Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Facts

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

One thing you need to know when it comes to a fire in your home or business is the importance of timing. Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but, as it relates to a fire, it can feel like an eternity and cause significant fire damage. In just a few minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. Something else you need to know about our team at SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion are experts in the fire damage repair and restoration industry. We come to your rescue to make it “Like it never even happened.”    

Do you know the amount of time it takes for a residence to become engulfed in flames? Five minutes. According to Ready.gov, heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. These extreme temperatures are very harmful to human bodies. 

SERVPRO of Carbonale/Marions' “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life quickly. We have specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment.

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion is your leading local professional fire damage repair and restoration company. Our experienced and qualified team can get your residential or commercial property back to previous condition “Like it never even happened.” If fire damage strikes your home or business, you can call us at (618) 998-8828.

Did you know?

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Some may be under the impression that the actual flames of a fire kill people. However, it’s the smoke and toxic gases that kill more people. Another thing you need to know, is fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

According to https://sf-fire.org/home-fire-facts

  • Nearly 4000 Americans die each year in house fires and over 2000 are severely injured.
  • In only 3 1/2 minutes, the heat from a house fire can reach over 1100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • About 80% of all civilian deaths from fire occur in the home.
  • In rooms that are not even on fire the temperature can reach over 300 degrees; this is hot enough to melt plastic and kill the people in those rooms.
  • Adults 65 and older are more than twice as likely to die in fires as the overall population.
  • The leading cause of fire deaths is careless smoking.
  • Having a working smoke detector more than doubles one's chances of surviving a fire.
  • In 2005, 106 firefighters died in the line of duty in the United States.

It is important to be aware of these facts and to read our previous fire prevention post to help prevent a fire in your home or business. 

If a fire strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion for any restoration needs.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Many residents in Southern Illinois enjoy setting off fireworks during the summer monthsespecially The 4th of July.  Sometimes things go wrong, however, and cause injuries to people or damage to property.  When areas outside your residence sustain damage in this manner, pests such as rodents and insects can come inside your dwelling all too easily.

If your home or business sustains fire damage in this manner, the holes burned into siding can seem minor.  However, rain water does not require large openings to infiltrate your home.  SERVPRO prepares our technicians according to IICRC standards to mitigate such situations adequately.   
 
Rainwater can also substantially damage insulation, wiring, and interior walls.  If burnt out areas occur around second story levels, water can damage ceilings, also.  Our SERVPRO team can remove affected areas of siding and help you locate matching sections. 
 
In homes where fire damage causes more extensive damage than just a few minor holes, SERVPRO employees are also able to remove the damaged materials so replacement work can happen more easily.  Often, though, we find that cleaning materials first reveals minimal damage that does not require this extra cost.  Saving our customers money through restoration by cleaning instead of replacement of materials means making everything "Like it never even happened." can cost considerably less than expected. 
 
SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion wants you and your family to enjoy a safe and fun 4th of July.  When fire damage from any source causes your home damage, call us at (618) 998-8828 so we can help you protect your home. 

Let US Help with your Fire Damage

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes, fire damage to your Southern Illinois home may barely touch the interior but leave significant scars on the exterior of the building. When this happens, the restoration process may be less intrusive and more simple to go through, but a major amount of work remains to be done making sure that discoloration, smoke damage, and necessary reconstruction work all receive the attention they deserve. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion's team can help you handle all of these tasks and more and even take some steps to prevent against fire damages in the future.

Restoring Color
One of the most important ways our experts can help you to restore your home after fire damage burns its exterior is to bring its color and appearance back to the way it was before the disaster. Thanks to efficient fire-specific cleaning methods and fast repainting efforts, we can remove any visual signs of damage your home may have received from the incident. If you feel uncomfortable with having our team work on your home, ask us to show you the extensive list of certifications that every SERVPRO employee receives.

Deep Cleaning
Our cleanup efforts extend well beyond the original sites of damage. Smoke odors and residues can travel quickly around and inside of your home, sometimes giving a section of the building interior a smoky odor despite there being no visual signs of damage. Our thorough cleaning regimens and smoke odor removal work can keep your home scrubbed free of even the smallest and most hard-to-handle fire and smoke residues.

Minor Reconstructive Efforts
Sometimes, some limited reconstruction may be necessary even when smoke and flame never touches the inside of your home. We can help you to make minor repairs such as patching up holes, replacing porch materials, and trimming trees to eliminate any sign of what might have happened before.
SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion brings friendly faces, years of experience, and affordable restoration services to your home when you need them the most. Call us anytime at (618) 998-8828.

How to Prevent a House Fire

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross, house fires cause over $7 billion in property damage each year. Being prepared and conducting regular safety checks can help keep you from adding to that number.

Here are a few tips in trying to prevent a fire in your home:

Test your smoke alarms.

Test the batteries once a month. If they’re not working, replace them immediately.

Inspect heating sources.

An annual inspection will reduce your risk of fire.

  • Change filters regularly to avoid build-up of dust and lint that can easily catch fire.

Keep the stove and oven clear.

Don’t leave anything flammable near the stove or oven. Make sure curtains don’t hang over the stove, and never rest towels or a cookbook on the stove.

Stay in the kitchen.

Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you have to leave the room, take the pot off the stove or turn off the griddle first.

Check the dryer.

  • Have it inspected once a year to make sure all connections are secure.
  • Always clean out the lint trap after a load is finished.
  • Regularly check behind and around the dryer for pockets of lint or items of laundry that have fallen under or behind.

Maintain cords.

Regularly check the condition of cords and watch out for frayed wires: repair or replace cords with frayed wires immediately.

Be careful with candles.

Never leave candles unattended and always keep them away from flammable items like blankets and curtains. 

Keep fire extinguishers handy.

Keep fire  extinguishers on hand and easily accessible. At the very least, keep one in the kitchen and others near high-risk areas like a fireplace. 

  • Remember R.A.C.E

Fire damage is devastating, stressful, and scary. Let SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion assist with your fire damage needs by calling (618) 998-8828. 

Fire Safety Equipment

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion is fully trained and equipped for cleanup after a fire, and is always prepared when one comes our way. 

Fires are scary, sad, and devastating. When calling SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion after a fire, we are capable todo all of the work needed to restore and rebuild your home/office in a timely manner. 

Fires are not something you want to deal with. Below is some information from the Red Cross on equipment that you may want in your home or office:

  • Smoke Alarms 
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Extinguishers 
    • Remember the acronym P.A.S.S.

For more information on each of the fire equipment above, read the article from Red Cross that is attached below:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/fire-safety-equipment.html

It is important for you to be prepared for house/business fires the best you can. In the event of a fire, get OUT and call for HELP! Do NOT run back into the fire for belongings. SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion will follow up the damage and will restore/rebuild where needed. Your safety always comes first!