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San Jose Smoke Odors, Kitchen Fires, and the SERVPRO Treatment

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Jose Smoke Odors, Kitchen Fires, and the SERVPRO Treatment Stinky Kitchen FIre Odors Got You Down? SERVPRO Provides Cleanup for San Jose Cooks--Residential and Commercial

Oven Blaze Brings Fire Damage for Dinner in San Jose

Fire damage is not a one-size-fits-all category when it comes to clean up. Depending on the type of fire, whether it was high heat or slow moving and materials that burned, all of them leave different types of residues and odors that need to be handled in various ways. Among the kinds of damage from fires we remediate most often, protein residue is one of the most pungent we encounter. No one wants to be reminded of the time dinner caught on fire from the odor that remains.

When SERVPRO was called to remediate fire damage in a San Jose kitchen, the culprit was immediately apparent; it was from a chicken that was forgotten in an oven and was too close to a heating element. Protein fires are caused when food items burn. They generally have minor amounts of residue but leave a significant amount of foul odor. At the initial phone call, we instructed the homeowner to turn off their HVAC to avoid spreading any particles and odors to currently unaffected areas of the home.

Once on site, SERVPRO technicians wiped down all the kitchen surfaces with our professional-grade cleaners to remove the greasy protein residue, and this action helps lessen the odor. Then our certified Odor Control Technicians inspected the area and determined the best course of action would be to contain the kitchen area and use an activated oxygen unit overnight and follow up with a thermal fogger both inside and outside the contained area to neutralize the odor. Thermal fogging is very useful as it binds with odor-causing particles and eliminates them. This method is not just covering up one odor with another.

Sometimes fire damage is not from the flames, but the odor left behind. This is not a situation you have to handle on your own. Call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001, and one of our certified technicians can help you get rid of unpleasant odors from a cooking mishap.

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SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Your San Jose Home

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Will Put The Flame Of Worry Out In Your San Jose Home Call SERVPRO to save your belongings after fire and smoke damage have struck your home.

Fire Damage Experts In San Jose Talk About Refinishing Charred Surfaces

If something ever burns inside your San Jose home, it is possible that the blaze torches things fast and engulfs a good portion of your contents and building materials. Once flames ignite, they can quickly spread throughout your home and use just about any substance as fuel causing you a significant amount of fire damage. In most cases, if the fire gets extinguished quickly, the loss will be less than if it has time to burn. The more oxygen the blaze receives, the hotter and faster it will burn. When several items inside your home get heated, it can become necessary to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.

Whenever things burn inside a building, items can get fully combusted and just partially charred. Any time our SERVPRO technicians work on a fire damage project in San Jose, we first figure out what we think we can save with cleaning and refinishing and what we know will have to be removed and replaced. To figure this out, our estimators arrive at your residence with a testing kit. The kit comes with all of the proper tools to test objects and their surfaces to see what work will need to be done to bring your house back to its original, preloss condition. Once we determine the overall scope of the job, we calculate an initial estimate detailing what we think needs to be done during restoration and give it to you and your homeowners' insurance provider.

After fire damage, during some situations, wooden surfaces of your contents and structural components can get charred on the surface. If the charring only exists on the surface of wooden items such as your wall studs, then it is possible that we can refinish them without having to replace them. If the charring on wooden materials only exists on the surface and does not exist a quarter inch into the wood, then we can often sand off the burnt substances and save the object. If you ever need help with your contents or building materials getting burnt or charred during a fire, call SERVPRO of Campbell at (408) 371-4001 any time of the day.

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San Jose, Wild-Fires and Help from SERVPRO

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

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The Cost of Fire Damage Repair to Your San Jose Home

When you need professional restoration for any of the potential disasters or emergencies that could affect your San Jose residence, most homeowners have the same question: how much is this going to cost? Understanding pricing and related expenses for restoring a residence can help you to appreciate that while initial estimates could seem steep, at least you still have a structure that can be rehabilitated.

Overcoming fire damages in your San Jose home vary in cost depending on multiple factors. The first and most obvious of these is the severity of the damage to your home. A widespread structure fire is going to cost more to restore than a small kitchen fire localized to a single room. If the effects are from a wildfire, there may be only the ground left. Then, that is between you and your insurance company on where to proceed. Our SERVPRO technicians can help initially to determine both the scope of the work to get performed, the personnel required to do it, the equipment needed, and a general idea of how long it should take to complete. Lucky structures, not burnt out, typically have substantial heat and smoke damage that does need mitigation. We can do that.

All of these components work into the initial estimate provided to your insurance company following a fire incident in your home. By working promptly to determine this estimate, we can help you to achieve an approval on your filed claim much more quickly. Under the added pressure that insurance adjusters go through during natural disasters like wildfires, we aim to work as efficiently as possible with the both of you. Even with all of these factors, you still do not have all of the components that factor into the cost of restoring a home after a fire.

While many companies have dubbed expenses as “the cost of doing business,” our SERVPRO franchise has strived to be as transparent as possible. Much like any business, we have overheads to cover and administration rates and personnel. We have dedicated professionals that assemble a job plan, take photographs of the work to get performed, deliver and pick-up oversized equipment, and oversee the work of our technicians on-site at your home.

Initially, homeowners do not fully appreciate the gravity of what it takes to operate a restoration company with the training, certifications, and efficiency that we have. Of course, when the surrounding area has suffered catastrophic damage, our SERVPRO of Campbell emergency response team is available 24/7. Give us a call anytime at (408) 371-4001.

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Fire Safety Tips

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips 

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Prepare

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  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Common Causes of Fire Damage

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn

SERVPRO of Campbell is here to help (408)371-4001

Smoke, Soot, Fire Restoration & Clean-Up

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

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 Campbell/Los Gatos 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 – (408) 371-4001

Campbell Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

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 Campbell 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 – 408-371-4001