Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage cleanup, Las Vegas

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs in the home it can cause long lasting damage if not handled properly.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has estimators, production managers, crew chiefs, and technicians that work together as a team to restore your home to preloss condition.

The initial evaluation and inspection we get specifics as to the cause and size of the fire.  The time it took for the fire to extinguish along with the areas that were affected by the resulting smoke.  We can then evaluate, and based on our years of experience, develop a restoration plan that will eliminate any lingering fire and smoke damage that exists in all areas of the home.  Each job differs in scope and scale.  Demolition, cleaning, deodorization, and/or a combination is used to make your home like the fire never even happened.

Fire Damage cleanup, Las Vegas

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has been cleaning smoke and fire damaged homes since 2003.  Our trained office staff can take your information and arrange an appointment with one of our certified estimators.  That estimator will provide a smoke damage restoration plan for your home.

Smoke damage and the odors it leaves can be difficult to eliminate from the home.  It often requires multiple cleaning, sealing, demoing, and painting techniques to eliminate residual orders.  For a homeowner who is experiencing their first fire or smoke damage loss it can be overwhelming.  Our trained Estimators and Production Managers will be able to answer and questions and explain the process.  They will also supervise and communicate with the Crew Chiefs and Technicians to ensure that all aspects of the damage is addressed and your home is returned to you like the fire and smoke damage never even happened.

Fire damage, Las Vegas

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration.  SERVPRO has 50 plus years in the industry and 15 plus years in the Las Vegas area.  SERVPRO has about seen it all, and we are ready for anything.  SERVPRO understands the stress that a fire damage can cause to an owner and that’s why we will be there every step up the way.  Our technicians and staff are trained weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly constantly building our knowledge with a variety of fire damage scenarios.  We are always working together and discovering fire cleanup techniques to better improve our fired damage cleanup needs.  Our equipment is checked weekly and always up-to-date so that we can always provide the best service for your loss.

Fire damage, Las Vegas

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas specializes in fire damage cleanup and we have been in the valley for over 15 years.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas can help clean both commercial and residential dwelling.  Our skills and knowledge come with a background of 50 plus years in the industry for fire damage cleanup.  There are multiple ways that a fire can start, some of these scenarios can be as follows: Proteins which include meats, gas and electric.  SERVPRO cleans up each type a little differently so that we can properly restore your dwelling to the way it was before.  SERVPRO documents important information and takes photos for your project so that you can have a peace of mind knowing that the job is being done right.

Fire cleanup, Las Vegas

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of fire and water damage.  SERVPRO has been in the fire damage cleanup industry for over 50 years and is constantly improving ourselves through the cleanup process.  Fire damage can do a lot of harm to our belongings, but our SERVPRO estimators are proficient in the cleanup process.  Our estimators will go on site and investigate each situation to see what can be cleaned and what cannot be cleaned.  Our SERVPRO solutions and cleaning products are tested and proven to cleanup various situations.  Our crews and production team are all certified for cleanup and constantly expand our education through training's and hands on situations.  With SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas you can feel confident if you have a fire damage to your commercial or dwelling.

Fire Damage cleanup, Removal vs non removal of drywall

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Photos showing how hot the nails got during a fire loss

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has access to SERVPRO’s 50 years of fire damage trainings and materials. SERVPRO has been a leader in the Las Vegas area for over 18 years mainly because we do have access to these trainings which allow us to handle any type of fire damage. One of the many things which are confusing in a fire damage is what to do with the drywall. A trick that SERVPRO uses, and as shown in the photo, is looking out for nails. In the photo you can see where the nails are located in the drywall. SERVPRO knows and understands when this happens it means the drywall needs to be removed in that area. If the drywall does not show nails then SERVPRO will try to clean and save the wall if possible. If after the cleaning the walls smells heavily of smoke then SERVPRO will request removal. But to be safe and insure the job is done right it is always best to contact SERVPRO and allow the professionals to handle the situation

Fire Damage Cleanup, Cleaning items

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Non-salvageable chair

SERVPRO is a leader for the Las Vegas area when it comes to fire damage loss. SERVPRO has over 50 years of trainings, learnings and growing in all kinds of fire damages. In this scenario a fire damage was caused by old faulty wiring. After many years of hidden water damage rust began to build and over time and with the right amount of heat finally a spark began which then turned a loving home into a burning nightmare.  SERVPRO was able to enter the property and decipher between the salvageable and non-salvageable items. Salvageable items include hard covered items like chairs, countertops, tile, and other non-pours materials. Some non-salvageable items include couches, pillows, mattresses and other fabricated items. The homeowner was very pleased to know that some of the family’s items were able to be saved. Because of the trainings SERVPRO was able to educate the homeowner and the homeowner was happy that not everything was a total loss.

Fire Damage Cleanup, Las Vegas

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Bathroom with massive amounts of soot

SERVPRO has been in the Fire Cleanup industry for more than 50 years. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has been in the Las Vegas valley for more than 18 years. With so many years this allows SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas to be a leader when it comes to Fire Damage. Our trained and experienced technicians are always learning and provided with the latest equipment and tools to handle all type of smoke and fire scenarios. In this photo is shown a bathroom area affected by a large amount of soot. SERVPRO technicians are trained to properly clean. Obviously, the items belongings were discarded in this photo but SERVPRO was able to clean the shower/tub, clean the vanity top, clean the mirror and clean the tile floor and toilet.

Fire Damage Cleanup Las Vegas

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Outcome of a thermostat after a fire damage

SERVPRO has about seen it all when it comes to fire losses here in Las Vegas, in this photo is shown how hot a property can be when a fire engulfs your home. The fire was located about 4 rooms away but it the heat was so extreme that this was the outcome of a once perfectly working thermostat. The fire loss was caused by a bad electrical connection which SERVPRO has seen before, especially in older homes. The homeowner did the right thing by calling for help and leaving far away from the property. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was called to do the cleanup in preparation for the build back. SERVPRO was able to remove non-salvageable items and materials from the property. Some items were taken back to our warehouse for cleaning also the homeowner was updated almost daily with what was going on. The homeowner enjoyed the ease of the process and was pleased with the communication that took place.

Home Fire Damage, Las Vegas

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

The outcome of a sock and a flame

There are many ways fire damage can harm your dwelling, some of these include: Electrical, Gas, Protein (cooking meats) etc. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has been in the Las Vegas area for over 15 years and SERVPRO has 50 years of trainings with Fire Damage. Our technicians, project managers and staff are all qualified and proficient with Fire Damage losses. Not only that but SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas will treat your property as if it were our own. In this particular case a kitchen fire started from a piece of clothing which was somehow tossed behind the oven. The Sock was to close to the flam and while the homeowner stepped away the missing sock was soon a flame which spread and soon the kitchen was engulfed, with this being the outcome. SERVPRO was able to prepare the area for build back and the customer was amazed with the finished product.

Fire Cleanup Las Vegas

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage cleanup

If a fire hits your house it’s always best to know who to contact. While the work is going on it is not advised to be entering in and out of the home because the structure can sometimes not be safe. Also, the smoke can cause headaches and older homes might even have asbestos contained materials, which you do not want to consume. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas knows about these dangers and has trained experienced technicians, production managers and crew chiefs to handle these circumstances. With a company that has been in the industry for over 50 years it’s not hard to know who to call.

In this photo it shows soot on the wall of a fire damaged home. One face mural remained attached to the wall but the other fell showing the change of color on the wall.

Fire Damage Cleanup Las Vegas

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is always stressful and never fun to deal with. Not only stress but discomfort knowing that other people will be going through and handling your items. Whether these items are personal or not its all the same discomfort. SERVPRO has been in the fire cleanup industry for over 50 years and SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has been in the valley for over 15 years. SERVPRO makes sure to train, certify and background check every employee that we hire. With our trained and certified crew chiefs, technicians, project managers and estimators make SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas the top fire cleanup company in the Vegas area. In this photo is pictured a cleaning employee member unboxing the items, cleaning the item then re-packing and boxing the item again. The process is required and SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas does not cut corners to speed things up. SERVPRO is a family and likewise the customers we help are treated as family too.

Fire Damage Cleanup for over 50 years

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has been in the area for over 15 years.  Not only that but the owner is a native to Nevada and owns two franchises in the Valley.  SERVPRO has been in the Fire Damage Cleanup business for over 50 years.  This means they have basically been through it all and have seen everything from small to large scale.  SERVPRO also has 5 other franchises in the Valley which means no job is too big.  SERVPRO also has a storm team with semi's and crews fit to take on any hotel in the area.  For jobs like fire damage it can be very stressful to know what to do.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas will treat your house as their own.  We take pride in the work we do to insure the customer is back to where they were before. "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage, should I file a claim if the fire started at my neighbors?

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas gets asked multiple questions daily about whether or not to file a claim.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas does not have the power to act like an adjuster nor do we answer questions that should be answered by a licensed adjuster.  We can however give a ball park figure in regards to a fire loss damage which could help you determine if it's worth filing a claim or not.  I would say the most asked question in regards to ANY type of loss when it comes from a connected neighbor is "should I still file a claim?" I always recommend filing a claim because in most cases these types of losses will include the HOA and can take a long period of time to figure out who's responsible for what (they have to read through the CC&R's) which could take weeks.  If both parties file a claim then in most cases each insurance will cover its own and determine who's at fault behind curtains and subrogate against the at fault party.

Fire Damage Las Vegas

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

James pulling smoke damaged drywall from a home

With the increase of people moving to Vegas homes are selling like crazy here in Vegas.  A lot of times you don’t know who you are buying the home from if it’s a short sale or foreclosure.  In this case a new homeowner received his keys and the next day walked into a mess of three separate fires in various locations in the home, paint on the walls and even some water damage.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was called out as soon as the investigator was completed and work started the very same day.  After 3 days of demo the house was ready for build back.  The homeowner was out of town but was very impressed with the speed and professionalism SERVPRO portrayed throughout the job.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas is a trusted vendor for many insurance companies and will make sure we take care of your property no matter the type or size of loss.

Fire Damage Cleanup, Las Vegas

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

One of the rooms which was engulfed with smoke

Fire damage is never a good situation for any homeowner/business owner.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has been in the valley for 15 years and we have the professionalism and experience for any type of fire damage.  In this situation a fire broke out in multiple locations, after the investigation SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was able to come out on site and start the cleanup process. The homeowner was very impressed with the knowledge the production manager had concerning the situation.  Demo began immediately and items such as toilets, and tubs were cleaned with our SERVPRO cleaning chemicals. In 4 days demo was completed, including a duct cleaning and the property was ready for build back.  The homeowner was impressed with the speed and attention to detail SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas portrayed. 

Fire Damage Cleanup, Las Vegas

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

A small spark can turn into flames, spread and even engulf a dwelling within minutes.  In this photo the tenant left his stove on and ran down stairs to grab something out of his car, when he came back to his condo he was welcomed with massive amounts of smoke and fire. Soon the fire trucks were out and the cleanup began.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was called out and ended up doing the cleanup.  Within a couple days the insurance gave SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas the green light to start the work.  The owner said he was well pleased with the professionalism and the knowledge the estimator/production manager had and how easy and smooth the process was.

 Remember it is very important to start the cleanup as soon as possible especially with professionals who know what to do!

Fire Damage, Las Vegas

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage cleanup

This Commercial fire loss was the cause of bad wiring and in time smoke turned into flames.  The owner called SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas to come out and assess the situation.  The trained SERVPRO production manager was able to provide a step by step instruction on what was to happen in during the fire cleanup process.  The owner was impressed with the knowledge and experience of the production manager and had SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas continue with the cleanup.  SERVPRO was in and starting the cleanup the very next day.  The owner said he was pleased with the speed and knowledge SERVPRO had concerning the situation.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas can handle any size of fire loss and our trained crews have the skill and knowledge to handle any kind of Fire Loss.

Fire Damage Cleanup, Las Vegas

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

James Cleaning up a smoke damaged property in Las Vegas

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 Southwest Las Vegas 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. 

In the Photo James is dressed in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  He is using SERVPRO's approved chemical mixture to clean Dry Smoke from a commercial property effected by an electrical fire. 

Fire Damage Las Vegas NV

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Rafael (Teddy) using one of our machines used to clean the ducting systems

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.

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.

Fire Damage Las Vegas NV

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Marc is cleaning a piece of furniture which contained massive amounts of soot caused by a fire loss

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Fire Damage Las Vegas NV

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

This photo shows a before and after photo of a bathtub affected by smoke damage

This fire damage was caused by electrical damage. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas took inventory of all of the restorable contents in the affected areas and professionally cleaned and deodorized each item. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas Franchise Professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre loss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more. Finally, SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items if requested. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was able to clean this bathtub and restore it to its pre loss condition.

Fire Damage Las Vegas NV

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Marc starts to clean an area of the wall loaded with soot from a fire damage.

After the fire trucks are gone, your Las Vegas home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas has the training you need!

Las Vegas Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Las Vegas home

A fire broke out in the home located in Las Vegas. This photo shows the mess left behind after the fire was put out.  SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas was called to clean up the aftermath.

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 SERVPRO of Southwest Las Vegas 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.