Recent Fire Damage Posts

Save Items After a Kitchen Fire

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Surprised woman in home kitchen wearing a red apron over a yellow shirt, holding wooden spoon in one hand and a skillet with SERVPRO of Eaton County is ready here to guide you through the restoration process.

A small house fire can lead to extensive problems. A kitchen fire, for example, contained in the area around a stove, may only burn a small area. However, the smoke smell and the soot from the fire will fill the entire room. To save money and preserve the items you love, learn what you can do in the event of a kitchen fire.

Clean Recipe Books

Modern cooks often find their recipes online, but many homes still have treasured family recipe books and paper recipes handwritten by relatives. The books have the sentimentality of an heirloom item, and homeowners may feel their loss will take away the personality of their kitchen.

Clean books carefully by using a cloth dampened with a mild detergent and water to wipe down solid covers. A dry sponge wiped along the ends of the pages can help to remove soot along the edges. Clean the exteriors as much as possible before opening the book because it is possible to spread soot-covered fingerprints across the pages.

Place any books with water damage from fire sprinklers on a table in a well-ventilated room. Open to the first damp page and keep a fan blowing across the book until the page dries. Do each page of the books individually and thoroughly to prevent mold growth from damp pages.

Some services offer ozone chambers that remove the soot and smoke smell. The process can often return the book to its pre-fire condition. Some insurance plans may cover the cost of this restoration service for valuable or irreplaceable books.

Clean Soft Materials

Curtains and kitchen towels absorb smoke odors easily, and a few trips through a washing machine do not always remove the smell or the soot. A soak overnight in a washing machine with baking powder and detergent may remove the offensive odor and soot for mild-to-moderate fabric damage. More severe damage may require professional restoration help.

Wash the Dishes

Clean all dishes thoroughly to make them shine again and to remove the toxins in the soot. Start by wiping away as much soot as possible. A dry-cleaning sponge can remove dirt and soot with no water. The sponges sell at art supply stores, home repair stores, and through online retailers.  

Soak the dishes for 30 minutes or more in a pan of hot, soapy water after wiping thoroughly with the dry sponge. Use a good-quality detergent that cuts through grease. Replace the water and soap after soaking and wash the surfaces thoroughly. Towel dry the dishes and check for any odor. Repeat the process for dishes that still smell like smoke. 

Sort the Groceries

Throw out any food that was open or may have had contact with water or soot. Only the food in sealed containers made from a non-porous material like glass, plastic, and metal are safe after a fire. Throw out the food in the refrigerator if the power was out for over four hours and clear the freezer if the refrigerator was off for 48 hours or more.

Do not keep any open or uncovered food like potatoes in a bin or the items in a fruit bowl. Throw away any food product close to the heat of the fire. Containers that heated too much may look acceptable from the outside, but the products inside may have cooked fully or partially in the jar.

Homeowners have a lot of questions after a fire takes place. Everyone wants to preserve as many of their belongings as possible. At SERVPRO of Eaton County, we can offer advice and clean and restore homes and belongings. Contact us to learn more about the cleanup and restoration services we offer or call immediately to request our emergency services.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips for Homeowners

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Kitchen Fire

When you have a fire loss in your home, it's easy to want to take action before help arrives. It's good to know what to do, and what to avoid doing before a SERVPRO professional arrives. Here are some helpful hints to get you through the first couple hours of your fire loss.

To Do:

* Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
* If the electricity is turned off, empty freezers and refrigerator, and prop doors open.
* Wipe soot from chrome on all kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances, then protect them with a light coating of lubricant.
* Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.


What NOT To Do:

* Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO Professional.
* Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
* Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without first consulting a repair service. 

Remember: Proper emergency response to a loss significantly reduces further damage and replacement costs. Let a trained and certified crew from SERVPRO of Eaton County help make it "Like it never even happened."

Eaton County Fire Damage

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can Cause Lingering Issues if not cleaned up properly.

This family’s Eaton County home suffered from a fire caused by an electrical malfunction. It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire, but SERVPRO of Eaton County worked hard to recover the structure and contents. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke from the home, so that the family returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

What To Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 517-541-1170. SERVPRO of Eaton County  will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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 Eaton County 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. 

Smoke and Soot Damaged Contents

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

All that was salvageable after this house fire was some family photos.

A house fire is never planned for or expected. Many of our favorite and most treasured items are the once that are irreplaceable. Some examples are pictures, handmade items and antiques. Good thing for our customers, SERVPRO of Eaton County specializes in cleaning all types of contents. 

Many times some of the things, like photos, that get wet and stick together and seem like they are a loss, can actually be saved. SERVPRO of Eaton County has the knowledge, expertise and training to clean and restore all of your property after a house fire. 

Generally fire affected contents will be wet as well from the fire department putting out the fire. This can cause extra issues as well but these items can usually be still be saved. We make it our priority to clean and restore your contents as if they were our own. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County to clean your smoke or fire damaged contents at 517-541-1170

Fast Response to Fire in Eaton County

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Board up and Lock box at a fire in Eaton County

When people think about home and structure fires they often think about the lasting effects of that fire. Their damaged contents and structure being forefront in their minds. Often, because of the panic and the stress of the initial damage they don't think about the initial board up and security that may be needed. That is where SERVPRO of Eaton County comes in. 

SERVPRO of Eaton County offers emergency board up and security services. 

If the doors, windows and roof of a home or business aren't damaged from the fire, they may be damaged by the fire department while they are trying to put out the fire and gain access to the house. SERVPRO of Eaton County can come out as soon as the fire department clears the scene of the fire to board up windows, doors or the roof and to set a lock box. This prevents additional damage from the elements and also unwanted intruders. 

Call SERVPRO of Eaton County for your emergency fire needs 517-541-1170

Fire Safety Tips

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

House fires are never expected. Follow these tips to help prevent them.

You may not always be able to prevent fire but here are some tips for Fire Safety:

-Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home. Make sure they are inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 

-Test your smoke alarms every month. If they do not work, change the batteries or replace the whole alarm if needed. 

-Make an escape plan with your family members. Talk about how everyone will get out and where you will meet once outside. Practice the plan twice a year. 

-If you notice any flicking lights or electrical outlets sparking do not use them. Shut the power off to that area of the home and have an electrician come out and check the wires. 

-Make sure all small appliances such as toasters, space heaters and even heated blankets are unplugged when not in use. 

There are many other things you can do to help prevent fires in your home. Be aware of how your home functions at its best so you will automatically notice if something is out of the ordinary. 

House Fires Caused by Small Appliances

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

An unattended personal Dehumidifier caused this house fire.

There are a myriad of things that can cause house fires. It can seem impossible to prevent all the fire hazards in your home. Smaller appliances such as toasters, space heaters and dehumidifiers can pose great risks if not properly used, maintained and monitored.

-Be sure to check the appliance regularly. Any irregularity in the unit or the power cord could be a potential fire hazard. 

-Be sure that the wall outlets you are plugging your appliance into are working properly. If you notice any flickering lights or sparks shut the power off and contact an electrician. 

-Unplug the appliance when not in use. An unused toaster sitting on the counter can easily be accidentally turned on.

-Make sure the appliance is far away from any potential fire hazard such as blankets, papers or even water which can cause the unit to spark. 

Many appliances have safety features on them that are supposed to shut the unit off when they tip over or malfunction in some way but this is not fool proof. Never leave them running unattended. 

Eaton County Smoke & Soot Clean Up

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Eaton County 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 Eaton County 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 SERVPRO of Eaton County Today – 517-541-1170