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Spring Rain Could Increase California Wildfire Risk

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spring Rain Could Increase California Wildfire Risk Soot and ash is highly acidic. If left unaddressed, it can corrode and discolor surfaces. Call SERVPRO to clean up wildfire damage right away.

Los Angeles and, indeed, all of Southern California has enjoyed - well, experienced anyway - a particularly heavy rainy season. While mudslides and storm flooding cause problems for many homeowners, particularly those living in the burn area of recent wildfires, there's no doubt that this rain should still be considered a good thing.

For one, most of the Los Angeles area is no longer experiencing drought conditions. So while water conservation is still important, we may not need to feel quite so guilty while we tend to our greener lawns or bask in a long, hot shower.

One drawback to all of this precipitation, however, is that it brings with it an increase in wildfire risk. That probably sounds counter-intuitive. After all, rain makes things wet and wet things don't burn. That's true. But water also helps make things grow. And if those things - trees, bushes, shrubs etc - grow well and then dry out over a long, hot summer, the result is a lot of prime fuel just waiting for a stray spark.

Which means now is as good a time as any to review your wildfire action plan. Or prepare your home for wildfire season by trimming back all of that newly lush vegetation. And if you're planning home improvement projects this year, consider using eco-friendly, and fire resistant, materials.

Preparation and prevention are the key to avoiding wildfire damage. But should the worst happen, SERVPRO of North Hollywood is here to help. Call us anytime, 24/7, if your home or business experiences fire or water damage. We're highly trained and certified restoration specialists and we're faster to any size disaster, so don't hesitate to call on us to repair and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

Fire Pit Safety Tips

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Pit Safety Tips It's fun to roast marshmallows over a fire pit. Just be sure to properly extinguish your fire to mitigate the risk of fire damage to nearby property.

Even though Los Angeles is well known for its sun and surf, it can get chilly at night, particularly during the winter months. Whether you are camping or just hanging out in your backyard, it's nice to keep warm by a cozy fire, perhaps while roasting marshmallows for s'mores.

But wildfires are becoming a year-round concern across California. With the devastating Camp, Hill and Woolsey fires so fresh in our memories, please keep these tips in mind to safely enjoy your next outdoor fire.

Use Hardwoods

Softer woods, such as pine or birch, tend to crackle and release more sparks than hardwoods. Oak and hickory are better choices, particularly "seasoned" firewood, which has been left out to dry for a period of time. Avoid burning wet wood or composite woods like plywood as they produce more smoke, which may contain toxic chemicals, than dry hardwood.

Keep Fire Suppression Tools Handy

In addition to a fire extinguisher with a Class A classification (which is most effective on wood and wood products), keep other fire suppression materials nearby. A bucket of sand or a fire blanket can help quickly douse wayward sparks.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Planning ahead is often the best way to prevent problems from flaring up. Make sure your fire pit is at least 10 to 20 feet away from combustible objects, both natural (trees, bushes) and man-made (houses, sheds). Enjoy the fire from chairs positioned on stable ground and keep an eye on children.

Most importantly, when it's time for the evening's fun to end, be sure to properly extinguish your fire. Most fire pit manufacturers specify a preferred method to avoid cracking or damaging the pit itself.

Of course, should you become the victim of fire damage, don't hesitate to call on SERVPRO of North Hollywood. We're dedicated to responding immediately and specialize in water and fire damage restoration. We have the experience, training and advanced technology to restore your property quickly, thoroughly and safely.

California Wildfires: Cleanup & Recovery Tips

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage California Wildfires: Cleanup & Recovery Tips Soot tracks are the last thing you want to worry about when evacuating a home from a wildfire. SERVPRO of North Hollywood took care of the clean up.

Hopefully the recent California wildfires spared you from the most devastating fire damage, though obviously many were not so fortunate.

We at SERVPRO of North Hollywood express our deepest condolences to those who suffered serious property damage or worse and support the American Red Cross in their recovery efforts.

However, even if your property escaped the wildfires' flames, there are still several things you should do to effectively clean up following a wildfire.

Here are a few wildfire cleanup and recovery tips to help ensure you and your home or business do not experience any lasting damage from the smoke, ash and debris generated by a wildfire. 

Purify The Air

While air purifiers and other ventilation systems can help with improving the air quality inside of buildings that are close to burning wildfires, the sources of smoke damage odors need to be properly cleaned to prevent air quality problems from lingering. A thorough inspection and cleaning of carpets & upholstered furniture, drapes, bedding and other porous materials should be handled by a certified and experienced fire restoration company to keep air quality issues from sticking around. HVAC systems and duct work should also be inspected and cleansed of ash, soot and other fire residue and debris.

Further, some smoke odor issues require more intense treatment. Ozone generators and HEPA vacuums, for example, may be recommended for persistent air quality issues, but they should only be operated by a qualified professional. 

Cleanse Surfaces

The soot and ash that spews from wildfires is highly acidic. If left unaddressed, it can corrode metallic surfaces and electronics or discolor and stain painted surfaces such as walls, ceilings and furniture.

Therefore the sooner that soot and ash damaged property is cleaned and restored, the better.

Clear Your Mind

With any major disaster, you are likely to have too many worries at once to focus on any one effectively. Putting the cleanup tasks in the hands of a team of certified and highly trained fire restoration specialists can relieve you of many of the stresses and associated with wildfire recovery. We'll work to restore your property and possessions to their previous condition so you can focus on your family or business during this most difficult time.

In the event of a wildfire, the most important thing is your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Once the flames are extinguished, the clean up and recovery process can begin and the pros at SERVPRO of North Hollywood stand ready to assist you whenever and wherever you need us.

What Do Fire Restoration Companies Do?

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Do Fire Restoration Companies Do? When your home suffers damage after a fire, SERVPRO of North Hollywood can clean and restore your property to its pre-fire condition.

When fire threatens your property, the first and most important thing is to ensure you and your family are safe. The second most important thing is to alert the local fire department so they can respond quickly and minimize the damage to your home and belongings.

Once the flames are out and the smoke clears, however, many homeowners are left with more questions than answers. Is it safe to re-enter your property? Which of your possessions can be recovered and restored? Will my insurance company cover the costs of repairing the damage?

To answer these questions, we recommend calling a professional fire restoration company such as SERVPRO of North Hollywood right away. Here's why.

We Inspect the Damage and Can Protect Your Property

Before you return to your home, an experienced team of technicians should carefully assess the damage caused by the water, fire, smoke and soot. Besides evaluating the extent of the damage for insurance purposes, it is important to also assess the risks for additional harm to the property.

Since fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, our team will board up openings and place tarps to help protect your property from further loss.

We Remove and Dry Out Fire Hose Water

Sometimes the worst fire damage isn't caused by the flames themselves but from the large amount of water necessary to douse them.

Fire restoration companies such as SERVPRO of North Hollywood can also work to quickly mitigate water damage by extracting any standing water and drying and dehumidifying the remaining moisture in flooring, walls and furniture.

We Properly Clean up Smoke and Soot Damage

Even when a structure escapes the wrath of a fire's flames (such as with nearby wildfires), it can still bear the brunt of damage from smoke and soot. While less frightening then the fire itself, the damage caused by smoke and soot can still be extensive, especially if left untreated.

Porous surfaces, such as stone tile or countertops can become discolored from the acidic chemicals found in soot. Smoke, of course, can contain toxic gases which can then be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. In short, it is just as important for your health and safety to properly clean smoke and soot damage as it is to address damage cause by actual flames.

We Restore Your Property

Ultimately your goal is to return your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Because SERVPRO of North Hollywood is licensed in the state of California as a general building contractor, we can go beyond mitigation and clean up from water and fire damage to replace drywall, install new carpet or other construction services and restore your property "like it never even happened."

How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Prepare Your Home for Wildfire Season Wildfires are coming. Call us 24/7/365 if you experience fire, smoke or soot damage at your home or business.

Contrary to popular belief, Los Angeles is not actually a desert. But given we Angelinos enjoy roughly 15 inches of rain each year, and that most of it falls during the winter months, it is fair to say LA is a pretty dry place to call home. While that has its benefits (hey, Dodgers games are seldom at risk of a rain out), it also means we find ourselves at risk for property damage caused by wildfires, particularly during the dry summer months.

Like the Boy Scouts, however, Los Angeles area homeowners can "be prepared" for wildfire season and protect their homes from fire, smoke, soot and even damage caused by the water to put out fires

Create a "defensible space" around your home

Cal Fire recommends two zones that together would slow or even stop the spread of a wildfire while protecting the firefighters defending your property.

Zone 1 is roughly a 30 foot radius around all structures where you should clear any and all dead vegetation while keeping other plants and trees well trimmed and separated from flammable objects such as furniture, play structures or wood piles.

Zone 2 extends to 100 feet out and likewise requires the regular maintenance of grass, shrubs and trees in an effort to mitigate the rapid advance of flames and reduce the fuel available to stray sparks floating on the wind. 

Have an evacuation plan

Once fire threatens your home, you may have the option or even be mandated to evacuate the area. Having a wildfire evacuation plan can help ensure you and your family stay safe. In advance of wildfire season, create or review your plan by establishing an emergency meeting location, assembling a supply kit and learning how to shut off gas, electric and water mains. 

Use fire resistant materials for home improvement projects

From insulation made with eco-friendly materials such as cellulose to decks built with composite or pressure-treated wood, there are many ways to improve your home that enhance both its value and its resistance to fire damage.

When facing the threat of wildfires, your safety and the safety of your family is paramount. But remember, should wildfires cause damage to your home, whether from the fire itself, the soot and smoke or even water damage from fighting the flames, SERVPRO of North Hollywood has highly-trained and certified technicians who can respond quickly, 24/7/365, to emergencies around the communities of North Hollywood, Universal City, Toluca Lake and Los Angeles.

Safety Tips for a More Enjoyable BBQ

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips for a More Enjoyable BBQ Give SERVPRO a call if you experience fire damage from grilling.

While many people in Hollywood, CA enjoy grilling out, a grill fire can make an afternoon cookout much less pleasant. By following some general safety tips, you can keep your family and your home safe from harm.

1. Keep the Grill Clean and Well-Maintained

Before using the grill, check that all stationary parts are secure and all moving parts, such as the lid or wheels, move freely. Remove any flammable material or excess grease that might have gotten near the burner. For propane grills, check for gas leaks and other flaws. To keep the grill properly maintained and functioning optimally, take it to be serviced by a professional.

2. Keep the Grill Away From Flammable Surfaces

Always use the grill outside to avoid BBQ smoke damage on the inside of buildings. Choose a level place for the grill at least 10 feet away from buildings where it won’t tip or roll. Make sure it is not leaning against anything such as chairs or deck railings. Avoid overhanging branches and keep flammable liquids away from hot surfaces.

3. Supervise the Grill at All Times

Do not leave the grill unattended while it is still hot or has hot coals in it. Be especially mindful of children and pets who might unwittingly start a BBQ fire or might try to play with potentially hazardous supplies, such as hot tools or lighter fuel. Don’t forget that the grill might still be hot long after you’ve stopped cooking, especially a charcoal grill.

4. Be Prepared and Use Recommended Equipment

Always use the recommended fuel in propane grills and the correct starter for charcoal grills. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand whenever the grill is in use. If a grill fire starts, you may be able to limit the damage by lowering the grill cover or turning off the fuel if it is safe to approach. Immediately contact emergency services if the fire gets out of hand.

By following general safety tips to prevent a grill fire, outdoor cooking will be a much more relaxing activity. Visit for more information on fire damage

Why You Should Get Water Damage Remediation After a Fire

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, most homeowners focus on repairing the damage caused by the flames, smoke and soot. However, there is another pressing matter following fire damage in North Hollywood, CA. You also need to handle any water damage that may have occurred from the fire or from the firefighters’ efforts to contain the flames. A lot of water may come out of the fire hose to eliminate the fire, and you need to make sure you can restore your valuables from the water, too.

1. Prevent Mold

As with a flood in your basement, your biggest concern should be related to mold buildup. It only takes about 24 hours for mold to start to grow. Whether there are spots of flooding in your home from the relief efforts or from a burst pipe, you need to get rid of the moisture posthaste. You should always leave this work to the fire damage remediation professionals because it is dangerous to attempt to remove mold when you do not know what you are doing.

2. Eliminate Water Contamination

Even if everything seems to be all right on the surface, there could be contamination in your water supply. You need to have experts check the water in your pipes to ensure it is not filled with soot. You may need to check with your local and state environmental agencies to make sure the water is safe for consumption. Either way, you should avoid consuming the water or letting it come into contact with your skin until someone tells you it is safe.

It is always preferable to let professionals handle fire damage remediation so that you do not put yourself in harm’s way. Experts know how to look through an entire house to make sure every inch is secure. Professionals are also knowledgeable and know how to locate small problems that could escalate out of control if not handled properly. Visit for more information on fire damage.

3 Things To Absolutely Replace After a Fire

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

3 Things To Absolutely Replace After a Fire

Whether the fire you experienced in your home was a big one or a relatively small one, the odds are good that you still have quite a bit of cleanup to do. On top of dealing with the general stress of the situation, cleanup of items affected by fire damage can be a huge chore, especially if you don’t know what can be salvaged and what should simply be replaced. While this debate is perfect for belongings such as clothes, pillows and some furniture, there are three things you should always throw away in the aftermath of a high heat fire:

1. Cosmetics

If you have any experience with cosmetics, you know well that they should be kept at room temperature to prevent them from melting and becoming unusable. However, in some instances, using cosmetics that have been exposed to unusually high heat can even be dangerous. The compounds contained in cosmetics of all sorts may begin to undergo chemical reactions when exposed to heat, transforming them and making them unsafe for use on skin later on.

2. Medicine

Like makeup, medicine is made up of a number of chemical compounds, and they are likely to alter when exposed to heat. In the best-case scenario, this could make the medicine ineffective, and in the worst case, it could make anyone who ingests it extremely ill. Throw away all medicine that’s been exposed to fire damage and replace it rather than taking this risk.

3. Food

Food that’s been exposed to high temperatures has the potential to be harmful in a number of different ways, such as:

Spoilage – meats that have been exposed to higher temperatures may have become spoiled
Foods may absorb harmful carcinogens from smoke and other burning materials
Plastic may have become partially melted to food

Even if you think your food looks undamaged, it’s worth your time to replace it.

The professionals in North Hollywood, California can help you to get your home smoke-free and back in livable condition, but in the end, it’s up to you to ensure you’re not keeping any potentially harmful belongings around by making the decision to throw away goods like these. Visit for more information on fire damage.

The Aftermath of Residential Fire Damage

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

The Aftermath of Residential Fire Damage

Residential fire damage has many effects, and the problems you can see may just be the tip of the iceberg. Here are some of the factors that you need to think about when restoring a smoke damaged home to its former habitability.

Smoke Sticks Around

Lingering smoke odors don't magically disappear just because you've replaced the worst bits of damage. Many of the surfaces in your home are porous, so they can trap particles that emit foul stenches for months. In addition to cleaning soot from walls, people often end up having to replace clothing, wooden and upholstered furniture, carpets, wallpaper and even paint.

It's Hard to Cope Without a Fire Damage Strategy

Although there are many ways to mitigate the side effects you'll face in a smoke damaged home, it's essential to adopt a comprehensive approach. Restoration professionals can use specialized machines to filter the particles from the air you breathe and attack odor-producing molecules with tools like ozone generators.

Smoke odors and soot can spread, so these forms of damage demand more than a mere spot cleaning or extra elbow grease. For instance, suppose you empty your home out and clean the walls thoroughly. If you bring back items that have lingering smoke odors, then you'll erase all of the hard work you did. Make sure you talk to a restoration professional before diving into jobs like cleaning soot from walls or replacing furniture.
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Tips on What to Do After Fire Damage

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Tips on What to Do After Fire Damage

Home and business owners can be very traumatized after fire damage. Fire can cause huge losses that will eventually leave the premises in worse conditions. Some conditions like smoke damage and soot damage can be costly and beyond individuals ability. For these reasons, it is advisable that we live it to a firefighter. It is estimated that nearly 80 % of people do not know on how to tackle fire incidents. With these cases, it is clear that they have never encountered such devastating moments in their lives. The case can be worse with an electrical fire, and people are always confused on what to do during such moments. The best step one can take at this time, if there is no utility room fire and fire sprinkler system, is to consult the fire restoration company. They are qualified and with efficient equipment such as the fire truck and fire hose. So, it does not matter whether it is mere smoke damage, soot damage, or electrical fire, but the services of firefighter/commercial fire damage restoration team are commendable.

1. Your Safety Matters

In case of fire damage, it is advisable that one should exercise extreme caution. Do not try to be a hero to try to conduct fire suppression during the commercial fire damage. This is especially with the electrical fire, which can be very dangerous to handle. We do not have sufficient equipment such as the fire truck and fire hose to control fire. For safety, one can seek refuge in the utility room fire or facilitate the fire sprinkler system if available. Call the restoration company to handle it. In some instances, one can board up the place while waiting for the firefighter or restoration team to conduct the fire suppression. Fire suppression process can be exhausting and at some point, it is required that the restoration team can cut holes through the premises for easy access of the fire hose all the way from the fire truck. In such cases, the business owner should not worry. The restoration team is always responsible for the repair of whole commercial fire damage. In addition, they can also install the fire sprinkler system and the utility room fire.

2. Inform the Insurance Company

This is for an assurance on the fire loss process. For instance, it is easier to work with professionals than it is with individual services. In this case, the insurance company will ensure ease on the best and avoidable restoration company one can work with in case of commercial fire damage. Besides, the insurance company can offer great advice to individuals on how to manage the destroyed properties. They can be responsible for all sorts of fire including electrical fire. In addition, one can easily keep track on his expenses during the whole process of fire suppression. It is recommended that in case of fire in business or fire at home, it should be a routine that one should keep records or their accounting in order.

3. Include the Authorities.

After fire damage, one can decide to board up the premises and leave. This is usually between the period where one notices the fire restoration team and the time they arrive. On the other hand, this means to abandon your home. The process usually is that one is advised by the restoration team to board up his home and leave for fire cleanup process. What you should know is that the fire damage team will not protect your property. It is therefore important to include the services of the authorities. The authorities, on consultation, will then keep an eye on your property to avoid any form of looting until the whole process is complete.

4. Work Closely With Your Fire Damage Restoration Company

Removing Soot damage and smoke damage can be very stubborn. Besides, the smoke smell can take longer to clear thus can be very irritating. On the contrary, this process is much easier when you procure the services of professionals. With great expertise and equipment such as fire truck and a fire hose with fire restoration companies, you are guaranteed of a well-done process. Above all, one should not panic, as this will lead to overreaction. Instead, leave it all to the firefighter company or fire restoration team to do their work. In such cases of fire in the home or fire in the business, a professional restoration team will ensure great services. In addition, they will let you know on when is the appropriate time to return. This is mostly after they are sure to have completed the whole process especially with soot damage and smoke damage and it is safe. On completion, professional restoration company can install fire sprinkler system and utility room fire for future safety.
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What to Do After a Fire in Your Residence or Commercial Property

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

What to Do After a Fire in Your Residence or Commercial Property

It doesn't matter if you have been victim of a fire in the home or a fire in the business. You are going to need a serious fire cleanup job if you ever hope to see fire damage restoration. You're going to be looking at fire damage as you see the path of destruction that has been left behind. You're grateful that no one was harmed during the fire. It is still traumatizing to board up your property. You feel like things will never be the same again after residential and commercial fire damage. The smoke smell is everywhere. Soot damage has left its mark on your furniture. Smoke damage can be seen on your walls. You don't know how you can reverse the damage, but your restoration company does. Enlist the aid of professionals when it is time for your fire clean up and fire damage restoration.

Dealing Effectively and Efficiently with Fire Damage

You've experienced a fire in a home or a fire in a business. You need a fire cleanup that will get rid of the smoke smell in your furniture, not to mention the smoke damage and soot damage. After residential or commercial fire damage, the firt thing you should do is call in the professionals to figure out the best plan of action for your property. If there is a need, they will board up any windows that have been destroyed after a fire. There may be a need to board up interior walls that are unstable. When you board up your home, it is not to make it look like your property has been abandoned. Your fire damage restoration professionals will board up your property to ensure that it has the best possible protection. Your restoration company does not want to open up the risk of vandalism or water damage caused by rain. Fire damage is more than enough to deal with at one time. Your restoration company will begin the fire cleanup process. Fire cleanup involves the use of industrial-strength chemicals and equipment that will take care of the marks left behind from soot damage and smoke damage. It will also eliminate the smoke smell that gets into everything after a fire in the home or a fire in the business. Your restoration company has had extensive training to deal with residential or commercial fire damage. You'll take those first steps toward fire damage restoration when everything has been cleaned and sanitized.

Experience the Benefits of Fire Damage Restoration

Your restoration company will get down to the basic structure of your property once smoke damage, soot damage, and the smoke smell has been taken care of effectively. The next step is the fire damage restoration process. You have to go beyond getting rid of smoke damage. Soot damage can be erased and you can clear the air of the smoke smell, but your restoration company needs to rebuild after residential or commercial fire damage. Your restoration professionals will make it look like there was never a fire in the home or a fire in the business. They'll help you to forget about fire damage by putting in new floors if needed. They will clean your carpeting until it looks like new or bring in a new carpet if necessary. You can get new drywall and the construction of new walls as needed. If you need new windows and roofing, your restoration professionals will take care of every part of the process. When they pack of their equipment and leave, your home or business will be restored to its former condition. You need to move on with your life. Your restoration experts will be your partners in picking up the pieces when fire damage has thrown you for a tailspin. You can get back to business as usual and normal life when your restoration team takes care of every phase of the fire cleanup and the process.
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Responding Rapidly: A Critical Benefit Gained Through Professional Fire Damage Restoration

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Responding Rapidly: A Critical Benefit Gained Through Professional Fire Damage Restoration

The Time Factor

Initiating restoration measures quickly remains one major reason to consider hiring a professional restoration company. Why? You'll address fire damage following a fire in home settings more effectively.

When people consider the impacts of time and fire in business properties, fore example, media attention typically focuses upon the speed of the fire department's response. Yet did you know, in both situations the timeliness of fire damage restoration matters too! During every fire cleanup, passing hours, days and weeks change the condition of assets significantly. Timely restoration ultimately helps determine whether experts can save some valuable property.

Important Work

Fire damage restoration professionals accomplish far more than simply helping board up sections of a fire damaged home. Their work enables homeowners to eliminate the soot damage, the smoke damage, and the lingering smoke smell which may pervade the premises in the aftermath of a blaze. (The value of launching restoration measures as quickly as possible remains one reason why so many large companies call upon trained restoration consultants for commercial fire damage assistance, for instance.)

A restoration company typically addresses fire damage restoration in three broad phases. First, fire cleanup companies will carefully inspect the premises after a conflagration. They also request input from the property owner about the use of each room. During the second phase, they create a detailed, customized plan for systematically restoring every part of the residence after a fire in home environments, just as they do following a fire in business settings. In the third phase, these companies utilize specialized fire cleanup equipment to remove water and perform the grueling, labor-intensive fire damage restoration and repair process.

A Ticking Clock

Why does time matter so much during this process? Most people appreciate a raging fire sometimes spreads in a matter of moments to engulf an entire structure. Yet even after fire hoses quench the flames, some items of charred property continue undergoing long term physical changes unless responding fire cleanup teams act rapidly to protect certain assets from further harm.

Fire damage experts appreciate the importance of timely intervention to help property owners clean and restore vulnerable assets. By calling upon the services of a restoration company after a fire in home or commercial settings, you can sometimes salvage cherished items of personal property and minimize long term real estate losses, too.

The Best Strategy For Home Owners

Don't board up a room with obvious fire damage and then let the area sit for months of years before taking action. The smoke smell will persist long after the fire ends! Just as you would address a fire in business environments promptly by consulting with a commercial fire damage firm, make sure you call upon a qualified residential fire damage expert to help eliminate signs of soot damage, smoke damage and the noxious smoke smell.

A "board up and forget it" strategy won't help your household recover from a fire. Relying on trained restoration company expertise will prove invaluable. Commercial fire damage experts today have gained widespread acceptance because their services often help save and renew important assets in the aftermath of a fire in business settings. By contacting a residential fire restoration firm, you'll improve your chances of optimizing the condition of your dwelling and personal property in the wake of a fire in home settings. Your consultant will work with you to eliminate smoke damage and soot damage, while striving to restore your real estate's value as fully as possible.

Optimizing Outcomes

Today, a growing number of real estate industry professionals appreciate the useful nature of services offered by commercial fire damage and residential fire damage restoration companies. Far more than "board up" firms, these businesses help some property owners save substantial sums. By helping permanently remove smoke damage, soot damage and that lingering smoke smell, they benefit property owners!
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Fire Damage Restoration Tips

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Tips

Fire damage can be a very costly and traumatic experience. When a fire disaster strikes, homeowners have a great deal of problems with which they have to contend with. Depending on the severity of the fire, families will need a temporary place to stay, they have to deal with insurance companies and find a dependable company of professionals to take care of fire cleanup.

After the fire trucks leave, the cleanup begins. The property will have widespread damage that only a highly-trained fire damage restoration team can fix. These professionals will restore the property to its pre-fire condition. The deep-cleaning methods they employ will rid the home or business of smoke damage, soot damage and other odors that can linger in carpet, walls and upholstery.

Fire damage in the home needs a fast response. Companies that specialize in fire cleanup can tackle any problem, big or small. So even if there's fire in a business or commercial fire damage, fire damage restoration specialists will safely restore the property with as little disruption as possible.

Before help arrives, the property owner should do everything within reason to protect the home. Safely removing belongings that have soot damage or smoke damage is the first step after a fire in a home has taken place. Restoration professionals will then perform a fire damage assessment to determine the severity. During the fire cleanup, the roof will receive tarp and windows boarded if necessary. Fire in a home is generally on a smaller scale than fire in a business. However, the same steps will be utilized to eliminate the smoke smell and smoke damage, so that the property will be restored back to its pristine condition.

The removal of soot and the heavy smoke smell is an important step in restoring a home. After a fire in a home, soot and smoke smells can be embedded deep inside the structure, furniture, flooring and upholstery. Professionals will use a number of specialized cleaning methods to extract water and clean and deodorize areas of the home. Water damage can take place after fire damage due when firemen put the fire out. It is imperative that water be extracted during fire damage restoration to prevent the set up of mold.

Fire in a business or commercial fire damage can be far more costly. In most cases, the job is bigger and a business owner stands to lose a great deal of money while waiting for the completion of the fire cleanup. Smoke damage and soot damage in a business can be dangerous for customers to inhale. The complete remediation of odors and anything that can pose a threat to customers must be taken care of.

Commercial fire damage to hospitals, retail stores, food services and educational facilities is available 24/7. A fire damage restoration team can quickly provide services to help dry documents, restore and clean electronics and removal of the smoke smells and soot damage that can linger. When commercial fire damage happens, professionals will get your office space cleaned and deodorized in no time.

Fire in a business can be devastating to the owner's bottom line. Time is of the essence. Unlike a fire in a home, a business needs to be up and running as soon as possible. There may be a need for other repairs such as replacing carpeting, celings, drywall and furniture. A service professional will walk the homeowner through the entire process and answer all of their questions.

Anyone who has lost their home or business through a fire should contact a fire damage restoration specialist as soon as possible to help restore it to its pre-fire condition.
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What Does Effective Fire Damage Restoration Entail?

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

What Does Effective Fire Damage Restoration Entail?

A fire in home or commercial fire damage poses the most severe setbacks a homeowner or entrepreneur can face in life. When such damage occurs, regardless of the source, it is only appropriate for you to immediately start thinking about the fire damage restoration process that not only grants you the peace of mind but also prevents other natural forces from taking a toll on your ruined property.

For your information, a comprehensive fire damage restoration process includes smoke damage, soot damage, and smoke smell eradication as well as fire cleanup. Here is an outline of what the standard fire damage restoration should entail.

1. Fire cleanup
Depending on the extent of the fire in business or home, several parts of the household or office furniture may be burnt beyond repair. Fire cleanup, therefore, involves a deep analysis of the extent of the fire in business or home as well as the initiation of the reconstruction process. This includes identifying irreparable equipment, furniture and fittings and disposing them off. Such an analysis is also bound to reveal possible loopholes caused by the fire damage such as gaping ceiling holes or burnt water pipes that may result in further property damage.

2. Sealing services
After identifying possible causes of aggravated property damage arising from the fire in home, the fire damage expert should immediately begin sealing off these loopholes. This includes embarking on urgent repairs to torn roofs and ceilings to prevent rain penetration into the building as well as sealing of burst water and sewerage pipes to prevent flooding. The drains should also be cleared to prevent clogging.

3. Smoke damage, smoke smell, and soot damage cleanup
A fire in home or commercial fire damage is usually characterized by a heavy smoke damage as well as soot damage that also leaves a heavy smoke smell in the rooms and ventilation ducts. After ridding the home of the irreparable fittings, the next big step in the restoration process should be the smoke damage cleanup. This chapter involves the examination of the extent of soot damage as well as its cleanup.

The fire control expert ensures that all the dark, stained, and charred spots left by the fire in business are addressed. They also take the necessary steps to clear off the smoke smell in the ducts resulting from the commercial fire damage.

4. Structural repairs
Once done with the assessment, fire cleanup, and soot damage control as well as the deodorization of the smoke smell, your fire damage restoration expert should now commence the reconstruction process.

Just like an insurance cover, the fire in home restoration process involves reconstruction of the home or commercial property to its original state before the occurrence of the fire damage.

At this juncture, points of forced entry used by the firemen and rescue teams need to be reconstructed. Wooden surfaces such as ceilings and furniture that are the most affected by the fire in home should either be repaired where possible or replaced. For instance, if the internal wall linings are completely destroyed, fire damage reconstruction should involve replacing them with new ones. However, this shouldn’t be taken as a renovation opportunity though most restoration companies are taking the opportunity to advice clients on possible renovations that they then execute.

A fire damage restoration process should involve a thorough fire cleanup and reconstruction process regardless of whether it is a fire in home or business. This comprehensiveness primarily ranges from fire and soot damage assessment to smoke smell eradication. Remember, however, that a commercial fire damage or fire in business restoration shouldn’t be mistaken for renovation as it is supposed to only return the fire damaged home or office to its original state before the occurrence of the fire. Visit for more information on fire damage.

Fire Damage in North Hollywood

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage in North Hollywood

As a property owner in Hollywood California, preserving its condition is one of the top priorities. If you maintain your property well in Hollywood California, you will likely be able to maximize its value as well as your ability to live comfortably or conduct business. While maintaining a property is quite common, there are times when accidents occur. One of these accidents is in the form of a fire. This can cause significant damage to any property and must therefore be taken very seriously. One of the most hazardous effects of a fire is water damage from fire. This is a situation where the water supply gets overheated and full of particles. As a result, water damage from fire will likely result in the property structures getting destroyed.

Another effect of fires is poor air quality. When a fire occurs, a number of hazardous particles and flames will get into the air and cause the air quality to go in decline. Therefore it will be important to put out a fire and work towards cleaning up a Hollywood California property immediately.

Along with damage caused by water, smoke damage and soot damage are also quite common whenever a fire occurs. Smoke damage consists of the various particles in the air making contact with the property and deteriorating its structures. An excess of smoke will likely have considerable effects on any property as a result. With soot damage, a number of particles will get in the air and make contact with the property. Soot will also contribute to a property’s decay and eventual breakdown. As a property owner in North Hollywood CA, you will want to first contact the fire department in order to put out the fire. Then it will be necessary for North Hollywood CA property owners to hire a home restoration company to eliminate soot and smoke from the property.

Property owners who have their properties catch fire will also experience fire damage. This is one of the most devastating forms of damage for any property. Whenever fire damage occurs, the flames will break down the property and cause it to eventually fall apart. Whenever there is damage caused by a fire, a property owner will need to get the fire department involved for assistance. They will put out the fire immediately. Individuals who are in a property that is on fire will also want to evacuate the property and wait until it is safe to reenter.

The next thing property owners will need to do when handling a fire is to contact a home restoration company. This kind of company will provide assistance in evaluating the property damage caused by a fire as well as cleaning it up. Home restoration professionals will come to the property to inspect the damage and then work towards restoring it. They will use their equipment to get rid of excess debris and odors caused by the fire. This will restore the air quality as well as the property’s physical structures. A home restoration professional will also provide advice on how to continue restoring the property and preventing fires in the future. Visit for more information on fire damage.

Fire Loss Restoration in Hollywood, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

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Fire Loss Restoration in Hollywood, CA

If you are a homeowner living in Hollywood and North Hollywood, California (CA), treating the consequences of a fire are often not easy. However, once the homeowner and their family have made it to safety, it is important to have the fire damage examined by a professional who can begin the necessary actions to clean the residence, rebuild damaged structures and replace the property items in your residence. After the fire services have extinguished the fire completely, it is important to get in touch with the insurance agency. They will inspect the fire damage, any potential smoke damage, if there is soot damage and the water damage from fire, that is often a result of the fire services, to understand if the residence can be restored. Locate an agency to properly clean the residence and bring it back to its former state.

The insurance agency can help find provisions for temporary housing and provide living costs during the time that the clean-up crew labors to restore the residence. Once the fire's extinguished and the homeowner is given permission for returning to the property, locate the items that can be saved and determine what cannot be reclaimed. It is important to not remain in a fire damaged structure for very long since the air quality could be unsafe. The homeowner will need to work in conjunction with the fire services to make a fire report that explains any damages as well as the property that was damaged. The fire services can also explain how to protect the residence from looters. The main thing is to contact a cleanup crew to begin.

The clean-up process can involve the act of tossing away any property items that are too damaged to be restored. The clean-up services can then start to focus on their job and the areas of the residence that underwent smoke damage, potential soot damage, the fire damage and the water damage from fire. Locate a quality agency serving the Hollywood and North Hollywood, California (CA) location to begin the work. It is necessary for the agency to ensure that the air quality present within the fire damaged residence is safe. If it is not, individuals coming into the residence could experience an array of allergies, bad respiratory conditions and other avoidable health ailments caused from smoke and soot.

Keep in contact with the insurance services and any fire cleanup agency to stay updated on what needs be accomplished and the steps that the clean-up crew will be doing. The insurance agent will need to examine the residence. They’ll assist with deciding what is salvageable. This can include property such as the carpets, any rugs and also the curtains. The service professionals will understand how to prevent mold or mildew and to repair the residence to its prior condition, free of smoke and soot. The insurance agency as well as the Better Business Bureau can be of assistance to locate licensed, qualified California restoration crews to perform the task. Visit for more information on fire loss.

Recovering After Fire Loss in Hollywood CA

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Recovering After Fire Loss in Hollywood CA

Preserving the air quality in Hollywood California is a top priority of the government and many residents. With good air quality, a number of people in Hollywood California will be able to maintain a good quality of life. However, there are times when things such as a fire occur. When a fire takes place, there can be a lot of damage as well as pollution. As a result, it will be very important to get fire restoration services immediately. The use of fire restoration services will allow property owners in North Hollywood CA efficiently complete tasks such fire cleanup. Engaging in fire cleanup is one of the most effective ways to deal with fire damage. By using fire restoration services, property owners in North Hollywood CA will be sure to limit fire damage and keep the environment intact.


After a fire is put out and eliminated, there will be some more effects caused by it. One of these effects is smoke damage. This occurs when there is a high accumulation of smoke which causes a variety of structures to decay and fall apart. As a result, smoke damage can be quite troublesome for property owners. Fortunately, the use of restoration services can minimize the damage by eliminating smoke before it begins to further ruin building structures. Another effect of fires is a buildup of soot which will also cause considerable damage. Restoration services can help eliminate soot and thus minimize soot damage. By following a certain protocol, property owners will be able to limit the effects of soot damage by using the services of a restoration company.


Another type of damage that occurs from fires is water damage from fire. When this occurs water will accumulate in certain areas of a building and start to erode it. At times this can be caused by a fire when certain structures begin to fall apart and release water. Due to the potential effects of water damage from fire, property owners will benefit by using the services of a restoration company. A restoration company will help get rid of the fire as well as clean up all of the water. After this is done, they will help repair any areas that were damaged by water and the fire.


Once the fire is put out and soot, smoke and water damage is eliminated, it will be important to take certain measures to prevent this from happening again. Property owners will want to make sure that any flammable substances are kept in a safe place where they cannot cause a fire. It will also be important for property owners to make sure that they keep appliances such as stoves off when not in use. They will also want to put out fire in a fireplace so that there is no chance of a fire spreading in the home. Owners of property will need to keep their properties sanitary and cleaned on a regular basis in order to eliminate a buildup of hazardous particles in the property. Visit for more information on fire loss.

Steps to Take After Fire Loss in Hollywood, CA

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

Steps to Take After Fire Loss in Hollywood, CA

Fire damage is certainly one of the most unexpected events that can occur to a business or home owner. Water damage from fire that occurs from the same incident can be caused from flooding, soaking of carpeting, leaking of ceilings, and much more. Smoke damage may result in smoke lingering around in the area where the household's residents may live, or where employees work within a business, or clients/customers shop for the products and/or services that are offered by the business that may require efforts of fire cleanup. The air quality may have gone bad due to lingering smoke, but this does not mean that one cannot acquire services for fire restoration. Fire cleanup is a task that will need to be called upon immediately whether one wants to or not. Hollywood of California offers fire restoration services for very low and competitive prices. If your insurance covers a certain percentage of the costs that have been incurred from soot damage, then you may be able to receive the services in Hollywood CA for very low and competitive prices.

The air quality of a home or business may have become badly affected in any home or business of North Hollywood of California. If you are a home or business owner in North Hollywood of CA and you would like to acquire services to remove soot, then it is highly recommended for you to contact a company that has received positive reviews and feedback for restoring properties after soot damage has occurred. Soot is a substance that often occurs after fire damage and can be very difficult to remove and clean. Water damage from fire should be tended as soon as possible so that business or homeowners can save the value of their properties. Smoke damage that is caused by fires can be tended to for the bettering of the property's air quality. By reacting to the issues quickly, a home or business owner will be able to save the values of their property without losing anything that they may have been able to have saved from damage in the unfortunate and unexpected scenario. One should not attempt to resolve the issues on their own as the damages that have occurred may require one to contact a group of professionals who specialize in treating certain things after fire damage has occurred. If one does not have any experience or training in tending to fire damaged properties then it is highly likely that they will end up making mistakes if they attempt to do so. If you hire a group of professionals to conduct restoration efforts after a fire has damaged your property, then you may be able to benefit from an opportunity that will potentially enable you to save the value of your property. You will definitely be lucky if you had insurance prior to the damage occurring. Regardless of if you had insurance or not, you will want to hire a group of proficient professionals so that they can do the job of restoration correctly. Visit for more information on fire damage.

How to Handle A Fire Loss in Hollywood, CA

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

How To Handle A Fire Loss In Hollywood CA

Fire is a dangerous and destructive element when it is uncontained and uncontrollable. Every year thousands of people face the disastrous consequence of fire damage to their homes and businesses. In the event that a fire loss occurs the damage that the flames do to the property are only the beginning. These disasters usually mean that smoke damage, soot damage, and water damage from the fire are present as well.

Fires can start for a variety of reasons including natural causes - like weather conditions that produce wildfires - as well as man made sources. Accidents, failing electrical or gas systems, arson, and human negligence and error are some examples of how fires can be caused by man made sources. Whatever the cause of a fire loss the aftermath can be a stressful and confusing time for home or business owners.

The following is a list of the steps that property owners in Hollywood California can take in the immediate of a fire. -Contact the Insurance Company It's imperative for all property owners to have fire insurance on their property, but this is especially true for Hollywood and North Hollywood CA residents because of the climate in the area. This area of southern California is susceptible to wildfires that cause thousands of acres of fire loss in the region.

After a property is damaged or destroyed by fire it's imperative that the property owner contact their insurance company to make a timely and detailed claim. -Listen To The Advice Of Emergency Response Personnel The firefighters and other emergency personnel in and around North Hollywood CA are trained to deal with fires and the structural damage caused by them. It is important for property owners to heed their advice and warnings and to make sure their loved ones, other residents of the property, and pets listen to their instructions as well.

Emergency personnel will be able to assess when and if it is safe to renter the property. They are trained to determine structural damage and rate air quality by monitoring the levels of smoke and soot in the air of the property. -Prepare To Deal With Different Types of Damage Water damage from fire and other types of damage should be assessed when making a claim in a fire loss.

Fire produces flames that burn and in turn help produce smoke. When smoke and the debris of burned materials settles it produces soot, which is harmful to breathe and difficult to remove from structures, fabrics and objects. This means that once a fire is put out there will be several types of damage to the property in addition to the fire damage and including water damage from the methods used to extinguish the wire as well as smoke damage, soot damage that also diminish the air quality of the site. Property owners in Hollywood CA can use this information as a simple guide for what to expect when dealing with fire loss. 

Handling A Fire Loss In Hollywood, CA

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

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Handling A Fire Loss In Hollywood, CA

It’s not all fun and games in Hollywood, particularly during fire season. California is home to some of the country’s deadliest wildfires and home fires. The fire damage incurred by scores of residents who are the unfortunate victims of these fires can run well into the millions. Handling a fire loss is never an easy thing for residents of CA but it is a necessary step to rebuilding their lives. The Reality of Fire Loss Or Water Damage From Fire It’s a well-known fact that the North Hollywood, CA area is prone to fires. The fire report published on the California government website for January 1, 2016, to September 10, 2016, already shows that there have been 4,636 fires in California which have burned over 200,601 acres. Spark plug fires, out of control barbecue fires, power lines that aren’t working properly, and kitchen fires are all culprits that have led to a massive loss for the residents of North Hollywood.

The ABCs of Handling a Fire Loss • Call in expert technicians to assess the situation • Sit down with your insurers • Have a support system around you (a) Call in the Experts Expert technicians will be able to fully assess the fire damage done. It’s not just damage done by the fire that needs to be assessed but sometimes there might be water damage from fire, smoke damage and soot damage which all need to be checked for. If water pipes were damaged during the fire and water leaked into the house, then there is a need to ensure that the areas where water seeped into are properly cleaned.

No moisture can be left as moisture will lead to molds and fungi growth. The level of water damage will need a thorough and professional assessment. Smoke and soot can do a whole lot of damage on their own. Smoke can lead to corrosion and discoloration of any remaining walls and household items. Smoke damage needs to be assessed and then cleaned and cleared by licensed technicians. Soot is the black powdery substance that is a by-product of fires. It can cling to the remaining walls of your house. Professionals capable of identifying between dry and oily soot will understand just how best to remove it and keep the soot damage to a minimum. The air quality in your house will also need to be tested. This is especially true if only part of your house was burned.

Air quality tests are carried out easily and can tell you how soon you can move back in. (b) Sit down with your insurers One of the first things you might want to do, although very hard, is to assess the damage. Once you have had a look at what is left, it will give you a rough idea of exactly what was lost. In some cases, only part of the house was damaged. In other cases, the entire house was gutted in the fire. Your Hollywood insurance company will also come in and assess the situation and will be able to let you know how much you can claim in damages. This will let you know how much you will receive in order to start trying to get your life back together again. In most cases, the situation between insurers and clients can get difficult because clients are either not covered by the right type of insurance, or didn’t have much house insurance, to begin with. Always try to check at least once a year that you have the right type of insurance for your house in case of emergencies like this. (c) Have a support system around you It doesn’t matter if its family, friends, colleagues or church mates.

You will need a support system in your life at this moment in time. You will need a place to stay and people to look out for you as you try to get your life back together. For some people, the shock and realization of the loss they encountered doesn’t hit them until they see just how much it’s going to cost them to get back onto their feet.