Recent Fire Damage Posts

Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Having an evacuation plan in place can help saves lives and property. When a fire emergency happens, a frenzy can happen causing confusion, injury, and property damage.

It is important to know in case of an emergency whether evacuation is necessary, or one should shelter in place. This is true for both commercial and residential buildings.

In commercial buildings you must make sure employees have knowledge of the exit and routes in case of emergencies. Fire can spread quickly, and the smoke caused by fire can quickly subdue a person so immediate evacuation is critical. Make sure to accommodate instructions to people with disabilities and people who do not speak English. When developing this plan, it is also important to consider a safe designated area where they should remain once they have evacuated the building.

Be sure to have a means of accounting for your employees. You need to make sure all have exited the building or be able to inform emergency response teams.

If an emergency does happen be sure to call the fire damage experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael. (916)967-2500

Extension Cord Safety

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Every year around 3,330 homes fires are caused by extension cords. This results in about 50 deaths and over 250 injuries. These fires start when extension cords overheat when they are not used properly. Keep these tips in mind to help prevent extension cord fires.

  • Do not overload extension cords with plugs.
  • Check that they are not damaged. There should be no frayed sockets, loose wires, bare wires, and no cracks.
  • Do not run cords through walls or ceilings. If the cord is covered the heat cannot escape and result in a fire.
  • Never force a fit by cutting off parts from a three-prong plug to fit into a two-slot outlet.
  • Make sure the extension cords are used for their intended purpose such as indoor or outdoor use.
  • Do not use a power strip with heaters or fans because they can over heat.

Your home is filled with electric powered items so always be sure to use proper extension cord safety.

Avoid a Fire in Your Carmichael Home

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Avoid a Fire in Your Carmichael Home

Fires can cause devastating damage to your home and property. In worst case scenarios it can even result in injury or harm to people. Below are the most common causes of residential fires.

Candles – Unattended candles are one of most common causes of fires. The holidays are the peak season for candle fires. Always make sure to store candles away from any items.

Cooking Equipment – Cooking brings people together but when cooking equipment is not handled properly it can cause a fire in your home. Fryers are the top cause of residential fires. Make sure to keep mittens and cloth materials away from stovetops. Periodically check on your food to make sure it is not burning.

Heating – Heating equipment such as furnace or heater are one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Keep an open space between the heating equipment of about three feet. Never use your oven to heat your home.

Smoking – Fire can easily start from the small embers of a cigarette. To avoid smoking related fire hazards always be careful when disposing of cigarettes. Never smoke in bed or in your car.

Children – Children accidently start fires that result in severe damage or worse. Make sure to teach kids not to play with lighters or matches. Children should also be taught how to respond to smoke alarms and use proper escape routes.

To help prevent fires in your home, install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, as well as a fire sprinkler system. For professional fire, water and mold restoration services, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Carmichael for all of your needs.

Steps for Fire Restoration In Carmichael

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Each fire is different, and every home requires its own specific approach, but the following is the general process we follow in a typical fire damage restoration situation:

Emergency response. SERVPRO of Carmichael offer 24/7 emergency response. You can call us any time and day. When you make your call to us, the restoration process begins. Our customer service representative will ask the right questions so that we can respond quickly and bring along the right resources and equipment. We want to be there as soon as possible to ensure no further damage occurs.

Inspection and assessment. We first ensure that the building is safe to enter. A building after a fire may look safe but it may be prone to collapse. We inspect the impacted area and adjoining rooms to find out the extent of the soot, smoke and other fire damage, then we can develop our plan of action.

Sealing the structure. Preventing further damage is essential, so we take immediate action to board up broken windows, shore up damaged walls and put tarps over damaged sections of the roof.

Water removal. When water damage is present, we immediately start water removal. Dehumidifiers and air movers are used to get all the water from your home and complete the drying process.

Surface soot and smoke removal. Using special equipment and time-tested techniques, we get rid of soot and smoke from the ceiling, all walls and other hard surfaces.

Cleaning and disinfecting. Restorable items require cleaning and sanitizing. A variety of cleaning products and techniques are used to accomplish this as appropriate. This process includes odor removal using foggers and industrial-strength air scrubbers.

Restoration. Getting things back to normal is the final step in the process. This can involve small repairs, drywall replacement, new carpet installation, painting and more. Major construction may sometimes also be required.

Damage Beyond Burned Materials

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Damage Beyond Burned Materials Soot can reach areas that the fire was not even near.

The damage caused by fires are devastating. The worse part is that it goes beyond just the burned materials. Soot and smoke can travel to the entire home even when the fire does not reach that area. The walls become lined with thick black particles that are hazardous to your health. There are times when even when the soot is removed it leaves a dark stain. The soot depends on the type of materials burned and how big the fire was. Permanent damage is more likely to happen the longer soot sits on a surface or material. That is why it is important to call our experts at SERVPRO of Carmichael as soon as possible.

Our team focuses on restoration rather than replacement. We will try to salvage as much as possible and reduce the number of things that are replaced. We want to make sure your home remains your home. Your satisfaction is top of mind.

Driving Force in Fires

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

The devastating effects of fire have been prominent in recent years. They can cause millions of dollars in damage and worse they can cause fatalities.

The driving force behind these fires are the dry conditions and the winds.  The most common causes of fires are power lines being blown down and arson. Once ignited the dry conditions are fuel to the fire. They spread fast and without warning. Fires are usually about 16 to 20 kilometers per hour. Strong winds in California make it move even faster.

Fires can go on for weeks as we seen last year. It is important to be always stay informed during fire emergencies.  To take some precautionary measures for your home, it is recommended to assess your home and property. Try to reduce the amount of material that can burn easily in and around your home by clearing away debris.

There is not much to do when it comes to a wild fire but keeping you and your family safe is the top priority.

Cleaning Acoustical Ceiling Tiles After Fire Damage To Your Carmichael Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Acoustical Ceiling Tiles After Fire Damage To Your Carmichael Home Ceiling Tiles Fire & Smoke Residue Cleaning is Possible in Your Carmichael Business with SERVPRO's Help

SERVPRO Mitigates Costs and Disruptions with Carmichael Property Post Fire Clean Up

Fire damage is something every householder dreads. The stress and emotional trauma of dealing with the aftermath of the fire is difficult to go through. It is a stressful time, and naturally you are worried about restoring your home to its pre-fire state if possible. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to help with the cleanup job after a fire in your home.
Acoustical ceiling tiles are a popular choice for converted basement spaces. It is easy to create a cozy soundproof den or gaming area using sound absorbing tiles for a nice, quiet room. Unfortunately, these tiles are also notoriously difficult to clean following fire damage to your Carmichael home.
Acoustical tiles are porous and unsealed. This makes them excellent for absorbing sound and creating a relaxing environment. However, it also means they easily pick up stains such as soot. Particles get into the porous material and are hard to get out again.
SERVPRO has developed a cleaning process specifically for acoustical ceiling tiles: The Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaning process. We designed this process to give porous tiles the best possible clean and remove as much soot as possible, without risking damage to the tiles. Cleaning up your tiles means you do not have to pay out for replacement tiles.
Our IICRC-certified technicians begin the process by vacuuming the entire ceiling. We understand that many cleaning and dusting cloths are not suitable for this type of ceiling because they can snag on the surface. So we take great care when vacuuming. Our team also comes equipped with brushes to remove larger soot residues.
The next stage is the application of Oxi-Zap hydrogen peroxide solution to all soot-stained areas of the ceiling. The hydrogen peroxide is applied using our Ultimate Upholstery Machine. The use of this machine by our trained experts ensures an even application that thoroughly penetrates the ceiling without damaging it. Rest assured that our team takes all necessary precautions during the application process for a safe and efficient job. SERVPRO technicians clear the area as much as possible and cover any items that cannot be move. We use safety goggles and respirators at all times.
Our aim is to clean your ceiling tiles so that no evidence of soot damage remains and your home looks like your own again, "Like it never even happened." If you need help cleaning up after fire damage, give SERVPRO of Carmichael a call at (916) 967-2500 today.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Get Your Business Reopened After a Fire

4/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage   SERVPRO Works Hard to Get Your Business Reopened After a Fire Protect Your Place of Business in Carmichael with Fire Extinguishers

Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items. 

You may imagine that fire damage like this put this Roseville shop out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them. SERVPRO highly recommends to keep fire extinguishers handy and available throughout your establishment.
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors.
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean.
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean.
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly.
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored.
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean.
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices.
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains.
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality pre-loss condition.
Contact SERVPRO of Carmichael for assistance today. (916) 967-2500

Fire Damage near Hill Crest

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage near Hill Crest Home fire damage

While the last thing anyone would ever want to do is take something away from the services that our firefighters perform on a daily basis, putting the fire out is only the beginning. Homeowners often get stuck with communicating damages that they do not understand, to a restoration company they do not know or have never used before. How can you tell whom to trust?

First, it is never too early to contact a local restoration company near Hillcrest to discuss fire damage or other services that they have available. The company you contact should be more than willing to explain what they can do for you and answer any questions that come to mind.
Take the time to research your local company fully, discover everything you can about them and make sure that you feel comfortable about using them before you let them perform any restoration services on your property. It does not hurt to form a relationship with a company, like SERVPRO, before emergency issues become necessary, the right company is willing to help you prevent as well as recover.
Just keep in mind that checking for certifications is important, the company you use should be IICRC certified and follow rigorous safety and restoration guidelines provided by the EPA and OSHA. These certifications show proof that the technicians performing repairs in your home have the correct training and specialize in restoring your home to a quality condition.
SERVPRO offers a variety of services including, fire, water, storm, and mold remediation services. They help you manage the entire situation from beginning to end and help you get things under control quickly. However, one of the most valuable services anyone can offer is safety.
Before any work begins on your property, SERVPRO technicians fully inspect the surrounding area looking for any possible hazards that exist. Electrical, structural, and slip – trip and fall hazards are all too common. Keeping you, your family, and our team of technicians safe during your restoration process takes priority.
Looking for help with fire damage restoration, contact us for help. SERVPRO of Carmichael can give you the services you need and get you the peace of mind you deserve. (916) 967-2500

Getting It Right: Why Repairing Fire Damage in Glen Oaks is a Step By Step Process

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting It Right: Why Repairing Fire Damage in Glen Oaks is a Step By Step Process Glen Oaks Smoke and Soot Restoration Compliments of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Smoke and Soot Damaged Possessions at Your Glen Oaks Property

Over the years, SERVPRO has seen many examples of what can happen when an unqualified person tries to tackle fire damage restoration. The assumption, for many, is that cleaning and removing damaged items is easy. However, what they fail to consider the stubborn nature of smoke and soot.

Soot becomes harder to remove over time. It is why restoration teams recommend a speedy response to fire damage in Glen Oaks. Soot is acidic, and it breaks down into tiny particles. They are able to pass through the smoothest of surfaces, where they get trapped and cause internal damage. Keep reading to find out why SERVPRO uses a rigorous, step by step process to reverse the effects of soot damage.

Why Procedure Is Important
The tricky properties of soot mean that a heavy-handed manner is strongly discouraged. Rough contact has the potential to disrupt the top layer of the material. It drives the particles further into the surface of damaged objects. Consequently, SERVPRO uses ordered, methodical strategies to minimize dispersion. There are four key considerations, and they all relate to careful handling, which is essential for cleaning household items later. They are as follows:

No Premature Movement
Contact and movement (particularly furniture) must be minimal until HEPA vacuums have been used to remove the top layers of soot. These devices are very useful because they gently capture the most volatile particles without causing so much agitation that lower layers move deeper into the fabric.

Don’t Aggravate Damage
Careful HEPA vacuuming is also the best way to ensure that movement (transporting items out of the house) is not going to cause further damage. After a fire, materials like wood and plastic are prone to structural cracking, because the heat forces them to expand too quickly. It can be hard to spot a problem like this when items get covered in black, oily soot. So, removal is one way to uncover cracks, deterioration, pitting, and cracking.

Prioritize Dry Cleaning
When handling soot, dry cleaning with vacuums is much more efficient than applying cleaning chemicals. However, in most cases, both methods are used. Fabrics often require a soak in detergents which can lift carbon-based oils. The goal is to break up the accumulations of soot into smaller pieces, so cleaning solvents can emulsify and render them inert. Our SERVPRO technicians can also employ an Esporta Washing System at our place of business for off-site cleaning.

Restoration Must Be Fast
As mentioned, soot becomes harder to remove with time. Plus, some items (fabrics, antiques, artwork, etc.) are more vulnerable to damage. It is why the use of a procedural technique comes recommended. It helps the SERVPRO team to structure the restoration process around the urgency of different tasks. They can create a ‘map’ of the affected space so that all items get restored in the best way possible.

At SERVPRO of Carmichael, we approach every case of fire and soot damage in a unique way. We tailor the repairs to your home, so the chance of a full restoration is high. Call us 24/7 at (916) 967-2500 today.

Fire Damage in Carmichael - Structure, Content and How to Clean Both

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Carmichael - Structure, Content and How to Clean Both SERVPRO Cleans Smoke & Fire Damage in a Carmichael Property

SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damaged Interior Possessions and Building Materials

Cleaning up from a fire is never easy. Most damage that can be cleaned or restored doesn't come from the fire itself, but from the soot and residues that are left on the surfaces after the fire suppression system or the fire department has finished its work.

When it comes to cleaning and remediating the effects of fire damage in Carmichael, every SERVPRO franchise first determines which method to use on the various surfaces and materials in a structure. We define as structure any item that is permanently attached to a building, be it a home or business.

Structural items include framework, ceilings, and walls; doors, windows, floors and floor coverings. Other things are considered structural components. These include bath fixtures, cabinets, light fixtures and the HVAC system.  Simply put, if something can't be carried out of a building, it is considered structure.

Every surface and material fall into two categories: Washable and Non-Washable.
Washable - These materials and surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. This can be accomplished because using one will not further damage the item or surface (floor or wall) being cleaned. We maintain an extensive inventory of cleaners for every type.
Non-Washable - These are materials and surfaces that cannot be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. Doing so would cause further damage to the material or surface. Non-washable methods include dry solvent, dry sponges/cloths, and vacuums.

The type of residue left by fire and smoke can also determine which cleaning method to be used. If it is oil or grease-based, then a dry solvent will have to be used, regardless if the surface or material underneath wouldn't be damaged by one of our water-based products.

A structure fire can be over in just a matter of hours or even minutes. The clean-up and restoration process can take days or even weeks before you can return to your home (if you have to leave) or business. If this is the situation you're facing, contact us here at (916) 967-2500 today. SERVPRO of Carmichael is ready to help.