Recent Fire Damage Posts

Is Your Dryer Safe and Working Properly?

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Back of dryer covered in lint, in need of cleaning. If you see this, it might be time to clean your dryer vent.

Regular maintenance can save time and prevent lint fires?

Here Are Three Signs That Tell You It May Not Be:

  • Vent trap doesn't open correctly
  • Clothes take longer to dry
  • Burning Smell

1.  The Vent Trap Doesn't Open Properly

A stuck vent trap is also another sign of lint build-up.  It could be the result of overdue maintenance and will eventually affect your appliance.  You should frequently check for debris or lint around the dryer hose to catch this problem before it causes a nasty clog or lint fire.

2.  Clothes Take Longer to Dry

When your dryer vent is clogged, clothes take to dryer as hot humid air cannot leave the dryer.This translates into more dry time and wear and tear on your dryer.  This may also add unnecessary humidity into your structure which could cause secondary damages.

3.  A Burning Smell

If you detect a burning smell from your dryer, please turn it off immediately.  This could be caused by your drum or lint trap being clogged.  The smell could be coming from hot clothes and longer drying times.  Check your dryer's vents and traps immediately, or call in a professional appliance company. 

Dryers are a luxury for most homeowners, don't wait until a malfunction to start your troubleshooting.  Regular maintenance will save you money and prevent a possible lint fire in the future.  

Call 218-568-6923 to schedule you dryer vent cleaning today!

Extreme Heat Causes Meltdown!

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of melted stereo caused by the heat from a car fire. The music has stopped for this stereo in Cass Lake, MN.

Learn More About Fires

Fire is FAST!  In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.  It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.

Fire is HOT!  Heat is more threatening than flames.  Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level.  Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Fire is DARK!  Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.

Fire is DEADLY!  Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do.  Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy.  Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

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For your clean up needs, call SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids at 218-568-6923.

Fire leaves residue throughout home in Little Falls, MN

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of stainless steel glass top stove with assorted knick knacks after a fire. Smoke isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Behavior of Smoke

A fire loss can be complex due to the unique behavior of smoke.  That's why it's important to call on SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids trained professionals to have in your home at your time of need.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas.
  • Smoke migrates to upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke present will greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke

The SERVPRO Professional at your fire scene will calm your fears and test the smoke to see what type of fire has taken place.

Wet Smoke-

Plastics and Rubbers - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke-

Paper and Wood - Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Easy Smoke? Never!

Protein Fire Residue-

Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire.

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extremely pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot-

Furnace Puff Backs

While "puff backs" can create havoc for you, SERVPRO Professionals can in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly.

Other Types-

Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Special loss situations require special care.  SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids is trained to handle your toughest losses!

While any fire can be a major disruption for your home or business, SERVPRO Professional's will help calm your nerves and address concerns through pretesting the damage.  This allows SERVPRO to focus on saving precious items for your customers, and that is what really matters to you!

Call us when you need us, we are Here to Help! 218-568-6923.

Crow Wing County Fire Damage from Woodburning Fireplace.

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway soot stained from fire. Personal belongings and memories soot stained from fire in adjacent room.

For Homeowners, Putting Out A FIRE Can Be Worse Than The FIRE ITSELF

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids help you restore it.  With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind as well.

The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent sootparticles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. 218-568-6923.

Crow Wing county Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Crow Wing county 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 Brainerd and Park Rapids 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 - 218-568-6923