Smoke and Soot Cleanup
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 South Rancho Cucamonga 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?
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Smoke Damage SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga (Inland Empire)
Smoke damage from a stove range fire in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
In Southern California we are no stranger to seasonal fires. The majority of homeowners are unaffected by these fires directly. However, smoke and ash can travel a fair amount of distance and cause odors and permanent damage to your home if left unchecked. If you notice that your home has smoke or soot damage it is important that you know a few tips to reduce damage until a restoration company is able to assist you.
Smoke damage tips:
- Close all windows and doors to limit what can enter your home.
- Limit movement in your home. This will prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and flooring.
- Avoid walking on carpet or sitting on any upholstery. However, if you must, place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- Turn off ceiling fans and avoid using your HVAC unit. If you are unable to, be sure to change the HVAC filter and tape a double layer of cheesecloth over all air registers.
- Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery prior to contacting a restoration company.
- Don’t sent garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
We understand that any loss at your home can set your life off balance. Here at SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga we have skilled certified technicians that can assist you in getting your home life back to normal.
Mold Remediation SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga (Inland Empire)
Discoloration discovered behind a refrigerator supply line water loss, opened up to discover a significant amount of mold.
Water damages that has been neglected can cause secondary damage. The most common of these damages is mold. Mold growth can occur as fast as 48 hour. These secondary damages are often concealed within the wall cavities, however can sometimes show on the exteriors. The most common areas where visible mold is observed is at: baseboards, under kitchen sink cabinets, under bathroom sink vanities, and water heater stands. Typically, when mold is visible on the exterior of indoor materials, the damage is more significant on the other side, much like an iceberg. It is important to know that mold spores are present everywhere indoors and outdoors. We take the steps to make sure that the mold is remediated with a mix of water restoration, containment of affected area, HEPA air filtration, removal of mold-infested materials and mold remediation. Additionally, we use an independent lab to perform our post-mold remediation clearance testing to ensure that the area is once again habitable. The best way to avoid secondary damages is to address the water loss immediately with a restoration company such as SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga.
We understand that mold brings up many health concerns, but no to worry SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga is an IICRC certified firm with Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians ready to assist you with your concerns.
Washing machine overflow. SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga. (Inland Empire)
Post-demolition of the family room after a washing machine overflowed from the second floor laundry room in Corona, CA.
As a homeowner being vigilant is key when minimizing damage to your home. This customer noticed that there was water coming down into their family room on the first floor. The cause, a washing machine machine overflow causeing damage to a Family Room ceiling and walls. This pictures shows the minimal demolition that was required in order to properly dry the walls and the sub-floor from the second level.
No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga. When called into this job we moved quickly and aimed to get our customer back to the standard of living that they were accustomed to. When asked how we could improve, the customer simply replied with "None, Very impressed by their service".
Water Damage and Restoration in Rancho Cucamonga (Inland Empire)
Water damage can happen in your home at any time. Here at SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga we are ready to assist you with your restoration needs. There are a couple tips that can assist you in noticing and limiting water damage in your home.
Sometimes the source of water is easy to find, such as an overflowing washing machine. However, sometimes the issue is a pipe in the wall or a slow leak under the sink. As a home owner it is always important to be vigilant. Some signs of water damage are: standing water, discoloration, musty odors, and in some cases mold. Knowing where the water is will assist you in where to shut off the water. Most fixtures in your home have angle stops that will stop the flow of water to the appliance or plumbing fixture. Some homes have a water shut-off valve in the home and most homes have a main shut-off valve commonly by the street. It is important that whatever the source of the water is repaired or replaced by a professional.
While we cannot plan for when a water loss will happen we can control what happens after. Remember that most water losses happen in the Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundry Rooms, and Water Heater Areas. Water will take the path of least resistance. Shut off the source of water from its source or from the main to your home. If you are able to, move contents such as furniture away from the water or put them on blocks. If safe, or if you want to remove as much of the standing water as possible using rags, towels, or a wet/dry vacuum. Keep note that water can travel underneath floorings such as solid wood and wood laminate as you step on it, so try to limit the traffic in that area. The next step is to call your insurance company and a water restoration company such as us so that we can inspect the damage and come up with and execute a plan to dry your home. It is always better to have a restoration company come out as soon as possible to start the drying process to avoid secondary damages such as mold.
Remember, minimizing the damage will not stop the damage. Materials such as wood and drywall will absorb damage. Additionally, avoiding secondary damages depend on the source of water as well as time taken to remove said water from the affected materials. Water can wick up drywall at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour and wood 1/2 inch an hour. Given that we are able to get to your home and start work promptly our goal is to minimize any damage and necessary demolition in your home.
Here at SERVPRO of South Rancho Cucamonga we work with all the different insurance carriers and always ready to assist you with your needs to return your home back to preloss condition.