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How To Reduce Fire Damage

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Reducing fire damage is one of the first considerations after a fire in a home or a fire in a business in Ojai, California, and Montecito, California. Commercial fire damage can greatly affect the ability of a business to continue operations. In order to recover as much value as possible from a property that has undergone fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage, a restoration company like SERVPRO should be contacted immediately after the premises are secure. The fire cleanup team can assist in evaluating the damage to the property and listing the items that are present.

They can also perform fire damage restoration and offer an estimate onsite. The fire cleanup will also involve drying up all the water that firefighters may flood the premises with in order to put out the fire. This water can cause extensive water damage causing the growth of mold. A certified technician can dry out the property and prevent mold growth using industrial equipment that sometimes includes a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air current mover.

All surfaces are sanitized and cleaned after all the soot damage and smoke damage has been reversed. The fire clean-up team will also instruct property owners how to prevent commercial fire damage in the future. Any residual smoke smell will be ventilated until gone. If the smoke smell continues, chemical solutions like an ozone treatment or thermal fogging are also options depending on the needs of the property owner. Additional treatments may be needed weeks or even months after the initial incident.

Fire cleanup can be extremely daunting for someone who is shocked by a fire whether in a home or a fire at their business. However, fire damage restoration is normal for a fire cleanup specialist, even in the aftermath of commercial fire damage. A specialist who has the experience and the expertise to guide a property owner will ensure that fire damage is minimized as much as possible. 

My Kitchen Still Smells After the Fire Damage Gets Cleaned Up. Why is that?

3/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help Remove Odors in Your Kitchen

Fire damage from cooking is also known as a protein fire is one of the most common fire losses in residential properties. 

Particular actions need to happen to make sure fire damage in the kitchen from this type of loss. This actively demonstrates that the first and foremost thing to do is wiping down all surfaces in the vicinity with a cleaning agent with a solvent base to release the greasy residue's grip. 

Odor control methods are also a part of this type of mitigation. Cleaning lessens the pungent odor, SERVPRO techs usually have to do a multilayered approach for complete scent elimination using methods such as: 

  • Thermal fogging 
  • Hydroxyl generators 
  • Sealants over painted walls and ceilings 

Wind Damage Restoration Specialists

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

No matter where you live, you’re prone to some type of storm damage, even if it’s just a little wind damage. This is why we should all be prepared, especially in Southern California with the Santa Ana winds. 

At SERVPRO, we have knowledgeable storm-damage restoration technicians prepared to offer assessment, repairs, and cleanup services. We’re prepared for any challenge, from massive storm damage to minor wind damage. Time and time again, we’ve helped homes get back to the way they were before the damage occurred.

We are here to help you pick up the pieces of your life after wind or storm damage. Wind damage may not happen often but when it does we know it can be a headache to deal with. You can always trust the storm damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

Fire & Smoke Restoration for Ojai/Montecito

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire, its best to assess your property for visual and hidden damages. In the case of a fire or smoke emergency, SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito provides all of the services to return your home to its original state. Whether you suffered from a local wildfire or had an accidental fire in your kitchen, SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito will make your home new again. We clean every affected surface, content, and furniture and remove soot, ash, and smoke.

When a fire causes physical damage to your structure or building materials, you can have peace of mind with our complete reconstruction services. A SERVPRO expert will guide you on getting your life and property back to normal. 

Our goal is to remediate your home to make it even better than it was before. Our professionals will work with you to ensure all repairs are completed in a timely manner and that they meet the highest standards for quality.

Quickly Repair and Restore a Water Damaged Home with SERVPRO

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Proper structural drying and dehumidification is very necessary to prevent warping or rotting of dry walls and flooring in your home after a water damage. If moisture levels are not properly regulated by trained technicians, you will start to have a foul smell and mold will quickly grow in less than 24-48 hours.

Water quickly absorbs into the interior sheet rock, wall insulation and then into wooden studs of building. If interior studs or surfaces are left moist, water and mold can jeopardize the building structure integrity or cause foundational issues.

Fortunately, most water damage is caught in time with proper water extraction cleanup, dehumidify and a minor repair that prevents future structural problems. For water damage related to flooding in your home call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito. 

Storm Damage Clean Up in Ojai/Montecito

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

When the wind sends branches and debris hurtling into your home, or other acts of storm related damage, force destruction on your property, we understand that it’s not your favorite thing to deal with. But at SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito we are equipped and trained to handle storm damage cleanup in the aftermath of a storm. We’ll clean up the debris and broken pieces of your home and make sure that all harmful substances are removed from your area so that it’s clean again. DIY storm restoration is never a good idea. As homeowner you can never be sure what storm water and/or mud is contaminated with. 

If you suffer from any storm damage your first call should always be to SERVPRO, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Smart Devices to Protect Your Business

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, even the most cautious of business owners can experience fire or flooding in their homes. In recent years, however, it has been possible to diminish that risk with smart devices that can detect danger before it has time to wreak havoc on your business. These devices are connected to your Wi-Fi network and send you alerts via your smartphone if it detects something dangerous.

  • Smart Water Leak Detectors
  • Smart Smoke & CO Alarms
  • Smart Fire Detectors
  • Smart Batteries
  • Smart Outlets

Even with all the proper safety measures in place, disasters can still occur. If that happens, call the professionals to help you get your home and life back on track. For professional commercial damage restoration and water damage restoration, contact SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito.

SERVPRO Safety Work Plan for COVID-19

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

LEARN PROPER SAFETY PROCEDURES TO REDUCE RISK AT YOUR BUSINESS

Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA, and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.

DEVELOP A WORK SAFETY PLAN

• Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allows for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities

• Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines

• Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices

• Encourage frequent hand washing

• Provide hand sanitizer stations

• Develop a daily disinfection plan

• Remind employees to stay home if they are sick

HAVE YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE CLEANED AND DISINFECTED

• Disinfect spaces, furnishings, and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace

• Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks

• Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)

SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito is certified to disinfect your offices for a safe return, call our offices to schedule with our crews. 

The Same Day Pros

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Now that you have survived the storm it’s time to see if your property sustained storm damage. As it’s always important to file claims with your property insurers, many homeowners are too overwhelmed with the stress and hardships of beginning the storm damage restoration process. Our experienced technicians will work efficiently and thoroughly to get your home and your lives back to normal.

SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito understands that not all storm damage is the same. Our community can suffer from wild fires, earthquakes, mudslides, flooding, etc. and we provide same day storm damage restoration all over the Ventura County. When a catastrophic storm strikes we can provide fast help with our crews on call 24/7 365 days out of the year. 

The Do's and Don'ts of Dealing with Fire Damage

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.

The Do's

  • Make safety a priority
  • Call your insurance agent
  • Call SERVPRO
  • Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner

The Dont's

  • Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe
  • Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces
  • Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned

The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems if it’s not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO immediately when dealing with fire damage in your home or business.