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Archived Fire Damage Blog Posts

Garage Fires

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Plano was called out to a large garage FIRE/WATER Damage. Once onsite our supervisor Consoled the homeowner and walked them step by step through the whole process.

Our crew started the extraction process first and then proceeded to begin the fire damage and deodorization restoration process.

SERVPRO has a standard that we live up to and that is the 1-4-8 pledge.

Contact the homeowner in one hour dispatch crew. Within 4 hours and have a report of the loss to the adjuster with in 8 hours.

Our SERVPRO TEAM works 24-7 to complete these large losses and are proud to say we value each and everyone of our clients.

Call us today if you need our assistance 972-403-9004

Lightning Strikes to Businesses or Homes

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning struck a house and SERVPRO of Plano was called out to perform a Structure Clean and Deodorization to counteract the smoke and soot.

The longer soot sits the more damage it causes.

Fire Damage is especially devastating during the summer time while the kids are not in school. In addition to the FIRE and SMOKE Damage significant WATER Damage from firefighting efforts may occur. If your home or business experiences a fire loss, call the FIRE and WATER Damage Restoration experts and we will Respond Immediately to get you back to "Like it never even happened."

  • 24 hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to any size disaster 
  • A trusted leader in the FIRE and WATER Restoration Industry with over 1,650 franchises. 
  • Highly trained and Certified FIRE and WATER Damage Restoration Specialist 

Call SERVPRO of Plano Today at 972-403-9004

Fire Safety

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds.

Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the building are working properly and the batteries are good?

Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them?

Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.

Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.

Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles.

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help! Please call us at 972-403-9004 for a free estimate.

Smoke and Fire

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

ERVPRO of Plano is here to help.

972-403-9004

The below picture is of a garage fire that was caused by rags left next to an old can of paint thinner.

SERVPRO of Plano arrived onsite to help this homeowner.  Our crews arrived onsite with in one hour. 

We started by removing the insulation in the walls and attic space, then we moved on to cleaning all walls and ceilings, garage door and concrete flooring. 

All of the contents were inventoried boxed pictures taken and brought back to our office for the deodorization process. 

Once the deodorization is complete on all of the large and small contents SERVPRO of Plano will store this customers items.  Once our reconstruction team is complete on their end we will move all items back to the customers garage.

If you suffer a garage or kitchen fire damage please give our office a call for an estimate we would be honored to take care of your loss.

Caring for your belongings

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Plano understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (972)403-9004

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Plano specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • 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.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Plano can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Plano can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for your free FIRE/SMOKE damage estimate (972)403-9004.

Fire Damage and The Aftermath

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

For Homeowners, putting out a Fire can be worse than the Fire itself.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring verses replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Plano can provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure that your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of Plano is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

* Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.

*Place clean towels or old linen on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.

* Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.

* Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

* Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.

* Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

* Do not clean any electrical equipment.

* Do not send clothing to a dry cleaning service it could set in the smoke smell.

When a FIRE or SMOKE Damage happens call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plano.

972-403-9004.

Space Heater Safety

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Space Heaters are a great heat source but space heaters are not always safe to use.

Space heaters can cause so much damage this time of year. When temperatures drop and everyone wants to stay warm this is when things can go very wrong for the homeowners.

By taking correct precautions you could prevent damage to your property. Please use the following tips to ensure your safety.

Do not use an extension cord on the heater. Plug heater directly into wall .

Do not place space heater near upholstery items or rugs.

Do not leave space heaters running when you leave your home.

Do not use old space heaters .

Do not use space heaters if there is a frayed cord.

Unplug immediately if the space heater cord feels hot to the touch.

If you notice a burning smell unplug space heater promptly.

Please call SERVPRO of Plano if you should have a smoke/fire loss.

972-403-9004

Being Prepared or a Fire loss.

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

When your home or business has fire or smoke damage no matter the source time is most important.

There are 4 types of smoke:

Wet smoke- Plastics and Rubbers

Dry smoke- Paper and wood

Protein- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from fire.

Fuel Oil Soot-Furnace Puff Backs

Acting quickly when a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire and that can linger for years on end.

Securing your property with a board up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained technicians with cutting edge technology, ensures you that SERVPRO of Plano has you covered. 

Preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Plano has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for over 25 years  Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Plano.

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency Services for Fire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard 972-403-9004

Fire Loss to your property

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

 If you are dealing with fire damage from a house fire, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Plano is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are prepared for damage to your home or business, and are able to respond quickly. Immediate action and a fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. 

Choose SERVPRO of Plano, a local company that specializes in fire, water and storm damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire, wind and soot conditions in our community.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (972) 403-9004.

Fire Safety

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds.

Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the building are working properly and the batteries are good?

Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them?

Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.

Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.

Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles.

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help! Please call us at 972-403-9004 for a free estimate.

Fire Damage Information

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (972)403-9004

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

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

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

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

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Contact our SERVPRO office today for a free no-obligation Fire Damage Estimate. (972) 403-9004

Fire Damage Process

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (972) 403-9004

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

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

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

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

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Contact our office today at: (972) 403-9004

Fire damage to your property

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

 

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

After the fire trucks are gone, your Plano Texas home and belongings can very likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also significant water damage from firefighting efforts. Our SERVPRO of Plano team has specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to properly restore your home to preloss conditions. Our team also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

Our entire SERVPRO team are highly trained in the Fire Restoration Services.

The aftermath of a fire can be devastating to your home. Our SERVPRO of Plano team will help guide you through this crisis and quickly make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

 YOU CAN COUNT ON US.

Have Questions? Call Us Today –

(972) 403-9004

Fire damage steps to a clean property

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

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

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

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

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Step by step process for fire damages

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

 

Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Plano is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises.

 Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – ( 972 ) 403-9004

Odor Removal and Deodorization after Fire Damage

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Plano is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors which include Fire and Smoke damages.

These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Give our office a call for further information:

(972) 403-9004

Cleaning of Ceilings and Walls

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Ceilings and Walls

Ceiling and wall cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your home or business. You should also clean walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. Whether you are preparing to paint or just looking for professional cleaning, SERVPRO of Plano can help.

Ceilings and walls are exposed to dirt and dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants. Your heating and air conditioning system can distribute these contaminants throughout your property.

Using SERVPRO’s time-tested and industry-approved steps, along with our proprietary cleaning products and methods, we strive to restore your ceilings and walls without the need to repaint or refinish and to help the entire property smell fresh.

Need Professional Cleaning? Call Today (972) 403-9004

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Plano understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (972) 403-9004

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Plano specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition.

We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • 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.

Fire Damage Tips

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire. 

Give our office a call for an estimate: (972) 403-9004

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

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 ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.  

Fire/Smoke Damage Services

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

 

    What you need to do until help arrives

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency?
Call (972) 403-9004

What To Do After A Fire

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

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • 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 ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

When Fire Damage Strikes

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration


Our technicians receive regular training, which helps them gain a better understanding of how fire damages commercial and residential properties. Training also equips them with the latest techniques developed for the restoration industry. We have IICRC certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restorations technicians who deal with every aspect of damage left by fires. We also have OCT, Odor Control Technicians, whose skills help rid properties of any odors left after performing the other restoration steps.

Use of advanced equipment also helps us deliver quality results. We have automated surfaces scrubbers that help remove residues left on surfaces effectively. We also have power washers and odor control equipment such as Ozone generators and Hydroxyl generators. We also use professional cleaning agents, some specially formulated, for cleaning and odor control.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (972) 403-9004

When you suffer from a Fire loss

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

SERVPRO of Plano can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.

SERVPRO of Plano provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of Plano is available 24- hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

Please call our office for a free no obligation estimate.

(972) 403-9004

Caring for your belongings

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Plano understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (972) 403-9004

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Plano specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • 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.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Plano can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Plano can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

Peace of mind when you need it most!

Call us today at (972_ 403-9004.

Fire Damage

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

 If you are dealing with fire damage from a house fire, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Plano is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are prepared for damage to your home or business, and are able to respond quickly. Immediate action and a fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. 

Choose SERVPRO of Plano, a local company that specializes in fire, water and storm damage restoration. We are Here to Help® and ready to respond to fire, wind and soot conditions in our community.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (972) 403-9004.

Fire safety in your home

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds.

Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the building are working properly and the batteries are good?

Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them?

Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.

Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.

Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles.

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help! Please call us at 972-403-9004 for a free estimate.

Fire damages can be stressful

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

 After the fire trucks are gone, your Plano home and belongings can very likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also significant water damage from firefighting efforts. Our SERVPRO of Plano team has specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to properly restore your home to preloss conditions. Our team also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

The aftermath of a fire can be devastating to your home. Our SERVPRO of Plano team will help guide you through this crisis and quickly make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Our teams go through intensive training in order to serve our customers. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (972) 403-9004

House fire caused by fireworks

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

It has happened plenty of times... especially when there is debris in the gutters, like dried leaves and twigs. SERVPRO of Plano has cleaned up many fires each year caused by fireworks.

Just because it is an asphalt roof shingle, doesn't mean it won't catch fire... just think... what is asphalt? It is a petroleum based product, on a hot roof, and if it then comes in contact with sparks from a firework, you potentially have a problem.

Fireworks were also banned in central Texas this year due to the extremely dry/drought conditions. 72% of Texas is in the highest drought category this year.... whew!

Most of the area cities also cancelled their public firework displays due to the extreme fire danger.

If a FIRE strikes your home call the professionals SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004.

Fire damage to your property

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas.

Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go floor to floor.

The type of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process.

Even what seems to be a small fire it can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized or if the burned material is not addressed properly and removed.

Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems if not addressed properly.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

Our SERVPRO team members know how to handle a fire loss and have received the proper training needed to address your loss.

SERVPRO is a preferred vendor on all of your major insurance companies lists. 

Contact us today at :

(972)403-9004 for a free fire damage estimate.

If you have a fire damage in your Plano home

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Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Plano is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We proudly serve Plano and surrounding areas.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Emergency Contact

  1. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  2. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  3. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  4. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  5. Cleaning and Repair
  6. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –(972) 403-9004.

Fire loss and your belongings

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings.

The quicker the response to your fire loss the better the chance of saving your personal property.

SERVPRO of Plano will help prevent Fire damage from creating long term damage to your personal property and special belongings.

SERVPRO of Plano will provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from FIRE, SMOKE,and SOOT removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.

These services help to ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. SERVPRO of Plano has the best FIRE damage restoration trained team members.

SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, 365 day a year to help you regain control quickly. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for your free no obligation estimate at: (972) 403-9004

Fire Damage board up

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Large house fire to roof Heavy house fire

SERVPRO of Plano Professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern created by a fire damage.  Our priority is to help you regain control and to get your doors open, fast.

Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, minimize additional extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with the latest equipment, processes and technology, SERVPRO of Plano Professionals will help remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts and work to restore your facility to preloss condition.  The leading causes of fire in a business include:

*Cooking Equipment

*Electrical

*Heating units

No matter how the fire started, SERVPRO of Plano Professionals are trained in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for a FREE No Obligation Estimate:972-403-9004

All about Fire damages

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling cave in from fire loss Ceiling cave in due to fire loss

When your home or business has a fire or smoke damage no matter the source time is most important.

There are 4 types of smoke:

Wet smoke- Plastics and Rubbers

Dry smoke- Paper and wood

Protein- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from fire.

Fuel Oil Soot-Furnace Puff Backs

Acting quickly when a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire and that can linger for years on end.

Securing your property with a board up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO of Plano has you covered. 

Preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Plano has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for over 25 years  Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Plano.

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency Services for Fire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard 972-403-9004

Fire damage to apartment

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to apartment homes Heavy fire damage to apartment

Heating Safety Tips:

1) Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or a portable space heater.

2) Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

3) Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

4) Test smoke alarms monthly. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

If your property does suffer fire or smoke damage Please contact SERVPRO of Plano at 972-403-9004 for your free estimate.

We are available 24/7/365 

Large structure fire

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Large structure fire in Plano Fire damage very heavy with board up

SERVPRO of Plano was onsite of a local house fire that had started very early this morning.

There were several occupants as well as firemen hurt during this three alarm fire. There is no indication of foul play in this fire.  It does appear to be an explosion of some sort. 

SERVPRO of Plano delivers care packages with items to help get the homeowner through the rough time of being out of their homes.  Our care packages include such things as: tooth brushes, hair brushes, soap, snacks, water, headache meds, gift cards and note pads to help write items that did not make it though the fire for their insurance companies.

If this helps even just a little then SERVPRO is very grateful for the opportunity to help our neighbors.

Call SERVPRO of Plano today if you should need any help.  (972) 403-9004.

Fire damage information

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage Fire damage to structure

SERVPRO of Plano understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern created by a fire damage.

Our priority is to help you regain control and to get your doors open fast. Responding to a fire damage can save your company money, minimize additional extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with the latest equipment and advanced technology SERVPRO will help remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts and will work to restore your facility to preloss condition.

Did you?

* There are over 1.3 million fires reported each year in the US. These fires are responsible for more than 3,000 deaths, nearly 12,000 injuries, ad over $11.5 billion in property damage.

* A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds.

* One structure fire is reported every 65 seconds: more than 1300 fires in one day.

These are the leading causes of Fire in a business:

* Cooking

* Electrical

* Heating Units

No matter how the fire started, SERVPRO of Plano is trained in Fire damage.

( 972 ) 403-9004

Fire damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage Fire in kitchen from stove top

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help.

972-403-9004

The below picture is of a garage fire that was caused by rags left next to an old can of paint thinner.

SERVPRO of Plano arrived onsite to help this homeowner.  Our crews arrived onsite with in one hour. 

We started by removing the insulation in the walls and attic space, then we moved on to cleaning all walls and ceilings, garage door and concrete flooring. 

All of the contents were inventoried boxed pictures taken and brought back to our office for the deodorization process. 

Once the deodorization is complete on all of the large and small contents SERVPRO of Plano will store this customers items.  Once our reconstruction team is complete on their end we will move all items back to the customers garage.

If you suffer a garage or kitchen fire damage please give our office a call for an estimate we would be honored to take care of your loss.

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Board up from fire damage Fire loss with board up to an apartment building

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Collin County property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our fire damage information and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Garage Fire

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Garage fire loss Exposed wall with Insulation

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help.

972-403-9004

The below picture is of a garage fire that was caused by rags left next to an old can of paint thinner.

SERVPRO of Plano arrived onsite to help this homeowner.  Our crews arrived onsite with in one hour. 

We started by removing the insulation in the walls and attic space, then we moved on to cleaning all walls and ceilings, garage door and concrete flooring. 

All of the contents were inventoried boxed pictures taken and brought back to our office for the deodorization process. 

Once the deodorization is complete on all of the large and small contents SERVPRO of Plano will store this customers items.  Once our reconstruction team is complete on their end we will move all items back to the customers garage.

If you suffer a garage or kitchen fire damage please give our office a call for an estimate we would be honored to take care of your loss.

Lightning strike to Plano home

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damaged by Lightning Lightning strike to roof

SERVPRO of Plano was contacted by a homeowner that had suffered a fire during a major Rain and Hail storm.

The lightning had struck the top of her roof line and attic space. Luckily the homeowners were home and called 911 quick enough preventing the fire to spread.

Once SERVPRO arrived onsite work began immediately. We started on getting all of the wet insulation out of the attic space and some walls, Placed some drying equipment and walked the homeowner through the rebuilding process.

SERVPRO of Plano sent out our reconstruction manager he worked up an estimate for the rebuild and sent this to the Insurance adjuster. Once the rebuild estimate is approved by the customers Insurance company work can begin on rebuilding the roof and attic.

If you suffer from a large or small fire damage please give our office a call at 972-403-9004.

Fire Safety

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire safety tips Apartment fire loss

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds.

Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the building are working properly and the batteries are good?

Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them?

Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.

Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.

Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles.

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help! Please call us at 972-403-9004 for a free estimate.

Fire damage to your home

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Garage Fire Fire loss in the garage

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings.

SERVPRO of Plano will help prevent Fire damage from creating long term damage to your personal property and special belongings.

SERVPRO of Plano will provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from FIRE, SMOKE, and SOOT removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.

These services help to ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. SERVPRO of Plano has the best FIRE damage restoration trained team members.

SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, 365 day a year to help you regain control quickly. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for your free no obligation estimate at: (972) 403-9004

Call The Cleanup Team

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Plano understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern created by a fire damage.

Our priority is to help you regain control and to get your doors open fast. Responding to a fire damage can save your company money, minimize additional extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with the latest equipment and advanced technology SERVPRO will help remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts and will work to restore your facility to preloss condition.

Did you?

* There are over 1.3 million fires reported each year in the US. These fires are responsible for more than 3,000 deaths, nearly 12,000 injuries, ad over $11.5 billion in property damage.

* A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds.

* One structure fire is reported every 65 seconds: more than 1300 fires in one day.

These are the leading causes of Fire in a business:

* Cooking

* Electrical

* Heating Units

No matter how the fire started, SERVPRO of Plano is trained in Fire damage.

( 972 ) 403-9004

Fire Damage and the aftermath

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

For Homeowners, putting out a Fire can be worse than the Fire itself.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring verses replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Plano can provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure that your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO of PLano is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

* Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.

*Place clean towels or old linen on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.

* Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.

* Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

* Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.

* Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

* Do not clean any electrical equipment.

* Do not send clothing to a dry cleaning service it could set in the smoke smell.

When a FIRE or SMOKE Damage happens call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plano.

972-403-9004.

Fire Damage Services

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration 24-Hour Emergency Services

  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry.

Many potential sources can lead to fires that affect your Plano home or business, and all of these situations require the skill and expertise of qualified restoration specialists like ours. Fires can do plenty of damage before first responders and firefighters extinguish the blaze, but effects can continue to compound and worsen the longer that your property goes without the appropriate mitigation and recovery solutions.

As we are available 24/7 to respond to these emergencies, our production vehicles stay stocked with essential mitigation equipment to ensure that we can save our customer’s property and money from the moment we arrive. For example, we can address indoor air quality concerns and odors with hydroxyl generators and ozone machines. We also arrive with personnel that have IICRC-certifications as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Odor-Control, and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians.

To make fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today.

We offer free no obligation estimates and can give you a print out for you and your Insurance company.

Have Questions? Call Us Today –

(972)403-9004

SERVPRO of Plano Fire Damage Services

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. SERVPRO of Plano office free no obligation estimates and these estimates can be printed and/or emailed to you and to you or to your Insurance company.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage services.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration of contents
  8. Rebuilding of your Home or Business

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –(972)403-9004

Caring for your most prized possessions after a FIRE Damage

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Plano understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (972)403-9004

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Plano specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • 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.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Plano can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Plano can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for your free FIRE/SMOKE damage estimate (972)403-9004.

SERVPRO of Plano's Steps for Fire Damages

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (972-403-9004)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

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

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

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

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

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

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Call us today for your free no obligation estimate.  (972) 403-9004.

SERVPRO locally owned and Operated

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Plano is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We proudly serve Plano and surrounding areas.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Emergency Contact

  1. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  2. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  3. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  4. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  5. Cleaning and Repair
  6. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –(972) 403-9004.

Lightning strike to a Plano home

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning struck this two story home Large house fire

SERVPRO of Plano arrived onsite as the fire department was almost complete with extinguishing the fire at the house. 

This was from lightning that had struck the back side of this home around 6:30 am.  There were children, pets and adults in this home when this occurred but everyone had made it out safely.  

The fire department crew needs a huge Thank you for their quick actions that saved the animals that were still in the home after the family had evacuated their house.

SERVPRO would like to encourage all homeowners to invest in a proper smoke detectors this is what saved this family. No one expects to be shaken out of bed with this horrible fire but the smoke detectors did their job.

If you find yourself in this type of situation please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Plano at: 972-403-9004

Some House Fires burn very hot

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Several emergency service companies help with this large house fire. Very Hot house Fire

SERVPRO of Plano was onsite of a local house fire that had started very early this morning.

There were several occupants as well as firemen hurt during this three alarm fire. There is no indication of foul play in this fire.  It does appear to be an explosion of some sort. 

SERVPRO of Plano delivers care packages with items to help get the homeowner through the rough time of being out of their homes.  Our care packages include such things as: tooth brushes, hair brushes, soap, snacks, water, headache meds, gift cards and note pads to help write items that did not make it though the fire for their insurance companies.

If this helps even just a little then SERVPRO is very grateful for the opportunity to help our neighbors.

Call SERVPRO of Plano today if you should need any help.  (972) 403-9004.

House fires can be traumatic to all involved

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings.

The quicker the response to your fire loss the better the chance of saving your personal property.

SERVPRO of Plano will help prevent Fire damage from creating long term damage to your personal property and special belongings.

SERVPRO of Plano will provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from FIRE, SMOKE,and SOOT removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.

These services help to ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. SERVPRO of Plano has the best FIRE damage restoration trained team members.

SERVPRO is available 24-hours a day, 365 day a year to help you regain control quickly. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for your free no obligation estimate at: (972) 403-9004

Fire or smoke damages to your home or business

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know?

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas.

Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go floor to floor.

The type of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process.

Even what seems to be a small fire it can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized or if the burned material is not addressed properly and removed.

Fire, smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems if not addressed properly.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard-to-reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors. 

Our SERVPRO team members know how to handle a fire loss and have received the proper training needed to address your loss.

SERVPRO is a preferred vendor on all of your major insurance companies lists. 

Contact us today at :

(972)403-9004 for a free fire damage estimate.

Restoring your Home or Business after a fire loss

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or business has a fire or smoke damage no matter the source time is most important.

There are 4 types of smoke:

Wet smoke- Plastics and Rubbers

Dry smoke- Paper and wood

Protein- Produced by evaporation of material rather than from fire.

Fuel Oil Soot-Furnace Puff Backs

Acting quickly when a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire and that can linger for years on end.

Securing your property with a board up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO of Plano has you covered. 

Preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Plano has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for over 25 years  Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Plano.

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency Services for Fire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard 972-403-9004

When damage strikes your home

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Board Up and Roof Tarping

Did you know that some insurance companies deny at least part of a fire insurance claim if it finds that a property owner did not try to protect their property from secondary damage?  This can be avoided by hiring SERVPRO of Plano's reconstruction contractor to do emergency board up and roof tarping.  

After fire damage, many properties experience damaged roofs, windows, doors, and even damaged outer walls.  This type of damage makes a building susceptible to secondary damage. Weather can come in and cause water damage and mold.  Easy access also makes it easy for theft to occur.

For these reasons, we recommend emergency fire damage services as soon as the fire department has left.  

We can:

  • Attach a weatherproof roof tarp.
  • Board up damaged doors, windows, and outer walls.
  • Preform an emergency packout
  • Send a security guard to protect your property 24 hours a day.

After your property is secure, we can inspect your property and begin fire damage cleanup and remediation services as well as rebuilding your property.

Call SERVPRO of Plano today at 972-403-9004

Heating Safety Tips

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Heating Safety Tips:

1) Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or a portable space heater.

2) Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

3) Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

4) Test smoke alarms monthly. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

If your property does suffer fire or smoke damage Please contact SERVPRO of Plano at 972-403-9004 for your free estimate.

WHAT to do until help arrives?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems.

Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors.  Most all of the homes contents will often need a thorough professional cleaning.

If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Plano arrives.

The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

WHAT TO DO

* Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

* Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.* Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

* If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and propdoors open to help prevent odor.

* Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

* If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls,holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

* Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

WHAT NOT TO DO

* Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of PlanoThe Professionals.

*Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Plano.

*Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets,radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

* Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.

*If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock,and air movement may create secondary damage.* Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may setin smoke odor.

Contact SERVPRO of Plano today for an estimate at:972-403-9004

Lightning Strikes a local home and cause's major damage

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

With upcoming storms this week Please be aware of Lightning strikes to your Home or Business.

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help walk you through the very difficult time of assessing your damages. 

Here you will see how much debris is left when lightning struck a roof.

SERVPRO starts immediately cleaning up the sheetrock and insulation, pulling wet carpet and pad then we inventory box and pack, remove and secure all of your treasured contents. 

Contents are then hand cleaned, Ozoned to remove smoke odor and then re-boxed with new material, labeled and stored in our climate controlled facility until your home is rebuilt. SERVPRO of Plano works directly with you the Homeowner and your Insurance company to get you back into your home as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Plano today to help with your FIRE or WATER DAMAGE needs 972-403-9004 #SERVPROofplano #SERVPROcleansfires

Very extensive and dangerous Garage Fire

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Plano was called out to a large garage FIRE/WATER Damage. Once onsite our supervisor Consoled the homeowner and walked them step by step through the whole process.

Our crew started the extraction process first and then proceeded to begin the fire damage and deodorization restoration process.

SERVPRO has a standard that we live up to and that is the 1-4-8 pledge.

Contact the homeowner in one hour dispatch crew. Within 4 hours and have a report of the loss to the adjuster with in 8 hours.

Our SERVPRO TEAM works 24-7 to complete these large losses and are proud to say we value each and everyone of our clients.#SERVPROofplanofirecleanupteam.

Call us today if you need our assistance 972-403-9004

FIREWORKS will cause damage

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

It has happened plenty of times... especially when there is debris in the gutters, like dried leaves and twigs. SERVPRO of Plano has cleaned up many fires each year caused by fireworks.

Just because it is an asphalt roof shingle, doesn't mean it won't catch fire... just think... what is asphalt? It is a petroleum based product, on a hot roof, and if it then comes in contact with sparks from a firework, you potentially have a problem.

Fireworks were also banned in central Texas this year due to the extremely dry/drought conditions. 72% of Texas is in the highest drought category this year.... whew!

Most of the area cities also cancelled their public firework displays due to the extreme fire danger.

If a FIRE strikes your home call the professionals SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004.

SERVPRO is always Faster to any size DISASTER!

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation requires quick action and attention!

The faster  SERVPRO of Plano arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs.

Within four hours of loss notification,  SERVPRO of Plano will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.

SERVPRO of Plano will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure.

Contents Cleaning All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Plano can provide wet or dry cleaning services.

Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more.

Finally, SERVPRO of Plano can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured. SERVPRO of Plano provides specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Plano does not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today at 972-403-9004 for a free estimate.

Fire Safety in you're Home or Business and how to stay safe

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a home fire every 79 seconds.

Simple steps can be taken throughout the home to reduce the risk of fire and injury/loss of life:

Working smoke alarms should be found in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the building are working properly and the batteries are good?

Be sure fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home and that each household member knows how to use them?

Reduce the risk of fire outside of the home by removing dying or dead trees and shrubs and by keeping dry brush and debris at least 30 feet away from the home.

Keep gutters, roof, and eaves clear of debris? Be sure any candles in the home are placed away from curtains and other furniture, as well as out of reach of children and pets.

Consider using safer alternatives such as flameless candles.

SERVPRO of Plano is here to help! Please call us at 972-403-9004 for a free estimate.

Local Home in Plano catches fire from lightning strike

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storms moved through the area causing a lightning strike to a local home. 

The damage caused all of the electronics in the home to be destroyed and busted some pipes in the attic.  This home shows what a lightning storm can do to your property.

Lightning strikes can happen at anytime of the year and are very unpredictable.

When something like this happens to your home SERVPRO of Plano is here to help walk you through this upsetting event in your life.

Water came through all of the light fixtures and outlets after the pipe broke causing all the sheet rock to be saturated.  SERVPRO of Plano is on the site and  mitigating the loss.

Call SERVPRO of Plano when Disaster strikes your home or business.  (972) 403-9004.

Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents According to FEMA.

Failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Plano can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles.

Please consider contacting SERVPRO of Plano

For more information on cleaning dryer vents, contact  SERVPRO of Plano (972) 403-9004

We are always here to help our customers!

Sparks from an Electrical outlet in wall causes damage to an apartment

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire

SERVPRO of Plano was called upon to help with an electrical fire loss in an apartment wall.

This is just what can happen when a fire starts in an electrical outlet.

Your electrical wall outlet can become to hot and overheat. Some plugs on your items may be frayed or become to hot while plugged into the outlet causing the cord to overheat and the plastic to start to melt/burn. 

If the homeowner is not at home when this occurs it could be tragic. In order for this type of loss not to occur we suggest that you check your items that are plugged in to the wall often.

SERVPRO of Plano is in the process of cleaning and deodorizing all contents back to normal.

Please be safe and call SERVPRO of Plano at (972)403-9004 if you should experience this type of loss.

We provide free estimates during business hours.

Large FIRE at assisted living home in Plano

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire strikes at an Assisted Living Facility SERVPRO of Plano is there to help with the damage!

This COMMERCIAL CUSTOMER is an assisted living facility that is a four story building. The tenant has just received a grocery delivery from a local store and had the grocery sacks placed onto of the counter and stove.  The customer was unaware that the stove top knob was left in the on position.  The fire had started soon after customer left to visit a friend in the building and had come back 30 minutes late to find smoke throughout the apartment. 

Fire was extinguished and SERVPRO of Plano was contacted by the property manager.

This has been a Commercial Customer of our for years.  SERVPRO of Plano arrived onsite within 30 minutes of this call.  Once onsite SERVPRO of Plano technicians started the extraction of water starting on the 4th floor of this facility.  The drying process is still continuing.  The FIRE/SMOKE clean up has started working our way down cleaning each apartment.

Most of the apartments were covered by their personal insurance for their personal property.

If a Fire Damage happens in your building Contact SERVPRO of Plano today at 972-403-9004.

SERVPRO of Plano is faster to any size disaster

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Plano Professionals understand the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern created by a fire damage. 

Our priority is to help you regain control and to get your doors open, fast.

Responding quickly to a fire damage can save your company money, minimize additional extensive damage and shorten the length of down time.

Armed with the latest equipment, processes and technology, SERVPRO of Plano Professionals will help remove smoke, soot and fire damage from walls, flooring and air ducts and work to restore your facility to preloss condition. 

The leading causes of fire in a business include:

*Cooking Equipment

*Electrical

*Heating units

No matter how the fire started, SERVPRO of Plano Professionals are trained in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for a FREE No Obligation Estimate:972-403-9004

Candle Burning Safety Tips

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Here are a 10 tips to keep your home safe while using candles.

  1. Young children should be taught to stay away from lit candles. Keep lit candles out of reach of children and pets. Candle lighting is not an appropriate activity for small children, so keep all matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children. Older children can learn to use them under adult supervision.
  2. Burn candles away from drafts, other heat sources, and all flammable objects or materials. In other words, never use candles near windows or exits.
  3. Keep burning candles away from curtains, wrapping paper, combustible decorations and displays, flammable liquids, and aerosol sprays, such as hair spray, which can explode. Never allow a candle flame to touch any glass surface. Don't burn candles more than four hours at a time.
  4. Unattended candles are an invitation to disaster; so don't forget to snuff out candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Blowing candles out doesn't do the trick: Extinguish them by wetting the wick. Here are some tips for burning candles safely:
  5. Candles other than jar candles must be used in an appropriate non-tipping, non-flammable holder. Make sure that candle containers and holders are made from tempered glass or have a proper glaze. All candles should be placed on a safe, heat-resistant dry surface. If possible, place glass chimneys or shades over them. For Christmas luminaires, use 15-hour votive candles in holders, placed in paper bags filled with at least 2 inches of sand. The candle must be of a size that will allow adequate space between the candles and bag so as not to ignite the bag.
  6. Remove labels and tags from candles before burning.
  7. Keep wicks trimmed to ¼ inch at all times. This inhibits smoking and carbon build-up at the tip of the wicks and provides a cleaner burn.
  8. Sometimes a layer of liquid wax forms that causes the wick to fall to the side. To maintain an even burn, keep the wick centered. This will also protect the candleholder, since a flame that's too close for too long may crack the holder.
  9. Keep the wax pool free of foreign objects such as wick trimmings and matches. They will interfere with proper burning and are flammable.
  10. Extinguish taper or pillar candles when they get within 2 inches of their holders. Discontinue use of containers candle when ½" of wax remains.                                  If you experience a smoke damage from a candle please call SERVPRO of Plano at 972-403-9004

SERVPRO Knows how to deodorize

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damaged the bath tub Master Bath Fire

Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized.

FIRE, SMOKE and SOOT Damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.

As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces and in hard to reach places.  Unless fast, Professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.

SERVPRO of Plano Professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. Any restorable item in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including: furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more.

SERVPRO of Plano Professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out and remove the sources of the odor.

Ask SERVPRO of Plano to explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.

Call SERVPRO of Plano today at (972-403-9004)

Electrical Fires can cause major damage

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

fire damage from electrical issue Attic Fire

Electrical Fires can happen in HOMES or BUSINESS'S

Here are just a few ways an electrical fire can occur.

* Electric wires in attics being chewed on by animals/rodents.

*Plugging in extension cords incorrectly or frayed extension cords.

*Over usage of a electrical socket

*Tree branches coming to close to outside wireing

Please make sure that your home has an updated breaker box and updated wiring.

Check your attic once a month for a rodent problem and treat if necessary.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO'S Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Call SERVPRO of Plano today for a free estimate:972-403-9004

Space heater safety

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Space Heaters are a great heat source but space heaters are not always safe to use.

Space heaters can cause so much damage this time of year. When temperatures drop and everyone wants to stay warm this is when things can go very wrong for the homeowners.

By taking correct precautions you could prevent damage to your property. Please use the following tips to ensure your safety.

Do not use an extension cord on the heater. Plug heater directly into wall .

Do not place space heater near upholstery items or rugs.

Do not leave space heaters running when you leave your home.

Do not use old space heaters .

Do not use space heaters if there is a frayed cord.

Unplug immediately if the space heater cord feels hot to the touch.

If you notice a burning smell unplug space heater promptly.

Please call SERVPRO of Plano if you should have a smoke/fire loss.

972-403-9004

How to Prevent Spontaneous Combustion of Oil Soaked Rags

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage from oil soaked rags Garage fire from DIY project

Rags are the most common type of Spontaneous Combustion fires.  

These fires are caused by improperly disposed of oil and stain soaked rags. Examples of these products are oil-based paints and stains, teak and linseed oils, varnishes and polyurethane, paint thinners, etc.

Spontaneous combustion of oily rags occurs when rag or cloth is slowly heated to its ignition point through oxidation. A substance will begin to release heat as it oxidizes. If this heat has no way to escape, like in a pile, the temperature will raise to a level high enough to ignite the oil and ignite the rag or cloth. The fire from this can spread quickly to other combustibles and cause great damage to your home or property.

Prevention of spontaneous combustion fires begins with good housekeeping. A clean work area can prevent a fire from spreading and getting bigger by not allowing the fire fuel to burn. Also understanding the potential for self-heating of rags soiled with oils such as linseed oil and turpentine is a key step in eliminating these preventable fires. To properly and safely dispose of oily rags, Bend Fire Department recommends the following steps:

 Use a container with a tight fitting lid. A metal can is preferable but a plastic can or zip lock bag can work if nothing else is available.

 Place soiled and used rags inside and then fill the rest the way with water, seal the top and do not open it. This will prevent the oils from oxidizing, and thus keeping the rags from heating up and igniting. Contact your local garbage disposal company for their policy on disposal of the can and contents. Some companies will permit disposal in regular household trash.

Please consider the correct way to dispose of oil soaked rags.

Contact SERVPRO of Plano today for a SMOKE DAMAGE ESTIMATE: 972-403-9004

Christmas Tree Safety

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

One in every 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). ... Dry Christmas trees can also be a major source of fuel in a fire, according to a report by the NFPA. The NFPA says a dry tree can burn faster than newspaper.

11 ways to prevent Tree Fires

  • Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.
  • Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home's outlet without being too long and being tangled.
  • Use UL-approved lights and cords.
  • Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.
  • Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.
  • Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.
  • To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
  • Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry. 
  • Don't burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn. 

Kitchen Caution Stay Safe This Holiday Season

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Kitchen stove fire

Each holiday season, families gather to celebrate  by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.  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 the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.  Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire. n Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave. n For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.  If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out. 

Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

Call SERVPRO of Plano for your no obligation estimate. (972)403-9004.

Smoke Alarms: LIFE SAVERS

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in larger homes. Test the smoke alarms monthly using the test button.  Smoke alarms with non replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. 

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms. contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. 

For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Plano.

972-403-9004

Travel trailer fires

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Most people do not realize that every year there are several hundred fires caused by electrical and cook top stoves in travel trailers. These fires can be anywhere from a small amount of soot to the extreme loss. Let SERVPRO of Plano come out to perform a free estimate today.

Most of these fires can be cleaned to Pre loss condition if the owner acts fast.  The fire Extinguisher dust can penetrate every inch of a trailer making it very difficult to restore. Trailers need to be mitigated professionally by SERVPRO of Plano.

Contact SERVPRO of Plano 972-403-9004 to help with the restoration process after your trailer fire loss so we can get you back on the road and on with your travels. 

Call SERVPRO of Plano today at: 972-403-9004

Lightning Strike Causes Fire to a Home

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning struck a house and SERVPRO of Plano was called out to perform a Structure Clean and Deodorization to counteract the smoke and soot.

The longer soot sits the more damage it causes.

Fire Damage is especially devastating during the summer time while the kids are not in school. In addition to the FIRE and SMOKE Damage significant WATER Damage from firefighting efforts may occur. If your home or business experiences a fire loss, call the FIRE and WATER Damage Restoration experts and we will Respond Immediately to get you back to like it never even Happened. 

  • 24 hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to any size disaster 
  • A trusted leader in the FIRE and WATER Restoration Industry with over 1,650 franchises. 
  • Highly trained and Certified FIRE and WATER Damage Restoration Specialist 

Call SERVPRO of Plano Today at 972-403-9004

Knowing the different types of smoke and behavior patterns

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Different types of smoke This was a fire caused by a lit candle.

SERVPRO of Plano understands the need to restore order quickly and are equipped with the technology and training needed to help ensure your property is restored to its preloss condition. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration. 

Wet Smoke-Plastics and Synthetics: Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke-Paper and Wood,Fast burning, high temperatures,dry,powdery,no smeary residues.

Protein- Virtually invisible,discolors paints/varnishes,extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs.

Other Types- Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

It is very imperative to respond quickly to any one of these disasters.

When a Fire strikes your property, contact SERVPRO of Plano for Professional help to restore your home.

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