Recent Fire Damage Posts

Northpark Mall Evacuated Due to Small Fire: SERVPRO of East Dallas Arrives to Start Clean Up

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Collage of Northpark Fire Job Our team busy working to clean up after a fire at a construction site.

Local Mall Evacuated

Our team was happy to be able to help clean up after a small fire at a local mall construction site.  Nobody was injured thankfully but the damage was widespread.  

No Surface Untouched 

Smoke and soot damage can be extensive and costly even after a small fire.  Smoke can travel throughout vents, crawl spaces, and openings from one room to the next and soot can penetrate most surfaces.  Our team worked to restore all we could by cleaning and disinfecting every affected surface.   

Fire Damage Restoration Process:

  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present from fire extinguishers).
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Fire Damage & Soot Facts

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage Soot damage in home.

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure penetrating various cavities in your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Smoke typically flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. 

Did you know there are Different Types of Smoke?

  • 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.

As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Dallas will test the soot with our advanced technology to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  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.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, SERVPRO of East Dallas produces 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?

Please Call Us Today – (469) 998-6444

SERVPRO of East Dallas - The Clear Choice for Fire Restoration in East Dallas

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Microwave Fire When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of East Dallas is always Here to Help you!

When you experience a fire in your home, it can be overwhelming and choosing a restoration company may seem like a daunting task.  You need to make a decision quickly so that work can get started right away.  This is especially important if the fire is large enough to displace your family.  You want to get back into your home and get “back to normal” as soon as possible. Often your insurance company may help you by suggesting a few options…but how do you know which one company to choose?  If you live in the East Dallas Area, the clear decision is the industry leading experts at SERVPRO of East Dallas.  But if you still need guidance, there are a few key points you should look for when deciding on a mitigation/restoration company. 

  • First, are they IICRC Certified? The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) is the non-profit certifying body for the restoration industry.  “Their goal is to establish and advanced globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.”
  • Second, make sure they offer 24/7 emergency services. The last thing you want to do is wait when you are in the middle of a disastrous situation.
  • Make sure that the company is licensed and insured.
  • Be sure to read their online reviews and testimonials.
  • Make sure they understand how to navigate the claims process and that they will work directly with your insurance.

If you experience fire damage, SERVPRO of East Dallas is always Here to Help® you through every step of the process.  We can handle it all from restoration and put back through contents cleaning and storage. 

4 Tips to Prevent House Fires

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Top Tips for Fire Safety

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 

 2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries. 

3. Talk with all family members about a fire safety plan and practice the plan twice a year. 

4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Only You Can Help Prevent House Fires

There is nothing more devastating than losing everything you own to house fires. Your home is like a member of your family. It’s where you make your most precious memories, so you owe it to yourself to protect it.

If your home is suffering damage from a fire, contact us to find out how we can help with the restoration process.

Visit Red Cross Home Fire Safety for more information. 

Fire Damage Can Cause Hazardous Residue

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage causes hazardous environmebnt A fire in Dallas, TX causes hazardous residue

Fire can damage more than just structures affected. 

A fire can be scary and devastating to a family or business.  Not only are contents and structures lost, but the residue left behind from a fire can be hazardous.  This is especially the case if electrical outlets, wiring, or appliances are the source or have been affected by the fire.  

Toxic smoke particles must be properly remediated prior to family or workers returning to the property. That is where we come int!  SERVPRO of East Dallas will pretest the environment (structures, contents, and air quality) to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. 

Our goal after a fire is to restore and remediate what we can, create a safe environment for you your family or business again, and help you rebuild what you have lost. 

Call SERVPRO of East Dallas after the fire is out!  

Cleaning Up After the Fire is Out

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke on Couch Smoked and soot damaged contents.

Are your contents affected by smoke damage?

A house or property fire can be devastating, not only to a structure, but the contents inside as well.  Even if the fire does not physically touch the contents, unseen chemicals from the smoke and soot can saturate materials like bedding, curtains, clothing, carpets and rugs.  These items can usually be refurbished after a small fire but it is imperative to take the appropriate action. 

Visible and Invisible 

Soot damage is often visible on contents or structures.  However, smoke damage and odor can be unseen to the naked eye.  Having an expert come in to assess the damage with special equipment and technology can help in deciding which items need to be discarded, refurbished in the home, or removed from the home to be treated and deodorized.  

This is where we come in!

We have highly trained experts, chemicals, and equipment to evaluate, treat, and remove smoke odor and soot damage.  If needed, we will pack up your contents and take them to our warehouse to be refurbished. 

After the fire is out, call SERVPRO of East Dallas immediately to reduce risk of harmful air quality and to save your contents!

SERVPRO of East Dallas: Residential and Commercial Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Soot damage Do You Need Smoke, Soot and Pervasive Odor restoration services in your East Dallas home? Call us today at (469) 998-6444

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure penetrating various cavities in your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Smoke typically flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. 

Did you know there are Different Types of Smoke?

  • 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.

As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of East Dallas will test the soot with our advanced technology to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  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.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, SERVPRO of East Dallas produces 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?

Please Call Us Today – (469) 998-6444

Fire Safety for Children

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Even Small Fires Can Be Devastating

School Fire

SERVPRO of East Dallas recently completed a fire job at a school.  The fire occurred due to a small electrical malfunction which caused extensive smoke damage throughout the school. Luckily, the fire started after hours when nobody was in the building. Working on this job was a good reminder that fire safety education for students of all ages is imperative in case of an emergency. 

Fire Safety

While it can be difficult to educate young children on fire safety practices, small children make up more than half of child deaths due to fires.  The US Fire Administration takes educating children on fire safety practices very seriously.  They have refined the Sesame Street Fire Safety Program and encourage educators and parents to sign up for the program.  Click the link below for more information and/or sign up for the program.  

Sesame Street Fire Safety Program for preschool children

Small electrical fire causes extensive damage in a school

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage This smoke damage on the ceiling of a school was caused by a small electrical fire.

Smoke entered the cavity between the 1st and 2nd floors of a school after a small electrical fire that happened over night.  This picture shows the ceiling damage and soot that settled throughout the cavity creating an unclean and unsafe environment. 

SERVPRO of East Dallas was called in to clean and restore the school and get the students and staff back in the building safely.  SERVPRO dropped the ceiling and removed all of the original lath and plaster, extensively cleaned all materials in the cavity between the floors.  The cavity was then sealed and the ceiling was rebuilt.  The pipes and materials in the cavity were sparkling clean and looked brand new after the cleaning process.  Business is running as usual now, “like it never even happened.”

Smoke Damage Restoration

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

soot covering the interior of an attic crawlspace Fire damage doesn't necessarily mean burned.

Fires are destructive. When most people imagine a fire impacting their home or business, it's likely that they think of flames. However, even if a portion of your property isn't burned, it can still suffer from damage as the result of a fire.

For example, this photo shows the interior of an attic. Nothing in the attic was actually burned, as the fire took place in the garage below. However, the access door had been left open, so smoke billowed into the space above, coating the rafters, ceiling, and insulation with soot.

SERVPRO of East Dallas removed and discarded the damaged insulation, threw out any materials that couldn't be restored, deodorized the space, primed and painted the beams, and placed new insulation into the attic, removing all trace of fire damage.