Recent Fire Damage Posts

Actions to Take Immediately after a Property Fire

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Stove top fire Know what your steps should be if you experience a fire

What steps are taken within the first 24 hours after fire damage will be a determining factor on the restoration process for your property and belongings.  You can trust SERVPRO of Santa Cruz will respond with haste and begin mitigation quickly. Our technicians are specialized in a variety of restoration services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removals as well as board-ups, deodorization, contents inventory and cleaning, loss documentation and document restoration. Our main mission is always to bring your property or belongings back to preloss condition whenever possible and guide you through what can be a stressful process.

If you have experienced a fire in your home or business, we highly suggest following these steps to help minimize damages:

  • Stay clear of the affected rooms and limit activity to minimize the movement or transfer of the smoke and soot to other areas
  • Spread cardboard or old linens to walk on carpeted traffic areas to prevent further soiling
  • Avoid washing any walls or painted surfaces; these attempts can result in smearing the soot and create additional damage. Specific measures need to be followed to ensure proper soot removal
  • If it is necessary for you to enter into the affected areas, use a proper facial mask to protect your own respiratory health

SERVPRO of Santa Cruz has been helping our community 20 years. Our highly training staff is committed to assisting our neighbors when catastrophe strikes. Call to speak with our representatives day or night, 24/7. We are always here to help (831)-457-1997.

SERVPRO of Santa Cruz: Fire Restoration Experts

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Charred room due to electrical fire Santa Cruz County home caught fire due to electrical issues.

Soot and smoke are menacing to a one’s health and are dangerous to breathe in. By lingering and permeating within various cavities inside your home, if not cleaned properly soot and smoke will result in hidden odors and damages to your structure and your wellbeing.

At SERVPRO of Santa Cruz, our expert fire technicians are able to accurately assess the severity of damages to develop an all-inclusive plan of action to get your home back to normal.

Smoke and Soot Facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler and higher sections of a structure.
  • Smoke travels through plumbing systems, seeping into the small crevices used for pipes to pass from floor to floor.
  • It is important to identify the specific origin of the smoke to determine the direction of the restoration process.

Different Categories of Smoke

There are two specific types of smoke–dry and wet. These two categories of smoke result in two unique soot residues after a fire. Prior to the initiation of any cleaning, a test to classify which type of smoke damage is present must be completed. This pretesting will determine what restoration plan is necessary to be implemented. Below is additional information:

Dry Smoke (examples: Wood and Paper)

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Wet Smoke (examples: Rubber and Plastic)

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Nearly invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme overpowering odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each fire and smoke loss comes with its own distinctive circumstances. Consequently it is essential that each job follow its own specific restoration plan that is tailored for the unique conditions.  With the proper knowledge, proficiency, equipment and dedication in which SERVPRO of Santa Cruz showcases through every job, you can be reassured that your home is in good hands. Our main goal is to make a stressful time easier to cope for you and your family.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 831-457-1997

What You Should Do Immediately After a Fire at Your Property

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out of the oven Knowing the proper steps to take after disaster strikes can help reduce damage.

The actions you take within the first 24 hours after fire damage can be a deciding factor on whether your property and belongings can be restored or if replacement would be necessary. You can count on SERVPRO of Santa Cruz to provide a fast response and begin mitigation action quickly. Our technicians are highly trained in services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removals as well as board-ups, deodorization, contents inventory and cleaning, and document restoration. Our goal is to bring your property or belongings back to preloss condition whenever possible and help you through a stressful process.

If you have suffered a fire in your home or business, remembering to follow these tips can help to reduce damages:

  • Limit activity in the affected rooms to avoid movement of the smoke and soot
  • Lay old linens or cardboard on carpeted traffic areas to prevent further soiling and additional soot to travel to unaffected areas
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces; this can result in smearing and further damage. There are specific procedures to be followed to ensure proper removal
  • Use paper masks if you must enter into the affected areas to protect your own respiratory health

SERVPRO of Santa Cruz has been serving our community since 2001. We are committed to helping our neighbors when tragedy strikes. We are ready to assist any time, any day. Call to speak with our representatives at 831-457-1997.

SERVPRO of Santa Cruz: Fire Restoration

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Damage Kitchen Fire Damage

Smoke and soot is insidious to a person’s health and can linger and infiltrate within numerous cavities inside your home. This can result in hidden odors and damages.

At SERVPRO of Santa Cruz, our proficiency in smoke damage enables our skilled fire technicians to accurately evaluate the severity of damages to create an complete game plan towards getting your home safe again.

Facts about Smoke and Soot:

  • Hot smoke travels to cooler sections and higher points of a structure.
  • Smoke drifts around plumbing systems, infiltrating through the openings used for pipes to pass from floor to floor.
  • The varieties of smoke significantly influence the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two specific categories of smoke–wet and dry. The two types of smoke result in two different  soot residues after a fire. A test to classify which type of smoke damage is present must be completed prior to the commencement of the cleaning. The restoration plan will be developed around the information gathered during this pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke (examples: Plastic and Rubber)

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke (examples: Paper and Wood)

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire and smoke loss involves its own unique conditions. Therefore it is necessary that each job follows its own specific game plan that is customized for its inimitable circumstances.  With the experience, expertise, equipment and dedication in which SERVPRO of Santa Cruz has to offer, you can be reassured that your home is in good hands. Our main goal is to make a stressful time easier to cope for you and your family.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 831-457-1997

The Most Common Cause of Fires is Cooking in the Kitchen

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Santa Cruz at 831-457-1997

Fires can and do happen anywhere and anytime, they do not take holidays off. SERVPRO® of Santa Cruz is here for you when disasters such as water or fire damage strike. Whether it be from smoke in the break room at work from popcorn left too long in the microwave, or a space heater left too close to a blanket at home, we are Here to Help® you get your life back to normal. We know that just because we deal with emergencies every day, you do not. So we are here to share our decades of experience with you, as we guide you through the process of making it “Like it never even happened.” We are with you all the way. Our crews work with you and your insurance to take care of the details to insure you can come out after the disaster as if the fire never occurred. We walk with you through the process, guiding you with answers, advice and experience through to the other side where life will come back together.

We are always here to help you, Call Us at 831-457-1997

Santa Cruz Fire and Soot Cleanup

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in your Home. Call the Smoke Damage Experts at SERVPRO of Santa Cruz to help!

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Santa Cruz will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 831-457-1997

SERVPRO is the Answer for Fire Damage Restoration

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can range from small to devastating. This is a reminder to check your smoke alarms frequently. Call SERVPRO of Santa Cruz at 831-457-1997.

If your home has sustained Fire and Smoke Damage, our first concern is for the safety of you and your family. Then there is also the concern that this type of loss can destroy pictures, possessions and memorabilia that is irreplaceable. Our priority is to save and restore the items that are precious and mean the most to you.

  We will also guide you through your insurance claim and provide the expertise to communicate the information necessary for your adjuster to keep your claim moving toward completion. Our goal is to ultimately have this behind you and get your life back to normal. We take seriously the tag line that we help make it "Like it never even happened." We are here for you and will provide the professional services necessary. This includes everything from Inventory Loss Lists, to Packing, Moving, Cleaning, Storage and Delivery of your salvageable contents. We also provide Board-up and Roof Tarp Services and address any Water Damage caused by Fire Fighting efforts. Once Restorative Drying is completed and your home is deodorized and sealed, our Construction Division will replace the damaged materials that were removed during mitigation and truly make it “Like it never even happened."

We have been providing fire and water clean-up and restoration as a SERVPRO rranchise since 2001. We have an IICRC Master Fire & Smoke Restorer, Master Textile Cleaner, Master Water Restorer and a General Contractor on staff. We also have an American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) Board Certified, Microbial Remediation Supervisor. We want you to feel confident that you have chosen a Provider that really cares and can provide you with the Professional Services you need for complete satisfaction. SERVPRO of Santa Cruz is here to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

What do I consider when choosing Fire Damage Services?

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Every Fire is Different - Restoring Fire damage requires a "Customized Restoration Plan" SERVPRO of Santa Cruz will formulate the right plan for you.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate wall cavities, ceiling cavities, attic spaces and the sub-area crawlspaces of your home or business. Because of this it is a challenge to address hidden damage and the resulting odors that can permeate long after the damage initially occurs. Our smoke damage expertise and experience enables us to locate hidden damage. Our thorough Initial Inspection will provide you with an accurate assessment of the extent of damage and a comprehensive plan of action to bring your home and life back to normal again.

There are several components to consider when dealing with a fire damage:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and the upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping throughopenings where pipeswere installedbetween levels.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

That is why consideration of the type of smoke produced by the fire is extremely important to facilitating the removal process. Because there are different types of smoke there are different types of soot residues found after a fire damage. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Santa Cruz will test the soot to determine what type of smoke damage it is and the best way of treating it. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information gathered in the pretesting process. Here is some information on the types of smoke and residue -

Wet Smoke- Plastic and Rubber - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke- Paper and Wood - Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore so does the smoke.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from the fire itself. - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Services:

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and knowledge to fully restore your home after a smoke or fire damage. Our staff will always treat you and your home with the utmost respect and care.

Did you know SERVPRO of Santa Cruz is a 24/7 Full Service Restoration Company that will work with you from start to finish and make your home like new again, "Like it never even happened."

Have questions about Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?

Call us today!

(831)457-1997

What to do after a fire damage at your property

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Santa Cruz at 831-457-1997

The first 24 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO® of Santa Cruz provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help to ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible. If you do suffer a fire in your home or business, remember to follow these tips to minimize damages; limit movement in the areas affected to prevent further damages. Place old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent soiling and do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces. SERVPRO® of Santa Cruz have been serving the community since 2001. We are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 831-457-1997 to help you. #SERVPRO #waterdamage #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #santacruz

Fire at my home or business, now what do I do?

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Who will you call if there is a fire loss at your home or business? SERVPRO of Santa Cruz responds 24/7 365 days a year.

When a fire strikes your home or office everything else becomes secondary. Its a a long process that can be stressful and confusing. SERVPRO® of Santa Cruz are committed to helping you walk through this process with as little frustration or confusion possible. We have decades of experience providing the very best in customer service and helping our customer’s disaster be “Like it never even happened.” If disaster should strike call us at 831-457-1997. #SERVPRO#LikeItNeverEvenHappened#HereToHelp #ReBuildingStories

SERVPRO of Santa Cruz responds fastest to your Fire restoration needs

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Cruz will restore your fire and soot damaged property with industry leading service and trained technicians.

Title: SERVPRO of Santa Cruz Comercial and residential Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Category: Fire Damage

Photo Caption: Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Santa Clara county Home.

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Santa Cruz will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 831-457-1997

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