Recent Fire Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah is Here For Your Fire Restoration Needs

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah  should be called on-site immediately.  We can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but we must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. 

The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration. The experts at SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah will identify what can and cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.

Fire Damage?? Large or Small, Give SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah a Call

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire starts inside your home, it is never a pleasant experience. Fires not only threaten the safety of you and your family, but can also be costly to repair. The heat, flames, and smoke produced by a fire can cause extensive damage to your home. 
 
Whether the fire is small or large, the best choice would be to have the professionals come in and assess the situation. SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah is IICRC certified and have experience with different types of fire scenarios. 
 
Both the heat and smoke created by a blaze causes several types of damage to your home. Flames can burn content and building materials inside the home. Smoke spreads throughout the structure leaving behind soot and foul odors. Our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah are taught how to mitigate fire damage by putting each case into a category based on the severity of the damage. 
 
In fire damage situations, there are three main types of severity. Putting each damage scenario into a certain level of severity helps our specialists know what types of methods to use when mitigating the problem. The three levels are minor, medium and major fire damage. 
  
No matter how severe the damage is in your home after a fire, hiring professionals can always get you the best results. SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah can be reached at (918) 913-4490, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help you. 

Fire Restoration Process

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is probably the last thing on your mind, but you may want to move it up on your list of priorities; preparation is the key. The first 48 hours after a fire often makes the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah provides a timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal, to content claims inventory and document restoration. Here is a timeline to help ease your mind of what should be done before and after SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah arrives:

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah professional will contact you to arrange for service.
  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah technician will be onsite to start mitigation services.
  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained and uniformed SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah employee will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah  employee will begin pretesting for restoration, working from the source of the damage outward.
  5. Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.
  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to make it “Like it never even happened.”
  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah responds quickly, offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage on your own, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (918) 913-4490.

Stop, Drop & Clean the Lent Out From Inside Your Dryer Vent!

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

We all know to clean out the lint screen of our dryers, right? Did you know if you aren’t cleaning the lint out of the INSIDE and VENT of your dryer you are putting your family in danger of a house fire?  Over time lint will build up and settle in the bottom of your dryer and in your dryer vent.  If you don’t clean this out the heat from the dryer can ignite a fire inside your dryer.  You know what the boy scouts say, “lint is the great to start a fire”. 

Here is an experience from someone who recently had a fire in her dryer and was lucky enough it didn’t start her house on fire.

Counting our blessings today… Last night we smelled something "burning" right as we were going to bed. We thought it was our renters burning food or something in their oven.  We had windows open and fans going but didn't really think much of it. Well this afternoon I went to get clothes out of the dryer, they smelled horrible!!! Like a cross between camp fire smoke and cigarette smoke. So, I threw them back in the washer and told my husband. When he got home, we pulled the bottom portion of the dryer off just to check things out. To our amazement (we haven't had this dryer THAT long - but bought it from someone else) there was burnt/singed lint everywhere. There had been a lint fire inside the bottom of our dryer last night. Our house seriously could have caught on fire. I'm so glad it didn't. Hence - we are counting our blessings today and I am spreading the word to all that you should go clean out under your lint catcher thing so your house doesn't start on fire!

Here are a few tips from The Family Handy Man on how to clean the lint out of your dryer. 

https://www.familyhandyman.com/appliance-repair/washer-and-dryer-repair/dryer-lint-cleaning-tips/view-all 

If you so experience and fire caused by your dyer or any other appliances in your home call SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah today!  SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah will come and mitigate the damage, clean up & restore the affected area, and make it “Like it never even happened."  

918-913-4490

How to Make a Fire Safety Escape Plan for Your Family

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

In 2016 there were an estimated 364,300 reported residential fire and 2,000 fire related fatalities. In the event of fire, TIME is the BIGGEST ENEMY and EVERY SECOND COUNTS! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.  The most important thing you can do to prepare is have a Safety Escape Plan.

At Home Fire Safety Plan Tips

First and foremost, make sure you have one working smoke alarm on every level of the home, as well as inside and outside each sleeping area.

Have two ways out of each room, and the proper equipment to get out any upper story windows. Walk through each room in your home with your family and point out possible exits. Also, provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.

Once you have established the exits, practice and show children how to get out of the house and check the door for heat before opening it.

Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke. Practice dropping to your stomach and shimmying out under the smoke with your children.

Make a plan to help pets evacuate safely as well if possible.

Once you are out of the house, STAY OUT. DO NOT go back in the house. There could be unseen damage and danger. Call 911 immediately.

Know where to meet after the escape. Your meeting place should be near the front of your home so firefighters know you are out.

Practice, Practice, Practice your escape plan. It is recommended you practice at least twice a year.  If you have young children it may require more than twice.  Practicing can save the lives of you and your family.

If you do have a fire in your home call SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah today... 918-913-4490!

Why Board Up After a Commercial Fire?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

If your Commercial property has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of your home with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier. 

 Boarding Up

Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

1. The premises still have sustainable inventory. If the building still contains products that appear viable, you should consider boarding. These products may involve evaluation and cleaning and may not be suitable for sale, but it may be useful for insurance reasons to have them correctly processed rather than stolen.

2. You want electronics and other valuables to be protected. You may be able to restore certain electronics or other precious assets to working condition depending on the extent of the fire damage. Loss can be much more costly than repairing or replacing covered.

3. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Talk to restoration experts at SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahleuqah, about whether boarding-up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting the damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful.

Give us a call 918-913-4490

Space Heater Safety Tips

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

As night-time temperatures dip this time of year, the usage of space heaters can go up.  Although helpful machines, they can pose a threat to your safety if not properly used.

Space heaters cause 25,000 home fires a year, and 6,000 emergency room visits, according to the Harvard University Environmental Health and Safety group.

Here are a few tips for using space heaters that will reduce the risk of fire in your home.  

-Before purchasing a space heater, check out the specifications and make sure that it's UL approved.

-Check for safety features such as an automatic shut off when the unit is tipped over and heat element guards.

-Read the owner's manual and be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on proper usage.

-Keep other objects at least 3ft. away from the heater.

-Never leave space heaters unattended.

-Be sure to turn off  your space heater before going to bed.

-Leaving a space heater unattended is never advisable.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah has 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 SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah (918) 913-4490

Secondhand Smoke

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

Did you know fewer deaths are caused by the actual fire itself? 

Did you know more deaths are caused by the smoke from a fire rather than the actual fire?

Smoke, much like water, moves to fill spaces. Just as a rock in a spring can break the flow of water in that specific place so does any content or material act as a filter blocking smoke’s pathway leaving a trail of affected content to be cleaned and restored. Smoke is made up of soot, carbon monoxide, and various other chemicals that may have been consumed by its fire. 

For these reasons it is extremely important to mitigate the damage caused by smoke even if the property itself wasn’t affect by the fire directly. The property can still decompose and deteriorate because of lingering smoke damage which is not only hazardous to the property but also to your health.

Muskogee Smoke & Soot Damage From a Fire

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Residential Fire

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 Muskogee/McIntosh Co. & Tahlequah 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 – 918-913-4490

Understanding The Process Of Cleaning Up Smoke Damage

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage can often be one of the most widespread effects to contend with in your home after a fire disaster. While there are many other concerns, such as structural weaknesses that often take precedent for restorations and mitigation, restoring damage to your property should be a focus of whatever professional outfit you choose. Our team can arrive quickly to help lessen the damage and prolonged impact of a fire emergency, and work to eliminate the presence of smoke damage.

Much of the cleanup and restoration for these results in your home focus on odor removal. Indoor air quality is also a primary focus for our SERVPRO® professionals dispatched to your home once the first responders have left. We work quickly to establish our purification equipment such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to run the available air through HEPA filters over time to begin pulling smoke particles and soot from the environment and reducing hazards or risks of exposure without respirators.

Smoke damage often depends on the type of smoke that affected your home throughout the fire. Dry smoke results from high heat, but is also a residue that is much easier for our SERVPRO technicians to clean with dry and wet sponges on the coated surfaces. Wet smoke leaves a thick residue on surfaces and contents, which often requires specialized equipment to clean and deodorize fully. The heat generated by a house fire plays a key role in the actual penetration of soot particles into porous materials like drywall and fabrics.

Improving the scent of your home after a fire is also a concern for our team, but these steps often follow reconstruction and other restoration efforts. Waiting for deodorization allows our technicians to leave your home completely cleaned and odor-free. Our thermal foggers can often do the greatest amount of deodorization, as these machines are suitable to use in open areas, fabrics, soft materials, and work to remove odors from surfaces as well.

Smoke can provide many damaging effects to your home after a fire emergency. Our SERVPRO of Muskogee/McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah's rapid response team has the expertise and tools to help. Give us a call today at 918-913-9940.

Content Restoration

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Apartment Fire

In January of this year, a Muskogee apartment caught fire and lost complete use of some of its units. 

One tenant in particular lived 30 years in her apartment before a space heater turned an entire building into a desolate burnt patch where lives once lived and created memories. 

After 30 years, she had many items of great value that need salvaging with delicate attention. Our content crew took the lead on combing through the rubble and debris to find what was left of all the great memories that she and other tenants accumulated while living in their apartment. 

Content restoration is a tedious and meticulous job but our crew understands that every piece counts when its all you may have left and every measure is taken to restore your treasures. 

When needing to restore items of value, sentimental or monetary, SERVPRO Muskogee/ McIntosh Counties & Tahlequah handles every unique situation and item as though it is priceless. 

Call for more information on our restoration services:

888-601-5526 / 918-913-4490

Identifying Fire Damage

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Soot in a First floor closet

walking through a building or a property the obvious will have already been identified in respects to old fire or smoke residue. 

Simply because burnt or destroyed materials may have been replaced, if the property isn’t fully restored properly then, signs of a previous fire will still loom within the property. 

Ways to indendtify the damage, is to look in the unsuspecting areas of a property. Smoke travels light and can get into the most unlikely places. The corners in closets, cabinets, behind appliances and other large objects. Soot from smoke is a corosive and continues to destory the very location in which it is found and everything in its surroundings. Soot is airborn so it doesn’t take much for these areas to continually affect a property if it is still apparnet in a location. 

If you have found soot or the evidence of smoke damage, feel free to call us for a free consultation at 918-913-4490 and ask for the Field Reps: Jeff, Duel, or Linda to assist you in the matter.

Mobile Home Combustion

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

In Oklahoma our communities have vast amounts of mobile homes.

When it comes to mobile homes, they require a different kind of understanding that the traditional property structure. Due to how mobile homes are made and manufactured, they require a different understanding for property care and maintenance.

Under extreme pressures such as tornadoes as experienced here in Oklahoma this combination can be deadly.

Pre-screen your mobile home for potential safety hazards such as but not limited too air tight doors for furnaces. Make sure your heating system is working properly and that the air flow exchange is not blocked in any way. Also check for leaks stains and debris.

Last but not least, during storms with extremely strong winds such as that that accompanies most tornadoes can affect the air exchanges within a mobile home. Please be sure to take all proper precautions for your region when face with storm warnings.