Recent Fire Damage Posts

Commercial Fire Sprinkler Systems

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

No business, wants to deal with the destruction caused by fire. One of the best ways to minimize potential damage and associated expenses is to maintain a commercial fire sprinkler system. A sprinkler system is a highly effective fire suppression strategy that can prevent many significant losses.  

1. They're Activated by Heat, Not Smoke

A sprinkler system is not activated by smoke Instead, the heat generated by a fire rises to the ceiling, where the sprinkler heads are located. Sensors recognize the change in temperature and trigger the release of water. Only sprinklers in the area of the fire will be activated. It is possible that only a single sprinkler head will deploy.

2. They Use High-Pressure Water

The pipes that feed the fire sprinkler system are filled with pressurized water at all times. There will be no delay between the activation of the system and the release of water. The volume of water from even a single sprinkler can help contain a fire, which reduces fire and water damage to the rest of the structure. By the time the fire department arrives, the fire will likely not have spread further. It may even be extinguished by the sprinkler system.

3. They Can Minimize Cleanup After a Fire

Minimal fire sprinkler cleanup is another key advantage of a sprinkler system. While there will still be fire and water damage, it is likely to be much less extensive than what you'd find in a building without a sprinkler system. The fire damage should be limited to the area where sprinklers activated. The water damage from sprinklers is far less intrusive than water damage caused by fire hoses.

Any fire will cause structural and water damage. The primary benefit of a fire sprinkler system is that inevitable damage will be kept to a minimum, resulting in saved dollars and saved lives.

Fire and Smoke Damage in Oceanside

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Machine in use on a fire project in use to help remove smoke odors.

This state-of-the-art machine sends UV rays (365nm) (emitted from a TiO2 photo-catalytic lamp) through an anatase-coated glass sleeve to trap huge amounts of titanium dioxide. Next, electron hole pairs form and react with water and oxygen, producing free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that, when dispersed by a fan, literally convert organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants into carbon dioxide and water.

Translation: Stinky air is safely neutralized and you do not have to leave the building!

SERVPRO North Oceanside: Chimney safety.

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

As we approach the winter season in Oceanside, the simple pleasures of gathering around the fireplace become more and more common. To ensure the safety of yourself and family members, be sure to follow these crucial steps before deciding to light a fire.

Have your fireplace professionally cleaned – According to the National Fire Protection Association, you should have your chimney swept at least once a year by a professional cleaning service. This type of service entails cleaning inside and outside the chimney.

  1. Always cap your chimney – Placing a cap on your chimney prevents outside debris, rain, and even vermin from entering your fireplace.
  2. Burn seasoned wood – Not all wood is safe for your fireplace. If you have any questions about what wood to choose, visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America website.
  3. Place a small amount of wood in the fire – A small amount of wood generates less smoke. Less smoke is not only beneficial to your own health, but it also means less damage to your chimney.
  4. Place the wood on a metal grate – This allows the air to circulate around the logs.
  5. Use a guard – Placing a guard on both sides of your fireplace can prevent any sparks from flying out and potentially harming yourself or any appliances that are nearby.
  6. Put out the fire safely – After the fire dies down, be sure to bury the logs at the bottom of the fireplace and pour sand on it to ensure that it is out.

Types of Chimney Fires

  • Free Burning: Extremely loud blaze with visible flames and smoke coming out of the chimney top.
  • Slow Burning: Much quieter than a free burning fire. This type of chimney fire often goes unnoticed since they burn slower and at high temperatures. Slow burning fires are still extremely dangerous.

At SERVPRO of North Oceanside, safety is our #1 concern and we hope that you and your family are able to enjoy the splendors of a fireplace fire this winter season.  

SERVPRO North Oceanside: Late night board up.

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO North Oceanside helps out another Oceanside resident early this morning.  We had this 3 car garage secured in a little over an hour.  Call any time of the day for Fire Damage services in Oceanside.

Fire Damage in Oceanside

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Oceanside Fire Damage Assessment  

One of the most devastating events that can affect your home in Oceanside is fire damage. In addition to generating thousands of dollars worth of damage, fires can destroy your valuable possessions and cause unwanted water damage. In many cases, homeowners become anxious and feel a sense of hopelessness when they witness the depth and scope of their fire-damaged property. However, hiring a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of North Oceanside can limit your losses and restore your equilibrium. To help you with the restoration process, these fire damage experts perform a detailed assessment of your property. Learn more about the assessment process by reviewing the following blog.

Fire Damage Assessment Basics

In many cases, homeowners are tempted to start the cleanup process for themselves after a fire has impacted their property. Don't make this mistake. Instead, you should first contact your insurance agent to determine the extent of your coverage for the damages. The insurance company will also need to perform an inspection to your property to attain a clear estimate for repairing damages. You will also need to get in contact with a professional fire damage restoration company. Both SERVPRO of North Oceanside  and the insurance adjuster will complete the fire damage assessment. The assessment is effective in determining the extent of the damages, whether it is safe for you to reenter the property, and which equipment and materials will be necessary to complete the restoration process. Here are some of the primary components of the assessment process:

Assessing Superficial Damage

Following a fire in your home in Oceanside, a restoration expert will check your property for superficial damage. During this process, the remediation professional will start with the exterior and look for things like missing shingles, damaged chimneys, melted objects, and fire-damaged items. Additionally, the specialist will check your roof, yard, and other exterior regions of the property. Throughout the assessment, it's a good idea for you to use a video recorder or camera to take pictures of these items, only if it can be done safely. This visual evidence will help you in the event that you have challenges with achieving appropriate insurance restitution.

Assessing Internal Damage

After analyzing the property for superficial damage, the fire damage restoration professional will inspect the interior of your house for damage. This inspection of adjoining rooms for smoke, soot,
and water damage will aid in determining an action plan for restoration.

The Cleanup Process

Once the SERVPRO of North Oceanside specialist has completed the fire damage assessment, the cleanup process can start with water removal (if needed.) This process diminishes the growth of mold on your property. The primary purpose of this cleanup process is to prevent further damage from adversely impacting your home

If your home in Oceanside has been partially destroyed because of fire, it's important that you allow a fire damagerestoration company like SERVPRO to restore your house to its pre-fire condition. We offer round-the-clock assistance by our highly trained technicians using the most cutting-edge equipment available.

Have you checked your property for fire potential?

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

It's never a bad time to protect your family and property from wildfires.  Look at the City of Oceanside's Wildland Vegetation and Weed Abatement Standards.  SERVPRO of North Oceanside suggest looking at your property as soon as possible to protect from potential danger.