Recent Fire Damage Posts

Thinking About Hosting A Barbecue And Firing Up The Grill?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Hamburgers on a grill If you have recently experienced a fire in your home or business, call us today (708) 532-3377
 

If you are told to picture fire damage, you might visualize flames roaring through a house leaving only black debris in its path. 

Household fires can start in various ways, especially during the hot summer months when people are hosting barbecues and firing up their grill.  

There are potential sources of fire all throughout a household that many homeowners tend to overlook. Here are a few safety tips to prevent fire in several different areas of you home:

  • Dryers
    • Clean out the lint buildup on the lint filter after every load of laundry.
    • Only dry items that are safe to be put in a dryer.
  • Fire Pits
    • When building a fire pit strategically place it at least 10 feet from any structure.
    • Build your fire pit on a solid surface that is away from overhanging trees.
    • NEVER leave the fireplace unattended.
  • Gas Grills
    • Place the grill outside, at a reasonable distance from the house.
    • Constantly check the grill’s propane hoses durability.
    • Never light a gas grill with the lid closed.

If you have recently experienced a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO today at (708) 532-3377 - 24 Hours/7 Days A Week! 

Did You Know? SERVPRO Uses Sponges To Clean After A Fire!

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Men Cleaning SERVPRO uses a special dry sponge on surfaces such as drywall.

 

Soot from fire damage should not initially be cleaned up with water.  SERVPRO uses a special dry sponge on surfaces such as drywall.   It is made of a natural rubber and used like an eraser.  Once the surface of the sponge is dirty, it has to be discarded and cannot be cleaned or reused.  The sponges are very porous and hold a remarkable amount of soot. After wiping the fine particles of the soot off the surface, then it can be wet washed.  

There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (708) 532-3377

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services Can Help Restore Your Home

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Our fire restoration services can help restore your home.
 

The fire in your basement fireplace did not destroy your property, but there are strong smoke odors and heavy soot residue on many furniture items as well as on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Contacting professionals for a job like this can help prevent further damage to your personal belongings and your home. We can restore your residence to its pre-fire state when possible.

Our certified technicians can use dry sponges to remove soot and ash from tables and other surfaces in the affected areas in the basement. If necessary, we may use cleaning solutions to remove dirt and residue from various surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. Burned contents such as curtains, clothing, and throw rugs can cause odors, which is why we remove them from the structure. With your permission, the crew can throw away all burnt items. The team can clean and sanitize any items we save and pack-out, categorize, label, and store them off-site until they finish restoring your home.

Removing charred furniture and cleaning surfaces may not always eliminate smoke odors. The techs may also have to utilize industrial-strength odor removal deodorizers to get rid of pungent smells from soft materials such as drapes, carpet, and upholstery. Thermal foggers can also be put to use to eradicate thick smoke aromas. It may become necessary to employ a portable ozone machine to neutralize and remove lingering smoke smells. If we use this piece of equipment, you must vacate the home until we complete the job. You can trust our crews to deem the air quality inside your property to be at a safe level before you return home.

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help restore your fire-damaged home. If you experience a fire emergency in the area, call us right away at (708) 239-1444. We are close by and hare to serve you in your time of need. 

When A Fire Happens - What Should You Do First?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Recovery can be a mentally and physically draining process when home fires happen. Let SERVPRO help! 24/7! Call Us!

When a fire happens in your home or business, lives are suddenly turned around.  Recovery can be a mentally and physically draining process.  So who do you contact and where do you begin?

  1. Contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on temporary housing, protecting the property, and conducting inventory.  They will recommend a fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Orland Park who are experienced with the process.
  2. Before you enter your residence, make sure it is safe. Check with the fire department to make sure there was no structural damage caused by the fire.  They should also see that the utilities are disconnected before they leave or are safe to use.
  3. Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Take photographs of everything you can. Do not throw anything away until this has been done.
  4. If possible, locate your valuable documents and records. 
  5. Be sure to let your local police department know if you are not going to be staying in your home while the repairs are made.
  6. Save any receipts for money you spend related to the fire loss.  Your insurance company may need them later for verification.
  7. Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

For more tips and information on fires, you can check out the U.S. Fire Administration website. 

Ask The Experts: Grilling Safety Tips (Part 2 of 2)

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Last week we started off a list of safety tips to keep your summer grilling a fun experience for all involved. Today we finish up this list with a few more tips! Check it out and share it with your friends and family!

- For gas grills check for leaks before it is used for the first time every year.
- If you smell gas when using a gas grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.
- Use only charcoal starter fluid to start a charcoal grill.
- Let charcoal cool completely before disposing of in a metal container.  When disposing make sure the area is inaccessible for children and pets.


Make sure all grilling memories are great memories, use caution when grilling! If disaster does strike, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get things back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: Grilling Safety Tips (Part 1of 2)

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Now that summer is in full swing, so is grilling season! In order to prevent a trip to the emergency room or a visit from SERVPRO of Orland Park for fire damage, please follow these helpful tips.

- All grills should be used outdoors away from the house, eaves, railings, and overhanging branches.
- Keep the grill free of grease buildup and never leave it unattended.
- Kids and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.

Make sure all grilling memories are great memories, use caution when grilling! If disaster does strike, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get things back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: What About The Smoke & Soot?

5/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage can often be one of the most widespread effects to contend with in your home after a fire disaster. While there are many other concerns, such as structural weaknesses that often take precedent for restoration and mitigation, restoring damage to your property should be a focus of whatever professional outfit you choose. Our team can arrive quickly to help lessen the damage and prolonged impact of a fire emergency, and work to eliminate the presence of smoke damage.

Smoke damage often depends on the type of smoke that affected your home throughout the fire. Dry smoke results from high heat, but is also a residue that is much easier for our SERVPRO technicians to clean with dry and wet sponges on the coated surfaces. Wet smoke leaves a thick residue on surfaces and contents, which often requires specialized equipment to clean and deodorize fully.  The heat generated by a house fire plays a key role in the actual penetration of soot particles into porous materials like drywall and fabrics.

Indoor air quality is also a primary focus for our SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your home once the first responders have left. We work quickly to establish our purification equipment such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to run the available air through HEPA filters over time to begin pulling smoke particles and soot from the environment and reducing hazards or risks of exposure without respirators.

Smoke can provide many damaging effects after a fire emergency.  Our SERVPRO of Orland Park emergency response team has the expertise and tools to help.  Give us a call today (708) 532-3377.

Fire Damage Restoration In Orland Park

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Cases where fire consumes everything in an Orland Park property, are rare, and there are numerous reasons for this since even a small fire has the potential to turn into a massive blaze. One reason is the reaction time and effort put in extinguishing the fire. Another reason is what fuels the fire once it starts. There are several other reasons so, in the end, each incident results in different types of damages. The different levels of damage might necessitate unique restorative action so involving a professional is a good idea.

Cases of fire damage in Orland Park fall into three levels – minor, medium, and major damage. At the minor level, most of the loss is from smoke residue. The deposits are also light to moderate in nature, so restoration mostly involves cleaning the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can either use dry or wet cleaning techniques to get rid of the residues.

In medium level fire incidents, there is both smoke and heat damage on different surfaces and items, but it is moderate. Heat damage might affect cabinets, drywall, and other contents. Odors might also be more noticeable. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up and refinish surfaces. We clean contents at the job site too and carry out any necessary deodorization procedures eliminating traces of the fire “Like it never even happened.”

In fires categorized as major, heat damage is more severe especially in the areas close to the source. Such blazes leave parts of the structure such as framing charred, so part of the restoration process involves structural repairs. Smoke damage is also widespread reaching different sections of the property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. We also help board up the house or winterize it if the incident happens during the cold season. It is still possible to salvage some contents, but in most cases, they require extensive cleaning which we do offsite.

Proper restoration efforts can help restore your home to a preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Orland Park for assistance (708) 532-3377.

Cleaning Smoke Residue After A Chimney Fire

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fireplace in your Chicago residence, you need to take care of your chimney on a regular basis. A build-up of creosote along the lining walls of the chimney can facilitate the beginnings of a fire in your chimney. Such a build-up is created by unburned materials in the smoke accumulating on the walls of the chimney and making a sticky substance which can catch fire quickly.

Annual inspections and cleanings are therefore a must for your chimney in your Chicago home. If you have still experienced a chimney fire and fire damage to your home, you should give our professionals at SERVPRO a call as soon as the fire is out. We can help you to clean up the mess the fire left behind, including making any necessary repairs.

Each fire progresses through steps, putting out both dry and wet smoke. Some fires make a large enough proportion of one kind of smoke to characterize the whole exposure as predominately dry or wet smoke. We use different cleaning methods to remove the different residues. Usually, wet smoke is more challenging to remove. A chimney fire can quickly spread throughout your home fast, so we could be dealing with various surfaces that have been affected.

A few factors determine whether smoke residues are dry or wet, including the rate of combustion, the kind of material that is burning, and how much oxygen is present during the fire. In many fires, the more oxygen which is available, the faster the combustion process is. Fast-burning fires with plenty of oxygen produce a dry smoke, and slow-moving fires without much oxygen make wet smoke.

More materials are restorable in conditions with dry smoke. It carries few aerosols and deposits small, dry particles. It does not stain surfaces as deeply as wet smoke, and it has a less pungent odor. SERVPRO techs use less aggressive cleaning procedures in these cases, but dry smoke usually occurs from hotter fires, which do more damage.

Our restoration efforts are more involved with wet smoke residues. Usually, they contain a high proportion of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. Since the fire is moving slowly, it has its time to work its way into crevices and enclosed areas that generally would not be contaminated by a fire that is fast-burning. Hot, oily residues discolor plastic materials within minutes.

Many times, contents exposed to a smoldering fire and wet smoke cannot be restored. Even stripping and refinishing may not prove enough. Aerosols in wet smoke can soften, penetrate, and stained surfaces and burning plastics and rubbers making large, black particles which smudge or smear.

No matter the type of smoke damage done by the fire, SERVPRO of Orland Park does our best to restore everything that is salvageable, and we make repairs when needed to get your home back to its original state.  Just give us a call at (708) 532-3377 if you have had a fire in your home. 

SERVPRO Remedies The Effects From Smoke and Fire Damage

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Almost all house fires cause smoke damage of some kind. Whether it is an isolated kitchen fire or a much larger one, SERVPRO almost always needs to treat smoke damage of some form in the aftermath of a fire. But not all materials are created equal, and some can harbor smoke much more readily than others. Knowing what materials do and don't have significant fire damage can help you to make an early guess on the costs and time that it may take to get your home smoke and damage-free.

Materials that Harbor Smoke Odors

Materials that are porous, such as fabric, wood, and grout, are those that take the most fire damage from smoke in Orland Park. These materials have pockets of spaces ranging from microscopic sizes to easily seen ones, inside which smoke particles can become lodged and prove difficult to remove. Even the tiniest pores in the wood are vulnerable, as smoke particles are often smaller than cells or microorganisms. These are the materials that SERVPRO brings out the heavy guns for, applying advanced area foggers to get into the deepest recesses. Other tools such as CO2-based deodorizers may be used to remove smells from a concentrated area. In cases where ash and smoke damage is severe, we may also apply specific and thorough cleaning processes to rid the object or surface of its smoke fully. It may be necessary to use a pressured CO2 pellet blasting to remove charred damage from raw wood such as garage ceilings.

Materials Resistant to Smoke

The most resistant materials to smoke damage include metal, stone, and plastic. These materials are for the most part solid throughout, providing few places for the smoke to latch on that cannot be quickly and easily washed. Note that for stone, cracks and molding materials can still be harbors for stray smoke particles. In some cases, laminated woods or smooth tiles can also give the same advantages, but it is much easier for these to be breached and deeply affected by the smoke.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is a locally-owned franchise with the tools and training necessary to fully rid your home of smoke and other signs of a fire. Call us anytime (708) 532-3377

SERVPRO Remediates All Types of Damage After a Fire

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Candles are lovely for ambiance, and many people use scented candles to give off a pleasant aroma. They can also come in handy during a power outage. However, you need to use candles responsibly to avoid a fire in your Orland Park home. It is essential to keep the candle away from anything flammable, and not to leave it unattended at any time.

Sometimes, as careful as we are, candles still start home fires. Before you know it, you can be looking at severe fire damage in your Orland Park, which is when you need to call our professionals at SERVPRO for help. When the fire is out, we are the ones you can trust to clean and repair your home, so the fire looks "Like it never even happened."

Fires can result in varying ranges of damage, making each restoration project unique. With fire damage which is minor, only specific areas or rooms might be affected by smoke residues, and the smoke damage is not heavy. Our restoration services might involve dry or wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, floors, and your possessions. A few areas may need repainting, while only a few items need replacing.

When the fire damage is moderate, the smoke residues are as well, and more items need wet cleaning to eliminate residues. The areas that need repainting and the items that need replacing increase and floors might need refinishing. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents means more materials that need replacing. SERVPRO techs may be able to clean contents at the job site, and smoke odors are present and could need additional deodorization after cleaning.

When the fire has been more severe, heat and fire damage is worse at the source of the fire. Finishes and structural framing could be charred, resulting in repairs to the structure. Smoke residues are spread throughout a significant portion of your home, and odors are strong. We may need to board up your home, establishing a source of electricity, and take out any smoke-filled and charred debris. Our restoration services involve extensive cleaning of your structure and likely need restorers to pack and move any salvageable contents off-site for cleaning. We also use various methods for deodorization.

SERVPRO of Orland Park understands the different types of fire damage that is possible and we are prepared to handle them all.  Just give us a call (708) 532-3377 and we can help!

Residential Fire Damage Restoration In Oak Forest, IL

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help get you back into your home quickly after a fire. 

Residential fires are a devastating event for all members of the family. They can cause significant losses and damage to a highly valued property. The end results of fire are just as damaging as the fire itself. There is damage from water which is used to fight the fire; mold can appear, and there is penetrating smoke, soot, and odors.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24 hours a day to assist you with your fire damage.  Our IICRC Certified Technicians are highly trained to help restore families back to their preloss condition. We believe in a motto of cleaning and restoring your property quickly to help you get back to a normal life.

We remain with you even after the fire trucks have departed. Not only do we remove standing water, but we also have the skills to tarp and board-up if needed. Our specialized equipment and training enable us to sanitize and deodorize your property.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is locally owned and operated.  This means that we are able to arrive at your home within a short period of time.  We are happy to be a part of the Oak Forest area communities. If you have the misfortune of having a fire in your home or business, call us quickly at (708) 532-3377 to help you begin restoration. 

Orland Park Residents: We Specialize In Smoke Damage Contents Restoration

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

The damages that fire can cause are, of course, significant and devastating.  Smoke is a big issue as well and can be very hard to get rid of.  In the even of a fire in your home, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professional who know how to deal with residue left behind and that smell.  

The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove and they contain particles that are harmful to breathe, so its going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your contents if possible. 

Electronics that have been damaged by fire often present serious hazards. No device should be turned on if it could possibly have been damaged by fire.  Smoke residue contains certain acids that corrode metal surfaces. Taking prompt action will prevent further damage to your devices.

When you have suffered a fire, handling the damages following that fire can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help you clean for your belongings and premises during this process. 

Cleaning Your Home After A Fire

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your home or business, SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help.  Our technicians are IICRC certified and specialize in structure and content cleaning.  The first process in cleaning the structure is to remove the soot residue.  We use dry sponges in order to do this.  In order to reach high areas, such as the ceiling, we will attach the dry sponge to an extension pole.  The dry sponge can be used to wipe down soot that is anywhere in the structure.  These sponges contain special chemicals that absorb the soot without getting the sponge wet.  

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have had fire or smoke damage in your home or business call us today (708) 532-3377

Fire Damage In Your Orland Park Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage strikes your home or business, we strike back

Unexpected disasters can leave your home or business heavily damaged and in desperate need of restoration.  Preserving your property is not something that a homeowner should do on their own.  Our team can arrive quickly to help you recover from a fire. 

From the moment that our experienced professionals arrive at your home or business, we set out to learn all that we can about the damage your home has experienced and what steps are necessary to return it to preloss condition.  

A home fire is a rare occurrence for any given individual so you may not be aware of how advanced SERVPRO’s restoration skills are. If you face rooms full of blackened and soot-coated possessions a first impulse can be to discard them, despairing of them ever functioning or looking the same again. Replacing items is costly and sometimes impossible when they are heirlooms or other treasured belongings. 

The strategies the SERVPRO production team members master at IICRC training and perfect through years of experience bring your fire damaged objects back to life. If, as is common after a fire, your books and documents show water damage as well, we use innovative techniques such as freeze-drying to recover them. We are a full-service restoration company and handle all types of disaster recovery well, including working with your insurance company at every stage.

Call SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377

Preventing A Dryer Fire In Your Orland Park Home

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

The U.S. Fire Administration reports there are 2,900 dryer fires reported each year.  The damage from these fires totals to a staggering 35 million dollars. With so much at risk, it is important to understand what can cause a dryer fire and how to prevent them in your home. 

CLEAN THE LINT FILTER

A clogged lint filter is the leading contributing factor in dryer fires. 34 percent of reported dryer fires is due to failing to clean out the lint trap according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

A good habit to get into is every time you unload the dryer, clean out the lint trap.  If you are putting a new load of wet clothes in the dryer, double check that the lint trap is clean to lower your risk of fire.  Clean filters also allow the dryer to run more efficiently, allowing your wet clothes to dry faster and preventing your machine from overheating. 

INSPECT DRYER DUCTS REGULARLY

If the dryer vent or ducts are blocked, this can also cause a dryer fire.  Check your ducts once a month to ensure there are no blockages.  Blockages can come from an accumulation of lint, an animal that is nesting inside, or a snow buildup over the outside vent. 

Accidents can still happen, even despite your best efforts. If your Orland Park house has been damaged by smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377. We have the resources to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Putting Out A Fire Can Be Worse Than The Fire Itself

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Orland Park can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  We provide 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.  

A back-draft 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 Orland Park 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.  

SERVPRO of Orland Park has crews available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year call us today (708) 532-3377.

Food Service Facilities In Orland Park

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland Park, our number one priority is getting your business and dining room back in operation as quickly as possible.  When disaster strikes your restaurant or manufacturing center, you need the expertise of a team who is trained in food service cleanup.  At SERVPRO of Orland Park our specialists are trained to use food-safe products.  We understand the importance of getting your dining room, kitchen or production operational with minimal or no interruption at all.  We'll work to ensure all surfaces are restored and sanitized to health and food safety specifications, and you are able to get back to business quicker. 

Our experience in the food service industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Distribution Centers
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Fine Dining Restaurants
  • Senior Living Facility Kitchens
  • School Cafeterias

Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a detailed understanding of how to get back into their buildings following a disaster.  For more information on our Emergency Ready Program, call us today (708)532-3377.

Assisting Property Managers In Orland Park

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland Park our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition.  Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client's facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants' safety.  At SERVPRO of Orland Park our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants.  Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants' daily operations. 

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities: 

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-Tenant Facilities
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels 
  • Industrial Facilities

If you are experiencing water, fire, or mold damage at any of your properties, please call us today so we can assist (708)532-3377.

The Basics of Electrical Fire Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park can help you take care of your electrical fire.

Fire damage in your home or business can occur without warning.  Determining the extent of the loss is critical to planning the fire cleanup and restoration.  Identifying the source of the fire is necessary to understand what conditions were favorable to start the fire.  One of the most commonly overlooked causes is overloaded electrical receptacles.  

Overcrowded electrical outlets can over burden the electrical circuit and set the stage for an electrical fire.  The most obvious sign of this is a power strip or outlet that has several cords plugged into it.  Although this might be convenient, this increases the chance of an electrical fire.  You should frequently inspect these and unplug what you are not using at the time. 

Another concern that may be a warning sign is flickering lights or lights that appear to be dimmer than usual.  This can be a problem because many homeowners may think their light bulb is getting close to needing replacement.  This may also be a sign that the light bulb is reaching its maximum capacity, so it is important to monitor this to ensure electrical safety.  Homeowners should never make assumptions when it comes to electrical safety and the safety of those who reside in the home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

The possibilities of an electrical fire are serious concerns that must be dealt with in an urgent matter.  In the event of an electrical or any other type of fire, contact our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park at (708) 532-3377.  Our team will assist you. 

Caring For Your Personal Items After A Fire

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how small or large the fire, suffering from a house fire can be devastating. Fires can leave behind damage on the interior as well as the exterior. Sometimes families have to start over with nothing but what is on their back.

When a fire has hit your home and you are the victim, know that there is help when it comes to restoring your possessions. Fire damage restoration services included salvaging your personal belongings along with the structure of your home.


Inspecting Your Property

To get started, one of our fire damage professionals will evaluate your home. Your personal belongings will be evaluated to determine what we will be able to save as well as what may need to be parted with. This visual assessment will initiate the process with cleaning as well as packing and storing while your home is being repaired.

Personal items can be damaged by fire, soot, smoke as well as the water that the fire department used to put out the fire. We will try to save as much as possible, limiting the overall loss for homeowners.


Sorting, Cleaning, Packing

Our experienced professionals are trained in handling all your possessions with extreme care. We will ensure that your items are safely packed and placed to the side while others will be sorted for cleaning and disposal.

To learn more about our fire damage restoration process, contact SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377. We are ready to assist you with fire damage restoration options to get you back to normal everyday living.

Grilling Safety Tips to Prevent Fires

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

When the warmer weather hits, there is nothing better than the smell of food on the grill.  According to the NFPA  three out of five households own a gas grill, which means there’s an increased risk of fires in homes. 

Each year an average of 8,900 of home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all the injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. 

Even though nearly half the people who grill do it year round, most of the injuries happen in the month of July, followed by May, June and August.

Safety Tips 

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

Oak Forest Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage can cause a pervasive odor in your 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 Orland Park 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 – (708) 532-3377

Fire Safety

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Be safe and enjoy your summer!

With summer just around the corner, we would like to offer a few safety fire tips.



  • If you or someone in your family likes to grill, make sure to use long-handled barbecue tools. 

  • Only use your grill outside and keep it away from siding and deck rails.  

  • Clean your grill after each use.  This will remove grease that can start a fire. 

  • Open your gas grill before lighting.

  • Never leave your grill unattended. 

  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires. 

  • Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.  

  • Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn. 


You can check out the SERVPRO Memorial Day fire video here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdiABcqpjzw&feature=youtu.be

How Hoarding Can Increase Fire Risks

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Hoarding can happen for many different reasons

What is Hoarding?

Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding a large amount of personal possessions. These objects will cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress.  Hoarding can prevent typical use of space and limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping.  It could potentially put the individual and others at risk of causing fires, falling, poor sanitation and other health concerns.

Increased Fire Risks

  • Cooking risks: if items are too close to the oven or stove, this can make cooking unsafe and start a fire.
  • Space heaters: when there are space heaters being used in the winter, they can tip or be too close to objects than can burn.
  • Electrical wiring:  may be old or worn and not obvious with all the clutter. If there are rodents that are getting into the home, they can also chew on this wire and cause damage which could start a fire. 
  • Candles: open flames can be very dangerous in a home with excess clutter. 

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders

  • Blocked exits: firefighters can get trapped if there are too many items blocking exit.
  • Excess weight: of the stored items may happen when water is added in trying to put out the fire. This may lead to the building collapsing.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter can slow down the search and rescue of people and pets.

  • Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Injury

    When talking to a person who hoards, focus on their safety rather than the clutter. Try to be empathetic and understand. 

    If you know someone in this situation, try to help them make a home safety plan so in the event of a fire, they can make a safe escape. Also try to install working smoke alarms in the home and test them once a month.

    You can also try to reach out to their community fire department and let them know of your concerns. They may be able to refer you to someone that can help. 

    For more information on this topic you can visit the ADAA website. 

    SERVPRO of Orland Park has experience in cleaning hoarding homes. Hoarding is a specialty cleaning situation and many times involves some sort of bio-hazard situation. PPE is a must in these incidents and should not be completed by family members or friends. Call us today for more information 708-532-3377

What to do After a Fire in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park is trained in fire damage restoration

When a fire happens in your home or business, lives are suddenly turned around.  Recovery can be a mentally and physically draining process.  So who do you contact and where do you begin?

  1. Contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on temporary housing, protecting the property, and conducting inventory.  They will recommend a fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Orland Park who are experienced with the process.
  2. Before you enter your residence, make sure it is safe. Check with the fire department to make sure there was no structural damage caused by the fire.  They should also see that the utilities are disconnected before they leave or are safe to use.
  3.  Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Take photographs of everything you can. Do not throw anything away until this has been done.
  4. If possible, locate your valuable documents and records. 
  5. Be sure to let your local police department know if you are not going to be staying in your home while the repairs are made.
  6. Save any receipts for money you spend related to the fire loss.  Your insurance company may need them later for verification.
  7. Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

For more tips and information on fires, you can check out the U.S. Fire Administration website. 

Tips For A Safe 4th of July

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Safest way to enjoy your 4th of July is to attend a show put on by professionals

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  Fireworks, backyard barbecues and maybe a trip to the beach.  Whatever you have planned, SERVPRO of Oak Lawn wants you to enjoy your holiday and we have a few tips for you to be safe.

Fireworks

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a fireworks show put on by professionals in your local area.  Make sure that you are at least 500 feet away from the show.  Most states have outlawed fireworks but if you are in a state that allows them, make sure you follow some of these safety tips: 

  • Do not allow small children to light them and keep them away from any areas that people are using them
  • Keep a supply of water close by. 
  • Be sure to store your fireworks in a cool place.
  • Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals vehicles, or homes. 

Grilling

  • Never leave a barbecue grill unattended.
  • Do not use one indoors or any enclosed area. 
  • Keep pets and children away from grilling areas. 
  • Use long-handled tools made for grilling to keep hands safe.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!