like a sofa.

SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth attempts to restore every home to its original, pre-fire condition. That means not just the personal property, but the first breath that homeowners and residents take when they walk back inside after we finish work as well. For more information about what we can do for your home, call (817) 741-5737 today.

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Appliance Failure Causes Fire Damage In Fort Worth

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Odors and Damage Are Eliminated with SERVPRO's Help to Fort Worth Properties

Smoke Odors and Residues Damage Fort Worth Properties and Need Immediate Attention

Air conditioning is a necessity in our hot and humid climate. On occasion, AC units or supplemental fans spark a blaze that causes damage in residential buildings. Typically these fires result from faulty wiring or the use of extension cords not rated for the load. SERVPRO technicians train to restore homes affected by this type of fire.

Wire or cable insulation defects or wear is the source of about a third of the over 7,400 fires reported each year with AC or fans as a contributing factor. Fire damage to your Fort Worth home links to a sparking cable connected to your AC unit. Although the fire itself had only a brief tenure, heavy smoke moved throughout your home, through open spaces and the HVAC system. We prepare for these factors through continuing education for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry through its certification programs, also know as IICRC.
 
SERVPRO crews take care that any chance of electrical shock during their work is eliminated by ensuring the power is off. Chemical extinguishers knocked down the flames, so water damage is not an issue this time. Our project manager assesses the space where the fire blazed and walks through the rest of your home to determine how involved other areas are, looking for smoke residues and smells.
 
Working quickly because smoke and soot damage is so fast-acting and devastating, our crew cleans every surface. The smoke residue, in this case, is likely sticky so solvents and abrasive cleaning tools may be used according to our workers’ training. These products show the best outcomes in the hands of certified professionals. SERVPRO specialists inspect and clean out the HVAC system, looking for soot and chemical remains that must not be circulated later within your home.
 
Expect the presence of an acrid smoke smell throughout the rooms of your home, even far from the fire. It may take some tries, but our deodorization experts will rid your home of the smoky odor. First burned materials are bagged and removed. Our technicians then use spray and wipe methods to remove the smell. If that does not complete the task, airborne sprays and ultimately thermal fogging methods seek out the particulates holding the odor in the air. The small droplets of spray or the combusted particles of thermal fogs neutralize the odor molecules, changing their composition, so the unpleasant aromas disappear.
 
Call (817) 741-5737 to get SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth on the job after your electrical fire. Prompt, polite and professional, our technicians are eager to restore your home to preloss condition.

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Fire Damage in Keller Business

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is there for you when you have fire damage.

Your Keller Business Needs to Look and Smell Inviting after Fire Damage Restoration

Presentation is important for any business, and doubly so in the service sector. If you own or manage a store or restaurant, your customers will likely be discouraged or even scared off by obvious signs of damage and visual blemishes on your property. SERVPRO knows first-hand that some of the most thorough visual damages to a building can come from fires, whether through the burn itself or any associated events and factors. These blemishes and issues are commonly cleaned up by our restoration teams, to ensure that once a company's doors get back open, they stay open.
 
Burn Marks
 
Burns and char easily rank among the most visible types of commercial fire damage in Morgan Park, immediately giving away to any observer the fact that a fire has burned in the area. Blackened or darkened materials, even if they have no other major damage beyond discoloration, can still be resource and time-intensive to cover up, often requiring a wide cleaning and repainting job to make sure colors blend well and no burn material remains.
 
Smoke and Ash
 
Smoke and ash leave a profound impact on a building, to both the sight and smell of anyone nearby. Smoke is a pervasive scent and easily noticeable in most cases, but can also leave behind a great deal of smearing and coat surfaces. Depending on the type of smoke and conditions of this fire, this may be a relatively easy cleanup job, or a more thorough repainting may be in order.
 
Structural Damage
 
SERVPRO can also help to restore mild structural damage caused by a fire, rebuilding walls, floors, supports, and other elements of a building if they have been burned through or collapsed on. We always aim to restore before replacing, and in this way can potentially save you thousands in reconstruction costs where they are not necessary.

SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth is always here to help in time of fire restoration please feel free to call us at 

817-741-5737

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Smoke and Soot Damage in your Fort Worth Home

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Soot damage from a collapsed fire place.

Smoke and soot is very 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 Northeast Fort Worth 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  817-741-5737

Avoiding Fire Damage to your Keller or Fort Worth Home

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Soot and fire damage in Fort Worth home

Electrical Safety steps to avoid a fire in your Fort Worth and Keller Home: 

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty cords, plugs and appliances so knowing safety and fire prevention are keys in avoiding fire damage to your home or business.  The following are steps that homeowners and commercial property managers can take to avoid costly fire and soot damage.

Electrical Cord Safety:

  1. Inspect all cords for frayed or damaged casings
  2. Never damage or break off the third prong in a plug
  3. Never break off a third prong plug and plug into a two prong outlet
  4. Replace all 2 prong outlets with 3 prong outlets
  5. Do not pull out cords from the cord always pull out plugs from the plug.
  6. Use surge protectors sparingly as it is possible to overload a circuit if too many plugs are pluged into one outlet.
  7. Extension cords are to be used as temporary cords.
  8. Use the correct gage when using an extension cord
  9. Try to keep cords from running underneath a carpet or rug
  10. Keep cords away from water and heat sources

Appliance Safety:

  1. Follow manufacturers instructions
  2. Disconnect small appliances when not in use
  3. Disconnect appliances when you are going to clean them
  4. Unplug small appliances if you are going to leave town for an extended period
  5. Check phone chargers for overheating

By following some of these simple systems of checks and balances a homeowner can possibly avoid a damaging fire.  For more information please consider going to https://www.safeelectricity.org/

At SERVPRO Northeast Fort Worth we are there to help our customers in a fire and soot damage situation with fast service in order to get you back on your feet.  Please feel free to contact us at :

817-741-5737

http://www.SERVPROnortheastftworth.com/

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very 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 Northeast Fort Worth 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 – 
817-741-5737