Recent Fire Damage Posts

How To Deep Clean Your Dryer Vents

10/16/2021 (Permalink)

Vacuum cleaning a flexible aluminum dryer vent hose, to remove lint and prevent fire hazard. Remove the accumulated lint from the hose with a vacuum or cleaning brush.

How to Clean Your Dryer Vents Thoroughly

You clean the lint out of your dryer's lint screen after every use of the household appliance. However, even with this diligent maintenance, you may be at risk for a lint fire in your Normal Heights, CA, home. You may need to tackle a deep clean of your dryer vents periodically to reduce your chances of a fire breaking out. It may be beneficial to call in an appliance cleaning professional, especially if your dryer uses gas instead of electricity.

1. Turn off the power. Before you start the cleaning process, you need to make sure the environment is safe. You should turn off the dryer and unplug it to remove the chance of a dryer fire.

2. Disengage the exhaust hose. To prevent fire damage, you need to loosen the O-ring clamp around the hose. This will allow you to detach the hose and clean it out.

3. Clean the hose. Use a vacuum or cleaning brush to remove the built-up lint from the hose. Check the interior to make sure it is empty.

4. Clean the wall vent. You can use a cleaning rod to remove lint from the wall vent. Removing the lint from every part of the exhaust system helps reduce your chances of having to deal with a lint fire.

5. Reattach the hose. After the cleaning, you need to make sure to put the hose back in its place. Before you move the dryer back, you need to test the machine to ensure it is not leaking hot air around the hose.

6. Clean the exterior vent. Find the exterior vent on your house, and remove the screen. Use a brush or your hand to remove the lint.

As a homeowner, you need to take on a lot of maintenance projects to keep your house safe. If a lint fire breaks out, you may need to work with a residential fire remediation team to repair the damage.

Two Types of House Fires That Don’t Have Insurance Coverage

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

Firefigthers truck parked in front of a house on fire House on fire in City Heights, CA.

Two Exclusions On Many Fire Insurances

A home fire in City Heights, CA, can be scary and devastating. A disaster like this happens unexpectedly, but insurance can help you recover quickly and effectively. Homeowner’s insurance can cover the expenses after a fire, but there are a few stipulations. By being aware of the main two exclusions on many fire insurances, you can get the most out of your policy.

1. Vacant Home Fires
Most insurances will not cover the expenses of fire damage if the house has not been occupied for more than 30 days. If your insurance company finds evidence that your home has been vacant for longer than that period, there will be no coverage.
For homes that are used strictly as summer or winter vacation homes, it’s wise to do some research and find a policy that will defray the costs if a home fire were to occur. Many insurance providers offer great options such as vacant home insurance.

2. Arson Fires
If there is evidence that your home was deliberately set on fire, insurance will not pay for the damage. Some people may choose to create a fire just to collect insurance money, which is why this rule is enforced. After a fire, investigators may be sent to your home to determine the cause.
The Importance of Understanding Your Policy
To be a responsible homeowner, it’s important to know and understand your insurance policy so that you can be aware of the benefits and exceptions. Most homeowner’s insurance can cover the costs of rebuilding and restoring your house. If the damage to your home is too severe, most policies cover the cost of living elsewhere while your house is being worked on.

Aside from the two exclusions mentioned above, compensation will be provided for most fire repairs. If you are not sure what coverage your policy has, research or contact your provider to clear up any confusion. By knowing the exact provisions of your insurance policy, you can be more prepared in the event of a home fire.

Cooking Fire among Most Common Fires

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

The most common residential and non-residential fire is caused by cooking, the percentage is 49.9% for residential and 29.3% for non-residential. Cooking fires account for $1.2 billion in property damage cost - that is huge! 

Cooking fires are costly, make sure you always have an eye on your food. Never leave your cooking unattended. Accidents happen if you are unable to safely put a fire out make sure to get out immediately and call for help. The sooner fire is put out the less property damage and casualties will come out of it. 

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rainstorms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Five Most Common Fires in a Home, SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

plug outlet Electrical fires are among the third most common.

Have you wondered what the most common fires in a home are? We are going to break it down and sum it up for you.

Cooking
Kitchen fires are among the most common fires in a home, it is also the place where the most injuries occur in a home. It is important to remain in the kitchen at all times when using the stovetop and when using the oven you should check on your food periodically throughout the process. Remember it is not necessary to put the stovetop at the highest level of heat, but rather keep it at a balanced temperature.

Heating
Heating equipment within a home is the second leading cause of fires within a home. This is why it is important to keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from any heating equipment - especially flammable items. To avoid a fire associated with heating equipment make sure chimneys, furnace or any other heating appliance is inspected and cleaned properly.

Electrical
On average electrical associated fires makeup for 10% of all fires in a residence this in part to malfunctions in wiring, lighting, plugs and cords.

Smoking
Smoking items such as: cigars, cigarettes and pipes started an estimated of 17,200 of fires in homes.

Candles
Did you know around Christmas is the peak time for candle fires… It is reported that on an average day it there are 21 calls for a candle fire in a home. This is why it is recommended to keep anything 12 inches  away from candles.  Even though tempting do not fall asleep with lit candles and maybe considering other products like essential oils.

Make sure to click on this link for more fire safety information.

Why are Smoke Alarms Important?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

smoke alarm on ceiling Smoke alarms save lives.

Smoke alarms are crucial within a home or property. Smoke alarms save lives and will get people evacuated as soon as fire happens. 

Why are smoke alarms important?

Smoke alarms detect smoke and deadly gases, which spread faster than heat. Fire victims typically die due to inhalation of toxic smoke and gases, not necessarily fire itself. When smoke alarms sense any form of fumes they are quick to go off and give time for everyone to evacuate.

Where should smoke alarms be placed?

Smoke alarms should be placed in every level of a home or property. Every smoke alarm model is different and should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In general smoke alarms should be placed in the center of a ceiling.

What are the differences in smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms contain different sensors, which are categorized by the smoke they are able to detect. For example some alarms detect heat, others carbon monoxide to warn of a fire, some have ionization detectors (for detecting smoke). 

Once your smoke alarm has detected fire, make sure to call the Fire Department ASAP. Also your home or property is not ruined, there are many companies such as SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego that can restore your home or property after a fire. Make sure to look up “fire damage restoration” in any google search engine and find the one with the most consistent reviews.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Restoration

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

servpro of mid city hanging drywal Minor restoration SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego takes part in.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is restoration.

The final step is restoration which focuses on restoring minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet. Major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in property can take place as well.

Here are some repairs and minor building services that SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego may do while taking on a water damage home or commercial business.

  •  Drywall Removal and Installation
  •  Hardwood Floor Repair
  •  Tile Floor Repair
  •  Painting
  •  Carpet Repair and Installation

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Cleaning and Repair

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mid-City San Diego cleaning services SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego cleaning services.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is cleaning and repair.

The sixth step of fire damage restoration is cleaning and repair. This step takes place once the moisture from walls and air are completely dried. We believe restoring is the best approach to any loss, this preserves low cost and focusing on affected areas.

Properties will most likely require cleaning after fire and water damage. Some of the items SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego cleans are furniture, upholstery, clothing and other restorable belongings damaged by the water. Odor removal and deodorization helps eliminate odors within your property. We have great technicians who have expertise in cleaning services in San Diego.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Removal of Smoke and Soot for all Surfaces

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke in kitchen. The aftermath of a fire in a kitchen.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is water removal and drying.

The fifth step is removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. The aftermath of a fire can be extremely damaging. Soot can cover every inch of your property. Smoke penetrates in your walls, surfaces and air ducts leaving a tremendous smell of smoke.

The importance of having smoke and soot properly removed from your home is the air quality in your property - it is dangerous to inhale the air after a fire. Smoke discolors the walls and in few hours can make kitchen appliances turn yellow. Smoke causes etching in glass and also tarnishes metal. 

Carefully cleaning up the soot is where the fifth step begins. This step is important because it prevents soot from continuing to spread. Cleaning the soot requires removing stains from risk items such as: brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, porcelain, as well as fabrics.

Once the soot has been completely cleaned it is time to deodorize the curtains and carpets. This is to ensure the smell inside the fabrics of your property are gone. There is also filtering of the air for quality of breathing.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Water Removal and Drying

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water being poured on fire. Water being poured on fire to put it out.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is water removal and drying.

You might be thinking - why on earth would I need water removal and drying. Adding water to a fire is the most common way to put it out. Water is not the only way to put out a fire, but if you decide to use water SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego will most likely use the fourth step to the assessment plan. 

The fourth step is known as removing the majority of water from your home or property. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego uses powerful pumps and truck-mount vacuum units to rapidly pull out hundreds to thousands of gallons or water.

If your home requires extensive restoration a move-out or pack-out is done in order to further prevent damage. This is not required for every job only necessary for some.

The water removal process occurs immediately. Removing the water from your property or home is important because this will decrease the drying time.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego uses moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation. Sometimes infrared cameras are used to spot hidden water behind walls and ceilings. 

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Windows being boarded up. Windows being boarded up after fire damage.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is immediate board-up and roof tarp service.

Boarding-up and roof tarp services are not always necessary. The purpose of boarding up a property is for safety precautions, minimize liability exposure, and secure contents inside home. Unlike water damage that typically soaks your property, fire damage burns through the structure which tarps are used to keep external environment out as well..

The type of material used will depend on your property and the current environment. This is to ensure that further damage does not occur.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Inspection and Damage Assessment

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on top of dishwasher. Extreme soot after fire in laundry room.

The second step of fire damage restoration is inspection and damage assessment. This is when a crew member from SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego goes into your home and begins to inspect the damage and loss. This step is also when the crew member establishes a plan to tackle the fire damage.

A plan is established by the crew based on the severity of the fire, extent of fire, smoke, and soot damage. Fire damage also includes water damage due to fire fighters or property owners using water to put the fire out. 

Soot is a black and powdery substance that occurs during incomplete burning. Soot tends to attach onto surfaces like walls and ceilings. There are two types of soot which are either oily or dry, depending on the type determines how the soot is cleaned.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Emergency Contact

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen fire Aftermath of kitchen fire.

The first step of fire damage restoration is emergency contact. As you may know SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a 24/7 business. We are dedicated to provide the best service to your fire emergencies. It’s extremely important to call as soon as the fire has been put out, allowing ashes and water to sit in your home can increase damage; increase in damage also means increase in cost. 

Once you have called SERVPRO a representative will walk you through steps in order to prevent further damage. The representative will ask you various questions regarding your fire damage emergency. This is to ensure the proper service and equipment are going to be used. 

Here is a list of questions to expect:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your property or home insurance information
  • The street address of where the fire damage emergency occurred
  • The time of the fire
  • The cause of fire

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Can my home be repaired after a fire?

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in living room cabinets. Fire in kitchen cabinets.

If you have had a fire in your home or property your first concern is for the safety of the people. But after sometime once everyone has safely been evacuated you are left asking yourself several questions:

  • Am I going to have to buy a new home or property?
  • Is my property salvageable?
  • Who do I call for repairs?
  • How will the smell ever leave?

The good news is, most likely your home will be restored. Once you have called your home insurance company they will connect you with a restoration business such as SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego. SERVPRO will go through the fire damage restoration process. The process has seven steps:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  7. Restoration

For the next couple of days we will be posting about things related to the process in fire damage restoration.