Recent Fire Damage Posts

Dryer Fire

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the primary causes of dryer fires. Usually, this is a result of a buildup of lint, but can certainly be caused by an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything else that remains after the washing process. 

In addition to the lint filter, the outside vent can also become clogged, which prevents airflow and potentially leads to hazardous conditions. Again, this could be a result of lint making its way through the duct and collecting on the screen. However, it can also become obstructed by pesky birds, insect nests, or rodent nests. 

How to prevent dryer fires:

1. Make sure it's properly installed

2. Clean lint screen after each use

3. Clean the vent and duct

4. Replace ducts

5. Have your dryer routinely inspected

6. Make sure you are using your dryer correctly


6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Wisconsin is most known as “America’s Dairyland” and is particularly famous for its beer and cheese. One of the scarier things that can occur in Wisconsin are wildfires. As far back as the late1700s, large fires – Not particularly hot or destructive, but spacious ones- moved across Wisconsin every few years.  Some of the more notable ones were German Road, Cottonville, Crystal Lake and the most largest known one in Wisconsin the Peshtigo Fire. 

Sometimes these fires make their way into suburban areas. Houses are burned to the ground, businesses are scorched and production comes to a halt, and (worst of all) lives are put on hold or sometimes lost altogether.

Fire damage is easily the worst type of loss a person can endure. Water may leave marks, mold requires cutting walls, but fire can destroy property entirely. When this happens, more than just belongings are lost. Memories, time, and a sense of safety also go up in flames.
If your home or business is affected by a fire, give SERVPRO of Racine County a call. With our experience and attention to detail, we can help ease the pain that comes from a fire. We carefully inventory your belongings to assist insurance companies, we haul away wreckage, and we deodorize and reconstruct homes and businesses.

While it may be a long time before things get back to normal, rest assured: If SERVPRO is on the job, you are in good hands.

Kitchen - One of the Most Common Places for a Fire

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

The heart of the home, kitchens are also the most common spot in the house for fires to start.2 Specifically, unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.3

These man-made fires are also easily preventable: Keep an eye on the stove, oven, and other appliances like toaster ovens, and move combustible items away from the stove. Never leave the kitchen when you’re working with high heat during preparations like frying, boiling, or broiling—fires need only seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze.

A few more tips for safe cooking:

  • If someone else can’t watch things while you step away for a bathroom break or to help the kids, turn off the cooking appliance while you’re in the other room.
  • Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
  • Keep everything off hot surfaces. Pay close attention to where you set dish towels or hot pads. Designate a spot, like a hook, to practice putting them back between each use.
  • Roll up baggy sleeves or wear a securely fastened apron over billowy shirts or bottoms to prevent singeing.
  • Do not heat your home with your oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire. Water will only spread oil or grease and feed the flames.

Preventing Fire Disasters from hurting our Furry Friends

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Racine County is always here for you whenever a fire may strike! But we also want to look out for all your furry- friends too! Did you know that over 40,000 pets die in fires every year!? That is why SERVPRO of Racine County wants to help you prevent this from happening in your home by keeping everyone safe. It is important to know that one of the most common ways pets such as dogs start fires in homes is many times when they are home alone. Dogs will tend to nudge their nose on your stove’s knobs. Believe it or not, it is just enough to ignite the burner! That is why it is so important to remove or lock the knobs on your stove at home. In order to prevent this kind of disaster from happening in your home!

When Fire Strikes

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape?  During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.  

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.  If they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.  Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

4 Steps to take immediately after a home fire:

  1. Call 9-1-1.  Give first aid where needed.
  2. Let friends and family know you're safe
  3. People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.
  4. Stay out of fire-damage homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

One the fire department has released the site; call SERVPRO of Racine County to come in and make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Fire Damage

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Racine and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.  

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Racine – (262) 633-8888

Fire Extinguisher Safety!

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent a fire from destroying lives.

Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough, although many people think that is all they need.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. If you haven’t been trained yet, please get with your boss and let them know. You do NOT want to skip this training!

OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

OSHA also requires monthly inspections of the fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..

The carrying handle should be 3 ½ - 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

We at SERVPRO of Racine County suggest asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers. 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it?
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

Protection from Fire Damage

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

A recent study has discovered that a closed door can save your life. In the unfortunate occurrence of a home fire, it has now been proven that, other than fire alarms, a closed door is essential. Within minutes of a fire located on a lower level, toxic fumes and suffocating smoke will have already made their way to the upper most rooms, stealing precious lifesaving minutes. A closed door acts as a shield between you and the damage raging outside. It also allows you time to formulate an escape plan, or if trapped, for rescue efforts to reach your location. A basic house fire can reach upwards of 1,100 degrees but by having your door remain closed prevents the atmospheric temperate of rising above 110 degrees. Hot, but survivable. By choosing this one simple step for your daily routine could be a lifesaving method that’s as simple as shutting the door.

As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to give you tips to keep safe and will always be there when things go wrong.

Repair After Fire Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire can have a lasting and devastating effect on your home or business. Not only are your personal belongings damaged, you may also need to relocate until repairs can be made. Our team at SERVPRO know how difficult and stressful the situation can be and go to extra lengths to ensure you and your property and taken care of. Fire damage doesn't stop where the fire was located. The potential of smoke damages throughout the entirety of the space is very likely and will require professional cleaning and repair. When materials in your home burn, toxics chemicals are released within the smoke itself, creating a dangerous health risk to anyone located in the damaged space. SERVPRO quickly mitigates the damages and begins repairs swiftly, saving you time

and money. Give us a call today if you find yourself facing fire repairs alone. We are here to help.

When Fire Strikes

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fire can pose a danger to even the most sturdy of structures. High temperatures from an in home blaze can warp almost all building materials, leaving only rubble and ash in its wake. It is important to keep your most valuable items in your home or business in a fire safe location. Birth Certificates, Social Security cards and any other important documentation should be kept in a fire resistant safe if being stored on your property, or consider having these items placed in a bank's safety deposit box. Fire can erupt and spread within minutes, destroying an entire structure and all its contents. Never return to your home if a fire is present, no physical items that remain in the flames are worth risking your life to rescue. When facing fire damages, give SERVPRO a call. We can help you restore the damage and get you back on your feet faster.

Electronics and Fire Damages

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

It's sometimes hard to keep track of all the electronic devices we use in our daily life. Our phones and tablets are a given, but what about the other items of daily living located throughout our home? A Roomba to clean the floors, computers, printers, coffee machines are all items we use that can sustain major damages after a fire within your home or business. Smoke from a building fire is different from smoke from that of a camp fire. The materials burning within your facility are full of toxins that are released when in contact with a flame. The smoke created can prove to be poisonous and poses a health hazard. It is important to have all items properly cleaned before resuming living or working within the building. SERVPRO has the tools needed to repair the smoke damages and help reverse effects of a fire in your home.

Property Loss: Fire Damages

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with property damages after a fire can be a daunting and difficult task. Not only is you life put on hold, you may even experience a loss of income if your business was included with your property loss location. When removing materials after a fire, personal protection equipment is a must. Toxic fumes and dangerous materials are released from every day items when in contact with a fire. touching these contaminated items poses the risk of spreading the toxins to other areas and exposing it to other people. SERVPRO of Racine County is an independently owned and operated cleaning and restoration company with over 30 years of experience in disaster restoration. When facing the difficulties of property clean up after a fire has occurred, give us a call! We are available day and night to answer any questions you may have.

Clean Up After Fire Damage

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire has the ability to destroy your home and business in moments and leave behind it an avalanche of issues that need to be addressed. Smoke damage is toxic and can cause lasting health issues if handled without proper sanitation. Soot and smoke coats the walls and can be difficult to manage the clean up entirely on your own. SERVPRO has the personal and equipment to mitigate the situation and begin repairs. from boarding up your property to putting the finishing touches after a complete remodel we do it all. When facing disaster, life does not slow down and keeps moving even if you are not able to keep up at that time. Choosing SERVPRO gets you back to the normalcy of life and gets you back on your feet faster. 

Toxic Smoke: Vehicle Damage

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

During catastrophic situations such as a home or business fire, it is important to have a plan of action set in place as to how the damages will be repaired. The extent of repair goes beyond items burned. Smoke and toxic fumes are released from the very items you have in your home, and can stretch far past the location of the fire. If your vehicle had been in the garage during a home fire, you can be almost certain it retained a certain amount of smoke infiltration. Breathing in these toxic fumes puts your family and pets at risk. It is essential to have your vehicle properly cleaned before usage. Cross contamination can occur and the possibility of spreading toxins increases. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to not only repair and restore your home, we can also decontaminate your vehicles to ensure the utmost safety for you and those around you. Call us today!

When Left Unattended

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fires are a brutal force that can destroy and warp almost any material in your home. Often times, fire damages are completely preventable. It is essential to be aware of the possible dangers that can occur and the immediate steps to take to prevent further injury to your home or business. Listed below are the top 3 causes of 'in home' fire and how to prevent them from happening.

1) Candles. A soft glow of candle light may be appealing, but the possible outcome could be deadly if left unattended. Never leave a candle burning in a child's room and be sure to always blow them out before falling asleep or leaving the room.

2) Smoking. Smoking is on a downward trend, but still a leading cause of massive property loss per year. 

3) Electrical and Lighting. Over crowded power cords or Christmas lights being left on overnight are just two examples of what can go wrong when leaving electrical items unattended.

Save time, money and ensure the safety of your home and business by practicing preventative measures at all times. 

Electronic Smoke Damage

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience a home fire, there are many different ways your belongings will be affected. Smoke damages are always a factor during restoration and can reach places the fire may not have even touched. Your electronics such as cell phones and lap tops are also susceptible. When smoke has infiltrated the circuits its important to know what to be in the hopes of repairing the damage. First, remove the battery if possible and disconnect from all power sources. Wipe the entire exterior of any reside using a microfiber rag or soft cloth. Lastly, utilize a can of air or an air compressor to clear out any residue or smoke debris that may have gotten past the exterior. Concentrate on the vents, ports and access points. SERVPRO has state-of-the-art equipment to handle electronics on a larger scale as well, such as computers and television sets. Give us a call today! 

Where There's Smoke

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damages are an underrated threat to your health and the safety of your home. It is easy to get sidelined by the destruction that fire itself can cause, but toxic vapors and harmful chemicals can become embedded into your belongings, requiring professional cleaning. Never take your smoke stained clothing to a laundromat. When smoke comes into contact with your clothing, it can become permanent if not cleaned properly. Never enter your property without the correct body protection such as face masks and gloves. Lasting and devastating results can occur if you breathe in or come into contact with certain items that were damaged. It is always a good idea to give us a call at SERVPRO to help assist in the clean up and restoration of your home or business. We have the tools and expertise to keep you out of harms way and to get the job done right the first time.  

Fire Hazards In Your Home

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

There are many fire hazards that you may or may not consider right inside your home. It is important to be aware of what could potentially be dangerous and how to avoid disaster from happening. The most common cause of in home fires start in the kitchen. Pots and pans and the contents inside of them can be very susceptible to starting a fire if left unattended. Always stay in the room and keep an eye on what you're cooking. Portable heaters and space heating units also get top billing for being one of the most notorious home fire starters. Always keep them a safe distance away from curtains and furniture. Candles are also known for their tendency to cause fire damages to property. Never leave a burning candle unattended and always have a fire safe dish or plate beneath it. These are just a few of the dangers that can occur inside your home. Always keep an up to date fire extinguisher on location. Just in case. 

Fire Devastation At Local Residence

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire happens, your entire life can change. Furniture, clothing, photos, documents and personal effects can all be lost within a matter of moments. It is crucial to have steps set ahead of time in order to keep your family safe. Fires can erupt in any room of your home or business and for multiple reasons. Faulty wiring and kitchen fires are the most commonly known igniters in residential fires. Always be sure to check the batteries on your electronic devices that would alert you to a home fire. Be sure to discuss with your family the steps to take immediately after a fire, such as a meeting point and emergency numbers to call. Having these actions planned ahead of time can mean all the difference. 

Electronics After Fire Damage

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Some of our most important information isn't necessarily in physical documents, they are found in our electronic devices. Family pictures, credit card numbers and every application that we use daily contain our most vital information. What would you do if your electronics were involved in a home or office fire? Would they be able to be saved? Well, that depends a lot on the situation involving the fire. If your devices such as an iPad or cell phone experienced extreme heat, chances are it will no longer be unusable. If your devices were engulfed in smoke, there is hope. Soot is the major culprit with smoke logged devices. Always consult with a professional to clean and decontaminate your devices before powering them on. Doing so gives you a greater chance at recovery for your electronics. Our team at SERVPRO of Racine have top of the line equipment that help expedite recovery time.

From a Flicker to a Flame: Chimney Fire Prevention

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

As the summer days blaze away, we may forget the importance of maintaining items that go unused, for instance, your fireplace. A focal point in any home during the cool fall evenings and the bitter cold winter, but takes a long break before those months arrive. Here are a few simple steps in order to keep your hearth happy and healthy!

1) Clean your firebox: There may be ashes and coals left behind from previous fires. Vacuuming the debris creates a clean space.

2) Damage Report: Check the firebox and flue for any visible damages. Brick and mortar can deteriorate and create weaknesses.

3) Chim Chimeny: Hire a professional chimney sweep. They have the equipment to reach places that are inaccessible safely and will be trained to spot any imperfections in the walls of your chimney.

SERVPRO and our team of experts are here to help you if things go wrong.  

Freeze Fire in Its Tracks: Fire Prevention During Winter

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

There’s nothing like staying warm through a bitter cold evening in Wisconsin. The whipping wind is notorious for its ability to steal your breath away in a matter of moments. Heat is essential and our only defense during the coldest months of the year. December, January and February bring the harshest wrath. As we are in the grips of a record cold forecast ahead of us, listed below are preventative measures and tips to keep in mind to prevent your home from going up in smoke.

Side effects of heating sources: Carbon Monoxide is a silent and invisible threat to every member of your home. It is an odorless and colorless gas that is commonly omitted from cooking equipment and heating appliances. Be sure to have proper ventilation and to have your equipment up to date to prevent the possibility of exposure to the poison. Having a CO reader in your home is an essential tool as well, as it detects the threat immediately.

Mood lighting: Candles are a common threat statistically in the winter months. Never leave a candle lit for more than 4 hours at a time. Supervision of any lit candle is advised at all times.

It’s electric: Electrical units are a leading cause of home fires in the United States. Lighting equipment, washer/dryer fans and space heaters are typically the culprit in these incidents. Following instructions and turning units off when unused is a preventative measure to take to avoid disaster. Never use any heating source unsupervised.

To avoid disaster this winter use these helpful tips to remain safe and cozy during the cold dark days.

Grease Lightning: Fires in the kitchen

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is a universal meeting point to converse while rummaging for a snack and is an essential part of any household. So it should be no wonder to know that nearly 41 percent of fires originate in the kitchen area. Multiple factors can play into the dangers of in home fires, many of which we overlook. We will be going through a list of steps to take when confronted with a grease fire and how to practice the proper techniques to either get the fire under control, or remove yourself to seek help.

Once a fire ignites:

  • The most immediate approach you can take is to smother the flames with a cooking lid or cookie sheet. Leave on flame until it has been extinguished and the surface has cooled.
  • Immediately turn off the heat source
  • Baking Soda or Salt are the only two kitchen ingredients to be used when putting out a grease fire. Never use flour or any other substance to extinguish flames as they can make the fire worse.
  • If all else has failed and the fire is still manageable, use a fire extinguisher to control situation.

NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT GREASE FIRE FLAMES. Do not attempt to move burning items outside.

If all else fails:

  • If you cannot get the flames smothered it is imperative to immediately vacate the home and seek help. Kitchen fires can spread very quickly leaving you vulnerable and reduces your points of exit.
  • Close all doors behind you as you leave as it can help contain the spread of the flames.
  • Call 911 immediately from a safe distance.
  • Never under any circumstances reenter your home while fire is in progress.
  • Always have a current evacuation plan composed for your family to know which route is best to safely leave in the case of an emergency.

Home fire loss makes for a long process of recovery as well as the possibility of losing precious items that cannot be replaced. These simple steps and help you prevent disaster from striking and keep your family safe.

Shut the Door!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

A recent study has discovered that a closed door can save your life. In the unfortunate occurrence of a home fire, it has now been proven that, other than fire alarms, a closed door is essential. Within minutes of a fire located on a lower level, toxic fumes and suffocating smoke will have already made their way to the upper most rooms, stealing precious lifesaving minutes. A closed door acts as a shield between you and the damage raging outside. It also allows you time to formulate an escape plan, or if trapped, for rescue efforts to reach your location. A basic house fire can reach upwards of 1,100 degrees but by having your door remain closed prevents the atmospheric temperate of rising above 110 degrees. Hot, but survivable. By choosing this one simple step for your daily routine could be a lifesaving method that’s as simple as shutting the door.

As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to give you tips to keep safe and will always be there when things go wrong.

Racine Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Racine Home

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 Racine 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 – (262) 633-8888