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What do you do if you have a house fire

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What do you do if you have a house fire When you first contact SERVPRO of Stone Oak, we will ask a few questions about the nature of your damage to find the best way to help you.

At the time of an emergency, it can often be hard to think about what to do when disaster strikes, here at SERVPRO of Stone Oak we understand how trying this time can be, and are here with a plan to help make this process as easy for you as possible. Every fire is a little different, but with these steps you will have a slightly better idea of how the general process works, and in turn that will make it a bit easier to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Step 1: Emergency Contact (210)-858-9696

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

Smoke and Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Lasting Pervasive Odor in Your San Antonio 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.

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 – (210)858-9696

Fire Damage Tips From Your Fire Damage Experts

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Tips From Your Fire Damage Experts Having a fire is incredibly stressful, after ensuring that your family is safe, call SERVPRO of Stone Oak so we can do what we do best!

If your home or office is hit with a fire, SERVPRO of Stone Oak in San Antonio, TX, recommends taking some basic safety measures before occupying your building again. Once the fire is out and your family is safe, contact a fire damage remediation company to complete restoration work and return your interior to its original condition again.

While you’re waiting for the fire damage restoration service to arrive, follow these tips to protect your belongings and prevent injuries to your loved ones:

  • Avoid Using Electricity: A house fire can damage your electrical system, making it extremely dangerous to operate lighting fixtures and appliances. To avoid being electrocuted, hold off until the fire restoration experts have completed restoring your interior.
  • Vacate the Premises: After a fire breaks out in a home, there’s no telling how much soot and ash has entered the ventilation system. Instead of continuing to live in your house, SERVPRO of Stone Oak encourages you to find other accommodations until the fire damage crew is finished.
  • Purchase New Food: In addition to the soot and ash in the air, fires can cause foods to spoil, making them unfit to eat. It’s wise to avoid salvaging anything.
  • Wait to Clean: There’s no need in deep cleaning your carpets, upholstery, or floors until fire restoration is finished. Not only will you be risking your health, but the fire restoration company may need to replace or remove certain materials.

Knowing who to call after a disaster can be difficult, it can be hard to know where to start. To schedule fire damage restoration work, call SERVPRO of Stone Oak at (210) 858-9696.

Summer Fun & Cookout Tips

8/4/2018 (Permalink)

Summer Cookouts is everyone's favorite passtime, but it can also be a major fire hazzard.

General grilling tips:

  •  Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Before you use your grill:

  •  Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
    • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

When the grill is on:

  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

On average, 8,900 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year. Grill smart and you can make sure that your home isn't one of them.

Firework Safety Tips:

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Firework Safety Tips: Fireworks can be one of the best memories of a great holiday like Fourth of July, as long as they are used in a safe manner.

This time of year everyone is preparing for the fourth of July festivities, getting the meat for the BBQ, reserving picnic spots, and rounding up the family for a fun holiday celebrating Independence day the right way! The one thing to remember is that everyone also needs to ensure that they are being safe and responsible when using fireworks too.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S.  with more than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. No one wants to rain on the parade, but it is always better to be prepared for the worst so everyone can have an enjoyable and worry-free time this Independence day. Take a quick look at the link below, provided by the National Council of Firework Safety, for tips to help factor into your holiday planning.

Firework Safety Tips!

In the event that you, or someone you know ends up having a house fire in the San Antonio area, call SERVPRO of Stone Oak at (210)-858-9696 to have an experienced, professional help ease you through the remediation process. 

Smoke Damage, What Are The Facts?

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage, What Are The Facts? After the fire subsides, smoke can cause severe secondary damage if not handled immediately after the fire.

Did you know there are different types of smoke? Not only are there different types of smoke damage, but each different kind has different ways it has to be re-mediated differently, and can cause different types of damage.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Occurs in smoldering fires that burn at a low temperature
  • Typically has strong smoke odors and can be sticky
  • Can smear during cleanup due to its oily texture, making cleanup difficult

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Occurs fast burning fires that burn at a high temperature
  • Typically has a dry, powdery texture
  • Does not smear much during cleanup

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible
  • Can discolor varnishes, paints, and other finishes
  • Incredibly strong smell

Even though every fire damage situation is a little different, and many different techniques could be required to properly re-mediate the damage caused. If you are looking for a restoration company that specializes in fire and water restoration, call (210)-858-9696 and we can help you get your home back to its preloss condition.

What do I do if I have had a house fire?

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

At the time of an emergency, it can often be hard to think about what to do when disaster strikes, here at SERVPRO of Stone Oak we understand how trying this time can be, and are here with a plan to help make this process as easy for you as possible. Every fire is a little different, but with these steps you will have a slightly better idea of how the general process works, and in turn that will make it a bit easier to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Step 1: Emergency Contact (210)-858-9696

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

Who are you going to call?

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone has heard of Stop. Drop. and Roll!, but does your family have a plan in case there is a fire? Where are all of your important documents? Do your kids know to check the door to see if it is hot before they open it? Do you know your insurance policy number?

These are some of the most important things to consider in the event that disaster strikes. But once you’ve secured all of your valuables and your family’s safety, who do you call to help with the repairs on your home? Choosing a restoration company for fire cleanup is the most important task at-hand after a fire. Many companies offer fire cleanup services, but some fail to provide efficient and effective services. Avoid such a scenario and choose a restoration company that offers experience and expertise; a good reputation; competitive pricing; and who stands behind their work.

 We here at SERVPRO of Stone Oak incorporate all of these things into our work, and we understand how stressful times like these can be! Call us at (210)-858-9696 and let us give you some peace of mind while we work with you to get your home back to normal as soon as possible!

Smoke and Fire Damage in San Antonio, Texas

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Fire Damage in San Antonio, Texas Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your San Antonio 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.

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 – (210)858-9696

Fire Damage to House in San Antonio, Texas

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage to House in San Antonio, Texas Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your San Antonio Home.

This fire damage started in the kitchen as a result of a stove fire. The fire then spread to affect 5 rooms in total before it was put out.

The SERVPRO of Stone Oak crew was quick to respond to the damage and tried to salvage as many things as possible. Our crew took track of the customer's contents and stored some in our warehouse while their house was being restored.

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 – (210)858-9696

Lightning damage to home in San Antonio, Texas

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lightning damage to home in San Antonio, Texas Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your San Antonio Home.

A lightning strike to the roof of the house caused this fire damage. This before photo shows how bad the lightning strike was and some of the damage it caused.

SERVPRO of Stone Oak was called upon to help this family in need and worked cooperatively throughout this thorough process. Many of the family's belongings were stored at our warehouse while all of the damages to the house were being restored. The crew then helped them move their stuff back into the house once all of the damages were fixed.

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 – (210)858-9696

Fire damage to a home in San Antonio, Texas

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage to a home in San Antonio, Texas Fertilizer bag caught on fire causing storage building to burn down as well as burning most of the downstairs.

This fire damage started as a result of a bag of fertilizer catching on fire in the home owners storage building. It burned most of the downstairs in the house as well causing for the whole downstairs to be gutted to the studs.

SERVPRO of Stone Oak responded quickly to the disaster and helped the home owner move the contents out and into our warehouse. The contents were all wiped down and cleaned thoroughly. We kept the contents stored at our warehouse until all of the damages were restored, and then had our crew move the contents back into the home. The homeowners were very content with our work and gave lots of praise to our crew.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (210)858-9696

Fire Damage in Kerrville, TX

1/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Kerrville, TX This fire damage was caused by a small amount of burning charcoal.

Burning charcoal was the cause of this fire damage to a home in Kerrville, TX. This before picture shows the extent of the damage caused by the charcoal. SERVPRO of Stone Oak was able to respond immediately and help clean and deodorize this home. 

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 Stone Oak 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. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 210-858-9696

San Antonio Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Antonio Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your San Antonio 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 Stone Oak 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 – (210) 858-9696

Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX Fire Damage in San Antonio, TX

The bottom half of this picture is 1 day after a fire nearly left a family homeless in San Antonio, TX. The top half of this picture is the day we started to move all of their belongings back in after the build back was finishing up! Always a great feeling when we are able to be a part of such a large restoration and helping people get their lives back! 


 


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 – 210-858-9696

Fireplace Safety This Winter

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireplace Safety This Winter Fireplace Safety Tips!

With the winter months approaching, families are excited to get those fireplaces going! Remember that fireplace prepping is important so be sure to inspect and clean your fireplace to avoid any damage to your beautiful home! Follow this link attached for quick tips!


Things to Know Before You Spark Up the Logs


 


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 Stone Oak 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. 


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 210-858-9696