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How Our Experts Treat Smoke And Fire Damaged Items In Your Bel Air Home
Soot can accumulate in tiny grooves and other fine details of your items.
Treatment Of Items Affected By Smoke And Fire Damage In A Bel Air Residence
Items you place around your Bel Air home as decorations and keepsakes become filthy when a fire occurs. Soot can accumulate in tiny grooves and other fine details of your items. SERVPRO can restore these items for you while we perform other mitigation services on your home's structure.
When adequate space exists in your residence, we can perform the work there. Many times, however, space is lacking, so we pack up the items in need of a thorough cleaning. We inventory each item as we place it in the box. Working in teams of two, one wraps the items in paper or another protective wrapping, and the other enters the item on the inventory sheet.
To maintain the accuracy of these inventory sheets, we keep them updated whenever a change occurs. To clean items, we fill bins with a solution designed to cut through the greasy soot and lift it away from the surfaces of your items while keeping the original finish untouched. Tools like brushes and special cloths help us remove the residue quickly and leave everything clean. We use other bins with fresh water where we rinse the items and then place them on racks to begin drying.
When cleaning these items, we complete the boxes we are working on at that time before going on break or leaving. When we finish cleaning them, we air dry them, taking care to keep each box's items together.
Many items, much like the house's interior, require deodorization, even after cleaning. To do this and complete the restoration of a customer's belongings, we place them in a deodorization chamber and fill the area with hydroxyl gas. This gas loses an atom which then bonds with any remaining particles and makes them odorless. It is very safe and highly effective.
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has the IICRC-certified technicians needed to restore your home and the contents inside after a fire happens. You can contact us by calling (310) 572-6132, which is answered 24/7, every day of the year. Serving Weho, Central and West Hollywood, as well as Spaulding Square, we are here for you when fire damage turns your life upside down.
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West Hollywood Restaurant Fires Are Not Special Effects, But Real Dangers--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration
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Dealing with Fire Damage in Your West Hollywood Restaurant
A fire in your West Hollywood restaurant can bring your business to a standstill. As the most stressful and overwhelming experience, it can leave your premises with charred and burned furniture, fittings, and appliances, not to mention comprised food products. When a fire starts, it can spread everywhere in your restaurant. No room or area is immune and that includes above ceilings, behind walls and other structural components. While dealing with the fire is scary, dealing with the damage afterward is also stressful. So, how do you deal with fire damage?
Do not enter your restaurant right away
After the local fire department has put out the fire, it is wise not to enter the premises before fire damage technicians in West Hollywood have assessed the damage. Doing so means you can expose yourself or your employees to smoke and soot, slip and fall, cuts from shards of glass, and other hazards. When fire burns furniture, fittings, appliances and other items, smoke is released. This smoke contains minute particles from the burned elements and includes volatile gases. As the fire continues to burn, a substance called soot coats and stains the ceiling, walls, appliances, carpeting and flooring among others.
Breathing in the air inside the burned building can lead to illness. Noxious odors are also an issue, and that is why you should not re-enter the burned restaurant immediately after the fire. Wait, be Safe.
Do not touch or remove anything
Fire damage is a serious situation. Touching or even removing anything from the premises before your insurance adjuster has assessed the damage is not wise. Doing so can void your insurance coverage.
SERVPRO technicians have water and fire damage training and experience. To restore your restaurant to its pre-fire conditions, we inspect and compile a fire damage assessment report. Our experienced technicians can board up if necessary. Afterward, the water removal process begins followed by drying, cleaning, and repair. Note that often fire-suppressant systems in restaurants coat the kitchen cooking area with a powder to smother the flames without splashing grease fires to other locations. This requires skillful cleanup to mitigate the losses.
At SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood, we work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process. Not only can we help you with the paperwork but we also provide a detailed report of the fire damage to fast-track the claims process. If you have any questions, call our 24/7 emergency line at (310) 572-6132 today!
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Bel Air's Fire Damage Technicians Describe What Happens During The Initial Inspection
When a fire starts on your property in Bel Air, there are several different conditions created that can cause problems in your home.
Fire Damage Technicians Describe The Initial Inspection
When a fire starts on your property in Bel Air, there are several different conditions created that can cause problems in your home. Every blaze is unique and burns different fuels at different rates creating various types of damage throughout a building. Not only can both the heat and smoke produced by the fire cause damage, but they can also both create several different issues. Heat can burn building materials and contents differently throughout the house. Smoke can leave behind several different types of soot residues throughout the structure as well.
Some of the issues that are created by something burning can be subtle and go unnoticed at first. During fire damage mitigation in Bel Air, our SERVPRO experts first inspect the entire home to figure out precisely what areas and items got affected during the blaze. The initial inspection is conducted before any work takes place and serves as a guide for the overall scope of the project and the original estimate.
The initial inspection first includes determining how badly an item got burnt. In some cases, burnt structural components get ruined and must be replaced. If charring on an item is less than a quarter inch deep from the surface, then it can often get sanded down and refinished.
The goal with smoke-damaged items is to attempt to clean off the soils and soot instead of repainting or replacing the item. To determine an item's cleanability, our SERVPRO technicians first conduct a cleaning pre-test. During a pre-test, we use a combination of chemicals and methods to test clean one section of each item. The pre-test helps us decide whether we think we can remove the soot by cleaning or if other more expensive methods have to take place.
In some cases, there are some items that can be cleaned and some that cannot. As a part of the initial inspection, our SERVPRO crew uses pre-testing to label which items are cleanable and which are not. Remediating as many things with cleaning and soot removal as possible lowers the overall cost of the project. If you ever need help determining how severely fire and smoke damaged your home, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 seven days a week.
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Assessing The Fire Damage To Your Bel Air Residence
A fire can cause significant damage to your property.
Assessing The Fire Damage To Your Residence
While a fire in your Bel Air home can be traumatic and overwhelming to deal with, often some of the most stressful effects of the blaze come from dealing with the insurance company to file the appropriate claim. With the need for the restoration work to begin as quickly as possible, you often don't have the patience to deal with the lackadaisical timetable your home insurance team can sometimes have.
Finding the right restoration team for the fire damages to your Bel Air residence might not be something that you have considered, but fortunately, most insurance companies have just the right team of professionals in mind to help you through this challenging time. Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly to get right to taking the necessary precautions to preserve the contents of your home and help to prevent worsening damages.
Our initial assessment of the damage to your home is thorough for several reasons. First and foremost, we need to catalog all of the damages throughout all of the affected areas to ensure that the necessary steps get taken within the restoration plan to remedy these concerns. This assessment is also critical for relaying the pertinent information on your behalf to the insurance company adjuster to expedite the claim and getting work started.
This inspection also overviews all of the contents and structural components of your house. Our estimator and project manager work to determine what contents have become irreparably damaged, what items simply need to get stored throughout the restoration process, and what items can get salvaged and restored with some concentrated restoration efforts outside of the house. All of this information becomes a part of the claim to get filed through your insurance company as well.
While no one can get prepared for a fire in their home, it is nice to know that you have a crew of professionals working to ensure that you can return to your regular life as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood fire restoration team is available to you 24/7 by calling (310) 572-6132.
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When Your Bel Air Home Is Ravaged By Significant Fire Damages
When a fire threatens this house, it can often be enough to make clean up, and restoration seems impossible, or at the very least overwhelming.
Call SERVPRO When Your Home Is Ravaged By A Fire
Your Bel Air home holds all of the things that you hold most dear in the world from the possessions that you have acquired to the family that you love. When a fire threatens this house, it can often be enough to make clean up, and restoration seems impossible, or at the very least overwhelming. Fortunately, even with severe fire damages, you are never alone in helping to set things right again and get your home back to the way it was before this traumatic event occurred.
With the dry air that is common to southern California, structure fires can take a lot of extinguishing efforts to quell. The fire damage that gets left after this long-running blaze can be hard to look at, let alone make sense of how to set it right again and continue living in the house. When it comes to restoring your house after an instance like this, there is a lot that SERVPRO can do to remove the effects of the recent fire or to prepare the area for the reconstruction work that it likely needs.
When our team first arrives at your home, we do a preliminary look at all of the damage to see the full scope of the restoration process we are asked to perform. Inside of this process, we prioritize sealing up any holes or exposed areas where further elemental damage can occur from the outside and make restoration efforts more difficult. We then set our sights on determining what can get salvaged and what materials and structural components must get removed.
Ideally, we would like to preserve as much of your home as we can through the restoration process, but sometimes the severity of the fire causes damages too considerable to get repaired. In these cases, we remove the profoundly damaged materials from the ceilings, walls, and floor to make way for reconstruction efforts to follow. This process involves controlled demolition from our SERVPRO professionals, which is a concise process that seeks only to remove the portions of materials that are too damaged and retain the rest.
You might not ever get fully prepared for the destructive nature of a fire in your home, but fortunately, SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood can help you through every step of this process. You can reach our experienced restoration specialists anytime by calling (310) 572-6132.
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Kitchen Fire Damage In Your Bel Air Home
Distracted cooking is a huge problem which causes many kitchen fires in Bel Air.
Kitchen Fire Damage
Distracted cooking is a huge problem which causes many kitchen fires in Bel Air. Whether your doorbell rings or a child needs your help, you can easily walk away and forget that you left something on the stove. It does not take long for a fire to start, or for it to spread. Making sure you take precautions like having fresh batteries in your smoke detectors, staying in the kitchen while cooking, not cooking while you are tired and setting cooking timers are all good things to help you stay safe.
A kitchen fire, even if small and put out fairly quickly, can leave behind a lot of fire damage plus smoke damage. You need to get it cleaned up as fast as possible, so your Bel Air home does not sustain additional damage. Our SERVPRO staff can help you clean everything up and make any needed repairs so you can get back to your regular way of life.
Not all soot and smoke residues are the same. Some are easier to clean than others. The four types that are most often seen are wet smoke, dry smoke, fuel oil, and protein smoke residues. The kind of materials that burned affects the aerosols and smoke particles made by the fire. Natural materials like cork, wood, natural fibers, and paper produce dry smoke. Synthetic materials like foam rubber, plastics, and other polymers produce wet smoke.
Kitchen fires usually involve burning poultry, meat, or fish. These materials leave protein residues when burned, which could be amber or yellow, or practically invisible, causing just a slight discoloration of cabinet surfaces and painted walls. SERVPRO techs understand that protein smoke odors are very pungent, so odor removal is the most significant problem in these kinds of fires. The odors in protein fires cannot be controlled without us thoroughly cleaning every surface that is contaminated with greasy protein residue. Sometimes, the whole home can need cleaning even though residue concentrations are not apparent.
SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood are the ones to call to clean your home in Weho, Spaulding Square, or Melrose District after a kitchen fire. We make sure to thoroughly clean all the soot and smoke residues so your home can be like it was before the fire when you give us a call at (310) 572-6132.
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Understanding Fire Damage in Bel Air Homes
If your home is facing fire damage, contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave for a quick response and best results.
SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Evaluate the Path That the Fire Took Through Your Home to Properly Remediate the Damage
Open flames make for great news, but they are rarely the biggest source of damage to Bel Air homes. Heat affects structural and property surfaces more, but smoke residues are the primary sources of concern and restoration cost.
Cleaning the effects of Bel Air fire damage takes not just tools and cleaning agents, but a thorough knowledge of how it happened. That means understanding, among other factors, how hot the fire burned which generated the smoke and how hot were the surfaces the smoke penetrated or settled onto during the fire. SERVPRO inspectors and technicians learn everything we can about these factors before we start each task.
Temperatures are necessary to know because they determine convection. It is how smoke moves through a home. Simply put, hot air rises which forces cooler air downward, usually back to the heat source. The air heats again, pushing its way back and forcing the now cooler air back down. Smoke is carried with the air, spreading it across ceilings and walls as long as the fire has enough oxygen and material to burn.
The heat from the hotter air expands or ‘opens’ the surfaces, allowing smoke to penetrate farther into the material and leave residues deeper than at lower, cooler areas of the home. That makes smoke residue left on ceilings and upper walls more difficult for a SERVPRO restoration team to clean.
The surfaces in the cooler areas of the home are more ‘closed’ to smoke penetration than hotter areas, but they attract more hot smoke than warmer surfaces. Windows, for example, have a greatly cooler temperature outside the home. Closets, if closed, have a cooler, inside temperature that partially insulates them. Both surfaces usually have a very thick layer of residue, but they rarely have more than minor damage.
Knowing these factors provide us the knowledge to properly clean the affected surfaces. For surfaces that remained ‘closed’ to smoke residues, our technicians use cloths and sponges to remove the majority of it with perhaps a small amount of water or cleaning agent to remove everything. If the surface was more directly affected by the heat, we might need to use some agitation device like a wire brush with a cleaning agent to remove every trace of residue.
Restoring a home with fire damage is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood has the knowledge, tools, and cleaning agents to make it a successful one. If you need our services for your home, call us today at (310) 372-6132.
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Prevent Fire Damage To Your Melrose District Home This Holiday Season
Food cooking unattended on the stove or in the oven can start a fire. Don't get distracted while cooking and contact SERVPRO if you have a fire.
Our Technicians Remediate Fire Damage As Well As Offer Tips to Help Avoid the Possibility of Facing a Fire
‘Tis the season to be jolly. However, that does not mean it is the season to stop being vigilant about home fire damage. In fact, with all that wrapping paper, lots of cooking, and festive decorations in your house, it is wise to be extra careful at this time of year. Here are SERVPRO’s top tips to help Melrose District homeowners stay safe from blazes this holiday time.
Fire damage to a Melrose District home is frightening and traumatic for those who experience it. There are also after effects to consider such as soot damage, destroyed belongings, and an unpleasant lingering smoke odor. Thankfully, SERVPRO is on hand to assist with clean-up after a blaze. Our IICRC-certified technicians carefully scrub, wipe and clean away soot, and use thermal fogging and air scrubbers to take away horrible smoky smells. Of course, prevention is always best, so here are some tips to help you prevent fires this winter.
Do not leave burning candles unattended – even better, do not burn candles at all. Air fresheners, potpourri, or even natural scents like pine or cinnamon sticks all give a pleasant scent without the risk of starting a blaze.
Do not leave cooking food unattended. It is easy to get distracted while preparing a festive meal. However, unattended pans are a leading cause of home fires, so it is essential to keep an eye on them at all times.
Be mindful of the placement of portable heaters. Do not place heating units too close to festive decorations, indoor trees, or where drapes or rugs might fall across the surface.
Always switch off festive lights, along with any appliances, before you head to bed, and before you leave the house. Do not leave lights or appliances plugged in when there is nobody home.
Make sure you have a smoke alarm installed on every level of your home, and that each alarm is in good working order. If you have not done so recently, we suggest testing them after you read this article.
Stay safe at home this festive season in Melrose District, Meho, and Bel Air, and if you need fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood at (310) 572-6132 for help.
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How Fire-Resistant Materials Can Help Reduce Fire Damage In Bel Air
Reversing fire damage in Bel Air requires an experienced and trusted restoration company.
Residential fires claim over 2,500 lives every year in the U.S alone. Moreover, according to FEMA, most fire-related deaths in Bel Air and the world at large occur when people are asleep, particularly due to the smoke that lulls the sleeping person into a deep slumber. Interestingly, your choice of building materials can influence your exposure to fire and smoke damage when disaster strikes. While no practical building material is 100% fireproof, a properly-constructed house can help prevent the impact by making use of fire-resistant materials.
Reversing fire damage in Bel Air requires an experienced and trusted restoration company. With many years of experience as a fire damage restoration franchise, SERVPRO lives up to its reputation of offering quick and efficient cleanup services. Our technicians follow IICRC guidelines to ensure that their techniques, products, and equipment are up to par with industry standards.
A number of structural materials in your home can influence the severity of fire damage. House windows, albeit important for light and visibility, are nonetheless a potential fire hazard. In the presence of a strong fire, the intense heat alone can cause the glass to break, making the building more vulnerable to outside flames. If the outside fire is strong enough, it can actually ignite flammable items within the structure even without direct contact.
Installing fire-resistant windows is a great way to protect your home from severe fire damage. Dual-paned glass windows, in particular, provide energy efficiency while doubling the time it takes for the windows to succumb to the fire. Tempered glass is also effective, as it is heat-treated to improve its fire resistance by about 4 times as compared to regular glass.
Glass blocks do not provide much visibility, but they are extremely effective at minimizing fire damage. Wired glass, which consists of tempered glass that has been reinforced with metal wire, is probably the best option. It offers excellent fire resistance as well as visibility.
Most structural buildings also call for underlying gypsum sheathing to enhance their fire-resistant rating. Gypsum board is commonly used to protect the interior finish from fire damage. Also known as drywall, gypsum board features two sheets of paper with a gypsum layer sandwiched in between. Additives help improve its fire-resistance qualities. The papers burn very slowly, subsequently reducing the impact of fire damage. Furthermore, gypsum board contains a noncombustible core with chemically-combined water that impedes heat transfer in the event of a fire. Using numerous layers of gypsum board can promote better fire resistance.
Structural materials are a serious concern during fire outbreaks. In the event of a fire disaster, SERVPRO of Bel Air / West Hollywood can assess and correct the fire damage. Give us a ring anytime at (310) 572-6132.
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Firefighters, Restoration Technicians, and Your West Hollywood Home
When the Firefighters Leave, then Call SERVPRO for West Hollywood Fire Damage Cleanup
Fire Damage Cleanup, Restoration, and Repair--Call SERVPRO
Regardless of where you live and the age or condition of your home, fire can occur anywhere, for quite a few reasons. As a homeowner, you may already realize a variety of problems that exist and make every effort to avoid them.
However, fires that occur in your West Hollywood home can lead to fire damage, as well as water and mold damage, if given an opportunity to develop. Water used to douse your fire seeps into various cracks and crevices, causing additional problems. Mold alone can have a severe impact on how habitable your home remains after an event occurs. Hopefully, you can already see how one directly impacts the other.
A firefighter taking too long to get to a family member, because they are too worried about damaging your furniture or a portion of your home is outrageous. We appreciate the purpose they serve and the work that they do. However, after they finish, the water and tactics used to save your family often lead to repairs to your home, which is what SERVPRO was created to address.
Turning to an expert restoration company that has years of experience dealing with a variety of situations can help restore your home better and faster than traditional repair companies. You can easily return your home to a quality condition that both you and your family can enjoy.
SERVPRO quickly answers your call for assistance after an emergency occurs. Our IICRC certified technicians help remove fire, water, and mold from your home restoring personal belongings, furniture, and household stability. We help you protect your investment when everyone else considers it a loss.
Your local SERVPRO office responds 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with technicians who have the experience, equipment, and understanding to help you move forward. Your restoration team works in close cooperation with both you and your insurance company, providing you with services you can count on to restore your home.
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