Recent Fire Damage Posts

Furnace Safety and Fire Prevention

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Furnace Safety and Fire Prevention Keep areas around your furnace free of clutter!

October is home fire prevention month so SERVPRO® of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale wants you to be safe as we enter into the cooler weather and start using our furnaces.  Follow these tips provided by The American Red Cross to insure you're ready and safe before you turn on your furnace.

1.  Place a clean air filter in your furnace.  
2.  Avoiding cluttering areas around furnaces or heaters with debris or junk as they can catch fire and spread.

For more tips on home fire safety and prevention contact SERVPRO® of LaGrange/Burr Ridge/Hinsdale at 630-920-9334. 

We can help with cleaning your air ducts too!  We are ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Dryer Vents Can Cause Fires!

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Vents Can Cause Fires! Clean your dryer vent to avoid fire danger

Follow these simple safety tips to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your home!

• Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

• Do not use the dryer without a lint filter. Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.

• Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.

• Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed or restricted.

• Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Every 65 seconds a fire at a structure is reported, according to the National Fire Protection Association. When the alarm goes off, fire departments plus emergency responders will answer the call for help with action that is decisive and fast.

When the smoke clears, SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale's fire restoration team will stand ready to help with the same kind of quick response, any time of day or night.

**The golden hours of recovery are within the first day or two after fire damage has occurred. An effective emergency response will quickly stabilize your structure and make sure to recover as much of your property as is possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is often produced when fires are extinguished will accelerate the corrosion and deterioration of the components of the building and its vital assets. To make matters worse, fires are most often extinguished with water or dry chemicals. The toxic smoke odor left behind must also be neutralized and deodorized.

The process of fire damage restoration will include mitigating damage, cleaning up smoke damage and water restoration as fast as possible once the damage has occurred. Besides the visual damage to the structure, the contents inside the structure have to be looked at for recovery based upon several factors which include: 

- Cost of replacement vs. cost of restoration

- Effect of heat and smoke

- Loss of value

- Loss of use

- Lowered life expectancy

- Sentimental value

SERVPRO’s fire restoration services may include demolition, emergency board up, thermal deodorization to mitigate damage from smoke, soot removal film application, and total reconstruction.

Fire Department Support Services We’ll also work closely with the fire department and many times will be called into help with fire damage efforts once the fire is extinguished. Support services include the following: 

- Emergency site containment and board up services. This includes securing the property and preserving the scene from any more smoke and fire damage.

- Arson investigators will work with us to help us to safely secure evidence, storage and transport and debris manipulation.

- Supply cranes and other heavy equipment for clearing paths, letting aerial photos to be taken, expediting hauling and other needs for fire damage restoration.

- Moving of materials to assist in the secure safe entry of the fire department and authorized personnel in the entire process of restoration.

- Provide dumpsters, lighting, emergency power and more.

- If needed, application of board up decals to the burned structure’s visual eyesore.

Fire damage needs to be taken care of right away, so give us a call at SERVPRO of LaGrange / Burr Ridge / Hinsdale by dialing (708) 482-9334 or (630) 920-9334 .

We will come to your property to evaluate damage and begin the process of fire restoration.