Recent Fire Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast & Shaver Lake Handles Fire!

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

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

SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast & Shaver Lake is available 24-hours a day to help you regain control quickly. Give us a call at 559-797-4041.

SERVPRO can handle your fire damage

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Just hours after a fire occurs, metal fixtures, including faucets and handles on doors can be permanently ruined by fire damage in your Fresno home or business if it is not immediately treated properly. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake have both the compassion and knowledge needed to perform your fire damage restoration the right way the first time. Our team of technicians are licensed, fully trained and certified in smoke and fire damage restoration. We realize that these times are stressful and emotional, and treat you accordingly, guiding you through each step of the restoration. We understand what each fire emergency needs.

Timing is critical once the fire is out. Your repairs for fire damage need to be started fast to maximize their effectiveness. We will answer your call and move into action right away, 24/7. We recognize the trauma and emotional upset which occupants suffer, and work fast and considerately to mitigate any damage to property that is salvageable, like fixtures, household items, metals and other items. Our techniques are state-of-the-art, and our cleaning processes will many times stop you from having additional costs of replacement. Smoke and fire damage restoration needs special skill and knowledge, our technicians at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake are professionals and have the expertise that is needed to do the job correctly.

SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake expertise mitigates smoke damage

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage can be very destructive even in your home? In such an event, your home or work property is likely to sustain damages. It is advisable to hire experts to restore your home rather than do it on your own. Take a look at the benefits you get when you hire professionals.  

Experts like us at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake have numerous years of field experience. Over the years, we have seen various types of fire damage in Shaver Lake, Fresno, and surrounding areas.  This gives us ample knowledge to tackle unique problems. We work with expediency to get your business or residence back to normal. "Like it never even happened."

When dealing with the expense in a fire and smoke damage restoration process, you often have to deal with the insurance company. In most cases, the company may not be congenial of the situation you are in and rather than being helpful, they can bury you with loads of paperwork. As a result, the process becomes long and frustrating. When you hire us, we can work with your insurance adjuster to lessen the burden on you by helping with the claims process.

What to do After a Fire

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

A house fire is one of the most frightening and disruptive events that can impact a family. After surviving a fire, it is crucial to remain calm and take the steps that will help you recover from this traumatic event. Enlisting the prompt support of family and emergency service professionals, like SERVPRO of Clovis can really make a difference in the recovery process.  Here are a few things you can do until help arrives:

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

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

What you don’t want to do:

Attempt to clean walls or any painted surfaces

Turn on A/C or heater, ceiling fans.

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake make it "Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage to Your Business

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Many businesses and homes are at risk for a fire, especially when they lease older buildings in need of repairs. We know how costly and devastating a fire can be to a business or home, so it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake is committed to working around the clock to get your business or home restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. 

What to Expect When We Arrive After a Fire Loss:

1. Detailed scope of the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss.

2. Pretest affected surfaces is always performed to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively.

3. Equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

If a fire has damaged your business or home, call us right away at 559-797-4041. SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake will treat you with empathy, respect and care for your property.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, office building or your personal home, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

We at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake are available 24/7/365. 

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/29/2020 (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 Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake 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 – 559-797-4041

Call The Professionals

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean the smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it sooner. If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be mostly affected by smoke includes drapes, carpets, upholstery and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will result in having to replace these items.

You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it, but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do will be to hire experienced professionals from a reputable company to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck. That is where SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake comes into play.

One of the advantages of using experts to clean soot is that they have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that we have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, we will know the right steps to take in cleaning your home and preventing further damage on the property.

When we come to your home, the first thing we will do is to assess the extent of the damage and determine where the odors are coming from. We will then vacuum the whole house to remove any traces of soot. Soot is dangerous because it can cause breathing complications besides damaging property. After we finish vacuuming, we will cover the carpets and furniture to prevent more dirt from settling on them. We will also identify what can and cannot be replaced and advise you accordingly. Once we find the source of the odor we will use specialized detergents to treat it and eliminate the smell completely.

Indeed, bringing in a professional on site will save you a lot of headaches and ensure that you get rid of the smoke efficiently. If you live in Fresno, Shaver Lake or surrounding cities, call SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake for reliable smoke removal services at an affordable cost. For more information call us at (559) 797-4041.

Avoiding Electrical Fires

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

We all know that installing and maintaining a smoke detector is the best way to stay safe in case of a fire in your home, but you may be surprised to learn about the most common causes of electrical fires.  Here they are:

Faulty outlets, appliances - Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.

Light fixtures- Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount. Extension cords - Misuse of extension cords are another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into an outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure.

Space heaters- Because space heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous because the coils become so hot, they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.

Wiring- Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home.

Be sure to check today and make sure none of these dangers are in your home. In the unfortunate case of a fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast / Shaver Lake are on-call 24 hours a day to help.

Call us at 559-797-4041.

Fire Damage in Home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire 6/26/19

This fire damage happened in June of 2019 in a new two month old home. Fire damages are more common than people think and often start in the kitchen. In this particular case, the customers over caught on fire and the food that was wrapped in plastic exploded. The fire quickly spread and the homeowner put water on it thinking it would contain the fire. Many people don't realize that if the fire is a grease fire you need to smoother the fire by eliminating oxygen. This can be done through a large heavy blanket or in throwing flour on the item on fire. If you put water on the grease that is on fire it will actually spread and become unmanageable. Sadly, this was the case for this customer. All of his belongings were damaged either by fire or smoke damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Fresno Northeast/Shaver lake we work hard to make this traumatic experience the best it can be. We have vendors that specializes in restoring damaged items, including sentimental photographs. If ever this happens to you, please give us a call at any time. We are always here to help!

Example of Smoke Damage Repair

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

cleaning a fire and smoke damage

This is an example of some of our wonderful employees doing a cleaning job for a customer that had smoke damage outside of his home. The affected area was a white outside pergola that contained a grill that was used often by the family. We explained to the customer that could try to remove the soot and smoke damage using our cleaning supplies that are specific to fire damages. We explained that this would leave the pergola looking much better but not perfect. For those desired results we needed to first do an overall clean then repaint the pergola. We did this within the customers budget and time frame and they were very pleased with our work. They appreciated our communication and said they would use us for other work.