Recent Fire Damage Posts

Electrical Cord Safety Tips for Sherman Heights Residents?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

An orange extension cord is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Do you know that extension cords cause fires, injuries, and death when used improperly? Our San Diego City, South West team offers these extension cord safety tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI):

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets with only two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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Our San Diego City, South West team is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration services in Sherman Heights. Call us today at 619-269-5004.

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Hoarding Fire in East Village Victorian?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A hoarded pile of wood and wood scraps is shown. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team responds to fire damage emergencies every year in the East Village area. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to clean and restore homes damaged by fire. Hoarding is a condition where a person has difficulty discarding personal possessions. This accumulation of items can cause unsafe living conditions and place inhabitants at risk for fire. Here is some information about hoarding from the National Fire Protection Association:

 Hoarding Increases Fire Risks

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires, and damaged wires can start fires.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire

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Hoarding environments can impact everyone in the neighborhood. When you have a fire damage emergency in your East Village home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flying Ember Fire in San Diego Home?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A backyard fire pit is blazing. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team is trained and certified to restore fire damage by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association for using heating equipment safely and installing having a safe outdoor fire pit:

Carefully consider the placement of heating equipment, keeping anything that can burn well away.

  • Outdoor portable heaters should be placed on a flat, sturdy surface and in a location where they can’t be bumped into or knocked over
  • Fire pits should be located at least ten feet away from the home/structure
  • In areas where campfires are permitted, they must be at least twenty-five feet away from any structure and anything that can burn. Also, make sure to clear away dry leaves and sticks, overhanging low branches and shrubs.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from any type of equipment in use
  • Make sure combustible items, such as blankets and outerwear, are at least three feet away from the equipment

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When you need help with fire damage in your San Diego home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Logan Heights?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A person demonstrates how to hold a fire extinguisher. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Our San Diego City, South West team responds to fire damage emergencies each year, and many start in the kitchen. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association for selecting and using a fire extinguisher: 

  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
  • Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

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When you have a fire damage emergency in your Logan Heights home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is always Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire-Damaged Belongings in Golden Hill?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Precious family keepsakes sit on a table. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in San Diego County.

Our local San Diego City South West team has the training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore fire-damaged belongings. We pretest every item before cleaning to ensure we are using the most effective cleaning method. Smoke and soot leave behind a unique signature based on the specific fuels the fire burned during the event. We use over six different cleaning methods to restore water-damaged belongings in Golden Hill.

Here are some of the cleaning methods we may use:

  • 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 

Family keepsakes and belongings are irreplaceable, and they hold special memories and meaning, and many are handed down from generation to generation. Although we may not be able to restore every item completely, we can minimize the potential for further damage in many cases.

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When your Golden Hill home or commercial business has fire damage, and you need contents restoration services, our team in San Diego City South West is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Encanto?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

A person takes the battery out of a smoke alarm. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Smoke alarms play a critical role in a family’s fire safety plan. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), properly working smoke alarms reduce fire deaths and injuries in homes in the United States. SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Encanto and offer these smoke alarm safety tips from the NFPA:

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

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When you have fire damage in your Encanto home or commercial business, you can rely on SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Microwave Fire in Logan Heights?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

A microwave oven sits on a counter in a kitchen. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has been restoring fire damage in the Logan Heights area of San Diego for many years. Microwave ovens are convenient and used by many to reheat and cook food, but improper use can cause fire damage. Here are some microwave oven safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.
  • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm the baby bottle in a bowl of warm, not hot or boiling, water, or by running it under the tap.

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When you have a fire damage emergency in your Logan Heights home or commercial business, you can rely on SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Portable Heater Fire in Logan Heights?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

A portable space heater is shown. San Diegans trust us to restore their fire damage 24-hours a day!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW offer these heating safety tips to Logan Heights residents from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Install wood-burning stoves following the manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.

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When you have a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW’s highly trained technicians can help. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Logan Heights, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Outdoor Electrical Safety Tips for East Village?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A home is shown with outdoor lighting around trees and planter beds. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in San Diego County.

East Village residents and businesses love their outdoor spaces and use lighting to improve the look and safety of their homes and workplaces. SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW offers these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for outdoor electrical safety:

Outside Electrical Work

  • Have a qualified electrician do all electrical work
  • To prevent an electrical shock, make sure all your outside electrical receptacles are ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected
  • Have a professional tree cutting service trim any branches that might fall into electric wiring

Equipment Safety

  • Use lighting and power tools that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and make sure they are made for outdoor use
  • Store your electrical tools indoors
  • Keep electric tools away from children
  • Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clean
  • Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away
  • Use extension cords that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and are marked for outdoor use.
  • Extension cords are not meant for long-term use

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When your East Village home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW’s technicians can assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Safety Tips for East Village?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Trick-or-Treaters are shown. We restore fire damage in San Diego County.

The National Fire Protection Association is urging everyone to consider fire safety during Halloween celebrations. SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies in East Village during the year and offer these safety tips:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • When using electrical lighting to decorate your home, make sure it is used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.

For families still planning to attend Halloween parties or go trick-or-treating:

  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric that could come in contact with open flames or other heat sources
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes

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When your East Village home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke and Soot Damage in Gaslamp Quarter?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

A modern condo in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego is shown. We restore fire-damaged properties in San Diego County.

Gaslamp Quarter Condo Fire

When the condo next door had a fire, smoke, and soot traveled to my condo. I was amazed that a little kitchen fire next door could bring so much soot and smoke debris into my dwelling. Every room in my house smelled like smoke. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW provides a full range of contents restoration services for smoke and fire-damaged belongings. They pretest every item to determine what can be safely restored and use several methods for cleaning, 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

Call Us Today!

When you need restoration services for fire-damaged belongings, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to residential and commercial fire damage emergencies in the Gaslamp Quarter. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Lint Fire in Logan Heights?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A dryer and a lint trap are shown. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in San Diego.

Clothes Dryer Fires Happen

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in the Logan Heights area. Even small, contained dryer or washing machine fires can cause lots of smoke and soot damage to the rest of the house. Here are some clothes dryer fire statistics from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • In 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year
  • These fires caused annual averages of 13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage
  • The vast majority of fires (92 percent) involved clothes dryers
  • The leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber, or lint (26 percent of total) and clothing (26 percent), while items first ignited in washing machine fires were part of the appliance itself, including wire or cable insulation (26 percent), appliance housing or casing (24 percent, and drive belt (11percent)

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SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Logan Heights. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Outdoor Electrical Fire in Encanto?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Strings of party lights are shown lit in the early evening. We mitigate fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Encanto and offer these electrical outdoor safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have a qualified electrician do all electrical work
  • Use extension cords that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and are marked for outdoor use
  • To prevent electrical shock, make sure all your outside electrical receptacles are ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected
  • Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electrical wiring
  • Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder outside
  • Keep the ladder at least 10 feet away from power lines
  • Never touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed wire
  • Power lines may be live, stay a safe distance away
  • Report downed wires to authorities right away
  • Use lighting and power tools that are listed by a qualified test laboratory made for outdoor use
  • Store electrical tools indoors
  • Keep electric tools away from children
  • Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clear
  • Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away.
  • Use extension cords listed by a qualified test laboratory marked for outdoor use
  • Extension cords are not meant for long-term use

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Encanto. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Preparedness for Logan Heights?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Gardening tools and plants are in the process of being planted. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Wildfire Season is Coming

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW wants Logan Heights residents to be ready for this year’s wildfire season. Here are some tips for maintaining defensible space around your home from San Diego County’s website:

  • You may plant fire-resistant, irrigated landscaping in the first 50 feet of the 100 feet from your structure.  These plants need to be maintained all year around.
  • You need to keep natural vegetation in the remaining 50 feet of the 100-foot space.  This would be the area furthest away from your structure.  The plants need to be thinned and cut back to no more than 6 inches above the ground.
  • Do not completely remove all vegetation which would leave the ground bare.  Some vegetation is necessary to prevent erosion.  
  • Do not remove or disturb the existing plant root system to prevent any future erosion.
  • Remove dead and dying vegetation.
  • Trim trees that overhang or touch your structures.
  • Properly irrigating plants will help prevent plants from igniting.  Wildfires rarely occur until after June, because as little as 1 inch of water per month keeps drought-adapted plants from readily burning.
  • Trees and shrubs can be maintained by deep watering at least once a month for drought-tolerant species and once a week for high water requiring plants.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Logan Heights. Call us today at 619-269-5004.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Light Bulb Fire in the Gas Lamp Quarter?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A light bulb is shining inside of a wicker lamp shade. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego!

Light Bulb Epiphany

Have you ever seen a scarf draped over a lampshade to dim the light in a room? My roommate did this one time when she had a headache. Her headache was even worse when the scarf caught on fire from the hot light bulb in the lamp! Yikes!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Gas Lamp Quarter. Here are some light and electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Be sure that the bulbs in your lights match what is safe for the lamp. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage for the light bulb — such as use a maximum of a 60-watt bulb.
  • Light bulbs in the living area of your home, including closets, should have a shade or globe for protection. Light bulbs can get very hot and cause a fire if something that can burn is too close.
  • Inspect your home for hidden electrical hazards.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure the wires are not damaged, cracked, or loose. Replace them or have them professionally repaired if necessary.

For more information on electrical safety, you can download the Electrical Safety Checklist from the NFPA website.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in the Gas Lamp Quarter, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

High-rise Apartment and Condominium Safety in San Diego?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

High rise buildings are shown next to the San Diego bay. San Diegans rely on us to mitigate fire damage!

Fire Safety Tips

If you live in a high-rise building in downtown San Diego, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW wants you to be prepared for a fire emergency. Here are some safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Meet with your landlord or building manager to learn about the fire safety features in your building.
  • Know the locations of all available exit stairs from your floor in case the nearest one is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure all exit and stairwell doors are clearly marked, not locked or blocked by security bars, and clear of clutter.
  • If there is a fire, pull the fire alarm on your way out to notify the fire department and your neighbors.
  • If the fire alarm sounds, feel the door before opening and close all doors behind you as you leave. If it is hot, use another way out. If it is cool, leave by the nearest way out.
  • If an announcement is made throughout the building, listen carefully and follow directions.
  • Use the stairs to get out.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is ready to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Roof Fire in Logan Heights?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A two-story residential home is shown with part of the roof burned from a fire. San Diegans trust us to restore fire damage!

California Fire Statistics

In 2020, the United States Forest Service and CALFIRE reported 9639 fires that burned 4,257,059 acres in the state between January 1 and December 13. Lightning strikes, high winds, and accidental fires all contributed to the devastating fire season. In southern California, the Santa Ana winds blow through the fall and winter months, bringing dry, warm air from the desert that dries out vegetation and helps fires spread. Burning embers from an outside firepit reached the house in this picture and burnt off part of the roof. Fortunately, the house in this picture was able to be restored to pre-fire condition!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies in Logan Heights day and night and knows the damage fires can do to a structure. We know that every minute counts when mitigating fire damage and our highly trained technicians have the advanced training, experience and equipment to safely manage the restoration process from start to finish.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business has a fire damage emergency of any size, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Here to Help. ® Our team of fire restoration technicians is on call 24 hours a day and ready to assist you day or night. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your property damage in Logan Heights, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Holiday Fire Damage in the Gas Lamp Quarter?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

A fire is burning in a fireplace next to a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and electric tree lights. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in San Diego.

Holiday Safety Tips

At SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW we respond to fire damage emergencies in the Gas Lamp Quarter often during the holiday season. Holiday decorations are mostly combustible and this, combined with fireplace fires, electric holiday lights, and candle usage all contribute to the increase in fire damage calls. Each year our highly trained fire restoration technicians see firsthand the damage these kinds of fires can do to a structure, and we want you to be safe and enjoy this holiday season.

Here are some holiday safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Be careful with holiday decorations.
  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is ready to assist you with any size fire damage emergency you are facing. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in the Gas Lamp Quarter, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW Won’t Let Fire Damage Hound Your Property

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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A Worst-case Scenario

If a fire or its byproducts (such as smoke, soot, or water from the fire-fighting efforts) damages a home or business in San Diego, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has 24-hour emergency service, every day of the year. We will do our best to restore everything to pre-damage condition.

Call us at today at 619-269-5004.

Ever wonder how Dalmatians become associated with fire departments?

When we don’t need fire fighters to rescue us, we like to imagine their Dalmatian dogs jumping onto the engines, wagging their tails, and showing off their spots. How did these dogs become associated with firefighting?

Anyone who has had Dalmatians (or seen that movie) knows these dogs are fast, energetic, and beautiful. Back in Europe in the 1700s, wealthy people had Dalmatians run alongside their horse-drawn coaches to keep the paths clear.

When towns and cities started organizing fire departments, the fire fighters used Dalmatians for the same reason, and also to keep the horses calm near the fire. As a side benefit, the Dalmatians kept the fire stations free of rats.

Dalmatians were perfect dogs for the fire-fighting companies. They were – and are -- energetic, loyal, and have endurance. Some departments still keep Dalmatians as mascots. Not even Dalmatians can keep up with engine-powered vehicles, so any fire departments that keep a Dalmatian do so for the company, and perhaps the “gosh, that’s a cute dog” factor.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Fire in Logan Heights?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Spooked by Halloween Fire Damage?

It’s that time of year again, and with Halloween occurring in the time of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, it is a safe bet that there will be smaller parties held in people’s homes, and fewer kids will be going door to door to trick or treat with their friends.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2013 and 2017, Halloween decorations catching on fire caused an average of 780 home fires each year. SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has been providing fire cleanup and restoration services to the Logan Heights community for years and has seen the aftermath of home fires of all sizes and causes. Our technicians are fire and water damage specialists and are committed to providing the highest level of service while we restore your fire damage to preloss condition. Our technicians are trained in:

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • Water Damage Restoration

Call Us Today

When you experience a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Here to Help.® From the moment you contact us, we can be onsite within four hours to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in Logan Heights, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Defensible Space for Fire Prevention in San Diego?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

A city backyard is shown with dead grasses and combustible materials. We are fire damage restoration specialists in San Diego City.

Fire Season in San Diego

The backyard in this picture is a fire waiting to happen. Once vegetation dies, like the dead grasses in this picture, they become easy fuel for any wayward spark or ember. Dry weather combined with combustible organic materials like fallen leaves, dead grasses, and even outdoor patio furniture cushions can be great fuel for fires. You can protect your home from fire damage by creating defensible space around your structures. SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has seen the destruction that fire can cause to property and offers these tips for creating a defensible space around your property from the County of San Diego and the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Clear combustible vegetation in a 100-foot radius from any structure
  • Replace mulch with noncombustible mulch products like rock
  • Keep rain gutters free of debris and use metal rain gutters
  • Implement a maintenance strategy to keep the zone clear of dead plant materials

Call Us Today

In the event your San Diego home or business gets damaged by a fire, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Here to Help.® We have a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on call and ready to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

2020 Wildfire Season in San Diego?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

A fire fighting helicopter is shown dumping fire retardant onto a hillside wildfire in Southern California. We are trained and equipped to respond to any size fire damage emergency in San Diego.

2020 California Wildfire Season

Did you know that between January and June the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, (CAL FIRE),  responded to over 2,043 wildfires? This number is up by 881 for fires for the same time period last year. Currently in Southern California four wildfires are burning and to date over 5,661 acres have burned. According to CAL FIRE, 95 percent of California wildfires are caused by humans and can be prevented by following these tips for preventing wildfires at home:

• When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended

• Do all yardwork before 10 a.m. to avoid yardwork on hot, dry and windy days

• Make sure you use the right tool for the job – lawnmowers are for cutting grass only

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW wants San Diego residents and business owners to know that we have years of experience dealing with fire damage and have a team of certified and highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call. We offer many services to clean and restore your property and belongings back to pre-damage condition, and we can be on site within four hours of your call to immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Call Us Today

If you have a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW wants to help. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in San Diego “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-damaged Family Photographs in Logan Heights?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

A pile of photographs rescued from a house fire any strew on top of a table. We provide fire damage restoration services in San Diego.

Fire Restoration Services

The aftermath of a fire can be daunting. Structural damage caused by the fire and water damage caused when the Firefighters that put out the fire will need to be repaired, and even in areas untouched by the fire there will be smoke and soot damage. Sometimes belongings will have to be moved offsite and stored until repairs to the damaged areas are completed. Fire damage restoration is some of the most challenging and rewarding work that SERVPRO of San Diego City SW provides to the Logan Heights community. Our team of highly trained professionals are certified to perform a variety of content restoration services including document and photograph drying.

Document and Photograph Drying

Although some documents and photos may not be able to be fully restored, we can save many of them and will work to minimize additional damage. Here are the kinds of restoration techniques we may use depending on the severity and the kind of document restoration services required:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us Today

When your home or business suffers fire damage, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW wants to help. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll clean restore your fire damage in Logan Heights “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-damaged Family Photographs in Logan Heights?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

A pile of photographs rescued from a house fire any strew on top of a table. We provide fire damage restoration services in San Diego.

Fire Restoration Services

The aftermath of a fire can be daunting. Structural damage caused by the fire and water damage when the Firefighters put out the fire will need to be repaired, and even in areas untouched by the fire there will be smoke and soot damage. Sometimes belongings will have to be moved offsite and stored until repairs to the damaged areas are completed. Fire damage restoration is some of the most challenging and rewarding work that SERVPRO of San Diego City SW provides to the Logan Heights community. Our team of highly trained professionals are certified to perform a variety of content restoration services including document and photograph drying.

Document and Photograph Drying

Although some documents and photos may not be able to be fully restored, we can save many of them and will work to minimize additional damage. Here are the kinds of restoration techniques we may use depending on the severity and the kind of document restoration services required:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us Today

When your home or business suffers fire damage, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW wants to help. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in Logan Heights “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire to your San Diego business? Give SERVPRO a call.

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a room. This photo was taken at a recent fire cleaning job that SERVPRO of San Diego City SW was called to do the fire restoration work.

When you have a fire in your business, call the experts. SERVPRO is here to help.

Fires are unpredictable and devastating. Fires destroy thousands of businesses each year, causing millions of dollars in lost revenue and property damage. Secondary damages can render the building uninhabitable, rendering the property a total loss. It is estimated that close to fifty percent of all businesses suffering such a loss never recover and close permanently.

Let the SERVPRO of San Diego City SW team ensure that you do not become another statistic. Our dedicated team of experts are certified in fire cleaning and restoration. We pride ourselves on our honesty, work ethic, and efficiency. Give us a call when you want the job done right!

We are a preferred vendor for most insurance companies and will bill your insurance claims adjuster directly. We work hard to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We can handle every portion of the job from start to finish as fire jobs usually have aspects of water damage from the fire being extinguished, contents cleaning, and reconstruction.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (619) 269-5004.

Learning about dry sponges used on fire jobs

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a building. This is a photo from a fire damage job that SERVPRO recently assisted with cleanup for. Call us 24/7/365 at 619-269-5004.

When you have a fire, whether you think it is large or small, soot needs to be cleaned properly.  Soot from fire damage cannot be cleaned with just water.

SERVPRO uses a special dry sponge on surfaces such as drywall.  It is made of rubber and can be used almost like an eraser.

The dry sponges we use on our fire jobs are incredibly porous and hold a large amount of soot. Once the surface of the dry sponge is dirty, it has to be thrown away and must never be cleaned or reused.

If you have a fire at your San Diego property, leave it to the experts.  There truly is no substitute for training and experience.  We are an IICRC certified firm and have the fire and water restoration expertise. SERVPRO is the brand you know and trust to help restore your property "Like it never even happened."

If you have questions about our fire damage cleanup process, call us anytime.  SERVPRO of San Diego City SW can be reached at 619-269-5004.

Fire Extinguisher Residue Cleanup - Who do I call?

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of white powder throughout an office. This is a photo of fire extinguisher residue throughout an office in San Diego. SERVPRO can help you with the cleanup 24/7.

If your home or business in San Diego is vandalized or has an accident where a fire extinguisher goes off throughout your building, there's probably a thick dust of residue left behind that you need help cleaning up.

Our first tip would be not to clean it up yourself without the proper protective equipment.  It can be a huge undertaking, and breathing those particles can be dangerous when ingested, so proper protective equipment is a necessity.

If you have fire extinguisher residue that needs to be cleaned up, SERVPRO is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Call us anytime at 619-269-5004.

Top Tips for Avoiding An Electrical Fire

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Exposed framing in a commercial building. This photo illustrates what happens after a fire ravages a San Diego commercial warehouse.

One of the main causes of fires in homes and businesses is due to incorrectly installed wiring, often DIY wiring at home.  They also happen due to overloaded circuits, and misuse of extension cords.  It's important to have any electrical work done in your home by a licensed electrician / electrical contractor, but here are some tips you can take action on now.

Extension Cords

Extension cords are a common cause of electrical house fires. It's also preventable. To avoid electrical fires from extension cords, make sure that the capacity of the extension cord matches that of the appliance you are using. And don't use old extension cords with exposed wiring.

Wiring Issues

If you think you may have an electrical wiring issue, ADDRESS IT RIGHT AWAY.  It's a good idea to have a licensed electrician check your home's wiring to be sure things look good.

If you have damages from a home or business fire, call us at 619-269-5004 and we can help.

Commercial Fire Cleanup Company in San Diego

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of a building with fire damage. An electrical fire erupted, causing significant damage to this Bay Ho area commercial property.

When you have fire damage at your San Diego property, you need a professional and reliable cleanup company to assist you.

There is a reason so many people turn to SERVPRO of San Diego City SW to assist them with their fire cleanup, including smoke/soot/ash cleaning, and deodorization.

1.) We bill insurance directly - which alleviates some hassle and stress off your plate.

2.) We are available 24/7, every single day of the year.

3.) We are experienced. We have the knowledge to handle even the most specialty jobs.

4.) We are licensed (CSLB #1037786), bonded, and insured!

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here and ready to help make your property "Like it never even happened." Reach us at 619-269-5004.

Reputable Fire Cleanup Company in San Diego

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a residential fire in La Jolla, San Diego, CA.

There are few things scarier than having a fire in your home or business.  Did you know, in 2017, across the United States there were over 1.3 million fires?  Resulting in $23 billion in damages.

When your business or home suffers from a fire, whether it be from a candle, or a kitchen stove fire, or electrical fire, the first thing you'll want to do is contact a reputable fire cleanup company like SERVPRO San Diego City SW. We have the experience and know-how to help you restore your home or business, and it's why we're a preferred vendor for almost every insurance company. 

We can handle it all - from the initial property board up, ensuring your property is secure, to the cleaning of smoke and soot, deodorization, and the repairs and finish work, SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is the obvious choice.  We're locally owned and operated, and we're a family-run business. We are big enough to handle any size job, but small enough to care about the work we do.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-269-5004.

Fire Damage and Board Up Services in San Diego

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

This is a photo of a recent fire damage cleanup that SERVPRO did in the La Jolla Shores area of San Diego.

When your home or property suffers from a fire - whether it be from a candle, electrical, or anything else - SERVPRO of San Diego City SW has your back.

With an average response time of 45 minutes from the time you call to when we get onsite, we are able to handle everything from start to finish for you. We are truly a full-service restoration and remediation company.

  • Board-up services
  • Contents pack-out and cleaning
  • Structure cleaning and demolition
  • Repairs to the property after demolition occurs
  • And more.

When you have a fire, let us hold your hand through the entire process and help get your home or business back in action "Like it never even happened."  Call us, the guys and gals in green, 24/7 at 619-269-5004.

Commercial Fire Cleanup in San Diego

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

A photo of our diesel generator onsite at a recent commercial fire job that SERVPRO of San Diego City SW was called out for.

This is a photo of the SERVPRO of San Diego City SW generator onsite at a commercial fire cleanup job we performed for a client here in San Diego.

The client was referred to us by his insurance company, and we were onsite immediately to help him assess the damages and create a plan of action.

On most fire jobs, SDGE has to shut off power to a structure affected by fire damage.  In this case, we used our 125kw diesel generator to run the equipment to get this commercial property back in action faster. Time is money, and no one understands that better than SERVPRO of San Diego City SW.

Whether you have minor or major fire damage, call us, the experts.  We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 619-269-5004.

Residential Fire Board Up in San Diego

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

A photo of a recent residential fire where SERVPRO of San Diego City SW was called in to perform the cleanup.

When you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is the team to call.

We understand the ins and outs of the insurance claims process, we will work with your insurance company to get your home back to "preloss" condition as soon as humanly possible, and our team is IICRC certified and trained to handle fire, smoke, and soot cleanups like true professionals.

There is a reason why we have thousands of satisfied customers, we truly care. We will go above and beyond to assist you with your home or business after a fire - everything from the initial board up, to the inspection, to the cleaning, and the repairs afterward.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We can be reached at 619-269-5004.

How to clean an apartment fire in San Diego

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

The damage to an apartment unit in South Bay San Diego from an electrical fire. The property owner's insurance agent recommended they call our team.

So your apartment unit or apartment building you manage had a "small" fire and you are wondering whether or not you need full remediation services. There's no easy answer to this because it depends on so many things, including, what burned? How long did it burn for? And more.

What we can say is that SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is the chosen smoke/fire cleanup provider for many customers and insurance carriers here in San Diego, and we will always come out for free to give you your best options and provide you with an estimate when necessary.

If you had a small stove fire with no lingering smoke or soot damage, then chances are you can open the windows and the odor will dissipate. Often though, especially with electrical fires, the damage is far more widespread than what meets the eye, and it's very important to call in a trusted team who can give you options and hold your hand through the process.

We make it our mission to help you restore your property to pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened."

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-269-5004.

Brush Fire Smoke Soot Cleanup in San Diego

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

In San Diego, brush fires tend to happen at least a few times a year throughout the County.  Thankfully, we have the amazing San Diego Fire Department team of firefighters that spring into action to quickly get this fires contained so they don't spread.

 Because of the amount of canyons and brush area in San Diego, many homes sit atop prime brush fire area.  And though brush fires don't tend to destroy structures and cause people's homes to burn, they can burn fences and property lines, and bring smoke/soot onto someone's property and home, as well as cause heavy smoke indoor inside your home or business. When your home smells like a BBQ after a brush fire, and you're in need of deodorization to get rid of the smoke smell in your house, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW.  We're open 24/7 and someone always picks up the phone - 619-269-5004.  We'll walk you through your options and help get your home back to the way it was before, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Cleanup Crew in La Mesa, San Diego, California

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

A photo of the initial board up at this residential property in the La Mesa area of San Diego County.

When your property is facing smoke or fire damage, and potentially water damage when a fire was extinguished, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004 like this La Mesa homeowner did.

At this property in San Diego, there was an exterior fire on an enclosed patio in the front of home, and thankfully the fire was contained quickly by the homeowner's gardener who happened to be working in the backyard and saw smoke coming from the front of the home. By the time the fire department arrived onsite, the fire had already been extinguished with a garden hose.

Because the window in the enclosed patio cracked during the fire, smoke went billowing throughout the interior of the home, and while there was no structural damage, there was smoke, soot, and water damage inside the property. That's where our team of experts came in to assist the homeowner, who raved and raved about our entire team's professionalism, kindness, and level of service.

If you have fire damage or water damage related to a fire, call us 24/7 at 619-269-5004. 

Kitchen Fire Cleanup in Point Loma/Sunset Cliffs

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage at a residence in Point Loma/Sunset Cliffs.

When SERVPRO of San Diego City SW got the call for a "small kitchen fire" in the Point Loma/Sunset Cliffs neighborhood of San Diego, originally the homeowner thought it would be a very small job and possibly just equipment rental from us. This was because the fire was contained quickly, and it was relatively small in what it actually burned. It actually originated from a faulty dishwasher electrical connection.

When our owner, Ben, arrived onsite to walk the job with the tenants, dialing in to the owner via phone, he explained to them that not only was this pretty significant fire / smoke / soot damage (the smoke and soot was in the central HVAC system, and when the odor gets in an HVAC system, it must be properly cleaned, so as not to disperse the particles once the system is turned on). There was also significant water damage to the downstairs, when the firefighters extinguished the fire in the kitchen. And thank goodness for that, as no one was injured thanks to the great work of the San Diego Firefighters.

It was thanks to Ben's honesty and communication, and him educating the tenants and owners on the true scope of the work, that we were selected to do the fire and water cleanup for them. They were so happy with our crews that we received all 10/10s on our customer satisfaction form! 

If you have fire, smoke, or soot damage here in San Diego, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW 24/7 at (619) 269-5004.

3 things to ask restoration companies in San Diego

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

A photo from a devastating fire in the San Diego area that our team was called in to assist with. Choose a fire cleanup provider that you can trust.

Research shows that the majority of consumers, both residential and commercial, find vendors by doing internet searches.  The internet is a powerful tool for finding resources, especially in emergency situations. Here are a few tips for choosing an emergency water damage or fire cleanup service provider in greater San Diego.

 1.) Make sure they have necessary licensure and certifications.

Anyone can claim to safely handle your emergency water situations, mold remediation, or fire cleanup, but ask them these questions. Are you licensed? Are you bonded? Are you insured? What are your certifications? SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is fully licensed, bonded, insured and we have all of the necessary industry certifications so that you know your home or business is in safe and skilled hands when you call us. 

2.) What kind of equipment and products do you use?

If you hear the word "bleach", RUN! SERVPRO of San Diego City SW uses all of the latest state of the art equipment, as well as "safe" cleaning and deodorizing products. Some mold remediation companies in San Diego are using bleach to treat mold, which is absolutely haphazard and not in your best interests. 

3.) Will you bill my insurance?

Some restoration companies in San Diego refuse to bill your insurance and work with your insurance carrier to come to an agreed cost. With SERVPRO of San Diego City SW that is never the case. We work directly with your insurance company and your insurance adjuster, and when a loss is covered, we'll always agree on a cost and scope with them, so you aren't left paying a bill that is double what your insurance has agreed to pay. We pride ourselves on strong relationships with insurance carriers and insurance adjusters in San Diego, and we are known for doing the right thing and making the customer (YOU) happy. If you have any emergency water damage, fire smoke and soot cleanup, or mold remediation needs in San Diego, call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 619-269-5004.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW team & fire cleanup efforts

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Back in late 2017 when wildfires ravaged northern California, the SERVPRO of San Diego City SW had the opportunity to travel up to Napa/Sonoma and assist with the fire cleanup efforts. Though we may be based in downtown San Diego, and most of our business is in the greater San Diego area, when duty calls, our incredible team jumps at the chance to serve.

Our team spent over a month doing commercial and large residential smoke and soot damage cleanup.

One of the properties we helped get back into business was a commercial retail center that included restaurants, shops, candy stores, etc. The entire property consisted of approximately 100,000 sq. feet of retail space. If you have extensive commercial (or residential) smoke and soot damage and require cleaning services in San Diego, call us 24/7 at 619-269-5004. Our team would be happy to hold your hand through the entire process.

Tips for Fire Damage Restoration

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage in San Diego

Tips for Fire Damage Restoration

Fire in business or fire in home causes a lot of devastation to a property. Fire damage restoration is difficult and nearly impossible to tackle alone. This is where the assistance of commercial fire damage restoration experts like SERVPRO of San Diego City SW may be necessary to deal with the fire loss. Before experts arrive to manage the fire loss in business buildings or at home, those affected can do a few things to do some fire cleanup themselves. The following tips will assist one in preventing further fire damage before help from experts arrives.

Improving Air Quality of the Room

Where there is fire, there is smoke. Smoke damage and soot damage are two of the expected outcomes of commercial fire damage. Smoke affects the air quality of the room after the fire damage and should be dealt with properly. It should be properly cleaned, but until help arrives you can open doors and windows and that will help improve air quality, as well as protect those doing the fire cleanup.

Cleanup of Smoke Damage on the Wall

When an outbreak of fire in a home or fire in a business building occurs, there will be smoke damage to the walls, wallpaper, paint, and other surfaces. Employees or residents can use detergents to clean the regions where there was not too much smoke damage. Smoke will cause soot damage, so they should try to dust the greasy soot off from the surface first before scrubbing it clean during fire cleanup.

Getting Rid of Mold and Getting Rid of Mildew

In most cases, fires are extinguished using water, depending on the cause. Mold and mildew that result from water being used to put out the fire do need special attention. In cases like this, it's best to let commercial fire damage cleanup experts handle the mold and mildew, because of serious health issues that can be caused by exposure to mold. Also, commercial fire cleanup experts knows the best fire cleanup techniques and procedures to prevent contamination of clothing, carpets, furniture, walls, and vents.

Cleaning of Flooring/Carpet

When putting out a fire, the carpets, furniture, and floors will absorb most of the water. The individuals doing fire damage restoration should pull up any carpets and remove furniture which have water damage and replace or repair them. The floors need to be dried or replaced if the water seeps underneath. Commercial fire damage restoration professionals can come and help you to do the drying with their equipment. 

The best thing one can do is familiarize themselves with the above information. This will help deal with fire damage restoration in San Diego when there is an outbreak of a fire in a business or fire in a home. This will help recover from a fire loss sooner rather than later. Contacting commercial fire damage restoration experts is the best first-step!

Visit http://www.SERVPROsandiegocitysw.com/ for more information on fire damage.

How Much Does Fire Restoration Cost?

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

How Much Does Fire Restoration Cost?

How much will it cost? That’s one of the most common questions we get when people call us. It’s easy to just throw out a number, but that wouldn’t be an honest or well-thought out reply. Any fire damage restoration business that offers an answer over the phone to that question is most likely just trying to get your business, and may bill a larger price than initially quoted. With SERVPRO of San Diego City SW, our fire experts will come onsite and review the scope of work with you before we present you with a final estimate. A variety of factors affect the total cost of any fire damage job. We know this from years of experience handling fire (and water, and mold) jobs in San Diego. Sometimes it’s a quick and easy, inexpensive clean, and other times it’s an expensive restoration.

If you would like more information, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW 24/7 at 619-269-5004.

Some usual costs associated with fire damage restoration include:

  • Water Damage – This is usually because water is what is used to extinguish a fire. If the water isn’t removed quickly enough, extra damage can occur.
  • Walls/Structural Damage – One of the first things to inspect is how a fire has effected the structural strength of a home or commercial property.
  • Soot Cleanup – Soot must be removed before any specialized cleaning or deodorizing can take occur.

For a free estimate on your fire restoration job, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at (619) 269-5004.

Residential Smoke and Soot Fire Damage in San Diego

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW has been a trusted partner in helping homeowners restore their homes from residential fires throughout San Diego. 

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

When A Fire Strikes Your San Diego Home

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

With fire season soon upon us, you'll want to know who to call should you find yourself the unfortunate victim of a residential fire.

That's where SERVPRO of San Diego City SW comes in. We've been the trusted fire cleanup and restoration company for San Diego for some time now.

Our team of compassionate individuals understand how devastating fire damage can be. We take a detailed and thorough approach to fire damage cleanup, repair and restoration. When you call us, you get a trusted industry source and a customer service team that's compassionate and willing to go the extra mile for you and your family.

Our fire damage cleanup services include, but aren't limited to:

  • Deodorization
  • Soot removal
  • Floor and furniture cleaning

You're in good hands if you call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW. We're a family-owned and operated company who are willing to hold your hand through the devastating aftermath of a residential fire.

Call us 24/7 at 619-269-5004.

Prevent a Residential House Fire

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent a Residential House Fire

Very few of us spend time thinking about residential house fires in San Diego. It's not something you ever think will happen to you, and we hope it doesn't! Here are a few tips though to help you keep your home as safe as possible and free from the risk of fire.

Top Cause of House Fires? Faulty Wiring and Outlets

-Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying and replace all frayed wires

-Do not pinch or cover electical cords with items such as rugs

-Be aware of the capacity of your home's electrical system! Do not overload your circuits. If in doubt, consult a licensed electrician

-Understand the difference between surge protectors and power strips. Both allow you to plug in multiple electronic devices, but only the surge protector will help protect these devices from a power spike. Use surge protectors to protect valuable electronic devices, such as computers and televisions.

We hope this information helps you in keeping your home and family safe. If you do have a residential fire in San Diego county, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW. Our team is available 24/7 at 619-269-5004. During this overwhelming time, we will hold your hand through the entire process.

What You Need To Know About Fire Damage In San Diego

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

What You Need To Know About Fire Damage In San Diego
 
Commercial or residential fire damage causes tremendous problems to your business or home. Even if your fire is relatively small, there can be hidden consequences. That's where we come in. As tried, trusted and true fire restoration experts in San Diego, we're here to help you get your home or business back in shape. 
 
Inspection
Before our professionals can begin repairs, we'll survey the property and assess damages. Our inspection is incredibly thorough, so we can provide you with plans for the best path forward. During this time, we'd be happy to answer any and all questions you may have about the fire cleanup process.
 
Cleaning
Once we complete our inspection, we'll discuss proper procedures and a schedule. Our experts here at SERVPRO of San Diego City SW will prepare our equipment, close off the area, and make all necessary preparations for cleaning. We'll  take care of surface damage by removing burnt sections and damaged items.
 
Odor Treatment
One of most difficult parts of any fire cleanup job is properly removing the scent in the area. Burnt odors often linger in the air, causing damage to the property's surface on a micoscopic level. We use advanced cleaning technology and products to permanently remove the prescence of all odors in the area.
 
Final Steps
Once the burnt sections of the property are removed and the odors have been treated, we move on to the last step of addressing the fire damage. If there are any structural damages to the property, we'll either make the repairs ourselves or provide you with the appropriate contact information for other experts who can help. We take our time in addressing each and every detail, because lingering smoke and fire damage can result in future problems.
 
If you have any questions or need help with fire or smoke damage in San Diego, contact us 24/7 at 619-269-5004