Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage Do's from SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to clean up fire , soot, and smoke damage


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)

Fire damage in Reseda California. SERVPRO of Tarzana/Reseda 24 hour Emergency Services 818-881-3636

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