Recent Fire Damage Posts

How To Mitigate Invisible Fire Damage

9/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged fire place in home. A partial fire loss to your business in Brentwood, CA, is still devastating.

Flames damaged your commercial property in Brentwood, CA. Afterward, many structures and contents seem fine to the naked eye. However, not all fire loss is obvious. How can you tell what needs to be restored?

What Is a Partial Loss?

When a fire damages but does not completely destroy a building, it is considered a partial loss. In this instance, a fire restoration company inspects structures that may be impacted, including those hidden from view.

• Interior systems such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC
• Interior structures including the frame, walls, ceilings, and flooring
• Exterior structures like roofing, siding, foundation, and windows

What Causes Damage in a Fire?

When your contents are burnt, it is easy to identify the cause as flames. There are other types of fire loss that occur when your building catches fire. Restoration companies use professional-grade equipment to clean the resulting damage found in structures, contents, and air.

• Smoke damage is not always evident but requires attention nonetheless. Smoke leaves a residue in the HVAC system, on furniture, in carpeting, and in other areas of your business.

• Water damage is common due to fire sprinklers or hoses that put out the fire. This type of damage should be addressed immediately to prevent secondary problems, such as mold.
• Extreme heat may cause invisible damage if your business was in close proximity to a fire. High temperatures may impact roofing, iron or steel structures, pipes, or window frames.

What Are the Next Steps?

After a fire ravages your property, consider your safety first. Once you are safe, plan for restoration efforts as soon as possible.

• Contact your property insurance agent to confirm coverage and file a claim. Coverage typically includes restoring the property to a uniform, consistent result. Therefore, partially damaged items are matched or replaced.
• Arrange for a fire restoration company to inspect the property and begin the process of remediation.

A partial fire loss to your business in Brentwood, CA, is still devastating. Even if the damage is not obvious, a thorough inspection and proper fire restoration procedures are key to returning to preloss condition.

Just Before Help Arrives..

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire and smoke mitigation, you are advised to take quick action to contact your nearest SERVPRO Franchise professionals. By doing this you get to reduce the amount of secondary, ensure a faster and easier cleanup and also lower claim cost.

In case of any limitation from doing this, there are some measures you can take.

Here is a list of do’s and don’ts:

Do’s

  1. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  2. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  3. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  4. Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trims and appliances.
  5. Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants.
  6. Change the HVAC filter but leave the system off until a professional can check the system.

Don’t

1.Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO Franchise Professional.

2.Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting an authorized water repair service.

3.Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire heat or water.

4.Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electric shock

5.Send garments to the dry cleaner for proper cleaning.

There is a science behind our process

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Psychrometry is the study of air and its properties. This is the science SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use to create proper atmosphere for more effective drying. The restorer measures the temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point for them to establish the right form of restoration.

Our experienced professional uses a variety of equipment like moisture sensors, moisture meters, Thermo-hygrometers, infrared cameras and manometers. These equipment help to tell the conditions of our surrounding that we cannot feel or see. For example when water evaporates, it cools surface temperature. Infrared cameras identify temperature differentials to locate potential water damage. Infrared technology visually displays qualitative thermal differences often caused by water damage.  

After finding out what the conditions are, the restorer will determine which equipment they need to place in the areas of water damage. These equipment may include air movers or dehumidifiers. SERVPRO technicians have been well trained to understand how this science of drying works as this helps kickstart effective process of drying.

From Fire odor to smelling like spring !

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

A fire restoration job is considered incomplete if the entire smoke odor has not been removed, even if the area has been cleaned. We are often very sensitive to smoke smell and that is why deodorization is key when it comes to fire restoration. It takes experts to successfully carry out deodorization and at SERVPRO our staff has the best training in products and practices.

We are keen to identify the source of the odor and clean it up or dispose of it if un-restorable.

Odor is a gas and has its way of penetrating through porous surfaces that is why we make sure to inspect rooms that might be affected. The exciting part is that we have great equipment and chemicals that come in variety of PH levels, suitable for the materials we are working on. It takes great knowledge to understand how to deal with odor and that is why we examine how long the material has been exposed, the concentration of residue, heat and humidity of the surrounding.

The best part of all is that you get to discuss with us on what kind of scent you want from the deodorizer.  

Fire Alert!

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

A Plastic cooking spoon was forgotten on a hot stove in Brentwood Ca. The home owner did not realize that the plastic had caused a fire because the batteries from the fire alarm had not been replaced.

Thankfully a vigilant neighbor saw some smoke and from the door crack and called the emergency services to help.

As the warmer month draw closer, we advice that all fire alarm systems be checked to ensure they are working correctly.

Fire alarm systems help notify occupants of a fire emergency and in most cases can notify the local fire department.

Most importantly, fire alarm system inspection, testing and maintenance need to be carried out as required because they can also be compromised by dirt or vandalism. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

We tailor a unique solution based on the cause and severity of the fire damage. We have the right equipment, products, and experience to restore your property.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
925-420-5104

 

We can save that wood!

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged wooden cabinet This shows a before and after scenario showing the efficacy of SERVPRO range of products

A fire in a home can cause a lot of damaging ripple effect. It can destroy precious personal property of the home owner or affect the integrity of personal property by changing the appearance or smell as a result of soot.

The effect of soot on an item can almost mean the end of the item to the owner when the right products are not applied to get rid of the effect of smoke. This is a popular situation with wood materials.

Wood can be cleaned and restored with various products in our SERVPRO range after a soot damage, we especially like to use the SERVPRO Lemon Oil Polish which is a professional quality polish formulated to clean, protect, polish, beautify and restore all wood finishes.

It repels water, while protecting natural wood surfaces from discoloration and raising of wood grain.

We have used this severally and the result is phenomenal

Living Ready in Wildfire Season

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Wild fire season is a very precautionary time for anyone living in an area prone to wild fires. The negative ripple effect of a wild fire to a property owner cannot be underestimated.

The local authority does a very good job in warning property owners on the procedures they need to take in the event of the wild fire or home fire, in the event of an evacuation or containing the fire spread.

We advise that property owners regularly inspect the surrounding of their homes and business for leaky gas pipes, prune dead plants and properly dispose of those, prune overgrown trees; especially any close to power cables, ensure trash is disposed of properly because it can be a perfect fuel agent for fires and finally ensure the access points are free from clutter to allow the emergency services get to the source of the fire quickly.

DIY before help arrives after a fire loss

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire disaster, smoke smell lingers in a home/business and removing the smell is of utmost importance. Here are a few steps you need to remove smoke smell before a professional arrives.

Step 1: Air Out

Even when we can’t see smoke, we can smell it. When a fire loss occurs, smoke particles stick to porous and non-porous surfaces. Its important to open the windows and doors to ventilate your property. The air circulation will help clear out the space. You can also put on fans if available, though this won’t completely get rid of the smoke smell.

Step 2:

Wipe down all surfaces and launder all fabrics; like curtains, pillows, blankets.

Step 3:

In a case where the flooring is carpet, vacuum and deep clean carpet

Step 4:

Clean the HVAC system. You can also change your HVAC filters. You might need to consider a professional in a serious fire loss

Step 5:

Smells can linger from the wall paint, so a fresh coat of paint can help minimize the smoke odor and beautify your home again

Aftermath of a fire damage

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is very devastating to any family but it is also very helpful to understand the restoration process in case of a fire damage in your property. Here are a few steps that can help facilitate the restoration process.

Typically, the first step will be calling your insurance agency. Most home insurance agencies will help you contact a restoration company. This is a very crucial step. At this point, it is important that you pick a reputable and professional company for the best price.

Secondly, once a reputable restoration company like your local SERVPRO commences work at your property, we work to remove moisture from the property that might have been pumped in the structure in a bid to stop the fire. This is important because mold growth activity can start in as little as 48 hours.

The next step is to remove debris from the loss. Removing debris helps properly ascertain the level of the loss and tailor an appropriate procedure for restoration to commence.

After the debris is removed, we deodorize the structure of any odors from the fire loss. We either use the ozone, thermal fogging or ULV misting deodorizing procedures. The walls and flooring will be thoroughly cleaned in preparation for any form of reconstruction that needs to occur after this loss.

Watch out for FIRE!

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

A few of the most mentioned causes of a fire in homes are electric fires, home cooking, heating, Christmas trees, candles, chemicals. It can be difficult to remain mindful of all these potential causes of house fires, but the more attentive you are to the things that could ignite, the better off you’ll be.

If you are the victim of a house fire, your property and your health are at risk. Fires do a huge degree of damage depending on how long, and large, they burn. When you’ve had a house fire and the emergency service professionals are gone, you need help picking up the pieces.

 SERVPRO is here to help you deal with your damaged property. Because the fire is not the only source of damage, you will be left with the lasting effects of smoke ingrained in the fabric of your house and the water damage from the recovery efforts of the emergency response team.

We understand how important it is to get this damage dealt with the right way so that you can get back to living your life. Call us today to consult with one of our dedicated professionals about what steps you can take to make your home feel like home again.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your residential or commercial spaces, causing evident damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan to remediate.  

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. This also means there are various kinds of soot residue when a fire damage occurs. In order to begin restoration, SERVPRO of East Concord/Brentwood will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.  The information provided after pretesting will determine the cleaning procedures to be performed. See below some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

We tailor a unique solution based on the cause and severity of the fire damage. We have the right equipment, products, and experience to restore your property.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
925-420-5104