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Tips for After The Fire

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

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1.Call your Insurance

-Inform your insurance that you have had a fire and smoke damage.

-Ask about ALE or Additional Living Expenses. This is coverage that is in most homeowner’s insurance policies, and which can help cover emergency hotel, housing rental, essential food, and toiletries.

-If you are a tenant notify your landlord. They can call their insurance.

2.Remove Important Items

-Document and Records

Insurance documents, birth certificates, mortgage documents.

-Valuables

Jewelry, money, weapons, ammo, and irreplaceable sentimental items.

3.Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County 24/7 to secure your home.

What does it mean to secure you home? After a fire, your home may be exposed to outside elements due to fire and smoke damage or from firefighters extinguishing the blaze. Make sure you are covering your liability and allow us to board up your home.

-Prevent intruders from looting your home after fire damage.

-Keep trespassers from entering your home.

-Prevents you from becoming liable if someone does trespass on the site.

What Can SERVPRO of South Shasta County Do For You? Call us today at 530-241-2424

SERVPRO’s Response to Wildfires and Debris Cleanup

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Wildfires have rapidly broken out across the west coast due to extended drought and record high temperatures. These drier than normal conditions have led to further fueling these wildfires.

These wildfires have been causing fire and smoke destruction, as well as secondary water and soot damage.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of South Shasta County is here and ready to respond. SERVPRO of South Shasta County and our neighboring franchises have assigned Disaster Recovery Teams that have been activated to assist local Franchises with cleanup.

These disasters often create a significant number of debris which can include ash, concrete, metal, building materials, hazardous materials, and contaminated soil. Disaster debris must be extracted and properly managed to minimize threats to public health and safety, help communities recover and rebuild and to help protect the environment.

This Year we have been faced with terrible losses such as destroyed property and devastation to our environment. Furthermore our condolences go out to any who have lost friends and loved ones due to these recent disasters.

If you would like to find out how SERVPRO of South Shasta County and our professionals will approach this undertaking, please contact us at 530-241-2424

Be Ready for Wildfires

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

wildfire Call 530-241-2424 to clean up and restore your household in the case of a fire damage.

Are you ready?

Wildfire season is officially here in the state of California and it is very important to be prepared. An evacuation plan requires the involvement of every household member and there are real benefits to being prepared.

Here are three steps to be prepared for Wildfire season:

1.Map out a wildfire action plan - This requires the participation of each household member.

Here is a checklist to help you prepare a wildfire action plan.

  • Choose an emergency meeting location outside of the fire hazard area.
  • Plan several different escape routes and practice them regularly.
  • Have fire extinguishers in place and teach every household member how to properly use them.
  • Ensure that your household members know where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are and how to use them safely.
  • Have a radio or scanner so that you can stay updated on fire alerts
  • Designate an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact so that you can communicate with household members in case of separation.
  • Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers. Keep these posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.
  • Ensure to have evacuation plans for pets, large animals such as horses, and other livestock. 
  1. Assemble an emergency disaster supply kit – This kit will contain a collection of necessities your household will need in the case of an emergency. Each household member should have their own emergency kit. It is also recommended everyone keeps an emergency kit in their vehicle in case access to the household is not available.

Here is an official check list to go by: https://www.ready.gov/kit

  1. Make a household communication plan – Communication networks and electricity may be compromised in a wildfire and that is why it is important to have a communication plan in place.

Every member of the household should be considered in creating this plan. It is a must that the methods are well communicated with everyone at a level that they understand. Rehearsing this plan regularly will help assure that everyone is on the same page and know exactly what to do in case of an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO of South Shasta County we understand how serious wildfire season is an that is why we highly recommend you follow these steps and work to assure the safety of your household. If your home has unfortunately crossed paths with a wildfire rest assured our staff at SERVPRO of South Shasta County are here and ready to help.

Call 530-241-2424 to clean up and restore your household in the case of a fire damage.

How To Prevent Electrical Fires

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Electrical fires make up for 6.3% of residential fires and many industrial fires. Whenever electricity is in use there will be the potential of a fire breakout. Here are just a few common sources of electrical fires that SERVPRO of South Shasta County has encountered below.

Overloading a Circuit – To many units plugged into a single circuit can create a fire risk.  Circuit breakers usually compensate for this, but there is always a chance wires or other components will overheat.

Extension Cords – Cords tend to run across the floor and other risky areas which can lead to damaged and exposed wires. This exposure around flammable materials can be a dangerous fire risk.

Faulty Outlets – A damaged or unproperly installed electrical outlet has the potential to cause a spark or other events that may cause a fire.

Light Fixtures – If a light bulb is installed that exceeds the wattage limit, or there isn’t proper ventilation to a light fixture, it may result in a fire.

SERVPRO of South Shasta County has found the best way to prevent electrical fires is to assure that all electrical work is done by a trained and qualified electrician.  Having electrical work done properly can potentially save you money and hassles in the future. It is also important to inspect and test your electrical systems for potential issues on a regular basis so you can eliminate any problems before they become a fire disaster.

If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424.

How to Plan for a Fire

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Plan If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424.

If you live in California, you are surely well informed on the dangers of fires, and especially wildfires. It is always a good idea to prepare, plan and to stay informed on what is going on in your area. Here are some tips to follow so you can plan ahead.

FIRE DETECTORS

Smoke alarms are critical for being able to detect a fire quickly and greater increases your chances of making it out safely.

  • Install smoke alarms in every area of your house.
  • Routinely check and replace batteries.
  • Test and replace faulty alarms.
  • Always keep alarms operational.

BE PROACTIVE

It is never a bad idea to be prepared and take extra measures to lessen the devastation of a disaster.

  • Know how to use and maintain a fire extinguisher properly.
  • Make digital copies of all important documents you may have.
  • Keep a fireproof safe for valuable items.

ESCAPE PLAN

Have a well-reviewed escape plan with every person in your household. Practice enacting your escape plan and make sure everyone is on the same page.

  • Practice crawling low beneath the smoke.
  • Check doors for heat with your hand.
  • Close doors as you leave.
  • Make sure windows are easy to open from the inside.
  • Cooperate with fire fighters.

If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424.

What Not To Do After A Fire

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424

What not to do after a fire damage is just as important as what you should do.  The following list will help you avoid certain mistakes to help reduce the stress of a horrible situation, but first here are some fire safety tips to make your home or business more protected.

  1. Test smoke alarms regularly.
  2. Inspect your heating sources.
  3. Keep your oven and stove clean.
  4. Do not leave your kitchen while cooking.
  5. Inspect your dryer on a yearly basis.
  6. Maintain and inspect electrical cords.
  7. Safely store flammable products
  8. Practice caution with candles
  9. Be careful with your fireplace.
  10. Have multiple fire extinguishers.

If you unfortunately experience a fire damage here are some helpful tips on what not to do before the restoration process begins.

  • DO NOT attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of South Shasta County.
  • DO NOT attempt to clean any electrical appliances without have them inspected first.
  • DO NOT consume any canned or packaged food or beverages the were exposed to the fire.
  • DO NOT use any ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is wet.
  • DO NOT wash or send your garments to a dry cleaner.

If you or anyone you know has experienced a fire damage contact SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424

Chimney Flue Fire & What You Should Know

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Chimney Fire Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for all your fire, smoke and water damage 24/7 at 530-241-2424.

Chimney flue fires can be extremely dangerous. Many people discover they have a chimney or flue fire first by the sound. It can be very loud cracking noise like a bond fire. Flames or dense smoke may shoot from the top of the chimney. Chimney fires can burn rapidly. It is important to get out of your home quickly and call 911 as soon as you see signs of a chimney flue fire.

chimney fire is the combustion (burning) of residue deposits referred to as soot or creosote, on the inner surfaces of chimney tiles, flue liners and stove pipes.

Signs to look for to see if you may have had a chimney flue fire are:

  • Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney.
  • Cracked or collapsed flue tiles, or tiles with large chunks missing.
  • Discolored and/or distorted rain cap.
  • Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney.
  • Roofing material damaged from hot creosote.
  • Cracks in exterior masonry.
  • Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners.

If you think you may have had a flue fire call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 for your free inspection and estimate.

Can I stay in my house after a house fire?

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom Fire If you have had a house fire call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for all your fire and smoke damage needs. 530-241-2424.

It is not recommended to stay in your home after a house fire until it has been restored. Smoke caused from house fire is mostly carbon monoxide and cyanide. Most homes have many synthetic materials such as plastic and rubber. When these materials burn it puts off a toxin causing cyanide poisoning.

Inhaling smoke and ash particles can be harmful to humans and pets causing the nose, throat, and lungs to become irritated. Over time these irritations can turn into more serious health issues such as asthma.

To restore your home and contents to its original status you must have it professionally cleaned. Cleaning will depend on the materials and the amount of smoke or fire damage it has suffered.

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County to perform a free inspection and estimate. We will work directly with your insurance company.

Our expert technicians are IICRC certified in fire restoration. We are a locally owned and operated franchise serving the North State and Shasta County area for the last 20 years. For more information give us a call.

Do You Know There Are 6 Types of Fire?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Do You Know There Are 6 Types of Fire?

Fire can be dangerous during and after. Everything from heat from the flames to smoke and water damage. But fire can be very toxic also. The toxins caused by fire has a lot to do with the type of fire and what has burned during the fire.

The 6 different classes of fire

  • Class A--Solids
  • Class B--Liquids
  • Class C--Gases
  • Class D--Metals 
  • Class E--Electrical Fire
  • Class F--Cooking Fats & Oils

It is imperative to your health to makes sure the professionals deal with the aftermath of the fire. Depending on the type of fire determines how debris clean up and structure and content cleaning is performed.

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County if you have a fire for a free inspection and estimate. We can secure your structure for free and we can get you back to normal living.

After The Fire

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

After The Fire If you have had a fire call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424. We provide FREE Security Board Up. Call now.

Fire can cause an extreme amount of damage to your home including damaged cause by flames, heat, smoke, and water. The aftermath of fire leaves behind is toxic. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items.

The fire department will make sure the utility services (water, electricity, and gas) are safe to use. If they are not safe, firefighters will have your utilities turned off or disconnected before they leave. Do not try to turn them back on by yourself.

Call your insurance company right away and start a claim. They can help you get set up in another residence if your home is inhabitable.

Next Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County. In some cases, you may need to board up windows and doors so no one can get in. We will board up your house at no cost to the homeowner.

SERVPRO of South Shasta County will work directly with your insurance company to pack out your contents, clean your contents, clean your home, and to perform any repairs you need to get your house back to the way it looked before the fire.

SERVPRO of South Shasta County responds 24/7 to any emergency fire that needs a security board up. WE will give you and your insurance company free fire inspection and estimates.

Structure Fire? Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Debris Clean Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for all your fire, smoke mitigation and repairs. We are here to help. 24/7. 530-241-2424

A fire at your house or business can be a stressful and confusing process. Many people do not know where to begin the process of getting back to a normal functional environment.

The aftermath of a fire can be dangerous. From fallen debris to unknown toxins in the structure and contents. Try not to go into the aftermath of the fire if you can. Call the experts to help you.

Here are some of the things you can do when you are dealing with a fire.

  1. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County! We will board up your home or business for free after a fire. It is important to keep yourself safe from liability from others entering your home with out permission. Boarding up the windows, doors, roofs, and temporary fencing can keep out looters.
  2. Contact your insurance company. They can help pay for temporary housing while you are displaced from your home. Your insurance will get a claim started for you. Let them know that you are having SERVPRO of South Shasta County perform services for you.
  3. SERVPRO of South Shasta County can pack out any of your smoky contents, clean your contents, clean your structure.
  4. Repairs needed? SERVPRO of South Shasta County can help do that to. We are general contractors. We do everything from sealing, painting, insulation, drywall, paint, and flooring. We are your 1 STOP SHOP!

Fire and smoke damage is no joke! Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for all your fire, smoke mitigation and repairs. We are here to help. 24/7.

Prevent Christmas Tree Fire This Holiday Season

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Prevent Christmas Tree Fire This Holiday Season

Did you know that fire departments respond to approximately 160 Christmas tree fires per year? Do not let a fire ruin your holiday.

A Christmas tree can become engulfed in less than one minute, causing property damage in 30 seconds. This property damage can range from smoke damage to structure damage.

5 ways to help prevent a Christmas tree fire are:

  1. Purchase a fresh cut Christmas tree, not a dry tree.
  2. Keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source like wall heaters and fireplaces.
  3. Water your Christmas tree every day to keep it hydrated and fresh.
  4. Do not use damaged Christmas tree lights that have frayed cords.
  5. Make sure when you leave the house and go to bed that the light to your Christmas tree are off.

If you have the unfortunate experience of a holiday house fire. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424. We are here to respond to your emergency 24/7. We also work directly with your insurance company, provide free estimates and free security fire board ups.

Smoke Damage in your Home

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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.

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 South Shasta County 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. 

Wet Smoke

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

Dry Smoke

  • 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. 

SERVPRO of South Shasta County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

For more information call us at SERVPRO of South Shasta County today,  (530) 241-2424 or by our social media pages (links below).

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Fire and the know

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Shasta is highly trained in smoke and soot removal.  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.

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. Are team at SERVPRO of South Shasta 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 SERVPRO of South Shasta County Today – 530-241-2424

For more information call us at SERVPRO of South Shasta County today,  (530) 241-2424 or by our social media pages (links below).

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Why Winter Fires Occur and How to Prevent Them

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Snow covered tree Call South Shasta County SERVPRO at 530-241-2424.

While house fires can occur for a variety of reasons, conditions in the winter make them more likely to occur.

In fact, winter is the time of the year that contains the most house fire occurrences every year. To practice fire safety during the colder months, it is important to note why these fires occur and how to prevent them.

Why Winter House Fires Are More Likely

An Increase in Cooking
Cooking is always the top reason behind house fires throughout the year, but even this figure increases in colder months. Between an increased frequency of cooking and baking as well as seasonal recipes being used, kitchens are a hotbed for fire starters if cooking is not performed safely.

The Risk of Heaters
It is not unwise to use heaters and fireplaces during the winter months, but it is important to be safe when they are utilized. Errors in heating methods cause the second most amount of fires when the weather is colder, so utilizing safety features and making sure fireplaces cannot create traveling sparks is key.

Candles and Decorations
Decoration safety is not a widely regarded caution to take note of, but it is highly important during winter. Many winter holidays are decorated for with candles, but these open flames can cause serious fire hazards if they are left unattended. For electronics such as lights, checking their cords for any fraying or tears is important to prevent a fire from beginning.

<h3you-can-prevent-winter-fires">How You Can Prevent Winter Fires

Taking note of the reasons a fire can occur is important, as is remembering tips for fire safety. Here are some of our favorite winter-weather fire safety tips to always keep in mind when cooking, decorating or doing other winter activities:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire,

Call South Shasta SERVPRO Today -

(530) 241-2424

The Air After a Fire

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Duct Cleaning advertisement and information The air after a fire can cause breathing issues. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for all your smoke damage and duct cleaning. 530-241-2424

The air after a fire can linger for days and weeks. The key to restoring your air quality comes down to using the correct tools to clean the air.

You know that nasty sting you feel in your nose when walking by a building that has recently burned down? It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfur mixed with smoke.

Keep in mind, smoke contains the residue of all the burned materials and it can be toxic It usually requires special equipment to completely clean the air. Ozone Machines and Air Scrubbers are designed specifically for this work.

Duct cleaning is a huge part of cleaning the air your breathe. When you don't clean your ducts after a fire it can cause the contaminated air and smoke particulates to enter your home every time you turn on your heating and air conditioning unit. 

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for any smoke damage and duct cleaning needs. 530-241-2424.

Smoke Damage

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for your smoke damage free inspection 530-241-2424.

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 South Shasta County 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. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? We do FREE inspections!
Call Us Today – 530-241-2424

Smoke Damage

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage on Ceiling Smoke damage in your house? Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424.

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 South Shasta County 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 – 530-241-2424

Top 3 Causes for House Fires

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged House If you have experienced a fire call SERPVRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 for a FREE inspection.

There isn't a single person who wants to experience a house fire. Their home ends up getting damaged or destroyed, along with most of their belongings. 

A majority of fires are preventable.

3 Common Causes of a House Fire

3) Electrical Equipment & Lighting
Wires, Extension Cords, & Heaters are in almost every home. Malfunctions can cause this equipment to go up in flames. One of the most common is decorative Christmas lights. When left on or unattended for a long period of time, these lights can overheat and cause serious damage.

Keep in Mind...
Unplug electrical equipment that's not in use.
Check any decorative lights periodically to avoiding overheating.

2) Dryers
Dryers are commonly known for starting fires, yet many don't take the time to properly maintain their dryer.

Keep in Mind...
Clean out the lint tray after every use.
Never run your dryer without the lint tray in place.

1) Cooking
According to the NFPA, 46% of home fires start in the kitchen with cooking. Cooking can easily be distracting, especially when making large meals.

Keep in Mind...
Never leave your stove top unattended.
Keep children away from hot areas in the kitchen.

This information will help you to minimize your risks of a home fire like never before. Aside from this information, Smoke Alarms need to be replaced and tested to help keep your household aware of any potential fire danger. Review and share this information to keep you and your loved ones safe from a home fire.

If you experience a house fire, call SERVPRO of South Shasta at 530-241-2424 for your FREE inspection.

How Clean Is Your Air After A Fire?

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Let The Smell Of Smoke Remain After A Fire. How clean in your air after a fire? Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for your Free inspection and to stop the odor. 530-241-2424

You know that nasty sting you feel in your nose when walking by a building that has recently burned down? It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfur mixed with smoke. It's called Acrid. What’s the best way to get rid of it?

Keep in mind, smoke contains the residue of all the burned materials and it can be toxic It usually requires special equipment to completely clean the air. Ozone Machines and Air Scrubbers are designed specifically for this work.

Ozone Machines destroy the Molecules, Bacteria, and Spores that cause unpleasant smells. Air Scrubbers clean the air by repeatedly moving it through HEPPA filters which help reduce the smell. 

If you continue to smell the odor of smoke after a fire. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 to do an free inspection. We can help you remove the odor of smoke. 

South Shasta County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Smoke and Soot damage can be cleaned and repaired as good as new. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for a FREE inspection. 530-241-2424

Shasta County and the surrounding areas have been highly impacted this year with structure fire to residential and commercial buildings. With fire comes smoke and soot. With smoke and soot comes time for your house or business to get cleaned. 

Smoke from fires can be very invasive and cause underline issues like odor control. 

SERVPRO of South Shasta County take their time evaluating a fire, smoke and soot damaged home. Our FREE inspections will include checking the duct system for you HVAC unit, attic, contents and more. 

We are IICRC certified in fire and smoke. We work direct with your insurance to provide you the services to restore you home and business "Like it never even happened."

Did you know that we also do Free Board Up if you have a fire and need to secure the building? 

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County for all of you fire, smoke and soot services. We can get you back in your home and business fast.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Remove Smoke and Soot Damage Our technicians are experts in removing smoke and soot from fire damage. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County 530-241-2424 for a FREE inspection.

SERVPRO of South Shasta is highly trained in smoke and soot removal.  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.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County 530-241-2424

South Shasta County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage To Containers In A Garage Fire Smoke Damage To Containers In A Garage Fire. Soot and Smoke Damage To Plastic Is Not Salvageable. Call SERVPRO Of South Shasta County 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 South Shasta County 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 SERVPRO Of South Shasta County Today – 530-241-2424

Pack-out of contents at a Shasta County fire damage

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Pack Out Contents Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County if you have fire, water or mold damage that requires any of our restoration & pack out services. 530-241-2424

SERVPRO of South Shasta County specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO South Shasta can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

SERVPRO of South Shasta County will store your contents at our warehouse until repairs are complete. 

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County if you have fire, water or mold damage that requires any of our restoration services. 530-241-2424

Every Second Counts During A Fire!

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Fire Damaged Bathroom Wall Call SERVPRO Of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 to do security board up.

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

Call 911.

Contact your insurance company.

Call SERVPRO Of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 to do security board up, smoke damage cleaning on structure and contents, demolition of smoke damaged area.

No Wasted Time

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Plan Don't Waste Time During A Fire. Come Up With A Safety Plan before a fire happens. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County 530-241-2424.

Don't Waste Time During A Fire!

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime.

Call 911.

Contact your insurance company.

Call SERVPRO Of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 to do security board up, smoke damage cleaning on structure and contents, demolition of smoke damaged area.

Cause for Fire

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Electrical Fire Be sure to minimize your risk of fire. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424 for all you fire damage needs.

There isn't a single person who wants to experience a house fire. Their home ends up getting damaged or destroyed, along with most of their belongings. 

A majority of fires are preventable. Are you taking the proper steps to prevent a fire in your home? Note the 3 common causes of home fires:

3) Electrical Equipment & Lighting
Wires, Extension Cords, & Heaters are in almost every home. Malfunctions can cause this equipment to go up in flames. One of the most common is decorative Christmas lights. When left on or unattended for a long period of time, these lights can overheat and cause serious damage.

Keep in Mind...
Unplug electrical equipment that's not in use.
Check any decorative lights periodically to avoiding overheating.

2) Dryers
Dryers are commonly known for starting fires, yet many don't take the time to properly maintain their dryer.

Keep in Mind...
Clean out the lint tray after every use.
Never run your dryer without the lint tray in place.

1) Cooking
According to the NFPA, 46% of home fires start in the kitchen with cooking. Cooking can easily be distracting, especially when making large meals.

Keep in Mind...
Never leave your stove top unattended.
Keep children away from hot areas in the kitchen.

This information will help you to minimize your risks of a home fire like never before. Aside from this information, Smoke Alarms need to be replaced and tested to help keep your household aware of any potential fire danger. Review and share this information to keep you and your loved ones safe from a home fire.

If you have a fire in your home. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County at 530-241-2424.

We can securely board up your home, clean soot smoke and fire damage, clean water damage and we also are general contractors. We can perform any repairs you need. 

Wildfire Damage

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Smoke in the air from recent wildfires SERVPRO of South Shasta County provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Shasta County

The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of South Shasta County we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of South Shasta County is Here to Help®. 

Smoke Damage In Your Home

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Smoke Damage This home has substantial smoke damage on the ceiling caused from a kitchen fire. Customer Called SERVPRO of South Shasta County to clean smoke damage

There are four common types of smoke damage. 1. Dry Smoke 2. Protein Smoke 3. Fuel/Oil Residue Smoke 4. Wet Smoke. Depending by different circumstances like the fire's temperature, fueling materials, and location. How do you know if you have smoke damage? Immediately after a fire, you may begin to notice stains on your walls, ceilings. As time passes, you may also begin to notice corrosion on metal hardware.  Is it safe to live in a house with smoke damage? Smoke can impact your entire home. It is not safe to live inside a house with smoke damage. Call SERVPRO of South Shasta County if you have had a fire and/or smoke damage. We do free inspections for fire and smoke damage.