Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire and Smoke Damage

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with fire damage the experienced team at SERVPRO of Wexford is ready to respond. We are locally owned and operated, our highly trained team is ready for all types of fire damage and are able to respond quickly. Our immediate action and fast response can limit the extent of the damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. We have the specialized equipment and resources necessary to handle the job, large or small, day or night.
It is extremely important that every home has a emergency fire plan along with fire emergency prevention items such as, a fire extinguisher, a window fire ladder for the second floor (if needed) and smoke detectors for every floor of the home. A fire drill should be practiced by all of the occupants in the home at least every six months or when then family thinks more are needed.

We are available 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week to assist your emergency situation.

Smoke, Soot, Water and Odor

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs in your home fire, soot, smoke and water damage occur and can be very destructive. Other damages may occur from the result of the fire department fighting the fire.
SERVPRO of Wexford crews are highly trained in all aspects of fire restoration. Our state of the art equipment and trained professionals can restore you home back to pre fire condition.
We understand that this is a very stressful time for you and your family and you will be treated with empatathy and respect.
We will inspect your home and assess the damages. Board-up and a roof tarp will be provided if deemed necessary.
Our water remediation will start immediately, and once the majority of the water is removed, we will place dehumidifiers and airmovers to finish the drying process.
Any smoke and soot can be removed with our specialized equipment. (ceilings, walls, kitchen cabinets and other affected areas).
Smoke odors can be removed by placing air movers in the home and also by using a method known as fogging.
Call SERVPRO of Wexford (724-933-7875) for all of your restoration needs.

Fire Heat and Toxic Gases

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fires produce high amounts of heat very fast. The heat from a fire can be more dangerous than the flames themselves. Room temperatures can reach 100 degrees at floor level and can reach temperatures up to 600 degrees at eye level. If a person were to breathe in this hot air, it could scorch their lungs and clothing would melt directly to their skin.


At first, a fire will appear a bright yellow to the human eye but will eventually turn into heavy black smoke.


Fires are not to be underestimated. They are extremely fast and a small flame can turn into a large fire very quickly.


Fires can produce poisonous gases and may cause drowsiness and disorientation to humans. These gases are very toxic and can kill humans. In fact, gases are responsible for more deaths in fires than flames. Toxic gases are the number one cause of deaths in a fire.

Smoke Detectors / Alarms

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Smoke Detectors / Alarms are the number one lifesaver when it comes to residential fires. Two thirds of deaths in residential fires are because there are no detectors or the detector is not working properly. i.e. No batteries, dead batteries or the detector is not installed correctly. In many cases detectors are overlooked in homes. Detectors are the most important piece of hardware in any home.

There are two different types of detectors. The izonation detector is for fires that are flaming and the photoelectric detector is for smoldering fires. To be on the safe side, it is best to install detectors that have dual sensor alarms when possible.


Detectors should be installed in all hallways, bedrooms, and other rooms on every floor and the basement.
They should be replaced every ten years. Modern detectors now have life long batteries and are much easier to maintain.


The number one cause of residential fires is cooking. Ovens and stove tops get very hot at times and it will activate the detector. Do not disconnect the detector. Turn on the fan hood to remove the excess heat.

Home Kitchen Fires

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fires are the one cause of residential fires. Leaving items that are cooking unattended is a big culprit of kitchen fires.
Never leave cooking items unattended. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the burner and remove the pot or pan. Also, if you have items in the broiler, turn off the broiler and remove the food.
Be careful of your clothing when cooking. Clothing that is loose can be a hazard. Wear clothing that is short or sleeves that are close fitted. Also, wear a close fitting apron.
Candles also cause residential fires. Make sure that all candles are extinguished. Candles that are short and wide are less likely to tip over and are a good choice.
A kitchen stove top fire can be extinguished by placing a fitted lid over the pot or pan. Never extinguish a stove top fire with water or take it to the sink. The fire can spread and you can burn yourself.
Make sure you are aware of items that are close to your stove. Items like dish towels, oven mitts and loose curtains. These items can catch fire and should not be in close proximity to the stove top. Use an oven mitt to remove food from the stove. If a dish towel is used make sure that it is not hanging.
Your smoke detectors should be tested once a month and the batteries should be changed once a year.
If you have grease, make sure you dispose of it properly. Such as placing it in a metal can once the grease has cooled. Also, cooking oil has a low smoke point to high temperatures and may cause fire. Remember, never throw water on a stove top fire.
Every home should have an emergency plan for a fire. A fire drill should be practiced once a month and can be incorporated when the smoke detectors are checked. Make sure that there is an assigned designated area outside of the home where everyone can meet. Also, the area should be a safe distance away from the home.
In the event that you accidentally catch yourself on fire, STOP-DROP-AND ROLL. This practice is still the best and, always go to the hospital afterwards.
Even if the fire is extinguished, you should always contact your local fire department.

Residential Fires and Perventions

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Cooking is the leading cause of Residential Fires. Leaving unattended items cooking on a stove is the biggest mistake in the kitchen.
Make sure all flammable materials are removed from around the stove. Also, never leave the kitchen when food is cooking. If possible, use a timer when cooking.
Residential Electric Heating is also one of the top causes of residential fires. Space heaters should not be placed near any flammable materials.
Each year the equipment should be inspected (power cords, heating elements and cleaning of the entire unit). The units should be placed at least 3 feet away from clothing, furniture and clothing.
Electrical Fires / Lighting Sources can also lead to fires.
Do not do any electrical projects on your own. One of the major causes of electrical fires is homeowners trying to complete the job from start to finish. Whenever an electrical project is needed in your home, call a Certified Electrician to do the job. Also, do not overload your electrical system and use the correct wattage of light bulbs for lighting your residence.
Careless smoking in the home can be a contributing factor in residential fires. Both smokers and nonsmokers are killed by cigarettes or other smoking materials each year in residential fires. Because of this the number one cause of death in fires is by careless smoking in ther United States. These fires are started in beds, furniture or in the trash.
If you have a smoker in your residence, the best alternative is to have them smoke outside and if that is not an option, have a designated area in the home.

Wexford Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/23/2020 (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

Smoke is broken down into two areas wet and dry. Because of this, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Wexford will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred. Our plan of action is based on the information we obtain during pretesting.

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

Not all fires are the same, and the damages may vary, each one requires a specific solution that is tailored for that situation. 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 – 724-933-7875

Wexford Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing extensive 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

Smoke is broken down into two areas, which are smoke wet and dry. Because of this, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before the restoration process, SERVPRO of Wexford will test the soot and determine which type of smoke damage has occurred. Our plan of action is based on the information we obtain 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 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 – 724-933-7875

Fire Smoke Damage Restoration

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with fire damage the experienced team at SERVPRO of Wexford is ready to respond. We are locally owned and operated, our highly trained team is ready for all types of fire damage and are able to respond quickly. Our immediate action and fast response can limit the extent of the damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. We have the specialized equipment and resources necessary to handle the job, large or small, day or night.

We are available 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week to assist your emergency situation.

Ross Township Fire Restoration

4/28/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After

Fires can be devastating to your home or business.  SERVPRO of Wexford specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We will quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition.