Recent Fire Damage Posts

A Fire Occurred in Your Parchment, MI Home. What’s next?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

This home was damaged badly by a huge fire. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always here for you. Don't hesitate to give us a call at (269)342-2366.

National fire statistics indicate that a residential fire occurs approximately every 90 seconds somewhere in the United States. However, when you suffer a fire, only one fire matters to you. Personal belongings are a treasure of life, and a reflection of hard work and achievements. Photographs, books, and other personal items have a value that cannot be put into words. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo professionals have the ability to help restore your belongings. Follow these emergency fire damage tips while you wait until SERVPRO arrives:

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is here for your Parchment, MI home. Our highly trained professionals will work quickly and efficiently to restore your home. Don’t hesitate to call us (269) 342-2366.

Deodorizing After a Fire in Your Schoolcraft Home

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is trained and equipped to find the source of smoke odor and to effectively eliminate them from your home. Proper deodorization is vital as smoke odors may appear to be gone, only to reappear months later. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the home leaving odorous residues and deposits on surfaces in those hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and result in periodically resurfacing odors. Unfortunately, such damages are often made more severe when unprepared property owners attempt to perform the cleanup themselves. All of your restorable items in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes furniture draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, and much more. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo does not merely cover up lingering odors with fragrance, we seek out the source of odor and remove them.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Richland, MI Home

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

A fire on a black background There's No Such Thing As a Small Fire .

There’s no such thing as a small fire.  Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces throughout your entire home and cause odors that may last for years.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands how events like fire can affect your life. Concerns may range from the expense of replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake. Typically restoring an item will save you money verses replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures. SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo consists of a 24-hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both home and the homeowner. Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services we can help you regain control quickly and personal belongings.

What to do after a house fire in Parchment, MI

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

A home damaged by fire This house was damaged by a large fire.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is always there to help and make it "Like it never even happened." Listed below are things you can do until SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo arrives:

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 

Handling a Grease Fire in Your Climax, MI

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Food cooking in pan. If fire damage occurs in your home, Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires and home injuries. One of which being the common household grease fire. Grease fires burn hot and can spread quickly. If not handled properly they can be dangerous. If a grease fire occurs in your home, remember these tips. 

  • Turn off the heat source.
  • Cover the flames with a metal lid or pan to cut off oxygen to the fire. 
  • If the fire is small, use baking soda to smother it.
  • Do not pour water onto the flames.
  • Do not fan the fire. It could spread the flames.
  • As a last resort, use a chemical fire extinguisher to extinguish the flames.

As a leader in fire restoration, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is equipped for the job. Our crew responds quickly, making fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (269)342-2366.

Controlling Fire Damage in Your Richland, Michigan Home

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Family standing in front of fire. Once the fire it out, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is there to help put the pieces back together!

To our customers, they’re not just contents; they are pieces of their family history.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands the feelings of frustration and overwhelming concern our customers may experience when trying to pick up the charred pieces of their memories and belongings.  Our priority is helping our customers regain control and to help them close the claim quickly.  Within 8 business hours of arriving to your home, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo will discuss the extent of the damage and the steps we will need to take to restore the home and personal belongings.  This information will be provided electronically to your insurance company using a claims reporting system that expedites the process and reduces the work load for your agent and adjuster. Our professionals will make every effort not only to restore your home, but also, your peace of mind. 

Call us today at (269) 342-2366.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Rid Your Portage, MI Home of Kitchen Fire Hazards Today

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Coffee and book by fireplace. Your family's safety is what is most important to us! In the event of a fire, call SERVPRO East Kalamazoo at (269) 273-8777.

House fires are not planned; however they can often be prevented. The kitchen is a common place for home fire to occur. Keeping your kitchen appliances clean is simple enough, yet it isn’t always as simple as it sounds. These easy cleaning tips can help keep your home from going up in smoke and flames.

  • Purchase a good quality cleaner for cleaning kitchen appliances.
  • Spray the inside of your oven with cleaner, close the door, and let set over night. In the morning the grime should wipe away with ease.
  • Be sure to keep the inside heating chamber of your crockpot clean. Do not put in dish water or dishwasher. A spray should be used. Cover and let set over night before wiping down.
  • Clean stovetop after each use. Heat elements should be free of any buildup or debris.
  • Wipe down the heating element of your coffee pot regularly. Unseen residues can buildup on the hot surface under the pot.

In the unfortunate event that a fire does occur in your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366. They make fire damage look “Like it never even happened.

Cleaning Fire Damage in Your Galesburg, MI Residence

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Candle flame When fire strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269) 342-2366.

Even small fires can cause severe damage to your Galesburg, MI residence. It is always best to call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo to handle the cleanup for you. We have the expertise and top notch equipment to get the job done right.

Until help arrives, safety for you and your family are our main concern. Before entering the home, be sure to check for signs of structural damage. This may include weakened floors or collapsing ceilings, among other things. Keep an eye out for downed electrical wires or slip hazards throughout the home. Smoke can leave unseen particles lingering in the air. It is best to wear a mask when reentering the home.

We know this is a stressful time for you. We are here to set your mind at ease and restore your home “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo today at (269)342-2366.

Protecting Pets of Galesburg, MI Against House Fires

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Dog wearing SERVPRO hat They aren't just pets. They are family. Put a plan in place today, to ensure their safety tomorrow.

You may have cats, dogs, or even gerbils running about your home. To you they are part of your family. Therefore, you want to protect them as such. Have you ever considered what may become of them in the event of a house fire? Where would you take them? If not you, who would care for them?

Most of us have emergency plans in mind for our families. Unfortunately, many don’t plan for their pets. If a fire occurs that forces you out of your home, you may need to stay somewhere that does not allow pets. It is important for you, and for them, to have a plan in place. Call local shelters, or friends and family members to determine what your options are. Be sure to have a secondary plan in place in case the first option falls through.

When fire ravages your home, call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269)342-2366. Our team is highly qualified and well equipped. Let us restore your home “Like it never even happened.” We want you and your pets to return to a well restored home.

There's No Such Thing as a Small Fire in Comstock, Michigan

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Soot and fire damage to local home SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can bring you peace of mind when a damaging event has taken over! Call us at (269) 342-2366.

Regardless of the size of the event, a fire in one room can damage belongings and surfaces through your entire home and cause odors that may last for years.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands how events like a fire can affect your life.  Concerns may range from the expense of replacing personal belongings to the emotions associated with losing an actual keepsake.  Typically restoring an item will save you money versus replacing the item, relieving your concern of losing priceless treasures.  SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo consists of a 24 hour emergency response team, trained in caring for both the home and the homeowner.  Trained, uniformed technicians are on-site of fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.  By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo can help you regain control quickly and help protect your home and personal belongings.

Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the professionals at (269) 342-2366.  We make fire damage "Like it never even happened."

One 4 year old chef and Two Plastic Bowls in Richland, MI: What Could Go Wrong?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Even the smallest of kitchen fires leave behind smoke residue. Let us help make it, "Like it never even happened."

People say it all the time; they grow up way too fast. One day you’re bringing them home from the hospital. The next thing you know they are off to college. Somewhere in the middle of all that, you get to watch them discover doing things for themselves. After all, they can’t depend on mom and dad forever. This young four year old of Richland, MI was no exception.

After watching his mother cook a multitude of family meals, he was confident he could handle one on his own. The young chef went to the refrigerator, removed a container of food, placed it on the hot stove, and continued watching television. His mother discovered her little chef’s masterpiece when she smelled smoke. The container was in flames, along with a towel that lay beside the burner. His mother quickly dowsed the fire in baking soda, removed the burnt items, and opened the windows.

Unfortunately, his mother spent 2 months spraying deodorizer to cover the smell until it went away. She should have called the professionals at SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo. They are trained and highly equipped to find sources of smoke odor and effectively eliminate these odors. Don’t let the stench of smoke residue take over your home; call us today at (269) 342-2366.

Kalamazoo Residents: Are Your Pets Included in Your Emergency Plans?

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Being prepared is key!

Preparing for your pets!

It's important to remember if it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them either.

  • Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing collars with current identification information.
  • Include your pets in your evacuation drills so they become used to traveling in their carriers.
  • Check to see that your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Those records should be kept in an easily accessible place.
  • Prepare a list of emergency lodging for pets.
  • Look for pet friendly hotels in case you can no longer stay in your home.
  • Have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make a pet emergency kit that may include food, dishes, medications, or veterinarian records.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. We know how important it is to keep your family and pet's safe! If your family does experience a fire, we have many tips on our website of what to do, and what not to do after a fire.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo (269) 342-2366

Fire Prevention Tips for Comstock Residents

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

When fire strikes your Comcast home, don't attempt to wash or clean any belongings without first contacting SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo understands that you have items in your home that you treasure and value. Our restoration professionals have the ability to help restore your belongings instead of replacing them after smoke or soot damage. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings. That’s why SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fire Prevention Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and on every level of a home.
  • Check smoke alarms once per month and change the batteries at least once per year.
  • Plan an escape route and practice it at least twice per year.
  • Determine if your smoke alarm uses a back up battery. Using an electric smoke alarm may be ineffective during a power outage.

Keep Your Valuables Safe From Fire

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo wants to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire.

First Step: Fireproof Safety Box

We know how important it is to keep your belongings safe. The first step in keeping your valuables and important documents safe is purchasing a fireproof safety box. This box will make sure your items stay secure in case of a fire.

Items you might store in your safety box include:   

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security cards
  • Property titles
  • Spare keys
  • Digital hard drives containing family photos
  • Jewelry  

What SERVPRO Can Do

If your home does suffer from a fire, SERVPRO can help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. 

Limiting Fire Damage in Portage, Michigan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

What happens in the kitchen, should STAY in the kitchen!

A kitchen fire, regardless of the size, can be overwhelming for you.  Understandably, you want to regain control quickly.  Trained in the cleanup and care of your home and personal belongings, SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo arrives onsite within four hours of notification to begin mitigation services understanding the need you may feel to maintain a sense of control during a fire damage situation.  Communicating the extent of damage, indicating how the damage may be handled and providing reassurance are some of the initial steps taken to help begin the restoration process.

UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

  • Limit movement to prevent further damage
  • Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent additional soiling
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly to prevent corrosion.

When fire damage invades your home, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo at (269) 342-2366.  We make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage to a Galesburg, MI farm house

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Soot infiltrated multiple areas of this Galesburg, MI home.

Smoke and soot can travel and penetrate all rooms of your home affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothing and other belongings.  Quick action is the only way to ensure further destruction.  Just minutes after a fire, soot residue settle onto the property.  Within hours all of the surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage and if left untreated, the restoration process will take longer and cost more.  

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo works neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has occurred.  Our professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.  If you experience fire or smoke damage to your Galesburg, MI home, contact SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, MI at 269-342-2366.  We make fire and smoke damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Certified in Smoke and Fire Restoration

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

The fire trucks may be gone but without proper immediate response, the real damage and the costs are just beginning. To return your residential or commercial property to its preloss condition requires professional restoration. This is not the job for a do-it-yourself property owner.

For results you can have confidence in, the IICRC recommends hiring a certified restoration firm. Restoration to a property can be complex. Proper smoke and odor removal are tasks that require technicians certified in these specific areas.

When selecting a certified restoration firm several factors must be considered:

  • Formal and up-to-date specialized training
  • Health and safety certifications
  • Experience in a wide range of restoration projects
  • Proof of proper insurance and licenses

SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo has all of the above. Call us today! 269-342-2911

Keeping Your Valuables Safe From Fire

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

First Step: Fireproof Safety Box

We know how important it is to keep your belongings safe. The first step in keeping your valuables and important documents safe is purchasing a fireproof safety box. This box will make sure your items stay secure in case of a fire.

Items you might store in your safety box include:   

  • Birth certificate
  • Social Security cards
  • Property titles
  • Spare keys
  • Digital hard drives containing family photos
  • Jewelry  

What SERVPRO Can Do

If your home does suffer from a fire, SERVPRO can help make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Deodorization

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Interesting fact about SERVPRO of East Kalamazoo, we can deodorize your home and business of the toxins that come from substances such as cigarette smoke!

Tobacco smoke is composed of numerous types of gasses as well as carcinogens and heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, and cyanide. Sticky, highly toxic particulates, like nicotine, can cling to walls and ceilings. Gases can be absorbed into carpets, draperies, and other upholsteries.

Many times hotels or realtors will call on us to come in and clean rooms that have been inhabited by heavy smokers. Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home.

Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors (including animal smells such as skunk and wet dog). Call us today 269-362-2911

Not All Smoke Damage Can Be Cleaned With Soap!

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to cleaning smoked-damaged contents after a residential or commercial fire, the variety of contents in a typical job requires restorers to utilize a variety of cleaning methods.

Here is a quick description of each method of content cleaning:

Dry Cleaning - Removes light to medium nongrease-based soils. Wet Cleaning - Removes moderate to heavy residues. The process involves cleaning using water, with or without a cleaning agent.

Spray and Wipe - Apply a cleaning product using a spray bottle. After spraying, wipe the surface with a clean white towel. This method is effective for materials possibly damaged if saturated with cleaning product.

Foam Cleaning - Effective for light residues or delicate materials. Clean with the foam of a cleaning agent rather than the liquid

Abrasive Cleaning - Agitates the surface being cleaned. Apply a cleaning product containing abrasive ingredients

Immersion Cleaning - Dipping contents items into a bath of cleaning product. This bath is an ultrasonic tank filled with water and cleaning solution. High-frequency sound waves then create high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid to agitate and scrub contents.

SERVPRO recommends that you DO NOT attempt to clean smoke-damaged surfaces or contents yourself, and call the professionals!

Fire Prevention Month

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month, and it is a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business.  The 2016 theme for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is "Don't Wait - Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."  According to the NFPA in 2014 fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 injuries and $6.8 billion in property damage.  Roughly half of home fire deaths occur in fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.  Smoke alarms save lives!  In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire, in half!  When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected or dead.  Check your smoke alarms today to ensure your safety!

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/28/2017 (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 East Kalamazoo 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 – (800) 630-7119