Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fireproofing your home

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Photo courtesy of On Scene 242 photography Pictured is a home on fire in Bristol, WI

After celebrating the United States of America’s 245th birthday earlier this week you may have heard about multiple fires that started on garages, homes, or just outside of homes and commercial properties. Fire damage is nothing to scoff at and in the beautiful summer months the last thing you want to have to worry about is fire damage. With summer months bringing some heat, at times we can go for stretches without rain here in SE Wisconsin. In fact, drought.gov released a drought monitor on July 5th of this year stating that the areas of SE Wisconsin and NE Illinois are experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions.

Experiencing abnormally dry weather increases the risk of fire tremendously. drought.gov lists that one of the risks of a moderate drought is a “high fire risk”.

Believe it or not, of the deadliest fires in US history happened on Wisconsin soil. In Peshtigo, WI on October 8, 1871, the same day as the Great Chicago Fire, a fire rampaged through the area taking the lives of approximately 1,152 people.

All that being said, here at SERVPRO we want to give you a few tips to fireproof your home or property.

  1. Getting rid of dead vegetation

Although the spring and summer months in Wisconsin seem to pass by bringing a cold winter, most of us enjoy landscaping and making our yard look nice while we are graced with warm weather. But, it’s important that during this time that you ensure that no dead or dry vegetation is on your property. Dead and dry vegetation like pine needles, dried leaves, dead shrubs pose a great fire risk.

  1. Keep your gutters clean

Climbing a ladder and cleaning out your gutters during the spring months isn’t something that is very enjoyable but is very important. It’s not only important because the dry leaves and debris that accumulate pose a fire risk, but because it can also cause improper drainage when It does rain. This can cause interior and exterior water damage as well.

  1. Ensure all smoke detectors are working

Finally, one of the most important things is to install or make sure all smoke detectors are working in your home. With most fires happening at night, having a smoke detector is lifesaving. Regular maintenance on all alarms/detectors is one of the most important things you can do it prevent or be notified of a fire in your home. Consider looking into smart detectors as well which will also notify you with a notification on your phone.  Also consider installing these smart detectors in each room in your home for maximum fire detection.

Here at SERVPRO of South Kenosha County we are equipped and ready to take care of fire damage. You can find out more about how we deal with fire damage here. Fires in a home or property are stressful and something that no one should have to go through, but if you find yourself in the situation where your home or property has fire damage we will promptly be at your side to assist you in making it “Like it never even happened”.

Source: drought.gov/current-conditions

The Leading Causes of Home Fires

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

Fires begin due to several causes. Anytime heat sources are used or misused, there is a rusk of an errant flame taking off.

Despite all the advertising and education that has gone into a home fire safety and prevention, fires in the home still account for a quarter of all reported fires in the United States each year.

Let’s investigate this. What is behind all these home fires? How many of these fires could be prevented?

Cooking. The overwhelming leader in home fires is cooking. Some cooking fires are avoidable, most are! The top cause of cooking fires? Unattended cooking. Taken into actionable steps, that means that the number one thing you can do to make your house safer from fire is to be more careful when you cook, and never leave your stovetop or grill alone.

Heating equipment. Heating equipment causes the second highest number of home fires. While some of it is caused by equipment failure, much of this cause comes in the form of portable space heaters, which are prone to tipping over, overheating, or overloading circuits. And of course, any heater is capable of setting fire to objects of materials that sit closer than three feet away.

Electrical fires. Some electrical fires hide behind your walls and are difficult to catch. But routine maintenance and inspection can reveal problems present and forthcoming, so can responsibly use of extension cords, lighting, and wattage limitations.

Intentional fires. It is unnerving to think about it, but a surprising 28,000 intentional home fires are started each year. This does not include fires started for a regular purpose that get out of hand, only fires started with the intent of burning a piece of property.

Smoking materials. Fires caused by smoking materials make up only 5% of home fires, but they make up more than a quarter of all home fire deaths. Smoking fires often happen because cigarettes are dropped or remain lit as individuals lie in bed, creating both fire and carbon monoxide hazards.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of South Kenosha County is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Call 262-332-7044, we are here to help!

Extension Cord Safety

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

extension cord Choosing the right extension cord is very important.

Why choosing the right extension cord is important?

Extension cords are a common and convenient way to bring power to electrical devices when outlets are not nearby. However, when used without proper care and caution, they can become fire hazards and pose serious risks to your safety.

Follow these tips below to help keep your home safe when using extension cords:

Selecting extension cords

  • Only buy cords that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory.
  • For outdoor projects, use only extension cords marked for outdoor use.
  • Read instructions for information about the cord’s correct use and the amount of power it draws.
  • Select cords that are rated to handle the correct wattage of the devices with which they will be used.
  • Consider the length you will need; longer cords cannot handle as much current as shorter cords of the same gauge.
  • Choose cords with polarized or three prong plugs.
  • For use with larger appliances, choose thick, round low gauge extension cords. For smaller appliances and electronics, you can use thin or flat cords.

Using extension cords

  • Never remove an extension cord’s grounding pin to fit it into a two-prong outlet.
  • Avoid powering multiple appliances with one cord.
  • Neve ruse indoor extension cords, outdoors.
  • Don’t plug more than one cord together.
  • Don’t bend or coil cords when they are in use.
  • Cover cord receptacles with childproof covers when not in use.
  • Never use extension cords that feel hot to the touch.

Caring for extension cords

  • Always store cords inside where they can remain dry.
  • Unplug extension cords that are not in use.
  • Throw away damaged cords immediately.
  • Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting from the outlet.
  • Remember, extension cords are intended to be temporary wiring solutions. If you find you are using them on a permanent basis, this can create an unnecessary risk in your home.

Fire Safety During Winter Storms

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Winter Storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause problems. Know what to do before and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.

  • Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.
  • Plan two ways out of your home in case of an emergency. Clear the driveway and from walkway of any ice or snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. That way if you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.
  • Be ready in case your power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also, have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles!
  • Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio updates.
  • Check on your neighbors and check on others who may need help.
  • Generators should be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open.
  • Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.
  • Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room and turn them off when you go to bed.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  There are more home fires in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January, and February.

SERVPRO South Kenosha County is always here to help and answer any questions you may have.

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How to Clean your Gas Range

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

A gas range is the preferred appliance of cooks because it provides a more uniform cooking method than an electric range. A bonus is the fact that it heats up immediately. The disadvantage of a gas stove is that it is more complicated to clean. Dried food should be cleaned up quickly before they create a smoke smell. You can become a pro at cleaning your stove by following a few simple instructions.

You just need a few simple materials to conduct a thorough range cleaning. Just grab dish soap, white vinegar, paper towels, and a clean scrub brush or a toothbrush.

To clean the stove, fill the kitchen sink with HOT, sudsy water using a few drops of dish soap. Remove the grates and burner caps from the gas range and soak them in the water. After they have soaked a bit, scrub them with a toothbrush to remove any stubborn debris. Brush loose crumbs off the stovetop with a paper towel and spray the entire area with a solution of one part vinegar to one part water. Let It sit for a couple minutes. Wipe the area with clean paper towels. Make sure you clean the knobs and the back panel also. If dried bits of food or debris remain, squirt a drop of soap onto the toothbrush and give it a good scrub. Wipe the area dry with paper towels. Remove the burner caps and scrub them with sudsy water. Dry them completely.

Once you have cleaned up all the crumbs and debris, put all the parts back together. Repeat this routine every month to maintain a clean, shiny stove. If you ever suspect smoke or fire damage, call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County to conduct a fire damage assessment.

262-332-7044

Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires in Your South Kenosha County Home

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of residential fires in the nation? If you are not regularly servicing your dryer, you run the risk of falling victim to a dryer vent fire. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your dryer keeps the heat inside:

  1. Use a professional installer.
  2. Regularly service the equipment.
  3. Keep the surrounding area free of flammable materials.
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  5. Use only rigid or flexible metal venting material.
  6. Ensure air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted.
  7. Do not overload.
  8. Inspect gas lines.
  9. Use the correct plug and outlet.
  10. Never run the dryer when you leave home or are sleeping.

While these steps are simple and easy to carry out, they are also crucial in preventing a dryer fire. If you find yourself dealing with the heat outside of the dryer, call SERVPRO South Kenosha County 262-332-7044 for our fire and smoke damage restoration services. We are always here to help!

5 Things to Try When Your Smoke Alarm Beeps

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Installing a fire alarm in each room of your home is very important. The worst thing about them is, when one of the alarms starts beeping. It can take a while to figure out which one is beeping. Then, how do you make it stop? Here are five things to try.

  1. Change the Batteries. Start simple and change the batteries. Even if you just did it, it is possible one of them is faulty or you accidentally mixed up an old one with a new one. 
  1. Use the Silent Button. Your fire alarm has a test/silent button. Try to use that to stop the beeping. This is probably also a good time to find the manual (or look it up online if it was thrown away) for ways to specifically test your brand of alarm. 
  1. Reset the Alarm. A slightly more complicated solution is to reset the whole device. Again, the manual or YouTube can provide help for how to conduct a full alarm reset. Do not get discouraged here, decide that it is not worth the effort, and leave the alarm unarmed. Fire damage occurs when you least expect it, so it is important to keep all your detectors up and running. 
  1. Check for Dust. Some detectors are hardwired to your electrical system instead of using batteries. If dust is affecting the wiring, that could be a reason that your alarm is beeping. Use a keyboard air blower to clear out the dust build-up. 
  1. Replace the Whole Thing. When no other solution will stop the beeping, it is time to replace the detector. They do not last forever, and chances are that it’s been longer than you realize since you installed your fire alarm. Don’t put this off. The safety of your family could depend on functioning smoke detectors.

Troubleshooting your smoke detector can be a headache, but its worth the effort to keep your family safe from fire and smoke damage. If a fire does occur, a fire damage assessment will help determine the cause.

5 Things to Do After A House Fire

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

A fire occurring in your house can be both surprising, overwhelming, and confusing. One can easily feel confused about what it is that they should do after going through such an experience. However, reading up and learning about what it is that you can do after a house fire can make you better equipped with dealing with such a situation. So, in order to help you protect yourself and your property, here are 5 things that you can do after a house fire.

Call an Emergency Helpline

Of course, the first step in any emergency is to call an emergency helpline. However, you must first ensure that everyone within your house is outside first. The first responders will arrive at your home and will focus their attention on the safety of you and others who live in your house. After all of the house occupants are out of danger, they will then focus their energy on saving the structural integrity of your house. 

Take Some Time 

While the first respondents are working on dousing the flames, make sure to take time for yourself so that you can process the situation. Try to remind yourself and those who surround you that everything will be okay as spiraling will only make you feel more stressed and will not help the process go any faster. Be sure to take everything one step at a time so that you do not overwhelm yourself. 

Contact Your Insurance Agency 

After you have collected your thoughts, contact your insurance agency and ask for their timeline on securing your property, which includes the removal of any standing water as well as covering the doors and windows of your house. The entire process depends on the amount of damage your house has taken, both from the fire and the dousing. Your insurance will help in starting this process for you and will then authorize their company for restoration to secure your property.

Find A Safe Place

As your house, despite the ventilation holes, will now be filled with chemicals, which lowers the air quality drastically, to prevent any health issues, you must then find a safe place to stay for the time being. In fact, the restoration and recovery process can take several months to finish, which is why most people end up residing in a relative's house rather than a hotel. So, be sure to be monetarily prepared. 

Secure Your House 

If you are in a situation where the fire department tells you that your house is safe to live in, you will still have to take certain precautions, such as boarding up your house. This will prevent any outside impurities from entering your house. 

All in all, knowing the steps that you must take after a house fire will not only help you but will also make you feel more at peace. So, if you ever do go through something like this, we hope that you do not, you will not feel confused rather you will, by default, go into autopilot and start taking the required steps. 

Free Winter Fires

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Kenosha County knows fire’s strength. We are here to help you and our local community prevent and battle this force.

Fire prevention tips:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.
  • Keep portable generators outside away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
  • Plug only 1 heat producing appliance (like a space heater) into an electrical outlet a time.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from you home and any nearby buildings.
  • Keep portable generators outside away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.

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SERVPRO of South Kenosha County has seen their fair share of fire losses.  We are here for you, cleaning up and restoring all that matters to you.Fire Damage Call us at 262-332-7044.  We are open and have crews 24/7!

Fourth of July – Independence Day

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Grill on fire, firefighter on scene Firefighter on scene putting out a grill fire.

It is going to be a hot one this year! The Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year, which means a lot of people will be outside, grilling, and hanging out. As we get together with one another it is important to remember the safety of grilling. Check out below for some tip and tricks about your grill. Stay safe this weekend everyone!  

General grilling tips:

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

Before you use your grill:

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

When the grill is on:

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

On average, 8,900 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year. By utilizing these tips can help prevent a serious problem from happening on a memorable weekend.

If something does come up, call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County.

 (262) 332-7044

Home Fire Safety

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and Fire Rolling out of this property The smoke and fire is blazing out of the house. On Scene 242 provided this photo.

Home fires are such a catastrophic event that no one expects to come upon them. When this happens, anyone or anything is at risk and SERVPRO of South Kenosha County wants to make sure you took the right steps to ensure everyone’s safety.

Here are a few tips to ensure everyone’s safety:

  • Install smoke detectors on every level, inside and outside sleeping areas
    • Test these smoke alarms monthly to guarantee they are running properly
  • Have an escape plan and review it with your family
    • Test the alarm for your kids so they know what to do if they hear the alarm in a real-life situation
    • Practice the escape plan
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
  • Never go back inside if a fire has occurred
  • Teach everyone how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if caught on fire

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 – (262) 332-7044

Where Did My Stuff Go?

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Two-step cleaning process in house Shown is some items that would be able to be salvaged and cleaned.

Ever wonder what happens to your personal contents when you’ve experienced a fire or water loss in your home?!

Depending on the item, and the material it is made of, will dictate where it goes off to. The items that will typically come back to our shop will be the items that can be cleaned with a two-step rinse and dry process. Items that will go to a trustworthy, dependable third-party would-be electronics, furniture restoration, document restoration, and or anything that is outside of our reach. We want to ensure the customer’s personal property is getting handled by the best professionals in our area!

There is a peace of mind knowing that SERVPRO of South Kenosha County will be your one stop shop in an emergency. As a customer, knowing that I will be taken care of from start to finish, is exactly what I’m looking for. Our team is glad to provide that kind of service for you.

If you run into a situation, you know who can help!

What Does Having a Fire Mean?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Bristol FD Live Burn Bristol, Salem Lakes, and Antioch FD tackle a live burn event. Training all the time to make them better and stronger for when the time comes.

How to Understand Fire Damage Cleanup

Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair.

Fire Damage Restoration from a Trusted Source

When a fire rips through your home or business, the smoke and fire damage can be overwhelming. You don't know where to begin with your fire cleanup. You're dealing with a smoke smell that won't go away, soot damage, and personal property damage. Things you didn’t imagine worrying about.

Fire in the home and business can cause extensive damage. Fire damage restoration is not a job you should handle on your own. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County professionals deal with commercial and residential fire damages. Our company can assist you with fire damage restoration from start to finish, we’ll be there with you. Our qualified Project Manager’s will walk through the scope of work with all parties, so everyone is on the same page as we progress. Communication is a huge priority within our company. You can contact our office or project managers at any time with questions. We are here to help you!

(262) 332 7044

Decisions after the Fire

Decisions must be made once the fire is put out and the fire department considers the property to be safe. Our company will progress with the scope of work that was determined during the initial inspection. Your contents may be destroyed, and you may be left in distraught. Our company wants to restore your personal properties, especially the ones that mean the most to you. We are your one stop shop to getting your items cleaned and or salvaged, unless deemed lost. It seems that when it comes to personal property, our communication must be on point. These items may have sentimental value or even a dollar value that you can’t imagine losing.

The smoke smell will be so heavy you are afraid it will never go away. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County can handle the odor cleanup and fire damage restoration job for you. At the completion of the project and you’re back in your property, you’ll forget what the odor originally smelt like. We are able to deal with every aspect of your fire cleanup job after there has been a fire in the house or business.

We can handle commercial fire damage in addition to residential damage. The size of the property doesn't matter. We will put the processes in place to board up the property to protect it from intrusion, eliminate the smoke smell, and tackle every type of damage that has occurred. Our protocol is very similar for residential versus commercial. The scope of work will be detailed with all appropriate parties. The use of the proper tools, technique, and cleaning products will effectively address soot damage, as well as every other type of damage that has taken place.

If it is possible to salvage your property after residential or commercial fire damage, SERVPRO of South Kenosha County will help you to put this terrible time behind you. 

Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair, but a professional service will be with you every step of the way to help you cope during this difficult time. You will be able to get back to a normal life once your cleanup and restoration is over.

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Happy Father's Day

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Dads do a lot for their families and sometimes it goes unnoticed. This Father’s Day make the special man in your life feel taken care of.

This enjoyable weekend is a time to gather and appreciate the memories shared over time. A quality way to share time and memories is through cooking, baking, and grilling your signature dishes. While you’re enjoying the family & friends’ weekend with festivities and kids running around, please remember to stay safe throughout the busy day. Now that we’re embracing the summer weather with cookouts, we’re here to remind you of some tips to ensure your home and family’s safety:

General grilling tips:

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

Before you use your grill:

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

When the grill is on:

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

On average, 8,900 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year. By utilizing these tips can help prevent a serious problem from happening on a memorable weekend.

If something does come up, call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County.

 (262) 332-7044

Emergency tips for Fire/Smoke Damage

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

 DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaners. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

If you find yourself in a fire damage situation, give SERVPRO of South Kenosha County a call!

(262) 332-7044

Fire Damage Restoration Process

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Related Fire Services

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (262) 332 7044

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action to ensure everyone’s safety.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

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

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. Our main goal is to stabilize the environment to prevent secondary damage.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces & Address Damaged Contents

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. We would then address immediate attention to the contents within the residence that was affected. We would then pack out contents, generate a loss report, and handle textiles and electronics with specific care.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing/Deodorization

We clean and sanitize of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Summer Smells.. Cook Out Time

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

It looks tasty, remember to use precaution.

The weather is warming up in South Eastern Wisconsin, and you can mentally smell the BBQ food you’re eager to cook outside. Unfortunately, a grill fire can surprise you as something that wasn’t on the menu if you are ill-prepared. Before looking up new recipes or seasonings to try, it’s worth learning the basics of grill safety. 

Preparation Is the Key to Prevention

After ensuring the grill’s footing is stable and removing low-hanging tree branches and other flammable items near the grill, it’s time to start your grill the safe and proper way:

• Gas grills: Check the connections on both ends of the gas tank to make sure they are tight. After securing the connectors, coat the hose with a 50/50 water and soap solution before turning the grill on while its lid is open. If you witness any bubbles on the soapy hose during this test, immediately turn off the grill and have it serviced because those leaks put you at risk for a grill fire.


  • Charcoal grills: A charcoal grill should be safely lit only with charcoal starter fluid or a charcoal chimney starter. Using other flammable liquids instead, a fire can get out of hand and cause flare-ups that can spread to your residence or cause BBQ smoke damage. 

    Meat Temperature Shouldn’t Be the Only Thing Monitored While Cooking

    While cooking outside, exercise vigilance by following these tips to prevent a BBQ fire:

    • Supervise the grill until it is off
    • Turn the grill off if you suddenly smell gas
    •     Call emergency services if a gas smell doesn’t subside after turning the grill off
    •     Wear clothing that has no loose or hanging parts that could catch fire
  • Women make sure you tie your long hair back
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it



If Fire Spreads Despite Precaution 

Following these tips, most accidents can be prevented. If a grill fire occurs and cannot be contained with an extinguisher, contact your local emergency number. If the fire damages your property, a professional fire restoration crew is worth considering to restore your home’s condition and remove any residual smoke smell and/or soot damage.

Understanding Fire Damage Cleanup

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We're here to help anyone who runs into this unfortunate situation.

Fire Damage Restoration from a Trusted Source

When a fire rips through your home or business, the smoke damage and Fire Damage can be overwhelming. You don't know where to begin with your fire cleanup. You're dealing with a smoke smell that won't go away, smoke damage, soot damage, and fire damage. Things you didn’t imagine worrying about.

Fire in the home and fire in the business can cause extensive damage. Fire damage restoration is not a job you should handle on your own. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County professionals can deal with commercial and residential fire damage. In South Kenosha we can assist you with fire damage restoration from start to finish, well be there with you.

(262) 332 7044

Decisions after the Fire

Once the fire is put out and the fire department considers the property to be safe, the home or business, you have decisions to make. You may think you can board up your property and begin the fire cleanup process, but this is a job for the professionals. When residential or commercial fire damage strikes, you will be left with fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage. Your contents may be destroyed, and you may be left in distraught.

The smoke smell will be so heavy you are afraid it will never go away. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County can handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration job for you. We begin by choosing to board up your windows for safety purposes after evaluating the extent of fire damage after you have experienced fire in the home or business.

We will be able to deal with every aspect of your fire cleanup job after there has been a fire in the house or fire in the business. The process begins by using various types of industrial chemicals to clean all the surfaces that have been affected by fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage.

We can handle commercial fire damage in addition to residential damage. The size of the property doesn't matter. We will put the processes in place to board up the property to protect it from intrusion, eliminate the smoke smell, and tackle every type of damage that has occurred.

The use of the proper tools, technique, and cleaning products will effectively address soot damage, as well as every other type of damage that has taken place.

If it is possible to salvage your property after residential or commercial fire damage, SERVPRO of South Kenosha County will help you to put this terrible time behind you. 

Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair, but a professional service will be with you every step of the way to help you cope during this difficult time. You will be able to get back to a normal life once your cleanup and restoration is over.

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Home Fire Safety

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Home fires are such a catastrophic event that no one expects to come upon them. When this happens, anyone or anything is at risk and SERVPRO of South Kenosha County wants to make sure you took the right steps to ensure everyone’s safety.

Here are a few tips to ensure everyone’s safety:

  • Install smoke detectors on every level, inside and outside sleeping areas
    • Test these smoke alarms monthly to guarantee they are running properly
  • Have an escape plan and review it with your family
    • Test the alarm for your kids so they know what to do if they hear the alarm in a real-life situation
    • Practice the escape plan
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
  • Never go back inside if a fire has occurred
  • Teach everyone how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if caught on fire

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 – (262) 332-7044

Kenosha County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

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 South Kenosha County 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 – 262-332-7044