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Content Cleaning After A Fire In Kent

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Efficient Content Cleaning Solutions After Kent House fires

Content management is one of the most discussed actions taken in a Kent home during fire recovery. Each decision made about the belongings in your residence can have a substantial impact on the salvageability of these items and how soon they can be back in your possession. Taking the time to determine the best approach ensures that the entire management process is as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Because there are multiple approaches for what can happen with damaged contents when our team contends with fire damage in Kent homes, understanding all of these potential choices can put you more at ease. Your belongings are what turn a structure into a home, and when these fall victim to effects like soot and smoke, it can be a stressful situation. We can offer multiple solutions to give each of your possessions the treatment they deserve to avoid being another loss from the disaster.

In-House Cleaning Solutions
Our SERVPRO team has an entire line of potent cleaning products capable of both deodorization and surface cleaning for hundreds of lightly damaged items in your home after a fire. In some situations, these items do not even need to get relocated with the right focused attention.

Relocation Services
Moving your belongings to a different area of the house is a reliable option to prevent exposure to migrating fire damages. If there is a room or region of your house unaffected by the fire loss, many of your at-risk possessions could get moved here to avoid further damages.

Pack-Out Procedure
While it is among the costliest of options for your belongings, contents can get moved to our SERVPRO warehouse for cleaning, drying, deodorization, and other restorative efforts. With in-house tools like immersion tanks and ozone chambers, we can protect many of the heavily soiled items to keep them from becoming losses.

Content management is one of the most significant considerations that restoring professionals like ours must make when recovering your damaged home. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can help with many potential cleaning and protective practices that can restore the things that matter most in your fire-damaged home. Give us a call today at (253) 850-1500.

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Smoke and Fire Damage Should Always Have Professional Cleanup in Kent Homes

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Understands How Important The Details Are When it Comes to Your Homes Fire Damage and Restoration

The methods of cleaning fire damage from a house make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy environment. Due to soot being an irritant to the majority of people, getting it out of the home before it can spread is a priority. 

A standard step SERVPRO technicians take upon arrival to a Kent home for fire damage restoration is containment. There are different methods, but one of the most common is also the most simplistic: the putting up of heavy plastic sheeting over doorways and vents. Additionally, the techs often run air scrubbers during the entire mitigation process to capture airborne soot particles and port them off-site. 

Why Testing of Residues is Vital

The cleaning away for smoke is not a one-size-fits-all process for SERVPRO technicians. In fact, the use of an incorrect method can result in more significant damage to a surface. That is why before the techs take any actions regarding smoke damage on surfaces, they test the residues to determine if they fall into the wet or dry smoke category.  This attention to detail ensures the use of the appropriate cleaning agents.

What Harm Can DIY Smoke Damage Cleaning Efforts Do?

When property owners spent time attempting to clean up the aftermath of a property fire themselves, not only is this unhealthy, it can result in a broader scope of fire loss throughout the home due to the spread of soot, mainly through the ductwork in the house resulting in a residual odor any time the HVAC gets used until the ductwork gets cleaned. Also, using wet cleaners on dry smoke can drive the soot deeply into the surface and render the object unrestorable. 

Most importantly, if an item receives more damage due to cleaning efforts by the property owner, the insurance carrier may deem the item a loss due to the negligence in cleansing, which is why it is vital to let the technicians perform tests on residues and clean pieces to ensure the best outcome after a fire loss.

At the first sign of fire damage in your SERVPRO of Kent residence, call (253) 850-1500. The certified, experienced technicians are ready to assist local properties 24/7 for the restoration of any type of fire loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Will Clean Your Kent Home After A Fire

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

room in house with burned furniture and charred walls in black soot. Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call anytime that you need us at (253) 850-1500.

Cleaning Moderately Soiled Kent Homes After Fires

As destructive as fire losses can be for Kent homes, it can be even more devastating when improper cleaning practices and approaches lead to irreparable staining, smearing, and marring. Our professionals have extensive experience in the recovery of on-site construction materials and contents, even to the point of successfully restoring moderate soiling to affected surfaces without requiring any demolition or later reconstruction. Depending on the damage and the substance, we have several practices that can help.

Knowing which of these techniques fits the specific scenario and circumstance is part of the extensive training and education that our SERVPRO professionals receive to handle fire cleanup in damaged Kent homes. Once we have identified surfaces and contents that can benefit from mechanical action cleaning, we can attempt one of these practical approaches.

Cleaning Towels
As rudimentary as it might seem, wiping surfaces with a towel as part of a wet-cleaning approach can help to reduce the possibility of streaking and smearing. In situations where soils and moisture could still be present, the towel can also help to absorb substances from the surface.

Dry Cleaning Sponge
Sponges of all shapes, sizes, and compositions have a role in fire loss cleanup. Rubber sponges can get used for the removal of loose soil as it gets pulled across a surface, the friction causes soils to transfer into the pores of the sponge. While these do little to wet smoke residue, they are the premier solution for dry smoke effects.

Crumbly Cleaning
You can liken this chemical reaction to a pencil eraser absorbing the graphite pencil markings from paper. As this substance gets rubbed on a surface, it begins to absorb soils. This approach is ideal for dry smoke residues, but it might not be as effective with glossy surfaces.

Mechanical actions are often a necessary element to cleaning up after fire loss effects in your home. No matter what kind of smoke and soot damage exists in the house, we have ideal cleaning tactics to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call anytime that you need us at (253) 850-1500.

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Restoring Your Kent Home or Business After a Fire

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Damage from a house fire. Damage from a Kent house fire.

SERVPRO of Kent was called in to cleanup the mess after this local home caught fire. Our goal is to restore and save as much as we can. We have the expertise and equipment to get the job done properly. Every loss is different, our expert team can navigate these situations to thoroughly inspect your home or business to find the full extent of the damage. 

Any time of day or night, when disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Kent for immediate response with fire, smoke, or soot damage. A fast response is crucial to minimizing the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Some of our services include structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and deodorization.

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https://www.SERVPROkent.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Regular inspection of Fire Sprinklers

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance is a Top Priority

Of the many tasks assigned to a Maintenance Manager, making sure the building's sprinkler system is in proper working condition is on the top of the list.

Fire suppression during a building fire replies on the sprinkler system doing it's job of containing/eliminating the fire.

Different types of materials within the structure, along with the amount of time the materials were in contact with the fire, will affect the level of damage that a building incurs.

Once the fire is extinguished, knowing how to properly mitigate and repair the building with the various materials in it is important.

If you find yourself needing mitigation for your fire damage give SERVPRO a call today.

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 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.

Be mindful of that pile of rags in the garage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Rags soaked in stain or other chemicals can cause a Fire

If you've ever used a rag to apply stain to your wood working project you know how stain just makes everything more vibrant.  The color of the grain, the curves of the carving, and sometimes even a bag of rags!

Rags and wood dust being piled up after cleaning up the garage can cause a fire to innocently start.  The oils and ingredients in the stain end up causing heat and if all the ingredients are there a fire can start.

The smoke from the rags/stain are bad enough, but couple that with many of the items you have in your garage and you can imagine the damage that can be done.

If you run into this scenario give SERVPRO a call.  Our highly trained team has the knowledge of the various materials and how they need to be cleaned.  Just like every piece of wood is different, different types of fires/materials require varying methods of cleaning.

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 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.

Burning food can cause odors in your home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Burning food can cause odors in your home

Why does the last 5 minutes of a football game on TV seem to take an hour? You decided to make that salmon dish your uncle was telling you about so you prepped for it first thing this morning.

Start of the 4th quarter you decided to put it into the oven right as your team fell behind 14 points and the game seemed over.

That's when the magic started!  The rookie they just drafted gets put in the game and the biggest comeback in franchise history starts.

They tie up the game with 10 seconds left as the wide receiver torched the defender.  Torched him so bad you can smell the burning as if you were there.

Wait.....that's not torched defender...that's your Salmon burning in the oven!

It's happened to us all, we see it every day.  If this happens to you call SERVPRO and we'll come out and repair the damage.  Not all smoke and soot are the same, and trained professionals like we have at SERVPRO know how to deal with each type that occurs.

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 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.

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

We’ve all been there, it seemed like a good idea to cook the bacon on High heat but that Text from a friend or the person that distracted us from our stove was enough to make it happen.

“It” is that smell that enters your nostrils that makes your hard race as you run to the stove and turn down the heat.  As you fan smoke away from the pan you realize you’re spreading this smoke into other parts of the kitchen.  You reach for the fan and turn it on for the first time in a while.  

Cranking the knob up to high you look over at the smoke detector and the race is on.

“Will the fan suck up the smoke before it gets to the smoke detector and informs everyone in the house you’ve just burned the bacon?”

The Kitchen Fan is mostly a Reactive function in the kitchen.  It rarely gets turned on until smoke comes out of a pan or that pot of water starts to fog up the room.  

The perfect time to turn on the fan is actually Before you turn on the stove and start cooking.

The main purpose of the fan is to eliminate heat and odors from the cooking that you’re doing. The moisture and odors tend to stick to the walls of your kitchen.

The odors and moisture builds up and can turn your kitchen area into a feeding ground for microbial growth.  

How do you reduce the chance for moisture and odor issues in your kitchen? Be proactive and turn the Fan on every time you turn the stove on.


If you ever do run into issues in your Home or Commercial building reach out to SERVPRO and we’ll come out and take care of you.

Fire Prevention Tips for your Kent Home/Property

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

A few small steps can go a long way to prevent fire incidents at your Kent home/property.

"It’s always good to find out you’re going to be working from home…

Unless you’re a firefighter."

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us), in 2015, there were 500,000+ structure fires causing $10+ billion in property damage! Structure fires were reported every 63 seconds!

Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Kent home or property, provided by the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness):

 

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Check electrical wiring in your home.
  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.

 

Have you checked your home or property for fire hazards recently? Have you had conversations with your family about what you would do in a fire emergency? What is your plan if a fire impacts your home?

SERVPRO of Kent specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage event and can help you get back on track after an incident.

 

If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Kent - (253)850-1500

Kent Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Kent 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 Kent 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 – (253)850-1500