Recent Fire Damage Posts

Christmas Fire Safety 2020

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

A decorated Christmas tree in fire This photos shows how quickly a dry Christmas tree can be engulfed in flames when left near a heat source. Image by nfpa.org

I know it seems early to be talking about Christmas. We haven’t even bought the ingredients for our giant Turkey for Thanksgiving! But Holiday safety is best to be discussed as soon as we start seeing those twinkling lights and tinsel in the stores. Before you start your holiday decoration planning, always remember to check for possible fire hazards.

Here is a quick checklist for things to look for. You can find more information on the Red Cross Website:

  1. Check all holiday light cords to make sure they are not frayed or broken. Keep strands of lights to no more than three per extension cord.
  1. Make sure your tree is watered and kept fresh so as not to dry out. For artificial and fresh trees, make sure you keep away from fire hazards. And of course once Christmas is over make sure you dispose of your tree properly and DO NOT leave to dry out in your backyard.
  1. Keep candles away from decorations and make sure you blow them out before going to bed.
  1. When cooking on the stovetop, make sure you stay in the kitchen. Kitchen fires are still the leading cause of most house fires.
  1. When decorating outdoors, use outdoor approved lights and follow the fire hazard prevention labels.

Check out the NFPA for more information on fire safety. Make sure you review the fire safety plan we discussed in our October Blog with your family.

Be Safe this Holiday! And know that SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is always here for you when you need us 24/7!

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FIRE DAMAGE-How Can SERVPRO Help You?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

shows a kitchen on fire with a firefighter looking on. Kitchen fires are the #1 Cause of Household Fires-according to the National Fire Protection Association

Having to deal with a fire loss can be one of the most difficult things to experience. Having to deal with the emotional aspect of the situation can be overwhelming. The aftermath of recovering, relocating and starting over can be hard to navigate. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County can help.

As we make our initial inspection after a fire we will assess the damage and notate the best course of action. Depending on the severity, some areas and possessions can be saved. And that is what we strive to do! Our goal is always to save & restore and only when absolute necessary do we consider it a total loss. Sometimes we are dealing with smoke damage and sometimes it may be more severe than that. Let the professionals help you understand the next steps. 

We work with your insurance company to make sure they have all the details they need to complete your claim. We also communicate with you so you are 100% involved in the mitigation steps along the way. 

Having to relocate your family can be daunting. We will help with pack out services and restoration. We create detailed inventory lists with photos to keep track of all your belongings. All made simpler for filing your claim. We can also attempt to bring items to as close to preloss condition as possible. 

We have done this for 25 successful years.  Call us any time even if it is just to ask questions.

Be Prepared. Check out the National Fire Protection Association on ways to be prepared.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help 24/7/365.  805-507-5507

5 Common Causes of FIRE

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

A home on fire with two firefighters fight the blaze from the roof and one firefighter on a ladder Over the five-year period of 2013–2017 as a whole, cooking was the leading cause of home fires Source-NFPA.ORG

SERVPRO is here for you when FIRE Damage occurs. Check out our website information for Fire Restoration. Below is a list of the top 5 Common Causes of Fire:

Cooking Fires: Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires. Usually these fires are caused by unattended cooking and typically involve the kitchen stove. It is important you stay in the kitchen and don’t leave food unattended, especially when you are baking, roasting, frying, boiling etc. Keep flammable items away from the stove such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, aprons or towels. If you have a small grease fire, you can slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. For oven fires, turn the oven off but keep the oven closed. If the fire is too large, GET OUT! Close the door behind you and call 9-1-1!

Electrical Fires: First of all, always have a qualified electrician complete electrical work in your home. Faulty electrical outlets and old appliances can cause electrical fires. It is important that all major appliances are plugged directly into a wall outlet. Don’t use extension cords.

Some things to look out for:

*Circuit breakers are tripping and fuses are blowing out.

*You get a tingling feeling when you touch an appliance.

*Wall outlets look discolored or warm to the touch.

*Sparks from an outlet.

Make sure cords aren’t running under the carpet as they can heat up and cause a fire. There are circuit interrupters that can be installed to shut off electricity when it becomes overloaded.

Heating Equipment: During the winter months, we can expect to see an increased use in space heating equipment. It is important however that you take a few precautions to protect yourself and your family. Always make sure to leave at least three-feet of space from the heating equipment and anything that can catch on fire. Make sure you never leave heaters on overnight while you sleep. Make sure fireplaces and chimneys are cleaned regularly and that a screen is in place to stop ash and sparks from flying into the room. All fuel burning heaters should be vented to release fumes outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your CO2 Alarms are working properly.

Candles: We all love a good scented candle filling out homes with wonderful aromas. However, those decorative candles can lead to a fire in your home. Make sure you blow out candles when you leave a room. Avoid putting them near cluttered areas. They should be on a solid surface away from flammable objects. Use flashlights for a power outage. Avoid using candles. And of course keep candles and matches away from children.

Smoking: If you smoke make sure you use fire-safe cigarettes. Smoke outside as most cigarette fires occur indoors. Keep lighters and cigarettes away from the reach of children. Put out cigarettes in a deep sturdy ashtray. E-cigarettes have also been known to catch fire while charging. So do not leave them unattended. NEVER smoke in a home were medical oxygen is being used.

The National Fire Protection Association has great information on keeping you prepared.

When fire damage has occurred, SERVPRO is here to help you rebuild the pieces. 805-507-5507

Smoke & Soot Facts

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Two employees male with orange gloves using ceiling sweepers to wipe off soot in living room. SERVPRO logo on bottom right Here you can see one cleaning procedure SERVPRO uses to clean soot off of ceilings and walls.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various surfaces within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a building.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing and electrical systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor within wall cavities.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. Different smoke causes different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises and can even penetrate into attics.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Fire Damage Restoration Services

As each smoke and fire damage situation is very different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific needs.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO 805-507-5507

Wildfire Season: SERVPRO Services for Fire Damage

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfire, multiple trees within a forest inflamed and charred Faster to any size disaster. Call us 24/7, we answer your call.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is no stranger to wildfire emergencies. We know that when those Santa Ana winds start to roll in, wildfire disasters can take a hold quickly. One thing you can be rest assured with, is our expertise when handling fire recovery.

There are many resources out there on how to protect your home against wildfires. Check out readyforwildfire.org for information on how to pro-actively protect your home.

SERVPRO comes in when the unthinkable has already happened. Here is how we help, take back your life:

Content Services: With every case of Fire damage, SERVPRO will first do an inventory list of all your personal items. We go room-by-room cataloging with photos and detailed descriptions, taking care we don't miss a thing. This makes it easier for you when filing an insurance claim.

-Pack Outs: We will pack out all of your contents for storage while repairs are being made. We understand how stressful this can be and we are here to lessen your load. Don’t worry about hiring movers, we make the move for you.

-Contents Cleaning: Part of our services when it comes to your items, is restoring those items to as close to preloss condition as possible. SERVPRO will test fabrics to determine the best appropriate method of cleaning for your furniture, upholstery, bedding, art and specialty items.

Structural Cleaning: Once the above is complete, we can work on getting your home suitable to inhabit again. Smoke & Soot can seep its way into your walls and carpet. Once it settles, you may require a deeper cleaning. We will test several areas within your home and determine appropriate action. Here at SERVPRO, we have the right expertise and equipment to make it happen.

-Ceilings & Walls: We do our due diligence to make sure we salvage what we can. Once we determine the level of soot and smoke damage to your walls, we will thoroughly clean all surface areas and prepare for re-painting if necessary.

-Deodorization: Offensive odors come hand in hand with fire and smoke damage. With our Ozone Generator, we can trap the offensive odors and remove them from the room. It doesn’t just mask the smell with fragrances like other products do. Our Ozone Generators oxidize organic odors such as smoke, pet odors, mildew, organic pollutants and all without harmful chemicals.

Have questions about our services, give us a call! 805-507-5507

Ventura Fire Damage Restoration From Start to Finish

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Completely burnt home kitchen When Disaster strikes SERVPRO is there for you 24/7 Call 805-507-5507 NOW!

Securing your property with SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura's  board up is is only the first step in the process of getting your life back under control after a fire incident in your home or business. We not only board up your loss but also offer security to fend of any intruders that may see your loss as an opportunity.  Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained IICRC certified technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County has you covered from loss to recovery. We also do construction repair on major losses. 

Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Northwest Ventura County has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for over 25 years  You can trust the fire professionals that your insurance companies trust to refer you to when you have a fire .... trust SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County to get the job done right.

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency Services Fire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard - Covid 19 cleaning and more 805-507-5507

Fire Damage Cleaning Techniques

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damagecan leave behind many types of residues and other contaminants. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help clean it up. Here are some of our techniques:

  • Attic -To remove soot from beams and other untreated wood, SERVPRO uses brushes for dry, powdery residues and apply an eco-friendly cleaning agent to break up thicker layers or sticky residues.
  • Cabinets - Our specialists use chem sponges to get into the pores of the wood and eliminate residues that can cause odors.
  • Inside Wall Cavities - Technicians use sandpaper or powered sanders to remove the residues trapped inside beams.
  • Lighting fixtures - Usually the most fragile items to clean, so team specialists remove overhead lights when possible for cleaning and use dry sponges andcloths

We also have specially designed vacuums that use HEPA filters which can catch and trap the smallest bits of residue and even mold spores.

You can trust that SERVPRO will get the job done right. Call for a free inspection 805-507-5507

Professional Fire Damage by SERVPRO

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

remodeled kitchen From Fire to Construction, We do it all. SERVPRO 805-507-5507

Combustion from fire produces smoke particles that settle on surfaces throughout your home or office and form soot. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County technicians utilize advanced cleaning techniques that focus on removing smoke residues and odors. Since different materials react differently when contacted by fire, it is our job to advise a property owner as to what is salvable and what components would need to be replaced.

The services we provide to clean items within an office or residence is known as contents cleaning. In many instances, our SERVPRO cleaning crews clean items on-site.  But pack-outs may be necessary if the building is too damaged, there is no room to perform the cleaning or the building is not secure enough for on-site cleaning. If necessary, SERVPRO may subcontract specialty restoration services such as: 

  • expensive artwork
  • electronics
  • expensive or delicate clothing
  • furniture refinishing

     SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County offers stress-free cleaning and restoration services for your home or office. Call our highly trained and experienced team at 805-507-5507 and let us restore your property to its former glory.

Smoke Damaged Carpet, To Replace or Not to Replace?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

heavy smoke with fire in the background Fire smoke and soot can destroy your carpet. Call SERVPRO 805-507-5507

When making the decision whether or not to remove the carpet to replace or see if you can salvage it you have to think about a few different things. Some things to think about are: 

  • Age of the carpet
  • Previous wear and damage
  • Has there been water damage?
  • Is the back of the carpet delaminated?

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County's professional technicians have been trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) they can identify whether the carpet is too far gone to salvage or if the damage is minimal and a good cleaning and restoration can be performed.

If your carpet is damaged from a fire, smoke damage, or soot, you'll need the professionals to help make the decision whether to remove or replace the carpet so give SERVPRO a call today.n 805-507-5507

Fire Loss in Ventura, CA? Call SERVPRO

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged house and broken window in a Ventura, CA Fire, smoke and soot damage professionally cleaned by SERVPRO

If your Ventura county home or business suffered from a fire call SERVPRO. It’s always devastating when a family or business experiences a fire, but SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County works hard to recover both the structure and contents after a loss. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke so that you are returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What To Expect: 

When we visit you after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your property, call us right away at 805-507-5507. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

Experts in Fire Cleaning Your Ventura County Property

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged staircase and living room in a Ventura, CA home SERVPRO experts clean up the damage and handle your insurance company communication to ease the stress of fire damage.

Fire Cleanup Help SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County

Experiencing fire loss can be by far the most difficult and trying time anyone can experience. When fire damage happens your life is turned upside down.

Relocating your family or closing your business and figuring out a lifetime of personal property and memories is overwhelming and stressful. To maintain a normal everyday life, one must handle work, home life, and now the insurance companies' demands. The process of dealing with the insurance claim can be confusing and stressful in itself.

Full recovery involves managing mitigation, packing, storing, inventory and handling your personal property loss, all while trying to maintain your personal life. We have done this for 24 successful years.  Call us any time even if it is just to ask questions.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help 24/7/365.  805-507-5507

Important Fire Safety Information

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help 24/7/365

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County - sharing important fire safety information for you and your loved ones. Taking precautionary measures reduces the risk of fire, injury, property loss, and even death.

Fire safety is a very important topic, especially for children, the elderly and people with special needs. A fire can destroy everything in its path and devastate the people and communities it affects.

  • Prevention – Do you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Are the batteries changed and the detectors tested every year? Is there a fire extinguisher handy? Can you operate a fire extinguisher?
  • Escape Routes – Are exits accessible? Are the pathways to the exits free from clutter? Is there an evacuation plan in place? Are there pets that would need to be rescued?
  • Treasures –  Keep your valuables, special keepsakes, and heirlooms (e.g., jewelry, photos, etc.) in a fire proof safe or off site in a safe deposit box.
  • Hoarding – Consider how excess belongings might make it difficult for people to leave their home and how these items might help fuel the fire.

Be proactive! Don’t risk becoming a statistic! For more information about Fire Safety call

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County today. 805-507-5507

SERVPRO Restoring Your Property After A Fire

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Ventura, Ca Fire Damage Restoration

Acting quickly when a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire.

Securing your property with a board up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County has you covered. Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Northwest Ventura County has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for almost 24 years  Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency ServicesFire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard805-507-5507