Recent Fire Damage Posts

Wildfire Cleanup Help 24/7/365 SERVPRO Of Tarzana/Reseda

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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For Families and businesses that have been affected by the wildfires, our SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda team can clean, pack and store contents, and help restore your property for reconstruction and rebuilding after structural damages and personal property loss.  SERVPRO is a California Contractor and can finish the job quickly and cost-efficiently. We use controlled demolition to remove only the unsalvageable materials and leave a clean area for replacement materials.  Our cleanup and construction services are directly billed to your insurance company so often you will never see a bill on covered losses.

The wildfire has devastated so many homes and businesses throughout the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley area, let SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda help you clean up and restore your property efficiently. Call today at (818) 881-3636.

Fire Cleanup Help 24/7/365 SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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From the moment that SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda's experienced fire damage technicians arrives at your property, we learn all we can about the fire damage that your home has experienced. We know what steps are necessary to return your home or business to preloss condition.

Try not to touch anything if possible. You should wait for our response team to arrive before inspecting the damage yourself.  There could be many hazards and contaminants present that pose health or safety concerns. Our specialists have rigorous and ongoing training and use personal protective equipment to keep them safe.  They easily identify risks and hazards present in fire recovery projects and develop a plan.

When a fire threatens your home or business, you need a team like SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda.  We can arrive quickly and help you start to put things back together in a timely manner.

Our IICRC-certified technicians have the training and specialized equipment to make an immediate difference in your home, property, or business. You can reach our 24-hour response team anytime that disaster strikes by calling 818-881-3636.

Practicing fire safety in your business

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

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These tips may save you time and money and keep your work safe:

  • Have high-quality smoke detectors installed on or near the ceilings of your office. Include storage areas, warehouses, and outlying buildings.
  • Installing Carbon Monoxide alarms in the same areas is a wise choice. 
  • Ensure that you have multipurpose fire extinguishers in several areas of your property.  Make sure your staff knows where they are and how they are used.
  • Schedule HVAC  inspections on a regular basis.
  • Create an escape plan and take steps to ensure that everyone understands it. Post your evacuation plan in public areas so that both your staff and customers are aware of where to go in the event of a fire.
  • Second story buildings should have an escape ladder.
  • Post warnings near any elevators that they are not to be used in case of a fire.
  • Contact your local fire department for tips.
  • During repair or remodeling of your business, make sure fire-resistant materials are used whenever possible.

Call the team here at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda for assistance if you have a fire. 

"Do It Yourself" Quick Tips to help prevent fires and floods 

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged bathroom with heavy smoke damage Most disasters are preventable. Call SERVPRO if you need help. 818-881-3636

  1. Clean your dryer duct at least once a year to prevent lint buildup that can cause a fire.  Clean off the lint screen after every use.
  2. Inspect the trees around your home for damage. A heavy branch can cause severe damage to your home.  Prune trees and examine the trees for cracks,  exposed roots, or brown leaves, which may be symptoms of illness or instability.
  3. Check the caulk in your bathroom and re-caulk every few years to prevent water damage.  It's important to replace it in order to prevent mildew, mold, and water damage.
  4. Clean out your gutters twice a year to prevent water damage and pest infestations. You may need to clean the gutters more often, but doing it during spring and fall is a good rule.
  5. Check to make sure smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers are charged so you're always prepared. Once a year, you should replace the batteries, vacuum around the vents, and spray the outside of the smoke alarm with insect repellent.
  6. Scrub down your kitchen range hood to keep your air clear and prevent a grease fire. Start by wiping down the outside of the hood with soapy water whenever you clean the rest of your surfaces, then clean the filter every 2 months. To do so, just soak it in hot, soapy water, then rinse it off and let it air-dry before re-installing it. 

 SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. We also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

SERVPRO - After Fire Tips

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

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These tips can help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible after a fire.

1. Call your insurance company immediately. 

Your insurance company can guide you through your options based on your insurance coverage. They can also offer detailed instructions about what you need to do to file a claim based on their requirements and your needs. This step is essential to make sure you receive the compensation you need for covering the costs.

2. Use caution-

Avoid causing any extra damage to your house by tracking soot and water to other areas. Additionally, exposure to soot particles and toxic materials via skin, ingestion, and inhalation are very dangerous. 

Don’t enter your home until you have been cleared by the authorities. Once you’ve been given clearance, be aware of hazards. Watch out for exposed wires, wet floors, and compromised structures.

3. Secure your property-

It’s common for there to be broken windows and doors after a fire. Your property needs to be properly secured. SERVPRO's fire restoration board-up service can help you minimize further damage from things like weather, vandalism or theft.

4. Make important calls-

Many people think about calling their insurance company, but there are other important calls to make after a fire. Call your landlord or mortgage company, and any utility providers will need to be contacted.

Also, inform the police that your house will be vacant so officers are aware to look for anything suspicious. Notify your employer and your children’s school make sure they are aware of short-term changes that will come with restoring your home.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 818-881-3636

Fire Damage Restoration Start to Finish

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged debris under a house The soot and fire damage penetrates to the ground. SERVPRO cleans it all.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda also performs construction services after your fire damage? With 24 years of fire, soot, and smoke cleanup knowledge, it makes sense for our clients to have the option of having their reconstruction services performed by the people who already know that the damage is and have a relationship with them.

SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda  has been performing licensed contracting work in California for 18 years. You can trust that your remodeled kitchen, bath, garage, whole house, or business will be in knowledgeable and skilled hands.

If you have a fire, smoke, soot, water or mold problem call SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda to perform your restoration start to finish. Call today for a free inspection. 818-881-3636

Fire Cleanup Help 24/7/365 SERVPRO

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage with the ceiling, walls and entire structure burnt If you need help please call SERVPRO 818-881-3636.

Fire Cleanup Help SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda Can Help

Experiencing fire loss can be the most difficult and trying time anyone may experience. When a fire happens our life is turned upside down. Relocating your family or closing your business and figuring out a lifetime of personal property and memories is overwhelming, to say the least. To maintain a normal everyday life, one must handle work, home life, and now the insurance companies' demands. The process of dealing with the insurance claim can be devastating in itself. Full recovery involves managing mitigation, packing, storing, inventory and handling your personal property loss, all while trying to maintain your personal life. We have done this for 24 successful years.  Call us any time even if it is just to ask questions.

SERVPRO of Tarzana Reseda is here to help 24/7/365.  818-881-3636

Fire Damage Do's from SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

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Here are some Do's for after fire damage.

* Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

* Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, drapes, and carpets.

*  Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets.

* Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery,and carpets traffic areas.

* If electricity is off, empty freezer, and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open.

* Clean, and protect chrome on kitchen, and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.

* Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.

* Change HVAC filter.

* Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Call SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda if you need help!  818-881-3636

4 Things you cannot save after a fire.

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

When in doubt, throw it out!

SERVPRO knows that one of the hardest parts about recovering from a fire is deciding what you can and can't salvage. It’s hard to discard damaged items with sentimental value. Follow our advice and throw these four things away after a fire.

Non-Perishable Food Exposed to Heat, Smoke & Firefighting Chemicals

Food safety after a fire is a huge issue. It’s obvious that you should discard opened containers and anything stored in permeable packaging, such as cardboard, cloth or thin plastic bags. But what about food in cans or jars?

Sealed food may appear to be okay – however, if these items were close to the heat of the fire, they may no longer be edible. High heat can activate bacteria that cause food spoilage or create an undesirable taste to develop, even if the jar or can is intact. Toxic fumes can also contaminate food through sealed glass jars and aluminum cans.

Perishable Food 

Sometimes, but not usually, refrigerated and frozen food is salvageable after a fire. A well-sealed fridge could keep food at a safe temperature for about four hours.  If you come across any of these scenarios, throw it out:

  • It smells smoky in the fridge.
  • Soot has visibly penetrated the fridge.
  • The refrigerator lost power after the fire, and the food has been above 40 degrees for over two hours.
  • Perishable items have an odd odor.
  • Food in the freezer no longer feels cold and hard and has no ice crystals on it.
  • When you attempt to prepare salvaged food, it has an off-smell or flavor.

Medicines & Cosmetics

Your medicine cabinet and makeup bag are important places to check after a fire. Inspect the products stored here for signs of heat, soot, fire extinguisher dust, or other damage. If anything is warped or charred from the flames, throw it out.

Burned Clothing

Clothes, bedding, and other items can often be salvaged after a fire with the proper cleaning and deodorizing. However, if anything is burnt, throw it away. Especially considering your child’s or baby’s clothing.

The Bottom Line

Never attempt to salvage belongings that could put your health at risk. When it doubt, throw it out! If you have any questions or concerns about what can be salvaged in a fire, or if you need to schedule fire restoration services, please contact SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda today. 818-881-3636

What to Expect From the Fire Restoration Process and SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

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Fire and smoke damage is incredibly destructive, and should be responded to immediately with fire restoration services. Even after the initial fire has been put out, lingering soot and ash is harmful to persons and property. Inhaling soot and ash is harmful to your health. Infrastructure damage can let in rain or even create a security risk to your home. To ensure the health and well-being of your household, give SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda a call as soon as you can, once firefighters have left the area. Here’s what you can expect from ourrestoration service:

  • Initial Assessment: First, restoration processionals will survey the extent of the damage in your home, triage the situation, and devise a plan of action. 

  • Clear the Area: Everything that can be salvaged  will be immediately removed from the damaged areas, and stored in our secure warehouse or on your property if it is safe.  Forexample, electronics, furniture, upholstery, and other valuable items. Even if these items are smoke damaged, they can be treated and cleaned separately.

  • Mitigation: To prevent existing damage from worsening or causing additional problems, the fire restoration process will also involve setting up tarps and barriers (e.g. to cover roof damage), turning off gas or water lines, and other temporary fixes that are necessary while more permanent solutions are developed.

  • Clean Up: Once damage has been mitigated, restoration professionals can then start cleaning away all the ash, soot, and smoke stains from the walls and ceilings, and clean and deodorize your carpets. If the area was flooded, they may also perform water damage restoration.

  • Repair & Replacement: Some parts of your home or business may have become so charred that they require replacement rather than cleanup. At this stage in the process, your restoration professionals will replace cabinets, wall panels, door frames, electronics, framing, drywall  and other items that could not be salvaged.

In the unfortunate event you need fire restoration services, you can count on SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda to help life get back to normal. 

SERVPRO - Restoring Your Tarzana/Reseda Commercial Property After A Fire

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

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What To Expect: 

When SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda visits your home or business after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire, soot, and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home or business , call us right away at 818-881-3636. SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care. 

Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fire Safety SERVPRO of Tarzana and Reseda

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Hard at work to keep you cool...SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fire Mitigation Professional and Equipment

We have the equipment to ensure success.

Here at SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda, we use only top-of-the-line equipment to service your residence after a fire-related incident. Paired with experienced professionals, we have been able to consistently offer more than adequate service to all of our satisfied customers, for years on end. In fact, we attribute our resulting success to our convenient service response guidelines:

  1. Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact you to arrange for service.

In other words, from the moment that we get notified, we'll contact you within an hour.

     4. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services.

That's right, in less than three hours after notification, we'll be there, by your side to take care of business.

     8. Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.

Clarity is key in all our operations. Afterall, a fire-related incident can be overwhelming so we take the time to make sure that everyone is on the same page and well informed.

So rest assured, as all of our clients have, Fire mitigation is one of our many specialties and another way in which we can protect our community. 

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Fire Safety Tips

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fire Clean Up Do's From SERVPRO of Tarzana & Reseda

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Do's after fire damage.

* Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.


* Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, drapes, and carpets.


*  Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes, and carpets.


* Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery,and carpets traffic areas.


* If electricity is off, empty freezer, and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open.


* Clean, and protect chrome on kitchen, and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.


* Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.


* Change HVAC filter.


* Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.


Call SERVPRO if you need help!  818-881-3636