Recent Fire Damage Posts

Cleaning Carpet and Upholstery After A Fire

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

No matter how small or large, a fire in your  Rolling Meadows home can be a troubling disruption to your life and can have a significant effect on you and your family. When disaster strikes, you need someone who can help. SERVPRO is always standing by to help clean and restore your home once a fire has occurred. One of the many areas we specialize in is cleaning carpeting and upholstery which has been damaged by fire, smoke, and soot. 
 
How difficult it is to repair and clean your damaged carpeting and upholstery depends on the kind of damage. For items affected by smoke, the cleaning process is quite simple and straightforward. Additional damage from water and debris may involve a more complicated process. 
 
At SERVPRO, our process for restoring carpeting that has fire and smoke damage includes cleaning, sanitizing, and neutralizing damage that was caused by debris and smoke left after a fire. To start, we sanitize the carpet and upholstery with special cleaners. Doing so neutralizes organic matter such as bacteria and fungi while removing dirt and debris left in the fibers. With the right dwell time, this process reaches into porous areas such as carpet backing systems, cushions, and other areas that are difficult to reach. 
 
Carpet or upholstery damaged from water, heat or a chemical used to put out the fire might not be salvageable. Excessive water in carpeting usually creates a bond issue for adhesives which hold the carpeting to the floor. In some cases, it can create damage to the carpet. The water can also soak the padding, which results in the need to replace it. Whenever necessary, we can help dispose of and replace unsalvageable carpet.
 
At SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows, we understand that time is of the essence when it comes to water and smoke damage from fire. We waste no time in getting to your home when you contact us at (847) 934-1700

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Safety Tips to Keep Your Holidays Safe and Fun

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Safety Tips to Keep Your Holidays Safe and Fun Make sure to inspect decorative lights for breaks and frayed wiring before using them to help prevent fire damage.

Autumn heralds the beginning of the busy holiday season, from Halloween to the New Year. Along with the fun and festivities, there lurks an increased risk of accidental fire damage.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports fire damage increases during the holiday season. Taking the time and effort to know the risks and prepare to minimize them is an essential part of getting ready for the holidays. Cultivate awareness of these threats to avoid the destruction of a holiday fire.

Clean the Chimney

If your chimney has not seen maintenance for more than a few years, make an appointment with a sweep or cleaning service. Once the fireplace and its flue have the thumbs-up from a professional, be sure to burn only seasoned firewood and keep the firebox doors closed or a fire screen in front of the blaze to prevent embers from catching.

Candle Safety

Keep candles a foot or more away from flammable items such as curtains or decorations. Be sure they are on a proper receptacle and consider covering with glass shades or globes. Or avoid the risk of fire altogether by using flameless LED options.

Inspect Decorative Lights

If displaying lights on trees, at windows, or for another decorative purpose, make sure the wires are like new, with no breaks or frays. Do not leave lights burning when you are sleeping or away from home.

Outdoor displays should be hung on proper hooks or clips, not stapled on the trim. Take them down promptly, so that ice, snow, or animals do not cause the wires to break down.

Christmas Trees

Real trees should be fresh and watered daily. Keep fresh and artificial trees away from heat and place them away from the pathways people walk in your home.

Cooking

Clean up greasy debris regularly and do not get distracted while cooking the holiday feasts. Use timers to remind yourself that dishes are on the stove or in the oven. If you deep fry your turkey, be sure to do so on a non-wood stable surface outdoors, away from the house and eaves.

Little Ones

Keep an eye on the children, especially if you have burning candles and a busy kitchen. Playing with lighters or matches cause many fires, and knocking over pots in the kitchen causes injury and fires.

In a holiday fire emergency, SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows can assist with the damage and manage the restoration. Call (847) 934-1700 for a consultation.

Living Room Fire And Smoke Damage Cleanup

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Living Room Fire And Smoke Damage Cleanup Overloaded power sockets can start an electrical fire in the living room and cause considerable fire and smoke damage.

Electricity is one of the best conveniences of modern life. It allows us to recharge our phones, power the television/radio/microwave, and generate heat in our homes. However, overloaded power sockets can start an electrical fire in the living room and cause considerable fire and smoke damage.

When this occurs, it is important to have a restoration company within reach to reverse the damage. As an experienced fire damage restoration company, SERVPRO can arrive promptly to begin restoring your property. Following IICRC recommendations, our technicians can treat the smoke damaged contents and restore your living room, “Like it never even happened.”

Soot is one of the most stubborn effects of fire damage and smoke damage. It is oily and easily stains draperies, carpets, and other living room textiles. As such, we have to remove it before we attempt to clean up or deodorize any item.

The cleaning process is designed to extract soils, soot, and debris from various surfaces. During this process, our technicians use four primary cleaning actions. These are chemical action, mechanical action, lubrication, and suspension & dispersion.

In most cases, SERVPRO experts have to neutralize smoke odor that comes with smoke and fire damage. This smell can stick to your clothing, carpets, upholstered furniture, and draperies, and become a nuisance in the living room. We have various chemicals that can break up smoke molecules to get rid of these odors.

The choice of counteractant depends on the type of material that sustained smoke damage. Some situations may call for an ozone treatment in the deodorization process. If this is done in the house, we have to put the items under a tent while our experts operate an ozone generator (as a general rule of thumb).

If the fire damage extended to the walls, we have special cleanup procedures to restore them to their normal conditions. However, the exact approach depends on the nature of the wall: whether it is paneling or wood, painted, finished or unfinished, etc. The most effective cleaning method considers the type of surface, type of smoke, and whether the surface is dry cleanable or wet cleanable.

If your living room sustains fire damage, you need a reliable, responsible, and experienced restoration company to remediate your property. SERVPRO is a trusted, locally based restoration company that can reverse the fire damage on your living room items quickly and efficiently. Call us today at (847) 934-1700.

The Most Comprehensive Smoke & Soot Cleanup Service Available

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Most Comprehensive Smoke & Soot Cleanup Service Available Our IICRC-certified technicians are thoroughly equipped and trained to effectively clean your property from smoke and soot.

Smoke and soot damage can be very invasive and hard to get rid of. While initial fire damage cleanup may make things appear clean, any and every nook and cranny of your property and belongings could be affected, causing hidden odor and damage. Fortunately, our IICRC-certified technicians have the expertise and experience necessary to inspect and accurately assess the situation to develop an effective plan of action.

Every fire damage situation looks different; in fact, there are two different types of smoke: wet and dry. As a result, there are also different types of soot residue. Before we begin our work, we can test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. From there, we will put a proper plan into place to make sure your fire-damaged property is taken care of thoroughly, efficiently, and safely.

Our equipment and specialized cleaning chemicals ensure quality results. For any kind of surface or material, including metal, stone, brick, clothing, curtains, carpets, painted surfaces, etc., we have what is needed to properly take care of your smoke and soot-affect property and belongings.

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SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows is available 24/7 to take care of you. Call us today at (847)934-1700 for your fire damage needs!

We Can Deodorize Your Apartment "Like It Never Even Happened"

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

After the devastation of fire damage, SERVPRO aims to make it “Like it never even happened.” This involves demolition and reconstruction, as well as water damage mitigation from fire fighting efforts. However, we specifically pride ourselves on our deodorization process.

Our clients are often surprised and delighted by our ability to completely remove any trace of smell. Property managers who have dealt with multiple fires in the past will tell us that we are the only ones who can actually make the property completely odor-free.

The trick is that we do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out the sources of the odor and remove them completely. In addition to our quick response time and state-of-the-art equipment and resources, our thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile truly sets us apart from the rest.

The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming and stressful, but SERVPRO is always available to help you in your time of need. Call today!

What Happens to Your Belongings after a Fire?

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

As if the stress of dealing with fire damage to your property wasn’t enough, there is also the question of what happens to your belongings. You may lose hope and believe that everything needs to be tossed and replaced. Well, not necessarily. SERVPRO’s mitigation and restoration services also extend to your belongings. Our extensive and thorough content cleaning process will ensure that your belongings are treated with the utmost care.

  • We will complete an accurate room-by-room inventory and ensure everything is property accounted for. This includes photo documentation and bar coding items, suitable for filing insurance claims forms, alleviating you of this often stressful and time consuming process.
  • If needed, your contents can be relocated for cleaning, deodorization, and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew will carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office.
  • Any contents which are deemed restorable will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, area rugs, draperies, upholstery, and more. For any fabric material, our professionals will carefully inspect and test all fabrics to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.

If your property has been devastated by fire damage, rely on SERVPRO to properly take care of your needs. Call today!

Cleaning Carpeting and Upholstery in Your Palatine Home After a Fire

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Carpeting and Upholstery in Your Palatine Home After a Fire You are not alone after a fire. SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly after your call to remediate the damage and restore your home.

SERVPRO Remediates the Extensive Damage That an Unwelcome Fire Leaves Behind in Your Home

No matter how small or large, a fire in your Palatine home is a complete disruption to your life and very troubling. Fires are one of the biggest fears that anyone has as a homeowner, and we do our best to prevent them by following safety steps while cooking and using appliances, plus installing smoke detectors in all the rooms of our homes. When disaster does strike, however, you need someone who can help.
 
Fire damage to your Palatine home, even if it is a small amount, has a significant effect on you and your family. SERVPRO is always standing by to help you clean and restore your home once a fire has occurred. One thing which is troublesome is carpeting and upholstery which has been damaged by fire, smoke, and soot.
 
How difficult it is to repair and clean your damaged carpeting and upholstery depends on the kind of damage. For smoke damaged items only, our cleaning process is quite simple and straightforward. For damage which involves debris, water, and smoke, the process is more complicated. In most instances, heat damage is irreversible.
 
At SERVPRO, our process for restoring carpeting that has fire and smoke damage includes cleaning, sanitizing, and neutralizing damage that was caused by debris and smoke left after a fire. To start, we sanitize the carpet and upholstery with special cleaners. Doing so neutralizes organic matter such as bacteria and fungi while removing dirt and debris left in the fibers. With the right dwell time, this process reaches into porous areas such as carpet backing systems, cushions, and other areas that are difficult to reach.
 
Carpet or upholstery which has physical damage from water, heat or a chemical used on the fire itself might not be salvageable. Excessive water in carpeting usually creates a bond issue for adhesives which hold the carpeting to the floor. In some cases, it can create damage to the carpet. The water can also soak the padding, which results in the need to replace it.
 
At SERVPRO of Palatine/Rolling Meadows, we understand that time is of the essence when it comes to water and smoke damage from fire. We waste no time in getting to your home in Staples Corner, Rolling Meadows, or Inverness when you contact us at (847) 934-1700.

For more information regarding the city of Palatine, click here.

Fire Damage Risks as the Holidays Approach in Rolling Meadows

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Risks as the Holidays Approach in Rolling Meadows Make sure to inspect decorative lights for breaks and frayed wiring before using them to help prevent fire damage.

SERVPRO’s Safety Tips to Keep Your Holidays Safe and Fun

Autumn heralds the beginning of the busy holiday season in Rolling Meadows. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, and on to the winter festivals celebrated by different cultures, with the holidays winding up with the ringing in of the New Year. Along with the fun and festivities, there lurks an increased risk of accidental fire damage.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports fire damage in Rolling Meadows as well as across the county increases during the holiday season. Taking the time and effort to know the risks and prepare to minimize them is an essential part of getting ready for the holidays. Cultivate awareness of these threats to avoid the destruction of a holiday fire.

Clean the Chimney

If your chimney has not seen maintenance for more than a few years, make an appointment with a sweep or cleaning service. Once the fireplace and its flue have the thumbs-up from a professional, be sure to burn only seasoned firewood and keep the firebox doors closed or a fire screen in front of the blaze to prevent embers from catching.

Candle Safety

Keep candles a foot or more away from flammable items like curtains or decorations. Be sure they are on a proper receptacle and consider covering with glass shades or globes. Avoid the candle risk altogether by using flameless LED options.

Inspect Decorative Lights

If displaying lights on trees, at windows, or for another decorative purpose, make sure the strings are like new, with no breaks or frays. Do not leave lights burning when you are sleeping or away from home.

Outdoor displays should be hung on proper hooks or clips, not stapled on the trim. Take them down promptly, so that ice, snow, or animals do not cause the wires to break down.

Christmas Trees

Real trees should be fresh and watered daily. Keep fresh and artificial trees away from heat and place them away from the pathways people walk in your home.

Cooking

Clean up greasy debris regularly and do not get distracted while cooking the holiday feasts. Use timers to remind yourself that dishes are on the stove or in the oven. If you deep fry your turkey, be sure to do it on a non-wood stable surface outdoors, away from the house and eaves.

Little Ones

Keep an eye on the children, especially if you have burning candles and a busy kitchen. Playing with lighters or matches cause many fires, and knocking over pots in the kitchen causes injury and fires.

If all your preparations do not head off a holiday fire, SERVPRO of Palatine / Rolling Meadows can assist with the damage and manage the restoration. Call (847) 934-1700 for a consultation.

To learn more about fire prevention in the city of Rolling Meadows, click here.