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Camarillo Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Air Duct Cleaning

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Camarillo Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Air Duct Cleaning SERVPRO Offers Premier Duct Cleaning for Camarillo Fire Damaged Properties

Cleaning Ducts After All Fire Types in Camarillo Homes and Businesses  

Disasters can strike at any time, and even as recent as last year, widespread fires affected hundreds of Camarillo area homes. Many chose to rely on the experience and the fast response of our professionals, who could respond as promptly as we were allowed in evacuated areas throughout Ventura County. In many of these situations, entire properties can suffer smoke residue and soot damage, and it requires expertise, advanced equipment, and professional-grade cleaning agents to restore your HVAC system to optimal performance.

Even apart from the wildfires that remain a steady threat to Camarillo home and business owners, multiple other paths can also lead to a need for mitigation, restoration, and clean ducts after fire damages. Even furnace puffbacks can allow for the buildup of ionized soot and smoke throughout the ductile network and in the corners of rooms connected to this system. These effects can often get mistaken as spider webs, as they frequently collect in the cooler corners of rooms or closets. Our SERVPRO professionals have the right products and equipment to address these concerns, as they require careful cleanup to prevent smearing and staining.  

Our SERVPRO team has a division of qualified air duct specialists who can not only address the common throttling of air flow from the buildup of debris and dust within the system, but can also sufficiently overcome the added threats of fire damage to these ducts and HVAC unit as well. We have advanced tools beginning with our whisks and brushes that can help to clean these air pathways in your home or business thoroughly. These tools can break free sediment and buildup, even fire related, caked on residues, from the interior surfaces of air ducts. Whether the ductwork is galvanized steel, flex tubing, or fiberboard, we can clean them of fire residue along with pollen, dust, debris, pet danger, and other trapped particulates.

Negative air pressure vacuums that seat over ventilation openings and multiple solutions for deodorization can help to address the final symptoms common with a fire loss in your air ducts. This ventilation system can continue to spread smoke and soot debris, as well as harsh odors without the sophisticated equipment and practices of our experienced cleaning technicians. We can substantially improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your living space.

Whether overcoming a wildfire effect that can spread through multiple homes and businesses throughout Ventura County or overcoming isolated incidents like furnace puffbacks, our SERVPRO of Camarillo team can take care of your home and your HVAC system after a fire. Give us a call for a free inspection and evaluation anytime at (805) 484-5009.

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Dreaming Of An Efficient and Easy Fire Damage Remediation in Your Camarillo Home?

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dreaming Of An Efficient and Easy Fire Damage Remediation in Your Camarillo Home? Cooking accidents can lead to serious fire damage in your Camarillo home. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Has Specific Methods for Fighting Damage from Fire, Smoke in Camarillo Properties

Fire damage can occur in many ways in a residential home. Cooking accidents, overloaded electrical panels, and plain old human error. When a fire occurs, there are often other issues to deal with such as odor, residues, water, the possibility of mold if not dried properly, not to mention replacement of fire loss contents.

When SERVPRO is called to mitigate damage from a Camarillo home fire, smoke is one of the things they address first. Depending on how hot the fire burned and the types of items that were consumed by the fire depends on the cleaning methods our technicians choose.

Plastics and synthetic materials tend to leave wet, grease-like films on surfaces that smears easily and can be challenging to clean. Organic materials such as hardwood beams tend to leave lighter, easier to clean residue. However, this is not positive because generally, these types of fires cause more significant structural damage. Our technicians are certified in the science of restoration and know that specific types of smoke residue requires specialized cleaning methods to remove the film and accompanying odors thoroughly. A single room can have different kinds of residues for our technicians to address depending on the types of items burned.

Mitigation for damage begins during the initial phone call with the homeowner, the SERVPRO technician takes the information and usually advises the homeowner actions they can take or should not take before our technicians arrive on site. The goal is to keep the homeowner safe, traffic in the area to a bare minimum and avoid spreading smoke and soot odors to unaffected areas.

The odor left behind by a fire can penetrate anywhere the smoke went. Our professional cleaning formulas are often enough to remove stubborn odors. In the cases where it is not, we have odor-neutralization methods such as thermal fogging which penetrates porous objects just as smoke does, except it is done with a heated solvent that eliminates odors. Machines such as Hydroxyl generators that work on the same principle as using UV rays from the Sun to power out odors using naturally occurring molecules called Hydroxyls that bond with and neutralize odor-causing molecules.

The key to saving as much as possible when damage from a fire happens in your home is to bring in professional help as quickly as possible. The faster the remediation begins, the more that can often be restored through cleaning.

SERVPRO of Camarillo stands ready to help homeowners mitigate fire, smoke and other home damage at (805) 484-5009. We are available 24/7 and arrive quickly because "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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Your Camarillo Home Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Camarillo Home Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster After a fire, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009, so we can help with smoke and fire cleanup services.

Our Professional Fire Cleanup Services Makes Your Camarillo Home Beautiful Again

Small fires in Camarillo can make tremendous amounts of smoke that cover the walls and leaves a sticky residue. Leaving this on the surfaces can stain paint and require new paint to make things beautiful again. Our specialists can help you reduce aggravation and save money by removing the soot before those stains happen.

After any size fire in Camarillo, we encourage residents to call us for help with fire cleanup that removes soot and sticky residues. These deposits might seem minor at first, but it can surprise you how widespread soot and related soiling becomes. Our techniques and the tools we use make it easy for us to remove these layers of soot from walls and other places.

We can also clean items that may have become covered in grime. Items that you keep near windows or doorways can sustain more copious amounts of soiling because of air traveling through that leaves soot on those same objects. We use ultrasonic technology to remove foreign particles from personal belongings, leaving them free of dirt, stains, and odors.

SERVPRO's technicians arrive ready to start working, meaning we finish more quickly. We always keep our Green Fleet stocked with the tools needed to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” We do this because we know your family wants to move forward and forget the incident. Because of this, we are also prepared to remove any damaged items. Removing materials and belongings that burned or charred during a fire eliminates any possible health risks that these items might contain. We want to give your family a fresh start after such a disaster.

Restoration efforts flow more smoothly, when needed, after thorough fire cleanup services. During cleanup, we remove any hazards from the interior. We also use additional measures that clean the air and reduce odors. As soot disintegrates, it continually produces odors. We prevent both from happening, making your home much safer for occupants.

After a fire, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009, so we can help with smoke and fire cleanup services. We have IICRC certificates in this and related areas, in addition to extensive experience in mitigation and restoration of homes and businesses.

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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Camarillo Home To Pre-Damage Condition Quickly And Efficiently

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Camarillo Home To Pre-Damage Condition Quickly And Efficiently Call us to schedule an assessment and begin the process of putting your life back together again.

Professional Help Needed For Fire Ash Cleanup In Camarillo

Removing the sooty debris deposited inside Camarillo homes during a fire is not an ordinary cleaning challenge. Soot and ash require not only specialized techniques to remove them entirely without smearing and spread to unaffected areas, but they also are toxic and corrosive. Safety during removal to humans, pets, and contents is the highest priority. We have the training, tools, and precisely formulated products to take on the job.

Because fire ash cleanup in your Camarillo home is not an everyday occurrence, the protocols necessary and the timeline for completion are not familiar and hard to attain without the assistance of a fully-prepared professional fire restoration crew. Our technicians receive comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework, honed by on the job experience.

SERVPRO arrives within hours of your first call, poised to assess your fire scenario and create a plan to clean up and restore your premises “Like it never even happened.” We evaluate the characteristics of the ash and soot deposited at the fire locus and all other spaces within your home. Understanding the connection between the types of fire ash and other residues and proven protocols and products to remove them is critical to a successful fire restoration outcome.

Paper and wood burn hot and quickly, leaving behind a light ash deposit best managed with HEPA-equipped vacuums and dry sponging. Other fire fuels, such as fabrics and wiring, tend to smolder, creating a thicker, more sticky soot that often responds best with a spray and wipe approach, sometimes with abrasive products or tools to dislodge the debris. SERVPRO researches available cleaners and equipment to give our customers the fastest and highest-quality results.

Since fires frequently start in kitchens, SERVPRO has strategies for dealing with the highly-adhesive protein-based soot and ash a grease and food fire deposits. The coating is thin and transparent but holds on like a varnish. We use solvents and agitation to loosen the residues.

Fire ash cleanup is a SERVPRO of Camarillo specialty; we have tools, technicians, and cleaners stocked in every service vehicle to avoid any delay. Call us at (805) 484-5009 to schedule an assessment and begin the process of putting your life back together again.

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In Camarillo, SERVPRO Says We Cleanup Preventable Fire Damage Caused by Appliances

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage In Camarillo, SERVPRO Says We Cleanup Preventable Fire Damage Caused by Appliances The Result of a Lint Fire in Camarillo--Call SERVPRO for a Cleanup and Restoration

Improper Dryer Care Can Cause Fires in Your Camarillo Home

The appliances in your Camarillo home help to make life more comfortable, but taking care of them and using them correctly is critical to a longer life and safe operation. Dryers, for example, can become dangerous if they do not get used properly, and this can result in disasters like fires occurring in the residence. Understanding how these situations happen and what can occur to restore the damage is essential knowledge for the modern homeowner.

While you might not think of your dryer as a source for fire damage in your Camarillo home, this disaster can occur more readily than most homeowners believe. Often, these combustions occur when the excessive heat (often upwards of 500 degrees or more) ignites lint or other loose debris within and around the drum. Preventing this situation from occurring is often little more than ensuring that between uses, the lint trap gets cleared of any collected buildup and that your ventilation discharge hose remains clear of buildup as well. We also inspect and can clean out the venting system for the appliance to increase efficiency and reduce potential fires.

Often homeowners are unaware of the severity of cleaning out their lint filters often, and fire can result. When a disaster like this occurs, the effects can spread far beyond the laundry area of your home and affect multiple rooms and floors. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to begin our thorough assessment of this damage to determine the best approach to restore it efficiently and cost-effectively.

From our initial mitigation work with packing out at-risk items and removing harmful particulates from the air inside your home to our licensed reconstruction contractors within our team that can rebuild overly damaged areas of your property, we offer a comprehensive package to our customers that make the restoration work as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Fires can begin from many sources, but appliances can easily ignite a blaze without the proper management and use. If you experience a disaster that damages your property, let our SERVPRO of Camarillo rapid response team help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (805) 484-5009.

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Mitigation Of Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Rec Room

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mitigation Of Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Rec Room Almost everyone in Camarillo enjoys relaxing at home, but fire damage can put a stop to that quickly.

Mitigation Of Fire Damage

Electronics games, hair styling appliances, and kitchen gadgets can all start a fire in your home. When a fire starts in your Camarillo home's rec room, cleaning up the smoke and fire damage can help your family and friends continue enjoying time together.

Almost everyone in Camarillo enjoys relaxing at home, but fire damage can put a stop to that quickly. Because of the regular and constant use of hand-held controllers on video game units and other types of games, getting the soot and smoke residue off of everything is crucial in so many ways. Dry soot can be as bothersome as sticky, moist soot, and either can stain clothing when children handle soot-covered items and then wipe their fingers. Younger children might also ingest this soot. SERVPRO can get your rec room back in shape.

When we work on your residence, we clean and mitigate the damage that affects both the structure and the contents. Cleaning the smoke residue from surfaces on pool tables require stiff brushes and HEPA-equipped vacuums. The wooden sections also need us to wipe them down with appropriate solvents that do not mar the finish but still lift the oily residue away. We always rinse these areas, as well as any plastic or metal components.

We clean electronics and other fragile games and discuss with you regarding additional care for video games and other related belongings. We do not recommend that you power these items on until a professional electronics technician looks them over, cleans them of any residue and makes any necessary repairs. Trying to make them work before a technician cleans away any dust, debris, soot, or moisture can cause so much damage that repairs become impossible.

As we perform these cleaning activities, other SERVPRO teams are extracting any present water and removing materials ruined by fire damage. We remove moisture so microbes remain at normal levels and damaged structures so we can bring in new materials.

SERVPRO of Camarillo can help you get back to enjoying your rec room's amenities. Wherever smoke and fire damage traveled in your home, we can follow it and mitigate. Odor control options are also available to you, adding value to our services that greatly benefit you. Call us at our 24-hour service line any day of the year.

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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

Why the California wildfires are spreading so quickly

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

This article was originally published in December as the Thomas fire continued to rage.  It is an informative look into how the fire spread so rapidly and how we can prevent it in the future.

t's been an especially devastating year for wildfires in California, with four of the deadliest in the last 12 months, according to state records.

In October, fires ravaged Northern California's wine country in Napa and Sonoma counties, destroying an estimated 8,900 structures and leaving more than 40 people dead.Now a round of wildfires has broken out in Southern California, and they may be scarier than the October fires.  The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it twice as big as Washington, D.C., and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires."

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)

"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

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

Green home emerges after fire.

5/17/2016 (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