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SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield outlines the common causes of fire outbreaks in winter

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield explains how to prevent fire outbreaks in winter.

Although the hot summer season is often known for fire outbreaks, winter also comes with the risk of fire outbreaks for homes and businesses.

The number of fire incidents reported in winter is always problematic, and most resulting in massive property damages and even death. With winter fast approaching, learning about the common seasonal hazards and restoration tips will help keep yourself and your property safe.

The team at SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield has outlined five common causes of fire outbreaks in winter and what you can do about them. 

1. Indoor cooking

Cooking is a major cause of house fires and injuries throughout the year. People cook inside more often in winter than any other season, and incidents like leaving the food unattended for long, placing combustible items close to the stove, and malfunctioning appliances can cause a fire outbreak.

Prevention is essential to secure your property. Firstly, never leave the kitchen for too long when cooking. Also, keep combustible items such as paper goods, potholders, towels, and other household items away from the stove.

2. Heaters 

The cold winter weather forces most people to use mobile heaters in spaces that may not be well-insulated and/or chilly. However, when these heaters are placed too close to combustible items, it could cause a fire outbreak.

You should always be aware of the items around when placing a heater. Always leave ample space between the appliance and any combustible item.

3. Christmas trees

While having lots of Christmas lights can make your home more festive, it’s essential to ensure they are installed correctly. The electrical elements in Christmas lights (whether fake or real) can cause fire outbreaks that can damage your property and put you at risk.

Real Christmas trees also become combustible when their needles become dry. So, ensure to water your tree daily to prevent the needles from drying, and take them out once dried.

Also, keep the Christmas tree from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents.

4. Candles

Many people frequently use scented candles to liven up the atmosphere in their homes when the perfume of fresh air is absent. Between 2012 and 2016, there were reportedly 8,200 candle fires, with December being the most common month for them to happen.

Eleven percent (11%) of the candle fires in homes were caused by people falling asleep. Similarly, combustible material was either left around or too close to the candle in three of every five candle fires in homes. Candles should be kept at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire, such as your Christmas tree and/or decorations, curtains, blankets, etc.

5. Smoking

Smoking is amongst the top five causes of fire outbreaks in the United States, with fire outbreaks from smoking killing about 500 people annually.

The winter cold makes smoking more appealing and more so indoor smoking. But, smoking inside the house is never a good idea as the cigarette, lighter, and matches can all cause fire outbreaks that will damage your home.

Always smoke outside, far from any combustible item, and properly put off the cigarette once done.

What should you do?

While the aforementioned tips will help you prevent winter fires, fire incidents can still happen, and it’s essential to act fast if it does. Once the fire is put off, call in a fire damage restoration service to help restore your property to a habitable state.

Get professional fire damage restoration in Montwood, El Paso, TX. 

SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is the company you can trust when it comes to fire damage restoration in Montwood, El Paso, TX. They have a track record of helping homeowners and businesses quickly restore their space and move on with their lives.

Their team of IICRC-certified fire specialists is available around the clock to provide the help you need. They’ll clear out any smoke, soot, and water damage and clean your property to eliminate signs of fire.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield at (915) 234-2679 to learn how they can help you to handle seasonal hazards and restoration.

Tips On How To Prevent Home/Office Fires

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to think about their home or office catching on fire.  Sometimes these things happen and they are totally out of our control, but there are a lot of things that we can do to help prevent them.

FEMA’s records show that just over half (50.2%) of residential fires are caused by cooking-related accidents.  The next three biggest reasons are Heating (9.3%), Electrical Malfunction (6.8%), and Intentional (4.5%). 

Here are a few things that you can do to help prevent a house fire and protect your family.

1.  Pay attention when cooking.  If you need to step out of the room, ask someone to watch the food until you get back, or turn off the stove and stop cooking.

2.  Test your smoke alarms regularly. 

3.  Check the dryers’ airflow.  Pull the lint trap and clean it every time you dry a load of clothes.

4.  Be careful with power cords and strips.  Attaching too many appliances to one power strip can draw more power than the cord is able to handle.  This can cause it to heat up and potentially catch on fire.

5.  Store flammable products away from heat sources.

6.  Place fire extinguishers in key locations around your house.  Make sure that everyone in the home knows how to properly use them.

If you need help after a fire, SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is here to help.  We can replace the damaged areas, check your electrical system for any potential issues, and can even help you get that smoke smell out of your home.  Contact us right away at (915) 234-2679.

Summer BBQ Tips to Prevent Fire!

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Grilling is a popular way to enjoy the nice summer weather, but grill fires can start easily and spread quickly when the gas or charcoal grill is placed too close to any fire hazards. Learn how you can help keep your home and family safe by following our grill safety tips.

1. Location

Keep the grill outside on a level surface at least 10 feet from buildings and other flammable objects. Never grill under an overhang or in an enclosed area. Be sure to monitor it closely until it cools.

2. Children & Pets

Children and pets should stay at least three feet away from the grill. Ensure that pets on tie-downs cannot reach the grill; they can wrap their line around the grill and pull it over. It will keep them at a safe distance if a grill fire occurs.

3. Clothing

Make sure that you wear appropriate attire when you grill. You can tie back everything with an apron. Use long tongs and spatulas for added safety and wear heat-resistant grill gloves.

4. Always clean your grill after use

Barbecuing regularly causes grease to build-up on the grill plates and collect inside the grease tray. If not cleaned, the build-up can then act as fuel and catch fire while the grill is in use. Clean your charcoal or gas grill after each use with a grill brush and empty the grease tray when it begins to fill up.

As always, keep a fire extinguisher near. In the event of a fire, do not use water as it can cause the grease to ignite further. Instead, close the grill lid until the outbreak subsides. If your house sustains fire damage or smoke damage from a grill fire, SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso can return it to its original state.

Kitchens are for Cooking, Not Burning | SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

A grease fire happens when the cooking oil becomes too hot. When the oil heats up, the oil starts to boil and then eventually it’ll start smoking then catch on fire. Animal fats will start to smoke around 375*F and vegetable oils have a smoking point of 450*F. Whenever you’re heating oil for any reason, make sure you stay in the kitchen. Always keep a lid and clip a thermometer to the side so you always know the temperature of the oil.

If the worst happens and a grease fire does form, make sure to do the following:

  • Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
  • Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
  • Spray the Pot with a Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.
  • Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.

Now that we understand how grease fires start and what to do to prevent them, hopefully you’ll never be in a situation where you have to use this information. If it unfortunately happens, do the steps to ease the fire and call the cleaning experts at SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield right away! We will work nonstop to make sure it looks “Like it never even happened.”

Addressing the Smoke Smell in Your Home After a Fire

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

When you experience a house fire, the damage can be devastating. Beyond the charred materials from flames is the lingering smell of smoke. Smoke damage can often be one of the most widespread effects to contend within your home after a fire. While there are other concerns to address after a fire that often take precedent for restorations and mitigation, restoring damage to your property should include addressing the smoke to get your home back to normal.

Much of the cleanup and restoration after a fire in your New Orleans home focuses on cleaning and smoke odor removal. Indoor air quality is also a primary focus for our SERVPRO® professionals once the first responders have left. We work quickly to establish our purification equipment such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to run the available air through HEPA filters overtime to begin pulling smoke particles and soot from the environment and reducing hazards or risks of exposure without respirators.

How we address smoke damage

Smoke damage often depends on the type of smoke that impacted your home during the fire. Dry smoke results from high heat but is also a residue that is much easier for technicians to clean with dry and wet sponges on the coated surfaces. Wet smoke leaves a thick residue on surfaces and contents, which often requires specialized equipment to clean and deodorize fully. This kind of smoke damage is definitely best left to the experts! The heat generated by a fire impacts the actual penetration of soot particles into porous materials like drywall and fabrics.

Getting rid of the lingering smell of smoke

Improving the odors in your home after a fire is also a concern for our team, but these steps often follow reconstruction and other restoration efforts. Waiting for deodorization allows our technicians to leave your home completely cleaned and odor-free. Our thermal foggers can often do the greatest amount of deodorization, as these machines are suitable to use in open areas, fabrics, soft materials, and work to remove odors from surfaces as well. 

If you experience a fire, our team can arrive quickly to help lessen the damage and prolonged impact of a fire emergency, and work to eliminate the presence of smoke damage. Give us a call!

Bad Habits That Could Burn Your House Down

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Fire is quick and can happen to anyone. Keep reading to find out what bad habits can cause fire damage in your home.

Disregarding Dust

Built-up dust can be a fire hazard if it collects in and around electronics, electrical sockets, and even floor heaters. Dust your electronics regularly. 

Misusing Electric Blankets

Never allow pets to snuggle up on top, and don't pile extra covers over the electric blanket, because excessive heat buildup may lead to a fire. Keep your electric blanket at its lowest setting, never bend the coils, and always turn it off in the morning.

Neglecting Appliance Recalls

To keep on top of recalls and prevent disaster in your home, register your appliance with the manufacturer or go to to find out if any of your models are on the list.

Dryer Lint

Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly, as well as the interior of the dryer frame, to clear away lint and clogs, and reduce the risk of fire.

Letting Your Laptop Overheat

When you leave your computer on your bed, couch, rug, or other soft, flammable surface, you run the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents, which can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire.

Choosing the Wrong Wattage

Installing a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the light fixture’s maximum wattage, and never go over the recommended rating.

Ignoring Uninvited Guests

Mice and other rodents like to gnaw on electrical wires. Over time, they can remove the sheathing, leaving the wires exposed. Unfortunately, the electric current that travels through the wire generates heat, and in the absence of sheathing, this could lead to sparks caused by short circuits, which in turn could ignite the surrounding surfaces. 

Leaving Candles Unattended

While you’re away, animals could knock the flame over, or a draft could cause the flame to flare up and ignite nearby flammable items. Always keep lit candles in sight and out of reach of pets, children, or flammables like drapes. 

If you are experiencing fire damage please call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield 24/7!

Why Fire Damage Often Means Water Damage Too | SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs, many are concerned with the potential of catastrophic fire damage. But did you know that water damage can occur as a result of fire damage?

  • Fire damages the integrity of a building's electrical system, resulting in leaks or ruptured pipes. 
  • A fire will remove most or all insulation from walls which in turn causes condensation on interior surfaces like windows and ceilings. Condensation on windows and ceilings may drip down onto furniture and floors.
  • Firefighting efforts can cause water damage to a structure during the firefighting process. Even if fire sprinkler systems are working correctly, they are designed to extinguish a fire - not to prevent water from entering your home.

At SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield, we work diligently to help prevent water damage and to respond quickly when it occurs. We offer premier water damage fire cleanup and fire restoration services in the region. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield today to learn more. Servicing all of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield!

3 Ways to Avoid Cigarette Fires

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Cigarettes are a common cause of fire even though these fires are easily preventable. Here are three ways to prevent a cigarette fire.

1. Smoke outside. Most cigarette fires start when a smoker falls asleep. Bedrooms and couches are the most common places for cigarette fires to break out. Keep in mind that the same risks apply to smoking on a screened-in porch or a deck with furniture. It is best to smoke away from the house in an outdoor chair. You may be less likely to get comfortable enough to fall asleep outside with a lit cigarette.

2. Use stable, enclosed ashtrays. An ashtray fire is a common type of cigarette fire. This type of blaze can occur if a pet knocks over an ashtray that contains smoldering butts or if burning butts get blown out of the ashtray onto combustible materials outdoors. Choose an ashtray that is hard to knock over, and that is enclosed or features a material that makes it easy to ensure that smoldering butts no longer pose a fire risk.

3. Completely extinguish cigarettes. If you do not put out the burning end of a cigarette, you will greatly increase a fire risk inside or outside of your home. Take an extra moment to make sure that your cigarette is completely extinguished before leaving the area.

These are three simple and effective ways to prevent fires caused by cigarettes in or around your home. If a cigarette fire does break out, you can either extinguish a minor fire yourself or call the fire department. If your home sustains damage, contact your local fire damage experts. 

House Fire Plan For Your Southeast El Paso Home

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

"A person who fails to plan, plans to fail."

Even when taking safety precautions, you can fall victim to a house fire at a moment's notice. In order to be prepared for a devastating event such as a house fire it is important to have a plan in place and make sure all family members know what to do during a fire.

A fire damage cleanup plan for your Southeast El Paso home should include:

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.
  • Plans for where you and your family will stay after a fire.
  • The details of your insurance company.
  • A file of important information about your family and pets, including medical needs.
  • Emergency contact details such as your doctor, vet, and a fire damage cleanup company.

Never enter your home until you have clearance from the fire department. Many homes are not structurally sound after a fire. The next step is to call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso. We can take care of every aspect of fire damage cleanup, from removing soot stains and smells to overseeing redecorating and structural repairs.

If you need a fire damage cleanup company, you can trust, call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso at (915) 234-2679.

Keeping Safe with a Fire Pit | SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire pits are a great way to bring friends, family, and kids together. Smores, music and a good time are great during any season. As much fun as they are, fire pits can turn south quickly. Read our tips below to stay safe. 

  • Place your fire pit no less than 10 feet away from any structures or materials that can catch fire easily. These can include sheds, trees, brush, powerlines, and fences.
  • Make sure you have plenty of space around the fire pit so no one is sitting too close.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Use a fire pit screen on top to help prevent large amber from leaving the controlled area. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire. Also, be sure to check the wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. 

If you ever need us due to a fire pit incident or something else, please call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso.

The Dangers of Space Heaters in Your Southeast El Paso Home

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Many homes in the area do not come with heat. We often turn to space heaters to keep ourselves warm during the winter months. Whether you are warming a small bedroom or an entire house, space heaters can pose a significant danger.

Always keep your space heater away from anything flammable such as perfumes, hair sprays, curtains, laundry, baskets, blankets or clutter. Space heaters can get extremely hot and if a material is flammable enough it can catch fire.

If your space heater does not come with an automatic off option be sure to turn off the heater when you leave the room and especially when you leave the house.  

If your house has a fire from a space heater or something else, SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso is here and ready to help.  Please call (915) 234-2614 to receive an immediate response from our team. 

How Fires Can Start in the Winter in Your El Paso Home

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

When the temperature drops, we are more inclined to stay inside. Not to mention we are in the middle of a pandemic on top of the cold winter weather. According to the Red Cross house fires increase in the fall and winter months. Here are our top reasons why:

Cooking Not only are many major holidays in the fall and winter which require a lot of baking and cooking, people often use the oven and stove just to heat up their homes.

Space heaters Many homes don't come equipped heat so we often opt for space heaters or fireplaces. Heating errors cause fires at the second-highest rate during the winter, which is why it is important to ensure the safety features on any heaters are working and that a fireplace is never used without its protective grate.

Candles and Decorations Candles are a huge source of fires in homes. Additionally, many electrical components of décor can deteriorate if they are used only once per year, leading to an increased opportunity for electrical fires.

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.

Tips and Tricks to Cleaning a Small Kitchen Fire

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Do you like to cook? If so, you probably know the risks involved when in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal. Sometimes, we can get distracted and leave a hot pot on the stove or item in the oven. These little mistakes don't typically cause problems unless forgotten about. Especially so, if there is grease involved.

It is recommended to stay alert while cooking. Also, make sure your smoke detector is up to date. Unfortunately, fires still occur and must immediately be put out.

If you live in an apartment, there might be a sprinkler system. If at home, you may have pulled out the fire extinguisher before the fire department arrived. Regardless, there was probably even more damage done when the fire was put out. So, that's why we have put together a check list of what to clean after a small kitchen fire has been put out.

1. Walls and ceilings likely have smoke or water damage. They will need to be wiped/dried thoroughly.

2. Dishes near or involved in the fire may need to be thrown away.

3. Furniture and floors depending on how large the fire was will need a deep scrubbing.

4. If the fire got out of hand, there may be a need for remodeling or replacing of appliances and more.

5. Lastly, there may be hidden places where water is standing. Grab a fan to make sure the area gets completely dry to prevent mold from growing.

While these things may take a few days to clean, they will save you from more damage in the future. If you need any help call us or text us right away!

Cooking Safety with SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

With Fire Prevention Week quickly approaching, SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield wants to share our top cooking tips to prevent household fires and injury. Cooking can be a way to come together as a family, but did you know most house fires are caused in the kitchen from the stovetop?

Stovetop fires are normally caused when food is left unattended. Always be sure to pay attention to what you are cooking, especially if cooking with oil or at high temperatures. Be sure to remove food packaging, dish towels, paper towels, wooden utensils, and oven mitts away from the stovetop that can easily be burned or catch onto an open flame.

Make sure all appliances are in working order and unplugged when not in use. Crumb trays should be emptied, and fallen food should be cleaned from the oven and microwave when cooled. Be sure to never use metal in the microwave as it can easily spark and cause a fire. 

When cooking, it is best to wear tight-fitting clothing and tie long hair back. Baggy clothes, long hair, and dangling sleeves can easily catch the hot burner or open flame. If your clothes or hair catches on fire, be sure to STOP - DROP -  and ROLL to smother the flame. It is also best to keep your cooking zone “child-free” so children do not touch hot appliances, or get burned by hot liquids or flames. 

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

Have an Action Plan for the Fire Recovery Process | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

If you are only going to do one element of fire preparedness, you should certainly plan your home’s evacuation routes and do regular drills with your family. However, we recommend taking it a step further and making sure you are prepared for the aftermath, as well.

The recovery and restoration process following a fire can be extremely stressful, but knowing how to handle it can go a long way in reducing your feelings of overwhelm and frustration.

Make Sure You Are Prepared for the Aftermath of a Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While all fires will cause unique sets of damage to your home that are impossible to predict, understanding a general idea of what fire damage entails can go a long way. Not only will there be charred spots that have come into contact with flames, but smoke and soot damage can become widespread as it travels through the air of the home.

Wait to enter your home. Safety always comes first for any emergency action plan, even in the aftermath of a disaster. Always confer with officials regarding when it is safe to go back inside your home, and follow their guidelines for re-entry when you do. Fires can cause hidden structural damage that can be extremely hazardous if you are not aware of them.

Contact your insurance company. You will want to prioritize filing your fire damage claim as quickly as possible so you can receive compensation for the damages caused. Every insurance company is different in how they handle this, so contact yours quickly so there is no confusion about the process.

Document the damages. Staying organized is key to making sure nothing falls through the cracks, especially when it comes to keeping track of your belongings. Create a detailed inventory list so you know exactly what has been impacted by a fire, and be sure to take plenty of photos in case your insurance agent requests them for your claim.

Contact your restoration company. Prioritizing your emotional and mental well-being after a house fire is important to the healing process, and when you do not have to worry about restoration, that is much easier to do. Work with a company that you can put your faith into so you can gain peace of mind that your home is being restored well.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Fire Prevention Safety Tips

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Heater For more fire prevention tips, or if a fire does occur in your home call SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

As the temperature drops throughout El Paso, we find ourselves staying bundled up and inside  warm and cozy in our homes. However, this is also the time of year when people start to bring out extra sources of heat to warm their home. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) gives us a list of other heat sources available, as well as how to stay safe this winter while using them.

  • Space heater
    • Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least three feet away at all times.
    • Buy a space heater that has an automatic power-off, especially for if the heater tips over accidentally.
    • Do not keep the heater on when unattended or while sleeping.
    • Plug the heater directly into an outlet instead of using an extension cord or power strip.
  • Fireplace
    • Do not burn paper in your fireplace. This can cause small, burning particles to fly into the living area.
    • Keep a screen in front of your fireplace to prevent embers from flying out into the living space.
    • Never leave a fire unattended while sleeping or when out of the house.
    • When cleaning out the ashes from the fireplace, make sure to dispose of them in a metal can with a lid that’s at least three feet away from your Nashville home.
  • Wood-burning stove
    • The wood-burning stove is treated much like a fireplace with the same rules that apply, but with a wood-burning stove, there is also the chimney that comes into play.
    • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional.

Don't Let Soot Settle In Your Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire Call SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield for any of your soot removal needs! (915)-234-2679

The time to act on fire damage restoration is unfortunately right after the disaster happens. At the time of the devastating incident, many people are not in the right state of mind to act quickly and get the area cleaned up and restored. This is where companies, such as El Paso/Butterfield, come into play and help take care of the damage that has been done. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, delays in fire damage clean up can have serious consequences. Acidic soot residue can cause permanent damage to areas of the household over time.

Within minutes of the fire being extinguished: The residue can cause a discoloration to materials such as, plastic, marble and alabaster.

Within hours: The acidic soot residue can cause permanent discoloration or yellowing of furniture in the household, such as bath fixtures, countertops and unpolished metals.

Within days: Walls and flooring can start to be affected. The soot will cause discoloration of walls and corrosion of metals throughout the home. Flooring that is made out of vinyl or wood must be replaced or refinished and any clothing or upholstery will most likely be permanently stained.

Within weeks: Carpet can become unsalvageable and objects such as silver-plated fixtures, glass, crystal or china will become etched due to the long exposure to the residue.

Although the restoration process can be done with extensive vacuuming and cleanup, it is a process that sometimes requires the proper equipment and time to get the job done. Restoration companies have the equipment to help save you hundreds of dollars in valuables and time to get the job done effectively and efficiently. With the proper tools, there is more chance for the removal of stains, damage and odor removal to take, leaving you with less of a headache and salvaged items.

Trust the Fire Heroes of SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® house logo with fire flames Trust the professionals of SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield to restore your home! to restore your home!

SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield Can Help Make the Fire Damage Restoration Process Easier on You

Fires are not entirely uncommon to El Paso homes, but each one presents a unique look at the same kinds of effects for professional restorers. Finding a way to overcome the specific issues that make comfortable living a challenge in your home is a hurdle for any restorer to overcome, and much of that comes with going the extra mile for the customers and clients. One way of doing this is keeping an open dialogue with the homeowner to ensure that needs and milestones are getting met throughout the restoration process.

While you might not ever get prepared for fire damages to your  residence, SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is always here to help you through every piece of restoring the house back to preloss conditions. As was mentioned above, our team works hard to keep an open dialogue with every customer and client we serve to ensure that things are getting done to their specific specs and expectations, addressing the most pressing and property damaging elements before other restoration tasks occur.

Another step forward towards making your life a little more comfortable through this challenging time is our ability to work directly with insurance adjusters for your home to coordinate the work needing to get completed with the claim getting filed. Ultimately, our goal is to make this process as streamlined as possible for you, as this time in your life is trying enough as it is. It is also beneficial to have experts in the restoration field negotiate this battle for you in getting your claim pushed through because we have a credible reputation as a leading company in this niche of business.

While fire damages might occur in different ways from house to house in the area, fighting their effects and getting the fire damage restoration process does not have to be a drawn out and involved ordeal. Trust the experienced technicians we have at SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield to help you clean up the mess and get your house back to the way it should be. We can be reached anytime at 915-234-2679