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How To Prepare For a Wildfire

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How To Prepare For a Wildfire Woolsey Fires approaching homes in Malibu, California Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

Living in California has its advantages and disadvantages. Although we have several regions in this beautiful state, we face the disadvantage of wildfires. As the climate starts changing and the heat begins to rise, our forests are at risk of catching fire. Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for this natural disaster. 

Step 1: Preparing an emergency kit 

An emergency kit should consist of several items such as: 

  • food (canned, dried, energy bars)
  • water (two liters of water per person per day)
  • a manual can opener
  • a first aid kit
  • cash
  • copies of important family documents
  • battery powered flashlight
  • battery powered radio 
  • extra batteries

Step 2: Remove fire hazards 

Removing fire hazards from around your home, such as dried out branches, leaves, and debris is essential since these things can cause the fire to spread. 

Step 3: Know your evacuation routes 

Know your community’s local evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location in case roads are blocked.

Step 4: Stay informed

Monitor the weather reports provided by your local news radio and TV stations. It is always a good idea to keep a battery-powered radio with extra batteries to keep up with updates on the fire.

5 Tips to Prevent House Fires

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Tips to Prevent House Fires This beautiful home unfortunately caught fire before Christmas. SERVPRO of Westminster cleaned and restored anything that we could possibly save.

When it comes to your beautiful home and valuable possessions, it is always best to prepare and prevent these disasters. Here are some five simple and easy tips to help prevent your home from harm.

1. Test your smoke alarms regularly (at least once a month)

2. Inspect all your heating sources 

3. Keep your stove and oven clean

4. Don’t leave your kitchen unattended while cooking. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to break out

5. Always check your dryer. Clean out your lint trap every time you put in a new load of laundry.  

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Belongings and Fire Damage #CommercialBuilding #FireDamage #FireCleanup

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals understand your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

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Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

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


If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

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

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

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Westminster will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. Learn more about the Contents Claim Inventory Service.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

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Residential Fire Damage Restoration Process

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Residential Fire Damage Restoration Process Fire Cleanup and Fire Restoration

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

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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Fire Restoration in Westminster

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner or business owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

So after the first wave of the heroes have rescued the property, let your local SERVPRO of Westminster help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home or office, but the customer's peace of mind, as well. 

Which means, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Westminster. Our team has worked for over 20 years to help make fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

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Fire Damage in Westminster - What you can do until help arrives

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a checklist from SERVPRO of Westminster of what you can do until help arrives in the event your home or office experiences a Fire: 

  • Limit movement in the home or prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring. 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery. 
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet, 
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces. 
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery. 
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment. 
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Lastly, be sure to ask a SERVPRO of Westminster team member about our contents claims inventory service and document restoration services. We understand the stress one may experience this time of loss and we are here to help restore things to preloss.

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For Westminster Homeowners...

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

...Putting out a fire can be worse than the FIRE ITSELF. 

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings. SERVPRO of Westminster can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of Westminster provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

SERVPRO of Westminster is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

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Santa Barbara Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Westminster will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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