Recent Fire Damage Posts

Grease Fire

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grease Fire Grease fire in a kitchen

Who knew cooking in your kitchen could turn into this? This tenant in Escondido was planning to have a peaceful dinner at the rental property before this situation occurred. It's important to always be prepared for the worst in the event that this happens. It can happen to anyone but there are ways you can be more prepared for it. Always keep clutter out of the kitchen. Wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen including floors and walls so there are no flammable spills or layers of film for the fire to catch onto easily. Keep baking soda in reach of the stove top to throw on any open flames. Baking soda cuts off the oxygen supply to a fire similar to a fire extinguisher. In the case the fire is not tameable immediately call your local fire department and evacuate the premises. Always use caution when cooking and if you do experience a disaster like this, SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos will be there to clean it up for you. (760)758-3454

Smoke & Soot

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke & Soot Kitchen fires happen when you least expect it

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

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 760-758-3454

Happy to Help

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Happy to Help Yelp Review

No one knew the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara would turn into the largest wildfire in California. It burned through 273,246 acres of land. It destroyed 10,000 homes. SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos headed up north to help as soon as the fire calmed down and it was safe to travel. A lot of homes were left in ashes but the neighboring ones left standing had serious smoke damage to everything in the home. There was a layer of soot on everything. When items or walls have smoke damage, it's the only thing you can smell. The smell of smoke is very powerful. Our team was happy to be welcomed into our customers homes and give them clean air to breathe again. It is very important to keep our customers updated and share our knowledge with them along the whole way. As you can see in this yelp review, we want to make you as comfortable and happy as possible. 

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos are professional when it comes to fire, smoke and soot cleanup.

There are three main categories of cleaning that we focus on.

Structural Cleaning- After a fire or smoke damage, the ceilings, walls, carpeting and floors need a thorough cleaning. Although you can't always see the smoke damage, you can definitely smell it. We have special smoke sponges that can show you extent of the smoke damage on your walls, ceiling, etc. We have specific equipment and cleaning products to clean and protect all the different surfaces in your home. Depending on the extent of the soot damage, we are able to reduce costs by cleaning and restoring walls instead of repainting or refinishing.

Contents Cleaning- Every single content item in the affected area will be individually cleaned and deodorized by our professionals. This includes rugs, furniture, curtains, upholstery, little items found on or around the furniture. Everything. Our professionals inspect each structure to determine the best means of cleaning. We will also provide a list of items that are to be "claimed". 

Deodorization- We provide specialized services that rid the place of business of offensive odors left by smoke damage. We do not cover up odors with fragrances. We find the source of the odor and eliminate it.

Do you have fire or smoke damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos today at (760)758-3454

Emergency Fire Damage Tips for Insured

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent any more damage.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted areas to prevent more soiling.
  • If the electricity is off, empty the fridge and freezer and keep doors open.
  • Wipe off soot from chrome in the kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then coat with a layer of lubricant.
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted areas before contacting SERVPRO. 
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or furniture without contacting SERVPRO.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service first.

Key Questions to Ask Insured

  • Home phone? Business phone?
  • Date and time loss occurred?
  • Is water damage present?
  • What was the source of the fire?
  • Has the source been repaired recently?
  • What is the extent of the damage?
  • What areas have been affected?
  • How bad is the odor?
  • Does the area need deodorizing?
  • Is a board-up required?
  • Are water and electricity available?
  • Are there any personal injuries? 

Call SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos To Help You! (760)758-3454

Fire Damage Catastrophe

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Catastrophe Fire damage

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing.

SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claim inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure the property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

While using our industry approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind, as well.

After such a catastrophic event some homeowners are lost with emotions and often attempt to begin the restoration process by themselves. Though, many homeowners are unaware that performing certain tasks after a fire can actually worsen the extent of damage to their home. 

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted services.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment
  • Do not send any clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

SERVPRO of N. Vista/ San Marcos professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Do you have fire or smoke damage in your home? Do not hesitate to call our helpful staff today at 760-758-3454!

A Fire Burns Close To Us

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Fire Burns Close To Us Lilac Fire

Last week we were hit with the devastation of a fire that has burned all the way through today, Tuesday December 12, 2017. The fire, which they are calling Lilac fire, is 92% contained. Lilac fire may be close to out but has left us with a lot of damage. Our teams are already out on jobs this week doing everything we can to help the people who are left behind with destruction. It is a very sad time for some but SERVPRO of Escondido is here for you every step of the way. We will come in, assess the damage, and keep you updated every day. We want to make your home look Like It Never Even Happened. 

SMOKE FACTS

  • Smoke damage causes discoloration.
  • Smoke damage and soot can make you very sick, which can cause respiratory problems.
  • Smoke has a pungent smell that can soak into the walls, carpet and more.

Just like you, SERVPRO has a restore instead of replace mindset. 

If you have Fire and Smoke Damage to your home Call SERVPRO of N. Vista/San Marcos today 760-758-3454

San Marcos Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Marcos Smoke and Soot Cleanup Our service crews and trucks are ready to go 24 hours a day 7 days a week!

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 [[Franchise Name]] 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 – (
760)-758-3454