Recent Fire Damage Posts

Is All Smoke Damage the Same?

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

smoke billowing with fire in the background 24hour Emergency Services 818-882-4556

There  Are Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke, wet and dry. This means that there are different types of soot and residue after a fire. Even though there are only 2 types, the combinations and effects are numerous.  When we visit you after a smoke, soot, or fire cleanup, SERVPRO of Woodland Hills will investigate to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will be based on the information identified during pretesting. We will then know how to proceed.

Wet Smoke – (Plastic and Rubber) Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

  • Low heat
  • smoldering
  • pungent odor
  • sticky or smearing

Dry Smoke – (Paper and Wood)

  • Fast burning, spreads quickly
  • high temperatures that demolish everything
  • heat rises, therefore, smoke rises 

Protein Fire Residue – (Produced by evaporation of materials)

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

Since every smoke and fire damage is a little different, each requires a solution tailored to the conditions.  SERVPRO of Woodland Hills has the expertise and experience to restore your fire, soot, and smoke damage.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today – 818-882-4556

Who Chooses? Hiring A Fire Restoration Company

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment and van Choose SERVPRO for your water damage cleanup services. 818-881-3636

Talking to your insurance company can be a daunting experience after a fire loss.  When you do make the call there will be a lot of questions, including the very important:

Which restoration company are you going to use?

  • Do You know who gets to decide?
  • What does a “Preferred Vendor” mean?
  • Who are preferred vendors”?
  • Why are they preferred?

When you need to make a claim after fire soot, or smoke damage loss, many property owners need help. Whether it is property damage due to fire, water damage, or biological hazard, it is a trying time already without having to worry about navigating the claims process.

First Your insurance company's adjuster will check to see if you have coverage. Then they might make a suggestion from a list of people they already have relationships with. They have a list of Preferred Vendors in your area that they recommend you choose from.  You can also choose any contractor that you are comfortable with.

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills has agreements with thousands of insurance companies and pre-agreed upon pricing to ensure that not only is your loss covered you will not have to come out of pocket because we negotiate with them and are paid directly by them.

If you have fire damage or any loss call SERVPRO of   818-882-4556

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

fire damaged office building hall If you suffer from smoke damage or fire damage, Call SERVPRO today 818-882-4556.

Wildfire damage can affect everything in your home, from the structure to appliances and personal items. After the fire, contacting SERVPRO will be very helpful. Our team knows how to get your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills specializes in restoring the contents that have received fire damage or water damage or both.  We assess all your belongings to determine what can be restored to “pre-fire” condition.

Here are some things that SERVPRO can use to clean personal items after a fire:

  • Wet cleaning - This cleaning method is used to remove heavier residues.
  • Foam cleaning -  Used for upholstery since the fabric can shrink or bleed if water is used.
  • Dry cleaning - This method is good for cleaning light residue on delicate items.
  • Immersion cleaning -  Where items are dipped into a cleaning product.

If the damage to your home or business will need extensive restoration or cleaning,  SERVPRO of Woodland Hills can organize a move-out by removing your items from places that have smoke damage. This will streamline the remodeling process and protect your property. After we complete the restoration and construction, move-in can be performed.  This is when we unpack and reset your contents for you.

If you have sustained fire damage to your home, call us today for assistance: 818-882-4556.

Fire Damage Leads to Water Damage & Mold Damage

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro logo with kitchen fire in background For immediate assistance call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills 818-882-4556

Firefighters use water to extinguish the fire but this also saturates contents with wet smoke, and soot making the cleanup very difficult. 

When water combines with toxic soot it produces a chemical reaction that is acid and will damage property further if left too long.  The high-pressure water from fire hoses, and in fact, any water, that gets into the crevasses of interior spaces, attics, ceiling, in walls and along floorboards and carpeting, if not removed and dried quickly will develop the problem of toxic black mold as well as the fire damage. This process happens very quickly so you need to act immediately to avoid further damage. 

Call us at 818-882-4556 for immediate assistance for residential and commercial fire and water restoration and smoke odor removal cleaning services.

Not Just Fire and Water Damage

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

fire damage with the walls and contents burnt Faster to any size disaster Call Now! 818-882-4556

It's easy to associate SERVPRO of Woodland Hills to fire and water damage restoration.  From the commercials you may have seen, to the natural disasters we’ve had, SERVPRO is in the forefront when it comes to helping in a disaster. However, there is much more to us than just fire and water clean-up.

Firstly, we have a 1-4-8 policy. Within 1 hour from our notice of loss, we will contact you for service arrival times. Secondly, within 4 hours, we will be on-site to start services. Thirdly, within 8 business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to you.

RESTORATION SERVICES IN WOODLAND HILLS

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup

Water Extraction

Dehumidification 

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Move-Outs and Move Back

Contents Restoration

Document Drying     

Contents Claim Inventory Services 

Biohazard, Crime Scene, Hoarding and Vandalism

Carpet, Upholstery, & Drape Cleaning

Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors 

Deodorization

HVAC and Duct

As well as this list of services, we also are here as advisors for our clients. You could be wondering if damages are worth filing a claim and potentially getting dropped by your insurance provider, we are here to help with information on costs and services any time. Just give us a call and we're happy to help. 818-882-4556 

Fire Cleanup Services for Homes and Businesses

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup in Woodland Hills, CA

Commercial and Residential Fire Cleanup Services SERVPR of Woodland Hills

You would think that after a fire has been extinguished and the firemen have gone, the damage would be over. That is not the case with fires.

Immediate response after a fire can ensure additional damage is not done to the property or the contents. When measures have been taken to extinguish a fire you may need to address both water and fire damage. The smoke and soot damaged items become saturated with water and it becomes a mess. This is not a job for the do-it-yourself property owner. The professionals at SERVPRO of Woodland Hills are the experts in both water and fire restoration.

Call now for a free estimate! 818-882-4556

Fire Safety Info. From SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Prevention is Key to Survival. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills Fire Tips.

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills - sharing important fire safety information for you and your loved ones. Taking these precautionary measures can drastically reduce the risk of fire, injury, property loss, and even death.

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

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

Be proactive! Don’t risk becoming a statistic! For more information about Fire Safety, call or stop by SERVPRO of Woodland Hills 

21250 Califa St. #103

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

818-882-4556

Fire Prevention tips from SERVPRO

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

24 hour emergency services guaranteed!

After a fire disaster you may be in shock, be overwhelmed and not know what to do. SERVPRO understands this is a very emotional time for you,
and we are here to help.

Many fires in the home and workplace can be prevented. The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Call SERVPRO 24/7/365 if you have a fire, water damage, mold, or cleaning emergency.

Planning Your Escape

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Escape Route

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills helping you plan a way out of a fire.

A flame can quickly grow out of control and turn into a large, uncontrollable fire in less than 30 seconds, it’s vital for you to establish and plan your family’s fire escape plan. Remember, building your family’s fire escape plan can keep your family safe!

Fires are the most common disaster in the nation, so when a fire happens, there is no time to waste.  A fire escape plan can help ensure that your family evacuates quickly and safely through routes that are pre-planned discussed and practiced.

Here’s a plan to help you prepare your family’s escape:

  1. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, and on every level of your house. Test each alarm monthly and change batteries at least once a year.
  2. Draw a floor plan of your home, marking ways out of every room. It’s important to make sure that all family members know how to open doors and window locks. Also, if you have security bars, they should have a quick-release feature that can be operated from the inside.
  3. If your house has two or more floors, place escape ladders in or near windows to provide an escape route. If you live in an apartment, never use the elevator to escape, use the stairs.
  4. Set a plan in advance for who will help the very young, elderly, or physically challenged members of your family.
  5. Teach your family that when the smoke alarm sounds, they should:
    • Roll out of bed onto the floor.
    • Stay low beneath the smoke and crawl to the door.
    • Check the door for heat with the back of the hand. If the door is cool, then open it slowly and check to see if it’s safe to crawl to the nearest exit. If the door is hot, don’t open it! Instead, place a towel or blanket across the bottom of the door to keep smoke out and crawl to the nearest window to exit the house.
  6. Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance (more than 300 feet away) from your home and make sure everyone knows to meet at this location after they escape the burning house.
  7. Once everyone is safely at the designated meeting spot, call your local fire department from a friend or neighbor’s house.
  8. Under no circumstances should you re-enter your house. Once you are out of the burning house, stay out until a fire official gives you permission to re-enter the house.
  9. Practice your family’s fire escape plan at least once every six months. It’s important to practice it during the day and during the night and make the fire drill as realistic as possible. Be sure to practice all escape routes to ensure all household members know how to escape safely.

If there is a fire call SERVPRO of Woodland Hills 818-882-4556 24/7/365

Fire Damage Restoration Services By SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO 24/7/365. 818-882-4556

Fires are one of the most devastating forces in nature, when one of them happens to your home or business, they are a life changer.

That is why it's important to prepare for such events ahead of time so you can put your family or your business in the best position to recover and recover quickly. This is where the Restoration Experts at SERVPRO of Woodland Hills can help. Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

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

Securing your property with a board up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO has you covered.

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

SERVPRO - Restoring Your Woodland Hills Commercial Property After A Fire

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Reseda California. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills 24 hour Emergency Services 818-882-4556.

What To Expect: 

When SERVPRO of Woodland Hills visits your home or business after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire, soot, and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home or business , call us right away at 818-882-4556. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care. 

Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Help for a Woodland Hills fire damage - SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills - 24/7 Emergency Services: Fire, Water Damage, Mold, Biohazard, Cleanup. 818-882-4556 SERVPROwoodlandhills.com

What you can expect from SERVPRO of Woodland Hills:  When we visit your Woodland Hills home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 818-882-4556. SERVPRO  will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care. 

Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fire Safety Tips from your local SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

This is a fire in Woodland Hills. SERVPRO of Woodland Hills restored the property to better than preloss condition. "Like it never even happened".

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fire Clean Up - SERVPRO of Woodland Hills

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Woodland Hills was called in to clean up the aftermath of this terrible kitchen fire.

What To Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 818-881-3636 or 818-882-4556. SERVPRO  will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care. 

Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Safety Tips to Prevent Fires

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Woodland Hills

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fire Safety

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Woodland Hills Fire damage pre restoration. - 24/7 Emergency Services: Fire, Water Damage, Mold, Biohazard, Cleanup. 818-882-4556

What To Expect: 

When we visit your Woodland Hills home after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 818-882-4556. SERVPRO  will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care. 

Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.

1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.

2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.

3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.

4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.

5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.

6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.

Fire Safety Tips

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Tips

Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, courtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.


1. Watch your cooking- Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.


2. Give space heaters space- Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.


3. Smoke outside- If you must smoke inside, have sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.


4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach- Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.


5. Inspect electrical cords- Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.


6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.