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Our Professionals Discuss The Importance Of Space Heater Safety In Your Buhl Home
Once the fire is out, dial (208) 735-1447 to reach us any time, and we can help get your life back to normal.
Safely Using Space Heaters And Fire Damage Restoration For Your Buhl Home
A good source of supplemental heat in colder weather in your home in Buhl, space heaters can also, unfortunately, pose a significant risk for fire if not used correctly. Fires can be started by space heaters when they are put near combustible items, the heater does not have adequate safety features, or they are not plugged in correctly.
Safety should also be the top priority when using space heaters. However, if you have experienced a fire from one of these devices, you should reach out to SERVPRO for professional fire damage remediation in your Buhl home. We have the training and experience to restore your home to its previous state before the fire.
When setting up your space heater, first ensure you keep it 36 inches or more from any combustible or flammable materials. Put the heater on the floor unless it is otherwise designed to do so. The area you are using the heater in should also be free of any flammable liquids. Don’t place them on a surface that is easily combustible or ignitable, like carpets or rugs, and do not use them to dry clothing.
If an accident with a space heater has happened in your home, SERVPRO technicians can come and help you restore your home. Any smoke or soot residues that were left behind can be cleaned up, and the sooner, the better, as they continue to erode whatever surface they are on until this is done. We also work on deodorizing your home from the lingering smoke odors.
Keep your electric heaters out of any areas that are moist or wet, such as bathrooms, since water can lead to a fire hazard. Be sure as well to plug the heater directly into an outlet, as using an extension cord can result in overheating and fire.
Clean the space heater on a regular basis as well, following the guide form the manufacturer for specific advice on inspection and maintenance.
SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties is here to help you any time you experience a fire at your residence in Clover, Hazelton, or Filer. Once the fire is out, dial (208) 735-1447 to reach us any time, and we can help get your life back to normal.
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SERVPRO Rescues Twin Falls Possessions from Permanent Smoke and Soot Damage
Soot and Smoke Cleanup Needs the Skills Offered by SERVPRO for Twin Falls Property Owners
Techniques Used To Restore Fire Damage In Twin Falls
A fire in a structure has some predictability, but each home showcases its own combination of unique fire damage. Variations in building materials, furnishings, flooring, stored items, and the source of the fire make the smoke and soot damage different home to home and even room to room in the same dwelling. Our professional crews match assessed damage to appropriate cleanup strategies and products.
When your Twin Falls home suffers fire damage, ordinary cleaning methods often miss the mark. The training our crew member pursue from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares them to make correct cleaning tool and product choices as they follow research-based techniques to bring your home’s structure and contents back to preloss condition.
Soot characteristics differ depending on the types of materials burned. Light, ashy soot on surfaces is the result when a hot, fast-burning fuel like paper burns. Slower, lower temperature fires occur when fabrics smolder, leaving heavier, sticky soot. Many fires start in the kitchen where grease and food provide a protein-based fuel that covers items in a thin but hard to remove residue. SERVPRO stocks the tools and cleaning aids that help remove each type of soot most efficiently.
Light, loose soot is managed with dry sponging and vacuuming to avoid smearing and spreading. The sticky coatings from electrical and fabric fires need a cleaning product with wetting agents and surfactants that loosen and dislodge, permitting SERVPRO crews to wipe away the debris with cloths or damp sponges. Protein fires require a solvent and abrasive tools to remove the shellac-like soot remaining and a professional touch that ensures the soot is cleared yet the underlying surfaces remain unharmed.
Fire residues are acidic and corrosive, causing despair for homeowners who fear that the soot and ensuing deterioration ruin treasured personal possessions. SERVPRO production technicians use a broad range of methods to halt the corrosion and restore the function and appearance of everything from light fixtures and knick-knacks to furniture, bedding, window coverings, and clothing. We save both time and money for our customers with our restoration approach, avoiding the need to discard irreplaceable items and the expense of replacement.
SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties offers residents high-quality fire restoration services, transforming smoky, sooty chaos to “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (208) 735-1447 for a speedy fire damage assessment and immediate remediation.
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Fire in your home
-Fire and its devastating effects
Fire is one of the most devastating disasters a family can face. It can both destroy your home as well as your belongings in two stages. The original fire and then the damage caused by smoke and soot. We at SERVPRO have the products and training to help restore as much of your loss as possible.
-secondary damages from smoke
Secondary damages from smoke can cause up to 75% of the total loss. Combustion of home building materials such as PVC can produce an acidic smoke and residue. This can cause etching of glass, deterioration of electronics and many other secondary issues. One important thing to remember is how quickly secondary damages will occur. Within hours, plastics will begin to yellow, clothes may become stained or deteriorated, and the same may happen to other soft goods like couches or rugs. It’s very important to move quickly so we can restore items first before having to replace them.
-Our cleaning process
Our highly trained and certified staff know how to respond to a fire. Some important steps would be to clean what we can inside the structure ASAP to prevent tarnishing of metals and etching of glass, pack out affected materials to be restored, isolate those materials, use an ozone machine to chemically remove odors, and use vacuums equipped with hepa filters to remove much of the soot. We use many of our own chemicals and cleaners that are made by and specifically for SERVPRO in order to clean structures efficiently.
Ways to prevent/minimize a fire damage to your property
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Here are a few interesting statistics about smoke alarms brought to you by the National Fire protection Association.
- In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
- Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (38%) of the home fire deaths.
- One of every five (21%) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
- In reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms.
Below are a few simple precautions you can take around your home to prevent and/or minimize a fire in your home or business.
- The single most important preventive measure a homeowner can take is installing and maintaining smoke/carbon monoxide alarms throughout the home.
- Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home.
- Change the batteries in smoke/carbon monoxide alarms changed regularly. (A good time to do so is when the time changes in the spring and fall.)
- Make sure you have an accessible fire extinguisher on each level of your home and be sure everyone in the house knows how to properly extinguish a blaze.
- Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by also keeping drybrush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.
- Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris?
- Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.
If you find yourself in need of fire damage cleanup call the professionals at SERVPRO of Twin Falls & Jerome Counties.
Tips to Avoid a Kitchen Fire
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Did you know the kitchen is where more home fires occur than anywhere else in the house and that cooking is the number one cause of home fires?
- Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.
- Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.
- Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.
- Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
- Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.]
- Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
Fire/Smoke Damage Is Restored with Professional Help
SERVPRO Provides Cleanup for Fire/Smoke Damaging Events.
Homeowners/Business owners go years managing their own home/business without ever calling anyone to help. A major event like a fire can change in a blink of an eye. SERVPRO focuses on providing high-quality fire damage restoration service to meet your needs. We arrive quickly, and with agreement from you and your insurance adjuster, puts together the restoration plan that guides the crew assigned to the steps needed to cleanup and then restore your home to pre-fire loss condition. Our team members are familiar with current fire restoration industry standards and follow the guidelines of the IICRC. and the use of products and equipment that meet or exceed the standards. We evaluate the structure and contents throughout your entire home/business soiled with residue and select appropriate and effective tools and cleaners to remove the soot and debris. Charred areas may be sanded down and refinished or replaced, if necessary. Restoration is our mission, to save time and money, and to reduce the disruption to your home/business. After the visible effects of the fire disappear we resolve any odor issues with strategies ranging from thorough cleaning through spray neutralizers to thermal fogging, in extreme cases. If you are home/business owner that experience a fire this year, SERVPRO of Twin falls and Jerome Counties stands ready to help. Call our offices at (208) 735-1447 to set up a time to come and visit with you to see how we can help to bring you home/business back to preloss condition.
Twin Falls & Jerome Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Twin Falls or Jerome Counties 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 Twin Falls & Jerome Counties 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.
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