Recent Fire Damage Posts

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.