Recent Fire Damage Posts

Achy and Out of Sorts after the Holiday in Calabasas?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Calm the Fire -- Enjoy Tai Chi & Qigong for Healthy Joints & Stress Relief Through Zoom Classes Offered by the City of Calabasas Parks And Recreation Beginning January 20, 2021

Discover why so many rely on Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to destress and improve balance, flexibility, and strength. The Winter course concentrates on joint mobility and healthy aging. Become more mindful, employing flowing movements and breathing techniques to empower.

  • Dates and Times:

January 20 to March 10, 2021 (no class on February 17)

Each Wednesday 5:30 to 6:30 pm

  • Location: 

Virtual Class via Zoom

  • Price:

$49.00 to $59 depending on membership and residency 

  • Ages:

50 and up

  • Register:

Navigate to the City of Calabasas ParkVirtual class link emailed out 24 hours before each class. Keep email on file updated. Zoom app is needed on your device.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills eliminates the stress and pain of fire damage through our highly-qualified crews and up-to-date equipment. Call (818) 991-6292 for cleanup after the flames are quelled.

Enjoy a Blend of Fitness and Spirituality Just South of Agoura Hills

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Building We look forward to seeing the community come together for outdoor yoga in Malibu.

Agoura Hills Residents Can Head Over to Malibu for Outdoor Yoga Sessions

The Malibu Pacific Church is currently hosting yoga, scripture reading, and prayer sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout the fall of 2020. Participation is free of charge and open to individuals of all skill levels, whether you are in Agoura Hills or Lake Sherwood. If you would like to donate to a cause, the church accepts $5 donations for the Union Rescue Mission.

  • Classes are from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM in the parking lot of the Malibu Pacific Church on Malibu Canyon Road
  • Sessions are led by local photographer and designer Cecily Breeding
  • Yoga courses are designed to be non-contact and observe social distancing guidelines
  • Disinfecting wet wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer are available for use

Participants must use their own yoga mats. While wearing a mask during the class is not required, participants are advised to bring one. 

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is ready to provide fire restoration for Agoura Hills residents at a moment's notice. Call (818) 991-6292 to begin mitigation.

Does pH Play a Role in Fire Cleaning for Agoura Homes?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

living room with heavy fire, smoke, and soot damage Do you now how to remove smoke and soot damage? SERVPRO does. Call us today!

With Varying Soils and Residues Possible After a Fire, Many Factors Influence Efficient and Thorough Cleaning 

Most Agourahomeowners look at their properties after a fire loss and consider the appearance of soot and smoke residues coating surfaces as overwhelming, but do not often recognize the complications possible with removal and recovery. The residue type plays a significant part in the detergents and products used to clean them from the house's surfaces and contents. For example, most smoke residues and soot particles are acidic, making the pH of cleaning products a consideration for technicians restoring the property. 

The term pH stands for the possibility for hydrogen, and the position of particles on this spectrum influences the cleaning practices chosen for fire damage in Agoura homes. Finding a balance on the pH scale with acidic particles means choosing wet cleaning strategies that introduce alkaline-based detergents and solutions into the equation. By neutralizing acids with the balanced seven on the 0-14 pH scale, dissolving and emulsification can be more efficient. 

When is pH Not a Factor?  

As much as acidic and basic properties can determine the appropriate cleaning products and practices, there are situations where pH is not measurable or relevant. Much of the determination about what methods and obstacles exist in cleaning is discovered during the job scoping phase before fire damage mitigation work begins. Some of the factors that can make pH irrelevant are: 

  • The substance does not contain water
  • Products used are solvents (non-water-based liquids)
  • Materials are getting discarded 

Residue removal and surface cleaning are often a vital element in restoring your home after a fire loss. The potential for hydrogen (pH) can impact the necessary cleaning practices and products used to make fire losses "Like it never even happened." Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team a call today at (818) 991-6292. 

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After a Major House Fire, Can We Restore Our Agoura Home?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged property For 24/7 assistance after a fire, Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

The SERVPRO Team Cleans Contents and the Structure of Your Agoura House

It is essential to distinguish the different elements in your Agoura home. The structure is the building itself, whereas the contents are your personal belongings. Our team works on both restoring the structure of your home and the contents within your home. The structural cleaning occurs on-premise, whereas contents often go to an offsite location for the most comprehensive cleaning.

Does SERVPRO Dispose of Unsalvageable Building Materials?

Our Agoura Team Strives Toward Restoration Rather than Replacement
Your fire damaged Agoura home may require extensive repairs after a substantial house fire. Our goal is to clean and restore your home as much as possible without removing and replacing building materials or personal belongings. However, there are times that items are unsalvageable. In these cases, SERVPRO technicians take proper precautions and dispose of objects according to local and state regulations.

What Emergency Measures Should I Expect?

    •    Our team inspects the building to assess the damage and detect any health hazards.
    •    Your property may require boarding up to protect from the outside elements and provide additional security.
    •    If the electricity is out, our restoration team arranges for temporary power.
    •    Technicians may conduct preliminary cleaning to mitigate further damages created by smoke residue resting on surfaces for too long.

What Are the Basic Cleaning Methods for Structural Cleaning?

    •    Washable: Surfaces that are washable with a cleaning solution. These surfaces can sustain wet cleaning without additional damage.
    •    Non-Washable: Surfaces that are not washable. A water-based cleaning product could create additional damage to the surface in question.

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, Contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Where Do I Start to Put My Home Back Together After A Fire?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Agoura Home After Any Disaster  

Most physical destruction in residential fires stays near the point of origin. Even when restricted to one or two rooms, the breadth of damage can require extensive knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, surface cleaning, and furniture restoration. Our restoration teams can do all of this, and more. 

Where Do Your Teams Start Work? 

SERVPRO technicians begin eliminating Agoura fire damage by cleaning the smoke residues off every affected surface. While wiping down drywall and ceiling tiles is relatively simple, removing them from furniture can be difficult. Team members use an extensive inventory of cleaning agents that altogether remove residues without harming the veneers, paint, or the wood underneath. 

What About the Damage from the Heat? 

High temperatures can quickly burn through almost anything. With this physical damage, technicians utilize their training in demolition. Using a kitchen as an example, they tear out and remove property like framing, countertops, cabinets, and even appliances. After completing the disposal, an inspector examines every foot of exposed pipe and wire for damage. 

Next, technicians rewire your home and install a new pipe where needed. Once the city inspector approves our work, staff carpenters install new wall framing and other support structures and then hang new paneling to enclose the kitchen. They can install new appliances if the warranty allows it. 

What About Making my Now Rebuilt House Look Like Home? 

As long as the color of paint and wallpaper you want is available, SERVPRO team members can make your residence look like it did before the fire. Where possible with the insurance company, some customers use this disaster to improve their home, upgrading paint, wallpaper, carpets, and more. We ensure every effort our technicians take in your home is approved by your carrier. 

To schedule a visit and start the restoration, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills today at (818) 991-6292. We are here for you. 

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What Can Be Done about Smoke and Foul Odors in My Fire-Damaged Home?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Air freshener being sprayed Let our experts at SERVPRO help rid your home of pesky odors the right way.

In Order to Successfully Remove Residual Fire-Related Smoke and Smells from Your Agoura Home, You Need Assistance from Skilled Fire Cleaning and Remediation Experts.

Agoura, located just on the other side of the hills from Malibu, often seems like a dreamy place to live. Cradled between a series of rolling hills and within a short drive of the southern California coastline, the community possesses a great deal of scenic beauty and offers numerous recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, all this comes with a downside, as its area suffers devastating yearly wildfires during the summer and fall months. Every year, thousands of acres are burned in this part of California, and fire damage done to local homes often reaches into the tens of millions of dollars.   

What Actually Happens When My House and Its Contents Burn?

SERVPRO, and other Agoura fire damage cleaning and restoration companies, routinely deal with the severe effects of combustion in confined spaces. Combustion, or the chemical process by which heat turns solids into gases, generally produces toxic smoke, soot residues, and related unpleasant odors. Specifically, the process creates some of the following hazards:

 The smoke that contains toxic gases like carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide

 Airborne particles containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) that may irritate your respiratory tract and cause negative long-term health effects.

 Acidic soot residues that could corrode metallic surfaces and discolor materials it comes into contact with

 Odorous airborne particles and deposited residues

As you can see, fires yield numerous harmful products. When various materials combust, they produce a mix of invisible gases, airborne particles, and aerosols. These components are collectively called “smoke.” Burning organic materials give off the hazardous gases nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide. Inorganic materials, as they combust, yield sulfur dioxide and other substances. Combusting items made out of petroleum products and other compounds could give off even more toxic gases. As a fire subsides, smoke eventually dissipates, airborne particles combine with oxygen and moisture, and the resulting soot residues fall onto surfaces. These residues are often acidic, give off unpleasant smells, and can harm the surfaces they land on.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Residual Smoke and Neutralize Odors?

SERVPRO uses various tools and methods to remove residual smoke and neutralize fire damage-related odors. Their advanced gear and techniques include:

 Air movers and high-velocity box fans to swiftly ventilate your home, clearing away remaining smoke and its odors

 Air-filtering scrubbers that remove odorous particles and gases from your home’s interior, while drawing in clean exterior air  

 Ozone-producing machines that emit a gas that counteracts odor particles

 Vaportek systems that eliminate unpleasant smells with aerosolized natural oils

 HVAC cleaning systems that are comprised of a powerful vacuum, agitators, and a filtration network

 Pressure sprayers to deodorize affected structural components

 Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to deodorize and seal impacted parts of your home

 Thermal foggers that counteract bad smells with aerosolized deodorizers

 Injection devices that can be used to inject deodorants into carpets and upholstery

After completing work on your house, our technicians have usually eliminated all the residual smoke and its unpleasant smells.  

What Does SERVPRO Do to Clean Up Smelly Residues?

Smoke and other particulate matter in the air are not the only culprits of bad fire-related smells. Soot residues that have fallen out of the air onto surfaces around your home are just as much at fault. Therefore, in order to effectively eliminate odors, it is also necessary to clean up these smelly residues. Some of the tools and methods we use to do this are:

 Removing light, non-grease smoke residues with dry cleaning sponges

 Cleaning soiled delicate structural elements and items with the peroxide active cleaning technique

 Pressure washing structural elements with lighter, non-grease residues

 Using abrasive blasting, wire brushing, or scraping to clean away heavy smoke residues and charring

In all of these ways, SERVPRO technicians clean and restore impacted surfaces to their preloss condition.

As an Agoura resident, you should remain mindful of the yearly wildfire threat. Between June and October or so, hot and dry local conditions often ignite forest fires. These can appear suddenly and without notice, and you never know where they might start or where they could end. However, If a wildfire ever damages your home, there are cleaning and remediation companies that can help you. They can often successfully eliminate odors, remove harmful residues, and return your home to its pre-fire state.

In the future, if raging fires impact your home, act fast to mitigate further issues. Have experts eliminate unwanted fire-related smells, remove airborne particles that may cause negative health effects, and clean away harmful residues from your house. Contact SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for help.    

Is It Possible To Remove All Foul Odors In My Agoura House After I Have Fire Damage?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

home damaged by a fire If you ever notice burnt smells in parts of your house that were not close to your fire's source, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Can Conduct A Variety Of Deodorization Procedures That Can Remove Malodor Particles From Your Agoura Home

Even small blazes can create smoke that can cause you several different problems. Smoke consists of partially combusted particles that can float throughout your structure and affect contents and buildings materials that are far away from the burn's source. Once smoke touches cooler surfaces, it can solidify and coat them in soot residues.

What Causes Burnt Smells To Exist Long After The Blaze Gets Extinguished?
When you suffer from fire damage in your Agoura residence, pungent aromas can come from the following sources:

    •    Burnt or charred materials: Sometimes, items in your home just get partially burnt, and the charred section can produce malodor particles.
    •    Soot Residues: Soot and soils that adhere to surfaces as a result of smoke can be a prominent source for foul odors.
    •    Porous Materials: Since smoke can deeply penetrate porous materials, cloths and fabrics inside your home can trap in malodor particles.

What Steps Can You Take To Deodorize My House?

    •    Debris Removal: Our SERVPRO technicians can remove any burnt items or charred materials from your home, including vacuuming up any dust that could have been left behind.
    •    Cleaning Soot Residues: We can implement wet or dry cleaning methods to remove soot residues off of all of your affected surfaces.
    •    ULV Fogging: If unpleasant smells still exist in your house after we remove all burnt debris and soot residues, we can then use an ultra-low volume (ULV) fogger that can break deodorant chemicals down to 20 to 60 microns in size so that they can penetrate affected items just like the smoke did.
    •    Thermal Fogging: A thermal fogger can break deodorant chemicals down even smaller so that they can penetrate affected materials more deeply than a ULV fogger.
    •    Ozone Generation: Ozone generators produce unstable O3 molecules that give of an Oxygen molecule to oxidize and neutralize malodor particles.

If you ever notice burnt smells in parts of your house that were not close to your fire's source, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24 hours a day.

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Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Agoura Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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How Professionals Can Perform Quick Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Agoura Home

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, damaging fires occur every 24 seconds in the U.S.A. Residential fires can cause costly destruction and bodily injury to the affected persons. Dealing with a fire emergency is unplanned and stressful.

After a fire damages your Agoura home, you can trust SERVPRO franchise professionals to deal with the aftermath. Cleaning up your home after a fire incident can present some challenges. A burning house is actually multiple complex reactions between various elements, including:

    •    The type of materials that are burning
    •    The amount of oxygen, heat, and moisture present in the building
    •    Airflow patterns in the home
    •    The type of smoke residues present
    •    The types of surfaces that heat and smoke impact

The way these elements interact as the fire progresses to determine how difficult it is to clean and restore a home. Our restorers consider several factors to determine how challenging it can be to eliminate the smoke residues. Some factors we consider include the age of the surface, amount of heat, air pressure, and the type of material that burned.

We provide structural and content cleaning services for homes with fire damage. Structural cleaning involves cleaning the house itself. Our team can use dry cleaning sponges to clean walls and ceilings, including the baseboards and crown molding. We can also clean doors, windows, and floors with soot damage. In some cases, we can use soft detergents to clean ceilings and walls.

Our content cleaning services include washing all soft goods like drapes, garments, bedding, upholstery, and carpets. We also clean shelving, bookshelves, light fixtures, and furnishings. Some high-value items like artwork and electronics require restoration by a specialist. We can work with your insurance claims representative to help you identify such things and locate and competent restorer.

Smoke contains carbon particles, and the smoke odor can persist as long the particles remain in your house. We can ventilate your home to allow the air to flow freely. Our SERVPRO team can place fans in the affected rooms to allow for faster ventilation. We can also use thermal foggers to remove the odor. Thermal fogging involves using strong deodorizers that permeate everywhere the smoke traveled, eliminating the odor “Like it never even happened.” Our restorers do all it takes to return a home to its pre-incident state.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills has the restoration experience and equipment to handle the fire damage in your Agoura Hills, Calabasas, or Hidden Hills residence. Contact us any time at (818) 991-6292 for help.

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Guiding Agoura Hills Residents through Strategic Fire Damage Restoration

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

A neighborhood with several houses on fire. Agoura Hills let SERVPRO be there for your fire damage clean up.

We will show you the way through the fire Agoura Hills.

The debilitating effects of a house fire can last long after the flames have been put out. Several assessments need to be made about the safety and security of your home. Possessions must be sifted through to decide which are salvageable and which are not. Not to mention the inconvenience and emotional stress associated with restoring your property after a fire. We are a locally owned and operated company that can guide you through the stages of restoration from loss mitigation through to restoration. 

Our goal is to give your home the best chance of making a full-recovery after fire damage, and we serve Agoura Hills as well as the surrounding area. Usually, the first thing you should do after receiving the all-clear from the fire safety officer to enter the home is to open the windows. This simple act can help to dissipate, odors, and microscopic particles released during combustion. You can contact us straight away as well as contacting your insurance provider to inform them of your need to make a claim. 

SERVPRO technicians are both compassionate and thorough in their approach to property restoration and regularly work in this community. We can remove any charred items or debris as well as performing a professional assessment of contents and structural damages. It may seem at first as though wide-scale replacement of contents is necessary to a homeowner dealing with soot or smoke residues. However, many items can be salvaged through mechanical cleaning, immersion cleaning, or by using the correct solvents. 

We work with a restore over replace mentality here at SERVPRO that values items our customers think are important. We can perform a range of specialist operations like electronics restoration, document recovery, as well as fabric and upholstery cleaning. In doing so, we can often recover heavily soiled items to a preloss condition reducing the expense of your claim and returning sentimental items in good condition. Your assistance in this process is not necessary, but it is welcome, and a SERVPRO fire restoration technician can help to direct the cleaning effort.

Some areas of the home may be sensitive or require professional attention to avoid further harm. We tend to find that walls or ceilings, in particular, should be avoided without the proper training and equipment. Soiling on these areas can be tricky to clean, and there is a high risk of spreading damage around. We can also include heating ventilation and air conditioning inspection during restoration to ensure there is no extensive damage or risk of soot being redeposited into recently restored areas. 

For a comprehensive strategy and a friendly service, contact SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292.

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We Discuss Ways To Clean Contents After A Fire In Agoura Hills

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen As soon as you notice damage call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 any time of day.

Fire Damage Pros In Agoura Hills Talk About Ways To Clean Contents

If smoke ever gets into your Agoura Hills home, your contents could get negatively affected by soot residues. During most fire damage restoration projects, our SERVPRO technicians try to clean your contents instead of replacing them. Replacing items can get expensive, so we always try to clean The affected items first. We can use different methods based on the types of soils present.

In some cases, when restoring fire damage in Agoura Hills, our SERVPRO crew uses dry cleaning methods. Dry sponges work well to remove soots off of porous materials. Dusting cloths can also be implemented to wipe away some soot residues.

In other situations, wet cleaning methods could be best for restoring your soiled contents. Wet cleaning usually involves removing the soot using water and sometimes combining it with a detergent. During this process, the item being cleaned gets completely saturated in the water-based solution.

Another method we can use to battle soot is the spray and wipe technique. When using this procedure, chemicals get sprayed onto affected surfaces and then wiped off with a clean, dry towel. Using this technique, our technicians have better control over how much chemicals they apply. Spray and wipe is effective for materials that might be damaged if saturated with Cleaning products.

Other products use Foam to clean off the soils from your contents. Foam cleaning is used primarily for upholstery fabrics that might shrink when wet or whose dyes would likely bleed. Mattresses and box springs with light smoke residues usually respond well to foam cleaning.

Other cleaning techniques use abrasive chemicals or application techniques to agitate the soils, forcing them off of the surfaces of your contents. Products such as Stain Scrub is a liquid crème cleaner that contains a mild abrasive. We can use abrasive cleaners on high gloss surfaces by applying them gently with a damp sponge. Another way to clean soot residues is to agitate the affected surface by applying cleaning products with steel wool or a scrubbing pad.

Our main goal when restoring your smoke-related problems in your house in Oak Park or Westlake is to return your home to The way it was before “Like it never even happened.” As soon as you notice damage call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 any time of day.

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Our Experts Can Save Your Fire Damaged Patio In Agoura

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Flames are seen through the windows and coming out under the eaves of this house fire. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for mitigation of smoke, removal of fire-damaged debris, and odor removal, as well.

Cleaning Up After Grill Night Causes Fire Damage To Your Patio In Agoura

Having a fun night in with friends often includes grilling something delicious on the patio of your Agoura residence. Even with precautions, accidents do happen. We are always ready to help minimize the ’damage's expenses to you in every way possible and help get your home restored, so everything is “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO's specialists in Agoura start mitigating fire damage as soon as we arrive. Fire and smoke are only two of the factors when we mitigate a home. Water and smoke also elevate the amount of damage found. When burning food added to the disaster, we know that much of the residue left behind contains oils and other components. Burnt protein can make removing the soot more difficult than if the flames consumed only wood or paper.

Unless soot gets removed from exterior surfaces like painted walls, vinyl siding, or decorative masonry, permanent staining can create additional havoc. Although we remove charred materials to replace them with safer ones, we prefer cleaning wherever possible. This option saves many homeowners substantial amounts over replacing everything involved in a disaster. Because of the outdoor nature of patios, our building services often steps in to help with installing temporary fencing to protect your property.

Heat during a fire can also cause damage to show up in melted and warped plastics. We take photos of these areas to help you locate similar items when looking for replacements. These same photos can help verify damaged areas for insurance purposes. Many times, exact replicas of patio furniture becomes challenging to find so that alternatives might become the only option. Photos can help show the extent of damage, as well.

SERVPRO's specialists receive in-house training, making them well-equipped as team members in restoring your patio. Our dedicated staff also receives certificates from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). Your property is essential to you, and we know the most efficient methods to restore its beauty and functionality with as little delay as possible.

Other surfaces where smoke might congregate include the ceiling of your patio. We use gentle cleaning agents that do not strip paint while removing soot and grime. Screened in areas can also become damaged from ash. When these remain intact and do not require their replacement, cleaning them helps keep soot residues from spreading.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can help make things safe and clean again after a fire. Patio areas remain a vital part of many homes in Hidden Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake. Restoring their functional status helps our customers continue enjoying their homes and times with friends and family. Call us at (818) 991-6292 for mitigation of smoke, removal of fire-damaged debris, and odor removal, as well.

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Your Agoura Hills Home Will Be Restored By Our Experts After A Fire

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Our certified emergency response team arrives quickly and turns the clock back on the loss in your home.

How Does SERVPRO Get Walls And Ceilings So Clean After Fire Damage In Agoura Hills Homes?

Fire damage leaves many types of cleaning challenges for our technicians. It is essential to test the smoke residue to determine the proper cleaning method. For example, using a wet sponge on dry smoke residue has the potential to drive odor-causing soot deeper into surfaces and compound that problem.

When SERVPRO technicians clean up fire damage in Agoura Hills homes, we do more than simply remove charred debris and call the site cleaned up. Our technicians gain certifications as taught through The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which teaches the latest advancements and best practices for the restoration sciences.

We know the issues that remain after fire damage cleanup are often not seen but sensed through smell. Smoke odor is pungent and difficult to remove. When we mitigate smoke residue from walls and ceilings, we use the following methods most often:

    •    Dry cleaning sponges for residue left from high heat fires it is light and powdery left behind by natural elements such as wood, paper or fabrics
    •    Wet cleaning used for lower heat fires where rubber or plastic-type items burned and left behind sticky, smeary residues

After a fire, the goal of our technicians is to return the property to its preloss condition. Each fire damage cleanup is unique and while some walls and ceilings need smoke damage removed through our proprietary methods and no additional applications; other times the best outcome from cleaning prepares the walls for repainting. Paint does not adhere to surfaces that contain dirt or smoke.

During a fire, as hot air expands, this action drives soot deeply into various places in a room, including the paint on walls and ceilings, and results in a lingering smoke odor that cannot be wiped away through cleaning. We use different methods to neutralize smoke odors, including thermal fogging and the use of machines such as hydroxyl generators that safely eradicate odors. The end result is a home that carries no residual reminders of the fire.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 is ready to help property owners with fire damage of any scale in their homes. Our certified emergency response team arrives quickly and turns the clock back on the loss in your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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We Will Remove All Smoke Residue From Your Fire Damaged Home In Agoura

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills professionals a call at (818) 991-6292 to make these damages “Like it never even happened.”

Removing Smoke Residue From Your Agoura Living Room

Fires can originate nearly anywhere in your Agoura home, and often, overloaded electrical outlets can get hot enough to ignite drywall or other nearby materials. With a fast spread of these conditions as you get the occupants of the house to safety, your entire living room can become affected in various degrees by the widening flames. Once first responders and firefighters have quelled the blaze, you get a look at the effect this disaster had on the property, starting with the ignition point.

Fire damage is multi-faceted for Agoura homes, and overcoming these detrimental effects on your property requires the expertise of trained professionals with the industry-leading equipment to help. Our SERVPRO team has extensive experience in fire loss recovery and certifications in Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT) and Odor Control. Many of our technicians also have accreditations in niches like fabric and upholstery cleaning, which can be a vital component to recovering soot and smoke damaged fabrics throughout the property.

One of the hardest affected surfaces in your living room, no matter where the fire originates, or the worst of the actual charring and burning occurs, is the carpeting. This flooring material is a magnet for dust, debris, dander, and contaminants already, so these same traits lead it to take in soot and smoke residue easily and hold on to these carcinogens. Removing these particulates is not an easy task, and nothing that a homeowner should attempt on their own.

In some cases, your carpeting can still get preserved and protected after a fire, and if this is the case, removing soot and smoke debris is important to improve the look and function of the floor. Wiping and scrubbing can stain your carpets and smear soot and smoke residues. Our SERVPRO team has advanced cleaning products and cleaning machines to provide hot water extraction to improve the look and feel of this smoke-damaged flooring.

Do not let fire loss effects cost you more than they should. Give our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills professionals a call at (818) 991-6292 to make these damages “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Professionals Explain The Five Services We Provide During Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Agoura Hills

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's emergency services are available 24/7 by calling (818) 991-6292.

The Five Types Of Fire Damage Restoration In Agoura Hills

Fire damage is not a situation anyone can totally plan for, but it is good to have an understanding of how the restoration process works. Five main categories encompass our restoration services.

Mitigation Services
Upon arriving on site, our team of technicians will immediately assess the fire damage to your Agoura Hills home and make the site safe for cleanup. They may need to board up windows for security, establish electricity for equipment and set up emergency drying to prevent secondary damage.

Structural Cleaning
Our technicians survey premises for the scope of damage and determine what components of the structure can be restored through cleaning and what cannot be cleaned. Neutralizing of foul odors left from the fire is covered in this segment of services.

Contents Cleaning
SERVPRO technicians work cleaning smoke residues from the possessions of the owners. In cases where the structure is not secure or too damaged for safe work on-site, the contents are packed and moved to a separate location for cleaning by our team.

Specialty Items Services
Often some items have damage from the fire that requires special treatment for restoration. This can include electronics, dry cleaning, heirlooms, and expensive artworks. These types of items are often cleaned off-site.

Reconstruction Services
This team of technicians are specialists in damage from fires and often work in tandem performing cleaning services while licensed general contractors work on the reconstruction of building materials too damaged to restore through cleaning.

Our IICRC-certified technicians work together on several areas at once for a fast turnaround to damage in the home. While one team is containing an area to stop the spread of soot, another team is determining the levels of moisture left from extinguishing the fire. Working in this efficient manner, SERVPRO technicians can mitigate damage by arriving quickly and working efficiently on cleanup.

SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills knows that fire damage needs fast attention to lower the possibility of secondary damage to your property. SERVPRO's emergency services are available 24/7 by calling (818) 991-6292.

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Our Team Works With Your Insurance Company After A Fire Damage Disaster In Your Agoura Hills Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

We know what your insurance company needs to approve a claim and can help to make this process easier in an already traumatic time.

Working With Your Insurance To Recover Fire-Damaged Agoura Hills Homes

After a fire causes damage to your Agoura Hills home, homeowners quickly work to get the right professional assistance to return their property to its original condition. As challenging as this might be, it is also one of the reasons that most pay home insurance, to protect their investment when disaster strikes. Our team can work closely with major and local insurance providers to offer our customers fast and effective recovery solutions that begin with our initial arrival.

Sometimes fire damage to your Agoura Hills home is not as bad as you might believe it to be, and it can be more cost-effective for you to pay for restoration out of pocket rather than potentially increasing your premiums to get it covered by your insurance provider. Likewise, sometimes localized fires can be more damaging and devastating than they might initially appear. Our SERVPRO team can offer a thorough assessment of the damage and the best approach to restoring your property completely.

Contacting our professionals before you reach out to your insurance provider can help you in many ways. The first of these is understanding the damage to your home, and its estimated costs to repair. If this amount rivals your existing deductible, you might decide it is most cost-effective to pay for our restoration and mitigation directly.

Secondly, it provides our estimator the opportunity to compile the evidence and documentation that your insurance company requires. Often when it comes to getting a damage claim approved, insurance companies require photographic evidence of the damage along with a detailed catalog of losses and work to get done to restore the property completely. By providing this information along with your damage claim, the work can often begin much more quickly than it otherwise would.

Few people relish in the idea of working with their home insurance companies to restore their home after a fire, but our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team can help. We know what your insurance company needs to approve a claim and can help to make this process easier in an already traumatic time. Give us a call at (818) 991-6292.

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Cleaning Up Fire Damage in Your Agoura Home's Bathroom

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Our team is here to help restore your bathroom from fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Dealing with Fire Damage in Agoura? Don’t Stress, SERVPRO Will Clean Up The Mess

Agoura residents rarely have a fire and many remain contained to small areas of the residence. Cleaning up such messes helps gets things back to a healthy state inside the home. The soot left behind from burning plastics and the liquids coming out of melted containers can create a concoction that becomes difficult to remove. At SERVPRO, we carry specialized tools to help make this easier.

When you find that your bathroom in Agoura contains fire damage from a curling or straightening iron, the fire damage can affect the walls, ceiling, shower doors, vanity top, and much more. Flooring can also become severely damaged. We take care of everything for you and get it ready for the restoration work.

Restoring your bathroom not only makes it safe and usable but also clean. Soot clings to anything it touches, making showering almost impossible. Morning routines can become a game of trying not to spread the soot onto clothing, towels, and yourself.

SERVPRO technicians hold certificates from the IICRC and know the most effective methods to get rid of soot and grime from a fire. We use unique cleansers that cut through the greasiness of the soot deposited everywhere to bring everything back to normal again.

We need to remove all of the damaged materials and any cosmetics or toiletries before installing new materials. This requires stripping floors, in some cases, and pulling anything out that melted or charred. We double bag all of the destroyed elements, so nothing escapes into the rest of your home.

Where smoke traveled outside of the bathroom also requires a serious cleaning. We need to get the soot removed as soon as possible to prevent it from drying and hardening. Once this happens, it can require the stripping away of paint on walls and ceilings.

After we finish cleaning, we can deodorize the area with hydroxyl gas generators. This may take a few hours, but you do not have to leave your home during this process like you would if we used ozone gas. Hydroxyl gas is much safer and is used in many factories where normal operations create unpleasant odors.

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 SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills can help you get your morning routine back after fire damage messes up your bathroom in Oak Park or West Lake. Call us at (818) 991-6292, and we can get things back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

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Smoky Odors and Stains in Your Westlake Property? Whom Should I Call? SERVPRO

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Westlake Dirty, Fire & Smoke Damaged Ductwork? SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO - Remediating Fire Damage to Westlake Homes

Every Westlake home fire burns differently, depending on the material which burns and the amount of oxygen. These factors determine how fast the fire burns, which results in the type of residues left on the property from the smoke and soot.
 
These factors in Westlake fire damage also determine how SERVPRO restoration teams clean each home as well. Our specialists inspect the property to determine the level of damage and which categories it falls into and the methods needed to return each home to its pre-fire condition.
 
Mitigation – These are our first actions to avoid secondary damage from animal intrusion, weather, and trespassing. Our clean-up crews secure windows and doors with plywood and also cover openings in the home where flames may have burned holes through the roof.
 
Contents Cleaning – Our initial attempts to clean personal property are in the home when possible. If the residence has significant damage, our specialists take it to our facility or another location to clean the items. These pack-outs are carefully documented and barcoded, then stored until your home is ready to receive them. We maintain a large inventory of cleaners so that if we can clean an item, our team members do so quickly and thoroughly.
 
Structural Cleaning – If the fire burned for an extended period, SERVPRO technicians know that smoke traveled through the HVAC ductwork, penetrated building material like drywall and wood paneling, and even wood framing and support structures. In these cases, removing smoke and soot residues also removes the source of pungent odors that can linger for months or years after completing other cleaning efforts. Removal often requires very strong anti-microbial cleaners to destroy these residues.
 
Specialty Restoration – This category deals with items that need special cleaning services, and we recommend the owner uses a service trained for these items. Examples of personal property here include antique furniture, clothing that requires dry cleaning, electronic devices, and artwork.
 
Reconstruction – When the damage to structural property cannot be cleaned or repaired, our technicians dispose of items like wood framing, other minor support beams, drywall, paneling and may replace them. For major structural damage, the team leader recommends the homeowner engages a licensed, general contractor.
 
Cleaning and restoring homes after a fire is not a quick process. Our goal at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is to return each home in the best condition possible. "Like it never even happened." If you need our assistance, call today at (818) 991-6292.

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Avoid Remediation Delays in Oak Park Because Fire Damage Can Cause Additional Problems for Your Home

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire residues can continue to destroy your building materials. Contact SERVPRO right away after a fire.

The Risks of Self Examination After Fire Damage in Your Oak Park House

Once a disaster occurs in your Oak Park residence, your first instinct might be to figure out just how severe the effects are for yourself. While there are several situations that this might be a wise thought to have, following a situation like a fire in your home, there could be risks that you are not aware of that threaten your health or safety for entering before it has gotten deemed safe to do so.

Fire damages in Oak Park can affect your home in a multitude of ways. From the direct impact it might have on the structural integrity of your residence to the more subtle secondary effects, these lingering symptoms often require focused attention from trained professionals to overcome and restore. Even assessing the scope of the damage can be a risk to someone who is not fully aware of the extent of the damage their home has sustained.

Our SERVPRO professionals get trained in the use of varying levels of safety equipment to keep them protected from the threats of structural failures and potential contaminants that might exist in the atmosphere once a fire gets extinguished. Homeowners often do not fully understand the possibility of weakened building materials collapsing, chemical toxins from burned contents, or even the health effects of breathing smoke and debris.

Your insurance company often requires documented photographic evidence and cataloging of the damage that your home contends with from a recent fire, but this assessment and photographic proof can best get left to our SERVPRO estimator. The trained individual we dispatch has a safety-first approach to the assessment and can adequately catalog the full extent of the damage inside of your home to get the claims process started more quickly.

There are no simple approaches to dealing with fire damage in your home, but there is no sense in putting yourself or others at risk, either. Our SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills fire restoration specialists can respond quickly and work directly with your insurance provider to get your home restored as efficiently as possible. Give us a call anytime you need us at (818) 991-6292.
 
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Oak Park's Fire Damage Professionals Tell About Restoring Burnt Furniture

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Returning home after a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage and possibly restore any valuable possessions.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer BOTH Structural and Furniture Restoration After a Fire

Structural fires frequently occur across the nation, and some of those take place near Oak Park. Thousands and thousands of homes every year get destroyed across the country. House fires typically ignite due to people smoking indoors, cooking, or malfunctioning appliances. If you are lucky, you will get out of the burning building and get the fire put out quickly so that the structure does not become a total loss. However, even if your residence did not completely burn, many things can still get destroyed. Once a blaze starts, it can quickly rush through a building and use anything and everything in its path as fuel. Depending on how big the fire got and how long it burned before getting extinguished, your building materials and contents may have got torched and ruined. During a structure fire, some items can burn while others do not and many particles will not fully combust. When partially combusted particles are formed, they are released from the blaze in the form of smoke. Smoke also causes its own unique types of problems with your possessions and structural components.
 
When comprising the initial estimate for your insurance company, our SERVPRO estimators divide affected items into either the building materials or contents category. Most insurance companies use these classifications, so during fire damage restoration in Oak Park we also break up the estimate based on whether affected items are attached to the structure or not. A good method of figuring out whether something burnt would be considered a structural component or a content is to picture that the house gets turned upside down and shook. Anything that would fall out when shaken would be considered your contents, whereas items that stayed there even when the building was upside down would be regarded as part of the structure.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians begin their initial testing and inspection process, we determine what items are damaged and which are not. We then figure out what things can be cleaned or otherwise restored and what things must be discarded and replaced.
 
In some cases, your furniture can get burned, and there is a chance that our SERVPRO crew can save the piece. If the charring on wooden parts of the furniture is not very deep, we can sometimes sand off the burnt surface down to the unaffected wood. We then can refinish the surface so that the item is brought back to what it was before the loss. If you ever suffer any fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 24 hours every single day.

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Choosing Professional Fire Restoration For Your Westlake Village Residence

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most devastating things that Westlake Village homeowners might ever get asked to face in their lives is a fire in their home.

Professional Fire Restoration

One of the most devastating things that Westlake Village homeowners might ever get asked to face in their lives is a fire in their home. One of the hardest aspects of it happening is witnessing the effects of this fire after it has happened. At first, walking through your home can feel overwhelming, and the need for professional fire restoration services is never more evident than at this trying time.

When you are trying to assess the fire damage present in your Westlake Village residence, you might not have the right knowledge or equipment to gauge the severity of the issues that you face or what needs to be done to correct the problems. Fortunately, this is not a situation that you have to contend with on your own. With our experienced SERVPRO team just a phone call away, you have all the help you can need on the other end of the phone.

Our team of professionals arrives at your home and walks through the damaged areas with you to help you pinpoint the areas that trouble you the most, and we do assessments of our own to determine what must occur to restore your home to preloss conditions fully.

The primary focus that we have upon arrival is sealing off weak points and exposed areas of your home. Considerable damage and widespread structural concerns (that are not simple patches) must get repaired or sealed off by a residential contractor before restoration work can get underway. Otherwise, your home remains at risk for external damages like unwelcome water and flooding.

To make this trying time as simple as possible, our management overseeing the restoration of your home works directly with your insurance company adjuster. This approach ensures that the appropriate work gets done to restore your home and saves you the trouble of dealing with it on your own.

While no one ever gets prepared for a fire in their home, it should be a little easier to manage with SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at your side helping you overcome its effects. Anytime you are facing a disaster in your home, do not hesitate to give us a call at (818) 991-6292.

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When Multiple Types of Damages Threaten Your Westlake Home Following A Fire

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke, and Water All Contribute to the Need for Comprehensive Damage Cleanup in Westlake

Smoke & Fire Burned Elements and Water All Need Cleanup and Restoration after Significant Flare-Ups

Fires rarely have enough warning for you to prepare adequately. At the time of the fire, you are often far too preoccupied with getting everyone out safely, so the contents of your home are an afterthought. Even when the flames were not excessive or widespread in your home, the subsequent damages and lingering effects from extinguishing efforts indeed leave their mark on your property.
 
Your initial assessment of the fire damage to your Westlake house might seem a little overwhelming, but with the right restoration team, it does not have to be insurmountable to remedy. Our SERVPRO professionals get uniquely trained to handle all manner of fire damage, along with the appropriate tools and strategies necessary to successfully restore these effects.
 
When our technicians get dispatched to your home disaster, our priority is assuring that the damage does not get worse. The best way to accomplish this is to board up and tarp over holes and missing pieces of your homes exterior that the fire claimed or the extinguishing efforts damaged. Once the home gets safeguarded from further elemental damages, the thorough assessment can get underway. We can offer minor help in this regard, but in the case of extensive fire damage, a construction company should tackle the sealing of exterior openings.
 
As you might already know, firefighting requires high volumes of water to get sprayed onto the flames until they get entirely extinguished. The trouble with this is, this same high volume of pressurized water can cause damage to your home as well, especially considering that once it is inside it is trapped in the walls of your house. Restoring the water damage associated with extinguishment is a critical component to fire damage remediation, as allowing this water to persist invites worse symptoms, such as fungal growth.
 
This process begins with extraction. Typically, this procedure gets accomplished through truck-mounted pumps and wet-vacs (for more precise extractions). Drying the area requires the use of our air movers and dehumidification equipment. It pulls the moisture out of the air and dries out structural components and surfaces thoroughly to prevent compounding damage like the mold growth mentioned earlier.
 
People can experience all kinds of different devastating effects after a house fire, but you do not need to get overwhelmed. Our experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills are always ready and willing to help. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (818) 991-6292.

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Fire Damaged Garages in Oak Park Stink Up Your Home and Keep Your Vehicles in the Fading Sun

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a garage can certainly prevent its use. Contact SERVPRO when facing fire damage in any part of the home including the garage.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Respond Quickly to Your Call After a Fire

A fire can happen anywhere inside an Oak Park home, including the garage. A fire affecting other areas can keep residents from using their home while a fire in the garage only affects those items, including your vehicle, stored there. Not only do you need to address the problem of damage to your garage and home, but your vehicle requires protection for the hot California sun.

Many disasters can happen to a home, but fire damage in Oak Park can spread caustic fumes and harsh chemicals to almost every corner of your home. This is especially the case when the garage is attached to the home instead of standing on its own. The enclosed area of a garage can force soot under the door and into your home, where it spreads out even more.

The technicians from SERVPRO receive ongoing training in the latest techniques and methods, so they understand the most effective methods for your unique situation. When fire strikes at your home, restoring your home, or in some cases, your garage, becomes a priority. We share that viewpoint and work as rapidly as possible.

Our work includes cleaning and restoring areas wherever smoke traveled. Burning tires create some of the densest, blackest smoke possible. People who enter areas where a fire produced this kind of smoke can experience breathing difficulties long after firefighters extinguished the fire. The continuous stream of gases given off by this black soot not only smells terrible but easily irritate both a person's airways and their eyes.

The ability of this thick soot to deeply embed itself into upholstered furniture and carpeting, as well as harder, less porous materials, means we must apply several methods to ensure we completely remove all traces of it from your home. Restoring your home, garage, and property happens simultaneously. We work in teams to accomplish this, substantially reducing the time involved.

Our employees hold certificates from the IICRC in Odor Control (OCT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), meaning our customers receive comprehensive services that address all their needs after fire damage affects their home.

When your home, garage or other property suffers fire damage, call SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills at (818) 991-6292 for the latest techniques in restoration science. We are here to help you and your family recover from minor and extensive losses.
 
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Professional Fire Damage Recovery In Calabasas

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Your Dream Home and Fire & Smoke Damage--SERVPRO Can Help with the Cleanup and Restoration

Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Cleanup and Restoration

If you have suffered fire damage, it is hard to wait for expert help to perform the cleanup. Like many Calabasas residents, you really want to jump in and start attacking the soot and smoky residues. Dealing with moot and smoke damage is not like ordinary cleaning, however, and making a mistake can result in double the trouble.

It is true that the faster fire damage in Calabasas is addressed the better. Smoke and soot are incredibly corrosive, and your belongings may be permanently discolored or etched if cleanup delays. That is why we pledge availability to help our customers 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, year round.
 
What can you safely do while you wait for our help? If the fire department has authorized you to return to the home, call us first and then carefully disconnect appliances and turn off the HVAC system. Leave any burned or melted cords alone. Locate valuables and documents and store them away from the burned area. If there is room in your freezer, placing them there is a good idea. Lift furniture legs and place foil beneath to protect from water damage. Keep pets and children out of the area. While you attend to these initial tasks, SERVPRO arrives within hours of your call, ready to get to work.
 
If the fire was extinguished by water, as is typical, the first matter we address is water removal and damage. Although fire damage also requires fast action, water damage has the potential to deteriorate everything it touches. We remove standing water and extract moisture after ensuring no risk of electrical shock remains.When the air movers and dehumidifiers, possibly powered by the SERVPRO truck, are positioned, it is time to commence the fire damage assessment and cleanup.
 
Light soot and ash respond well to dry sponging and vacuuming. Heavier residues may need a spray and wipe approach with SERVPRO cleaning products. Sticky and heat-sealed residues may need an abrasive cleanser and a scraper or textured sponge for removal. Although cleaning needs may be most apparent in the room where the fire started, smoke and soot float throughout your home. We inspect the entire house because of this characteristic. If the heating or cooling system operated during the fire, you can count on the effects being spread everywhere, and we may need to perform duct cleaning in addition to other tasks.
 
A single call to (818) 991-6292 places the skill and experience of the SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills team at your disposal. We are eager to help and work with your insurance and authorities to get you back into your home fast.

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Homeowners In Calabasas Receive Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Careful Attention When Cooking in a Calabasas Kitchen Helps Prevent Fire Damage--Says SERVPRO

Count on SERVPRO to Cleanup the Mess After a Fire to Your Calabasas Property

Fire damage is a common problem for every homeowner, including those of us living in Calabasas. Accidents often occur as fast as you can blink, making it vital for you to have access to qualified professionals that can help you recover quickly.

If you find yourself facing fire damage in your Calabasas area home, help is not as hard to find as you may think. There are many local resources designed to assist homeowners with finding the help they need during an emergency. Your insurance company, for instance, can point you towards a qualified professional they have had success with using in the past.  SERVPRO is a preferred provider of fire damage cleanup services for many carriers and local agencies.

Most household fires occur due to accidents in the kitchen, which makes cooking concentration a key benefit for avoiding fires. Never let yourself become distracted by others while preparing a meal, your safety and the safety of others may be in jeopardy if you do. SERVPRO technicians can provide you with a variety of tips and recommendations that help prevent kitchen fires altogether.
Other homeowners have problems with electrical wiring or portable heaters while others experience a fire due to misuse or neglect. Always check the wiring on electronic devices before plugging them into a wall socket, sparks are hard to see, especially during the day and can lead to catastrophic events that you would be better off avoiding. SERVPRO has a home inspection process designed to detect hidden problems, using a trained eye to locate issues you may have missed.

The fire and smoke residues left behind affect surfaces in a variety of ways, often causing additional damages long after the flames go out. With a qualified professional on your side, it may be possible to recover or restore many items and minimize your losses. SERVPRO has IICRC-certified technicians available 24/7, ready to assist day or night. You never have to wonder where to find the help you deserve.

SERVPRO of Agoura provides quality restoration services to residents throughout Hidden Hills, Oak Park, and Westlake Village. Call to begin your home’s recovery, today. (818) 991-6292

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Smoke Residue and Removal

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Draperies and couches can be treated for smoke damage rather than replaced. Call SERVPRO to assess your damage ASAP!

Different Types of Residues Call for Specific Approaches in Removal

Most of the property loss from a fire is due to smoke rather than the actual heat. More draperies, curtains, clothing and furniture is thrown out every year due to discoloration and soot damage than is ever lost to flames. Depending on the type of smoke residue, however, it is possible to save many items from the trash.

SERVPRO has the expertise and training to restore items covered in smoke residue from fire damage in Calabasas. For purposes of cleaning, smoke residue is considered either dry or wet. It is determined by three things in a fire: The rate of combustion, the amount of oxygen present and the type of material or substance that burned.

Fast burning, oxygen-rich fires with natural materials (dry wood, paper, and natural fibers) create dry smoke and residue. Specifically, that means it is powdery and doesn't leave a residue that smears and feels 'greasy' if you touch it. Slow burning, oxygen-poor fires leave a wet smoke, especially if the material burned is synthetic (e.g. foam rubber and plastics).

Dry smoke is easier to clean up and items covered in dry smoke residue such as furniture are much simpler to restore. Since the smoke is generated from natural materials, there are fewer aerosols to deal with. Dry smoke also does not stain surfaces as thoroughly as wet smoke, and the odor from dry smoke is not as strong as the odor generated from the wet smoke. Thanks to all this, our technicians can use less aggressive techniques, tools and cleaners with dry smoke.


Wet smoke always has at least one liquid component; often some solvent or varnish. This gives it a higher amount of aerosol which makes the smoke residue harder to remove. Since this is a slower burning fire, air is not circulated as quickly, and the wet smoke has more time to work itself into crevices and discolor plastic materials and furniture finish. Because of this, our technicians will need to use more aggressive tools and cleaners to try and restore furniture and other property. If the wet smoke has soaked into property for 24 hours, then it may not be possible for us to recover and restore any of it.

Rain is finally coming to California now, but the threat from smoke damage is still present. As a locally owned franchise, SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills stands ready to help our neighbors with their needs. If you need our services, call us today at (818) 991-6292.

Professional Cleanup Service for Fire Damage

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

The aftereffects of Calabasas fire damage can be every bit as potentially fatal as the fire itself.

Contact Us Today for Expert Fire Damage Restoration

Fires can strike quickly and when you least expect it. When you are dealing with the disastrous consequences of fire damage, it's important to know that you can call upon the services of a professional local cleanup and restoration service.

Dealing With the Aftereffects of Calabasas Fire Damage
The aftereffects of Calabasas fire damage can be every bit as potentially fatal as the fire itself. Even after the fire is out, other issues should be considered that might remain on your property and pose a threat later. For example, it simply isn't enough to extinguish the fire. Noxious fumes and other poisonous vapors can remain behind and may cause serious health problems if left unchecked.

Meanwhile, debris left behind at the scene of the fire may cause injuries to those who attempt to remove it without the proper knowledge and experience required to deal with such dangerous material. Even after all the debris is cleared away and the smoke has been dealt with, structural instability may remain in the building that an average cleaning crew may not be able to detect. The thought of facing an unforeseen roof or wall collapse ought to be enough to ensure that you hire a professional restoration crew to ward off such disasters before they have a chance to happen.

What Happens When You Contact Us for Service
After you contact us with your emergency, we will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable cleanup and restoration technicians to your property. They will immediately begin a damage assessment and full estimate of what restoration will entail. If you agree with the assessment, we will begin cleanup work immediately.

Once we have cleared away debris and other harmful material, we will remove all remaining smoke and fumes from the building. We will clean up any stains or discolorations. During this time, we will also do a complete diagnostic check of your AC and water filtration systems to ensure that toxic mold or bacterial growth is not present.

The point of our service is to restore rather than replace your existing property. We will give our maximum effort to make sure that your building returns to its original pristine condition as quickly as possible. Every part of our service is guaranteed with a warranty of quality. Our service team members are fully qualified and experienced in the tasks they perform.

Contact Us at Any Time of the Day or Night
We are a locally owned and operated service that can be contacted at any time of the day or night. Whether you are dealing with Calabasas fire damage or damage in other areas, such as Oak Park or Westlake Village, we offer prompt and efficient assistance to solve your issues. SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is available to assist you in your hour of need, so call us at (818) 991-6292.

Action After Agoura Fire Damage

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

The Flames Fear SERVPRO

SERVPRO Provides Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration to Your Agoura Property

Agoura fire damage can be one of the most disastrous, devastating realities that residential property owners can encounter. Besides causing severe damage to the structure of your property, the flames and smoke can destroy your most valuable possessions. Additionally, fires can cause severe emotional stress. However, learning more about fire damage and how to obtain professional help can empower a homeowner to restore his property, limit anxiety, and resume a normal life. Learn more about these important matters by reviewing this quick reference guide:

Fire-Damaged Properties Are Dangerous
One thing that a homeowner should be cognizant of in the face of a fire is that the disaster leaves your living space exposed and unsafe. Thus to avoid compromising your safety, you should not enter the property right after the fire. It may have caused substantial damage to the property's foundation and structure, meaning that the structure could collapse when you attempt to go back in. Always check with the fire chief before entering.

You should also note that a fire-damaged home is often subject to collateral damage caused by water. The volumes of standing water on your property result from the extinguishing efforts of the fire department. This water will compound the flame, smoke, soot, and heat damage by wicking into building materials like drywall and furniture and carpeting. The results are tossing of unsalvageable items and a battle to prevent a mold infestation. It's important for you to hire a team of skilled fire damage remediation experts from SERVPRO immediately. An assessment followed by a plan of action can salvage many personal items and mitigate the loss in dollars and time.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process
When professional restoration experts come to your property, the first thing they will do is an assessment. This assessment will enable the specialists to determine the depth and scope of both superficial and severe damages. The technicians and field manager will thoroughly examine both the outside and inside of your property to determine which strategies and systems to implement for the restoration process. After this work is complete, they will begin with the cleaning and drying processes. Our industry leading professionals utilize equipment like water pumps, sump pumps, air movers, disinfectants, and dehumidifiers to complete this work.

More Fire Damage Restoration Services
In addition to completing the cleaning and drying work, the restoration specialists will remove water damaged-fabrics like rugs and carpets from the home. Some of the other restoration services provided can include vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, odor removal, smoke removal, deodorization, sanitation, and content restoration. Smoke and soot can be more problematic than the actual damage to the structure by the inferno.

When Agoura fire damage has wreaked havoc on your home, hiring a professional restoration company is a must. The best company to call for fast, effective remediation work is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified professionals will utilize advanced methodologies and specialized equipment to get your property back into pre-loss condition. "Like it never even happened."

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills specializes in water and fire damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition. We proudly serve the communities of Agoura, Calabasas, and Hidden Hills. Call us for 24/7 help. (818) 991-6292

Four Basic Steps for Fire Damage Restoration in Calabasas

12/16/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Be Alert For Wild Fires

Calabasas Fire Damage Restoration Steps by SERVPRO

When Calabasas fire damage has impacted your home, securing help for cleanup and restoration is strongly advised. There are many steps that a professional fire damage remediation company like SERVPRO will take to restore your property to its original condition.

1. Inspection And Evaluation. This process enables the fire damage restoration experts to determine the extent of your damages. We utilize a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) technology to generate a room-by-room inventory listing. This categorizes all items and materials as salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. You and your insurance adjuster make the final determinations. This simplifies and aids for your contents settlement. With this information the contractors can give you a cost estimate and draft a detailed, customized strategic plan that outlines how the recovery work will be completed. But the first, and very urgent step, to mitigate losses is extracting standing water from the firefighting work. Smoke and soot damage will vary depending on the severity of the blaze.

2. Packing Out. Another important component of the Calabasas fire damage restoration process is packing out. Items like shoes, clothing, art, furniture and electronics will typically require restoration work. For this reason, contractors will document, pack up, and remove these materials from the property. They will be transported to our facility where the cleaning and restoration work will be completed. If the fire and smoke damage are minimal, the cleaning process can be completed on-site.

3. Structural Fire And Smoke Damage Restoration. Much of the fire and smoke damage restoration process will involve vacuuming, dry brushing and cleaning walls, carpets, and floors. Contractors will also complete deep cleaning work to eliminate all smoke damage. The remediation experts will utilize special solutions and equipment (foggers) to neutralize unpleasant smoke odors. The equipment will also help eliminate biological and chemical contaminants. Thermal generators, hydroxyl generators, and thermal foggers are some of the devices that will be used to restore the home if necessary.

4. Contents Restoration. These services involve deodorizing, cleaning, and preserving the property owner's furnishings on-site, without shipping out to the SERVPRO cleaning facility. Our technicians will offer restoration services for electronics, documents, and all other appliances and equipment subjected to fire damage. If sensitive computer equipment is involved, we can farm it out for specialized cleaning.

Call SERVPRO For Fast, Friendly Fire Damage Restoration Services
When a fire strikes on your Calabasas property, immediate action is wise and cost effective. Our trained technicians are certified by the IICRC, and also receive on-going training in the latest methods for cleaning. To get your home back in pre-loss condition and restore your peace of mind, call us.

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We live and work in Calabasas too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Agoura/Calabasas/Hidden Hills is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. For 24/7 service call us. (818) 991-6292