Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire, water and smoke damages area home

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage isn't just fire. It's water damage from firefighting efforts. It's smoke that can creep throughout your entire home or business.

Basically, it's a mess.

At SERVPRO of Wichita Falls, we understand your frustration and anger over the loss of your property.

And we're here to help.

Our team of highly trained professionals will inspect your home or business and thoroughly document all damaged areas. We will also check for smoke damage throughout the property, to ensure we can restore your items to preloss condition.

This information will be shared with you and your insurance agent, along with our recommendations for restoring your property.

This may include determining if the property is safe to remain in place, or if we need to provide our pack out services to secure your items.

We will work with the adjuster to determine if furniture can be restored, or if it needs replaced.

Once we've completed the steps outlined above, we're ready to begin the restoration process.

You may not think it at the time of the loss, but with our help we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Severe fire damage, artwork damage at Wichita Falls home

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Severe fire damage, artwork damage at Wichita Falls home The living room of a local home sustained severe fire, smoke, and water damage.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Wichita Falls home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

This homeowner chose SERVPRO of Wichita Falls to help mitigate the damage done to her home.

Initial inspection showed the home could not safely be lived in while the restoration was in progress.

The homeowners took what they could to a local hotel, and SERVPRO of Wichita Falls began removing restoreable items for cleaning and storage at our secure facility.

Thankfully, this homeowners home and art work was able to be restored and returned to the family.

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

We're here when you need us. Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Fire, smoke, soot and water vs. fire restoration specialists

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire, smoke, soot and water vs. fire restoration specialists A bedroom in this home clearly shows where furniture was placed before the fire.

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Wichita Falls has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Because fire, smoke, soot and water affects surfaces differently, you can rely on our IICRC trained technicians to thoroughly clean and restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550.

Fire and smoke damage: what you need to know.

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and smoke damage: what you need to know. Fire damage is typically fire, water, and soot.

Fire and smoke damage goes beyond the physical fire itself. There will likely be soot covering walls and ceilings, smoke and soot clinging to the interior surfaces of duct work, and water damage to most surfaces due to firefighting efforts. There’s a lot that needs to happen to restore your property, and we’re here to help. One call to SERVPRO of Wichita Falls and our team of fire and water restoration experts will be on site to help you through the restoration process. We will work with your insurance agent to determine which items are a loss, and which items can be restored. We offer pack out services to inventory, documents, and remove those items that can be restored. We will transfer your items to our secure restoration warehouse and clean and treat your property to its pre-fire condition.

Have questions? Call us today at 940-263-1550 or visit our website at https://www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com

When fire strikes: what to do after a fire

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When fire strikes: what to do after a fire A downed power line burned through this roof and into the home.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. If it's not safe to be in the home, please leave the premises.

Then, call SERVPRO of Wichita Falls at 940-263-1550. Our highly trained professionals will guide you through the steps we take to restore your property.

What should you do after a fire?

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Wildfires in Altus, Oklahoma created soot and smoke damage to area homes

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfires in Altus, Oklahoma created soot and smoke damage to area homes Homes Threatened by Altus Wildfire

When wildfires broke out near Altus, Oklahoma last August, fire wasn't the only concern for homeowners.

Once the fires were contained, many residents in the area called SERVPRO of Wichita Falls complaining about residual soot and smoke smell.

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 Wichita Falls 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 at 940-263-1550

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Dealing With Fire and Water Damage

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing With Fire Damage and Water Damage

This may come as a surprise to you, but fire damage may not be your biggest concern when a fire strikes your home. In order to put the fire out, your local fire company uses a lot of water. While this sounds like a great idea at the time, all that water can cause damage to areas of your home not affected by the fire directly. This is why it’s important to examine all areas of your home after a fire for damage, even those places where the fire didn’t reach.

Unexpected Water Damage

The amount of water a fire department uses to put out your house fire can easily exceed one thousand gallons. That’s a lot of water for the structure of your house and your belongings to absorb in a short amount of time. In addition, if the fire is hot enough, some of that water gets converted to steam, which can penetrate areas the liquid water may not be able to reach. This is why your home can suffer significant water damage in addition to fire damage when a fire occurs.

Damage From Fire Hoses

Firefighters have one goal when they arrive at your house fire: to put out the fire as quickly as possible. To do this, they use powerful hoses to deliver the water into your home. While a fire hose is an efficient way to deliver a huge amount of water to a confined area in a short period of time, they can also cause damage to your home when dragged through rooms.

Fire damage isn’t the main problem you deal with after a fire at your North Texas home. Unfortunately, you may discover that smoke and water damage are also serious problems that need resolving in the fire’s aftermath. Fortunately, there exist fire restoration professionals who can help you recover your home and restore it to its former glory.
Visit www.SERVPROwichitafalls.com for more information on fire and water damage.

American Red Cross - Holiday Tips

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents. 
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition.  Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.

Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Light the Night... Safely

Kitchen Caution

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Stay safe this holiday season. Tips from your friends at SERVPRO of Wichita Falls!