Recent Fire Damage Posts

The impact of wildfires on air quality and respiratory health

4/19/2024 (Permalink)

As a trusted leader in the restoration and cleaning industry, SERVPRO® is committed to not only restoring homes and businesses but also providing valuable information to our community. Today, we delve into a critical topic that affects us all – the impact of wildfires on air quality and respiratory health.

Wildfires are becoming increasingly prevalent, wreaking havoc on landscapes and communities. Beyond the immediate threat of flames, the long-lasting effects on air quality can significantly impact our respiratory health. Understanding these effects is crucial for safeguarding the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones.

Particulate Matter and Respiratory Distress

When wildfires occur, they release a multitude of pollutants into the air, including particulate matter (PM). These tiny particles, often too small to be seen with the naked eye, can penetrate deep into the lungs, causing respiratory distress. Individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are particularly vulnerable.

Health Risks of Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of gases and fine particles, which can include carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and irritant gases. Prolonged exposure to these pollutants can lead to short-term health effects such as eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. In the long term, it can exacerbate chronic respiratory conditions and increase the risk of heart attacks.

Importance of Indoor Air Quality

During wildfire events, staying indoors may provide some protection from outdoor pollutants. However, it is crucial to maintain indoor air quality. Close windows and doors, use air purifiers with HEPA filters, and avoid activities that can introduce indoor pollutants.

SERVPRO's Expertise in Air Quality Restoration

In the aftermath of a wildfire, the road to recovery involves not only rebuilding but also addressing the lingering effects on indoor air quality. Our skilled technicians at SERVPRO are equipped to assess and mitigate the damage caused by smoke and soot. From HVAC system cleaning to thorough cleaning of affected surfaces, we ensure that your home or business is not only restored aesthetically but also in terms of air quality.

Proactive Measures for Future Protection

As wildfires become a recurring threat, taking proactive measures becomes paramount. Stay informed about air quality conditions in your area, have an emergency plan in place, and invest in air quality monitoring devices to ensure the safety of your indoor environment.

The impact of wildfires on air quality and respiratory health is a matter of growing concern. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, we can minimize the risks associated with wildfire-induced air pollution. At SERVPRO, we are dedicated to not only restoring but also educating our community to create a safer, healthier environment for all.

Unplugging for Safety: The Hazards of Leaving Appliances Plugged In and Unattended

12/5/2023 (Permalink)

In today's world, electrical appliances are an integral part of our daily lives. From coffee makers to computers, we use appliances to make life easier. However, leaving appliances plugged in and unattended can pose significant hazards that can lead to property damage, injuries, and even fatal accidents. In this blog, we will explore the many dangers associated with leaving appliances plugged in and unattended and highlight what you can do to avoid these electrical hazards.

Risk of Electrical Fires

Leaving appliances plugged in and unattended is a common cause of electrical fires. Faulty wiring, overheating, or electrical malfunctions can occur even in seemingly safe appliances, leading to fire outbreaks. In addition, unattended appliances can ignite flammable materials nearby, amplifying the severity of the fire and endangering lives. Therefore, it is crucial to unplug appliances not in use, especially when you are leaving the room or going to bed.

Potential for Electrical Surges

Leaving appliances plugged in without supervision increases the risk of electrical surges. Power surges can occur due to lightning strikes, utility company issues, or faulty wiring. These surges can cause extensive damage to appliances, lead to electrical fires, and even pose risks of electric shock or electrocution. It is essential to invest in surge protectors to protect your appliances or unplug them when not needed to prevent these hazards.

Increased Energy Consumption

Appliances that are left plugged in continue to draw a small amount of energy, even when not in use. This phenomenon, known as "vampire" or "phantom" power, can significantly contribute to energy wastage and increased utility bills over time. As part of energy conservation efforts, it is best to unplug appliances when not in use, not just to reduce energy consumption but also to reduce the risk of electrical hazards.

Accidental Activation and Child Safety

Unattended appliances, such as stoves or ovens, can pose dangers if accidentally activated by children or pets. Turning on an appliance when unattended can lead to burns, fires, or other accidents. It is essential to keep appliances out of reach of children, monitor electrically powered items, and ensure they are switched off and unplugged when not in use.

Wear and Tear on Appliances

Leaving appliances plugged in constantly can lead to accelerated wear and tear, reducing their lifespan. Continuous power supply and exposure to power fluctuations can stress the internal components of appliances, leading to premature breakdowns or malfunctions. Prevent these hazards by unplugging appliances when not needed.

Leaving appliances plugged in and unattended is a danger that is often overlooked. The risks of electrical fires, surges, energy wastage, and accidental activation underline the importance of being mindful of appliances and practicing electrical safety. By adopting simple but crucial habits like unplugging appliances when not in use or investing in surge protectors, we can prevent potential accidents, save energy, and protect both our property and well-being. Let's make it a priority to keep ourselves and our homes safe by being vigilant and responsible when it comes to leaving appliances plugged in and unattended.

What to Do After a House Fire

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

A House Fire in Ventura CA Here we can see a room with many items melted, burned, and covered in soot from a house fire in Ventura Calif

Your first priority after a house fire is to make sure all family members (pets included) are safe and accounted for. In some cases, you may need to find temporary housing until it is safe to return to your home. 

1. Don’t re-enter your fire-damaged home. 

You might think it is safe to return home once the fire is extinguished, but you must wait until the fire department gives you the all-clear. The following are numerous potential hazards in a fire-damaged structure, therefore it is recommended that before entering a fire structure one should wear at least an N-95 safety mask:

  • Fumes and particles from smoke and soot
  • Mold and water damage
  • Structural issues, like a waterlogged ceiling, or a weak floor or ceiling joist system
  • Gas leaks
  • Electrical hazards in standing water (note: depending on the severity of the fire, the local Fire Department may have pulled the electrical meter and cut off the gas)

If you re-enter a space too early, you may become exposed to any of these items and risk your health and safety. 

2. Call your insurance agent. 

Most homeowners’ insurance policies cover the cost of a hotel, short-term rental, or food if your home is damaged due to a fire. You’ll also need to begin the claims process to cover home repairs and the replacement of damaged belongings. 

3. Reach out to local organizations for extra support.  

Suppose you don’t have homeowners' insurance. In that case, other community resources (like programs, charities, or benefits) may be available to assist you after a fire. These additional resources can help fire victims get back on their feet faster. Some of these organizations that can help after a house fire include: 

  • Salvation Army
  • American Red Cross
  • Public agencies such as the health department
  • Religious organizations
  • State or municipal emergency services office

 If you’re unsure where to start, connect with your community’s town or city office for guidance. 

4. Get an inspection and damage assessment. 

Our seven-step fire damage restoration process begins with a call to our emergency service center. The SERVPRO® team will send an inspector to your home to assess the extent of the fire and create an effective remediation plan. 

With more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO® has preferred vendor status with many insurance companies. We’ll manage the homeowners' insurance claims process for a faster, more accessible experience.  

SERVPRO Fire Damage Soot

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO Tech on a ladder cleaning SOOT off wall A Certified SERVPRO Technician On a ladder cleaning Soot Damage from a Fire in Ventura, Calif

What is soot? (and other common questions) 

Let’s get down to the soot basics. In order to both recognize and appropriately remove soot, it’s good to have a foundational knowledge of how it’s caused and what it looks like. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients: 

What causes black soot on walls and materials? 

Simply put, soot is the tiny particle that comes from incomplete combustion; it’s the black substance that comes from burning wood or other materials. While you might be most familiar with large-scale cinders and residue from fires, have you ever noticed those small black smudges near a burning candle? That’s soot, too! You don’t need to have a fire disaster to see the damage. 

What does soot look like? 

Most commonly, soot appears as black streaks on surfaces near a fire. It might be easy to confuse soot with mold; the similarities in color and patterns make them similar. Both can come out of nowhere, and both can do a lot of damage! Before touching the damaged area (which can be dangerous), you can make smart assumptions based on the black streak’s location. Ask yourself: 

  • Is this damage near an electrical outlet or appliance?
  • Is this damage near space in my property where I have candles, a fireplace, or other combustible materials?
  • Is this damage at the bottom of a door where carpet may be filtering soot from the air?
  • Is this damage near a part of the wall that could be affected by the heating system?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with soot and not mold. In contrast, mold will grow in areas with excess moisture, such as in between shower tiles or on a bathroom wall. 

Can I remove soot? 

The simple answer is yes—but that doesn’t mean you should tackle every soot damage project. A small smudge from a candle is likely cleanable with a small cloth dampened in rubbing alcohol. More significant soot damage from a fire should be handled by professionals. Agitating the soot with incorrect substances can make the damage worse. 

Is there any way to prevent soot? 

Yes! It all comes down to preparation. For large-scale damage, make sure that your home or commercial space has a fire emergency plan and a fully functioning fire sprinkler system. Regular maintenance and upkeep of your fire prevention tools will help reduce damage in an emergency. 

For more small-scale prevention, use high-quality candles with short wicks on the candle stand to reduce excess heat. Schedule regular maintenance of your kitchen appliances to help ensure that they’re in good working condition as well. 

SERVPRO Fire Damage Process

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech encapsulating lumber a SERVPRO employee using special technique to encapsulate lumber damaged by soot and smoke

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

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 give us a call. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We 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, SERVPRO 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. We 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

SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’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.

SERVPRO Fire Safety

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke damage from exterior fire Here we have a grill fire that burnt the exterior wall of a home in Ventura, Calif

Summer is here, it's time to knock the dust off the ol smoker and grill. STOP! Fire Safety is the first thing you should know before grilling.

Grilling fire facts
  • July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by June (15%), May (13%) and August (12%).
  • In 2014-2018, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.** Nearly half (9,500 or 48%) of the injuries were thermal burns, including both burns from fire and from contact with hot objects; 5,200 thermal burns, per year,were caused by such contact or other non-fire events.
  • Children under five accounted for an average of 2,000 or 39%, of the contact-type burns per year. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.
  • Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Ten percent of gas grill structure fires and 22% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.
  • Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 600 outside fires annually.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help. Check out our website for information on how we can help you with Fire & Smoke Damage or give us a call at 805-507-5507

Fire Safety This Holiday Season

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Shows fire in oven and woman running away This holiday season, be ready and be safe!

As we inch closer to our Thanksgiving Holiday, we know households in Ventura County are busy perfecting their recipes for the big day. One of the #1 causes of fires, is cooking. So let’s take a moment to review some fire safety tips this season.

#1: If you have a fire in your oven. Immediately turn your oven off and allow the food to cool down before you open and clean. If the fire however has escaped the oven, immediately leave your home and call 911

#2: Always stay in the kitchen with you are grilling, boiling, frying or broiling food

#3: Keep sleeves rolled or wear close fitting clothes while cooking. Prevents cloth from accidentally lighting on fire

#4: Keep flammable items away from the stove that can catch fire. Such as paper towels, rags, oven mitts, or wooden utensils.

#5: Keep appliances plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords.

For more fire safety tips please visit the National Fire Protection Association.

If you have Fire Damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County: 805-507-5507

Heater Safety

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Old lady in rocker chair reading a book. Space heater located 3 ft apart Follow safety tips to keep your loved ones safe.

Here in Ventura County we don’t get cool weather very often. That is probably why when temperatures dip below 60 degrees, we start pulling out our space heaters. Here are some reminders about heater fire safety to keep you safe this season.

#1: Make sure your heater has an automatic shut off feature.

#2: Make sure your heater has been tested by a recognized testing facility

#3: Make sure you don’t run your heater overnight while you sleep.

#4: Practice the 3ft rule when placing your heater. Keep it away from flammable objects

#5: Make sure your heater is placed on a flat solid surface.

Stay warm and stay safe out there!

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help. Check out our website for information on how we can help you with Fire & Smoke Damage or give us a call at 805-507-5507

Fire Restoration-SERVPRO of NW Ventura County is Here!

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home in background with yellow tape. Servpro logo Fire restoration services you can trust! SERVPRO of NW Ventura County

When you’ve been hit with the unthinkable, you’re left not knowing what to do next. Fire chasers can bombard you with several contacts and you can feel frustrated and unsure about who to trust. That is why SERVPRO is here to help. We are nationally recognized by major insurance companies throughout the country. Our goal is to assist you each step of the way and make the process as seamless as possible.

Here is how SERVPRO can help:

  1. CALL SERVPRO! We are available 24 hrs a day 365 days a year. We will answer your call and get to you within 4 hours- 805-507-5507
  1. Inspection & Assessment: Our certified Fire & Smoke Technicians will come out to do a full inspection of your home. Testing all areas with a dry chemical sponge, they can determine how far soot traveled. All areas are inspected including attic spaces.
  1. Board Up & Roof-Tarping: Should you have exposed areas of the home to the outside elements, SERVPRO will perform board up and roof-tarp services.
  1. Water Mitigation-When the fire trucks have left, you will realize that damage may not be limited to the fire. As fire fighters fight to stop the blaze, you can find yourself with water damage. Our technicians are IICRC certified in Water Mitigation as well so this makes the process easier.
  1. Cleaning & Sanitization: SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove soot from contents and structural parts of your home. We will assess contents and see if they are restorable or total loss. Our goal is to bring your home back as close to preloss condition as possible.
  1. Restoration-Once our team is complete with their work, you are all set to begin repairs of your home. Some homes my need minor repairs like drywall, paint or new flooring. Some may need major repairs that extend to the integrity of the structure. SERVPRO works quickly so you can have peace of mind.

 Fore more information check out our website here

SERVPRO of NW Ventura County knows what it takes to get you back. CALL us 24/7 @ 805-507-5507

Wildfire Preparation for Ventura County Residents

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Multiple trees on fire When wildfire gets too close to home, Call SERVPRO of NW Ventura County to get your home back to normal 805-507-5507

Our local community knows that when those Santa Ana Winds come over the hills, it can bring with it a lot more than just dust. Prepare yourself this Wildfire Season with the following checklist:

*Warnings and Alerts- Sign up for local alerts right to your phone. Be aware of your surroundings communities.

*Make an Emergency Plan-Have an evacuation plan but also know your local shelter information. Once you’ve made out of your home, what comes next?

*Prepare your Home- Use fire-resistant materials when building your home. Keep your lawn clear of debris and other hazards that can lead to potential issues.

*Important Documents-Have these in one spot so you can grab immediately without having to search during an emergency.

*Supplies-Have an emergency supply box ready to go. Include non-perishable food, medical supplies extra clothes.

*Listen to Authorities-If authorities are advising you to evacuate, don’t hesitate. Be ready to go.

Our local community is no stranger to wildfires. We know the importance of being ready. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is always ready to help our local community. Call us when you need us 805-507-5507

Be Fire Ready Ventura County!

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Shows drawing of fire escape plan. different colored crayons Engage your children to take part of your family safety plan. Repetition is key so you can stay calm during an emergency situation.

Summer is ending and just around the corner we have the Holiday Season. It’s important that our Ventura County Residents prepare their homes for the unexpected. As we prepare to place candles in our pumpkins, bake our Turkey’s and light up our Christmas trees, let’s take a pause before it all begins. Fire safety keeps your loved ones prepared and ready when an emergency arises.

Basic Fire Safety Check:

                *Fire Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Alarms (Battery, placement check)

                *Escape Plan (Do your little ones know the plan)

                *Fire Extinguishers (Accessible and near possible hazards)

Don’t wait for a disaster to strike. Take precautions when you have the time. Routine checks and running through your escape plan with your little ones makes a world of difference.

Visit the National Fire Protection Association website for more information on Fire Safety.

And should the un-thinkable happen, SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is HERE TO HELP!



6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Burned home with  yellow tape across reading "Fire Line Do Not Cross" SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura is here to help you get your life back. We'll work directly with your insurance company. Don't hesitate to call.

When SERVPRO of NW Ventura County receives a fire loss, we know asking the right questions is beneficial for everyone involved. Knowing the structural integrity, cause of the fire and how it was extinguished allows SERVPRO to act quickly. For more information in our services, click here

Question 1: Has the structure been cleared by the Fire Department?

  • It is important for us to know at what stage the fire investigation is in. While the Fire Marshall is completing their investigation to how the fire started, no persons will be allowed to enter the structure.
  • Based on his determination and how severe the fire was, will determine if the structure is deemed safe to enter. Some parts, or all may be tagged with or without restrictions.
  • Taking these things into consideration will help us determine how quickly we can assess the situation.

Question 2: Cause of the Fire

  • Based on the type of fire, there can be different cleaning methods. Having more details on the loss assists our technicians in having the right tools and materials to get started.
  • Different types of fire damage include: Wet Smoke (Plastics & Synthetic materials); Dry Smoke (Wood & Paper); Protein (Discoloration, Strong odor); Fuel (Oil & Soot/ Puff Backs)

Question 3: How was it extinguished?

  • Was a Fire Extinguisher used or was it put out by Fire Department with water hoses. There are different types of fire extinguishers that people may not realize. For example: Water/Foam/Powder. Secondly if the Fire Department used water to extinguish the flames, your home or building may have water damage apart from the fire damage.
  • This helps are technicians be better prepared with water mitigation EQ if necessary.

At SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura, we have seen it all! Make sure you are in the right hands when handling a Fire Loss.  Call us at 805-507-5507

Christmas Fire Safety 2020

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

A decorated Christmas tree in fire This photos shows how quickly a dry Christmas tree can be engulfed in flames when left near a heat source. Image by

I know it seems early to be talking about Christmas. We haven’t even bought the ingredients for our giant Turkey for Thanksgiving! But Holiday safety is best to be discussed as soon as we start seeing those twinkling lights and tinsel in the stores. Before you start your holiday decoration planning, always remember to check for possible fire hazards.

Here is a quick checklist for things to look for. You can find more information on the Red Cross Website:

  1. Check all holiday light cords to make sure they are not frayed or broken. Keep strands of lights to no more than three per extension cord.
  1. Make sure your tree is watered and kept fresh so as not to dry out. For artificial and fresh trees, make sure you keep away from fire hazards. And of course once Christmas is over make sure you dispose of your tree properly and DO NOT leave to dry out in your backyard.
  1. Keep candles away from decorations and make sure you blow them out before going to bed.
  1. When cooking on the stovetop, make sure you stay in the kitchen. Kitchen fires are still the leading cause of most house fires.
  1. When decorating outdoors, use outdoor approved lights and follow the fire hazard prevention labels.

Check out the NFPA for more information on fire safety. Make sure you review the fire safety plan we discussed in our October Blog with your family.

Be Safe this Holiday! And know that SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is always here for you when you need us 24/7!



10/13/2020 (Permalink)

shows a kitchen on fire with a firefighter looking on. Kitchen fires are the #1 Cause of Household Fires-according to the National Fire Protection Association

Having to deal with a fire loss can be one of the most difficult things to experience. Having to deal with the emotional aspect of the situation can be overwhelming. The aftermath of recovering, relocating and starting over can be hard to navigate. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County can help.

As we make our initial inspection after a fire we will assess the damage and notate the best course of action. Depending on the severity, some areas and possessions can be saved. And that is what we strive to do! Our goal is always to save & restore and only when absolute necessary do we consider it a total loss. Sometimes we are dealing with smoke damage and sometimes it may be more severe than that. Let the professionals help you understand the next steps. 

We work with your insurance company to make sure they have all the details they need to complete your claim. We also communicate with you so you are 100% involved in the mitigation steps along the way. 

Having to relocate your family can be daunting. We will help with pack out services and restoration. We create detailed inventory lists with photos to keep track of all your belongings. All made simpler for filing your claim. We can also attempt to bring items to as close to preloss condition as possible. 

We have done this for 25 successful years.  Call us any time even if it is just to ask questions.

Be Prepared. Check out the National Fire Protection Association on ways to be prepared.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help 24/7/365.  805-507-5507

5 Common Causes of FIRE

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

A home on fire with two firefighters fight the blaze from the roof and one firefighter on a ladder Over the five-year period of 2013–2017 as a whole, cooking was the leading cause of home fires Source-NFPA.ORG

SERVPRO is here for you when FIRE Damage occurs. Check out our website information for Fire Restoration. Below is a list of the top 5 Common Causes of Fire:

Cooking Fires: Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires. Usually these fires are caused by unattended cooking and typically involve the kitchen stove. It is important you stay in the kitchen and don’t leave food unattended, especially when you are baking, roasting, frying, boiling etc. Keep flammable items away from the stove such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, aprons or towels. If you have a small grease fire, you can slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. For oven fires, turn the oven off but keep the oven closed. If the fire is too large, GET OUT! Close the door behind you and call 9-1-1!

Electrical Fires: First of all, always have a qualified electrician complete electrical work in your home. Faulty electrical outlets and old appliances can cause electrical fires. It is important that all major appliances are plugged directly into a wall outlet. Don’t use extension cords.

Some things to look out for:

*Circuit breakers are tripping and fuses are blowing out.

*You get a tingling feeling when you touch an appliance.

*Wall outlets look discolored or warm to the touch.

*Sparks from an outlet.

Make sure cords aren’t running under the carpet as they can heat up and cause a fire. There are circuit interrupters that can be installed to shut off electricity when it becomes overloaded.

Heating Equipment: During the winter months, we can expect to see an increased use in space heating equipment. It is important however that you take a few precautions to protect yourself and your family. Always make sure to leave at least three-feet of space from the heating equipment and anything that can catch on fire. Make sure you never leave heaters on overnight while you sleep. Make sure fireplaces and chimneys are cleaned regularly and that a screen is in place to stop ash and sparks from flying into the room. All fuel burning heaters should be vented to release fumes outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure your CO2 Alarms are working properly.

Candles: We all love a good scented candle filling out homes with wonderful aromas. However, those decorative candles can lead to a fire in your home. Make sure you blow out candles when you leave a room. Avoid putting them near cluttered areas. They should be on a solid surface away from flammable objects. Use flashlights for a power outage. Avoid using candles. And of course keep candles and matches away from children.

Smoking: If you smoke make sure you use fire-safe cigarettes. Smoke outside as most cigarette fires occur indoors. Keep lighters and cigarettes away from the reach of children. Put out cigarettes in a deep sturdy ashtray. E-cigarettes have also been known to catch fire while charging. So do not leave them unattended. NEVER smoke in a home were medical oxygen is being used.

The National Fire Protection Association has great information on keeping you prepared.

When fire damage has occurred, SERVPRO is here to help you rebuild the pieces. 805-507-5507

Smoke & Soot Facts

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Two employees male with orange gloves using ceiling sweepers to wipe off soot in living room. SERVPRO logo on bottom right Here you can see one cleaning procedure SERVPRO uses to clean soot off of ceilings and walls.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various surfaces 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 building.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing and electrical systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor within wall cavities.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. Different smoke causes different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County 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.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises and can even penetrate into attics.

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

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

Fire Damage Restoration Services

As each smoke and fire damage situation is very different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific needs.  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 SERVPRO 805-507-5507

Wildfire Season: SERVPRO Services for Fire Damage

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfire, multiple trees within a forest inflamed and charred Faster to any size disaster. Call us 24/7, we answer your call.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is no stranger to wildfire emergencies. We know that when those Santa Ana winds start to roll in, wildfire disasters can take a hold quickly. One thing you can be rest assured with, is our expertise when handling fire recovery.

There are many resources out there on how to protect your home against wildfires. Check out for information on how to pro-actively protect your home.

SERVPRO comes in when the unthinkable has already happened. Here is how we help, take back your life:

Content Services: With every case of Fire damage, SERVPRO will first do an inventory list of all your personal items. We go room-by-room cataloging with photos and detailed descriptions, taking care we don't miss a thing. This makes it easier for you when filing an insurance claim.

-Pack Outs: We will pack out all of your contents for storage while repairs are being made. We understand how stressful this can be and we are here to lessen your load. Don’t worry about hiring movers, we make the move for you.

-Contents Cleaning: Part of our services when it comes to your items, is restoring those items to as close to preloss condition as possible. SERVPRO will test fabrics to determine the best appropriate method of cleaning for your furniture, upholstery, bedding, art and specialty items.

Structural Cleaning: Once the above is complete, we can work on getting your home suitable to inhabit again. Smoke & Soot can seep its way into your walls and carpet. Once it settles, you may require a deeper cleaning. We will test several areas within your home and determine appropriate action. Here at SERVPRO, we have the right expertise and equipment to make it happen.

-Ceilings & Walls: We do our due diligence to make sure we salvage what we can. Once we determine the level of soot and smoke damage to your walls, we will thoroughly clean all surface areas and prepare for re-painting if necessary.

-Deodorization: Offensive odors come hand in hand with fire and smoke damage. With our Ozone Generator, we can trap the offensive odors and remove them from the room. It doesn’t just mask the smell with fragrances like other products do. Our Ozone Generators oxidize organic odors such as smoke, pet odors, mildew, organic pollutants and all without harmful chemicals.

Have questions about our services, give us a call! 805-507-5507

Ventura Fire Damage Restoration From Start to Finish

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Completely burnt home kitchen When Disaster strikes SERVPRO is there for you 24/7 Call 805-507-5507 NOW!

Securing your property with SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura's  board up is is only the first step in the process of getting your life back under control after a fire incident in your home or business. We not only board up your loss but also offer security to fend of any intruders that may see your loss as an opportunity.  Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained IICRC certified technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County has you covered from loss to recovery. We also do construction repair on major losses. 

Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Northwest Ventura County has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for over 25 years  You can trust the fire professionals that your insurance companies trust to refer you to when you have a fire .... trust SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County to get the job done right.

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency Services Fire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard - Covid 19 cleaning and more 805-507-5507

Fire Damage Cleaning Techniques

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damagecan leave behind many types of residues and other contaminants. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help clean it up. Here are some of our techniques:

  • Attic -To remove soot from beams and other untreated wood, SERVPRO uses brushes for dry, powdery residues and apply an eco-friendly cleaning agent to break up thicker layers or sticky residues.
  • Cabinets - Our specialists use chem sponges to get into the pores of the wood and eliminate residues that can cause odors.
  • Inside Wall Cavities - Technicians use sandpaper or powered sanders to remove the residues trapped inside beams.
  • Lighting fixtures - Usually the most fragile items to clean, so team specialists remove overhead lights when possible for cleaning and use dry sponges andcloths

We also have specially designed vacuums that use HEPA filters which can catch and trap the smallest bits of residue and even mold spores.

You can trust that SERVPRO will get the job done right. Call for a free inspection 805-507-5507

Professional Fire Damage by SERVPRO

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

remodeled kitchen From Fire to Construction, We do it all. SERVPRO 805-507-5507

Combustion from fire produces smoke particles that settle on surfaces throughout your home or office and form soot. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County technicians utilize advanced cleaning techniques that focus on removing smoke residues and odors. Since different materials react differently when contacted by fire, it is our job to advise a property owner as to what is salvable and what components would need to be replaced.

The services we provide to clean items within an office or residence is known as contents cleaning. In many instances, our SERVPRO cleaning crews clean items on-site.  But pack-outs may be necessary if the building is too damaged, there is no room to perform the cleaning or the building is not secure enough for on-site cleaning. If necessary, SERVPRO may subcontract specialty restoration services such as: 

  • expensive artwork
  • electronics
  • expensive or delicate clothing
  • furniture refinishing

     SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County offers stress-free cleaning and restoration services for your home or office. Call our highly trained and experienced team at 805-507-5507 and let us restore your property to its former glory.

Smoke Damaged Carpet, To Replace or Not to Replace?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

heavy smoke with fire in the background Fire smoke and soot can destroy your carpet. Call SERVPRO 805-507-5507

When making the decision whether or not to remove the carpet to replace or see if you can salvage it you have to think about a few different things. Some things to think about are: 

  • Age of the carpet
  • Previous wear and damage
  • Has there been water damage?
  • Is the back of the carpet delaminated?

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County's professional technicians have been trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) they can identify whether the carpet is too far gone to salvage or if the damage is minimal and a good cleaning and restoration can be performed.

If your carpet is damaged from a fire, smoke damage, or soot, you'll need the professionals to help make the decision whether to remove or replace the carpet so give SERVPRO a call today.n 805-507-5507

Fire Loss in Ventura, CA? Call SERVPRO

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged house and broken window in a Ventura, CA Fire, smoke and soot damage professionally cleaned by SERVPRO

If your Ventura county home or business suffered from a fire call SERVPRO. It’s always devastating when a family or business experiences a fire, but SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County works hard to recover both the structure and contents after a loss. We were able to remove the soot and even the smell of the smoke so that you are returned to a safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

What To Expect: 

When we visit you after a fire loss, we will scope the effected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your property, call us right away at 805-507-5507. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

Experts in Fire Cleaning Your Ventura County Property

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged staircase and living room in a Ventura, CA home SERVPRO experts clean up the damage and handle your insurance company communication to ease the stress of fire damage.

Fire Cleanup Help SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County

Experiencing fire loss can be by far the most difficult and trying time anyone can experience. When fire damage happens your life is turned upside down.

Relocating your family or closing your business and figuring out a lifetime of personal property and memories is overwhelming and stressful. To maintain a normal everyday life, one must handle work, home life, and now the insurance companies' demands. The process of dealing with the insurance claim can be confusing and stressful in itself.

Full recovery involves managing mitigation, packing, storing, inventory and handling your personal property loss, all while trying to maintain your personal life. We have done this for 24 successful years.  Call us any time even if it is just to ask questions.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help 24/7/365.  805-507-5507

Important Fire Safety Information

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help 24/7/365

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County - sharing important fire safety information for you and your loved ones. Taking precautionary measures reduces the risk of fire, injury, property loss, and even death.

Fire safety is a very important topic, especially for children, the elderly and people with special needs. A fire can destroy everything in its path and devastate the people and communities it affects.

  • Prevention – Do you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Are the batteries changed and the detectors tested every year? Is there a fire extinguisher handy? Can you operate a fire extinguisher?
  • Escape Routes – Are exits accessible? Are the pathways to the exits free from clutter? Is there an evacuation plan in place? Are there pets that would need to be rescued?
  • Treasures –  Keep your valuables, special keepsakes, and heirlooms (e.g., jewelry, photos, etc.) in a fire proof safe or off site in a safe deposit box.
  • Hoarding – Consider how excess belongings might make it difficult for people to leave their home and how these items might help fuel the fire.

Be proactive! Don’t risk becoming a statistic! For more information about Fire Safety call

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County today. 805-507-5507

SERVPRO Restoring Your Property After A Fire

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Ventura, Ca Fire Damage Restoration

Acting quickly when a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire.

Securing your property with a board up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained technicians with cutting edge technology ensures you that SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County has you covered. Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smartphone. This simple preparation cannot be stressed enough.

SERVPRO of  Northwest Ventura County has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for almost 24 years  Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County

 SERVPRO 24 hour Emergency ServicesFire - Water Damage - Mold - Biohazard805-507-5507