Recent Fire Damage Posts

Invisible Fire Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

In almost every case, fire damage is devastating, but what you may not know is that fires can cause damage that you can’t see. This “invisible” damage is caused mostly by soot and smoke which can stain multiple types of housing materials and personal possessions and even leaves an odor in certain materials like clothes  which is nearly irremovable. This type of damage although may not be visible can ruin materials in your home, destroying them. What’s interesting is that this type of damage can be caused by small fires in enclosed spaces or homes, not only large scale fires. Be sure to know your fire safety, ensure your fire/carbon monoxide alarms are in working order, and stay safe! Call SERVPRO today!

Carelessness Causes Fires

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

When people think of fire in someone’s home or property, they usually assume it was some sort of freak accident or “act of god” but in reality most fires are caused by human error and carelessness which causes most fires in the US. The most common of these human errors are when people forget to turn off kitchen appliances like ovens and stoves, also people not properly disposing of flammable items such as cigarettes and matches. Left over gasoline in your garage will go bad eventually. If not properly stored they will spill. All it takes to light gas is a cigarette or an electrical spark from plugging something in to a wall socket. If you have any questions about the safety of your home please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO today.

What Fire is

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Many people know what fire looks like and what fire does to things, but not many know what fire is really comprised of.  Fire is composed of mostly plasma, which is a substance that is most like a gas but kind of in between types of matter interestingly enough. Fire is created when a substance ignites and the molecules of that substance heat up and move very rapidly causing the flame. That’s precisely why fire is hot. Another interesting fact is that fire is not the direct cause of smoke, rather smoke is something that happens when a fire does not burn a substance very efficiently because of a lack of oxygen. These are the mechanics of why and how a fire burns and the smoke/soot it emits, these culminate to burn homes and rain forests alike, and remember, if you ever have an issue with fire, soot, or smoke on your property you can always call SERVPRO for help!

A Tip for Renters

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Many people, especially in big cities rent apartments or homes to live in and most of the time reside with no issues over the course of renting a property, but on the off chance that the property you live in experiences a disaster such as a fire, it’s always best to have your assets and personal items covered. A surprising amount of people who rent the properties they live in don’t have renters insurance and may lose all their belongings without compensation in case of a disaster such as a fire or other type of loss. This was just a friendly tip from SERVPRO, if you have any questions or concerns about the types of insurance you need to be covered in a loss or any questions in general, don’t hesitate to contact us with the info above!

SoCal Fires

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Home on fire SoCal residents beware rampant fires in the area!

California, especially Southern California is well known as being an area that is very susceptible to fires. In the last year alone (2019) there have been 5980 fires in CA which burned over 177,000 acres of land even causing 3 fatalities including the tens of millions of dollars worth of damage they have caused to property and buildings in the affected areas. These numbers are some of the highest they have ever been and really show that in SoCal, residents must be prepared for this type of disaster. SERVPRO of Wilshire Center is prepared to help anyone in need whether if your home or property has been affected or you just would like to be prepared with an emergency plan to face a disaster head on when it comes.

How to Prevent Fire in Your Home

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

House on Fire Use these tips to make sure your home is safe.

Fire as we all know can be one of the most devastating types  of disasters to hit your home, but most house fires in the US are caused by simple human error or carelessness which can be easily prevented. Use these tips to ensure you and your family can rest safely in your home, and protect all your belongings. 

Tips on fire safety:

  • Make sure your smoke alarms work and have new batteries.
  • Inspect all your heating sources including AC and water boilers.
  • Keep your oven and stove clean and clear of unnecessary debris.
  • Ensure your washer and dryer are in working order
  • Safely store and use flammable materials or products.
  • Ensure all electrical outlets and cords are properly functioning.
  • practice caution with candles and open flames.

Proactive Planning in case of Fire and Water Disaster

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Proactive Planning in case of Fire and Water Disaster

Fire and water disasters can strike any home or business, and if the owners happen to have sensitive electronic data or machinery, then damage can cost them dearly. If you happen to be a fire and water damage contractor working on behalf of one of these people, it may be in all your best interests to implement some preventative measures, rather than face the challenge of restoring or replacing valuable information or expensive machinery. To that effect, here are a few handy strategies to help keep valuable goods safe during a fire, flood, or other water disaster. Take notes:

Protecting Data by using cloud based backups

Because fire and water can destroy servers or drives stored on site, it’s a good idea to keep backups of important information elsewhere. Use a cloud based backup such as iDrive or Carbonite to store your financial records, contact databases, and other sensitive data. If something does happen to your on-site information storage, you’ll be glad that you did.

Having insurance paperwork

You’ll want to make sure that an insurance policy is in place for the information and equipment you’re responsible for, but you’ll also want to ensure the records of that policy are safe too—just to keep your bases covered. Without your paperwork, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to cash in on your policy, even if it does cover the damages. That’s why having extra copies—physical ones—is vital. Don’t just keep copies in your desk, either. Make sure they’re somewhere that won’t be affected if the emergency they’re supposed to cover strikes. Maintaining a copy in a separate location like your car or a safety deposit box helps to make sure your insurance paperwork isn’t destroyed in the same fire or flood that damages the items it’s meant to protect.

Having warranties on critical equipment

Insurance is fantastic, but you can double your protection if you’re sure to buy equipment that comes with a warranty. Warranties often cover fire and flood damage, and in many cases, you can opt to purchase extended warranties at the time of purchase that protects your equipment for extended periods. Make sure to read the information in your warranty agreements carefully, you don’t want to spend extra money on a warranty just to find out that you don’t have cover for fires and floods. Keeping a sharp eye on the fine print is always a good idea.

Next, the equipment is disassembled, and each component cleaned. Highly trained electronics professionals are used for this step since this part is the most detail oriented and requires considerable knowledge of how to clean each part. Optical and chemical quality testing follows, after which the device is reassembled, adjusted, and returned to service.

Having up to date software

Finally, make sure always to update your software to the latest versions. Keeping your software updated often results in the data you store in various applications being saved and backed up to the parent company’s servers (for more detail on this, read the user agreements for your software carefully). A simple example is iTunes—if you’re using a recent version of the app, your purchases will be kept track of via the App Store, and you’ll be able to download them again, even if something happens to your device.

No matter what you do, disasters can still occur—and there’s always the possibility that they’ll take out equipment or valuable data. On July 11, 2012, a fire at an IBM data center in Calgary, Alberta temporarily brought down several government services (including 911), and similar incidents have occurred around the world from time to time in recent years. Of course, electronic restoration can often be used to handle these kinds of situations, but it’s better to prevent than cure. Stay vigilant—you’ll find it’s worth your while.

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Tips to avoid Data Loss in the Event of a Fire

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to avoid Data Loss in the Event of a Fire

If a business you’re responsible for relies on backing up large amounts of electronic information, you’ll probably want to make sure there’s a way to preserve it in the case of an accident. To be more specific, you’ll want to have a contingency plan set up to deal with the possibility of fire damage. A fire in the server room can do more than simply damage infrastructure. It can also set a business back months while you replace ruined equipment, and—perhaps worst of all—it can obliterate large quantities of data that the company needs on a daily basis. Data could include everything from financial records to client databases, so you should only ignore the risk of fir eat the peril of losing some very important assets. If you’re a contractor working on behalf of one of these businesses, it also represents a significant challenge.

That said, there are a few things you can do to help avoid irreparable data loss in the event of a fire. From preventative measures to restorative treatments, here are a few ideas to help you soldier on when the sparks literally start flying:

Protect your data using cloud based backups

If you’re worried about losing data when physical servers and computers are threatened, there’s one simple solution: house it somewhere else (or at least house a copy there). Using a cloud based backup lets you store an extra version of your most important information using servers that you won’t be responsible for. Since many of the largest cloud based backup solutions (like Backblaze and Crashplan) take special care to preserve their users’ info, it’s a pretty safe bet that nothing will happen to your stash once you entrust it to them for safekeeping. Of course, this won’t save your equipment or facilities themselves, but it’s better than nothing.

Electronic restoration

In the unfortunate event that damage occurs to your servers and you haven’t stored backups of your information elsewhere, electronic restoration might be the only effective route to take. Many highly sensitive technologies can be restored—at least to some extent—including computers, telecommunications technology, manufacturing machinery and medical instruments. By removing corrosion and deposits, it’s often very possible to get these units working like new again for as little as 10-30% of the cost of replacing them entirely. Once a skilled technician removes contaminants such as soot, dust, and deposits from chemical vapors, he should be able to take the equipment apart, clean the individual pieces, reassemble them, adjust the machinery and return it to service.

Proactive planning for fire (and water) disasters

Of course, one of the best ways to deal with damage is to avoid it completely. You can save yourself from the inconvenience of having to restore your equipment by making sure it’s not an easy place for a fire to start or a flood to break out. Avoid storing flammable materials near sensitive equipment, and make sure electronics aren’t stored under your sprinkler system or near water pipes. It’s also a good idea to have maintenance briefed on the nature of the technology in the area so that they use safe and appropriate methods when cleaning or tidying up around it.

Have insurance

Finally, you want to make you have cover if a disaster does happen to strike. Restoring your electronics can save them, but it can also be time-consuming—and you want to make sure you can afford the downtime. That’s why having comprehensive fire and accident insurance is key to keeping you in business when the unexpected occurs. Make sure you understand your policy and keep an up to date copy with you always, just in case.

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