Recent Fire Damage Posts

How Household Clutter Contributes to Fire Risks

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

cluttered book store Clutter, especially from paper, can be a hazard.

Household clutter is an issue that affects many people, and it can be dangerous in more ways than one. One of the less obvious risks of household clutter is that it increases the risk of house fires.

Firstly, it's important to understand that clutter can be defined as any material that is stored haphazardly and without proper organization. This can include piles of paper, boxes, and other items that are not put away properly. When these items accumulate, they can create a fire hazard by blocking exits and pathways, and by providing fuel for a fire to spread.

One of the main ways that household clutter can increase the risk of house fires is by blocking exits and pathways. In the event of a fire, it is critical to have clear pathways to exits, as this can mean the difference between life and death. Clutter can also impede the ability of firefighters to access the home, putting everyone in the home at risk.

Another way that clutter can cause fires is by providing fuel for a fire to spread. When there are piles of paper, boxes, and other flammable materials stored haphazardly, they can ignite and cause a fire to spread rapidly. Additionally, clutter can hide potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or overloaded electrical outlets, making it more difficult to detect and address these issues before they cause a fire.

So, what can you do to reduce the risk of household clutter causing a fire? The first step is to declutter your home regularly. This means getting rid of items that you no longer need or use, and finding proper storage for the items that you do need to keep. This can involve using storage solutions such as shelves, cabinets, and drawers to keep items organized and out of the way.

Next, it's important to ensure that all pathways and exits are clear of clutter. This means removing any boxes or items that may be blocking the way, and ensuring that there is a clear path to exits such as doors and windows. Additionally, you should ensure that your home has working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and that everyone in the home knows how to use them.

Another important step is to be aware of potential fire hazards in your home. This can involve inspecting electrical outlets and cords regularly to ensure that they are not damaged or overloaded, and being cautious with flammable materials such as candles and space heaters. By being aware of potential hazards and taking steps to address them, you can reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home.

Household clutter is a risk factor that many people overlook when it comes to fire safety. However, by taking steps to declutter your home, ensure clear pathways and exits, and be aware of potential fire hazards, you can reduce the risk of a fire starting and help to keep your family safe. Remember, fire safety is everyone's responsibility, and it's important to take the necessary steps to protect your home and your loved ones.

Candles, The Risk of Fire, + Safer Alternatives

4/19/2023 (Permalink)

candle Open flames are a hazard to homes and can lead to housefires.

Candles have been used for centuries to create a warm and cozy atmosphere, but they can also be a serious fire hazard. Every year, thousands of fires are caused by candles, resulting in injuries, property damage, and even fatalities.

Candles pose a fire hazard for several reasons. Candles are an open flame, which means that they can ignite nearby flammable materials such as curtains, furniture, and bedding. This is particularly true if candles are left unattended or placed too close to other objects. In addition, candles can also drip hot wax, which can cause burns or start fires if it comes into contact with flammable materials.

Candles can also be knocked over, which can result in a fire. This is particularly true if they are placed on unstable surfaces or if they are in high-traffic areas where they are likely to be bumped or knocked over. Once a candle is knocked over, it can quickly ignite nearby materials, resulting in a dangerous and fast-spreading fire.

Candles can also be a hazard if they are used in areas where there is a risk of oxygen deprivation, such as in confined spaces or near medical equipment. This is because candles consume oxygen as they burn, and they can quickly deplete the oxygen in a small or confined space, resulting in suffocation or other serious health issues.

Fortunately, there are several safer alternatives to candles that can help create a cozy and warm atmosphere without posing a fire hazard. One option is to use battery-powered candles or LED lights. These can provide a similar glow to traditional candles, but they do not produce heat or pose a fire hazard. In addition, they are also available in a wide range of colors and styles, so you can find one that suits your décor and style.

Another option is to use essential oil diffusers or wax melt warmers. These devices use heat or water to diffuse essential oils or scented wax, creating a pleasant and fragrant atmosphere without the use of an open flame. They are also available in a variety of styles and designs, so you can find one that matches your décor and personal taste.

Finally, if you do decide to use traditional candles, there are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire. Always ensure that candles are placed on stable surfaces and that they are not placed near flammable materials such as curtains or bedding. Never leave candles unattended, and always extinguish them before leaving the room or going to sleep. Thirdly, always trim the wick to 1/4 inch before lighting the candle, and ensure that the candle is placed in a draft-free area to prevent it from flickering and potentially igniting nearby materials.

While candles can be a great way to create a warm and cozy atmosphere, they can also be a serious fire hazard. Fortunately, there are several safer alternatives to candles that can help create a similar effect without the risk of fire. If you do choose to use candles, always take steps to reduce the risk of fire, such as ensuring they are placed on stable surfaces, never leaving them unattended, and trimming the wick before lighting. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of candles while keeping your home safe and secure.

Fire Prevention - 5 Things You Can Do

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

a variety of chopped vegetables and spices on cutting boards. Cooking related activities, especially those that require the stove or over, can lead to a fire if left unattended.

Curious about what you can do to prevent fires in your home? The following list is not comprehensive, but can still help prevent house fires.

  1. Change the dryer lint after every load of laundry. That might sound excessive, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Dryer lint is highly flammable, so even a small amount is all it takes. Doing this also prevents the ventilation of your dryer system from becoming clogged, which can prevent fires down the road and optimize performance.
  2. Use surge protectors. When there's a surge of excess electricity, surge protectors prevent that excess electricity from causing a fire by preventing the electricity from travelling up into your electronics.
  3. Never leave cooking, baking, or lit candles unattended. Any of these can easily get out of hand. It's also worth noting that one of the top causes of US house fires is from unattended cooking.
  4. Reduce the clutter in your home. Clutter can cause fires, or help fires spread quickly. Many of the day-to-day items we use are made of highly flammable materials, so the more cluttered a space is, often the faster a flame can spread.
  5. Make sure your roof and gutters are clean. During the summer months in particular, the debris in gutters can become extremely dry. If there is a lightning storm or excessively hot temperatures, those debris can ignite on the roof of your home, surely spelling trouble.

If you need fire damage restoration services, please don't hesitate to contact us. If you're curious about how to prevent fires in your home, check out this blog.

Fully Resolving Kent Fire Damage Concerns

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians removing soot damage from a ceiling with sponges SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration. Call us now!

Full-Service Fire Damage Restoration After Losses

Residents understand that several layers of restoration and recovery are required to return the home to its original condition after a fire. You need a full-service team of professionals, and our SERVPRO team is here to help. We start with powerful mitigation solutions like:

  • Temporary construction
  • Content removal
  • Air filtration
  • Water removal
  • Debris cleanup

We must act fast with the severity of Kent fire damage incidents for homes, especially exposures to microscopic soot particles and structural damages. Our roster of FSRT-Certified technicians is ready to mobilize fast when disasters strike. Given our unique relationship with insurance providers in the area, we often have a team assembled and ready to roll out before the extinguishment of the fire completes.

Fire Damage Mitigation Services

Even after a fire gets extinguished, the damage to the structure does not stop. Circulating carcinogenic particles continue to spread, standing water absorbs into materials, and weak structural elements are ready to collapse. Our SERVPRO professionals use the mitigation process to reduce restoration times and further damage to the structure.

Insurance Claims Work

Most fire damage incidents fit the criteria for insurance claims, making much of the work to be done overseen and filtered through the specific processes and procedures companies require. We work directly with many of the areas insurance companies, understanding what the adjusters need to ensure your claim is approved and work can begin:

  • Claims Inventory – Cataloging the condition of loose items and determining the salvageability of individual personal belongings. This would also indicate the need for relocation to our SERVPRO facility for further restoration work.
  • Estimation – Combining the needed efforts and materials into a direct and detailed breakdown of expected costs and paid hours.
  • Restoration Plan – The combined mitigation and restoration solutions necessary to return a property to preloss condition. This information tracks milestones and goals reached during the recovery process.

The Threat of Soot Damage 

The incomplete combustion of fuels and organic matter can create smoke residues and soot that come to rest on surfaces. Under pressure, these can even become affixed to vertical planes like walls. Soot is a challenging obstacle for restoration professionals as the removal often requires several practices and products to achieve. Much of the decisions regarding the type of cleanup required relates to the kind of smoke damage present:

  • Wet Smoke
  • Dry Smoke
  • Grease Residues

Counteractants and Deodorants 

Malodors are often final considerations for the restoration process but no less an obstacle for recovery professionals working in the house. Harsh smells are often created by the combustion of woods, plastics, and chemicals. While counteractant products like beads and granules can reduce the severity of these threats, deodorization equipment and tools are often necessary to complete the job. We generally utilize products and mechanical means to eliminate malodors.

Fire Damage Repairs for Homes 

Few fire disasters do not require some form of repair or reconstruction. Our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified team is equipped to manage these needs with a general contractor license and years of experience in the building trades to provide these efforts. From controlled demolition where damaged building materials must be removed and discarded to the reconstruction of wall and ceiling assemblies to make it “Like it never even happened,” we can help.

Kent fire damage might occur from many sources or ignition points, but the threat to your home or property should be anticipated. Post-disaster conditions are often volatile and overwhelming between soot and smoke damage threats spreading through the structure. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can help get life back to normal with effective cleanup and restoration services. Call us today at (253) 850-1500.

Content Cleaning After A Fire In Kent

8/27/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged hallway with soot covering every wall After a fire in your home, it is important to deal with the damage quickly and efficiently. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and equipment.

Efficient Content Cleaning Solutions After Kent House fires

Content management is one of the most discussed actions taken in a Kent home during fire recovery. Each decision made about the belongings in your residence can have a substantial impact on the salvageability of these items and how soon they can be back in your possession. Taking the time to determine the best approach ensures that the entire management process is as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Because there are multiple approaches for what can happen with damaged contents when our team contends with fire damage in Kent homes, understanding all of these potential choices can put you more at ease. Your belongings are what turn a structure into a home, and when these fall victim to effects like soot and smoke, it can be a stressful situation. We can offer multiple solutions to give each of your possessions the treatment they deserve to avoid being another loss from the disaster.

In-House Cleaning Solutions

Our SERVPRO team has an entire line of potent cleaning products capable of both deodorization and surface cleaning for hundreds of lightly damaged items in your home after a fire. In some situations, these items do not even need to get relocated with the right focused attention.

Relocation Services

Moving your belongings to a different area of the house is a reliable option to prevent exposure to migrating fire damages. If there is a room or region of your house unaffected by the fire loss, many of your at-risk possessions could get moved here to avoid further damages.

Pack-Out Procedure

While it is among the costliest of options for your belongings, contents can get moved to our SERVPRO warehouse for cleaning, drying, deodorization, and other restorative efforts. With in-house tools like immersion tanks and ozone chambers, we can protect many of the heavily soiled items to keep them from becoming losses.

Content management is one of the most significant considerations that restoring professionals like ours must make when recovering your damaged home. Our SERVPRO of Kent team can help with many potential cleaning and protective practices that can restore the things that matter most in your fire-damaged home. Give us a call today at (253) 850-1500.

Qualified Fire Restoration for Kent Residents

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the cabinets and walls and debris everywhere If a fire occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO right away. We have many talented professionals that can mitigate and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO's Formula for Fire Cleanup

Property fires can vary in the scope of damages and the types of material common to the home. This variance is especially pronounced in wall coverings, paintwork, and materials with different kinds that respond differently to heat, smoke, and cleaning actions. SERVPRO recommends using professional assistance to remove soot or smoke from walls and ceilings.

The goal of fire restoration in your Kent home is to return it to a preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." To enact that goal, we emphasize restoring the original materials of your home rather than replacing them. Restoration can be more cost and time-efficient for the homeowner but does require specific knowledge of smoke cleaning, chemical products, and equipment. Wall 

coverings are a material that is typically unique to each home and may be difficult to find and replace. Our technicians have specific procedures for restoring wall coverings from:

  • Fire damage
  • Smoke soiling
  • Malodors

The first step to returning wall coverings to a preloss condition is pre-testing. Our technicians test cleaning products or equipment on discrete material areas, such as the undersides or beneath the baseboard. This process helps to ensure that any adverse reactions to cleaning agents are noticed quickly before applying the agent to the entire wall surface. Wall coverings that do not respond well to chemical action can still be restored using dry cleaning sponges. Our IICRC-certified technicians take extra care around edges and frayed sections to ensure that potential damage to the existing covering is minimalized.

  • When cleaning wall coverings, avoiding using too much water is vital as some adhesives- such as wheat paste- can dissolve with exposure to moisture.
  • Wet cleaning cloths and dry cleaning sponges should be examined regularly to prevent streaking from over-saturation.
  • Wall rinse is a chemical agent that reduces streaking and removes soiling from wall coverings. 

If your home interior is damaged by smoke, contact SERVPRO of Kent, quoting fire restoration at (253) 850-1500.

Does Household Air-freshener Get Rid of Burnt Odors in Kent?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged living room with debris everywhere Fire damage cleanup and remediation often involves dealing with remaining odors. Call SERVPRO 24/7 to discuss our process.

Dealing with Fire and Odor Damage Requires Powerful Cleaning and Deodorizing Agents. SERVPRO Assists Kent Residents with Fire Odor Issues.

Why is air-freshener bad for fire odors?

The presence of burning smells in your Kent home after a fire can be persistent and unpleasant. A house fire releases a considerable amount of gasses and chemical compounds into your home. Some of these gasses may be volatile odor particles that remain due to a lack of indoor ventilation. Masking agents, like air-freshener, are rarely the primary method that SERVPRO odor control technicians (OCT) use to bring an odor under control. Fire odors typically linger in a property due to volatility, which describes how quickly liquids change to a gas. A burning smell is full of highly volatile particles, which results in a stubborn odor that does not disappear after using air-fresheners.

What affects fire odors in the home?

  •   The volatility of microscopic odor particles
  •   Presence of moisture which can increase the perception of odors
  •   Porous materials in the home which can absorb odor particles

What chemicals control fire and burnt smoke aromas?

If air-freshener does not get rid of fire and odor damage in your Kent home, then you can resort to more powerful control agents. SERVPRO technicians frequently use pairing agents in combination with air-fresheners to tackle odor appropriately. Pairing agents bond with odor particles on a chemical level. Some of these pairing agents are humectant and cause odor particles to fall onto surfaces where they can be wiped away. Other pairing agents change the properties of an odor molecule neutralizing or destroying the odor.

What are other odor chemicals used in fire restoration?

  •   Enzymes that can digest and break down organic materials such as protein smoke residues and odor.
  •   Air purification uses an electronically charged grid to kill any odor-causing microorganisms.
  •   Oxidizing substances are usually reserved for severe fire situations because inhabitants cannot remain on-site during an ozone generator operation.

Tackling smoke and odor can be a massive challenge without professional assistance. Contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

The Effects of Fire Damage in Kent Homes

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector Even small fires produce smoke and soot that deposit on your belongings all over your home. SERVPRO is always ready to restore your home.

SERVPRO Addresses All Effects of Fire Damage in Kent Homes Professionally

Structure cleaning is an essential aspect following a fire at your Kent home. Since fire residues tend to travel throughout a building, they can affect your property and its components. The best way to reverse the effects is through professional cleaning and remediation, as SERVPRO does.

When fire damage in a Kent home is not utterly destructive, several items can be restored to their preloss condition. Our technicians inspect the damage and develop a restoration plan. SERVPRO's priority is to clean your home with minimum disruption quickly. Thus, we begin restoration immediately upon plan acceptance.

Steps to Fire Damage Recovery      

  • Demolishing and disposing of fire-damaged structural components
  • Cleaning structural components
  • Cleaning contents
  • Deodorization 

Specialized Restoration Equipment

Cleaning a fire site involves clearing debris and salvaging what can be saved. We remove parts of drywall or ceilings if they are heavily soiled or charred. The problem might be water damage in some cases, which leaves the ceiling and wall panels soggy. In some instances, elaborate drying processes can fix the damage, saving you the inconvenience of demolishing. SERVPRO technicians evaluate contents and structure to determine if they can be cost-effectively restored. We have specialized equipment that simplifies cleaning and drying procedures helping salvage more items.

Specialized Restoration Equipment

  • Pressure washers
  • Rotating brushes
  • Blast-cleaners

Stubborn smoke odor is a detrimental consequence of a fire, and it can linger in the home for a long time. The smell can compromise the indoor air quality and irritate the occupants. So, taking measures to get rid of the smell quickly and effectively is necessary. Even though the odors decrease when affected materials are demolished and removed, other steps are required. Our SERVPRO technicians use ozone generators and photocatalytic oxidizers to neutralize malodors.

SERVPRO of Kent works hard to manage fire damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (253) 850-1500.

What Types of Agitation Work for Tukwila Fire Restoration?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and soot on walls Long after the blaze is extinguished, smoke and soot damage remain.

SERVPRO Has Training for Professional Fire Cleanup for Tukwila Properties

Agitation is frequently used to remove soils of all types when handling fire damage in a Tukwila property. There are main types: light, medium, and hard. Knowing when and how to use the various levels can make a difference in the mitigation service outcome.

A soot-covered article in a Tukwila home can get new life through fire restoration. The technicians from SERVPRO have a host of cleaning solutions and methods from which to choose. Agitation at different levels is one application that gets used to remove the fire and smoke damage within a house. 

How Does Agitation Work Against Removing Fire Residues?

When agitation gets used, the tech uses friction to loosen smoke and soot damage. In some cases, cleaning products are not required as the agitation alone is sufficient. 

Light and Medium Agitation

A light touch during smoke damage cleanup in a home can be accomplished by using a hand tool such as a feather duster. Small paintbrushes help remove embedded soot in ornamental areas of hardwood and other firm-surface furnishings or molding. Handheld brushes can eliminate all types of dry smoke and smoke webs present post-fire. When a surface is fragile, the techs may use low-impact applications such as compressed air. 

Heavy Agitation Actions

This method of soil removal is only for use on stuck-on smoke damage and often requires the application of a solvent-containing cleaning agent. The technicians may choose to use: 

  • Abrasive powders
  • Liquid/cream cleaners
  • Sandpaper and steel wool
  • Rotopads and steel brushes

Blast Media

One last way techs remove smoke damage from surfaces involves blast media such as soda, ice, or sponge blasting. These methods remove smoke residues, and the application gets chosen depending on the surface getting cleaned.

SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 brings decades of experience and training for fire restoration for the local Tukwila community. 

How Can Kent Professional Fire Damage Restoration Work Against a Grease Fire?

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

grease fire on stove, pans burning, soot residue on stove Grease fires happen quickly and spread smoke and soot far from the kitchen.

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment During Fire Mitigation Jobs in Kent

A grease fire in a Kent kitchen can quickly lay a great deal of fire and smoke damage within a structure, especially if a homeowner makes the mistake of tossing flour or water on a burning pan. This action can work to spread the fire even more by fueling it. 

When the flames flash up during a grease fire in a Kent kitchen, the fire damage can appear in numerous ways, including: 

  • Melted and ruined appliances
  • Heat and smoked damaged cabinets and counters
  • Ruined walls and ceilings 

Everyday Actions During Post-Fire Kitchen Mitigation 

SERVPRO technicians typically section off the work area during house fire cleanup. However, a grease fire can quickly spread smoke throughout the property, and even the ductwork may require mitigation to remove the pungent odor from a protein fire. The technicians removed all the charred building materials and articles from the kitchen area.  

This type of fire deposits oily, smelly protein residues on surfaces. To clean them, SERVPRO technicians use self-mixed emulsions as needed, along with their professional solvent-based cleaners to release the grip the residues have on the countertops and other surfaces. 

Repairs and Rebuilding by SERVPRO

Our SERVPRO location holds a general contractor license #SERVPCS911LE. The technicians have the experience and skills to handle all phases of the recovery of a property after damage from a house fire, including reconstruction of the walls, floors, or ceilings and painting, molding, and other cosmetic additions. 

Local Kent residents rely on SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 for professional fire damage restoration services after a grease fire or other type of fire cleanup needs. The trained techs can make the house fire, "Like it never even happened."

Fast Response SERVPRO Team Provides Fire Restoration in Tukwila

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

closeup of fireman holding hose; water gushing from hose Did you know that water damage often accompanies fire damage? SERVPRO has the tools for complete fire and water damage restoration.

Need Temporary Construction Solutions and Fire Restoration in Tukwila – Call SERVPRO

The damage from a fire can be catastrophic for many homeowners in Tukwila. The damage caused by the fire, combined with smoke distribution and the fire department's efforts, can severely damage a property. Further damage is caused if cleaning and drying efforts are not undertaken immediately. Immediate fire restoration mitigation can reduce the amount of secondary damage significantly.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration and reconstruction services for homeowners in Tukwila. We respond within four hours of your call. We are also the preferred restoration vendor for insurance companies in the area, and we have a close relationship with the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. We work closely with both to minimize the damage to your home and begin reconstruction as quickly as possible.

Every fire incident is different. Even small fires can cause extensive damage due to smoke and water damage. SERVPRO provides emergency services to our customers. We are a fully licensed general contractor allowing us to provide seamless services to the client and minimize the time it takes to clean, dry, and repair their home. Our services include:

  • Fire damage assessment
  • Board up and application of tarps on the roof to protect your home
  • Removal of debris
  • Demolition
  • Water damage restoration, including removal and drying
  • Cleaning and removal of smoke residues from all surfaces
  • Construction solutions
  • Damage mitigation

Once a home has been dried, cleaned and smoke residues removed, the next stage is to rebuild the damaged structures and replace flooring materials as needed. There can be significant delays while contractors are hired and programmed to do the work. SERVPRO provides general contracting services to provide a smooth transition from demolition, drying, and cleaning activities to reconstruction, minimizing the time needed to transition your home to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Kent for fire restoration services in Tukwila and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (253) 850-1500.

Kent, WA Soot Removal from Fire Damaged Walls and Ceilings

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign SERVPRO technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration. Call now!

Several Products and Practices can Eliminate Soot and Smoke Damage in Kent Houses. 

There are no two fire incidents that are identical, making the preparation and preparedness for developing emergencies critical for professionals like our SERVPRO team. Our commitment that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster begins with our effective mitigation services and job scoping that determines the extent of the damage and what can be done to return the house to its original condition. 

Vertical Surface Smoke Damage Deposits 

Fire damage to Kent homes often means smoke and soot deposits. With high pressure and high heat fires, the turbidity of the smoke and airflow forces solid particles against vertical surfaces and into crevices. Dry sponging and other non-wet cleaning approaches can begin the restoration of these specific soils.

Cleaning Up Soot and Smoke Residues 

Smoke and soot can be two of the most formidable obstacles for fire restoration in area homes and businesses. Understanding how to counteract the chemical composition of these deposits can make them much easier to loosen and remove. Some of the products and services often considered include:

Is Controlled Demolition Necessary for Kent Homes? 

While our responding team always focuses on restoring and recovering over replacement, this is not always practical or possible. Fires can be a devastating force that destroys installed elements, making replacement a necessity. There are also instances where building inspection determines that while surfaces can be restored, it might be more cost-efficient to consider replacement instead.

Fire restoration and cleanup can be considerable for even experienced restoration professionals like our SERVPRO of Kent team. When high-pressure and high-heat fires have impacted the property, many wall systems, and vertical surfaces will require cleaning and wiping. Our technicians are ready to help however you need when you call (253) 850-1500.

What Cleaning Methods Are Used on Content After a Fire in Kent?

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

"Here to help 24/7" Our IICRC certified technicians are prepared to assist with any level of fire damage in your home. Call us right away.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Services Utilize a Number of Cleaning Methods on Kent Homes

Fires can rage through a home, destroying everything in its path, or small fires can happen that get contained easily. Either way, the content of the home can end up damaged from smoke and soot residue. When that happens, SERVPRO techs know just what to do.

Using the Proper Cleaning Method for the Material

It is much more cost-effective to restore the content of a home than to replace it. Our techs do everything possible to restore not only the content but the structural elements. We employ several cleaning methods to reach that goal. Our fire damage restoration in Kent includes:

  • Dry Cleaning – For the removal of light-to-medium soils that are non-greasy. Also used for pre-cleaning before wet cleaning. An example would be using a feather duster, vacuum, or dry-cleaning sponge.
  • Wet Cleaning – An aggressive cleaning method that is very effective on moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray & Wipe – A wet cleaning process where the cleaning agent gets applied by spraying. The item then gets wiped clean.
  • Foam Cleaning – Used primarily for upholstery that would shrink or bleed.
  • Abrasive Cleaning – Agitation of the surface is the process used here. Our Stain Scrub often gets used with this method.

If your home has been impacted by fire, SERVPRO can provide:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Water Removal Services

For more information, contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

Should Homeowners Clean Up Tukwila Fire Damage Themselves?

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of home you want the experts when you've experienced a fire in your home. Call our skilled technicians at SERVPRO today.

Professional assessment and proper matching of soot residues with appropriate products and methods after Tukwila fire damage are SERVPRO’s strengths

Fire and smoke damage in a Tukwila home can be hard to see without professional training. If you extinguish a blaze in the kitchen or a distant bedroom quickly, it might seem as though little to no actual fire damage restoration is needed. The fine soot and nearly invisible vapors produced by the flames drift from room to room and eventually adhere to surfaces. Unfortunately, a brisk scrub down of walls and counters or furniture in the room where the fire burned is not enough to ensure that all toxic and corrosive residues in fire-damaged Tukwila homes are gone. As time passes, discoloration arises on surfaces, and odors linger. If firefighters used water to knock down the fire, it also causes problems if not removed promptly and entirely.

Why Is SERVPRO Uniquely Qualified to Complete Water and Fire Damage Restorations in Tukwila?

The SERVPRO managers and technicians responding to your Tukwila house fire clean up master multiple professional interventions during coursework offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They know the signs of residue and odor drift and make research-based evaluations to determine the type of soot and affected surfaces. Their knowledge permits the appropriate matching of fire and smoke damage with SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaners and tools. Using the familiarity of the elements of cleaning as taught by the IICRC, they deliver successful outcomes at a high rate, including effective:

  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Smoke Remediation
  • Odor Elimination

Trust SERVPRO of Kent to make the correct choices for fire damage restoration regardless of the intensity of the original blaze. Call (253) 850-1500 to start the fire and smoke damage mitigation and remediation promptly.

What Happens to Houseplants During Kent Fire Restoration?

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage homes is very frustrating. SERVPRO has the manpower and experience needed for your home's restoration.

SERVPRO understands the fire restoration worries of Kent homeowners

Kent is a green and lovely city in Washington. With over seventy parks and the Pacific Northwest's beauties never far away, Kent is the ideal destination for enjoying the good life. You can explore outdoor locations, take in the local arts and culture, or stop off for some delicious local eats.

A settler named Samuel Russell first came to Kent in 1853. Several others followed him quickly, and a small town soon sprang up. At first, the settlers named the area Titusville after one of their party. You can still see a "Titusville Station" sign in the city, on Gowe Street. At first, Kent was a farming community, especially after farmers discovered that hops were lucrative. Later, Kent became well known for its lettuce and dairy (it was once home to a significant Carnation Milk plant.)

Today, Kent is a major center for manufacturing. Several large companies have facilities in the city, including Boeing, Amazon, and General Electric.

Enjoy the taste of local cuisine.

Kent boasts a great food culture, with festivals throughout the year and plenty of wonderful places to get a bite to eat. Kent offers something for every palate. While you're in town, why not try out:

  • The downtown area has all the restaurants you could need, serving everything from traditional bistro fare to fresh sushi and cuisine from around the world.
  • Farmer's markets and local growers give a truly local flavor. You can visit a local distillery, pick your own farm, or cute cafes specializing in local food.
  • From alehouses to tap houses to wineries, Kent offers an array of locally produced beverages.

If you are craving something sweet, be sure to stop off at Sweet Themes Bakery, where you can enjoy handmade themed cookies. You can buy themed cookie boxes, such as mermaids or dinosaurs, that come with icing and sprinkles for the kids (and adults!) to decorate with.

Take in some arty vibes.

Kent has plenty of museums and galleries. Why not explore:

  • Third Thursday Art Walks, where you can view art, listen to live music, and enjoy street food galore. There are also free kids' activities.
  • Rusty Raven Studio features contemporary art by local creators and runs regular kids' workshops.
  • The Hydroplane & Raceboat museum features an impressive collection of vintage hydroplanes, and you can even view rare racing footage.
  • The Pickleball Museum. Kent is the home of Pickleball, and the museum teaches you all about the sport. Come and see original Pickleball equipment from the 1960s.

What happens to plants during fire restoration?

Anyone unfortunate enough to suffer a home fire knows that smoke and soot stains get everywhere. This includes your houseplants. SERVPRO takes care of everything that matters to you during restoration, and that includes your plants.

We cannot do much if a plant has been burned. However, there are some things we can do:

  • Gently clean leaves with a mild soapy solution to remove soot and grime.
  • HEPA vacuum loose soot from larger plants.
  • Move your plants somewhere safe when using ozone generators, which are great for deodorizing but cannot be used around plants, pets, or people.

If you need help with fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

How Do Kent Fire Damage Removal Services Like SERVPRO Do Their Work?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged property Fire restoration is no DIY project. SERVPRO techs are trained and ready 24/7 365 days a year.

Local Fire Damage Removal Companies Complete Their Work in Various Ways.

When your home is damaged by a fire, you want to clean up the mess as soon as possible. This requires both the right equipment and techniques to do it right. 

When local Kent fire damage removal companies like SERVPRO work to clean up your home’s fire damage, they employ all the latest cutting-edge equipment and time-tested procedures. These measures often enable us to return your residence to its pre-fire condition in as little time as possible. A few of the specific tools and procedures our professionals use are:

  • Dry cleaning sponges to clean up non-grease-based residues
  • Wet cleaning methods to remove oily residues and those on wooden, painted, and metal surfaces
  • Abrasive techniques for clearing up hard, caked-on residues
  • The peroxide active cleaning technique to wipe away heavy soiling on fragile surfaces
  • HVAC cleaning systems to sanitize ductwork and eliminate odors
  • Air scrubbers and ozone machines to clear/neutralize odorous smoke particles in the air

So, if you ever need fire damage removal services, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500 for assistance.

Every Tukwila Kid Can Cook

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

family preparing food on table Tukwila homes benefit from fire damage restoration if the kids burn up the kitchen. Be safe!

Zoom Lessons that Help Tukwila Kids Learn to Cook Healthy Recipes

The need to consume healthy foods is at an all-time high. Preparing food at home is one way to enhance nutritional intake since it is possible to choose the inputs and control the preparation methods. You can even teach your kids to cook as a fun way to learn useful life skills.  Alternatively, you can participate in a cooking event where kids learn to prepare meals independently. Every Kid Can Cook is a free online event that Tukwila kids aged 6-15 years can participate in right from home.

Some of the benefits of participating include:

  • Provision of nutritional charts so that kids aged 7-13 can understand the nutritional value of various foods
  • Access to the Boss Kids Cook, an online nutritional leadership program
  • Free ingredients list sent 5-7 days before the event

The cooking lessons are a monthly event. You can participate in the next one on December 17, 2020. The class starts at 3 PM and runs for one and a half hours.

SERVPRO of Kent helps clean up and perform other necessary fire damage mitigation processes in Tukwila homes. Watch your kids when they cook! Call us at (253) 850-1500 to assist you.

I Need Help in Handling Fire Damage in My Home. Which Restoration Firm Should I Hire?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire The situation can feel quite overwhelming when your home is affected by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.

Call SERVPRO to Help You Deal With the Fire Damage in Your Kent Home.

A fire is not something anyone wants to deal with. Even if a fire does not cause severe destruction, in your Kent residence, the smoke damage can be significant. That’s why you need the assistance of a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO to mitigate the fire damage.

What can I expect when I hire your company?

When you hire our firm to perform fire damage restoration in your Kent property, you can expect things to return to normal condition within a short time. We are experts in restoring fire-damaged homes, and our general contractor license number is SERVPCS911LE. After contacting us, our technicians can arrive at your property within four hours and conduct a complete fire damage assessment. We can inspect your home using a moisture meter or thermal imaging camera since there may be wet materials resulting from firefighting efforts. If there are holes in your property, we can board them up.

If the fire destroyed your roof, we could place a temporary covering over it to protect your home from further damage. Our technicians can use cutting edge restoration processes to restore walls, woodwork, flooring, and ceilings with smoke damage. We can also restore salvageable furniture and fixtures. Our restorers can remove all smoke residues from the surfaces in your home using wet and dry cleaning processes.

Which steps do you take during the restoration process?

At SERVPRO, we know that all fires are unique, and they cause their own set of issues. We also know the importance of restoring homes quickly. We can take the following steps to mitigate fire damage and decrease the time it takes to repair your home.

Ventilate your home to eliminate the smoke and soot in the air. This can make the property safer for our technicians to start restoring it.

Separate the salvageable and non-salvageable items.

Remove residual water and moisture using air movers and dehumidifiers.

Clean all the affected areas of your home, including floors, walls, ceilings, and permanent fixtures. This helps prevent damage that acid soot can cause.

Clean upholstery and carpets to eliminate smoke and soot and prevent additional destruction to the items.

Removing smoke smells using effective deodorizing products and equipment like thermal foggers, odor counteracting beads, and sealers.

Fire damage restoration hinges on taking action fast. In doing so, fire restorers can reduce damage and loss.

SERVPRO of Kent provides efficient fire restoration services that can bring your home back to normal after a fire loss quickly. Call us anytime at (253) 850-1500 for effective restoration.

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How Can I Repair My Maple Valley House After My Walls Inside it Gets Burned as a Result of a Fire?

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Knowing how smoke behaves in a structure can help us mitigate any issues caused by the blaze.

For Fire Damage Restoration After Building Materials in Your Home in Maple Valley Get Torched Call SERVPRO

It can happen fast, one minute you are just trying to cook dinner for your family, and then suddenly you notice your Maple Valley kitchen is in flames. Mishaps, while cooking is the most common cause of structural blazes. Since your appliances are usually nestled against one of your walls, there is a good chance your drywall and studs can become fuel.

What happens to my house when it gets partially burned?

During a fire damage disaster in Maple Valley, flames can continue to engulf your building materials and contents until the fire gets extinguished. If your walls or other items get severely charred, then our SERVPRO technicians can remove and replace them in sections. Since different parts of the blaze are hotter than others, some fuels may not fully combust or turn from a solid to a gas when the heat is applied. These partially combusted particles can then travel throughout your house in the form of smoke. The smoke coming from an inferno can cause several problems with your structural components and possessions.

How does smoke behave inside my house?

    •    Temperature of Smoke- How hot the smoke coming from the fire has a lot to do with how it behaves. Convection is the process of heat being transferred through air movement. Hot air always rises because it is not as dense as cooler air. As the warm air moves up, cooler air moves down closer to the flames that then heats up and rises. These types of air movements are called convection currents.
    •    Temperature of Surrounding Surfaces- Smoke that is hotter than the air around it tends to head towards cooler surfaces in your house such as your upper walls and ceilings. Due to convection as the warm air rises, it will push cooler air surrounding surfaces down and replace it with the hot, smoky air that can then negatively affect your wall or ceiling surfaces.

Knowing how smoke behaves in a structure can help us mitigate any issues caused by the blaze. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.

Is There Any Hope for Restoration of Soot Encrusted and Tarnished Antiques and Other Treasures After a Fire?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

electrical outlet  catching fire Is there a company that specializes in specialized cleaning after a fire? Call SERVPRO of Kent for help.

SERVPRO Contents Processing Provides Specialized Cleaning and Drying Strategies for Delicate and Intricately Detailed Possessions Damaged by a Kent Residential Fire

You give the decorative and practical items collected or bequeathed to you a place of pride in your Kent home. Rather than packing them away, they are enjoyed and used. Unfortunately, this decision to celebrate these articles puts them in the path of the corrosive residues created during a residential fire.

Does Soot Ruin Decorative Metals and Vintage Chinas?

As with many questions concerning fire damage in your Kent home, the most honest answer admits that successful restoration depends on many factors. Open, honest communication about the prognosis for your precious items is crucial. As the cleaning and remediation proceed, regular updates demonstrate our commitment to compassion with integrity at a difficult time. Factors that affect restoration outcomes include:

- The amount of time passed before we assessed the item

- Pre-existing damage or previous repairs to an article

- Exposure to heat during the fire, and how quickly firefighting activity cooled the items

- Characteristics of the soot -- dry, wet, or protein-based

Why Should I Seek Professional Help When I Am Motivated to Save My Property?

Although SERVPRO often shares responsibility with our customers during fire clean up, the delicacy of vintage crystal, china, and metalwork demands highly-skilled and experienced assessment and follow through. The stress of the high heat of a fire can exacerbate these weaknesses if the items already had chips and cracks. Metals swiftly tarnish when exposed to fire residues, and precisely matched cleaning products are vital to prevent that oxidation from degenerating to pitting and etching.

What We Can Do?

Delicate, hard artifacts can be packed-out to our facility for ultra-sonic immersion cleaning. Millions of tiny bubbles can remove soot and dirt gently and safely. The Esporta washing system can be used for soft fabrics, and even your child's teddy bear.

Our dedicated production facility technicians at SERVPRO of Kent rise to the challenge when unique items suffer damage. We base our interventions on industry best practices and seek input from you and your insurer every step of the way. Call us at (253) 850-1500 as soon as possible for desired outcomes.

Fire Damage in Kent is No Match for SERVPRO

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

wooden kitchen match striking on a grey slate surface. Fire Damage is no “match” for SERVPRO

How You Can Restore Your Fire Damaged West Kent Home Quickly

The thought of a fire destroying your Kent home is unpleasant. You have worked hard to buy it and the possessions in it. In the event of a fire, many of your belongings can get destroyed within minutes. When fires occur, they cause expensive destruction and disrupt the life of the homeowner. 

When your Kent home has fire damage, avoid starting the restoration process without a good plan in place. You may find that the expertise required to restore your home is a little beyond what you can perform effectively. There are several steps you can take to secure your house after a fire. However, hiring a fire restoration company like SERVPRO to do the bulk of the work is advisable. Before the professionals arrive, consider taking the following steps to ensure your safety: 

  • Shut off electricity and gas at the source. A spark can ignite leaking gas and cause the fire to reignite.
  • Throw away all the items that are beyond repair.
  • If possible, remove insulation from affected walls and discard it.
  • Determine which areas can be traversed safely while avoiding walls and floors that display signs of instability or weakness.
  • Smoke comprises carbon particles, and the smoke scent can persist if the particles remain in your home. Open doors and windows to let air circulate throughout your home. Even though this may seem to be a small thing, it helps remove the smoke odor. 

As a fire restoration service, SERVPRO has the training, knowledge, equipment, and experience to handle all the aspects of cleaning up your fire-damaged residence. Our restoration process can minimize further destruction to your home and salvage some items. We can restore both your home and salvageable items to their preloss state. Saving time is vital following fire damage to prevent long-term destruction.  

We offer a wide array of services based on the extent of the destruction. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can remove smoke residues from all surfaces of your home.  We can remove smoke residues from the surfaces of these appliances through polishing and wet cleaning.

If there are fire residues on upholstery and carpets, our restores can use carpet and upholstery shampoos to remove them. These are blends of solvents, detergents, and cleaning agents that can brighten all fabrics. A solution of water and these shampoos has a neutral pH and works well on nylon, cotton, wool, and other artificial fibers. Once your home is clean, we can take more steps to remove odors using various deodorizing products like water-based odor counteractants, water-based wet mist deodorizers, sealers, and deodorant granules or pellets. We can also offer rebuilding services if necessary, enabling you to save money and time.

It takes specialized training and expertise to restore a home that has survived a fire. SERVPRO of Kent has the skills it takes. Call us today at (253) 850-1500 for prompt restoration.

Smoke and Fire Damage Should Always Have Professional Cleanup in Kent Homes

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Understands How Important The Details Are When it Comes to Your Homes Fire Damage and Restoration

The methods of cleaning fire damage from a house make the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy environment. Due to soot being an irritant to the majority of people, getting it out of the home before it can spread is a priority. 

A standard step SERVPRO technicians take upon arrival to a Kent home for fire damage restoration is containment. There are different methods, but one of the most common is also the most simplistic: the putting up of heavy plastic sheeting over doorways and vents. Additionally, the techs often run air scrubbers during the entire mitigation process to capture airborne soot particles and port them off-site. 

Why Testing of Residues is Vital

The cleaning away for smoke is not a one-size-fits-all process for SERVPRO technicians. In fact, the use of an incorrect method can result in more significant damage to a surface. That is why before the techs take any actions regarding smoke damage on surfaces, they test the residues to determine if they fall into the wet or dry smoke category.  This attention to detail ensures the use of the appropriate cleaning agents.

What Harm Can DIY Smoke Damage Cleaning Efforts Do?

When property owners spent time attempting to clean up the aftermath of a property fire themselves, not only is this unhealthy, it can result in a broader scope of fire loss throughout the home due to the spread of soot, mainly through the ductwork in the house resulting in a residual odor any time the HVAC gets used until the ductwork gets cleaned. Also, using wet cleaners on dry smoke can drive the soot deeply into the surface and render the object unrestorable. 

Most importantly, if an item receives more damage due to cleaning efforts by the property owner, the insurance carrier may deem the item a loss due to the negligence in cleansing, which is why it is vital to let the technicians perform tests on residues and clean pieces to ensure the best outcome after a fire loss.

At the first sign of fire damage in your SERVPRO of Kent residence, call (253) 850-1500. The certified, experienced technicians are ready to assist local properties 24/7 for the restoration of any type of fire loss and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Our Experts Will Clean Your Kent Home After A Fire

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

room in house with burned furniture and charred walls in black soot. Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call anytime that you need us at (253) 850-1500.

Cleaning Moderately Soiled Kent Homes After Fires

As destructive as fire losses can be for Kent homes, it can be even more devastating when improper cleaning practices and approaches lead to irreparable staining, smearing, and marring. Our professionals have extensive experience in the recovery of on-site construction materials and contents, even to the point of successfully restoring moderate soiling to affected surfaces without requiring any demolition or later reconstruction. Depending on the damage and the substance, we have several practices that can help.

Knowing which of these techniques fits the specific scenario and circumstance is part of the extensive training and education that our SERVPRO professionals receive to handle fire cleanup in damaged Kent homes. Once we have identified surfaces and contents that can benefit from mechanical action cleaning, we can attempt one of these practical approaches.

Cleaning Towels
As rudimentary as it might seem, wiping surfaces with a towel as part of a wet-cleaning approach can help to reduce the possibility of streaking and smearing. In situations where soils and moisture could still be present, the towel can also help to absorb substances from the surface.

Dry Cleaning Sponge
Sponges of all shapes, sizes, and compositions have a role in fire loss cleanup. Rubber sponges can get used for the removal of loose soil as it gets pulled across a surface, the friction causes soils to transfer into the pores of the sponge. While these do little to wet smoke residue, they are the premier solution for dry smoke effects.

Crumbly Cleaning
You can liken this chemical reaction to a pencil eraser absorbing the graphite pencil markings from paper. As this substance gets rubbed on a surface, it begins to absorb soils. This approach is ideal for dry smoke residues, but it might not be as effective with glossy surfaces.

Mechanical actions are often a necessary element to cleaning up after fire loss effects in your home. No matter what kind of smoke and soot damage exists in the house, we have ideal cleaning tactics to make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call anytime that you need us at (253) 850-1500.

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Restoring Your Kent Home or Business After a Fire

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Damage from a house fire. Damage from a Kent house fire.

SERVPRO of Kent was called in to cleanup the mess after this local home caught fire. Our goal is to restore and save as much as we can. We have the expertise and equipment to get the job done properly. Every loss is different, our expert team can navigate these situations to thoroughly inspect your home or business to find the full extent of the damage. 

Any time of day or night, when disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Kent for immediate response with fire, smoke, or soot damage. A fast response is crucial to minimizing the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Some of our services include structural cleaning, contents cleaning, and deodorization.

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Regular inspection of Fire Sprinklers

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler Maintenance is a Top Priority

Of the many tasks assigned to a Maintenance Manager, making sure the building's sprinkler system is in proper working condition is on the top of the list.

Fire suppression during a building fire replies on the sprinkler system doing it's job of containing/eliminating the fire.

Different types of materials within the structure, along with the amount of time the materials were in contact with the fire, will affect the level of damage that a building incurs.

Once the fire is extinguished, knowing how to properly mitigate and repair the building with the various materials in it is important.

If you find yourself needing mitigation for your fire damage give SERVPRO a call today.

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 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.

Burning food can cause odors in your home

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Burning food can cause odors in your home

Why does the last 5 minutes of a football game on TV seem to take an hour? You decided to make that salmon dish your uncle was telling you about so you prepped for it first thing this morning.

Start of the 4th quarter you decided to put it into the oven right as your team fell behind 14 points and the game seemed over.

That's when the magic started!  The rookie they just drafted gets put in the game and the biggest comeback in franchise history starts.

They tie up the game with 10 seconds left as the wide receiver torched the defender.  Torched him so bad you can smell the burning as if you were there.

Wait.....that's not torched defender...that's your Salmon burning in the oven!

It's happened to us all, we see it every day.  If this happens to you call SERVPRO and we'll come out and repair the damage.  Not all smoke and soot are the same, and trained professionals like we have at SERVPRO know how to deal with each type that occurs.

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 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.

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Sometimes your Kitchen just needs to Vent

We’ve all been there, it seemed like a good idea to cook the bacon on High heat but that Text from a friend or the person that distracted us from our stove was enough to make it happen.

“It” is that smell that enters your nostrils that makes your hard race as you run to the stove and turn down the heat.  As you fan smoke away from the pan you realize you’re spreading this smoke into other parts of the kitchen.  You reach for the fan and turn it on for the first time in a while.  

Cranking the knob up to high you look over at the smoke detector and the race is on.

“Will the fan suck up the smoke before it gets to the smoke detector and informs everyone in the house you’ve just burned the bacon?”

The Kitchen Fan is mostly a Reactive function in the kitchen.  It rarely gets turned on until smoke comes out of a pan or that pot of water starts to fog up the room.  

The perfect time to turn on the fan is actually Before you turn on the stove and start cooking.

The main purpose of the fan is to eliminate heat and odors from the cooking that you’re doing. The moisture and odors tend to stick to the walls of your kitchen.

The odors and moisture builds up and can turn your kitchen area into a feeding ground for microbial growth.  

How do you reduce the chance for moisture and odor issues in your kitchen? Be proactive and turn the Fan on every time you turn the stove on.

If you ever do run into issues in your Home or Commercial building reach out to SERVPRO and we’ll come out and take care of you.

Fire Prevention Tips for your Kent Home/Property

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

A few small steps can go a long way to prevent fire incidents at your Kent home/property.

"It’s always good to find out you’re going to be working from home…

Unless you’re a firefighter."


According to the National Fire Protection Association (, in 2015, there were 500,000+ structure fires causing $10+ billion in property damage! Structure fires were reported every 63 seconds!

Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Kent home or property, provided by the American Red Cross (


  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Check electrical wiring in your home.
  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.


Have you checked your home or property for fire hazards recently? Have you had conversations with your family about what you would do in a fire emergency? What is your plan if a fire impacts your home?

SERVPRO of Kent specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage event and can help you get back on track after an incident.


If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call SERVPRO of Kent - (253)850-1500

Kent Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Kent 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 Kent 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 – (253)850-1500