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When A Fire Damages Your Seal Beach Property Our Experts Are Here To Help!

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When A Fire Damages Your Seal Beach Property Our Experts Are Here To Help! If you ever have a situation where both fire and water affected your house, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400.

Fire Cleanup Experts In Seal Beach Discuss Problems With Heat And Moisture

When a fire burns inside a structure, it often gets extinguished using water by either you or the fire department. After a burn takes place, it is likely that you will need a fire cleanup conducted by a professional company like SERVPRO. When heat and moisture damage items, the combination of the two create different scenarios. Moisture can cause soot residues to bleed deeper into materials making them more difficult to remove. If fire cleanup does not get completed quickly, there is a chance that the excessive moisture can cause mold to develop on organic substances, creating another issue.

Moisture added to burn damage can make the problems with your contents and building materials worse. For example, if burnt wooden items get saturated, they might have to be replaced instead of being cleaned and refinished as a part of your fire cleanup project in Seal Beach. In some cases, if items do not get charred deeper than a quarter inch, then our SERVPRO technicians can sand down and refinish the materials. However, when moisture gets added to these situations, the burnt material can soak deep into an object and make refinishing impossible. A major part of any restoration project is to figure out what we can fix with cleaning and restoring, and which items we must remove and replace.

As soon as our professionals arrive at your property, our SERVPRO estimators begin testing your contents and building materials with their test kits. These kits contain a variety of cleaning chemicals for various scenarios. We test-clean the different surfaces in your home to figure out what will work and what will not. Once we figure out what we can mitigate with refinishing and soot removal, we compile an initial estimate for you and your insurance company.

Once the initial estimate gets completed, we devise a plan to restore anything inside your home that got damaged. If you ever have a situation where both fire and water affected your house, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24 hours a day.

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What Few People Know About the Extent to Which a Seal Beach Fire can Affect Your Home

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Few People Know About the Extent to Which a Seal Beach Fire can Affect Your Home The damages after a fire can appear far worse than they really are. Contact SERVPRO right away to inspect and remediate.

How Fire Damages Disturb Your Seal Beach Residence

Among the most devastating of situations that your Seal Beach home can experience is a disaster when you are away. While the effects continue to worsen, you are unaware that a problem even exists. Often in cases like fires, first responders and firefighters become aware of a blaze long before the occupants of the house. Returning to the damages that a widespread fire can cause can seem impossible to overcome.

However, overcoming fire damages that occur in your Seal Beach home is what our technicians get trained to do. From the moment that we arrive at your house, we assess the full extent of the damage and develop a plan to treat each of the effects that we encounter. With our commitment to responding as quickly as possible, our SERVPRO emergency response team can ensure the damages to your home do not need to continue to worsen.

While you can speculate about the type of damage that fire in your home could do, it might be better to know about how penetrative and destructive a disaster like this is. From the initial combustion, wherever the fire originated, the flames spread out quickly over construction materials, fabrics, flooring, ceilings, insulation, and carpeting. These reactions cause smoke and soot, two of the effects that are often challenging for even highly trained SERVPRO professionals to overcome.

Beyond the structural damages that are clear to see, a homeowner also has to worry about the atmosphere in their residence once flames have gotten extinguished. Fires do not discern what they burn, and therefore, chemicals and toxins could be throughout the air in your house that could pose a hazard to those without the appropriate personal protective equipment.

There are many effects that you have to concern yourself with when you are attempting to recover from the damage fire can do to your house. Our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress team of experts has the equipment and the expertise to help you through every step of the restoration process. Give us a call when disaster strikes at (562) 431-9400.
 
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A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause Fire Damage Inside Of Your Seal Beach Home

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause Fire Damage Inside Of Your Seal Beach Home Faulty wiring inside of your walls, or within the plug of your slow cooker, can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home.

A Slow Cooker Can Malfunction And Cause A Fire

Slow cookers are an attractive cooking option for people who work long hours and don't want to have to return home to cook a full supper, but the problem is that leaving them unattended could cause fire damage inside of your home. In many ways, these devices are advertised as something you can leave to cook your food for long hours while you are away. However, that doesn't necessarily make it safe to do so.

Faulty wiring inside of your walls, or within the plug of your slow cooker, can cause fire damage inside of your Seal Beach home. Fortunately for your house, you happened to use this device while staying home for the day and you were able to extinguish out the fire on your own. However, the device did manage to leave fire damage behind around the outlet it was plugged into, and on your walls, countertop, and cupboards as well.

In situations like these, promptly getting a professional restoration company, like SERVPRO, to your home can make the difference between a successful remediation and a not so successful one. Soot adheres itself onto various surfaces at extremely high temperatures and reacts with them differently. Depending on what it attaches itself to, it can cause discoloration. Should the issue not be addressed immediately, the discoloration can increasingly grow to be far worse over time. Plastics can yellow, and glass can turn brown. To prevent discoloration, call for help swiftly.

SERVPRO can bring the necessary trade tools to deal with the fire damage inside of your kitchen. To remove the soot from your cupboards and walls, SERVPRO can use lubricating cleaning methods to try and lift the soot away from the wood and drywall. On your countertops, glass, and plastics, we can try chemical cleaners that can break down the soot and allow it to be wiped away.

As well as dealing with the soot, SERVPRO can clean up any burnt bits of plastics or kitchen utensils. Our goal is to leave your home feeling like it did in its pre-fire state. However, cleaning up the physical signs is not always enough, as fire often leaves an odor behind. We can use thermal foggers to combat the very particles that cause the malodor in the first place and neutralize them, leaving your kitchen smelling "Like it never even happened."

If faulty equipment causes a fire inside of your house, never hesitate. Reach out to SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress by calling (562) 431-9400. No matter the time or day, we're available to take the damage away.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Seal Beach Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Technicians In Seal Beach Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place.

Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place. Once something burns, the fire gets hotter and hotter causing it to spread throughout the structure. When the blaze grows, it can consume various things inside your home including structural components and your valued possessions. If a fire can get hot enough, it can gain the ability to burn any type of material even if it is fire resistant. Usually, organic materials burn first then the synthetic materials go up in flames next.

When things burn, parts of items fully combust while others do not. When mitigating fire damage in Seal Beach, our SERVPRO technicians are tasked with determining which contents can be saved and which ones can be replaced. When items get severely burnt, they lose their structural integrity and must be replaced. Building materials such as drywall and wooden studs get removed and rebuilt if the charring is bad enough. The contents inside your house also get assessed for damage.

Any item that has been severely burnt or charred must be disposed of in sealed plastic bags, so that burnt dust does not get into the home's airflow. In some cases, wooden furniture can be saved by treating and refinishing. When assessing the damage with furniture the same rule applies as with wooden building materials. If the damage is more than a quarter inch deep into the surface of the item, then the piece of furniture may be ruined and get discarded. If the burnt material is less than a quarter inch deep on the object's surface than it is possible to save the item with some effort from our IICRC certified SERVPRO restoration team.

In many situations, before we refinish an item, we move it out of the building into a clean and disinfected location. Moving the item allows our technicians to work on your contents separately from your building materials speeding up the entire process. Once the items are moved we sand down the furniture so that there is no more charring present. If the piece has a stained and glossy surface, then we refinish the item and attempt to restore it to pre-damage condition. If the wooden parts of the furniture are painted, then we paint with a specialized sealant before repainting the item.

Sanding and refinishing items can save time and money with the overall project. If you ever need professional help with fire problems, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7.

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Restoring Water Damage Following A Fire In Your Seal Beach Home

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Water Damage Following A Fire In Your Seal Beach Home SERVPRO Can Remove Water and Fire Damage from Your Seal Beach Home

SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Both Fire and Water Damage

Fires to your Seal Beach residence might be hard for you to stomach when you first start to witness the devastation and destruction that this occurrence can cause. However, with the right professional help, you can overcome nearly any scenario and restore the damage back to how your home used to look.

While the fire damages to your Seal Beach home might be widespread and affect a variety of your senses, our experienced professionals can work to address each of these concerns based on their severity. With more massive fires to structures, high volumes of water often get used to quell the flames. While extinguishment is vital to the process, it can often leave behind considerable water damage that must get restored before work can even start on the present fire effects.

While much of this damage turns up in the initial inspection of the property by our SERVPRO professionals to assess the full scope of the fire damages, water damage in this environment poses a considerable threat to the structural integrity of your home, amongst other potential risks from allowing it to persist. If the water pooled in areas of your home, extraction begins the water damage restoration plan.

This extraction might utilize a pump truck from our SERVPRO fleet if the volume is severe enough. Otherwise, portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands get used to pulling up the water. Drying follows suit after the extraction, and this is one of the most critical parts of restoring water damage. Air movers and dehumidifiers are at the heart of the job, but specialized equipment like drying mats or the injectidry system can focus drying attention underneath flooring or in wall cavities.

While you might not think about water damages in regards to a recent fire in your home, this situation requires immediate attention. Failure to completely dry the area can result in undesirable effects, such as mold growth. Trust in the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress technicians to help you set things right. Give us a call anytime at (562) 431-9400.

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Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Careful- Surfside Fire Damage can Create Dangerous Breathing Conditions Always check with professionals to make sure it is safe to go back into your home after a house fire.

Learn About The Health Effects Fire Damage in Surfside Can Cause


Staying safe in the aftermath of fire damage in Surfside should be one of your top concerns, as even small fires can sometimes create hazardous conditions for the unprepared. While SERVPRO technicians have the safety tools and training to avoid harm from a fire, you should be wary of some of the veiled threats in your home. In particular, face masks are essential to keep your lungs and throat clear of harmful particles and substances, as they can help to filter out many dangerous contaminants. Otherwise, these airborne substances could cause adverse health effects now or down the road.

Smoke and Ash

Smoke and ash can persist for long after the Surfside fire damage has run its course. These substances can have a varied and inconsistent makeup, but always hold the risk of causing serious health effects for both those affected by a respiratory condition and individuals who are otherwise in good health. SERVPRO uses thorough cleaning procedures and industrial fogging treatments to eliminate smoke particles from the area, but these materials can still cause harm before our work is complete.

Toxic Fumes

Some fires may burn through materials or chemicals that create toxic fumes and gases after being set alight. While these gases may escape through doors and windows in your home, some may also be trapped inside the home, presenting a serious risk to anyone passing through. Many of these chemicals cannot be stopped with a simple face mask, so you should always be wary of unusual smells and sensations after a fire.

Sawdust, Asbestos, and Other Particles

A fire can alter a home in unpredictable ways, sometimes allowing building materials to become airborne and find their way into your respiratory system. Sawdust, glass, and other fragmented building materials can be a common risk, but some older homes may even contain asbestos, an even more dangerous concern. We check and filter the air thoroughly to eliminate any of these threats, even microscopic ones.

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Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Repairing a Ceiling Frame in Your Cypress Home after Fire Damage causes it to Warp Smoke Detectors Help Mitigate Fire Damage to Ceilings and Homes--SERVPRO Tip

SERVPRO Can Cleanup and Restore Your Property After a Severe Fire

Some homes in Cypress contain sections with tiled ceilings. Many types of ceiling tiles help reduce noise inside the area as well as provide a low-maintenance but beautiful look to a home. The frames the tiles rest on generally come in two types of materials - lightweight aluminum or vinyl.

Fire damage in Cypress can come about from the generated heat, which can melt or warp structures such as suspended ceiling frames in your home. SERVPRO can help restore your home in many ways, including such structural aspects. We know that it is important to your family that we work quickly but thoroughly as we make it "Like it never even happened" inside your home.

Along with the framework, the ceiling space often contains other components, many of which are vital to your home's comfort level. The ducts for your HVAC system often run through the ceiling. Our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FST) must clean these and the vents from smoke and soot deposits. Until then, smoke residue and soot can travel within your home and continue damaging your belongings.

Plumbing often runs through the area between one story and another, and some attics now hold the water heater to save space on lower floors. We can remove damaged sections in a partial demolition so the plumbing in your residence can be repaired by the proper contractor. Ceiling frames and tiles provide much easier service access to these and other parts of your home than other ceilings types allow.

SERVPRO technicians also clean the contents of homes suffering from fire damage. We perform this at your home or our secure site. We can discuss the options with you, so you fully understand the details of how we operate. Our goal is to serve you, our customer so that your family can more easily recover and move forward after tragic events such as a significant house fire.

SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress can answer the questions you may have after a catastrophic event. Fire damage can seem insurmountable, but we can help you overcome all the obstacles facing your family. Call our local number for 24-hour service. We can be reached at (562) 431-9400, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Remodeling vs. Restoring after Fire Damage within Your Los Alamitos Residence

12/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remodeling vs. Restoring after Fire Damage within Your Los Alamitos Residence Fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave so that we can quickly remediate and prep for restoration.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Remediate Damage After a Fire Incident in Your Home

After a house fire in Los Alamitos, some homeowners decide that restoring their home to the same floor plan does not suit the needs of their families. What may have worked out wonderfully at purchasing time can become much smaller for a growing family. Empty-nesters might find that their homes now offer too much living space and desire to change it so it can serve other purposes.

After fire damage affects their Los Alamitos home, residents have different options regarding restoration. If a home sustains enough damage that gutting the interior walls and other structures took place, a new floor plan is an option. Some homeowners choose this option to not only make their home suit their current needs better, but to also save on rebuilding costs.
 
The professionals at SERVPRO are here to serve our customers' needs after a disaster, including going the extra mile in preparing fire damaged homes for such extensive restoration work. Ensuring that a clean slate, free of all debris and non-essential or burned structures no longer can impede rebuilding efforts, we help make sure that rebuilding efforts can proceed on schedule. Part of proceeding along this journey includes insurance agents and gaining their approval. As a neutral third party, we often help homeowners by providing written assessments of the damage.
 
When a home's floor plan remains mostly unfazed by a fire, significantly changing it should come only after careful consideration of the factors involved. Costs can rise significantly in such cases, and homeowners should factor in possible complications involving electrical wiring, plumbing, and other issues. Removing a wall may seem simple enough to carry out until builders determine that the wall in question provided structural support to the second level of the house.
 
Other damages, such as those to personal belongings, furniture, household furnishings such as carpets, draperies, blinds, and big-ticket items, are listed on our inventory sheets. We place each one in the appropriate category as salvageable, destroyed, or uncertain, helping you complete claims involving replacement costs.
 
SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress strives to help the people in our area continue their lives after disastrous events. Locally owned and operated, we want to help families affected by fire damage return home. We are always ready to help you, regardless of the hour, 365 days a year. Our services are available 24 hours a day by calling us at (562) 431-9400.

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