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3 Tips for Removing Cigarette Odor from Your Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Implement The Following Tips

Has your home in Dallas, Texas suffered a cigarette fire? Besides the damages, getting the smell of smoke out is a nightmare. There are some tips that aid in this process.

1. Charcoal and White Vinegar
This method is by far the cheapest of many options as both charcoal and white vinegar are easy to come by from your local grocery or hardware store. By keeping open containers of either charcoal or white vinegar in your home, the cigarette smell is slowly absorbed out of the air. Keep in mind that this method only works for milder pockets of odor, so you might need something more heavy-duty if you've suffered a large ashtray fire.

2. Air Filters
If the solution above isn't as fast or as effective as you require, you might try an air filter. Since you're dealing with a very complex pollutant composed of many particles and gases of varying sizes, your best option is a HEPA filter. There are different ratings of filters based on what size particle you want to filter. Each filter is rated on a scale of 1 to 20 called a MERV rating. This tells you what size particle a filter effectively removes from the air. The higher the rating, the smaller particles it is capable of filtering. With a cigarette fire or odor, you should use a filter with a MERV rating of 18 or higher.

3. Contact a Professional
If these DIY tips aren't solving your issue, it's time to contact a fire cleanup and odor removal specialist. These experts come with equipment that's designed exactly for this job, and they know how to use it with efficiency. One piece of tech many pros use is a hydroxyl generator. This device produces a harmless charged variant of water particles to break up odor molecules. This helps deal with the smell, and more advanced filters are used to deal with the pollutants.
Don't suffer from a lingering cigarette fire odor. Implement these tips and breathe easier.

Keeping Your Pet Fire Safe

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Keeping Your Pet Fire Safe

Your pets are a part of your family, and as such, it’s only natural that you’d want to protect them in the event a fire occurs in your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners in Dallas fail to include their dog, cat, or other pet in their family fire emergency plan, leading to heartbreaking outcomes. However, by preparing your pet for fire emergencies early on, you can keep your furry friend safe from harm. These extra precautions are sometimes as simple as:

  • Taking a few common fire prevention precautions
  • Training your pet to respond to your voice
  • Setting up a proper safe space for your pet while you’re away.

Reducing Fire Hazards

It’s estimated that unattended pets are responsible for almost 1,000 house fires annually. Ensure that you’re not leaving any open flames, such as candles, unattended, remove your stove’s knobs while you’re away so they can’t be turned by curious paws, and consider securing your pet in a safe place while you’re not around to supervise them.

Prepare for Disasters

If a fire does start on your lot, you and your pet both need to be prepared. First, ensure that you have fire emergency supplies such as food and medication for your pet on hand. Pet preparation can also be made just a bit easier if you take the time to teach your pet to come running when they hear you call their name.

When You’re Not Home

Fires happen when you least expect them, including when you’re not at home. That’s why you need to make it easy for rescue services to help your pet if this situation does arise. Keep your pet on a collar, keep a leash nearby and secure them somewhere near the door while you’re away. Furthermore, keep your vaccination and pet ownership records in a fire box.

Preparing your pet for a fire emergency can take a bit of time and patience, but in the end, it’s well worth it if it means keeping your companion safe.

Fire Extinguisher Readiness

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

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The Holidays are approaching—time for Thanksgiving dinners and cozy fires in the hearth. It’s also a great time to review your fire extinguisher knowledge. 

  1. Do you have a fire extinguisher? Do you know where it is?
  2. Do you know when your fire extinguisher expires? “You can tell the difference between the two by the head; a rechargeable extinguisher has a metalhead with a gauge that reads Charge/Recharge, and a disposable extinguisher has a plastic head with a gauge that reads Full/Empty.” (Keystonefire.com
  3. Do you know how to use your fire extinguisher? The time to read the instructions is not when you reach for it in an emergency.

You should always familiarize yourself with the instructions for your specific extinguisher, but there are four basic steps to follow with a standard foam model. You can remember them with the acronym PASS:

  • P—Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher. 
  • A—Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire. Keep a safe distance away. 
  • S—Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing materials.
  • S—Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Continue directing the foam at the base of the fire until it is completely extinguished.

If you have experienced fire damage, call SERVPRO of East Dallas to find out how we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Every new summer, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in a pool or lake. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety on top of the mind to help ensure you have fun in the sun while maintaining safety procedures.  

According to the United States Fire Administration, nearly 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by grill fires, annually. A grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.

If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water.

Fire Damage Can Cause Hazardous Residue

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO helps fire damage repair Smoke damage can ruin your home, give us a call today.

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!  

Call us at 469-998-6444

Fire Damage Repair Company in Casa View

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flame-less home scent SERVPRO of East Dallas is your near me fire damage repair company.

Candles are a great way to light up, add nice decor, or make a home smell like fresh flowers. However, According to the NFPA, from 2014-2018, there were an estimated 7,610 house fires that were started by candles per year that caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries, and $278 million in property damage. Save your Casa View home with some of these alternatives! 

Flame-less candles

For those who just want the aesthetic of a candle and no scent, flame-less candles are a great option! They are typically battery-operated and give the same flame-like feature as real candles. 

Wax warmer

Wax warmers are a great alternative because you can get that amazing scent that comes from real candles without the hazard. Warmers are typically either battery or outlet operated to melt the wax.

Diffuser

Calling all of our essential oil fans, this one is for you! With hundreds of combinations to try, diffusers are a great option for the whole house. 

Stick diffusers

The most low maintenance option is a stick diffuser. Put your scent in the vase and let the sticks do the work. 

If you still plan to opt for a candle, be sure to trim the wick before each use to minimize sparking, place the candle where it can’t fall or be knocked over, and always blow out the candle anytime you leave the room or plan to leave the home.

SERVPRO of East Dallas is a fan of diffusers! 

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

SERVPRO of East Dallas is ready and equipped to clean up all commercial smoke and fire disasters, no matter the extent of the damage. 

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. 

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.