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Fire Damage Restoration in Oxnard Helps Protect Homes from Further Destruction

6/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration in Oxnard Helps Protect Homes from Further Destruction Don’t let fire damage take over you.

Let SERVPRO get you back to your life.

Fires can emanate from different areas of a home. Popular storage areas like attics, basements, and garages usually contain fire hazards like gasoline and other flammable liquids. After a fire, beginning the cleanup and restoration process immediately can minimize damage to your home and its contents.

The fire damage restoration process in Oxnard homes involves many things, including cleanup, rebuilding and deodorizing. At SERVPRO, we offer a wide range of services intended to bring a home back to the condition it was in before the fire. Water damage commonly occurs during the efforts to extinguish fires. Since fires are so destructive, the main thing homeowners think about is extinguishing the fire as fast as possible, regardless of the amount of water used.

It is critical to remove the water quickly to prevent mold infestation. Our technicians are trained to deal with water damage. We can use thermal imaging tools to find any moisture trapped in the walls and then use drying and dehumidifying equipment to dry the affected areas.

Soot and ash can also build up in your home after a fire, and they can ruin pipes, metals, and appliances. Soot is acidic and can ruin the surfaces it sits on. If a high oxygen fire damaged your home, we can use chemical dry sponges or dry-cleaning sponges to remove soot. If it was a low oxygen fire, we can use the wet sponge cleaning method to remove the soot. Smoke odors can be pervasive and may permeate into many areas of your home. SERVPRO franchise professionals can use thermal foggers to neutralize odor-causing particles.

Our top priority is to get your life and property back to normal, and we, therefore, take measures to prevent further damage from occurring during the restoration process. We can tarp and board up your home so it remains safe from the outside elements like rain, wind, debris, and individuals who may want to vandalize it.

If you have a fire damage emergency, the local restoration team at SERVPRO of Oxnard can work diligently to fix your property. We offer emergency response services around the clock and can get to your home within an hour of receiving your call. Contact us today at (805) 984-2347 for restoration services.

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How Pros Restore Your Fire Damaged Oxnard Home

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Pros Restore Your Fire Damaged Oxnard Home You can trust SERVPRO of Oxnard to remove smoke and soot damage.

Why Oxnard Homeowners Should Not DIY Fire Smoke Cleanup

Fire damage brings several problems for a homeowner. Besides the direct damage from the fire, water damage from extinguishing the blaze plus the smoke residue and odor need addressing.

Fire smoke cleanup in your Oxnard home without proper equipment leaves your home open for secondary damages such as foul odors and mold. It is imperative to outsource the task to a professional mitigation company to avoid additional issues.

During the initial call, we gather information regarding the fire loss, and we often instruct the homeowner to avoid the area where the fire occurred and turn off the HVAC to prevent spreading soot in the ductwork.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive onsite, they test the smoke to see what kind of smoke is in the affected area of the home and contain the space to stop any further spreading of particles. Technicians remove objects and building materials too charred for restoration as they contribute only odors and the potential for spreading soot.

Depending on the type of smoke determined by testing, our technicians choose among three main kinds of cleaning methods: wet cleaning, dry cleaning, and peroxide-based cleaning.

Wet and dry cleaning uses sponges by hand or on poles and our proprietary formulas to attract soot to the sponge and remove it from walls and surfaces. Wet sponges work best with greasy films left behind by burned synthetic materials including plastic and rubber. Also, painted surfaces, wood and metal benefit from wet cleaning efforts. Dry sponges work on lighter, easier-to-remove smoke residues.

The application of peroxide-based cleaning happens on a case-by-case basis as it has the potential for bleaching. This method proves efficient for the removal of soot from acoustic ceiling tiles.

Once SERVPRO performs cleanup and disinfection on the fire loss areas, they inspect and clean the ductwork if needed. This action may include the use of professional equipment to neutralize lingering odors and filter change in the HVAC.

SERVPRO of Oxnard knows that even a small amount of fire damage leaves significant odors when inadequate fire smoke cleanup happens. Call us at (805) 984-2347, and our certified technicians will make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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After A Fire, Our Team Will Restore Your Oxnard Home To Pre-Damage Condition!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After A Fire, Our Team Will Restore Your Oxnard Home To Pre-Damage Condition! SERVPRO of Oxnard are experts at restoring fire damage in your home in Oxnard or the surrounding areas.

Fire Damage Cleanup Services For Your Oxnard Home

Unpredictable, fire can spread in seconds and decimate your Oxnard home in just minutes. Even smaller fires which are put out fast can result in a high repair bill. It's essential that you have the right insurance policy to help mitigate any financial losses from fire. However, it is much better to prevent the fire from happening in the first place if possible.

After a fire in your Oxnard home, you need fire cleanup services from a professional remediation company. At SERVPRO, we know how to handle any size fire damage situation due to our extensive training and experience. When you hire us, you know that your home is in good hands and that we do what we can to have you back in your residence as quickly as possible.

Fires can be chemical or electrical in nature. There are many classes of fires, depending on how they began. Cooking fires are the most common kinds of fires in homes. Grease is very flammable, and it is not easy to extinguish the flames once they start. Do not leave your kitchen while cooking anything with grease, as this is how many kitchen fires start.

Many times, during fire damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians pack out some of your possessions in your home and store them at a safe location while we work. The success of a move-out depends on us properly packing, tagging, and inventorying contents. It is an essential step of the process, and we ensure that we are very accurate, so the work site and all your possessions stay organized and safe. We handle everything with care as if it were our own and make sure that nothing gets damaged.

Faulty wiring or outlets being overloaded can create an electrical fire. If you plug something in that has a faulty cable, it could spark and start a fire. Your home’s wiring should be checked for a professional electrician, primarily if you reside in an older home.

Heat sources also cause fires when something combustible is too close to them. Whether a kerosene heater or an electrical heater, inspect them before using to make sure they are in good condition, including any wiring. Do not leave your home with one of these devices running.

SERVPRO of Oxnard are experts at restoring fire damage in your home in Oxnard or the surrounding areas. Make sure you ask us for help by dialing (805) 984-2347 once the flames are extinguished so we can stop even more damage from occurring.

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A Guide to Oxnard Fire Damage Remediation

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Guide to Oxnard Fire Damage Remediation If a fire ever damages part of your home, you can rest assured that team SERVPRO will arrive with haste to assess and remediate the damage.

The Safe and Efficient Fire Debris Cleanup Service Here in Oxnard

Fires can be devastating, both literally and emotionally. Charred remains are an unpleasant reminder of the event and can be odorous, or worse unsafe. You need a qualified professional to sort through the debris, dispose of it properly in line with state or federal laws as well as to assess what can be salvaged and what cannot. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with cleanup operations after property disasters and can be trusted to provide a professional service to the community.

The type and scale of fire debris in Oxnard properties can vary greatly. Depending on the size of the fire there may be structural damage, charring on fittings and furniture or possessions. SERVPRO can help you with any size or scale of damage by using a range of equipment. Depending on your needs we can liaise with remodeling contractors on your behalf or send technicians with IICRC certificates in odor control and fire remediation.

One thing we can do on arrival is returned the home to a safe environment. That could include restoring power, removing hazardous materials or checking for other potential damages that may not be visible. We can also conduct a thorough pre-test to assess the type of materials burned and the type of residue left behind; different materials burn in different ways, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to cleaning them.

At SERVPRO we have access to a wide range of equipment. Where there are charred fittings, for example, we can use sandblasting to aggressively remove the visible signs leaving behind a smooth, clean surface. Equally, soda and ice blasting techniques can be useful in removing soot that has set into fabrics or furnishings. Our team find solutions on a case by case basis and can tailor the approach to your requirements.

After a fire, not all items are salvageable. Those that are not salvageable can be packed up and taken by SERVPRO for safe disposal. Our team is happy to remove any items and promise to clean up after themselves, leaving your home "Like it never even happened."

If you would like to know more, contact SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 today.

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Oxnard, in the Cross-Hairs of the "Camp Fire," Can Get Cleanup Help from SERVPRO

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Oxnard, in the Cross-Hairs of the "Camp Fire," Can Get Cleanup Help from SERVPRO SERVPRO Helps to Clean and Improve Air Quality in Oxnard Homes After the Wildfire Has Passed

Recovering from Fire Damages to Your Oxnard Home

From natural disasters to accidents that occur within your Oxnard home, fires can pose significant threats to your property. Knowing what to do when fire affects your house can be the difference between effective mitigation of the situation with limited reconstruction/remodeling and considerable structural damages. Our response team is available 24-hours a day to help you overcome the effects of this recent wildfire threatening the region, or fires that occur within the property that can cause their own widespread effects.

Among all of the fire damages that you can experience within your Oxnard home, many residents struggle the most currently with their need for premier cleaning services, indoor air quality concerns, and deodorization. The wildfire moving through the area and threatening properties does not impact every home or commercial structure directly, but can still leave debris, soot, and smoke throughout the interior of the property.

As our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, we begin to assess the full extent of the damage that your property has sustained and the suitable approach to returning it to preloss condition, whenever possible. This estimation of our services and their cost gets shared directly with your insurance provider if you determine that filing a claim is a cost-effective solution to restoring the damaged elements of your home.

Cleaning services for your home can help to remove the soot, debris, and soil from carpets, drapes, surfaces, textiles, and furniture. We strive to provide a comprehensive service for all of our customers so that the restoration process, and whatever it entails, all gets completed by our highly-trained SERVPRO technicians. We have the industry-leading tools to make short work of foul odors in your house and remove them permanently, such as our thermal fogging equipment, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.

From the initial inspection to the steps required to restore your fire-damaged property to its preloss condition, our SERVPRO of Oxnard fire restoration technicians can help. Our crew is ready to arrive when the wildfires subside. (805) 984-2347.

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SERVPRO's Ultimate Guide To Fire Damage Restoration In Your Oxnard Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO's Ultimate Guide To Fire Damage Restoration In Your Oxnard Home Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Oxnard residence.

The Right Professional Restoration After A Fire In Your Oxnard Home

As a homeowner, you have likely encountered situations in the upkeep of your Oxnard residence that required professional experience. A great example of this might be a leaking pipe or faulty appliance that allowed for some water concerns throughout specific areas of your home. The same could get said about more widespread and substantial damaging situations like a fire.

Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Oxnard residence. While you might prioritize certain aspects of the work that needs to be done to bring your house back to the way it used to be, homeowners do not have the appropriate equipment or expertise to handle this situation on their own. More to the point, our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly and have the industry-leading equipment to overcome any obstacle between your currently damaged home and its future completed restoration work.

From the moment that our highly trained technicians arrive at your house, we begin with a thorough assessment of the damage that has occurred from the incident. This assessment is often a requirement of the insurance provider for your house, cataloging the damage and estimating the overall cost to restore this damage back to preloss conditions. Our experts work directly with the insurance adjuster to help expedite the claims process and get the restoration process started as promptly as possible.

One of the benefits to choosing professional restoration through our SERVPRO team is that we have your interest at heart. From the first assessment of the damage to the completion of the restoration project, we're not satisfied with our work unless you are as well. This communication and relationship with our clients help us to not only build our reputation throughout the area but showcase our resolve to offer the best service.

When a fire impacts your home, restoring the damage is never something that you have to deal with on your own. Our SERVPRO of Oxnard professional restoration technicians is available 24/7 to respond quickly to any emergency that you might have and work quickly to mitigate the situation to help preserve the things that matter most to you. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 984-2347.

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We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

"There’s nothing more traumatic than fleeing a wildfire and knowing it’s going to devour your precious home. All your lifelong memories are about to be burned to the ground thanks to Mother Nature.

That’s the harsh reality hundreds of Californians are facing after America’s worst wildfire season ever recorded. The historic 2017 blazes torched hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroyed more than a thousand properties, many of which were family homes.

And there’s one more potential kick in the teeth for these devastated families. Fire-gutted communities are ripe picking grounds for heartless criminals focused on cashing in on other people’s misfortunes. 

“Criminals have been known to walk through burned out neighborhoods on the hunt for loose safes and other valuable items that survive fires. They steal the items, crack the safes, and sell things on – and there’s nothing the families can do about it,” said Jono Millin, co-founder of drone mapping software start-up DroneDeploy."

Read more at We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities

All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season Photo: Anthony Plascencia/VC Star

"Grass-covered hills might look good now, but authorities say that could mean a busy fall and summer for firefighters.

Over the past several weeks, brush has gotten damper, greener and less likely to burn. Stands of tall, green grass have blanketed Ventura County and much of the state.

That’s good news. But there’s a downside: Like last year, there could be a significant amount of grass-fire activity, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

“Grass is the main ignition source,” said county fire Capt. Ken VanWig. “It’s like the kindling in the fireplace.”

As the fine grass dries out, it becomes a bed of fuel that makes it easy for fires to start and to spread quickly."

Read more at All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season

With storms coming, pre-evac advisory issued.

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

"Santa Barbara County has issued a pre-evacuation advisory for the Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas and Alamo Fire burn areas.

The warning is due to an approaching winter storm.

The National Weather Service is forecasting  the arrival of a storm Monday, Feb. 26,  in the late afternoon that is expected to continue into Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Rainfall amounts of less than 0.33 inches are forecasted.

The predications show a possibility of isolated rain totals in some areas of between 0.50 and 1 inch in area during thunderstorms.

The amounts are capable of producing minor debris flows and flooding below the Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas and Alamo Fire burn areas. 

County emergency officials and the National Weather Service are monitoring the situation and will alert the public."

Read more at Pre-Evacuation Advisory issued in Santa Barbara County burn area

The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

On a warm, sunny day back in June, I had the opportunity to check out some job sites with SunGlo Services Operations Manager Bob Graham. SunGlo is a large restoration company based in the Metro Detroit area. Bob and I had five or six stops to make across a rather large area of Southeastern Michigan as he checked in on the progress of some jobs, and some new work just coming in.

For me, this ride-along was an opportunity to see restorers and jobs in action – and not just try to learn about the work from behind a desk, or through reading articles. I can safely say it was a very eye-opening experience. One particular stop stands out.

Early Warning Signs

Late in the morning, we arrived at a home that had experienced a house fire overnight. The homeowner was there seeming to assess the scene, and someone from CRDN had also just pulled up to take a look at what soft contents in the home might be salvageable. The problem was… we couldn’t get into the home. The house had been boarded up and the fire marshal had put a lock on the door. I’m sure you’ve all been to scenes like this where the fire marshal is still investigating and hasn’t cleared it for restoration or cleanup yet.

Read more at The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup

Oxnard fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

4/26/2017

"Dirty gear used to be a badge of honor for firefighters, but as cancer rates among responders rises, cleanliness has become the highest priority.

 

The Oxnard Fire Department — like other Ventura County agencies — has adopted that mindset and received delivery this month of new hoods that keep out microscopic carcinogens from absorbing into firefighters' skin.

 

Last summer when Alex Hamilton became an Oxnard Fire Department battalion chief, he delved into the science and learned that while breathing in these cancer-causing particles is dangerous, it's actually worse when they are absorbed into the skin.

 

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the levels of these particles were higher on the neck, throat and jaw line. In addition, the higher the temperature the more permeable the skin is."

 

Read more at Oxnard fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology

Remodeling 101: How to Choose a Home Fire Extinguisher

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

"Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher that’s kept readily at hand. And yet many homeowners either (A.) know they don’t have a fire extinguisher and don’t think it’s a problem (I’m embarrassed to admit I was in this category until I started researching this post), or (B.) own a fire extinguisher (or several) but have no idea how to operate it or even if it would still work in case of a fire. Here’s what you should know about fire extinguishers to help keep your home and family safe.

1. Do I really need a fire extinguisher in my home?

You do; every home should have at least one portable fire extinguisher installed in an easily accessible spot. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has determined that almost half the fires in the home occur in the kitchen, so that’s a good place to start."

 

Read more at: Remodeling 101: How to Choose a Home Fire Extinguisher

Green home emerges after fire

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Green home emerges after fire David Lauer photo

"A natural disaster cleared a property in the Colorado mountains, giving an architect and her family a blank slate. Instead of going the traditional route, they took the opportunity to build their green dream home.


Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio and her family were camping when they heard the news. One of the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history was ripping through their property in Boulder. Del Gaudio and her husband, Ross Wehner, had purchased the land just two years earlier, in 2008, with the hope of someday relocating there from Denver with their two small children. In the meantime, they’d leased a tiny cabin on the property to a college student—who was able to escape the blaze—but the structure was destroyed."


Read more and see the photos at: Green home emerges after fire

8 Essentials: Smoke alarms with smart designs

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 8 Essentials: Smoke alarms with smart designs The Kupu photoelectric smoke alarm

"On the market recently: a slew of design-worthy and unobtrusive smoke alarms, from the popular Nest to new crowd-funded designs. Here are our favorite attractive (and high-tech) options.

Kupu Photoelectric Smoke Alarm by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen for Jalo Helsinki

Perhaps the most well-known smoke detector to come on the market recently is the Nest Protect,

The Kidde Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm protrudes a mere half inch from the ceiling once installed

The Gira Dual Q Smoke Alarm 

the battery-operated Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm by Dutch designer Louise van der Veld

At 1.5 inches across (the size of a golf ball), Cavius is “the world’s smallest” smoke alarm.

The nearly-identical Atom Smoke Alarm by First Alert

Currently in the preorder phase is San Francisco–based Birdi"

Check out the full article at 8 Essentials: Smoke alarms with smart designs