Recent Fire Damage Posts

Spring Cleaning your Grill to Avoid Fires

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Now that spring is in the air, there are some outdoor cleaning to take into consideration to avoid any fires when you start bringing out the grill.

Avoiding Fires While Grilling

  1. Cleanup any dead and decaying leaves left over from Fall. The leaves can catch on fire quickly potentially igniting your house.
  2. Place your grill at least five feet away from you home when cooking. Many grill fires start because they are placed under the eaves of the home.
  3. Clean out grease every time you grill. The buildup will eventually spill over and start on fire. It also leaves an unsightly mess on your patio or deck.
  4. Stay present while cooking. Leaving the grill to eat, serve, or surf the web will burn your food and possibly burn your house down.

Distractions Causing Cooking Fires

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking fires are some of the most common fires that need cleanup from a restoration company. Today the distractions are more prevalent than even 10 years ago. These extra distractions are causing more kitchen fires today than ever before.

Heating Oil on the Kitchen Stove

One of the leading causes of a kitchen fire is heating up oil. We all need comfort food now and again, so we add oil to a pan and start heating it up to frying temperatures. At this time the food needing to fry is about done and now you’re waiting for the oil to heat up. Now is when the distraction happens. Instead of waiting patiently the homeowner turns on the TV or opens their phone to scroll through their social media. In a matter of minutes, the oil has reached a flash point and started a fire.

Avoid having a kitchen fire by being prepared, setting a timer, or staying away from distracting media. And if you do start a fire, call SERVPRO of Issaquah / North Bend.

Does Water Damage Intensify Fire Damage?

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can cause severe damage to a residence, and water damage may result from the effort to extinguish the blaze. A fire hose is capable of dispensing hundreds of gallons of water per minute and may result in flooding in addition to fire damage. The presence of both types of damage may have an intense combined effect on a home in North Bend, WA.

What Is Combined Damage?

Fire damage may be the major problem if a fire is minor and a fire extinguisher is used. If the fire department responds and uses a fire hose to put out a fire, standing water may also be a factor.

Water is usually the secondary cause resulting from an effort to put out a fire. Water may:

• Ruin porous materials and contents
• Cause corrosion or rotting
• Increase the risk of mold growth

Call SERVPRO of Issaquah / North Bend to take care of your Fire and Water Damage.

4 Essential Steps for Fire Restoration

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4 Essential Steps for Fire Restoration Fire and smoke damage in a Mirrormount, WA home

4 Essential Steps for Fire Restoration

After a home fire occurs, the building that was once your home may only look like a shell of its former self. The devastating effects are even more unsettling when you see the damage that occurs inside. Fortunately, a fire cleanup company can work wonders in restoring your home and many of your belongings to their original condition. If you’ve recently gone through a house fire in your home in Mirrormount,WA, you may be wondering what you can expect over the next few weeks or months during the fire restoration process. Here are four essential steps that will be used to make your home livable again.

1. Inspection

After you contact a restoration specialist, the first important step they will take is inspecting the damage that occurred to your home. They will note of any water or smoke damage that has occurred and identify the best course of action.

2. Board-Up

In order to make your safe to enter and work in, the fire restoration company will need to immediately board-up structurally damaged windows and walls, and they will need to tarp up roofs and areas that are leaking to prevent further damage.

3. Mitigation

Before being able to start rebuilding your home, the restoration company will need to perform all necessary damage cleaning. This involves dealing with water damage and addressing the damage smoke and soot causes to the structure of your home. Finally, they will clean, sanitize, and restore any belongings that are able to be repaired.

4. Rebuilding

Once the mitigation process is over, your home can finally be rebuilt. Whether your home needs new walls, floors, or paint, this final step in the restoration process will get your home back to the way it was before the fire.

Fortunately, fire restoration specialists have the tools and expertise necessary to return your home back to its original state after a fire takes places. In their experienced hands, you can rest assured that your home will be livable in no time!

Are Your Smoke Detectors in Need of an Upgrade?

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Are Your Smoke Detectors in Need of an Upgrade? Batteries in a fire detector can last up to 10 years

These days it seems like everything's changing. Your phones want to be upgraded every year or two. Familiar logos become less familiar with each new rendition. Even that smoke alarm hanging in your kitchen may be in need of an update. As technology continues to improve, experts have found new and better ways to keep you and your family safe from home fires.

Modern Smoke Detectors

Did you know there are several types of detectors?

  • A heat detector is the oldest model. It sounds an alarm when the element inside reaches a specific temperature or when there's a rapid spike in temperature. These are generally not recommended for use in homes anymore because they don't sound an alarm quickly enough for residents to get out of the home.

  • The second type of smoke detector is the ionization alarm. This device contains a tiny bit of radioactive material. When smoke passes through the ionization chamber, an alarm sounds. This type of detector works well for fast-moving fires.

  • A photoelectric smoke alarm works by using a special light sensor. When smoke moves across the path of light, the alarm is activated. This detector is best for smoldering fires that take a while to develop.

  • Happily, there are combination alarms that combine the properties of ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends putting both types of detectors in your home, whether you choose models of each of the combination.

Variations in Battery

There are also differences in where detectors get their power. The most common type of fire detector is the type that runs on 9-volt batteries. These batteries generally last for many years, in some cases up to 10 years, depending on the type of battery. Other alarms are interconnected and are powered through the same source.

Each smoke alarm in your home is a vital component in your family's fire prevention and safety system. Learn more about how and where to install alarms in your home by contacting a fire damage restoration company in North Bend,WA.

What To Do When You Smell Natural Gas

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do When You Smell Natural Gas A residential damage restoration company can restore your home in Fall City,WA

When you smell natural gas in your home, you should try to identify the source of the leak. The following measures may lower the risk of a gas fire or gas explosion.

Check Your Stove and Furnace

A gas stove burner that has accidently been left on without flame is one of the easiest sources of gas to fix. It may be a good idea to take these steps when you smell the gas.

  • Turn off the burner
  • Ventilate the area
  • Avoid turning on the flame, lights, or electronics

In the event of a gas line leak from a stove or furnace, shut off the gas valve near the appliance and contact a repair service.

Shut Off the Main Gas Supply

If you are not sure where the leak originates, contact the gas company to determine whether it is safe to turn off the main gas valve. If it is, this is how you can turn it off:

  • Locate your gas meter and bring a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench
  • Turn the valve on the pipe that runs from the meter into the ground a quarter-turn counterclockwise
  • The valve will be cross-wise when the gas is off

Stopping the flow of gas can reduce the risk of a gas fire.

Don't Turn On Lights or Electronics

Wired lights or devices may spark. Use a cell phone or battery-powered flashlight to locate the source of a leak.

Ventilate and Evacuate Your Home

Remove natural gas by opening windows and turning on fans. There may still be a fire or explosion risk until the concentration of gass drops to a safe level. Additionally, whether you successfully address the source of a gas leak or not, it may be a good idea to evacuate the premises. Be sure to shut off the gas and start the ventilation process before you leave.

Contact your insurance company if a gas fire or gas explosion occurs. A residential damage restoration company can remove rubble and restore your home in Fall City,WA.