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DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for home and business. Fire damage is difficult to overcome. When you’re wondering what to do after a fire, here are things to do and things not to do during the fire restoration process.

DOS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

  1. Do contact a certified restoration specialist

 Make sure you immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services

  1. Do turn off utilities

 Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.

  1. DO break out the vacuum

Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. Your furniture will look better as soon as the soot is removed

  1. Do address your carpets, floors, and countertops

Give similar treatment to your carpets. Vacuum them for an immediate and superficial improvement over the damaged state. It will help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the carpet’s roots

  1. Do check your appliances

Your utilities should be off. Make sure empty your freezer and refrigerator, and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Absence of heat during the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage.

  1. DO take care of pets

Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to their health.

DON’TS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

  1. Don’t use your AC, heater or electronics

 Wait until a professional arrives.  Turning on electronics can create greater damage.

  1. Don’t clean walls or clothing

A professional should examine them first and provide advice before you clean the walls, ceiling, and other similar surface.

  1. Don’t eat leftover food

 Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants.

  1. Don’t wipe away powder from extinguishers

Don’t try to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. Best let professional to the cleanup.

These are basic guidelines for preventing further damage and get a start on cleanup, but they are not a substitute for professional restoration services. If you’re wondering what to do after a fire, the best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized tools and knowledge that only a professional can provide.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP? WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP? VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

A fire can strike many time, consequences can be devastating and deadly. After the fire, people will first want to clean up their home. Before you decide to clean up the property, it’s a good idea to reach out to a fire damage cleanup company.

3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR CLEAN UP DAMAGE

  1. FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP CAN BE DANGEROUS

The reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that the process can be very dangerous to clean up after a fire. The area that is damaged could also have broken glass, sharp objects, and a variety of hazards. These hazards can be hard to identify. When you choose to work with a professional, they will be able to use the tools necessary to safely clear the area of all debris.

When you call a team of professional fire restoration experts, no stone will go unturned. Industry experts understand how damaging smoke and soot can be, and they know exactly which tools and services to offer in order to eliminate it. . A professional fire restoration company knows what to look for and how to eliminate the risks.

  1. FOLLOW REGULATIONS

One reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they will be able to follow regulations. After fire damage your local community may have specific ways of how the cleanup needs to be handled. This will prevent you from using trash and dumpster service. A fire damage cleanup company will be able to follow the proper steps to ensure your home is in compliance with any laws.

  1. THEY CAN RESTORE MANY ITEMS

Another advantage for hiring a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they can restore many items that you thought can be destroyed. They will be able to carefully review all of your personal belongings that were damaged. An item that appears to be completely damaged could actually be full restored. This can include flooring, furniture, appliances, and many other items that could be expensive to replace.

When you discover that your property is subjected to the destruction and deterioration that fires generate, it’s time to take action. The best thing to do is to call the professionals. Our team has extensive experience in the fire damage cleanup.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for a

TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE

Smoke damage is created after a fire has been distinguished in a home or business. It can be problematic and cause serious health damage. It will cause discoloration of walls and it will sink into all property contents, causing smoke odor that will last for a long period. The cause of smoke damage determines what kind of treatment will work best. Each type of smoke damage requires its own treatment.

Types of Smoke Damage

  1. Wet smoke

This type of smoke damage creates a layer of residue that is thick and sticky. Wet smoke tends to build up on surfaces following a fire. It considered the worst kind of restoration. It creates a strong odor that can caused headache and other health problems. This damage caused by slow burning of fire that slows in temperature.  It is difficult to remove wet smoke from fabrics, upholstery and other porous materials. It requires thoroughly removal by a professional restoration service.

  1. Dry Smoke

This type of damage is caused by a fire that reached a high level of temperature.  It much easier to clean from solid surfaces because it has powdery texture that can be easily wipe out.

  1. Protein Smoke

It is often invisible and can tarnish and discolor paint and varnish. It can sometimes be faint yellow in color and it does have a very strong odor. It is emitted by fires that burned food, plants or other organic matter.

  1. Petroleum Smoke

Petroleum smoke or soot residue is caused by fires that burn any kind of oil or oily substance. It is very dark and caused by puff backs or blockages to exhausts. This smoke or soot can be released in very large quantities. Petroleum smoke can be cleaned away by a degreasing agent because of its oily nature.

  1. Other types of smoke damage

These include tear gas, fingerprint powder, and carbon dioxide fire extinguisher residue.

Rooms inside the building that were not reached by flames may suffer smoke damage, as smoke can travel from room to room and through ventilation systems. Each type of smoke damage requires a different cleaning approach, and only a thorough cleaning is sufficient to remove the hazards posed by smoke damage. It requires thoroughly removal by a professional restoration service.

The Danger of Smoke Damage

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

The Danger of Smoke Damage

Fire is dangerous but smoke is the leading cause of death rather than flames. The number one cause of death related to fire is smoke inhalation.

The smoke released by fire consists of mixture of gases and particles and chemical produced by incomplete burning of carbon - containing materials. Smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon-dioxide and particular matte or soot (carbonaceous substance produced during incomplete combustion of coal etc.)


SMOKE DAMAGE

Smoke damage is one of the hazards of house fire. After fire, the effects of smoke damage are visible. Smoke does more than stain and smell. It produces smells and other side effects that are harmful to health. Its toxic ingredients are visible and invisible that lingers for days. Depending on what is burning, harmful chemicals enter into the air. Exposure to smoke can occur through skin, eyes, inhalation and digestion.  People that are exposing to smoke, microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and face difficulty in breathing.

Drawers, closets and walls that are enclosed often have more smoke damage than the area that fire blazed. Blinds and pull shades often attract smoke residue more than surrounding surfaces. The smoke from burnt plastic carries stronger charge than burnt wood and paper. This causes smoke residue. The burnt plastic fumes can irritate your lungs and could harm your health.


How to remove smoke damage?

Smoke flows around in its way. When smoke damage has occurred, it is important to begin restoration sooner to prevent additional damage and removing residues. Restoration or removing damage can be challenging and this may require a service professional.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leading nationwide 24/7 emergency water and fire restoration company. If you need a local restoration call our hotline (805) 656 - 3911 or visit our website at www.SERVPROventura.com for more information.

4 Common Types of Fire

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

4 Common Types of Fire

Fire can start unexpectedly anytime or anywhere. Learning different types of fire may help us prevent the risk of starting the fire.

1. KITCHEN Fire: This is the most common type of Fire. Kitchen is the source of many hazards of the fire, electricity, water and grease we use for cooking our food in our daily life. Grease Fire is really dangerous because it can get out of control and can spread all over the room and into the whole house. A lot of homeowners leave their frying pan stove unattended. When the Pan overheats, it can catch fire. Fire can cause serious injury and property damages. Appliances can also catch fires especially when the electricity is in contact with water.
2. ELECTRICAL: This is caused by broken appliances, faulty wiring, electrical outlets and breaker boxes. Older Homes usually doesn’t have enough capacity to handle large amount of electrical appliances. Old wiring inside can cause shorts that triggers fire.
3. HEATER: Fire usually happens in winter months. It is recommended to buy portable heaters with automatic shutoffs because they tend to overheat. The rule is to put the heater at least three (3) feet from anything combustible.
4. SMOKING: Smoking fires usually started by igniting on furniture, bedding and trash cans. Smokers should pay attention to be sure that their cigarettes are extinguished before emptying ashtrays. No one should smoke in bed. Never put your ashtrays on flammable surfaces like couches and bed.

For Fire Damages, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage CHOOSING THE RIGHT SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR

In the past wild fires (Thomas and Woolsey), SERVPRO of Ventura has helped a lot of families restore their homes. We can never predict when fire will happen although a good quality of smoke alarms can provide an early warning when the fire begins. It can also prevent more injuries and can lessen property damage.

It is essential to have a good quality of smoke alarm all around your home but it can be overwhelming in choosing the right one. The best choice would probably be the earliest time it can detect smoke.

3 Types of Smoke Detectors:

  1. IONIZATION: These smoke alarms could be the best in detecting small particles from the smoke to a big flame of fires. They can be triggered by burned food or even shower steam.
  2. PHOTO ELECTRIC: These smoke detectors are the best in sensing smoldering fires. When an instance that there is a lot of smoke but without or any visible flames.
  3. DUAL SENSOR: It has the combination ionization and photoelectric.

We are not all professional in choosing the right fire alarm for our home or businesses. USFA recommends to use both types of alarm or DUAL SENSOR.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leading nationwide 24/7 emergency water and fire restoration company that can come to your rescue at all time.

Fore more information visit our website at www.SERVPROventura.com or call our 24/7 hotline (805) 656-3911.

What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home?

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home? What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home?

What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home?

It can be very devastating after the house fire. The homeowner is still processing the acceptance of losing their valuables wondering how to start up again. Cleaning up might be an overwhelming. So what should a homeowner do first?

1. Getting Permission Before Visiting or Entering your Property: Fire Marshalls can tell you if it’s safe to enter to the premises depending on how bad the fire damage is. There are a lot of possible dangers and hazards in your home that can cause harm to you and your health. Also, you want to make sure one in the household is using electricity without permission from authorities. The waiting period is irritating but it could delay the fire damage clean up if you push to find your survived favorite valuables.
2. Make sure Damages are all Documented: It is recommended to take pictures as much as you could. They can be used for insurance purposes. Some damages may not be visible like smoke and odors.
3. Call your Local Fire Restoration Company: You shouldn’t attempt to do it yourself in removing your things such as clothing and linens. Some things are affected with fire, smoke and water damages. Contacting your restoration company is the best solution to the problem. They have the ability to have a professional knowledge in restoring and repairing what has been damaged.

If you need a local restoration company in Ventura, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

Cleaning Your Floors and Walls After Fire Damage

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration can be both times consuming and difficult, which makes it a good idea to use a professional when it comes to fire restoration. However, if you want to do it yourself, here are a few tips that can help. First of all, you will need to clean your carpets and floors. For carpets, be sure you read the manufacturer instructions if you have them since some carpets can shrink if they are shampooed.

If you have the option to take the carpet out, then it is often a good idea to clean the carpets outside using a high-pressured hose to rinse off all of the dirt and soot. Next, using a sponge and a commercial rug shampoo, scrub the carpets working in two feet areas at a time. If the soot in the carpet is deep, use a brush with stiff bristles. Rinse the carpet well with water, using the least amount of water you can, since the water will gradually weaken the carpet backing.

Once the carpet is finally clean, you will need to thoroughly dry out the carpet immediately to prevent damage to the carpet. If you have hardwood floors, you may have to strip and refinish them if the damage was pervasive. If you have tiled floors, it is likely that the fire did not damage them at all that you won't have to do anything. Your only concern is that if the home was wet down to stop the fire, the water could have leaked into the sub flooring if there was cracked grout or missing tiles.

Next, you will find that smoke and soot are incredibly pervasive, and soot will have probably covered most of the walls, staining it in spots. Smoke restoration for walls can be very simple if the damage is not bad. IF the walls were painted with a satin or semi-gloss paint, then the smoke probably did not seep farther into the wall than the paint. So you should be able to scrub the water to get rid of the discoloration caused by the smoke. The easiest way to do this is to buy trisodium phosphate cleaner at a hardware store. Mix a tablespoon of the TSP with a gallon of warm watere, and use it to scrub the soot off. If the damage is worse, you may have to re-paint to get rid of the stains.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leading nationwide 24/7 emergency water and fire restoration company that can come to your rescue at all time.

Fore more information visit our website at www.SERVPROventura.com or call our 24/7 hotline (805) 656-3911.

Emergency Services After Fire

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating, frightening and leave your home in deplorable condition. Fire, soot and smoke damage can destroy your home and personal belongings leading to stress and grief over your losses. Your family's security and safety is the priority. Collect your family and necessary belongings and find a safe place to stay until your home is repaired. After you have established a sense of security, seeking help to repair damages and recover personal belongings will help your family to get over the traumatic experience of a household fire. SERVPRO of Ventura will work for hand in hand with your insurance company to repair your home to balance your life after a fire.

In addition to the physical damage, fires can cause, smoke also causes serious damage to your home and property. A professional company designed to help clean up smoke, soot and fire damage can help your house on the path to repair and help you salvage belongings. Smoke damage leaves behind a strong odor that might not come out of everything it comes into contact with, but professionals may be able to alleviate some of the damage. Cleaning smoke and soot out of the home are on the path to restoring your home to its original condition.

The road to repair may include removing smoke damage property and remodeling your home. Remodeling may be necessary to restore your home if a fire burns away portions of your home. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is vital to a speedy repair and having your family safe at home again. Hiring the services of SERVPRO of Ventura with experience in fire damage repair will ensure that the trained professionals work with your insurance company to provide the most effective repair to your home.

For more information visit www.SERVPROventura.com or call us at (805) 656-3911.

Fire Damage Restoration - Some Important Tips to Remember!

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

A fire accident on any property is a recipe for disaster. Surviving it is one thing, but the inevitable restoration efforts are quite another. At a time when you are in shock, it can be difficult to take appropriate measures to ensure the fire doesn't spread to other areas around the property.

But fire damage restoration is necessity which every property owner has to deal with to restore their premises to a condition which is fit for human habitation. Some useful tips can help you handle the challenging task of a fire damage restoration on a property.

REMAIN CALM

The most important thing to remember is to ensure that the owner of the affected property is calm and organized before embarking on the demanding task of the fire damage restoration project. This task requires extreme care and patience to ensure the fire doesn't spread.

HANDLE THE SOOT AND SMOKE

The walls of the property are most affected by the smoke and soot caused by a fire. Before cleaning the walls that have accumulated smoke and soot, it is best to determine the full extent of the damage caused. If the walls are extensively damaged, they you should contact professional restorers and wait; otherwise, you are risking your life and your property to further damage.

ENSURE WATER REMOVAL

Fire suppressants and water are most commonly used to put out a fire on a property. The water which is used to extinguish the fire should be drained from the premises as soon as possible, as the presence of stagnant water can serve as the ideal habitat for the growth of bacteria and mold. This will only further damage your property and make it unsuitable for living. Professional services for water removal such as SERVPRO of Ventura should be employed to ensure water removal.

Access and Evaluate Damage to Property

It is important to evaluate the materials, subfloors, etc. in a property determine whether they are safe or not. A careful examination will outline the fixtures and essentials which can be salvaged, and which are beyond repair.

Employ Professionals

Fire damage restoration is a task that requires professional follow up to make sure the affected property is treated properly. Along with a careful evaluation , restoration professionals follow up with final documentation of the property to determine it is safe for habitation.

By employing the services of SERVPRO of Ventura, a property owner can be sure of having his/her home restored effectively, through skilled professional assistance.

Facts on Fire Damage

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Facts on Fire Damage Fire Damage in Ventura

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 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 Ventura 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.
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