Recent Fire Damage Posts

We Will Help You Get Through the Disaster of a House Fire

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Roof With Large Burned Opening If you have suffered any size house fire, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

If you are devastated by a house fire, the last thing you need is more stress added to you.  You need a professionally trained and knowledgeable cleanup and restoration company that will represent you, your needs and desires to your insurance company.

You have the right to chose the company you work with.  The Fire Department may make a recommendation for a company but DO YOUR HOMEWORK, check out Google reviews, see what people are saying about the Contractor.  Also if any Company represents that they are already working with your Insurance and you don't have a choice, or if they infer you have to work with them, this is a huge red flag.  They are not representing the truth.  The truth is YOU ALWAYS have a choice which cleanup and restoration company you use.

At SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks we pride ourselves in offering a Customer-first focus, we serve you and your needs and we communicate openly and honestly.  We have 10 years of experience servicing the Reno and Sparks area.  We know how to manage whole house fires to kitchen fires, no job is too big or too small.  

When you suffer a house fire, call us, we will take care you and your family.

Our SERVPRO Specializes in Fire Clean Up and Document Restoration

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

files with documents soaked with water Call SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks for all of your water damaged document restoration needs.

Fire damages are bad, but the water damage can be just as bad on the items that didn't burn.

If you ever have suffered a fire, you know the water damage from the fire being put out can be just as damaging as the fire itself.

In commercial building fires and some residential building fires, documents may not burn, but they may suffer extensive water damage.  If you ever have documents that have experienced water damage, SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks has access to the best available document restoration available through SERVPRO Corporate.

If you ever need document restoration, call us we have professionally trained technicians that know exactly how to manage your water damaged documents.  We will get you back to "Like it never even happened."

We are available 365 days a year, 24/7 for all of your water damage, document damage needs.  Call us at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, 775-827-9944.

Turkeys the Cause of House Fires...Really!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked Turkey on platter with vegetables From all of us at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, have a safe and fun Turkey Day!

Woo hoo!  It's turkey time!  But did you know that turkeys, and how they are cooked are a common reason for home fires and kitchen fires?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to about 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2016, the peak day for such fires. The No. 1 reason? Unattended cooking.

Many people also use Turkey Fryers, which can be incredibly dangerous.  Too often the fryer gets knocked over, the extremely hot oil dumps out and if they are on a combustible service, fire can start.  

Enjoy your turkey time, but remember to do it safely and be attentive to all your cooking.   Be fire-wise.  No one wants their family get-together to end with a house fire.  

Our team at SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks wishes you all the best this holiday weekend.

If You Suffer Fire Damage and Need Clean Up Call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Yard Fire with Equipment Burned Up When you suffer fire damages and need clean up call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks

If you ever suffer fire damage, whether to your home or in your yard, such that items have burned, hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks to clean up all your fire damaged items and property.  

It's important to remember, fire damage includes smoke damage, ash, and soot, all of which need to be professionally cleaned up.  Many times we come across where a property owner has tried to clean up soot and ash themselves, only to make the damage worse.   We know you have well intentions, but please first and foremost know that smoke damage, ash, soot all can have toxic particles that you need to protect yourself from breathing.  If you stir up the ash, soot and fire damaged items, you risk exposing yourself to toxins.

When you suffer fire damage, call us and let the pros at SERVPRO take care of you and your family.  We will work with you and your insurance company to get you back to normal ASAP.

Top 5 Causes of House Fires

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire, Kitchen Cabinets Burned from Stove Fire When you suffer fire damages and need clean up and restoration, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, these are the top 5 Causes of House Fires:

1. Failure to clean: Yeah. It’s no one's favorite pass-time (maybe ours, actually!) but cleaning chimneys, blowing dust from space heaters, and ensuring appliances get their routine cleanings and fittings for essential hardware (hoses, bolts, etc) is imperative enough that “failure to clean” equipment was responsible for 28% of all house fires in 2011-2015. Luckily, SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks makes cleaning our business; give us a call to make sure your home is free of fire-hazard-causing debris.

2. Faulty Equipment: “Mechanical Failure or Malfunction” is responsible for 14% of fires caused.  According to the National Fire Prevention Association, roughly 50,000 home structure fires reported involved electrical failure or malfunction. Sometimes it actually is the machine’s fault! That doesn’t mean doing routine checks on electrical equipment like hair irons and dryers, chargers, power strips, computers, and consoles is off the to-do list; it just means you might want to check your user manuals one more time!

3. Having combustibles in your garage (or wherever your water heater is): You read that right! An astonishing 21% of home fires and 26% of property damage that involve a water heater are caused by having flammable materials like paint, bug repellent, turpentine (paint thinner) or gasoline nearby. If that sounds like your garage, you may want to rethink your storage situation for your more volatile household essentials.

4. Fireplaces: Similar to the space heater problem, fireplaces are woefully under-maintained. If you haven’t checked your chimney connector in a while, cleaned the chimney, or cleaned the contained space around the fireplace, now is the time to do it! 31% of fires involving a heating element are caused by fireplaces or chimneys.

5. Space Heater: Admittedly, this one was obvious. Leaving a space heater on unattended or running for extended periods of time is what makes space heaters the leading cause of home fires caused by heating equipment. They account for over half (53%) of direct property damage in these situations.

If you suffer a house fire SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is an IICRC trained team that will work with you and your insurance company to get you back to normal ASAP!  Call us, we are available 24/7 and we specialize in the management of fire damages, clean up and restoration.

Don't Ever Let a Contractor Tell You, You Have No Choice in Who You Hire

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Home with Fire Damage SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is here to help when you suffer a house fire, fire damage and or severe water damage.

If you have suffered a house fire and or water damage, it's very stressful, to say the least.  You are so vulnerable right at the time of the incident.  Due to this vulnerability, it's important to be careful that you don't get manipulated into signing anything with any Contractor immediately. 

There are unscrupulous contractors out there that prey on the weakness of victims of fires and severe water damage.  Even if the Fire Department recommends a contractor they have a relationship with, please know that just because the fire department recommends them, doesn't mean they are the contractor for you.  Take the time to check out the contractors available, check their reviews, ask around.

Some contractors will tell you, "Your Insurance sent me."  "I'm already working with your Insurance, you have to work with me."  Please know as the Homeowner, you are the only one that selects the contractors you want to work with.  Take your time, do your research and pick the team that fits your needs.

We at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks pride ourselves in honest, open Customer communication and your satisfaction is always our priority.  We will work with you and your insurance company, representing your needs.

Most importantly, if any Contractor tells you you have to use them, that could be a red flag to not use that Contractor.  You choose who you want to use, it's going to be a long road, choose wisely.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Here For You When You Suffer Fire Damage

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

What to do when you have suffered fire damage.

So you had a fire at your property, it's stressful to say the least.  The Fire Department comes and puts the fire out, you are left with fire damages, water damages and feelings of devastation.  The Fire Department may recommend a fire and water cleanup and restoration company.  Some Fire Departments have relationships with certain companies that drive their recommendations.  Some companies are very aggressive about getting any kind of signature from you. We recommend  BE CAUTIOUS! Do your due diligence, do your research.  Do not sign anything in the moment.  You don't have to sign any service agreement immediately, take the time to do your research on the clean up and restoration company you want to use.  It's a big commitment, you will have to deal with that company for a long time. You want to make sure the company you sign up with will provide a schedule; actual dates of when the clean up and restoration will start and a solid estimate of the time frame it will take.  At SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks, we understand and will work together with you and your insurance company to make sure all are clear on exactly what needs to take place and the realistic time frame it will take to get you back to normal.  We help people that have suffered fire damage all the time.  If you have have suffered a fire, call us, we can help.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Clean Up of Fire Damage

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Fire Damage Clean Up Professionals

The smallest of fires can cause all kinds of damage.  It's not just the flames that cause damage, it's the heat, the smoke, the odor and all the damage that it can create as it travels through the structure.  Whether is a pot on the stove fire or a major structure fire, you will need a specialty trained person in fire clean up to service your needs.  We at SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks are IICRC trained professionals.  What does that mean for your fire damage clean up?  It means we know the exact products to use, the exact procedures to follow to get your property cleaned up properly with results that will last.  When your dealing with Fire Damage, Smoke Damage or Heat Damage and need it cleaned up. Call the professionals at SERVPRO Reno East/Central Sparks, we have you covered 24/7, 775 827 9944.

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Professionally Trained To Clean Ash and Soot from Fire Damage

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Ash and Soot from a Fireplace mishap. Go to the Before and After Photos to see how we cleaned it up, "Like it never even happened."

This Customer had a fireplace issue, such that all the ash and soot from the fireplace got blown into their living room.  Our IICRC professionally trained technicians were able to clean up the floors, the walls, furniture and even this rug was cleaned up, and everything looked "Like it never even happened".  When you suffer fire damage, smoke damage and the water damage that can happen from fires, SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks has the knowledge, skills and equipment to clean your property up, get it back to normal ASAP.  We even neutral odors.  When you need a personal and professional team to get you results quickly, call us, 775 827 9944.  We are open 24/7 to take care of your cleaning and restoration needs. 

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks Professionally Trained To Remove Odors, Especially Smoke Damage

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks IIRC trained to clean up Smoke Damage and other serious odor removal.

When you have the odor of smoke or other odors in your home or commercial building, you need a crew that has been professionally trained and has the professional equipment to remove such stubborn odors.  The crew at SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks is such a team.  IICRC Certified, we know what to do to clean up ash, smoke and soot on your walls and floors.  Too often we come in after someone has hired a standard cleaner, who doesn't know how to remove such odors and particles and they make it worse.  Get it right the first time, hire SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks to get rid of any odors from smoke or other causes and get the results you want the first time.  If insurance is involved, we will work with your insurance agency and you will be represented professionally and you will be clear what is covered and what is not. So when you are challenged with smoke damage, ash, soot or odors that just need to go, call SERVPRO of Reno East/Central Sparks and we will have you back to normal as quickly as possible.

Smoke Damage in Nevada: How Bad is it?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

A layer of soot collects around objects. The bright circles underneath are what the rest of the counter should look like!

Wildfires can threaten your home in many ways:

We have witnessed several wildfires in the Reno area this year. These fires have displaced families, destroyed homes and possessions.

SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks has responded to homes downwind of the fires that the flames never touched.

Why? Because these homes sustained damage without being involved in the fire.

Some homes downwind of these wildfires sustained smoke damage as heavy smoke filtered through the structures depositing a layer of soot on every surface in the house.

Since smoke residue is acidic, over time, it can:

  • etch into metal and glass.
  • It can yellow plastic items and bond to fabrics.

Cleaning these residues takes specialized processes and experienced technicians. SERVPRO of Reno East / Central Sparks has the experience and equipment to make damages like these, “Like it never even happened.”

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How Do I Prevent Fires?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can leave behind beautiful pictures of nature--not so much with your home, however!

It isn't always easy to handle a fire in the moment--hopefully you'll never have to!--but having the tools necessary always increases your chances of a safely intervening with fire. Of course, alarms come to mind.

Be sure to:

  • Test smoke alarm batteries monthly
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm every 8 years
  • Knowing there IS a fire is half the battle.
  • The other half is extinguishing it.

Did you know there are different types of extinguishers for different kinds of fires?

What!? There aren't different kinds of fire! There are, really!

  • A-type extinguishers are for ordinary combustibles like paper and wood that have caught fire, and have no fuel source (besides the combustibles themselves as kindling of course).
  • B-types are for flammable liquids (gasoline, paint, tar, oil) that have caught fire.

  • C-types are for electrical fires, and their contents are non-conductive. Do NOT use any other type of extinguisher on an electrical fire unless instructed to do so by the fire department.

  • D-types are for combustible metals like magnesium and potassium.

  • K-types are used for kitchen fires where large amounts of grease have ignited.

  • Fire blankets are used for smothering a person's burning clothes, and also on waste-bin fires or deep fat fryers that are burning.

Planning: writes that, "in the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan."

They also say: Never use stove range or oven to heat your home. Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources. Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.

It is your duty with fire to put in the forethought, SERVPRO will handle the aftermath.

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Fire: In The Moment!

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating events, so let SERVPRO help get things back to normal by restoring your belongings.

Fires can start because of lightning during storms, electrical surges, neighbors, or even just the dryness of the environment (something Nevadans are familiar with). In other words, even when you do your best to prevent them, they might still happen.

Remain Calm:

When there is a fire in your home, it is difficult to remain calm. But it is imperative that you do! Not only does panicking make it much harder to organize yourself and others in an emergency, it also speeds up breathing--a sometimes fatal mistake in a house or apartment fire.

Hyperventilating Kills? How?

Because smoke inhalation is responsible for twice as many fire deaths as burns, according to the National Fire Protection Association

Remember the Triple S:  Keep your breathing Shallow, Slow, and Steady!

What To Do: has answers as to what you should do if you find yourself in a fire:

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.

  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.

  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

Once everyone is safe, and the fire has been handled, call SERVPRO to restore your belongings and handle smoke left in clothing and furnishings. 

Remember: things can be restored by SERVPRO--but you cannot. Follow guidelines for escaping an emergency situation. 

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Busy Fire Season: 2018

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke all over the area has displaced homeowners and residents in all areas of the Northern CA and Northern NV regions.

High Temperatures Set the Scene for Fires

Record heat in early 2018 created dry conditions in Northern Nevada region. According to the National Weather Service, on February 9th of 2018, “A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 58 DEGREES WAS SET AT SOUTH LAKE TAHOE CA” which beat the previous 2012 record of 55 degrees.”

Rainfall Up in March:

On March 17th of 2018, the NWS reported that the daily maximum rainfall near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport tied the old record of 0.52 inches which was set in 1899. That rain, followed by recent dry weather, has lead to plentiful fuel for this year’s active fire season all around the Reno area.

Wildfires can strike almost anywhere.

A wildfire can cause more than just the damage that you see. If fire damages your property, it can throw your life into chaos. SERVPRO® ® of Reno East / Central Sparks is dedicated to restoring your damaged property back to preloss condition and helping your life get back to normal.

Can soot get inside your property?

Even if your windows and doors are shut and your vents are closed, smoke and soot particles can enter your property. Your HVAC units and air ducts can hold large quantities of soot and disperse it all over your belongings.  Your SERVPRO® of Reno East / Central Sparks Professionals can thoroughly check your HVAC units and air ducts for soot particles and remove them from your property.

Different types of smoke and soot.

A wildfire will burn mostly natural materials, but there are times when wildfires burn manmade materials which can leave soot particles that are more difficult to remove.

Your SERVPRO® of Reno East / Central Sparks professionals will pretest the soot residues to determine the best method of cleaning, helping to ensure no lingering odors.

Can the soot be cleaned?

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, we use the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean. SERVPRO® of Reno East / Central Sparks can give you peace of mind by helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Nevada Smoke, Fires 2018: One Year Later

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Photo Credit to Reddit u/ChelseaRC

Nevada is no stranger to wildfires. We have dried brush as far as the eye can see, scrubland, low humidity, and tons, and tons of heat--it is common that the local atmosphere is thick with smoke in the summer.

What separates Summer 2018 from others is the amount of fuel available for wildfires to thrive on. According to Gurajpal Sangha at KOLO 8 News: “The Great Basin Coordination Center reports there is 200-300 percent more fuel in Western and Northern Nevada than on a normal year, and that is not adding the fuels left from last year.”

Since the fires began, SERVPRO has had to

With the amount of small, dry grasses and large swaths of alluvial ground present in the Reno-Tahoe topography, it is no wonder the region’s air quality is so bad.

Besides the weather and environment, another factor is fueling Nothern Nevada and California’s fire problem: population growth.

As more people come to the region, it is only natural to want to take in the opportunities NV has for recreation--off-roading, parking vehicles near or on top of foliage, outdoor barbecuing, and target shooting in areas where tall or dry grasses and vegetation might catch fire should be avoided and kept to areas that are designated for high fire-risk activities.

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