Recovering from a Fire: Tips for Commercial Owners
Although it is completely understandable to feel overwhelmed following a commercial fire that has damaged your business, there are basic steps you can plan for to get you through to re-opening day. When you tackle the process piece by piece, recovery becomes much more manageable.
1. Assess the damage: you can rely on our experts to verify the safety of your property to be sure windows, the roof, or support walls have not endured additional damage.
2. Call a fire restoration company: SERVPRO will use Specialized techniques, tools, and cleaners are required to soot and smoke from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces before employees can return to work.
3. Restoration and repair: Once you have addressed major structural items and large-scale cleaning needs for rugs, carpets, and fabrics, you can begin to move on to the cleaning of other restorable items and structures. Depending upon the nature of the item, professionals will need to recruit special tools, cleaners, and equipment to remove odors while bringing your materials back to life.
Regardless of your industry, our professionals are prepared to take on any fire restoration damage cleanup project you need handled.
How to Properly Clean Up After Using a Fire Extinguisher
95% of residential fires can be put out if extinguishers are used quickly and correctly after the first flame. But once the fire is out and the household calms, what’s the best way to clean up the messy aftermath? There are 3 different types of fire extinguishers; A is ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth; B is flammable liquids, such as gasoline or cooking oil; and C is live electricity. Read the label to determine what that powdery substance is.
Sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate: Vacuum residue thoroughly, making several passes over affected areas to remove all visible residue. Apply hot water mixed with a little vinegar, which neutralizes the pH of the powder. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.
Silicone types: Vacuum residue thoroughly, making several passes to remove all visible residue. Spray the area with rubbing alcohol to break down the silicone. Allow the solution to penetrate for several minutes then rinse with warm water.
Monoammonium phosphate: Do not vacuum residue left by monoammonium phosphate. This residue must be cleaned by hand without delay; if it remains in contact with sensitive electronics and other equipment it can cause further damage. Begin by wiping the residue away with a clean cloth. On surfaces that can be wet-washed, clean with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Thoroughly dry and sanitize the area as needed.
Knowing this information you will only help yourself and your home from further damages.
Advanced Drying Restoration Techniques with SERVPRO
After a flood, it is critical to dry water-damaged properties and contents as quickly as possible. In the past, water damage restoration contractors had few options available to them when performing water damage restoration. Equipment was restricted in its availability, variety, efficiency, and effectiveness. It was not only slow but would also result in removing and discarding damaged contents.
Then, of course, it was necessary to install new materials, paint, etc. The result was a long period of disruption to the occupants and extra expenses for insurance companies. Today, however, the “science of drying” has improved significantly. Thanks to modern equipment, we can completely restore water damaged properties and contents with minimal intrusion.
SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield is equipped with the latest drying technology and has knowledgeable technicians who are regularly trained in drying techniques that are suitable for your commercial properties.
Should I File A Claim?
When you've had water or fire damage in your property one of the questions to ask is should I file a claim.
A claim whether how big or small gets on your record so it is important for a company like SERVPRO to perform a FREE damage assessment to you property to determine the scope of work. Once that claim is filed there is no turning back and that is why it is important to have a SERVPRO expert inspect the property for FREE to provide you the best guidance about your damages.
SERVPRO will perform a moisture mapping of the property to determine the extent of the damages or a fire damage inspection report to determine which areas of the property are affected.
SERVPRO is also an insurance preferred vendor by major insurance companies like State Farm, Farmer's Insurance, AAA of Southern California, Mercury Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Travelers Insurance, The Hartford, CHUBB and many more.
Once next steps are determined SERVPRO will do all the heavy lifting for you to help restore your property "Like it never even happened." We are a full service restoration company that does mitigation, remediation, abatement, packout and construction for all your restoration needs. We're available 24/7 every day so just give us a call and someone will be there to assist you.
For a FREE Damage assessment please call us at (661) 326 - 8422.
Smoke Damage Restoration Professionals
Any fire restoration professional can tell you when it comes to fire damage, the fire is the easy part. There’s really only one way to get rid of most damage to building materials charred by fire: remove them. Getting rid of the sight of smoke damage is a fairly easy thing to do. You can clean it, paint over it or remove the items. Odor on the other hand is invisible and even more bothersome and must be dealt with immediately. SERVPRO uses scientific methods and quick measures to remove smoke damage after a fire.
1. Get rid of the source of smoke odor
2. Seal salvageable surfaces
3. Clean everything left behind
Having your home professionally cleaned after soot, smoke, and fire damage can impact your health. The hidden damage from smoke can be hard to detect, you should always call SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield after experiencing a fire loss of any size.
Wildfire Risk: Increasing Threat to Businesses
Business fire prevention and safety should be of the upmost importance with unprecedented growth in wildfires. In fact, the past few years have seen both a dramatic acceleration in the frequency and intensity of wildfires in Southern California. Here are some ways to protect your business:
- Install a fire suppression system.
- Check your stairwells.
- Stay aware of changes to your local fire code and update your building.
- Make your roof fire-resistant and clear away gutter debris.
Having a simple monthly check list in place can be the difference to hopefully preventing fire damage at your commercial property. Our offices also offer an Emergency Readiness Program customized to your building so in case of an emergency your place of business understands the steps to take to keep safe.
Professional Storm Damage Restoration
Get your home and your lives back to normal quickly following a natural disaster. Contact SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield for complete disaster restoration services, including wind damage restoration, water removal, and more. We provide fast, written estimates for storm damage repair and work directly with your insurance company to make it "Like it never even happened."
Storm damages can pose a large threat to businesses and residential owners because most people aren't prepared for what damage may happen on their property. If you suffer from any type of storm damage you should immediately call professional storm damage restoration technicians. Our office lines are open 24/7 365 days out of the year and our crews can be to you within hours of your initial call.
Welcoming 2021 with SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield
As 2021 kicks off SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield wants to remind and assure you that we are here for you and the community. We saw COVID19 run crazy through Ventura county and we reacted immediately helping homes and businesses sanitize to hopefully help stop the spread.
If your home and/or place of business suffer from water, fire, mold, storm, or COVID19 damage you should immediately call the professionals at SERVPRO. We are trained to handle crisis situations of any size and we are always here to help. Our phone lines are open 24/7, 365 days out of the year. No job is too large or too small for our teams to take on. We want to work with you to make it "Like it never even happened." Happy 2021!
7 Most Common Causes for Water Damage
About 40% of all homeowners have experienced a loss from water damage. The good news is that 93% of all water damage could have been prevented with the right knowledge. Here are 7 items to be aware of that can cause water damage in your home.
1. Damaged Pipes
3. Clogged Drains
4. Natural Disasters
6. Sump Pumps
7. Structural Damage
Residential water damage can be caused by natural disasters, clogged drains or damaged pipes. Water damage is a headache to any homeowner but with the expertise of SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield we can be on the scene immediately and remediating the damage. Our teams are specially trained and have extensive knowledge in how to deal with all sizes of water damage.
The Do's and Don'ts of Dealing with Fire Damage
Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.
- Make safety a priority
- Call your insurance agent
- Call SERVPRO
- Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner
- Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe
- Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces
- Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned
The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems if it’s not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO immediately when dealing with fire damage in your home or business.