Heat Damage, Heat Distortion, and Fire Damage after a Mankato, MN, House Fire

Along with the adage “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” the phrase “where there’s fire, there’s heat” should be added. This likely sounds like a no-brainer, but dealing with fire damage in your Mankato, MN, home means knowing how heat damage can also impact any space that fire touched. Smoke stains and scorch marks are obvious, but the fire damage restoration team at ServiceMaster of Mankato knows that heat can cause a lot more trouble than a bit of visible soot and ash.

 

Heat-based fire damage includes a wide variety of physical damage that might not be obvious to the naked eye. This type of heat damage is often categorized as “heat distortion,” which is caused when the sheer temperature of the fire alters the physical state of various materials without outright burning them. For instance, after a fire damage event, wires may have been melted and pipes may have been damaged without you even knowing it. Because of this type of hidden damage, watching for subtle signs of heat damage and heat distortion after a fire is extremely important.

 

Along with melted or damage pipes and wires, other types of heat damage may include warped flooring and curled wood or walling. Sometimes this damage might be easy to see, but that doesn’t mean the consequences are obvious as well. Once heat damage has occurred, returning materials or surfaces to their original state can be extremely difficult. In some cases, it might require a complete replacement.

 

In extreme cases, heat damage and distortion can interfere with the structural integrity of your home. This type of fire damage can also lead to further internal damage such as electrical fires and pipe failures. Because of the wide array of consequences that heat damage can set in motion, relying on an expert fire damage team can ensure that your home is safe to inhabit after the flames have died down.

 

If you’re concerned that heat has damaged your Mankato, MN, home after a fire, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato today for more information on heat damage, fire damage, and restoration options. Call us at (507) 388-6339 or visit our website here for additional details!

Securing Your Waseca, MN, Home with Roof Board up Services after Fire Damage

After a fire occurs in your Waseca, MN, home, your house is suddenly vulnerable in a plethora of new ways. It may be vulnerable to lingering smoke damage, water damage, weather damage, and more. Part of effective fire damage restoration is preventing your home from being damaged further after the disaster itself. The fire damage specialists at ServiceMaster of Waseca know just what to do to keep your home safe and secure after your fire event with board up services. And sometimes, the best strategy is start at the very top of your house.

 

Roof damage is a common byproduct of major house fires. Even if the blaze originated on a lower floor, fire has a tendency to climb when given any opportunity. Along with fire, smoke and heat have an inclination to rise upward as well. And whether or not flames actually reached your roof directly, heat damage can still occur in a fairly short period of time. Regardless of whether or not the fire seemed contained to a lower level, checking your roof for fire damage is always a good idea.

 

A compromised roof can be a gateway to additional fire damage problems for your home. And this can be especially true in the winter. If you’re hoping to remain in your home during any of the repair process, heat retention becomes extremely difficult if your roof has sustained damage. But even if you’re elsewhere throughout the fire damage restoration, a compromised roof can lead to further damage due to freezing and thawing. Water can make its way beneath the roof and settle into places it really shouldn’t be. This can lead to mold, erosion, and other weather-related damages. Roof board up services ensure that your home is protected from these potential threats and others as well.

 

Requesting roof board up services quickly after fire damage has occurred in your Waseca, MN, home is a great way to mitigate further damage. For information on our roof board up services, contact us today. Call us at (507) 835-4799 or visit our website for additional fire damage repair details.

2 Quick Fire Safety Tips to Avoid the Need for Fire Damage Services in Mankato, MN

The professional disaster restoration experts at ServiceMaster of Mankato want to wish you happy holidays this year.

We also want to wish you safe holidays.

Come Christmas time, we see elaborate displays both in and outside of the home. It’s important to make sure you’re not putting your Mankato, MN, home at risk with unsafe holiday decorating practices.

Keep the following fire safety tips in mind to avoid the need for fire damage services.

  1. Be Careful with Electricity

Unfortunately, this scenario occurs in thousands of homes across the United States every year.

A homeowner wants to create a huge, beautiful outdoor lighting display. There aren’t enough electrical outlets for all the decorations, inflatable figures, and countless strings of lights, so they plug in a power strip and plug another power strip into the plugged-in power strip.

On the surface, this looks like something you shouldn’t do, but think about it…who thinks a disaster will happen to them? Nobody. It’s a little risky, sure, but everything will work out fine. The saying “better safe than sorry” is popular for a reason. Why take chances and run the risk?

Either find additional outlets to plug in appliances and decorations, or use fewer decorations. Don’t overload the electrical system under any circumstances. 

  1. Discard Your Tree

It’s January, 2018. As usual, you’re tired from the holiday hoopla. You hosted family on Thanksgiving, went Black Friday shopping, set up decorations, wrapped gifts, and cleaned up after all the events.

Your Christmas tree is still standing in the living room long after Christmas, but the tree now looks more brown than green, the needles are quite dry and brittle, and they’re dropping like crazy. “No worries,” you keep telling yourself…you’ll get rid of the tree soon.

Dry Christmas trees are extremely flammable. If you wait too long, you run the risk of needing serious fire damage services in the future.

Yes, you’ve exerted quite a bit of effort this holiday season, but make the last push and get rid of your tree to protect your Mankato, MN, home.

Hopefully, taking these safety precautions will help you avoid the need for fire damage services.

If, however, you have the unfortunate experience of having a fire occur at your home, call us immediately at (507) 388-6339 and we’ll be there to help as soon as possible.

4 Fire Prevention Tips that Can Save your Mankato, MN Home from Fire Damage Restoration

Did you ever have a moment where you couldn’t believe you ignored a routine task and it meant you wasted time on something that could have been prevented? Unfortunately, when it comes to fire damage, forgetting a few simple tasks can spell more than an annoyance on time wasted. These tips can help prevent you from having to go through the stress of fire damage restoration after a home fire in your Mankato, MN, home.

  1. Check Your Smoke Alarms. There should be a smoke alarm in every room of your home; no exceptions. Test the alarm once a month on the first of the month. Doing it on the same day every month creates a habit, and just like you pay bills on certain days, you’ll soon be checking your smoke alarms without a reminder
  2. Clean the Lint Filter in Your Clothes Dryer. Every dryer load; every time. Don’t wait for lint to build up. Not only does it make your dryer less efficient, it’s also highly combustible. Make sure your dryer is properly vented, and never store household cleaning items near a clothes dryer
  3. Practice Kitchen Caution. Never leave a stove unattended, keep your workspace uncluttered, and be cautious of towels, potholders, and even blousy or loose clothing. Always have a working fire extinguisher in your kitchen, and check it every 3 to 4 months to be sure it’s fully charged
  4. Extension Cord Safety. Extension cords are meant to be a temporary fix, not a permanent solution, if a cord can’t reach an outlet. Don’t run extension cords under doorways or carpeting, and always use a cord that’s appropriately rated for the work it’s doing, especially for outdoor usage

ServiceMaster of Mankato provides fire damage restoration services including smoke damage, soot damage, and odor removal in Mankato, MN. Protect your home from unwanted damage! To learn more about our services, contact us at (507) 388-6339.

ServiceMaster of Mankato, MN is a Professional Fire Damage Restoration Company You can Trust

When it comes to putting out a fire, you want your home to be under the care of the best firefighters available, because their work will help mitigate the damage to your Mankato, MN home as much as possible.

The same is true in the aftermath of a fire. You need a professional fire damage restoration company who can get the job done effectively and give you the best chance of completely restoring your home.

How do you choose the right fire damage restoration company?

There are many different criteria you can use to make your decision. Today, we’re going to share some reasons why ServiceMaster of Mankato is the right fire damage restoration company to choose in your time of need.

Knowledge of Complex Situations

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire increase in complexity with each passing hour. The longer you wait to work with a fire damage restoration company, the more difficult the damage is to deal with.

When you work with ServiceMaster of Mankato, you’re working with a company that arrives on the scene fast. Also, our staff is highly trained in the complex elements fire damage presents, such as the chemical nature of soot, treatment of different types of surfaces, and key areas of the home most susceptible to fire damage.

Understanding Care and Effective Communication

We know there’s more to fire damage than just the required restoration efforts. There are emotions involved. There can be confusion, panic, and dismay. During your most vulnerable time, you want to work with a company that understands the entirety of the situation and gives you reassurance the problem will be dealt with.

There can also be many moving parts regarding communication. You’ll need to work with insurers to make sure the damage is covered. We’ll work with you and your insurer to make sure every needed detail is expressed fully.

Attention to Detail

 Fire damage wreaks havoc in even the smallest areas of your home. Soot can travel through your ventilation system, deep into the fabric of your furniture, and onto surfaces needing delicate care to restore.

Our goal isn’t simply to repair the fire damage; we’ll ensure your Mankato, MN home is brought back to its full pre-loss state, meaning you get to live in your home as it was before the fire occurred.

ServiceMaster of Mankato has spent years building a solid reputation as a fire damage restoration company you can rely on.

When you’re in need of fire damage restoration, the next step is simple and clear. Immediately pick up the phone and call (507) 835-4799, and let us take care of the rest.

We’ll have your home restored in no time so you can get back to living your life.

Fire Damage Restoration in Mankato, Minnesota, with ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca

The charred remnants of what once was a wall. Kitchen countertops covered with filthy soot. The acrid, lingering stench of smoke where you used to eat or sleep. These are just a few of the disheartening reminders after a fire disaster in your Mankato, MN, home. Don’t dwell on the problem, but focus on the solution. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca as soon as the fire department leaves so we can do what we do best – complete fire damage repair and restoration.

Unfortunately, this type of fire disaster is the most common, according to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal. The dollar amount for residential fire disasters in the state, over $130 million, is roughly ten times that of the next category. Residential fire disasters make up 77 percent of all structure fires in Minnesota, far higher than commercial or industrial fires. That sends a clear message that there are fire risks in the home – from electrical risks and heating units to the constant threats from open flames and, the greatest cause of fire disasters, cooking fires. The best way to prevent home and apartment fires is to:

  • Avoid open flames if possible, but observe all safeguards and caution when using gas flames and stovetops, fireplaces, and wood burning devices
  • Install smoke alarms and test them regularly
  • Install a regularly tested, appropriate type fire extinguisher in every room
  • Test your sprinkler system. If you don’t have one, seriously consider installing one. They save lives and structures. There was a home saved by a sprinkler system in Mankato just a year ago

If fire strikes your home in Mankato, you can depend on ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for full fire damage restoration including water removal, debris removal, clean up, smoke damage restoration, full structure restoration, content pack out and restoration, and full deodorization. That includes furniture, appliances, antiques and art, as well as upholstery restoration and document and photograph restoration.

Be safe in your home, and take the proper precautions to prevent residential fire disasters. If you need fire restoration, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca at (507) 931-6730.

Wood Burning Safety Tips from ServiceMaster in Mankato and Waseca

It’s that time again. Temperatures are beginning to fall and you may be turning to some very traditional forms of heating your home or cabin. We’re talking wood here; the tried and true, great smelling, great sounding, even romantic form of combustion. Remember, the fireplace was what people watched before there was television! ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is all for warmth, but we also want you to be safe. Fire disaster and fire damage repair and restoration are a major part of our business and expertise, but we would rather help you prevent home and property loss.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal says fireplaces and chimneys caused 34 percent of the heating-related home fires in 2013. That doesn’t include fires caused by space heaters, wood stoves, or other heating devices. The dollar loss totaled nearly $2.5 million.

Those losses were all preventable. The University of Minnesota Extension office recommends all fireplaces and chimneys be cleaned each season before use and advises using a qualified chimney sweep. Other safeguards include always using a fire screen or curtain on the fireplace whenever in operation, and avoid using any type of flammable liquid to start a fire. Kindling is best, but don’t use evergreen branches. Keep a fire extinguisher in the same room as the fireplace, or no more than a few steps away. All it takes is a single spark or ember to fly onto a carpet or drape to start a fire.

Fires aren’t the only potential risk to your home from wood burning devices. Smoke backing up into a room can damage carpets, drapes, furniture, and textiles. Burning the wrong kind of wood can produce odors plus flue problems that cause soot deposits on your ceiling, walls, and room contents.

Be careful, follow the instructions on any wood burning fireplace or stove, and don’t leave a burning fire unattended. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is ready with any kind of fire damage repair or restoration, soot and odor removal, and smoke damage remediation. Whether you live in St. Peter, Waseca, Mankato, or surrounding communities, remember ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is here to help. Call us today.

Fire Prevention Reminders by ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca

We’ve often told you about the fire damage repair and smoke remediation services offered by ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca, but if possible, we’d rather you not endure the risk and damage of a fire in the first place. Fire inspectors routinely check businesses for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, as well as potential fire risks. Why not take the same precautions on a regular basis in your home? Summer is an ideal time to check everything; all you need is a ladder and perhaps a flashlight.

Smoke Detectors

Most modern detectors are hard wired into your electrical circuits, while others may still require a battery replacement. Check them by pressing the test button. Where appropriate, you can open them to check for rust, corrosion or cobwebs that could affect use. If you don’t have a smoke detector in every room, consider adding more. Smoke can stay on one level or one area for an extended period before spreading.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

These devices will save your life if an appliance is malfunctioning and releasing Carbon Monoxide (CO) into the home. It’s wise to check them along with the other devices. Some are combination CO and smoke detectors.

Fire Extinguishers

Keep a multipurpose or ABC extinguisher in every room or a few steps away from any point in your home. Place them at eye level, near doorways so they’re easy to find. Make sure they are fully charged and family members know how to use them. The Minnesota Department of Public Health suggests one-time-use extinguishers be replaced every 12 years, and other devices recharged every six years aside from when used. Any other kind of fire fighting attempt is often useless or dangerous. Any kind of grease, oil or fuel fire must be smothered, and electrical fires also require special dry chemicals. If an extinguisher shows any signs of deterioration or if it’s been used and is non-rechargable, replace it immediately. Buy extinguishers just as you’d by drapes or carpeting: make them fit the room and the use.

Call ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca for the best and most comprehensive smoke removal, fire damage repair and disaster restoration service in Mankato, Waseca, Blue Earth and surrounding communities.

 

 

 

 

Avoid Electrical Fire Damage in Mankato and Waseca, MN

The smell and smoke caused by melted wiring insulation can be one of the most annoying aspects of an electrical fire. If that wiring is inside of a wall, it can be even more of a problem as it has to be reached and removed in order to get rid of the odor. While our technicians at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca are experts at fire damage restoration, the best option is to prevent the fire and the fire damage in the first place.

The National Fire Protection Association says nearly 300 people die and over 800 are injured annually in residential electrical fires. Electrical fires in the home can have a wide range of causes, but many of them can be prevented through proper maintenance and safety checks. If you’ve expanded your electrical use or added new or larger appliances, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your circuits can carry the load. Extra voltage on wires, electrical boxes, or even lights, can cause overheating and fires, even if the wiring is new. Following a few basic tips may help prevent a fire in your home:

  • Get rid of any old or frayed electrical or extension cords
  • Don’t run cords under your carpet
  • Examine wall outlets for any type of damage or odor
  • Have an electrician check your breaker box and electrical connections
  • Don’t overload outlets
  • Use power strips sparingly
  • Reassess your circuits before adding any major appliances
  • Have your heating and air conditioning system checked annually
  • Make sure your dryer venting to the outside is clear and clean
  • Clean your dryer’s lint filter before each use
  • Don’t overfill your dryer or washer
  • Make sure your circuits can handle power tools where ever you use them, and guard against sparks

Another good precaution is to have an adequate number of fire extinguishers that work on electrical fires and ensure they are fully charged. They should be on every floor and near any major sources of heat or electricity. If you have an electrical fire, try to turn off the electric power where it enters the building as soon as possible, and have an electrician check everything after the fire is out. After you call your insurance agent, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the most efficient and professional fire damage restoration in the area.

Safety Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Mankato and Waseca, MN

Summer is the ideal time for cookouts, campfires, and barbeques. Do you know the rules on outdoor fires in your area? They’re probably different whether you live in a rural or incorporated area, and may change if the weather’s been extremely dry. More people are developing their yards to include brick fireplaces or fire pits. Just because a fire is enclosed by stone doesn’t mean it’s perfectly safe. High winds, improper fuel, or inattention to a fire can cause disasters. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca wants you to have a safe summer, but we also want you to know we offer the best fire damage repair and restoration services, just in case things get out of hand.

Here are some helpful tips on keeping your home or other structures safe from recreational or cooking fires:

  • If it’s windy, don’t light a fire. Wait for a better day.
  • Don’t use barbeques on decks, porches, or wooden surfaces.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or hose handy.
  • Use the right type and amount of fuel for your fire and make sure it fits inside your fire pit or other container.
  • Don’t overload the fuel; you want heat for warmth or cooking, not an inferno.
  • Check the local fire code before you install a fire pit or fireplace.
  • Place fire containers on level concrete or gravel rather than directly on the lawn.
  • Follow the ten-foot rule: If it’s a contained fire, keep it at least ten or even 15 feet away from a structure; if it’s a campfire, double the distance.
  • If you build a campfire, dig a pit first, remove all burnable grass from around the hole, and surround it with rocks.
  • Keep a cell phone handy to call 911 if needed.
  • Put out all fires before leaving an area. That means no embers or smoke remains.

If you experience a structural fire, remember to call us right after you call your insurance company. We respond promptly and can handle any fire disaster repair, from immediate cleanup to long-term restoration. ServiceMaster is your best option for disaster recovery in Mankato, Waseca, St. Peter, and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more.

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