Recent Fire Damage Posts

Staying Safe From Fire Risks in the Kitchen | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

The kitchen is often the hub of the home where family and friends will gather and spend quality time and where meals are prepared. But the kitchen is also an area where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires top the charts as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

State Farm reports that in 2017 alone they paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to kitchen fires caused by grease or cooking. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is just one way to be prevent fires but it is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Be careful about the type of clothing you wear when cooking. Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Watch the items around the stovetop. Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Have a fire extinguisher easily accessible to the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. Do not throw hot grease in the garbage can. The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Have a fire escape plan established for all to be aware of. Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valleyis here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Residential Fire Prevention Tips | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Residential fires are extremely widespread, but most homeowners are unaware of how much damage they can cause. Flames can spread in an instant, causing widespread damage to your property and dangers to your family.

There is no way to guarantee you will never experience a residential fire, but there are ways to reduce the chances one will occur.

Residential Fire Statistics

Residential fires occur a staggering amount of times each day. The National Fire Protection Agency states that fires are reported at the rate of nearly three times every 60 seconds.

Cooking is one of the top hazards in residential buildings, accounting for over half of residential fires reported. That being said, there are still many other ways a fire can start.

Residential Fire Prevention

Once flames are started, it is alarming how quickly they can spread. Therefore, stopping them before they start is key. These tips for preventing residential fires will help you keep your chances of experiencing a residential fire low:

Smoke detector tests. Testing smoke alarms only takes a few moments and is the best way to make sure they are operational. Test them every month via the button on the unit, and replace them every 10 years.

Dryer tray clearing. Because of the heat produced by dryers, they can combine with an overfull lint tray and combust. Clean out the lint tray after each load to prevent this.

Open flame caution. Even contained flames can cause a residential fire if conditions are right. Never leave a flame unattended to prevent them from spreading.

Check household cords. Cables that become frayed or worn can spark and start fires around the home if still in use. Be sure to check them frequently and replace when they begin to wear.

Store chemicals properly. Many household products contain many flammable chemicals and should be kept away from heat and sunlight. Always check the label for storage instructions.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

When Disaster Strikes, You Can Count on Our “Restore First” Mentality | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

We are well known for being at your aid quickly when disaster strikes, but there is another reason why we should be one of your first calls if the worst should occur.

When a fire occurs, the last thing you need or want is to be without a home for a length of time, with interruptions to your life. That’s why we practice a “restore first” mentality, which guides every step of our process.

Restore First for Fire Damage

Knowing what to do after a fire has damaged your property is sometimes confusing and stressful, but that’s where we come in. Our team will spring into action once you contact us.

Fire damage is different for every event, and we recognize that. Because of that, we use our process—developed through years of experience—as a starting point and enhance it as needed for your individual needs.

1. Emergency contact. When you call us, we will ask you a series of questions regarding the fire damage. By doing this, it ensures we dispatch our team with the appropriate equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. This step of our process involves our team seeing the fire damage up close. During our visit to your home, we will inspect and assess all areas of your home, including those not directly impacted. This gives us a full picture of the fire damage.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. During a fire, damage to windows and roofs is very common. But what’s even more unfortunate is that additional damage can occur as rain and debris make their way into your home. This step helps protect your home from that damage.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Often firefighting efforts create water damage. We’ll begin to remove all wet objects immediately and then, through the use of dehumidifiers and air movers, the remaining water is removed and the drying up process is completed.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. Smoke and soot often cling to the ceilings, walls and floors in your home, along with objects. During this step of our process, we will remove them from surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. Whenever possible, we will take steps to clean and restore items to usability. This step also involves the removal of lingering odors common after a fire.

7. Restoration. Our final step in the restoration process is getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration includes minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet, or it could also call for major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Canyon Country Fire and Water Damage Restoration - "Like it never happened."

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Paradise in Canyon Country Until a Fire Breaks Out

Weather and nature's fury can unleash itself at any time. California is large enough and such diverse terrain that many of nature's worst damage can be done. Canyon Country is known for its hills and valleys and is a scenic area full of newer homes. Although this is a desirable place to live, it has the Santa Ana winds in September which make wildfires risk go up dramatically. Whether it be damage done from wildfires or damage to your home from water damage, SERVPRO is the cleanup and restoration experts. When something like this happens, it would be unwise to consult with anyone other than a professional to safely and thoroughly clean up and repair the damages done by water and fire.

Fire and Water Damage Restoration

A fire can be absolutely devastating to a home, but SERVPRO professionals can help to clean up and restore the home to be "Like it never happened." With any fire comes smoke. In a home that has fire damage, there is also soot and smoke damage to clean up after. Once a SERVPRO professional has come out to assess the damage done by both fire and smoke, the specialist can then make immediate plans for fire damage restoration services.

Risk of Fire Damage is Everywhere

Fire and also smoke damage can occur from wicked wildfires catching onto a home. They can also start from kitchen fires, neglected backyard fire pits, as well as numerous other fire-related sources. Everyone in California worries about wildfires threatening homes, but just as common are fires from faulty electrical wiring, heaters, and grease fires. Some of these fires have been put out by fire extinguishers, but the damage still remains. Hiring professional fire damage restoration experts is the way to go when you are salvaging your home.

Fire Department Saved Your Canyon Country Home But Water is Everywhere

One catastrophic event can lead to another. Although the fire in the attic is out, now there is water damage in the attic and it is seeping down through to the floor levels below. The fire department put out the fire, but now you have water, water everywhere! This is a case of both fire and water damage. It does happen, and there is help available from SERVPRO fire and water damage professionals. It can be overwhelming to think about, "where to begin to clean up such a mess?" After a traumatic event such as fire damage immediately followed by water damage in a home, it can be difficult to know where to go and who to turn to. Canyon Country residents need not worry, and should contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to make your home seem like these events never happened.

Water Damage Restoration

When it rains, it pours! Water damage can occur due to a number of reasons. It might be an accident in the home such as a popped waterbed mattress or the flooding of a cracked aquarium. Where there is a water leak or spill, mold can form. Mold as we all know is hazardous to our health, so to prevent mold, all water messes need to be cleanup up as soon as possible. Water damages can be independent from fire damage, but, nonetheless still need to be cleaned up.

Prevent Mold and Restore Everything Like New

In the event that water spills, leaks, or messes have already happened, it is time to take action in cleaning up the water and then restoring the structure "Like it never happened." Water is first removed with special vacuums. Fans and dehumidifiers help in drying up the remaining damp areas. Moisture detectors and infrared cameras can be used to locate moisture saturation points so that they can be further dried. If the damage is extensive, some structural changes such as replacement of drywall will need to be done. In the restoration process, SERVPRO cleans up the water damage so that it is "Like it never happened."

We Restore Fire Also!

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lancaster is a company that does more than water remediation. In some situations, homes and commercial buildings would need some fire remediation, which we at SERVPRO can also do. Should such an event occur, we are able to clean your home of all the fire damage including smoke damage on carpets, curtains, or upholstered furniture. At SERVPRO, we want to make sure we do all the necessary work to restore your beloved home to its best condition. We value your home as much as you value it, and we always want to make sure we do our job to the best of our abilities.

 In case of any kind of fire damages in your home, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita is always here. Give us a call at 661-296-4600.

Santa Clarita Fire and Water Damage - We Are Here If You Need Us

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

If you have suffered the loss of being in a fire or a flood, you know how much that event impacts your life and that of those you love. Both fire and water damage to a building whether commercial or residential takes a huge toll on the family or group that is there. Hopefully you will never have to make that call for help, of come to your building to find it charred or flooded, but if you do, call who you need to call then call the professionals to help clean it up. Fire and water damage is not just about cleaning up, it is about assessing what type of damage has been done and to see if the structure can be saved. 

Should you find yourself in this position, here is what you need to know about fire and smoke damage as well as water damage restoration services by Santa Clarita cleaning and restoration professionals who are specialists in this field. 

Fire damage is a two-punch combo of both flame damage and smoke charring and smell. The fire can burn and the smoke can char. Flames will burn all that they can in the time before they are extinguished; from woodwork, windows, furniture to clothes, valuables, and food it will consume it all if it can. Sometimes fires can be small but the smell of smoke just permiates throughout the building. Then there can be the impact left by water used to extinguish the fire. All cases are unique and different, and yet Santa Clarita Fire and Water Damage Restoration Professionals can take care of it all.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley knows about the effects flames have on a home or building. Fire damage repair and restoration includes cleanup of smoke from the flames. Smoke damage is a sneaky "bad guy" to follow for it can leave its tracks in hidden damaged places especially leaving an odor where it once was. In the restoration process it is good to have professionals who know about these things take care of the thorough cleanup job. 

Another type of disaster that hopefully you never have to deal with is water. Too much water at the wrong place at the wrong time is a bad thing. We call this flooding. Water damage can also be seen at some fire damage sites where water was used to extinguish a fire; water damage does not only imply a flood. No matter which way you look at it, water damage has loss to it as well, loss of valuables, structural supports, and more.

When there is too much water, the first step is water removal. SERVPRO in Santa Clarita knows how to manage this like professionals. Whether it be water damage from a leak or a flood, these exerts know how to reduce further damage and know how to help restore and preserve what is left of the building. 

Step one in the water damage process is to stop more water from entering the scene. Once that has been established--if not already happening simultaneously depending on the situation--water removal can begin. Trucks are on standby and gas-powered pumps pump water out of there at an efficient and impressive rate. 

Next in the process is to treat the infected areas. With water lingering can come mildew, fungi, and or bacteria growth. In order to put a halt to this it is best to treat the areas so that no more harmful damage can be done. The last main part of the water damage process is to dry! Dry what was wet and get it dry as quick as possible. High-speed fans and dehumidifiers help this process right-along. Santa Clarita water damage cleanup professionals know how to get these jobs done. 

Hopefully these scenarios do not become a reality for anyone, but in this imperfect world we live in accidents are bound to happen. Fire and water damage can strike at any time to all kinds of buildings both commercial and residential and all others in-between. For those persons in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas remember SERVPRO and their commitment to quickly get your life back on track as if the incident never even happened. 

Santa Clarita Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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