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Protein Fires in Lufkin Texas: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protein Fires in Lufkin Texas: What Are They and How Are They Treated? Protein Fires in Lufkin Texas: What Are They and How Are They Treated?

Protein fires create an especially unique restoration challenge. Fire damage caused by burnt food can also create odor issues which are difficult to mitigate. Here are some important facts regarding this type of fire.

  1. Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer
  2. They create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
  3. The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more completely than other fires
  4. Require extremely thorough cleaning to remove the odor
  5. Sometimes require a sealing agent or even repainting to completely eradicate the odor
  6. May require multiple attempts and methods to achieve customer satisfaction

It is also important to recognize that perception of odor is highly individual.  There are no tools available to “measure” smell, and as a result, a homeowner may perceive odors that technicians or even neighbors cannot.  Often times, because of the strong link between smell and memory, a homeowner may experience “phantom odors” where the memory of the event causes reproduction of the odor even after thorough cleaning.

Fire Damage In Your Home Or Business? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lukin/S. Nacogdoches County to speak to a Fire Mitigation Specialist. 936-637-0404

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Safety Tips Don't let this happen to you... Some basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.
Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. To keep you and your family safe while grilling, follow these general guidelines. Here are some basic tips on how to prepare your grill before your first cookout of the season.

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.

Propane grills

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.

Charcoal grills

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Source: Guy Colonna, NFPA Division Manager, Industrial & Chemical Engineering

How do We Neutralize Smoke Odors?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How do We Neutralize Smoke Odors? One of our SERVPRO ozone treatment rooms.

Only SERVPRO offers the very best in restoration services and one of the ways we do that is by using ozone.  

Ozone will neutralize virtually all organic odors, specifically those that contain carbon as their base element. This will include all the bacteria and fungus groups as well as smoke, decay, and cooking odors.  

Ozone is a toxic gas. However, it can be used safely when deployed by specialized generators under proper considerations. The benefits of using ozone for restoration work are fantastic. Smoke odor molecules that infiltrate all porous surfaces can be permanently removed by ozone gas. Only ozone will work on the most stubborn of all odor molecules, that being protein. Odors associated most forms of decay and like freezer failure have long resisted normal chemical deodorizing attempts. Ozone again has the potency to neutralize even these contaminants.  -

Info from: www.ozonesolutions.com 

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.  

-(936) 559-0404 

Fire Can Cause More Damage to Your Lufkin Home Than You Think.

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Can Cause More Damage to Your Lufkin Home Than You Think. Smoke damage needs professional cleaning in order to be properly taken care of.

There can and will be unexpected issues from any business or house fire. The fire itself is devastating, but the damage that comes after the initial fire can be severe. The most common of which, is smoke damage.  

Smoke damage to your Lufkin home or business can leave your walls, ceilings, and other surfaces discolored and warped. These surfaces may have a smoky odor left by the fire, which can even be dangerous for your health. The smell is usually left by particles on partially or fully burned surfaces. The smell can also embed itself into articles of clothing, carpets, and curtains and will require the immediate professional cleaning that only, SERVPRO of Lufkin, can provide.  

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

Even When the Fire is Contained Quickly the Smoke Damage can be Severe

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Even When the Fire is Contained Quickly the Smoke Damage can be Severe This electrical office fire was contained and put out very fast, but the smoke damage was quite significant.

While this electrical fire was stopped before it could spread too far, the smoke damage was very severe. Smoke damage can be especially destructive and can happen very quickly. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets you back into your home or business quicker and with less disruption to your life.

When your Lufkin home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Lufkin / S. Nacogdoches County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

Soot Cleanup & Removal Tips

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Soot Cleanup & Removal Tips Need soot cleaning or fire restoration services in Nacogdoches County?

Soot is the black residue left behind on fireplace walls and charcoal grills after the flames go out. A house fire creates a great deal of it because wood, plaster, natural fibers, synthetics, foams and plastics all create soot when they burn and most homes are full of these materials. Soot sticks to any surface that’s cooler than the fire itself, usually walls, ceilings and other hard surfaces.

Different types of fires produce different types of soot, which require different cleaning methods, so it’s best to leave it to the professionals. High oxygen fires produce soot that is best cleaned with a dry cleaning sponge or dry chemical sponge.  Low oxygen fires can be cleaned with a wet sponge. However, if soot from a high oxygen fire is cleaned with a wet sponge, it can smear and cause even more damage. If you do decide to vacuum up soot before the professionals arrive, do not use an ordinary household vacuum cleaner, which is not designed for that type of cleaning. Use a shop vac, or other type of heavy duty vacuum cleaner. Always hold the nozzle about a half inch away from the surface that’s being cleaned. Making contact with the soot can smear it and make an even bigger mess.

While waiting for experts to arrive, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Never touch anything during your initial inspection, to avoid spreading the soot.
  • Wear gloves, a mask and long sleeves and pants when working in soot covered room to protect your skin and lungs.
  • Keep the room ventilated to minimize breathing in soot particles and allow smoky smells to dissipate.
  • Remove as much debris as possible to allow for easy cleanup.

If you’ve just experienced a fire at your home or business in the Nacogdoches County area, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County. 

Call Today (936) 559-0404

A Thank You to all Firefighters

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Thank You to all Firefighters Firefighters, real life heroes in our communities. Thank you for you all that you do.

On May 4th, 2018 we will be celebrating International Firefighters Day (IFFD). It is a day to pay our respects to all the firefighters of the past and present who have, and continue to risk their lives.  Every firefighter, man or woman, deserves recognition.

The job of a firefighter is an extremely selfless job.  Often, the rewards a firefighter gets are not that of material possession.  It is an intangible reward.  It can be something as simple as the look in a survivors eyes whom they’ve helped rescue. Or a grateful, joyous smile of a child as a family is reunited, safe and sound.

As a firefighter, it can be a self-esteem boost to know that your actions have made a positive impact in another person’s life.  Few things can compare to the sense of pride in one’s community, to know that their constant efforts help to protect the community that they endear. This profession helps to create strong, informal leaders of mankind, and a parental figure to those in a time of need.

Although these rewards are not a physical possession to be held, they are much harder to obtain than diamonds. The value of such an internally personal reward cannot be measured by any current system in existence.  This is why we must take the time to pay homage to all of the men and women who constitute the firefighter departments around the world. For although we may not be able to give them anything of material possession, a showing of gratitude, respect, and a sincere appreciation is the least we can do for these extraordinary members of our society, whom help protect human lives all around the world.

So on behalf of all of us at SERVPRO of Lufkin/S. Nacogdoches County: thank you to all of the men and women who serve and protect their communities all over the world. 

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!

Fires Could Happen in Your Nacogdoches Home in an Instant

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fires Could Happen in Your Nacogdoches Home in an Instant The oven had only been left without supervision for no more than 15 minutes.

Leaving your oven on accidently can do more damage than you think.  Leaving the house with your oven on seems like something that most of us have done and will continue to do. A Nacogdoches family just recently had the worst-case scenario happen to them when they had left the oven on and left the house for no more than 15 minutes and it had erupted into flames. Luckily, they came back quickly and were able to stop it with a fire extinguisher. But if they had just simply left the house to go the grocery store and were gone for just 15 min more, their entire home could have been affected. Just remember to double check before leaving your home. Fire damage to your home could be detrimental but the restoration process begins when you call us, SERVPRO. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all 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.

To learn more about fire restoration: SERVPRO Fire Restoration

Fire And Smoke Damage Is Especially Destructive To Your Business

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire And Smoke Damage Is Especially Destructive To Your Business More than half of all structure fires occurred in one-and two-family homes.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Lufkin property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

EVERY YEAR, NFPA surveys a sample of public fire departments in the United States, stratified by the size of the community they protect, to project national estimates of the country’s fire problem. Based upon the data we received in response to our 2015 National Fire Experience Survey, we estimate that public fire departments in the U.S. responded to 1,345,500 fires last year, a highly significant increase of 3.7 percent from 2014.

Preventing A Kitchen Fire

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing A Kitchen Fire Kitchen Fire In Lufkin

Did you know the kitchen is where more home fires occur than anywhere else in the house and that cooking is the number one cause of home fires? The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to avoid a cooking fire:

1. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen, even for a second, turn off the stove.

2. Check your food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking.

3. Use a timer so you’ll remember that the stove or oven is on.

4. Don’t wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.

5. Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.

To learn how to prevent a fire in your home and how to keep members of your household safe, you can take our cooking safety quiz and download the Red Cross Fire Prevention and Safety Checklist. Downloadable fact sheets are also available on how to avoid home heating fires, candle safety, proper use of smoke alarms and teaching your children what to do in the event of a fire. 

SERVPRO's Patrick Castillo is certified by the Citizens Fire Department.

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Patrick Castillo is certified by the Citizens Fire Department. After 13 weeks of study and work, Patrick receives his Citizens Fire Department Certificate.

SERVPRO is very proud of our employee Patrick Castillo for dedicating his time and working hard for thirteen weeks to earn his Citizens Fire Academy Certificate!

The Citizens Fire Academy is designed to provide interested community members with a working knowledge of Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue. Through the Citizens Fire Academy, the department offers its cadets insight into how firefighters perform their duties, as well as the many other ways the department serves the community. Upon completion of this program, participants will be educated in the many services provided by the fire department, its operating procedures and its purpose. 

 From the Nacogdoches page <https://www.ci.nacogdoches.tx.us/953/Citizens-Fire-Academy>

Patrick is an expert in fire and water restoration, and also in local fire departments procedures and services.

Are you and your Nacogdoches home prepared for a fire?

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Are you and your Nacogdoches home prepared for a fire?   Fire damage is quick and in some cases can be irreversible.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!


Top Tips for Fire Safety



  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. 



  • Never go back inside for anything or anyone.


 Tips from the American Red Cross <http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire>


 


 And after you’ve done all you can, executed your fire safety plan and the fire is put out, remember that SERVPRO is dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.


Learn more here: SERVPRO fire damage and restoration

My property just caught on fire, now what?

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage My property just caught on fire, now what? SERVPRO professionals clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

 

In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. (National Fire Protection Association)





  • 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.

  • 204,500 were vehicle fires, causing 500 civilian fire deaths, 1,875 civilian fire injuries, and $1.8 billion in property damage.

  • 639,500 were outside and other fires, causing 95 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $252 million in property damage.


The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.



  • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.

  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.

  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 40 minutes.

  • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.

  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 1 seconds.



Need Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Lufkin or Nacogdoches?

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Need Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Lufkin or Nacogdoches? Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lufkin or Nacogdoches Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] 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 – 936-559-0404 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE

Lufkin and Nacogdoches Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lufkin and Nacogdoches Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Lufkin or Nacogdoches Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lufkin / Nacogdoches 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 – 
936-559-0404 or 936-637-0404

Fire/Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration at Mast Motorsports

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire/Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration at Mast Motorsports A Mast Thank You to SERVPRO for making it "like it never even happened".

Fire Cleanup and Restoration Mast Motorsports in Nacogdoches, TX suffered heavy smoke/soot damage. While the fire was contained to a small area the entire mega warehouse and office space were affected. Every square inch needed cleaning from top to bottom. High Performance inventory needed to be cleaned and protected to prevent further damage. Our specialized fire crew teams moved into action and lessened their impact on production. A large project requires a team large enough to make it "Like it never even happened.”

No business plans on a fire damaging or disrupting their business. By utilizing SERVPRO’s free consulting services, you can be prepared for whatever happens next. Schedule your free Emergency Ready Profile today 936-559-0404 in Nacagdoches or 936-637-0404 in Lufkin.

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