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Backyard Fire Pit Safety
Keep your fire pit far from any structures, brush, and trees.
It’s summertime, and there’s no better time for an outdoor barbecue and some s’mores by the fire pit. If not cared for properly, however, a relaxing night around the fire could turn into a disaster. Use these tips to help keep your summer nights fun!
Keep your fire pit far from any structures, brush, and trees. Ensure no branches or leaves hang anywhere above the fire pit so smoke has a clear escape path into the air. Keep the fire on a non-flammable surface such as concrete or sand. Avoid setting up the fire on grass, and never create a fire on a wooden deck.
Keep any flammable materials away from the fire. Staying approximately 10-20 feet from surrounding vegetation and brush will help to prevent flames from jumping or spreading. Dig the pit about six inches deep in the center with a two-foot diameter to contain all embers and flames.
Always use the proper method to extinguish the flames of a fire as described by your local fire marshal/fire department. Water is usually a primary source to extinguish fire. In addition, a shovel can help with putting out the remaining flames and suffocating the fire. Once the flames are drowned with water, stir with shovel until no flames remain. Ashes remain hot for several days, so ensure they are properly disposed and left to cool. Never dispose of ashes in a compost pile or flammable material.
Stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors! If you ever have a fire at your home, Call SERVPRO® of Simi Valley at (805) 522-2945 to help with the restoration, we are 24/7/365.
Stay Safe from Fires in the Workplace
If a fire does occur in your business, call SERVPRO® of Simi Valley to get the restoration process underway.
A fire is never fun. At the office or workplace, fires can cause danger to personnel in addition to property damage. Read these tips on basic fire prevention to stay as safe on the job as possible.
Steps of Prevention
- Ensure all staff is properly educated on fire prevention procedures, evacuation routes and fire hazards.
- Maintain a clean workspace to reduce the risk of fire.
- Be aware of potential combustible materials and flammable items.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in the business and know its whereabouts.
- Dispose of combustible or flammable materials in and around the workplace.
- Keep combustible materials in approved containers and away from other flammable items.
- Keep fire extinguisher in an accessible place not blocked by furniture or clutter.
- Keep fire equipment up to date, receive inspections on a regular basis.
- Have a working alarm system with both sound and lights.
- Be aware of local authority and fire department information for easy contact when necessary.
- Keep staff up to date on training, be aware of what’s going on.
- Work with SERVPRO® of Simi Valley to create an emergency response plan for your business.
If a fire does occur in your business, call SERVPRO® of Simi Valley to get the restoration process underway. We know a fire can be devastating, and that is why we take great care in restoring as many of your items as we can. No job is too big for SERVPRO® of Simi Valley. Call today at (805) 522-2945, we are 24/7/365.
Facts and Falsehoods about Fire Suppression Systems
Acting fast when a fire breaks out in your business will be the difference in mitigating your losses.
Fire suppression systems are typically the first response to any fire in a commercial building. Acting fast when a fire breaks out in your business will be the difference in mitigating your losses. It is important to know what is true or false when it comes to your fire sprinkler system.
False: Water Damage from Fire Sprinklers is More Costly Than Fire Damage
Fact: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advise sprinkler systems as more cost effective than damaging comparatively to other fire fighting efforts. Since they can keep the fire contained within a single room rather than allowing the fire and smoke to spread throughout the building.
False: Every Fire Sprinkler Will Trigger
Fact: First, confirm with the manufacturer and/or installer what the activation and release methods are for your buildings commercial fire suppression system. Typically, when one sprinkler in your commercial sprinkler system goes off, the others do not. Fire sprinklers act individually and should only release when high levels of heat are detected.
False: Fire Sprinklers are Overly Sensitive
Fact: Fire sprinklers only activate when high heat is sensed. Meaning, employees burning their lunch in the break room will not set off the fire alarm. Protection and safety are most important when keeping operations running.
When the unexpected happens, you are not alone. SERVPRO® of Simi Valley at (805) 522-2945 is 24/7/365 and committed to helping you every step of the way. Use our fire, smoke, and water damage clean up services to return your business to its preloss condition.
4 Tips for Business Owners After Fire
Any delay in seeking professional help could result in damages extending past where they could have been mitigated.
When fire damage does occur, reach out to SERVPRO® of Simi Valley to assess your fire damage restoration needs. Any delay in seeking professional help could result in damages extending past where they could have been mitigated. Smoke, a byproduct of fire, is acidic. It’s corrosive elements are capable of corroding away nearly any surface. Smoke and soot damage should be addressed immediately by experienced fire restoration professionals.
- Call SERVPRO® of Simi Valley – you need professional services, so before moving to the next step, call the experts.
- Move children and pets to a smoke-free area. Move them to a relative's or friend's home until the fire cleanup or restoration is complete.
- Open all the windows to get air circulating to help alleviate the smoke smell.
- Inventory your belongings. Create a list of your business’s or home’s contents, this will assist when filing a claim with your insurance. Taking pictures of the affected items or damage is also a good idea. You will need these for insurance claims purposes, and for your own records.
Prepare Your Business for Fire Season
Fire suppression systems require a minimum of (4) annual inspections performed by a 3rd-party fire protection expert.
As summer and fire season approach, it is important to have your property inspected to ensure your business’s readiness should a fire break out. Keep workspaces clear of combustibles, and have any damaged electrical cords replaced. Work with your team to develop an evacuation plan and have your staff trained on the safety procedures unique to your commercial property. Once determined, the fire escape routes will need to be posted in multiple areas around the office. This way, everyone has an equal opportunity to see them. It takes minutes for a fire to become an inferno and knowing the proper routes for evacuation may be the difference in getting out safely. Fire drills should be performed with your team on a semi-regular basis to help ensure their knowledge of escape routes is up to date. Many commercial properties have fire suppression systems in place that require a minimum of (4) annual inspections performed by a 3rd-party fire protection expert.
Call the Professionals
Our franchise professionals at SERVPRO® of Simi Valley are familiar with the risks associated with fire damage to your home. As a leader in the fire damage disaster industry, we use proven systems to address fire damage when the call comes in. If a fire affects your property, contact us 24/7 - (833) WTR-FIRE (987-3473).
How Long Does Residual Smoke Damage Last?
Aftermath of fire in utility room.
Ridding a property of smoke damage is a difficult task unto itself. One of the worst things a home or business can experience is a fire as it not only destroys household items but can also affect structural materials as well. The damage can sometimes extend after the fire has been extinguished in the form of water damage due to the fire-fighting efforts.
Residual smoke odor can linger within your business or home until affectively treated after the flames have been put out. If a fire affects your home or are, such as is the case with when a wildfire occurs, take the necessary steps to rid yourself of the smoke smell effectively and fast.
It can be quite difficult to remove the odor of smoke from your property. When the smoke first infiltrates your home, the small imperceptible particulates can stick to all household surfaces and even become embedded in porous materials – carpeting, furniture, fabrics, books, and even paint. Removing them requires a lot of effort and, often, specialized cleaning equipment. SERVPRO of Simi Valley have the expertise and industry leading equipment (air scrubbers, nano filters, ozone generators, hydroxl technology, etc.) that is required to effectively deodorize after a fire loss. We use safe and efficient odor removal techniques to make it like it never even happened.
5 Common Types of Smoke Damage
Kitchen fire damage.
Depending on the substance that a fire consumes determines the type of smoke damage which occurs. Prior to inspection, in the initial call, we may ask what burned or request photos to get a better grasp on the extent which fire and smoke damage occurred. Below are some common types of smoke damage SERVPRO of Simi Valley may inquire about.
- Tenant Smoking
This is the most common type and is caused by residents that smoke. In multifamily buildings, property managers / owners deal with these odors on a regular basis. This smoke can cause a great deal of damage to the structure, from unpleasant odors to surface damage. Smoking damage typically requires intense cleaning.
- Protein Smoke Damage
Second to tenant smoke kitchen fires are the most common. They typically produce protein smoke. Protein smoke damage occurs when food burns and clings to wood or painted surfaces and has the potential to discolor the surfaces it affects permanently.
- Wet Smoke Damage
This smoke damage occurs when a fire is slow burning with a low temperature. It is one of the more difficult forms of smoke damage to address and is sometimes the hardest form of smoke damage to clean. It tends to be sticky and thick, and latches to almost all surfaces.
- Dry Smoke Damage
Usually, this is one of the easier forms of smoke damage to take care of. It is nearly the opposite of wet smoke damage and occurs from high-temperature fires. This damage produces finer particulates, however, if it lands on porous surfaces this will make it more difficult to clean up.
- Petroleum Smoke Damage
When an oil-based substance is burned, petroleum smoke damage occurs. This smoke is darker and lingers on nearly all material it comes in contact with, and often stains surfaces.
Commercial Fire Cleanup Steps
pressure washing foundation
These are typical steps in the commercial fire damage restoration process:
Call your local SERVPRO to come and inspect the damage to your property. Our highly trained Project Managers and Technicians thoroughly inspect your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. Hiring a professional restoration company will allow for a complete comprehensive review of the property damage. They will also record and document all damage for your insurer if needed.
- Safety Work
Property damage can continue even after the fire has been extinguished. The priority should be to prevent further damage to your property. A restoration company will look at what needs to be protected and take the proper steps to do so. With a lot of your windows, walls, and roof potentially damaged, the restoration company will look at what needs boarding up or if your roof needs tarping. This helps to protect your property from further damage.
- Water Removal
Water removal post firefighting efforts is top of the list. Hiring a professional team to investigate the possibility of leaks or places where mold can develop is very important.
- Smoke and Soot Removal
Odors and staining left behind from smoke or soot damage go beyond surface level. With SERVPRO’s specialized techniques, the next step for SERVPRO of Simi Valley is to remove the smoke and soot left behind on the ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
There are a variety of cleaning techniques that can be used to clean up these damaged items and structures, along with equipment such as industrial air scrubbers and foggers that will help remove smoke odors.
Treat Smoke Damage Immediately
SERPVRO Fire Damage Experts
Fires are a devastating loss. Not only do they do physical damage to your dwelling, but soot will also cling to the inside of your home. Immediate action is needed to help mitigate damages. It can be difficult dealing with the aftermath of a fire. However, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be even more devastating in the following ways:
- Restoration Cost Increases
Smoke and Ash is a very corrosive element. It can corrode away ceilings, walls, floors and nearly any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning quickly with soap and water is not enough. Hire an experienced remediation company like SERVPRO of Simi Valley to do proper cleaning with the appropriate chemicals to contain damages that occur.
Removing soot residue and deposits is a highly effective first step. Soot can travel and penetrate rooms unaffected by fire damage causing harm to both those rooms and their contents within.
- Damage Extends/Permanent Damage
Smoke damage starts to set within hours and can cause permanent harm to your property. It begins to worsen and becomes more difficult to deal with if left untreated for too long. This can make the treatment process harder and more time consuming. After a fire, make sure to treat your home immediately. This can help protect yourself from prolonged smoke exposure as well as make it easier to restore your home post fire and smoke damage.
Reduce Structural Risk Against Wildfires
No symbol over wildfire symbol.
Readyforwildfire.org advises that a large step in reducing wildfire risk to your property is creating defensible areas or zones. These are described as (3) zones with varying defined distances and details to perform within each Zone: 0, 1, and 2.
Zone 0: (0) to (5) feet
The Immediate Zone is the area closest to the structure and the most vulnerable. Remove any combustible material surrounding your property. This can be dry grass or brush, outdoor furniture, trashcans etc. Clean any fallen leaves and needles regularly and repeatedly during the fire season.
Zone 1: (5) to (30) feet
The Intermediate Zone can include other buildings, structures, trees, etc. Keep it “lean, clean, and green.” Remove dead plants, dry leaves, pine needles, etc. from your rain gutters, roof, and yard. Regularly trim your trees to a minimum of 10 feet from other trees. Branches that hand over your roof should be removed and any dead branches should be kept 10 feet away from your chimney. Move any woodpiles at least 30 feet from any structure.
Zone 2: (30) to (100) feet
The Extended Zone includes space more than 100 feet away if defined otherwise by vegetation conditions, steep slopes, and or your local fire department. Cut down/back annual grass to the regulatory size in your area.
Top Five Reasons Fire Suppression Systems Fail
Fire damage by inactive fire suppression system.
Fire sprinkler suppression systems are common in commercial and becoming more common in residential. Top five failures for fire suppressions systems:
- Improper maintenance – most common: faulty pumps, failing suppression material supply.
- Typically, in hotels or apartments tenants hang a coat hanger on the sprinkler head.
- Influx in pressure to fire sprinkler system.
- Crack or break in the plumbing lines.
- System shut-off. This is the cause for nearly 2/3 of fire suppression system failures.
It is important to regularly get your Fire Suppression System checked. Four times annually is the recommended amount that it should be inspected.
Regardless of the fire damage source in your home or business, SERVPRO of Simi Valley is there to support and educate you during your loss. Fire remediation and repair pose many questions and concerns depending on the nature of building materials burned. Our senior project managers are well trained in the science of combustion byproduct cleanup. SERVPRO of Simi Valley claims managers will be designated to be your liaison between you, our onsite team, and the insurance carrier to make sure your home is restored to its preloss condition with all appropriate post clearance testing, city inspections, and most importantly our customer satisfaction form signed by you our client when we hand back the keys to your home.
SERVPRO and Farmers Insurance
Do you have Farmers Insurance? Did you know SERVPRO is part of the Farmers Emergency Mitigation Referral Program (EMRP)?
That means we are here for you and on-call 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are one call away. We offer emergency services to mitigate the effects of damage caused by fire, smoke, and water. The goal is to prevent further damage to your home and save as much building material as possible.
We here at SERVPRO are reputable vendors who are properly licensed and insured — and have agreed to follow accepted industry standards and practices. We have the equipment, technology, training, and customer diplomacy for any size disaster. We thoroughly document and communicate each step of the restoration process, because an informed customer is often a happy one.
Three-stage decontamination chambers consist of a clean room, shower/decontamination chamber, and an equipment room.
Single or 3 stage decontamination chambers are effective in preventing cross-contamination. Strict protocols are used when entering and exiting the decontamination chambers. Three-stage decontamination chambers consist of a clean room, shower/decontamination chamber, and an equipment room. Each chamber is separated from the other and the work area by specially designed airlocks.
The clean room is used to remove and store street clothes, don personal protective clothing, and respiratory protection before entering the work area. Workers then use the shower/decontamination room on their way out after leaving any contaminated clothing in the equipment room. From there the equipment room is the contaminated area where any contaminated work clothing such as boots, hardhats, goggles, and any other equipment is stored after proper HEPA and/or wet cleaning.
An important part of the decontamination chamber is a manometer which indicates pressure differential inside the work area compared to areas outside. This digital device indicates if proper negative pressure is current inside the work area.
Keep Your Home Safe From Fire
Protect and fireproof your home with these five tips.
Fire season is upon us and there are some things you can do to minimize damage to your property. Here are five tips to fireproof your home:
- Apply fire-retardant chemicals: You can use eco-friendly fire-retardant sprays that can be applied to at-risk areas that are most prone to fire in your home. They are a great line of defense and decrease the ability of materials to ignite. The chemicals in the fire retardant are applied to materials to create a barrier or slow the growth of the fire.
- Get rid of Vegetation: Make sure there is no dry or dead vegetation around your home because it causes the highest risk. Be sure to prune highly flammable shrubberies that are dry. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends creating at least 30 feet of defensible space between your home and surrounding vegetation to reduce the potential for damage.
- Limit roof combustibility: Complex roofs with a lot of ridges are more prone to fire because wind can cause embers to get caught on the ridges and valleys. A safer option would be to consider replacing your roofing with fireproof material and applying fire retardant chemicals. Cleaning out debris such as leaves and pine needles is helpful along with checking for broken shingles then replacing them to reduce your home catching fire.
- Keep your gutters clean: It’s important to clean your gutters because they can accumulate vegetation and other debris when it’s windy. Then the debris in your gutters is more likely to catch fire when the season is dry. Removing the debris regularly can help reduce fire risk.
- Focus on protecting your windows: Older windows may consist of a single pane of glass. Newer windows are “dual-pane” or “multi-pane.” In general, dual- or multi-pane windows are better choices from both a wildfire resistance and energy efficiency perspective. Window failure can occur if the glass in the window breaks, allowing embers and flames to enter the building, or the combustible frame ignites and the fire is able to move into the occupied space. The most vulnerable window during a wildfire is one that is left open.
Removing Smoke Damage After a Fire
Any fire restoration professional can tell you when it comes to fire damage, the fire is the easy part. There’s really only one way to get rid of most damage to building materials charred by fire: remove them. Getting rid of the sight of smoke damage is a fairly easy thing to do. You can clean it, paint over it or remove the items. Odor on the other hand is invisible and even more bothersome and must be dealt with immediately. SERVPRO uses scientific methods and quick measures to remove smoke damage after a fire.
1. Get rid of the source of smoke odor
2. Seal salvageable surfaces
3. Clean everything left behind
Having your home professionally cleaned after soot, smoke, and fire damage can impact your health. The hidden damage from smoke can be hard to detect, you should always call SERVPRO after experiencing a fire loss of any size.
The Do's and Don'ts of Dealing with Fire Damage
Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.
- Make safety a priority
- Call your insurance agent
- Call SERVPRO
- Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner
- Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe
- Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces
- Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned
The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems if it’s not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO of Simi Valley immediately when dealing with fire damage in your home or business.
Fireplace Safety Guidelines
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than a third of home heating fires in the U.S. involve fireplaces and chimneys. Here are some critical fireplace safety tips that could help prevent a smoke or fire-related accident in your home during these cold months.
- Inspect your chimney cap regularly. If it’s damaged, repair or replace it.
- Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in the room.
- Keep all flammable objects, such as newspapers, books, holiday decorations, and furniture, at least two feet away from the fireplace.
- Have a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors installed to prevent embers from shooting out of the fireplace.
- Always supervise the fire and never leave it burning when going to sleep or leaving the home.
Even with all the proper fireplace safety measures in place, accidents can still happen. As smoke can severely damage a home, it’s essential to get the house remediated as soon as possible. The longer soot and smoke sits on a surfacer, the more damage it can do. Our fire damage restoration technicians use the latest equipment and techniques to remove soot and deodorize your house after fire damage, quickly and properly. For professional fire damage cleaning services, contact SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
What Do Fire Restoration Companies Do?
Sometimes it is confusing understanding exactly the purpose of a fire restoration company. We are not the fire department and we cannot put out your fire, however we can clean up the aftermath. The job of a restoration company is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents so that further damage will not occur. Our crews of professional technicians will enter your home and immediately begin logging your items and begin cleaning your home from soot and smoke damage.
The fire damage restoration process can reverse the damage caused by a fire in your home or business premises so that you are able to get back to normal living as quickly as possible. If you experience a fire loss always call SERVPRO of Simi Valley immediately.
How to Prevent Your Home from a Fire
Fire prevention is more important than many may realize. Fire safety can make all the difference in fire-prone areas and can help to prevent wildfires from spreading in dry, hot locations. Rather than letting a normal fire get out of hand, keep it contained by arming your home with the appropriate fire protections.
Clear your home’s surroundings of debris and combustible materials.
Maintain your lawn and keep bushes and trees trimmed.
Use fire-resistant materials when building or updating your home.
Make sure your home has a fully functioning fire alarm system.
Keep a shovel and fire extinguisher in an easily accessible place.
Practice appropriate fire safety measures with campfires.
Prepare a fire safety plan.
Taking these precautions into mind, if your home suffers fire damage and needs remediation you should immediately call SERVPRO of Simi Valley at 805-522-2945.
Fire Safety Tips To Protect Your Pets From Potential Danger
According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most common disaster they respond to - and also the most preventable. Planning ahead is the best way to promote the safety of the people and animals in your home. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan which should include pet safety.
Here are some steps to protect your pets:
- They should have their own disaster supplies kit ready in advance which should include food, water, pet records, spare collars and/or leashes in case you need to control or calm them from being frightened.
- Have a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
- Include your pets and take them with you when you practice your escape plan. Train them to come to you when you call for them.
Following these steps can lower the risk of harming your pets from a fire.
Here Are 10 Tips To Avoid Water Damage To Your Home
In Southern California, there are ways to protect yourself against costly water losses and claims. Follow these 10 easy tips to keep your home safe and well-maintained:
On The Outside:
- Maintain Trees and Vegetation
Thriving shrubs can be a beautiful thing – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them. That’s why it’s important to minimize landscaping near utility pipes or, if necessary, remove trees and shrubs that have become too big.
- Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof, and unmanaged overflow may create puddles that could damage your foundation. Don’t forget to clean downspouts to ensure water can flow through, and secure downspouts so that they point away from the home.
- Disconnect Hoses
Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that may bust your pipes and create damage to walls, floor, and foundation.
On the Inside:
- Know your Water Main
Know the location of your water main and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time. If no water goes into the house, chances are no faucet drips can wreak havoc on your home.
- Check Appliances Regularly
Check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Investigate Leaks Right Away and Fix Promptly
If you opt to ignore moisture damage or postpone making the necessary repairs be prepared to experience mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home. Keep in mind that homeowner’s insurance provides coverage for damage that is sudden and accidental. Damage that results from a lack of maintenance is not covered on a standard homeowner’s insurance policy.
- Upgrade Washing Machine Hoses
Old, brittle, or leaky washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners. Replace yours regularly to avoid a mighty mess and expensive damage.
- Install Water Detection Devices
A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor is in contact with moisture. Its main benefit is that it detects low moisture levels or slow leaks that often go unnoticed. Install it near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.
- Check Your Water Pressure
If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force. The gauge will give you a reading of the home’s water pressure. Typical residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 – 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure exceeds 100psi, install a pressure regulator (which is available at hardware stores as well.)
- Do Monitor Your Water Bill
Sometimes, the only way you know that water is leaking is by taking a closer look at your water bill. If your usage jumps significantly from one month to the next without explanation, put your “water detective’s hat” on. Is there a leak in your crawlspace? Or, is it a pipe in your front yard? Don’t leave mystery leaks unattended!
Call us if you have any questions! We are here to help!
Fire Restoration: Every Fire is Different and Can Still Ruin Your Precious Belongings
Every fire is different and even a small fire can ruin the most precious of your belongings.
With all the soot and the ash coming down it can seem like a total loss but that is not always the case, by calling a professional fire restoration company you can expect they will do their best to restore your items to preloss condition.
Fire restoration teams are essential, and SERVPRO of Simi Valley can be there the minute the fire department clears it for our technicians to enter.
We will begin assessing your property immediately to determine what we can save and what needs to be replaced.
After the fire is out that’s where the team of SERVPRO of Simi Valley comes in to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Can Electronics Be Damaged by Smoke?
Can electronics be damaged by smoke?
The simple answer is yes!
Smoke can damage your electronics in several different ways: the black film is smoke that can seep into all parts of your electronics leaving a black film, hence the name “black film”; the film creates an insulating effect and makes your electronics prone to overheating.
The magnetic charge could cause the shortening of an item’s circuits which can happen to TVs, computers, appliances, and other electronics. The acidity from soot can lead to the early degradation of your electronics, shortening their usable lifespan. The first thing to know about cleaning your electronics is that you should always call a professional.
The best thing you can do on your own is to remove any storage or memory, try removing anything personal from the hard drive a computer to one that was not affected. For televisions, it is best to unplug them and leave them turned off.
Treat smoke damaged appliances like you would a television. Your electronics and appliances are some of the most valuable items in your home and we understand their importance when it comes to restoring them after smoke and fire damage.
Always call the professionals at SERVPRO of Simi Valley for any fire restoration needs.
SERVPRO of Culver City / Baldwin Hills Has The Resources and Experience To Mitigate Any Size Water and Fire Damage!
Westside of Southern California, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Luxury Hotel suffered fire and water damage.
Luxury hotel located in Santa Monica, Los Angeles suffered a small fire that set off the fire suppressant system causing water damage to four floors. Our team quickly deployed our key project coordinators and water technicians to moisture map, photograph the entire loss for the insurance companies and owners, document the smoke/soot, set the proper mitigation equipment to control odor and begin to speed up the evaporation process.
Our ownership is the first SERVPRO to utilize Matterport digital photography. This camera system provides a virtual tour of the affected areas to help all interested parties. Our team has performed work for the Ojai Valley Inn located in Ojai, California, the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake, California, the Disney Holiday Inn in Anaheim. Rosewood Miramar in Santa Barbara was also cleaned by our team. Our team is the preferred vendor for Caruso Properties.
Why Choose a Professional Fire Restoration Company
No matter what your business is we will be prepared to help you through a fire damage.
Smoke and soot travel further than flames, so cleanup can be a challenge. A fire cleanup company is trained to identify and remove smoke and soot damage from your business or property. After an assessment, they have the right equipment to professionally restore your property.
SERVPRO of Simi Valley should be your top choice for the following reasons: local professionals, licensed and insured, professional equipment and techniques, 24/7 emergency service, and we have the promise to make it "Like it never even happened."
With these things in mind you can be rest assured that SERVPRO will take care of you and your commercial property. We have worked hundreds of fire damage jobs and are the best in the business when it comes to working with you and your insurance company.
Small Space Heaters & Your Safety
Heating and electrical equipment are some of the top causes for structure fires in the United States, especially in homes. Space heaters should be setup at least a few feet away from furniture or other combustible objects. Always make sure to check the equipment and clean it regularly. It is a good idea to make sure the appliance is turned off, or even unplugged whenever you leave your home. Cleaning your space heater can be done by spraying compressed air throughout the inside and vents to get rid of dust and debris that may accumulate but you may need to remove the front cover to do so. While many modern space heaters have safety shut offs built in, it is still a good idea to turn it off when it will not be monitored, just to hopefully prevent you from a fire loss.
Things to Know About Fire Damage
Those who survive the fire with minimal or no damage to their homes are very fortunate, but recovery may still take some time. This is particularly true if the fire was close enough to your home to cause soot, smoke or water damage. And, even if the fire never threatened your home, fires occurring miles away can still deposit ash and cause your home to smell like smoke. Before any fire cleanup efforts begin, you must ensure that the area is safe. Confirm that evacuation orders have been lifted and assess your property. If your home or property sustained damage that you need to report to your insurance company. If your home experienced significant fire or water damage, it is best to hire a company that specializes in this type of cleanup to do the work for you. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has dealt with hundreds of fire damaged homes so you will feel confident trusting them with your home as well.
What Your Insurance Sees
More than likely after a fire damage your insurance will categorize your loss into one of two categories. This also helps determine what actions need to be taken to restore the home most efficiently.
Primary Fire Damage
This damage refers to damage sustained as a direct result of the flames, to include the building and contents of both homes and businesses.
Secondary Fire Damage
The secondary type refers to damage sustained due to smoke and other corrosive substances caused by the fire. It’s often that secondary damage accounts for the majority of damage inside a fire damaged home or office. Additionally, a fire can expose the building to the outdoor elements which could tack on water damages due to rain.
Fire damage is no joke and you should always take the proper steps by calling both your insurance to file your claim and SERVPRO to remediate your home.
Make Sure Your Business Is Up To Code
Officials regularly revise fire codes and inspect businesses, usually annually, to certify compliance. As a business owner you should always make sure you are up on the following:
- Sprinklers have been installed in buildings where they are now required.
- Manual fire alarms have been installed where they are now required.
- Fire egress routes are maintained as required.
- Signage has been updated as required.
- Fire prevention equipment – sprinklers, fire department hook-ups, extinguishers, fire alarm systems and smoke alarm systems – are inspected and maintained as required.
- Fire prevention equipment has been updated to comply with structural changes to the business.
By following these simple rules you might save yourself a ton of money, time, and heartbreak. Your property can quickly become unsafe and hazardous. Prevent yourself from a fire and fire damage but if you ever do suffer a loss always call SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
Top Quality Fire Restoration
Save or replace this roof? SERVPRO of Simi Valley would be able to tell you!
Every fire is different and even a small fire can ruin the most precious of your belongings. With all the soot and the ash coming down it can seem like a total loss but that is not always the case, by calling a professional fire restoration company you can expect they will do their best to restore your items to preloss condition. Fire restoration teams are essential, and SERVPRO of Simi Valley can be there the minute the fire department clears it for our technicians to enter. We will begin assessing your property immediately to determine what we can save and what needs to be replaced. After the fire is out that’s where the team of SERVPRO of Simi Valley comes in to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How to Clean Smoke Damaged Electronics
Can electronics be damaged by smoke? The simple answer is yes! Smoke can damage your electronics in several different ways: black film is smoke that can seep into all parts of your electronics leaving a black film, hence the name “black film”; the film creates an insulating effect and makes your electronics prone to overheating. Magnetic charge could cause the shortening of an item’s circuits which can happen to TV’s, computers, appliances, and other electronics. Acidity from soot can lead to the early degradation of your electronics, shortening their usable lifespan. The first thing to know about cleaning your electronics is that you should always call a professional. The best thing you can do on your own is remove any storage or memory, try removing anything personal from the hard drive a computer to one that was not affected. For televisions it is best to unplug them and leave them turned off. Treat smoke damaged appliances like you would a television. Your electronics and appliances are some of the most valuable items in your home and we understand their importance when it comes to restoring them after smoke and fire damage. Always call the professionals at SERVPRO of Simi Valley for any fire restoration needs.
Candle Safety Tips
There is something calming about candles. They look pretty and enhance the ambiance in a room, they give off a fragrant smell that can be so luring, but they can also be the cause to a house fire. December has been noted as the peak month of candle fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires started when they were placed to something that can burn, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations. Review the tips below to prevent any house fires this holiday season:
- Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
- Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
- Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
- Put candle holders and a sturdy and uncluttered surface
- Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
- Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
- You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle
Although candles can add to the decor in the room, however, they can also add danger. Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season, use alternatives to prevent any candle fires in homes like using flameless candles. As always, remember SERVPRO of Simi Valley is here to help!
What Sets Smart Smoke Detectors Apart?
Protect your Simi Valley, CA home with a smart smoke detector
Smart smoke detectors are a relatively new technology that can send push notifications to smartphones and may be controlled remotely. Find out how a next-generation smoke alarm can protect your home.
Smart Alarms Types
There are three types of smart fire safety devices:
- Smart batteries
- Smart detectors
Smart batteries can be used in standard battery-powered smoke detectors or as backups in hardwired units. Smart detectors may cover more square-footage than standard alarms and can be controlled remotely. Listeners send alerts when any alarm is triggered.
A smart battery is an affordable way to monitor your home while you are out. This technology functions like a nine-volt battery but has Wi-Fi connectivity to send notifications. You can silence battery-powered alarms remotely, but this function does not work for hardwired alarms with smart battery backups.
A smart smoke alarm also sends notifications, can be remotely controlled, and may be capable of monitoring more than one floor of your home. Some devices alert users to elevated carbon monoxide levels. Listeners send notifications whenever an alarm sounds in your home, though these devices are not capable of silencing alarms.
Smart Alarms Effectiveness
A single smart alarm may monitor an entire floor of your home, or more. If your home is spacious, you may want to just install a listener to notify you of any alarms.
Smart Detector Costs
Smart fire safety solutions are available in a wide price range:
- The initial smart battery unit retails for about $35 with $15 replacements once or twice a year
- Smart detectors start around $100
- Listeners range from $50 to $100
Consider a smart smoke alarm or smoke detector device to receive timely push notifications about alarms. All of these devices can increase overall safety at your residence in Simi Valley, CA. If a fire results in damage, rely on the expertise of damage restoration professionals.
Fire Damage? Here's some things to avoid doing before we arrive!
When faced with fire and smoke damage, we're Here to Help®.
If you experience fire or smoke damage in your home, here are some things that you should NOT do while waiting for your remediation team to arrive.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water (they may be contaminated).
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create a secondary damage.
- Send garments to dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
The Do's and Don'ts of Fire Restoration
Our most recent fire loss.
In a state of panic it may be hard to make good judgment calls but we want to remind you of a few simple things.
Do turn off utilities: Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a SERVPRO professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.
Don’t clean walls or clothing: Also, do not clean walls, ceilings and other similar surfaces, and wait to clean your clothing and similar garments. A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
By remembering just these two simple do’s and don’ts you could save yourself a big headache when it comes to dealing with a fire loss in your home. You should always trust a SERVPRO professional to come on the scene to give you the best recommendations for you, your home, your items, and your pets.
SERVPRO of Simi Valley Wildfire Damage Event
As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by people, according to the U.S. Department of Interior. Some human-caused fires result from campfires left unattended, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes and intentional acts of arson. The remaining 10 percent are started by lightning or lava.
According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires added up to $5.1 billion over the past 10 years.
Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Simi Valley we are monitoring any wildfire situations closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Simi Valley is Here to Help®.
About SERVPRO of Simi Valley
SERVPRO of Simi Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Simi Valley Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Simi Valley Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Simi Valley will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (805)522-2945
Master Bedroom Fire
After math of flames through the roof of the master bedroom.
A fire started from electrical misfiring led to the large fire remediation performed by SERVPRO of Simi Valley. The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire, neighbors called the fire department when they noticed smoke coming from the roof of the home. By the time firefighters were able to settle the flames and smoke SERVPRO was on the scene with crews and equipment to start putting the home back together.
With only damage to the master bedroom the family was able to stay in other parts of the home while remediation was happening and we were able to get them back into their bedroom in no time at all.
If you ever suffer a fire loss you should always call the experts at SERVPRO of Simi Valley.
3 Tips To Make Sure Your Home is Carbon Monoxide and Fire Safe
Crawl space after fire remediation.
Carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and invisible which makes it extremely deadly to those unaware of it. Most fire alarms in a home are equipped with a carbon monoxide detector as well. However, if yours does not here is a simple tip: you can buy a wall plug in carbon monoxide detector pretty much anywhere in your house. But experts suggest you place it next to your hot water heater. The second tip to keep your home safe from a fire is to have an emergency fire extinguisher within your home but also out of the reach of small children. The third and final tip is to know all the exits in your home and to have an escape plan. No one can ever plan for a fire but we can be prepared. Always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula in case of a fire emergency, we are the trusted industry experts.
Is Smoke Damage Really That Harmful?
Power washing gets rid of soot from fire losses.
A question we hear at SERVPRO from clients quite often is: is smoke damage really that harmful? The answer is yes! Smoke damage can affect in more ways than one, while direct exposure to smoke is harmful to your respiratory system, it can also negatively affect your property's structure, sometimes in unexpected ways. Smoke from any type of fire is comprised of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and soot. Depending on what’s burning, many other harmful chemicals also enter the air, and are inhaled into your lungs or latch onto walls, furniture, clothing, ductwork, and other areas. While it may not seem like as big of a deal as the flames that burned personal property, smoke damage definitely should never be ignored! ALWAYS call SERVPRO for all your fire/smoke remediation needs.
The Dangers of Smoke Damage
A bedroom affected after a unit fire.
Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimise the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately.
If left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways: extensive and permanent damage, soot deposits, and cost increase.
Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home.
SERVPRO has trained technicians that are knowledgeable when it comes to treating both homes and businesses for fire, smoke, soot damage that has occurred. You should always rely on a professional to help restore your property.
How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?
An after shot of a home that suffered a large fire loss, they did not have a fire extinguisher in home.
Fire extinguishers last between five and 15 years but they all ultimately expire and become ineffective, no matter what fire-fighting substance they contain. Household fire extinguishers—which are typically filled with dry chemicals (carbon dioxide or halon)—lose their charge over time. Those with compressed gas can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken, while those with ammonium phosphate will solidify over the years, rendering the entire device unusable. Read on to get a handle on the age and effectiveness of your fire extinguisher, plus tips on how to extend its life, get it serviced, and dispose of it correctly if necessary. Store a fire extinguisher in a clean, indoor location can help extend its life. Exposure to sun, UV radiation, wind, or rain can cause corrosion, rust, and deterioration. If the canister is dented or bruised, or if the tamper seal and pin are missing, there’s a possibility that it might explode unprompted. Examine the entire unit and if it’s not in good shape, properly dispose of it without delay.
Commercial Restoration: OVI
You can see here all the ash on the ground from the fire burning.
As a Large Loss Response Team, we are able to handle jobs that come in massive size. After the Thomas fire in December SERVPRO Simi Valley spent just under two months at the Ojai Valley Inn to get them back into business as quickly as possible. Running two separate shifts, the crews worked around the clock to expedite the process. Team Alan Reed understood the importance of getting the Inn back up and running. The Inn suffered massive damage from soot and smoke, as well as falling ashes as the fire was still burning close by.
Fire and smoke jobs require a lot of PPE, such as respirators, eye protection, and hard hats. The air quality in Ojai during the fire was not the best and we made sure that all SERVPRO parties were taken care of when it came to keeping them safe.
You may not think of your clothes dryer as a fire hazard, but these appliances account for tens of thousands of house fires each year. The problem most frequently occurs when lint and dust are allowed to build up. Over time, this can cause the dryer vent to become clogged with highly flammable materials, which easily combust when exposed to high temperatures. Your best option for dryer safety is to clean the lint trap each time before you use the dryer, and to inspect and clean the dryer vent area to remove lint buildup and other potential blockages. Regular cleaning can ultimately make all the difference in avoiding a house fire.
Quick statistics: 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
Left over soot and smoke from the large fire.
This warehouse fire happened late one night, with an unknown cause at the time, when the property manager got a call from a neighboring warehouse that there were flames to be seen from the windows. Once all the soot and smoke had a chance to settle the property manager was able to call the experts of SERVPRO Simi Valley a Large Loss Response Team to help with his fire damage. After a few weeks of mitigation, demolition, and reconstruction our technicians were able to get this company reopened and back in business. The property manager, as well as the business owner and his employees, were thrilled with the outcome of the mitigation. The warehouse looked brand new and everyone was happy to be back at work.
Soot and Smoke Clean Up
Soot covered this apartment after an electrical spark caused a massive fire.
SERVPRO of Simi Valley deals with a lot of fires in the area, this specific one was caused by a tiny electrical spark from bad plumbing in a A/C and heater unit. This unit covered multiple condominium units and affected many tenants and their belongings. The before picture shows the mess that the soot had left after the flames had been put out and the smoke settled. All tenants had to evacuate because of the health hazards that are brought with fire damages. Including, but not limited to, limited ability to see and hard time breathing; more severe symptoms can include headaches and/or migraines. The HOA was thrilled when the clean up was done and the tenants were able to move back into their homes.
Fire & Water Damage
Fire and water damage to a home in Simi Valley after a kitchen fire.
No one ever plans for a water or fire damage in their homes, but if you were to ever experience one SERVPRO of Simi Valley should be your first call for mitigation and remediation. Having a fire in your home can be a life altering event and you want your property to be restored back to the way it was before the fire. When a fire occurs at your house or commercial property, you should take swift action to handle the cleanup and restoration left behind by the fire itself and the efforts of the fire department. At SERVPRO we value your home as if it were our own because we understand clients in their time of need. If you need more opinions on who to call ask friends/family, neighbors, or even your insurance agents they will be able to help you in this process.
Commercial Fire Loss
We set up a tent as a point of reference for those on site.
Recently, SERVPRO was able to be onsite for a commercial large loss fire. As a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) we are equipped with the technicians, equipment, and ability to handle some of the largest jobs. This food production company went up in flames late one night and our crews were out there the next day to help pack out all the contents in the affected building. All of the contents were affected with soot and smoke damage and most of the electronics had already been removed to be cleaned and salvaged. It was extremely important to work quickly because of the circumstances of the business being run out of this large warehouse. We were able to help get them on their way to being back to normal and running a flawless operation.
Soot and Smoke Damage
Water, fire, smoke, and soot damage.
Most people don't realize the soot and smoke damage can and will affect your health. Exposure to smoke and soot during a fire loss may occur via the skin and eyes, inhalation, and ingestion. Once soot enters your blood stream, it can cause a wide array of serious health issues, including respiratory issues, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancer, and premature death. You may unknowingly be affected, unfortunately, safety risks from fire do not end once the flames are extinguished. The damage can affect the surfaces of your home, your clothing, and everything in between. SERVPRO of Simi Valley are your fire cleanup professionals. Never hesitate to call when experiencing a fire loss, we can make it "Like it never even happened."
What To Do When You Experience a Fire Loss
Home fire in Simi Valley, CA.
Fire losses are no less messy than water damage. You have to factor in the soot and smoke damage as well as anything that was completely burned and non salvageable. Smoke and soot can be hazardous to your health, it can make it hard to breathe and give you unforgettable headaches. SERVPRO of Simi Valley should be your first call if you were to ever experience a fire loss in your home or place of work. By working closely with not only the client but the agents and adjusters we are able to get in and get out as quickly as possible. All while making sure your home or work is on it's way back to normalcy. The experts at SERVPRO want to make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."