Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Tips

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone always seems to have great advice about what you should do if you experience fire damage – call your insurance company, secure the property, call a restoration team, and so forth. Something they do not often point out is the many things you want to be sure NOT to do.

Here are a few of those things you should know about if you are dealing with fire damage at your home:

  • Do not try to keep any food items. Including canned goods, which were inside the house during the fire. High heat can render them dangerous to consume. They should be thrown out and in some cases, you can itemize the cost to replace them as part of your insurance claim.
  • Do not deal with fire ash and residue on your own. If you handled the wrong way it could damage walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. It could also cause respiratory distress and damage if you breathe it in.
  • If there was heavy smoke, do not try to reuse carpeting or upholstered furniture. They will need to be replaced due to the chance of it causing respiratory problems in the future.
  • Do not turn on any electrical appliances. This includes computers, which were in a smoke-filled room before they have been checked out and professionally cleaned. There may ash and debris inside the components, and if turned on could cause more damage. 
  • Do not enter the home until you have been told it is safe to do so. If you are not given that clearance due to structural integrity concerns, do not go in. 

At SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park we want you to be safe after your home experiences fire damage. We have the expertise to handle everything for you and get your home restored while not putting you in danger. We can work with your insurance company to make your fire damage restoration less stressful for you.

If you experience any fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park. We can be reached at 763-295-1161

Fire Damage? Call 763-295-1161

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Here to Help!

Once the fire trucks are gone, your journey is just beginning. That is because your home almost certainly suffered smoke and fire damage. As well as possible water damage. The professionals at SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park have the skills and equipment necessary to restore your house to the way it was before the fire.

Each fire is different and every home or business requires its own specific approach, but the following is the general process we follow in a typical fire damage restoration situation:

  1. Emergency response. When you make your call to us, the restoration process begins. Our customer service representative will ask the right questions so that we can respond quickly and bring along the right resources and equipment.
  1. Inspection and assessment. We inspect the impacted area and adjoining rooms to find out the extent of the soot, smoke and other fire damage, then we can develop our plan of action.
  1. Securing the structure. Preventing further damage is essential, so we take immediate action to board up broken windows, shore up damaged walls and put tarps over damaged sections of the roof.
  1. Water removal. When water damage is present, we immediately start water removal. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to get all the water from your home and complete the drying process.
  1. Surface soot and smoke removal. Using special equipment and time-tested techniques, we get rid of soot and smoke from the ceiling, all walls and other hard surfaces.
  1. Cleaning and disinfecting. Restorable items require cleaning and sanitizing. A variety of cleaning products and techniques are used to accomplish this as appropriate. This process includes odor removal using foggers and industrial-strength air scrubbers.
  1. Restoration. Getting things back to normal is the final step in the process. This can involve small repairs, drywall replacement, new carpet installation, painting and more. Major construction may sometimes also be required.

For an easy and hassle-free experience, trust SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park to help manage everything for you, including the insurance claims process. 

Call (763)295-1161 for a quick response!

4 Tips for Preventing Dryer Fires

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

There are many ways for a fire to break out in a home in Champlin, MN. One overlooked location is the dryer. There are a number of ways for a dryer fire to develop. Nearly 3,000 of these fires are reported every year, and they result in over $35 million in property damage annually. Fortunately, with some routine maintenance, you should not have to worry as much about a lint fire forming.

1. Keep the Top of the Dryer Free of Any Debris

In the event a fire does break out in your laundry room, you do not want to give it more fuel that could cause it to spread to other areas of your home. Therefore, do not leave anything on top of your dryer. This includes clothing, boxes and books. You also want to keep the areas behind and around the dryer clear.

2. Clean Out the Lint Screen After Every Load

A good habit to get into is to clean the lint screen before every use. After a while, you will start doing it without thinking about it. Even a small amount of material in the system can result in a lint fire. To remind you, you should keep a small wastebasket in your laundry room.

3. Clean the Vent Line Regularly

You should detach your vent line once in a while and make sure it is not getting clogged up by lint or various pieces of debris. If you are unsure of what to look for in the vent, then you should consider hiring a professional to come out and take a look at it.

4. Inspect the Vent Hose

Another component to examine regularly is the vent hose. If your current hose is not made out of aluminum, then you should replace it with one that is. You want the hose to be as short as possible to reduce the likelihood of it getting crushed and potentially starting a lint fire.

Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Do you know that chimneys can catch on fire? SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park, Champlin offers these tips from Federal Emergency Management Agency for preventing creosote buildup that can cause chimney fires:

Limited air supply and unseasoned wood encourage the buildup of creosote. To avoid that buildup, do not restrict the air supply by:

  • Closing the glass doors
  • Not opening the damper wide enough
  • The longer the smoke is in the flue, the more likely it is that creosote will form
  • By closing down the stove damper or air inlets on a wood stove too soon or too much
  • Do not burn unseasoned wood
  • In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup

Fireplace and Woodstove Safety

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace or woodstove
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from your home
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home

Call Us!

When Minnesota residents and businesses have fire damage, they can trust SERVPRO of Brooklyn Park, Champlin to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 763-486-5512

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Read This if Your Dryer Lint Screen Is Dirty

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Horizontal photo of female hand taking the lint out from dirty air filter of the dyer machine Clean that lint screen fully.

How To Easily Prevent A Lint Fire

Your dryer's lint screen is chronically dirty. There are traces of lint stuck to the sides. In fact, there are areas of your dryer that you didn't even know need to be cleaned. 

1. Clean That Lint Screen Fully
Most people either ignore the lint screen until it's overflowing, or they cleanse it sporadically. Neither of these methods are effective. Proper lint screen cleaning includes:

  • Accessing the lint screen
  • Rubbing your hand or a brush over it
  • Using the balled lint to gather any remaining particles
  • Dispensing properly

Place the gathered lint far away from any source of heat. Make sure you follow the above steps each time before a new drying cycle. If the screen is looking especially linty, rinse it with water and some soap. Fuzz will also gather in the lint trap, so vacuum it to prevent clogs.

2. Deep Clean the Entire Dryer and Exhaust Hose
This isn't a fun task, but it only has to be done about twice a year. Unseen materials can also start a lint fire. Every 6 months, make sure to give your drying machine a deep clean. Always remember to unplug the appliance before doing so.
Pull the machine away from the wall, and remove the back panel. This will expose the exhaust hose and interior, giving you access to any clogs or debris to wipe away. Reposition all parts before restarting the dryer.

3. Call Forth the Pros
There are around 2,900 dryer fire emergencies reported each year. Not keeping on top of your dryer's cleanliness can be dangerous and costly. That's why it's best to call your local experts in Anoka, MN, and get that dryer fully inspected. The professional cleaning and remediation team can determine the exact regimen for your particular make and model. The right tools will also be brought in.
If you don't have the time or ability to clean your dryer properly, it's best to call in experts. They will know the best route to prevent a lint fire. If fire damage does occur, make sure you picked the right team that can handle the aftermath, as well.