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Top Fire Damage Restoration Tips

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

a construction site within a home Three of four units in this Sacramento home was damaged and our crews had to tear the structure down to the studs.

Fires in California are very common. As common as fires are, one is never fully prepared for a fire. A fire can devastate a family, a business, and even whole communities. This catastrophe can be a life-changing event. People lose family members and loved ones to fires, and those may even lose their home or their businesses. Some may never fully recover after a fire. Even those that have minimal fire damage suffer greatly. 

Fire damage is costly and very dangerous. Professional cleaning and restoration services are needed. You may attempt to restore yourself, there are special equipment and cleaners needed as ash and soot leave behind many toxins and can cause many health issues. There are a few things that could be completed by yourself. 

Fire Damage Tips 

  1. Contact your insurance company and then contact a professional fire mitigation and restoration service provider.
  2. Until help arrives, limit activity. Until the home is restored limit activity in the home. Movement in the home can cause soot from the fire to travel through the home. Soot particles can become embedded in upholstery and carpets, causing even more damage.
  3. With fire comes water, with water comes mold and mildew. After the fire trucks leave, make sure you air out every room affected and clean out any vents and filters if it is simple enough to access. Mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and even more. Again, limiting movement in the structure is ideal. 
  4. Clothing must be dry cleaned. Do not throw clothing exposed to smoke in the washer machine.
  5. Dishes must be cleaned thoroughly as they come into contact with your food. Scrub them well and let them soak well. If you can’t seem to wash the soot away, throw the dish away. Do not chance it. 

Leave the fire mitigation and restoration to a professional service provider like SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael. Floors, walls, structure materials, and your belongings need special care. Our team will take care of your fire damage needs

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Your Guide to Fire Safety in the Home | SERVPRO® of Citrus Heights/Roseville

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

a person laying another wood log into hot burning fireplace A house fire can occur when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville is on call 24/7.

House fires are a chief concern for individuals, and with good reason. Not only can fires impact your home, damaging its structure and its contents, but they can also cause injuries and fatalities to you and your loved ones if safety precautions are not taken into account.

Thankfully, there is a variety of information about how to improve your fire safety efforts around the house. In order to make it easier to find and recall this information, we have put together a guide that features the top fire safety tips all in one place for your reference.

Increase Fire Safety in Your Household

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Making sure that smoke alarms are installed and operational is one of the most effective ways to increase your fire preparedness. Install one smoke alarm per room. Choose a model with an interconnected system for best results and test them monthly.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Creating and rehearsing a fire escape plan for your home will help every member of your household know how to react quickly when a fire occurs. Designate two exits from each room and an outdoor meeting place for everyone to reconvene.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. There are many types of fire extinguishers on the market, and it is important to select the right one for your needs. Make sure to store it in an easily accessible location and educate everyone in the home on how to use it.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Open flames are part of many people’s everyday lives. Between stoves, candles and other fire sources, it can be easy to forget that even these small flames pose a serious risk. Never let flames go unattended in a room to minimize the risk of them spreading out of control while you are away.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. Fire safety is important even when you are sleeping. Shutting doors to bedrooms at night is a great way to stop the flames from spreading as quickly through the home, giving you far more time to execute the fire escape plan once the alarm sounds.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

Most Common Places a House Fire Starts

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

pink flowers and candles Candles cause many house fires.

Fires are usually caused by negligence, open flames, and cooking. According to safewise.com, of all fires in the United States, 31% happen in residential homes. To prevent fires, it is best to understand the main causes and where fires normally start in the home. 

Most Common Places a House Fire Originates

  1. The Kitchen

Half of the fires started in the home begin in the kitchen. That makes perfect sense as cooking takes place in the kitchen and many household appliances are in the kitchen. Using safety precautions when cooking is key and watching after the stove and flammable items in the kitchen can help prevent fires in the kitchen.

  1. The Bedroom

The bedroom is the second most common place a fire originates at in the home. Mattresses and plush objects like stuffed animals and pillows can catch on fire quickly. Newer mattresses are helped to the Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. If your mattress is older than a 2007 model, the best thing to do would be to replace it. Candles are a huge factor for bedrooms, do not leave lit candles unattended. Do not forget to turn off space heaters and other heating equipment like heating blankets and pads.

  1. The Chimney

Many fires happen in the chimney and surrounding the fireplace. Chimneys must be serviced and cleaned regularly. Keeping your chimney cleaned and serviced can help prevent a fire in your house.

  1. The Living Room

Living rooms house candles, fireplaces, electronics, and heating equipment. Couches, rugs, and drapes are flammable and can cause a fire.

  1. The Laundry Room

Dryer lint is the main culprit for laundry room fires. Clean vents and filters regularly. The heat from the dryer can easily cause dryer lint to catch fire. Try not to run your washer or dryer when not at home.

  1. Outside the Home

Fires often happen out on the patio where you may grill your food or where one may have a fire pit or small bonfire. Fireworks are a huge factor in home fires as well.

  1. The Attic

Ensure your home is to code when it comes to insulation and electric standards. Dangerous wiring can cause a fire.

If there is a fire in the home, you will need to hire a professional fire mitigation and restoration company. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville and Carmichael are fully trained to clean up and restore your home if there is a fire.

Picking a Restoration Company That Works for You | SERVPRO® of Citrus Heights/Roseville

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

black smoke coming out of windows from a burning house Having a team on your side after a disaster can help relieve stress. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville is here to help when a fire strikes.

Homeowners are always encouraged to practice fire preparedness, but with winter approaching, now is an optimal time. The Red Cross has found that the most common time for home fires is winter.

While homeowners are advised to prepare for the moment of a house fire by creating an emergency escape plan, care should also be taken to plan for after the fire, too. By knowing what restoration company to work with, you will know who to call immediately after the flames are extinguished to begin reclaiming your home.

The 3 Main Elements of Fire Cleanup

Fires do not discriminate in what they damage, tearing through anything that is in their path. That is why choosing a restoration company that can clean your structure, contents and air quality are vital. By doing a thorough restoration, you can reclaim your home and recover from the traumatic events of a house fire. Here are the types of cleanups we specialize in:

Structural Cleaning

The structure of your home can become dangerously damaged in a fire, especially if supporting walls or beams are affected. We have thorough testing processes that will allow us to assess how far the damage spreads and how severe it is. Then we will bring in our equipment to begin cleaning and reconstructing these elements of your home.

Content Cleaning

The contents of your home are important, and so is restoring them to their pre-fire condition. In many cases, this will be less expensive than fully replacing your belongings, and by utilizing both wet and dry cleaning methods, we can restore a variety of things. Whether you have fire-damaged art, upholstery, electronics or area rugs, we will be able to restore most of your belongings.

Deodorization Services

Lingering smoke and soot after a fire might cause unpleasant odors, but they can also cause negative health effects. For this reason, air quality cleanup is a very important part of the restoration process. By bringing in foggers and air scrubbers, we are able to fully remove these particles in lieu of simply covering up the scent.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

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.

Evacuation Plans For Fire Emergencies

2/26/2019 (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 Citrus Heights/Roseville. (916)966-2601

Restore Versus Replace

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire your first instinct might be to want to clean up as soon as possible but you might be inadvertently causing more damage to your property and valuable. At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we pride ourselves in restoring as much as possible instead of replacing your property.

Do Not

Do not wash walls or painted surfaces. Using improper techniques or products can spread soot particles or create further damage.

Do not shampoo your carpet or upholstery. Leave this to the professionals.

Do not clean any electrical equipment. This could be dangerous to your family.

Do not send clothing or cloth materials to dry since it may set smoke odor if not done correctly.

As tempting as it may be to want to start the clean up after a fire it is best to leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

Avoid a Fire in Your Roseville Home

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

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 Citrus Heights/Roseville for all of your needs.

Soot Removal by SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Soot is a black residue that is left behind when various materials are burnt such as plastics, synthetics, foam and wood. It can easily spread and it important to not touch the soot until the SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville professionals arrive. You can be making it worse.

Removing Soot

SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville uses the appropriate techniques to address the soot issue. Depending on the source of the soot different techniques are applied. Dry sponge or wet sponge methods are applied based on the recommendations of our experts.

At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we are trained and certified to mitigate and clean structures affected by fire or smoke, to request an inspection call us at (916)966-2601 or go to www.SERVPROcitrusheightsroseville.com.

Driving Force in Fires

4/2/2018 (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.

Evacuation Plans in Fire Emergencies

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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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 Citrus Heights/Roseville. (916)966-2601

Restoring Versus Replacing After a Fire in Your Roseville Home

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Leave fire damage restoration to the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville

After a fire your first instinct might be to want to clean up as soon as possible but you might be inadvertently causing more damage to your property and valuables. At SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville we pride ourselves in restoring as much as possible instead of replacing your property.

Do Not

Do not wash walls or painted surfaces. Using improper techniques or products can spread soot particles or create further damage.

Do not shampoo your carpet or upholstery. Leave this to the professionals.

Do not clean any electrical equipment. This could be dangerous to your family.

Do not send clothing or cloth materials to wash since it may set smoke odor if not done correctly.

As tempting as it may be to want to start the clean up after a fire it is best to leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Citrus Heights/Roseville.

Fire Damage near you

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Citrus Heights

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

What happens after your Roseville Fire

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Recent fire damage to a Residential Property.

In 2016 Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department reported a total of 2,662 confirmed fires for the prior year, that’s approximately 7 fires a day in the Sacramento Area. The 17 year old fire department utilizes 37 Fire Engines, 27 Ambulances, and over 40 other special purpose vehicles to protect an expanse including Antelope, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Elverta, Fair Oaks, Florin, North Highlands, Orangevale, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rosemont, Sacramento, Sloughhouse, Vineyard and McClellan Airfield.


The Roseville Fire Department; with an estimated 128,000 people living within its 36 square miles of jurisdiction, keeps it’s 8 fire engines at ready to respond to more than 12,000 emergency calls every year.


It’s likely that you or someone you know has had a very bad day, and the brave men and women of the fire department were there to help, and for that we can all be grateful. 


But what happens next? 


First visit our page on what to do immediately after you've experienced fire damage.


When it comes to cleaning and remediation of property with fire damage, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights /  Roseville first determines which cleaning methods to use on the various surfaces and materials in a structure. Structural items include framework, ceilings, doors, windows, floors and floor coverings, bath fixtures, cabinets, light fixtures and the HVAC system.  In simple terms, if something can't be carried out of a building, it is considered structure.


All materials and surfaces fall into two categories: Washable and Non-Washable.


Washable - These materials and surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based cleaning product. This is possible 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.


Over the years, SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville has seen many examples of what can happen when an unqualified company or individual tries to tackle fire damage restoration. The assumption, for many, is that cleaning and removing damaged items is easy. The truth is it’s hard work that requires special equipment and techniques. SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville technicians are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today – (916) 966-2601

Even Small Fires can Create a Lot of Smoke and Fire Damage in Sierra Vista

12/29/2016 (Permalink)

Small fires can produce considerable damage. Call SERVPRO after any fire damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Can Remediate Both Fire and Smoke Damage

Many house fires begin in the kitchen as small fires that then spread out of control and into other areas. When a small fire starts, being able to extinguish it before it can spread can help save your home. It does not take much of a blaze to cause substantial amounts of smoke and fire damage.
 
While the fire may have been in a rather small area, Sierra Vista residents will often notice that smoke damage covers a much larger area in their home than the fire damage does. SERVPRO technicians engage in ongoing education that prepares them for these and other situations that can damage your home, regardless of the size.
 
Fire damage caused by kitchen fires often produces oily smoke that adheres to almost everything in your home. Along with this heavy smoke, odors can permeate into your wood paneling, carpeting, and furniture. Because this type of odor is caused by solid particulates that will take a very long time to break down, the smell can be overpowering at times, especially when the humidity or temperature is elevated.
 
In addition to repairing burned and scorched walls, cleaning smoke-infused curtains and draperies, and cleaning your carpets after a small fire, SERVPRO technicians are able to also eliminate much, if not all, of the odor. Much of this odor elimination will be done by our carpet cleaning technician's (CCT) work, but a great portion of the smoke will be in other areas of your home.
 
Odor elimination can be carried out in several ways, including the injection of your carpeting in strategic patterns with deodorizing liquids, equipment that produces ozone, which will break down solids much more quickly than normal, or gel packs that are placed in locations inaccessible to children or pets so that their contents can slowly be released into the air.
 
If you have recently had a small, or large, fire in your home and want to repair the damage, call SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville, 24/7, at (916) 966-2601. We can help you regain the comfortableness of your home again, from top to bottom, while satisfying both your eyes and nose.

SERVPRO Cleans Fire Damage In Citrus Heights

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can find the right cleaning method for your fire damaged items! Call today!

Technicians Use the Appropriate Method to Clean Each Material Type

When your home has suffered fire damage, many of your possessions will need to be cleaned. SERVPRO technicians are trained in a range of methods matched to the type of material that shows signs of soot, dirt, and residue from chemicals used to fight the fire. During the cleaning and restoration process, you will see a variety of different strategies used to clean the contents of your home depending on the best way to remove fire damage from each type of item. Your technicians will share with you the reasons certain techniques are better for some items than others. We carefully assess each situation presented inside your house and proceed according to our certifications and experience.
 
The range of techniques used for fire damage in Citrus Heights moves from gentle to aggressive, each type selected by the degree of soiling and the characteristics of the materials affected. Light soiling and pretreating for more intensive cleaning often involves a dry cleaning with dusters, vacuums or special sponges. Surfaces that are solid yet permeable may receive a spray and wipe treatment with water or our cleansers to clean while limiting added moisture. Special circumstances call for the use of foam cleaning, often employed on absorbent materials like upholstery and bedding. If an item can be saturated without further harm, our technicians may use plain water or add in a cleaning agent to thoroughly remove heavy deposits of soot and other residues from some materials.
 
When an item is significantly coated with soot or a thick mixture of smoke, dirt and chemical residues we may need to use abrasive products and methods to remove the effects of the fire. Our staff is trained to use all due caution with this method as it can harm finishes, the technician achieving a balance between effective cleaning and limiting damage to your possessions. If appropriate, SERVPRO also offers immersion cleaning for objects that can handle being soaked. We also use ultrasonic tanks that combine cleaning solutions and water with the power of sound waves and heat to clean items. Special training is required to complete ultrasonic cleaning successfully, and our team will always include staff who are experienced and certified in this technique. A one-size-fits-all approach is never used when we commit to cleaning your fire damaged possessions.
 
A personalized approach to fire damage cleaning is what you receive from SERVPRO of Citrus Heights / Roseville. Call for an inspection at (916) 966-2601, and we will respond within hours 24/7.