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THE DIFFERENT STAGES OF A FIRE

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business can be devastating. It is never something you expect to experience. Generally, the earlier you can suppress a fire the better. This is because fires grow in intensity, temperature, and size if they have the resources they need to burn – oxygen, heat, fuel and in some cases, a chain reaction.

The following are 4 stages of fire to keep you safe:

  1. Ignition (Incipient)

The incipient stage is when it’s crucial to fight a fire because it easiest to suppress it at this point, and it will cause the least damage. It’s difficult to manually fight and extinguish a fire when it is in this stage because of the time it takes to identify the fire, locate a handheld extinguisher and perform the proper steps to spray the fire.

  1. Growth

This stage is where the structure’s fire load and oxygen are used as fuel for the fire. During the growth stage, there are multiple factors that affect the fire including where the fire started, what combustibles are nearby, ceiling height and the potential for thermal layering. Once a fire reaches this stage, it becomes harder to control. You have little time to put it out before it reaches flashover.

  1. Fully Developed

A fully developed fire is the hottest stage of fire and the most dangerous for anyone trapped within. This stage reached its maximum and all nearby combustible materials have been ignited.

  1. Decay

This is the longest stage of fire. It is characterized by a significant decrease in oxygen or fuel, putting an end to the fire. If there was no suspension, this is likely when there is nothing left to burn.

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PREVENTING FIRES AT YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire damage to your business is serious concern. Even moderate damage can result in your facility being closed for repairs for weeks. Structural fires can cause millions of dollars in damage on commercial property each year as well as priceless losses in the form of human injury and death. The following are proper steps to address and mitigate the risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

  • Electrical

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks and quickly lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. Review your company’s wiring to identify areas at concern that need to be addressed.

  • Flammable and Combustible Materials

These materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments even restaurants hotels, dry cleaners and other types of business may store combustible materials. These materials should remain properly sealed all the times.

  • Poor Equipment Maintenance

Failing to service your furnace regularly may results in accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. Poor maintenance also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and other features that used in the facility. Scheduling maintenance is necessary to decrease fire risk.

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HOW EXTENSION CORDS CAUSE FIRES?

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Extension cords can create a big problem for homeowners. It causes over 3000 home fires each year, resulting in average of 50 fatalities and nearly 300 injuries. Often times, extension cords are used improperly and can overheat or short out. Many people are unaware that they should never use as a long-term solution. These cords are only used for temporary measures. If you try to use them long-term to load 4 or 5 appliances onto one outlet, then you are inviting trouble.

Extension cords that are coiled up can create a fire hazard, even those fancy cord reels are at risk because flowing current generates heat, and when heat cannot properly dispense because of the coiling, fires may occur.

You should also avoid running extension cords under rugs, particularly in high-traffic areas. As people walk over the rugs, they often fray the extension cord’s insulation, which is just asking for a fire.

You should avoid plugging heavy-duty appliances into them. These includes things like microwaves and space heaters.

If you find yourself using a lot of extension cords to handle your electric needs then it’s time to call in a qualified, licensed electrician to see about adding additional outlets and wiring to your home.

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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY USED TO REMOVE SMOKE DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Smoke residue and odors can be hazardous to your health. After a fire is out, all the smoke residue can begin to sink into the surfaces of your home and become increasingly difficult to clean up. Our local team technicians in SERVPRO of Ventura may use any of the following to neutralize and remove smoke odor.

  1. Ozone Generator

It is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. This machine emits ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

  1. Hydroxyl Generator

It is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors.

  1. Thermal Fogging

It is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

  1. Vapor Modification

It is another elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

  1. Filter

A high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules.

SERVPRO of Ventura has developed a strong reputation for the efficiency and quality of its services, including smoke soot cleanup, smoke damage cleaning and smoke deodorization.

For smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

HOW DANGEROUS IS A BATH EXHAUST FAN?

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Bathroom exhaust fans are important for indoor air quality and comfort in the home. Moisture builds up in your bathroom when you shower, that’s why you have a bathroom exhaust fan that can vent moisture out and away from your home.  But did you know that bathroom fan could also be dangerous?

Many people are not aware of the fire risk lurking in their bathrooms and attic spaces. Bathroom exhaust fans are common piece of equipment and often overlooked during home maintenance activities. Neglected bathroom exhaust fan can lead to disaster if a failure occurs. Often homeowners will turn bathroom exhaust fan on when taking a shower of using toilet. Sometimes they are left on for an extended period to clear humidity and fumes out of the space, often unattended. If the bathroom fan fails, it can ignite combustible dust and structural framing materials which can lead to a major fire loss.

Bathroom exhaust fan fires are commonly caused by four different things:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Running the fan for extended periods of time
  • Overheating the motor
  • Failure to clean the fan

To prevent this from happening in your home, follow these simple maintenance steps

  • Inspect and clean all bathroom fans regularly
  • Those fans that are not easily accessible for regular cleaning, or those that appear to have heat damage, should be replaced with thermally protected units.
  • Bathroom fans should not be used for prolonged period of time and turn off when you leave the house. Recommended time to run the fan is between 15 and 20 minutes.

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THE MAIN STAGES OF FIRE RESTORATION

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

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A fire can be a devastating experience. On average, a home catches fire somewhere in the United States every 90 secs. Even a small fire can have created a lot of damage to your home due to the heat, smoke, soot and water that result from the fire. The ash and soot can be hard to face, but, in time, fire restoration can clear it away, getting you back to better place.  The process takes a lot of time so always be prepared. Below are measures to be taken to ensure your property gets back to the normal.

  1. Assess and Protect

Smoke damage could cause issues to home. Before patching and washing, remediation team usually to survey the premises to determine the extent of trouble. Professionals will review the following areas:

  • Exposure to elements
  • Security complications
  • Electrical hazards
  • Soot damage
  • Structural integrity
  • Water saturation
  1. Scrub and Clean

The fire restoration company starts by drying up. Hoses are to quench the flames flooded wall and floors.  This could produce mold, that’s why it’s important to air out the space. Dehumidifiers is used to pull up the excess moisture. The workers focus on content cleaning and sanitizing.

  1. Rebuild and Rest

This includes activities such as mending holes and repainting. They also replace discarded or ruined goods. The fire restoration experts evaluate the destruction, prepare for rehabilitation and reconstruct.

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CLEANING FIXTURES AND WOOD STRUCTURES AFTER A FIRE

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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When a flame engulfs a home, the outcome is disastrous. Recovering from fire damage is daunting process. But normally returns upon cleaning up the fire damage.

A widespread blaze leaves destruction in its wake. Understanding the damage that smoke and fire damage effects can have prioritizes the recovery efforts needed. Wood framing, finished wood, and even hardwood floors can be greatly damaged by soot and smoke, so it’s best to determine the strategies based on specific material affected.

 Knowing the type of wood material affected is a big help to determine the ideal fire damage restoration in homes required. Below are 3 main types of wood common to homes:

  • Simulated Wood Grain – it is a thin material. Laminates like these are a combination of pressed wood or particleboard. They are capable of wet cleaning but excessive moisture could ruin this material.
  • Unfinished Wood – Has no sealer or varnish. This wood can be highly porous and sensitive to moisture, soot particles and other microscopic threats present after a fire gets extinguished.
  • Finished Wood – This wood is covered in a sealer or varnish. Soot damage cleanup on this type of surface involves a cleaning agent that is gently worked into the grain of the wood where it suspends the soil for easy removal.

Restoring unfinished Wood

Light residues can often be cleaned with dry practices and sponge cleaning. Heavier residues require denatured alcohol or sanding to resolve.

Cleaning Finished Wood

Excess residues can be removed with a vacuum or dry cleaning approach. Wet cleaning is the efficient methods for removing intrusive soot damage.

Even though you may have tackled the cleaning process yourself for your wood furniture, wooden trim, walls and floors in your home, when it comes to sealing and getting rid of the smoke and preventing it’s return, you may need a professional to help you accomplish this part of the restoration process.

When a fire has taken palace in a home, the smoke goes everywhere even if the fire does not. This is the main reason why bringing in a professional when there has been a good deal of fire and smoke will be the best bet to ensure your home is returned to its former state as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES SAFELY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES SAFELY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Many Countries around the world celebrate the new year with gatherings and public performances. However, many of the things we enjoy during this festive period, such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations can all be fire hazard when proper care is not taken. Educating yourself with dos and don’ts can significantly reduce the chances of accidents.

WHEN USING ANY KIND OF PYROTECHNICS/FIREWORKS

  • Ensure a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water is nearby
  • Make sure the shooter is not wearing loose clothing that could ignite and follow directions on the fireworks label.
  • If the device does not instructions label do not fire it.
  • Light fireworks one at a time
  • Never fire fireworks held in someone’s hand
  • Never use fireworks of any kind indoors
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Never stand over an item that does not fire. Do not relight it. Pour water on it.

WHEN HANDLING SPARKLE

  • Never light more than one at a time
  • Make sure children keep the sparkles away from others and flammable materials
  • Make sure the sparkle is kept a proper distance form their bodies to avoid burns or clothes catching on fire
  • Stick the used sparkles in a bucket of sand or water when they are done
  • Remember that sparkles and smaller items that stay on the ground, are still very hot and therefore dangerous after they have been used.

Don’t let the new year get off to a bad start! Keep safety in mind to ensure you, your family, and your friends have an accident-free New Year’s Eve celebration!

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WHAT TO DO NEXT IF ROOF HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY FIRE?

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

When the worst part is over, it’s time to think he damaged caused by a fire in your home. If you have suffered house fire, there is a good chance you may have damage to your roof.

The roof is a critical part of your house as it protects you and your family from all the natural elements; a damaged roof can barely fulfill this purpose. If a building has been caught by fire, there is a good chance that the building itself, along with your belonging, has been damaged not only by fire, but water used to extinguish the fire, as well as smoke. The firefighters may have cut holes in the roof to allow for ventilation. Recovery from a fire and fire cleanup may be hard, but the following below are steps in completing the task and enable you to return to normal operation of business as soon as possible.

  1. REPORT A CLAIM FOR FIRE DAMAGE TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.

Your insurance company can be valuable resource during the fire cleanup. The insurance agent or claims representative will document details of the loss and tell you what is recommendation for repair.

  1. ENTER A FIRE DAMAGED BUILDING ONLY AFTER YOU ARE ADVISED IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

Fire can also reignite, causing more damage. During the fire, water, gas and electric utilities are safe to use and had them disconnected if they were unsafe.

3.CONTACT A RESTORATION SERVICES

To prevent damage, a fire restoration service can come to your building. A trap of the roof goes a long way to prevent additional damage

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WHY WE USE DRY CLEANING SPONGES FOR SMOKE AND SOOT?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

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One of the biggest mistake homeowners and even professionals can make is to treat clean-up like any other kind of clean-up. Your first impulse may be to use foaming or liquid upholstery cleaner or wood cleaner on your furniture or detergent cleaner on walls and ceilings. If you do this, you will be creating bigger mess than you started with. Instead, you must first remove soot as much as possible before applying any liquids. If you dampen sooty furniture or walls before first cleaning it, it will cause a deeper stains and these stains are difficult to remove. Dry Cleaning Sponges are ideal for smoke and soot removal in fire restoration work and furnace blowback problems.

What is Dry – Cleaning Sponge?

Dry-Cleaning Sponge is used to clean smoke residues from surfaces. Dry Cleaning Sponges are made of vulcanized natural rubber, like an erase rubber sponges that contain chemical products for the purpose of cleaning. Sponges clean through absorption.

These sponges are used absolutely dry. They are ideal to pick up dust and dirt form areas that cannot be cleaned by water solvents. Fire restoration crews use this dry soot removing sponge for removing soot to avoid smearing that occurs with damp cleaning.

Here are a few reminders if you do have a fire and if soot is present.

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls
  • Don’t attempt to clean carpet or upholstery. Consult Professionals like SERVPRO of Ventura
  • Don’t send clothing with smoke residue to dry cleaners that are not experience in cleaning fire damaged clothing. SERVPRO of Ventura can help you in getting your clothing cleaned.
  • If you have HVAC system, make sure to change the filter and consult professionals like SERVPRO of Ventura regarding cleaning your HVAC duct system.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. If you have any questions about water damage, please do not hesitate to callSERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We specialize in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.

DECK THE HALLS WITH FIRE SAFETY

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Thanksgiving is behind us and holiday decoration season is officially in full swing. Nothings says winter quite like candles, Christmas lights twinkling in the dark, a fire place and a decked out tree in the living room. Decorating for holidays are great way to get into the holiday spirit and celebrate with family and friend, but make sure fire prevention is still in the back of your mind and you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe over the holidays.

Holiday Lights and Decorations

First and foremost, it is important to use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for all indoor and outdoor holiday season lighting. For indoor holiday season lighting, the NPFA also recommends the following:

  • Always purchase the lights and other electrical decorations from reputable sellers
  • Use lights that have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory
  • Identify how many outlets are available and their location, and plan your displays accordingly
  • Inspect each strand of lights and other electrical decorations
  • Follow the manufacturer’s use and care instructions for all electrical decorations
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations

Buying and Setting Up a Christmas Tree

  • Pick the right tree.
  • For an artificial tree, check that it is labeled by the manufacturer as flame retardant.
  • For a live tree, don’t forget to water it on a daily basis that will keep it hydrated and less likely to catch fire.
  • Place the tree at least three feet away from all heat sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and radiators.

Christmas Tree Maintenance

  • Water the tree daily to keep it as moist as possible
  • Dispose of the tree properly once it stars dropping needles, dried out trees are highly flammable, so you should not leave them in the house or lean them against the side of your home.

Deck those halls and jingle your bells to your heart’s content, but don’t let fire safety fall to the wayside.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOME FIRE ALARMS

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOME FIRE ALARMS

When it comes to fire safety in your home, fire extinguishers are valuable, but smoke detectors are essential. If you want the security of knowing your family is safe, you’ll need the peace of mind and protection a smoke alarms offer in the event of a fire. These tools have undergone advances in technology that make them more reliable ever. While the choice of installing alarm in your home is a simple one, it helps to know a little about your choices.

  1. Smoke alarms do not serve the same function as fire sprinkler

One of the most important things to know is that your smoke alarm and your sprinkler serve completely different functions, but are both vitally important to the safety of your property’s occupants and assets.

Your smoke alarms functions as an early warning system, telling you and everyone in the building to get out. A fire sprinkler, on the other hand, will actually respond to the heat caused by a fire activating and dousing the fire with a suppressing agent.

  1. There is more than one type of smoke alarm

There are multiple types of smoke alarms. This is important as fires depending on how they are ignited and what fuel they are burning, do not produce the same type of smoke to trigger an alarm.

  • Ionization smoke alarms: are pretty ingenious piece of technology. They are constructed of two electrically charged round metal plates. These are very sensitive and ideal for what is called flaming fires – fire s which do not produce a lot of smoke.
  • Photoelectric Smoke Alarms: are constructed with a chamber that includes a light sensor. These alarms are ideal for smoldering fires – fires which produce a lot of smoke.
  1. A fire alarm system should be the right size of your home.

Experts recommend coverage for each bedroom and each floor in the home. If you do not have an integrated alarm system, this means multiple alarms throughout the home. Most homes should have a least five fire alarms.

  1. Fire alarms must be tested yearly

To ensure the safety of your property and all of the people living inside of it, NFPA does require that your smoke alarm system be tested at least annually to ensure it is functional and up to code.

A fire alarm provides essential protection for your home. In the case of property damage caused by fire, be sure to call a fire restoration franchise to clean your home of the home many effects of a home fire.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911

HOW TO AVOID MAKING COMMON FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION MISTAKES?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

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If you’re experiencing a house fire, you need to act quickly. Unless the fire is small and can be put out by a fire extinguisher, you should get everyone out immediately.

 The damage after a fire can be devastating and the idea of fire damage restoration can feel overwhelming. Even worse, the effects of fire damage can continue long after the fire has been extinguished.

If you’ve recently experienced a house fire, here are some of the most common mistake you should avoid making.

  1. Making repairs and cleaning the property before notifying the insurance company.

The insurance company will need to see the full extent of the damage before fire damage restoration can begin. Don’t remove anything from the property or make any repairs before an insurance adjuster can perform a proper inspection. The insurance company can make an accurate loss assessment.

  1. Failing to secure the property to prevent additional damage.

Fire and smoke are devastating forces. Still, assuming the entire home hasn’t been burned down, there are likely to be some items that survive. Once the firefighters give the okay, go ahead and gather what you can. The longer they stay in the home, the longer they are to become damaged.

  1. Failing to take proper inventory of what was lost.

In order to get fully reimbursed for lost and damaged items, you ‘ll need to make a detailed list of what’s gone and how much each item cost. Any proof of purchase you can provide will be helpful, whether it’s a receipt or a picture of the damaged item.

  1. Not Calling an Emergency Repair Professional right away.

Proper fire damage restoration requires specialized equipment and training. Immediately hiring a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura can help homeowners avoid all the mistakes discussed here. The right fire damage restoration team will work with homeowners from start to finish and help them recover from fire damage as quickly as possible.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

COMMON MISTAKES WHEN PUTTING OUT A FIRE

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Whether there is a fire in your home or workplace, there are things you need to do to ensure you remain safe and unharmed. Find a clear exit and leave as soon as possible. Deaths and injuries caused by fire could have been prevented if people do not make some common mistakes. If you find yourself caught up in a fire related incident, one of the first challenges that you face is working out how to tackle the fire or whether to tackle it at all.

  1. Judging the Size of the Fire

One of the most important things to remember in the event of a fire emergency is that not all fires can have tackled with a fire extinguisher. Make sure you know what type of fire it is. If you doubt your ability to extinguish the fire, leave the premises immediately and call the fire brigade.

  1. Incorrect Extinguishing Techniques

When using water to put out a fire, you should use at least two liters at a time. Do not use water to put out electrical or oil fires. Water should only be used on fires involving solids such as wood, plastic or paper.

  1. Poor Evacuation Planning

A lot of people do not know how to evacuate in the event of a fire. If you are an owner, it is important that you have an established evacuation route that all users of the building are aware.

  1. Not Knowing the Correct Extinguisher Types

Know the different types of fire extinguisher for different types of fire.  Each must be used exclusively for the type of fire they are designed to avoid making things worse. Using the wrong class of fire extinguisher can make things worse. Massive flashes and huge flames might occur and you may result burned or electrocuted.

  1. Forgetting to Shut Off Power

In the event of an electrical fire, it is important that shut off all the power to the source of the fire. If you do this early enough, this action alone can often stop the fire, but if it doesn’t it at least prevents the fire from increasing. Make sure you know the power supply is located in your building.

If your property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE PREVENTING FIRE DAMAGE

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

To come home and see your home in kind of disarray is disheartening, but seeing flames is unimaginable. Fire season is a well-known fact that preparedness is the key. There are many actions to take and ways to keep safe during fire season, one of the most effective ways to prevent fire damage is to create a defensible space around your home. This will help to minimize the fire damage to your home.

Creating defensible space around your home is a vital step in wildfire safety. Our world is made up of combustible items, wildfires can spread rapidly. Firefighters always do their best to reduce damage, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to protect your property form wildfire.

Here is helpful information on creating defensible space:

Ignition Zones

  • This is separated into 3 parts and encompass an area that is 100 feet around your home. The reason for this is that as fire heats up, it can ignite combustible material up to 100 feet away.

Fire Resistant Landscaping

  • It is best to clear all shrubs and greenery around your home go prevent fire. Having plants strategically placed around your home will provide a better deterrent. Wildfires builds during windy conditions and embers from the fire can travel along with the wind. Fire resistant landscaping can block the embers and prevent your home from catching fire.

Vertical and Horizontal Spacing

  • Proper vertical and horizontal spacing between your trees will minimize the fire passing between the trees on your property. It is recommended to have at least 6 feet of space between the ground and the branches of your tree.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CAN ELECTRONICS BE SAVED AFTER SMOKE OR FIRE DAMAGE?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

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CAN ELECTRONICS BE SAVED AFTER SMOKE OR FIRE DAMAGE?

When a fire happens at your home or business, the flames and smoke affect almost everything left inside, including computers, appliances and other electronics. While some of these electronics won’t be salvageable after the fire or smoke damage, they often can be if you take the right steps. Instead of just scrubbing these belongings clean, pros will need to

  • Inspect for any present safety issues
  • Clean away corrosives from inside the casings
  • Perform a thorough inspection item after professional cleaning to ensure performance safety

Can electronics be damaged by smoke?

“Yes” smoke can damage electronics in several ways:

  1. Black film. Smoke can deep seep into all parts of your electronics leaving a black film on interior components.
  2. Magnetic Charge. Smoke includes a magnetic charge- something many people may not realize. These could cause the shorting of an item’s circuits, which happens to televisions, computer and other electronics.
  3. Acidity form Soot. Acidity can lean to the early degradation of your electronics, shortening their usable lifespan.

Have the electronics store owner or a cleanup pro check to ensure it’s working properly. You will always have a better success when calling in a professional. Restoration professionals are experts at saving appliances, computers and other electronics after smoke damage and they have the right equipment to get the job one.

For fire damage restoration and cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

PROTEIN FIRES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

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PROTEIN FIRES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Burning the evening meal ruins dinner plans, but it doesn’t usually result in a kitchen filled with smoke and flames. A protein fire doesn’t produce smoke or flames, but it’s a disaster that impacts the kitchen and your entire home. At first glance, protein fires do not appear to cause any damage to your home and contents. But in actual fact, the aftermath of a protein fire is an invisible and often sticky. Foul smelling residue that coats the many surfaces throughout your home.

WHAT IS A PROTEIN FIRE?

A protein fire doesn’t set off billows of dark smoke or send flames leaping to the ceiling. It creates an especially unique restoration challenge. Fire damaged caused by burnt food can also create odor issues which are difficult to mitigate. Below are important facts regarding this type of fire.

  • Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer
  • They create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
  • Require extremely thorough cleaning to remove odor
  • The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more completely than other fires/
  • Requires a sealing agent
  • Require multiple attempts and methods to achieve customer satisfaction

HOW TO CLEAN AFTER A PROTEIN FIRE

The best way to clean up after a protein fire is to let a certified restoration company handle the work. You can often tackle the kitchen after a regular fire, but protein fire cleanup belongs in the hands of highly trained technicians.

To minimize the chance of a protein fire, stay in the kitchen and carefully monitor food and equipment whenever you cook. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen at all times. For protection against minor grease splatters, use a stovetop splatter guard to keep grease from sticking to or staining wall and other surfaces.

For fire damage restoration and cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

5 TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE AND HOW TO TREAT THEM?

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

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5 TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE AND HOW TO TREAT THEM?

Having a fire in your home rank up there among the worst tragedies. It can destroy your house or cause minor cosmetic damage, but the damage it does to your peace of mind is immeasurable. With pace that smoke particles can spread throughout the property and coat surfaces and contents, understanding the type of smoke damage can be instrumental in choosing the best mitigation and house fire clean up approach.

  1. Tenant Smoking Residue

This is the most common type of smoke damage. In a multifamily building, landlords deal with odors caused by cigarettes on regular basis.  Form unpleasant odors to surface damage, tenants who are smokers can cause a lot of damage. This type of smoke damage requires intense cleaning by running hydroxyl generator along with air mover to keep circulation moving through the space.

  1. Protein Smoke Damage

Kitchen fires are another common issue that will produce smoke damage. This occurs from food burning and painted surfaces or wood which cause permanent discoloration to any surface it clings.

  1. Wet Smoke Damage

This is the hardest form of smoke damage to clean as it tends to be sticky and thick, latching on all surfaces and objects. This requires clean up a longer and a more involved process.

  1. Dry Smoke Damage

Dry smoke is created by fast – burning, high temperature fire started by paper or wood. This would be the most common kind of house fire and can lead to massive amounts of damage and loss. Dry smoke damage has a powdery texture. It is the easiest to clean for professional smoke mitigation.

  1. Fuel/Oil Residue Damage

It’s not as common in homes or businesses as the other kind of smoke damage. This is also known as petroleum reside, this kind of smoke damage emanates from a fire is started by a fuel source or something flammable. Residue is dense, sticky and very difficult to clean.

Cleaning, resurfacing and replacing or a combination of the three are ways to clean up smoke damage. SERVPRO of Ventura will come to your home or place of business to assess the damage and the discuss the best course of action with you.

For fire damage restoration and cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT METHODS DOES SERVPRO USE TO ELIMINATE SOOT?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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When your home or business suffers damage as the result of fire, there are many types of possessions that can hold onto dangerous soot, ash and toxic residue. This residue may be corrosive, clingy and cause damage on soft surfaces, electronics and more after a fire. This soot can cause health effects.

Several strategies get implemented for soot removal and fire restoration in homes, including:

SODA BLASTING

  • This process is an abrasive cleaning technique with sodium bicarbonate particles forcefully propelled with pressurized air against soot –covered surfaces.

CHEMICAL SPONGES

  • Often, our chemical sponges are natural rubber compositions with large pores which can remove much of this soil and debris when run across soot-damaged surfaces.

CONTROLLED DEMOLITION

  • When other abrasive tactics are not possible, removing the damaged materials can be the only remaining suitable solution.

If you find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been damaged by fire, calling a professional may be the best solution. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DRYER FIRE PREVENTION: Do’s and Don’ts

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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DRYER FIRE PREVENTION: Do’s and Don’ts

Dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers and washing machines cause an average 15, 970 fires each year, with dryers causing 92 percent of them. These clothes dryer fires have led to significant damage, million in property loss and hundreds of injuries. However, this is easily avoidable with a few simple preventive measures.

Do’s

  1. Clean the dryer’s lint filter on a regular basis.

 After every use, you need to clean out the lint filter. This is an especially important task to remember because clogged lint filters are the top factor when it comes to home dryer fires.

Make it a habit toc heck the lint filter when you load your dryer. Cleaning lint filters not only helps prevent dryer fire from occurring, but it also allows your dryer to run efficiently.

  1. Inspect the dryer’s duct and vents regularly

Blockage in the dryer ducts or vents is another cause of dryer fires. If any ducts have been blocked, be sure to clean them before you use it again. Common indicators of clogged ducts include exhaust air not leaving the vent, overheated machines and loads of laundry that take longer to dry than usual. Check your ducts and vents on a monthly basis to guarantee there are no blockages. If blockage result of damaged ducts, have a professional tend to the damage.

  1. Have your dryer professionally cleaned

Contact a professional to conduct dryer cleanings. You can ensure that your dryer is properly cleaned, including its venting system.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t overload your dryer

Excessive amount of lint can build up if you overload your dryer. Dryer cannot properly ventilate if more lint has accumulated and overheats and can result in a fire. Only load your clothes dryer to its capacity.

  1. Don’t dry anything that shouldn’t be exposed to heat

Check label of instructions on how to properly dry clothes and other item before you place in the dryer. If your clothes or other items have come into contact with oil, alcohol, gas or any other flammable substance, do not dry them in the dryer either.

  1. Don’t use your dryer without the lint filter

Using your dryer without its lint filter can easily lead to fire. When lint filter is absent, lint can effortlessly build up in the dryer and lead to a fire.

When you use your clothes dryer, keep these fire prevention tips in mind so that you limit the potential for dryer fires.

For fire damage restoration and cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THE USE OF PRIMERS AND SEALERS AFTER A FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

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THE USE OF PRIMERS AND SEALERS AFTER A FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

Over the past years, the introduction of primers and sealers in the fire and smoke damage restoration market has provided restorers a supplemental method to address stubborn and lingering smoke stains and odors. This process described as contamination isolation.

When a high quality sealer gets applied to a wall or skirting board, for example, it traps the sooty residues inside. It is something that conventional paint cannot do. They let smoke satins back through the material while sealer block and bond settled combustion particles. They hide discoloration and minimize unpleasant smells.

Paint Primer and Sealers

Paint Primer are coating formulated to adhere to a substrate and create a uniform surface for the finish coat. They are designed for specific surfaces: latex primes for unfinished drywall and exterior use, oil based primer for raw wood. Many primers have specialized ingredients such as stain-inhibiting tannin blockers, preservatives or corrosions inhibiters.

Sealers are designed to use before or in place of a primer. The key role for sealers has traditionally been bind to porous surface such as crumbly concrete or plaster.

Surface Preparation after fire damage

Most primers and sealers require a clean, smooth surface for successful application. It is why SERVPRO of Ventura spends time removing surface soot and caked on grime before any of these products. Surface contaminants get captured in HEPA vacuum. An effective way to remove large amounts of dry, dusty soot.

Sealer Application

To fully block odors, sealer should form an unbroken membrane over the target surface. Spray application is the most frequent method. Every surface has some degree of irregularity, that’s why proper spray application requires skill and experience. The process may take some time because successful odor prevention depends upon construction of perpendicular to surface for even coverage.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DOES SMOKE COLOR INFLUENCE THE DAMAGE FROM FIRES?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke is made up of particulates, aerosols and gases and identifying the characteristics of each given smoke plume can be helpful when fighting fires. Firefighter can tell what is happening with a fire by reading smoke. Most people are not aware of the different variations of smoke produced, and the implications they might have on a property. SERVPRO of Ventura helps cleanup damage from all types of smoke in properties.

Which color does smoke commonly exhibit?

You can simplify the process of fire damage in your home if you observe and note the color of smoke emitted from your property as fire burns. Below are common color variations:

  1. Black Smoke – thick black smoke indicated heavy fuel that are not fully consumed. At times, black smoke can be an indicator that a manmade material is burning such as tires, vehicles or a structure and highly volatile.

Various challenges can arise after you notice a fire burning with thick dark smoke. The extreme heat from the scorching fire can push residues deeper into surfaces, making it tougher to clean the area or remove odors.

  1. White smoke – often mean material is off gassing moisture and water vapor, meaning the fire is just starting to consume material. It can also indicate light and flashy fuels such as grass or twigs.
  2. Grey smoke – indicate that the fire is slowing down and running out of materials to burn.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Ventura can handle such cleaning situations with various resources, such automated agitation equipment. An experienced team can help you address the challenges the situation present.

If your property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company likeSERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

3 THINGS YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

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In the instance of a fire, a quick and safe evacuation of everyone in your home is of the utmost importance. Fire and smoke spread fast and could leave people trapped in dangerous, inescapable locations if an evacuation plan is no place. Home fires can be scary, but you can improve your family’s chance of getting out safely if you come up with a fire escape plan in advance. Putting together a detailed plan can seem overwhelming, so try to consider what you need to include in your fire escape plan.

  1. Identify All Exits

Print out or draw a floor plan of your home, Mark all exits in a bright color including all exterior doors and windows. A clear explanation, clear signage and visual representations where appropriate will instruct people on how to exit safely. Consider putting a fire escape ladder next to all upper story windows and make sure all basement windows have fire ladders as well.

  1. Perform a Drill

The best way for everyone to react calmly and to do their part in safely exiting the burning building is to rehearse in advance. Identify areas of the home where fires are likely to occur, make sure each family member knows the safest ways to exit the home from various rooms. Organize a home fire drill once every two months. Be sure to focus on the children and their knowledge about fire safety.

  1. The Meeting Point

Once every member of your household exits the building, you should pick out a place where everyone will meet. Your meeting place could be on the street corner or at a neighbor’s house in the event of inclement weather.

If you need help creating a plan for your building, then contact fire department or a restoration expert for help.

If your property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

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FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME

We may consider our home as our sanctuaries, but they also present multiple opportunities for fire danger. Kitchen fires from unattended cooking; overheating electronic and electrical appliances; open fires and chimneys; faulty electrical wiring or overloaded electrical systems, candles and other flames; smoking; matches and lighters, flammable liquids and aerosols and barbecue, to name a few all add to the risk.

Fire safety equipment for the home is important for ensuring your home and family are always safe and well protected. Below are the five most important pieces of equipment needed to safeguard your home and loved ones.

  1. Smoke Alarm – Every home should have a smoke alarm. This is your first you line of defense. Once you do have your smoke alarm, it is important to check them at least once a month.
  2. Carbon Monoxide Alarms (CO) – this will alert you when it detects a threat. This deadly as is invisible, odorless and even a small amount can be fatal if inhaled for a long enough. If the alarms emit its high pitched warning, get outside as quickly as possible or open windows and doors and take deep breaths of fresh air.
  3. Small Fire Extinguisher – this is an important tool in protecting your home. It is intended for use in tackling a small fire, it stops a fire quickly engulfing your home.
  4. Fire Blanket – often found in the kitchen for pan fires, it acts by smothering the fire of oxygen when placed over flames. It is a simple device and could be ideal for someone used to fire extinguisher.
  5. Fire Escape Ladders – Sometimes the safest way to escape form a fire is out of the window. Fire Escape ladders are stored near the escape window and deployed in an emergency.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

Fire safety is the most utmost importance in any building. It should always be a main concern, no matter what type of business you run or how many people are employed.

Fires can be deadly. The speed at which a fire spreads through a facility varies based on the materials and causes of the blaze. Every emergency and fire restoration encourages every commercial property owner to create a fire escape plan. Many businesses do not know what entails. Escape plan should not be complicated. Below are components that requires in escape plan:

  1. Two Exit Minimum

Normally, a workplace must have at least two exit route to permit prompt evacuation of employees and other buildings occupants during emergency. If a room has only one exit, then people may become rapped if the fire overtakes that exit.

  1. Clear Pathways

All routes must be kept clear, including outside the premises that are included in the escape route. Make sure that hallways are free of clutter and that exit points are not blocked by shelving.

  1. Implementation and Practice

It is not enough to create exit strategies. Implementation is the only way to test effectiveness of a plan and put it in action. Routine practice should take place to ensure that every employee makes it safely without incident.

If you need help creating a plan for your building, then contact fire department or a restoration expert for help.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

6 COMMON TYPES OF FIRE DAMAGE TO HOMES

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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House fires are a homeowner’s nightmare. It is not something that any family wants to deal with. When homeowners hear fire damage, most tend to think that they can experience variant of this damage.

There are few types of fire damage and they’re often identified by looking at how the fire started in the first place. The damage your property sustains will depend on the type of fire damage, which is divides into 6 classes.

  1. Class A

According to experts, this kind of fire damage is one of the most common that occurs in the United States. It is the result of fire involving solids, including various plastics, papers, rubbers, woods and cloth.

  1. Class B

This type of fire damage is said to stem from fires caused by flammable liquids such as gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, waxes and event paint.

  1. Class C

Fire Damage comes from gases like hydrogen, propane, butane, natural gas. Class C fire damage can also be classified as kitchen fires since butane and propane are often used in cooking.

  1. Class D

This type of fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals like magnesium, potassium and sodium.

  1. Class E

This fire damage that results from the factors of in both Class A and Class B. However, Class E introduces electrical elements into the fray. It means that Class E fire damage can sometimes occur due to electrical fires caused by faulty wiring, worn out appliances, and improper use of electrical outlets.

  1. Class F

This fire damage are the fires that occur due to cooking oils and fats from frying that were left unattended.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

WHICH CLEANING PRODUCTS CAN HELP WITH FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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WHICH CLEANING PRODUCTS CAN HELP WITH FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION?

Fire cause damage to homes and their contents. After the fire, carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture and clothing usually renovate after a fire, except if is burnt or severely water damaged items.

Fire creates types of smoke of smoke damage; the visible soot and invisible odor. Each fire is different and isn’t possible to provide one set of guidelines from removing and odor. Smoke odor from wood could react differently to certain cleaning products than smoke odor from plastics. Soot has a way of coating all kinds of surfaces to leave your home looking black and beyond repair.

Isn’t easy to remove soot and smoke odors without professional assistance. We at SERVPRO of Ventura suggest that you do not start cleaning yourself. It is better to wait for the professionals because our technicians have to tools to help. We have access to highly effective cleaning products that are not sold in regular stores. Our teams are trained on using various products to minimize the risk of damage to your home or business.

Our cleaning products includes:

  • Dry cleaning solvents that are ideal for cleaning drapes and materials without using water.
  • Carpet cleaners to restore your floor coverings.
  • Volatile dry solvents that are designed for cleaning all fabrics
  • Wood oil soap to clean wood surfaces such as chairs and tables.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

FIRE: HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

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FIRE: HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

A fire is one of the most devastating situations a homeowner will ever face. Understanding the causes and behavior of fires will keep your property and family safe.

Most home and business fires start within the building. Many house fires begin in the kitchen. All it takes is a drop of grease to splatter out of a hot pan on to a gas flame and you have a dangerous kitchen fire. Another example is careless smoking, especially around textiles is a significant cause of house fire. Smoldering cigarette dropped into a trash can full of paper could ignite into flames. If he fire is not extinguished immediately, it could spread through the structure.

What is fire?

Fire is a chemical process of combustion releasing heat, light and various reaction. It requires three things to occur: oxygen, fuel and an ignition source. These three ingredients are needed to ignite and sustain a fire.

How does fire spread?

A fire can spread through your property very quickly. It only takes a few seconds for a smoldering ash or spark to ignite a curtain or a couch cushion. In just a few minutes, the flame can sweep the entire room.

  • Chemical and combustibles

When fire comes in contact with chemicals, household cleaners and paints, the fire will become more aggressive and encourage it to spread.

  • Open space

A building with limited interior structure urns much faster than one with a hallways and closed doors because walls and doors trap the fire and prevent the flames and smoke from spreading.

  • Materials

Buildings made of concrete and steel are more resistive to fire than and curb the spread of fire than made of wood frames.

  • Ventilation

HVAC ventilation system offer a conduit through which smoke and flames can travel from room to room or floor to floor.

  • Water

Do not use water, especially in the kitchen where the fire may be fueled by grease. Water will simply spread the flames, rather than extinguish them.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOOT WEBS

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOOT WEBS

As fire restoration specialists, SERVPRO of Ventura have seen a lot of fire damage homes and businesses. The extent of the damage is very evident especially on walls and ceilings of homes. Attic is the most extensive part or tapped between walls, we cannot see the damage if we will not dig in for inspection.

Black Spider webs are one of the most common visible instances of fire damage. These spider webs are called “Soot Tags’’ and these will spring out of nowhere after a fire. These webs don’t have anything to do with spider webs.

Soot tags form in areas of circulation when petroleum /synthetic based sources burn. When plastic burn, the smoke carries a stronger charge than when wood, cotton or paper burns. Sometimes, this causes residue to form “smoke webs” where the walls and ceiling come together.

 In a fire, the heat fire moves into colder areas since the seek to create equilibrium. The soot is riding the air with heat soot particles follow the air into those colder areas with low circulation and are able to concentrate. The soot is a product of a combustion of particles themselves are charged which create a chains of soot or soot tags.

If your home or business is affected by smoke or fire damage give us a call. Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOMEOWNERS WHO NEED SPECIALIZED CLEANING SOLUTIONS CAN COUNT ON SERVPRO OF VENTURA FOR SUPPORT

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a full-blown life-threatening fire. In as little as 30 seconds a small flame can become a major fire. It causes damage throughout the whole house. Homeowners are surprised to see soot on their things, inside cabinets and curtains. Restoration team can provide a comprehensive plan focusing on minimizing your loss.

Call SERVPRO of Ventura to develop a plan with fire damage. Our highly trained technicians respond immediately to your residential, keeping in mind safe precautions and aiming for a full restoration with minimal disruption. During inspection, we recommend offsite services to clean and store items that would suffer more damage if left in the home.

Can flooring be saved after a fire?

Many factors play in mind whether to restore or discard flooring following a fire. If the flooring materials are burnt and scorched, it most likely need to replace the scorched area. Some wood floors can be sanded down if the burn is not deep, and it will need to be assessed by professional. If the damage is mainly smoke odor or stains, the floor can be restored and deodorized.

A restoration professional can help with the process and minimize your loss by utilizing appropriate knowledge and equipment.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

3 THINGS A FIRE NEEDS

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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3 THINGS A FIRE NEEDS

There are 3 elements work together to help a fire start and take over. Heat, Fuel and oxygen are 3 things a fire needs. If any of the three are removed from fire, then it will extinguish and no longer pose a threat.

As a homeowner or business owner, it can helpful to know about the 3 things a fire needs. It will help you better understand what you need to do in order to put out a fire and prevent it from spreading. Take any of the 3 things away and you will not have a fire or fire will be extinguished.  Below it explains how heat, fuel and oxygen can both ignite and extinguish a fire.

3 things a fire needs

  1. Heat

Heat is the most essential element that a fire needs. A fire can’t spread unless there’s a significant amount of heat involved. When firefighters respond to a fire, they apply water or cooling agent right away. This is the reason why fire extinguishers are filled with a cooling agent.

  1. Fuel

This is the second element found in fire triangle. Fire needs a fuel source in order to continue to burn. If you remove fuel from fire, then it will go out.

  1. Oxygen

This is the last element. One of the more important factors is oxygen because it is everywhere. Fire needs oxygen to ignite. You can use dirt, sand and non-flammable blanket to smother the fire.

 If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

IS SMOKE DAMAGE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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IS SMOKE DAMAGE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

When a fire breaks out in a property, one of the biggest risk to life and property is from the smoke and soot emits. No matter what the cause, a fire in your business can be devastating and effects are not always visible at first sight which is why you may need to call a professional. Here’s what you need to know about smoke damage and insurance claims.

SOOT DAMAGE AND INSURANCE

In most cases, smoke damage will be covered by commercial insurance policy, even the case occurred at a company right next to yours. The following are some steps you need to take to properly file your claim and increase the chance of it being accepted.

  • Contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage and insurance claim.
  • Call a professional smoke damage removal team like SERVPRO of Ventura to assess the damage and provide a remediation plan
  • Document the damage and repairs
  • Prepare for insurance adjuster

Creating an action plan for cleanup is one of the most important parts of the entire claims and restoration process. Smoke damage is not always easy to deal with and communication with insurance provider can even more frustrating. Following the steps above helps your business future more positive.

If you need a fire and smoke damage restoration services, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

Fire Sprinkler system is a powerful defense against fire damage. It is necessity in any commercial building. This device is not that expensive but sprinklers can prevent property damage and reduce the risk of injury to workers, customers and tenants. They are effective in curbing flames 96 percent of the time they’re activated. Here’s how sprinklers work to help protect your property.

DETECTING A FIRE

A common misconception is that fire is triggered by smoke. Fire sprinkler systems sense a fire when the air reaches a precise temperature. The systems have strategically placed sprinkler heads with glass bulbs containing a glycerin-based liquid. When the air temperature near the sprinkler heads heats up to between 135 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the bulb fluid expands, breaking the bulb and activating the sprinkler.

DOUSING THE FLAMES

Each sprinkle head is connected to a pipe that attaches to a secure water source outside the building. When heat initiates a sprinkler head, a valve opens, enabling pressurized water from the pipe to flow out and extinguish flames.

BENEFITS OF FIRE SPRINKLER

Fire sprinklers are extremely effective at both containing the fire and putting the fire out quickly. They are able to contain the fire before the fire department even arrives to the site. Fire sprinkler is helpful to not only reduce the amount of damage caused by the fire, but also helps to mitigate the amount of toxic smoke in the building.

If your business has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SODA BLASTING AND WHY IT IS USEFUL?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SODA BLASTING AND WHY IT IS USEFUL?

SERVPRO technicians uses technological advance and techniques in restoration industry. That is why it is one of the leading water and fire mitigation businesses. Soda blasting is one of our case cleaning method.

When a fire breaks out into your home or business, the primary concern is the safety of people. The high amount of flames and smoke are severe to threats to everyone’s health. That is why it’s necessary to evacuate the property right away. Even the water used to extinguish the fire’s flames can end up damaging your property. Following a fire, your home or business needs to undergo restoration as soon as possible to limit the damage. Once way to restore your property of fire damage is to use soda blasting.

What is Soda-Blasting?

Soda-Blasting is a cleaning method that uses an environmentally friendly form of sodium bicarbonate to remove dirt and another substance from various surfaces. Sodium bicarbonate is also known as baking soda and referred as soda blast media, and applied to affected surface using pressure from blaster technology. This is used generally on walls, and wood floors. Soda – blasting enables our technicians to clean surfaces without harming it. With its cleaning capabilities, it can rid of charring, soot and residue caused by a fire and its flames. There are many methods and equipment that can be harsh to affected surfaces and even to people conducting the work. This is not the case with soda blasting, it is very safe.

Why choose us?

We recognize the value of rebuilding your property as soon as possible after exposure to fire, smoke and water. Remember that SERVPRO of Ventura is ready to help and only one, quick call away.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

When we were young, we are taught that if we play the fire we will get burnt. We are taught of safety protocols in case you ever have a misfortune of being a fire in yourself. We just remember the STOP, DROP AND DROLL. We aren’t taught on how to properly use of fire extinguisher. We all have seen them, but many of us do not know how to use them.

Remember this acronym for fire extinguisher use:  PASS

       P

  • Pull the pin. The pin releases the lacking mechanism and enables the extinguisher to use.

A

  • Aim at base fire. The base, the fuel of the fire – not the flames – must be extinguished.

S

  • Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguished agent. A typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power.

S

  • Sweep from side to side. Look for hot spots that could reignite.

Fire extinguisher usage tips

  • Stand with an exit your back.
  • Stand several feet away, only advancing when the fire wanes. If you feel the heat, you are too close.
  • Use a slow sweeping motion at the fire’ base.
  • Works in pairs whenever possible for safety.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SMOKE DAMAGE

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

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IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SMOKE DAMAGE

Once a fire is out and have determined that its structurally sound enough for you to go back inside, you breathe a sigh of relief, believing that your home is safe again. Unfortunately, this probably not the case.  The ash and soot that remain in the building after the crews have extinguished the flames can pose challenges as well. Smoke and soot could can cause hidden damage and odor. It can be a serious hazard to health and can create problems to your home.

SERVPRO of Ventura is expert when it comes to smoke damage and can accurately assess the extent damage to develop a plan of action.

Different types of smoke:

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff back

Wet smoke – Plastics and rubbers low heat, pungent odor, streaky and smeary

Dry smoke – Paper and wood fast burning

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolor paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

How smoke damage cause issues?

  • Hot smoke migrates cooler areas and upper levels of structure
  • The type of smoke may affect the restoration process
  • Smoke flows around plumbing system seeping through the holes and go from floor to floor
  • Soot and ash can ruin electronics
  • The odor can get into furniture and clothing

Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CLEANING HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES AND CLOTHING AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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CLEANING HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES AND CLOTHING AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT

Fire cause damage to homes and its contents. After fire activities, it can cause more damage. Carpets, draperies, upholster furniture and clothing can be rubbished after a fire, that’s why it’s very important to make immediate action.

Fire creates types of smoke damage; the visible soot and the invisible odor. Odor from wood could react to certain cleaning products than smoke odor from plastics. Removing soot and odor is complicated. Before odor removal can be tackled, soot must first have eliminated as it is main source of odor. It is difficult for home owners to remove soot and smoke odors without professional assistance and advice.

Deodorize fabrics and clothes

Throwing items like clothing and towels into washing machine is not advisable. Your washer and dryer can actually cause odor to set into fabric. Better call professional to begin the cleaning process with an ozone treatment. Oxidizing is used to eliminate the odor.

Clean Clothes and fabrics after deodorizing

Once item has been deodorized, you can start cleaning. Textiles, such as clothing, bedding, rugs and towel can be run through appropriate cycles of washer and dryer. Cleaning expert is recommended for larger items such as furniture upholstery and carpeting. They have proper tools that works best for the fabrics.

If a fire disaster has occurred in your home, it is important to start the cleanup process immediately. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT IS THE FIRST FOCUS OF RESTORATION PROFESSIONALS IN RESPONDING TO A FIRE?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT IS THE FIRST FOCUS OF RESTORATION PROFESSIONAL IN RESPONDING FIRE?

The shocking effect of the after math of a fire loss is the volume of water left after a professional fire fighting. The water saves you home but then it begins to damage the structures and contents. Safety hazards must also be controlled before clearing the toxic fire debris away.

What are the hazards that are present after the fire damage?

  1. Structural collapse
  2. Slip, trip, fall
  3. Contamination – present because of toxins released in burning and speed through dirty water
  4. Confined areas – pipes, narrow passages and hiding debris.

Should I hire a Professional to Clean Up Water for Fire Restoration?

SERVPRO of VENTURA is restoration expertise on fire and water damage recovery. Fire restoration requires water extraction and drying as first step. We prepare all the needed equipment and on our service vehicle:

  1. To extract water
  2. To contain contaminated water for disposal
  3. To dry the space
  4. To inhibit the potential of water damage like mold growth with EPA registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO of VENTURA covers all property recovery. We specialize in the clean-up and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke and water damage event. Our staffs are highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO of Ventura WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF RESTORING YOUR HOME AFTER A FIRE DAMAGE

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

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A fire in your home or business is devastating experience, especially when personal things sustained damage. Severe damages could result in structural weaknesses and contents of the affected areas might damage as well. Homeowners don’t want to think about fire but unfortunately these events do happen. Your important documents, treasured keep safe, furniture, electronics can be restored if you act fast and get expert restoration help.

Homeowners who need their property restored after a significant fire damage can rely on SERVPRO of Ventura. We will guide them through the process from start to finish. Our team has experience in performing restoration works on property.

The objective of our professional restoration team is to bring your home back to its original conditions. During the restoration process you can expect us to take several steps such as:

  1. Assessing and documenting the damage. Assessment will not only help our professionals to formulate strategies in restoring the damage to your home but also to coincides the with the needs of your insurance company to help you file claim and have no one less burden to worry about in traumatic time.
  2. Moving items of harm’s way
  3. Cleaning where smoke and soot can penetrate. To avoid scratching, our team utilize furniture blankets and padding.
  4. Ventilate the space.

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire and smoke damage event. Experience, trust and communication are essential to our move out procedure. Our staffs are highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HALLOWEEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

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HALLOWEEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Halloween can be full of fun and spooky tricks or treats. One of the sweetest holidays is one of the most popular activities for children of all ages. It is exciting to dress up in costumes from scary to funny and spend the evening trick-or-treating. While the costumes and candy can be a real treat, Halloween activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire safe one. To make sure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween, here are great safety tips for the entire family.

  1. Costumes

When choosing a costume, avoid fabric that billows or trails behind you, as these can easily ignite. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure he or she can see out of the eye holes.

  1. Decorations

Keep dried flowers, corn stalks and crepe paper decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily.

  1. Candles

If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Place candles and lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, out of the way.

  1. Jack-o'-lantern

Glow sticks or electric candles are the safest choice when it comes to lighting up your jack-o’-lantern. It is safer to use LED candles in pumpkins and other handheld accessories.

  1. Smoke Alarms

Take the time to ensure all your fire safety equipment is working properly. Testing a smoke alarm is a quick and simple process and doing it can save lives.

  1. Exits

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks the escape routes.

If a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Ventura stands ready to provide property owners with Fire Damage Restoration and Smoke Cleanup services.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura: (805) 656-3911.

HOW CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRE?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRE?

Electrical fires are common in both commercial and residential settings. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical fires account more than 50,000 home electrical fires occur yearly. These fires caused nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. With electrical fires becoming increasingly common, residences and commercial businesses need to take action. Here’s why circuit breaker protection is important.

Circuit breakers are essential devices designed to prevent electrical fires and shocks in your home. It helps keep you and your property safe from electrical hazards that were previously undetectable. They provide more safety than fuses when installed with modern electrical systems.

Different types of circuit breaker

  1. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

GFCIs provide circuit breaker protection against the dangers of electrical shock caused by ground faults. They are generally installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water. They are most often found in kitchens, bath and laundry rooms, or even out-of-doors or in the garage where electric power tools might be used. They can greatly prevent serious electrical shock to people. Circuit breakers add more protection against fires and shocks in your home. Better to consult a qualified electrician when choosing and installing such devices.

  1. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

AFCI breakers are installed in your home’s main electrical panel. These devices protect against arc faults dangerous electrical problems caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Old and outdated appliances are one cause of electrical fires. Arcs can form inside the appliance due to old age or failing component. Arcs can lead to high temperatures and sparking, possibly igniting the flammable items nearby.  

Other sources of arc faults include:

  • Broken and frayed cords and wires
  • Pierced wiring by nails and screws
  • Kinked and over-extended power cords
  • Covered cords (with rug or furniture)
  • Loose wiring in outlets and switches
  • Spilled liquid on electrical device

Homeowners in residences with older wiring should also have AFCI protection installed on their wiring to reduce the possibility of electrical fires in the home.

Circuit breakers add more protection against fires and shocks in your home. However, always consult a qualified electrician when choosing and installing such devices. If a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Ventura stands ready to provide property owners with fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services 24/7.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

PREVENT WORKPLACE FIRE

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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PREVENT WORKPLACE FIRE

October is National Fire Prevention month. Here is list of 5 simple safety tips you can implement into your workplace in order to prevent fire and to keep you safe.

  1. Get Organized

One of the ways to reduce fire related episodes is to remove clutter out of office hallways and anywhere else in the office. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

  1. Electrical Hazards

Extension cords and power distribution strips are rated for a maximum wattage and amperage that they can safely withstand. Overloaded extension cords can cause a fire hazard.

  1. Fire extinguishers

All businesses must have fire extinguishers. Maintain the appropriate type of extinguisher for your workplace and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

  1. Fire detection systems

Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Make sure these devices are protected from corrosion or other potential damage and provide enough warning time for employees to evacuate the workplace.

  1. Hazardous chemical storage

Use and store chemicals safely. When storing chemicals, make sure to keep incompatible groups apart. Check the safety data sheets and the hazard labels for further information.

  1. Emergency Exits

Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

No matter the size or type of business, the risk of workplace fires is present. By following these tips, it will help protect your workplace and reduce the risk of injuries. If there is a fire-related emergency in your workplace, our expert fire restoration team can assist you in restoring your business quickly.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

Many of us opt to use space heater during colder months as an additional source of comfort and can help save money on our energy bills While portable space heater devices do generate heat they also present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution. Portable space heaters are a potential source of fire if not used properly. Heating fires occur in colder months. Below are some safety measures to keep in mind before turning on your space heater.

  1. When setting up a space heater, remember to keep it at least 36 inches from any flammable or combustible materials and place it on the floor. Should be free of flammable liquids. Do not put them on easily ignitable or combustible surfaces, such as rugs or carpets, or use them to dry wet clothing.
  2. Heaters must be monitored when in operation.
  3. Plug heater directly into a wall receptacle. Never plug it into an extension cord.
  4. When using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow for fresh air to enter to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup.
  5. Do not use space heaters in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard.
  6. Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.
  7. Make sure the heater you purchase carries a label from either UL, ETL, or CSA. These are safety consulting and certification companies.
  8. Do not use portable space heaters if small children are expected in the area.
  9. Be sure to clean your space heater regularly, and follow your manufacturer’s guide for specific advice on maintenance and inspection.
  10. Unplug the unit when not in use. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.

Practice good safety measures and help reduce the risk of fire in your home. Keep in mind accidents can and do happen. If you find yourself in a fire situation SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help. Contact us at (805) 656-3911

WAYS TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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WAYS TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES

The leaves have fallen and the temperatures are continuing to drop as winter season is approaching. Many people are looking to their chimneys as a source of heat during the cold months. A fire can add warmth and comfort to a home but if they’re not properly maintained, they can also become a hazard.

The purpose of a chimney is to carry hazardous gases and smoke out of your home. If chimneys are not cleaned regularly, residue called creosote can build up inside your chimney and catch fire. Here are some tips on how you can prevent chimney fires.

  1. Minimize creosote build-up to prevent chimney fires.

By removing the buildup of creosote, you can help ensure that your chimney does not catch fire. Creosote is the main culprit of chimney fires. Use an extension pipe, a chimney brush and chemical creosote removers. Or you could call a professional chimney sweep who will do a deep cleaning of your chimney.

  1. Schedule an annual chimney inspection.

Many defects that lead to chimney fires, such as a cracked flue liner, aren’t visible to the naked eye. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a chimney professional.

  1. Only burn dried-out wood.

Cardboard, trash, or other objects can burn very quickly and the flames can get out of control. Placing these items in your fireplace can cause excessive smoke and creosote buildup, which can lead to a chimney fire.

  1. Stay on the lookout for signs of chimney fires.

Indications of chimney fires include dense smoke and a loud rumbling noise. If you think you have a chimney fire, get everyone safely out of your home and call the fire department immediately.

  1. Use clean burning techniques.

Low-temperature, slow-burning fires, particularly those left to smolder overnight, produce more smoke and leave behind more unburned combustible material. Hot, fast-burning fires, leave far less smoke, vapor, and unburned wood behind, so little to no creosote forms.

By following these tips, you can prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If there is a fire-related emergency in your home, our expert fire restoration team can assist you in restoring your home quickly.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CANDLE FIRE SAFETY AND TIPS FOR A HOLIDAY SEASON

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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CANDLE FIRE SAFETY AND TIPS FOR A HOLIDAY SEASON

We used candles to mark special events or create a charming atmosphere in your home, but it can be a serious fire hazard if not properly used. If you like to burn candles during these colder months. Here are some helpful tips to avoid fires caused by candles.

  1. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom. Always supervise rooms with lit candles; blow them out if you leave the room or go to bed. Don’t use candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas.
  2. Keep candles away from anything flammable. Keep matches and lighters in a safe place.
  3. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.
  4. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings. Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.
  5. Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.
  6. Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room.
  7. Never use candles during a power outage or as a night light: Flashlights, or other battery powered lights, are much safer than candles.
  8. Place burning candles at least three inches apart. This won’t melt one another, or create drafts that can cause the candles to flare.
  9. Burn candles within a 1-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
  10. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from clothing, furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, decorations, etc. Never place lit candles in windows where they may ignite blinds or curtains.
  11. Do not burn a candle for longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  12. Never use a candle for light when fueling equipment such as kerosene.
  13. Light Candles with long Matches.
  14. Never Extinguish a Candle with Water. Splashing water can cause hot liquids to spit and spread rapidly.
  15. Ensure the Candle is Fully Out.

Candles serve an important place in many of life’s ceremonies. Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season. As always, remember SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING THE FALL SEASON

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING THE FALL SEASON

The weather starts to cool. The leaves turn from green to orange. Everybody is preparing for the cold season ahead. As summer turns to fall, it is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their memories on fall fire safety tips. Here are a few important fire safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Check Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Test Alarms and Fire Extinguishers
  • When Daylight Savings Time begins and ends, it’s a good idea to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. This ensures the alarms don’t fail when you turn the heat on in your home.
  • Make sure that there is a sufficient quantity of smoke detectors in your home.
  • Verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher
  1. Fully check and service your heating devices
  • Make sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order.
  • For HVAC system, it is best to have inspected, cleaned, and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor.
  • If you have fire place, hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the fireplace and install a mesh metal screen around it.
  1. Space Heater Safety Tips
  • If you use space heaters, ensure there’s at least three feet of space around them. Don’t place fabrics on space heaters to dry, and turn heaters off when going to bed. Check out more space heater safety tips.
  1. Outdoor fire risks
  • As leaves and other flammable debris build up around your home, make it a habit to remove them periodically.
  • Don’t store fuel in your home or garage.
  • Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts clear of debris and remove fuel from lawn mowers before storing them for winter.
  1. Establish and practice a fire escape plan
  • Designate an escape route for each area of your home and establish a meeting place outside.
  • Practice escaping your home while staying low to avoid breathing in smoke.

Don’t let a fire ruin your fall. For professional smoke remediation or fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREVENT DRYER FIRE

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Doing the laundry is part of our daily or weekly routine. Most people don’t know that clothes dryers are one of the major causes of house fires. The most common cause is failure to do a thorough cleaning, because a lint trap is not a foolproof method for catching all the fuzzy stuff from clothes, lint can gradually build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct.

To prevent fire damage from happening in your home, here are five things you can do that don’t take a lot of time out of your schedule.

  1. CLEAN THE LINT SCREEN

Clean out the lint screen every time you use the dryer. The screen catches lint during drying cycles and if it’s not cleaned, the fuzziest from our clothing can build up and cause a potential fire hazard.

  1. INSPECT THE EXHAUST VENT PIPE

One of the most common causes of dryer fires are blocked dryer vent. Accumulation of lint within the hoses restricts airflow, causing it to overheat and potentially catch fire. Clear out the vent pipe to reduce the chance of fire and to maintain the efficiency of the dryer.

  1. CLEAR THE AREA AROUND THE DRYER

Remove flammables like cleaning supplies away from your dryer. Sweep out dust regularly in the areas around and underneath your dryer. Limiting the amount of clutter near your dryer, you decrease the chances of a potential fire hazard.

  1. DO NOT OVERLOAD THE DRYER

When you overload the dryer, you upset the airflow, the clothes will take longer to dry. It can damage the drum and other components of dryer. The fuller your dryer is, the longer it will take to dry your clothes and the hotter it will get.

  1. CALL A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL

Regular maintenance is important for keeping your clothes dryer in good working order. Professional service is required to ensure the unit is functioning properly with no safety hazards.

Keep these fire prevention tips in mind so that you limit the potential for dryer fires. In the case that your residence experiences a dryer fire and suffers damage from it, seek fire damage restoration services immediately before the damage worsens. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS LEAK?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS LEAK?

Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel in the world. Produces only carbon dioxide, water vapor and small amounts of nitrogen oxide when burned. It is used to power a wide range of furnaces, fireplaces, clothes dryers, and stoves. Like almost all sources of energy, natural gas can be dangerous if improperly handled. A natural gas leak can cause potential fires in the house. Inhaling the gas can cause poisoning. Here’s how to recognize a problem and what to do once you smell natural gas.

  1. Learn how to recognize signs of a natural gas leak.

The smell of rotten eggs

Natural gas smells similar to Sulfur or rotting eggs. The stronger this smell, the more likely it is that there is a leak.

 Hissing sounds

A hissing noise will also be possible when you are very near the leak itself. If it’s safe, check your stove; sometimes the gas can be turned on accidentally.

 Air bubbles outside your home

If you see bubbles in standing water including puddles and mud it may be a sign of natural gas dispersing through the soil and into the surrounding air. Natural gas leaks can also occur in underground piping outside the home.

  1. Inspect devices and appliances that use natural gas on a regular basis

Regularly inspecting all devices and appliances that use gas helps prevent and identify possible gas leaks.

  1. Install natural gas and carbon monoxide detectors in your home

Slow gas leaks may not produce enough natural gas smell to be detectable, and even large leaks may not be detected by people with a diminished sense of smell. It is recommended that homeowners use a natural gas detector to alert them to the presence of natural gas.

  1. Shut off natural gas in your home

Cutting off the supply of gas prevents additional gas from escaping and can keep things from getting worse.

If you do have a gas fire, you’ll need to contact your insurance company to help you pay for fire damage cleanup. Hopefully, if you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll avoid any serious repercussions and simply deal with fixing the leak.

If you need a team to help fire damage clean up, contact our team SERVPRO of Ventura, call us at (805) 656-3911.

PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM FIRES AND BURNS

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM FIRES AND BURNS

Children are very playful. They are active, creative, and curious, and no place is safe. One of the most disastrous of all home-related dangers is fire. Each year, thousands of children end up in emergency rooms for fire and burn injuries. Kids don’t always know home fire dangers and risks, so it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures to keep everyone safe.

INDOORS

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. Smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. Install a smoke alarm that has 10 – year battery.
  2. Keep flammable items like towels and oven mitts off the stove top so kids don’t move them toward the fire.
  3. Limit distractions when cooking and don't leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  4. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and make sure you know how it works.
  5. Store matches and lighters in locked drawers or cabinets. Put out candles before leaving the room.
  6. If you have a fireplace, use a guard door to keep kids from getting too close.
  7. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable materials like bedding and drapes.
  8. Cover sockets to prevent children from inserting their fingers or other objects. Use tamper- resistant receptacles.
  9. Cover, move or remove electric wires.
  10. Teach children what to do if their clothes catch fire (stop, drop and roll):
  • Stop immediately.
  • Drop to the floor and cover the face with hands.
  • Roll on the floor to put out flames.
  1. Together, have your family plan and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire.

OUTDOORS

  1. Don’t let children play near grills, fire pits, campfires, kerosene lamps, and supplemental heaters.
  2. Avoid using fireworks especially when children are around.
  3. Never let kids hold sparklers. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees, enough to melt glass.

Fire safety is all about taking precautions and being careful.

If a fire disaster has occurred in your home, it is important to start the cleanup process immediately. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST FIRE DAMAGE DURING SUMMER

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Summer usually known for hot and long dry periods without rain. Many people enjoy activities like camping, bonfires, fireworks, and cookouts. Summertime is a great moment to spend time with family and friends. But we don’t realize that hot days of summer can be a big risk for fires closer to home. Unplanned accidents happen all the time, including fires that can leave severe burns and damaged property structures. There are some easy steps you can take to help protect your home and avoid fire damage.

  1. Watch Your Grill
  • Keep your grill away from the side of your home. It should be in a well ventilated open area away from trees and structures including your home.
  • Always clean it to prevent grease fires. Drain all of the juices from the meats before putting them on the grill to avoid the flames from flaring up.
  • Stabilize it on a flat surface or other stable, flat source.
  • Check all gas all fuel connections between gas tank and grilling. Be careful of starter fluid on a charcoal grill.
  • Never dispose of used charcoal until they have cooled completely.
  1. Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are the source behind hundreds of thousands of property damage every year. Always light fireworks in a safe location outside, away from your home, garage, shed, family, or grass.

  1. Beware of lawn mower fires

Lawn mowers are a surprisingly common source of home fires in the dry months. Damage to your mower, especially corrosive effects from the ethanol in gas, can wear away at fuel tanks, fuel lines, and the carburetor. If the fuel flowers from the tank into the engine while the engine is turned off, it will eventually cause a buildup of flammable vapors and a heat source can spark a fire in your garage. Replace your fuel line every other year and inspect your carburetor for damage.

  1. Practice fire safety while smoking

Be sure cigarettes are completely extinguished. Never put them directly in the trash.

  1. Check A/C and Dryer Vents

Be sure to have an inspection of your a/c system annually because this can prevent a house fire. Dust can settle in places and cause short circuits and other electrical malfunctions that will lead to an air conditioning fire.

  1. Make sure your smoke detectors work

Checking your smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors regularly is one of the best fire prevention methods.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

Carbon monoxide poisoning impacts hundreds of people annually. There are more than 400 American dies from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year and over 50,000 visit the emergency room due to carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. You can’t smell it, see it or taste it but it can strike anywhere. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu. They include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. High levels of CO inhalation can cause mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and ultimately death. Using devices like CO detectors, carbon monoxide can be detected well before it causes harm. Just like smoke detectors in the event of fire, carbon monoxide detectors can save lives. Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning requires proper maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and CO alarms. Below are tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  1. Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances inspected and/or serviced at least once a year by a certified professional.
  2. Never use gas ranges or ovens to heat your home
  3. Don’t use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors.
  4. Be careful when using gas-powered electric generators. Never use them in your home, basement or garage, and keep them at least 20 feet from windows, vents or doors.
  5. When buying gas equipment, be sure to check for the seal of a national testing agency.
  6. Make sure to vent gas appliances properly
  7. Have your chimney checked for soot, debris, and corrosion at least once a year. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney annually.
  8. When the fireplace is in use, open the flues. Close your fireplace or damper only when the fire is completely out.
  9. Never idle your vehicle inside a garage that’s attached to the house or living space, even if you leave the door open. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system once a year to prevent CO build-up.
  10. Install CO alarms in your home

Following these tips can be e a strong defense for minimizing your risk of injury or death. All people and also animals are at risk of CO poisoning. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SAFETY FIRE TIPS DURING QUARANTINE

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SAFETY FIRE TIPS DURING QUARANTINE/LOCKDOWN

As coronavirus cases continue to climb up, some countries are putting their citizens on various forms of lockdown. To lessen the spread of the virus and flatten the curve, experts advised that even those who show no sign of illness should stay at home during this time of global pandemic.

Most of us will be spending more time at home, so make sure your house is as safe from fire risk as possible. Here are tips you need to consider while stuck inside during lockdown.

  1. Smoking and Vaping

Are there smokers living in your home? If people are spending more time in their home, they might find themselves smoking more often.

  • Check for near-misses you might not have spotted like burn marks on floors, clothing or bedding
  • Check that any matches or lighters are kept out of reach of children
  • Check that any e-liquids are out of reach of children
  1. Candles, incense and naked flames

Spending more time at home means relaxation, and you want to make your home cozy by using incense and scented candles.

  • Check that candles, incense and oil burners are held firmly in heat resistant holders
  • Check that these items are out of reach of children
  • Check that these items are kept away from materials that may catch fire, such as curtains, furnishings or clothes
  1. Electrics

More people are working from home, schools are closed, malls and tourist spots are shut down. Children at home are using tablets and game consoles for longer. One of the causes of fires are overloaded electrical outlets.

  • Check your workspace set up to ensure plugs aren’t overloaded
  • Check for any loose or dangerous wiring around your home
  • Check that your electrics are clean and in good working order
  • Throw out any chargers that either didn't come with the device or that are not genuine replacements
  1. Cooking

Restaurants are closed. Staying at home means more cooking at home. Children are at home, so you might have more distractions to deal with.

  • Check for scorched tea towels or worktops in the kitchen
  • Check your toaster isn't placed under kitchen cabinets or close to anything that can catch fire
  • Check that your oven, hob, cooker hood and grill are clean and in good working order
  • If you have a barbecue, make sure it stays outside, that it's positioned on level ground and kept well away from anything that may catch fire

GREASE FIRE: WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

lady with burning pan GREASE FIRE: WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM Ventura, California

A grease fire damage can be unexpected disaster for kitchen and home. Grease fires are difficult to extinguish. Putting water on grease fire or trying to snuff it out with towels can make it worse and can lead the fire to spreading.

Putting out grease fire requires skills, a speedy reaction, and most importantly the presence of mind.

Here are following steps on how to put out grease fire:

  1. Turn off the heat. One thing you should never do is to pick up the pan. Otherwise, the fire can spread to you or the grease could spill into the counter or kitchen floor, causing the fire to spread easily.
  2. Put a lid on the pot or frying pan to cut off oxygen to the fire. Let the pan cool before touching it and cleaning up the mess.
  3. If the fire is out of control, the most important thing to do is to call 911 and get everyone outside.
  4. Do NOT pour water on a grease fire. Putting water on grease can lead the fire to spreading.
  5. Do NOT fan the fire with a dry or wet cloth, it can make it worse and spread the fire.
  6. If the fire is too huge to handle, cease it using a fire extinguisher.

How to prevent a grease fire:

  1. Never leave your pot or frying pan unattended.
  2. Always keep a metal lid on the counter to cover burning pan or pot.
  3. Slowly heat the oil to your desired temperature.
  4. Turn off the burner if you suspect the grease is getting too hot.

Because of just how quickly a grease fire can spread and because of how intensive a grease fire damage can be, it’s almost always ideal to call a professional for help with repairing damage from a grease fire. A grease fire damage most often leaves a heavy scent of smoke throughout your home. A professional has the knowledge and experience to quickly and effectively repair damage from a grease fire, as well as the tools needed to get the job done.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

AVOID THESE BAD HABITS THAT COULD BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Place AVOID THESE BAD HABITS THAT COULD BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE SERVPRO of Ventura Ventura, California

Fire is fast, in less than seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people.

House fires are more common, with potential fire starters like light bulbs, laptops, and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your home, disguised as harmless.

Some things we ignore can lead to incidence of house fires.

  1. Dirty Rags

A pile of oil – soaked rag when left unattended are very real fire hazard, as they could oxidize and spontaneously combust, causing a house fire.

  1. Electric Blanket

A warm and cozy electric blanket can comfort in the cold weather, but it also poses a potential fire hazard if used improperly. Extra covers over the blanket could buildup excessive heat and may lead to fire.

  1. Ignoring Appliance Recalls

In the last 10 years, home appliances caused an estimated 150,000 fires, and a significant number of these were caused by defective appliances. If you happen to own one of those, replace I immediately.

  1. Dryer Lint

Accumulation of loose threads and other tiny textile could lead to fire during excessive heat buildup. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly, to clear away lint and clogs, and reduce the risk of fire.

  1. Overheated Laptops

Laptop is one electronic device we ignore a lot of time. When you leave it on your bed, couch, rug, or other soft, flammable surface, you run the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents, which can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire.

  1. Wrong light bulb wattage

Installing a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the light fixture’s maximum wattage, and never go over the recommended rating.

  1. Using Many Extension Cords

Connecting a large number of cords for a significant amount of time can cause an overload that leads to a short circuit and result in a fire. Hire a qualified electrician to install power outlets.

  1. Leaving Candles Unattended

Candles add ambiance and aroma to the house, but their soft glow can grow into a blaze if left to burn unsupervised. A draft could cause the flame to flare up and ignite nearby flammable items.

  1. Smoking Indoors

The embers of an improperly extinguished cigarette can interact with other nearby flammable items and start a fire. To avoid fire, only smoke outside, and be sure to pour water on cigarette ashes and butts before tossing them in the trash.

  1. Ignoring Loose-Fitting Plugs

A loose electrical outlet has the potential to ignite a fire behind the wall. If you notice any loose electrical outlets in your home, make sure they’re replaced immediately.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID HOUSE FIRE DURING SPRING AND SUMMER

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

House burning HOW TO AVOID HOUSE FIRE DURING SPRING AND SUMMER

Spring break is approaching, giving us a little taste of what summer will have in store for us. With only a
couple more months left, we are becoming more and more anxious towards the day where we could
finally enjoy more of those outdoor activities.
We truly cannot wait to say goodbye to winter and hello to summer. However, like winter, there are a
number of risks that are associated with house fires during this time of year. While we should not be too
worried about these occurring on our property, we will always be aware that accidents can still happen
during the spring and summer season.
Here are tips for preventing traditional fires within your home.
1. Outdoor Electrical Outlets
Keep in mind not to overload the circuit outlets to use outside machinery and equipment; you will want
to keep the watt usage at or below 1500. The temperatures outside are warmer. If it is warm or too hot
to touch, be sure to turn unplug them for at least 15 minutes between each use. This ensures that it will
not become overheated or cause a property fire.
2. Fuel Containers
Be sure to throw away gas or paint cans that have a leak immediately. If there is any gas or other
flammable material on your yard, be sure to have it removed or cleaned right away, especially during
hotter temperatures.
3. Grilling
As sparks can fly or flames can shoot out when using too much fuel, always take proper precautions. Not
only can this cause severe property damage, it can also cause serious injuries.
4. Dryers
The biggest issue in the spring and summer time, however, is that it may be used more often during this
time of year.
5. Inspect the Fire Extinguisher
Be sure that it is in working condition and everyone knows its location. Taking a few minutes now to
make sure it works can save you weeks in repair time in the future.
6. Lightning
As thunderstorms are no stranger during the springtime, lightning is one of the most common causes of
property fires. While it is impossible to completely prevent lightning from striking a chimney or roof of a
home, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand.
Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Hands with Sparklers Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

It just seemed like yesterday when we celebrated New Year 2019 and now it is time to celebrate 2020!
People celebrate New Year in many different ways from large outdoor celebrations to extravagant
indoor parties to more intimate family gatherings at home.
Take extra care during New Year celebrations. Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period,
such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations, can all be fire hazards when proper
care is not taken.
Keep New Year celebration with these safety tips:
1. If you have overnight guests, make sure that they know about your family’s fire escape plans.
2. Keep pets and children away from lit candles and fireplaces. Also, keep matches and lighters in a
locked cabinet out of reach of children.
3. Test home smoke alarms on a monthly basis, especially before a big party. Replace the batteries on
the smoke alarm if needed.
4. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, broiling, or frying. Do not leave the stove unattended.
5. At large New Year’s Eve celebrations, keep an eye out for possible fire sources such as candles
burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make your feel
unsafe.
6. Check to make sure the building has a wide entrance and opens for an easy exit. Make sure exits are
not blocked by decorations.
7. Ask smokers to smoke outside during your party.
8. Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over.
9. If you choose to shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions.
10. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve.
11. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
Don’t let the new year get off to a bad start! Keep safety in mind to ensure you, your family, and your
friends have an accident-free New Year’s Eve celebration!.Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Decorations and Gifts FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Every year, emergency rooms treat thousands of injured people, due to cuts, burns and shocks related
to holiday lights, decorations, fireplaces and Christmas trees.
Seasonal decor can often be hazardous if not properly put up with care — or if it's placed next to a
potentially dangerous item.
Keep your family safe this holiday season by following these safety tips.
Lights
1. Inspect lights first. Before plugging in a strand of lights, examine the cord for damage. Throw away
any frayed, kinked or worn light strands.
2. Never overload a circuit. A typical household circuit can power 70 strings of 50-bulb mini lights, or 300
to 600 strings of 50-bulb LED lights.
3. Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed. To avoid braving the cold
every night, install a timer to automatically turn on the lights at dusk and turn them back off at dawn.
4. Use a GFCI. A ground-fault circuit interrupter is a special type of wall outlet installed in areas where
water and electricity could potentially mix, causing a dangerous reaction.
Candle
Candles may provide a festive ambiance and delightful fragrance, but they’re also responsible for
starting two out of every five home decoration structure fires each year.
1. Get flame without the fire. Consider replacing traditional candles with flameless, battery-operated
types, but don't;t forget to turn them off when leaving the house as LED lights do get hot.
2. Don't leave the room. Never leave a candle burning unattended and, if you're going to be stepping
away from the candle for several minutes, it's safer to blow it out rather than risk a potential hazard.
3. Use caution when decorating with candles. Always use a sturdy candle holder to keep it from tipping
over or touching flammable surfaces.
Trees
1. When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms
dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of
foot traffic and do not block doorways.
2. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant. “Although this label does not
mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
Fireplace
Keep the fireplace clear and free of debris. Clean the ashes from the fireplace after each fire. To reduce
the amount of flammable material collecting in the chimney, burn only CSIA-accepted manufactured
logs or firewood that’s been seasoned a year or more.

HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

No one wants to spoil the holiday season. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is often the focal point
of your home’s holiday decoration, but Christmas trees in the home can present a fire safety issue. A
primary concern with a Christmas tree is fire danger, often brought on by electrical malfunctions and in
the case of a real tree, a drying tree. Averages of 200 home fires were caused by Christmas trees every
year.
Here are things to keep yourself, your home and your loved ones safe this holiday season. Use these tips
to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire hazard:
HOW TO PREVENT CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES
Use these tips to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire hazard:
1. When choosing a tree, pick one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
2. Cut about two inches from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in its stand.
3. Always keep the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, including candles, heat vents,
lights, radiators and fireplaces.
4. Make sure the tree is not blocking any exits.
5. Add water to the tree stand daily to help prevent your Christmas tree from getting too dry.
HOW TO SAFELY USE LIGHTS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
1. Only use lights that have been tested for indoor use by an independent, recognized testing
laboratory.
2. Do not use lights intended for outdoor use on your Christmas tree.
3. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or with loose bulb connections.
4. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to learn how many light strands can be safely connected.
5. Check all strands for cracks, frays and damage before use.
6. Do not overload outlets or power strips with Christmas lights and decorations.
7. Turn off your Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Fire safety is all about taking precautions and being careful, so follow these tips for a safer and merrier
Christmas!

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

wild fire photo California Wild FIres

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE

A wildfire erupted overnight in the hills above communities in Southern California's Ventura
County, forcing evacuations for thousands of people. 2019 wildfire season is the current-running fire
season in California. According to California Fire Data California has been almost 160, 000 burned than
last year. The Maria Fire ignited in the dry brush in Ventura County early Thursday evening and quickly
consumed thousands of acres, illuminating the contours of South Mountain in a smoky orange glow by
nightfall.
Power utilities have preemptively shut off power to over one million residents due to perceived risk of
wildfires starting in high winds due to high-voltage power lines. While large areas have been without
power for days, people in fire danger areas had trouble getting updates and critical life support
equipment would not work without backup power.
Thousands of children and elderly are rushed to the hospital with asthma attacks and respiratory illness
because of the smoke from the growing blazes leading to hazardous air quality throughout Southern
California. The blazes were among the many wildfires to explode in California during a period of
dangerous fire conditions. Those fires have burned more than 101,000 acres in three weeks.
Californians are becoming more accustomed to the impacts of a longer, stronger fire season due to
global heating, but they are also becoming exhausted. 10 million Southern Californians now living under
a massive smoke cloud to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed. This smoke hazard will last
for two-and-a-half weeks as the fire burns and the smoke lingers.
Weather conditions still may pose a problem, but they are improving. Red flag warnings — meaning
wind, humidity and other conditions are ripe for fires — have been extended for parts of Southern
California.
. “The damage would likely be massive, potentially dwarfing what we have seen recently.” According to
David Sapsis, a wildfire scientist. More likely in the near future given what scientists know about how
climate change will increase wildfire risk in California.
Climate models show that as temperatures continue to rise, the atmosphere and land in some regions,
like California’s forests, will grow more arid. This in turn will make shrubs and trees drier and more
flammable.

What is an AIR SCRUBBER and How does it work?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of Small and Big Air srubbers Air scrubbers for Rent in Ventura, California. SERVPRO of Ventura Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration

What is an air scrubber? How does it work?

Most of us think that we are protected from air pollution if we are inside the house. But sadly, that is
not true. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor environments are around 2-5
times as polluted as the air outdoors.
When the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors and the quality of our indoor air
becomes more important to our health and well-being. If you have a forced air system in your home,
there are many different modifications you can make to your existing HVAC system to improve the
quality of the air you breathe.
What is air scrubber?
Air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air
within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a
series of filters to remove contaminants.
How does it work?
Air Scrubbers are used by mold remediation specialists, renovation companies, and other job sites to
help improve the surrounding air quality. It doesn’t just treat the air but it also helps to clean the
surfaces of your home, such as countertops, bathrooms, kitchens, and doorknobs.
Air filters can trap pollutants, but only air purification systems such as Air Scrubbers actually kill the
contaminants and pathogens in your home.
Air Scrubber Benefits & Common Applications
1.Purifies the air and reduces particles that can irritate allergies and asthma
2. Protects people from dangerous contaminants and pollutants
3. Protects heating and cooling systems from dust buildup
4. Reduces exposure to common bacteria and viruses
5. Protects against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to
health problems
6. Effective against MRSA, E. coli and other illness causing bacteria and viruses

For Air Scrubber Rentals, please call SERVPRO of Ventura at 805-656-3911.

Tips to Prevent House Fires

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A home is a place where you make memories that’s why it is scary to imagine your home ever suffering
from a disaster such as a fire.
Here are ways to reduce the risk of house fire
1. Inspect All Your Heating Sources
When your heating sources are not properly working they could trigger a fire to happen. You should
have them checked out annually by a professional. Make sure your air filters are always cleaned out. A
fire can easily start from debris and dust being too close to a heat source so make sure you clean them
regularly.
2. Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly
The easiest way to avoid a house fire is by checking your smoke alarms regularly. There is a little button
on it that you can press to test it. If it beeps weakly, then you need to change the batteries. If a fire
breaks out and it’s not working, tragedy can quickly occur as no one is alerted to evacuate.
3. Don’t Leave Your Kitchen
A few seconds is all it takes for a fire to break out. Do not to leave cooking food unattended. If for
whatever reason you can’t turn off the oven, call someone into the kitchen to watch the food until you
get back.
4. Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
Food particles aren’t the only thing that could cause this to happen. If your curtains hang a little too
close to the stove, they can catch fire. If you leave a dish towel or cookbook on a burner that you forgot
was still hot, they can catch fire.
5. Always Check Your Dryer
Depending on what type of dryer you have, they need to be inspected on a yearly basis. We all get in a
hurry when we’re doing our chores but, don’t forget to clean out your lint trap every time you put in a
new load of laundry.
6. Maintain All Cords
Before you plug something in, make sure that the cord hasn’t been chewed. If you do notice damaged
wires, replace them as soon as possible because this is a huge fire hazard. .

7. Properly Store Flammable Products
Household cleaners and common cosmetic items like hairspray and shaving cream can be hazardous. If
they are exposed to a large heat source, they can combust. Keep them away from space heaters, and
store them safely in a cool area.
8. Practice Caution with Candles
Scented can cause fire if you don’t use them carefully. Make sure you put them out before you exit a
room and keep them far away from blankets or other objects.
9. Be Careful with Your Fireplace
You don’t want any stray sparks to escape so you need to make sure you have a door between the
flames and your flooring. It goes without saying, but never leaves the room when the fireplace is going.
Dispose of them in a metal container that is designated just for the ashes.
10. Keep Fire Extinguishers Around
Fire extinguishers are your best defense weapon when a fire breaks out. Make sure you have one in
every room that is a potential threat, such as the kitchen. Every family member should know how to use
an extinguisher so if a fire does happen, it can be put out as fast as possible.
If you are searching for a professional service company that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee
you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it
provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job
is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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 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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