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

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

Fire Damage Smoke Damage in Nevada: How Bad is it? 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 Damage How Do I Prevent Fires? 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:

Ready.gov 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)

Fire Damage Fire: In The Moment! 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:

Ready.gov 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 Damage Busy Fire Season: 2018 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)

Fire Damage Nevada Smoke, Fires 2018: One Year Later 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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5 Major Causes of Home Fires

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

You can’t always predict when a home fire is going to happen, but preventing them goes a long way towards making sure your safety and property are assured. Do you have any of these common electrical hazards in your home?

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.

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.

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.

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 an 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!

1. Failure to clean: Yeah. It’s no ones 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.

SOURCES:

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics/Major-Causes/osHeating.pdf

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics/Fact-sheets/CookingFactSheet.pdf


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