Recent Fire Damage Posts

Viaje desde El Centro al Joshua Tree National Park para Celebrar el Día de la Tierra, 2021

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Una vista del Parque Nacional Joshua Tree. A nuestro equipo de SERVPRO le encanta visitar el Parque Nacional Joshua Tree!

A Poca Distancia en Automóvil de El Centro, Explore la Belleza de Dos Desiertos que se Unen

Si vive en El Centro, tiene el privilegio de estar rodeado por algunas de las vistas naturales más únicas del suroeste. Joshua Tree National Park está apenas a un par de horas de distancia, y lo invita a explorar el encuentro de los desiertos de Mojave y Colorado. Para celebrar el Día de la Tierra, tómese unos días para explorar los hermosos cielos nocturnos y las formaciones geológicas únicas que solo viven en el sur de California. Mientras planifica su visita, asegúrese de considerar lo siguiente:

  • No tendrá servicio celular en todo el parque. Recuerde esto al explorar lejos de su campamento.
  • El clima del desierto cambia rápidamente y puede pasar de días sofocantes a noches muy frescas. Es mejor consultar la página web del parque antes de partir para estar al tanto de las condiciones meteorológicas actualizadas.
  • El protector solar, los sombreros, los lentes de sol y la ropa especializada ayudan a protegerse del sol.

Una visita a Joshua Tree, nos recuerda lo importante que es proteger nuestro medio ambiente. De la misma manera, también es esencial proteger a su familia después de un incendio en su hogar.  En SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City, nos esforzamos por restaurar su hogar con soluciones aprobadas por la EPA y de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de la industria. Cuando nos llame al (760) 337-5858, sabrá que nuestro equipo de expertos no descansará hasta que su hogar se vea como si nada hubiera sucedido.

Fire Cleanup in El Centro is performed by SERVPRO.

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro employee in an El Centro home SERVPRO of El Centro employees loves serving the consumers in our community.

SERVPRO Techs Perform 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration in the El Centro Area.

El Centro, California, boasts a population of over 44,000 as of 2019. This city is also the largest in the United States that is entirely below sea level at an elevation of approximately 42 feet.

The El Centro is also an agricultural marvel. Over the past century, this desert region was converted into farmland that produces a crop yield of over $1 billion per year. Almost half of Imperial County’s jobs focus on agriculture. 

El Centro’s proximity to Los Angeles also makes it a scenic area for filming. Movies shot in the city include:

  • The Scorpion King (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
  • Stargate (1994)
  • Jarhead (2005)
  • Into the Wild (2007)

Sanctuary City: A Pilgrimage Near El Centro

This hillside sanctuary in the California desert lies a 45-minute drive from El Centro, directly north of Calipatria. The installation was pioneered by local artist Leonard Knight, who made the piece from adobe bricks and other salvaged materials, such as tires, auto parts, and windows.

The entire mount is covered in murals, Bible verses, and Christian sayings with an evangelical perspective. Knight started the project in 1984 and was so dedicated that he would give free tours to every visitor.

Other unique landmarks in and near El Centro include:

  • The Algodones Dunes near Baja California, Mexico, and the Arizona border are considered a National Natural Landmark, designated by the National Park Service
  • The Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum preserves many artifacts from early Imperial Valley cultures
  • The Museum of History in Granite is found in Felicity, about an hour east of El Centro. Four large monuments of Missouri Red Granite commissioned by Jacques-André Istel are on display in the desert and designed to last for thousands of years

Understanding Fire Damage Odors

El Centro fire damage restoration professionals at SERVPRO possess the tools and knowledge necessary to mitigate fire damage stains, debris, and odors. Technicians remediate damage per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines to ensure a consistent cleanup quality for structures and contents. Odor particles are small, potent, and challenging to remove without the right tools.

  • Odors are more likely to cling to porous surfaces. Odor penetration is exacerbated by high-heat fires that spew denser concentrations of soot
  • Humidity also affects the presence of odors by making odors stronger. Higher relative humidity causes odor vapors to develop that are more easily detected by scent
  • Odor molecules can be as small as four microns–a fraction of the size of an average human hair (100 microns) 

Our Green Fleet has pickup trucks, vans, and box trucks that contain an inventory of heavy-duty equipment and cleaning and sanitation products. Once the FNOL is filed and an agreement for service has been signed by both parties, we can begin the removal of fire-damaged debris and commence odor control. 

Call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 for fire damage restoration.

¿Qué Función Tiene un Equipo Profesional de Restauración de Incendio?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

El van verde de SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City El daño por fuego es estresante. Deje que nuestro equipo de SERVPRO se encargue del daño.

Un Equipo Profesional de Restauración Contra Incendios Aplica las Mejores Prácticas de la Industria Para Mitigar su Pérdida Luego de un Incendio en su Hogar en El Centro

Muchos propietarios de viviendas en El Centro nunca tienen que enfrentar daños por incendios en sus hogares, por lo que se sienten perdidos frente a las llamas. Los pasos que tome después del accidente pueden marcar la diferencia entre un proceso de restauración eficiente o un período de reparación prolongado y lleno de problemas. Confiar en técnicos professionales de restauración de incendios es clave para proteger su hogar y minimizar su pérdida de tiempo y dinero.

Obtener la ayuda de SERVPRO para la restauración de daños por incendios en El Centro es una decisión inteligente. Nuestro equipo proporciona una coordinación de servicios para ayudarlo a navegar esta emergencia. El beneficio de tener un equipo que pueda ocuparse de la limpieza y restauración de su propiedad personal y la estructura de su hogar no tiene precio. A medida que documentamos cada uno de los pasos que tomamos, también podemos ayudar a coordinar las necesidades de su compañía aseguradora, haciendo que el proceso sea más simple. Nuestro equipo esta licenciado por el estado de California  (CSLB) #: 978462 para realizar reparaciones, lo cual habla de nuestra capacidad de recuperar su hogar.

¿Puedo limpiar los residuos del fuego yo mismo?

Cuando los propietarios intentan limpiar el hollín ellos mismos, corren el riesgo de usar productos que causen más daños. Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO tiene un conocimiento profundo de los diferentes tipos de llamas y el hollín que desprenden, lo cual nos ayuda a determinar qué técnicas usamos en su hogar. Cada incendio arde, genera humo y libera gases que pueden ser dañinos. Cada evento deja hollín, pero cada tipo de hollin tiene sus peculiaridades.  Normalmente se pueden dividir en tres tipos de residuos:

  • Hollín seco: es ceniciento y es el resultado principalmente de materiales orgánicos como madera o papel. Podemos limpiarlo pasando la aspiradora o usando una técnica de esponja seca.
  • Hollín húmedo: típico del plástico quemado, es pegajoso y espeso. Podemos limpiarlo con agentes espumantes u otros métodos de inmersión.
  • Hollín a base de proteínas: generalmente el resultado de un incendio en la cocina incluye productos alimenticios y aceite. El residuo huele mal y se adhiere con fuerza a las superficies. Los solventes son fundamentales para limpiar este tipo de residuos.



Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City conoce bien la teoría del fuego y las mejores técnicas de limpieza. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y confíe en nuestra experiencia para restaurar su hogar. Como usted, queremos dejar su casa como que nada hubiera pasado.

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What Does a Professional Fire Restoration Team Do?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Roof on fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of El Centro is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

A Professional Fire Restoration Team Applies Industry Best Practices to Mitigate Loss Due to Fire in El Centro Homes.

Many homeowners in El Centro never have to face fire damage in their homes, so they are at a loss when it happens. The steps you take following the accident can mark the difference between an efficient restoration process or an extended remediation period plagued with problems. Relying on professional fire restoration technicians (FRT) is key to protecting your home and minimizing your loss in time and money.

Enlisting the help of SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in El Centro is a smart move. Our team provides one-stop coordination of services to help you navigate this emergency. The benefit of having one team that can address the cleanup and restoration of your personal property and your home's structural elements is priceless. As we document each of the steps we take, we can also help coordinate with needs stemming from your insurance claim, making the process less cumbersome. Our team holds the California State License Board (CSLB) #: 978462, which speaks to our preparation to conduct repairs in your home.

Can I Clean Fire Residue Myself?

When homeowners attempt to clean soot themselves, they risk using products that cause further damage. Our SERVPRO crew has an in-depth knowledge of the different fire and resulting soot types, which helps us determine which techniques we use in your home. At its core, every fire combusts, creates smoke, and releases gases which can be harmful. Each fire leaves soot behind, but it can typically be divided into three types of residue-

Dry soot- it is ashy and results mainly of organic materials such as wood or paper. We may clean it by vacuuming or using a dry sponge technique.

Wet soot- typical of burning plastic, it is sticky and thick. We may try to clean it with foaming agents or other immersive methods.

Protein-based soot- generally the result of a kitchen fire and inclusive of food products and oil. The residue is smelly and bonds with surfaces powerfully. Solvents are essential to clean this type of residue.

Understanding the theory of fire and the best cleaning techniques is for our team of SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City to know. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and rely on our expertise to restore your home. Like you, we want to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

¿Puedo Restaurar mi Alfombra Después de un Incendio en Mi Casa?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

 44/5000 casa muy dañada por fuego, humo y hollín. SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City está aquí para ayudarlo cuando ocurra un desastre.

Confíe en un Técnico Profesional de Restauración de Incendios para Restaurar o Remover La Alfombra de su Casa de El Centro después de un Incendio

Vivir en El Centro puede ser una experiencia única, pero sus propietarios enfrentan muchos de los mismos desafíos que enfrentan otros propietarios en el resto del país. Proteger su hogar de los elementos y del riesgo de incendio y filtraciones es simple, pero no necesariamente fácil. Cuando se produce un incendio eléctrico y su casa sufre por las llamas, es posible que se encuentre con daños más allá de lo que hubiera imaginado y se pregunte cuál es su primer paso en el proceso de restauración.

El tratamiento de los daños causados ??por el fuego en El Centro puede delegarse a nuestro equipo SERVPRO tan pronto como ocurra la emergencia. Nuestro personal está listo para visitar su hogar poco después de comunicarse con nuestra línea directa de emergencia, la cual opera las 24 horas para su conveniencia. En lugar de perder tiempo y permitir que el agua y el hollín se asienten en sus muebles y paredes por mucho tiempo, llame a nuestro equipo y permítanos hacer lo que mejor hacemos: mitigar su pérdida y regresar su hogar a perfecto estado.

¿Puedo salvar mi alfombra si las llamas no la tocaron?

El daño por fuego va más allá de lo que está o no en contacto directo con las llamas. Específicamente, las alfombras pueden resultar severamente dañadas por el personal de emergencia que ingresa a su casa para controlar el fuego, así como el agua y los agentes extintores rociados por toda la casa para controlarlo. Además, el hollín y los escombros pueden asentarse rápidamente y contaminar todas las áreas de su hogar. Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO sabe que estos desafíos existen y nos preparamos para superarlos. Nuestro conocimiento y experiencia pueden ayudarlo a tomar una decisión informada en cuanto a preservar o descartar su alfombra. Algunas de las condiciones que consideramos al realizar este análisis son las siguientes:

¿Se ha despegado la base de la alfombra debido a la exposición prolongada a la humedad?

¿Hay decoloración en su alfombra?

¿El hollín y el polvo se asentaron profundamente en las fibras de la alfombra?

Las respuestas a las preguntas anteriores ayudan a determinar qué equipo y técnicas debemos aplicar para restaurar su hogar. Por mucho que intentemos mitigar su pérdida, a veces es más saludable quitar la alfombra por completo que correr el riesgo de condiciones insalubres en el futuro.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City está aquí para ayudarlo cuando ocurra un desastre. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y déjenos salir de su casa como si nada hubiera sucedido.

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Can I Salvage my Carpet After a Fire in my El Centro Home?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Big fumes of smoke coming out of the second floor of a residential building SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is here to help you when disasters happen.

Trust a Professional Fire Restoration Technician to Salvage or Remove the Carpet in your El Centro Home After a Fire

Living in El Centro can be a unique experience, but its homeowners face many of the same challenges other homeowners face throughout the country. Protecting your home from the elements and the risk of fire and leaks is simple but not necessarily easy. When an electrical fire breaks out and your home burns for a while, you may find yourself with damage beyond your imagination and wonder how to kick off the restoration process.

Addressing fire damage in El Centro can be delegated to our SERVPRO team as soon as the emergency happens. Our crew is ready to visit your home shortly after reaching out to our emergency hotline, which operates around the clock for your convenience. Rather than wasting time and allowing water and soot to sit on your furniture and walls for long, call our team and let us do what we do best: mitigate your loss and restore your home to mint condition.

Can I save my carpet if the flames didn't touch it?
Fire damage goes beyond what is or isn't in direct contact with the flames. Carpets specifically can be severely damaged by emergency staff trampling into your home to control the fire, as well as the water and extinguishing agents sprayed throughout your home to control it. Furthermore, soot and debris can settle quickly and cross-contaminate every area of your home. Our SERVPRO team knows that these challenges exist, and we prepare for them accordingly. Our knowledge and expertise can help you make an educated decision between salvaging and removing your carpet. Some of the conditions we consider in making this call are the following:

    •    Is the backing separated from the rug due to exposure to excessive moisture?
    •    Is there discoloration on your carpet?
    •    Did soot and dust settle deep into the carpet fibers?

Answers to the questions above help guide the equipment and techniques we must apply to restore your home. As much as we try to mitigate your loss, sometimes it is safer to remove the carpet entirely than to risk leaving conditions that could threaten your health in the future.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is here to help you when disasters happen. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Who Can Provide A Thorough Inspection After A Fire In El Centro?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Burned furniture and charred walls in black soot After a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858.

You Should Leave Clean Up To The Professionals After A Fire In El Centro

A fire in your El Centro home can leave you at a loss of what to do. Fortunately, professionals from SERVPRO are well-versed in dealing with the effects of a fire, and can make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Are Inspections Performed?

A comprehensive fire damage restoration in your El Centro home begins with a careful inspection. After SERVPRO teams have certified that the structure is in good shape, they can begin scoping out the damage to the contents of your home. This process primarily involves:

Looking for a contrast between protected surfaces and the portions exposed to residues. This can reveal the extent of the fire damage and how much work will be needed to repair the damage.
Noting the type of surface or material beneath the residues. Some types of materials may be more difficult to clean than others, and we must note this before beginning cleaning. Communicating with you, the customer, to ensure that you are aware of what we are inspecting at all times. If packing away the contents of your home is necessary, we can give you an estimate based on our inspection of your home.

What Affects The Cleanability of My Home?

There is a wide range of factors that determine how cleanable your home is after a fire. When assessing the cleanability of your home, SERVPRO technicians will take into account:

    •    The type of surface that was damaged.
    •    The age of the damaged surface.
    •    The heat of the fire.
    •    The type of material that was damaged.

These factors all affect the cleanability of your home. Once we have fully assessed the type and extent of the damage, we can begin the mitigation and restoration process.

After a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. Our teams deliver prompt, professional services and are on standby 24/7.

How Can I Save Upholstery Items After Fire Damage in El Centro?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

surge protector on fire in a home Fire damage can strike and displace you and your family from your home. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in your home.

SERVPRO Can Help Perform Dry-Wet-Dry Upholstery Cleaning During Fire Restoration in Your El Centro Home

Fire can affect upholstery items in different ways, including depositing smoke residues on their surface, staining, and accumulation of a strong stench. Cleaning upholstery items can be challenging because of the assortment of materials used to make them. SERVPRO helps find the right cleaning approaches when a fire affects your El Centro property. 

What makes upholstery restoration unique?

Although the goal of performing fire restoration procedures in your El Centro home is to reinstate everything to a preloss state, it is also possible to worsen the damages. Cleaning upholstery items deemed salvageable can present unique challenges like:

  • Fabric shrinkage
  • Bleeding dyes
  • Browning
  • Mold development

What methods does SERVPRO use to address these challenges?

Most problems that develop can be traced back to the chosen cleaning process. For instance, over-wetting an item can lead to browning or even mold development if the item is not thoroughly dried. When our technicians use a unique process such as dry-wet-dry upholstery cleaning, we can restore your item without causing secondary problems. The method involves several steps, including:

  • Pretesting the textile material 
  • Applying dry solvent
  • Shampooing
  • Rinsing and extracting the cleaning solution

We use a specialized upholstery-cleaning machine, which allows for better control of the amounts of cleaning solution we apply to the item and the temperature at which we use the cleaning solution. This approach helps prevent a problem like fabric shrinkage from the use of extreme heat.

Some parts of the upholstery, such as buttons or welting, are challenging to clean since the upholstery machine loses suction power when used over such areas. Our technicians use hand cleaning over such areas for better results.

The right action can help save your valued upholstery items. Call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 to help remove any soling, "Like it never even happened."

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No Todos Los Incendios Son Iguales- Deje que SERVPRO lo Guíe

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Gabinetes de cocina dañados por un fuego. Simplemente llámenos al (760) 205-3044 y deje que nuestros expertos salgan de su casa, "Como si nunca hubiera pasado".

Fuego en Tu Hogar en El Centro

Todos somos susceptibles a los incendios en nuestros hogares. En un abrir y cerrar de ojos un accidente puede suceder si es que no tenemos cuidado. Un incendio puede ser el resultado de una vela desatendida o una barbacoa situada demasiado cerca de las ramas de un árbol, y las consecuencias lo pueden dejar abrumado. Una vez que los bomberos apagan las llamas usted tiene que descifrar cómo exactamente va a restaurar el daño causado por el fuego y por los agentes utilizados para extinguirlo. 

Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO está certificado para ayudarlo a combatir los daños causados por incendio en su hogar en El Centro. Nuestros técnicos son certificados por IICRC para lidiar con estas situaciones y estudian el camino de las llamas y el humo. Entender el proceso de combustión nos permite entender el camino que tenemos que tomar para eliminar el hollín y humo que dejo en su estela. Entender la diferencia entre la quema de materiales naturales y sintéticos nos ayuda a personalizar un plan de acción especifico a sus necesidades. 

Mitigar sus pérdidas siempre es el horizonte de nuestro equipo de SERVPRO. Esta protección es es la razón por la cual aplicamos las soluciones de limpieza basados en el tipo de superficie que estamos limpiando para evitar más daños. Por ejemplo, cuando se queman materiales naturales tales como la madera, el residuo es muy fino y se deposita en superficies porosas como la tapicería. Si al limpiar aplicamos agua, el daño se agrava al penetrar aún más la superficie. Nuestro equipo pone mucho cuidado en entender la superficie, el tipo de residuo y en hacer una prueba antes de aplicar la solución de limpieza a cabalidad. Esta rigurosa metodología nos ayuda a prevenir pérdidas subsecuentes y a proteger sus pertenencias. 

El daño causado por el fuego puede ser abrumados, pero usted puede controlar su alcance con un buen plan de restauración. SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City está aquí las 24 horas del día, 7 días a la semana cuando sucede la emergencia. Solo llámenos y déjenos dejar su casa como que nada hubiera pasado. 

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Fire In Your El Centro Home

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property Just call us at (760) 337-5858 and let our experts leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Not All Fires in Your Home are the Same - Let SERVPRO Walk You Through It

We are all vulnerable to fire damage to our homes. In just the blink of an eye, an accident can happen if we are not cautious. A fire can be the result of a candle left unattended, or a barbecue grill placed too close to overhanging branches, and the consequences can leave you feeling dismayed. Once firefighters put out the flames, you need to figure out how exactly to restore the damage caused by the fire and by the extinguishing agents used to put it out.
 
Our SERVPRO team is certified to help you address fire damage to your home in El Centro effectively. Our IICRC-certified technicians prepare for these situations by studying and understanding the path each fire and smoke takes. Understanding the ignition process lets us draw our path to eliminating the smoke and soot the fire leaves in its wake. Knowing the difference between synthetic and natural burning materials helps us tailor an action plan suited to your specific needs.
 
Mitigating your loss is always at the core of what our SERVPRO crew does. This protection is why we apply cleaning solutions based on the surface we are cleaning, which helps avoid further damage. For example, when natural materials burn, such as wood, the residue is very fine and settles deep into porous surfaces like upholstery. If cleanup efforts include water, you run the risk of sinking the residue even further into the porous surface and causing further damage. Our team takes great care in identifying the surface and the type of residue as well as testing cleaning solutions before full application. This rigorous methodology prevents extended losses and the preservation of your belongings.
 
Fire damage can be disruptive, but you can control the extent of the damage with well-designed restoration techniques. SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is here to help 24/7 when an emergency happens. Just call us at (760) 337-5858 and let our experts leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Are The Best Choice For Your El Centro Fire Damage Restoration

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

A burnt kitchen stovetop after a fire We will respond quickly to your fire damage emergency. Our experts have the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home.

The Convenience of Professional Fire Damage Restoration in El Centro

There is nothing convenient about fire damage loss. The cleanup and restoration process that follows can be tiresome. Hiring a professional restoration team such as SERVPRO can help ease the burden by handling the wide variety of tasks needed to return the property to its preloss state.

Proper Disposal

It is common for debris and other wastes to accumulate at the loss site after fire damage in El Centro. Although removing such materials from the property is difficult, proper disposal can prove even more problematic. Wastes range from large solid items, liquids, and even hazardous materials. Disposal challenges can range from separating these materials, packaging them, transporting them, or finding suitable disposal grounds. Our SERVPRO technicians have various resources to help overcome these challenges. We have the equipment to chop down larger items, facilitating easier removal. We also bring packaging materials such as heavy-duty plastic bags and trashcans to the loss site easing collection and sorting of waste materials.

Health Protection

Fires are known to cause injuries or other health problems if they occur when the property is occupied. However, even after they are extinguished, the damage left can have adverse effects on those who venture into the property. When our SERVPRO crews handle the restoration of your fire-damaged property, we take steps that ensure your wellbeing is protected. A step such as ventilation of the affected area using axial air movers helps remove suspended particulate matter in the air that can cause respiratory issues if left unchecked. We also check or replace power cables since heat can melt the insulators leading to short circuits.

Restoring comfort

In addition to the physical fire damage left by the fire, other problems develop that reduce the level of comfort in the fire-damaged property. The bad odor emanating from charred materials, and the smoke residue is one such problem. Our SERVPRO technicians take steps to deodorize the property removing or masking unpleasant smells to ensure a comfortable stay. Processes such as ULV and thermal fogging help ensure the deodorizers reach all the areas.

Restoring a fire-damaged property to its preloss state is a great achievement. Call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 to help fix the damage, "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Causing Smoke Odors in Your Brawley Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a home. Fire damage can take over your Brawley home, let SERVPRO put a stop to the smoke.

Brawley let us stop the damage from fire damage.

Having a fire in your home, no matter the size, tends to have a significant impact. The smell of smoke permeates through your entire home, and it can be very daunting. It is crucial to attack the smoke vapors at the source so that you do not have to endure the lingering malodor of smoke in your home for days and weeks to come. 

If you have fire damage in your Brawley home, the restoration specialists at SERVPRO understand the importance of dealing with the loss quickly and effectively. Our goal is to restore your home to preloss condition, intending to make it "Like it never even happened." 

After SERVPRO technicians remove damaged contents from your home and deal with any potentially dangerous structural damage, their next most significant challenge is to remove smoke odor from the house. Deodorization often needs a combination of techniques for the successful removal of the offensive smell. There are typically three phases of odor control after removing the source of the odor.  

Containing the odor is the first phase. The goal is to block more odor molecules from vaporizing into the air by spraying a chemical deodorizer, like Smoke Deodorizer #302, onto the source of the odor. The spray creates a barrier that stops or slows down odor molecules from vaporizing into the air. 

Vapor odor control is the second phase. The goal here is to counteract any vapors in the air, that managed to escape before containment, by applying products that release deodorant vapors into the air within the home. These products attack the odors before detection by smell.

Thermal fogging is the third phase of odor control. Fogging requires that residents, pets, and animals vacate the structure for safety purposes. The solvent-based deodorants dispense through thermal fogging equipment passing through a heated area, causing combustion. It breaks down the deodorants into microscopic particles that reach into even the smallest of spaces and attack the malodor vapors at the molecular level. SERVPRO technicians air out the home, and when it is comfortable to breathe, residents may return. 

Knowledgeable SERVPRO technicians combine all three phases of odor removal to ensure no lingering smells remain after a fire. As the temperature fluctuates, particularly in the warm summer months, remaining odors may release back into the environment, in which case part of the process may need repeating. 

Contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 anytime, every day of the year, for assistance. 

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Soot Management for El Centro Homes After a Fire

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Room with ceiling fan and walls covered in soot Our training and tools can help remove soot after fire damage

Removing Soot after Fire Damage

One of the most troublesome hurdles for homeowners recovering after a fire in El Centro residences is soot and smoke residues. These particles can circulate throughout the affected area and come to rest on contents and surfaces. The highest concentrations of this residue can be found closest to the origin point of the fire.

Removing soot and smoke residues require sophisticated approaches and potent cleaning products designed exclusively to address fire damage in El Centro properties. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive experience and training in fire recovery, allowing us to utilize the full measure of available equipment and tools. Because of the damage, lingering residues can cause to the surfaces and materials underneath. It is crucial to address these threats as promptly as possible.

Soot is an acidic presence in your home. When it stays on surfaces for prolonged periods, this chemical composition can mar the finish on specific construction materials and structural elements. The appropriate cleaning of these surfaces requires multiple techniques, most of which depend on the type of material involved and the thickness of residues. Agitative cleaning practices can work to reduce the severity of residues for more traditional cleaning techniques to be more productive afterward.

Soot management often begins with the appropriate containment of the damaged area to reduce the circulation of these effects when agitated cleaning efforts break residues and soiling loose on surfaces. From vacuuming with HEPA-filtered machines to using soft bristle brushes to loosen the layer of debris, we can often effectively remove the buildup of particles to allow foam cleaning, wiping, and even advanced soda blasting approaches to remove the present threat.

Soot and smoke residues are not only health hazards to those exposed, but can also have irreversible effects on surfaces and structural elements in the house. We have potent cleaning agents and effective pre-cleaning treatments that can help to protect the damaged items and areas of your home better. No matter how severe fire losses can be, let our SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City team make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (760) 337-5858.

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Señales de Advertencia de Problemas de Reparación de Daños por Incendio en El Centro

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Bloques de madera en escalones. Concepto de seguridad laboral 100 por ciento. La seguridad contra incendios es importante. Reaccione rápidamente contactando a SERVPRO para obtener una respuesta rápida y servicios de reparación.

La Protección de su Hogar Implica Tener Planes de Prevención y de Reacción

Ser dueño de hogar no es simple.  Independientemente de cuán atento usted sea, su hogar el vulnerable a factores externos, incluyendo el clima, tuberías añejas y los daños causados por animales.  El deterioro habitual de su hogar puede causar que un cable emita una chispa y cause un incendio, comprometiendo así su seguridad y la estabilidad estructural de su casa.  Aun cuando el departamento de incendios controla el fuego rápidamente, usted puede terminar con daños por incendio que requieran la atención de un servicio especializado. Como muchas otras cosas en la vida, es mejor dejar que los expertos en restauración de incendios se ocupen de su caso.

Cuando es su casa en El Centro la que sufre daños a causa de un incendio, usted cuenta con una compañía establecida para ayudarlo.  Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO es certificado por el Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) y está entrenando continuamente en las técnicas más avanzadas de la industria.  Puede llamarnos las 24 horas del día, siete días de la semana para tener acceso a la experticia de nuestros técnicos y contar con ellos para la restauración de su casa.

Una de las principales razones por la cual usted debe llamar a SERVPRO es nuestra preparación en distinguir los distintos tipos de residuos en su hogar. Una solución indiscriminada puede resultar en aun más daños en su casa. Nuestro equipo conoce las peculiaridades de cada superficie y toma acción en consecuencia.  Por ejemplo, usted puede ver a nuestros técnicos utilizando una aspiradora y esponjas secas para remover el hollín de algunas superficies. Simultáneamente podrá verlos con soluciones líquidas para limpiar superficies sintéticas. La selección de cada enfoque radica en las recomendaciones de la industria y las necesidades específicas de su hogar.

Las recomendaciones de la industria también tienen cabida al momento de eliminar malos olores de su casa.  Dependiendo de sus necesidades podremos utilizar una combinación de atomizadores, filtros o difusores. Nuestro plan de acción es dictado por la intersección entre sus necesidades y la utilización recomendada para cada metodología de limpieza.

Ser dueño de hogar implica tomar acción preventiva para evitar desastres de incendios, pero también implica saber cómo reaccionar. SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City es parte de su plan de emergencia. Simplemente llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y le ayudaremos a dejar su casa como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Some Warning Signs of Fire Damage Remediation Problems in El Centro

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged room and burned contents Life is NOT easy and fires are a reality which happens. React quickly by contacting SERVPRO for a fast response and remediation services.

Prevention and Reaction Plans Protect Your Home

Homeownership is not simple.  Regardless of how vigilant you are, your home is vulnerable to outside forces such as the weather, aging pipes, and even animals.  This normal wear and tear of your house can be behind an aging wire that sparks a fire, compromising your safety and the structural strength of your home.  Even when first responders control the fire quickly, you may still face significant fire damage and need a specialized service to help restore your home. Like many things in life, it is best to leave fire restoration to those who train and focus on these types of emergencies.

When fire damage happens to your home in El Centro, you have a robust company to help you through it.  Our SERVPRO crew holds certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and is continuously training in the most advanced techniques in the industry.  By calling our 24/7 hotline, you have access to the expertise of our team members and can rely on them to bring your home back to mint condition.

One of the main reasons why calling SERVPRO works to your advantage is our knowledge of the different types of fire residues present at your home.  A one-size-fits-all approach to the cleanup process could result in further damage to some of your property. Our team knows the specifics about each surface and acts accordingly.  For example, you may see our crew members using a vacuum and dry sponges to remove some smoke residue from certain surfaces. You may also see us using water-soluble cleaners to clean synthetic materials.  The selection of which method to use relies on industry best practices and the particular needs of your home.

Industry best practices also play an essential role in deodorizing your home.  Depending on your circumstances, we may use a combination of thermal foggers, specialized filters, or diffusers.  Our targeted approach hinges on your specific needs, their intersection with a variety of cleaning methods.

Being a careful homeowner involves preventing disasters as well as having a reaction plan in place.  SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City is part of your emergency plan. Just call us at (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Act Fast To Restore Your Fire Damaged Items 

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can be arduous. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for assistance.

Tips for Cleaning Up Your El Centro Home After Fire Damage

Fires consume everything in their wake and threaten human lives in the process. However, what occurs after a home fire is just as critical. A fire can continue ruining your El Centro property and its contents long after it has been extinguished. The smoke clouds that fires produce leave harmful chemicals and particles behind.  

If your El Centro residence has fire damage, you should begin the cleanup process quickly to prevent further smoke damage. The smoke from burning materials generates soot and sends caustic chemicals wafting into the air. The chemicals and soot can settle down on surfaces and cling tightly to them, creating a persistent burnt odor that fails to dissipate after using conventional cleaning methods. The caustic chemicals can also combine with moisture in the air to form acids that ruin fabric, metals, and wood. The following tips can help you remove smoke, soot, and odors from clothes, furniture, and other items.

  • Allow air to circulate – Open windows in each room to allow for increased ventilation and use fans. Ventilating a home helps decrease the odor and dry out the moisture damage that happened during the fire extinguishing process.



  • Remove items holding the smoke scent – This includes clothing, furniture, linens, and anything that is not salvageable like wallpaper, insulation, and carpet. Removing these items makes it easier to eliminate the odors.



  • Remove loose soot on walls – You can do this with a dry chemical sponge or vacuum cleaner.



  • Remove soot from clothing – Take clothes outside, attach the plain attachment of your vacuum cleaner and run it over the surface of the clothes. You may also shake the clothes gently to remove the soot.



  • Deodorize your clothing – Wash clothes in warm water with detergent for 1 to 5 launderings to eliminate the scent.   



  • Clean your furniture – Use a flat attachment to vacuum the soot off your wood furniture. If the wood furniture is finished, you can use the brush attachment and rub the bristles gently along the surface of the furniture. For leather furniture, use a flat attachment to vacuum the soot and then apply leather soap to a clean cloth and use it to wipe the leather.

If the smoke smell lingers, contact SERVPRO franchise professionals to help you eliminate it. We have advanced equipment like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and hydroxyl generators that can remove the odors. We can also pack the affected contents in your home and clean them thoroughly in our facilities.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also deep clean all hard surfaces in your home, like walls, cabinets, and floors. We also clean soft surfaces like rugs, carpets, and upholstery. We also inspect for pockets of odor in wall cavities, spaces above suspended ceilings and crawl spaces. Our crew isolates odor pockets and thermal fogs them.

For effective cleanup of your fire-damaged home call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 for help. We can eliminate the smoke, soot, and odor to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Let The Experts At SERVPRO Save Your Fire Damaged El Centro Property

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Protect Your El Centro Property From Fire Damage Today

Just living in your home often leads to an eventual fire damage incident. That’s right! Every time you cook food, clean around an electrical socket or switch, or clean up after an accident, you leave residue behind that could eventually spark a fire in your El Centro home.

Every time someone opens and closes the doors to your home does laundry, makes ice, coffee, or toast, there is a possibility of fire. With that in mind, it is always best to take precautions against fire damage to protect your El Centro home and other investments. It takes a single phone call and gives you huge benefits that you really cannot afford to ignore.

If you have not experienced fire damage on your property, why wait? It is never a bad idea to prepare your home for the worst possible situations. SERVPRO offers full home inspections, which we use to provide you with recommendations and estimates involved in protecting your property. Our restoration technicians work with you to come up with unique solutions to your specific set of circumstances.

SERVPRO technicians can provide a variety of services, including basic-cleaning, deodorization, extraction, drying, and restoration, all while maintaining a safe, clean atmosphere. Our main goal is to help you protect your home, or restore it to a quality preloss condition, should an incident occur. All of the restoration services offered by our technicians with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) are designed to bend to your needs.

SERVPRO offers full-service solutions for problems involved with fire damage in your home. Regardless of whether you have a small kitchen fire or a full-structure fire, we have the personnel, equipment, and resources available to help return things to normal. Our emergency cleaning and restoration teams respond to your call 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year. We have solid relationships with many insurance companies, working to provide you with the best possible solutions.

Contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City for additional information or to schedule your home’s initial inspection, today. We are proud to provide quality fire-damage restoration services to fellow members of our local community and strive to exceed any or all expectations you might have. Call us at (760) 337-5858.

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Our Fast Response Can Save Your El Centro Kitchen

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fast Response Cleanup Of Fire Damage In An El Centro Kitchen

Family dinners are a perfect occasion for trying some timeless recipes. However, when things go awry because your chicken roulade catches on fire, the resulting fire damage can create unpleasant odors, residues, and charring on your overhead cabinets and in your vents. Worse still, these odors can spread throughout your home without proper mitigation.

If your family dinner plans are put on hold by fire damage in your El Centro home, our certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to step in and save the day to restore your home to its pre-fire condition.

A fire that involves proteins such as chicken or fish can leave foul odors on top of those created by charred food particles and cooking materials. Our SERVPRO team can start mitigation by cleaning soot and residues off of surfaces in your kitchen, including on and inside cabinets. Smoke residue can turn acidic when it comes into contact with moisture, so it is crucial to eliminate soot to preserve metals and plastics on appliances and utensils in your kitchen. Our team can clean the smoke residue out of vents with vacuums, augers, brushes, and other tools to prevent the spread of odors in your home. Vacuums can also be used to clean fabrics like your kitchen drapes that may have been affected by soot.

The immense heat from a fast, dry fire can leave char that requires restoration of fixtures such as cabinetry, and our team can use a blast medium, such as baking soda, to both remove char and naturally deodorize your cabinets. From there, our odor control technicians (OCTs) can use industrial-grade dehumidifiers to address odors by eliminating them on a particle level, while fresh air is cycled through the home with the help of commercial ventilation box fans so you can get back to enjoying your kitchen as it was before the fire occurred.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is Faster to Any Size Disaster. For lightning-fast response and restoration after disaster strikes in your home, call us today at (760) 337-5858.

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Accidents Happen in El Centro, but Don't Let Smoke Ruin the Party

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Accidents happen when people are distracted but our SERVPRO team can clean up and restore the mess.

SERVPRO Exists to Restore Fire Damage From Your El Centro Home

What starts as an innocent party may turn into significant damage in just a few minutes. Perhaps you are hosting a gathering in your home in El Centro and leave the stove unattended to greet your guests only to come back to a kitchen engulfed in flames. Alternatively, a scented candle is left too close to your window treatments, and they catch on fire. The reality is that accidents happen and as homeowners, we are always vulnerable to being a victim.

Mitigating the losses in your El Centro home due to fire damage is mostly dependent on how quickly you reach out to a professional team to restore your home. Thankfully, our SERVPRO rapid response team is available 24/7 and can begin the assessment of damage shortly after receiving your call. Our formal training lets us gauge both the nature of the fire and the type of residue it left behind, allowing us to tailor our approach specifically to your needs.

Contrary to what most people think, smoke also contains small particles that when combined with humidity in the air can become acidic. Our SERVPRO technicians know exactly how to work within this environment while wearing protective personal equipment and looking at how the resulting soot settles onto the surfaces of your home. The damage to your furniture and belongings is proportionate to the amount of time this acidic residue remains on them.

Aside from the apparent damage smoke causes, there is also the lingering smell that can permeate your whole home. When our SERVPRO crew works to eliminate that foul smell we take into account just how porous each surface is and how the soot got there. In our process, we attempt to follow the same route the smoke took to saturate your belongings with odor-fighting solutions. This specific odor-fighting approach makes our services efficient and effective, returning your home to you as soon as possible.

An accidental fire in your home should not turn into a tragedy. SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City holds the solutions to your specific problems, and we are quick to implement it. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Accidentes Por Fuego Ocurren en El Centro, Pero No Dejes Que El Humo Arruine La Fiesta

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Los accidentes ocurren cuando las personas se distraen, pero nuestro equipo SERVPRO puede limpiar y restaurar el desorden.

SERVPRO Existe Para Restaurar El Daño de Incendio En Su Casa de El Centro

Lo que empezó como una pequeña fiesta puede convertirse en grandes daños en tan sólo unos minutos. Quizás usted está ofreciendo una cena en su hogar en El Centro y dejó la hornilla desatendida para saludar a los invitados, y al regresar la cocina estaba en llamas. O quizás una vela aromática estaba muy cerca de las cortinas y agarraron fuego. La realidad es que los accidentes pasan y los dueños de casa son vulnerables a ellos.

Reducir las pérdidas causadas por daños de incendio en su hogar en El Centro depende enormemente de la velocidad de respuesta que usted tenga. Afortunadamente, el equipo professional de SERVPRO está disponible rápidamente las 24 horas del día 7 días de la semana y puede comenzar a evaluar el daño tan pronto recibe su llamada. Nuestro entrenamiento formal nos permite entender la naturaleza del incendio y del tipo de residuo que dejó a su paso, lo cual nos permite personalizar nuestro plan de acción a sus necesidades.

Contrario a lo que muchos piensan, el humo también contiene partículas pequeñas que pueden hacerse acídicas al combinarse con la humedad ambiental. Nuestros técnicos de SERVPRO saben exactamente como trabajar bajo estos parámetros y lo hacen utilizando vestimenta protectora y estudiando cómo el hollín se deposita en las superficies de sus muebles y sus paredes. El daño a sus enseres personales es proporcional al tiempo en que estos residuos ácidos permanecen desatendidos.

Además del daño evidente causado por el humo, también queda el olor que se impregna en todo su hogar. Cuando nuestra cuadrilla de SERVPRO trabaja para eliminar el desagradable aroma, tomamos en cuenta la porosidad de cada superficie y el camino que tomó el humo antes de depositarse allí. En nuestro proceso seguimos la ruta del humo para saturar cada superficie con agentes que combatan el mal olor. Este enfoque específico nos hace muy efectivos en regresar a su casa a su estado original.

Un incendio accidental en su hogar no debe convertirse en tragedia. SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City tiene las soluciones para sus problemas específicos y somos muy rápidos en implementarlas. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y permítanos dejar su casa como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Dealing With Fire Damage & Smoke Odor? We Have A Solution - Call SERVPRO!

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whether the fire damage is small or large, our SERVPRO technicians can take care of it.

Rid Your El Centro Home of the Awful Smell of Fire Damage

It is hard to imagine all the ramifications that stem from a fire in your home. It does not have to be a large or prolonged event for the fire damage to affect virtually every aspect of your home. Often, a simple kitchen fire leaves cumbersome consequences in its wake. Rather than choose to tackle the cleanup process yourself, it is best to reach out to specialized technicians to return your property to where it was.

When your home in El Centro faces with fire damage, our SERVPRO team is ready to help. We are available 24/7 to begin the recovery process as soon as possible. Even when the remnants of smoke and soot seem small, the long-term consequences can be overwhelming if proper cleanup does not take place. Thankfully, our Green Fleet has trained to handle these situations, and we do so as soon as we arrive at your property.

Aside from the evident restoration of the structure and contents of your home, SERVPRO excels at eliminating the smells left behind by the fire. Depending on the duration and path of the smoke, we target specific methods to remove the offending odor from your home. For more localized smells, we may resort to deodorizing pellets, while we may choose an ozone generator for stronger needs. If the smell still lingers in your more porous materials such as upholstery, we may use specialized solutions to penetrate the fabric and remove its traces. In even bigger situations, we can address the air circulation system in your home by including charcoal activated filters to improve the air quality.

What is most important to know is that our SERVPRO fleet goes beyond what the average homeowner can achieve with store-bought cleaning solutions. Our training and expertise all come together to conscientiously apply industry-recommended solutions to resolve the fire damage to your home. When time is of the essence, we are your best ally to bring your home back to its original condition.


At SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City, we are just a phone call away. Reach out to (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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¿Su casa tiene daño de fuego y olor a humo? Tenemos una solución - ¡Llame a SERVPRO!

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tiene las herramientas y la tecnología para cuidar los daños por incendio.

Daños despues de un Incendio en El Centro

Es difícil imaginarse todas las ramificaciones que puede tener un incendio en su casa. No tiene que ser muy grande o rugir por mucho tiempo para que el daño por el incendio afecte prácticamente toda su casa. Con frecuencia, un simple fuego en la cocina deja muchas consecuencias indeseables a su paso. En vez de atacar los daños usted mismo, es mejor apoyarse en un equipo de técnicos especializados para regresar su hogar a su estado original.

Cuando su hogar en El Centro se encuentra cara a cara con daños por fuego, nuestro equipo de SERVPRO está listo para ayudar. Estamos disponibles 24 horas al día, 7 días a la semana para comenzar el proceso de recuperación lo antes posible. Aun cuando el rastro de humo y hollín parezca pequeño, las consecuencias a largo plazo pueden ser avasallantes si no se limpia apropiadamente. Por suerte, nuestra cuadrilla ha sido entrenada para este tipo de situaciones y comenzamos a actuar apenas llegamos a su propiedad.

Aparte de la evidente restauración necesaria para salvar la estructura y el contenido de su hogar, SERVPRO se destaca por su habilidad de eliminar los olores que dejó el incendio. Dependiendo de la duración y la trayectoria del humo, utilizamos métodos específicos para remover los olores desagradables de su hogar. Para olores más concentrados podemos utilizar pastillas desodorantes, mientras que para los olores más propagados quizás traigamos un generador de ozono para ayudar. Si los olores han penetrado superficies porosas como muebles y tapicería podemos utilizar soluciones que penetren los tejidos y erradiquen las partículas de olor. Para una solución más completa, podemos utilizar filtros de carbón para purificar el aire de sus ductos del aire acondicionado y calefacción.

Lo más importante es saber que nuestro equipo de SERVPRO va más allá de lo que un propietario puede lograr con productos comunes. Nuestro entrenamiento y experticia se unen para aplicar concienzudamente las mejores técnicas y metodologías de la industria. Cuando el tiempo apremia, somos sus mejores aliados para recuperar su hogar de fuego.

En SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City, estamos a una llamada de distancia. Solo llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y dejaremos su hogar como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Yuma Property Owners Love SERVPRO's Cleanup Techniques and Results

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Rely on Professional Fire Loss Cleanup from SERVPRO in the Yuma Area, Leave the Ashes to Us!

Professional Fire Damage Cleaning Strategies In Your Yuma Home

When a fire upsets your daily life in Yuma, it can be very tempting to try a cleanup yourself. Although some items can be restored after a fire using ordinary cleaning methods, the residues left after a fire often require expert attention, including specific methods and specialized products. Do-it-yourselfers might find that the damage done by non-professional cleaning approaches spread and smear soot and fail to eradicate corrosive substances, allowing damage to continue.

Engaging the services of our trained and IICRC certified technicians guarantees the use of industry best practices when cleaning up the fire damage to your Yuma home. Our experienced team assesses the damage done by the fire, which can vary from space to space within your home depending on the materials fueling the blaze. Our plan accounts for these variations, matching cleaning products and techniques for the best results.

For example, many fires start in the kitchen, burning food and accelerated by grease. SERVPRO experts know that this type of protein fire results in a thin but hard to remove coating on all surfaces. We use effective cleaning solvents and appropriately abrasive tools to gently yet thoroughly loosen the lacquer-like soot so we can wipe it away.

If the kitchen fire spreads to other living areas materials combusted can include paper and books, a lighter, ashy soot deposits in these areas. Our SERVPRO crew brush and vacuum this residue, following a protocol that contains the debris and uses HEPA filters to clear the air of persistent particles that otherwise would recoat surfaces

Fabrics like curtains and linens can do a slow smolder, depositing a sticky coating that requires a spray & wipe approach. SERVPRO seeks environmentally friendly cleaners that use wetting agents and surfactants to break the bonds of this thick soot, allowing us to scrub it away. Our specially formulated cleaning agents work very well.

Some items are difficult to clean because of crevices and intricate detailing. Our SERVPRO production facility offers specialized cleaning methods such as immersion tanks exercising ultrasonic action to dislodge soot without damaging the articles. When we partner with you to restore your fire-damaged home and possessions prepare to be amazed at the results our production technicians deliver. Items you feared ruined often return to preloss condition after our services.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City offers residents in our community professional assistance to return fire-damaged premises to “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (760) 337-5858 day or night after the firefighters release your home back to you. 

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Become Familiar With How Materials Burn in Yuma During a Fire

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire on your property, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services and great results.

How Understanding the Theory of Fire Helps During Fire Damage Restoration in Yuma 

We hope you are at an advanced stage of learning how to handle disasters such as fire damage this National Preparedness Month (NPM). It is all about knowing that disasters are inevitable, and when they happen, we have to act correctly to prevent additional damage and restore our properties to their preloss state. Some of the essential things that all Yuma residents should be aware of include: making and practicing the developed plan, learning lifesaving skills, checking your coverage, and saving for emergencies.
 
To effectively restore your property after a fire damage experience in Yuma, you need to work with professionals who have a good understanding of the theory of fire. Our SERVPRO technicians understand the impact that smoke, fire, and heat have on your property during combustion. Knowing how the various smoke components behave during a fire helps us to determine what is salvageable and if necessary to explain to customers and insurance adjusters the procedures we perform during the restoration process.
 
As materials burn, they break down and combine with oxygen, and the process gives off heat. For combustion to take place, heat, oxygen and the material to burn should be present. When the three have a perfect balance, no residues can result. So, it means smoke and soot residues form when there is incomplete combustion, as a result of the components not being in balance. Though the gaseous component of smoke is invisible, it is the small particles of carbon - unburned materials - that get suspended in the air and make it visible.
 
Soot is the smoke which has settled on surfaces, and it can form different types of acids once it combines with the air's humidity or the fire-extinguishing liquids. Some materials can corrode or discolor when they get in touch with acidic soot residues. Our SERVPRO technicians also understand that such a mixture can form unpleasant odors and compromise the quality of air. By using thermal foggers and ULV foggers, we can perform deodorization to neutralize the odor-causing agents.
 
SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City can help you control soot, smoke, and related damages after a fire damage event. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and learn more about our commercial and residential restoration services.
 
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Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration Services for the Yuma Area

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Before and After Fire photos. Yuma and the Surrounding Area can count on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Cleanup

SERVPRO's "Green Fleet" serves Yuma for Fire Emergency Mitigation Services

SERVPRO of El Centro serves the Yuma area for all kinds of property disaster restoration jobs.  Fire damage projects are generally done in two basic phases: mitigation and reconstruction (restoration.)  During the mitigation phase, the wet areas are dried and all debris is cleared away. Salvageable contents are removed for off-site cleaning.  The damaged space is made ready for the second phase which is 'restoration.' Restoration usually features heavy cleaning, demolition of damaged structural materials, deodorization, and reconstruction (build back). The final phase of restoration includes the installation of new cosmetic features such as floor coverings, texture and paint, and other finishes.

The Before and After Photos depicts a sunroom in Yuma, that was severely damaged by a house fire.  The sunroom was built by enclosing a covered patio. As you can see, the fire damage spread to other parts of the house. 

The hole in the ceiling, seen in the top left of the Before Photo is where firefighters cut a vent hole for the heat and smoke and to check for fire or embers burning in the attic.

Drywall that has not been burned and is only contaminated with soot damage can normally be saved by cleaning. When it has been severely damaged it must be replaced.  Stucco, which is the concrete-based wall coating in this sunroom, can often endure extreme heat without significant damage since it is not flammable. In this case, the stucco walls sustained only minor soot and smoke damage and only required deep cleaning and a new coat of paint.

The lighting, ceiling fan, and other fixtures that were not compromised were removed for thorough cleaning and to be reinstalled during the restoration phase. We strive to clean and not replace building materials, fixtures, and other items unless necessary. Contents such as furnishings, appliances, electronics, artwork, and decorative items are usually taken to our cleaning center for evaluation and cleaning when appropriate.

Our objective is to ensure that our clients are satisfied with the fire damage cleanup and restoration, that lingering smoke odors have been neutralized (not masked over) and we have preserved their possessions whenever possible.

The After Photo shows post-mitigation. At this point, the home is ready for repairs and reconstruction to begin.

Our SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City technicians have the skills and our "Green Fleet" is ready to roll at a moment's notice travel to a fire-loss emergency in Yuma and the surrounding areas. (760) 337-5858

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Cleaning Up Fire Damage in Your Calexico Residence

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Detectors Help to Protect Your Family and Property from Fire Losses in Calexico

Calexico Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Cleanup Services After a House Fire

A fire in your Calexico home can be a terrifying experience because of the heat and the thick black smoke that spreads everywhere. If your family is at home when a fire breaks out, getting outside is always much more important than trying to protect anything in your residence. Call the fire department from a neighbor's phone or use a cell phone, but only after you have escaped the fire. SERVPRO can help you make sense of things after the firefighters put the blaze out.
 
Calexico residents often need to find somewhere else to live immediately after fire damage ruins their home. Fortunately, most fires are not massive enough to displace families. Our technicians have special certifications from the IICRC, an international organization that sets best practice standards for the industry. Our technicians are adequately trained to handle the task of cleaning up fire damage and other disasters. Our goal is to restore your home to its preloss condition whenever possible quickly. We always advise our customers to have smoke alarms and a fire escape route available for protection of the property, and more importantly, the family.
 
One of these other compounding factors includes water that comes from broken pipes inside your residence from the intense heat. Water can also end up inside your home from firefighters putting out a fire. SERVPRO makes sure that we remove the water to mitigate the damage to your property, and then we remove the soot and charred remains of everything that caught on fire.

 “Like it never even happened,” a tagline that we live by to offer our customers the best possible results. Our fast and highly efficient manner of working in teams means your family can soon come back home. Our industry leading equipment and products expedite the fire damage cleanup and restoration service.
 
SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City can help you after your home suffers from a fire loss. We perform restoration work in Imperial and Brawley, also, and surrounding areas. No job is too small or too large for our professional restoration crews. Call us at (760) 337-5858 so we can make your home safe again for you and your children.

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Why You Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration In Calexico

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

After the First Responders Extinguish Your House Fire in Calexico, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Restore Personal Possessions After a House Fire

The damage done to your Calexico home by a household fire can feel overwhelming. After the fire department leaves, the next steps seem unclear, and you might want to take a few days before developing a plan to clean and repair the damage. This is one situation where a wait and see approach is unwise. Do not delay the call to a reliable fire restoration company.
 
You are in shock, perhaps recovering from a harrowing experience because you or some members of your family found it difficult to get out of the building safely after fire damages your Calexico dwelling. As few homeowners have the first-hand experience of performing the tasks needed to remediate a fire, you find it hard to even start on a to-do list. One of our core services is fire damage restoration, and our technicians master the industry standards as developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, the IICRC.
 
Fire residues are corrosive and begin damaging almost every type of material making up the structure of your home immediately. The longer you wait to arrange for cleanup the more profound and permanent the harm not only to your house but also to your personal property. SERVPRO crews appreciate the need for speedy restoration and commit to working efficiently to halt deterioration.

We follow a restoration philosophy, even when the fire damage appears irreparable. Your insurance carrier may recommend SERVPRO because of our reputation as tirelessly seeking to recover the function and appearance of your structural components. Demolishing and replacing is more costly and disruptive, plus you and your family lose connections to important memories and shared experiences when starting at ground zero.
 
Often we inventory, pack up, and use advanced resources available at our production facility to bring everything from the family’s clothing to priceless heirlooms back to life. You might be struggling with the belief you could be taking on the fire damage cleanup yourself to save time and money. In fact, partnering with SERVPRO can conserve both as we return items you love or depend on to their intended place in your life. We frequently hear customers relate that they believed the fire ruined an item, but found after our talented technicians used a variety of strategies that the soiling, tarnishing, and smell diminishing your property disappeared, returning a treasured piece of family and personal history.
 
SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is in business precisely to help you and your loved ones through the trauma of fire damage restoration. We answer your call at (760) 337-5858 every hour of every day because we understand crises have no business hours.

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3 Strategies for Cleaning Your Dryer’s Exhaust

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

You have probably invested a great deal of time and money in your El Centro, CA home and do all you can to protect from disaster. However, one danger you may not have considered is how easily a lint fire could start in your dryer and spread through the rest of your home. While lint buildup inside a dryer exhaust can be a considerable fire hazard, there are a few cleaning strategies that may help you reduce this risk and keep your dryer running at peak performance.

1. Use a Wet-Dry Vacuum

The powerful motor of a wet-dry vacuum can help you clean lint away from your dryer’s exhaust. Before you unplug the unit and disconnect the hose from the vent, you may want to inspect the hookup to ensure you can replace it easily. If you have a gas dryer, you may want to call in a fire damage and restoration service to assist you. Remove any attachments from the end of the vacuum and insert the open end into the hose to remove any lint balls that may be trapped inside.

2. Purchase a Cleaning Rod

Servicing your dryer’s exhaust with a cleaning rod designed for the job can reduce the risk of a lint fire. This tool is typically available at any hardware store. You can attach one end to a household drill or use the brush on its own. Insert the brush into the wall vent and rotate it several times, pulling away any accumulated lint. Repeat this process up to three times until the brush comes out clean.

3. Clean the Exterior Vents

Once you replace the exhaust hose, clean your home’s exterior exhaust vent, as lint can collect here and start a dryer fire. Remove the protective screen and use a hand-held vacuum or brush to clear away lint balls, then replace the cover securely.

Your El Centro, CA home may be vulnerable to a lint fire if you have a large family and use your dryer often. However, proper exhaust cleaning can reduce the risk of this disaster. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

3 Ways To Eliminate Smoke Odor in Your Home

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Even if none of your valuables were damaged in a fire, there may be a lingering sensation that reminds you of what happened. Smoke odor tends to stick around after a fire. It is not only unpleasant to constantly breathe in smoke, but it can also be hazardous. You need to hire professionals in El Centro, CA to carry out smoke cleaning services in your home. Professionals know what devices to use to effectively handle every last instance of smoke damage.

1. Air Filtration Devices

There are a number of air purifiers you can set up around your house. These filtration devices work by taking air in, filtering out all of the contaminants and releasing the clean air back into your home. These devices can be found in a number of home improvement stores. You can also use them if someone in your home smokes and you want to eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke.

2. Ozone Machines

Ozone machines are great if you have a larger area of space to purify. These machines can handle smoke cleaning over an area of up to 4,000 square feet. They are mostly used by commercial buildings that want to get rid of the smell of cigarette smoke from the facilities.

3. Thermal Foggers

Thermal foggers are one of the most effective ways to eliminate smoke odor from a residential home. You should leave this work to professionals, and you should notify your neighbors that it will happen, because smoke will emit from your house. You will need to vacate the premises for a specified amount of time while the experts do their job.

You do not want to put yourself or your family members in harm’s way by allowing smoke to permeate the surfaces. Smoke cleaning can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, so do not neglect this essential service. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

3 Things To Know About the Fire Cleanup Process

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

3 Things To Know About the Fire Cleanup Process

The aftermath of a fire within your home can be difficult to deal with. Working with a fire company in El Centro, California can lighten the burden because the experts know how to address smoke damage and can restore your house. However, there are many steps in the fire cleanup process, and if you aren’t sure what to expect, it can leave you completely unprepared. Help both yourself and the fire experts by learning more about the process.

1. The Inspection

Before any repairing or cleaning begins, the experts should assess what work needs to be done. Many rooms within your home may have been affected differently and can require a special type of restoration. Depending on the type of damage, different solutions may be needed. Soot damage requires special cleaning agents while water damage from the firemen’s hoses may create risk of mold growth.

2. The Process

Once the assessment of your house has been made, repairs can begin. The smoke cleaning experts will likely first board up missing windows and place tarps on damaged parts of the roof to secure your home and protect it from further impairment. They may also remove any burned items or furniture to make the cleaning process easier.

3. The Restoration

Soon, your dirty walls and possessions get the attention that they need. These professionals have powerful tools and equipment to help them clean away smoke damage, such as powerful vacuums that suck away soot and air scrubbers that eliminate odors. Once the soot is cleared away and the damage is repaired, your house can look like its pre-fire state.

Although smoke damage can be hard to manage, the fire-cleanup process is simple, fast, and effective. Experts know how to clean and repair your home, and by knowing what’s going on when they are there, not only can you help them more, but you can also have relief in knowing that your home is being taken care of. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

Is Smoke Damage Permanent?

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Is Smoke Damage Permanent?

The aftermath of a house fire can be devastating. Due to the sheer mass of tasks demanding your attention as well as the superior results of professional grade smoke odor removal devices, it is often best to delegate smoke cleaning to a trusted professional. The permanence of the residual smoke particles may depend on it.

The following circumstances often result in permanent smoke damage:

Machine drying – if you choose to home launder any smoke damaged clothing or textiles, make sure all of the smoke and soot are completely removed before machine drying. This often requires five or more wash cycles with specific detergents. The dryer can permanently set remaining smoke particles into the fibers.

Handling – in many cases, handling or even touching items before the soot, smoke, and water are removed may cause the smoke odor to become permanent.

Beyond repair – no matter your efforts, if a large percentage of your house was burned beyond repair, it is likely that many of your possessions will also be smoke damaged beyond repair, unfortunately.

The following points may help you achieve a thorough smoke removal:

Counteractants – a professional smoke cleaning service may provide both advice and specially designed smoke counteractants for home laundering your clothes and textiles.

By the numbers – with so much happening after a fire, it is difficult to keep the next logical step in mind, but it is crucial to prioritize and follow an established protocol in the correct order. For your own safety as well as the best results for your material possessions, follow the guidelines of your insurance company or a trusted disaster response source, such as FEMA. Not only will you be safer, but complete smoke removal is also more likely.

Trust the professionals – it can be tempting to try to do it yourself to save money repairing smoke damage, but many homeowners find a professional remediation service ensures a complete smoke cleaning and costs about the same as DIY in the long run.

If you have experienced a fire in El Centro, California stick to the advice of trusted professionals for your safety, and in restoring your possessions. The permanence of smoke damage depends both on the specific circumstances of the fire and on the treatment of the damaged items afterward. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

Addressing Residential Fire Damage

11/3/2017 (Permalink)


Addressing Residential Fire Damage

One of the worst things that any property owner can experience is a fire. When a fire occurs, a property owner will often have to deal with the after effects of fire damage, smoke damage and soot damage. In order to best address these problems, it will be in the best interest of the property owner to hire a fire damage restoration company. This type of company will help by providing services such as fire cleanup. A restoration company will also help restore your property by eliminating things such as a smoke smell. These companies will also board up parts of the property to protect it from further damage as well. Whether you have a fire in home or a fire in business, restoration services are a vital step to take when looking to recover from commercial fire damage.

The first thing you will need to do when experiencing fire damage is to contact a fire restoration company. This company will come over and assess the damage. When evaluating the extent of the damage, a company will check out the smoke damage, soot damage and look for any lingering smoke smell. After assessing the damage, a company will then begin the restoration process by performing fire cleanup. They will also board up sections of a home or business to ensure that they don’t incur any more damage. When looking to handle commercial fire damage from a fire in business, it will benefit landlords to hire a fire restoration service company. Homeowners who experience a fire in home will also benefit by contacting restoration service companies to help with fire damage restoration as well.


In order to address fire damage, a fire damage restoration will perform a number of tasks to help your property regain its previous condition. These companies will provide services such as fire cleanup as well as consultations. The first thing a company will do is look for things such as smoke damage, soot damage and as smoke smell. After assessing the extent of the damage, a restoration company will then begin to eliminate particles, smoke and soot by using a number of chemicals and equipment. They will then board up and cleanse the property in order to make it sanitary. After the process of cleaning up the property after a fire in home or fire in business, restoration service companies will then give the property owner advice on how to keep the property well maintained as well as prevent future fires. With the help of restoration service companies, property owners will be able to more effectively resolve any problems that come up due to commercial fire damage.

After getting your property restored from a restoration service company, property owners will want to take precautions to help prevent future fires. This includes having a fire extinguisher on hand at all times. Owners of property will also want to avoid having any flammable chemicals or substances in the house. Keeping flammable chemicals away from appliances and fixtures is also important in order to prevent a fire. When looking to prevent a fire after restoration, owners of both homes and commercial buildings will also need to turn off any appliances such as stoves when not in use. By taking these steps, property owners will ensure that they will always reduce the chances of another fire occurring and otherwise preventing one.
Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

Finding Answers After Fire Damage

8/16/2017 (Permalink)


Finding Answers After Fire Damage

No one expects to be affected by fire damage. It's a common problem you see on the news every day. Friends or relatives may have been victims of a fire. You never thought fire damage would affect your home or business. You never knew how overwhelming fire in a home or fire in a business could be until it happened to you.

Now you find yourself facing residential or commercial fire damage. You're looking at soot damage and smoke damage. Long after the flames are extinguished, smoke smell is trapped in your furniture and carpets. You may feel like smoke smell is trapped in your walls. Windows have been blasted out by the heat. Water damage is taking a toll from the fire department's hoses. Fire damage is everywhere you turn. You don't know what to do next and feel that you are too small to take on fire cleanup. You need a trusted, reliable restoration company that can take care of your fire damage restoration. Whether fire in a home or fire in a business has darkened your door, your restoration company can handle it for you.

Getting Started

When you are dealing with residential or commercial fire damage, the first priority is safety for all people who are involved. The next step is to get a comprehensive view of the fire damage, including water damage, smoke damage, and soot damage. Your professional restoration company will come to the premises at your convenience to survey the consequences of the fire. They'll look at all of the damages that have occurred after fire in a home or fire in a business has turned your world upside down. Your restoration company will make it their mission to set it right again by beginning with fire cleanup.

They'll board up any part of your home or business that is left open to vandalism and the elements. The last thing you need is more damage from the weather or intruders because your property isn't secure. Experts can board up broken windows. They can also board up any walls that need reinforcement.

If necessary, tarps can be secured to the roof if you are looking at gaping holes above your head. When the need to board up any part of the building is completed, a thorough fire cleanup process will take place. In addition to cleaning all surfaces, walls, and carpeting, the premises will be sanitized. Once the smoke smell is gone, soot damage is erased, and smoke damage is addressed, fire damage restoration is possible.

Fire Damage Restoration from the Bottom Up

Your restoration company will take care of fire cleanup from the floor up for residential and commercial fire damage. Fire in a home and a fire in a business is going to make a mess. It will destroy many things, but you can still rebuild. This especially holds true if your building is sound. Be thankful if you did not experience a total loss of your home or business. It's hard to let go of special belongings, but you will always have the memories. When you enlist the aid of restoration professionals, you will be able to make more memories. Your team of professionals will make sure that fire damage restoration happens in your home or business. Smoke damage, soot damage, and the smoke smell will all go away with your restoration team's hard work. They know how to handle residential or commercial fire damage. They can lay down new flooring or carpeting. They can put up drywall and apply fresh paint. They can thoroughly clean your furniture and put everything back in its place.

It's frightening when fire tears your world apart. Your restoration company will help you to put that world back together again. Don't be afraid to admit that you need help when you need fire damage restoration. You have skilled professionals who know exactly what to do so you don't have to worry.
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Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Your Home or Business

8/4/2017 (Permalink)


Professional Fire Damage Restoration in Your Home or Business

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that U.S. fire departments attended to 1,345,500 fires in 2015. Fire damage can be an alarming and expensive experience. Fire can spread in a matter of minutes. It can cause serious damage to your home or business. The results of fire include smoke damage, smoke smell, and soot damage. These aftermaths of fire can cause even more harm and cost. A professional fire damage restoration company will prevent further damage. You will also need board up professionals to secure a house or building. The following information will help you understand the fire damage restoration process.

Causes of Fire in Homes

Fire damage in homes causes $7.3 billion of property loss. There are also 2,500 deaths occurring every year. Furthermore, 12,600 people receive injuries every 12 months. Here are some of the causes of fire in homes:

• Unattended cooking on stoves and in ovens
• Smoking while on beds or mattresses
• Heating equipment
• Intentional fire setting (arson)
• Electrical equipment

Causes of Fire in Business Places

The NFPA reports that electrical fires rank as major causes of commercial fire damage. Electrical fires occur in buildings such as hospitals, clinics, manufacturing plants, bars, and restaurants. Here are some other common causes of fire in business places:

• Open flames in welding and cutting
• Improper use of flammable materials and gases
• Deep frying on stove tops
• Flammable materials close to cooking area
• Wood finishing products near combustible materials
• Heaters, fans, coffee makers, and toasters not unplugged

Fire Cleanup by a Professional Restoration Company

A professional restoration company will be able to cleanup fire damage. Fire cleanup is an essential step right after a fire. Fire in homes can leave unlivable conditions. Fire in business places can leave buildings unsafe for employers, workers, and other people. The following steps are done in fire damage restoration:

• Cleanup water left behind after fire
• Remove wet carpet from all floors
• Perform steps to prevent corrosion and mildew
• Use professional humidifiers to prevent mold

Board up Professionals for Home and Commercial Fire Damage

A professional board up company will use plywood and bolts to cover windows, doors, roofs, and holes in walls. The board up procedure is necessary to prevent intruders from entering the premises. Board up is also a way to prevent rain and debris from causing more home and commercial fire damage.

Smoke Damage and Smoke Smell

After the fire has gone, smoke damage can cause more destruction of property. Smoke smells can cause personal items to become useless. These are some places where smoke damage can linger and cause smoke smells:

• Soaks into walls
• Lingers in drapes
• Saturates into carpet
• Chars walls
• Scorches furniture
• Smoky air in unventilated areas

Soot Damage

Fire Damage leaves soot on items. Soot is a black dusty material that appears after a fire. It can cause permanent damage to property within the home. Here are some items that can receive soot damage:

• Walls and ceilings
• Blinds, drapes, and carpet
• Computer monitors
• Television screens
• Ventilation systems

Smoke and Soot Cleanup by a Professional Restoration Company

Smoke and soot will sometimes leave permanent damage to items in homes or business. A professional restoration company will sort out all household or business items. They will know which items to salvage or throw away during fire cleanup. Here are some things a restoration company will do to prevent further damage to a home or business:

• Cover and remove undamaged furniture
• Install fans to circulate air
• Remove water from floors and carpets
• Dry and clean wet items
• Use heavy duty vacuum to remove soot
• Use deodorizers to end smoke smells

Fire damage restoration is a necessary procedure. It will prevent more damage after a fire in homes. These steps are also necessary after a fire in business places. Fire cleanup also stops further smoke damage and soot damage. You should call professional services after home fire damage or commercial fire damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

What You Should Know About Professional Fire Damage Companies

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

What You Should Know About Professional Fire Damage Companies

Addressing fire damage on a valuable asset like a residential or commercial building is very crucial to avoid further damages that may be very costly to repair. Hiring a fire damage restoration company to rectify the problem in a timely manner will save the property owner millions of money. Hiring specialized commercial fire or soot damage restoration experts to conduct a total fire cleanup, remove smoke smell, dry the area, and repair the property with speed and skill, requires some research. Here are a few tips to guide property owners on finding the best fire damage restoration services and how to handle the smoke damage.

Why Hire Professional Services?

Often commercial and residential property owners prefer handling the fire damage remediation procedures on their own. This is a very dangerous option that may end up being costly in the long run. Ordinary citizens lack the necessary equipment, protective gear, skill set, and experience in handling fires in a business or home, and restoring a building to its original state. It's not easy to spot some of the potential hidden signs of further soot damage. Fortunately, with the availability of a myriad of fire smoke damage restoration companies in most states, a property owner or manager can get the job done right the first time.

Most insurance companies will provide credible fire and soot damage remediation service providers to help out in restoring their properties. This is a sure way of attaining information about companies that work excellently and swiftly in removing smoke smell and restoring structures that have been damaged by accidental fires.

One can also use various sources in finding the right fire damage restoration companies such as using the power of search engines, phone directories, and referrals from close friends and family members. Some of the services to look for from a reputable fire and soot damage remediation company include HVAC cleanup, debris removal, smoke smell removal, extensive drying, and structural rebuilding.

Factors to consider in selecting the right companies:

Property owners should make certain that the fire restoration companies are certified by the IICRC body, which is responsible for certifying qualified fire remediation technicians. Professionals who meet the IICRC certification standards have a badge as a show of proof that they are allowed to offer these services. It's also vital to make sure that the smoke damage removal companies are licensed to handle fire in a home or fire in a business.


Established fire and smoke damage restoration specialists should also have state-of-art fire damage restoration equipment. Good companies willingly describe their services to their potential clients including but not limited to the type of technology that they use in removing smoke smell and restoring a property that has been damaged by fires.


One should consider companies that have years of experience in handling a fire in homes and fire in business situations. Experienced professionals in handling commercial fire damage can help a homeowner or businesses to salvage vital documents such identification certificates and financial documents that are not easy to save in the case of fire in a home or a fire in a business. Most reputable companies are often more experienced than cheaper handymen who don't know much about commercial fire damage.


Fire cleanup procedures are prone to unavoidable accidents. If an accident occurs during a fire cleanup, the insurance company of the commercial fire damage mitigation company should be responsible for settling those claims. However, if the commercial building manager or homeowner decides to work with uninsured contractors, he or she will be responsible for settling any lawsuits that may arise from the accidents. Therefore, it's vital to ensure that the technicians from the commercial fire damage repair company are insured to handle fire in homes or fire in businesses before signing any contract.
Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

Fire Damage Prevention and Restoration

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevention and Restoration


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that U.S. fire departments attended to 1,345,500 fires in 2015. Fire damage can be an alarming and expensive experience. Fire can spread in a matter of minutes. It can cause serious damage to your home or business. The results of fire include smoke damage, smoke smell, and soot damage. These aftermaths of fire can cause even more harm and cost. A professional fire damage restoration company will prevent further damage. You will also need board up professionals to secure a house or building. The following information will help you understand the fire damage restoration process.

Causes of Fire in Homes

Fire damage in homes causes $7.3 billion of property loss. There are also 2,500 deaths occurring every year. Furthermore, 12,600 people receive injuries every 12 months. Here are some of the causes of fire in homes:

• Unattended cooking on stoves and in ovens
• Smoking while on beds or mattresses
• Heating equipment
• Intentional fire setting (arson)
• Electrical equipment

Causes of Fire in Business Places

The NFPA reports that electrical fires rank as major causes of commercial fire damage. Electrical fires occur in buildings such as hospitals, clinics, manufacturing plants, bars, and restaurants. Here are some other common causes of fire in business places:

• Open flames in welding and cutting
• Improper use of flammable materials and gases
• Deep frying on stove tops
• Flammable materials close to cooking area
• Wood finishing products near combustible materials
• Heaters, fans, coffee makers, and toasters not unplugged

Fire Cleanup by a Professional Restoration Company

A professional restoration company will be able to cleanup fire damage. Fire cleanup is an essential step right after a fire. Fire in homes can leave unlivable conditions. Fire in business places can leave buildings unsafe for employers, workers, and other people. The following steps are done in fire damage restoration:

• Cleanup water left behind after fire
• Remove wet carpet from all floors
• Perform steps to prevent corrosion and mildew
• Use professional humidifiers to prevent mold

Board up Professionals for Home and Commercial Fire Damage

A professional board up company will use plywood and bolts to cover windows, doors, roofs, and holes in walls. The board up procedure is necessary to prevent intruders from entering the premises. Board up is also a way to prevent rain and debris from causing more home and commercial fire damage.

Smoke Damage and Smoke Smell

After the fire has gone, smoke damage can cause more destruction of property. Smoke smells can cause personal items to become useless. These are some places where smoke damage can linger and cause smoke smells:

• Soaks into walls
• Lingers in drapes
• Saturates into carpet
• Chars walls
• Scorches furniture
• Smoky air in unventilated areas

Soot Damage

Fire Damage leaves soot on items. Soot is a black dusty material that appears after a fire. It can cause permanent damage to property within the home. Here are some items that can receive soot damage:

• Walls and ceilings
• Blinds, drapes, and carpet
• Computer monitors
• Television screens
• Ventilation systems

Smoke and Soot Cleanup by a Professional Restoration Company

Smoke and soot will sometimes leave permanent damage to items in homes or business. A professional restoration company will sort out all household or business items. They will know which items to salvage or throw away during fire cleanup. Here are some things a restoration company will do to prevent further damage to a home or business:

• Cover and remove undamaged furniture
• Install fans to circulate air
• Remove water from floors and carpets
• Dry and clean wet items
• Use heavy duty vacuum to remove soot
• Use deodorizers to end smoke smells

Fire damage restoration is a necessary procedure. It will prevent more damage after a fire in homes. These steps are also necessary after a fire in business places. Fire cleanup also stops further smoke damage and soot damage. You should call professional services after home fire damage or commercial fire damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

How to Handle a Fire Loss

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

How to Handle a Fire Loss

When you experience a fire in home or in a business, you initially may be reeling from the emotions that come with seeing a property that you love severely damaged. After you have recovered from the emotional shock of the experience, you may be wondering how you will repair the fire damage in your property. When you have a fire in home, you may not be able to live in the property until the fire cleanup process has been completed. If you have had a fire in business, you may be concerned about loss of income and how you will pay your overhead until the fire damage restoration process has been completed. Regardless of whether you have experienced residential or commercial fire damage, you can easily walk through a few steps over the course of the next few weeks to improve your property and to erase all signs of fire and soot damage.

Contact a Reputable Fire Damage Restoration Company

The impact of fire damage can be far-reaching even with a small or localized fire. For example, you may have soot damage in the areas immediately surrounding the charred areas. You may also have smoke damage throughout the entire building, and the smoke smell can be absorbed into upholstery and other surfaces. The reality is that residential and commercial fire damage alike can be devastating to deal with, and you need professional fire damage restoration services to improve the condition of your property quickly and with quality results. Whether you have a fire in business or in your home, look for a reputable and established fire damage restoration that has considerable experience in your local area and that can respond quickly to your request for assistance.

Reach Out to Your Property Insurance Company

After you have contacted a professional restoration team to assist with fire damage in your home or workplace, you should reach out to your property insurance company to file a property insurance claim. In most cases, residential or commercial fire damage repairs are covered by a property insurance policy. This generally includes all aspects of the fire cleanup process, including those related to smoke damage and soot damage. The restoration process will include eliminating the smoke smell from the property as well as restoring all damaged areas that were touched by the fire, the firefighters’ water and more. Typically, your fire damage repair company can communicate directly with your property insurance company after you have initially filed the claim, and this can make the entire process less stressful and time-consuming for you.

Prepare to Walk Through the Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup Process

While a fire in home or in your business can be upsetting, seeing the fire damage repair process underway can be cathartic. The fire cleanup crew will initially work to remove all signs of residential or commercial fire damage after you have had a fire in business or in your home. This includes removing charred items that cannot be restored as well as areas touched by soot damage. Eliminating the smoke smell from smoke damage in your property requires a special cleanup and deodorization process. The smoke smell could remain even after the charred areas have been removed, so this aspect of the fire cleanup process is critical. The repair process after you have had a fire in home or in a business can take weeks or even months in some cases, so be patient as you walk through the process.

Your primary goal after you had a fire in business or in your home is to return your property to its previous condition as soon as possible. This can be an expensive and time-consuming process. However, when you walk through these steps, you will be able to more easily navigate through the fire damage restoration process and enjoy a property that is completed renovated to your satisfaction. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

The Business and Home Fire Damage Restoration Cleanup Process

4/22/2017 (Permalink)

The Business and Home Fire Damage Restoration Cleanup Process

There is no way to know what to expect from fire damage in the home or business until it strikes without warning. When it comes to fire in business or fire in home, you need to have a professional fire loss restoration team on site quickly so they can shoulder the burden and get your life back to some degree of normalcy.

Here is what you can expect from the fire in business and fire in home restoration cleanup process.

Regardless what time of day or night the fire damage occurred, you can call the fire loss restoration team 24 hours a day to get the ball rolling. It is urgent that the fire cleanup team arrive quickly because the situation can go from bad to worse as the fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage increases due to the amount of water on the property. Once the fire cleanup team has properly assessed all the fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage, they can focus on developing a clear plan of action.

The fire in business or fire in home need to secure the location, so they make every effort to board up fire damage to windows, doors, and even place a tarp on the roof that suffered significant fire loss damage. The fire in business and fire in home team have to make sure that the area is secure before they can continue the fire cleanup.

In the event that we are talking about commercial fire damage, everything is escalated ten-fold due to the sheer volume of space and things affected by soot damage, fire damage, smoke damage, and decreased air quality. The commercial fire damage professionals have to carefully determine which pieces of equipment are salvageable, then secure a large space before the cleaning can begin. The commercial fire damage team needs plenty of time, so the sooner you call the fire loss restoration team, the faster they can get working. In the commercial fire damage setting, getting the soot damage and smoke damage cleaned to improve air quality is of the utmost concern because employee health is at stake.

Now comes the complicated and time consuming process where the fire in business or fire in home experts have to remove all the water from the area. With extensive soot damage and smoke damage, comes an abundance of water that was needed to put out the fire. The fire cleanup professionals will make use of numerous dehumidifiers and extremely powerful air movers that will dry the locations after the fire loss restoration team has removed standing water.

Air quality is an important concern whether we are talking commercial fire damage or a home fire. The air quality has to be addressed quickly because water can lead to mold, and mold can severely compromise air quality dramatically. The fire cleanup team will spend a considerable amount of time using specialized equipment to remove smoke remnants and soot deposits from ceilings, walls, and all the other surfaces throughout the property.

Call your local fire cleanup team 24 hours a day to help restore your property to the condition before that fire occurred. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

The After Math of a Fire and How to Prevent Other Associated Problems from Occurring

4/22/2017 (Permalink)

The After Math of a Fire

No individual wants to ever encounter a fire in the home or a fire in the business. Experiencing a fire loss can be traumatizing to owners. Aside from the fire damage to the property, the process of getting their lives back to normal is difficult for many. They must begin to take careful account of how severe the fire damage has affected their property.

A commercial fire damage can also be devastating to its’ owners. Many of these structures involve several business outlets within the same building. For many owners, it can mean a halt on their finances, especially if their business depended on daily sales. The quicker the fire cleanup begins the faster their business can operate again.

It is a stressful situation but a necessary step to begin recovery and help file insurance claims more accurately. This includes taking pictures, writing down all visual damage, and possibly items that can be saved. In most cases -since it may be dangerous to enter the home or business place- the help of fire damage restoration specialists is required.

How Can a Fire Damage Restoration Company Help?

Recovery from a fire loss is more efficient and speedier when it is done by a fire damage restoration company. When an individual has experienced the aftermath of a fire in the home or a fire in the business, it threatens their sense of security and often results in emotional and financial hardship. The fire loss from commercial fire damage is also a disastrous experience.

A commercial fire damage will not only encounter soot damage, but the lingering odor often left behind by smoke damage may be unbearable. Therefore, it is very important to improve the air quality as soon as possible. When the air quality reaches a tolerable level, then it becomes easier and safer to enter the property. The air quality of the structure will be much better after a complete fire cleanup has been done.

Soot damage on upholstery or carpets requires deep cleaning if they are able to be saved. It is not uncommon to have no choice but to get rid these items due to heavy soot damage. Some items may cost more to clean than to replace.

To save as much as possible -whether personal possessions or the structure itself- fire damage restoration specialists have the right tools for an effective fire cleanup. Fire loss recovery professionals are fully equipped to deal with the soot damage and smoke damage often left behind after a fire in the home or a fire in a business place. They understand the health risks and danger that soot damage and smoke damage can cause.

How Important is a Fire Cleanup?

A fire cleanup is vital when someone experiences a fire loss. A fire in a home or a fire in a business structure is a stressful experience. An efficient fire cleanup improves the air quality quicker. Discoloration to walls and ceilings caused by smoke damage need to be cleaned using high power tools.

When done by a professional fire damage recovery company it can also help owners who need to file insurance claims properly. Often only visual damage is seen. A fire in the home or a fire in a business place can cause damage inside walls and under floorboards. A commercial fire damage can deem the whole building unsafe for the owners to enter.

This is why it is important to have a company that specializes in fire loss recovery to analyze the destruction often missed from a commercial fire damage. Smoke damage needs to be addressed in a timely manner to get air quality stabilized. This speeds the process of recovery and business can return to normal. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

Emergency Board Up

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Home that needs an Emergency Board Up

Did you know SERVPRO of El Centro/ Salton City can help you with Emergency Board Ups? 

If you experience a fire loss or catastrophic loss in your home or business our team is available 24/7, 365 days a year to come on site and start securing your property.

We are also able to start with the cleanup process and inventorying your belongings. This process is critical when you experience a fire to make sure you document and have solid communication with your insurance company. 

If you have any questions about our board up services, fire damage restoration or anything else call us directly at (760) 337-5858 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com/ and will be happy to help! 

Fire Cleanup in El Centro and Salton City, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup Team in El Centro, CA

Fire Cleanup in El Centro and Salton City, CA

Fire damage among other vices can significantly reduce the value of a home not to mention causing serious losses. Unfortunately, accidents are sometimes inevitable and they can occur at any time and any place including Imperial CA. What is important is to find a way of handling the disaster as soon as it occurs to contain the disaster and minimize smoke damage. Several measures can be taken to rectify the issue in El Centro and Salton City.

Hire Professionals
Fire damage can cause extensive losses in just a few hours. Quick response by specialists and experts from Imperial CA and Calexico CA is something every homeowner can gain from. The right experts can help restore some of the fixtures in the home including faucets and locks, which in turn contributes to lower repair and replacement costs. Hiring professionals immediately you notice an outbreak will help minimize soot damages, facilitate prompt restoration, and maintain good air quality. This is something that all residents of El Centro and Salton City, CA can benefit from.

Professionals will also make use of the right tools when dealing with the damage caused by fire as well as soot damages and smoke damages. They have excellent techniques acquired through training and experience. They can restore air quality within a short period. Investing in trained professionals is a move that one can never go wrong with. These experts are well equipped to respond to emergencies as they occur. You do not have to worry about water damage from fire.

Focus on timing
When handling fire disasters, timing can make a significant difference. Immediate repairs and smoke control can help save lives and minimize the spread of the fire. Timely intervention can help save precious items from soot damage and spare you the extra cost of restoring antique and precious drawings and paintings.

Experience is key
A company that is well known for handling fire problems is likely to assess and determine the full extent of damage caused by fire. Take your time sourcing for a company that is well informed and equipped to handle all fire challenges and disasters. The last thing you want is soot and water damage from fire or other related damages from improper handling of a fire tragedy. Work with a company that keeps you informed of every step that they make. Reliability is critical when choosing an expert to work with in El Centro and Salton City.
Insist on proof of quality service
Fire damage restoration includes a number of services. These may be:
- Smoke removal
- Air quality improvement
- Odor removal
- Air duct cleaning
- Soot removal
- Carpet cleaning and padding
- Cleaning and sanitation
- Professional deodorizing.
All the above services require skilled personnel. Look out for maximum results in Calexico, CA. This may mean spending time on research and conducting interviews until you get the very best the industry has to offer.

You can get excellent fire restoration services in Imperial CA, particularly Calexico CA. Look out for affordability and quality among the choices on offer. The best way to have assurance for your property after a fire calamity is to invest in the right experts. It is worth it. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage and the cleanup process.

Handling a Fire Loss in El Centro and Salton City, CA

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in El Centro, California

Handling a Fire Loss in El Centro and Salton City, CA

Fire damage can occur within a matter of hours, causing extensive damage to door handles, faucets, and other metal fixtures, if not treated right away. However, if repairs are addressed swiftly, it can help maximize the effect of items and at a lower cost than replacing them. Professionally trained technicians in El Centro and Salton City CA, Calexico CA, and Imperial CA understand fire emergency needs and respond promptly to fire and soot restoration, so there is less damage.

Handling Fire Damage Timing is everything when it comes to addressing fire destruction. Fire repair needs to start right away in order to salvage many items, such as fixtures, metals, and personal items, which is especially crucial for businesses who risk a loss of revenue, employees, reputation, and customers from forced downtime. Professional techniques and processes for cleaning smoke damage, soot damage, and water damage from fire, can often stop owners from having a lot of replacement costs and lowers overall costs for remediation. Fire Damage Cleanup Professional cleaning solutions and techniques can drastically increase the ability to save damaged property without the need to replace it, saving property owners both money and time.

Emergency fire repair services can take a lot of the effects of fire and reverse it as much as possible to make restoration and fire repair less unpleasant. Treatment for fire destruction can include smoke removal, odor removal, total cleaning and sanitation, professional deodorizing, temporary protection, carpet and padding removal, and air duct and air vent cleaning for improved air quality. Professional Fire Cleanup in El Centro and Salton City, CA Restoration of soot damage, smoke damage, and water damage from fire requires knowledge and skill, so property owners can rest assure the job is done right. Therefore, when selecting a local fire clean up company, it is important to select one that is highly experienced and skilled in fire repairs and clean up for maximum results. Dealing with a fire disaster can be scary and stressful, so selecting a company that understands the emotional effects of fire and smoke disaster and demonstrates sensitivity and urgency when responding to the emergency, can help ease the tension.

A company that is highly experienced in fire disaster can determine the full extent of damage and explain to property owners what can be saved as well as how it can be done. When selecting a company, choose one that keeps property owners informed every step of the process and explains the results and treatment plan in a straightforward way, so owners know exactly what to expect. When selecting a fire repair company, it also important to select one that respectfully treats and handles property as if it were their own and takes the necessary care to protect the flooring and personal property, in order to ensure the safety of precious items.

Fire Damage Safety

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

If you experience a fire loss in your lifetime with your home or business it is important that you take the following safety requirements. 

First do not enter the property until you do so with a training professional. Many times after a significant fire loss, the structure can be unstable and could cause significant injuries or death. Overall it is best to get your insurance company involved immediately and have a company like SERVPRO of El Centro/ Salton City arrive immediately. This way they can start to scope the damages and prepare a plan to get your place cleaned and rebuilt. 

One thing to know when walking the property once it is cleared as safe, is to make sure you have gloves and protective respiratory equipment. It is not safe to breath in the harmful odors that are left after the fire. Be careful touching items for it will smear smoke damage further and make certain items more difficult to clean. 

As we discussed it is best to get trained professionals on site immediately to get the process moving forward. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our office at any time.