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Why Should I Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in My West Los Angeles Home?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damaged kitchen upper cabinets. Smoke and soot on ceiling and wall above cabinet. Restoring fire and smoke damage is difficult. SERVPRO has the tools and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.”

West Los Angeles Residents Profit from the Specialized Scientific Training and Certification in Fire Damage Restoration Obtained by the SERVPRO Team 

After a household fire in West Los Angeles, the soiling left on structures, fixtures, and contents seems hardly related to even the most challenging dirt or grime seen in your home previously. Water and charred debris complicate matters. Property owners do well to wait for a thorough assessment of the soot by professional restorers before proceeding with the cleaning. Why chance any additional damage when our team is trained and experienced in effective fire damage cleanup?

Are There Physical Dangers for Individuals Cleaning Up Fire Damage Residues?

Ordinary, untrained cleaning attempts to achieve fire damage restoration in your West Los Angeles residence are likely to smear, spread, or otherwise make the soiling worse. The ground in soot and staining will need more intensive and expensive cleaning, and removal and replacement of materials in severe cases. Although the possibility of permanent structural damage is troubling, more concerning is that the residues are highly toxic. Skin contact with surface contamination or inhalation of airborne soot, gasses, and other substances potentially exposes you and your family to risks that could impair health or well-being. Certified fire restoration technicians are trained in safe and effective methods to remove soot and leave surfaces free of contaminants. We continuously train to manage these dangers so you can attend to your calendar's responsibilities and the needs of your family.

What Precautions Do Professional Restorers Take to Ensure Safety During Restoration?

When SERVPRO crews arrive, a safety assessment is a top priority in determining the fire damage restoration plan. We are familiar with most fire sites' typical safety issues but are also aware that each scenario is different and inspect accordingly. Some of the concerns we address include:

  • Firefighting water: 
  • Contains contaminants, including fire extinguishing chemicals and fire residues
  • Can collect in building cavities that might threaten collapse
  • Needs release, extraction, and drying before soot cleanup can begin
  • Structural integrity: 
  • Firefighting water load combined with extensive charring and even burn through structural supports weakens everything from ceilings and walls to floors and framing
  • Heat-shattered windows and doors and decisions made during firefighting to cut into structures to locate hot spots affect the home's supporting structure
  • Air quality:
  • Smoke contains an endless list of potentially hazardous now-airborne substances
  • Odor-bearing particles disperse, setting up conditions for persistent stenches to affect your home even after it looks clean and sanitized
  • Cleaning of unsafe residues and substances:
  • Soot covered surfaces and contents need evaluating for the types of residues deposited or absorbed and the best products, tools, and techniques to clean them
  • If any biohazardous materials crop up during inspection, we arrange for certified technicians to remove and dispose of them legally -- examples include:
  • Mold
  • Asbestos
  • Lead (often found in homes constructed or remodeled in the 1970s or earlier as paint)  
  • Health and well-being of restoration workers
  • Health and well-being of you and your family:
  • During the project, we safeguard our customers and other occupants of affected property through containment efforts, including wrapping work areas in 1.6 mil polyethylene and negative pressure air scrubbers to prevent the drift of harmful substances.
  • Health and well-being of restoration workers:
  • Because of our technicians and managers' proximity to a broad range of hazardous materials and substances, we provide and require them to wear personal protective equipment during the restoration project.

What About the Restoration of My Home's Contents?

Our recommendation for a pack-out of either or both fire damaged or unaffected furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions are possible after a West Los Angeles fire. Moving some or all your belongings away from your residence permits us to:

  • Sequester unaffected contents to prevent smoke, soot, or other residues from damaging them
  • Evaluate fire-damaged materials to determine if and how our specially trained production facility technicians can clean, dry, disinfect, and deodorize everything from clothes to books to electronics and more
  • Use unique equipment and processes to restore items:
  • Freeze-drying for papers, books, and photos
  • Ultrasonic tanks to utilize sound waves to dislodge embedded soot and other residues on nonporous items
  • Small chambers to use deodorization equipment and manage the drying process 
  • Industrial washers and dryers for textiles, and access to dry cleaners and electronic cleaning specialists

Hire SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach with confidence to assist with restoration during the aftermath of a home fire. Our highly qualified and equipped team can be at your service with one call to (310) 395-9050.

What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot on fire damaged walls Wildfires are common to Southern California. SERVPRO has the know-how to remove and soot and smoke damage from your home.

Fire Damage Restoration Services in West Los Angeles Focus on Cleaning Up Harmful Soot Residues and Eliminating Unpleasant Smells

The hot, dry late summer and early fall months in Southern California often mean an increased risk of wildfires. These fires are especially troublesome in the brushy hills just to the north of West Los Angeles. As brush fires in this wilderness area burn, winds can quickly spread the flames into neighboring communities. Also, since residential zones are quite dense in this part of the state, fires often spread rapidly from house to house once they reach local neighborhoods. Fortunately, when such natural disasters occur, there are area services that can help. 

How are Interior Surfaces and Personal Property Affected by a House Fire?

Fire damage restoration in West Los Angeles primarily involves cleaning soot residues off affected surfaces and neutralizing odors related to them. The burning process is a chemical reaction that produces and deposits multiple smelly compounds on surfaces around your home. These foul-smelling gaseous and solid mixtures are responsible for most damage to materials remaining after a fire. They often impregnate structural elements and household items with odorous particles. Many of these particles are acidic and can, over time, discolor materials and corrode metallic surfaces. Some of the many things affected by such damage are:

  • HVAC systems
  • Structural elements like floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Various household fixtures
  • Attic rafters and insulation
  • Furnishings and other personal property

To prevent further harm to these affected parts of your home, you need the assistance of a proper fire-damaging cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO.

What are the Ways SERVPRO Cleans Up Fire-Related Residues?

As previously explained, fire-related residues are responsible for most of your home’s post-fire issues. Therefore, to fully restore your residence to its original condition, they must be appropriately cleaned up. SERVPRO employs a variety of means to do just that. These include:

  • Removing non-grease residues by pressure washing impacted structural elements
  • Using dry cleaning sponges to wipe away non-grease smoke deposits
  • Cleaning up greasy residues with white vinegar solutions or tri-sodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Employing the peroxide active cleaning technique when remediating delicate, heavily soiled surfaces
  • Eliminating charring and heavy residues with scrapers, wire brushes, or abrasive blasting methods

In these various ways, our trained technicians can often successfully remove most types of damaging odorous residues from your home.

What Other Gear is Used to Remove Airborne and Material-Embedded Odors?

Neutralizing the unwanted smells of fire damage usually requires the use of advanced tools. This equipment is not readily available to the public and requires the right training to use it effectively. Some of the professional-grade gear SERVPRO employs to eliminate fire-related smells includes:

  • Deodorant injection devices that neutralize odors in upholstered items and carpeting
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to deodorize affected areas of your house
  • Thermal foggers that aerosolize deodorants to counteract foul smells
  • Pressure sprayers for eliminating odors emanating from structural elements
  • High-velocity box fans and air movers to rapidly ventilate your residence and remove airborne smells
  • Ozone generators that counteract odor-causing particles with ozone gas
  • Scrubbers that filter out odorous indoor particles and pull in clean outdoor air
  • Vaportek systems that aerosolize natural oils to neutralize fire-related smells
  • HVAC cleaning systems to remove soot residues from various ventilation conduits

Our technicians, using all these high-tech tools, are generally able to remove the most harmful odorous residues from your home. In doing so, they help prevent fire-related smells from continuing to circulate throughout your residence.

As you experience the seemingly endless hot sunny days of Southern California, remember that they come with a cost. Months of dry, cloudless days eventually lead to brush fires in the hills surrounding West Los Angeles. These blazes can start without much warning and rapidly spread into the densely populated nearby communities. Once in these residential areas, fires can quickly engulf multiple residences and do extensive damage in minutes. The destruction caused by these natural disasters is unpredictable and can vary significantly within an impacted zone. Some homes may be total losses, while other neighboring properties are minimally affected.

Although it is rarely possible to prevent a wildfire from damaging your home, companies like SERVPRO can help you clean up in their aftermath. Our experts can effectively remove smell-producing soot residues that can cause adverse health effects and harm household surfaces. In eliminating these substances, SERVPRO protects your home’s interior and its contents from discoloration and corrosion. We also help prevent the future recirculation of unpleasant fire damage odors throughout your home.    

With all that said, if a wildfire ever impacts your residence, help is available. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050.

Let the Professionals Remediate the Fire Damage in Your Santa Monica Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Room with two windows and soot covering the walls, ceiling and floor Even when contained to a small area, fire damage can be extensive.

Fire Damage Experts in Santa Monica Talk About the Importance of Cleaning and Restoration

One of the most recurrent types of insurance claims that occur in Santa Monica has to do with restoring your property after something burns. Even the smallest blaze can cause your house to suffer from extensive fire damage. Even with small fires, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can travel throughout your building. Calling in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help you when mitigating smoke-related issues.

When working with you on your fire damage project in Santa Monica, our SERVPRO technicians know that cleaning and restoration services can reduce your insurance claim costs. The most expensive option for your insurance adjuster is a replacement. When an item is extremely damaged, it must be disposed of and replaced with a new one at the expense of your insurance provider. Cleaning and restoring things can help save them from having to be replaced, thus saving you and your insurance company money in the long run. 

Another option when restoring your burnt building materials and contents is resurfacing or refinishing. In certain situations, it is possible to remove the charred section of an item with sanding or sandblasting and resurfacing by staining or painting the object. We can repaint structural surfaces, and we can recover upholstered contents. Your wood contents are restorable. However, resurfacing and refinishing items can also become very costly if there are many affected items.

On the other hand, cleaning and restoration services are usually only a fraction of the cost of replacement or resurfacing. Our SERVPRO technicians often can apply the principles and elements of cleaning to restore materials to preloss condition and lessen the loss expense of the fire claim.

The first step we can take when mitigating your fire and smoke-related issues is to inspect your entire structure for potential problems carefully. Once we locate all of the smoke residues present, we can then figure out what type of soot and soils exist. Next, once we know what kind of residue we are working with, we identify the various surfaces that are affected so that we can pick the best cleaning procedure.

If your house Spaulding Square, Central Hollywood, or Weho ever gets affected by smoke residues call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050. We can restore your home to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

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Can SERVPRO Restore Fire Damages in My Marina Del Rey Home?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Team SERVPRO Arrives Equipped to Restore Damage Left by a Fire in Your Home

Residents in Marina Del Rey who experience a fire in their home should contact professionals like us right away. Fires produce heat and flames that may burn materials and items in the structure that can cause the fire to spread. Plus, fires can lead to loss of personal belongings and furniture. Also, homeowners may have to deal with offensive smoke odors. Our skilled team can adequately clean and quickly remove smoke odors from your home.

Our SERVPRO fire damage services in Marina Del Rey may include water removal. Often, there is excess water left in the home after the fire is put out. Our techs can use wands, pumps, vacuums or industrial grade extraction equipment during migration. The methods we use are dependent upon the amount of water in the home. Our crew may also use air movers, axial fans and drying mats to eliminate moisture from the air and the structure.

The team can also remove strong smoke odors from your home by employing fans, foggers or air scrubbers. Smoke, soot, dirt and fire residue can release toxic fumes in the atmosphere inside the home. We can effectively remove those odors. Smoke and soot may damage upholstery, floors, walls, and ceilings. Fire residues can be hard to remove from surfaces like kitchen cabinets, countertops, windows and items and materials in the home such as furniture and drapery. The crew can discard any charred or burnt items and can clean, treat and store salvageable items and materials when possible. We can board and tape the affected areas, but when there is significant damage, a general contractor should be contacted to repair and stabilize the structure.

SERVPRO Techniques for Eliminating Dry and Wet Smoke Left by Fire Damage in Santa Monica Blaze

Fire damage from flames is terrible enough, but the residue and odor from smoke and soot linger on well after extinguishing the blaze. The time that elapses between the fire and the cleanup is critical as the longer smoke and soot are allowed to linger on furnishings and possessions, the deeper they penetrate. 

It's stressful enough to find out the fire damage in your Santa Monica home has been so significant that drywall or flooring needs replacing, but what about furnishings or heirlooms with sentimental value that are irreplaceable? SERVPRO has developed numerous cleaning methods that can often restore personal possessions to their pre loss condition. The cleaning techniques we employ are dependent on the type of smoke left by the fire. 

When fires burn, they go through different levels of smoke production. We typically diagnose the amount of smoke damage left by the primary type present. That is why SERVPRO conducts a pre-test to determine the type of smoke left by the fire, so the correct cleaning methods are applied. Dry smoke primarily comes from organic materials such as wood and leaves a powdery residue that does not easily smear when wiped and is generally easier to clean and deodorize. Slow-moving fires which burn synthetic materials and plastics produce wet smoke. Because of the slowness in the burn pattern, wet smoke generally penetrates more deeply and is often more difficult to clean and deodorize. 

Often, we need to combine multiple cleaning-disciplines to eradicate the smoke residue. Including wet and dry cleaning as well as foam cleaning for upholstery that is prone to shrinkage or bleeding is inappropriate for wet cleaning methods. Vapor control works to remove odors with gel pellets and is an effective way to control odors. For furnishings and possessions that require deep deodorization, SERVPRO has thermal foggers that disburse solvent-based deodorants that overtake smoke odors, neutralizing them, leaving home and contents smelling fresh and clean.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can restore your home. You can rely on our fire damage services to return your residence to its pre loss condition whenever possible. It is the goal of our certified crew to make you feel “Like it never even happened.” We are nearby and are here to assist you. Contact us at (310) 395-9050 any time of the day or night for our professional fire damage services.

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What Happens to My Carpet After Fire Damage In My Santa Monica Home?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Red carpet with smoke and fire damage. Seeing the damage that a fire caused to your home can be quite devastating. Contact SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Become Familiar With Santa Monica Fire Damage Remediation Services

One is never ready to deal with fire damage in your home. The aftermath of a fire can be quite traumatic not only because of the disaster itself, but also in dealing with the remnants of your home and its contents. Aside from determining whether your home is structurally sound, you also need to consider how to revert the fire's damage, which includes wiping everything clean from soot and smoke traces as well as dealing with the effects of water or other chemicals used in extinguishing the fire. It may all seem a bit overwhelming and look like a complete loss, but in reality there might still be many salvageable items.

When there is fire damage to your home in Santa Monica your carpet may be one of those items that may look like it needs to be completely removed and replaced. Even though this might be the case, our fully trained team of SERVPRO specialists can help you make that decision. Very often the damage you are seeing to your carpets may be the result of soot and not because the carpet is actually burnt itself. If this is the case, and there has not been any significant ancillary damage from water or debris resulting from the fire, our team may still be able to help you save the carpet in your home.

There are several ways to approach the post-fire cleanup of the carpet in your home, and our SERVPRO team is knowledgeable of these options. For example, if it is a short pile carpet, our team may use a technique which essentially dry cleans the fibers, allowing for strict control of unnecessary humidity to the area. In other cases, our technicians may decide to use hot water to help extract the soot from your carpet. Depending on your specific needs, our team of experts will be able to make a decision on the best course of action and avoid the need for full replacement of your rug.

Whenever you think of fire damage to your home, make sure to reach out to SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach for a comprehensive approach to remedying the damage. Our team is available 24/7 and able to make a full assessment of your home and the steps to be taken to resolve issues directly caused by the fire, and those that come as collateral damage. Just reach out to (310) 395-9050 and allow us to use our wealth of experience for your benefit.

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When Fires Occur in Santa Monica Homes

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and fire damage on wood cabinets and wall in kitchen No matter the size, scope or location of the fire damage, SERVPRO can restore your home.

Fire Damage Santa Monica – Garage Fire and Smoke Damage

Even a garage fire can cause smoke odors inside a person's home. While the fire department usually has the fire under control quickly, the hot flames may damage the siding on the house, and smoke can enter through open windows. Your neighbor’s home may also suffer smoke damage depending on how long the fire burns, temperature, and wind direction.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in Santa Monica and surrounding areas. We are available on a 24 / 7 basis and can be at your home or business within four hours of your initial call. No matter if it is a storm, fire, or water damage, we know that quickly responding to an event can limit the amount of damage and place the homeowner's mind at ease.

Safety Concerns

Whenever there is a garage fire, everyone is concerned about the chemicals stored in the garage. A fire might start due to a bad electrical connection, spread and ignite the structure and endanger adjacent buildings. Even more threatening is the potential for chemicals stored inside the building to ignite. Fuel containers, paint, and cleaning supplies may ignite, causing a fire full of chemicals that become part of any smoke residue that enters your home.

Whenever you become aware of a fire, move your family to safety. Call 911 and close all the windows if it is safe to do so. Our SERVPRO highly trained crew focuses on all aspects of recovery and restoration from a fire, including removing a variety of odors caused by fires burning chemicals found inside your garage.

If the smoke from the fire has managed to leave odors inside your home after a garage fire, SERVPRO can evaluate the type of chemicals found in the residue, the surfaces where residue deposits, and recommend the appropriate approach to clean and remove the odors. We wash some items, while we send others out for cleaning. We can quickly assess the situation and advise you and your insurance company regarding the best approach to take.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve West Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Restores Protein Fire Damage in Santa Monica

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire burning in kitchen.  Large blaze and growing. Kitchen fires are a common occurrence. Call SERVPRO for fast and effective remediation.

Eliminating Protein Fire Damage in a Santa Monica Kitchen

A fire department in the US responds to a fire somewhere every 24 seconds, with home fires occurring every 87 seconds. Not only are these types of disasters highly damaging, but they damage structures quickly, leaving homeowners with a huge mess to clean up after the fact. Without proper mitigation, this can cause additional stress for homeowners to endure. Worse still, if the fire results from cooking proteins, there can be long-lasting odors that are challenging for homeowners to clean.

If fire damage in your Santa Monica home throws a wrench in your Thanksgiving dinner plans, SERVPRO technicians can be at your property within hours of your call to start mitigating the damage. This way, you and your family can enjoy a safe and comfortable home that is free of odors and residues. Your local SERVPRO dedicates itself to bring you the service that you expect from an IICRC-certified team that handles a variety of fire-related disaster specialties, including odor control.

How Protein Residues Affect Homes

Almost two-thirds of all house fires result from food or other cooking items catching on fire. The visible damage might not be significant, but protein smoke leaves other things for homeowners with which to worry. This substance is a colorless residue that sits on walls and can slowly break down structures, including paints and varnishes. On top of that, burnt proteins have a very distinct and unpleasant odor that needs thorough mitigation to eliminate. The longer this film sits, the more the protein odor can spread, even traveling through ventilation systems, which can make it even more difficult to root it out at the source.

SERVPRO Eliminates Protein Fire Odors

When combating odors from fire damage and proteins, we use a variety of methods. Thermal fogging, or counteractant deodorization, is one of the most common techniques for addressing fire damage. This method implements solvent-based deodorizers that work in the same way as smoke penetrates surfaces during a fire. These solvents then chemically combine with odor-causing particles to destroy them. Commercial-grade ventilation fans can exchange indoor and outdoor air before and after deodorizing to ensure maximum safety for technicians and homeowners alike.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." Call (310) 395-9050 today for rapid-response disaster cleanup.

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SERVPRO’s Technicians and Equipment Excel at High-Rise Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Throughout the Los Angeles Area

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Head-on look of SERVPRO green work van driving down a street The SERVPRO Vehicle Arrives Swiftly to Mitigate Smoke and Odor Damage in Santa Monica Properties

Dealing with Odor in Unusual Places after Fire Damage Incidents in Santa Monica

Fire leaves a wide range of problems in the properties it affects. While some difficulty is expected when dealing with results like charred materials and soaked contents, issues like odor might seem easy to fix. However, if such smells are concentrated in unusual places within your house, it might be hard to eliminate.

Odor in Confined Areas

Smoke and other gases readily spread around the house during fire damage incidents in Santa Monica, which can leave residuals and particulates, concentrated in confined areas such as closets. General deodorization of the property might not reach such odors. Our SERVPRO technicians perform various deodorization steps. Ventilating the area helps improve air movements and quality while running a hydroxyl unit in the area helps break down odor particles. If it is an attic, we remove the contents in the area to determine whether the lingering odor is on the contents or structural materials such as rafters and insulation.

Deodorizing Structural Elements

Smoke odor penetrates deep into insulation because of the higher air pressure during combustion. In such situations, the answer is to tear down and replace the insulation. In the case of low air pressure during combustion, the odor particles concentrate on the surface of the insulation. Procedures such as ULV fogging with a counteractant or thermal fogging can help eliminate the smell. These agents can mimic the path of the smoke and neutralize the offensive molecules. For the rafters, we remove charring and heavy smoke residues through abrasive blasting, wire brushing, or scraping. We also spray or apply an odor counteractant.

Odor in Automobiles

If the fire occurs, when your vehicle is in the garage, smoke odors can affect many surfaces, including under the dashboard, ventilation system, and inside door cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians remove components ruined by the fire. We then carry out various deodorization steps, including direct-spraying durable surfaces with water-based cinnamon, then thermal fog the interior of the car. We can also run an air scrubber with ducting to create negative air pressure and purge the ambient air inside the vehicle.

An odor from hidden locations can be stubborn to eliminate. Call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 to perform deodorization, eliminating any traces of the smell, "Like it never even happened."

How SERVPRO Uses Pack-Outs Services to Clean Contents After a Santa Monica Fire

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Soot covered upper kitchen cabinets and oven vent with soot covered collectibles on top of cabinets Although fire damaged the cabinets, all was not lost. We were able to restore most of the collectibles to their preloss condition.

Contents Cleaning After Fire Damage in Santa Monica

Fire does not discriminate when harming the structural components and contents of your Santa Monica home. The heat, smoke, soot, and firefighting efforts affect all surfaces, fixtures, household goods, furnishings, and personal possessions. You need full-service fire recovery company that offers options to complete cleaning of each category of the property efficiently and professionally. Our team often recommends a pack-out to ensure that the structure, installation, and each movable item receives the specialized attention it needs to make it like “Like it never even happened.”

Pack-Outs Improve Outcomes for Structural Damage

The first moments and hours after the firefighters leave are an overwhelming and chaotic combination of water, chemical, and fire damage in your Santa Monica home. Putting remediation efforts briefly on hold to pack up and move out the contents in affected areas might seem to create unreasonable delays and cause more worry and confusion. On the contrary, clearing the damaged spaces in your house of furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions permits our on-site team the freedom to focus on water removal, soot evaluation and appropriate cleanup, and odor elimination in the structure alone.

Pack-Outs Protect Your Possessions

Moving your movable property from the fire scene is advantageous for each item packed and transported. Immediate mitigation of more intense damage results as the lingering smoke and stirred-up debris residues in the house can no longer adversely impact your belongings. When viewed inside your damaged home, you might feel under pressure to throw out even treasured items. Our SERVPRO’s skilled Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) assess each item at our production facility. We consider the feasibility of using the cleaning, drying, deodorizing, and restoration products, tools, techniques, and equipment we have available. Ultrasonic cleaning immersion tanks, industrial-grade washing and drying machines, small chamber drying and deodorization, and freeze-drying are some of our resources. 

We Adhere to a Restorative Frame of Mind

We can return heirlooms, photos, papers, linens and clothing, furniture, and many other objects to function and appearance. Every step of the process, we consult with you and your insurer. Our goal is to minimize out of pocket expenses while preserving memories and the undefinable sense of home you feel when your house and possessions reunite.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach uses our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to document and secure items we process at our production facility. Call us at (310) 395-9050 to arrange for full-spectrum property recovery.

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How SERVPRO Works Against Fire Damage to your Santa Monica Home's Roof

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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The roof is often one of the most heavily impacted parts of a home that has suffered from fire damage. Many fires start and stop on the rooftops of American homes, and sometimes, even small interior blazes can cause damage to the roof despite never spreading there. SERVPRO technicians have plenty of safety equipment and experience to enable them to conduct restorations on any roofing materials, but the exact nature of our work may sometimes be puzzling without this background knowledge of why we may spend so much time on top of your home.

Smoke Damage

The most common type of fire damage to Santa Monica homes' roofs that we see is smoke damage. Smoke particles can spread throughout the entire home through air vents, but much of the worst damage happens inside attics where smoke particles collect just below the tough outer roofing materials. You may not immediately notice smoke smells unless you have a loft, but over time, the particles may seep back into the rest of your home. SERVPRO inspectors create a detailed analysis of the fire and the path it took so that we can identify and treat any potential smoke residues underneath your roofing.

Burnt Tiles

Most exterior home fires start or spread to the roof thanks to lightning strikes and the natural spread of a fire. We may be able to refinish the damaged section of roofing if the damage is light enough, but other times, you may need to replace large sections of tiling and other roofing materials. Many large house fires result in substantial repair work to the tiles and other materials used to construct a roof.

Tarping

Any time that a fire burns a hole in your home's exterior, we make it a priority to set up tarps or other patches to keep weather elements out of your home. Rainwater and winds can substantially worsen any existing damages to your home, but with waterproof tarps, we can prevent these problems from developing. Tarps are especially critical for large house fires that open up sizable holes. Without fast action, you could face flooding and potentially toxic mixtures of water and fire residues in your home.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach has helped local homeowners and businesses to overcome fire damage and other disasters for years. Call us 24/7 at (310) 395-9050 for our emergency services.

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How Contents in Your Santa Monica Beach Could Become Fuel for a Fire

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

What's in your garage? Typical garages contain fuel sources for fires.

Fire Damage Cleanup in the Garage of Your Santa Monica Home

The kitchen is the most common room in homes in Santa Monica for fires to start, but garages run a close second. You store your cars in your garage, and many people also like to use their garage for working on them or other projects. Storing gas, oil, or other flammable materials in this enclosed place is typical. Homeowners also use garages for storage, adding clutter to the area which becomes fuel for fires.

As with any fire damage, the best thing is a good offense or being proactive to try and make your garage safe from the threat of fire. However, when a fire does break out in your Santa Monica home, you need the assistance of a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO to help you clean up the mess. With our expertise and experience, we can have your garage restored to make it appear as if nothing ever happened.  

One thing to do to prevent a fire in your garage is to keep it clear of clutter. It is not only safer when you are walking around the garage, but it also lessens the chance of a fire spreading in case of a sudden spark.  

Keeping flammable liquids stored in small amounts and away from any heat sources is essential as well. Propane tanks should be stored outside, as they are sturdy and equipped for sitting outdoors.  

When cleaning the affected area after a fire, SERVPRO techs need to take safety precautions when using any disinfecting, cleaning, or deodorizing product. Chemical residues can bother some people more than others, so before using them, we listen to any comments from you, the customer, on concerns about chemical usage and odors.

We always protect your safety while we apply cleaning products and ensure that you and your family are not in the area while we are applying disinfectants and deodorizers. We adequately vent the area and give the products time to dry before we have you enter back into the garage.  

SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is always available to help you restore your garage in your home in Ocean Park, Venice Beach, or Marina Del Rey after a fire. When you call us at (310) 395-9050, we can be at your home fast to clean and disinfect it, while keeping everyone’s safety in mind as we work.

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Now You Can Have Your Fire Damage Remediation Services in Santa Monica Done Safely

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

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We can Help When Fire Damage Dirties Up Your Walls and Ceilings in Santa Monica

When a small-sized fire happens inside your Santa Monica residence, putting the fire out yourself can save your family from the expenses related to a more massive, more catastrophic fire. However, some of the damage can still affect your house.

Soot deposits that leave your home's walls covered with evidence of fire damage in Santa Monica need experienced professionals to clean things up and eliminate the mess. Because we arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster as soon as we receive a customer's call, we can tackle the work immediately upon our arrival. This rapid response is essential to the efficient removal of as much soot as possible. The longer soot remains adhered to painted surfaces like walls, the tighter the bond between paint and smoke residues becomes on painted interiors.

For dry soot, we use special sponges that clean surfaces without water. Dry sponges work efficiently because they eliminate the possibility of streaking, as well as dripping onto surfaces below the area where we are working. When oily soot sticks to your walls, we use special cleaning agents that break the chemical bonds and let us more easily strip the surfaces of the residue.

Your home can contain both types of soot, so we test each quickly to determine which method we need to use in particular areas. Different soot types come from a variety of things that burned. Areas around and above doorways and windows often hold increased amounts of smoke deposits from a fire. This happens because of the air currents that pull and push smoke through these openings.

We can also check your air systems for smoke damage, and also provide you with highly effective odor control solutions if needed. We can restore homes in Venice Beach, Ocean Park, and Marina Del Rey after sustaining any amount of smoke or fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach by calling (310) 395-9050, at any hour of any day, year-round, for professional restoration and mitigation services.

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Venice Beach, SERVPRO, and the Art of Smoke Damage Cleanup

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Venice Beach Fire and Smoke Wipe Downs and Clean Ups Make SERVPRO Technicians Exceptional

Different Types of Smoke Damage to Your Venice Beach Home

As you might already be aware, disasters that impact your Venice Beach property do not always occur in the way you could expect. Something as damaging as fire can spread quickly throughout your property and affect multiple areas and present many unique effects for restoration teams to overcome. Understanding how to restore your home and make the process as fast as possible requires some assessment knowledge to learn the type of damages and the full measure of their spread throughout the property.

For example, the fire damages to your Venice Beach home could present multiple types of smoke damages. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that smoke from the fire is the same regardless of the cause and location but overcoming the different types possible requires specific restoration tools and techniques. Most often, smoke damage gets classified into two categories: wet and dry smoke. Our SERVPRO professionals can handle either of these, but a thorough initial inspection is necessary to determine the full measure of damages, what equipment is necessary to overcome it, and what personnel we need to handle the situation fast.

These two primary categories of smoke damage relate to the heat with which the fire burns within the property. Dry smoke, for example, comes from excessive heat in a drier environment. This variety of smoke damage often gets categorized as thin and powdery from the effects it leaves behind on the property. Our premier cleaning services can make short work of this residue with high-powered vacuums and solvents.

Wet smoke damages can often prove more challenging for our IICRC certified SERVPRO professionals, but we have the tools and expertise to handle this efficiently as well. This variety produces much more smoke, which can leave a coating on surfaces and the contents of the affected areas, not to mention, produce a very harsh odor for our technicians to overcome with deodorizing equipment like our thermal foggers.

While not every fire in the area is going to be the same, our approach to handling these emergencies efficiently to limit our impact on your life never changes. Our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach fire restoration technicians have the extensive training and leading equipment to help. Give us a call whenever disaster strikes at (310) 395-9050.

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Oppressive Smoke from the Woolsey Fire Gets Removed from Your Santa Monica Home with SERVPRO's Fast Service

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Trucks Leave, Green SERVPRO Trucks Arrive--Time for Fire Loss Cleanup in Santa Monica

Improving Air Quality in Santa Monica Homes After Fire Damages

From the pressing wildfire bearing down on the Santa Monica area to the persistent threat of fires inside of your home, you need to act quickly to preserve your property in the face of an emergency. Among the chief concerns for homeowners with smaller scale fire situations is the air quality inside of their house which can make it challenging to remain at home even without structural damages. Our professionals can help.

Indoor air quality should be a top concern for Santa Monica homeowners working to overcome fire damages to their property, even without direct contact with the wildfire sweeping through the region. Many homes have become affected by the dense smoke penetrating their homes and require cleaning and deodorization services to return their properties to original condition. Our SERVPRO rapid response mitigation team can help you overcome these effects.

From the moment that our professionals arrive at your home, we work to assess both the scope of the fire and smoke damage to the property and also determine the quality of the breathable air within your home. Indoor air quality is crucial to a healthy and wholesome interior environment. You should know whether that air is unsafe to breathe without the appropriate measures getting taken by our SERVPRO technicians on-site. We arrive with the tools needed to improve the state of this environment through cleaning machines like our air scrubbers which can remove harmful particulates from the air. Inspecting and cleaning the HVAC system, especially the ducts, is critical to the IAQ.

Cleaning services are also often necessary when recovering from the effects of a fire in your home, even one that does not cause structural damages. Our premier equipment can deep clean carpets, upholstery, and surfaces affected by the presence of soot in the atmosphere. Powerful vacuums for duct cleaning and surface cleaning of carpets and other surfaces is an indispensable tool for our SERVPRO technicians. Deodorization equipment like our thermal foggers can get used on open areas and soft materials throughout the affected regions of your home to neutralize foul odors on contact.

We strive to provide a comprehensive approach to cleaning and restoration following a fire inside or in the vicinity of your home. Trust in the fast response of our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach fire restoration technicians to return your property to preloss condition whenever possible, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (310) 395-9050.

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Avoid Creating Additional Damage After a Fire in Your Venice Beach Home

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Both fire and smoke can create damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate the fire damage.

The Behavior of Smoke Determines the Fire Damage Restoration Procedures We Use at Venice Beach

Cleaning and restoring a building after a fire damage incident requires a good understanding of how smoke behaves during combustion. Such an understanding helps us to know where to find the heaviest and lightest residues. Usually, the temperature of the smoke particles and that of the surrounding areas determines how far the smoke residues move. It is important to note that the procedures we use to clean heavy residues may be slightly different from those we use when cleaning light residues in your Venice Beach home.
 
The transfer of heat in your property causes part of the destruction that results from a fire damage incident in Venice Beach. Usually, heat moves in the air by a process known as convection. During the process, hot air, which is less dense, rises and gets replaced by the dense cold air. As combustion goes on, the process repeats itself, and it reaches a point where even the cold air around the ceiling area gets replaced. Our SERVPRO technicians understand that convection currents are responsible for the soot deposits that appear on walls and ceilings, even when there is a significant distance between them and the source of the fire.
 
Smoke has a way of moving around obstructions and cannot be stopped by closed doors. In most cases, our SERVPRO technicians find heavy residue concentrations around or under closed doors, cracks, and around carpet edges. Such deposits form as the smoke attempts to go through the cracks or around obstructions. The concentration of smoke residues is less in areas that are far away from the fire source. However, if the fire is not put off as soon as possible, the residues become evenly distributed within the building.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians perform an assessment that helps us to determine the best cleaning techniques to use. Some cleaning needs may force us to use dry cleaning techniques, and some may require wet cleaning methods. Certain surfaces may withstand abrasive cleaning procedures such as sanding, and in some, such procedures may cause further damage.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach can clean and restore your property after it faces mold, storm, fire, or water damage. Call (310) 395-9050 at any time of the day and get instant response from our highly trained technicians.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Explain The Theory Of Fire

6/9/2018 (Permalink)

Lights, Action, Fire & Smoke Damage in Los Angeles--The Star is SERVPRO

Smoke & Fire Restoration by SERVPRO Technicians Assures a Satisfied Customer in the Los Angeles Area

Whenever something burns on your property in Los Angeles, various types of damage can occur. The heat and flames coming from a fire can burn building materials and contents using them as fuel to spread. Partially combusted substances get released from the fire in the form of smoke and fumes.
 
Smoke created by a blaze can also cause many problems with contents and structural materials. When mitigating fire damage in Los Angeles, knowing the theory of fire helps diagnose and find issues. Materials burn and behave differently based on many diverse conditions that take place.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians learn the theory of fire meaning that they understand the components of smoke and how fire, smoke, and heat affect a structure and contents. Knowing how a fire behaves helps us better restore damage when it occurs. When we become experts on fire behavior, we can have a better idea as to what can be restored and what cannot.
 
One significant part of fire restoration is repairing, replacing or refinishing burnt or charred items. When a blaze burns inside a structure, it uses any materials that are close to the source as fuel. Many structural items such as drywall or wooden studs can get burnt to the point where they need to be treated or removed and discarded. A general contractor should be called in for restabilization of a structure.
 
The other part of any restoration project is the removal of soot residues. When smoke travels through your home, it can leave behind soot. Soot residues can be composed of many different types of materials based on how the fire burns. Some soot residues can be easily wiped off by our SERVPRO restoration team, whereas others are extremely difficult to clean.
 
Any time something burns, combustion takes place. Combustion is when a solid turns into gas with the application of heat. During a fire, not all of the materials affected combust completely. Partially combusted particles turn into smoke that when cooled will turn back into a solid in the form of soils and soot. The acidic content of smoke and soot can damage glass, metal, plastics, and organic substances and possessions.
 
The different stages of a fire and the different things it burns affect the type of smoke and soot present. If you ever have to deal with smoke damage on your property, call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 any time of the day.

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The Fire Damage Experts of Los Angeles

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Different surfaces require different cleaning methods, the expertly trained professionals at SERVPRO can properly remove soot from your items.

The Expertly Trained Technicians at SERVPRO Carefully Clean Every Surface of Your Home after Fire Damage

Recently California has been riddled with forest fires. Sometimes wildfires only burn part of your Los Angeles mansion before it gets extinguished. Even if the burn damage is not severe, smoke possibly ruins contents and building materials.

After any severely burnt items get removed from your home, the next step is cleaning soot residues off of contents and materials inside the building. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Los Angeles equip specialized chemicals made for cleaning soot residues. Cleaning soot can get complicated and requires knowledge of how to apply the chemicals.

Our IICRC certified restoration specialists vary their cleaning aggressiveness by controlling the application of chemicals. Some surfaces get ruined if specific chemicals are too concentrated when they get applied. Other surfaces get ruined by aggressive scrubbing if cleaning products are not concentrated enough.

Some surfaces cannot get scrubbed without damaging them. When dealing with fragile materials sometimes chemicals that absorb soils work best. Absorption powders often get applied so that they absorb soot, preventing the items from getting ruined by cleaning or scrubbing.

If a surface could possibly get damaged by concentrated cleaning products, there are surface cleaning techniques we use to prevent the saturation of chemicals. When we use specific techniques, we save many materials from getting destroyed during the cleaning process.

Many times the cleaning product gets lightly sprayed onto hard-surface contents and furniture. Then, the chemicals get wiped away with a dry cleaning towel. When cleaning appliances, we always use a specialized glass cleaner to produce a shiny finish.

If items could possibly get damaged when too much moisture from cleaning solutions gets applied, then foam cleaning products get used to remove soot residues. When cleaning products generate foam, less moisture gets applied than other types of chemicals. Many times, foam cleaning products successfully clean carpet and upholstery.

Fires always burn different types of sources that create various kinds of soot residues. To make sure the correct type of cleaning methods get used for the various types of soils call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for help 24/7.  

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Learn How To Protect Your Los Angeles Area Basement Against Fire Damage

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

The ERP from SERVPRO https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/readyprogram Helps Prevent and Mitigate Fire Damage to Los Angeles Properties

SERVPRO Can Offer the ERP Plan to Help Prevent Fires in Your Home

When you think about emergency situations that might occur in your Los Angeles basement, you likely lean towards floods or water damage. However, your basement is also susceptible to fires, as most of us use them for storage.

You can help prevent fire damage in your Los Angles area home by installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, keeping them active, and learning how to store materials responsibly. When all else fails, contact a qualified professional for answers and suggestions that could save your home.

Your gas furnace, water heater, oil burner, wood stove and other heating equipment reside in your basement. Make sure to store paper, textiles, and other debris at least 3-ft away at all times, placing oily rags in an airtight container, and keeping your basement trash-free. If you have a burner, always secure the doors to prevent sparks or flames from jumping to stored items.

Install arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) in your basement to prevent electrical surge fires and always plug major appliances directly into wall sockets. Perform regular maintenance on your clothes dryer and washing machine, clean ducting, check feed lines, and check electrical plugs. Remember to keep your stairs and aisles free of clutter and perform cleaning whenever possible to avoid buildup.

If you experience a fire in your basement or home at any point, SERVPRO can help you get things back to normal quickly. We provide fire, smoke, and water restoration services, cleaning and deodorization, as well as much needed support during emergency situations for homeowners throughout our local community.

Our IICRC-industry certified technicians are available 24-7, 365-days a year, providing you with quality home restoration services you can trust. SERVPRO has access to highly trained personnel, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make it possible to handle any size problem you may face.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for additional information about services available throughout the West Los Angeles, Ocean Park area and see what advantages we offer our customers. Limit your losses and learn how to prevent future problems, today. (310) 395-9050

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Remediating Fire Damage in Los Angeles

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

The fires in Los Angeles have left many homes damaged, SERVPRO is here to restore your fire damaged property.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Remediation Techniques for All Surface Types

The recent, massive fire in Los Angeles cost hundreds of residents their homes and frightened almost everyone else. Thousands of homes and millions of dollars in personal property not lost were still affected by the incredible amounts of smoke and soot generated by the conflagration.

To clean and restore the different types of fire damage to Los Angeles homes, SERVPRO studies the surface of the homes and the property inside as well as the type of smoke and soot residues left by the heat and burning property. Once we know these factors, technicians apply the correct techniques, tools, and products.

Most of our actions involve surface techniques, specifically spray and wipe and foam cleaning. Both methods give us control over how much cleaning solution we use to prevent over-wetting property and accidentally causing secondary damage.

With spray and wipe, our IICRC-certified technicians use a spray bottle to apply either water or one of our cleaning agents. It allows them to target the points of damage without affecting the entire sofa, wall, or another piece of personal or structural property. We then wipe off the dampened residue.

Foam cleaning is a similar technique that uses even less moisture. It is our preferred method on upholstered furniture and other delicate items like sheer drapes. SERVPRO restoration specialists use a pump-up sprayer to apply foam and then work it into the residue with a dry or dampened sponge. We then use another sponge or cloth to wipe off the agent and the residue.

Some surfaces are too fragile for any water-based cleaning agent though. For these surfaces, we use the absorption technique. Technicians cover the surfaces with absorbent powders and then wait until the residue has bonded to them. Next, we use sponges or dry cloths to wipe off the powder or a vacuum if the surface is porous like brick or concrete.

When the item is not fragile and can handle the moisture, we use saturation. The technique allows us to soak cleaning towels in a bucket of the agent, wring it out, and then lay it on the affected surface. Specialists leave the towel in place as long as necessary, then remove it and replace it with a towel soaked in a rinse agent. It removes the residue and cleaning agent completely, and then we allow the surface to dry. If the item is an upholstered surface, we agitate it using a soft brush before applying the cleaning agent towel.

These are only a few of the techniques and tools that SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach uses to restore your home and property to its original condition. If you need our services, call today at (310) 395-9050. We are here for you.

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How to Cope with Fire Damage in Los Angeles

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO begins the restoration process by covering your roof and boarding windows to prevent outside elements from entering your home.

Fire Damage Restoration Services for Any Size Disaster

Fire damage incidents never give a warning before they strike and that is why you need to know the various options you have as a Los Angeles resident. Whether the fire you are dealing with is a Christmas tree fire, one from a furnace, or a candle, you cannot underestimate its risk. Once you are safe, the next thing to know is whether there is something to recover and the various steps to restore your property. 

Fortunately, some practices can help you to deal with the fire damage incidents in Los Angeles. We advise you to contact a restoration service provider like SERVPRO as opposed to trying to fix the mess on your own. Movements within the premises can disturb the soot particles. You may not have the skills to deal with the different types of smoke.

Assessing the extent of the fire damage is our first task. By checking how much your property has been affected by the fire helps us to come up with a better approach to restore your property. If your property has some wet smoke, dry smoke, or oily smoke, it is the work of our trained technicians to choose the most appropriate approach to control it. In some situations, we may use a drapery cleaning system, a duct cleaning system, or deodorizing agents together with degreasers.

If your roof is damaged, we cover it with tarpaulin to protect further accidents when cleaning. We are aware water can get into contact with electricity and cause electrocution. That is why our SERVPRO technicians use drying techniques when restoring your property. The processes assist in getting rid of all the water and systematically clean and dry your property making it safe again.

SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach is here to help you deal with all types of fire, storm, water and mold damage. Call us today at (310) 395-9050 and let us restore your home. We can overcome any disaster regardless of its size.  

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Kitchen Fire Damage in Santa Monica Needs Expert Clean Up

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Santa Monica Calls on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration--We Have No Peer!

SERVPRO Restores Your Santa Monica Property Post Smoke & Fire Events

Kitchens are warm, inviting, a place for good conversation and wonderful cooking smells. They are also the place where most home fires start. The grease, fats, and oils so common around cooking add to the intensity of these fires. According to SERVPRO technicians, they also make cleanup more difficult.

The Red Cross advises that the best way to avoid kitchen fire damage in Santa Monica is to always stay in the house, close to the kitchen, when food is cooking. This especially true if you are grilling, roasting, boiling, baking or frying. Remind yourself to check how the food is doing by setting a timer.

Children love to see what is cooking for dinner but keep them away from the stove and hot surfaces. Store a fire extinguisher in a convenient location to put out small fires. However, never hesitate to call the fire department.

To clean up the damage, call the experts here at SERVPRO. Trained to the standards of the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, we have learned best practices and industry standards for all types of fire restoration work, including difficult kitchen jobs.
 
As restoration professionals, we take a scientific approach to fire cleanup. During our initial inspection and assessment, we locate both evident and hidden smoke residue, figure out what caused it, and decide on the best cleaning agents and methods to remove the soot and the smell. To thoroughly remove residue, we use:
• The right temperature for both the surface we are cleaning and the cleaning agent
• A combination of brushes, towels, water pressure, sonic vibration and air to dislodge the soot
• Chemicals to dissolve, bleach, emulsify or otherwise remove the residue
• The proper amount of time for the products and tools to do their job
 
We can get your kitchen back to usable condition, ready for more great family meals. SERVPRO techs have the training and experience to do a thorough job.
 
When your home suffers from kitchen fire damage, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, (310) 395-9050. We are available to help 24/7, centrally located to serve Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Ocean Park.

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Contacting The Right Company To Handle Fire Damage In Your West Los Angeles Home

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians help remove smoke odors from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles.

SERVPRO is The Company to Call When Tackling Residential Fire Damage 

Having a fire in your home can lead to a long, painful recovery process, there are so many different people and organizations to contact or notify, and you should be ready for changing circumstances as events unfold. However, contacting the right company can help remove stress from the equation.

The company that provides you with fire damage insurance for your West Los Angeles home can give you contact information for professional restoration services used in the past. A quality restoration company provides you with hints to prevent further damage, helps determine which of your belongings are restorable, and gives accurate estimates concerning cleaning, deodorizing, and repairing your entire home.

A fire damage restoration company, like SERVPRO, offers expertly trained technicians, advanced equipment, and years of experience for the restoration services you require. Their services might seem expensive. However, they are far less than the cost of replacing damaged furnishings or structural components and often lead to restoring many items that you simply did not want to lose.

SERVPRO can also help prevent you from doing further damage, causing bigger problems adding to your losses. They understand how to respond to various circumstances, have all of the equipment necessary to perform their services, and understand how much your home means to you. You can avoid having to deal with the rigors of fire remediation and leave your issue in the hands of expertly trained fire damage professionals who care, by making a single phone call.

SERVPRO technicians help remove smoke odors from clothing, upholstered furniture, carpeting, drapes, and other textiles. Our teams also use various methods to clean soot stains from your walls, ceiling, and other surfaces, along with deodorizing the entire area to remove smoke odor. Thermal fogging equipment allows warm chemical fog to penetrate household surfaces, just like the fire did, to help neutralize odors throughout your home.

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SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach stands ready to assist after tragedy strikes. Give us an opportunity to provide you with the fire damage restoration services you deserve. (310) 395-9050

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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services You Can Count On Available For Your Santa Monica Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Protect Your Santa Monica Home Against Fire Damage with Good Insurance--SERVPRO Tip

Just Call SERVPRO for Restoring Your Fire Damaged Property

Getting the courage to make the repairs necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition after a fire happens can take considerable effort on your part. A fire can cause you to feel uncomfortable, with stress and anxiety filling your days after an event.

What would help is having access to a company that you can count on to deliver the fire damage restoration services that your Santa Monica home needs. One that also considers how stressful these type of events can be, providing you with the respect and understanding you deserve during a rough time.
 
You should consider making the call to SERVPRO. We give your situation priority from the start, asking the right questions to help you get what you need to normalize the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our technicians respond promptly, thoroughly explain the services we intend to provide and address any personal concerns you may have during the restoration process.
 
We also communicate issues to your insurance company and help you with the paperwork involved in your claim, making the process as stress-free as possible. Many of our services include a personal touch, recovering many of your belongings that you may have thought lost forever.
 
SERVPRO technicians undergo rigorous IICRC certification training and follow strict safety guidelines set by the EPA and OSHA. Providing you with a safe, clean environment during our restoration process is of utmost concern, using personal protective equipment (PPE) and taking other safety precautions to protect everyone involved.
 
SERVPRO uses the latest technology, including infrared moisture detectors, water extractors of all sizes, and advanced air moving equipment with various attachments to effectively dry areas affected by fire fighting efforts. Helping remove the possibility of developing secondary damages or mold growth from occurring on your property.
 
Depending on how rapidly you respond to your situation, our cleaning technicians have proven successful in the removal of smoke, soot, and heat residues that develop on a broad range of materials found in your home. Often producing amazing results on various surfaces and restoring walls, ceilings, cabinetry, and many other contents found in your home after a fire strikes.
 
Our services, provide you with a quality solution to emergency situations in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach immediately, to have the best chance of restoring your home after a fire. (310) 395-9050

Recovery After an Ocean Park Home Sustains Fire Damage

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Ocean Park Damages from Fires Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Damaged Properties in Ocean Park Caused by Fires

The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than one-third of fires are structural in nature. Many fires are caused by smoking, electrical systems, or cooking food. Your home or business is an investment. After a structural fire, you need help to manage this disaster.

When you survive a fire, you may not feel like doing anything at all. You feel down, alone, and not sure what to do next to pick up the pieces from this life altering event. Your Ocean Park property may have sustained fire damages, and priceless mementos may have been lost in the blaze. Do not despair after this catastrophe;  SERVPRO can restore your property to its preloss condition under normal circumstances.

In restoring fire damage, you must consider the different types of destruction caused by fires. Materials may be partially or entirely consumed in the combustion event. Heat and smoke residue impact structural materials. Finally, water and chemical agents left behind during the extinguishing process can cause further problems with your home. Materials in your home may be burned, charred, smoked, or even damaged by intense heat. Rapid cleanup can mitigate secondary fire damage.

There are several levels of fire damage requiring different responses from our fire restoration technicians. The disaster is classified from minor to major. At each level, various restoration services are available.

Minor
With minor fire damages, you may see some smoke residue in certain rooms or areas. Few spots may need to be repainted and surfaces may require minor dry sponge cleaning or wet cleaning of interior hard surfaces and walls. Non-salvageable elements are few or none.

Medium
In a medium fire disaster, smoke damage is moderate, water damage is more significant and requires a professional service for removal. Large areas may need repainting or replacement of building materials.

Major
Major fires include severe and prolonged intense heat and fire damage, with significant smoke residues. Major structural repairs and rebuilds may be needed after the initial clean up. Smoke, soot, and ash demand remediation to prevent ongoing damage and to eliminate odors. These restoration tasks are best left to the professional Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians from SERVPRO. Our team can use hydroxyl generators and ozone machines to capture and eliminate most of the airborne smoke particles. Fogging is a technique to finish the sanitizing and disinfecting of the restored area.

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Rely on SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach for any water or fire damaging event to your property. We are available 24/7 by dialing (310) 395-9050

Steps to Take after Fire Damage in Ocean Park

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly to help with the recovery.

SERVPRO can Remediate Fire Damage at Your Home or Business

After experiencing a fire in your home, not only are you likely going through a range of emotions that are overpowering, such as anger, frustration, and sadness, you are probably at a loss of what to do next. Even though it does not seem fair, and it truly isn’t, you will now need to make some important decisions that are life-altering, and the sooner you make them, the sooner you can build your life back up and get back to some kind of normalcy. First and foremost, you will need to have a fire remediation company come check out all the damages and to see what can be restored. SERVPRO is the perfect choice for this, as our staff is professionally trained and has the experience and equipment needed to do the job right.

You should not enter your home after the fire until you have permission from the fire department, even if there is only minimal cosmetic fire damage, as essential structures could have been compromised in your Ocean Park home. Fires could possibly reignite as well, even after it looks like they are extinguished. You will also need to contact your insurance agent right away. They can advise you of the best steps to take in the hours and days after the disaster.

There are things you should do to minimize any additional damage to your property, such as covering doors, and windows, plus pumping out excess water from firefighting efforts. You may also need to put up temporary fencing around your property to stop any theft and vandalism. Do not turn on any utilities, either, until the fire department has advised you that it is safe to do so, and make a list of items which were damaged by the fire, followed by what you paid for them.

You will next need to find temporary housing while SERVPRO takes the time to properly clean up and repair any damages to your home. This could include family or friends, or to find a hotel or apartment complex which offers special rates for people displaced by disasters. Your home will need to be assessed to check for any structural damages as well, so having our team of professionals come into your home as soon as possible is a good idea.

Make sure you understand everything that the insurance company will and will not cover. Keep track of your expenses while you are out of your home, such as paying for your temporary housing. SERVPRO can also work with the insurance company to help get the damages repaired more quickly.

Fires are never convenient. They disrupt your life and they can really shake you up and take you off guard. By calling SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach right away, we can help take a lot of the stressors away by taking care of all the damages. Plus, we are on call 24/7, so feel free to give us a call at (310) 395-9050 anytime you need us.

The Proper Steps For Fire Restoration In Santa Monica

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

The longer the items in your home are underneath smoke and soot, the more difficult it is for them to be cleaned and restored.

Fire And Smoke Damage

Once you’ve gone through the devastation of a fire, you will probably be emotional. However, it is important to go through the proper steps for fire restoration, which is why you need to hire the professionals at SERVPRO. Doing these steps will lead to less damage and lower the costs which are associated with clean up. There are things that need to be specifically done when it comes to soot and smoke damage, and that is what makes it even more important to hire a professional and experienced smoke, fire, and soot damage restoration company.

We will take special care when cleaning up your fire damage to clean up any soot and smoke damage from clothing, carpeting and everything else in between from your Santa Monica home. However, before we start, we will make sure to have the proper safety equipment and clothing. Face masks and gloves are the most important pieces of clothing. Protective coverings for shoes to stop debris from being trampled through your home and a jumpsuit are also vital.

When cleaning your house, ventilation is essential. The best ways for ventilation to be done includes opening windows and using fans. It is, of course, importune that the soot isn’t blown through the home into unaffected areas, and we always keep this in mind. Everything is better when it is well aired out. At SERVPRO, we also realize that it is a lot more efficient to get rid of soot and smoke damage if we can start the process earlier rather than later. The longer the items in your home are underneath smoke and soot, the more difficult it is for them to be cleaned and restored.

We will also use a HEPA vacuum cleaner, as it is perfect for sucking up the soot. The nozzle attachment on the cleaner can be put close to the soot while sucking it up. We do not advise you to use your upright vacuum, as it will only push the soot into your carpeting. Using the HEPA vacuum will be done before we do any other cleaning.

SERVPRO technicians will also use disinfectants for cleaning up your appliances. The soot and smoke can cause different problems with electrical appliances, so they’ll need to be cleaned before use again. Do not try and use an appliance before we clean and disinfect it, as this could cause problems. It is best to have any electrical appliances professionally tested before using them again. We also advise you to throw away any food which was exposed to soot or smoke.

When your property has experienced a fire, you will need professional cleaning and restoration help. At SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach, we will come to your home and make a plan for remediation in a timely fashion when you call us at (310) 395-9050.

Marina Del Rey Fire Damage--Homes, Condos, & Apts. Need A Cooling Response

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

Keep Your Marina Del Rey Home Free of Fire Damage, Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Cools Down the Fire Damage to Your Marina Del Rey Residence

Fire damage in Marina Del Rey can vary in complexity and inconvenience. Many situations occur during a fire in any home. Yours is no different. First, there are the flames, and many things may be ruined. Some gasses are generated through the combustion process that leaves a layer of oily soot or smoke permeated surfaces--both hard and soft like carpets and fabrics. Then the fire department gets to your house and puts the fire out. They use water to do this. Often, depending on the incident, they also apply foam for extinguishing the flames. Your Marina Del Rey condo, home, or apartment probably needs the cooling effect of a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO.

There are a couple of things that happened by the time the fire trucks leave the front of your house. Only one of them is good, and that is that the fire is out. Fire, water, smoke and soot damage as well as the possibility of whatever the foam, if used, produced leave a very unpleasant space behind.

First, you should call your insurance company. After, a call to a fire damage restoration company gets them there rapidly. The need to get all of the smoke, soot and foul air out of the house takes the second position of importance. Water removal is the first.

The inspector from SERVPRO goes throughout the house assessing everything that burned and all of the water damage that occurred. He will log fire or smoke damaged materials on the CCIS (Contents Claim Inventory Service) workup. This corporate generated software program will itemize, room by room, burnt, waterlogged, and soot covered materials and possessions. They will be ranked as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. You and your insurance adjuster will finalize what will be discarded and what will be saved. SERVPRO is not an insurance company, but we do mitigate damages and assist with the claim and some paperwork.

After the inspections, the removal of all of the contaminated items, and the extraction of standing water can begin. Powerful pumps and wet vacuums vacate most of the water and moisture. All fire damaged materials are removed; they are wrapped to prevent cross-contamination, this includes all results of demolition.

The cleaning of all spaces, whether in the living areas or behind the walls are critical as everything must be cleaned and sanitized to restore a healthy interior environment. Following the simple steps, the restoration process can replace everything removed with new materials and all clothing and other fabric are thoroughly cleaned. All carpets are cleaned and sanitized if disposal is not required. This company strives to clean and restore the fire-damaged property, using disposal and replacement as a last resort. The aim is to save you money and get you back home to a pre-fire loss home "Like it never even happened."

When it heats up in your Marina Del Rey home, condo, or apartment call SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach at (310) 395-9050 for a cooling response.

Why DIY Smoke Damage Cleanup Projects in Santa Monica Are Difficult

12/21/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Check Your Smoke Detectors

A Santa Monica Smoke Damaged Property Can Call on SERVPRO

Once smoke damage in Santa Monica has befallen your property, your priority is to restore order to your home. In many cases, homeowners want to complete the restoration work as a DIY project. However, attempting to remove water, clean, dry, and repair your house on your own isn't a good idea if the fire involved more than a stove-top flare-up. Hiring a professional team of fire and smoke damage restoration experts like SERVPRO is always a better option.

1. Smoke damage is as devastating as fire damage. In fact, smoke and soot can become embedded in your flooring, carpets, walls, furniture, HVAC system, and all other household structures. The smoke and soot deposits and residue, along with on-going annoying odors, can remain in your household structures for years. Health risks can arise from poor ambient air quality. Homeowners are not familiar with the professional procedures that result in effective, expedient smoke and soot removal.

2. You cannot simply wash smoke damage away. In fact, special equipment is required to remove adequately smoke and soot rather than rubbing it deeper into your property structures. Special wipers, sponges, and cleansers can lift lighter soot layers from hard surfaces and drywall. This wiping will lessen repainting and replacing damaged materials. Additionally, washing smoke-damaged clothing items in a washing machine can deepen damages and leave unwanted odors within the washer. For fabrics, special dry-cleaning techniques can restore smoke damaged items.

3. You may throw away salvageable goods. In many cases, our fire damage restoration experts can save items that looked like they were a lost cause. We utilize industry leading CCIS--Contents Claim Inventory Service technology to itemize the status of all affected household items. Easier claim satisfaction and quicker initial service are the benefits. Because they have extensive experience with the restoration process, our specialists are effective in determining which items can be salvaged and which must be discarded or considered as questionable. Specific safety procedures are utilized to discard unsalvageable contaminated goods. Homeowners will likely be unfamiliar with these procedures.

4. You may not get the return to normalcy done in a timely fashion. Effective smoke damage restoration work necessitates a great deal of manpower and job knowledge and training. Equipment like small liquid foggers (ULV) and solvent-based thermal foggers are an essential part of the arsenal to eliminate pervasive odors.

Call SERVPRO. When fire and smoke damage impact your property in Santa Monica, it's time to call the professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will utilize cutting edge tools and customized methodologies to get your residential property back to pre-loss condition as efficiently, safely, and quickly as possible. We respond immediately to assess and offer a professional and economic plan of action to restore and save your property and personal possessions.

Faster to Any Size Fire and Smoke Emergency

When fire and smoke damage strikes your home think of SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach. We are proud to serve our local communities. Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (310) 395-9050

Fire Damage in Venice Beach, What Next?

11/17/2015 (Permalink)

After the VBFD Extinguishes the Flames, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Let SERVPRO Restore Your Fire Damaged Home in Venice Beach

Although a fire can be a difficult natural or accidental disaster to grapple with, it is often the aftermath of fire damage in Venice Beach that leaves homeowners truly troubled. Once the fire extinguishers or fire hoses douse the final flames, it is the residential property owner's responsibility to start the process of fire damage restoration. This process can be an economically and emotionally debilitating experience as homeowners deal with costly repairs and the reality of unsalvageable personal possessions that were of sentimental value. Despite the challenges that result from dealing with the aftermath of a fire, homeowners can help expedite and optimize the process by learning how to handle it correctly. SERVPRO offers the following guide and suggestions to help you along with this trying ordeal.

Fire Damage Remediation Timeline. One of the first calls (actually the third)  you should make during the aftermath of a fire is to call fire damage remediation specialists like SERVPRO. This step is important for many reasons, including the fact that the specialist will perform an assessment that helps determine the safety level of your home. In some cases, the fire can weaken the structural integrity of your property, making it unsafe for you to reenter. Your first call to the local fire department resulted in extinguished flames, and a mess left behind. The fire marshal should advise you on the safety of when you can re-enter your property in Venice Beach. In addition to completing a thorough assessment that gauges the safety level of your property, as well as the damages, our remediation specialist will determine which cleanup methodologies are most appropriate in light of your unique circumstances.

File Your Insurance Claim. Before contacting a fire remediation specialist, you will need to call your insurance agent who will dispatch an insurance adjuster to your address. This individual will provide you with information and instructions regarding how to file your claim. The insurance company will also sometimes be able to work hand in hand with SERVPRO to coordinate all the aspects of the fire damage restoration process. Fortunately, our company is a preferred vendor to over 300 insurance companies, management companies, and civil and federal government entities. We will guide you in your insurance paperwork and provide documentation for proof of loss of personal property and materials. 

Let SERVPRO'S Expert Technicians Assist You

As a company that specializes in offering expedient water, smoke and fire damage services in Venice Beach, SERVPRO will treat you fairly and always look out for your best interests. Our goal is to utilize our IICRC-certified technicians to efficiently, and with minimal cost to you, restore your home to pre-fire damage condition. We offer you the detail-oriented services you need and deserve, and we'll also provide you with a 24/7 emergency response to ensure that all of your issues can be addressed and resolved immediately. We will do a final walk-through with you to ensure that you are satisfied with our efforts to restore your property.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of Venice Beach. SERVPRO of Santa Monica/Venice Beach is locally owned and operated. We are faster to any size disaster. Call us. (310) 395-9050