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!
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.
Charred wood, carbonized plumes of ash on the walls, the acrid odor of chemicals, discolored and damaged appliances, and the headache of restoration: that’s what St. Peter homeowners face initially after a kitchen fire that began because of an unattended pot or pan or a grease spill. It may be even worse for business owners of a commercial kitchen. The specialists at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca are experts at fire damage restoration and will respond quickly to begin the fire damage repair process.
According to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s report from last year, kitchens are the source of most of the structural fires in the state, especially among residential fires. When you think about it, it stands to reason that a regularly used heat source, whether hot electrical burners or open gas flames, is a risk. How often do pots boil over or frying pans burn food? A few more minutes of inattention could have led to fire damage. Even a grease fire contained to the stovetop can still cause smoke damage.
The best advice to prevent kitchen fires bears repeating:
- Don’t leave any cooking surface unattended. That means turn it off if you walk away for any reason
- Keep kitchen curtains short and make sure they can’t reach the cooking surface
- Have a fire extinguisher within reach at all times
- Make sure your extinguisher is appropriate for grease and electrical fires
- Don’t allow children to use the stove unless supervised
- Keep all smoke detectors in working order
- Consider installing a sprinkler system
If you do have a fire in your kitchen in St. Peter or anywhere else in your home or business, ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is the best option for fire damage restoration. We can handle water removal, clean up and pack out debris, pack out belongings and damaged appliances for full restoration, and work with your insurance company and subcontractors to ensure that full fire damage repair is completed and fire and smoke damage restoration is done right. Disaster restoration doesn’t have to be a disaster in itself. Let ServiceMaster show you how the professionals handle fire disaster restoration. Contact us at (507) 931-6730 today!
Recreational burning was something we wouldn’t be writing about in Mankato years ago. We might talk about fire safety in homes or offer tips on fireplaces or outdoor barbecues, but the concept of gathering around a backyard campfire or patio equivalent has recently become popular for many folks in Minnesota. Whether it’s a basic fire pit dug into the lawn, a contained metal or brick outdoor fireplace, or a metal or ceramic portable brazier, it can spell trouble if it’s not managed properly.
ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your area expert for fire damage repair and restoration. We manage fire disaster cleanup, pack out, and repair and restoration of the structure and its contents. But we’d rather not have to do fire damage restoration services. Here are some tips to prevent recreational fires from turning into fire disasters:
- The Mankato Fire Department recommends keeping all recreational fires at least 25 feet from any structure, woodpile, or dry area. That means fires in any kind of container should not be used on a wooden deck
- State law requires that the fire must be attended at all times until it is put out
- Have an ample water source or fire extinguisher handy
- Burn only recommended fuel in the fire. If wood is oversized or sticks out of the fire pit, don’t burn it
- Don’t burn garbage or newspapers that can fly away
- Don’t start a recreational fire during windy conditions
- After soaking ashes or embers with water, keep them in a metal container for at least 24 hours before assuming they are out
- The fire or police department can order any fire to be extinguished if it is deemed hazardous or annoying to neighbors
No matter how many safety precautions we take, fire disasters can still occur. Call the fire department at once. When the fire is out, call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for comprehensive fire disaster damage repair and restoration. We are the professionals in the Mankato, MN, area for any kind of disaster restoration. You can count on us for a fast response, quality repairs, and high value workmanship.