Recent Fire Damage Posts

Thanksgiving Cooking Fire in Lakewood?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Family gathers around a table for Thanksgiving dinner. We respond to fire damage emergencies in Jefferson County 24-hours a day.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more home fires happen on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wishes everyone a safe Thanksgiving holiday this year and offers these safety tips from the NFPA:

Top 10 safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee could cause serious burns
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Call Us Today!

When your Lakewood home or business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl can help. We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 303-973-4664.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Lakewood Families?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A person uses a fire extinguisher inside a house to put out a fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Portable Fire Extinguishers and Children

Portable fire extinguishers save lives and property by containing small fires until the West Metro Fire Rescue can arrive. SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl restores fire damage throughout the year in Lakewood. Here are some recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on portable fire extinguishers and children:

  • The NFPA believes that children should not be trained how to operate portable fire extinguishers
  • Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire
  • Children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher
  • Children may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire
  • In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads
  • NFPA continues to believe that only adults who know how to operate portable fire extinguishers should use them.

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your home or business, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 303-973-4664. We'll restore your fire damage in Lakewood, "Like it never even happened."

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Hoarding Fire in Ken Caryl?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A home is on fire. Jefferson County residents trust us to restore fire damage.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl’s technicians are trained to handle hoarding situations with empathy and respect for all concerned. We understand that hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent and difficulty discarding personal possessions. These living conditions become unsafe because of the amount of clutter. This clutter can make rooms unusable and create health and safety concerns. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association on how to reduce the risk of fire injury in a hoarding situation:

  • When talking about a person who hoards, focus on safety rather than the clutter. Be empathetic. Match the person’s language. If they call it hoarding, then you can call it hoarding.
  • Help the residents make a home safety and escape plan. Stress the importance of clear pathways and exits. Practice the plan often. Exit routes may change as new items are brought into the home.
  • Install working smoke alarms in the home. Test them at least once a month.
  • Reach out to community resources. Talk to members of the fire department to alert them of your concerns. They may be able to connect you with members of a hoarding task force for additional help.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Ken Caryl area. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Restoration Professionals in Ken Caryl?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A wall and ceiling are shown covered in smoke and soot residue. Our team is trained and certified to restore fire damage in Jefferson County.

Our job begins after the West Metro Fire Rescue firefighters put out the fire and leave the scene. This is when SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl’s technicians begin the cleanup and restoration process. Even rooms not burned in the fire will have smoke and soot damage, like the room in this picture.

Our fire restoration technicians have the experience, advanced training, and equipment to clean and restore fire-damaged walls and ceilings quickly and efficiently. We pretest every wall and item in the home before cleaning to determine the most effective cleaning modality to use in each case.

While you are waiting for help to arrive, there are some things you should NOT do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to commercial and residential fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Ken Caryl. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfires and Smoke Safety Tips for Lakewood?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfire smoke is seen creating a yellowish haze over the terrain.  We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Jefferson County.

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been responding to fire damage emergencies for over forty years in Lakewood. The Jefferson County website has a section on Wildfires and Smoke. Here are some tips to avoid smoke exposure:

Pay Attention to Local Air Quality Reports

Listen and watch for news or health warnings about smoke. Citizens can call 303-758-4848 or check today's air quality online to learn whether a "red" advisory is in effect.

Stay Indoors to Avoid Smoke

Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed unless it is extremely hot outside. Run an air conditioner if you have one, but keep the fresh-air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside. If you do not have an air conditioner and it is too warm to stay inside with the windows closed, seek shelter elsewhere.

Do Not Add to Indoor Pollution

When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns, such as candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves. Do not vacuum because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Do not smoke because smoking puts even more pollution into the air.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl responds to residential and commercial fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lakewood. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

House Fire in Ken Caryl?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

The interior of a fire-damaged home is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Fire Damage in Ken Caryl Home

For over twenty years SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has been mitigating and restoring fire damage for Ken Caryl residents and businesses. As you can see by this picture, fire damage is devastating. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration, and we will always treat you and your family with empathy and respect. Here are some emergency fire damage tips for things you should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet as the wiring may be damaged
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Call Us Today!

When your Ken Caryl home or commercial business is damaged by fire, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electronic Cleanup Services in Lakewood?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage on a computer circuit board is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Fire Damage Happens

When my Lakewood home was exposed to a fire next door, smoke and soot came into my house. I called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they sent a team out to clean my fire-damaged belongings. Here are the cleaning methods they used:

  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Electronic Cleanup

They explained that my fire-damaged contained smoke residues that could contain acids that corrode metal surfaces, and the residues would have to be removed, or corrosion could cause electronic failure in the device. They had my electronics cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day and is ready to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your commercial fire damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Lakewood Kitchen Fire?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A white kitchen is shown with butcher block counters. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Jefferson County.

Home Cooking Safety Tips for Lakewood

No matter when you call us with a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl will respond quickly. We know that home fires can be a devastating experience for families, so when we arrive, we take great care to answer your questions and walk you through the process and the options for restoration. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) home cooking fires are the top cause of fires in the United States, so we offer these cooking safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop

Call Us Today!

When your Lakewood home or commercial business experiences fire damage of any kind, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is on-call 24-hours a day to respond. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Pet Safety in Case of a Fire in Ken Caryl

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can harm animals just as it can harm people in City or County. At SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary, we love our pets as much as you love yours. We could not stand to see them injured or killed in a house fire. 

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary shares these ideas with you:

  • When you design your fire escape plan, practice with your pets
  • If there are fires outside, bring pets inside. If you have to evacuate, you will be ready to bring the pets with you
  • Know where your pets hide. You may not have time to hunt for them in an emergency
  • Animal-rescue groups and other organizations have pet stickers that you can put on your windows and doors. The stickers tell firefighters how many pets you have, and what kinds
  • Prepare evacuation kits for the pets. These kits can be large plastic bins. Put in copies of their vet records, extra leashes and collars, toys, and food

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary reminds you to call the fire department once you are safely outside the City or County home.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Cary is independently owned and operated. 

Smoke Detectors can Save Lives in Lakewood

3/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire spreads fast once it is started so SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wants to remind you that smoke detectors (smoke alarms) can help save lives in your Lakewood home. An alarm alerts you that danger is present giving you time to get out.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl wants you to remember:

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.  That is good for reducing smoke damage and fire damage. That is also why you should have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room in the home
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home
  • Large homes might need extra smoke alarms
  • Some companies make alarms that are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound
  • Do not turn off smoke detectors when cooking
  • Test the smoke alarms at least once a month.  There is a test button on the alarm
  • When the alarm sounds, get everyone outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years

If your Lakewood home is not properly protected by a smoke detector, please install one. If you experience a fire, immediately vacate the home and then contact your fire department once you are outside the home.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated. 

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Lakewood

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Lakewood home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stovetop or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stovetop is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance.SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

SERVPRO of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is independently owned and operated. 

Candle Fire in Lakewood Home?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Several white candles are burning on a wooden shelf. We are the fire restoration leaders Lakewood resident’s trust!

Candle Safety Tips

My roommate left some candles burning on a wooden shelving unit in her bathroom in our Lakewood home that caught the bathroom on fire. Although the fire was contained to the bathroom and extinguished before it caused any major damage, the entire house was covered in soot, and everything smelled like smoke.

We called SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl, and they cleaned and restored our home quickly and efficiently. By the time they completed the job you would never know there had been a fire.

Here are some candle safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business is damaged by fire, SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl  is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 303-973-4664. We’ll restore your fire damage in Lakewood, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Lakewood-Ken Caryl is Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke all Around

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke in the air Know the dangers of smoke and soot to your Lakewood/Ken-Caryl home after a house fire. SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl can help to restore.

Smoke and Fire

This past month, fires have been devastating our state of Colorado.  Four fires are currently burning in different areas swallowing up thousand and thousands of acres in its wrath.  Fire fighters diligently work to stop the flames and contain them to 100%.  

While these wildfires are only in those 4 distinct locations, all of Colorado has been affected by their smoke.  From Fort Collins to Denver, Steamboat to Colorado Springs, we have been blanketed with a grey haze. Air quality has been poor and in some areas miles and miles away from the fires, it has reached levels that are deemed to be "very unhealthy". 

Many of us are now becoming aware that fire isn't the only danger in that disaster, but smoke is a huge factor as well.  So, what if you have a fire in your own home?  The fire fighters come and they put it out fairly quickly.  Only your kitchen, for example, has been affected by flames.  But, while that fire rolled, so did the smoke....all over your home.

Soot and smoke can be very invasive and can penetrate various areas of your Lakewood/Ken-Caryl or surrounding Denver home.  Smoke travels up and to the coolest part of a room or home. It travels alongside piping, getting into the holes as it goes from room to room. It causes hidden damage to the naked eye and can leave a nasty odor.  Even if the fire was contained in the microwave, the traveling smoke can affect your entire house, potentially leaving every room damaged. 

            There are 2 types of smoke that fire creates, wet smoke and dry smoke.  Each one varies in odor and level of damage.  It also great affects the restoration process.  The two require different measures in order to restore the damaged area to like new again.  Our SERVPRO team pretests the smoke to determine the type and course of action. 

            Wet Smoke

                        This type of smoke usually comes from a fire that was left unattended or unnoticed.  It comes from a slow burning fire that is of lower heat and from its smoldering.  An example of a wet smoke fire would be from an iron that was left on after you left the house.  During a slow burn fire, fewer air currents are created.  With less air currents, the smoke has more time to enter into cavities around the home.  Often times these crevices are harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. The odor it leaves behind is very pungent.  The smoke itself is sticky and smeary on surfaces.

            Dry Smoke

                        This type of smoke comes from a very hot quick burning fire often wood or paper being the primary source.  This type of smoke occurs when there are sufficient amounts of oxygen present, unlike a wet smoke situation where the fire was oxygen starved.  Since this smoke is dry, it carries with it less deposits and aerosols, and is easier to clean.  Additionally, the odor from a hot fire is less pungent and requires less aggressive cleaning methods.

            While we cannot fix a dining table that has turned into ash, we can fix almost everything that the smoke it produced damaged. Even your remaining furniture can be restored.  Restoring items after the damage of smoke is far less expensive than replacing it.  Plus, it can help to save a family heirloom.

3 Areas in Fire Damage Restoration

            Structural Cleaning

                        The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.  After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.

            Content Cleaning

                        Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house.  The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 

            Deodorizing

                        After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.  We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

The 7 Step Process

Each fire situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in restoration. However, we follow a 7-step process for a typical fire damage emergency.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place.   

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood/Ken-Caryl For Fire Damage Restoration

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration.  We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at   http://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl House Fires

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Person near a fire When your house has a fire, SERVPRO of Lakewood/ Ken-Caryl is here to help clean up the mess.

House on Fire

            When someone has a fire in their house, garage, she-shed, or commercial building, they can relate to that falling feeling.  Fire can be scary and can leave an alarming amount of damage.  However, SERVPRO is never afraid of a damaging fire, and we have seen it all.  That is why we wanted to write this blog to better inform you, the reader of what to expect from a fire.  Knowledge is power, and we want to equip you with the strength so that if you ever fall victim to its damaging effects, you can feel secure that it will be OK!

            In the following blog, we will explain how and where fires begin in your home, how fire damages beyond its flames, the three main areas to clean, our process, and why you would choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl for your fire restoration team.

How Fires Happen in the Home

            A house fire can start just about anywhere in your home, and from the smallest of sparks.  However, there are the five most common places in your home that you can come to know and take special attention to. 

            First off, the kitchen.  This is the number one place where house fires occur.  Nearly half of all house fires start in the kitchen.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering most all of the cooking is done in the kitchen and most household appliances are located here. Among kitchen fires, grease fires are the most common, and that is due to neglect.  Hot pans of grease are left unattended on the stove and become too hot.  Once the oil is too hot, it will catch fire.  If the cook is not there to see this happen, the fire builds and spreads.  To help prevent kitchen fires take the following into consideration:

  • Maintain all appliances, keeping them clean and in good condition.
  • Unplug electrical appliances such as coffee makers and toasters when not in use.
  • Install a working smoke detector in the kitchen and keep a fire extinguisher.
  • Always use caution when lighting a piolet burner or gas stove.
  • Never put metal in the microwave.
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking at all times.
  • Do not over fill pots and pans with oil.
  • Keep oven mitts, towels, and the like away from the stove.

            Next up on the list is the bedroom.  This is the location where electrical meets plush. The bedroom is full of plush items such as pillows, blankets, drapes, and a bed of course. A bed is especially prone to fire if it is not a new one.  Any bed before 2007 is not likely up to fire code.  The following are tips for preventing fires in the bedroom:

  • Install a working smoke alarm in the bedroom and have a fire extinguisher near.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Replace mattresses prior to 2007.
  • Keep lit candles away from bedding, drapes, papers, or anything flammable.
  • Do not run electrical cords underneath the bed or trap them against a wall.(Heat can build in this way).
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Only use lab-approved electrical blankets.

            The chimney is number three on our list. This one may seem like the obvious, but neglect to your chimney can result in a damaging house fire.  Often, the fire place itself is serviced regularly because it is in sight.  However, the chimney is forgotten.  Whatever you are burning in the fireplace will travel up and stick to the inside of the chimney, whether it be ash from paper or sap from the wood.  The coating on the chimney is flammable, especially if it is too thick.  Clean out your chimney.  It is recommended to clean out our chimney at least once a year or after 50 uses. 

            Fourth is the living room.  This is another place for an electrical fire.  The living room is often home to fire places, electronics, and like the bedroom, many plush items.  Many of the same rules from the bedroom apply to the living room such as, installing a smoke detector, not running electrical cords underneath furniture, keeping lit candles away from flammable materials, etc.

            Lastly, the laundry room. The main culprit here being lint in the dryer.   Lint can get caught in the vents and filters of your dyer machine and the heat can cause the lint to flame.  Additionally, the laundry room is often left unattended due to its passive work.  Be sure to regularly clean out the filters and vents in the laundry room and avoid leaving the house if you have a load running.

Smoke

            Fire can completely destroy whatever is in its path. It can turn an entire dining table into ash, but that is only the beginning of a fires destruction.  Soot and smoke can be very invasive and can penetrate various areas of your Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, or surrounding home.  Smoke travels up and to the coolest part of a room or home.  It travels alongside piping, getting into the holes as it goes from room to room. It causes hidden damage to the naked eye and can leave a nasty odor.  Even if the fire was contained in the microwave, the traveling smoke can affect your entire house, potentially leaving every room damaged. 

            There are 2 types of smoke that fire creates, wet smoke and dry smoke.  Each one varies in odor and level of damage.  It also great affects the restoration process.  The two require different measures in order to restore the damaged area to like new again.  Our SERVPRO team pretests the smoke to determine the type and course of action. 

            Wet Smoke

                        This type of smoke usually comes from a fire that was left unattended or unnoticed.  It comes from a slow burning fire that is of lower heat and from its smoldering.  An example of a wet smoke fire would be from an iron that was left on after you left the house.  During a slow burn fire, fewer air currents are created.  With less air currents, the smoke has more time to enter into cavities around the home.  Often times these crevices are harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. The odor it leaves behind is very pungent.  The smoke itself is sticky and smeary on surfaces.

            Dry Smoke

                        This type of smoke comes from a very hot quick burning fire often wood or paper being the primary source.  This type of smoke occurs when there are sufficient amounts of oxygen present, unlike a wet smoke situation where the fire was oxygen starved.  Since this smoke is dry, it carries with it less deposits and aerosols, and is easier to clean.  Additionally, the odor from a hot fire is less pungent and requires less aggressive cleaning methods.

            While we cannot fix a dining table that has turned into ash, we can fix almost everything that the smoke it produced damaged. Even your remaining furniture can be restored.  Restoring items after the damage of smoke is far less expensive than replacing it.  Plus, it can help to save a family heirloom. 

Damage Restoration

  • Structural Cleaning
    • The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.
  • Content Cleaning
    • Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house. The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 
  • Deodorizing
    • After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

The Process

Each fire situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in restoration. However, we follow a 7-step process for a typical fire damage emergency.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place.  

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl For Fire Damage Restoration

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com  

House of Fire

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

House of Fire

            “I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire”

            If you are a fan of classic rockabilly music you no doubt recognize the above lyrics from Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire. The opening lines illustrate the singer locked into a ring of fire, hurtling down further and further with no sign of coming out.  When someone has a fire in their house, garage, she-shed, or commercial building, they can relate to that falling feeling.  Fire can be scary and can leave an alarming amount of damage.  However, SERVPRO is never afraid of a damaging fire, and we have seen it all.  That is why we wanted to write this blog to better inform you, the reader of what to expect from a fire.  Knowledge is power, and we want to equip you with the strength so that if you ever fall victim to its damaging effects, you can feel secure that it will be OK!

            In the following blog, we will explain how and where fires begin in your home, how fire damages beyond its flames, the three main areas to clean, our process, and why you would choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl for your fire restoration team.

How Fires Happen in the Home

            A house fire can start just about anywhere in your home, and from the smallest of sparks.  However, there are the five most common places in your home that you can come to know and take special attention to. 

            First off, the kitchen.  This is the number one place where house fires occur.  Nearly half of all house fires start in the kitchen.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering most all of the cooking is done in the kitchen and most household appliances are located here. Among kitchen fires, grease fires are the most common, and that is due to neglect.  Hot pans of grease are left unattended on the stove and become too hot.  Once the oil is too hot, it will catch fire.  If the cook is not there to see this happen, the fire builds and spreads.  To help prevent kitchen fires take the following into consideration:

  • Maintain all appliances, keeping them clean and in good condition.
  • Unplug electrical appliances such as coffee makers and toasters when not in use.
  • Install a working smoke detector in the kitchen and keep a fire extinguisher.
  • Always use caution when lighting a piolet burner or gas stove.
  • Never put metal in the microwave.
  • Keep an eye on what you are cooking at all times.
  • Do not over fill pots and pans with oil.
  • Keep oven mitts, towels, and the like away from the stove.

            Next up on the list is the bedroom.  This is the location where electrical meets plush. The bedroom is full of plush items such as pillows, blankets, drapes, and a bed of course. A bed is especially prone to fire if it is not a new one.  Any bed before 2007 is not likely up to fire code.  The following are tips for preventing fires in the bedroom:

  • Install a working smoke alarm in the bedroom and have a fire extinguisher near.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Replace mattresses prior to 2007.
  • Keep lit candles away from bedding, drapes, papers, or anything flammable.
  • Do not run electrical cords underneath the bed or trap them against a wall.(Heat can build in this way).
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Only use lab-approved electrical blankets.

            The chimney is number three on our list. This one may seem like the obvious, but neglect to your chimney can result in a damaging house fire.  Often, the fire place itself is serviced regularly because it is in sight.  However, the chimney is forgotten.  Whatever you are burning in the fireplace will travel up and stick to the inside of the chimney, whether it be ash from paper or sap from the wood.  The coating on the chimney is flammable, especially if it is too thick.  Clean out your chimney.  It is recommended to clean out our chimney at least once a year or after 50 uses. 

            Fourth is the living room.  This is another place for an electrical fire.  The living room is often home to fire places, electronics, and like the bedroom, many plush items.  Many of the same rules from the bedroom apply to the living room such as, installing a smoke detector, not running electrical cords underneath furniture, keeping lit candles away from flammable materials, etc.

            Lastly, the laundry room. The main culprit here being lint in the dryer.   Lint can get caught in the vents and filters of your dyer machine and the heat can cause the lint to flame.  Additionally, the laundry room is often left unattended due to its passive work.  Be sure to regularly clean out the filters and vents in the laundry room and avoid leaving the house if you have a load running.

Smoke

            Fire can completely destroy whatever is in its path. It can turn an entire dining table into ash, but that is only the beginning of a fires destruction.  Soot and smoke can be very invasive and can penetrate various areas of your Lakewood, Ken-Caryl, or surrounding home.  Smoke travels up and to the coolest part of a room or home.  It travels alongside piping, getting into the holes as it goes from room to room. It causes hidden damage to the naked eye and can leave a nasty odor.  Even if the fire was contained in the microwave, the traveling smoke can affect your entire house, potentially leaving every room damaged. 

            There are 2 types of smoke that fire creates, wet smoke and dry smoke.  Each one varies in odor and level of damage.  It also great affects the restoration process.  The two require different measures in order to restore the damaged area to like new again.  Our SERVPRO team pretests the smoke to determine the type and course of action. 

            Wet Smoke

                        This type of smoke usually comes from a fire that was left unattended or unnoticed.  It comes from a slow burning fire that is of lower heat and from its smoldering.  An example of a wet smoke fire would be from an iron that was left on after you left the house.  During a slow burn fire, fewer air currents are created.  With less air currents, the smoke has more time to enter into cavities around the home.  Often times these crevices are harder to reach and therefore, harder to remediate. The odor it leaves behind is very pungent.  The smoke itself is sticky and smeary on surfaces.

            Dry Smoke

                        This type of smoke comes from a very hot quick burning fire often wood or paper being the primary source.  This type of smoke occurs when there are sufficient amounts of oxygen present, unlike a wet smoke situation where the fire was oxygen starved.  Since this smoke is dry, it carries with it less deposits and aerosols, and is easier to clean.  Additionally, the odor from a hot fire is less pungent and requires less aggressive cleaning methods.

            While we cannot fix a dining table that has turned into ash, we can fix almost everything that the smoke it produced damaged. Even your remaining furniture can be restored.  Restoring items after the damage of smoke is far less expensive than replacing it.  Plus, it can help to save a family heirloom. 

Damage Restoration

  • Structural Cleaning
    • The first step in the remediation of a fire is structural cleaning.After fire and smoke has made its mark on your home, ceilings, walls, flooring, and woodwork will need a thorough cleaning.  After the pretest, our SERVPRO team of Lakewood Ken-Caryl will use the appropriate cleaning chemicals for the type of smoke and specific surface it is on.  Often times, our specifically designed chemicals can completely remove the damaging smoke from the structure so that repainting or refinishing is not necessary, saving you money.  If we cannot clean the surface completely, we will restore it to a “prepare for paint” condition.  This process deodorizes and ensures that the new coat of paint will adhere properly.
  • Content Cleaning
    • Area rugs, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and all restorable personal items in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. Some items can be cleaned onsite, but many are packed up and cleaned in-house. The type of cleaning will be determined upon a pretest and an inventory list of all items will be made so our franchise and the home owner can keep track of them. 
  • Deodorizing
    • After the structures and contents of the home have been cleaned, the home itself will also be deodorized.We do not merely mask the smells, we seek the source and eliminate it.  SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors, and our specialized equipment cannot be beat.

The Process

Each fire situation is unique and will require its own specific steps in restoration. However, we follow a 7-step process for a typical fire damage emergency.  Here it is below so you may better understand what will take place.  

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lakewood Ken-Caryl For Fire Damage Restoration

            SERVPRO is an industry leader in fire restoration. We use advanced equipment and techniques to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned and operated family business, so customer care is our number one goal.  We live where we serve!  Heck, we might even be your neighbor. 

            We provide extensive training to our employees and are highly specialized in fire damage restoration putting great emphasis on monitoring and documenting the entire process until completion.

            We are a preferred vendor to many national and local insurance companies making the claims process easy and painless for the homeowner.

            Please give us a call for any of your home restoration needs! (303) 973-4664

Or visit our website at  https://www.SERVPROlakewoodkencaryl.com