Recent Fire Damage Posts

Board Up

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire at a local business Board up needed for a local business

Over the weekend a local business caught fire affecting 2 other businesses with in the building. SERVPRO was able to respond and provide Emergency Board up for all 3 businesses.

We make sure to assess the area thoroughly so that we have a better idea of just what we are working with. We check for smoke, soot and fire damage as well as assess all of the items that may have been affected by this disaster. The reason we preform a thorough check of the building is so that the customer has a better grasp on the situation. What is salvageable or not.

The reason we offer board up service is because after a fire occurs it may leave your doors, windows, and walls exposed. This could in turn lead to vandalism, break ins and also possible further damage to the structure. We strive to be able to keep out all the elements to the area that has been compromised.

They smell great... But beware!

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew was called out to a fire job this last week. The disaster happened because of a candle that caught a couch on fire!

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 9,300 home structure fires started by candles between 2009 and 2013. Those fires led to 86 deaths, 827 injuries, and $374 million in direct property damage.

  • On candles.org they give these safety warnings.
  • Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
  • Always use a candle-holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully. Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.

Lithium Battery problems

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Steven and Hanna received a call from a water loss at an Apartment complex in Rexburg. Upon arrival they decided they needed help so they contacted Zach and Justin so they could help them move contents and place drying equipment to help stabilize and start the drying process. The loss was caused from a lithium battery being left on the charger. It had exploded and caused the sprinkler system to activate flooding 1 apartment and 2 hallways. On www.call2recycle.org they suggest these safety tips.

Don’t overdo it.

One of the most important things you can do to extend battery life is to avoid overcharging. Disconnect chargers and devices with rechargeable batteries after the battery reaches full charge. Overcharging occurs when the device or battery is plugged into a charger after full charge has been reached and may reduce battery life.

Be present.

Whenever possible, recharge your batteries while you are nearby. A battery fire could happen if a device with a defective battery is left unattended and it overheats. A working smoke detector and a fire extinguisher provide extra insurance if something happens.

Stay away from flammables.

Be sure to place the device or battery charger on a non-flammable surface during charging. That includes pillows, blankets, sheets, paper, clothing and fabric, such as curtains. When there is good air circulation around the device and minimal exposure to direct sunlight, the device won’t overheat and cause smoke or fire.

Don’t be extreme.

Rechargeable batteries are often exposed to unfavorable temperatures. Just think about when you’ve left your phone in your car on a really hot or cold day. Extreme temperatures can shorten expected battery life, so store your batteries and devices in a cool place whenever possible. The recommended storage temperature for most batteries is 15°C (59°F) according to Battery University. This temperature minimizes capacity loss while keeping the battery in operating condition and allowing self-discharge.

Pick the right method.

You should always charge rechargeable batteries in the device it’s used in, the charger it came with or a charger recommended by the manufacturer.

Recycle! Recycle! Recycle!

Don’t throw your used rechargeable batteries in the trash. They will go straight to the landfill. We recommend that you remove the rechargeable batteries before disposing of an electronic device; most electronics recyclers do not recycle batteries separately.

Be Safe.

Next time you are tempted to take a shortcut when storing, charging or recycling your electronic device, think twice. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a long list of reported battery-related incidents that occurred while an electronic device was in use, being stored and during battery charging. By taking just a few precautions and using some common sense, you can protect yourself from potential hazards and extend the battery life of your portable devices.

If you have a Fire, Water, Mold or Asbestos disaster give SERVPRO a call today! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (208) 523-5365

Be Prepared

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can happen at any time and almost any place. It is important to always be prepared for a disaster in case it happens to you. Here are some safety steps from www.prevention1st.com

Prevent Fire

  1. Don’t smoke in bed or when sleepy. Smoking materials are the cause of 24% of home fire fatalities.
  2. Turn off portable space heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep. Heating equipment is the source of an additional 24% of home fire fatalities.
  3. Turn off the stove if you have to answer the phone or leave the room. Cooking equipment is the source of 15% of home fire fatalities, and by far the leading cause of home fire injuries.
  4. Put away matches or lighters in a high cabinet or locked drawer, out of sight and reach of children. Children under age 5 are eight times more likely to die in a fire caused by playing with a heat source than are older children and adults.

Be Prepared If a Fire Occurs

  1. Install a smoke alarm. One working smoke alarm on each floor is better, and one working smoke alarm inside every sleeping area is best. The National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommend installing both ionization and photoelectric alarms, or dual alarms that incorporate both technologies. Ionization smoke alarms respond best to flaming fires, and photoelectric to smoldering fires.
  2. Press the test button on your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still working, even if it’s hard-wired or has long-life batteries;
  3. Plan and practice a home fire drill. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do when the alarm sounds:
  • Get out right away.
  • Go directlyto your meeting place. Choose a meeting place in front of your home or where firefighters can see you.
  • Don’t go back inside for anything.
  • Call 9-1-1. Provide your address with the complete and precise street name (e.g. is it Sunset Street, Sunset Circle, Sunset Boulevard?) and the nearest cross street.

If you have a fire disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Are you prepared???

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

A house or commercial fire can be a very scary event. The scariest part can be how unprepared you are when a terrible disaster like a fire happens.

On www.wikihow.com they offer a few examples of things you can do to make sure that you are a bit more prepared for this sort of situation.

Purchase a house with fire sprinklers installed. A sprinkler only applies water to the area threatened by fire.

Make copies of important documents and pictures and keep a copy of them at a friends or relatives house. Put the originals in a fire resistant safe.

Make an escape plan to evacuate your home in case of a fire or other emergency. If your room is on the second floor, consider purchasing a fire ladder to aid in escape.

Keep areas around the furnace, water heater, outlets, and other potentially hazardous areas clear of combustible materials.

Purchase and install smoke detectors or test the ones you have to ensure they are in working order.

Purchase fire extinguishers for your home and consider getting a Class k extinguisher for your kitchen in case of grease fires.

Practice escaping from your house as if it were on fire by staying low and following your escape plan.

Ensure exits such as doors and windows aren't obstructed and are in working order if you do not choose to repair them.

Have your chimney inspected and swept regularly. This will prevent build up of residue which causes chimney fires.

Keep the main gas shut off and electric meter visible and accessible to aid the fire department in the extinguishing of the fire.

Call your local fire department and ask about a home fire inspection. they'll most likely be willing and will do it for free. while you’re calling you can ask about any fire prevention functions.

Get involved with your fire department. It may be one of the best ways to prepare. Try volunteering for them, if they need help or if they have an auxiliary you can join to help at functions.

Not so controlled burn

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Burning debris in spring

With spring right around the corner, a lot of people are gearing up to start burning all the debris they have to get rid of it. But there are many hidden dangers in doing so. According to the National Weather Service is advising people to check weather conditions before starting any controlled burns.

 They also remind us that Fire danger increases rapidly in the spring once the snow beings to melt, especially in windy lower elevation spots. These conditions often result in several agricultural burns getting out of control year after year. 

 It doesn’t take long once the snow begins to melt for fire danger to rapidly increase even after a cool and wet winter. The persistent spring wind only serves to further dry vegetation and literally provides more fuel for the fire. A wind-whipped fire in quick-burning dormant vegetation can cause a burn to easily become uncontrollable.

It is common for calm morning wind to give way to gusty wind around the midday hours during the spring months. A weather forecast of how and when the wind speed and direction may change during the day can mean the difference between a successful burn and having an animated discussion with your local fire warden.

The National Weather Service in Riverton is advising people to get the most up-to-date weather forecast before conducting agricultural burns.

If you have a fire disaster give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365.

Wild Fires in Wyoming

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has been on the scene in Pinedale, Wyoming helping to clean up the aftermath of the wild fires that started on mid-September 2018. Our crews have been working tirelessly trying to get families whom have been affected by this disaster back to their everyday life. We have been cleaning and restoring person belongings, flooring, and anything else that may have been touched by this horrible smoke residue.

As of September 21st there were over 230 homes evacuated and over 34,000 acres burned. There has been a ton of help in trying to stop this fire from continuing to spread. The response includes air tankers, helicopters, engines, and tons of fire firefighters trying to get control of this enormous blaze!

SERVPRO is dedicated to doing anything and everything to make sure these families who have suffered through this disaster will be able be back to normal as soon as possible.

If you have a cleaning or restoration disaster that you need assistance with give SERVPRO a call today at (208) 523-5365 .

Fire safety

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with residential fire safety, time is of the essence. Fire spreads quickly and relentlessly. Fire is unforgiving and quick to engulf anything and everything in its path. In just two short minutes, a fire can become life threatening. In just five minutes, an entire home can be engulfed in flames.

Being aware is not enough but knowing the proper preventative actins to take may help. Here is some expert’s advice that may help.

-Having a working smoke alarm provides a 50% better chance of surviving.

-Overloading electrical circuits, ignoring frayed cords, and running extension cords as a permanent source of power are also common hazards. Extension cords should only be used temporarily. Not as a permanent solution.

-Make sure your family designates an outside meeting place in the event of a fire.

-It’s best to make the kitchen no-child zone if you can.

-Make “fall & crawl” a part of the escape routine so children understand that the temperature and air quality are more survivable lower to the ground.

-Always have an emergency plan and go over it over and over again. The more your children know and remember the better the situation will be. Practice makes perfect and understanding the plan helps.

If you happen to have a disaster please give us a call at (208)523-5365. We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all your cleaning and restoration needs. We are on call so we can be there immediately to help you with your disaster.

Fire Season Is Here

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

With these hot temperatures warming up the Eastern Idaho region, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a wildfire. Burning debris and target shooting are a couple activities that need to be rethought if the weather is too hot.
 
Because of the lack of snow pack this year there is a higher risk of fires. Snowpack keeps the ground and soil moist by covering it longer into spring and summer which in turn influences the onset of fire season as well as the widespread and seriousness of wildfires.
 
As many as 90% of wild fires in the United States are caused by burning of debris, campfires being left unattended, throwing out cigarettes, and simply people intentionally starting fires, aka arson.
 
Because of this, wildfires threaten thousands of homes a year. www.readyforwildfire.org
suggests these steps.
 
1.       Review your evacuation plan checklist
2.       Ensure that your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle
3.       Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, heavy shoes and boots, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is always preferred
4.       Locate your pets and take them with you to safety
 
Always remember that if you are evacuated and then able to return home to be alert and look over a few things.
1.       Always be alert for downed power lines and other hazards,
 
2.       Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning on your gas
 
3.       Check your residence carefully for any hidden embers or smoldering fires
 
 
If you do unfortunately happen to have fire damage on your home make sure to call a professional like SERVPRO to help with your disaster.

Chimney Fires

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Your chimney and flue add architectural interest to your home, but the real function of your chimney is to take dangerous flue gasses from the wood stove, fireplace, or furnace out of your home safely. It helps the air in your household stay breathable, just like your windows in your kitchen vents, bathroom windows, and attic. However, unlike the other exhaust points in your home, wood stove and fireplace chimneys need a particular kind of care. 

In action, a chimney fire in your Rexburg home can be impressive and cause you to need fire damage repair from a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Indications there is a fire in your chimney includes plenty of dense smoke, a loud popping or cracking noise, and a hot, intense smell.

Chimney fires can be dramatic and noisy enough to be detected by people passing by or your neighbors. Dense smoke or flames could shoot out from the top of the chimney. It has been reported by homeowners that they were startled by a low rumbling sound which is reminiscent of a low flying airplane or a freight train.

Undetected Chimney Fires
Chimney fires which are slow-burning do not receive enough air or have the fuel to be visible or dramatic, and they many times go undetected until an inspection of the chimney later. However, very high temperatures are reached and can create as much damage to the chimney structure, and parts of the house close to it, as their more spectacular counterparts explosive fires.


Chimney Fires and Creosote
Wood stoves and fireplaces are made to contain wood-fuel fires safely while heating your home. Chimneys have the job of getting rid of combustion by-products, which are the materials made from burning wood, including water vapor, smoke, gasses, wood particles that are unburned, tar fog, hydrocarbon, and different minerals. As these materials are rising and flow into the cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The residue which that is left sticks to the inside walls of the chimney and is known as creosote.

Black or brown in appearance, creosote can be flakey and crust, shiny and hardened, or drippy and sticky. All forms can occur in a chimney. No matter the form it takes, creosote is very combustible, so if enough quantity builds up and the temperature of the inside of the flue is high enough, you could be dealing with a resulting chimney fire.

When a fire in your chimney damages your home, SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the mess and repair the damage. Smoke and odor remediation and indoor air quality are focal points of a SERVPRO service. It is, however, important to have your chimney regularly cleaned to try and avoid this problem in the first place.

SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby knows how damage chimney fires can be to your home. Give them a call as soon as possible after the fire is out at (208) 356-0263 so they can prevent further damages from occurring.

Electricity was the cause of this Fire

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

This is the aftermath of an electrical fire. There are many different reasons for which a house fire can start. Problems with wiring, light fixtures, faulty outlets and appliance failure are just a couple reasons. The most common electrical fires happen because of homeowners overloading electrical outlets or extension cords. There are many ways to prepare for the possibility of a fire.

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every room
  2. Test them every month to make sure batteries are still properly working
  3. Make a fire escape plan with your family and practice it
  4. If a fire should happen Get out, Stay out, and Call for help

Fires can happen anytime to anyone so it’s always good to prepare yourself and others.

Driggs Restaurant Chemical Fire

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

NO EXIT

A Driggs Idaho restaurant owner was quite surprised when he arrived at his place of business one morning.  

When he arrived at his restaurant he knew there was a problem due to the black soot on the outside wall of his restaurant.  Immediately he thought there was a fire inside and call the fire department.

When they arrived and opened the doors there was no fire burning, however, there was considerable heat damage.

It appeared that cleaning rags with powerful chemicals placed in a laundry hamper had ignited at some point in the evening.  As the fire tried to take hold it consumed all of the oxygen in the room and eventually is had burned itself out.  

This did not stop it from smoldering however and the intense heat in the room caused everything plastic to eventually melt to a point of unrecognizability.

The picture posted here is of the exit sign that hangs over the outer door.  

SERVPRO was called to estimate losses and repairs.

Do I Smell Bacon?

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

This SERVPRO reported loss was caused by a careless cook. 

A basement apartment was recently rented to a first time young resident with little cooking skills.

The resident was cooking bacon for the first time on her new stove.  The bacon grease caught on fire and the ensuing flames rose towards the ceiling. 

The heat from the fire melted the face of the microwave above the stove and the cabinets began to smolder. 

The ceiling had acoustic cork tiles that absorbed a lot of the smoke and needed to be removed.

While the fire was contained to the stove area the smoke traveled through each of the basement bedrooms and also in the stairwell leading up to the main level.

SERVPRO tips for grease fires

  • NEVER TRY TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE WITH WATER
  • Cover the fire with a large metal lid
  • If there's no lid nearby, douse the fire with salt or baking soda
  • Turn off the heat source if possible
  • As a last resort, use a fire extinguisher

How Quickly Fire Can Spread

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO was recently called to a local home regarding what first was called in as a small garage fire. Upon arrival they discovered that old exposed wiring had not only caused the garage to catch fire but it had affected the entire home leaving the occupants in a hotel for the foreseeable future.  

Many times the safety of garage wiring is overlooked because home owners are either not aware there is an issue or the idea of "It has been like this for years and we never had a problem with it" is the prevailing thought.  

To save on building costs many garages are unfinished and homeowners can easily take this moment to inspect wires to determine if there should be some electrical work done ASAP.  

Whether your garage is finished or unfinished take a moment now to ask yourself these questions.  

*Do you hear or see a spark when you flip a switch?

*Do you ever smell an odd odor coming from the outlets?

*Are light switch plates warm or hot to the touch?

*Do you hear buzzing when the electricity is on?

These are signs that an electrician should be called right away to avoid the costly damage that this SERVPRO family endured.

Fire Caused By BBQ Grill

10/28/2017 (Permalink)

BBQ Fun Catches House on Fire

BBQs are a terrific summer activity, but one that can be ruined if not careful.  This home fire was caused by the BBQ grill being too close to the siding of the house on the deck and caused damage to the entire main level of the home.  Do not let this happen to you!!

Abandoned Buildings Can and Do Cause Problems

9/24/2017 (Permalink)

Total Fire Loss in Kellogg, Idaho

This abandoned turn of the century hotel in Kellogg, Idaho caught on fire and was a total loss.  There was no electricity or other utilities at the building.  Although it is easy to forget about these buildings, it is critical they be looked at from time to time for potential damage problems.  This particular building had squatters living in the building.

As a result of this complete loss building's fire, all of the surrounding buildings experienced significant smoke and water damage.  The fire was so hot the fire department needed to keep a constant water flow on several of the adjacent buildings to make sure they did not catch on fire as well.  

SERVPRO of Rexburg, Idaho was called in by several of the businesses and building owners to help fix the fire and water damaged areas.

Smoke and Soot Clean Up

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Having a fire in your home or on your property can be a life changing experience and very invasive.  SERVPRO is here to handle the damage to your property the fire left behind. We can make it like it never even happened.

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

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke
    • 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 color

Every smoke and soot damage situation varies on size and type of damage done. If you have fire, smoke, or soot damage to your property give us a call. We will put our experience and resources to work for you. 

Fire Damage Can Be a Life Changing Experience

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Having a fire in your home or on your property can be a life changing experience and very invasive.  SERVPRO is here to handle the damage to your property the fire left behind. We can make it like it never even happened.

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

  • Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke
    • 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 color

Every smoke and soot damage situation varies on size and type of damage done. If you have fire, smoke, or soot damage to your property give us a call. We will put our experience and resources to work for you. 

Chimney Fires and Your Rexburg Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Rexburg Chimney Fires Are Preventable-Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

Rexburg Properties Receive Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup from SERVPRO

Your chimney and flue add architectural interest to your home, but the real function of your chimney is to take dangerous flue gasses from the wood stove, fireplace, or furnace out of your home safely. It helps the air in your household stay breathable, just like your windows in your kitchen vents, bathroom windows, and attic. However, unlike the other exhaust points in your home, wood stove and fireplace chimneys need a particular kind of care.
 
In action, a chimney fire in your Rexburg home can be impressive and cause you to need fire damage repair from a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO. Indications there is a fire in your chimney includes plenty of dense smoke, a loud popping or cracking noise, and a hot, intense smell.
 
Chimney fires can be dramatic and noisy enough to be detected by people passing by or your neighbors. Dense smoke or flames could shoot out from the top of the chimney. It has been reported by homeowners that they were startled by a low rumbling sound which is reminiscent of a low flying airplane or a freight train.
 
Undetected Chimney Fires
Chimney fires which are slow-burning do not receive enough air or have the fuel to be visible or dramatic, and they many times go undetected until an inspection of the chimney later. However, very high temperatures are reached and can create as much damage to the chimney structure, and parts of the house close to it, as their more spectacular counterparts explosive fires.
 
Chimney Fires and Creosote
Wood stoves and fireplaces are made to contain wood-fuel fires safely while heating your home. Chimneys have the job of getting rid of combustion by-products, which are the materials made from burning wood, including water vapor, smoke, gasses, wood particles that are unburned, tar fog, hydrocarbon, and different minerals. As these materials are rising and flow into the cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The residue which that is left sticks to the inside walls of the chimney and is known as creosote.
 
Black or brown in appearance, creosote can be flakey and crust, shiny and hardened, or drippy and sticky. All forms can occur in a chimney. No matter the form it takes, creosote is very combustible, so if enough quantity builds up and the temperature of the inside of the flue is high enough, you could be dealing with a resulting chimney fire.
 
When a fire in your chimney damages your home, SERVPRO is always ready to help you clean up the mess and repair the damage. Smoke and odor remediation and indoor air quality are focal points of a SERVPRO service. It is, however, important to have your chimney regularly cleaned to try and avoid this problem in the first place.
 
SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby knows how damage chimney fires can be to your home. Give them a call as soon as possible after the fire is out at (208) 356-0263 so they can prevent further damages from occurring.
 

A Residential Grease Fire Starts in the Kitchen

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip: Be Careful with Grease Fires in Your Rigby Kitchen

Call SERVPRO For ALL Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs

Grease fires and stove top fires in residential homes are the leading cause of house fires and burns. Grease fires start when oil or fat are left unattended on the stove. They are highly flammable liquids that quickly overheat, ignite, burn and spread out. Cooking fires that ignite shoot upwards, while splashing and burning as the flames are spread to walls, cabinets and nearby appliances and materials. A grease fire can rapidly get out of control leading to the leveling of an entire house.

A residential grease fire in Rigby requires a plan of action. The more you know, the less property will be lost and you remain safe also. First, every home should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen area and keep it fully charged. Your local fire department can help you refill or recharge it. Every home should also have installed smoke alarms and remember to change the batteries twice a year.
 
As stressful as a grease fire that erupts can be, try to keep your head to remain safe and keep your family safe by following these steps:
 
• If the fire starts in a pan, carefully place a lid over it to smother flames. Turn the stove off.

• If the fire spreads outside the pan, cover as much of the pan as you can. Evacuate the house and call for help.

• don't spray your fire extinguisher directly on a grease fire because its forced spray will splatter the oil unless you have the proper extinguisher.

• do not put out a stove fire with water because it further splashes the flames and can cause an explosive action.

• do not use flour or sugar to smother a stove fire because their chemical makeup makes them very explosive and volatile.

• if your clothes catch fire, the saying is to Stop, Drop, and Roll.

• Baking soda is often considered to smother a grease fire. Yes, I know from experience that if you quickly pour a lot on the fire, it will extinguish the fire.

• Turn on the exhaust fan, but not during a fire, only after the fire is out to clear the smoke. Do not turn on the HVAC system or circulate interior air by using ceiling fans. The unwanted smoke may cause more damage than the flames to previously unaffected items and ruin the indoor air quality.
 
Whether your home was scorched or heavily damaged, SERVPRO is ready and available to help. When a small grease fire singes your walls or cabinets, don't try to take care of things yourself, contact us for an assessment. Our fire restoration process involves a thorough inspection for damages caused by the fire, smoke, and soot.
 
If water was used to put out a fire or the chemical from a fire extinguisher was used, we could remove the residue, followed by cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces. We can also provide an immediate board up and roof tarp service if needed.
 
SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby is your local go-to company for all your mold, water, or fire damaging occurrence to your property. Call us at (208) 356-0263 and let us get you back to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage and Your Home

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

Two Story Home That Sustained Fire Damage

Let SERVPRO Get Your House Back To Clean and Healthy After Fire Damage

Romantic moments fill many couples' special time together, but sadly, they can sometimes take a turn for the worse. Candles and colored panels of fabric laid over end table lamps can start fires quickly when they aren't closely supervised (which can be difficult to do when your attention is focused elsewhere during romance). If a fire starts, it will not only ruin your mood, but it will also cause damage to the area it was located.

In Ashton and the surrounding areas, fire damage can be quickly repaired by our professionals. This will help get you and yours back to normal living quickly, and keep your home protected. We know how important your home's sanctity is, and will work with you to repair things to the point where the damage is completely eliminated. Leaving your home “Like it never even happened” is our trademark, and also our goal. We want you to know that even small fires can cause severe damage to walls, ceilings, and the flooring, as well as to surrounding items in your home. We have the knowledge and skills to eliminate the damage professionally and discretely.

Bedrooms are well known to contain a myriad of different substances, from natural fabric clothing to synthetics that produce toxic fumes when exposed to heat. Many of these synthetic fabrics will also melt before they burn, creating a thick smoke in a very short period of time. Because you spend a third of your time sleeping in your bedroom, it's very important to your health that the damage is completely eliminated. Soot contains particles that can cause respiratory problems. These same particles also are what produces the smoke odor that lingers long after a fire, no matter the size, is put out.

We have the equipment and the training to return your bedroom to its formally healthy state, and let you have a good night's rest again. Not only do we have specialized cleaning techniques that are IICRC approved, but we also use equipment that produces ozone, or O3. While ozone exists in the atmosphere naturally, we can produce it in concentrated amounts. This gas is an irritant, so you should not breathe this in, but it quickly dissipates after the machinery is turned off. While in operation, though, the gas permeates porous and semi-porous materials, removing the last traces of soot. What remains behind is a boost of oxygen, and a cleaner, fresher scent that is natural, and reminiscent of the air after a rainfall in the spring.

You can reach our expert professionals by calling SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby at (208) 356-0263. Open 24/7, we are always available to not only take your call, but we will also respond with the fastest possible service to your emergency. We want you to be happy, safe, and secure in your home.

Jackson Fire Damage - Measures Against Fire Damage in Jackson

5/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Jackson can be a challenging and lengthy process.

Measures Against Jackson Fire Damage

Safeguarding against fire damage in Jackson can be a challenging and lengthy task, but will pay off in the end with every valuable and product saved by your measures. You don't have to lose everything in a large fire -- or even much at all -- so long as significant measures are taken against future fires. Here are some tips towards reducing the damage fire can do to your home or business.
 
Keep Valuables in a Safe
If you have prized documents or items that are susceptible to fire damage and can't live without them, investing several hundred dollars in a large, sealed, full metal safe may be an excellent solution. Fire can't really burn through solid metal, and so long as the container is sealed, there will also be little oxygen contained within to ignite on its own. Purchasing and maintaining a safe for your valuables can be an excellent investment, as well as good protection against burglaries and other types of natural disasters. A combination lock safe may be the best choice so that the key can not be misplaced.

Minimize the Use of Wooden Cabinets
Wooden cabinets and containers are often the most abundant in a home or business. They are cheap, sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing, and so end up being quite popular. Simply put, these wooden containers are highly flammable, and will all but guarantee the complete destruction of contents within in the event of a fire. Minimize the use of these cabinets, and never keep other important flammable objects or materials within them. The potential for loss is just too great. Luckily, metal and even stone cabinets have become architecturally viable in many homes, so making this transition may be easier than you think.
 
Don't Pack Things Together
Cluttered, packed homes are often the worst hit by fires. High concentration of flammable materials in one area can lead to large and engulfing flames, hastening and worsening the fire damage of a home or business. Minimizing clutter, trash, and disorganized items and spaces go a long way towards fixing these issues. If you find this to be a prominent issue in your business, there may be even more reasons to reduce the clutter, such as conformity to fire codes and pleasing aesthetics for customers and workers. Keep the clutter down, and you can only improve your home or business' safety against fires.
 
If you've endured any sort of fire damage recently and are in need of restoration services or advice, please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby at (208) 356-0263.

Rigby Fire Damage--What Should You Do?

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Rigby Fire Prevention Tool is a Simple Smoke Detector

SERVPRO Restores Fire Damaged Homes in Rigby

Rigby fire damage has attacked your home. You watched as the many things you have accumulated are burned up in flames. The fire department has been there, and they are now rolling up their hoses, what to do next? The fire department has declared the house uninhabitable until brought back up to health and building codes. The electricity is off, and all services such as gas and water have also been turned off. That, of course, creates more confusion as to what comes next.  One of the things you should not do is to go in and start some kind of clean up, in this unsafe environment.

Call your insurance agent to dispatch an adjuster to initiate the fire damage restoration process. Ask your agent to provide an experienced fire damage restoration company to start the rehab of your Rigby home. A program developed by a fire and water restoration company like SERVPRO will assess and inspect the structure and provide a list of items worth saving and those that are non-salvageable. The final decisions are made by you and your adjuster. This company also offers help with your claim and paperwork to lessen your stress and assist in ensuring a fair restitution.

Fire is one thing. It brings with it burned or burned up materials, furniture, walls, ceilings and it deposits such elements as soot, often greasy, and smoke that permeates everything. The soot and smoke damaging deposits are a priority for clean up. Air circulation must be minimized, HVAC units turned off, to prevent the cross contamination of smoke and oily soot. The technicians clean thoroughly all surfaces, coated with soot or smoke residue, with special dry sponges to reduce smearing and streaking.

There is a significant amount of water and fire damage. The extraction of water, as well as anything damaged by the fire, needs rapid action.

SERVPRO conducts the inspection necessary to locate all of the fire and the water damaged materials. Many of these items need to be removed, such as scorched and waterlogged drywall, other structural elements, and furniture, to a degree that it is no longer capable of being useful. Water can be behind some of those walls and might provide a condition for mold growth.

If your Rigby home has been in a fire and you do not want any of these headaches, call SERVPRO of Rexburg / Rigby. The skilled experts can restore your fire damaged home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." Just call (208) 356-0263.

Fire and Smoke Damage-Structural and Content Cleaning

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Damage to a home and contents

This time of year is busy for cleaning and restoration professionals.  Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on the pipes, water lines and spigots in your home or business.  While water damage is the most common occurrence we deal with this time of year, the cold weather can also bring about another kind of damage---fire and smoke.

Fireplaces, wood burning stoves, portable heaters and other means of keeping warm can be the cause of devastating damage to your home, business and belongings. When a fire affects you or your loved ones, your first call should be to the fire department, and your second call should be to SERVPRO.

Not only can the flames cause serious damage, the soot, smoke residue and ash that is left behind can be just as destructive.  Fire damage leaves behind irritating odor and residue that if left untreated, can cause secondary damage. 

Professional fire damage repair will remove this odor and residue.  This remediation should be done quickly.  Ash is very acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if it remains too long.  Proper cleanup is crucial to restoring your home, business and personal belongings to their pre-fire condition. 

Improper cleaning of the structure and content can lead to permanent damage.  Chemical agents not specifically created for use in fire and smoke remediation can react with the residue and create toxic and harmful fumes. 

SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby has fully trained and certified technicians who have studied the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) guidelines for fire and smoke remediation and have vast experience in both residential and commercial cleanup.

Often, when a fire occurs, you’re not only dealing with the damage from the flames and smoke, there is also the water and chemical used to put the fire out.  These together can be overwhelming.  If left to sit for too long, the risk of secondary damage to structural materials increases exponentially.  The phone call you make to SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby could be the one that saves your home or business.

The trust you instill in us to restore your home, business and belongings after a fire damage is something we will never take lightly.  We have the experience, knowledge and training to assist you with all of your specific needs.  We work closely with you and your insurance company to ensure that the process from start to end is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We specialize in content inventory and cleaning to help restore your belongings affected by soot and smoke damage.  We know that when a fire affects you, your biggest concern is the health and safety of your loved ones.  Returning your property to you, odor free and clean is our number one priority.  A fire damage can be emotionally and physically draining.  Helping to restore and return your memories, prized possessions and important belongings is only a part of the services we provide to help make your loss, “Like it never even happened.”

A quick response after a fire damage occurs makes all the difference in the world.  With 24/7 emergency response and trained, certified, uniformed employees ready to go, SERVPRO of Rexburg/Rigby is faster to any size disaster.

Our friendly, knowledgeable office staff are ready to take the call that will change the way you view the restoration industry.  With free inspections and estimates, you always know what to expect.  Let us help you with your fire and smoke damage needs.  We promise to make your loss, “Like it never even happened.” 

Rexburg/Rigby: (208) 356-0263   We are always here to help.