Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to handle house fires first time homeowner.

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with a fire as a first time homeowner can be overwhelming, every homeowner should take two important actions after a fire:

Keep everyone in your family safe and stay away from the damaged home.

Remember you are safe; Items can be replaced.

A fire is a very serious matter! Fire damage happens fast and among the issues that can take place in the aftermath of the fire, it is important to remain calm and follow some simple rules to help the restoration process go smoothly.

My home just had a fire. What do we do now?

Get everyone to safety!  After a fire, you want to make one important phone call, SERVPRO MALIBU is your local professional restoration experts!

Your living arrangements are going to change. If your house has only minor damage, and the utilities are working fine, you might be able stay in the home. Your family is most likely safer off the premises.

Can you stay in the home?

The final answer comes down to the extent of the damage, and whether is safe to do so.

What items should I take with me?

Any item that is of value to you should be kept in your possession. Difficult to replace items such as photographs, keepsakes, and firearms should also be kept with you. Never leave personal information, cash, medications, or important documents at the site of the fire. Take these items with you to keep them safe!

How to prepare for Commercial fire

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings have come a long way in fire safety in recent years. Thankfully many are equipped with sprinkler systems or other fire suppressant systems. Most also have multiple fire extinguishers on hand as well as fire exit plans posted. But do your employees know how these systems work? Here are a few tips to help ensure that your equipment is working correctly and that your staff knows what to do in case of fire emergency.

  1. Fire Alarms. Fire Alarms should be checked regularly to confirm they are functioning properly. This is the first line of defense in an emergency. This alerts your staff and customers that they need to quickly exit the building.
  2. Fire Extinguishers. Do you have enough fire extinguishers on hand? No employee should have to travel more than 75 feet to reach one. Do you your employees know where they are or how to use one? These are important safety measures to go over.
  3. Emergency Exit Lights. Confirm that all of your emergency exit lights are correctly placed and are functioning. They should illuminate when main power is off. This helps people to find the exit quickly in the case of emergency when tensions are high and visibility may be lost. Exit signs should have a test button that you can use to regularly ensure that they are functioning correctly.
  4. Fire Suppression Systems. Many commercial buildings have fire suppression systems in place. It is important that these be inspected regularly by a licensed inspector. Be sure that your staff understands how they work.

It is important to have a plan in place to prevent commercial fires, but it is equally important to have a plan in place in case something does happen. Here at SERVPRO we offer an Emergency Ready Plan, or ERP to all local businesses. This plan puts all of the information you and your staff might need into one document that can be accessed by an app that you can load onto any device. This plan will note where all of your emergency shut-offs are as well as key personnel that needs to be notified. It also gives you quick access to our office so we can immediately begin to mitigate your loss and get your business back on track.

Fourth of July Fire Tips !

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

It is going to be a hot one this year! The Fourth of July is on a Sunday this year, which means a lot of people will be outside, grilling, and hanging out. As we get together with one another it is important to remember the safety of grilling. Check out below for some tip and tricks about your grill. Stay safe this weekend everyone!  

General grilling tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Before you use your grill:

  • Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
    • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

When the grill is on:

  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

On average, 8,900 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year. By utilizing these tips can help prevent a serious problem from happening on a memorable weekend.

If something does come up, call SERVPRO of MALIBU ! HERE TO HELP

After fire tips

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

debris in yard Housefire in Malibu CA, debris from the fire

The unthinkable has happened. Your business or home had a fire. Now what?

You want to get started right away cleaning and sorting, but where to start? Fire damage is tricky to clean, and you can actually make things worse, without professional help.

Here are some helpful tips to get you through, until help arrives:

Do’s:

  • Do keep your hands clean. Soot on your hands can spread and embed into everything, causing more damage.
  • Do limit your movement in the house to prevent soot particles from stirring up and spreading.
  • Do place dry, old towels and old linens on the carpet traffic areas and upholstered furniture to prevent further damage.
  • Do empty the refrigerator and freezer completely, if electricity is off. Prop the doors open, to air out any odors.
  • Do clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances with a light coating of oil.
  • Do wash house plants with water on both sides of the leaves.
  • Do change the furnace filter, and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air vents to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don’ts

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls.
  • Don’t attempt to clean carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO MALIBU
  • Don’t operate or clean any electrical appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned and checked by an authorized repair service. Smoke residues can be corrosive and conductive.
  • Don’t send clothing with smoke residues to dry cleaners, who are inexperienced in cleaning fire-damaged garments. If it is not treated by an experienced professional, the residues and smoke odors may set in the clothing.
  • Don’t use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. This also applies to any cosmetics and medications that could be contaminated.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

SERVPRO MALIBU is locally owned and operated, and is “A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry.” Call us for 24/7Emergency Service at 310-456-2135

Smoke and Residue after a fire

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

After fire damage to your home, you can expect to smell or notice smoke and residue left behind. There are 3 main types of smoke and residues that can be left behind by fire damage in your home. 

Synthetic: These synthetic residues appear when oil based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn they will produce a thick black smoke, leaving behind a smeary residue that can create quite the mess if not cleaned up properly. In these situations avoid touching any of the residue to prevent smearing.

Protein: Fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans for example will leave behind a yellowish brown residue. The texture of which is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up. 

Natural: These type of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in color. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues. 

If you have any smoke damage that you need cleaned, call SERVPRO of Malibu 310-456-2135 

Helpful fire tips.

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

house on the beach Malibu house fire

When you think of fire damage, charred property and soot buildup requiring professional cleanup and restoration may be the first images that come to mind. Intense heat and flames can, however, also singe clothing and flesh. Employees that work with flammable liquids and other ordinary combustibles may be particularly vulnerable to burns. Regardless of the nature of your Malibu business, burn first aid is valuable knowledge that can be extremely useful, especially in emergency situations.

  1. Recognize When To Call 911

Burns can range from minor to serious. If the skin appears charred or dry and leathery, call 911 for emergency assistance. You should also seek immediate medical care if the wound is larger than three inches in diameter or affects a major joint, your feet, hands, face, buttocks or groin.

  1. Cool the Burn

You can treat smaller burns that present with superficial redness by applying simple first aid techniques. Begin by applying a cold compress or running cool water over the affected area. Because excessively cold fluid can cause further irritation and damage, refrain from using ice packs or cold water.

  1. Remove Jewelry

Topical fire damage may cause swelling. Because of this, remove rings and other jewelry from the affected site.

  1. Apply Ointment

To soothe and protect damaged skin, apply a petroleum-based ointment. Aloe vera may also be effective. Avoid using lotions, oils, creams and butter, which may contain irritating ingredients or cause an infection.

  1. Bandage the Wound

To further protect the area, loosely wrap the wound in sterile gauze. Refrain from using cotton dressings that may stick to the skin’s surface.
As you bandage the wound, take caution around any existing blisters. Although they may appear unsightly, blisters can protect the site from infection and should never be intentionally popped.
Burns are a form of fire damage that requires prompt attention. First aid can help everyone recognize the severity of the wound and administer the most appropriate care.

How we handle soot and smoke removal after a house fire

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Here Is How Professionals Remove Soot And Smoke After A House Fire

Home fires in Malibu CA, have the potential to substantially damage your residence. Unfortunately, the harm to your house may not be over once the fire goes out. If not properly eradicated, soot and smoke damage can continue to hurt a building. While you should have fire restoration experts take care of the cleanup process, it's still helpful to know what needs to be done. 

Smoke
Purifying the air in your house is a vital step in the restoration process. Smoke has a tendency to linger in the air and cause multiple issues. Even if the structure is completely stable, it likely isn't safe to stay in until the smoke cleaning is done. One of the first tasks restoration professionals may complete is using air movers and scrubbers. These devices help to circulate your home's air and clean the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) system. This prevents the smoke from staying put. Another task is cleaning any areas that were affected by smoke damage. These are some supplies that might be used:

  • Tri-sodium phosphate cleaners
  • Sponges
  • Vacuums
  • Hot water
  • Rubbing alcohol

This process doesn't just apply to furniture and walls. Be sure to check items like your clothes for damage as well.

Soot
Soot is a black powder made up of carbon. It can be found all over your house after a fire, particularly in the air. The particles may leave the air and stain your furniture, which tends to result in permanent discoloration. These items can be cleaned thoroughly by professionals, with the first step often being the use of vacuums. Utilizing wet materials is likely to make the soot damage less removable, so this is usually avoided. However, the cleaning method depends heavily on the furniture's material.
Dealing with a home fire is harrowing enough without having pervasive damage. Remediation companies may ensure that your home is safe to reside in once more. If you make sure that these tasks are undertaken, any soot and smoke damage they have little chance of affecting you much longer.

Any questions on your recent house fire? Give us a call 310-456-2135 SERVPRO MALIBU IS HERE TO HELP! 

Let's talk about house fires..

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

After Care Our tech dressed in full PPE on a fire loss.

The scope of a house fire can be overwhelming with the amount of damage that is the outcome. House fires can be intense for many homeowners. We always advise homeowners that they are better off staying elsewhere during the time their home gets restored. Not only is there odorous soot and debris that gets tracked through the house, but there is the potential for breathing in harmful air pollutants and smoke residue.

Many airborne soot particles can be invisible to us. A significant element of fire loss mitigation is the use of advanced equipment that helps to capture all particulates. Some of the methods that we use include actions like: 

  • Odor-control equipment that helps to neutralize odors from the fire
  • Total removal and disposal of debris and charred items to cut back on odors
  • Place our air scrubber technology, which helps to improve air quality while mitigation takes place 

Prevent debris and grime from the rest of your interior to limit cross-contamination. It is vital to remove charred building materials and any non-salvageable items carefully and meticulously to prevent tracking. Our crew also wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and foot coverings to cut back on the amount of cross-contamination from one room to the next. 

On the bright side SERVPRO Malibu/Tapanga/PacificPalisades/Brentwood are trained and IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7 to address any fire emergency you may have.

Fires happens; here are some helpful tips to know

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Most common house fires start in the kitchen

Small flames can turn into major fires in less than 30 seconds. Black smoke only takes minutes to fill your house and overwhelm in flames.

  • Fire is extremely hot – In fact the heat from a fire is more threatening than the flames. Temperature in a room from a fire can reach 100 degrees at lower leveled but higher levels can reach up to 600 degrees. So in case you find yourself in a fire, stay low.
  • Gases and toxins is the leading cause of death in fires. They harm more people than actually flames and burns.
  • How important are fire alarms?
  • VERY! Having fire alarms increases chances of surviving a deadly home fire
  • Keep track of your fire alarm maintenance, make sure the batteries work, make sure to have smoke alarms in all the common areas of the house
  • Even in the kitchen, the kitchen is the most common room most fire start, be sure you have a plan in place if a fire were to start.
  • If your clothes catch on fire?
  • Stop immediately if your clothes catch on fire. Drop to the ground and roll but be sure to cover your face with your hands. However you can also grab a blanket or towel to help put the fire out.
  • If you have any burns use cold water to treat them and cover with dry cloth and seek medical care.

SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades/Brentwood is trained in fire restoration and available 24/7 for all fire needs.

Fires happens; here are some helpful tips to know

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen This house fire stated with bowling water on the stove till the pot caught fire

Small flames can turn into major fires in less than 30 seconds. Black smoke only takes minutes to fill your house and overwhelm in flames.

  • Fire is extremely hot – In fact the heat from a fire is more threatening than the flames. Temperature in a room from a fire can reach 100 degrees at lower leveled but higher levels can reach up to 600 degrees. So in case you find yourself in a fire, stay low.
  • Gases and toxins is the leading cause of death in fires. They harm more people than actually flames and burns.
  • How important are fire alarms?
  • VERY! Having fire alarms increases chances of surviving a deadly home fire
  • Keep track of your fire alarm maintenance, make sure the batteries work, make sure to have smoke alarms in all the common areas of the house
  • Even in the kitchen, the kitchen is the most common room most fire start, be sure you have a plan in place if a fire were to start.
  • If your clothes catch on fire?
  • Stop immediately if your clothes catch on fire. Drop to the ground and roll but be sure to cover your face with your hands. However you can also grab a blanket or towel to help put the fire out.
  • If you have any burns use cold water to treat them and cover with dry cloth and seek medical care.

SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades is trained in fire restoration and available 24/7 for all fire needs.

Fire in the house

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in the house This fire started in the garage and entire residence had to be cleaned

Having a house fire is almost one of the worst things that can happen. Not only do you lose property and other household items, you also lose personal effects that can never be replaced. Unfortunately, in the midst of all the pain, loss, and frustration, there are steps that need to be taken sooner rather than later to get the recovery ball rolling. One of those steps is to hire a professional fire damage restoration company to assess and repair the damaged areas.

First of all, in nearly every case, your insurance provider will recommend you hire a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company rather than do the work yourself. The cost to hire one of these companies may seem steep at first but the services they provide will definitely end up being well worth the price. The most obvious thing to keep in mind is that these are the professionals. They have all the knowledge and experience required to take care of the restoration in the most effective and efficient manner possible. SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/ Canyon Pacific Palisades can provide you with advice and insight into aspects such as what is and isn't salvageable. They can also help with insurance paperwork.

SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/ Canyon Pacific Palisades understand that not all fires are the same. Every fire is going to be its own unique entity. There will be differences ranging from house materials and amount of damage to how the fire was put out. Did you know that many times the smoke damage is actually the worse part of a fire? Even with a small fire the smoke can find its way into any porous material such as carpet, wood, and walls, just to name a few. There are also different types of smoke. There's wet, dry, protein, and even oil smoke. These all need to be treated in a different way.

Nobody wants to go through a house fire and hopefully this is a situation none of you will ever have to experience. But if you do, wouldn't it be beneficial to have an expert on hand that can help you begin the recovery process? You will have your plate plenty full dealing with the emotional damage as well as the insurance company. Let SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga/ Canyon Pacific Palisades handle the fire and smoke damage restoration for you. Call 310-456-2135 .

Chimney Fires

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be caused by chimneys homeowners should actively maintain and follow the necessary upkeep to prevent damages to the house

With the colder temperatures in winter time comes an obvious increase in the use of fireplaces. For many of us, our fireplaces/chimneys haven't been touched in months. However, chimneys account for 75 % of fires -meaning homeowners should actively maintain and follow the necessary upkeep.

Property Casualty 360 provides the following tips to prevent chimney fires in your home.

  1. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional, and more than that if creosote builds up on the chimney walls more rapidly.
  2. Consider installing a stainless steel liner that will withstand even the highest temperatures and will keep the embers contained.
  3. Watch out for soot buildup. Soot is softer than creosote, but is also flammable and should be cleaned up regularly. 
  4. Between the professional inspections / cleanings, be sure to check and monitor your wood-burning fireplace for signs of buildup or other problems.
  5. Clean the interior of your fireplace, including the floor, regularly. Sweep or vacuum up ONLY COLD ashes.
  6. Your chimney has a cap on the top of it with open sides (usually covered in mesh to keep rain, birds, squirrels, and debris out). Make sure this cap is regularly inspected and replaced when necessary.
  7. Check the interior of your fireplace for creosote buildup. It is flammable, therefore too much buildup is a fire hazard and should be cleaned away with a creosote remover as soon as possible. 
  8. Anytime there is smoke indoors from your fireplace, troubleshoot and immediately correct any problems you find. Possible causes are a dirty chimney, soot or creosote buildup, other debris, a sample that isn't open or fully opened, or wood not building completely.
  9. To improve your fireplace's efficiency, you should also consider installing heat-proof glass doors to protect against heat loss and a fan or blower to direct heat into the room.
  10. If possible, burn hardwoods like oak, maple, ash, and birch. These woods burn hot and long, are cleaner to handle, and have less pitched sap. They also tend to leave less creosote buildup but can be more expensive.

In the event that you experience a fire at you residence, call SERVPRO Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades at 310-456-2135

BBQ - cleaning tips to clean grill

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Grills can cause a fire Cleaning a grill can be quite a job!! Cleaning a grill can prevent a fire damage an ensures your grill works at its best

Whether you're grilling fresh veggies or a steak, using your grill is a great way to create a delicious meal in your home in Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades. Grill cleaning, however, can seem like a chore. Fortunately, there are several tips you can follow that can make cleaning your grill easier.

1. Burn Off What You Can
If you have a gas grill and it's your first time using it since the last grilling season, then it's often recommended that you turn on your grill and allow it to burn for 10 to 20 minutes. This can help to burn off anything that you may have missed previously and may make other cleaning  steps easier. However, if you use charcoal rather than gas, it's not necessary to turn on your grill. Instead, safely dispose of the old charcoal. Before you continue cleaning, it's helpful to make sure the propane is disconnected.

2. Focus on the Grates
Grill cleaning can help you to avoid dirty grates, which is important as dirty grates may result in a grease fire , and this can cause major damage to your home. Many people find it useful to contact emergency restoration  services if their homes have sustained fire damage. However, you can often avoid the issue by practicing grill maintenance and thoroughly cleaning the grates on your grill. One of the best ways to clean your grill grates is to remove them from the grill, let them soak in warm soapy water and then scrub them with a brush.

3. Clean the Inside of the Grill
The elements inside your grill may seem difficult to clean, but fortunately, they aren't too hard to wash. Removing the grates before attempting to scrub the inside of your grill makes the process much simpler. Once you have removed the grates, you can access the inside elements of the grill and then can wipe away any ash or additional debris inside the grill with a cloth.

Grill cleaning can help to ensure your grill functions at its best. You can maintain and clean your grill by frequently burning off grime, scrubbing your grates and cleaning the inside of your grill.

Fire Prevention

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Prevention of fire It is very important to have working smoke detectors and sprinkler as they can save buildings and lives

A hotel fire can be disastrous in Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades  The fire and smoke damage may create a massive loss of income for the owner of the commercial structure, due in large part because guests will not be able to stay at the resort until fire restoration has been completed by experts who handle fire cleanup. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to help prevent a hotel fire from starting in the first place. Here are three tips for fire prevention to help avoid a blaze at an inn.

  1. Install Sprinklers and Smoke Detectors

One of the most important steps that a hotel owner can take to prevent a fire from destroying property is to install high-quality fire sprinklers. Because an inn may be quite large, there are many areas where a fire could potentially start. Therefore, it may be wise to have the entire property covered by the protection of sprinklers. Additionally, smoke detectors in every guest room – as well as in the common areas of the resort – should be installed and tested regularly.

  1. Create an Evacuation Plan

It may be advantageous to create a hotel fire  evacuation plan and share it with all guests – as well as informing employees. In addition to placing exit routes and evacuation procedures inside a guest room (which is customary for many resorts), it may be helpful to include emergency procedures with paperwork when patrons arrive at the property. It may also be useful to post diagrams about exits and escape routes throughout the building. Guests – and all individuals on-site –should be informed and prepared regarding evacuation procedures. (It’s also important to note that when all individuals are safely outside of the structure, firefighters may have an easier time accessing and extinguishing a blaze if one begins.)

  1. Assign Duties to Employees to Ensure Lives are Saved

While an evacuation plan is an absolute necessity, it may also be beneficial to assign specific duties to employees to assist guests outside a hotel if a blaze starts. For example, if a fire erupts in one part of the resort, employees working in that area may rush into action to alert – and assist – all visitors to the nearest and safest exits. Doing so may help firefighters to save lives.
An inferno at an inn can be a terrible disaster. However, if the fire prevention steps listed here are taken, then the risk of a blaze may be greatly reduced.

House Fires Are Truly Tragic

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Home fires are emotionally draining.

House fires are truly tragic and can be a frightening experience for a family, especially if your valuables are destroyed. In such circumstances, it is best to hire a restoration service that can assist with the recovery and take a load off your shoulders. Here are reasons why you should opt for a professional fire damage restoration company, namely us, SERVPRO of Malibu/Pacific Palisades/Topanga Canyon:

  1. We Have Years of Experience - Professional fire damage restoration services are experienced in their field. We will be able to provide a speedy inspection of the overall damage and also give you an estimate regarding which items have to be repaired and/ or replaced. Not to mention, our crews can also point out which items can be salvaged and how much time will be needed for the complete restoration process.
  2. State-of-the-Art Equipment - Professional fire restoration services can prevent further damage to your valuables and remove all soot, smoke odor, and water from your home by using some of the best state-of-the-art equipment They will also clean and sanitize your home using the best tools and products.
  3. We Can Help with Insurance Claims - Fire damage restoration companies can prepare an estimate for you to submit to your insurance company. Depending on the full extent of the damage and your insurance policy, the company may provide appropriate funds to rebuild your entire home or provide you a full reimbursement.

So, make sure you contact our team of fire restoration experts right away in order to restore your home and your belongings to the pre-fire condition.

Kids and Matches

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Don't leave your matches laying around!

Children have a natural curiosity about fire and the ability to strike matches or start a lighter.

Matches, lighters and other heat sources are the leading causes of fire-related deaths for children under age five.

Parents and teachers should practice and teach fire-safe behaviors to children and educate them about the dangers of fire, matches and other ignition sources.

  • In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. 
  • In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
  • In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire.
  • It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Heat is more threatening than flames.
  • Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level.
  • Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Kids need to understand the consequences of playing with fire.

Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

A home that caught fire during the Woolsey Fire.

With Summer almost here and fire season getting started, it is good to prepare yourself in case of a home fire.

Install the correct number of smoke alarms. Put them in each bedroom and throughout the home. It is good practice to them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.

Show your children what the smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear it going off.

Ensure that all household members know two separate ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

Practice fire drills from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

When Cleaning Up Ash...

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Wild Fire, Malibu Ca

California Department of Public Health advises residents of recent burn areas to use caution when cleaning up ash from wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned buildings, vehicles, and other similar items may contain many toxic substances, including arsenic, asbestos, lead, and fine particles that can aggravate asthma and other respiratory problems.

When evacuation orders are lifted, residents should be aware of potential health hazards during the clean-up and rebuilding process. It is important to limit the amount of ash that gets airborne. Leaf blowers and sweeping may seem like the smart way to clean it up, but this actually stirs the ash up so people may breathe it in, which can be dangerous.

In order to avoid potential health risks, CDPH recommends these safety tips for cleaning up ash:

  • Never use a leaf blower, as it will spread the ash and blow it back into the air.
  • Wear a close-fitting respirator that is rated N-95 or P-100 to block ash particles from being inhaled. Bandanas, surgical or cloth masks do not effectively block fine particles.
  • Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes to avoid skin contact with ash.
  • If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.
  • Remove shoes before entering your home or use “sticky mats” in entryways and doors to remove dust and ash from your shoes. Sticky mats are sold at hardware stores.
  • Do not allow children to play in ash. Wash ash off toys before children play with them.
  • Clean ash off pets with either a damp cloth or bath.
  • If you have a vegetable garden or fruit trees, wash the fruits or vegetables before eating them.
  • The use of shop vacuums and other non-HEPA filter vacuums is not recommended. HEPA filter vacuums could be used, if available.

Fire Damage Restoration Process Blog 2

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Ash Debris

Call in your claim promptly to your insurance company but understand that you may face some frustrating situations. You may believe that because you’ve just had a major loss, you know your insurance agent, and you pay your premiums on time, that your insurance company will give you a top dollar amount right off the bat. It’s important to remember that insurance companies are a business and their goal is to be profitable. This means when you file a claim, don’t be surprised if the offer you first receive is lower than what you anticipated. That’s because their goal is to restore you to preloss condition. Their goal isn’t for you to profit from the tragedy. If you aren’t satisfied with the first offer, it is okay to push back. You pay your premiums. It’s the insurance company’s job to restore you to your preloss condition. You may feel fearful that your premiums will then increase, but it is still your responsibility to make sure their claims are paid in full.

To do so you can show receipts of your different items, warranties, owner’s manuals, appraisals, and boxes. It may be useful for you to provide a list of all the items that were damaged in the fire by listing it room-by-room. You can request to see if your claim covers temporary housing while your home is under renovation. You won’t be entitled to any wages lost during the time of the tragedy.

After you’ve filed your claim, it’s important to then call a fire damage restoration company fast. Most likely your insurance company will have a list of companies they recommend; otherwise, they will encourage you to seek your own.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

The first thing you need to do is call your insurance agent or your insurance company’s claims department and they will assign you an adjuster. It is always a good idea to file your insurance claim as soon as possible and will soon discover that many insurance policies cover losses that come from wind, fire, lighting, and smoke. Most of the time major fire insurance protects your home’s contents as well as other structures on your property like your garage and other non-livable structures. Depending on your policy, most insurance companies likely cover the contents of your home.
To file a claim, you’ll need the following information:
1. Date of the fire or loss
2. Type of loss – electrical, wildfires, etc.
3. Location where the damage occurred
4. Condition of property
5. Contents and their damaged state
6. Police report if applicable

The Importance of Cleaning Ash from California Wildfires

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Ash inside your home

Wildfires can leave caustic ash, risk the health of the community and cause environmental concerns

Los Angeles Times wrote:

 "Ash from wildfires in Southern California's residential neighborhoods poses a serious threat to people and ecosystems because it is extremely caustic and contains high levels of arsenic, lead, and other toxic metals, according to a study by the federal geologist. Some Ash collected in residential areas after the fires registered a pH of 12.7, a level more caustic than ammonia and nearly as caustic as lye."       

 How do I clean ash from my home?

Wash indoor surfaces with water. If a surface film is visible, wash with soap and water.

Wash cooking utensils with detergent and hot water or run them through the dishwasher.

Wash soft furnishings (upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets/rugs, cushions, and bedding) or vacuum using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, so particles don't blow back into your house.

Have heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units, and all ductwork professionally cleaned and replace filters, to remove soot, ash, and smoke residue.         

You can always call us to come and inspect.       

California On Fire

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

California fire season is in full swing and sweeping across Northern California. If you have been affected by these recent fires or want to help those that have, here are some resources to get you started.

Donate to The Salvation Army’s wildfire relief fund at https://deloro.salvationarmy.org/del_oro/northern-california-wildfires

The Red Cross assists fire evacuees. They can also use donations; you can give online, www.redcross.org/donate/donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or text Red Cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Give to a California food bank that’s helping victims, but make sure they still need donations. Here’s a list: www.cafoodbanks.org/find-food-bank

For information on fires currently burning go to Cal Fire's incident page. You can find details about specific fires including location, acreage burned and evacuation orders and centers.

Stay clear of evacuation routes as much as possible if you are not under evacuation orders. Donors should not approach evacuation areas.

Do not call 911 for general information. Call only for an emergency including unattended, active flames and life-threatening emergencies. Please keep these lines open for emergency responders.

If people who have been affected by the fires need mental health help they should call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's Disaster Distress Helpline, which provides confidential counseling for people impacted by forest fires and other disasters.

 If you know someone directly in need of clothing, food, or other material supplies, providing help directly is the most effective form of relief. 

When the LAFD Says to Evacuate

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

When LAFD says it is time you leave... you leave

If you're told to evacuate, leave early enough to avoid being caught in a fire, smoke, or road congestion. Don’t wait to be told by authorities to leave. In an intense wildfire, they may not have time to knock on every door. If you think it's time to leave, don't wait - get out.

  • Keep a pair of old shoes and a flashlight handy for a night evacuation.
  • Keep the six “P’s” ready, in case an immediate evacuation is required:
    • People and pets
    • Papers, phone numbers, and important documents
    • Prescriptions, vitamins, and eyeglasses
    • Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia
    • Personal computers (information on hard drive and disks)
    • “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash

If you see smoke or fire in your area, immediately report it by dialing 9-1-1. Remember to take note of the location so that the dispatcher can send emergency equipment to the correct location before you hang up.

Evacuation May Be Necessary

  • Back your car in the garage heading out with windows closed. Be sure to keep your keys with you so that you can evacuate quickly should it become necessary.
  • Close the garage door, leave it unlocked, and disconnect automatic door opener in the case of power failure.
  • Keep a flashlight and portable radio with you at all times and stay tuned to your local news station.

Outdoors

  • Move combustible yard furniture away from the house or store it in the garage.
  • Cover windows, attic openings, eaves, and vents with a less combustible material, such as 1/2-inch or thicker plywood.
  • Close window shutters and blinds if they are fire-resistant.
  • Attach garden hoses to faucets and place them so that they can reach all areas of your house.
  • Place a ladder against the house on the opposite side of the approaching fire for access to the roof.
  • Shut off Butane/propane or natural gas valves.

Indoors

  • Close all windows and doors around your home to prevent sparks from blowing inside.
  • Close all doors within the house to slow fire spread inside the house.
  • Turn on the lights in all rooms of your house, on the porch, and in the yard. Your home will be more visible through the smoke or darkness.
  • Move furniture away from windows and sliding glass doors to avoid ignition from the radiant heat of the fire.

How Sprinklers Can Help Your Property During a Fire

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Indoor Sprinkler Head

A fire can be devastating for any business or homeowner. Fire Damage often includes much more than what gets consumed by the flames. Smoke and soot can stain paintwork, papers, clothing, upholstery, and carpets. The water used by the fire department also can cause further damage and opens up the possibility for mold growth if not remediated quickly.

You can help protect your assets by installing a sprinkler system. The California State Building Standards Commission has adopted provisions of the International Residential Codes, making it a requirement to include a sprinkler system in all new build one and two family homes since January 2011.

Sprinkler systems have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of injury to people and damage to property. Because they operate automatically, sprinklers can start to wet down a fire long before the fire department is on the scene. The sprinklers work when buildings are unoccupied. While smoke detectors give a warning of fire to the occupants of a building, they do nothing to actually combat the problem and all too often battery operated smoke detectors are found to be not working properly. Some insurers offer discounts for homes protected with a sprinkler system as they know the likelihood of a large fire claim is reduced.

After any fire affecting your property, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/Pacific Palisades to help assess the extent of the damage and to ensure that any insurance claim is fully calculated to include all the incidentals that may otherwise be missed. In addition, using the correct methods and specialist cleaning techniques, we can bring many items back to a usable and safe condition. With a sprinkler system installed, the fire damage in your property will be much less than without one.

Who to Call When Fire Damages Occur

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

No one ever plans for fire damage to affect their home or business, but if you were to ever experience one, SERVPRO of Malibu/Topanga Canyon/ Pacific Palisades should be your first call for mitigation and remediation. Having a fire in your home is a life-altering event and your property will be restored Like it never even happened, back to the way it was prior to the fire.
When a fire occurs at your house or commercial property, it is important to take action to reduce secondary damages left behind by the fire itself and the efforts of the fire department. We value your home as if it were our own because we understand the devastation that our clients are going through. It is overwhelming to know where to begin so don’t wait, call us to help guide you through the process.

How to Help Someone Affected by A Fire

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

A Family Home Affected by Fire

If you have friends who lost their home in the recent California wildfires or one of the other areas affected by wildfires, you may be longing to do something to help them. Here are a few suggestions...

1. You can call, text or email them with your love and support. Keep it simple: Let them know you are there for them and love them. 

2. Listen to them. Everyone is going to have a unique response to this horror. They need to feel heard.

3. Send a check. This is one of the most helpful suggestions as they will be spending money every which way, and insurance can take a while to process.

4. Send a gift certificate for a restaurant, bookstore or even the movies. 

5.Give clothes or home items in good condition. Don't send stained, unusable contents. 

6. Make a meal or bring groceries. They are probably mentally and physically exhausted.

7. Focus on the children. Take them off of their parent's hands for a while and remind them how to have fun.  

Fire At Your Residence, What To Do?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire at your residence

These last few months California has been hit with numerous brush fires, which, propelled by the strong Santa Ana winds, had torched hundreds of thousands of acres causing mass destruction. Everyone saw the horrors of the images on the news but they can't really fathom is the devastation that these families who lost everything and those who only lost a little are going through.                                                We understand the range of overpowering emotions, from frustration to anger to sadness. Even when fire spares lives, it can destroy a lifetime of precious memories and irreplaceable possessions.                                                      If you are like most homeowners after their homes have been damaged by fire, you are probably wondering what to do next. It is normal to want to rush inside and see what is left but DO NOT ENTER YOUR HOME UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN EXPLICIT PERMISSION FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OR BUILDING SAFETY INSPECTOR.  Even if you think it wasn't that bad, essential structures may have been compromised, and fires often re-ignite even after they appear to have been extinguished. 

Electrical and Fire Safety Tips

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Damage in Santa Monica CA

Have your home electrical system thoroughly inspected by qualified electricians to ensure that all electrical work in the home meets the safety provisions

Install smoke detectors on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping area.

Test smoke detectors and AFCIs monthly to ensure that they are working properly.

Establish an evacuation plan that can be used in case of an emergency, and practice with your family.

Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the light fixture.

In homes with young children, install tamper resistant receptacles to prevent electrical shocks and burns.

Conduct a basic assessment of your home electrical system, electrical cords, extension cords, power plugs, and outlets.

Look for telltale signs of electrical problems such as dim and flickering lights, unusual sizzling and buzzing sounds from your electrical system, insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. Contact a qualified electrician immediately.

Use extension cords only temporarily, and never with space heaters or air conditioners.

Avoid overloading outlets. Consider having additional circuits or outlets added by a qualified electrician as needed.

Finding a Fire Damage Restoration Company

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repair Companies

Disasters can occur at anytime, anywhere, anyplace, hence the name. They come in the form of earthquakes, floods, and fire and can happen at any given moment at any given time.  Regardless, it is essential for you to repair the damage and bring your life back to normal.

As such, if you experience a huge loss due to a fire that damaged your home, it would be in your best interest to call a proper repair company. Here are a few ways you can find the best fire damage repair company:

Surf The Web - search by using relevant search terms like “ Fire Damage Repair “ and noting the names of trusted and certified companies that are popular for rendering quality repair services at affordable rates.

Ask for Referrals - you can always ask for referrals from your friends, family, and/or acquaintances. People who previously hired a company to fix their damage will certainly come handy in this matter. However, make sure to obtain detailed quotations from each referral company.

Ask Coworkers - When all else fails, seeking help from colleagues or coworkers is a great idea. This is because if any of these people are familiar with a renowned company, you know that your home is in good hands and all your fire damage will be cleared.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Right After a Fire

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage

Most homeowners go to great lengths to practice fire prevention in their homes. However, if a fire does occur most people have little idea of what to do afterward. Most often after a fire in your home, you are unable to stay there due to fire and smoke damage. If leaving your home is the only option you do not want to leave it in an open condition and risk burglary.

First things first, make sure to lock up all doors and windows that you can. If doors and windows do not lock properly in the result of the fire be sure to board them up with wood and nails. You should also be sure to board up any holes in the walls and the roof. This should help prevent looting from your home while you are away.

Any valuables you can take with you do it. You can keep them on you, store them with a trusted friend or even rent a storage unit.

If you have fire damage and need help feel free to give us a call.

Who Do You Hire For Your Fire Damage Clean Up?

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire

How do you choose a company to do your fire damage clean up? How do you know what company to pick and who to avoid? 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. Picking the wrong company can end up causing you more headaches and delay getting back to normal. Here are a few tips that will help you pick the right one for you.
Try and get a referral from someone you know who knows someone. LOL. Ask friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers if they know any restoration companies. Post an inquiry on a social media site. Also, ask your insurance company.
When getting estimates from the companies you choose, ask to see before and after pictures of their work. You will then get an idea as to what they can do. Always ask to see prof of their liability insurance and if they balk… RUN, RUN AWAY! You DO NOT want a company on your property without it.
The internet is a great resource for obtaining information. Use it for the companies you are considering. The BBB is also a great source of information.

Space Heaters and Fires

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Space Heaters

The dangers of space heaters are heating up So. Cal this winter and you need to be aware of them. 

Space heaters can be a quick way to heat up a room. However, they can be as dangerous as they are convenient if used improperly. Space heaters cause 25,000 home fires a year, and 6,000 emergency room visits, according to the Harvard University Environmental Health & Safety group.

Approximately one-third of all house fires nationwide happen during the cold home-heating months between December and February. Equipment that is intended to add a little extra warmth, such as space heaters, are the leading cause of these fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPE).

Before using a space heater, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working condition.

Check to make sure the heater is clean and in good condition, and have all problems professionally repaired.

Place heater out of high-traffic areas and on a level, hard, non-flammable floor surface—NOT on carpets, furniture or countertops.

Space heaters have one purpose —to provide supplemental heating. Never use them to thaw pipes, cook food, or dry clothing or towels.

Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet from combustible liquids like fuel, spray cans and paint, as well as flammable items such as draperies, blankets, and sofas.

Never allow pets or children near an electric heater. Accidental contact could result in serious shock or burns.

Do not overload circuits. Never use extension cords or multiple plugs with a space heater, and make sure the unit is not plugged into the same circuit as other electric appliances.

If your space heater is plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) and it trips, don’t assume there is something wrong with the GFCI. Immediately stop using the heater until it can be checked out by a professional— if not, a serious shock could occur.

Never leave space heaters unattended. Turn it off and unplug it before leaving the room or going to bed.

Replace older space heaters with newer, safer models.

The Dangers of Fire Extinguishers

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

A Fire Extinguisher not Maintained

A fire extinguisher is a device used to control or extinguish fires. Even though they are credited with saving lives and protecting property, there are also dangers associated with these fire extinguishers. These dangers should be carefully considered when developing training strategies or using an extinguisher to fight a fire. Cleaning up after a fire extinguisher is a lot of work so always call a professional. 

There are five different types of fire extinguishers used in the U.S. Class A models are used on paper, lumber and most home fires. Type B extinguishers work best on gasoline or combustible liquids, while Type C is designed to extinguish electrical fires. Type D is used for chemical fires and Type K is designed to extinguish kitchen fires.

One of the biggest dangers associated with fire extinguishers comes from using the wrong type of extinguisher to fight a fire. For example, a water extinguisher used on electrical or oil fires can cause electric shock or explosions. A Type B or C carbon dioxide extinguisher used on a chemical fire may cause violent explosions that lead to injury or death.

We have seen inadequate maintenance that has led to some exploding on their own. Units left outside or in damp areas will often corrode. A corroded fire extinguisher can explode, causing injury or death. This is a common problem in marine and industrial applications, where saltwater and chemicals cause the canisters to corrode rapidly.

Dry chemical extinguishers pose some of the biggest dangers to consumers. The fumes that are released by these units during a fire can be toxic in the short-term, and may even linger for long periods of time. Carbon dioxide can cause cold burns to operators and can deplete oxygen supplies in the room. These extinguishers also contain chemicals that deplete the ozone layer and contribute to global warming.

Always take safety measures when using one.

Preventing a Dryer Fire

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Damage from a Dryer Fire

Dryer Fires are so common so let's protect our family and pets by following the information below...

How to prevent a dryer fire

In the last 4 weeks, we have had 3 calls regarding dryer fires. It made us realize that the public needs a reminder on how to clean the lint out.

  1. Clean the lint out of the lint trap every time you use the dryer
  2. Always follow the manufacturers instructions when installing the vent pipe.
  3. Keep any flammables away from the dryer. (Cleaning products)
  4. Choose a metal duct as opposed to a foil or plastic one.
  5. Always read care labels on the clothes. (don’t turn the dryer on high if the articles of clothing say tumble on low)
  6. Check the outdoor vent on a regular basis to make sure it is free from debris.
  7. Clean the vents at least every 6 months

Smoke Damage

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke damage from current fires could be lurking in your home and making you sick.

Inhaling smoke for a short time can cause immediate (acute) effects. Smoke is irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, and its odor may be nauseating. Studies have shown that some people exposed to heavy smoke have temporary changes in lung function, which makes breathing more difficult. Two of the major agents in smoke that can cause health effects are carbon monoxide gas and very small particles . These particles are two and one half (2.5) microns or less in size (25,400 microns equal an inch) and individual particles are too small to be seen with the naked eye.  

It is important that you call a professional to come and evaluate the damage. 

Fire Damage Brentwood CA 90049

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Brentwood CA 90049

Fire Damage Brentwood

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. There can be both smoke and water damage, which SERVPRO will gladly step up and deal with in an efficient manner. We specialize in these areas, and have been in business since 1984. As a family owned and operated company, we have the mentality of a small business while covering a wide region surrounding the Brentwood area. 

SERVPRO is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. No matter when emergency strikes and how small or large the cleanup, we will gladly provide services, doing all that we can to get it back to as close to original condition as possible. You can rely on SERVPRO to cover your needs with reliable, quick services from caring professionals who are trained to use the latest and most advanced technological processes. We offer drying, sanitizing and deodorizing after we conduct any cleaning and extraction that is necessary. 

The staff at SERVPRO will keep you aware of what is going on with your property, after first coming in and giving an assessment and quote for the work that we think needs to be done. We contact your insurance agency for you and complete all of the paperwork to make it easier on you. It's important that everything is dealt with carefully and quickly, so that you do not lose even more after the disaster. Contact SERVPRO for immediate services right away.

Are you Looking for a Company to do Fire Damage Restoration?

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration

Are you looking for a company to do fire damage restoration? Not sure what company to pick and which companies to avoid? If you have had a fire you just want your property to be restored back the way it was before the fire. You don’t want to pick the wrong fire damage restoration company because it may delay the process of getting back to normal. The following tips will help you pick a fire damge restoration company that is on the up and up. 

The first thing you should do is get a referral for a good fire restoration place. You can ask friends, neighbors, family members, or co-workers if they know any good restoration companies. If they had a fire and had work done themselves, they will know if a company is good or bad. You may also consider asking your insurance company who they recommend.

When you are interviewing companies to do your job ask to see proof of their work. They should be able to show you before and after pictures from previous jobs. This will give you an idea of what they can do. You should also ask for proof that they have insurance. You don’t want them working on your property without it.

Do your homework. Do an Internet search of the name of the company. See what you find. Do you find any negative reviews of them? Maybe you will find nothing. Reach out to consumer protection groups like the Better Business Bureau.

Fire Restoration in Brentwood

1/23/2016 (Permalink)

If you are looking for a company that does fire restoration in Brentwood you need to look carefully. Not all fire restoration services are equal in quality of work. Some companies do sub par work. Others do okay work, but they cost you a fortune. Knowing how to look for a quality fire restoration company can help you find the service provider that meets your needs.

Quotes

Start off by getting quotes from several different fire restoration companies. You should expect most of the quotes to be around the same price give or take a few dollars. You may get some really expensive quotes; you may get some really cheap quotes. While price should be a consideration when choosing a fire restoration service, it shouldn’t be the only thing you consider.

References

When you hire a fire restoration service you want to get some references. Ask the companies you are considering for some references to previous clients. You can ask specific questions to the references to find out more about the companies you are considering. Ask if they are professional? Did they meet deadlines? Did they do a good job? 

Previous Jobs

Ask to see before and after pictures from previous jobs. This will give you a good idea of the quality of work a company can do. A good company will have these pictures ready for you to see and will be happy to share them.

Consumer Protection

Look them up on consumer rating sites and find out if they have any complaints against them. If they have complaints against them find out if they resolved them. Start by checking the Better Business Bureau. 

Fire Damage Restoration in Pacific Palisades

1/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration in Pacific Palisades

Finding a company that does fire damage restoration in Pacific Palisades is not hard. That being said, you don’t want to hire any old company. You want to make sure you find a company that does top quality work at a price that won’t bust your budget. It is not hard to find a reputable company you just need a few guidelines.

Time Frame

You want to find a fire damage restoration company that is available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You never know when an emergency may arise and you want the company you chose to be available to you when you need them. Fires don’t happen around our schedule and you want your job to be fixed as quickly as possible.

References

If you have a had a fire you want to choose a restoration service that is reputable. Ask around to family and friends to find out if they know any companies that are reputable. Chances are good if you know someone that was happy with a company’s work, you will be happy with their work to.

Samples

When you interview restoration companies for your job ask to see proof of their work. They should be able to show you before and after pictures from previous jobs. If they don’t have this, it is a red flag. This proof of work is how you know they have experience doing jobs like yours. 

Reputation

You want to pick a company that has a good reputation. Google the company to see what you can find out about them. Check their reputation with services like the Better Business Bureau. 

Fire Damage Specialists in Pacific Palisades

9/3/2015 (Permalink)

If you have had a fire you need to consider hiring a fire damage specialists in Pacific Palisades. There are many reasons to hire a professional fire damage specialist. If you want to restore your home to its condition before the fire a fire damage specialist is the way to go. Below we have outlined the benefits of hiring a fire damage specialist.

Remove Fire Odors

When you hire a fire damage specialist they will make sure that any lingering odor from the fire is gone. A fire can leave behind an unpleasant smoky smell in every room of your home. It can be difficult to remove these odors on your own. You don’t want these smells to stick around. 

Prevent Further Damage

It is easy to damage your home more when you are cleaning up after a fire. In fact residue from the fire can continue to damage your home in the day and weeks following a fire. A professional fire damage specialist will prevent any further damage from occurring. They will remove any damaging ash from your home.

Replace Damaged Surfaces

Fire damage specialist don’t just specialize in getting rid of the odor and ash. They actually help restore your home to the way it was before you had the fire. They will replace any surfaces that were damaged by the fire. This includes walls, windows and flooring. They will determine which surfaces can be restored and which need to be replaced. When they are done your house will be as good as new. 

Why Hire a Fire Damage Restoration Service?

6/15/2015 (Permalink)

House fires are truly tragic and can be a frightening experience for a family, especially if your valuables are destroyed. In such circumstances, it is best to hire a restoration service that can assist with the recovery and take a load off your shoulders. Here are a few more reasons why you should opt for professional fire damage restoration Malibu services:

They Have Years of Experience

Professional fire damage restoration services are experienced in their field. They will be able to provide a speedy inspection of the overall damage and also give you an estimate regarding which items have to be repaired and/ or replaced. Not to mention, they can also point out which items can be salvaged and how much time will be needed for the complete restoration process.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

Professional fire restoration services can prevent further damage to your valuables and remove all soot, smoke odor, and water from your home by using some of the best state-of-the-art equipment They will also clean and sanitize your home using the best tools and products.

They Can Help with Insurance Claims

Fire damage restoration companies can prepare an estimate for you to submit to your insurance company. Depending on the full extent of the damage and your insurance policy, the company may provide appropriate funds to rebuild your entire home or provide you a full reimbursement.

So, make sure you contact a team of fire restoration experts right away in order to restore your home and your belongings to the pre-fire condition.

How to Find the Best Fire Damage Repair Company

5/24/2015 (Permalink)

Disasters can occur at anytime, anywhere; hence their name. They can come in the form of earthquakes, floods, or most commonly fire outbreaks at any moment. Regardless, it is essential for you to repair the damage and bring your life back to normalcy. As such, if you experience huge losses due to a fire incident that damaged your home, it is a good option to call a repair company. Therefore, here are a few ways you can find the best fire damage repair company:

Surf the Web

When it comes to finding the best fire damage repair company, begin your search by surfing the web using relevant search items and noting the names of trusted and certified companies that are popular for rendering quality repair services at affordable rates.

Ask for Referrals 

If the above doesn’t work well, you can always ask for referrals from your friends, family, and/or acquaintances. People who previously hired a company to fix their damage will certainly come handy in this matter. However, make sure to obtain detailed quotations from each referral company.

Seek Help from Coworkers

When all else fails, seeking help from colleagues or coworkers is a great idea. This is because if any of these people are familiar with a renowned company, you know that your home is in good hands and all your fire damage will be cleared.

Therefore, now you are familiar with the tips mentioned above, finding the best fire damage repair Malibu Company won’t be a problem.

Protect your property in Topanga Canyon

3/19/2015 (Permalink)

A fire can be a devastating for any property or business owner in Topanga Canyon and fire damage often includes much more than just what gets consumed by the flames. Smoke and soot stain paintwork, papers, clothing, upholstery and carpets. The water used by the fire service to put out the fire can cause further damage and opens up the possibility for mold growth if your property is not dried out quickly.

One way to help protect your assets from fire is to have a sprinkler system installed. The California State Building Standards Commission has adopted provisions of the International Residential Codes, making it a requirement to include a sprinkler system in all new build one and two family homes since since January 2011.

Many people don’t really understand sprinkler systems and think they work like you see in the movies with one tiny bit of smoke leading to a deluge of water pouring from the ceiling. They worry that sprinklers going off in every room will cause more damage than a small fire or the fire department’s hoses. In modern sprinkler systems, each sprinkler is independent from the others and is activated by increased temperatures in the room where it is located. Multiple sprinklers only start to operate if there are high temperatures in several locations. Plus, they release less than a tenth of the volume of water coming from a fire service hose. As with any automatically activating system, there is a slight chance of a sprinkler going off in error, but this very rarely happens.

Sprinkler systems have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of injury to people and damage to property. Because they operate automatically, sprinklers can start to damp down a fire long before the fire services are on the scene and work when buildings are unoccupied. While smoke detectors give a warning of fire to the occupants of a building, they do nothing to actually combat the problem and all too often battery operated smoke detectors are found to be not working properly. Some insurers offer discounts for homes protected with a sprinkler system as they know the likelihood of a large fire claim is reduced.

It is easier to build a sprinkler system into a property that is under construction, but one can also be fitted into an existing building. Modern sprinklers can be of a discreet design which does not spoil the decor. Any system should be installed by a competent professional and in accordance with the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

After any fire affecting your property, it is wise to call on the services of a professional clean up company to help assess the extent of the damage and to ensure that any insurance claim is fully calculated to include all the incidentals that may otherwise be missed. In addition, using the correct methods and specialist cleaning techniques, restoration professionals can bring many items back to a usable and safe condition. With a sprinkler system installed, the fire damage in your Topanga Canyon property will be much less than without one.