Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Debris Removal in Austin, Texas

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Debris Removal in Austin, Texas Fire Clean Up

Faulty wiring caused this house major fire in East Austin Texas. The entire house except for one bedroom was destroyed because of wiring that had gone unchecked for many years.

SERVPRO of South Austin can be on the scene of the fire before the firemen are done to help you understand the process that needs to happen. Our crews are trained to see what can be salvaged and what will need to be disposed of. Our services include cleaning up the debris, drying out the structure, and help with setting up and coordinating certain other tasks to get you through the clean up process.

Call SERVPRO of South Austin today 512-301-7765 for any clean up of mold, fire, water or bio hazard material.

Do's and Don'ts After a Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do's and Don'ts After a Fire Fire Damage

A few helpful tips about what you can do and what you should leave to the experts for clean up after a fire.

DO's

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot from being embedded
  • Keep hands clean
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants

DON'Ts

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet of upholstered furniture, it will smear
  • No food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire or heat
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

If you have any fire damage, call SERVPRO of South Austin so that we can help you restore your home and items in the right way 512-301-7765

Fire Damage Process

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Process Fire Damage

ONE HOUR
Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of South Austin professional will contact you for specifics and to put you on the schedule.

FOUR HOURS
Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO staff member will be on-site to start the mitigation process. The key to salvaging your items and helping you save money, is to respond quickly.

DETAILED EXPLANATION
We will walk you through the job process and explain each step that needs to be taken. 

PRETESTING
Our professionals pretest for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

CLEANING, RESTORATION AND DEODORIZATION
SERVPRO of South Austin will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain your property. We use the most updated techniques to ensure quality.

FINAL WALK-THROUGH
After the work is completed, we walk through with you to make sure you are satisfied.

How Do the Experts Clean Up After a FIRE

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

South Austin Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Austin area  Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South Austin will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 512-301-7765

Austin Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Austin Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Austin area Home.

Smoke damage and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South Austin will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

South Austin Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of South Austin Today – 512-301-7765

Fire Damage is Never Scheduled

4/17/2014 (Permalink)

Fire damage probably isn’t on your mind much, but in all honesty, it should be. The first 48 hours after a fire often make the difference between ‘restoring’ vs. ‘replacing’ your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of South Austin professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to content claims inventory and document restoration. So when will help arrive and what can you do in the meantime?

When Will Help Arrive?

  1. One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of South Austin professional contacts you to arrange for service.

  2. Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of South Austin professional is onsite to start mitigation services.

  3. Detailed Explanation:  A trained and uniformed SERVPRO of South Austin employee walks you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.

  4. Pretesting: A SERVPRO of South Austin employee will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

  5. Eight Hours: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

  6. Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization: SERVPRO of South Austin professionals work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to make it “like it never even happened.”

  7. Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

What To 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 linens 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

What NOT To Do

  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

  • Do not clean electrical equipment

  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner; improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of South Austin professionals understand returning to your home and business is the primary concern. We respond quickly offering a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services to help you return home as soon as possible. Before risking further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage clean up and restoration professionals at (512) 301-7765.