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How to Disinfect Laundry After Coronavirus Infection

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Disinfect laundry with the Esporta Wash System The Esporta Wash System is Used to Disinfect Laundry

Communities across the nation are taking action to prevent the spread of the contagious Coronavirus. As you may already know, this virus can progress into the COVID-19 disease that causes severe respiratory problems.

This disease is mainly spread through airborne droplets released by the sneezing and coughing of an infected person. It’s also believed to live on other surfaces for up to three days.

This means that we may catch the virus if we pick up the microbes with hand contact and then touch vulnerable body entry points such as the mouth, eyes, or the nose.

Can Clothing and Other Textiles Carry Infectious Agents?

Surfaces can harbor contagious microbes, however not much has been studied about Coronavirus living on clothing, linens, and other fabrics. However, if you are caring for someone suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19, Harvard Medical School's Coronavirus Resource Center suggests handing clothing and linens that have blood, stool, or bodily fluids on them with gloves. Keep them away from your body, and launder them thoroughly.

For this reason, fabrics that a COVID-19 patient has come into contact with should be treated carefully and washed with care.

SERVPRO North Irving Procedures for Cleaning Soft Goods Potentially Impacted With COVID-19 Agents

In the event of damage caused by flood or fire, soft goods need special care to be restored back to its original state. In the case of a flood or other water damage, the soft goods will become contaminated with bacteria. We use the patented Esporta System for recovery in such events for textile restoration and decontamination.

We expect the Esporta System to have the same results with pathogens from viruses as well. Cleaning all linens and clothing (especially in a care facility) can be a big job.

Concerns with patient and careworker safety is why we offer Esporta Wash System services to effectively sanitize soft goods and assist with the workload necessary to prevent the spread of viral pathogens.

Standard washing machines have limited disinfection capabilities and are prone to cross contamination. The Esporta Wash System is designed to remove up to 99% of contaminants while also avoiding cross contamination.

The Esporta Wash System:

This method has been scientifically proven to be more effective in the sterilization of soft goods. This is made possible by taking the front-load washing machine design a step further with a cage design.

It separates items into individual compartments that methodically pass through the detergent-rich water. Hydraulic pressure works with detergents to effectively flush the fibers of contaminants. The computerized process optimizes the wash cycle and facilitates quality assurance.

The Esporta Detergents:

A three stage process means a more thorough cleansing. Here’s how it works.

  • Stage 1: The emulsifying detergent disarms bacteria of its food sheath layer. This allows for deodorization and removal of harmful organic matter.
  • Stage 2: Next, the detergent breaks down inorganic material while also dissolving and removing contaminants.
  • Stage 3: The final stage is sanitization with the use of hydrogen peroxide to kill molds and bacteria.
  • (Fabric softening step optional).

Not only was this process designed to have superior cleaning power, it also uses an eco-friendly and hypoallergenic formula. This means less harm to the planet and no irritants to sensitive skin.

Esporta Wash System Tests:

Esporta technicians take quality seriously. This system has been tested for effectiveness.. A third party laboratory conducted testing on items after washing. It was found that after being processed by the Esporta Wash System, bacteria levels dropped low enough to be considered food grade safe.

ATP monitoring measures the amount of organic material (Adenosine Triphosphate) present in the contaminated object. In one case a raw sewage contaminated comforter measured 6,000 RLUs (Relative Light Units). A post-cleaning reading showed a new result of 10 RLUs (the safety standard for food preparation). A pair of moldy shoes had a reading of 621 RLU and after Esporta processing, this level dropped to an extremely sterile level of 4 RLUs. This proves the decontamination procedures to be highly effective.

Why SERVPRO Is Equipped to Handle Fabric and Textile Cleaning and Disinfection

We caution the public to be skeptical of any claims that a product or service prevents or cures the 2019 Coronavirus. No product has been proven to cure or prevent this particular virus strain.

We also want to inform you that one Esporta cleaning will not prevent future contamination. If another contamination occurs, we would need to sanitize the soft goods over again.

While there is no guarantee that all COVID-19 pathogens can be eliminated, SERVPRO North Irving believes the Esporta Wash System to be safe and effective at ridding soft goods of infectious microbes. This textile cleaning has been completed without damage to the items.

SERVPRO North Irving is also prepared to provide disinfection and biohazard cleanup for buildings and structures.

SERVPRO’s Commitment to Public Health:

  • SERVPRO professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
  • SERVPRO is performing all cleanup and bioremediation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.
  • SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces.

SERVPRO North Irving is continuously checking in for the latest updates and instructions from the Center of Disease Control. We urge our community to stay informed and comply with directives from the CDC.

SERVPRO North Irving is committed to doing our part for public health in the greater Dallas area. We’re here to help sanitize areas affected by the Coronavirus, especially in the remediation of treatment areas for COVID-19 patients.

We are prepared to conduct safe removal, secure transport and decontamination of soft goods 24/7. Please reach out to us with any sanitation concerns or questions you have about our cleaning process. Call us at (972) 986-7677 anytime.

Professional Decontamination Services for Airports

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Airport Professional Decontamination Services for Airports

Coronavirus has been in the news cycle for weeks as thousands of confirmed cases have emerged in the US. This particular virus leads to the COVID-19 virus (a.k.a. Coronavirus disease 2019) that attacks the respiratory system.

Because this disease originated abroad (in China), there is concern that people traveling from outside the country will bring more of the virus to the States. When assessing someone who has fallen ill, one of the criteria for giving a coronavirus test asks if the person has recently traveled internationally.

With heightened concerns about who may be carrying the disease by plane, the public may be increasingly suspicious of airports. Decontamination of facilities may be necessary as a precaution against spread of the disease.

Passengers, staff, and TSA agents could be exposing each other to pathogens. The virus can live on surfaces for up to three days. So if an investigation ties an airline or airport to a confirmed case of the disease, decontamination will be necessary.

Thorough and professional cleaning of airport surfaces with industrial-grade products (like aircraft cabin cleaners) should be part of an action plan to prevent the spread of this disease that has traveled the world.

Terminal Disinfection Should Be Handled by Professionals

To understand how this newer strain of the virus would impact high-traffic public areas (like an airport) we consider how it is passed around.

The Coronavirus is mainly spread when an affected person coughs or sneezes viral droplets into the air. It’s also presumed that if the microorganisms attach to the hands, the virus can enter the body by a person touching vulnerable points (mouth, nose or eyes). Since we believe the microorganisms are able to survive for up to three days on surfaces, it’s important to take additional sanitation measures.

SERVPRO North Irving is here for the "what-ifs." What if you receive a report of a symptomatic passenger or staff member? What if you review your janitorial operations and you’re not sure if it’s enough to eliminate pathogens?

We’re prepared to assist airports in the greater Dallas area in limiting the spread of disease. Our biohazard cleanup service decontaminates the affected areas and surfaces. If needed, we carry out the safe disposal and carry of infected materials.

Keeping things clean is how airport staff can best be proactive for public health. Be skeptical of any claims that a product or service will prevent or even cure this virus. Such claims are unsubstantiated. No product has been tested and proven to cure nor prevent this strain of the Coronavirus.

Maintaining Your Airport During the Coronavirus Outbreak

SERVPRO North Irving is meticulous and thorough with our cleaning procedures and aims to promote awareness of trouble areas.

The CDC highly recommends consistent cleaning of "high touch" areas. Below is a list of areas that are more likely to collect germs.

Cleanup Scope of Work and Planning

Keep these "high-touch" areas clean:

  • Counters
  • Tabletops
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Toilets
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Tablets
  • Tables

Be mindful of heavy use areas:

  • Kitchen/food areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail spaces
  • Water fountains
  • Shelving and racks
  • Sales counters
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Stair handrails
  • Elevator cars
  • Playground equipment
  • Fitness equipment

Precautionary Measures for Airports and Airlines

Below is a list of recommendations specific to the airline industry.

  • Monitor staff and passengers for symptoms (take the temperature if possible). Look out for those who are coughing, have difficulty breathing or present flu-like symptoms. Keep sick people away from others and follow sickness reporting protocol.
  • A staff member experiencing symptoms should get clearance before continuing or returning to work.
  • Wear personal protective equipment when necessary.
  • Use additional ventilation wherever possible.
  • Reduce contact through social distancing (and minimize public outings during layovers).
  • Wash hands with soap frequently and thoroughly.
  • When hand-washing is unavailable, use hand sanitizing products.
  • Avoid touching faces.

It should be emphasized that airport staff who are in constant contact with people and objects (e.g. TSA agents who process a continuous queue) are more at risk for exposure to pathogens. They should be trained on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs.

Why Choose SERVPRO as Your Airport Cleaning Service

SERVPRO North Irving takes public health seriously. Our professional cleaning services give peace of mind to everyone involved in your airline operations.

If you find out someone has been on a plane or in the airport has come down with the virus, we’re prepared to do the necessary bioremediation and decontamination of all affected areas.

A professional cleaning also reassures the public that you’ve taken proactive steps to ensure that your facilities are safe.

Our Commitment to the Community:

  • SERVPRO professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
  • SERVPRO is performing all cleanup and bioremediation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.
  • SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces.

We at SERVPRO North Irving are actively monitoring the CDC for the latest information and advisories. We are equipped to do well beyond your daily janitorial cleaning routine. We respond with consideration for your specific situation whether it's a preventive measure or discovery that a confirmed COVID-19 case is connected to your airport. We’ll be equipped with any and all resources needed to thoroughly clean, disinfect and sanitize the facility.

One such example of our specialized cleaning methods is our industrial-grade Esporta Wash System. This decontaminates any cloth material and includes the safe transfer of any affected objects.

We are on call 24 hours a day to assist with clean up in the event of an airport emergency. For immediate action, we’re there when you need us. We are diligently following all CDC guidelines and regulations and staying up to date with communications from the FAA the same way airports and airlines are also doing.

SERVPRO North Irving is committed to doing our part to promote public health in high traffic environments. We understand that the Coronavirus situation has made a substantial impact on the airline industry, and we are here to help.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about potential public health hazards. If you have any questions about our cleaning services, please reach out. Call us at (972) 986-7677 anytime.

Commercial Storage and Shipping Container Biohazard Cleanup

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

pallets and materials inside of a commercial shipping container in Dallas, Texas SERVPRO of North Irving offers biohazard cleanup services for commercial storage and shipping containers. Call today for a complimentary estimate.

Decontaminating Storage and Shipping Containers

Dallas Fort Worth is a hub for international transactions.  With our proximity to Houston, it’s a common occurrence for DFW to receive international shipping containers filled with just about anything.  With the hazards of travel, it’s common for shipments to arrive with issues that require professional cleaning services, including biohazardous cleanup. 

We’ve seen commercial storage and shipping containers arrive with:

  • Mold growth.  This often happens when something wasn’t packed correctly and humid air was able to enter the container.  The result is mold growth inside the container and on everything packed in it. Our franchise is a licensed Texas Mold Remediation Contractor, and we have experience cleaning after molds of all sizes and types. 
  • Spills.  The spill could be liquid or solid.  If it’s difficult or hazardous to clean, we can help. 
  • Food spoilage.  Sometimes a shipment of food spoils and creates a terribly smelling and biohazardous environment.  We will remove and dispose of the rotted food and sanitize your container to remove all food remnants and smells. 
  • Hazardous materials and biohazardous waste.  We can clean your container and its contents even when the cleanup contains pathogens that are dangerous for a human to contact.  We specialize in biohazard cleaning. We’ve cleaned many types of hazards including infectious disease, bodily fluids and waste, bloodborne pathogens, viruses, and more.

Call for a Complimentary Quote for Cleanup Services

Give us a call for a free decontamination quote.  Let us know the best time for us to stop by and check out your container, and we’ll be there.  Schedule any time by calling (972) 986-7677

Shipping and Storage Container Cleanup Procedure

Your shipping container can either be cleaned on your property, or you may drop off your container in our cleaning facility.  We recommend dropping your container on our property to avoid the possibility of cross-contamination with your other shipments. 

The first step is to clear the shipping container of all the materials inside of it.  The materials have to be cleared so we can have full access to every surface inside of the container.  This gives us the best chance to properly sanitize and decontaminate it.  

If the materials inside of the container are contaminated themselves, we will clean each of them individually.  In situations where the materials are packed on pallets, they will be unpacked, cleaned, and reassembled on a new pallet.  All materials will temporarily be stored in one of our warehouses while the container itself is sanitized. 

With all the materials decontaminated and packed, we’ll decontaminate the shipping container itself.  Once the container has been tested and reads free of microbial contamination, the cleaned pallets and materials packed inside. 

Then, we’ll give you a call and let you know your shipment is ready to be picked up at your convenience.  

Weekday, Weekend, After-Hours, and Overnight Cleaning Available

It may not be possible for you to drop off your shipping container at our cleaning facility.  If this is the case, we’ll ask when the best time for cleanup is. We’re available 24-hours a day, including holidays.  

Many of our clients choose an after-hours time to avoid the cleanup interfering with their regular business operations.  Whatever your situation is, we’re happy to work out the best time for you. 

Testing Microbial Levels -- How We Know It’s Food-Grade Safe

Shipping containers are hard surfaces, which makes it feasible for our technicians to reach a food-grade safe level of sanitization.  After the container is clean, we test its surfaces to verify our results. The best way to do this is by using ATP testing.

ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate, which is found in all living cells.  Everything alive has ATP, and the greater the ATP level, the greater the microbial contamination.  The goal is to receive an ATP score of zero, which marks a perfectly clean, food-grade safe surface. 

The results of our ATP testing will be available to you after cleanup. 

We will use the disinfectant that will be the most effective against your type of contamination.  Our preferred cleaning agent is SERVPROXIDE, a proprietary cleaning agent created by SERVPRO. SERVPROXIDE is EPA registered and effective against bacteria, mold, and also meets CDC requirements for cleaning certain types of viruses and pathogens.  The Safety Data Sheets for all of our chemicals are available and can be shared upon request. 

We Are the Trusted Leader in Biohazardous Cleaning

SERVPRO of North Irving has over 30 years of experience cleaning and restoring properties and belongings.  We are headquartered in Dallas, Texas just minutes from Downtown. Our certified technicians and restoration experts can arrive anywhere in North Texas and surrounding areas quickly to help.  

Give us a call or contact us online for a free estimate to decontaminate your shipping container. 

We’re here to help. 

Property Deep Cleaning with SERVPROXIDE, Our Newest EPA Registered Disinfectant

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon scientist in white lab coat holding ServprOXIDE disinfectant bottle SERVPRO of North Irving provides custom disinfection solutions for every property in Dallas Fort Worth. Call (972) 986-7677 for a free quote.

Commercial Property and Home Deep Cleaning with SERVPROXIDE, a Hospital-Grade Disinfectant

SERVPRO has a new, proprietary disinfectant that is ideal for deep cleaning, SERVPROXIDE

As a franchise specializing in biohazard cleanup and disinfectant cleaning services, we have added SERVPROXIDE to our preferred team of disinfectants. 

SERVPROXIDE is an EPA registered disinfectant and sanitizer.  It’s designed to disinfect hard surfaces from mold, viruses, and other harmful bacteria, and it can also sanitize soft surfaces like carpet.  SERVPROXIDE also has the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating and is fragrance-free, which makes it a safe disinfectant for everyday use. 

SERVPROXIDE has received the D2 rating by NSF International, meaning no rinse is required for that surface to be safely handled again.

Where We Use SERVPROXIDE 

SERVPROXIDE can be used in many areas.  We prefer using SERVPROXIDE to disinfect surfaces during:

  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning.  The disinfectant can either wet a towel, be sprayed, or be misted to clean air ducts and HVAC units. 
  • Restaurants.  When we’re called to disinfect a commercial kitchen, we use a disinfectant that we know will neutralize bacteria on all hard surfaces and floors.  SERVPROXIDE is an effective disinfectant that gives us our gold-standard of a Zero ATP Score in food-grade safe cleaning.
  • Daycares and Schools.  Keeping our children safe requires a clean environment, and this is all the more important during the flu season.  We use SERVPROXIDE to disinfect all surfaces like desks, flooring, walls, doors, carpets, and anything else little hands will touch. 
  • Hospitals and Nursing Homes.  Maintaining a disinfected environment is a necessity in a healthcare setting or where people with a higher risk of sickness live.  Just like in schools and daycares, we use SERVPROXIDE to disinfect every surface touched. 
  • Homes.  We’re often called to help disinfect homes for various reasons including creating a safe space for a vulnerable person coming from the hospital or surgery and people with compromised autoimmune systems or viruses.  We have cleaned homes affected by the flu, C-Diff, accidents involving bloodborne pathogens, and more. 
  • Gyms.  Gyms typically have hundreds of pieces of equipment, and hand-cleaning each one may not be possible.  To sanitize gyms, we charge our misters with SERVPROXIDE to create a wet fog that can clean hard-to-reach places.  Wet fog is created with the use of an Ultra-Low-Volume mister. No rinse is required. 
  • Vehicles, including Ambulances and Buses.  We’ve cleaned privately owned vehicles and those used for public transportation or ride-shares.  All hard surfaces are cleaned with SERVPROXIDE, and soft surfaces (like cloth seats) are also cleaned using the same disinfectant with an upholstery wash tool. 
  • Airplanes.
  • Cruise Ships.
  • Boats.
  • Trains.
  • Carpet Cleaning and Upholstery Cleaning.  SERVPROXIDE can sanitize soft surfaces like carpets, rugs, drapes, and other types of upholstery.  We spray the SERVPROXIDE on the surface and then wet-wash the area with either a professional carpet cleaner or upholstery cleaner. 

What SERVPROXIDE Can Disinfect

SERVPROXIDE is EPA registered and has been tested to successfully disinfect a variety of bacteria including:

  • Gram-Negative Bacteria such as Salmonella, E.coli, Bordetella, and more. 
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria like Staph and Listeria. 

It has also tested to inactivate the following viruses:

  • Hepatitis A, B, and C
  • H1N1
  • Influenza B
  • HIV Type 1
  • Rotavirus
  • Specific strains of Norovirus and Parvovirus
  • And more

Complimentary Quotes Available

Give us a call at (972) 986-7677 or contact us online for a complimentary quote or simply to ask for guidance.  

Let us know what you’re interested in, and we’ll connect you with one of our cleaning experts.  

Custom-Planned Home and Commercial Property Deep Cleaning

We create a custom disinfection plan for every home and business.  We’ll take into consideration what surfaces need to be disinfected or sanitized and how often the cleaning needs to take place to keep the environment clean and safe for inhabitants.  

The highest priority spaces in a property are typically those where a compromised individual resides followed by shared spaces.  Shared spaces include kitchens, bathrooms, break rooms, and living rooms.  

If you’re a business, then you already understand the high-cost of interruption.  We know you need a safe environment for your employees, and we also know we shouldn’t be in the way of your operations.  Tell us when the most convenient cleaning time is for you, and we’ll make it work--including after-hours, overnight, and weekends. 

SERVPROXIDE for Biohazard Cleanup in Dallas Fort Worth

In situations where biohazard cleanup is necessary, our technicians will wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep themselves safe during cleaning.  These types of situations typically involve:

  • Accidents or traumatic events where bloodborne pathogens are present, including blood, bodily fluids, and feces. 
  • Crime scene cleanup.
  • Aftermath cleanup like unattended death, suicide, and homicide. 
  • Cleanup after a virus-infected individual.

We understand the sensitive nature of these cleanings, and we can accommodate the cleaning to occur at the most convenient time of day.  If necessary, we will clean in unmarked vehicles to avoid drawing unnecessary attention. Our clients’ information is not published or advertised. 

Items that cannot be sanitized will be taken and disposed of lawfully at a medical waste facility. 

We are the Trusted Leader in Biohazard Cleaning for Dallas Fort Worth

SERVPRO of North Irving has been cleaning and restoring properties in North Texas for over 30 years.  We live and work in our hometown of DFW, and we’re always ready to help our neighbors.  We have over three decades of experience, and our team of experts can help you, too.

Give us a call any time.  We’re ready to help.  

Biohazard Cleaning Prices - How Much Does it Cost?

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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The aftermath of an emergency or crisis can be overwhelming to a point where everyone runs for cover. But when it’s the property you’re responsible for, at some point you must return to the site and look over the damage.

In some special cases, biohazard cleanup service is necessary. So when putting your recovery plan together, biohazard cleaning prices are included in your expenses. Recovery is a big job, but SERVPRO of North Irving is here to help you through the entire process. 

When is Biohazard Cleanup Necessary?

For the safety of everyone involved, the cleanup of a biohazardous site should be handled by trained professionals. In these following scenarios that involve health hazards, professional services should be involved.

Crime Scene Cleanup

Crimes happen so unexpectedly. Whether it’s a space destroyed by vandals or a bloody scene where a murder has happened, being the witness to the scene can be traumatic.

SERVPRO of North Irving has ample experience with crime scene cleanup in Dallas. Property owners rely on us to thoroughly sanitize the area of any human remains or substances left behind by law enforcement personnel.

In extreme situations when a SWAT team deploys teargas, our specialized services will entirely remove the remaining substance.

We know these situations are of a very sensitive nature, so we ensure that any death cleanup procedures are handled respectfully and with dignity. We may take additional measures to protect your privacy such as using unmarked vehicles.

Unattended Death Cleanup

Unfortunately, people will sometimes die with no one knowing about it for days. A body in decay creates biohazards and sometimes blood soaks deep into the floor.

In the event of an unattended death scene, professional cleaning is necessary in order to clean up any and all pathogens left behind.

We at SERVPRO of North Irving understand the sensitive nature of these circumstances (especially with suicide clean up). Taking care of an unattended death occurrence will be handled with compassion and discretion.

Infectious Disease

Public health threats don’t happen every day, but it’s important to be proactive to stop diseases from spreading when they arrive. We’ve dealt with cases of infectious bacteria like MRSA and C Diff. 

Not all cleaning services put themselves in harm’s way, but SERVPRO does. We are committed to doing our part to maintain public health. For example, we have been addressing the thread of the newly discovered Coronavirus.

Because these nasty organisms can be tough to kill, it’s of vital importance to take measures that will effectively sterilize the affected area. We sanitize hard surfaces, restore carpets, treat clothing/textiles and conduct tests to ensure that the threat is completely removed.

Rodent Infestation

Rats do whatever it takes to survive and often this is done at your expense. Along with causing severe structural damage, they also leave a significant amount of biological waste in their wake.

These pests may carry any one of 35 diseases. In severe cases of infestation and for your peace of mind that rodent filth is completely eliminated, SERVPRO of North Irving will thoroughly clean the affected area to make it safe again. It will be as though those pests were never even there.

Sewage Backup

Wastewater inside of a home or commercial property is indeed a nightmare. This situation can reach a point where it’s beyond your control. 

Category 3 contaminated water (a.k.a. “blackwater”) should be regarded as an extremely dangerous health hazard. Even if it’s a minor backup, it’s important to take immediate action because if left untreated, this situation can quickly escalate to category 3.

SERVPRO of North Irving sanitizes all items touched by the water such as clothing and textiles. We use an EPA Registered Biological Contamination Disinfectant (before and after cleaning), restore the carpeting, and perform ATP testing.

How Much Does Biohazard Cleanup Cost?

Doing a proper job of removing threats to your health means using industrial-grade biohazard cleanup supplies. You won’t find them on the shelf at the supermarket.

Biohazard cleanup procedures involve professional staff who have been through extensive training to do a complete and thorough job.  

Depending on what factors are involved, SERVPRO of North Irving biohazard cleanup cost typically ranges between $899-$10,000.

Labor

The goal of our highly-skilled staff is to ensure that the site is 100% safe upon job completion. Because of the complicated nature of biohazard scenarios, we may need several people and many manhours to get it done. 

When providing the estimate, we can go over the details of the expected labor requirements. 

Materials

Our thorough process includes the use of industry-standard methods that include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Biohazard waste bags and containers (human blood requires special containers)
  • Esporta Wash System
  • ATP testing supplies
  • EPA contamination disinfectant
  • Carpet cleaning or replacement
  • Protective gear
  • HEPA air scrubbing
  • ULV fogging

Size of Affected Area

An affected site can range in size from a small bedroom used to coalesce from an illness to an entire building flooded with blackwater. So the bigger the area, the more staff, manhours, and supplies are needed to do a complete job. 

When providing an estimate, we can explain how extensive the recovery is expected to be in regard to the square footage.

The Breakdown

In our experience, pretty much every job is different. The costs are determined by the nature of the situation, the extent of the affected area, and the severity of the damage.

Basic biohazard cleanup costs around $899. Full restoral of a site will often include odor removal with multi-filter air scrubbing and fogging. With this added, services start at $1,299. 

In the case of death, costs can range from $1,500 to $10,000. For example, unattended death cleanup costs are more expensive if floor replacement or incineration is needed.

When the unthinkable happens, you may be faced with a big and expensive job, but don’t dismay. If you have insurance, call your provider to find out how much cost the policy will cover. SERVPRO of North Irving is prepared to offer help with our financing option.

Contact SERVPRO in North Irving for a Free Estimate

It’s important that you call us right away, especially if it’s a sewage issue. We’ll assess the entirety of the damage and go over the estimate with you. We’re here to help you through these emergencies, we’ll answer any questions you have, and get your property back to normal as soon as possible.

Top 4 Signs You Have a Clogged Dryer Vent and How to Fix It

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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When it comes to house fires, there are the usual culprits we expect to find—smokers who leave cigarettes behind without extinguishing them, or Christmas tree lights shorting into an electrical fire. The kitchen is the usual place where the majority of fires start, so it may be surprising to know that your innocent-looking clothes dryer is also a major fire hazard. According to The National Fire Protection Association, malfunctioning or poorly-maintained clothes dryers are the main culprit in a significant number of house fires every year. To prevent your clothes dryer from starting a house fire, here are the top four signs you have a clogged dryer vent and how to fix it. 



How a Clogged Dryer Vent Can Cause a Fire

In most cases when a clothes dryer starts a fire, lint, fluff and other debris get stuck in the dryer hose and air vent. This reduces the airflow and backs up exhaust gas. If the dryer vent isn’t cleaned, it will cause a fire eventually. But it’s easy to avoid. Every year when you do a big deep clean, make sure you inspect and clean your air dryer vent. 

Not sure if you’ve got a clogged dryer vent on your hands? There are a few warning signs it’s happening. Act immediately if you notice any of the following. 

1. Your clothes and the dryer are hot. 

When you have a clogged dryer vent, you’ll often find that when you remove your clothes from the dryer, they are hot to the touch. This telltale sign means that the dryer is not exhausting properly. Clothes that are freshly dried should be warm, but not piping hot. The same is true for the dryer when it’s been doing its job. Warm is good, hot is not. 

2. You notice a burning smell coming from the dryer. 

If you notice a burning smell when the dryer is operating, this is a major sign that a fire is about to start. When highly-flammable pieces of lint get too hot, it creates a burning smell, and the lint can ignite inside the machine. If you notice a burning smell when using the dryer, turn it off immediately. Do not use the machine again until a professional inspects it and gives you the all-clear that it’s safe to use. 

3. The vent hood flap doesn’t open properly.

If you notice that there is a buildup of debris and lint on the outside vent or the dryer hose, then you know you have a dryer vent in need of some TLC. The dryer duct hood flap is designed to be opened. If the dryer duct does not open when the machine is working, then this is a sure sign that the airflow is being restricted thanks to a buildup of lint. 

4. Your clothes are taking longer to dry.

A clogged dryer vent is not just a fire hazard; it’s environmentally unfriendly and costs money. Each time you use your clothes dryer, you could find yourself twiddling your thumbs for an inordinately long time, waiting for clothes to dry. Clothes may take twice or even three times longer to dry when the dryer vent is clogged. The longer you use your clothes dryer, then the higher your bills will be at the end of the month. In addition, you’re also wearing out your machine and reducing its lifespan. 

A clothes dryer is not unlike a car with mileage, and so you could be replacing your dryer sooner than necessary because the clogged vent is putting wear-and-tear on the internal mechanisms. When a dryer vent is clogged, the warm, moist air stays in the cavity of the dryer and keeps your clothes damp, preventing them from drying as quickly as they should. 

It’s estimated that a 40-minute dryer cycle in an average dryer costs around 45 cents. And a typical household might use their dryer five times per week. This means that running your dryer for a year will cost around $117. So you’ll be spending an extra $117 to $234 if your dryer needs to run for 80 or 120 minutes to dry your clothes. And those figures don’t calculate how much you’ll spend on replacing worn-out dryers faster than normal. There are monetary, environmental, and fire prevention reasons to fix this issue today. 

How to clean your dryer vent in 5 easy steps. 

1. Locate your dryer vent. 

It’s always good to know what you’re looking for. You are looking for an exhaust that is around four inches in diameter at the back of the dryer. You also need to locate where it leads to the outside. There’ll be a plastic cover over the vent and it looks a bit like this:

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2. Pull the dryer out from the wall. 

Having located the vent, pull out the dryer and disconnect it from the power supply. Carefully remove any metal tape or clamps that are connecting the vent pipe to the exhaust. 

3. Clean the clogged dryer vent. 

You need to buy a kit specially designed to clean out your dryer vent. They cost under $20 usually and are essentially two six-feet long rods that connect. This makes a 12 foot-long pole, like a chimney sweep, enabling you to reach Inside the dryer. Use the brush in a circular motion to dislodge the lint and debris.  

4. Reconnect the dryer.

You can use a vacuum or dustpan and brush to remove lint and debris from the laundry room floor. Then reposition your dryer in the correct place and reconnect it. 

5. Try a test run. 

“It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it,” could’ve been coined for cleaning your dryer vent. But once you’ve finished, you’ll be blown away by how much more efficient your dryer is. You can rest easy knowing you’ve saved money and have taken an important step in fire prevention. Good job.  

SERVPRO of North Irving: Helping Prevent Fires from a Clogged Dryer Vent

We hope a fire never happens in your home. Here at SERVPRO of North Irving, we’re experts in fire remediation and fire restoration. If you’ve had a house fire, we know you’re stressed and scared. But we can help put your house back in order with our fire restoration services while you catch your bearings. 

It might be that you are either unwilling or unable to clean your dryer vent yourself. You need to be able physically to pull out the dryer and bend and clean out the duct. Don’t let that be a reason to leave your dryer vent without its annual cleaning.  We can also come out to help you professionally clean your dryer vent once a year, in accordance with fire safety advice. 


The small cost of having your clogged dryer vent cleaned professionally will be easily offset by replacing your dryer less often. And it will also save you hundreds of dollars a year in reduced energy bills. Whether it’s fire damage restoration tips or a free no-obligation quote, give us a call today at (972) 986 7677.

How to Get Mold Out of Carpet Like an Expert

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold in your home, if left untreated, is truly the stuff of nightmares. Mold is a living, breathing organism that spreads spores rapidly. On your carpet, mold can start growing for a variety of reasons. A flood, pipe leaking, or hot, humid weather can easily feed mold growth in the house. Potted plants leaking down onto the carpet can also lead to excess mold growth. No matter what the cause, a moldy carpet is never a pleasant thing to deal with. Here’s how to get mold out of carpet like an expert. 



The Problem with Mold

No one wants mold in the home. Mold, whether on your carpet or walls, is unsightly and smelly. It’s a proven fact that mold can cause health effects. If left untreated, mold present in a home is likely to affect at least one of its inhabitants.  

While you work out how to get mold out of carpet, it's always best to identify the root cause. Some causes will be more apparent than others and may require a bit of sleuthing. A flood is obvious, but something less noticeable like groundwater seepage can be feeding the mold on a carpet. If in doubt, a professional can treat mold and identify the cause at the same time. 

It’s critical to understand that to get mold out of carpet for good, you have to cut off the source of its water supply. Mold won’t grow without moisture to feed it. There are various methods for how to get mold out of carpet. But first, let's look at ways to prevent mold from growing in your home in the first place. 

Our Top Mold Prevention Tips 

Prevention is always better than a cure. Follow these tips to avoid mold from setting up shop on your carpets.

  • Open doors and windows to increase air circulation and ventilation
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce ambient moisture
  • Never store firewood directly on a carpet without a rubber mat to act as a moisture barrier
  • Vacuum regularly to remove mold spores lodged in the carpet fibers
  • Don't set potted plants directly on the carpet—always place a rubber mat or tray under the plant
  • Leave the lights on, as mold loves darkness and humidity  

How to Get Mold Out of Carpet the Chemical-Free Way

If you’ve caught the mold early and you’re not a fan of harsh chemicals, then you can use everyday, non-synthetic household products to remove mold from your carpet. 

Step 1 

Open the windows and doors in the affected area. Humidity is what causes mold, so by increasing the airflow, you can reduce moisture in the air. You can also use a fan to increase airflow. 

You can follow this first step for all three methods we’ve listed in this article. By opening windows, you can reduce the musty, moldy smell, and the increased ventilation will reduce the harm of any chemicals you may use in the methods below. 

Step 2 

If it's an area rug or an otherwise removable carpet impacted, then let the sun do the work of removing the mold for you. Hanging the carpet outside for one or two days in direct sunlight can be enough to dry the carpet of moisture and kill mold spores. You can leave the carpet outside for longer if the back of the carpet is also damp. 

Step 3 

Try baking soda sprinkled on the affected area. You could also use cat litter to help remove the moisture, but be sure to choose litter such as crystal litter that won't damage your carpet. Leave the product on the affected area overnight to draw out the moisture, then vacuum up the next day. 

Step 4 

Another method to get mold out of carpet is to use white vinegar to kill the mold. Or white vinegar mixed with equal parts of methylated spirit. Simply spray the affected area with the product and use a stiff brush to scrub in the product. All you need to do is then blow, or air dry the affected area. 

How to Get Mold Out of Carpet Like a Pro: Our Second Method

There are plenty of anti-mold sprays on the market that you can purchase. However, these products often contain harsh chemicals that may discolor carpets. So, whatever method you use, always test the product on a corner of the carpet. 

You can also choose a product that has a "mold barrier" or "encapsulate" treatment. If you have a carpet that is kept in humid conditions, then the barrier can be very useful in preventing mold from growing back. 

Follow our previous step 1 by opening doors and windows for increased air flow and ventilation. Then, follow the instructions listed on the product carefully. And be sure to apply any chemical products with caution. 

The chemicals can be dangerous if inhaled. You should wear a facemask as you apply the product and make sure that pets and kids are out of the way. If you feel wheezy or are short of breath, then move to another well-ventilated room until you feel better. 

Alternatively, you can hire a steam cleaner. These cleaners are used by professionals and are very effective in removing mold spores. If you use a steam cleaner to lift mold spores, it's essential you dry the carpet thoroughly. Otherwise, mold can grow back. 

How to Get Mold Out of Carpet: Call in the Pros

To get mold out of your carpet and to restore your home quickly and affordably, you can always call SERVPRO of North Irving. We’re experts in damage restoration for a whole host of things like fires, floods, and mold remediation. At some point, it may be better to call in a professional rather than trying to tackle the job yourself. So, when’s the right time to call in an expert?

Generally speaking, if the affected area is greater than five feet, you may be best advised to call in a professional. If the mold has spread to this size, it's likely that the underlay and flooring may also be affected. If the mold is too widespread, then you may need to replace the carpet after having the flooring treated, but we can help you find the best solution to your moldy carpet issues. 

We can also provide anti-moisture polyethylene sheeting or professional treatment to prevent further mold growth in crawl spaces where dampness and moisture are common. We also offer carpet restoration services for homes in the greater North Irving area. 

At SERVPRO of North Irving, we'll guide you through the necessary steps you need to take to make your home safe and prevent any further outbreaks in the most cost-effective way.

What is a Circuit Breaker? How to Check and Reset a Circuit Breaker Box

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Before the invention of electricity, people had to make do with living in a world that was often dark, dreary, and cold. Fortunately, we don’t have to deal with that anymore. With the flick of a switch, our homes are bathed in light. We have the luxury of modern appliances, and our homes are a place of comfort and coziness. But do you know what keeps your electricity working tirelessly and safely in the background? The circuit breaker is one of the essential devices in the modern age. And it’s the home base of electrical activity in your house. Here’s what you need to know about checking and resetting a circuit breaker box. 

What is a Circuit Breaker?

A circuit breaker is a switch that automatically stops the flow of electricity when there is an overload or short in the electrical system. The circuit breaker box is where the different switches are housed. However, the circuit breaker box isn’t the source of electricity in your home. That distinction belongs to the local power plant. So how does electricity get from the power plant to your house?

How a Circuit Breaker Works

The power distribution grid carries the power from the plant to individual homes. Inside the home, electric charges move in a large circuit, which houses many smaller circuits inside it. At one end of the large circuit, a hot wire goes straight to the power plant. The opposite end, called a neutral wire, goes into the ground. 

So, the hot wire is connected to a source of high energy, while the neutral wire is in the ground where there isn’t an energy source. As a result, the voltage can travel in rapid, alternating currents across the circuit, powering your home.

Circuit Breakers: Fire Prevention

A consistent voltage between 120 to 240 volts is delivered from the power distribution grid to the house. But the current and the resistance of the voltage will change and vary throughout the home and its electrical devices. For example, light bulbs and appliances offer a particular amount of resistance. This resistance is called a “load.” The load is what powers the appliance or light bulb. 

When a home is wired with electricity, hot wires and neutral wires do not touch. The charge that’s flowing through the circuit goes through the appliance or light bulb. The electrical resistance in an appliance, for example, will limit how much charge goes through the circuit. For the most part, the system runs smoothly. But sometimes, a hot wire may contact with a neutral wire or something else that is grounded. 

For example, the motor in a ceiling fan could overheat and melt the hot and neutral wires together. Home remodeling can also lead to punctures in the power lines throughout the walls of the house. Hotwires that are connected to the ground lead to less resistance in the circuit. The voltage will create a considerable amount of electrical charge through the hot wire. This overheating will cause a fire. Your circuit breaker’s job is to prevent this from happening. Whenever the current is detected at a high, unsafe level, the circuit is cut off. 

Learn more about fire restoration and the 10 steps you should take immediately after a fire.

Checking and Resetting Your Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers are housed within a grey metal main service box that is attached to a wall. In most homes, the main service box is located in the basement, garage, or utility closet. A circuit breaker will only switch off power to the room in the house where a short or overload has happened. But it’s still annoying when you kitchen loses power while you’re trying to make a piece of toast before dashing out the door for work. Fortunately, it’s easy to check and reset the circuit breaker. But first, a few safety tips:

  • Wear safety goggles
  • Ensure that your hands are dry
  • Stand on a dry surface when checking the breaker
  •  Do not stand directly in front of the service box when resetting the breaker

First, turn off all the lights and unplug the appliances in the room that’s been affected. You’ll want to use a flashlight to open up the main service box and ensure that you can adequately see which circuit breaker has been changed. Every breaker within the service box will have three positions that you can switch it to - on, off, and center position. The circuit breaker that’s been flipped to the center position is the culprit and the one that needs resetting. 

Flip the offending breaker to the “off” position, and then flip it to the “on” position. Wait a minute. If the switch stays put, then you’ve successfully reset the breaker, and the power is back on in the affected room. But what’s causing the issue in the first place? In most cases, the switch gets flipped to the center position when an electric device has shorted. Or there are too many appliances running at once that are overloading the system. 

How to Find a Shorted Device

Switch each light in the affected room on and off. If the breaker stays put, then unplug and plug in each device that’s in the affected room. Whatever trips the circuit breaker to the center position when you plug it in is the culprit. When you look at the device’s power cord, you’ll see charring or a melted power cord. 

For overloads to the system, unplug and then plug in all the devices and switch everything on, including the lights. If the breaker trips when you do this, then the room is overloaded. Turn off the major power users, like AC units or space heaters. Plug them into a different room to prevent the breaker from tripping. 

But what if when you initially check the circuit breaker, the switch won’t stay in the “on” position? A circuit breaker that keeps going back to the center position after you move it indicates a severe wiring problem in the home. You must contact an experienced electrician asap to prevent a house fire from an electrical wiring issue.

Has an electrical fire damaged your home? Our professional fire damage restoration experts in Dallas can restore your home to its original condition. Contact SERVPRO North Irving today at (972) 986-7677 to see how we can help. 

Our Top 5 Holiday Home Safety Tips

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

While you and your loved ones are ready to relax and take a break for the holidays, home safety should never fall to the wayside, despite the festivities. Did you know that the holiday season is when most house fires occur? Slips and falls from snow and ice are also common. And are you hanging up Christmas lights? Prepare to take a trip to the ER if you aren’t careful. Below are our top five holiday home safety tips. Follow the steps below to ensure that you and your family stay safe while you enjoy the winter wonderland. 



1. Lit Candles Holiday Safety Tips

Candles may light up your home with beautiful holiday ambiance. Fragrant candles can also make the rooms smell like Christmas. But they are dangerous, especially when left unattended or without adequate clearance. Candle fires are four times more likely to occur in December than at any other time of year. One easy way to reduce the risk of fires from candle flames is to give the candle at least three feet of clearance from anything that could be flammable. 

Always place the candle on a sturdy surface. Consider covering them with a hurricane globe for increased safety. Whatever you do, do not leave the candle unattended. Children and pets can easily knock a lit candle over and start a house fire. 

Now that you know the statistics and risks regarding candle fires, it might seem like using traditional candles to make your home a cozy winter retreat isn’t worth it. Fear not, there are ways to get that beautiful glow without risking a fire. Consider using safe LED candles instead. You can find a variety of different sizes, colors, and styles. If you miss the scent of a lit candle during the holidays, you can purchase fragrant and safe wall plugins to use instead. 

2. Cooking and Kitchen Holiday Safety Tips

What would the holidays be without delicious, home-cooked food that you usually don’t get to enjoy the rest of the year? Unfortunately, house fires during the holidays often occur in the kitchen, for many reasons. On top of that, kitchen holiday safety issues can lead to burns and hot grease spills that can send someone to the ER. People get distracted and can leave the burners on, or forget a boiling pot on the stove. Incorrect use of a deep fryer is another holiday safety hazard. 

So what can you do to keep everyone safe from fires, spills, and burns?

  • Do not place anything flammable near the stove, like mittens and wooden spoons
  • Be sure to turn pot and panhandles away from the edge of the oven so no one can knock them over
  • Use a timer or alarm, so you don’t forget that something is cooking while you socialize

For added safety and security, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Check and make sure your smoke detectors are all working, too. 

3. Christmas Tree Holiday Safety Tips

Christmas trees are pine trees, and pine is used to make turpentine, an extremely flammable substance. If a Christmas tree catches fire, it is practically explosive. If you are going to purchase a live tree, you’ll want to make sure the plant is as fresh and moist as possible. Also, make sure the needles are intact. A freshly cut trunk will also keep the tree hydrated so it won’t be such a tinderbox. And never place the tree near a fireplace, candles, or radiators. 

learn more about fireplace safety before the holidays!

The air inside the home will mostly turn dry and full of static during the holiday season. This is a recipe for a dry tree that can easily catch fire from the tiniest spark. Be sure to refill the tree’s water supply often, and keep it well-watered during the holidays. But even a fresh and hydrated tree will dry out significantly within a month of being inside a dry, warm house. Discard the tree soon after the holidays to reduce the risk of fire. Are you using an artificial tree? Just make sure the model you choose if fire-resistant. A pre-lit, artificial tree should have a UL rating for safety. 

4. Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Are you planning to hang up strings of colored lights for the holidays? Be sure to inspect each light and strand for any damage. Broken sockets on the light strings, or frayed and cracked electrical cords are a fire hazard just waiting for ignition. Never run more than three light strings end-to-end. If you’re using extension cords for the lights, check to see if they are for indoor or outdoor use, and use accordingly. Don’t string together several extension cords. It’s a fire and safety hazard. Hanging lights outside? Use a UL-rated hanger or clip instead of nails or staples. 

While the holiday lights may bring a bit of cheer to you during the dreary winter season, try to resist leaving them for months on end. Rodents and pests will chew through the cords, and the elements will damage the lights too. Outdoor lights should be put away within three months.

5. Evacuation Plans

No one wants to think about a fire breaking out in their home. But to ensure the safety of your family, it’s best to come up with an evacuation plan. Making sure that everyone knows how to exit the house safely and quickly in the event of a house fire will prevent a tragedy from occurring. Develop a strategy for evacuating the home, and practice a few times before the holidays become far too busy.

Holiday Safety Tips: A Takeaway Message

Despite our best efforts and plans, accidents can and often do happen. Unfortunately, 780 homes in the U.S. this year will suffer from smoke and fire damage. Has your home been damaged from a fire? Our restoration experts at SERVPRO North Irving can help with fire restoration in Dallas.  

Smoke Damage: How to Get Rid of Fire Smoke in A House

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Smoke Damage

Cooking mistakes commonly cause smoke damage. Either something is forgotten on the stove or the oven. Smoke smell is usually strong in the room where the accident happened, but sometimes you end up smelling it all-around the house.  

The good news is that smoke damage can be taken care of.  

These tips are useful for people who have had a small accident that was taken care of very quickly.  

If your accident is severe enough to cause a fire or if you are experiencing nausea or headaches, leave the area and call a professional smoke damage cleanup company. Inhaling fire smoke can be hazardous to your health.    

Light Smoke Damage Cleanup 

First, get rid of the source of the smell.

Whatever has burnt -- whether it be food or a kitchen towel that caught fire -- it’s time to throw it away. Wrap it with a plastic grocery or zip-lock bag to help seal the odor inside, and then carry it outside to the dumpster. Getting rid of the source will immediately eliminate the bulk of the smell out of your house. 

Next, ventilate. 

Open your doors and windows and let the smoke dissipate outdoors. Ventilation will help some of the smoke from settling in your home and will leave less for you to clean. 

Then, deep clean. 

Clean the room where the incident happened. Start at the top and work your way down -- this helps any small soot particles fall to the ground.

Wash walls, windows, and other surfaces with mild soap. Rinse thoroughly  

If you have cabinets or drawers in the area, open them up, clear them, and clean the inside of them as well. Whatever was in the cupboard or drawers should also be washed. 

Any knick-knack that can be washed needs to be cleaned, too. Continue using water and mild soap. 

Finally, if your floors are made of a hard surface, give them a good scrub. If you have carpet, you may want to rent a carpet cleaning machine at your local hardware store or hire a local carpet cleaning company to deep wash it for you.  

Are you thinking about using candles and aerosols? Save the expense. These items mask smoke odor for a little while. The smoke smell won’t be gone until all the smoke particles have been removed from your home. 

Not Enough? Time for Pro Smoke Damage Cleanup

If the steps above didn’t go the trick or if you have clothing, carpet, or furniture and upholstery, then it’s time to consider hiring a smoke damage restoration company. Be prepared to tell them:

  • What caused the smoke damage. Smoke is particles of that time that did not fully combust and is now in the air. Different items create different types of smoke, which require various techniques to clean properly. 
  • Where it occurred. 
  • Where you smell the smoke. 
  • What types of items are affected. They will bring the right tools and equipment to clean whatever was affected. 

A smoke damage cleaning company will visit your home and inspect the damage. They may bring specialized sponges to test different surfaces of your home and check for smoke and soot particles.  

After their inspection, they should give you an estimate for the cleanup and a general timeline of how the cleanup process will take. 

If the damage is significant enough and you need to file an insurance claim, the odor removal company should be able to work with your insurance adjuster to help process your claim. Ask them if they have experience with insurance claims before you hire them. 

Smoke Damage Repair

Cleaning smoke damage in a house will require different tools, techniques, and an eye for fine detail. Since smoke can get anywhere, the cleanup process can be time and work-intensive. These are some techniques you may see used:

Removing Smoke Odor From Clothing

Throwing your clothes into your home washing machine may not get rid of smoke smell. In some instances, your clothes may smell worse as the smoke particles embed themselves deeper into your clothing fibers. The most effective way to get the smoke particles (and thus the smoke smell) out of your clothes is to get them washed in a machine called the Esporta Wash System.  

Advanced restoration providers have these sophisticated machines in their offices. The device uses water, hydraulic pressure, and a mixture of up to six detergents to make your clothing and other textiles food-grade safe. 

Ask your smoke damage restoration company what method they use to clean clothes. 

Ozone Generators

If you’ve searched for smoke damage cleanup, then chances are that you’ve seen articles about ozone generators. Ozone can effectively eliminate smoke odor, but should only be used carefully. For best results, hire a professional. 

Deep Wash Carpet Cleaning

Your carpet may be able to be saved. Ask for a deep wash carpet cleaning. Professional fire damage restoration providers use powerful truck-mounted carpet cleaners to push detergent-laden hot water into the fibers of your carpet and extractors to get the soot out. 

Upholstery and Drapery Cleaning

If your smoke damage cleanup company has carpet cleaning machines, chances are they will also have the proper equipment to clean your drapes and upholstery the same way they did your carpets. Upholstery and drape cleaning tools are made to handle the delicate fibers. 

Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning

Smoke rises into the air and can settle inside of your air ducts. The next time your AC turns on and blows air, that soot will blow out with it. This is why it’s important to get your air ducts inspected and the soot removed before the AC runs again. 

Ultrasonic Cleaning

If your items need to be cleaned, a sophisticated fire damage cleanup company will have an ultrasonic cleaning machine. This machine looks like a tub of water with billions of small bubbles floating inside. Items are dunked inside the device along with detergent, and every part of the piece is thoroughly cleaned in just minutes. 

Move-Out, Storage, and Move-Back

When fire and smoke damage is bad enough, some or all of your home’s contents may have to be temporarily moved out to be able to clean your home correctly. Ask your fire restoration company how your items will be inventoried, cleaned, and stored. 

Fire Damage Restoration

If your smoke damage was caused by a large fire that caused damage to your home, read about our fire restoration process. Fire cleanup can be hazardous and should be left to experienced professionals with the proper safety equipment and tools. 

We Provide Fire Restoration Near You

Need some help? We’re here for you. We've been fire and smoke odor removal specialists for over 30 years, and we have restored thousands of properties after damage, and we guide our clients from the start of their restoration to the very end.  

Give us a call or leave us a message and let us know what’s happened. We’ll meet you and give you a free consultation and estimate.