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Unattended Candles Can Cause Significant Fire Damage To Your Home In Los Angeles
Should a fire impact your home, never wait to get help!
A Lit Candle Can Cause Fire Damage In Your Los Angeles Home
Candles are always a fire damage hazard but, when they are attended, they can cause very little harm. However, it is when candles are left unattended that problems begin to arise. Leaving a candle on its own inside of your bedroom may seem like it is not a big deal, but if there is anything relatively flammable close by, the candle can cause it to catch fire as well. In fact, one of the most common objects inside of a bedroom to catch fire because of a candle is window drapes.
A candle caused fire damage to your Los Angeles bedroom by catching a wall decoration on fire. From there, the fire jumped to the drapes next to the decoration and then to makeup products that were on a vanity table underneath the drapes. Fires can spread very quickly, but it was fortunate that this particular one was contained before it could do further damage. However, it leaves you with the obstacle of the damage it did cause. When it comes to fire damage, it is best to reach out for help as soon as possible, as remediating it is time-sensitive. The longer that you wait, the harder it is to remediate all of the damage successfully.
When you contact SERVPRO, we make an effort to arrive at your home as soon as we possibly can. After a brief investigation of the damage, our technicians can begin the remediation process. SERVPRO can start by disposing of all of the ruined makeup products, the drapes, and the decorations that were burned up. From there, our IICRC-certified techs can use advanced cleaning techniques to tackle the mild fire damage inside of your bedroom.
Depending on the soot and how hot the fire burned when it caused it, a different cleaning technique may be required. SERVPRO can decide on rather to clean the soot from the various surfaces of your room by either using abrasive, lubricative, or chemical cleaning techniques. When using cleaning solutions, SERVPRO can start by using a spray-and-wipe method to continually remove soot from the impacted surface slowly, either by lifting it with lubrication or dissolving it chemically.
To address the foul smell in your bedroom, our techs can run an air scrubber while they work, equipped with a carbon filter. Once they are finished, they can leave your home confident that it feels like it did before its preloss state.
Should a fire impact your home, never wait to get help. Call (310) 333-0654 to speak with SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo. Day or night, 24/7, our technicians are always prepared to rush to your home and assist you.
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Does Your Home Struggle With Odors After a Los Angeles Home Fire? Call SERVPRO!
A fire can affect many things in your home including the air quality. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate any damage after a fire.
Indoor Air Quality Concerns After a Fire in Your Los Angeles Home
Among the greatest concerns for your Los Angeles home after a fire is the lingering smoke and soot damage that can affect the breathable air inside. While these situations are often managed easily by our technicians on site, those that choose to assess the damage to their property on their own or continue to expose themselves to these risks throughout the early stages of restoration do not fully appreciate the severity of contamination, toxins, smoke, or other hazards that could exist in the air.
Even with a localized incident in your residence, the fire damage/odor concerns in Los Angeles that remain pose a lingering threat to the occupants of the home and to the technicians assigned to restore these damages. Our SERVPRO professionals have specialized equipment designed to improve indoor air quality and the safety of the breathable air within the home following a fire in the early stages of restoration. Once we arrive at your home, we can start with our mitigation tactics to preserve structural elements and the contents of your house.
Once these initial steps have gotten taken, we can utilize our specialized equipment to begin immediately improving the quality of the air by pulling particulates, debris, soot, and smoke particles out of the environment with air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators. These tools reduce the number of potential contaminants, germs, and harmful substances circulating in the environment to help keep our technicians and the occupants of the house safe through the preliminary stages of restoration.
Additionally, our SERVPRO professionals can utilize tools like our thermal foggers to significantly reduce or eliminate harsh odors in the affected areas of your home.
Recovering your property after fire damages can be challenging, but with the right experienced professionals with advanced equipment, you can have your home back to preloss condition quickly. Give our SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo rapid response team a call anytime that disaster strikes at (310) 333-0654.
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Move-Outs Ease The Stress Of Mitigating Fire Damage In Los Angeles
Seeing any part of your Los Angeles property engulfed in flames can be nerve-racking.
Mitigating Fire Damage
Seeing any part of your Los Angeles property engulfed in flames can be nerve-racking. Although seeing the flames go out can bring your anxiety down, it is rarely the end of your problems. Experts advise property owners against handling fire debris on their own or even operating appliances that were in the affected environment until they are certified safe to use. Smoke and ash can find their way inside appliances, resulting in damage if used before cleaning. You can ensure curiosity does not get the best of you by moving the contents in the affected area to a different location.
Move outs present many advantages to the process of restoring fire damage in Rochester, but they must be done correctly to actualize these benefits. One reason our SERVPRO technicians might opt to move items is to ensure we clean and deodorize them properly, which may not be possible if done at your property. Depending on the materials the fire burns, the resultant smoke residue might require chemical action or extended cleaning time to dissipate. Using these cleaning agents within your property might cause other inconveniences or unintended damages.
When the fire affects parts of the structure, you have to involve a contractor. If our SERVPRO team moves the contents from the affected area, the remodeling crew can work faster saving a few days or hours. This simple action can save you or the insurer some money.
As stated earlier, move-outs have to be done correctly to be beneficial. Our SERVPRO team understands this, so we only opt for this when necessary. Taking proper inventory of the items before moving them helps make the process easier. That is why we use custom inventory templates that contain everyday items in a typical pack-out, easing the inventory process. We classify items based on the level of damage if the reason for moving them is restoration. We can also classify them by the location they are if the reason is to protect them from further damage. This way when we return them it can be "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654. We are available 24/7 to advise and help you restore your damaged property.
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Fire Damage Technicians In Los Angeles Talk About What Is Involved In The Restoration Process
Whenever a fire burns on your property, the restoration process can be extensive and involve several different parties.
Fire Damage Technicians Talk About The Restoration Process
The risk of having a fire start inside your Los Angeles home is bigger than you think. According to NFPA, public fire departments across the country respond to more than a million fires per year. More than a third of these blazes are structural fires. Many of the structural fires are house fires that are most often caused by cigarette smoking, heating equipment, electrical systems, and cooking.
Whenever a fire burns on your property, the restoration process can be extensive and involve several different parties. During fire damage mitigation in Los Angeles, our SERVPRO restoration crews work with your insurance agent and adjuster when repairing the problems. In some cases, there are different companies that complete different parts of the project.
During any restoration process, our primary goal is to satisfy you the property owner. Our SERVPRO technicians work directly with you from the minute we provide immediate response to the end of the job. We take special care to explain each step of the restoration process to you.
Our next major goal is to minimize the extent of the loss. We respond promptly so that the original problem does not create secondary damage. Then, we determine what can be restored. Our SERVPRO team pre-tests areas in the home to figure out what must be replaced, what can be cleaned, what is questionable, and what does not need cleaning.
Another goal of ours is to save the insurance adjuster time. We work hard to get testing, loss detail, and scope of loss information to them expediently. When we work closely with the insurance company and adjuster, it allows the entire restoration process to run more smoothly.
After we conduct our initial inspection, we report the scope of loss to the insurance company. Our inspection and reporting process allows the adjuster to review the estimated services and prioritize the work schedule.
In the end, our final goal is complete quality restoration. Our IICRC certified professionals work closely with the homeowner to make sure you are happy with the process. If you ever need help with fire or smoke-related problems, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 any day of the week.
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SERVPRO can restore fire Damage caused by electrical equipment
After a fire, soot can be left on the walls and floor. Count on SERVPRO to remove all of the fire damage.
SERVPRO can restore fire damage caused by electrical equipment
Electrical appliances remain a standard in even the smallest of dwellings, but extras that help make a house, or apartment, 'home' can cause problems if left unattended. While safer than lighted candles, some small electrically-powered devices can overheat.
Your home in Los Angeles can sustain fire damage if you install bulbs of incorrect wattage into lighting fixtures. These are not the only sources that can catch fire after overheating, in any case. Clothes irons and hair styling wands and straighteners can also become problematic. Not only do they heat up immensely as part of normal functioning, if left turned on and forgotten, but they can also either heat up the area and start a fire or short circuit after reaching a specific temperature.
If you are at home when this happens, the fire damage might not spread. Putting out a fire when an electrical device is that fire's source can pose electrocution risks to you. This risk is a large part of why so many small fires become more massive and out-of-control blazes. SERVPRO technicians receive certificates in areas that help us professionally restore damaged homes and apartments, so they look "Like it never even happened" when we finish. Our IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) gives each customer's dwelling, including smaller homes and apartments, the attention needed to restore everything completely.
When electrical fires occur, SERVPRO partners with licensed electricians to help ensure that your home becomes safe again. If you used water to put the fire out, our partner assesses the damage done to wiring and other electrical components before you and your family return home after our restoration work concludes. After this electrical work is finished, restoration of your walls and other furnishings can take place. Painting and wallpapering in your choice of colors or patterns as the final touches to visible damage undoes the grimy damage left by the fire.
Odors, however, often come from seemingly nowhere distinct, but seem to permeate many dwellings with fire damage. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can determine where these odors originate from and destroy their cause. This might include injections into carpeting, gel packs placed inside wall cavities, or thermal fogging. Discussing the option available can rid you of the problem odors experienced.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo serves residents in the Playa del Rey and Loyola Village communities in mitigating fire damage. If your home suffers any degree of fire damage, give us a call at (310) 333-0654, so we can discuss how our services can help you restore your home to a preloss state before the damage worsens.
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Fire Damage Experts in Los Angeles Explain the Cleaning of Soot Residue
At SERVPRO, we have the training and experience to thoroughly restore your home after fire damage leaving your home "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO’s Certified Technicians are Here to Help with Your Fire Damage Restoration Needs
Any time a fire happens on a property in Los Angeles, there are many things to consider during the restoration process. A burn can cause many different types of damage to your home including burnt and charred materials and smoke damage. The cleaning of materials and contents is much cheaper than replacing. Therefore the goal of any restoration job is to restore as many items by cleaning them as possible.
When it comes to cleaning soot residues, many factors of how the fire burned can change the type residues and soils present. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Los Angeles have experience in mitigating fires that have burned many different types of fuels. The type of fuel the blaze burned and the surfaces smoke affected all change how the soot gets removed.
In severe cases, the heat and flames from the fire can burn and char materials and contents so badly that replacement is required. Some items may only get partially charred and restoring just takes sanding, resurfacing, and painting. Other items in the house that are further away from the fire's source get affected by smoke created by the blaze. When the only problem with an item is pungent odors or soot residue left behind from the smoke, cleaning and deodorization are all that is needed to restore it to preloss conditions.
Since various types of soot adhere to a variety of surfaces differently, some soot is easy to clean up while other kinds of soils are not. There are a large variety of cleaning agents available to clean different types of smoke damage. Soot can be removed from most surfaces inside a building using either wet or dry cleaning methods.
Wet cleaning sometimes is not as effective because the water can soak soot into materials such as raw, unfinished wood. On surfaces that are porous dry cleaning is many times more efficient. Dry sponges are made to attract soot and soils removing them from surfaces without applying moisture that will soak into the material.
In most smoke restoration scenarios, our IICRC certified technicians use a combination of both wet and dry cleaning during the cleaning process. Any time you have questions about professional soot damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 24/7.
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Answering Critical Questions About Fire Damage for Los Angeles Residents
SERVPRO is available day or night to assist you with your fire damage restoration needs.
Be Sure to Call the Professionals at SERVPRO for Thorough Fire Damage Restoration
As the smoke, ash, and soot settle in your Los Angeles property, some critical questions come to mind, and we want to be the company who gives you the answers. What are you looking for from your fire damage restoration company?
The first thing you should do after experiencing fire damage in your Los Angeles area home is to call your insurance company, let them know what happened, and begin your claim process right away. Right after you hang-up, your second call should be to a reliable restoration company. It takes an expertly trained professional to get things under control quickly.
SERVPRO can help you secure your property, using board-up services to prevent possible theft or additional losses due to exposure. Our initial inspection reveals immediate hazards and gives you a detailed plan of action needed to address the current damage.
Having an IICRC-industry certified technician helps you keep your family safe, reduces your losses, and offers a variety of cleaning and restoration services that help return your home to a quality preloss condition. SERVPRO’s emergency response teams are available 24-hrs a day, year-round, including holidays, to provide you with fast, efficient restoration services.
SERVPRO technicians can handle water removal, fire and smoke damage, remove odors, and clean the entire area, making preparations for licensed contractors to rebuild or remodel. We can also move household contents to a safe, clean area, and inspect each item for damages.
Depending on the amount of damage present, the layout of your home, and your comfort level, you may not even have to leave your property during the restoration process. Just remember, the process can be somewhat lengthy, uncomfortable, and disrupting. You may want to consider discussing off-site housing or a stay in a hotel with your insurance agent.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo services the entire area, including Playa Vista, Lennox, and Loyola Village. Contact us for answers to any questions you may have and receive the cleaning and restoration services you deserve. (310) 333-0654
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Smoke Residues That Can Affect the Cleanability of Your Fire Damaged Los Angeles Home
Los Angeles Smoke & Fire Damage Cleanup? Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Many Smoke & Soot Problems in Properties
A fire can leave your home covered in smoke and soot residue that can cause permanent damage to your Los Angeles home. The cleanability of these residues depends on the type of the residue and the extent of the damage. While some coatings are relatively easy to clean, others may be a bit difficult.
Dealing with the aftermath of fire damage to your Los Angeles home requires experienced and expert professional restorers. SERVPRO technicians use specific strategies to combat different types of smoke and soot damage.
Wet and Dry smoke residue
Most fires produce both wet and dry smoke residues. While some fires produce a predominantly dry residue, others can produce predominantly wet residue as well. Eliminating these residues requires different cleaning methods. The heat of the combustion and the fuel used to generate that heat dictate the nature of the smoke or soot.
Material damaged by dry smoke residue is easier to restore compared to the material damaged by wet residue. In general, dry residue does not penetrate deeper into the surfaces. The wet smoke residue, on the other hand, is more harmful to the surfaces and can penetrate deeper. As a result, it is more difficult to clean up, and the ability to restore an item is lower if it is damaged by this type of smoke.
Kitchen fires often involve burning meat, fish or other protein. The residue generated after burning protein is amber in color and can coat cabinets and walls with a thin film. Besides, protein residues have a pungent smell that can linger on long after the fire is extinguished. If this type of residue is involved in a fire, deodorization is often a significant part of the restoration process.
Fuel oil soot
This type of soot is common if the house is heated using an oil burner. Fuel oil soot is easier to get rid of when it is fresh. If the soot is allowed to set, it can form crusty deposits that can be very difficult to clean. Furthermore, the soot particles can even bond to the walls and permanently damage the surface to the extent that it can not be cleaned, but must be replaced. Typically, in colder climates oil furnace "puff-back," basically belching of oils and smoke can cover walls and corners with soot tags. Often these are mistaken as dirty spider webs.
Professionals here at SERVPRO are equipped with the technical knowledge and expertise to tackle any smoke and soot residue.
Call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey/ Westchester/ El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 for a free consultation and a cleanup.
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Combating Leftover Smells after Smoke and Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Bungalow
The odors left behind by a fire can be very pungent, allow SERVPRO to restore your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Can Help to Make Your Home Safe and Inviting Once Again after Fire Damage
When your Los Angeles dwelling sustains a fire, smokey smells linger afterward. Because smoke and soot permeate deep into absorbent materials, they can release particles back into the air for a very long time. Whenever you breathe these particles in, your nose's olfactory system interprets them as sharp, stinging smells.
The climate in Los Angeles can make the odors caused by fire damage seem even stronger than usual. Sunlight that hits an area in your home heats up, accelerating the movement of the particles from the smoke and soot. When these particles become more active, the odors experienced by people in the home become unmistakably pungent.
A significant part of SERVPRO's response to mitigating fire damage includes controlling the odors brought on by soot and smoke. While we remove as much damage as we possibly can, odors can continue. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) knows which methods work best in the many diverse situations we encounter in homes and businesses and puts these to work for you, the customer.
Managing odor ranges from spraying upholstery and other textiles with encapsulating agents that neutralize odor-causing particles. Placing deodorizing packets in inaccessible locations helps keep rooms smelling fresh. Similarly, we can inject deodorizers into carpeting in a pattern, giving large areas long-term protection.
The use of a hydroxyl generator helps many homes with fire damage lose their smokey odor, also. Hydroxyl is much safer than ozone, and can safely run in locations with pets, plants, and people. Unlike ozone, hydroxyl does not cause discoloration on damp carpeting. Air scrubbers, which remove particles immediately after a fire, can also reduce odors a great deal by keeping them from lodging into materials inside your home in the first place.
A large part of mitigating fire damage, odor control helps restore your home how you want it, safe and inviting for your family. SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo can help you attain this after a fire, no matter how much damage exists. Contact us at our local number, (310) 333-0654, for our 24-hour services.
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Prevent Kitchen Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Home
SERVPRO recommends to never leave cooking food unattended in your kitchen.
Taking these precautions can help prevent your kitchen from a fire
Kitchen fire damage is a risk in any house. Cooking is something many of us take for granted and we are quick to switch on the oven or hob without a second thought. However, the kitchen is a high-risk area for home fires, which is why SERVPRO recommends taking precautions to prevent a blaze. We are on hand to help with cleanup after any home fire in Los Angeles, but of course, it is better to avoid a fire if possible.
There are several easy steps you can take right now to protect your Los Angeles kitchen from fire damage. Let us look at the most important ones.
Do not leave cooking food unattended. It is so easy to go and answer a text or see what your kids are doing, but do not do so. Stay in the room whenever you are cooking.
Be mindful of trailing sleeves and other clothing. It only takes a second for a loose piece of cloth to catch fire and cause lots of damage, including the risk of burns. Change into something with short or close fitting sleeves before cooking.
Keep kids away from the kitchen. Enforce a kid-free zone near the kitchen and do not let them in while you are cooking. If you wish to teach children to cook or bake, it is important to supervise them at all times.
Use a timer. Use a timer, so you do not forget that you left food cooking. Although SERVPRO recommends staying in the kitchen at all times, it is still a good idea to use a timer, so you do not lose track of how long pans and ovens are switched on.
Keep surfaces clean. Grease build up is a genuine fire risk. Clean surfaces regularly to remove buildup and reduce the possibility of a grease fire starting.
Install a smoke alarm. A smoke alarm in or close to your kitchen ensures that in the event of a fire, you are alerted quickly.
Switch everything off. Check your kitchen every night and switch off all appliances before going to bed.
Sometimes even with the best of intentions, a fire starts unexpectedly. In the event of a blaze in your home, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with cleanup and odor removal.
For help with flame and soot damage remediation in El Segundo, Lennox, Westchester, Playa Vista and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo at (310) 333-0654 today.
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Avoid Fire Damage in Your Los Angeles Area Home
Make sure that you always pay attention to the stove and/or oven when you are cooking. Contacts SERVPRO if the fire gets away from you.
Paying Attention to What is Going On is Key to Preventing Fires in Your Home
Over the last sixty-two years, there have only been five major events that involved fire with death tolls of 100 or more people. The majority of fires luckily fail to claim victims, which thankfully proves how aware we have become as a society. However, accidents, neglect, and misuse still occur quite frequently.
Some of the most common causes of fire damage throughout the Los Angeles area involve arson. A crime of intentional, reckless, malcontent, starting large fires or causing explosions on purpose. As the leading cause of property damage throughout the United States, most fire-setters avoid incarceration because fires go unreported, or authorities lack evidence to prosecute.
The majority of all other fires involve human-made devices that if misused, not maintained properly, or neglected, lead to fires that often occur when you least expect them. You can protect your family against these types of issues by having an expertly trained fire damage restoration technician from SERVPRO inspect your home and provide you with solutions that fit your lifestyle.
Smokers, or more accurately, cigarettes, are the leading cause of fatal fires. Past incidents lead to the invention of fire-retardant materials, which has resulted in a significant reduction in accidents involving abandoned or carelessly discarded smoking materials near trash, bedding, or upholstered furniture. If you have fire damage caused by this type of problem, SERVPRO can help you recover quickly and efficiently.
Portable heating equipment plays a major role in home fires as well. Some residents draw heating sources too close, leading to heat-related fires due to misuse, or improper placement. It is also common for users to overfill wood stoves or fireplaces, making it impossible for the devices safety features to handle the load.
There are those that use candle light as a source of comfort, enjoying an evening bath to candlelight, with many of us using candles for lighting during a power outage, causing severe damage when left unattended. Becoming distracted while cooking can cause tragic events, no safe point allows you to turn your attention away from the kitchen while cooking a meal.
SERVPRO technicians can provide you with repairs and restoration services necessary to recover from any of these situations. However, it is never a bad choice to learn more about how to protect yourselves before a problem occurs.
Learn more about what SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo can do for you, give us a call today. (310) 333-0654
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Fire Prevention Tips For Your Marina Del Rey Home
Keeping your home and family safe from fires involves focusing on preventing a fire in the first place.
Fire Prevention Tips
Keeping your home and family safe from fires involves focusing on preventing a fire in the first place. Almost 400,000 homes catch on fire each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Prevention involves the steps needed to ensure fires do not start in your home.
If you do experience a fire in your Marina Del Rey home, remember that you can lessen the damage done by the fire by getting in touch with a professional fire damage remediation company, like SERVPRO, as soon as you can after the fire is out. There are steps you can take in the meantime to help prevent a fire from ever happening. There are household danger areas to be more aware of including:
The leading cause of household fires, cooking needs to be practiced with care, especially when cooking on the stovetop. The accumulation of grease can be dangerous. Keep your oven and stove clean, and regularly check your vent goods, clean your filters and ensure if there is an exterior vent that nothing is impeding the airflow to the outdoors. If you own a gas stove, check that your system does not have any fittings that are loose, broken pilot lights, leaking valves, or flammable materials which are improperly stored in places nearby. Keep all flammables like curtains and dish towels a safe distance from the stove, and do not leave it unattended.
Heating is the second most common reason for home fires. Space heaters, furnaces, wood stoves and fireplaces all can present a risk for fire. Ensure your furnace gets a yearly inspection and cleaning. With space heaters, make sure they are three feet or more away from anything flammable. Turn them off before leaving the area or going to bed. Have wood or coal stoves and fireplaces inspected each year and do not store flammables nearby.
The third common cause of fires in the home, smoking is also the top cause of fire deaths at home. Use caution when smoking in your home. Do not put yourself in a position where you might fall asleep while you have a lit cigarette, and douse the butts with water before putting them in the trash. Even better, do not allow smoking in your home at all.
Matches, Candles, And Lighters
Do not leave candles unattended, or let children light them without supervision. Use stable candle holders constructed of materials that are non-flammable and extinguish candles if you are going to leave the room. Keep lighters and matches stored in a safe place where children cannot reach them. SERVPRO has plenty of experience in cleaning up after candle fires and making necessary repairs, so if this occurs to you, don’t hesitate to have their technicians help you get your home back.
Incorrectly installed wiring or overloading of circuits and extension cords also pose a fire risk. Check power cords on all your appliances and look for missing grounding prongs, frayed wires and damage to insulation. Replace or repair them before you use the appliance again.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is thoroughly trained to handle any house fire damage. They understand that time is of the essence in these matters, and that you have a lot on your plate after an event like this, so they do all they can to take the stress off you when you call them at (310) 333-0654.
Getting Rid of Ash after Fire Damage in Los Angeles Family Homes
Ash and Smoke Cause Fire Damage to Your Los Angeles Home
SERVPRO Mitigates Fire Loss with Rapid Remediation
Contrary to popular belief, it is not burning which leaves the most damage after a typical house fire. In severe cases, it is not always possible to extinguish the fire before it spreads. Consequently, charred materials are a big problem. However, most emergencies do not progress this far, and the main challenge is stains, odor, and discoloration.
Ash is the key culprit here. It can cause all kinds of problems for homeowners. In fact, it only takes a few hours for residues to begin yellowing surfaces. Finishes on appliances, fiberglass, vinyl, wood, and fabrics are all vulnerable. For this reason, SERVPRO uses a combination of techniques to eliminate ash after fire damage in Los Angeles properties.
Cleaning the Ducts
Despite being some of the most vulnerable areas of a home, HVAC ducts are routinely neglected by many fire restoration services. At SERVPRO, we make ductwork a priority and our technicians always inspect A/C units and fans for damage. If ash has made it into the ducts, we can use a combination of fans and deodorizers to eliminate debris and odors. In severe cases, we may also recommend encapsulating the duct surfaces. It involves the application of a sealing chemical. The chemical covers the walls of the duct and traps toxic particles inside.
Dealing with Dirty Items
Ash is particularly damaging for brass and copper items. So, if you have antiques in your home, it is important to remove and store them somewhere safe. If they require cleaning, we can send them to a specialist offsite facility. Assessing the condition of metals and fabrics is an integral part of the restoration process. The faster we respond, the better the chance of saving them. When ash reacts with different materials (particularly wood and metal), they start to produce unsightly substances. For instance, wooden furniture may leave dark stains on a carpet. Metal is likely to rust and create brown and yellow blemishes. For this reason, it is common for fire damage restorers to lift furniture off the ground and onto foam blocks.
A powerful vacuum makes the successful removal of soot and ash much easier. It has to be powerful. Otherwise, it simply moves the debris around and may rub it into the carpet. After cleaning, the technicians cover all remaining furniture with plastic sheets. The sheets protect them from further damage until air scrubbers have been brought in to clear out the last of the toxins and chemicals in the atmosphere. If soot and ash have already become embedded in the carpet, we can bring in steam extractors and rotary scrubbers for more heavy duty cleaning.
SERVPRO of Marina Del Rey / Westchester / El Segundo is a locally based service. We can respond quickly to emergency situations. Our technicians are on hand to help you rescue your property from fire damage. Call us 24/7 at (310) 333-0654.