Recent Fire Damage Posts

Helping Homeowners Understand the Different Aspects of Fire and Smoke Damage

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton damage restoration company explains the repercussions of a fire and smoke damage disaster and how it is different from other property damage disasters.

A fire damage disaster is different from a burst washing machine supply line, a mold infestation, a flooded basement, or a sewage spill. The typical water intrusion is disruptive, annoying, and frustrating. In contrast, the sound of smoke alarms blaring at 2:00 am in the morning causes fear and panic. The narrow window of escape closes with each passing minute. A small water intrusion or sewage spill is usually limited to a localized area such as the laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom.

A grease fire in the kitchen can fill an entire home with the smell of smoke, a coating of soot, and a dusting of ash and chemicals from the fire extinguisher. Even a small, localized fire can impact every surface and air space in a home. The extent of the damage and the intensity of the smokey smell require the services of a licensed and insured fire, smoke, and water damage restoration company to thoroughly and safely address the situation.

The American Red Cross offers the following advice for homeowners who are attempting to inspect their fire-damaged home: “Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice, and instructions about what the sign means and whether it is safe to enter your home. If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the fire. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.” This advice highlights the serious nature of a fire and smoke damage disaster.

No two fires are identical. Each incident presents distinct challenges across a broad spectrum of variables. A fire and smoke damage restoration team must consider a number of factors when approaching a fire damage disaster, including:

  • the source of the fire
  • the intensity of the flames
  • the combustion rate of the materials consumed by the fire
  • the physical layout of the structure

The Repercussions of a Fire and Smoke Damage Disaster

When a fire breaks out, it immediately begins to change the environment of the building. With sufficient fuel and adequate air supply, a fire consumes materials as it burns—a more explosive fuel source leads to more complete consumption of the structure and its contents. Products of Incomplete Combustion (PICs) include residues, partially consumed materials, and soot tags. A soot tag forms during a fire when the soot particles bond together, forming what looks like a spider web clinging to the ceiling, wall, or rafters. Several factors control the volume of soot, how far it spreads, and its penetration.

An abundance of oxygen enables a fire to burn at a high temperature. Known as dry fires, these high-temperature fires convert organic materials such as wood and plastics into dry soot, which is primarily carbon. The consistency of dry soot makes it less troublesome to remove than other residues. An industrial-strength vacuum, one of the many pieces of equipment in the SERVPRO tool kit, can tackle the challenges of dry soot.

The high heat generates large amounts of carbon-rich dry soot that are deposited throughout the structure. The heat also causes surfaces to expand and capture dry soot particles and other residues. The surfaces, now permeated with dry soot and other residues, give off a strong odor of smoke.

Air circulation in a fire is dynamic. Soot-contaminated air can infiltrate the HVAC ductwork and travel throughout the structure. Fluctuations in air pressure can result in hot, soot-laden air being sucked into a sealed freezer where the temperature and air pressure are lower. The widespread contamination complicates the cleanup, deodorization, and restoration process.

An oxygen-deprived space, such as a closet or a bedroom with a closed door, creates a different cleanup challenge. Should the room become engulfed in flames, the lack of oxygen results in a lower-temperature fire, sometimes referred to as a wet fire. This lower-temperature fire produces more PICs, an oily form of soot, and other residues from non-organic materials. The large volume of PICs from the wet fire generates a significant amount of oily soot and residue, which are much more difficult to remove.

Not all fires create the same odors. Some fires leave behind very intense odors that permeate the entire structure. Other fires do not. Odors from a protein fire require advanced cleaning techniques, effective deodorizers, and thoroughness on the part of the restoration technicians.

The certified technicians at SERVPRO of Carrollton are skilled in cleaning all the nooks and crannies to remove smoke particles. The team of professionals deodorizes all surfaces. An overlooked cabinet door, shelf, or rug may have a remaining odor that is pungent enough to make the fire and smoke-damaged home continue to smell for weeks and months after the blaze.

Since the repercussions of a fire and smoke damage disaster can be severe and lingering, the best course of action is to call the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton. To learn more about fire damage restoration in Dallas, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at

Seven Tips for Avoiding Fire Damage Caused by a Dryer Fire

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton helps homeowners in Carrollton, Bent Tree, and Dallas, TX, recover from fire damage, including fires caused by the clothes dryer.

A dryer fire can cause significant fire damage in Carrollton, TX, homes. SERVPRO of Carrollton is sharing seven tips to help homeowners proactively prevent a fire from breaking out in the laundry room.

  • Know the facts about dryer fires.

An informed knowledge about dryer fire risks can help homeowners think soberly and act promptly to prevent a dryer fire in their homes. When homeowners are aware of fire risks associated with improper dryer usage and maintenance, they will be motivated to take dryer safety seriously and take the necessary precautions.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports, “In 2014-2018, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 13,820 home structure fires per year in which dryers were involved in the ignition. These fires caused an average of seven civilian deaths, 344 civilian injuries, and $233 million in direct property damage annually.”

NFPA research also reveals that “One-third (32 percent) of dryer fires were caused by a failure to clean. This appears to be mainly lint build-up, as 27 percent of dryer fires started when dust, fiber, or lint ignited. Mechanical failures or malfunctions caused 27% of dryer fires; 16% were caused by electrical failures or malfunctions.”

  • Clean the lint out of the dryer’s lint filter after every load.

Because over one-fourth of dryer fires are caused by the accumulation of lint and similar substances, homeowners should clean the lint filter regularly. The best practice is to clean the lint filter after each load of clothes dried.

  • Perform an annual cleaning and inspection of the dryer and dryer duct.

Homeowners want to make sure that their dryer is in good working order and does not have any blockages in the duct or vent. By cleaning and inspecting the dryer at least once a year, the homeowner can identify and resolve any problems before they lead to a damaged appliance or a fire.

Before beginning the cleaning and inspection process, disconnect the dryer from its power source, and if a gas dryer is in use, be sure to cut off the gas valve that supplies the dryer. Use care when moving the dryer to examine its vent. In the case of a gas clothes dryer, do not damage the gas line or stretch it too tightly.

Consumer Reports provides the following dryer cleaning tips: “Disconnect the duct from the dryer, and vacuum both the dryer and the duct—as much as you can access. Where possible, separate the duct into shorter sections for better access, then reassemble and attach the duct to the dryer. Be sure all joints in the duct are properly connected and held together with clamps or foil tape. Then return the dryer to its original spot and reconnect the power. While you’re at it, clean behind the dryer and underneath it—lint builds up there, too. In winter, check after windy weather or snowstorms to be sure that snow isn’t blocking the outdoor vent.”

  • Replace plastic or foil accordion ducts with rigid metal ducts.

Accordion ducts are problematic because they are too flexible or can easily crumple, leading to problems such as restricted airflow and lint buildup. A rigid metal duct is a safer choice.

  • Avoid using sheet metal screws to connect duct sections.

Sheet metal screws can collect lint, which leads to lint buildup within the duct. Instead, attach duct sections with duct connectors and metal clamps or dryer vent foil tape.

  • Use caution when cleaning chemical stains.

Clothing that has been stained by flammable substances such as oil, gas, or cleaning chemicals should be regarded as a potential fire hazard. Consumer Reports writes, “The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends washing such stained clothing more than once to minimize volatile chemicals, then hanging to dry. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that concludes with a cool-down period. In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed to limit its oxygen supply—a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.”

  • Prequalify a reputable damage restoration company before a dryer fire occurs.

Taking the time to prequalify a capable and trustworthy fire damage restoration company can remove a great deal of stress if a fire damage disaster involving the dryer occurs. Highly experienced and qualified technicians, such as the team at SERVPRO of Carrollton, can implement a rapid response in order to provide the fire and smoke damage restoration services that are so urgently needed in the aftermath of a dryer fire.

To learn more about fire damage restoration in Dallas, TX, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383 or contact the office by email at

Independence Day reminders about fire safety.

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe.

If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks

If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.

Sparklers Are Dangerous

Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think.

Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.

Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.

Smoke Alarms can SAVE LIVES!

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm.

Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician, or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan.  

How Indoor Smoking Can Cause a Fire Damage Disaster

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton explains the fire damage risks of smoking in the home.

SERVPRO of Carrollton is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, water damage restoration, storm damage cleanup, and commercial property damage restoration. Highly-trained and certified restoration technicians arrive on the scene typically within an hour. Utilizing the latest equipment and advanced technology, industry-standard techniques and cleaning products make SERVPRO of Carrollton a great choice for any type or size of property damage restoration project.

The Facts About the Fire Damage Risks of Smoking

Smoking is a common pastime among adults in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the following statistics on smoking among American adults: “Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. In 2019, nearly 14 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (14.0%) currently smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 34.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Current smoking has declined from 20.9% (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 14.0% (14 of every 100 adults) in 2019, and the proportion of ever smokers who have quit has increased.”

Many of the 34 million smokers in the U.S. know and understand the health risks associated with smoking. However, smoking is also harmful in other less obvious ways.

The National Fire Protection Association shares several statistics on smoking and home fires on their website at “Smoking and Home Fire Safety.” The statistics reflect findings between the years 2012 and 2016.

  • Smoking and smoking materials were responsible for an estimated annual average of 18,100 reported home structure fires
  • 590 people died annually in these smoking-related fires
  • 1,130 people were injured per year
  • Annual direct property damage was $476 million
  • Smoking materials (cigarettes, matches, lighters, etc.) account for one in twenty or 5% of home structure fires
  • Smoking-related house fires that start in the living room or bedroom account for nearly 75% of fatalities

Smoking-related fires are lethal. Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths for the five-year period of 2012-2016. Though smoking-related fires account for only 5% of home structure fires, these fires cause 23% of home fire deaths and one in ten home fire injuries. House occupants involved in a fire caused by smoking materials are four times more likely to perish than in other types of home structure fires.

Smoking Indoors Is More Dangerous Than Ever

Compared to fifty or sixty years ago, house fires today burn faster and hotter while giving off excessive amounts of highly toxic gases. Modern homes contain items made of highly flammable plastics, polycarbonates, and synthetic fabrics, which also produce deadly gases. For example, the average home has 2.3 television sets. One-third of homes have four or more televisions. Couches, clothing, shoes, drapes, computers, electronic devices, and furniture create a hot, toxic environment when they burn.

A room in a modern home can become engulfed in flames in as little as four or five minutes. An older home or a house with items made of real wood and natural fibers may take as many as thirty minutes to become fully engulfed in the flames.

Smoking and Home Fire Safety Tips

Smoking-related structure fires would drop by 75% if smokers relocated from the bedroom and living room to the outdoors. Here are some other helpful tips:

Tip #1: Extinguish cigarette butts by dousing them in water or sand.

Tip #2: Deep sturdy ashtrays are best. Place the ashtrays on a fire-resistant and stable surface or table. The couch or bed is an unsafe place for ashtrays.

Tip #3: Keep flammable items such as magazines, napkins, and other paper products away from ashtrays and the smoking area.

Tip #4: Ashtrays should be cold before they are stored or discarded.

Tip #5: Medical oxygen and smoking are a highly dangerous combination.

Tip #6: Ash in the trash is a recipe for a house fire. Dump ashes in a metal bucket outside the home.

Tip #7: Never smoke in bed.

Tip #8: Install one or more smoke detectors on each floor of the home. Also, install a smoke detector on the inside and outside of each bedroom.

Tip #9: Smoke outside and a safe distance from the home. This practice will prevent smoking-related house fires. Smoking outside will also prevent children, pets, and other family members from being exposed to the deadly effects of second-hand smoke.

Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for fire, smoke, water, storm, and commercial property damage restoration. For more information about Dallas, TX, fire damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at

What are the Top Five Causes of House Fires? Here’s How To Prevent The Need for Extensive Fire Damage Restoration Services

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree is a leading Texas residential and commercial water damage and fire damage restoration company. Their professionals explain how house fires commonly start and offer prevention tips to stay safe during these emergencies.

Texas house fires are devastating, but these situations are often preventable. Fire prevention is the best course of action, but accidents do happen. 

Top Five Causes of House Fires and How to Prevent the Need for Extensive Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree is a leading Texas emergency water restoration company that also provides fire damage restoration services. Their expert water damage contractor explores how most house fires start below, including the steps that property owners can take to prevent these catastrophes.

  1. Double-check Heating Equipment

Some areas experience frigid winters that require additional means to heat the home. Many Texan households use space heaters to warm a room. However, these appliances are classic fire starters when there is contact with curtains, clothing, blankets, or furniture.

Homes that rely on furnaces are also prone to fires without adequate system maintenance and routine inspections. Furnace fires may occur from a clogged filter and bad wiring, so annual HVAC tune-ups are essential.

  1. Pay Attention While Cooking and Unplug Unused Appliances

Between 2014 and 2018, national fire departments responded to an average of 172,900 house fires that began in the kitchen. Cooking while distracted easily ends in flames, especially with oil or grease on a gas range. The kitchen should have a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach, and everyone in the home should know how to use it. 

  1. Blow Out the Candles

Candles enhance religious activities, a relaxing ambiance, or romantic dinnertimes, but unattended flames near inflammable materials are dangerous, including paper and upholstery. Lit candles need stable surfaces, and residents should always extinguish candles after use.

  1. Follow the Faulty Wiring Trail

A home’s electrical system remains a fire risk if not maintained well. Faulty wiring may cause electrical fires at any point in the house. It’s best to let professional electricians handle all electrical work and ensure that the wires are safe and functional.

  1. Prevention and Fire Damage Restoration Tips

The best prevention for fires comes in the way of devices and supplies, including smoke detectors in every bedroom and hallway at every house level, including the basement. Carbon monoxide detectors also alert inhabitants to the dangerous, odorless gas indoors.

What To Do If There Is A Fire At Home

When a fire rips through a home, fire damage restoration will be necessary to bring the house back to its original condition. To begin the process, follow these steps:

  1. Contact the insurance company immediately.
  2. Request a fire report to give the insurance company proof.
  3. Contact a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO.
  4. Document the damage with photos and videos.

Call The Fire Restoration Experts

Fire damage restoration experts like SERVPRO are invaluable in restoring a home to its pre-fire condition in the quickest possible time. They offer a residential or commercial cleaning service, including: 

  • soot and water cleanup, 
  • carpet cleaning, 
  • upholstery cleaning, 
  • commercial water damage cleanup
  • grout cleaning
  • tile cleaning, and
  • odor elimination services 

SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree is one of the leading Texas fire damage restoration companies. Their highly trained technicians provide water removal, mattress cleaning, area rug cleaning, and more from 3033 Kellway Drive Suite 124, Carrollton, TX 75006. Contact the water damage specialist at SERVPRO of Carrollton, TX, at (972) 446-0383 today, or follow Facebook for company updates.

Electronics Fires Are a Risk for Most Homes

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

electrical fires Let the trained professionals help today!

Fires caused by electronics are on the rise in household across the country. More and more homes are investing in various types of electronics, all in need of charging at one point or another, and often left unattended while they’re charging.

While there are basic safety habits that we should follow for these devices, most of us disregard these habits and put our homes at risk. When a house fire caused by electronics occurs, and the recovery process can be tough.

Preventing a house fire from electronics

Computer, tablets, and cell phone chargers need space for air circulation, as they put off a substantial amount of heat during charging cycles which must be dispersed with the right amount of ventilation.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people to put these chargers by their beds, surrounded by flammable items which can cause significant heat. Devices that are covered up and not able to “breathe” can build up the heat and ignite a fire; often when no one is home to quickly extinguish the flames or asleep and unaware a fire has started.

The lithium-ion batteries in these devices have containers that are pressurized and can rupture if the temperature goes up too fast or melt if they are heated for a long time. Many people think electronics fires are caused by faulty chargers, but these fires can happen when devices are on a charger or not.

Following basic safety rules can protect your home from a house fire. Fire damage in your home from your electronic devices are almost entirely avoidable with a little diligence in following safety rules. Not charging your phone in or by your bed, and making sure all devices are on a hard, flat surface while charging helps avoid these disasters. Also keeping any charging electronic uncovered to allow for proper air circulation helps with overheating and potential fire damage.

If you experience an electronics fire

If you experience fire from an overheated cell phone, tablet, or other devices, there’s additional clean-up to face once the flames are extinguished.

It’s best to leave the cleanup to the professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton Texas. SERVPRO has the training to know how to clean up your home after a fire of any kind and understand the special challenges of fires caused by electronics.

When electronics burn, they emit particles like those from burning plastics which become electrically charged are known as ionization. The particles can adhere to surfaces and can be a challenge to clean. At SERVPRO, we understand that because of this, clean up after an electronics fire takes special care to not only get rid of the smoke particles but to eliminate the acrid smell that accompanies burned plastics. Our highly trained technicians use advanced technology to clean your home, removed the damaged electronics, and address any odor issues to restore your home to pre-fire conditions. When a SERVPRO technician arrives on the scene, they’ll do a comprehensive job evaluating the situation, providing you with a clear plan ahead of time so you know exactly what to expect.

If you need assistance with fire damage in your home, please call us at 972-446-0383.

Five Wood-Burning Fireplace Safety Tips for Carrollton, TX, Homeowners

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton offers tips on wood-burning fireplace safety.

SERVPRO of Carrollton, TX, specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after fire damage, smoke damage, or water damage. By utilizing the most advanced technology and equipment available, SERVPRO technicians provide restoration services that bring customers peace of mind.

Cold Snap Breaks the Electrical Power Grid

About every ten years, a cold snap sweeps over Texas and causes significant property damage and physical hardship. Such was the case this past February. According to one news source, "Beginning around 11:00 p.m. Sunday night, February 14, 2021, multiple generating units began tripping off-line in rapid progression due to the severe cold weather."

Millions of Texans in the Dallas/Fort Worth area were left without power for many days and were forced to rely on backup systems for heating, including wood-burning stoves.

Wood Burning Stove Safety Tips

These vitally important wood-burning stove safety tips can save homes from fire damage and prevent loss of life. The goal is to achieve optimal safety, economy, efficiency, and environmental responsibility.

Tip #1: Stockpile the well-seasoned wood.

Using the right wood can save time and money. Use softwoods to get the fire going and generate quick heat that will ignite the hardwoods. Kindling, usually a soft heart pine or dry sticks, works well to get the more efficient, longer-burning, and cleaner-burning hardwoods burning. These hardwoods yield a consistent warmth that lasts for many hours.

Tip #2: Inspect the stove annually.

During longer cold streaks when the stove is in use for days or weeks without interruption, keep a vigilant eye on the entire system. Check door seals, gaskets, pipes, and the chimney at the beginning of the cold season. Give the system an inspection at the end of the season in case a late-season cold snap hits or Texas is visited with an early-season rush of winter cold prior to the annual inspection. Always keep flammable materials such as books, magazines, furniture, and decor at least three or more feet away from the wood-burning stove or fireplace.

Tip #3: Clean the chimney before a problem arises.

Schedule the services of a professional chimney sweep to eliminate creosote buildup before the situation reaches a critical point. Also, have the chimney professional clear out any obstructions that might inhibit airflow or ignite in the chimney. Birds, bats, and squirrels often use chimneys to provide shelter for nests. By installing a cap at the top of the chimney, debris can be prevented from blocking the chimney.

Tip #4: Install both a smoke and carbon monoxide detector and keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Fires from sparks, puff back, and carbon monoxide are hazards associated with wood burning stoves and fireplaces. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be deployed near wood-burning units, in hallways, at the top of stairs, and at other key locations to ensure that a proper warning is deployed when dangerous situations arise. Annually inspect each unit to ensure the batteries work. The first day of fall, September 21, is an optimal time for this inspection. The cooler temperatures provide a subtle hint that it is time to inspect the detectors, the chimney, the wood-burning stove, the stockpile of wood, and the emergency escape plan in case of fire.

A fire extinguisher can be discreetly stored at the ready in case the stove or fireplace causes a fire. As with the smoke detection units, inspect fire extinguishers annually to ensure they are charged and ready for use.

Tip #5: Practice common sense fire safety.

By observing some simple, common-sense fire building safety practices, homeowners can stay warm and cozy, even when the power goes out for several days.

  • Remove debris and ashes from previous fires.
  • Remember to open the damper before starting a new fire.
  • Stockpile plenty of kindling. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or charcoal lighter fluid to start a fire in a wood-burning stove or fireplace. Do not burn treated lumber or painted wood.
  • Never burn garbage in a wood stove or fireplace. The results could be explosive. Toxic fumes and residue from plastics create health hazards and can damage the stove.
  • Use appropriate fireplace tools to manage the fire.
  • Avoid using logs that are too large for the woodstove. Do not overfill the stove with kindling or logs.
  • Always observe the manufacturer’s guidelines for the product.
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the stove.
  • Put ashes in a metal container. The lid should fit snugly to keep out air. Store the container a safe distance from the house.

By following these safety tips, homeowners can use their wood-burning stoves safely and stay warm and cozy during the cold winter months.

The caring team of highly trained SERVPRO professionals offers twenty-four-hour emergency service. Locally owned and operated and utilizing advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, SERVPRO of Carrollton is a trusted leader in the damage restoration industry.

To learn more about fire damage restoration in Carrollton, TX, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383 or email

What should you do if a fire starts at your office?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke Do you have a plan?

Making sure fire extinguishers are accessible and smoke alarms are maintained are crucial steps to take as an employer. If a fire does erupt in your workplace, it’s natural for people to panic. Unfortunately, this can lead to common mistakes that aggravate the situation. To ensure everyone makes it out of the building safely during an emergency, here are a few safety guidelines to remind your staff of during fire training.

What Not to Do During a Workplace Fire

  1. Break Windows

Smoke inhalation is a threat to those inside the building. In an effort to access fresh air, some people might open windows or break the glass. However, when oxygenated air from outside rushes in, the intensity of the fire will build more quickly.

As smoke and heat rise, everyone should stay close to the ground and crawl to the exits to avoid fumes. If exits are blocked, put wet towels under the doors to keep out the smoke instead of opening windows.

  1. Fail to Use Emergency Exits

fire extinguishers. When a fire starts, people might try to evacuate the building the same way they got in. However, you shouldn’t open any doors leading to the main corridors, especially if the handles are warm to the touch. Flames could be on the other side of these, and opening them could feed more oxygen to the fire and expose people to smoke.

To keep the fire from spreading, instruct your staff to use only emergency exit doors, stairwells, and fire escapes.

  1. Forget to Alert Others

When they hear the fire alarm protection system, some people may think it’s just a test. If they don’t smell smoke or feel the heat, they might fail to take action.

To protect everyone in the workplace, people who see the flames or smoke should yell “fire” to alert others that it is not a drill. Those trained to use fire extinguishers can try to control the blaze while others call emergency services for help. If anyone in the workplace has mobility difficulties, assign someone to ensure they can get out safely during your safety plan design.

To ensure your staff is prepared for any emergency situation, reach out to SERVPRO of Carrollton. We have been helping many commercial customers set up Emergency Ready Plans. 

We can help you as well!  Call 972-446-0383 for your free commercial ERP today.

How Proper Fire Safety Practices Can Prevent Wood Stove Fires

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton shares wood stove fire safety tips that help prevent fire damage in the home.

This winter, SERVPRO of Carrollton is sharing wood stove fire safety tips to help homeowners stay safe and warm while minimizing the risk of fire damage. In their efforts to stay cozy this winter without breaking the bank, homeowners are supplementing their central heating system with alternative methods of heating, including fireplaces, pellet stoves, or wood stoves. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent tens of millions of workers and students home for the winter, increasing the need to keep the home warmer during the day. In past years, many homeowners would keep the temperature of the house much cooler when the house was unoccupied during the day. Now, many homes are occupied 24/7. By utilizing an alternate heat source such as a wood stove, remote workers and students can stay warm at an affordable cost.

Any alternative heat source requires regularly scheduled maintenance and upkeep for ongoing operation and continued safety. SERVPRO of Carrollton examines the types of wood stoves and shares wood stove fire safety tips to help homeowners stay safe and warm this winter.

Types of Wood Stoves

Because of their efficiency at producing heat, wood stoves are great supplemental heat sources, even better than most fireplaces. Wood stoves fall into the following two general categories: freestanding or a wood stove insert.

A wood stove insert fits in the fireplace opening and vents smoke, sparks, and excess heat through the chimney. Many models are equipped with an electric blower to circulate heat into the area around the stove.

A freestanding wood stove stands alone in a room and connects to the chimney through a chimney connector. Sometimes wood-burning stoves may share the flue of an existing fireplace. Other stoves may vent into a separate chimney constructed to handle the smoke, sparks, and excess heat from the stove.

Using the Wood Stove

Before using the wood stove, have the chimney inspected by a certified professional chimney sweep to determine if the existing chimney can be used with a wood stove. A wood stove generates intense heat and combustion gases. The chimney should be made from masonry and lined with flue tiles in good condition.

Freestanding wood stoves should be positioned as close to the chimney as possible. The reason is to limit the length of the flue pipe (or chimney connector). The flue may become very hot. When determining the location where the stove will be installed, make sure that both the stove and the chimney connector are easy to access for inspection and cleaning.

If purchasing a home that comes with a wood stove, an inspection is recommended to confirm the safety of the unit and venting system. A certified chimney sweep should be able to provide operating instructions for the stove model. Make sure the wood-burning stove conforms to modern performance and safety standards and is listed by Underwriters Laboratories or other reputable testing organizations.

A freestanding wood stove should be installed only on a fire-resistant surface or pad. Do not connect the vent to a chimney flue that also serves a furnace, boiler, or other wood stoves. Carbon monoxide poisoning or a fire could result.

Wood Stove Safety Tips

A wood stove can provide amazing comfort and savings. These wood stove fire safety tips will help prevent risks such as fire damage, burns, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tip #1. Keep children and pets away when a fire is burning in the stove. The stove’s exterior and flue pipe become very hot.

Tip #2. Keep combustibles at least three feet away from the stove.

Tip #3. Install and regularly maintain working carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms in the home. Locate smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors outside each bedroom and on every level of the home.

Tip #4. Remove ashes frequently. Properly dispose of them since ashes can take several days to completely cool. Place ashes in a covered metal container, and keep the ash container at least ten feet away from structures and vehicles.

Tip #5. Schedule an annual chimney and wood stove inspection with a certified chimney sweep who is competent to deal with wood stoves. Schedule another inspection halfway through the burning season to check for creosote buildup or defects that might have developed through the season.

Tip #6. Do not “over fire” the stove. Building a fire that exceeds the rating of the stove can result in flames entering the flue pipe or chimney, which can lead to a fire. Over firing the wood stove can damage the unit and create a fire hazard.

Tip #7. To avoid over firing, check the instruction manual or check with the manufacturer.

Tip #8. Only burn well-seasoned hardwoods in a wood stove. Coal, rubber, garbage, plastics, or other non-wood combustibles can damage a stove. Aerosol cans may explode or give off toxic, hazardous fumes.

A wood stove is a fantastic supplement to an existing HVAC system. Proper safety practices and regular maintenance will keep a home warm and comfortable throughout the winter season. In case of puff back, fire damage, or water damage from extinguishing a fire, SERVPRO of Carrollton can be on the scene in about an hour to begin the fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, or water damage restoration process. The team understands the stress caused by the disruption, chaos, and messes that come from a property damage disaster. SERVPRO of Carrollton will manage the entire cleanup and restoration process, including providing a free estimate and handling all insurance claims.

For more information about fire damage restoration in Carrollton, TX, contact the office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at

How to avoid Furnace Fires-in Far North Dallas!

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

About 62 million houses in the U.S. use natural gas furnaces for heat. Other houses use wood furnaces, and a proud few still burn coal. These suggestions focus on gas furnaces, but it’s important to perform preventive maintenance on any type of furnace.

Clean-Up Time

Clean around the furnace. Do a quick clean-up, making sure no insulation, paper, boxes or anything else is stored within three feet of the furnace.

Clean the furnace itself. Dirt can cause motor overheating, and it can prevent you from seeing problems with wiring or other issues.

Look at Your Air Filter

Is your air filter clean? Dirty air filters can reduce air flow and lead to overheating, increasing the chances of fire.

Check Chimney Flues and Outside Vents

Check for buildup inside the vents, as well as outside obstructions such as birds’ nests.

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working?

It’s a good time to check both your smoke and CO alarms. If you don’t have them—get them.

For Some Things, You Need a Professional

Every year, it’s a good idea to have your furnace serviced by a professional. They can check for items such as a cracked heat exchanger, incorrect pressure in the furnace and even flame color, which can indicate how well your furnace is functioning. If you haven’t had your furnace serviced lately, this is a good time to make an appointment.

If your home has suffered fire damage, SERVPRO of Carrollton, Texas can help. Our agents are on call around the clock so we can start helping you get back to normal, fast. Contact us at any hour for assistance.

How to Decide Between Various Fire Damage Restoration Provider

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: With so many fire restoration companies to choose from, a property owner may need assistance in determining which one is best for their needs. Learn how to find a restoration company and select the best one with this helpful guide.

How to Choose Between Various Fire Restoration Companies

Fires are devastating events that can cause extensive damage to property and personal belongings. The fire is not the only source of damage since fire systems and the water firefighters use to put out the flames will also contribute to the property loss. 

There are plenty of fire restoration companies available to help you restore your property, but with so many options available, selecting the right one can be overwhelming. Here are some crucial tips to consider before you hire a restoration company.

Types of Damage Restoration

Burst pipes, overflowing plumbing fixtures and appliances, firefighting efforts, and extreme weather events cause water damage and require flood cleanup. If the property owner does not quickly address the issue – within 24 to 48 hours – they increase the risk of hazardous mold growth, property loss, and expensive repairs and replacements. A typical fire restoration service includes water removal, cleaning, and sanitizing.

Fire damage can occur from natural or man-made situations, such as a wildfire or grease fire. Even if the flames do not touch your belongings, the smoke can ruin them. A fire damage restoration service will identify which items and materials need replacements or repairs. 

How to Find Fire Restoration Companies

Although the fire may cause irreparable damage to personal belongings like photographs or sentimental trinkets, fire restoration companies will work diligently to bring your property back to its original condition. 

Here is how to locate these companies: 

  • By Asking Friends, Neighbors, and Family: Unfortunately, fires are not uncommon, and you may know someone who has used fire restoration services. Ask people you know, including friends, relatives, and neighbors, if they worked with a fire restoration company, and if so, see what they thought of the experience. Asking around will help you narrow down companies that may meet your needs, as well as show you which ones to avoid.
  • Contact Your Insurance Company: As a property owner, you must contact your insurance company soon after the fire is under control or eliminated. Your insurance provider may have a list of fire restoration companies they work within your area. Your insurer will vet these restoration businesses, so you won’t have to spend time researching their services. 

Tips for Selecting the Right Fire Restoration Company

Before you agree to hire a fire restoration company, ask these questions to ensure they are the right service for the job.

1. What types of restoration services do you offer?

Reputable fire restoration companies have a list of essential services to ensure a safe and efficient restoration process. These services include smoke and soot cleanup, odor removal, water cleanup, and damage assessments. Additional building restoration services include air duct cleaning service and commercial water damage restoration.

2. Do you provide a board-up service?

Fires can severely impact a building’s structural integrity, affecting its floors, windows, ceilings, and foundation. By boarding up vulnerable areas, workers can safely proceed with restoration efforts and protect the building from trespassers, weather, and additional damages.

3. What are your company’s certifications?

Any company you hire should have the appropriate certifications and licenses required to do restoration work in their respective states and cities. Check for fire and water damage training credentials and documentation from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This organization offers certification in various specialties, including mold removal and commercial drying.

Why SERVPRO of Carrollton?

As fire and water damage experts, the professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton, Texas, will work quickly to restore your property to a livable condition using the latest restoration techniques and specialized equipment. Their services will help you reduce your property loss, and the team’s professionalism and knowledge will alleviate stress about the restoration process.

To learn more about this fire restoration company, contact the SERVPRO of Carrollton team today.

Tips for Fire Safety Ahead of the Holiday Season | SERVPRO of Carrollton

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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As the weather turns cooler and we prepare for the fast-approaching holiday season, there are many things to keep in mind. While gift guides and recipes are aplenty, it is important to keep fire safety at the forefront of everything you do this season.

It has been found that house fires peak in the wintertime, simply because most winter activities give them more of an opportunity to occur.

These risks should not keep you from participating in winter fun, however—it is just important to go about your cooking, heating and decorating safely so you do not accidentally become a victim of a house fire yourself.

Fire Safety Tips for Wintertime

Keep safe when cooking. Cooking is consistently one of the top causes of fires in the home, and because more people tend to cook large meals and participate in holiday baking, these types of fires often increase during the winter. Every time you cook, be certain to keep flammable objects away from the stove, make sure a fire extinguisher is handy and keep at least three feet around the stove clear of all other people, children and pets.

Heat the house with proper precautions. Another winter-specific hazard comes from space heaters and fireplaces being used to warm up the home. While you can use both of these tools safely, it is important to take the proper precautions every single time. Ensure you are using a space heater that is equipped with modern safety features such as a tip-over and overheating system, never use them with an extension cord and keep them a good distance from anything flammable. For fireplaces, be sure to do proper chimney maintenance and never leave a fire burning unattended.

Decorate with care. As households add Christmas trees, holiday lighting and other decorations to their home, electrical circuits can easily become overloaded and spark. Overloading electrical outlets and power strips is responsible for around 25% of Christmas tree fires every year. As you decorate, be sure to space out where you are plugging things in, avoid using any decorations with frayed wiring and always unplug everything before leaving the house or going to sleep.

If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Train your office staff on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Extinguisher Tips for your business.

Designating employees to become educated on fire extinguisher use may help protect property and life. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides an online training video to help familiarize you with proper use of extinguishers, but they remind you that it is supplemental and does not replace hands-on training. Fires are classified by the type of material burning and extinguishers are clearly labeled for their use:

• Class A. Items in this category include paper, some plastics, and wood. Since this class uses water, you would not use this extinguisher on any flammable liquid fires, oil, combustible metals, or electrical fire.
• Class B. These are suitable for flammable liquid fires, like those from solvents, gasoline, and oil.
• Class C. When electrical equipment is involved in the fire, you need a Class C extinguisher.
• Class D. A specialty class for metals like potassium, magnesium, and sodium. These metals react with the oxygen in water and combust dramatically.
• Class K. These are especially designed for a kitchen fire from oil and grease.
• CO2 Extinguishers. Effective for Class B and Class C fires.

Be safe when using portable extinguishers. Many extinguishers are rated for multiple classes of fires but using the wrong class of fire extinguisher can cause a fire to spread or react explosively. A good example of this is spreading a grease fire by using water. When using a CO2 fire extinguisher, take extra care to protect your hands from the super cooled nozzle, which can cause frostbite, and use only in a well-ventilated area to prevent too much loss of oxygen for your safety. Be sure only to use portable extinguishers on fires that have just started, not large fires.

After fire damage to your building in North Dallas, TX, you may not be sure how to begin the cleanup process effectively. Fortunately, a professional fire mitigation company is knowledgeable and efficient at handling all the details. One company to help with your recovery and restoration will save you a lot of trouble and get everyone back to work in a timely manner. For more information, call 972-446-0383.

Carrollton Property Damage Restoration Company Promotes Fireworks Safety

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton shares fireworks safety tips from the Texas Department of Insurance.

People love to celebrate with fireworks, especially on the Fourth of July. SERVPRO of Carrollton, a Texas damage restoration company, urges residents of Carrollton, TX and the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area to celebrate this Independence Day safely. The first use of fireworks in a Fourth of July celebration was in Boston, MA, in 1777. Founding father, John Adams said he hoped the anniversary of independence would be remembered for years to come by “guns” and “bonfires” and “illuminations.” Since the first July 4 fireworks display took place during the Revolutionary War, some historians think the fireworks were intended as a “morale booster.” The celebrations at the time would have also included the firing of guns and cannons, adding to the explosive nature of the festivities.

Texans love to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks too! Fireworks are legal in Texas, but counties and cities are allowed to set guidelines. Fireworks are generally not permitted within city limits. Some cities extend the ban as much as 5,000 feet beyond the city limits. Special permits are required for fireworks displays for over 50 people.

The National Fire Protection Association offers these fireworks fire & injury facts. “Fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in 2018, including 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires. These fires caused five deaths, 46 civilian injuries, and $105 million in direct property damage.  In 2018, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,100 people for fireworks-related injuries; half of those injuries were to the extremities and 34% were to the eye or other parts of the head. Children younger than 15 years of age accounted for more than one-third (36%) of the estimated 2018 injuries.”

How to Stay Safe When Using Fireworks

While fireworks are a fixture of many holiday celebrations, these explosives have an inherent element of danger. The Texas Department of Insurance offers the following fireworks safety tips to help people have fun with fireworks and stay safe.

  1. Follow local mandates.

Some towns allow only certain types of fireworks, and most areas do not allow fireworks within city limits or during burn bans. Follow the local law and contact the local fire officials if there are any questions.

  1. Find out if a permit is required.

Organizers will need a permit from the local fire department if they are holding a fireworks show for a group of 50 people or larger.

  1. Hire licensed professionals.

If someone is hired to put on a display for a group, the group organizers need to confirm that the individual has a Texas pyrotechnic operator’s license. To find out if someone is licensed to shoot off fireworks, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 1-800-578-4677 or

  1. Check to see if fireworks are legal in the area.

Fireworks can be sold only at certain times of the year, typically during a week or so leading up to a major holiday. Besides the Fourth of July and New Year’s, Texas counties have the option to include Texas Independence Day (March 2), San Jacinto Day (April 21), Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and Memorial Day.

Anyone can use fireworks any day of the year as long as they are not banned in the area where they are being used.

  1. Stay safe!
  • Children should not use fireworks, and an adult should always be present when children are near a fireworks display.
  • Alcohol and fireworks are a recipe for an emergency room trip.
  • Always follow the firework instructions exactly.
  • Never shoot fireworks around dry grass, brush, or other flammable materials.
  • Never aim fireworks at a home, animal, or person.
  • Keep a bucket of water, garden hose, or another water source nearby for emergencies.

Fire and Water Damage Specialists

When a home or business is dealing with the aftermath of a fire, the damage that it can cause to the property structure and valuable possessions can be extremely devastating. At SERVPRO of Carrollton, the team understands the stress, confusion, and emotions that are present when dealing with this kind of ordeal. The SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled and certified, as well as equipped with fire damage restoration equipment to take special care of the client’s property and possessions. The team will be there with the customer every step along the way to explain the process to help get them through this stressful time.

SERVPRO of Carrollton Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate the process for the typical fire damage restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration


Texans have much to celebrate, and fireworks are often a part of these celebrations. Following safety tips make for safer celebrations. When a homeowner or business experiences fire and water damage, the repair and restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton are available 24/7 with the knowledge, expertise, training, and equipment to restore the structure to its condition before the fire and water damage.

To learn more about the full line of fire and water damage restoration services, visit the SERVPRO of Carrollton website at Contact a representative from SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383.

Important information to know if you have a fire at your home or office.

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help! Fire Damage can spread Quickly.

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

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Carrollton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • 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 odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 972-446-0383

Fire Safety during COVID-19.

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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We hope that you are staying safe and healthy while we continue with social distancing. With most Texans at home during this time, we hope that you are also cautious of home fire safety.  According to the National Fire Protection Act (NFPA), the leading year-round causes of home fires are: 

  • Cooking
  • Heating
  • Electrical equipment 

Because people are spending more time at home, they are engaging in activities that add to the home fire problem. It’s important to recognize what the potential hazards are and how to prevent them. Preventing fires during this uncertain time will help keep everyone safe and prevent thousands of dollars in fire damage.

Biggest Causes of Home Fires

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in Dallas/ Fort Worth area. It is responsible for nearly half of all reported home fires, with unattended cooking as the leading cause of home cooking fires. So, if you are not keeping a close eye on what you’re cooking, you are more likely to have a home fire. 

With COVID-19, there’s a high risk for distracted cooking since many households are now dealing with out-of-the-ordinary circumstances. For example, the kids are out of school and the parents are working from home.

The second highest cause of home fires is heating equipment, causing an average of 52,050 home fires each year. Heating systems are still in use in a large part of the country this time of year. Since most people are at home, these heating systems are being used for more hours than usual. 

Finally, electrical outlets are the third-highest cause for home fires. Now that many people working and schooling from home, there is the likelihood of many individuals using the same outlets to charge: 

  • Phones 
  • Laptops
  • Other digital equipment

Tips to Keep in Mind

The NFPA recommends that you use best fire practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:

Cooking and Grilling Outdoors 

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Turn off the stove or other cooking appliances if you leave the kitchen for any amount of time
  • Use a timer so you don’t forget that you have something on the stove or in the oven
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop
  • Be sure the smoke detector near the kitchen is working properly
  • Turn all handles inward so that someone can’t accidentally tip over a hot pan
  • Refrain from cooking if you are tired or not feeling well 
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three-feet around the stove or grill 
  • Grill outside and away from any structures. …
  • Make sure your grill is stable and clean
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing


  • Charge phones and other digital devices with the appropriate cords
  • When charging digital devices, do not cover them with a pillow or charge on flammable surfaces such as the bed or couch.
  • Don't overload outlets, especially with appliances that produce heat, such as coffee-makers or toasters 
  • Plug major appliances directly into a dedicated wall outlet
  • Never string electrical cords across doorways or under carpets 
  • Use a light bulb with the correct number of watts. 
  • Smoke alarms should be located on every level of the home and near/in bedrooms
  • Test your smoke alarms every month to ensure they’re working
  • Develop and practice a home escape plan so everyone knows what to do in a fire.

SERVPRO of Carrollton remains committed to supporting you as we navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19. We want to provide you with the resources you need to minimize your risk and help prevent losses and injuries. Please call us immediately for any questions and concerns you have about COVID-19 or if your property suffers from fire and water damage. 


What is Fire Damage?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire damage refers to the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. This damage may either be directly caused by the flames or could occur due to smoke and other corrosive substances emitted by the fire.

In terms of insurance, fire damage is one of the types of coverage offered in property insurance.

The six types of fire damage are as follows:

  • Class A: fire that involves flammable solids, such as paper, cloth, wood, and plastics.
  • Class B: fire that involves flammable liquids or solids that can turn into liquids.
  • Class C: fire that involves flammable gasses, such as propane, hydrogen, natural gas, and butane.
  • Class D: fire that involves combustible metals, including sodium, magnesium, and potassium.
  • Class E: fire that involves factors in Class A and B as well as electrical elements.
  • Class F: relatively hotter and more destructive fire that involves cooking oils and fats.

Furthermore, many insurance companies divide fire damage into two categories: primary and secondary. The former refers to damage caused by the flames, while the latter refers to damage caused by smoke or other substances from the fire.

If you are interested in having one of our fire damage professionals take a look at your property after a fire, please give SERVPRO a call today at 972-446-0383.

Tips to Survive a House Fire

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Residential fires are the worst because they affect the whole family. A house fire breaks out every eighty-six seconds, and seconds are all the occupants have to escape a growing fire. The Underwriters Laboratories, which conducts state-of-the-art fire safety testing, says three minutes or less is the time window to escape a house fire.

The National Fire Protection Association noted that in 2018, there were 363,000 house fires. That same year saw 3,655 fatalities resulting from all structural fires. Of these 3,655 fire fatalities, 2,720 or 74% of all fire deaths occurred in the home.

Fire safety statistics show that “Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and another 293 children are injured from fires or burns. Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires. Home fires can spread rapidly and leave families as little as two minutes to escape after an alarm sounds. Children under 5 years of age are at the greatest risk from home fire death and injury; their death rate is nearly twice the national average. Each year, nearly 488 children ages 14 and under die in home fires, and another 116,600 children are injured from a fire/burn related incident.”

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reports, “About 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year, most from smoke inhalation, and 500,000 pets are affected overall.” Pet owners should also be aware that pets cause about 1,000 house fires a year.

Plan to Protect Loved Ones

Having a Fire Escape Plan is a necessity for everyone who lives in a house or an apartment, especially if children or older adults are present. According to the American Red Cross, only 26% of Americans have a fire escape plan, and young children and older adults are twice as likely to perish in a house fire as the general population.

Ten Tips to Survive a House Fire

  1. Create a Fire Escape Plan

Write down a formal escape plan. Clearly describe evacuation routes, exits, and the meetup location. Designate a fire escape leader. Give instructions on contacting the authorities for help. The National Fire Protection Association offers free resources to help create a detailed fire escape plan.

  1. Place Rope Ladders on the Upper Floors

If the home has upper floors or high windows, locate fire escape ladders at each window or upper-level deck. It is not necessary to have ladders dangling from each floor, but the durable, high-quality ladders should be ready to deploy if the downstairs is impassable.

  1. Invest in Several Fire Extinguishers

Purchase multiple fire extinguishers and locate them around the home in the major rooms. These rooms include the master bedroom, the kitchen, the living room, and the bathrooms. A fire extinguisher can put out a small fire before it grows out of control. It can also clear a pathway through existing flames, enabling an escape.

  1. Install and Test Smoke Alarms

Most homes already have smoke alarms. If smoke alarms are needed, install them immediately at every level and in each of the major rooms of the house. Test them monthly. Repair or replace defective units. The risk of dying in reported house fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

  1. Test Doors for Heat Before Opening

A well-known tip for surviving a house fire is to check a door for heat before opening it. Is there any smoke filtering through the cracks between the door and the wall or floor? If not, still do not open the door. Next, feel the door for heat. If the door is warm or hot, do not open it. If the door is neither hot nor warm, cautiously open the door slightly and look for any signs of fire. If there are no signs of fire, it should be safe to exit through the door.

  1. Stay Low to the Ground

Stay low to the floor because the fresher air is near the floor. Hot air rises. The density of the smoke may require getting on hands and knees or even crawling out on one’s stomach. If the smoke is thick and low-hanging, exit as quickly as possible without being overcome by the fumes.

  1. Cover the Mouth and Nose with a Wet Rag or Shirt

In a house fire, smoke often presents the greatest danger. Many people having been overcome by the smoke have passed out and then been overcome by the flames. Cover the mouth and nose with a rag, towel, or piece of clothing. If the situation permits, soak the makeshift mask thoroughly. Staying low to the floor is effective, but the wet rag to the mouth and nose is better.

  1. Do Not Re-Enter the Home After Escaping

Once everyone has safely left the burning home, stay outside. Nothing is more valuable than a life. If someone is still in the house, leave it to the professional fire crew to handle the situation. Inform the fire crew of the missing person and hope and pray for the best.

  1. Place Emergency Kits Near the Exits

Make several kits with some extra clothing, cash, first aid supplies, important names and telephone numbers, or even a thumb drive loaded with essential files. If possible, store a kit in a place on the property but away from the residence. First responders will arrive and assess injuries, burns, or complications from smoke inhalation. Until they do arrive, the leader should check everyone for injuries, burns, and shock.

As an aside, taking a first aid course as a family would be an excellent activity that would not only enrich time together as a family but could also save lives.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice drills that simulate a house fire or other emergency calling for swift evacuation are the best preparation. Thorough training and muscle memory will help overcome the most paralyzing fear. In a situation where seconds count, fear can lead to tragic consequences.


Surviving a house fire requires planning, training, and trust. If a house fire occurs, call the industry leaders in fire and water damage restoration. The team of highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton is on call 24/7. They are fast to the scene. When a home or business is dealing with the aftermath of a fire, the damage and disruption can be devastating. At SERVPRO of Bent Tree, the team understands the stress, confusion, and emotions that accompany such an ordeal. The technicians are highly skilled and certified, as well as equipped with fire damage restoration equipment to take special care of the property and possessions. SERVPRO of Bent Tree walks with clients every step along the way to explain the process to help get through this stressful time.

For more information about fire damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 386-3808 or email

The Do's and Don'ts of Fire and Smoke Damage!

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

House damaged by Fire! Seek Professional Assistance before entering a home that has Smoke and Fire Damage.

While fire damage restoration is better left in the hands of professionals, there are some things you can do on your own. Take note, however, that DIY fire restoration is something you want to do only when the severity of the fire and smoke damage is small.

Fire damage can be a devastating experience both for home and business owners. Fire damage is difficult to overcome and repair, but there are simple things you can do to motivate the process. When you’re wondering what to do after a fire, here’s a look at things to do (and things not to do) during the fire clean-up process.


In the aftermath of a house fire, you might be tempted to start cleaning your home right away. However, take note that cleaning smoke damage, as well as fire damage, involves some health and safety precautions. Before getting started, call a fire marshal to know whether it is safe to enter your home.

Be sure to open doors and windows whenever possible to allow air to circulate when performing a fire and smoke cleaning project. Toxic fumes and chemical compounds from burnt objects can harm your health. Wear proper gear and clothing, including gloves and mask. Additionally, place a drop cloth, plastic sheet or tarp on the floor to prevent the soot stains from the ceilings.

The first step on smoke damage repair is to clean loose soot on the surface of the walls using a vacuum cleaner. Aside from using a vacuum, effective soot and smoke cleaner is a dry chemical sponge. Wipe the soot off the walls and ceilings. Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) is another effective cleaning solution. Add a tablespoon of TSP in gallon warm water. Using a sponge, wipe off the soot vigorously from your walls and ceilings. Alternately, you can mix a solution of white vinegar and warm water to clean soot.


Many people struggle with how to get smoke damage out of clothes.

  1. The first step to cleaning smoke damaged clothes is to remove those that are beyond repair. Next, sort the smoke damage clothes according to their fabric type and washing instruction.
  2. Remove as much soot as you can before washing the clothes with water. This can be done by giving each clothing item a gentle shake or using a vacuum cleaner.
  3. Different types of fabric require different methods of removing soot and smoke damage. For example, 50/50 polyester-cotton blend is best cleaned using a liquid detergent while 65/35 polyester-cotton blend may require powder detergent and bleach.
  4. Lastly, deodorize your clothes. Even after washing and drying clothes and household textiles, they may still have a residual smoke smell. Usually, it will take up to five launderings before the smoke odor is fully removed.


Even after a fire cleanup, the odor can linger for long if not addressed properly. In fact, odor removal is the most exhaustive part of fire damage cleaning.

The best way to clean smoke damage is to remove soot and charring. Of course, you first want to asses the extent of the damage and whether it is more practical or reasonable to hire a professional or do it on your own.

It is critical to remove the source of the odor. Items that can no longer be salvaged should be discarded immediately while those that can still be rescued should be cleaned as soon as possible. To clean them, you will need a wet sponge for hard, porous surfaces and a dry sponge for hard, less porous surfaces. Use air movers to improve ventilation.

Thoroughly clean all furniture and other items in your home to get rid of the smoke odor. Mix a solution of water, some baking soda, vinegar, and detergent to clean various surfaces. You can also place odor absorbers such as charcoal, baking soda, odor-neutralizing gel beads, and an air purifier. You can use air freshener or scented air filter as well.


Your checklist for after a fire should contain certain non-negotiable tasks, including:

  • DO contact a certified restoration specialist: Make sure you immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services
  • DO turn off utilities: Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.
  • DO break out the vacuum: A professional should provide service, but you can enhance the professional’s chances of success by doing the first pass on your own. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. Your furniture will look better as soon as the soot is removed. Also, cover your furniture with a sheet if you need to sit on it while waiting for professional help. This will prevent the soot and ash from grinding into your upholstery.
  • DO address your carpets, floors, and countertops: Give similar treatment to your carpets. Vacuum them for an immediate and superficial improvement over the damaged state. It will help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the carpet’s roots. Countertops and hardwood floors should be wiped clean to prevent the soot from deeply staining and clinging to the surfaces.
  • DO check your appliances: Your utilities should be off. Make sure empty your freezer and refrigerator, and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Likewise, winterize your plumbing and drain your hot water heater and boiler. In the absence of heat during the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage.
  • DO take care of pets: Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to them.


Your checklist should also include several things to avoid at all times, including:

  • DON’T use your AC, heater or electronics: Wait until a professional arrives on the scene — same with electronics like the television, computers and DVD players. Turning on electronics can create greater damage.
  • DON’T clean walls or clothing: Also, do not clean walls, ceilings and other similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
  • DON’T eat leftover food: Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment when the fire was being extinguished.
  • DON’T wipe away powder from extinguishers: Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. It is best to let professionals guide the clean-up of these areas.

These are some basic guidelines for preventing further damage and get a head start on cleanup, but they are not a substitute for professional restoration services. When in doubt, wait for the professionals. Upholstery, carpets and counters are fine to begin cleaning, but the rest is best left to the pros. And remember, never reenter a home until it has been cleared by the fire department or other local officials.

Only when you have been given a “go” signal by a fire marshal should you consider to start the clean up after fire damage. Always practice proper caution when handling fire restoration work. Wear proper clothing, gloves, and mask. The walls and ceilings are the surfaces that are most commonly damaged by fire and smoke. Insulation should be removed and replaced at any instance of a house fire.

Seeking professional fire restoration services is highly recommended if the extent of the damage is serious enough to address on your own.


If you’re wondering what to do after a fire, it’s always tempting to start the cleanup process immediately, and do as much as possible. The best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized equipment and knowledge that only a professional can provide. A trusted professional will offer an after-fire checklist that will help speed along the fire and smoke damage cleanup process. Consulting a professional will help you restore your property back to like-new condition as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Carrollton is always HERE to HELP!  You can reach us at 972-0446-0383!

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Furniture Damaged by Smoke Smoke Damaged Furniture

The first substantial step is calling a knowledgeable fire damage restoration expert to assess the damage and develop an action plan to restore your home.  The quicker you act, the faster we can get your family back into and comfortable in your home.

SERVPRO of Carrollton is a preferred restoration company for many major insurance carriers meaning we have the experience and knowledge of working with your insurance company and adjusters. You have enough stress, let us offer our expertise and get you back into your home.

What does the Experience of SERVPRO of Carrollton mean for You and Include? 

It means you will be treated with dignity, respect, and receive customer service above your expectations. 

Our experience includes:

  • Securing your home and any belongings that may still be salvageable.
  • Repair and restore any portions of the home to the original condition.
  • Keep you informed the entire process of what is upcoming
  • Deodorizing and neutralizing the smoke and soot damage.
  • Work with your insurance company to get your home back to its original condition.

Moreover, the following services are completed concerning your home and its mitigation and restoration:

  • Complete Structure Repair & Rebuild
  • Odor control and deodorization to remove all traces of smoke odor
  • Board-Up Structure / Temporary Fencing / On-Site Security
  • Debris Removal
  • Structural Drying
  • Soot, smoke and residue removal
  • Dehumidification
  • Carpentry / Structure repairs
  • HVAC Cleaning and Decontamination

One call to SERVPRO of Carrollton can offer you the peace of mind that comes from knowing professionals are on the job and restoring your smoke damaged home to the home you once loved!   

You can reach us by calling 972-446-0383 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

What To Expect During the Fire Cleanup Process

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage in a Carrollton, TX home

Steps to Restore Your Home Back to Pre- fire Condition

If you’ve experienced a home fire in Carrollton, TX, one of the first things you should do once the flames have been completely extinguished is to get in contact with a fire damage restoration company. These professionals can respond in an emergency situation and help rebuild and restore your home in the most efficient manner possible. After inspecting your home for smoke damage and ensuring it is safe to work in, the restoration specialists will begin the fire cleanup process. Here is some information on the steps that are taken to restore your damaged home back to its pre-fire condition.

1. Water Removal

It is very common for homes to experience extensive water damage after a home fire has occurred if a fire hose was used to extinguish the flames or if other issues occurred such as a pipe burst. If flooding or water damage is present when the restoration specialist enters your home, they will first focus on removing as much water as possible and completely drying all surfaces and belongings.

2. Smoke or Soot Cleanup

An essential part of the fire cleanup process is to address any smoke or soot damage that has occurred. Soot and smoke can corrode metal surfaces, deteriorate wood, and cause discoloration to walls. Through the use of special equipment and expert techniques, the restoration specialist can remove all soot and smoke damage from your home.


The restoration specialist will need to clean all your items and purify the air before you can move back into your home. Smoke cleaning and odor removal will help remove any lingering smells from the house and make the air safe for you to breathe.
When you contact a fire damage restoration company after a house fire, addressing any water, soot, or smoke damage and completely sanitizing your home is all part of the fire cleanup process. Before you know it, they will be able to start the rebuilding process and make your house feel like home again.

How Fire Sprinklers Work During a Fire

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire, a reliable fire sprinkler system can save lives

Here Are the Different Ways a Sprinkler Works to Extinguish a Fire

In the event of a fire, a reliable fire sprinkler system can save lives. Equipping your commercial building in Carrollton, TX, with sprinklers also significantly reduces property loss and damage. To protect all of your employees and keep your building safe, it’s crucial to have a fire suppression system installed and functioning properly. Here are the different ways a sprinkler works to extinguish a fire.

Detects Heat

While the presence of smoke sets off a smoke detector, sprinkler systems are mainly triggered by heat. As soon as a spark appears, the following takes place:

  • Air surrounding fire heats up
  • Heated air rises towards ceiling
  • Sprinkler head senses heat and activates

Detecting heat is an essential feature of a fire sprinkler because it enables it to drown out the fire as soon as possible. Making sure your system is in good shape is necessary in order to be prepared for a real fire.

Douses the Flames

Once the sprinkler has sensed heat around it, it releases pressurized water. The water comes from a pipe system that connects to a water source outside the building. After heat causes the sprinkler to activate, a valve in the sprinkler head opens and water flows out. Because the water is pressurized, it is able to douse the fire completely and ensure that it is safely extinguished.

Keeps Water Confined to Area of Fire

When heat rises towards the ceiling, only the sprinkler head closest to the heat source activates while the other sprinklers stay sealed. This can prevent excessive water damage from harming your building. However, the water that flows from the one or two active sprinklers can still cause harm to your building, which is why it is vital to contact a professional and schedule a fire sprinkler cleanup immediately.

If your building in Carrollton, TX, has water damage as a result of fire sprinkler activation, don’t wait to call for help. A water damage repair specialist can help restore your business in no time.

For Fire Immediate Service in Carrollton, Call SERVPRO

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Carrollton Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Carrollton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Carrollton, TX and surrounding areas. 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

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

Residential Services

Whether your Carrollton home needs emergency fire damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for commercial fire or Water damage to strike your Carrollton commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 –(972) 446-0383

How a Fire Can Cause Water Damage to Your Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

House fire in a Carrollton, TX home

If your home in Carrollton, TX, has recently gone through a house fire, widespread fire and smoke damage is not the only troublesome outcome you will have to deal with. Firefighters rely on using an extremely large amount of water to extinguish the flames, which can result in problematic water damage to your home. Fortunately, immediately contacting a fire damage restoration company can help minimize the extent of the damage. Here is some general information on how water can damage your home after a fire and what a restoration company can do to help.

Common Necessary Damage Repairs

When a putting fire out in your home, firefighters use a fire hose, which releases a large amount of water at very high pressure. Once that amount of water enters your home, there is a wide range of damage that will need to be addressed:

  • Damaged electronics, appliances, and other personal belongings
  • Soaked or rotted wood
  • Ceiling, drywall, and carpet damage
  • Mold growth
  • Damage to electrical components and wiring

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

As soon as you get in contact with a restoration company, they will assess how much damage has occurred to your home and develop a plan. A specialist will then provide a temporary structure to any compromised areas of your home by boarding up missing walls or windows and placing a tarp over any holes in your roof.

Next, the specialist will focus on drying water and removing smoke from your home. Once, this is complete, he or she will clean all salvageable structures and items. Finally, the representative will restore your home completely by repairing or rebuilding whatever needs to be fixed.

Although a house fire can be devastating to you and your family, a fire restoration company can help reverse the effects of water and fire damage on your home. Make sure to call as soon as you can so they can act quickly.

Don't Forget To Clean Odors and Soot After a Fire

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

During a fire, soot residue is carried by rising and expanding air

Don't Forget To Clean Odors and Soot After a Fire

The sight and smell of a crackling fire can be wonderful when you're under a blanket on a sofa. But you don't want that smell in your house in Carrollton, TX, especially not if it is a constant reminder of a fire that you just survived. Smoke damage, persistent smoke smells and soot damage, while less noticeable than burned walls and furniture, can be an ongoing source of trouble long after a fire has been put out if they are not remediated.

Making sure the smoke damage to your personal property and furniture, as well as to the structure of your home, is cleaned will go a long way to mitigate the odors. Places where smoke odors can linger range from the obvious to the less visible.

  • Upholstered furniture like sofas, arm chairs and dining chairs
  • Soft furnishings like throw pillows, blankets, seat cushions and drapes
  • Throw rugs, area rugs and wall to wall carpeting
  • Semi porous surfaces such as lamp shades and air filters
  • Interior walls and built-in cabinets and seating

Soot develops when materials burn and the resulting particulate matter spreads out. It accumulates on visible surfaces like countertops and tables, and it can also find its way into hidden spaces. Make sure to check for soot damage on cabinet and pantry shelves, on and inside books and magazines, on appliance surfaces and inside closets. Soot can also make its way inside electronics such as TVs and computers where it can cause damage. It must be completely removed to stop it from being spread back into clean areas on the soles of shoes or via hands that have handled sooty items.

House fires burn structures and destroy personal property, and surviving them in Carrollton, TX is hard enough. Make sure that smoke damage is addressed when the fire damage is repaired so that you don't have to live with dirt and odor reminders of the disaster.

Content Cleaning: How To Salvage Smoke Damaged Materials

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire cleaning in a Carrollton, TX home

How To Salvage Smoke Damaged Materials

A fire can result in significant material loss. While dry-cleaning and other professional services may be your best option for salvaging smoke damaged materials, they inevitably cost money, so why not try a DIY approach first.

1. Assess Salvageability

Before attempting any content cleaning, it is essential to figure out what is salvageable. The truth is that fire and smoke do significant damage, some of which is irreversible. If clothing is scorched or the material is marred, it is better to replace the item. However, you can and likely should consult with a professional before discarding anything of significance.

2. Vacuum or Shake Off Excess Soot

Before washing, you should vacuum or shake off excess soot. Do not scrub the items or attempt to use an upright vacuum or a brush attachment, as these items will only grind the residue deeper into the fabric or material. Instead, use a nozzle attachment and, hovering slightly above the surface, slowly vacuum away loose soot.

3. Deodorize and Wash

Once all loose soot is removed, you can begin the deodorizing process. While you can soak many household fabrics, like curtains and furniture covers, in a tub of warm water and dishwashing detergent overnight, some materials may require specialized services, like dry-cleaning and carpet cleaning. Additionally, items that can be machine washed may need multiple washings to remove any standing odors entirely.

4. Seek Professional Assistance

There are instances where you may need the assistance of a professional to remove odors and smoke damage. A Fire remediation specialist in the Carrollton, TX, area can assist you in facilitating the assistance of cleaning services that specialize in smoke and fire damage. Additionally, they may even be able to help you in finding appropriate content storage as your home is repaired.

While it may seem like an easy task to clean smoke damaged materials, there is a process. Unfortunately, for many DIYers, part of that process often includes the use of professional cleaning services, like dry-cleaning. However, if you are so inclined, you can try to vacuum away loose soot, deodorize the materials and wash everything several times to salvage your smoke damaged materials.

Fire Alarms: The 3 Most Common Causes of False Alarms in Smoke Detectors

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Replace the batteries of your smoke alarm at least once per year

While a fire alarm is a terrifying noise, not all alarms require the Carrollton, TX, Fire Department or the recovery assistance of a fire restoration company. Some alarms, especially from smoke detectors, are false, but what causes these essential contraptions to produce a false alarm? Keep reading to find out.

1. Malfunction/False Alarm

Sometimes the only explanation of a false alarm is a malfunction. A smoke alarm is a piece of machinery, and as such, it is prone to some unexplainable quirks from time to time. That being said, every smoke detector that is labeled with the UL logo is rigorously tested for effectiveness and performance.

2. Low or Dying Batteries

Likely the most common cause of a false fire alarm is low or dying batteries. The recommendation is that you replace your smoke alarm batteries at least once per year, but because they are inconspicuous and rarely used, smoke detectors are easy to forget. It may be helpful to write a reminder on your calendar or set up an alarm on your phone to remind you to replace the batteries.

3. Dust and Smoke Damage

Oddly enough smoke and fire damage can cause a false alarm, as well as dust buildup. If a smoke detector has been exposed to fire and smoke before, the remnants of that damage can interfere with the detection process and trigger an alarm. Additionally, if dust builds up in the housing of the alarm blocking either the ionization or the photoelectric pulse, then it too can trigger a false alarm.

4. Accidental Test

Also, the accidental pressing of the test button can trigger a false alarm. Whether you were dusting around the smoke alarm, replacing the batteries, or trying to put the housing cover back on, the test button can easily set off a false alarm.

A false fire alarm may be one of the biggest frustrations a homeowner can experience. However, while false alarms may be a nuisance, there are several explanations for why they occur, and despite the irritation, you still can agree that a false alarm is better than no alarm at all.

How To Choose a Smoke Detector For Your Home

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With well-chosen devices and regular maintenance, The National Fire Protection Association claims the presence of a smoke detector can double your chances of surviving a house fire. Taking special care in selecting the devices that will protect your home is crucial for giving you the time you need should that smoke alarm go off.

Consider the Size of Your Home.

Unless your Carrollton, TX, home could be considered a hallmark of the tiny house movement, you’re probably going to need more than one smoke alarm. The NFPA recommends a smoke detector be installed in multiple locations:

• On every level, including basement and attic
• In every hallway that leads to a sleeping area
• Within every bedroom
• At either end of a stairway

With a minimum of three detectors necessary for a two-bedroom home, it is important to consider the variety of options available for fire safety.

Choose Your Preference.

What smoke alarm you choose largely depends on your personal preference, but it is important to know the pros and cons of each option:

• Ionization alarms create an electric current within the smoke detector by ionizing the air with minimal amounts of the radioactive element americium 241. If smoke particles enter the chamber, the current will be disrupted and trigger the alarm. They are highly susceptible to flaming fires, such as from paper or grease.
• Photoelectric alarms incorporate a small strobe light which when diffracted by smoke particles, will trigger a sensor that sounds the alarm. Smoldering fires, often started in bedding or clothing, are better detected by this device.
• Combination devices will have a dual-sensor to incorporate both ionization and photoelectric components. The NFPA recommends having a mix of both styles of smoke alarms within your home, making this a single choice for cohesive protection.

Other considerations to include: power source, a convenient way to regularly test, ease of maintenance and other personal needs such as visual assistance or carbon monoxide testing.

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Do not DIY a Fire Damaged Property

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire in the home, it's also important to have the fire cleanup estimated. An insurance adjuster will visit the property to see exactly the extent of what needs to be replaced after the fire damage, and what financial effects the fire loss will have on the property. At a minimum, the policy should be able to cover the smoke damage, soot damage and any other damage needed to get the house back to reasonable condition.

The fire damage in a home may seem like a job that can be handled by the owner. This is not advised, as most people don't have the tools or knowledge to handle such a job. Water damage from fighting the fire also adds to the risk. Items in the fire loss can be water logged and much heavier. After a fire in the home, it's normal to want to tackle the problem and handle the fire cleanup.

Employees Shouldn't Work until After Mitigation

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage and fire loss must be repaired in the same manner as the fire in home damage, but it is repaired with the techniques used for fire in business damages. The soot damage and smoke damage has more places to go, and it will cause more problems because it will contaminate a much larger area. The fire cleanup crew will continue to check for soot and damage, and they will do many checks to be sure the smoke smell is gone.

Fire damage in a facility must be addressed before the employees may begin working again. Fire in home and fire in business damage must be removed by a commercial fire damage company as soon as they see all soot damage and smoke damage. There are many things that will make the fire cleanup process harder, and the air quality will begin to improve for everyone involved.

SERVPRO of Carrollton will have most of the damage cleaned up so employees can return to work quickly.

Carrollton Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

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
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Carrollton will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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 odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage

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How Often Should You Clean a Dryer Vent?

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

How Often Should You Clean a Dryer Vent?

A home clothes dryer that is not regularly cleaned and maintained can cause a fire and result in extensive property damage. Approximately 2,900 clothes dryer fires are reported each year in the United States, and a dryer fire poses a similar risk of severe injuries as any kind of residential fire. The primary cause of home dryer fires is failure to clean lint filters and vent pipes. The best way to prevent a lint fire is to gather and dispose of the lint that collects while drying laundry on a regular basis. Here are a few guidelines on how often to clean dryer filters and vents.

• After every load, you should clean out the lint filter of your dryer.

• A few times a month, you should check the back of the dryer to make sure that lint is not building up.

• Every three months, you should clean lint out of the vent pipe connected to your dryer. Use a snake tool to get lint that has collected further into the pipe than you can reach. Removing excess lint from in and around your dryer is essential for preventing a lint fire.

• Every six months, you should clean the lint filter in your dryer with a nylon brush, or clean the filter more frequently as it becomes clogged.

• Whenever necessary, you should have your dryer cleaned by professionals, particular if the appliance has become less efficient and it takes longer to dry clothes.

Dryer fires are more likely to occur during the fall and winter months, with the month of January seeing the most dryer fires. If you experience a dryer fire, you should call firefighters to make sure that the blaze is extinguished. You may also want to contact a residential damage restoration service Carrollton, TX to repair damage to the area surrounding your laundry machines after a lint fire

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Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Carrollton Home

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree has staff that are IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies and employees. 

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration, fire restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree-
SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and has certified IICRC employees. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.