Recent Fire Damage Posts

Prevent a Dryer Fire

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged Dryer due to Fire Burnt dryer from recent fire in Olmos Park Home.

Dryer fires are a serious issue that causes thousands of fires in the US each year.  Clogged vents can easily cause the lint buildup to ignite and quickly spread to the surrounding areas.  The homeowner in the attached photo was extremely lucky that the buildup behind the dryer ignited but the fire did not spread to the surrounding material causing a structure fire.

Dirty or clogged dryer vents and ductwork reduce your dryer’s performance and efficiency.  However, the buildup of heat, dryer lint, and dust can lead to a fire hazard. It is recommended that dryer ducts and vents be cleaned annually to keep your units running efficiently and safely.

If you have not cleaned your ducts/vents recently, and especially if you are experiencing any of the following warning signs, call SERVPRO North Central San Antonio today at: (210) 899-1017 

What To Do With Contents After a Fire

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged / Burnt Stove from Fire Damaged Stove from House Fire in Windcrest, Texas

Fires are devastating. If contents aren't destroyed by flames, they can be rendered useless by smoke and soot.

Four items you should definitely throw away:

  • Food Exposed to Fire and Heat - any foods that come contact with the flames, smoke, high heat, including foods stored in the refrigerator or freezer. 
  • Fabrics 
  • Mattresses
  • Medicine and Cosmetics
  • Electric Appliances

Three examples of items that can often be salvaged after a fire.  

Hardwood - unless there is extreme burning or charring, use an oil soap made especially for wood to clean off stains. 

Glass - if it doesn’t melt, try cleaning it with white vinegar or dish soap. You can also try to soak it in vinegar and baking soda.

Metal - use vinegar or dish soap and then try to gently sand and paint the metal.

Note: never try to keep items that may be melted, charred, or rendered structurally unsafe. 

If you need help trying to salvage and/or restore your property and belongings after a fire, our team of experts here at SERVPRO  of North Central San Antonio is close by and ready to help!  Whatever the size of your fire damage, we have the know-how, training, and tools to help you deal with it and move forward.

Does SERVPRO Work with Homeowners Insurance Company After a Fire?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew inspecting fire loss Rest assured, SERVPRO works closely with your insurance company. Call us anytime day or night for assistance.

San Antonio Homeowners Can Trust SERVPRO to Work Closely with Insurance Companies.

The leading cause of fire-related deaths, injuries, and property loss is residential fires. Most of these homes, thankfully, are covered by homeowner’s insurance. When it comes to assisting San Antonio residents with fire claims, a professional restoration company is vital.

How Does SERVPRO Assist Both the Homeowner and the Insurance Company?

Whenever a fire has occurred, the insurance company works with the owners to decide the extent of the loss. This process involves the homeowner, insurance company, insurance adjuster, and the restoration company. In many cases, the insurance company requires a professional company to work with them to ensure that everything gets done professionally. At SERVPRO North Central San Antonio, our services go beyond. What we do is designed to assist all parties involved and includes:

  •   Minimal loss prevention - By providing immediate fire mitigation, more can be salvaged. Prompt action reduces secondary damage and property loss.
  •   Scoping information – The details we provide during the initial scope allow the insurance agent to review inspections and reports. He then can prioritize items on the work schedule.
  •   Assessing restoration needs – Our technicians help the insurance adjuster and owner decide what gets cleaned and what needs to be declared a loss. 
  •   Working with adjusters – Our professional teams provide scoping, testing, and loss details that save the insurance adjuster time. 
  •   Managing the restoration job –When our technicians handle the various aspects of restoration, the insurance company and homeowner do not need to waste time on minor, time-consuming tasks. 
  •   Restore instead of replace – Our goal is always to restore instead of replacing whenever possible. This saves everyone time and money.
  •   Customer satisfaction – we know how a fire can impact your home. If possible, we restore your home to preloss condition.

SERVPRO provides an invaluable service by working closely with residents and their insurance companies. As our company works closely with the adjuster, the stress is taken off the homeowner. The agent’s job goes smoother due to the detailed information we provide early in the process. When our Green Team provides fire cleanup services, we are doing more than cleaning – we are helping you get your life back on track. 

Contact SERVPRO North Central San Antonio at (210) 899-1017 for professional fire cleanup services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

San Antonio Soot / Smoke Cleanup

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Tech cleaning walls of soot & smoke damage Cleaning soot off walls in Terrill Hills home.

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 North Central San Antonio 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 – 210-899-1017

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Grab the Fire Extinguisher

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Different Types of Fire Extinguishers The different types of fire extinguishers

One of the most obvious things you can do to limit fire damage is to extinguish the fire quickly.  However, some of the most common causes of residential fires are Cooking (48%), Heating appliances (14%), and Electrical malfunctions (14%), and these are not safely or effectively extinguished with water.

As a homeowner, you do not want to spray water on an electrical outlet due to the risk of electrical shock.  YOU NEED TO HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN YOUR HOME!

Fire extinguishers come in a variety of types based on the classification of fire they are designed to extinguish.  For home use you should have a class ABC extinguisher which means is can extinguish class A fires (solid materials like wood), class B fires (liquids like gasoline or oil), and class C fires (electrical equipment).

Most towns require at least 1 extinguisher under the kitchen sink in order to obtain a certificate of occupancy to sell a home but these tend to disappear over time.  Personally, I keep one under the sink, one on the wall in the laundry room, and one in the garage.  At least maintain the class ABC extinguisher under your kitchen sink at a minimum.

If you do experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO North Central San Antonio bat (210) 899-1017 to help restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

How to Winterize your home, prevent and prepare for a fire

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

As the year is coming to an end, we often encounter more and more days and months with dropping temperatures. We are never fully prepared for a freeze/cold front that comes in overnight. During the winter months we often see a rise in home fires. Here at SERVPRO we are always prepared for any form of natural disaster and are ready to help you at any time of the day!

Here are some precautions we should always think about during these times;

  • Make sure there is a 3ft clearance around fires, space heaters and floor furnaces from combustible and loose flammable materials
  • Do NOT plug in space heaters into a power strip or an extension cord.
  •  Inspect all of the device for any breakage, damage, loose connections and frayed cords.
  • Keep out of high traffic areas including doorways, and areas where kids and pets play and can easily knock over
  • Check all Smoke detectors to ensure they are working and safe

What are combustible materials?

Combustible materials are anything that is flammable and will burn including but not limited to; curtains, paper, clothes, furniture, chemicals, mattresses and bedding

Combustible items are made of many different materials that will ignite, burning and releasing flammable vapors which can cause the fire to spread in a quicker timed manner to the surrounding materials.

Preparing the family in case of a fire

We should always show the kids and family what to do in case of an emergency such as a fire. Teaching kids and family what a smoke detector sounds like and what to do when it is going off. If they smell something burning to report it to an adult, if they see a fire to yell FIRE!  Make sure they know the differences between noises of the smoke detector and the doorbell and any other alarm that goes off in the home.

Teach kids what to do in the next few steps and showing them an escape plan. For them not to worry about their belongings and make sure they know a safe spot, a neighbor’s house, a special location. To call 9-1-1 immediately and report the fire. Teaching kids where a fire extinguishers are in the home. Always teach kids that the smoke will rise and that if you crawl on the floor it will be clearer, if trapped in a room test to see if the door knob is too hot with the back of your hand, if trapped in a room open a window and block the smoke from coming in through cracks. If anyone were to catch on fire by clothing, hair or in any other way make sure they know the drill to stop, drop and roll. 

And always have a Go kit in your car, with non-perishable foods, some water and extra spare clothes, and medications, activities for smaller kids, a blanket, first aid, etc. Make sure there is a way for emergency patrons to see how many kids and adults are in the home, in case of unconsciousness.

Preparing your pets for a fire

Keeping all pet information up to date, and having pets microchipped in case of separation due to any form of natural disaster. Add a secondary contact that is not in your immediate area in the manner that you’re surrounding area becomes inaccessible for any reason, add secondary contact to pets’ collar and name tag. Always have an emergency pet kit with your emergency kit. This can be a part of your “go kit” including non-perishable pet food, and treats, an extra leash, pet medications if any, pet first-aid, etc. If your unable to go home immediately, have a plan for your pet due to not all places are pet-friendly. Make sure there is a sticker or sign for emergency patrons can see that there are pets in the home and if you can how many, an ideal place for this can be a window.

SERVPRO North Central is available for you 24/7

In the case of a fire, and would like some restoration and help please contact SERVPRO of North Central at our 24/7 phone line (210)899-1017 at  or visit our website at www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com 

HOW TO PREVENT AND PREPARE FOR FIRE

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Puppy laying down with SERVPRO Logo Preventing & Preparing for Fire

HOW TO PREVENT AND PREPARE FOR FIRE

There’s a reason why we do regular fire safety drills in schools and workplaces — it’s important to be prepared in the case of an emergency! If the worst does happen, and your home or office suffers fire damage, SERVPRO North Central San Antonio is ready to help. But we also are committed to helping educate and help prevent fire damage in the first place. Here are a few ways to prepare for a fire:

  • Install smoke alarms and test them once a month
  • Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if one goes off
  • Make sure everyone in the building knows at least two ways to escape
  • Designate a meeting place after everyone leaves the building

WHAT TO DO IF A FIRE STARTS

If a fire has started in your home or business, it’s vital to understand what you should do to keep you, your family, and your co-workers safe. If a fire starts, follow these steps:

  • Know how to operate a fire extinguisher
  • Yell “Fire!” to help save others in the building
  • Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1. Leave your belongings
  • If there is smoke, get low and cover your mouth and nose
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll

Fire damage Restoration

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Burned / Soot Covered walls and cabinets aftermath of fire  Aftermath of Kitchen Fire

Smoke. Soot. Structural damage. Fire damage can make your home or business uninhabitable and leave you in an expensive world of hurt. The good news is, SERVPRO North Central San Antonio is here to return your property to its original condition.

A house fire can result in serious damage, but something people don’t always think about is the impact of smoke on your home’s structure, personal items, and air quality. Smoke is very acidic, and effects every surface and item in your property, which is why it is a key part of fire damage restoration.

It is important to start restoration as quickly as possible when smoke damage is involved. The longer smoke and soot are in your building, the more costly and difficult restoration will be.The smallest fire can leave your home or business permanently smelling like smoke — and large blazes result in both fire and water damage.

If you’re facing the after effects of a fire, let us help you move forward with excellence and care. We’re here to make everything "Like it never even happened."

We understand the emotional trauma, expense, and devastation that comes with a blaze of any size, and we’re in the restoration business because we have a passion for bringing relief to people who really need it. If you have fire and or water damage call us today at (210) 899-1017 or visit us at www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Alamo Heights Fire & Soot Restoration

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire/Soot damaged cabinets from stove fire Fire damaged cabinets

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 North Central San Antonio 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 – 210-899-1017

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Fire & Smoke Restoration

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

“Like it never even happened.”

Fire & Smoke Restoration 

When it comes to Fire and smoke damage for homes and businesses, SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio's technicians are experts in both eliminating the fire effects and the ancillary damages. Fires require our professional to remove smoke from the vents, odor from the air, and soot from the walls.

Most of the time a fire damage situation is localized to a certain section of the home, but because many buildings have air ducts and ventilation systems that run throughout the property, the smoke and soot from a fire event can travel anywhere. When soot and smoke invades the air ducts, even a fire localized to one room can coat the entire home with a layer of potentially harmful dust. 

Call us!! 

If you have had a fire call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio today at (210) 899-1017. 

Home Fire Drill Day

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Teach Children About Fire Safety

Only 1 in 5 parents regularly practice fire escape plans at home, and only half of the parents report that their children know what to do in the event of a fire. Yet, home fires are the biggest disaster threat facing American families today, with 9 in 10 structure fires occurring in the home.

To raise awareness of this issue and encourage families to be more prepared when it comes to fire safety, firefighters have partnered with Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program to launch a new national observance day – Home Fire Drill Day. Home Fire Drill Day will occur on the last day of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12th).

Home Fire Drill Day tips include: 

  • Prepare for the practice by drawing out a plan based on the exits around the home.
  • Pick a family safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
  • Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know what the beep sounds like.
  • For children under six, assign an adult to help them.
  • Use a timer to ensure everyone is at the safety spot in two minutes or less, this is how much time a family has to safely exit the house in the event of a fire.

When a fire happens at home, children can become frightened and hide. By educating children at home, we can save lives -- and even have a little fun while doing it!

Visit http://homefiredrillday.makesafehappen.com/ for activities and games you can play on Home Fire Drill Day.

Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio for your fire damage, smoke damage, soot damage needs at (210) 899-1017 or visit us at www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com 

Smoke Restoration Specialist San Antonio

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio does more the water mitigation. We are also experts in Fire and Smoke Restoration. We clean up after fires the way restoration should be done. 

We immediately respond to preserve, protect and secure your home or business from further damage. We understand how different materials react to flame, heat, and smoke, and what steps to take to properly restore your structure and contents in your home.  

The first 24 to 48 hours after fire damage is known as "golden hours" An effective emergency response that quickly stabilizes the facility ensures the recovery of as much property as possible. The acidic soot and smoke damage that is often produced when fires are extinguished accelerates the deterioration and corrosion of building components and vital assets.  To compound the problem, fires are most frequently extinguished with dry chemicals or water.  Plus, the toxic smoke odor left behind must be neutralized and deodorized. 

Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio today at (210) 899-1017 or visit us at www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/ 

After a Fire Damages your home

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Soot Cleaning

Experiencing a house fire is a scary situation. After the feeling of unbelief, people are wondering what they can do to start the cleanup process from the damage. It's important to take the necessary steps to ensure you and your family are safe. 

Call a professional Fire Damage Restoration Company

Although there are some things you can do on your own, such as removing items like clothing and linens that can be washed or taken to the dry cleaners. But, you should not attempt to handle items that have severe damage from the fire, smoke or water. Contacting a restoration company is the best way to handle fire damages. These companies specialize in restoring and repairing what has been damaged.

If you need fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO North Central San Antonio today at (210) 899-1017. We have the tools, expertise and experience fire damage.  

www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com 

Letting Smoke Go Untreated

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Kitchen after small grease fire

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

The Restoration Cost Increase

When the treatment process is extended, the damages begin to get worse and more difficult to deal with. If smoke goes untreated for long, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. These challenges make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Extensive Damage 

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.

Soot Deposits

Neutralizing of soot residual and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Permanent Damage 

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home. In case you suspect some smoke damage in your residence and need smoke cleanup, water damage clean-up or storm damage contact SERVPRO North Central San Antonio at (210) 899-1017 or www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com 

Fire & Smoke Specialist

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire & Soot Damage

It's your worst nightmare: A fire erupts, you call firefighters, escape your home and pray for the best outcome. But when they leave you're left with both fire and smoke damage. 

Not every fire clean-up service sees two problems when called to a scene. Fire damage is evident. Smoke and soot are insidious. They seep into walls, fixtures, and possessions and belongings. lingering after your residential property has been restored to "Visual Health." Without proper cleanup methods and products, smoke and soot can lurk underneath in walls, ceilings, paper, plastics, and wood. 

Why should you care? Because these particles are so tiny, the EPA compares a grain of sand (PM90) to a soot particle (PM 2.5)so imagine how many of these particles can be gathered on the head of a pin! We understand the importance of a healthy clean environment, and our restoration skills deliver. 

Call SERVPRO North Central San Antonio today for your Fire or Soot needs at (210) 899-1017 

Fire & Smoke Damage Clean-up

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Soot Damaged Kitchen

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration 

Fires can come at you fast causing massive amounts of damage in a matter of minutes. But SERVPRO North Central San Antonio is here to help you when you need it most. SERVPRO North Central San Antonio's experts will quickly survey the damages and begin the fire and smoke damage clean-up process at your convenience, even in emergency situations. 

Worry-Free Arrangements After Fire Damage

SERVPRO North Central San Antonio's goal is to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the fire and smoke damage restoration process. We will handle every part of the process, from removing fire-damaged property and harmful smoke and ash debris to bringing on trusted contractors to complete renovations and repairs to your fire-damaged home or business. SERVPRO North Central San Antonio will even deal with the insurance companies for you, providing ample support during a 

Fire Restoration with SERVPRO

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Castle Hills

If you’ve experienced a fire inside your home or office building, rapid clean-up is vital toward minimizing any further property loss. The damage from fire, smoke, and even the water utilized from the firefighters will worsen with every passing minute. To avoid costly mistakes and restore your residence or place of business to its initial condition, call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio to receive the best smoke and fire restoration services in the industry.

Smoke from a fire can penetrate structural members of your property, as well as furniture, clothes, toys, curtains and wall hangings. This smoke can pose risks to residents’ health, as smoke can contain toxic chemicals, tar, radioactive particles, and allergens which are dangerous to breathe in. Our fire restoration & cleanup professionals specialize in recouping the damage from smoke, deodorization, and clearing away all remnants of smoke damage to the property. The procedure to repair smoke damage can be intricate and cumbersome, which is why it’s a great idea to call SERVPRO if you encountered an unexpected fire inside your home or business.

SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio use specialized fire restoration techniques and products, such as ozone, thermal fog and unsmoked products, to ensure your contents and property are restored to normal. The technology in the field of fire restoration is always changing for the better and SERVPRO prides itself on staying up with these changes. We isolate fire damaged areas and contents to prevent contaminants from the damaged area spreading to unaffected areas. We are also able to inventory and store your contents in a safe location if needed, until the fire restoration process is complete.

Call us today at: (210) 899-1017 or visit our website at: www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Smoke & Soot

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke & Soot Damage from 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 North Central San Antonio 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 – 210-899-1017

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a house fire accidentally by child playing with matches.

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire.

As you can see in this picture this was an extensive fire. This fire was due to a child playing with matches. The fire originally started in the bedroom when is spread quickly throughout the home. Thankfully everyone got out safe and the fire department was able to put out the flames.

Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.

Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of your child’s reach. Only use lighters with child-resistant features.

Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your child knocking over a candle.

 Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  •  Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  •  Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside.
  •  Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  •  Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

If you have a house fire of any sort. Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio today at: (210) 899-1017 or visit our website at:

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com

Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services in the San Antonio Area

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Home in Olmos Park

San Antonio Residence Rely on SERVPRO for Restoring Fire Damage Properties

Damages found in your home after a fire, go far beyond what you might expect. Regardless of the size of the fire that you experience, smoke, soot, and ash often affect more than the immediate area around the source of a fire.

Restoration cleaning professionals often use a variety of cleaning methods to treat fire damage found in your San Antonio area home. It takes quality training, specialized equipment, and years of experience to perform the necessary services. You should expect nothing less than high quality, exceptional service from a company performing restoration services on your property.

SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians who go to work immediately mitigating damage and preventing losses after a fire disaster occurs. We pay specific attention to structural components, contents, and personal belongings, along with any items attached to the structure itself.

Cabinets often have a finished surface that adds a small amount of protection. However, the inside of the doors and interior of each drawer usually consist of raw materials that can absorb residues, causing extensive damage that requires specific attention. 
  
Lighting fixtures also provide SERVPRO technicians with unique challenges. Technicians must remove soils and residues while avoiding additional damages. Some items require the use of a pre-cleaning agent or disassembly before other cleaning methods become useful, making the process more time-consuming than others. 
  
When SERVPRO begins cleaning windows affected by the fire, it involves the entire framework and any hardware, not just the glass. Drapery, pictures, and other wall-mounted contents also involve different cleaning methods, especially on items made of different materials, including wood, metal, or plastic.

Contact SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio for access to expertly trained technicians that respond quickly and provide you with the results you deserve. Never settle for less, begin your restoration now. Call today (210) 899-1017 http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Soot Damaged Kitchen

As you can see in this picture the walls and ceilings of this home have been stained with smoke and soot. The smell of smoke will continue even after its rebuilt if the soot is not removed and all the surfaces treated. Many people do not realize that concrete is porous material and will absorb the smell of smoke.

After you have rebuilt or repaired your home from the fire the last thing you will want is the smell of smoke lingering in your home as a constant reminder of what happened.

Know Who to Hire

Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification.

If you have had a fire in your home let us put our experience to work for you!

SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio “Like it never even happened”

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Fire Safety for your San Antonio Home

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety in you San Antonio Home

Did you know that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths are due to non-working smoke alarms?

Have you checked yours? It is simple as looking on the back of the smoke alarm for the date of manufacture.

It is recommended that you try and change smoke alarms every 10 years if not sooner to avoid problems.

To find out more information on fire safety visit the website of Fema: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/

SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio is locally owned and operated. We are also part of a national network of over 1700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker and with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

If you have ever had a fire damage to your home you know how scary and intrusive it can be. Long after the fire had been put out the smell of smoke can linger. SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio is an expert in cleaning and restoration.

(210) 899-1017

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/

Protein Fire in San Antonio Kitchen

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

When dealing with a fire in your home, more than likely you will notice there is visible smoke residue and large amounts of soot. When dealing with a protein fire, it is the opposite. There is little to no visible smoke residuebut a strong pungent odor is present. A protein fire usually occurs in the kitchen and the low level of heat reduces the animal fat and food protein to a mist that leaves an almost invisible residue. This can be an extensive problem because an untrained eye will see no black soot and will underestimate the damage that has occurred on their property. With a protein fire, there is an absence of smoke that is visible and when paired with a pungent odor, can be frustrating to any home or business holder. In most cases, both structural components and contents are compromised in this situation.

During a protein fire, the burned material is consumed in a slow manner, making it easy for the residue to penetrate the interior of cabinets, closets, and even air ducts. This type of fire can also cause a discoloration on painted surface that will have a beige or pink tint which could be permanent. If cleaning does not do the trick, then re-painting may be the best option for the homeowner in that instance. Any carpeting, clothing, and upholstery that are affected will also need to be cleaned meticulously to ensure that the odor generating residue is removed. In most cases, textiles usually release the odors greater than hard kitchen surfaces such as tiling.

Many odor sources are overlooked by the untrained eye, as they do not know what to look for in the case of a fire disaster that leaves no visible residue. Usually, these odors are found near the source; in kitchens, dining rooms, and adjacent rooms to where the fire has occurred.

SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio will follow a strategy and many steps until the problem is fixed and solved. All home and business owners should know that residue left from a protein fire is more damage, and more persistent, then its appearance lets on.

Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX – Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio at (210) 899-1017. Or visit us at http://SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com We are available 24/7/365

Fire Damage in San Antonio, Texas

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

A fire is one of the most destructive disasters that can break out in your home or workplace. It threatens human life and destroys most of the things that get caught in its wake. As a fire rages, it also produces thick plumes of smoke that carry soot and caustic chemicals that deal additional damage to everything touched. This damage happens gradually and can persist long after the fire has been put out.

Smoke leaves behind a burnt odor that is hard to get rid of even after cleaning your place and using deodorizers. Making things worse is the fact that smoke’s caustic residue eats away at wood, paint and plastics. Over time, acidic reactions weaken and discolor these materials and damage both your infrastructure and its contents. Metals aren't safe from smoke damage, either. The same caustic substances can cause rapid corrosion and the breakdown of electronic equipment.

Don’t let a fire do extra damage long after its final embers have been doused. Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio, we have dealt with every mess imaginable that fire has left behind. We use the most advanced equipment and up-to-date cleaning processes to track down and get rid of every last bit of residue that fire and smoke left behind. Our team of cleaning experts is trained to handle post-fire situations safely and effectively to get the job done in as little time as possible.

Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX – Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio at (210) 899-1017. Or visit us at http://SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com   We are available 24/7/365

San Antonio Texas Fire Damage

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio's Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems, which result in replacing most materials.


 


SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio understand returning to normal is your primary concern. SERVPRO Response Teams are trained in caring for both you and your property. Our Certified technicians are always on standby.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio can help you get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.


 


If your home or business suffers a fire damage, contact your SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio to help make it
“Like it never even happened.”


 


Call us today 210-899-1017

Fire Damage Tips

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

EMERGENCY FIRE DAMAGE TIPS

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until we arrive. Follow these DOs and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

 

DO: 

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

 

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

 

    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

 

    • Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances.

 

    • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

 

    • Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

 

    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

 

DON’T:

 

    • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio

 

    • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio.

 

    • Don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water.

 

    • Don’t consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)

 

    • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

 

    • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

 

When fire and water damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio will help you take it back.  Call us today

210-899-1017

Getting Rid of Smoke Odors

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Do you recently experience a fire or smoke damage in your home?  What do you do now?  How will you ever get rid of that smell?  OZONING!  What is ozoning and how does it work? Normal oxygen (O2) is converted to O3, which is commonly called ozone.  It reverts back to O2 in about an hour if the O3 is unused.  This leaves the air fresh and clean because the source of the odor has been removed.  There are no artificial odors so the space becomes free of odors, as nature intended. Outdoors, nature eliminates odors using UV light and O3.  Indoors, most places receive very little UV light or O3 to help eliminate the odors.  An ozone machine creates O3, or ozone, in a process that utilizes an electrical current.  Ozone sanitizes the air by breaking down odors and microorganisms at their source. Nature creates O3 as a natural cleaning during thunderstorms, and also from the sunlight striking the earth’s atmosphere.  We have all taken a walk after a thunderstorm and experienced that clean, fresh smell in the air.  That’s O3, or ozone, at work. SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio also offers a service at our facility where we can ozone specific items like clothing, furniture, or anything that has smoke damage and get it smelling like new again.  Call SERVPRO of North Central San Antonio today 210-899-1017

San Antonio Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/9/2017 (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 North Central San Antonio 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 – 210-899-1017

http://www.SERVPROnorthcentralsanantonio.com/