Recent Fire Damage Posts
Small Space Heaters & Your Safety
It's always a good idea to double check your appliances and make sure they are both off and unplugged.
Heating and electrical equipment are some of the top causes for structure fires in the United States, especially in homes. Space heaters should be setup at least a few feet away from furniture or other combustible objects. Always make sure to check the equipment and clean it regularly. It is a good idea to make sure the appliance is turned off, or even unplugged whenever you leave your home. Cleaning your space heater can be done by spraying compressed air throughout the inside and vents to get rid of dust and debris that may accumulate but you may need to remove the front cover to do so. While many modern space heaters have safety shut offs built in, it is still a good idea to turn it off when it will not be monitored, just to hopefully prevent you from a fire loss.
Things to Know About Fire Damage
Indoor elements and outdoor elements can cause fires and you need to prepared.
Those who survive the fire with minimal or no damage to their homes are very fortunate, but recovery may still take some time. This is particularly true if the fire was close enough to your home to cause soot, smoke or water damage. And, even if the fire never threatened your home, fires occurring miles away can still deposit ash and cause your home to smell like smoke. Before any fire cleanup efforts begin, you must ensure that the area is safe. Confirm that evacuation orders have been lifted and assess your property. If your home or property sustained damage that you need to report to your insurance company. If your home experienced significant fire or water damage, it is best to hire a company that specializes in this type of cleanup to do the work for you. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has dealt with hundreds of fire damaged homes so you will feel confident trusting them with your home as well.
What Your Insurance Sees
Always be prepared to see what your insurance may see.
More than likely after a fire damage your insurance will categorize your loss into one of two categories. This also helps determine what actions need to be taken to restore the home most efficiently.
Primary Fire Damage
This damage refers to damage sustained as a direct result of the flames, to include the building and contents of both homes and businesses.
Secondary Fire Damage
The secondary type refers to damage sustained due to smoke and other corrosive substances caused by the fire. It’s often that secondary damage accounts for the majority of damage inside a fire damaged home or office. Additionally, a fire can expose the building to the outdoor elements which could tack on water damages due to rain.
Fire damage is no joke and you should always take the proper steps by calling both your insurance to file your claim and SERVPRO to remediate your home.
Make Sure Your Business Is Up To Code
Always be prepare and up to date.
Officials regularly revise fire codes and inspect businesses, usually annually, to certify compliance. As a business owner you should always make sure you are up on the following:
- Sprinklers have been installed in buildings where they are now required.
- Manual fire alarms have been installed where they are now required.
- Fire egress routes are maintained as required.
- Signage has been updated as required.
- Fire prevention equipment – sprinklers, fire department hook-ups, extinguishers, fire alarm systems and smoke alarm systems – are inspected and maintained as required.
- Fire prevention equipment has been updated to comply with structural changes to the business.
By following these simple rules you might save yourself a ton of money, time, and heartbreak. Your property can quickly become unsafe and hazardous. Prevent yourself from a fire and fire damage but if you ever do suffer a loss always call SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
Top Quality Fire Restoration
Save or replace this roof? SERVPRO of Simi Valley would be able to tell you!
Every fire is different and even a small fire can ruin the most precious of your belongings. With all the soot and the ash coming down it can seem like a total loss but that is not always the case, by calling a professional fire restoration company you can expect they will do their best to restore your items to preloss condition. Fire restoration teams are essential, and SERVPRO of Simi Valley can be there the minute the fire department clears it for our technicians to enter. We will begin assessing your property immediately to determine what we can save and what needs to be replaced. After the fire is out that’s where the team of SERVPRO of Simi Valley comes in to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How to Clean Smoke Damaged Electronics
Fire damaged roof.
Can electronics be damaged by smoke? The simple answer is yes! Smoke can damage your electronics in several different ways: black film is smoke that can seep into all parts of your electronics leaving a black film, hence the name “black film”; the film creates an insulating effect and makes your electronics prone to overheating. Magnetic charge could cause the shortening of an item’s circuits which can happen to TV’s, computers, appliances, and other electronics. Acidity from soot can lead to the early degradation of your electronics, shortening their usable lifespan. The first thing to know about cleaning your electronics is that you should always call a professional. The best thing you can do on your own is remove any storage or memory, try removing anything personal from the hard drive a computer to one that was not affected. For televisions it is best to unplug them and leave them turned off. Treat smoke damaged appliances like you would a television. Your electronics and appliances are some of the most valuable items in your home and we understand their importance when it comes to restoring them after smoke and fire damage. Always call the professionals at SERVPRO of Simi Valley for any fire restoration needs.
Candle Safety Tips
Over half of candle fires start because the candle is too close to combustible materials.
There is something calming about candles. They look pretty and enhance the ambiance in a room, they give off a fragrant smell that can be so luring, but they can also be the cause to a house fire. December has been noted as the peak month of candle fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires started when they were placed to something that can burn, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations. Review the tips below to prevent any house fires this holiday season:
- Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
- Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
- Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
- Put candle holders and a sturdy and uncluttered surface
- Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
- Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
- You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle
Although candles can add to the decor in the room, however, they can also add danger. Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season, use alternatives to prevent any candle fires in homes like using flameless candles. As always, remember SERVPRO of Simi Valley is here to help!
What Sets Smart Smoke Detectors Apart?
Protect your Simi Valley, CA home with a smart smoke detector
Smart smoke detectors are a relatively new technology that can send push notifications to smartphones and may be controlled remotely. Find out how a next-generation smoke alarm can protect your home.
Smart Alarms Types
There are three types of smart fire safety devices:
- Smart batteries
- Smart detectors
Smart batteries can be used in standard battery-powered smoke detectors or as backups in hardwired units. Smart detectors may cover more square-footage than standard alarms and can be controlled remotely. Listeners send alerts when any alarm is triggered.
A smart battery is an affordable way to monitor your home while you are out. This technology functions like a nine-volt battery but has Wi-Fi connectivity to send notifications. You can silence battery-powered alarms remotely, but this function does not work for hardwired alarms with smart battery backups.
A smart smoke alarm also sends notifications, can be remotely controlled, and may be capable of monitoring more than one floor of your home. Some devices alert users to elevated carbon monoxide levels. Listeners send notifications whenever an alarm sounds in your home, though these devices are not capable of silencing alarms.
Smart Alarms Effectiveness
A single smart alarm may monitor an entire floor of your home, or more. If your home is spacious, you may want to just install a listener to notify you of any alarms.
Smart Detector Costs
Smart fire safety solutions are available in a wide price range:
- The initial smart battery unit retails for about $35 with $15 replacements once or twice a year
- Smart detectors start around $100
- Listeners range from $50 to $100
Consider a smart smoke alarm or smoke detector device to receive timely push notifications about alarms. All of these devices can increase overall safety at your residence in Simi Valley, CA. If a fire results in damage, rely on the expertise of damage restoration professionals.
Fire Damage? Here's some things to avoid doing before we arrive!
When faced with fire and smoke damage, we're Here to Help®.
If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you should NOT do while waiting for your remediation team to arrive.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create a secondary damage.
- Send garments to dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
The Do's and Don'ts of Fire Restoration
Our most recent fire loss.
In a state of panic it may be hard to make good judgment calls but we want to remind you of a few simple things.
Do turn off utilities: Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a SERVPRO professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.
Don’t clean walls or clothing: Also, do not clean walls, ceilings and other similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
By remembering just these two simple do’s and don’ts you could save yourself a big headache when it comes to dealing with a fire loss in your home. You should always trust a SERVPRO professional to come on the scene to give you the best recommendations for you, your home, your items, and your pets.
SERVPRO of Simi Valley Wildfire Damage Event
SERVPRO of Simi Valley provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Simi Valley.
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.
According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires added up to $5.1 billion over the past 10 years.
Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Simi Valley we are monitoring any wildfire situations closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Simi Valley is Here to Help®.
About SERVPRO of Simi Valley
SERVPRO of Simi Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Simi Valley Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Simi Valley Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Simi Valley will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (805)522-2945
Master Bedroom Fire
After math of flames through the roof of the master bedroom.
A fire started from electrical misfiring led to the large fire remediation performed by SERVPRO of Simi Valley. The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire, neighbors called the fire department when they noticed smoke coming from the roof of the home. By the time firefighters were able to settle the flames and smoke SERVPRO was on the scene with crews and equipment to start putting the home back together.
With only damage to the master bedroom the family was able to stay in other parts of the home while remediation was happening and we were able to get them back into their bedroom in no time at all.
If you ever suffer a fire loss you should always call the experts at SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
3 Tips To Make Sure Your Home is Carbon Monoxide and Fire Safe
Crawl space after fire remediation.
Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and invisible which makes it extremely deadly to those unaware of it. Most fire alarms in a home are equipped with a carbon monoxide detector as well. However, if yours does not here is a simple tip: you can buy a wall plug in carbon monoxide detector pretty much anywhere in your house. But experts suggest you place it next to your hot water heater. The second tip to keep your home safe from a fire is to have an emergency fire extinguisher within your home but also out of the reach of small children. The third and final tip is to know all the exits in your home and to have an escape plan. No one can ever plan for a fire but we can be prepared. Always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula in case of a fire emergency, we are the trusted industry experts.
Is Smoke Damage Really That Harmful?
Power washing gets rid of soot from fire losses.
A question we hear at SERVPRO from clients quite often is: is smoke damage really that harmful? The answer is yes! Smoke damage can affect in more ways than one, while direct exposure to smoke is harmful to your respiratory system, it can also negatively affect your property's structure, sometimes in unexpected ways. Smoke from any type of fire is comprised of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and soot. Depending on what’s burning, many other harmful chemicals also enter the air, and are inhaled into your lungs or latch onto walls, furniture, clothing, ductwork, and other areas. While it may not seem like as big of a deal as the flames that burned personal property, smoke damage definitely should never be ignored! ALWAYS call SERVPRO for all your fire/smoke remediation needs.
The Dangers of Smoke Damage
A bedroom affected after a unit fire.
Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimise the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately.
If left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways: extensive and permanent damage, soot deposits, and cost increase.
Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home.
SERVPRO has trained technicians that are knowledgeable when it comes to treating both homes and businesses for fire, smoke, soot damage that has occurred. You should always rely on a professional to help restore your property.
How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?
An after shot of a home that suffered a large fire loss, they did not have a fire extinguisher in home.
Fire extinguishers last between five and 15 years but they all ultimately expire and become ineffective, no matter what fire-fighting substance they contain. Household fire extinguishers—which are typically filled with dry chemicals (carbon dioxide or halon)—lose their charge over time. Those with compressed gas can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken, while those with ammonium phosphate will solidify over the years, rendering the entire device unusable. Read on to get a handle on the age and effectiveness of your fire extinguisher, plus tips on how to extend its life, get it serviced, and dispose of it correctly if necessary. Store a fire extinguisher in a clean, indoor location can help extend its life. Exposure to sun, UV radiation, wind, or rain can cause corrosion, rust, and deterioration. If the canister is dented or bruised, or if the tamper seal and pin are missing, there’s a possibility that it might explode unprompted. Examine the entire unit and if it’s not in good shape, properly dispose of it without delay.
Commercial Restoration: OVI
You can see here all the ash on the ground from the fire burning.
As a Large Loss Response Team, we are able to handle jobs that come in massive size. After the Thomas fire in December SERVPRO Simi Valley spent just under two months at the Ojai Valley Inn to get them back into business as quickly as possible. Running two separate shifts, the crews worked around the clock to expedite the process. Team Alan Reed understood the importance of getting the Inn back up and running. The Inn suffered massive damage from soot and smoke, as well as falling ashes as the fire was still burning close by.
Fire and smoke jobs require a lot of PPE, such as respirators, eye protection, and hard hats. The air quality in Ojai during the fire was not the best and we made sure that all SERVPRO parties were taken care of when it came to keeping them safe.
Dryers are one of the leading causes of fires in home.
You may not think of your clothes dryer as a fire hazard, but these appliances account for tens of thousands of house fires each year. The problem most frequently occurs when lint and dust are allowed to build up. Over time, this can cause the dryer vent to become clogged with highly flammable materials, which easily combust when exposed to high temperatures. Your best option for dryer safety is to clean the lint trap each time before you use the dryer, and to inspect and clean the dryer vent area to remove lint buildup and other potential blockages. Regular cleaning can ultimately make all the difference in avoiding a house fire.
Quick statistics: 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
Left over soot and smoke from the large fire.
This warehouse fire happened late one night, with an unknown cause at the time, when the property manager got a call from a neighboring warehouse that there were flames to be seen from the windows. Once all the soot and smoke had a chance to settle the property manager was able to call the experts of SERVPRO Simi Valley a Large Loss Response Team to help with his fire damage. After a few weeks of mitigation, demolition, and reconstruction our technicians were able to get this company reopened and back in business. The property manager, as well as the business owner and his employees, were thrilled with the outcome of the mitigation. The warehouse looked brand new and everyone was happy to be back at work.
Soot and Smoke Clean Up
Soot covered this apartment after an electrical spark caused a massive fire.
SERVPRO of Simi Valley deals with a lot of fires in the area, this specific one was caused by a tiny electrical spark from bad plumbing in a A/C and heater unit. This unit covered multiple condominium units and affected many tenants and their belongings. The before picture shows the mess that the soot had left after the flames had been put out and the smoke settled. All tenants had to evacuate because of the health hazards that are brought with fire damages. Including, but not limited to, limited ability to see and hard time breathing; more severe symptoms can include headaches and/or migraines. The HOA was thrilled when the clean up was done and the tenants were able to move back into their homes.
Fire & Water Damage
Fire and water damage to a home in Simi Valley after a kitchen fire.
No one ever plans for a water or fire damage in their homes, but if you were to ever experience one SERVPRO of Simi Valley should be your first call for mitigation and remediation. Having a fire in your home can be a life altering event and you want your property to be restored back to the way it was before the fire. When a fire occurs at your house or commercial property, you should take swift action to handle the cleanup and restoration left behind by the fire itself and the efforts of the fire department. At SERVPRO we value your home as if it were our own because we understand clients in their time of need. If you need more opinions on who to call ask friends/family, neighbors, or even your insurance agents they will be able to help you in this process.
Commercial Fire Loss
We set up a tent as a point of reference for those on site.
Recently, SERVPRO was able to be onsite for a commercial large loss fire. As a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) we are equipped with the technicians, equipment, and ability to handle some of the largest jobs. This food production company went up in flames late one night and our crews were out there the next day to help pack out all the contents in the affected building. All of the contents were affected with soot and smoke damage and most of the electronics had already been removed to be cleaned and salvaged. It was extremely important to work quickly because of the circumstances of the business being run out of this large warehouse. We were able to help get them on their way to being back to normal and running a flawless operation.
Soot and Smoke Damage
Water, fire, smoke, and soot damage.
Most people don't realize the soot and smoke damage can and will affect your health. Exposure to smoke and soot during a fire loss may occur via the skin and eyes, inhalation, and ingestion. Once soot enters your blood stream, it can cause a wide array of serious health issues, including respiratory issues, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancer, and premature death. You may unknowingly be affected, unfortunately, safety risks from fire do not end once the flames are extinguished. The damage can affect the surfaces of your home, your clothing, and everything in between. SERVPRO of Simi Valley are your fire cleanup professionals. Never hesitate to call when experiencing a fire loss, we can make it "Like it never even happened."
What To Do When You Experience a Fire Loss
Home fire in Simi Valley, CA.
Fire losses are no less messy than water damage. You have to factor in the soot and smoke damage as well as anything that was completely burned and non salvageable. Smoke and soot can be hazardous to your health, it can make it hard to breathe and give you unforgettable headaches. SERVPRO of Simi Valley should be your first call if you were to ever experience a fire loss in your home or place of work. By working closely with not only the client but the agents and adjusters we are able to get in and get out as quickly as possible. All while making sure your home or work is on it's way back to normalcy. The experts at SERVPRO want to make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."