Recent Fire Damage Posts

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!

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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. 
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.
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