Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Safety For Independence Day!!

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is here and SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is here to prepare you with fire safety tips for your commercial or residential property. 

Independence Day is just around the corner and between the barbecues, fireworks, and bonfires during the heat of the year, we want to make sure that our community is safe from fire damage. 

July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.

  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes, and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, in an enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

If you experience fir damage, you can call us 24/7/365 at (281)374-6454

SERVPRO Is Here To Help You!!

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience. It can be difficult to know who to call and what steps to take to mitigate the damage while coping with your loss. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we are here to help. Our experienced and compassionate team will be your guide throughout the restoration process and will work directly with your insurance company to ensure your property is restored as quickly as possible. Our crew teams will be out immediately after you make the phone call. We have teams on call 24/7/365.

We are a full-service operation and are certified, licensed, and prepared to perform fire and smoke damage cleanup and repairs. Fire damage restoration is extremely complex, and often requires emergency board-up or tarping, contents pack-out, smoke cleanup, and even water cleanup. At SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we are equipped to handle all of these complexities with ease, simplifying the entire process for our customers. Give us a call at (281) 374-6454

Do You Struggle With Bad Odor In Your Home?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure, including fire damage!

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at (281) 374-6454, and leave the restoration to us.

Why are Fire Alarms Important?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why are Fire Alarms Important? Smoke alarms are very important!

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. All in all, smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires. If you have not checked your smoke alarm in years or several months check out these statistics from the NFPA. 

Click this link The Smoke Alarm Effect

If you acquire fire or smoke damage, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454. We are always here to help!

SERVPRO Is Here For You!

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Is Here For You! SERVPRO of Spring and Tomball will there immediately to assist you in any way we can!

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. Our  crew members are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible and as fast as possible. 

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281) 374-6454 to make your home or business look "Like it never even happened". We are here to assist you 24/7, 365 days a year!

Smoke and Soot

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your 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 Spring/Tomball 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. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to 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 – SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281)374-6454

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires but with preparation and common sense, many home cooking fires can be avoided. 

  • Do not leave stoves, ovens, and ranges unattended—stay in the kitchen so you can keep your eyes on the food.
  • Make sure to keep children away from the stove as the steam or splash from the food on the stove can cause serious burns.
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear short sleeves while cooking so your clothes do not start on fire.
  • Keep pot holders and food wrappers away from heat sources while cooking.
  • After your guests leave, be sure all cooking appliances are off and all candles are blown out.
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if an oven fire occurs!
  • Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep children and pets away while frying.
  • Follow instructions on what size turkey should be used, how it should be cooked and what type of oil to use.

Follow these simple steps in keeping safety in your kitchen during the holidays!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

Pet Fire Safety

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

We want to help you protect your pets from potential danger. 

  • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
  • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.
  • Keep pets near entrances when you are away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes close by in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.

The 4th of July!!

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is right around the corner which means FIREWORKS! Please keep these tip in mind when you're popping Fireworks!

Firework Safety Tips

  • Follow the directions on all fireworks and don't use them for anything other than what they're intended for.
  • Don't attempt to alter or combine fireworks products.
  • Never use homemade fireworks.
  • Report illegal explosives to the nearest fire or police department.
  • When lighting fireworks, always have water handy. A hose is best, but a bucket will suffice.
  • Spectators should remain a safe distance from the fireworks being lit.
  • Whoever lights the fireworks must be sober, wear safety glasses, and keep clothing well away from the flame when lighting.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface, away from all flammable materials including dry leaves and paper.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that appear to be duds. Wait up to 20 minutes for a possible delayed ignition. Then if nothing happens, soak the firework in a bucket of water and dispose of it.
  • Dispose of all firework materials by first soaking them in water before putting them in the trash.
  • Keep sparklers away from clothing and other flammable materials.

We hope everyone has a fun and SAFE 4th of July!!

Fire Hazards!

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Below are the most common Fire Hazards in your home.

  • Alcohol and Fire

It's a fact that many house fires are caused by someone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Candles

Candle fires happen in places like bedrooms and bathrooms where people use them as mood enhancers. Unfortunately, people can fall asleep with a candle still burning or leave the room without snuffing out the flame. Candles should NEVER be left burning unattended!

  • Cooking

Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily including pot holders, dish towels, and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove and clean up all spills on the stove top or near by counters.

  • Electrical 

Unsafe use of electricity can be a  ticking time bomb! An electrical fire can happen at any time. Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.

  • Cigarettes

Too many fires are caused from careless disposal of smoking materials

Preventing Commercial Kitchen Fires

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

While commercial kitchens are a fast, convenient way to prepare food, they can also present significant fire hazards if not properly maintained.

  • Have Proper Equipment

With so many flammable ingredients in one concentrated area, you will want to take all safety precautions available to prevent a kitchen fire. Once your building has been outfitted with the proper fire protection equipment, don’t forget to schedule your regular fire alarm tests and fire extinguisher refills.

  • Keep It Clean

    The majority of kitchen fires begin when flammable cooking material or byproducts, such as oil and grease, are ignited. Not only does grease build up on cooking surfaces, it can also collect bits of food and paper, increasing flammability.

  • Train your staff. Even with the best preventative equipment, fires can happen and it’s important that the kitchen crew has the training to know what to do in an emergency. Have meetings and drills about fire prevention, evacuation of patrons, and how to use extinguishers. Make sure new hires are brought up to speed.

Fire in your home....

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what to do if there is a fire in your house?

4 Tips if there is a fire in your home!

1. Decide if you should fight the fire or flee.

Don't attempt to extinguish any fire if there is a threat to your safety. If the fire is small and you know how to use a fire extinguisher, you can attempt to extinguish the fire. You must note that fires can increase in size and intensity in seconds, blocking the exit path can create a dangerous atmosphere. 

2. The main priority is to get you and your family members out safely.

Your priority should be to get yourself and your family members out as quickly as possible. Please don't think of picking up your valuables. Timing is very important. 

3. If you see smoke, crawl to the nearest exit!

The toxic gases and the super heated air in the smoke makes it more dangerous. Smoke is lighter than air and so it rises above air.

4. If your clothes catch on fire, remember to STOP, DROP, and ROLL!!!

If clothes catch fire, they can spread quickly engulfing the victim in flames. 

How to Prevent House Fires

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Listed below are four common causes for a house fire and how to avoid it!

Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires!

  • Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.
  • Do not pinch or cover electrical cords with items such as rugs.
  • Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system. Do not overload your circuits. 

Carelessness in the Kitchen May Also Lead to a House Fire!

  • Never leave your pots or pans unattended on the stove.
  • Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and make sure you know how to use it.
  • Keep your stove and oven clean. Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on.

Clothes Dryers Are Another Common Source of House Fires.

  • Clean out the dryer vent regularly.
  • Clean out the lint filter after each load.
  • Lint may also collect under and behind your dryer, make to clean these areas regularly.

Alternative Heating Sources can Also Create a Fire Hazard

  • Avoid using an older space heater, as it may not have adequate safety features compared to newer units. 
  • Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire.

8 Cooking Safety Tips for the Holidays

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 8 Cooking Safety Tips for the Holidays SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

During the holidays, everybody enjoys a nice meal with their families. Baking a ham, green bean casserole, dressing, and cranberry sauce--YUMM!

When cooking these meals, be sure to be cautious of oven and stove top safety.

1.) Keep spills cleaned up on and around your stove top.

2.) Keep and eye on your pans in the oven. Always set a timer.

3.) Keep a fire extinguisher close by.

5.) Be sure your smoke detector has good batteries in place.

6.) DO NOT throw water on a grease fire.

7.) Keep your body safe guarded at all times by wearing proper safety gloves or mitts.

8.) Keep children and pets away from ovens and stove-tops in use.

Follow these simple steps in keeping safety in your kitchen during the holidays!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

THE TREE'S ON FIRE!!!!!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage THE TREE'S ON FIRE!!!!! SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

You go out with your family and pick out the BIGGEST, MOST BEAUTIFUL Christmas Tree that you all have ever seen. You take it home and decorate it as a family. That tree looks AMAZING!!!!! Every day that you walk through your living room, you admire what a beautiful tree you have.

Well wouldn't you prefer to keep that tree and your home safe?? I don't know about you, but all of the time and effort and love I would have for that Christmas Tree could be wasted effort if you don't keep it nice and hydrated.

Keep in mind that Christmas Trees cause over $17.5 million in property damages each year.

So remember, keep your Christmas trees hydrated and your holidays happy!

From our team here at SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball, we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!

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Beware of Candle Flames

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Beware of Candle Flames SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Candles may be pretty to look at but they are a cause of home fires and home fire deaths. According to the National Candle Association, 70% of households in the United States use candles. Most people don’t see candles as a major fire hazard, but according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) from 1983-1998 candles accounted for 8,690 fires, 104 deaths, 974 injuries and an estimated $126 million in property damage. Between 2001-2002 an estimated 18,000 fires were started by candles with 130 deaths, 1350 injuries and $333 million in property damage.

DON’T GET BURNED! FOLLOW THESE SAFETY TIPS!

  • Use candles only with constant adult supervision
  • Never leave a candle burning!
  • Keep candles away from items that can catch fire, such as Christmas trees, clothing, paper or curtains
  • Place candles and candleholders on a secure piece of furniture. Make sure candleholders are non-combustible and large enough to collect the dripping wax.
  • Do not place candles in windows where blinds or curtains can close over them
  • Keep wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch and extinguish candles when they burn to within 2 inches of the holder
  • Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids
  • Do not use candles in places where they can be knocked over by children or pets
  • Always have a working smoke alarm!

FREE CE CREDIT COURSE-Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

TO ALL WHO ARE IN NEED OF CREDITS TOWARD THEIR CONTINUING EDUCATION:

SERVPRO Spring/Tomball will be hosting a 2 hr. Class on July 20th, 2017. The class will be on Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents. 

This course is specifically designed to explain the different approaches and techniques to scoping, cleaning, and restoring smoke-damaged contents. The purpose is to provide you with a better understanding of the work performed by the mitigation vendor at smoke-damaged work sites.

Restoring a customers contents is a pretty big goal for SERVPRO. We have an amazing contents and mitigation crew that are determined to get things back to the way they were.

Classroom Credit= 2 hours

Light Drinks and Snacks will be provided during class time.

TIME: 9am-11am

DATE: 7/20/2017

FOR RESERVATIONS:

Please call 281-374-6454 or Email Us at: jack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com OR smr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Safety Tips When Using Heating Equipment

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips When Using Heating Equipment SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening are below: 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

12 Tips to Prevent Workplace Fires

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 12 Tips to Prevent Workplace Fires SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

October is National Fire Safety Month and while the main focus is on preventing residential fires, it is also a good time to revisit workplace fire safety and prevention. Below are 12 tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace:

Step 1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.

Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.

Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electric could be shut off easily.

Step 6. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.

Step 7. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.

Step 8. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.

Step 9. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.

Step 10. Prevent Ignition – Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.

Step 11. Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

Step 12. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted.

 

How Important Are Smoke Alarms?

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Important Are Smoke Alarms? SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths results from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. All in all, smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires. If you have not checked your smoke alarm in years or several months check out these statistics from the NFPA. 

Click this link The Smoke Alarm Effect

What is Soot?

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Soot? SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire can be extremely stressful especially when soot has covered all of your belongings. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire. By the same token, soot can develop through three different methods:

  • Wet soot residue—results from smoldering, low-heat fires. This residue is sticky, smeary, and has a very pungent odor.
  • Dry soot residue—results from fast-burning fires with high temperatures. This residue is typically dry, powdery, and non-smeary.
  • Protein residue—almost invisible but can discolor paints and varnishes in your home. This residue also has an extremely pungent odor.

Because each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean it off your items effectively, it is best to call SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball for such needs or concerns. It is our duty to serve our customers and help make it “Like it never even happened.”