Recent Fire Damage Posts

Re-construction after fire damage in the Rice Lake area

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Our Crew replacing windows and door after this home was damaged by a fire

Did you know that when a disaster strikes whether it is a Fire, Storm, or Water Damage we can go beyond the recovery of a loss from these?

Once these disasters are taken care of wouldn't you rather depend on one company to take care of it all?  That is why we also offer re-construction services.  This service will put our customer at ease after already trying to recover from a loss to their home or business by having us take care of your disaster big or small.

A fire can be very devastating but making sure it is taken care of from beginning to end is what we pride ourselves on.  Whether it is smoke, soot or a complete loss make sure you know who to call.  SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties will be available 24/7 for emergency services, and will be able to answer those difficult questions in how to handle the property and its cleanup.

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 to see how we can help in your home or business.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Boyceville

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew members at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties responded to a fire that started in this chimney shown here at this home.  The fire did cause damage to the outside of this home along with some damage on the inside but the worse was the smoke and soot damage.  Smoke and soot can be a pesky thing to get rid of, but at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties we have trained and certified technicians that know how to rid your home of the smoke smell and clean properly of the soot.  There are many different kinds of smoke and soot listed here:

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.

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 for assistance.

Fire Restoration in Rice Lake

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties our fire restorataion is detailed process from the moment you call to the final day we leave your home we will be there for you.  Here is a sampling of events that could take place at a fire loss.

Pretesting- we will start the cleaning and restoration process by pretesting to determine which processes to utilize and allow the customer to preview the results.

Contents claim inventory service- by utilizing Contents Claim Inventory Service(CCIS) technology, we can generate comprehensive room-by-room inventories.  Contents are then categorized by salvageable or non-salvageable and questionable, allowing for easier contents settlement.

Cleaning and Restoration- all restorable structure and contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition in most cases.  We can even provide emergency cleaning of contents the customer will need immediately.

Move Outs- If relocation is necessary due to extensive damage, we are trained to properly move out and control the inventor contents throughout the cleaning, restoration and deodorization.

Please give SERPVRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties a call at 715-643-7171.

Fire in your home? What can you do?

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

The fire fighters have left your home, luckily it wasn't a massive fire but your home is covered in soot and has much smoke damage.  What should you do or don't do until help of SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties arrives:

-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.

-Place clean towels or old linens on rugs or high traffic areas and upholstery.

-Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces

-Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery

-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet

-Do not clean any electrical equipment

-Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

If you find yourself in a fire damaged home let the trained professionals handle the cleaning properly for you.  Give us a call at 715-643-7171.

Check your smoke alarms

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas, and Christmas Eve?  We want you to enjoy these days with your loved ones, so here are a few safety tips for when you are cooking that scrumptious meal.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids or toys.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Be especially aware when Deep Frying a turkey, people tend to put too much oil in which causes overflow and spreads to the open flame causing a mass fireball.  Also putting in a frozen or very wet bird can cause major problems which they call B.L.E.V.E which stands for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.

  • Always use fryer outside away from any structure
  • Keep oil under 350 degrees, the hotter the oil the more combustible it is
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil
  • Thoroughly defrost turkey(24 hours for every 10 pounds the turkey weighs)
  • Turn off flame before putting turkey in
  • Keep grease fire approved extinguisher on hand
  • Lower turkey into pot slowly

If by unfortunate event you have a emergency this Holiday Season please know your SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on Holidays.  Contact us if need be at (715)643-7171 and we will be there to help.  Happy Holidays!

Re-Construction Services in Dunn County

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

we offer re-construction services after any disaster!

Did you know that when a disaster strikes whether it is a Fire, Storm, or Water Damage we can go beyond the recovery of a loss from these?

Once these disasters are taken care of wouldn't you rather depend on one company to take care of it all?  That is why we also offer re-construction services.  This service will put our customer at ease after already trying to recover from a loss to their home or business by having us take care of your disaster big or small.

A fire can be very devastating but making sure it is taken care of from beginning to end is what we pride ourselves on.  Whether it is smoke, soot or a complete loss make sure you know who to call.  SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties will be available 24/7 for emergency services, and will be able to answer those difficult questions in how to handle the property and its cleanup.

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 to see how we can help in your home or business.

Stress Free Professionals

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Let us handle a stressful situation for you!

Did you know April is National Stress Awareness Month?  Let us at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties help take away some of that stress if you fall to a disaster of any size.

Our restoration team specializes in Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration, along with Mold Remediation.   

Why call us first?  Because we will make sure your cleanup is stress-free from beginning to end, with a smooth easy process from our trained professionals.  They will communicate the entire job from start to finish so you understand, and can deal with your insurance carrier as well to assure you are getting the best job done for you. 

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips If you have a Fire in your Home

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home we understand you won’t be out there on the web looking for tips, but maybe by reading these ahead of time some of these will stick in your head if you do fall into this unfortunate position.

At SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties we have to goal in mind to make it “Like it never even happened” in your home. Whether it smoked or smoldered we will make sure our professionally trained crew will be there for you.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts if you have fire and smoke damage.

DO

  • Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open to prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Then protect with a light coat of lubricant.
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowl, holding tanks, and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.
  • Gently wash both side of leaves and indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by trained professional.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T

  • DON’T attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties Professional.
  • DON’T attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties.
  • DON’T attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.
  • DON’T consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They could be contaminated.
  • DON’T turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.
  • DON’T send garments to the dry cleaner, Improper cleaning may set the smoke odor.

Let SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties help you out by contacting us at 715-643-7171.

SERVPRO Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Every 18 seconds a fire occurs in the U.S. but only one matters to you! We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties have service response guidelines to better serve you in your disaster.

1-    Within 1 hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties will contact you to arrange for service

4-    Within 4 hours of loss notification, our SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties will be on-site to start mitigation (if necessary)

8-    Within 8 hours business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster by our SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties Professional

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 if you fall to this situation we will be faster to your fire disaster.

Check your Smoke Alarms!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Avoid Holiday Hazards

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Candles, pretty lights and decorations are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season - however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly.

Review the following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.
  • Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets.
  • Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Thanksgiving Day Safety Tips

11/18/2017 (Permalink)

Follow these Safety Tips so this doesn't happen to you on your Thanksgiving Day Celebrations.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas, and Christmas Eve?  We want you to enjoy these days with your loved ones, so here are a few safety tips for when you are cooking that scrumptious meal.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids or toys.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Be especially aware when Deep Frying a turkey, people tend to put too much oil in which causes overflow and spreads to the open flame causing a mass fireball.  Also putting in a frozen or very wet bird can cause major problems which they call B.L.E.V.E which stands for Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.

  • Always use fryer outside away from any structure
  • Keep oil under 350 degrees, the hotter the oil the more combustible it is
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil
  • Thoroughly defrost turkey(24 hours for every 10 pounds the turkey weighs)
  • Turn off flame before putting turkey in
  • Keep grease fire approved extinguisher on hand
  • Lower turkey into pot slowly

If by unfortunate event you have a emergency this Holiday Season please know your SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on Holidays.  Contact us if need be at (715)643-7171 and we will be there to help.  Happy Holidays!

Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/17/2017 (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 Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties 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 – 715-643-7171

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

1/29/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Avoid Holiday Hazards

12/14/2015 (Permalink)

Candles, pretty lights and decorations are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season - however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly.

Review the following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents.
  • Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets.
  • Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

The Different Types of Smoke

10/29/2015 (Permalink)

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 Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties professional will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during the pretesting.

Additional Information:

Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) - Has low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are moe 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 fire)  Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties professionals can, in most cases restore contents and structure quickly.

Other Types (Tear Gas, fire extinguisher residue)  Special Loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses.  If your home or business sustains fire or smoke damage, contact us to help make it "Like it never even happened."