Recent Fire Damage Posts

How Can SERVPRO Remove Smoke Odors from Lake City Homes?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding fire detector Smoke smells linger long after the fire is extinguished, and are hard to remove. SERVPRO has the tools for complete fire restoration. Call us today!

The Deodorization Process Involves Many Steps and Products for Lake City Properties

Fires can be one of the most turbulent and traumatic experiences for families and one that can leave you struggling to meet the necessary objectives to restore comfortable living. Our experienced SERVPRO team works fast to mitigate loss and overcome threatening and offensive conditions like harsh smoke odors as soon as possible.

From Where Did the Odor Come? 

A lingering obstacle during the fire restoration of Lake City homes is harsh odors. Combustion can destroy many types of materials, ranging from plastics to fuels. The impacted materials during this burning determine the severity and density of smoke damage in the house. We have multiple deodorization processes and products to overcome foul smells that prevent comfortable living.

Reducing the Severity of Harsh Burning Smells 

An effective first step in overcoming smoke odors is to lessen their severity with counteractant products. The less offensive fire and smoke odors become, the easier they are to neutralize and remove with deodorization practices. Some of the tools used in this process include:

  • Beads
  • Granules
  • Thermal/ULV Foggers
  • HEPA Air Scrubbers

Effective Odor Neutralization Practices 

SERVPRO professionals like ours call upon a range of deodorization equipment in our inventory to effectively neutralize these noxious smells in the house after a fire. Among the most used during fire restoration is the hydroxyl generator, as this can also help with environmental air quality cleaning with its onboard HEPA filter.

Fires are one of the most damaging forces that many area homes and businesses must face. As challenging as these circumstances might be, our leading restoration team can help with fast mitigation and recovery solutions to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team today at (206) 362-9295.

SERVPRO is Available in Lake City for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Oil spill started a fire in the kitchen Kitchen fire in your home is no DIY project. Call SERVPRO for the help and service you need to have your home back to preloss condition.

Has an Oil Fire in Your Kitchen Destroyed Your Lake City Home? SERVPRO Has All the Fire Damage Restoration Services You Need.

Every homeowner has most likely been in a situation where a small mistake happens to lead to a disaster. Imagine you just got home from work after a long day, and you go into the kitchen and start cooking dinner for your family. While you are heating the grease, your phone rings, and you get distracted. When you go back into the kitchen, you notice your oil is on fire, and you quickly put it out.

After you extinguish the flames, you notice fire damage in your Lake City home. Although the issues may not be severe, you see soot residues all over your stove's hood and on your kitchen cabinets. Your first reaction is to take a rag or paper towel and try to start cleaning it yourself. When trying to wipe away the greasy residue, you notice that it is difficult to remove.

In a scenario like this one, you should always be cautious to clean the residues yourself because it is possible that your efforts could make the damage worse. Actually, the best thing to do is to call in a company like SERVPRO because we can help you with the following services:

Most people would not try to fix their plumbing without a plumber's help. Therefore after you have a fire, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295. 

SERVPRO Offers a Premier Fire and Smoke Removal Service to Lake City Homes

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and fire billowing out of the windows of a home Dealing with fire damage can often be quite overwhelming. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective remediation and clean up services. We are available 24/7.

Fire and Smoke Odor Removal From Lake City Homes Happens Fast With SERVPRO

It pays to hire professionals like SERVPRO for fire and smoke removal from your Lake City home. Our highly certified IICRC professionals can get the job done safely and effectively. 

The fire and smoke removal from your Lake City home start as soon as the SERVPRO technicians get to the scene. Fire damage remediation involves much more than just scrubbing off the residue. During a house fire cleanup, the immediate objective of the restorers is to address any safety issues if present. SERVPRO technicians ensure that the site is safe for both the restorers as well as any occupants. Once the safety is ensured, SERVPRO techs conduct a thorough inspection of the structure, followed by securing it and developing a restoration plan.   

How Long Will it Take for SERVPRO to Restore My Fire Damaged Home in Lake City?

The time required for fire damage restoration of your Lake City home depends on several factors, including the level of damage caused by the fire. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians classify residential fire incidents into three categories- minor, medium, and major.

  • A fire is deemed minor if the smoke and residue are light and confined to a relatively small area. Such fire and smoke damages are quicker to restore. 
  • Medium fire damage occurs if heavy smoke and soot residue spread in multiple rooms of the structure. Such a fire can cause heat damage to the drywall, cabinets, and contents. 
  • In a major fire incident, the damage is extensive and involves the charring of the structural framing and finishes. Emergency services are often needed in such cases.

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 to talk to one of our experts.

Entering a Fire Damaged Property in Seattle

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Caution tape over fire damaged appliences Big or Small Fire, SERVPRO's Green Fleet Arrives as the Fire Trucks Leave! Call us right away for effective fire damage remediation efforts.

SERVPRO provides emergency fire damage service that allows technicians to enter for clean up

Whenever there is a fire, there are safety issues that need address before fire restoration can begin. SERVPRO understands these concerns and implements safety precautions before beginning. This keeps everyone safe. 

Fire Damage and Safety Precautions

When a home has fire damage in Seattle, crew chiefs will discuss security issues on-site and safety issues that need to be addressed. These can include:

  • Structural deficiencies
  • Electrical and natural gas hazards
  • Micro-soot that can create breathing problems

Our teams quickly organize the worksite to minimize safety issues and exposure. SERVPRO follows all OSHA and IICRC guidelines. That includes wearing the proper PPE. 

We also provide board-up services, place signs indicating danger, and get working as quickly as possible. Our services include:

  • Cleaning fire damaged homes
  • Fire damage restoration
  • House fire clean up
  • Smoke damage removal
  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup

Even small fires can cause big problems. Smoke residue can spread rapidly into areas not even impacted by the flames. This can lead to damage to surfaces and foul odors, which are difficult to remove. For professional fire damage remediation, contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295. 

Fire Damage Restoration in your Seattle Home

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Room with fire damage SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage. Call us today, we are always available.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration in Seattle

For many residents faced with a fire in Seattle, it can be a daunting task to recover from a fire. There can be a lot of damage from a fire. Water used to quell the blaze can cause further damage and smoke odors that wafted through the house. Where do you begin?

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration to Seattle homeowners. We help organize the challenge of restoring your home after a fire. Our fire technicians can arrive within four hours of your call and get to work immediately. Arriving on-site in less than four hours reduces the secondary damage from high humidity, lingering smoke odors, and further exposure of your home to nature's elements through broken windows and doors.

Our services include:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • House fire cleanup
  • Smoke Remediation

We remove fire-damaged structures, clean smoke residue from all surfaces and fabrics, and preserve your contents as much as possible. SERVPRO knows how important treasured heirlooms are to your family. 

Our team makes every effort to restore materials to their preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast for fire damage restoration in Seattle and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (206) 362-9295.

How Can SERVPRO Protect Historic Seattle Properties?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Call SERVPRO after you experience a fire incident, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

With Hundreds of Historic Sites in Seattle, a Fire Loss Can be Devastating to These Structures.

There are many homes and buildings that still stand in Seattle that have been around since before the turn of the 20th century. The heritage and history of the Pacific Northwest are captured in these buildings and structures. These landmarks continue to be windows into the evolution of construction styles and architectural development.

Preserving the History of Seattle's Landmarks

While there are hundreds of structures in the city limits alone, narrowing the historic properties and landmarks by significance is impossible. Instead, many architectural students and enthusiasts can appreciate the importance of specific structures that have been standing since the early 1900s and featured the first examples of particular building materials.

  • Alaska Trade Building – This construction was one of the first of its kind for Seattle, as it was marketed as being completely fireproof. Built in 1909, the building was a combination of steel, concrete, and brick.
  • Ward House – This is believed to be one of the oldest standing homes in Seattle and its surrounding areas constructed in 1882. This Victorian Gothic design maintains elegance in the community where it stands. It was added to the registry of historic places in 1972.
  • Moore Theatre – This venue of the arts is the oldest active theater in Seattle. This venue opened in 1907 and continues to be a location for live theatrical productions, lectures, and various concerts. Architectural buffs can appreciate the steel girder supporting the weight of the balcony without a need for columns.
  • Paramount Theatre – This is another aging theater in the city that has been in operation since 1928. In 1974 it was considered to be a landmark. It was one of the original structures in the city for film and vaudeville productions, though currently, it shows a much greater variety of media.
  • Holyoke Building – With a substantial fire that would devastate Seattle in 1889, this structure being in the early construction phases at this time would allow it to be one of the first buildings open for occupancy after this terrible city-wide fire in 1890. This is a 5-story brick building that is accentuated with stone trim.

Fire Damage Restoration Solutions for Seattle Homes 

When it comes to fire restoration and damage repairs, SERVPRO continues to be one of Seattle's trusted names. We have a growing roster of Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to provide 24/7 responses when every moment counts. Our prompt response to emergencies can ensure that the appropriate mitigative actions begin as soon as possible. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Advanced Equipment for Cleanup and Air Filtration

  • HEPA filtered air scrubbers
  • Hydroxyl generators to neutralize malodors
  • Ozone machines for powerful disinfection
  • Thermal fogging 
  • ULV ultra light fogging devices
  • Deodorizing capsules and products

Our experienced professionals can help with nearly all facets of fire restoration in Seattle residences, from controlled demolition and cleaning to deodorization. Give our SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast team a call today at (206) 362-9295.

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Presents Music of Spain and South America

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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It is a Free Musical Delight That Can Be Enjoyed from Your Seattle Home

This is one of several concerts that are part of the free public concert series. With the current pandemic limiting in-person events, there is no need to miss out completely.  The Music of Spain and South America is an online event that happens Friday, January 22, 2021. It takes place in the evening between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM. Viewers will enjoy:

  • Diane Althaus (soprano)
  • Joan Lundquist (piano)
  • Karin McCullough (solo pianist)

You can head over to the LMC Seattle website for more information on how to sign up for the concert. You can email them at too. Then sit back in your favorite comfy chair with a cup of tea and spend a relaxing half hour. It is a great way to put aside the worries of the day and remove stress. 

SERVPRO Provides Fire Restoration Services to Seattle Residents

Even a small fire can leave havoc in its wake. Smoke can travel rapidly throughout the home and leave soot to settle in the smallest cracks and crevices. SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast can mitigate smoke damage with professional fire restoration. Contact us at (206) 362-9295.

Festive Takeover at Seattle's Iconic Pike Place Market

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of Christmas Ornament Fires don't take a break, even for the holidays. Let SERVPRO handle the fire damage so you can enjoy the holidays.

Every Year Seattle's World-Famous Market Embraces the Festive Spirit with a Selection of Decorations, Live Entertainment, and Gifts

Pike Place Market has a global reputation for fish throwing all year around. During December, the 500 or so merchants come together to create Magic in the Market. Hand-crafted seasonal gifts are available from many of the artisan sellers while Christmas lights adorn the inner market. Mulled wines and ciders and carol singing, are regular occurrences to all visitors during the December period. Jazz in the Atrium begins in December and runs for the first three weekends. Make sure to book any live shows early, as these tend to sell out quickly. Free parking is available in one-hour timeslots from the end of November till December 24th.

  • An online calendar of events and craft workshops is available through the Pike Place Market website.
  • From December 14th, the annual Santacon event has spots throughout Pike Place and wider Seattle.
  • View online for tree-lighting events and child-orientated classes

Housefires are among the leading causes of property damages during the winter months. Contact SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295.

Seattle Residents – Check Out Christmas Lights Around the Puget Sound

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of SERVPRO vehicle; showing restoration equipment Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is loaded with equipment to restore your business so you can enjoy the holiday season.

Twinkling lights and Beautiful Displays Await this Holiday Season for Seattle Locals and Visitors 

The holiday season is perfect for checking out all of the lights and displays throughout the Seattle area. Starting the day after Thanksgiving and moving through Christmas, many homes, streets, and businesses are putting up light displays as part of a drive-thru experience for people throughout the area. These Christmas light displays range from 100,000 to a million lights. These lights can be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle as you make your way to each destination. Select businesses and organizations are also holding special fundraising events and collecting donations for viewing their displays. 

  • When: Thanksgiving Day, 11/26/20 through Christmas Day 12/25/20
  • Time: Dusk and through the evening hours
  • Cost: Free for all driving through and around the Puget Sound region except for some asking for donations 

The holiday season is the right time to enjoy all things merry and bright, and our team here at SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast wants to support all of our residents and businesses alike fully. When you own a commercial property in the area, call us at (206) 362-9295 if you require help with fire damage to your location. We are available 24/7 to provide restoration services.

Should A Homeowner Worry About Electronics After A Fire Incident?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Electronics SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home and electronics need after a fire mishap. Call us today.

SERVPRO Helps Evaluate Electronic Items in Seattle Properties during Fire Damage Restoration to Establish Where Remedial Action is Necessary.

Most effects of a fire in a home are readily discernible since they involve physical soiling or deterioration of materials. However, some damages may go unnoticed unless you are keen. Damage to electronic components can fall into this category. SERVPRO takes care of such issues when restoring properties in Seattle.

Why would it be hard to confirm damage in electronics?

Once you embark on fire damage restoration after your Seattle property is affected, you quickly realize there are many factors at play. Such incidents usually cause damages in different ways, including:

  • Combustion of materials
  • Depositing of smoke residues

Moisture or chemical action from firefighting efforts

The effects of smoke deposits and moisture can be restricted within the interior of your electronic items even when the exterior looks okay. For instance, keeping your electronic items in an area with high levels of humidity can cause interior parts to rust as the humidity in the air supplies moisture through condensation. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent this by:

  • Controlling the humidity levels through dehumidification
  • Moving items to a dry area within your property
  • Supplying heat to prevent condensation

What effects does smoke have on electronic appliances?

Restoration must factor in the hidden aspects of smoke damage. Apart from soiling the surfaces of the items, smoke also:

  • Leaves an insulating film inside the items
  • Deposits acidic soot residue all over the items
  • Leaves a magnetically charged residue

It is easy to disregard such issues as minor. However, when left unaddressed, they can cause permanent damage when you use the items later on. For instance, the insulating film causes unnecessary overheating. Magnetically charged residues can also cause short-circuits, while the acidic soot leads to gradual deterioration of internal components.

A proactive restoration approach can save you the high cost of repairing or replacing electronics.  Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is It Possible to Restore My Seattle Home After A Fire?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

A room with windows and a stairway with an active fire. Fire damage to your Seattle home? Call SERVPRO we can help.

Call SERVPRO to Quickly and Professionally Restore Your Seattle Home

Most residential fire damage is from soot residues. Smoke travels throughout the structure and, as the fire cools, slowly deposits the soot on every exposed surface. Cleaning the home requires multiple methods. 

How Does SERVPRO Clean My Residence?

Seattle fire restoration begins with capturing and removing soot residues. Two of our primary methods at SERVPRO are Vacuuming and Dissolving.

  • Vacuuming removes solid, dry particles loosely attached or resting on surfaces. The speed and intensity of the vacuum are determined by the type of surface. Kitchen countertops can be cleaned with a low-speed, hand-held vacuum, while a deep-pile carpet requires a much larger device with an adjustable speed setting.
  • Dissolving is the preferred method for removing particles that have a tighter bond with the surface they cover. Specialists use one of our cleaning products to loosen and suspend the residue for easy removal. In most cases, this method is excellent for all surfaces unless the heat of the fire ‘baked’ the residues into a much harder layer than usual. 

What Exactly is Involved with Dissolving Residues?

Dissolving residues takes three steps: Wash, Rinse, and Dry.

  • Wash – Specialists apply a cleaner and lightly agitate it into the surface for suspension and removal.
  • Rinse – Team members use another solution, water, or air to lift the suspended residues away from the surface and extract it for disposal.
  • Dry – This last step involves specialists using airflow and heat to remove any remaining trace amounts. Often, our teams can accomplish this by using your home’s HVAC system to increase the natural flow of air in your home. 

What Else Can SERVPRO Do for My Home?

SERVPRO can also demolish and remove items physically damaged by the heat and flames. Each team has carpenters and other construction specialists that can rebuild your home from laying a new deck to installing new roof supports. 

To schedule a visit by our specialists, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 today. 

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What Can Cause Electrical Fires in My Seattle Master Bedroom?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

An electrical socket with soot damage. When it comes to your electrical fire damage, call SERVPRO for assistance today.

IICRC-Certified Professionals Mitigate Fire Damage to Seattle Residences 24/7

Home electrical fires are second only to cooking-related fires in frequency. These fires not only create soot, odors, and residues for homeowners to clean, but this process can also entail extensive repair of your home’s electrical system and adjacent structural materials.

If your Seattle home needs electrical fire damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians are available to return your home to a preloss condition 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Common Risk Factors for Home Electrical Fires

  • Faulty wiring. Sometimes the cause of the fire is not the devices you plug in, but the wiring in your home. Have your home’s electrical wiring examined if:
    • Your circuit breaker trips several times a month.
    • Wiring might be chewed or frayed.
    • Your lights flicker and frequently dim, especially when using multiple appliances.
  • Damaged electronics. If power cables on your devices are damaged, it can pose a higher fire risk for your home.
  • Overloaded circuits. Be careful not to overload your home’s electrical system, especially if you:
    • -Receive mild shocks from touching appliances.
    • Wall plates look discolored or are unusually warm.
    • Your appliances have a distinctly burnt smell.

SERVPRO Repairs Structural Elements

An electrical fire can affect not just your belongings, but also essential structural components. Finished hardwood, for example, has some nonporous properties on the surface due to the protective coating, and wet cleaning is often sufficient for removing residues. Wood Creme Paste applied with steel wool is effective for removing soot from wood flooring and paneling affected by fire damage. Wood is typically polished after cleaning to replace oils lost during the fire.

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast serves the community with mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (206) 362-9295 for cleanup that starts within hours of your initial contact.

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What Can I Do with My Fire Damage Furniture?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire flames and burned boards background If a fire damages your wood furniture, contact SERVPRO for help restoring.

Saving Hardwood Furniture after Fire Damage Incidents in Seattle

Hardwood furniture is not only expensive but might also have sentimental value since such pieces are usually passed on as family heirlooms. After fire damage in your Seattle home, it might be possible to save such items preserving their sentimental or monetary value. The restoration might involve regular cleaning or other advanced processes.

Whether the restoration of furniture after fire damage incidents in Seattle succeeds depends on factors such as the extent of damage and the type of finish applied on the items. There is a wide variety of finishes used on furniture items including varnish, shellac, waxes, lacquer or paint. Some items might also have unfinished surfaces. The types of damages can also range from staining, blistering, or charring, each type with its unique challenges.

Wiping unfinished or unsealed furniture items can be challenging, especially when there are oily residues. Our SERVPRO technicians use various dry cleaning procedures, including feather dusting, dry cleaning sponges, dusting cloths, and vacuums with dusting tool. We also use brushes of different sizes for detailed cleaning to remove residues from crevices and decorative trim. 

Another way to restore furniture affected during a fire incident is through wet cleaning. Our technicians use a low alkali surface cleaner or a mild detergent made for wood furniture. Following unique approaches such as cleaning in the direction of the wood grain and applying oil-based furniture polish help improve the outcome, including restoring the wood's natural oils.

Sometimes the damage on furniture items may require semi-refinishing steps, especially if it involves massive residue deposits. Our SERVPRO technicians use a semi-refinishing process that removes an ultrathin top layer of the finish. We accomplish this by applying a wood paste cleaner and letting it sit for three to five minutes before dusting it off with a soft clean cloth.

It is not always possible to save furniture after fire incidents. However, when possible, no effort should be spared. Call SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Does My Kitchen Still Smell Bad After the Fire Damage Gets Cleaned Up?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

a recent fire in a domestic kitchen showing damage to various appliances SERVPRO can help you remove odors after fire damage.

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Odors in Your Seattle Kitchen

Fire damage from cooking (also known as a protein fire) is one of the most commonly seen forms of fire loss in residential properties. 

Particular actions need to happen to make sure fire damage in a Seattle kitchen from this type of loss. First and foremost is the wiping down of all surfaces in the vicinity with a cleaning agent with a solvent base to release the greasy residue's grip. 

Odor control methods are also a part of this type of mitigation. Cleaning lessens the pungent odor, SERVPRO techs often have to do a multilayered approach for complete scent eradication using methods such as: 

  • Thermal fogging 
  • Hydroxyl generators 
  • Sealants over painted walls and ceilings 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 handles all kinds of fire damage in local properties and uses their advanced methods to make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Some Warning Signs of Fire Damage After a Garage Fire in Seattle

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire fighters putting out garage fire Don't fret if fire damage affected your garage. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave for effective remediation services.

Fire Damage in a Seattle Garage

Of all the reasons for fire damage, one of the most frustrating is the fire that had the potential to get prevented. Merely doing a walkthrough of your property every month and making sure fire alarms are in working order can go a long way towards limiting the chances of a residential fire. 

Another standard action that gets Seattle homeowners in danger of fire damage to their homes is the improper storage of flammable substances in their garage. Any type of chemical, gasoline, or other material that emits VOCs can cause a fire. 

Stopping Cross-Contamination

Putting up containment in the form of either a negative air chamber or simply blocking entrances to the home assists in limiting the spread of soot to other areas of the home during fire loss cleanup. Air scrubbers get used to capture airborne particulates and further improve air quality. 

Saving as Much as Possible

The goal of SERVPRO technicians going into any restoration service is to save the homeowner the cost of replacement whenever possible. In a garage, they can move out charred items and inspect standard items found in this area of the home, such as shelving, stored items, and lawn care equipment for restoration potential. Things such as garage doors can be costly to replace when the advanced restoration methods used by the techs allow for reuse after cleaning.

Testing Before Reuse

For electrical equipment present during the fire, such as band saws and woodworking equipment, soot can damage the internal workings. The techs can arrange for a certified professional to inspect the devices to be sure they are undamaged and safe to use again.

Post Restoration Actions

Once the techs complete the cleanup of the garage, they provide the homeowner with a report that details all actions taken during the fire loss mitigation, including detailed descriptions and photographs of building materials and contents that needed disposal as well as things that received restorative procedures for reuse. 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast at (206) 362-9295 has the skills and equipment to clean up fire damage and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO Restores a Seattle Kitchen After Fire and Smoke Damage

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A man holding a pan that is smoking in a kitchen. A kitchen fire damage can be devastating, let SERVPRO help you through.

Seattle, SERVPRO can show you all you need to know when it comes to your fire damage. 

Fire damage is one of the most common disasters in the United States. In 2018 alone, $25.6 billion worth of property damage was caused by fire, including $12 billion from wildfires. $11.1 billion worth of damage occurred due to structure fires, and of that, $8 billion accounted for property loss due to home fires. 

If your Seattle home has suffered fire and smoke damage, SERVPRO teams are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays, to restore your home to a preloss condition. Soot residues and odors pose long-term risks that can damage your home and possessions without careful cleaning with professional-grade products. Because of this, SERVPRO technicians receive specialized training in fire damage mitigation so that you can enjoy a residue and odor-free home.

Dealing With A Home Fire

  • Make sure everyone is safely out of the home. The most important thing during a fire is preserving the health and safety of occupants. 
  • Always have a fire extinguisher on hand. This lets you mitigate small fires before they can spread. Baking soda and salt can also help put out small grease fires. Never use water to extinguish a fire, especially if oil, gas, or petroleum products are burning, as this can spread the flames to new areas. 
  • Maximize ventilation. After the fire is extinguished, turn off your air conditioning and position large fans near doorways and windows to suck out smoke and prevent it from spreading throughout your home. 
  • File a claim as soon as possible. Many insurers have time limits for when claims can be filed. The sooner you submit yours, the sooner you can be compensated for lost items and structural damage.

SERVPRO Removes Odor-Causing Residues

If the fire damage in your home is not responding to consumer-grade cleanup solutions, SERVPRO technicians have the tools needed to mitigate fire damage. Industrial-grade dry cleaning sponges can remove light to moderate stains. Others can respond well to Crumbly Cleaner or wet cleaning with OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions. Restoration technicians can also use whips, augers, brushes, and other agitating tools to remove deposits from your vents, which prevents the spread of odors throughout your home. 

SERVPRO of Seattle Northeast serves homeowners by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (206) 362-9295 for disaster cleanup that can start today.

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Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…….

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Candle burning surrounded by Christmas Lights Be careful with your holiday decorations.

STOP!!! Can we get through Halloween first?? Sure, but the
holidays are right around the corner and will be here before we know it. We at SERVPRO want to give you
some Holiday Safety Tips so you make lasting memories with your family that do not include burning
your house down! According to National Fire Protection Assoctiation (NFPA), here are a few holiday
safety tips to remember;
? Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open
flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
? Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o lanterns. If you use a real candle, use
extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When
lighting candles inside jack-o lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be
sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way
of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
? Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
? Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
? If deep frying your turkey, defrost the turkey COMPLETELY – and dry it before putting it in hot
? Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by
? Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor
or outdoor use.

? Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
? Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Bottom Line
Be safe this Holiday Season.

Cleaning Soft Goods

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

large commercial washing machine with 6 regular size machines The Esporta

The likelihood that you, your business, and your family will survive a house fire depends is high if you have working smoke detectors and an exit strategy. But…..what about your shoes, purses, jackets, linens, or that American Girl Doll has been in your family for decades. Too many times these sentimental items are thrown in the trash to never be seen again. The Esporta Wash System was produced to clean, disinfect, and restore sentimental and priceless articles that people have lost due to some sort of flood,
fire, mold, or whatever the disaster. The items of value maintain their structural integrity by holding them stationary during the multi-stage cleaning process. This shift of restoring versus replacing is saving landfill space and lessening the environmental impact.

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Turning on your Kitchen Fan reduces Odor and Moisture

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.