Recent Fire Damage Posts

Destroy Odors with Deodorization

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Odor in white letters with white smoke and a black background. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help remove unwanted odors caused by smoke damage.

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.

With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle does not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek out and remove the sources of the odor.

If you suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

Tips for Candle Safety in your Home

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

White candle with a flame with a black background. Use caution when using candles in your home.

Candles may be pretty to look at and provide a great fragrance in your home, but they can also be a cause of a house fire.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle.  Here are some tips that you should follow for candle safety:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  As an alternative, consider using flameless candles.

If you have any additional questions about fire or smoke damage, please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

Hoarding can be a Fire Hazard

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Stacks of newspapers bundled with a brown rope. Clutter caused by hoarding can be a fire hazard in your home.

Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder?  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space.  Living space becomes cluttered making it unusable as the space was designed.  Hoarding can lead to fire hazards in the home.

Why Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire.

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders:

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (630) 384-1040.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

Fire Safety - Be Prepared with Smoke Alarms.

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

White smoke alarm with a black background. A Smoke Alarm is an important safety device in your home.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.  We here at SERVPRO want to make sure you stay safe.

Here is what you need to know:

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Have Questions About Fire or Smoke Damage? Call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Smoke-alarms

Heating Safety Tips for the Winter.

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Blue winter mittens holding a big white snowflake. Keep Warm & Safe this Winter.

The winter weather is fast approaching the Chicagoland area and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.  Please follow these tips from NFPA to stay warm and safe this winter:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Source:  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

White plates with a brown thankful card with silverware on a brown floral place mat. Stay Safe this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and according to NFPA it is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.

Please take a look at the following tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving:

Safety Tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle are available 24/7 if an emergency should occur.  We are here to help.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/ThanksgivingSafety.ashx

Fire Odor Elimination in Wheaton: Deodorization

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

How do I get rid of smoke smell after a fire?

How do we address and eliminate odors? Here are some frequent questions and comments that we have be asked to solve at SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle:

  • A skunk sprayed my dog. He/she ran into our home and now my house smells. What can I do?
  • There is a bad smell after my toilet overflowed in my bathroom. I can’t make it go away. Can you help?
  • How do I remove the smell after sewage came up in my basement?
  • I found a dead animal in our office drop ceiling, and I need to remove smell.
  • How do you make the smell disappear after a biohazard cleanup?
  • How do I get rid of smoke smell after a fire?

Each odor situation is unique, and we first must inspect to determine the best method for removal. Three methods that we use are use of ozone, hydroxl generators, and deodorants.

Call SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/ Lisle to set up an inspection with a trained professional to determine the best way to eliminate odor from after a fire to a curious pet that gets sprayed by a skunk.

Responding and Rebuilding After a Fire

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Even though the entire structure was destroyed in this fire, all is not lost. Rebuilding can and will happen with SERVPRO.

During the warm summer time, a fire broke out in this garage, destroying the entire building.  It was not able to be saved and required a total rebuild.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to assist. We assisted with a minor cleanup but ultimately, it was rebuilding after a fire that was required, as there was not a lot we could do to help after such a devastating fire.  There was not much to salvage or repair.  Rebuilding was needed more than anything. Many people are unaware that SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle offers complete rebuilding services after a water or fire damage. 

Rebuilding After a Fire

With a team of experts experienced in construction and restoration services, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help estimate, design, re-build, and project manage every aspect of construction following property damage. Whether a bathroom needs to be rebuilt or an entire home, our team will handle the entire project.

After a Fire, Cleaning and Restoring

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

A fire on the inside of this building affected the exterior as well. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to help repair and recover.

Following a fire on the interior, a local business experienced fire and smoke damage throughout the facility, both on the interior and exterior.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to help with the initial cleaning, disinfecting, and odor control of the facility.  In addition, because of the extent of the fire damage, various parts of the building required replacement of structural elements, such as siding, insulation, as well as interior furnishings.

Recovering and Repairing From a Fire

Our team worked with the facility staff to prioritize the repairs and address the elements that were most important to the facility to reopen.  Starting on the interior and working out, recovery was quick, with operations resuming according to the timeline of the business.  In the end, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was able to help the business recover from a destructive fire and recover quickly.

After a Fire, SERVPRO of Wheaton Glen Ellyn Has a Plan

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can completely destroy homes and buildings. If there is anything restorable, SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle will conduct the tests.

There are many things to consider following a fire. After personal safety, the structure, belongings and the recovery are all considered.  How do you proceed, what is saved, and what needs to be replaced?  When the smell of smoke and soot fills rooms it seems like things may never be the same.  They can and will be with the restoration procedures that SERVPRO has developed for fire damage recovery. 

Testing after a Fire

Whether you experience a small fire with smoke damage or a severe fire that all but destroys a structure, SERVPRO approaches each fire damage with a plan of action.  There are many steps but it all begins with a thorough evaluation and determination of the situation.  All furniture and items inside will be tested to determine what can be restored and what will have to be replaced.  This pretesting process helps determine the path to restoration.  Just one of the ways that SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle helps you after a fire.   

After a Fire: Cleaning up after smoke and fire damage in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle Area

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Damaged by a fire, this smoke and soot covered wall was cleaned by the SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle team.

When a fire erupted in a residential apartment building in the Wheaton area of Illinois, the local fire department responded immediately, extinguishing the fire. The fire and smoke damage displaced many families, and created a massive clean-up effort for SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle.

Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire burned inside 2 units of a large apartment building, creating heavy structural damage. All told, residents from a total of 12 units were impacted and suddenly without a home. The fire and smoke damage was present throughout nearly all of the units adjacent to where the fire took place. There was also water inside several apartments from the fire department’s response, coupled with smoke smell and soot covering the walkways and stairwells, making the entire building uninhabitable for residents. After this fire took place, SERVPRO was called to assist in the immediate cleanup and mitigation from the fire damaged structure. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire created structural damage in two units, but heavy smoke damage and soot covered walls, furniture and personal belongings in many of the adjoining units. Outside of the living areas, the signs of fire were found throughout the building.  Smoke and soot damage covered brick walls up and down staircases.  As part of the cleanup, SERVPRO was called in to clean the charred walls and restore the appearance of the building.  Using a combination of commercial cleaning materials and steam cleaning, SERVPRO crews performed a thorough cleaning of all the damaged segments of the brick walls, removing all traces of the smoke and soot damage, making the brick and the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Wheaton Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Wheaton 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 Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle 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 – (630) 384-1040