Recent Fire Damage Posts

What is a Puffback? 

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of an interior wall covered in soot The aftermath of a puffback isn’t pretty.

Furnace Puffbacks

A furnace puffback is when an explosion happens inside the burner chamber of a furnace. A puffback can cause quite a lot of damage to the heating system, let alone your family’s home. When a puffback does occur, it spits back a fine layer of soot all throughout your home that is very tedious to clean and should be left to the professionals at SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg.

What causes a puffback? It can be caused by a multitude of things, but most often it is caused by a lack of maintenance or cleaning of the furnace. Meaning, maintaining a dust-free oil heating system is imperative. Make sure you inspect your furnace annually and be on the lookout for strange noises or oil leaks and soot backup. If these things are occurring, make sure you have your system checked out by an HVAC technician.

If your furnace does produce a puffback and your home is left in a sheet of soot- SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg has the equipment, experience, and knowledge to return your home back to its pre-puffback condition. Remember, we are here to help 24/7/365 to make fire/smoke/soot damage “Like it never even happened.”

Possible Causes of House Fires Around the Holidays

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of a safe home, decorated for the holidays with the fireplace going Keep Your Holidays Full of Cheer by Staying Safe

When we investigate the causes of house fires during the holidays, most people think of leaving the stove on after cooking, leaving candles lit at night, etc. However, when we delve deeper into the possibilities, that’s where we start to think about causes that didn’t initially come to mind.

Things such as the logs and embers from a fireplace escaping and spreading after not being properly extinguished. Also, because of the low temperature outside, we are forced into using electric gas heaters which can easily fail, combust or overheat. Ducted heating is another big issue that some people run into. If a filter or airway isn’t properly cleaned or emptied, the dust particles and buildup can ignite causing the ducts in the roof to engulf into flame. Electric blankets are also a common cause, a poorly manufactured one can overheat very easily, setting alight bed covers, clothing and even furniture. 

Another cause one might not think of is cell phones and electronics, especially those on or near a bed whilst charging. The heat generated from the charging battery can expose a fire risk as they dissipate heat while charging- making them a possible cause of a house fire. This can also be a year-round cause, but people are more likely to be in bed, under warm covers using their phones throughout the winter. The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but remember to not let that distract you from thinking of fire prevention.

Fire Prevention in Hoffman Estates

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A single candle burning in the dark. Avoid fire damage in Hoffman Estates.

Hoffman Estates can practice fire prevention by learning home and business safety.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) warns that a small flame can turn into a major fire within 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill your home or business within mere minutes. While SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg can help you recover from fire damage, we hope you never need this help.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to prevent fire damage by preventing fires.

Preventing Fire and Smoke Damage in Hoffman Estates:

  • Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as candles stovetops, fireplaces, or heaters
  • Items that can catch fire include food, paper, cloth, & wood
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from all heat sources
  • Never use the oven as a space heater
  • Turn off portable heaters & put out flames when leaving the room or sleeping
  • If you use a fireplace, have the chimney inspected & cleaned once a year
  • Let fireplace ashes cool before removing them to a metal container  
  • Test smoke alarms once a month
  • Pay attention to the cooking

SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg encourages everyone to keep at least 1 fire extinguisher at home and at a business.

Remember, Hoffman Estates: The USFA noted that fire moves quickly. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 when you are outside the home or office.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.


Stats on Businesses Reopening After a Disaster in Deer Park

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

The letters FEMA on an official U.S. Department of Homeland Security form laid on an American flag. Knowing some common causes of commercial fires can help you avoid disaster.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) over 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster such as a storm, fire, or water damage, or other disruption. Of those that do reopen, it is estimated that only 29% of those remain open after two years.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Commercial Fires in the Deer Park area are:

  • Equipment: Almost 38% of business fires start from faulty equipment or from mis-used equipment. Some materials can catch fire or explode when exposed to heat
  • Carelessness: Remember to cover light bulbs, turn off equipment at the end of the day, and to replace frayed cords
  • Cooking is a main cause of fire(s): Be aware of distractions while cooking. It only takes a moment of being away from your cooking source for a fire to break out.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to remember that the best way to fight fire damage or smoke damage in Deer Park is prevention.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.


The Best Fire Damage Control is Prevention in Barrington

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman standing by fire truck with image saying "Turn your Attention to fire prevention written on sidebar. Tips to prevent fires from breaking out in your Barrington home.

SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg knows that the best fire control is fire prevention in North Barrington. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg will help you recover from fire damage; however, we hope you never need that kind of help.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg shares these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include light bulbs, fireplaces, stove tops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available and remember that fire is fast. If there is a fire in North Barrington, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 911 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.


Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Hoffman Estates

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Upset woman with serious expression due to flames bursting up on cooking stove. Fire damage and smoke damage can happen at any time. Please use caution in the kitchen.

Many people are not aware that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in homes across America. In fact, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg  wants you to understands that some fires in Hoffman Estates could be avoided by practicing fire safety in the kitchen.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of  Barrington/North Schaumburg shares these tips.

Be aware:

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including: dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stove top
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your Hoffman Estates home.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. If you would like to learn about more ways to prevent fires in your home, please visit for more information.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated. 

Fire, Smoke, Soot Damage Repairs in Barrington

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Whatever size fire you have experienced, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg can help you recover.

Your local SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg can help after a Fire

Even a small fire can impact your home or office in ways unimagined.  The smoke, soot, and smells can travel throughout a structure, affecting everything from appliances to clothing.  The proper response to any fire is essential if you want to eliminate those odors, let alone repair the building to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg Helps You after a Fire

Our trained and experienced staff will respond to a fire damaged home or office with professional grade cleaning materials and equipment to help you recover from the loss.  Even the smallest fires will leave traces of smoke damage throughout.  The smells can be eliminated but only if properly addressed through proper cleaning.  Our team has the experience and tools to help recover from any size fire.  If it happens to be a large fire, we also provide reconstruction and can rebuild what was lost.

If you have smoke or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090

Barrington, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates - When Do You Need Fire Restoration

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Damage Treatment

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg can help out even in the direst of circumstances and we should be contacted immediately after the flames die down. The acidic ash residue left behind by the disaster will make a bad situation even worse if it is not removed within a few days, and the only way to do so is with a thorough cleaning. This is not an undertaking that home or business owners are equipped to handle on their own, and professionals have access to special equipment and cleaning products to make the job much easier,

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is equipped to respond quickly to such a disaster and have manpower to approach a full-scale cleanup. During cleanup the technicians will treat walls, ceilings and anything else that has been affected by ash. If smoke odors are present, and they usually are, they will also require removal to make it possible for people to inhabit the building once again. Smoke odors though are extremely hard to remove and can't be done with standard equipment. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg has thermal foggers and other sophisticated odor removal equipment on hand to counter noxious smoke odors. They can reach into all parts of the home including inside floors and walls.

Please choose SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg to handle your clean so no further damage is done to the building. We can be contacted at (847) 526-0090 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Schaumburg, Barrington and Hoffman Estates Fire Damage Repair Should Be Done By Professionals

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

Ash, Soot and Smoke Damage

With responsive and precise fire damage repair even the worst disasters can be put in the past. Roaring flames have long been one of man's greatest enemies and whole it is easier to handle these days it still can cause havoc if it gets out of control. Not only can the flames cause enormous damage the ash, soot and smoke residue that remains will make the home noxious to live in. They can create irritating odors, discolor walls and ceilings and cause breathing issues if there is a high concentration left behind.

Professional fire damage repair will remove the ash and smoke left behind. This needs to be done quickly because ash is acidic and will cause materials to deteriorate if allowed to sit for long. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg works hard to provide a though cleanup. This includes treatment of every surface that is affected by ash and soot. This includes wiping down walls, ceilings, furniture and countertops. Ash and smoke will almost always be present in the vents and ducts as well as they are quickly taken up by the HVAC system. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg will access the home's ducts to clean them out as well as preventing either from entering the home once again.

Upon eliminating all of the ash, soot and smoke, the home will quickly be free of any lingering odor.

Please contact SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

It is Imperative that IICRC Approved Fire Restoration be Implemented As Soon As Possible

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Servpro of Barrington/North Schaumburg has staff on call to respond to a fire loss quickly. Our goal is to make it like, "It never even happened"

It is imperative that IICRC approved fire restoration procedures should be implemented as soon as possible after a home or business fire is out. SERVPRO of Barrington follows IICRC and SERVPRO approved procedures when cleaning up after a fire. The longer the delay in contacting us,the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its pre-loss state. SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg has a difficult task to perform but we are well equipped to return a home or business to its original condition.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structure damaged by smoke, fire or water. Carpets undergo a process to remove smoke odor. Sub floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subjected to a similar process. Furnishings are taken to an off site location and restored to pre-loss condition and stored until return is warranted. Through the cooperation of  the insurance company, SERVPRO and the insured the home or business can be restored and made safe once again.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/15/2016 (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

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 Barrington/North Schaumburg 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. 

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today –(847) 526-0090