Recent Fire Damage Posts

Murrieta Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/6/2019 (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 Murrieta will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(951) 894-4392

House fire dangers increase during the holiday season

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage

Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of fire in a home, and the three most common days for these fires to occur are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Fires due to candles also increase in December, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

SERVPRO of Murrieta wants to encourage homeowners to take extra care by not leaving candles or stoves burning unattended. 

If you do experience fire damage in your home, there are some things you can do to limit the damage after the fire is safely put out.

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and clothing
  • Place dry colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen and bathroom faucets trim and appliances then protect these surfaces with a light covering of lubricant
  • Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until it can be inspected
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls, surfaces or upholstery without contacting a fire restoration specialist. 
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixture if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • SERVPRO of Murrieta wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season! We have emergency crews ready for any size fire damage. Please call (951) 894-4392.