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Have an Action Plan for the Fire Recovery Process | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

If you are only going to do one element of fire preparedness, you should certainly plan your home’s evacuation routes and do regular drills with your family. However, we recommend taking it a step further and making sure you are prepared for the aftermath, as well.

The recovery and restoration process following a fire can be extremely stressful, but knowing how to handle it can go a long way in reducing your feelings of overwhelm and frustration.

Make Sure You Are Prepared for the Aftermath of a Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While all fires will cause unique sets of damage to your home that are impossible to predict, understanding a general idea of what fire damage entails can go a long way. Not only will there be charred spots that have come into contact with flames, but smoke and soot damage can become widespread as it travels through the air of the home.

Wait to enter your home. Safety always comes first for any emergency action plan, even in the aftermath of a disaster. Always confer with officials regarding when it is safe to go back inside your home, and follow their guidelines for re-entry when you do. Fires can cause hidden structural damage that can be extremely hazardous if you are not aware of them.

Contact your insurance company. You will want to prioritize filing your fire damage claim as quickly as possible so you can receive compensation for the damages caused. Every insurance company is different in how they handle this, so contact yours quickly so there is no confusion about the process.

Document the damages. Staying organized is key to making sure nothing falls through the cracks, especially when it comes to keeping track of your belongings. Create a detailed inventory list so you know exactly what has been impacted by a fire, and be sure to take plenty of photos in case your insurance agent requests them for your claim.

Contact your restoration company. Prioritizing your emotional and mental well-being after a house fire is important to the healing process, and when you do not have to worry about restoration, that is much easier to do. Work with a company that you can put your faith into so you can gain peace of mind that your home is being restored well.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Fire Prevention Safety Tips

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Heater For more fire prevention tips, or if a fire does occur in your home call SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

As the temperature drops throughout El Paso, we find ourselves staying bundled up and inside  warm and cozy in our homes. However, this is also the time of year when people start to bring out extra sources of heat to warm their home. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gives us a list of other heat sources available, as well as how to stay safe this winter while using them.

  • Space heater
    • Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least three feet away at all times.
    • Buy a space heater that has an automatic power-off, especially for if the heater tips over accidentally.
    • Do not keep the heater on when unattended or while sleeping.
    • Plug the heater directly into an outlet instead of using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Fireplace
    • Do not burn paper in your fireplace. This can cause small, burning particles to fly into the living area.
    • Keep a screen in front of your fireplace to prevent embers from flying out into the living space.
    • Never leave a fire unattended while sleeping or when out of the house.
    • When cleaning out the ashes from the fireplace, make sure to dispose of them in a metal can with a lid that’s at least three feet away from your Nashville home.
  • Wood-burning stove
    • The wood-burning stove is treated much like a fireplace with the same rules that apply, but with a wood-burning stove, there is also the chimney that comes into play.
    • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional.

Don't Let Soot Settle In Your Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Call SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield for any of your soot removal needs! (915)-234-2679

The time to act on fire damage restoration is unfortunately right after the disaster happens. At the time of the devastating incident, many people are not in the right state of mind to act quickly and get the area cleaned up and restored. This is where companies, such as El Paso/Butterfield, come into play and help take care of the damage that has been done. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, delays in fire damage clean up can have serious consequences. Acidic soot residue can cause permanent damage to areas of the household over time.

Within minutes of the fire being extinguished: The residue can cause a discoloration to materials such as, plastic, marble and alabaster.

Within hours: The acidic soot residue can cause permanent discoloration or yellowing of furniture in the household, such as bath fixtures, countertops and unpolished metals.

Within days: Walls and flooring can start to be affected. The soot will cause discoloration of walls and corrosion of metals throughout the home. Flooring that is made out of vinyl or wood must be replaced or refinished and any clothing or upholstery will most likely be permanently stained.

Within weeks: Carpet can become unsalvageable and objects such as silver-plated fixtures, glass, crystal or china will become etched due to the long exposure to the residue.

Although the restoration process can be done with extensive vacuuming and cleanup, it is a process that sometimes requires the proper equipment and time to get the job done. Restoration companies have the equipment to help save you hundreds of dollars in valuables and time to get the job done effectively and efficiently. With the proper tools, there is more chance for the removal of stains, damage and odor removal to take, leaving you with less of a headache and salvaged items.

Trust the Fire Heroes of SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® house logo with fire flames Trust the professionals of SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield to restore your home! to restore your home!

SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield Can Help Make the Fire Damage Restoration Process Easier on You

Fires are not entirely uncommon to El Paso homes, but each one presents a unique look at the same kinds of effects for professional restorers. Finding a way to overcome the specific issues that make comfortable living a challenge in your home is a hurdle for any restorer to overcome, and much of that comes with going the extra mile for the customers and clients. One way of doing this is keeping an open dialogue with the homeowner to ensure that needs and milestones are getting met throughout the restoration process.

While you might not ever get prepared for fire damages to your  residence, SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is always here to help you through every piece of restoring the house back to preloss conditions. As was mentioned above, our team works hard to keep an open dialogue with every customer and client we serve to ensure that things are getting done to their specific specs and expectations, addressing the most pressing and property damaging elements before other restoration tasks occur.

Another step forward towards making your life a little more comfortable through this challenging time is our ability to work directly with insurance adjusters for your home to coordinate the work needing to get completed with the claim getting filed. Ultimately, our goal is to make this process as streamlined as possible for you, as this time in your life is trying enough as it is. It is also beneficial to have experts in the restoration field negotiate this battle for you in getting your claim pushed through because we have a credible reputation as a leading company in this niche of business.

While fire damages might occur in different ways from house to house in the area, fighting their effects and getting the fire damage restoration process does not have to be a drawn out and involved ordeal. Trust the experienced technicians we have at SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield to help you clean up the mess and get your house back to the way it should be. We can be reached anytime at 915-234-2679