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Houston House Fire Causes Roof To Collapse

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Houston House Fire Causes Roof To Collapse  Acrewoods, North Houston, home fire causes roof collapse.

Early Tuesday morning Houston Fire Department received a distress call and immediately dispatched crews D04, D31, E67, E04, E13, E50, L67, L04, A13, M58 & SF30 to the home fire.  The teams worked together to try to end the blaze by utilizing various trucks and hoses.  

During the fire, firefighters rushed into the structure to attempt to battle the blazes.  Luckily no one was home during the fire so they could focus on extinguishing the flame and did not have to do search and rescue.  While firefighters were inside trying to get a handle on the fire, the roof collapsed, separating the firefighters.  

E67 first in crew, was separated by the ceiling and roof collapse and made a mayday call, she was recused within minutes of the call. The firefighters on the scene contribute the swift action, training and proper placement of fire engines to her quick and successful rescue.  Reaction was fast and smooth and the crews were able to exit through a second story window thanks to a properly placed ladder.

It has been confirmed that there were no deaths in this home fire in Acre Woods, North Houston, one firefighter was taken to the hospital for observation after a confirmed back injury. 

3 Reasons To Board Up After a Fire

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

An emergency board up is a critical fire damage mitigation measure. This process involves covering broken windows, destroyed doors, and any holes in the walls of a structure with plywood. Here are three reasons why homeowners should board up damaged houses or hire professionals who provide this service.

1. Limiting Damage

Boarding up a residence can prevent precipitation from adding to the water damage inside and keep out debris. Anything that enters into a residence damaged by fire is likely to cause secondary damage or make primary damage worse. Boarding up can help to prevent the damage from worsening before cleanup and restoration take place.

2. Preventing Unauthorized Entry

Boarding up can also help to keep trespassers out of a damaged residence. In addition to the risks of property theft, stripping metal, or vandalism, every visitor to the site of a fire can exacerbate damage. Ash and soot will become more ground into flooring with every footstep. A board up is also the best way to limit liability for persons who sustain injuries on the site of a fire.

3. Insurance Purposes

Insurers want to see proof that homeowners have done everything they can to keep fire damage from worsening. A homeowner may be able to obtain an advance to help cover mitigation costs. It is a good idea to document the full extent of the damage prior to boarding up.

These are three reasons to board up a damaged residence after a fire. It may be possible for a homeowner to perform this task with the assistance of at least one other person. This effort will require a sufficient amount of plywood and nails to cover all openings. A professional mitigation service can ensure that an emergency board up is done properly, and will not run the risk of exposing the interior of a damaged home in Spring Valley,TX.

Town & Country Home Care: Important Safety Protocols After a Fire

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Town & Country Home Care: Important Safety Protocols After a Fire SERVPRO has the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition.

Fires in the home can cause significant damage to the structure, electrical appliances, and personal items. Items that were not damaged by the flames may still have been harmed by the heat, smoke, and water. You must be aware that there is a potential risk of venturing into the home, and using these damaged items if the fire damage in your Memorial area home has not been properly mitigated. Before entering your home after a fire, we recommend adhering to the following safety protocols.

  1. Do not enter your home if the fire department has deemed it to be unsafe. After a fire, the structure may be compromised; this includes floors, ceilings, and walls. Additionally, it is not advised to allow children to enter the home, as debris and other dangers are present.
  2. Do not turn on lights or use any electrical outlets.  The heat from fire, steam, and water may have compromised your electrical system and wiring. Before using any electricity in the home, have a licensed electrician inspect the home.
  3. Do not eat any prepackaged foods, including canned foods, as they may have been contaminated by the fire and heat. After a fire and the loss of power, the food in your refrigerator, freezer, and any fresh fruits or vegetables should also be disposed of promptly.
  4. Do not take any prescription or over-the-counter medications that were in the home at the time of the fire. All medications have a recommended temperature range for storage. The heat, water, and steam will have compromised the medication and it is unsafe.
  5. Do not attempt to remove items from your home without proper safety glasses, boots, and gloves. Glass shards, chemicals, and other toxins will be present. The ideal situation is to have an emergency response team help you reclaim your items safely, and identify those that can be salvaged with cleaning and restoration.
  6. DO notify your local police department and neighbors if you are not going to reside in the home during your fire restoration. Provide both the police and your neighbors information of where you will be staying, and your phone number, in the event you need to be contacted.
  7. DO board up broken windows and doors. This critical step can help prevent further damage due to weather, as well as discourage theft and vandalism. It is recommended that you retrieve any items that are salvageable as quickly as possible.

While it might be tempting to clean and restore your home yourself after a fire, this is not recommended and may not be necessary since the vast majority of homeowner insurance policies will cover the cleaning and fire restoration process. SERVPRO of Town & Country is available 24x7 and has the expertise and tools necessary to start the fire restoration process. Call us immediately, and we will work diligently to get you back into your home as quickly as possible.

About Town & Country SERVPRO

The SERVPRO team of Town & Country is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when disasters strike. We are experts in the field of mold remediation, water damage, flood and fire cleanup, and other events that damage your property. 

Town & Country Home Care: Important Safety Protocols After a Fire

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Town & Country Home Care: Important Safety Protocols After a Fire SERVPRO has the knowledge to test materials and apply the restoration techniques required to return the items to their preloss condition.

Fires in the home can cause significant damage to the structure, electrical appliances, and personal items. Items that were not damaged by the flames may still have been harmed by the heat, smoke, and water. You must be aware that there is a potential risk of venturing into the home, and using these damaged items if the fire damage in your Memorial area home has not been properly mitigated. Before entering your home after a fire, we recommend adhering to the following safety protocols.

  1. Do not enter your home if the fire department has deemed it to be unsafe. After a fire, the structure may be compromised; this includes floors, ceilings, and walls. Additionally, it is not advised to allow children to enter the home, as debris and other dangers are present.
  2. Do not turn on lights or use any electrical outlets.  The heat from fire, steam, and water may have compromised your electrical system and wiring. Before using any electricity in the home, have a licensed electrician inspect the home.
  3. Do not eat any prepackaged foods, including canned foods, as they may have been contaminated by the fire and heat. After a fire and the loss of power, the food in your refrigerator, freezer, and any fresh fruits or vegetables should also be disposed of promptly.
  4. Do not take any prescription or over-the-counter medications that were in the home at the time of the fire. All medications have a recommended temperature range for storage. The heat, water, and steam will have compromised the medication and it is unsafe.
  5. Do not attempt to remove items from your home without proper safety glasses, boots, and gloves. Glass shards, chemicals, and other toxins will be present. The ideal situation is to have an emergency response team help you reclaim your items safely, and identify those that can be salvaged with cleaning and restoration.
  6. DO notify your local police department and neighbors if you are not going to reside in the home during your fire restoration. Provide both the police and your neighbors information of where you will be staying, and your phone number, in the event you need to be contacted.
  7. DO board up broken windows and doors. This critical step can help prevent further damage due to weather, as well as discourage theft and vandalism. It is recommended that you retrieve any items that are salvageable as quickly as possible.

While it might be tempting to clean and restore your home yourself after a fire, this is not recommended and may not be necessary since the vast majority of homeowner insurance policies will cover the cleaning and fire restoration process. SERVPRO of Town & Country is available 24x7 and has the expertise and tools necessary to start the fire restoration process. Call us immediately, and we will work diligently to get you back into your home as quickly as possible.

About Town & Country SERVPRO

The SERVPRO team of Town & Country is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when disasters strike. We are experts in the field of mold remediation, water damage, flood and fire cleanup, and other events that damage your property. 

Content Cleaning: The Basics

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Content Cleaning: The Basics Cleaning fire damage content in Hilshire Village,TX

Content Cleaning

If you are facing fire damage or wonder what it would entail if you ever had to face it, you may be researching what content cleaning is. Maybe you did not even know that smoke-damaged content could be salvaged. As it turns out, many items can be saved - even your clothes can usually be renovated through dry-cleaning. Here are three services that many fire damage restoration specialists offer to help you reclaim your most prized possessions in Hilshire Village,TX.

1. Ultrasonic Technology

Ultrasonic cleaning uses a combination of either water or a cleaning solvent and ultrasound technology to clean contents. This is typically the solution used for non-porous items after being exposed to a fire. The end result depends on how soiled the object was to begin with.

2. Content Storage

A fantastic company will offer you options for storing your home’s contents after a fire strikes. They may even offer to assist you with your move-out and pack-out needs or aid you in inventorying your valuables. A good team of technicians will want to help you through this stressful and emotional time.

3. Dry-Cleaning

Many services use this to restore clothing items soiled by light residue left over from a fire. If the clothes are more heavily soiled, wet cleaning may be used instead. Finding a company dedicated to restoring your items rather than replacing them is key.

The services mentioned above are just a few examples of the types of help available from remediation companies; some offer document restoration, electronics repair or even immersion processes. Now that you know what options are out there, it is time to do some digging. Contact your local Hilshire Village,TX, fire damage service to see if they offer dry-cleaning or other solutions to help you. There are enough offerings available that you can find a way back to normalcy in a fairly short period of time.

Understanding Fire Damage Restoration

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage is one of the most devastating and inconvenient losses a home or business owner can suffer. Whether it's home or commercial fire damage, the best way to deal with such a tragedy is to act quickly to start fire restoration. Fire restoration should occur as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more damage will set in, and the less likely you will be to restore your property to its original glory.

How Damage Occurs

Initially, there will be soot damage that stains hard smooth surfaces such as alabaster, marble and plastics. It left un-removed, the soot damage will eventually cause deep staining which could permanently mar your furniture and appliances. If left unattended, deep staining will become permanent and change the appearance of your walls, floors and appliances forever. If you act too late or not at all, or if the fire in the home was very extensive, corrosion will set in.

Ideally, a commercial fire restoration company should be onsite initiating fire cleanup as soon as the fire is put out.

How the Fire Cleanup Process Works

If for any reason you are unable to hire a fire damage restoration team, there are a few steps you can take to get the fire damage restoration process underway yourself.

The first thing you'll need to do is don the proper attire. You'll need protective clothing included but not limited to a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a pair of gloves. Use a surgical mask or bandana to cover your nose and mouth from smoke damage.

After you've appropriately dressed, open all the doors and windows. It's important to have as much ventilation as possible to prevent further smoke damage, soot damage and other airborne chemicals. If you have ceiling or stand-alone fans, use them. This will also provide minor relief from smoke smell. However, you'll ultimately need to use a lot of disinfectants, sprays and deodorizers to control the smoke smell and reduce the smell of home or commercial fire damage. Even then, the results will be far from perfect. Some smoke damage smells will remain.

Now, it's time to clean everything. Every surface after a fire in home or fire in business needs to be cleaned. This includes light fixtures, carpets, exterior and any individual items that require fire cleanup from the effects of commercial fire damage after fire in business.

For textiles such as carpets and clothing, fire cleanup requires having them professionally dry cleaned or washed at home with a gentle alkaline detergent as an initial step towards fire damage restoration. Vacuum carpets after a fire in business with a high-powered vacuum cleaner to remove soot damage and smoke smell. Exterior surfaces like stone, stucco, brick and siding should be cleaned with a pressure washer and light detergent.

The Professional Cleaning Process

As stated earlier, trying to restore your home yourself should only be done in a worst case scenario where you can't get a professional company soon enough. If you wish to make your home or business inhabitable again, you will inevitably need to hire a commercial fire restoration company to address the fire damage.

Once you do, they will begin their process by surveying the damage caused by the fire in home or fire in business. They will examine all the damage left by the fire and provide you an estimate of how much it will cost to repair it. They will then go to work ventilating, removing odors and cleaning.

If they do not have the equipment necessary to give something the cleaning it needs, they will haul it off to a facility where it can be cleaned by professionals who specialize in fire damage.

Also, you won't have to worry about masking odors any longer once you get a professional company involved. They use state-of-the art ozone technology that is only available to professionals.

Doing fire damage restoration after a fire in your home or commercial fire damage your living is a very arduous, costly and time-consuming project. It is not a job to attempt to complete by yourself. Get a professional address smoke smell, smoke damage and fire damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on fire damage.

Tips for Mitigating Fire-Related Damage

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Mitigating Fire-Related Damage Fire damage in a Hillshire Valley, TX home

If your building in Hillshire Valley, TX, catches fire, you may be focused on the damage to the building itself. Fire damage to the building's structure, however, is only one type of problem your remediation efforts need to address. Fire mitigation experts often specialize in multiple areas of damage recovery because smoke and soot are not the only issues that arise after a fire. Tackling all the problems that result from the fire is necessary to restoring it to its rightful state.

Fire Mitigation

The damage the fire causes to the walls, ceilings, roof, support beams and exterior areas is certainly important to fix. However, there are other elements to consider in the complete fire mitigation process:

  • Damaged equipment and electronics
  • Furniture and upholstery
  • HVAC system
  • Odor elimination

Fire damage extends beyond the structure itself. Technicians must evaluate everything in the building, too, to see whether it can be saved or must be discarded. The air quality in the building should also be addressed. Industrial ozone machines or HEPA air purifiers can be used to clear the smoke odor out of the air.

Water Mitigation

One problem many people don't think about after a fire is the water damage caused by the process of putting the fire out. A fire hose unleashes multiple gallons of water a second, and that damage is just as important to remediate as the direct damage of the fire. If your building is equipped with fire sprinklers, it is likely that the electronic equipment in the room was damaged even if the fire didn't touch it, both from smoke and contact with water from the fire suppression system.

There are benefits to hiring experts who are certified in mitigating both water and fire damage when your building catches fire. Those who see the whole problem can more easily propose solutions to resolve the whole problem and take your repairs from assessment all the way to restoration.

Candle Replacements To Keep Your Home Safe

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Candles of all types are sold every day around the world. In fact, it is estimated that more than a billion pounds of various waxes are used in the production of candles each year. With the wild popularity of tapers, tea lights, and pillar candles, it should be easy to track the which type is sold most often. However, it is difficult to say how many candles or what design, style, or size of the wax, scent-infusing varieties are sold because of the number of cottage industries that have sprung up all over the world as the popularity of wax light grew. Sadly, as people burn more of the aroma-producing products, the world is experiencing more candle fire episodes than ever before.

Quick and Easy Replacements

While it is easy to criticize the use of candles, it is often more difficult to think of replacements. Fire cleanup and restoration experts suggest preventing candle fire by trying the following if you are looking for soft lighting or a lovely scent when choosing to replace your candles.

Electric candles
Stand-alone air-fresheners
Fairy lights
Reed or electric diffusers
Perfume scented lightbulb
Hanging or clip-on lights
Electric wax or oil warmers

Another alternative to filling your room with the lovely scent of a candle is a perfume scented lightbulb. Use your favorite fragrance or aroma filled oil. The pleasant bouquet that flows through the room may surprise you.

Fast and Simple Safety

Candles have been a part of human life for hundreds of years, so it can be difficult to look at your life in Houston, TX without them. However, you don’t have to turn to a wax creation when setting a romantic mood or seeking to cover an unpleasant odor; there are alternatives that can provide soft lights or fill the room with the same alluring scents as any candle out there. Creating an environment that is safe from candle fire hazard or smoke cleanup can be much more important than recreating the look your forefathers favored as they sat next to a burning candle with an open book. Besides, you have electric lights for that! Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com/ for more information on fire damage.

5 Methods for Eliminating Smoke Odor

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Methods for Eliminating Smoke Odor Smoke cleaning is a process that may involve several steps and machines.

Environmental tobacco smoke contains over 4,000 compounds including ammonia gases, carbon monoxide, phenol, and tar vapors. Tobacco residue is more stubborn than smoke damage that results from a house fire. Here are four smoke cleaning methods for eliminating all traces of cigarette smoke odor.

1. Clean, degrease, and seal: Over time, the tar in tobacco builds up a residue that can discolor any surface. Clean hard non-porous materials with a dry cleaning sponge or degreasing cleaner. Once a surface has completely dried, use a shellac primer to seal in cigarette smells and stains and prevent them from surfacing through new paint.

2. Scrub the air: Use an industrial air scrubber to circulate and remove smoke odors from the air in your home.

3. Thermal fogging: Fogging machines neutralize smoke molecules with petroleum distillates. Close doors and windows for at least thirty minutes. Workers should wear respirators rated for chemical-based smoke cleaning. Match the fogger and concentration to the volume of the interior space.

4. Hydroxyl generators: These generators use UV light to produce hydroxyl radicals, the neutral form of the hydroxide ion, which destroys cigarette odors at the source. Operating a hydroxyl generator continuously for three to five days achieves an effect comparable to what an ozone generator can achieve in a single day, but there is no need to evacuate.

5. Ozone generators: Ozone follows the same path as smoke molecules and oxidizes fumes and residues that adhere to surfaces. This method is ideal for lower temperatures and relative humidity levels. Ozone generators are efficient, but require the evacuation of residents, pets, and plants during the treatment.

Smoke cleaning is a process that may involve several steps and machines. If you are dealing with smoke contamination in your residence in Houston, TX, contact a smoke odor remediation service to determine the right odor treatment options for your needs. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com/.

How To Keep Your Furry Friends Safe in the Event of a Fire

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

House fires are the most common disaster that emergency responders respond to, according to the United States Fire Administration, but they are also the most preventable. While many homeowners in Houston, TX, have a fire emergency plan in place, many do not have one that includes their pets. Thousands of animals are left without homes each year due to the lack of pet preparation. If you want to keep your furry friend safe and in your care even if a fire breaks out, keep these pet safety tips in mind when drafting your family emergency plan:

• Include your pets in your plan! Pets get left behind because their owners panic and aren’t sure what to do with them in an urgent situation. By being prepared, you can act swiftly and effectively when it comes to keeping your loved one safe.
• Practice makes perfect. When performing a fire drill, take your pet with you as if you were dealing with a real emergency.
• Keep in mind: Though your pet is your family too, do not delay leaving if a fire becomes too dangerous, even if you haven’t found your pet yet, as this could put you in danger.


Prevent House Fires


The first item on your fire emergency plan should be “Prevent House Fires.” You won’t have to worry about evacuating if there isn’t any fire to escape from. You can help keep your home, family and furry friends safe by doing the following:

• Put Out Flames: Pets, like children, are naturally curious and will likely investigate the source of an open flame should there be one. When you’re not around to keep an eye on your pet, extinguish all flames.
• Go Flameless: If you cannot remember to blow out the candles when you leave or if your pet is always curious, buy flameless candles.
• Remove Stove Knobs: Larger dogs can reach stove knobs and yours may accidentally turn one on with its nose when sniffing around. Remove knobs when you’re not around.

Your pets needs to be a part of your emergency fire plan. If they're not already, use the above tips and make them one.

For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com.

How to Clean and Salvage Possessions After a Fire

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

How to Clean and Salvage Possessions After a Fire

Any type of home disaster can be a harrowing event, and a fire’s no exception. The difficulty doesn’t end when the flames are extinguished, however. After that, it’s necessary to determine what can be salvaged within the home—clothes can be spared via drycleaning, surfaces professionally restored and so forth. In fact, effective content cleaning can make a challenging experience feel much easier in the end, as can modern services such as content storage. Learn what you can do to make the best of a bad situation should a fire strike your residence in Houston, Texas.

Advanced Methods

Don’t be confused—you shouldn’t trust your everyday drycleaner to handle smoky odors set in clothing. Restoration professionals employ specialized equipment to clear soot from clothing and textiles as well as for cleaning walls, floors and other surfaces. Improper cleaning can result in unwanted smells saturating materials, so make the right choice to avoid further damage.

Managing the Mess

The period after a home fire is often chaotic and very difficult to manage; content storage can make things much more workable. A qualified restoration team assists by efficiently moving possessions out of the affected area and relocating them to a safe, clean location off-site. This allows for both swifter property cleanup and professional drycleaning of your affected belongings.

Returning to Normalcy

An effective content cleaning process covers all the bases, allowing you and your family to return quickly to a more normal routine. Steps often include:

Soot removal from furniture, carpeting, curtains and other upholstery.
Deodorization of linens, clothing, wooden items, etc.
Cleaning of metal surfaces to prevent corrosion.

Just as it’s important to act quickly when a fire breaks out, it’s critical to begin the drycleaning process as soon as possible. The damage resulting from smoke and soot only becomes worse with time, and that time is typically measured in hours, not days. Make sure you’ve got an effective plan for recovery in Houston, Texas today. Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on fire damage.

The Services of a Fire Cleanup Company

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

The Services of a Fire Cleanup Company

When your property experiences a fire, you will need to look for ways to address the potential damage that it may cause. One of the best things you can do when you experience a fire is to contact a restoration company that provides fire damage restoration. With this kind of company, you will be in position to get services such as fire cleanup. During the process of cleaning up fires, companies will usually board up the property as well as use equipment to get rid of particles, smoke and soot.

One of the main reasons to use a restoration company to provide fire damage restoration is to perform fire cleanup. Getting fire cleanup will help reduce the effects of fire damage that can be quite hazardous. Fire cleanup services will include a number of procedures to help address fire damage. A company will address fire damage by first looking to board up parts of the property. It will then begin ridding your property of smoke, soot and debris with chemicals and equipment. Therefore, a company will be your best option when it comes to efficiently addressing fire damage.

Using a restoration company to provide fire damage restoration is also beneficial when looking to effectively deal with smoke damage and the smoke smell it causes. Smoke damage is quite significant as it can lead to structural decay as well as a decline in the properties appearance. Experiencing smoke damage can also lead to emitting hazardous fumes, toxic particles and an unpleasant smoke smell. When a property owner seeks restoration services, they will look to reduce the effects of smoke damage and eliminate the smoke smell. Restoration service companies can address these issues by getting rid of smoke, eliminating the smoke smell and cleaning the property. It will board up parts of the property and then use chemicals and equipment to finish the restoration process.

Another benefit of getting a restoration company to provide fire damage restoration is to help address soot damage. Properties that have soot damage will usually experience a decay in structure. Soot damage can also result in hazardous particles scattered throughout the property. In order to address soot damage, restoration service companies will usually board up parts of the property and then use the usual procedures of eliminating soot. The company will address soot damage by using tools and equipment to get rid of it from the property. Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on fire damage.

Common Effects of Fire Damage

11/2/2017 (Permalink)


Common Effects of Fire Damage

In many cases, the effects of a fire occur when there is a fire in home. During a fire in home, the property will get burned as well as there being an accumulation of smoke and soot. When looking to help address a fire in home, it is important to enlist the services of a company that specializes in restoring properties from fire damage. Companies address a fire in home by cleansing the property, getting rid of debris and also providing feedback and advice on how to best maintain the property.

Another common occurrence of fires is when they take place in businesses. Whenever there is a fire in business, a considerable amount of commercial fire damage will take place. As a result, it is vital that property owners hire a restoration service company in order to reduce the effects of commercial fire damage that is caused by a fire in business. Restoration service companies will first address a fire in business by evaluating the extent of the commercial fire damage. They will look at the structures and then decide how to best get rid of debris, smoke and soot. The company will then begin eliminating smoke, soot and debris by using special equipment and chemicals to remove toxins that occur from a fire in business. Once all of the debris, smoke and soot is eliminated, a property owner will be in position to recover from commercial fire damage. With the help of restoration service companies, commercial property owners will have an effective solution to any problems that occur with fires on their property.
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How to Reduce Losses and Recover from Commercial Fire Damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)


How to Reduce Losses and Recover from Commercial Fire Damage

So what next after a commercial fire damage? Recovery from fire incidents is always a challenge but one that is possible. With the significant losses that follow these catastrophes, it often seems like a daunting task to get back on your feet. However, through a combination of several actions, you are sure to restore your company back to operation.

What to Do After a Commercial Fire Damage Incident

Actions that follow after noticing signs of a fire determine the extent of losses to be incurred. Carefully handling certain issues help reduce the loss burden.

Sound the Alarm

Most institutions are fitted with firefighting equipment that automatically detects early fire signs. Smoke sensors trigger fire sprinkler systems that release water to deal with the fire. Alerting your colleagues by sounding the alarm is crucial in saving lives and property. If there are firefighters among them or those with firefighting skills, they will be the first to respond. Do ensure that the utility room with fire control tools and fire suppression apparatus such as extinguishers and fire hoses is accessible.

Call the Emergency Teams

Ensure you get in touch with all emergency teams in your area. Their timely arrival helps save lives and reduce the impact of the soot damage, smoke damage and the fire damage on the business premises. The list should include, the local firefighters, police, medical teams and any other company with fire trucks. All fire suppression crews are useful in such situations.

Inform your Insurance Provider.

There are certain issues insurance companies are to be addressed before a decision on whether to pay for the fire damage is made. Other than the police investigations, insurance firms conduct independent assessments of the commercial fire damage situation. Ensure you provide as much information as you can. Investigations primarily focus on the following.

· The events that led to the fire.

· The functional safeguards were in place on the business premises. Your venture will be required to provide quality assurance assessments of the fire sprinkler system, the fire hoses in the premises, among others. The condition of the utility room with fire fighting equipment will also be reviewed.

· Issues related to the losses that resulted from the fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage are factored in the report. Issues related to the destruction from fire suppression activities are also considered. They include any destruction of insured property by firefighters or fire trucks in their efforts to put out the inferno.

Call the Fire Restoration Team

Having a fire damage restoration company in such situations is in your best interest. Their task is to ensure your business is restored to its condition before the commercial fire damage.

Their assessment of the after effects of the electrical fire, soot damage, and smoke damage informs their choice of action in the fire restoration efforts. Water damages that are caused by the fire sprinkler systems and the fire trucks are also factored in their evaluation. Other than the soot damage and smoke damage to the business surfaces, the electrical fires incinerate other assets. With all this information, the fire restoration crew determines what repairs, reconstructions, replacements or cleaning options are to be done. One thing remains true. Fire restoration services help save on costs in the long run.

Loss Mitigation Measures before a Commercial Fire Damage Incident

As an entity, it is important to have the following in place as a precautionary measure to safeguard lives and property.

· Have proper firefighting apparatus installed. This means that a fire sprinkler system, a fire hose, and a utility room with fire firefighting tools such as extinguishers, fire hoses gas masks, axes among other fire suppression equipment, are a must have. They are especially critical in putting out electrical fires.

· Displaying emergency hotlines across the institution. The numbers should include those of the local firefighters with fully equipped fire trucks, local police, and other emergency teams.

· Continuous safety drills performed on the premises. This is foundational in training individuals on how to deal with emergency situations, especially in electrical fire cases.

· Routinely inspect the utility room with fire fighting equipment to ensure it is fully operational.
Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on fire damage.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

7/20/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire ranks as one of the most destructive elements with the potential to reduce everything to ashes. When you encounter fire in the business or fire in the home, you need to act immediately. Fire damage should not be your only concern. Fire also causes soot damage, smoke damage, and smoke smell. Acting promptly can help salvage most of your items. Calling in a commercial fire damage expert is the best way to save as much as you can. Fire cleanup services can reduce further losses.

There are many reasons why you need to enlist the services of a restoration company after a fire in the home or fire in the business. Fire damage restoration professionals have an emergency response unit. Timing is everything when dealing with water and fire damage. Some of the emergency services provided by commercial fire damage technicians include water extractions, soot damage removal, smoke damage removal and smoke smell deodorization. Fire cleanup services also include restoring things back to their original positions.

Another crucial service offered by fire restoration company in the installation of a temporary board up. The board up prevents exposure of your property to elements that can make it hard to combat the fire. A temporary board up is installed as a mitigation strategy.

Fire cleanup services also include contents and structural cleaning. Fire leaves soot and ash leading to smoke damage and soot damage. Smoke and soot do not only damage the property but the contents as well. Special tools and expertise need to be applied when dealing with smoke smell, soot damage, and smoke damage.

A fire in the home and fire in the business results in loss of items. These items need to be safely removed for proper fire clean up services. The commercial fire damage experts will clear these items and document them. Processing and documenting of the lost items is important, especially when making insurance claims.

Fire damage leaves many damaged items that need to be stored. The insurance company may need to see these items physically before they offer any compensation. A professional fire clean up company will also offer a storage package for these items. It may take some time before the home or business owner finds a new location. A temporary storage space gives you peace of mind as you handle the insurance requirements.

The HVAC systems are also affected by a fire damage. These systems can spread pathogens, pollutants, and chemicals that can cause illness. Professional fire clean up restoration also conducts repair on the HVAC systems to ensure the indoor air quality is maintained. The damage from fire also affects electronic appliances. The Restoration company also repair these products so that the home or business owner can resume their normal activities.

Smoke damage and soot damage and smoke smell will require soot removal and deodorization services. The lingering smell of smoke is irritating. Expert fire cleanup services from commercial fire damage companies are needed to remove these smells. Soot can also stain the walls and appliances. If left unremoved, you may have to replace items that would have easily be cleaned and restored back to their previous condition. Engaging the services of fire professionals immediately after a fire has been put out is crucial for a home or a business. The restoration company will also install a temporary board up to prevent further exposure.

In order to prevent a re-occurrence of fire in the business or fire in the home, the commercial fire damage restoration company can help you with mitigation measures. These are aimed at ensuring your home or business is protected from potential damage. There are various steps that can be taken including the installation of smoke alarms and the supply of fire extinguishers. If the fire was caused by electrical faults, the fire damage restoration professionals would also help to ensure that the connections are done properly after the repair. Therefore, with the assistance of the right fire damage restoration company, you can get back to where you were before the fire.
Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on fire damage.

Components of Fire Damage

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Components of Fire Damage

There are multiple components of fire damage. While the fire damage itself can be the most serious issue, this is not always the biggest problem. Smoke damage and water damage can be just as severe. Water damage results from water that is sprayed into the house to extinguish the flames. Here are some tips on recovering property from all aspects of fire damage, including soot damage:

1. Assess the damage:

Looks can be quite deceiving. Fire damage is often far more serious than it looks. This is because damage can occur to parts of the home that are hidden from view.

The water used to extinguish the flames can cause mold to grow inside the walls and HVAC ducts. It's important to hire a home inspector to assess the damage caused by a fire in home. A building inspector also should be utilized by those who suffer commercial damage as a result of a fire in business. Luckily, there are many companies to choose from for either type of inspection.

In addition, a building inspector may be able to find problems with the house that could lead to a recurrence of the fire in home or fire in business. It's essential to fix these problems immediately.

2. Hire The Right Fire Damage Restoration Company:

Always choose a company that's experienced with all aspects of fire damage restoration, including repairing smoke damage. Check to make sure that their fire cleanup services have been reviewed well. If you have home insurance, ask them what fire damage restoration company they recommend. They will often have detailed information about all the fire damage restoration companies in the area.

Check to see that the fire cleanup company has been certified by the IIRC. The IIRC is one of the most well known organizations that certifies fire cleanup companies. Those who suffer commercial fire damage from a fire in business should hire someone who specializes in commercial fire damage.

3. Mitigate Smoke Damage:

The smoke produced by a house fire contains tiny particles that cause soot damage. These particles can damage clothing, finishes, and metal. These particles are more likely to cause soot damage if they remain on the surface for a long period of time. Furthermore, they become more difficult to remove due to settling. If the particles are left for a long enough period of time, they could become impossible to remove. This typically results in severe soot damage. Here are some ways to mitigate smoke damage:

Wash all fabrics thoroughly with an alkaline cleaning agent. It's important to take especially sensitive fabrics for dry cleaning.
Remove soot from floors with a high efficiency vacuum.
Clean the air using a HEPA air filter.
A fan can also be used to blow the soot particles out of the building.
Use a deodorizer to reduce the smoke smell in the building. Those who suffer commercial fire damage must reduce the smoke smell as quickly as possible. A smoke smell can be a serious deterrent to customers, and this can make it difficult to finance the repair of commercial fire damage.



4. Save All Necessary Documents To Ensure The Loss Is Covered:

After a fire in home or fire in business, it is important to save all receipts related to the repair of the damage caused by the fire in home or fire in business. This will ensure that the insurance company pays. However, the expense of fire damage restoration also may be a tax deduction. Therefore, the receipts should be saved for tax season.

5. Burned Cash May Be Replaced:

If burned bills are over 50% intact, it could be possible to have them replaced at the local branch of the federal reserve. It even may be possible to have melted coins replaced. In addition, it's essential to also get any melted credit cards replaced as soon as possible.

Visit http://www.SERVPROtowncountry.com for more information on fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO's Jean Foty's Team Gets Kudos

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Jean Foty's Team Gets Kudos Fire damage can be devastating, but with SERVPRO on your side, it's like it never happened.

Recently, Jean Foty’s team at SERVPRO was commended for their excellent work after taking care of a customer whose home was severely damaged by fire. Here is what they said: “As a leader, Jean came into our house after a fire directing her team like a captain of a shop, steering through a torrential storm with Esmeralda (Supervisor) as Jean’s First Mate. They moved rapidly, expertly and a sense of knowing exactly what they were doing. Jean has hired a group of reliable employees who enjoy what they are doing and work together as a team to get the job done. They were prompt in arriving to our home and diligent in their work ethics. My house is now cleaner than it’s ever been. Beautifully restored, my home is in fine order. Thank you, SERVPRO of Town & Country for making it "Like it never even happened.”


At SERVPRO Town & Country, we understand that when disaster strikes your home or business, it is traumatic and stressful. Our team works closely with you and your insurance company to make the process as seamless and easy as possible. Call 713- 461-2700 whenever disaster strikes. We stand at the ready to assist our community 24 hours a day.

Houston Home Safety: Out of the Box Holiday Gifts

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

As we move into the holiday season, your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Town & Country wants to encourage you to choose holiday gifts with home and personal safety in mind. Throughout the winter months, accidents happen both on the road, and in the home, and we want our neighbors and friends to have all the tools necessary to prevent accidents and disasters. Step outside of the box this season and give meaningful gifts to keep those you love safe.

 

  1. Smoke Detectors. For friends and family that live in older homes, consider upgrading their smoke detectors this holiday season to protect against Houston fire damage and injury. For older folks, or those with limited mobility, consider offering to install the new smoke detectors as well. Be sure you test them upon installation, and that everyone in the home recognizes the sound of the alarm.
  1. Fire Extinguishers. For the home chef, grill master, master crafter, or RV’er on your gift list consider giving fire extinguishers. Sadly, few people keep (and regularly test) fire extinguishers in their homes. Remember, having a fire extinguisher does not mean that you should fight medium to large fires in your Houston home; they are for putting out small fires until the fire department arrives.
  2. Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors need to be replaced. As with the smoke detectors, it would be nice to offer to install them for friends and family that aren’t as handy as you are, or that have limited mobility.
  3. Flashlights and Headlamps. Flashlights (and batteries) are a great stocking stuffer. With our severe weather, we often lose power and for safety purposes a flashlight or a headlamp can help prevent slip and fall injuries and lead the way to a safe exit. Consider a headlamp for older family members as it allows them to see clearly, hands free.
  4. First Aid Kit.  Create a unique and attractive first aid kit as gifts this holiday. Include various sizes of bandages, bug bite cream, sterile gauze pads in a variety of sizes, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes and creams, soap, calamine lotion, scissors, tweezers, and a first aid manual. If the first aid kit is going to a home with children, refrain from adding over-the-counter medications without first clearing it with the parents.
  5. Flameless Candles. For those on your list that love candles, consider giving flameless candles. Today’s candles come in a wide array of sizes and colors to fit every décor. These candles are a safe alternative to regular candles that are the cause millions of dollars in fire damage to homes each year.
  6. Roadside Safety Kit. Do you have a road warrior on your holiday shopping list? If so, a roadside emergency kit will be a welcomed gift. Be sure that it includes all the items in the first aid kit mentioned above, as well as a blanket, a collapsible safety cone, emergency triangles, booster cables, safety flares, a flashlight or headlamp, and some protein bars or other non-perishable snacks.

 

We hope that this year, and for years to come, that our friends and neighbors throughout the greater Houston metro area remain safe and secure. In the event disaster strikes your home, your locally owned and operated in Houston SERVPRO of Town & Country can quickly begin the water restoration or fire restoration and repair process as soon as it is safe to begin work. We will work with your insurance company to facilitate a stress-free claims process. Call SERVPRO of Houston  whenever disaster strikes; we stand at the ready 24 hours a day.

 

About Town & Country SERVPRO

The SERVPRO team of Town & Country is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when disasters strike. We are experts in the field of mold remediation, water damage, flood and fire cleanup, and other events that damage your property.

Houston Home Health: The Essential Fire Prevention Check List

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Houston Home Health: The Essential Fire Prevention Check List SERVPRO of Town & Country wants to remind our neighbors and friends of the best fire safety tips to keep your Houston area home safe from fire.

As we move into the holiday season, The SERVPRO of Town & Country your locally owned and operated SERVPRO in Houston, wants to remind our neighbors and friends of the best fire safety tips to keep your Houston area home safe from fire. Houston fire damage effects thousands of members in our community experience each year. In many cases, the fire could have been prevented if best fire prevention tactics were employed. Here is a checklist to make sure your family and home are protected.

                                                                                                                       

  1. Test Smoke Detectors Monthly. Sadly, most people install smoke detectors and then don’t test them as recommended to ensure they are properly protecting the home. Each month, press the “test” button to make sure it is in working order.
  2. Replace Smoke Detector Batteries Annually. Don’t wait until the smoke detector beeps to replace the battery. Select a day each year to replace the batteries in each of the smoke detectors in your home. When you are changing the batteries check for the smoke detector’s expiration date. Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years.
  3. Smoke Detector Placement. Make sure that smoke detectors are placed in every bedroom, in the kitchen, rooms with fireplaces or where space heaters are used, in workshops and garages and in basements and attics.
  4. Heating. Each year space heaters cause thousands of devastating fires each year. Never leave a space heater unattended, and always unplug when not in use. When in use, make sure that it is at least 4 feet from any combustible source like curtains, bedding, bookshelves, and papers. Additionally, it is vital that the manufacturer’s recommendations for power cords are followed; most recommend that extension cords are not used as the risk of overheating or fire increases.
  5. Fire Place. If you have a fire place in your home, be sure to have a metal screen to catch any sparks. Annually have the chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep to prevent fires.
  6. Appliance Safety. Examine all appliances regularly to make sure that cords are free of exposed wires and are not frayed. Use extension cords as recommended, and never run any electrical cords under carpets or rugs.
  7. Charge Safely. Never charge laptop computers, phones, or tablets on fabric covered surfaces like beds or couches; these items have been known to combust causing damaging fires throughout the Houston area.
  8. Electrical Circuits. With today’s technology, circuits can become overloaded. If you live in an older home, have an electrician assess your system, and make changes as recommended. In addition, have GFCI’s installed in outlets near sinks and other sources of water to prevent injury.
  9. Electric Blankets.  Examine cords of electric blankets regularly, and never leave them plugged in when not present. 
  10. Keep Combustibles Away from Stove Top. Never place mail, paper plates, or other combustible items on the stove top, even when off. Frequently fires occur due to someone inadvertently turning on a burner; be fire wise.
  11. Test All Exits. Make sure that all doors and windows open easily and that clutter around exits is cleared of clutter.
  12. BBQs and Fire Pit Safety.  Make sure that fire pits and BBQs are kept a safe distance from the home, and are seated on non-flammable surfaces. Use as directed by the manufacturer, and keep a fire extinguisher or hose near.
  13. Create a Defensible Space. In the event of a fire, make sure that first responders have a clear view of your home, and can safely fight the fire. Keep trees trimmed and leaves and pine needles from accumulating.

 

Fire damages countless homes in the Houston area each year. Using these fire prevention tips, you can help ensure the safety of your home and family. If a fire does strike your home, your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO can quickly begin the fire restoration and repair process. We will work with your insurance company to facilitate a stress-free claims process. Call SERVPRO in Houston  whenever disaster strikes; we stand at the ready 24 hours a day.

 

About Town & Country SERVPRO

The SERVPRO team of Town & Country is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when disasters strike. We are experts in the field of mold remediation, water damage, flood and fire cleanup, and other events that damage your property. 

 

Town & Country Home Safety: The Essential Fire Safety Checklist

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Home fires cause millions of dollars in damage each year in the Houston metropolitan area. Whether the source is a small kitchen fire or a widespread destructive blaze—and everything in between—SERVPRO of Town & Country is here to help throughout your fire damage restoration process.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking equipment is the leading cause of fire in the home. Stove-top grease fires, flash fires from deep fryers, flammable items being left on the stove top, and even microwaves can all cause significant fire damage in the home. Other common causes include candles, electrical circuits and wiring, space heaters, and young children playing with fire.

While not all fires can be prevented, there are steps you can take to protect your family and Houston area home from the devastating effects of fire damage. Use this Fire Safety Checklist to walk through your home, identifying potential fire hazards:

1.      Count all smoke detectors and fire alarms in the home, testing each to make sure it is in proper working order.

Fire Safety Rules of Thumb: Smoke Detectors and Alarms

·         Replace smoke detectors and alarms every 10 years

·         Test smoke detectors and alarms monthly, and replace batteries as needed, (minimum of once per year)

·         1 smoke detector inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area

·         1 smoke detector per floor, including basements and attics

·         1 smoke detector in the kitchen area, optimally 10 feet from the stove

·         1 smoke detector per room with a fireplace, or where you routinely use a space heater in winter months

2.      Verify fire extinguishers are in place and in working order.

Fire Safety Rules of Thumb: Fire Extinguishers

·         Position portable fire extinguishers in areas with a potential for fire, including kitchens, utility rooms, areas with fireplaces, and rooms with candles and/or space heaters.

·         Fire extinguishers purchased should be labeled “multi-purpose.”

·         Read all instructions and understand how to operate a fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency.

3.      If you have an older home, it is wise to have your electrical system and wires inspected, especially if you have noticed any flickering lights, power surges, sparks from outlets, or heat in the light switches. Any of these signs could indicate that an electrical fire is imminent. Contact a licensed electrical inspector immediately.

4.      Have your chimney and furnace checked annually and cleaned as needed.

5.      If you use candles in your home, position them away from any fabric, including upholstered furniture, drapes, or carpets. Use metal or glass candle holders with a wide base, and never leave a candle burning unattended.

6.      Create a 3 foot “safe zone” around all fireplaces, space heaters, baseboard heaters, and wall heaters. Before heating elements are used, clear this area of all flammable items, including books, rugs, draperies, and upholstered furniture.

7.      Examine and clean the dryer vent at least monthly. The hose that leads from the dryer to the outside can become bogged down with lint, which can ignite. A good practice is to clean the lint trap prior to every load of laundry to keep as much lint out of the hose as possible.

8.      Examine all electrical cords for damage, and replace if any wires are exposed.

9.      When charging mobile devices and laptop computers, only charge on a hard surface and not on a bed, couch, or other fabric-covered surface. Chargers have been known to spark fires.

10.  During holidays, be mindful of extra lighting and decorations, and examine for any damage to cords prior to using.

Your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO stands at the ready to assist you whenever disaster strikes. We hope that you will take the time to run through this fire safety checklist at least annually to keep your family and home safe from fire. However, if fire does damage your home, we can be on the scene within hours; as soon as it is safe to enter, we can begin cleaning up any water damage and damage from the smoke, flames, heat and firefighters’ efforts. Our mission is to get you back into your home as soon as possible.

About Town & Country SERVPRO

The SERVPRO team of Town & Country is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when disasters strike. We are experts in the field of mold remediation, water damage, flood and fire cleanup, and other events that damage your property. In addition to serving our neighbors in northwest Houston, we proudly serve surrounding communities.

Memorial Home Care: How to Remove the Smell of Smoke From Your Home After a Fire

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Memorial Home Care: How to Remove the Smell of Smoke From Your Home After a Fire The key to quick and complete recovery from a fire is to act fast.

Tens of thousands of homes in the greater Houston metropolitan area are damaged or destroyed by fire each year. We hope you never need to call, but if disaster strikes your home, teams from SERVPRO of Town & Country stand at the ready 24 hours a day, to help you get your life back.

The key to quick and complete recovery from a fire is to act fast. The longer the fire-damaged items, soot, smoke, and water remain in your home, the more damage the property will sustain.

Remember, properties where a fire was limited to a single room will likely still have smoke damage to other rooms of the house, and will therefore require thorough cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing. Fire leaves behind the smoky smell of a campfire, but also the residual chemical odors of burnt and charred walls, floors, carpets, appliances, and furnishings.

Ideally, you want professionals like those at Houston SERVPRO to take care of the cleaning, disinfecting and removal of lingering smoke odors. But if you decide to do it without professional help, here is a step-by-step process to follow:

1.      Open all windows and use fans to circulate fresh air. Note: Do not use your HVAC system; the soot and smoky smell will merely recirculate and permeate other areas of your home.

2.      Remove all items that smell of smoke from the house, including carpets, clothing, bedding, furniture, and draperies. These items will require professional cleaning to remove all residual odors, soot, and chemicals.

3.      Scrub surfaces with a solution of bleach and water. Even walls, ceilings, floors, cabinetry, countertops, window sills, tiles, and duct work that were not damaged by flames or water during the fire will require cleaning. Be sure to wear appropriate protective eyewear, gloves and clothing. Use fans and dehumidifiers to dry each area for at least 48 hours.

4.      Apply recommended sealer/primer to all drywall walls and ceilings in the home. Since drywall is typically one of the most porous surfaces in the home, it will have absorbed significant smoke and chemical odors. Follow the directions on the label, and only proceed to painting after walls and ceilings are completely dry.

5.      Clean carpets thoroughly with a professional grade carpet cleaning machine. Please note that it may take several cleaning sessions to completely remove all soot and odors from the carpet. If the carpet pad was saturated with soot-filled waters and smoke odors, carpets and pads may have to be completely removed and replaced.

6.      Have HVAC and all air ducts professionally cleaned. Run your system after cleaning, and check the air filter daily for signs of residual smoke or soot. Change the filter until the system runs clean for a minimum of 48 hours.

Finally, remember that mold is a serious problem in the Houston area, as our climate is a haven for fungal growth. After cleaning and restoring your home, it is essential that you properly dehumidify it to prevent mold infestations. In south Texas, mold can start to grow and thrive within 48 hours of fire and water damage! 

If at anytime during the cleaning or restoration process you become overwhelmed or need additional assistance, your locally owned and operated Houston SERVPRO stands at the ready to help. Our highly trained and experienced fire restoration technicians will begin the fire damage cleaning and rebuilding process by assessing the entire property and its contents. We can quickly provide you and your insurance company with a comprehensive estimate so that work can begin immediately, getting your home back to normal as soon as possible.

About Town & Country SERVPRO

The SERVPRO team of Town & Country is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when disasters strike. We are experts in the field of mold remediation, water damage, flood and fire cleanup, and other events that damage your property. In addition to serving our neighbors in northwest Houston, we proudly serve surrounding communities, including: