Recent Fire Damage Posts
Content Cleaning: What is it and how do we do it?
Here is an example of a children's toy that was damaged by fire and then cleaned up by our certified technicians.
As one of the top SERVPRO franchises in Minnesota, SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake is there to help you when everything has been turned upside down by fire damage. When your property has been ravaged by flames, many important belongings and documents can be severely damaged by flames, soot, and smoke odors. With our expansive cleaning capabilities, we are able to salvage many of your items and restore them to make it look "Like it never even happened." By doing this, we can save you money by restoring your contents instead of having to replace them.
Packing Out the Contents
The first thing to do after you experience fire damage is to assess the entire property for damage. By assessing the damage, we will be able to figure out what our next steps are regarding cleaning your personal belongings. Our certified technicians will determine whether or not the items are salvageable, they will take photos of all of the contents, they will take inventory of items that are restorable, and then we will safely and carefully pack up all of the items to be moved. Once boxed up, the items will be labeled by name and stored in our 18,000 square foot warehouse in climate-controlled vault storage.
Once the contents have been safely moved to our warehouse, they are brought into our cleaning room where our certified technicians will dictate the best method of cleaning. They will determine the best path of cleaning based on several factors:
- Are they hard or soft contents?
- Do they need to be hand washed or machine washed?
- What sort of chemical can be used that won't damage the material?
Hard contents, such as dishes, vases, and other sturdy objects will be cleaned in machines like ultrasonic equipment and deodorizers for smoke odor. For objects that cannot handle the harshness of an automated machine, we will hand-clean the item with environmentally-friendly degreaser or odor counteractants.
Moving Back Home
After our technicians mitigate the fire damage and our reconstruction division repairs your property back to normal, our team will pack up your contents and send them to your home. With your fire damaged contents repair back to normal, you can enjoy living life the way it was prior to your properties' fire.
If you find yourself in need of water or fire damage mitigation, content cleaning, or reconstruction services, give us a ring today at 952-403-1050. We service Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, and the greater Twin Cities Area (Minneapolis and St. Paul).
Fire Damage Restoration Process
The fire damage restoration process includes the removal of soot residues from various surfaces and materials. Depending on the severity of the fire, the soot that remains can be drastically different from one fire to the next.
Fires that give off smoke produce smoke-filled residues and soot. When smoke is released into the air when various materials are decomposing, the soot is in the form of suspended particles, gases, and aerosols.
The fire damage restoration process is dependent on what types of residue is on the material. Different cleaning and restoration methods will be used for each residue.
- Cleaning Dry Smoke Residue
- Cleaning Wet Smoke Residue
- Protein Residue
- Fuel Oil Soot Residue
During a fire, soot and smoke particles love to settle on and adhere to any surface they can get their hands on. Our fire damage restoration process is top-notch and means we have the capability to remove and clean these residues. Put confidence in your local professionals that provide you with the best fire restoration services available!
Tackling Fire Odors
In this photo, Ryan examines fire damage in Shakopee.
Anyone that ever shares space with a smoker knows how hard it is to get the smell out of your clothes, hair, and skin. Imagine flames in your home and that smoke is making its way through the ventilation system, going from room to room and settling upon your bed sheets, upholstery, curtains, and even your wallpaper. Regardless of the extent of fire damage to your home, it almost seems like the smoke, and its residual smell is an even bigger problem than sweeping ashes and cleaning soot.
In Shakopee, Savage, or Prior Lake, your smoke and fire damage is ideal for our SERVPRO team to tackle. Our team of experts trains specifically to address all consequences of a home fire, regardless of its size. Once we arrive at your home, we invite you to trust our knowledge and expertise as we attack all aspects of fire damage, including ridding your home of the unpleasant smell of smoke.
The term deodorizing is the all-inclusive name we use for agents capable of neutralizing or eliminating odor molecules. In practice, there are quite a few options to expel smells from your home. Our SERVPRO team considers each option and its benefits before applying it to your home. In some cases, we may bring special equipment such as an ozone generator, ventilators, or pressure sprayers to help us in deodorizing your home. In other instances, such as the use of deodorizing pellets, the application is straightforward and does not require extra equipment or space. When we exhaust our resources, and the smell remains, we may opt to use a sealant in your home, which permanently traps odor molecules, so your senses do not pick up on them.
SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake is available to you around the clock. Our hotline is available 24/7 to meet your needs. Call us at 952-403-1050 as soon as it is safe to enter your home and let us address the smoke and soot remains as quickly as possible. Our careful and knowledgeable approach helps us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."
Don't get Fired up, Just give SERVPRO a Call
We will clean belongings, furniture, keepsakes, clothes and anything else in your house that makes it your "home."
How does SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake determine what to do with smoke damaged items?
Fire damage is an intriguing issue because temperature, whether the fire is smoldering or blazing, affects necessary cleanup measures differently. Similarly to water damage, smoke odor and particles can easily penetrate any crack and crevice on your property. If these particles are not handled in a proper manner, the smoke odor has the potential to stick around for months after a fire. Proper cleaning, immediate odor neutralizing efforts, proper ventilation, and consistent debris removal efforts are critical to saving as many of your belongings as possible. Timing is the most crucial component of successful smoke remediation.
Are you running out of time?
The IICRC, a global leader in all types of remediation, identifies these time windows:
- Within minutes: Porous materials and synthetics must be immediately addressed to prevent permanent discoloration.
- Within hours to days: wooden furniture, flooring, painted walls, and clothing can become permanently stained. Metal surfaces will begin to rust, pit, and corrode which often requires refinishing or replacement.
- Within weeks: Prolonged soot exposure will embed itself in the fibers and surfaces resulting in a longer, more pricey restoration with a higher likelihood of replacement.
With our restore versus replace mentality, SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake does everything within our capabilities to bring your items back to preloss conditions.
Give us a call today at 952-403-1050 so we can help make your home seem "Like it never even happened."
Putting Out Your Fire Extinguisher Questions
We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business.
Do you know where your nearest fire extinguisher is at work? Do you know how to use one? It is imperative to have a fire extinguisher on your property that is in proper working condition. In addition to knowing the location, it is important to know the type of extinguisher to put out fires and how to properly use them.
Q: What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers?
A: The U.S. Fire Administration defines five separate fire extinguishers used on a variety of fires.
A - used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper
B - for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil
C - for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools
D - for use with metals that are flammable
K - used for animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.
Although there are five separate categories for fire extinguishers, many of the types are multipurpose. If you look at the label, they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out many material fires.
Q: What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?
A: The U.S. Fire Administration uses the acronym "PASS" as a way to remember how to use an extinguisher properly.
P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
If the fire becomes too hot to handle, be sure to call 9-1-1. To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure. SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake offers a full line of fire clean up and restoration services. Give us a call at 952-403-1050 to learn more.
Fire Up your Holiday Spirits - Not the Holiday Tree!
Ensure you're properly using your holiday lights to prevent household fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas lights cause 40% of Christmas tree fires.
Whether you put your lights up before the turkey goes into the oven or if you're a week-of decorator, safety for you and your loved ones is the most important thing. Christmas lights are not only one of the most time-consuming tasks for the holidays but are surprisingly one of the most dangerous as well.
3 Tips for Christmas Light Safety
1) Follow The Rule of Three.
The general rule of thumb is this: more than three sets of Christmas lights into a single extension cord may cause overheating. Be sure to check (and re-check) the wattage of our home or use a power strip with a built-in circuit breaker.
2) Replace Old or Damaged Christmas Lights
Just as you would check your oil on your car or replace the tires on your vehicle when they become worn, inspect the condition of your Christmas lights. SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake provides time and money saving services, but lights are much cheaper to replace rather than fire damage.
3) Read the labels! Indoor lights belong indoors, and outdoor lights belong outside.
Indoor-only lights are not sufficiently insulated compared to outdoor lights and will not be friendly with moisture from the outdoors. Indoor lights often become hazardous once they encounter water, snow, or any other outdoor element.
Even if you follow guideline after guideline and take tender care of your lights, holiday lights still have the potential to cause fires. That's where we come in!
Steps to Take after Household Fire Damage:
- Prepare yourself for what to expect.
- Wait to enter your home.
- Contact your insurance company.
- Document the damages.
- Contact your restoration company- that's where SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake comes in!
How can SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake help revive your holiday light fire mishap?
SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
If your home becomes damaged in a house fire, you can count on SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake to help you. Call 952-403-1050 for all of your restoration needs.
How To Get Your House Back After A Fire
How to Get Your House (and Life) Back After a Fire
When your family is the victim of a fire that takes down your home, it can feel like your whole life is over. That doesn't have to be the case. An expert, caring fire damage restoration service serving the Shakopee, Savage, Prior Lake, New Prague, Jordan and Belle Plain areas can get your life back.
Getting Your Life Back Again
When you call for help from a professional fire damage restoration service, the goal is to make it almost like the fire never happened. While some things may not be the same again, the right service can get you as close as possible.
Cleaning Up the Damage
The first step is to clean up the damage. That means drying out water damage from fighting the fire, removing debris and recovering anything that can be restored. When the area is cleaned out and the damage assessed, the process of rebuilding can begin.
Restoring Your Possessions
The next step is for the restoration service company to restore your possessions. Anything that survived the fire and can be restored is cleaned up and repaired so that it's as close to its pre-fire condition as possible. This helps you to preserve some of those lost memories.
Restoring Your Home
Next up, the building is restored to pre-fire condition, whether one room or many. This includes everything from new carpet and paint to full construction jobs.
Call SERVPRO Shakopee Today
If you're in the Shakopee, Savage or Prior Lake areas and your home or business has suffered fire damage, let SERVPRO help. We're ready any time of day or night to respond and get your home back, and make the fire "Like it never even happened." Call 952-403-1050 today.
Recovering From A Residential Fire Loss
Experiencing a fire loss in Prior Lake. Shakopee or Savage that you and your loved ones made a home over the years with unique personal possessions and priceless memories takes a heavy emotional toll. Few homeowners have any idea how best to respond or what actions to take concerning the situation.
WE ARE FIRE DAMAGE RECOVERY SPECIALISTS
The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Shakopee are always ready to offer expert assistance after a household fire. Responding after a residential fire emergency is one of our cornerstone services. We always prepare our fire damage mitigation and remediation crews through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification training in a variety of specialties that address all aspects of residential fire damage.
WE UNDERSTAND YOUR STRESS
It is not enough to master the skills and acquire the equipment needed to restore a fire-damaged residential property. Our approach at SERVPRO also includes building a company climate that respects our customers and shows compassion for the fear, worry, and disruption suffered by the individuals and families we assist.
WE TREAT YOU WITH INTEGRITY
Clear and consistent communication forms the foundation of our partnership with you. As we develop a customized plan for recovery, we adhere to restoration industry best practices.
WE EDUCATE OUR CUSTOMERS
As we strive to work together with homeowners as a team, SERVPRO shares crucial information about the characteristics of household fire damage.
CONTACT SERVPRO SHAKOPEE/SAVAGE/PRIOR LAKE
Leave restoration to the professionals. Reach out to us 24 hours a day. Our phone number is 952-403-1050.
Fire Damage Restoration in Savage, MN
Fire Damage Restoration in Savage MN
When your home is ravaged by fire damage, SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake is a phone call away. Safety and attention to detail during the cleanup process is our forte, especially where the remnants of fire damage like ash, soot and water have left their marks. Our disaster cleanup teams know how to use the right cleaning chemicals and avoid causing secondary damage.
If you're in a fire damaged home, remember, conventional cleaning methods won't typically work and may actually cause further damage. Cleaning chemicals and other tools like steam cleaners can leave harmful residue and more deeply enmesh the fire damage with additional toxic fumes. Our clients often tell us that fire damage restoration was more difficult then they initially imagined, but they're thankful for the professional help.
We've served hundreds of commercial and residential properties at SERVPRO of Shakopee/Savage/Prior Lake, for fire restoration, smoke damage, and disaster cleanups and we're honored to be called no matter your unique circumstance. We treat your property like our own, and take special delight in saving special items you might initially be tempted to throw away.
Fire Damage Restoration
When a fire has destroyed some or all of your property in Shakopee, Savage or Prior Lake--and anywhere in the greater Minneapolis area--we're here for you! Call us and we''ll come to you for an immediate onsite evaluation of damages caused by fire, smoke, water, mold and any other disaster. We're available 24/7 and it's our privilege to help you restore your home or business.
Winter Fire Prevention
As the long winter season once again gets into full swing and people start breaking out the heating equipment; it’ important to remember that just because its’ cold doesn’t mean fires can’t happen. In fact according to the National Fire Protection Association heating fires are the number two cause of all US home fires. In order to prevent fires in your home it’s important to take these tips into consideration.
-Be sure to have your chimneys and heating equipment inspected before the winter hits
-Don’t plug stationary or portable heaters into an extension cord
-Be sure to turn space heaters off before leaving a room or going to bed
-Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything flammable
-Don’t allow children or pets to play around heaters
-When using candles around the holidays; be sure to blow them out before leaving or going to bed
In the winter it’s important to stay warm but make sure you use these tips in order to keep things from getting too hot. Although if a fire does start, know that we here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska (952-403-1050) will be here and ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Holiday Fire Prevention
The holidays’ are once again upon us and with them comes the risk of house fires. According to the United State Fire Administration the top three days of home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Cooking isn’t the only fire hazard of the holidays though so SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska has some tips to help prevent fires in this coming holiday season
-Make sure to have a working fire extinguisher within your kitchen that is rated for all fires.
-Be sure if you’re deep-frying turkey this thanksgiving too keep it outside of the house
-This one seems obvious but is very important and that is to stay alert while cooking and not getting distracted
-Keep cords near the end of the cooking area to keep them out of potential harm’s way
-Make sure when lighting candles to keep them at least a foot away from anything flammable
-Be sure to put them out before going to sleep for the night or before leaving your home
-When putting up decorative lights make sure that the wires aren’t frayed nor have cracks
-Be sure not to plug too many lights into one outlet; it’s a safe bet to only use the outlets on the wall
-Be sure to have chimney inspected before using them
-Keep a screen on the front of the fireplace to avoid embers from getting out and on to floor or other items
In the unfortunate instance of actually having a fire the team here at SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska will be ready to assist you with clean up and restoration. Feel free to give us a call anytime with any questions you may have at (952)-403-1050
Fire Damage in Shakopee, MN
It's times like these when you can count on us! SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska is ready to help you recover from fire damage of any size.
A fire due to a small incident in this Shakopee home caused damage to over 50% of the structure. Thankfully, the family was unharmed, but their home was badly damaged. SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska was called in to clean up the aftermath and help restore the family's contents. We know that after a traumatic experience like this, it's important to our customers to work efficiently and thoroughly.
Fire damage includes smoke and soot, which can affect furnishings such as curtains, sofas, pillows, etc. Don't throw these items away, as our crew may be able to save them!
If you need help recovering from fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Scott County/Chaska at (952) 403-1050. We are available to respond to emergencies 24/7 or to offer our expertise to your fire damage problem in order to make things "Like it never even happened."