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Fire Sprinklers for Jamul Homes?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fire sprinkler systems save lives and property. Homes with home fire sprinklers have a better chance of surviving fires, and in many cases, these families go on living their lives as they did before. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring fire damage for Jamul residents and businesses for years. Here are some home fire sprinkler safety tips from the NFPA:

  • A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium
  • Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire
  • Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71 percent, and water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91 percent.
  • Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler.
  • A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out, such as paint, and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.

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When you need emergency fire restoration services for your home or business. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

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Wildfire Season in Spring Valley?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A California wildfire is shown sending up huge plumes of smoke. We are trusted leaders fire damage restoration services in San Diego County.

In San Diego County wildfires is a major hazard. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul offers these tips for creating defensible space around your home from the County of San Diego and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help Spring Valley residents prepare for wildfire:

100 Feet of Defensible Space is the Law

California state law requires that residents treat 100 feet of defensible space around their homes. This includes such steps as mowing and properly maintaining lawn and weeds, pruning or removing ignitable trees and shrubs, stacking firewood away from the home, and making sure the home's address is visible to emergency vehicles.

Tips for Landscaping Around Your Home:

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first five feet of the home
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are six to ten feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least thirty feet away from the home and other outbuildings
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for the fire

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When you have a fire damage emergency in Spring Valley, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

More Happy Customers in Spring Valley?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we value our customers and always aim to provide the highest level of service and support. Here are some recent Google Reviews from our customers:

“Jason is the best contractor I have dealt with in my entire life. I have used his services multiple times. He really cares about his customers, very reasonable pricing. Uses subcontractors like everyone else, but demands perfection even touches up the work of others if you are not satisfied with the job. Very nice and friendly as well. Highly recommend him.” Velina Westbrook

“Jason and his team did a complete bathroom/laundry room remodel for us. We could not have asked for better customer service and professionalism. Once we approved the quote, work started right away. The crew was very accommodating and always kept us up to date on the progress and scheduling. Jason was very attentive and answered all of our questions and concerns promptly and with great knowledge. The project was completed within the estimated timeframe and within the original quoted budget. The end result was better than we could have imagined! We highly recommend Jason and his team for any work that you may need.” Kaitlin Matthys

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When your Spring Valley home experiences a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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Grease Fire in Spring Valley Home?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Cooking Fire Statistics for Spring Valley

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies in the Spring Valley area throughout the year, and we know that even a small kitchen fire can cause smoke and soot damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) home cooking fires:

  • Ranges or cooktops were involved in the 61 percent of reported home cooking fires, 87 percent of cooking fire deaths and 78 percent of cooking fire injuries
  • Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges
  • Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1 percent of these fires, but clothing ignitions led to 8 percent of the home cooking fire deaths

Here are some tips from the NFPA for small grease cooking fires if you decide to fight the fire:

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner
  • Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed

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When your Spring Valley home experiences cooking or other fire damage emergency SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate your damage. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Furniture Fire in Spring Valley?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Upholstered Furniture Fire Statistics

At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day, every day in the Spring Valley area. Between 2010 and 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported smoking materials as the leading cause of upholstered furniture fires and losses in the United States. Other causes of upholstered fires in homes were:

  • Portable and fixed space heaters were involved in 11 percent of the upholstered furniture fires and associated deaths
  • Together, candles, matches, and lighters were involved in 20 percent of the fires and 12 percent of the deaths.
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 14 percent of the home upholstered furniture fires and 12 percent of the deaths. These failures were in all types of electrical appliances, not just electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

The NFPA report states that United States Fire Departments responded to an average of 5630 structure fires per year where upholstered furniture was the first item ignited.

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When your home experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your fire damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Children and Portable Fire Extinguishers in Bonita?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been mitigating fire damage losses for years in the Bonita area and knows that many of these fires may have been prevented. Installing a portable fire extinguisher in the home is an element to have in your fire response plan, but safe escape should be the primary goal.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), children should not be trained on the use of portable fire extinguishers because:

  • Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire.
  • Children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher.
  • They may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire. In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads

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SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate your fire damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Home Fire Causes for Spring Valley?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

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The Five Causes of Home Fires in the U.S.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) between 2014 and 2018, firefighters in the United States responded to over 353,100 home structure fires per year and reports that most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution, and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies in Bonita, Jamul, and the Spring Valley areas throughout the year, and we have the experience and equipment necessary to mitigate fire damage quickly and efficiently.

Here are more report highlights from the NFPA:

  • More than one-quarter of reported fires in 2014-2018 occurred in homes. Even worse, more than three-quarters of civilian fire deaths and almost three-quarters of all reported injuries were caused by home fires.
  • During this five-year period, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 353,100 home structure fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths; 11,030 civilian fire injuries; and $7.2 billion in direct property damage.
  • Over the five-year period of 2014–2018 as a whole, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths.

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Spring Valley, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage in Spring Valley /Jamul

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul can clean up damage from smoke and soot in your City or County home.  

Smoke is a mixture of gases and small particles. The small particles are also called ash, and they include soot. Soot is the collection of particles left from incomplete burning of products that contain carbon. These products include wood and coal. Smoke and soot do not destroy materials the way fire does. They leave behind greasy films and have an unpleasant odor.

Smoke moves from warmer areas to cooler areas. You will find smoke and soot damage on the ceiling above where the fire started, but you will find the damage in other places. SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul looks for damage in/on:

  • Outside walls and windows: Even if the fire was in the center of the room, smoke travels to the cooler areas
  • Closed-off spaces: Smoke and soot settle in cooler areas, including dresser drawers, closed closets, and wall cavities
  • Air ducts: smoke and soot travel throughout the house
  • Drapes and blinds. The drapes and blinds are cooler than other parts of the house. During a fire, the areas behind the drapes and blinds are cooler than the rest of the room. Remember that smoke travels to the cooler areas, leaving behind smoke and soot.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul investigates these areas to get a good idea of what kind of damage is in the Spring Valley /Jamul building.  


SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is independently owned and operated.

Jamul Trash Fire?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A green dumpster is on fire. We are fire damage restoration specialists serving Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul!

Santa Ana winds happen

It didn’t take long for the fire to spread from this dumpster to the palm trees and nearby homes before Jamul’s San Diego County Fire Station 36 firefighters arrived and put out the fire. The Santa Ana winds were blowing that day, and the fire could have done a lot more damage had it not been for the fast response time from the first responders.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies in Bonita, Jamul, and the Spring Valley areas day and night. Our team of highly trained fire restoration technicians has the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate fire damage, no matter how big the job is. When we arrive, we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process and work to minimize the disruption to your family during the restoration process.

Here is the process we follow when restoring fire damage:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

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When you have a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. Our team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to any fire or water damage emergency in Jamul 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire, Soot, and Smoke Damage in Spring Valley?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

A room is completely filled with smoke from a fire. We restore damage caused by smoke, soot, and fire in Jamul.

Smokey Home Blues

My roommate forgot to blow out a candle on a wooden shelf in her bathroom one night and I awoke to the sound of the smoke detectors going off all through my Spring Valley home. The Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department firefighters came out and were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and although the fire damage was contained to the bathroom, the smell of smoke soaked into the carpets, drapes, and furniture in the entire house! Everything smelled like smoke. Yuck!

I called SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, and they sent over a team of fire restoration technicians to mitigate the damage caused by the fire and firefighting efforts. In no time, they removed all the fire-damaged debris and pulled off the damaged drywall where the fire had ignited and burned. They cleaned the area, and because they have a General Contractor License, they also took care of the structural repairs, restoring my home to preloss condition in no time. They were even able to remove the smoke smell in the rest of the house!

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No matter how big or small the fire damage is, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the training, experience, and equipment to restore your home or commercial business to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial lighting equipment safety information for Spring Valley

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look totally fine on the outside in your Spring Valley business. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and can assist in preventing any bodily injury:

  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight the fire(s)
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every 5 years 
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  •  If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself 
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building does catch fire, rest assured that SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained. 

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is independently owned and operated.


Link: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties

Fire Damage Restoration in Jamul

9/28/2020 (Permalink)


When fire strikes your home or business in Jamul, CA, you can never truly be ready. The best you can do is be educated about your options and get the best help to repair the damages and get your life back to normal. Fire cleanup is no easy task. Fire damagewater damage from fire, smoke damage and soot damage need be addressed by seasoned professionals.

The primary consideration when a fire has been put out and damage can be assessed is whether the home or business is safe for habitation. If the damage is minor, staying in your home or returning to work is a possibility. If there is any structural damage it is best to find other accommodations until it can be repaired. Other concerns are electrical issues and slip and fall hazards. If these dangers are minor and you are equipped to deal with them, you can consider staying in your home or working in your office. Remember that wet materials are very heavy and it may take strength to move and deal with these objects.

After a Fire

The aftermath of fire damage and water damage from a fire in Jamul, California should include the following precautions:

• Keep soot damage to a minimum by limiting movement in the home. This will prevent particles from becoming embedded into carpets and upholstery.
• Wash hands often to prevent the transfer of soot to furniture and walls.
• In high traffic areas, place towels and old linens on the rugs and upholstery to minimize additional damage.
• Empty your refrigerator and freezer and prop the doors open if there is no electricity.
• A light coat of petroleum jelly or oil will help clean and protect chrome surfaces.
• Revive your houseplants by washing on both sides of the leaves.
• Put double layers of cheesecloth over air registers and change the HVAC filters.

Things Not to Do After a Fire

After a fire, residents of California should take precautions during the fire cleanup process. Contacting an experienced fire damage professional in Jamul, CA will assist you in ensuring the process goes smoothly and prevents further damage to your property. Here are a few precautions you can take:

• Do to smoke and soot damage, don’t attempt to wash painted surfaces such as walls or shampoo carpet and upholstery. Contact your fire clean-up professional first.
• Never attempt to eat food or beverages that were in close proximity to the fire, water or heat.
• Don’t use any fixtures attached to a wet ceiling. The wiring may have been damaged.
• Do not send clothing to a regular dry cleaner. Soot and smoke odor may be set permanently if the proper cleaning procedures are not followed.

Hire a Professional Fire Clean-Up Service

Residents in Jamal will benefit from a professional service assessing and addressing issues following a fire. A professional will provide structural cleaning. After determining the extent of the damage, experienced pros will thoroughly clean walls, ceilings, furniture, carpet, and flooring. A good service uses specific equipment and products to clean light soot deposits, preventing the cost of repainting or refinishing those surfaces. If significant damage has been done, the experienced pros will be able to prepare surfaces and properly deodorize the smoke damage so that new paint and finish will properly adhere.

Content cleaning involves all the items able to be restored. Contents will need to be properly cleaned and deodorize including furniture, drapes, rugs, and upholstery. Testing of fabrics should be conducted to determine which products and cleaning methods will be the most effective. All contents should be restored to their condition before the fire including art, electronics, furniture, clothing, and bedding.

Air quality after a fire is a consideration. Find a service that will eliminate offensive odor caused by fire and smoke and return your building to the pre-fire air quality. Don’t use a company that covers odors with a fragrance, find a service that determines the source of odors and removes them. Make sure your professional is able to explain the deodorization methods and determine which one will work best for you and your home or business.

Overview of Procedures Following a Fire

Your professional clean-up specialists should contact you within an hour of notice after a fire. You need to know that help is on the way. The company should be on site within four hours of notification to begin the mitigation service which is key to reducing costs. The experienced professional will walk you through the entire clean-up process and explain what to expect and possible outcomes. In eight hours, a good company will be able to provide a briefing with the scope of the clean-up project to the insurance adjustor or property manager.

The next step in the process is pretesting for what can be restored, beginning with the source of the damage and working outward before cleaning, restoring and deodorizing. The company should have the latest knowledge, products, and equipment to ensure the job is done correctly.

Specialized cleaning will be needed for some items such as electronics. The experienced professional will know how to properly clean the metal casing to prevent moisture and residue from causing corrosion. Artwork may require an art restorer. The seasoned professional will subcontract fine art if it is damaged. In any case, a detailed list of the items that are restorable and those that are not should be presented and explained. A summary of the findings along with the steps that will be taken for cleaning and restoration should be presented.

Finally, after the completion of the job, a walk-through should be completed. The customer should be completely satisfied with the job. If there are questions or concerns, they should be addressed immediately by the clean-up supervisor. Following these steps will help reduce the expenses from an unexpected fire in your home or business and quickly restore property back to its pre-fire state. After a fire has occurred in your home or business, locating an experienced fire clean-up specialist is the quickest and most guaranteed way to restore your home back to normal. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage and cleanup services.

What to do if you have a fire loss

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire loss is devastating. A fire loss not only affects you but all of those in the household. Sometimes it also affects those around you if the fire resulted in commercial fire damage. A fire in the home will will displace your entire family. The fire loss will have taken all the memories that you have accumulated over the years that you have lived in your residence. Fire damage is not just limited to the flames. Soot damage can affect the portions of the house that may not have been touched by the fire damage. Then there is the smoke damage. Smoke damage is almost impossible to remove from the remainder of the house that may not have been affected by the fire damage. Soot damage will leave a black film across all portions of the house not burned with the fire damage. While soot damage can be cleaned up it is a very large undertaking and sometimes cannot be cleaned off the surface. You may have to remove any soot damage articles and replace them. Maybe the soot damage did not reach all the areas of your home, but the smoke damage did. Smoke damage is much like that of soot damage. Smoke damage leaves a film on your belongings and is so very difficult to get the smell out of them. You do need to be aware of any type of air quality issue as well. Even a small fire in the home can result in the entire home being deemed a loss. A fire in the home can be a daunting task to when it comes time to start the fire cleanup. Fire cleanup is the most difficult task to undertake. During the fire cleanup you are sifting through what is left of the fire damage and this can spark the emotions of loss.

Commercial fire damage, unlike fire in the home, can affect more than just your home. Commercial fire damage is a fire in a business. These commercial fires damage can affect the air quality, depending on what the contents of the building was that caught fire. If it any type of caustic material you will need to follow proper protocol to eliminate any air quality issues. Air quality issues will affect the air that others breathe. If this is bad the EPA will need to know what to do to fix the air quality around the fire damage. Fire loss for the business can be detrimental. Fire loss means that they are not able to operate and they will lose the business from that particular business. Commercial fire damage worse than a fire fire in the home due to it being a fire in a business. It not only is a loss for them, it is a loss for their income. Fire in a business means no income until the fire cleanup is completed. A fire in a business is the same loss as a residential home but the fire cleanup may be a little different as the insurance for the fire in a business is a little different due to insurance company requirements. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire loss.

Why Electronics Require Professional Damage After a Fire

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Countertop damaged after fire in Bonita, CA home

When your company is affected by a fire, the damage extends to more than just the structure of the building. Smoke and soot and the water from the firefighters' hoses could also cause damage to furnishings and equipment. Electronics are particularly sensitive to damages. After an electrical fire or any time your electronics have been exposed to smoke and soot, that equipment will need special attention.

1. What Happens When Electronics Are Exposed to Smoke

Even if there wasn't any fire in your building, the smoke that covers your electronics could cause the devices to overheat and premature failure. The inside components of the electronics often become coated with a black film that prevents heat-producing parts from getting adequate ventilation. Finally, smoke may be magnetically charged, leading to shorted circuits and adding to the risk of over-heating.

2. Soot Damages Electrical Components

Wherever smoke travels, soot is likely to settle. The acidity in the soot actually causes more damage than smoke. This acidity is often responsible for the disintegration of internal elements and the destruction of metal components.

3. Turning Devices On Could Destroy the Equipment

After the fire, you can be hurt when handling damaged electronics. Additionally, the wrong touch of a button could cause the loss of vital information. For these reasons, computer cleanup should be handled by experienced restoration professionals. Do not turn any of the electronics on to prevent hazardous exposure and further damages. If you do turn them on, the corrosive acids left by soot could lead to another electrical fire or immediately cause the device to fail.

An Immediate Response Is Vital

The best way to prevent the loss of computer data is to always have your information backed up to a storage device located somewhere else or stored to the cloud. The next best step is to get your equipment to a professional as quickly as possible. These technicians have the training and equipment necessary to prevent further losses of information. Prevent further electrical fire outbreaks by turning electronics over to professionals in Bonita, CA.

Dos and Don’ts for Putting Out Grease Fires

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Remember these dos and don’ts to keep your home safe when you cook.

Cooking with grease is one of the leading causes of kitchen fires in homes. Hopefully, you’ll never experience the damage that one can cause in your Spring Valley, CA, home, but if you encounter a grease fire while cooking, there are a few things you can do to put it out.

• DO: Turn Off the Heat

The first thing to do is turn off the heat source. Fires need heat to thrive.

• DO: Cover the Fire

Smothering the fire prevents oxygen from fueling the flames. Use a cookie sheet or a metal lid to cover the fire. Glass and ceramic can explode from heat, making them dangerous to use as a cover.

• DO: Pour on Some Baking Soda

If you’re up against a small fire, pouring baking soda onto the flames will put it out. This only works for small fires because it requires a lot of baking soda to do the job.

• DO: Use a Fire Extinguisher (If You Must)

For worst case scenarios, Class K or B fire extinguishers will put out grease flames. This will make a mess and contaminate your kitchen, however. After using an extinguisher, experts can assist with fire cleanup.

• DON’T: Pour on Water

Pouring water onto grease can actually make the fire worse. Remember that water and oil do not mix!

• DON’T: Use Other Baking Products

Baking soda is the only baking product that can put out a grease fire. Baking powder and flour look similar but have different reactions with flames.

• DON’T: Use Fabric to Swat at the Fire

Using a kitchen rag, blanket or other fabric to swat at a fire only fans the flames. Even worse, the fabric is flammable and can catch fire, too.


A grease fire is preventable if you stay close to food while it cooks and use safety precautions, but accidents do happen. Remember these dos and don’ts to keep your home safe when you cook. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com//

3 Tips for Smoke Alarm Shopping

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable.

3 Tips for Smoke Alarm Shopping

A key component in maintaining your Spring Valley, CA, home involves updating safety equipment on a regular basis. After installation, it is easy to forget about that smoke alarm in the kitchen or bedroom. However, keep in mind these devices may no longer work effectively. The following pointers outline how to prepare for and choose new smoke detectors.

1. Scope Out Your Space

When it's time for those old alarms to retire, make sure you've revisited the rooms in your home to best assess where new alarms should go. Today's many flammable household materials make the average home susceptible to fires, so add a smoke detector to your shopping list for the kitchen, bedrooms, and every level of the house. Also, be sure to estimate the size of each room as you may need multiple detectors on each floor.

2. Know the Ropes

Since fires can spread in a matter of seconds, you'll want to consider which alarms have the most reliable detection. There are three general types of smoke detectors: ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, and dual-sensor alarms. Ionization detectors are usually best for detecting smaller smoke particles that can lead to quick fires. Photoelectric alarms are better at identifying electrical fires or fires spreading from bedding or drapes. Dual-sensor detectors might be more costly than other options, but some fire safety professionals claim these alarms work best as a whole.

3. Read the Labels

You may have crossed off all the above steps on your checklist while shopping for the right smoke alarm for your home, but have you checked the product labels? One way you can ensure you've chosen a reliable device is by looking for a "UL" logo on the packaging, manual, or detector itself. An Underwriters Laboratories label confirms that your device has been through proper testing and received appropriate safety certifications.

Following these tips can help you leave the stress behind when choosing a smoke alarm. Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

How Do I Maintain a Fire Sprinkler System?

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner and manager, you can carry many responsibilities. Two of those are likely safeguarding company property and inventory and keeping employees and customers safe. Installing a fire sprinkler system can be a great way to accomplish both goals. In fact, a national standard called NFPA 13 has been established to set down procedures and conditions for installing fire suppression measures such as sprinkler systems in commercial buildings.

You probably never want to need such measures, but fires can happen due to many causes. Should a suppression system be activated to quench a blaze within your facility, the aftermath may involve fire sprinkler cleanup. If a fire threatens your Spring Valley, CA commercial building, you should know the sprinklers are well-maintained and there is a plan for cleaning up the mess. Here are three considerations for maintaining commercial emergency sprinklers and planning for cleanup.

1. Inspect sprinklers regularly and do not ignore repairs. Carefully check and test your structure’s emergency fire sprinkler system regularly. Local laws and insurance considerations may dictate the inspection schedule. If any problems are found, fix them immediately. In addition to being a safety issue, sprinkler problems may violate insurance and legal regulations.

2. Clearly delegate responsibilities. You should be clear about who is responsible for fire suppression maintenance. For example, should business owners or building owners schedule regular inspections and tests? Those who arrange for regular checks also should know they must inform the fire inspector.

3. Have a plan for after the blaze is out. Who wants to think about a building fire? However, every business facility should have a professional fire restoration team they can call on to repair and clean up the damage.

Should a blaze flare up in your San Diego, CA commercial property, you should make sure everyone is safe. A fire sprinkler system can be an effective fire suppression tool that can hopefully quench the flames before they destroy significant property and equipment. Once a blaze is out, though, you should deal with fire sprinkler cleanup. An experienced fire restorer can work to restore your business to its pre-fire condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

How to Deodorize After a Fire

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke particles do not just disappear after a fire. Instead, they can infiltrate everything you own. Your carpet, furniture, clothing and even walls may smell like smoke for months after the fire. Without a professional restoration firm, it may be difficult to fully remove the noxious odor of smoke from your home. Keep in mind that deodorizers, incense and the like are only temporary fixes.

Clean the Air

Primarily, your restoration professional may use the following equipment to clean the air:

• Air filters
• Thermal foggers
• Ozone machines

This equipment will not only fight the odor, but remove the source of the odor as well. They can rid your home of the smoke particles responsible for the smell. In addition, these machines will usually help your property receive optimal airflow during and after restoration.

Clean the Source

If you do not get rid of the source of the problem, you will not get rid of the odor. The first thing you should do during a smoke cleaning is to see which of your belongings are scorched. The best course of action is to remove anything that is unsalvageable. As long as there is visible fire damage in the home, you may not be able to get rid of the smell entirely.

Clean the Surface

Next, it is time to look at all the exposed surfaces in your home. A thorough smoke cleaning involves cleaning walls, ceilings, floors, countertops and any appliances left in the home. This will help restorers take care of all the remaining smoke damage. Keep in mind that it does not matter if a room was untouched by a fire, smoke and other particles can still stick to surfaces.

If you want to get rid of smoke odor, you do not have to do it alone. Professional services that specialize in smoke cleaning in Spring Valley, CA can remedy damage caused by fire and smoke. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

Fire Extinguisher Basics: What to Get, Where to Place It and How to Use It

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Basics: What to Get, Where to Place It and How to Use It

A fire extinguisher is an essential and potentially lifesaving tool every home in Spring Valley, California should have. Owning the right extinguisher, placing it correctly in the home and knowing how to use it ensure you are ready to use the extinguisher if needed.

1. Choose the Right Extinguisher Class

When purchasing a fire extinguisher, consider a Class ABC extinguisher. These are perfect for wood, paper, electrical and liquid fires, like grease, a common kitchen fire cause. You can purchase these at most hardware and big box stores. Select the biggest extinguisher you can comfortably carry. This will provide you with a longer discharge time, pressure and range.

One thing to remember, if you can, is the suppressant in a class ABC extinguisher will damage your oven. If your kitchen fire is small, confined to a saucepan, for example, try to smother it first.

2. Have an Extinguisher for Each Floor

Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for each level of your home, including the attic if you use it as living space. Equip your garage with an extinguisher as well. Place extinguishers near rooms where fires are common, such as the kitchen.

Make sure you can access an extinguisher easily and quickly, but also do your best to keep them out of the reach of children. Also, keep them away from heating appliances and household items that could easily catch fire.

3. Know How to Use the Extinguisher

There may come a time when you need to use the extinguisher. If you remember the acronym P.A.S.S., you can quickly recall the steps necessary to use the extinguisher:

P: Pull the pin
A: Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire
S: Squeeze the trigger
S: Sweep side to side

Following these steps is sure to help you remember how to properly use an extinguisher. Proper use can expel a kitchen fire, reduce fire damage and save your home.
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Information About the Fire Cleanup Process

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Information About the Fire Cleanup Process

After a house fire in Spring Valley, California once the structure is deemed safe, the next step is cleaning up all of the smoke damage and soot damage. Smoke cleaning requires a number of different steps to ensure that it is done properly. Keep in mind that it can take time and that the proper products and methods are important to ensure everything is done correctly.

Cleaning Up Soot

Following a fire, it is common for deposits of soot to be on walls, floors and other elements of your home. A mild detergent or soap or a mixture of chlorine bleach and trisodium phosphate is generally effective to get rid of soot. Either of these should be combined with warm water. Once you clean an area, go back over it with plain warm water to rinse away any residue, and then use a clean cloth to dry the area thoroughly. Make sure to protect your hands and arms with thick rubber gloves as you clean.

Cleaning Your Home Structure

Restoring the structure of your home might require replacing certain items, such as wood, walls or flooring that was too damaged to be cleaned. Use the information above about cleaning soot to restore any areas that do not require replacement.

Eliminating Smoke Smell

Taking care of smoke damage and the smell of smoke can be the most difficult part of the process. Trisodium phosphate is one of the best ingredients for getting rid of this smell. Just make sure to protect your skin while using it, since it can be caustic. Follow all instructions on the cleaning product, and ensure that it is properly diluted with water. Chlorine bleach can also be effective for getting rid of any smoke smell.

Make note of this information and use it to help alleviate the smoke damage and other soiling that happens following a house fire in Spring Valley, California. The cleanup process can be tedious, but with the right information, you can get it completed effectively. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

The Importance of Acting Quick After a Fire

10/25/2017 (Permalink)


The Importance of Acting Quick After a Fire


A fire in home or fire in business can disturb your daily life for weeks or longer. Not only is it extremely important act fast and clean up the soot damage, smoke damage, smoke smell and provide board up, but it is absolutely crucial to deal with all the damage. And that means spending money and time on numerous services.

The costs of fire damage restoration and fire cleanup are quite unavoidable. But, you can save a huge amount of money and avoid hassles by turning to a professional, full-service residential or commercial fire damage company. Professionals already have all the equipment and skills needed to do the fire cleanup properly and restore your property to good condition. More importantly, trained technicians know exactly what needs to be done and how to get the job done correctly.

Recognizing that fire damage causes a tremendous setback to families or commercial establishments, professionals do whatever it takes to minimize the impact and restore things back to normal. Reliable recovery and restoration process is aimed at restoring property and getting people back to their normal routines. A reputable water restoration company help to minimize the impact of fire damage and fire in home or fire in business.

Benefits of hiring residential or commercial fire damage service include:

Inspection

When certified technicians from a restoration company arrive at your home or business to handle the fire cleanup, they will conduct a thorough assessment of the site and inspection all the damage. They will determine how much damage the property has suffered as a result of fire in home or fire in business, as well as soot damage, smoke damage or smoke smell, before doing board up. As a result of the assessment and inspection, water cleanup technicians can develop a fire damage restoration plan to clean fire damage, including smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Once your insurance company approves the fire cleanup plan, the residential or commercial fire restoration company begins the board up and the work to restore your property. It is very important to begin fire cleanup and restoration as soon as possible after a fire damage, because the longer you delay, the worse the soot damage, smoke damage and smoke smell will be.

Tarp and Sealing

Once the technicians from a restoration company start the fire cleanup and restoration, they take precautions to prevent additional damage to the property. For instance, the technicians can identify leaks in the roof or wall and start by fixing it.

If the fire damage has caused a water tank or pipe to burst, professionals will take appropriate steps to fix the equipment right away before the situation gets worse and affects other areas of the property.

Clean Up Process

After a fire in business or fire in home incident, the building often looks stained, dark and charred. Residential and commercial fire damage technicians begin by cleaning away dust, smoke, soot and getting rid of smoke smell. They will take immediate action and ensure that all the soot damage, smoke damage and smoke smell are properly cleaned and the property restored back as normal as possible. By acting quickly and providing fire damage restoration in a professionals manner many of your valuable items can be saved.

Considerations

Afire in home or fire in business damage is an unfortunate incident that can happen at any time. Knowing the proper steps in a fire damage situation can help prevent further damage to your property or belongings, and avoid inconveniences. Whether it be a commercial fire damage or a residential fire, you must take action immediately to get the mess cleaned up, including smoke damage, soot damage, and ensure the board up is done correctly before fire damage restoration begins.

Trained flood mitigation professionals from a reputable company can take proper steps in getting your home or business back to its original condition.
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Stages of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


Stages of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in a property, residential or commercial, can leave the owner feeling overwhelmed, wondering how to recover from the ensuing destruction. Fire damage professionals become the most valuable investments at this time. Losses from an accidental fire can reach astronomical costs, but a fire damage restoration company can help mitigate them. With the right techniques and products, a fire cleanup process can ensure that the premises are ready for use and that the destruction doesn’t spread any further. Although no one formula exists for restoring a building after soot damage and smoke damage, experts use a standard guideline when addressing the cleanup and restoration process.

Initial Contact

Fire damage restoration companies offer emergency services, and a client should make certain of this when hiring professionals to deal with residential or commercial fire damage. After the first responders have left the scene, the restoration experts have to be there as soon as possible, particularly when there is a risk of extensive destruction. With the availability of emergency services, a homeowner can make an immediate service call after a fire in home.

Inspection

When a restoration company responds to that initial call, it will start by evaluating the degree of the fire damage. How strong is the smoke smell? How far does the soot damage go? Are there leaks causing water damage? Fire damage restoration experts will consider these aspects and more. It is only with a proper assessment of the extent of commercial fire damage that technicians are able to formulate a plan of action. After inspecting how much damage a fire in business has caused, the fire cleanup service can present a quote. A property owner should never work with a restoration company that estimates costs without seeing every inch of the fire damage.

Board Up and Roof Tarp

The first stage of cleaning up after a fire in home or fire in business is to moderate the damage. If a fire has left holes in the roof or walls, a board up procedure will be necessary to prevent further complications. Leaky roofs and walls may allow water to enter the property, leading to a whole new problem of water damage. Professionals put up tarps and board up compromised windows and doors will provide protection as well.

Water Removal

In instances where the fire damage includes burst plumbing pipes and blocked drainage systems, the restoration company will have to dry the area after the board up. Water damage after a fire in business or a fire in home can lead to the destruction of expensive furnishings and office equipment. The drying part of the fire cleanup process ensures that valuable items don’t spoil more than they already are. Removing water will also make it less challenging to fix the soot damage and the smoke smell.

The Cleaning

Fire damage restoration professionals use specialized tools and products to remove smoke damage and soot damage. Smoke and soot can leave the surfaces looking charred and stained, which is why the fire cleanup crew will scour and pressure clean the walls and ceilings. The soot damage and smoke damage may have extended to the carpets, draperies, or even hardwood floors. A fire restoration company will provide the necessary services to deal with this type of problem.

The smoke smell that lingers after a fire can make it difficult to reoccupy a property. It is why fire damage experts use sanitizers and fogging equipment to remove the smoke smell and make a building inhabitable after residential or commercial fire damage.

Repair and Renovation

After cleaning up fire damage, the restoration experts have to embark on a process of renovating the property. Even if the flames did not consume valuables, the smoke damage might have degraded them significantly. Professionals in fire damage restoration know the appropriate repairs after a fire in home or fire in business. Technicians will get rid of the board up and tarp materials and fit in proper installations. Whether it’s residential or commercial fire damage, restoration experts will clean up the property and return it to its pre-fire damage days.
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The Recovery Process After a Fire

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

The Recovery Process After a Fire

Fire needs oxygen to burn. Fire simply is the chemical oxidation of materials through combustion, which then releases heat and light. It is hot because of the conversion of the weak bonds of oxygen to molecular bond. Depending on the burning substance the intensity and color of the flame vary. Conflagration occurs and can cause physical damage to properties and even harm the body.

Fire most of the time has its positive if well maintained otherwise it may cause severe damage. A well-managed fire in home and fire in business can be used to cook, light up the home, as a source of heat. Fire in business or fire in home affects it negatively; it may lead to severe losses which can be a lifetime damage. In a case of fire in home or fire in business, you can first take precautions before calling professionals to do the fire cleanup and fire restoration process to prevent commercial fire damage.

When waiting for the fire cleanup team, you can:

• Consider your family safety first. Maintain a safe distance from the fire.
• Place old linen and rugs on carpet surfaces.
• Reduce movement to prevent soot damage on carpets.
• Wash any plant leaves both sides.
• Use petroleum jelly and coat chrome
• Change HVAC filters

What NOT to do after a fire:

• Don’t use any canned food that might have been close to the fire.
• Don’t use electrical appliances, circuits, and outlets that may have been damaged by fire.
• Don’t dry clean clothes for wrong technique will make the smoke smell permanent.

After a fire in home or fire in business incident most probably the next step is the fire restoration and fire cleanup the process. After the fire, you may likely experience smoke damage and soot damage.

Fire damage restoration process

After the firefighting team leaves, you may require a fire damage restoration team to come through and clean up the messes. Most fire damage occurs when putting out the fire in home or fire in business. You will find that the roofs, walls, windows have holes this is because firefighter cut holes to allow ventilations. The following steps illustrate the fire damage restoration process:

Emergency contact

Restoration begins when you call in a recovery company to handle the fire damage. Most companies will do the following:

• Secure home from more damage
• Estimate the fire damage
• Repair the asset in the fire damage
• Storing fixed item until you need it.
• Determine the cost of restoration.

Inspection and fire damage assessment

This is the second step in the fire damage restoration process. This step is important as it is where you get the plan of action. The extent of the soot damage, smoke damage is carried out.

Board-up and Tarp service

In this step, the walls and windows are boarded up, and the roof is tarped. This process is done to maintain security and reduce further damage to it during the fire cleanup process.

Water removal and drying

Here machines such as dehumidifiers and air movers are used. For proper restoration, all the wetness should be taken care off to reduce accidents. The water is mainly from the firefighters.

Smoke damage and soot damage removal.

In this stage smoke damage and soot is cleaned up using a special vacuum cleaner and wipe downs.For commercial fire damage, this step is the most important.

Cleaning and sanitizing

In this step is the most important in the fire cleanup process. Although your items and surfaces may look good, there is much work to ensure perfect home or business.Here the removal of smoke smell is done after the fire in business.The smoke smell can be irritating to the body. Most smoke smell is removed using air scrubbers and fogging equipment. The quality of air after a commercial fire damage should be checked to ensure stable business. Also, removal of smoke smell is done by carbon purifiers.

Restorations

After a commercial fire damage has occurred most assets are destroyed, restoration may be through painting on the wall or minor repairs. It may also require fixing of the whole room as the commercial fire damage restoration need to be perfect.To conclude, all the commercial fire damage restoration process should be done by professionals because they may be dangerous and require expertise.
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Surviving the Devastating Effects of Fire Damage

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Surviving the Devastating Effects of Fire Damage

A fire can strike a home or business at any time leaving the owner to deal with its devastating consequences. Anyone who has suffered such a loss realizes the massive effort that is required to clean up after a fire of any magnitude and to attempt to restore the structure to its original condition. It requires the expertise of experts who specialize in fire damage restoration. Most insurance companies recommend that home or business owners enlist the services of professionals who are trained in fire cleanup. Fire damage restoration services work with insurance companies to help eliminate as much stress as possible for the owners.

Residential Fire Damage

The fire damage cleanup process in a home requires the profession cleanup team to first determine the items that are salvageable. They then decide on which cleaning method or restoration process they will use. Because these professional fire damage-restoring experts are trained in cleanup techniques, they know how to treat problems caused by fire and smoke. When personal items are considered cleanable, they will be sent out to another location where they can be cleaned more effectively and restored to their original condition without that smoke smell. Soot damage and smoke damage affect furniture, draperies, and other household items from a fire in the home. Reputable fire damage restoration services understand that fire and water can cause extensive structural damage. Roofs, walls, ceilings, and floors can become a safety hazard after a fire in the home. It is important to have a fire damage restoration service assess the property before reentering it.

Commercial Fire Damage

A fire in a home can be devastating, but a fire in a business can cause additional problems. The process of recovering from a fire in a business, even a small one is complicated. Businesses are left to file complicated claim forms that may take a long time to complete and process. Soot, water, and smoke damage add to the frustration of filing a claim for any business. Not only do the owners suffer the psychological effects of going through a fire, but also the financial problems which can be even worse. Suffering through a fire in a business is damaging on many different fronts. Productivity and revenue that are lost as a result of a fire cleanup can be catastrophic especially for a small business. Smoke damage that occurs because of commercial fire damage requires professional expertise to eliminate the smoke smell that remains after the fire cleanup.

Reasons for Using Professionals for Fire Cleanup

Homeowners and business owners are anxious to clean up the fire damage in their homes and businesses, but it pays to wait until a professional service can be found. They are the experts and they understand the tedious process that is involved in recovering from a fire in the home or even a small fire in a business. Attempting to clean up after a fire can not only cause frustration and involve a lot of effort, but it can even lead to more damage. It is much better to hire a professional service that is trained to do the cleanup than to risk further damaging the structure. Soot damage and smoke damage are not easily resolved. A major problem that remains from any fire is a smoke smell resulting from fire damage. Professionals can thoroughly clean items that have received soot damage which can cause extensive corrosion and discoloration on surfaces if not properly removed. Soot damage can become a major problem if left unresolved as a result of commercial fire damage. The smoke smell that lingers from commercial fire damage is difficult, but not impossible to remove. Much of the smell results from not removing and cleaning upholstery and draperies that were close to the fire area immediately after the fire. Cleanup should begin as soon as feasibly possible to ensure structural integrity of a home or business. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

What to do in Case of Fire Loss

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

What to do in Case of Fire Loss

Fire loss is devastating. A fire loss not only affects you but all of those in the household. Sometimes it also affects those around you if the fire resulted in commercial fire damage. A fire in the home will will displace your entire family. The fire loss will have taken all the memories that you have accumulated over the years that you have lived in your residence. Fire damage is not just limited to the flames. Soot damage can affect the portions of the house that may not have been touched by the fire damage. Then there is the smoke damage. Smoke damage is almost impossible to remove from the remainder of the house that may not have been affected by the fire damage. Soot damage will leave a black film across all portions of the house not burned with the fire damage. While soot damage can be cleaned up it is a very large undertaking and sometimes cannot be cleaned off the surface. You may have to remove any soot damage articles and replace them. Maybe the soot damage did not reach all the areas of your home, but the smoke damage did. Smoke damage is much like that of soot damage. Smoke damage leaves a film on your belongings and is so very difficult to get the smell out of them. You do need to be aware of any type of air quality issue as well. Even a small fire in the home can result in the entire home being deemed a loss. A fire in the home can be a daunting task to when it comes time to start the fire cleanup. Fire cleanup is the most difficult task to undertake. During the fire cleanup you are sifting through what is left of the fire damage and this can spark the emotions of loss.

Commercial fire damage, unlike fire in the home, can affect more than just your home. Commercial fire damage is a fire in a business. These commercial fires damage can affect the air quality, depending on what the contents of the building was that caught fire. If it any type of caustic material you will need to follow proper protocol to eliminate any air quality issues. Air quality issues will affect the air that others breathe. If this is bad the EPA will need to know what to do to fix the air quality around the fire damage. Fire loss for the business can be detrimental. Fire loss means that they are not able to operate and they will lose the business from that particular business. Commercial fire damage worse than a fire fire in the home due to it being a fire in a business. It not only is a loss for them, it is a loss for their income. Fire in a business means no income until the fire cleanup is completed. A fire in a business is the same loss as a residential home but the fire cleanup may be a little different as the insurance for the fire in a business is a little different due to insurance company requirements. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire loss.

Handling A Fire Loss In Spring Valley, CA

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Jamul, CA

Handling A Fire Loss In Spring Valley, CA

In CA, fires happen frequently because of the dry droughts that happen there. It is a frightening time for both homeowners and apartment dwellers who are forced from their units in order to save their lives. They must watch as a lot of their belongings go up with the fire, but they need to remember that in Jamul, California, especially in Spring Valley, they will receive the assistance that they need in order to stay safe and get back on their feet. Fires can destroy a lot of things, but the spirits of the people usually stay strong during this type of terrible ordeal.

Fire Damage Can Be Costly

Depending on how bad the fire was, the fire damage can be extensive and cost a lot money for the homeowner or apartment dweller. Once a person is safe from the flames, they will want to make sure that they contact their insurance company because this can help with the financing after a fire. They will want to report it as soon as possible, and get the insurance money as quickly as they can. The insurance money is meant to help people to move on passed disasters without having to spend all their own money. It helps in many ways.

Water Damage From Fire Is Awful

Water damage from fire is very dangerous. It can cause electrical fires, and people need to be aware of this. The water may be turned off in a home or apartment that has had a fire, and they will need to buy bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. Here are tips for water damage during a fire:

·        If there is water on the floors, do not cross into these areas. There may be a chance of an electrical fire that can cause problems to one’s safety.

·        Water supply may be scarce. Visit a store in order to purchase bottle water for drinking and brushing of the teeth.

·        When returning to the unit, be sure to listen to the authorities about what to do about water consumption. They will give their ok, if it is safe to drink again.

Smoke Damage Creates Havoc

For many people the smell of smoke makes them ill. After a fire, the smoke damage will be in all the clothing, furniture and other items in the home or apartment. It is important to have professionals clean these items. The smoke may cause other problems too. Smoke damage can be costly, but here is what to do:

·        Touch base with the insurance company. They most likely will pay for a lot of the damage that has occurred from the fire.

·        Clothing, furniture and other items will need to be professionally cleaned. This is usually covered under the insurance policy too.

·        If paperwork has been ruined in the fire, it is important to call these people to let them know. Paperwork can be reordered when there has been a disaster like a fire, so it is important a person tell them what has happened so that they understand.

·        Air freshener should be used after the threat to health is gone after a fire. Spray the entire house or apartment with something that smells pleasant.

Soot Damage Is Sticky

Soot gets sticky, and it is ugly too. Soot damage can happen on floors, walls and counters, as well as other items in the home or apartment. Soot can’t be wiped up correctly with just soap and water, so it is best to get a professional to assist with it. Here are some tips:

·        Soot is sticky to the feel. If you are through with an item, throw it away rather than have to face cleaning it.

·        See if you can get a professional to paint the walls, treat the floors and counters. Many insurance policies will cover this in the case of a fire.

·        Check windowsills for a large amount of damage that will need to be cleaned. Once again, the professionals have the right type of cleaning fluid that will strip away the grime.

Is The Air Quality Affected After A Fire?

Yes, the air quality is always affected after a fire. A person needs to listen to the authorities and what they suggest. They may want the family to go to a friend or family members for the time being, or in other cases, they may want them to go to a hotel so that they don’t have to breathe in the air after a fire. Here are some things to remember:

 

·        The authorities do this for a living. They have meters that can read the air quality, so do what they suggest.

·        Touch base with family and friends. In some cases, they might be able to take some people in for a short period of time.

·        Check with the insurance company. They might cover the cost of a hotel room during the time that a person is not allowed to return to the affected area.

·        Only return to the affected area when given the go ahead by the authorities. They will know when the air is safe to breathe again, and they will notify the people when they can return to the home or apartment.

What About Fire Cleanup?

Fire cleanup can be time consuming. Sometimes it can take days, months or years to get the place back in order. A person should always ask for assistance. Here are some tips to remember:

·        They should find out if there are any free services that will assist them with the cleaning. The authorities may have a listing of the, or they can look them up on the Internet themselves.

·        Call upon friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to help with cleaning up after a fire. They may volunteer their time to help.

In Jamul, California many people survive fires all the time. Especially in Spring Valley, which is in a part of CA, they come through the devastation of the fire, and they rebuild and go on with the help of a lot of wonderful people. For more information on handling a fire loss, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/

End of Fire Prevention Month?

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire prevention month may be over, but fire prevention never is so don't forget that we at SERVPRO are here to help and, teaming with the American Red Cross, we are striving to reduce deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25%. Help us help you. Make sure you know all the proper ways to prevent and prepare for home fires. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/homefires. And let this short video be a good reminder about the importance of fire safety and prevention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-UmLfqlGk0

Help home fire victims by donating today

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year due to home fires. Your help is needed in every form. You can help home fire victims by donating at http://redcross.org/cm/SERVPROindustries-pub. Or, if you can give your time or effort, please become an American Red Cross volunteer at www.redcross.org to help others recover from home fires.

SERVPRO and the American Red Cross

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supports the American Red Cross by asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save the lives of you and your family; checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. Do you know how often you are supposed to replace your smoke detectors in your house? The American Red Cross does, and to find out the answer, please visit www.redcross.org. It is very important to have updated smoke detectors for your family’s safety. In addition, according to the American Red Cross, 82% of families have not practiced fire drills at home. Don’t be a part of that statistic. Practice home fire drills to save your children’s lives. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org

Are you home fire safety savvy?

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Are you home fire safety savvy?

On average, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. This statistic means that there are a lot more fires than actual injuries from a fire. The damage to a home after a fire is the only cleanup that we want to have to deal with when we are called by an insurance company.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley wants to know if your home fire safety savvy? You can challenge friends, family members, and yourself by taking the quiz at www.redcross.org/homefires (under Free Tools & Resources). It is a fun way to get prepared for a fire damage or injury.

A home is more than a supportive structure

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Don’t let a home fire happen to you and your family. A home is more than a supportive structure. It shelters you, your family, and all of your treasured keepsakes. What if you had the power to prevent the loss of your home? The American Red Cross can help you learn tips like how to make sure your family can safely escape your home in less than 2 minutes and how to test your smoke alarms. To learn more please visit www.redcross.org/homefires for home fire prevention information.

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month and we are here to help you learn more on how to prevent and prepare for home fires with the American Red Cross.

Did you know that home fires are actually the majority of the disasters that occur? You can easily prevent a home fire if you know the right protocol. The American Red Cross has many great tips for you.

For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

Holiday Fire Caution

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

As we get closer to Christmas, it's important to remember that the holiday season does come with a few potential fire dangers, mainly your Christmas tree and home candles. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires and although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likley to be serious. The link below has some simple tips to avoid Christmas tree fires:

http://www.today.com/news/christmas-tree-fires-simple-tips-avoid-potentially-deadly-danger-t61861