Recent Fire Damage Posts

FIRE Mitigation (mitigation = the process or result of making something less severe)

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a car port in Santa Barbara, CA Fire damages local businesses

Mitigation = Stopping further damage from happing after a fire is one of the first considerations once the fire has been put out in your home or business. A fire damage in your Santa Barbara business can greatly affect your ability to continue operations. To recover as much value as possible from your fire damaged property that also will have smoke damage, and soot damage, a restoration company like SERVPRO should be contacted immediately. SERVPRO can help secure the property and carefully work with the authorities as often a cause and origin investigation will need to be completed by the fire department and possible the insurance company as well. The fire cleanup team at SERVPRO can assist in evaluating the damage to the property and listing the items that are present.

SERVPRO can also perform fire damage restoration and offer an estimate onsite. The fire cleanup usually includes drying up all the water that firefighters used to put the fire out which can flood the premises. This water can cause extensive water damage causing the growth of bacteria and mold. Any residual smoke smell will be ventilated until gone. A certified technician can dry out the property and prevent mold growth using industrial equipment that sometimes includes a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air mover along with air filtration equipment. All surfaces are cleaned and sanitized removing all of the smoke and soot damage. The SERVPRO fire damage clean-up team will also instruct property owners how to prevent commercial fire damage in the future. If the smoke smell continues, chemical solutions like an ozone treatment or thermal fogging are also options depending on the needs of the property owner. Additional treatments may be needed weeks or even months after the initial incident.

Fire cleanup can be extremely daunting. However, fire damage restoration is normal for a fire cleanup specialist, even in the aftermath of commercial fire damage. A specialist who has the experience and the expertise to guide a property owner will ensure that fire damage is minimized as much as possible

Smoke Detectors the forgotten sentinel!

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector covered  by smoke Smoke Detectors Save Lives !

Smoke alarms. We don't think much of them unless the battery is low and they start to beep or you have a fire in your Santa Barbara home!

One Buellton home owner just recently had a small electrical fire start in the kitchen in the middle of the night. The smoke alarms worked, waking the family up so they could evacuate and quickly extinguish the fire with a small fire extinguisher. There is little doubt this fire would have been much more devastating if the smoke alarms were not functioning properly or non- existent. 

Please take the time to maintain them and test them at least once a month. If they are close to 10-years-old, you should get new ones. FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend this.

Also, according to FEMA, the risk of death if you do have a home fire is cut in half for homes with smoke alarms. 

Also, smoke alarms can limit fire damage as well as was the case of the Buellton home owner who was able to awaken and put the fire out before it grew. SERVPRO recommends everyone get out of the home and dial 911 during a fire. 

Please checkup on those sentinels! 

SERVPRO can restore your fire damaged Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez Valley property

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged parking area in Santa Barbara, CA. As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your properly restored.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez Valley Property

Once your home in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez valley is hit by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired and in many cases, this desire leads people to pursue DIY cleanup projects. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of this yourself?

1. Water Removal: Standing water left behind the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department can have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly thereby mitigating the damage. Fire damage unfortunately, has collateral damage.

2. Smoke Damage: The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO have in its arsenal.

3. Salvageable Goods: In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and issue you a Contents Claim Inventory Service form--CCIS. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.
4. Time Efficiency: If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO to put your home back in repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara, Goleta and the Santa Ynez Valley too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Buelton, Summerland and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara communities. Call us to help you. (805) 963-0606

Night Out Gone Bad!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of kitchen fire As fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored.

After a fun night out in Santa Barbara, there is nothing better than coming home and fixing yourself a nice greasy, late-night breakfast. Some bacon and eggs, and maybe some toast, will help to make the munchies go away. You crack the eggs and get the bacon frying up in the pan and decide now would be a good time to turn on the TV. While that delicious breakfast is basically cooking itself, you plop down on the couch to watch a YouTube video your friend has been nagging you to watch. The only problem is, this video is not that funny and now that your body is horizontal, and those eyelids getting heavy. Soon, the loud rumbling of your snoring fills the room. The bacon and eggs continue to cook themselves, only now they are not doing so hot. The grease has reached a flashpoint and the ingredients of the pan are on fire. A spark leaps out of the pan and finds a dish towel which transfers the fire to the wall and before you know it, the smoke alarm is screaming at you to wake up because your kitchen is burning. Adrenaline forces you out of your sleep-induced stupor and your survival instincts kick in. You grab a fire extinguisher and attack the flames. The foam suffocates the fire and just as quickly as it started, it is all over. Except now your house smells like a fire pit. Ugh! Smokey and fire extinguisher dust everywhere. I guess cooking bacon and eggs at 2 in the morning after a night out not the best idea, next time Jack in the Box it is!

Just be glad that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is only a phone call away. Fire and smoke cleanup is one of our specialties. Our talented IICRC-Certified crew will attack the project with years of experience that guides each decision and process. Give us a call at 805-963-0606 the next time your late night action gets a little too “hot”.

Awe Soot!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Roof soot SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez / Goleta is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event.

Living in Santa Barbara, California is as dream! We have sunshine almost all year round, we’re close to the beach and also the beautiful mountains and hills of covered in greenery and sometimes if it gets cold enough snow. Sounds like the perfect place to me. Oh no I forgot about the wildfires.

You’re sitting in your dream home and somewhere nearby somebody was having a gender reveal party. They spark flames and the dry brush around them has caused a wildfire. Oh no! Thank goodness the fire doesn’t damage your house but there’s soot everywhere. It’s all over your windows and roof, you try and clean it but you are just smearing and scratching your windows. What do you do now? Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.

We can pressure wash all that grimy soot left behind. Yes! They are the ones that can do your fire damage cleanup. They are only a phone call away. Fire damage cleanup is one of our specialties.  Our talented crew will attack the project with years of experience that guides each decision and process. Wow your house is “Like nothing ever happened.” Give us a call at 805-963-0606.

Remember to check those smoke alarms

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage SERVPRO can help with clean up after a fire

Smoke alarms are often overlooked until the battery is low and they start their incessant chirping or, even worse, you have a fire in your home. Those little sentinels can be life-savers though so it needs to be your priority to make sure you have enough smoke alarms in your home and that all of them are working properly.  Smoke alarms can give you enough time to wake up and get out of your house before a fire turns deadly and they give you time to call the fire department to help limit any property damage.

Laptops and cell phones can often be the cause if they are left on something like bedding.  If they battery overheats they can start a fire. If this happens, especially if it happens in the middle of the night, smoke alarms will give that important signal to get out. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 3,000 people a year die in fires in the United States and this example shows how vital it is to keep your smoke detectors maintained properly.

Smoke detectors should be tested once a month and if they fail the test, replace the battery or replace the alarm.  Additionally, if your smoke alarm is over 10 years old, both FEMA and the American Red Cross recommend that you replace it with a new one.  FEMA states that your chances of dying in a fire are reduced by half if you have a home that is fully equipped fully with functioning smoke alarms.

If you do unfortunately ever suffer from a fire in your Santa Barbara home, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is available to help you clean up and get your lives back to normal.  We are locally owned and operated. We can be reached at 805-963-0606.

Fire Damage Assessment

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

burned building with caution tape commercial fire loss

One of the most devastating events that can affect your home or business is a 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 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 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 or business, 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 make a video or 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 specialist has completed the fire damage assessment, the cleanup process can start with water removal (if need.) 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 or business has been partially destroyed because of fire, it's important that you allow a fire damage restoration 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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is close by and ready to respond to your fire or damage emergency.

For additional information see "After the Fire" by FEMA.

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta  24/7 (805) 963-0606

SERVPRO can restore your fire damage property

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

photo of the front of a burned up house this fire started in the garage and made its way inside the home

Once your home in is hit by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to pursue DIY cleanup projects. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of these tasks yourself?

1. Water Removal - Standing water left behind after the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Fire damage unfortunately, has collateral damage.

2. Smoke Damage: The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara have in their arsenal.

3. Salvageable Goods: In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned by our IICRC-trained technicians.

4. Time Efficiency: If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO to help put your home back in a repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara area too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez / Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Santa Barbara, Buellton, Montecito, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Goleta, Solvang and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara community. Call us to help you.

24/7    (805) 963-0606

The Avila Fire

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Phos-Chek on a home Phos-Chek saved this home!

The Avila Fire, flames though are not the only thing that homeowners have to worry about.  Ash and smoke come right along with the fire and they try really hard to get into your home. Not to mention the bright pink fire retardant aircraft drop -  Phos-Chek used to save property.

You close your doors and you close your windows.  Smoke does not care.  As long as there is a way for air to get into your house, Smoke and his buddy ash come along for the ride.  Once they get into your house, they bring an odor that is unpleasant. On the outside not only could there be soot and ash but everything could be bright pink if your property was saved from a Phos-Chek dump.

How do you get rid of these unwanted guests?  Well SERVPRO of Santa Barbara of course.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta has all of the equipment and all of the experience necessary to clean your home and get rid of that offensive smell.  We will bring your home back to its preloss condition and make it smell and look "Like it never even happened."

Call us 24/7 (805) 963-0606

What to do about ash and soot in the attic

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

attic insulation It's best to leave the cleaning of an attic to the professionals.

Sundowners are a uniquely Santa Barbara phenomenon where, because of our geography we get winds that come from the north and blow down the face of our east-west facing mountains. These winds are hot and dry and when they are blowing, they can raise the temperature considerably. A little over a couple of years ago this is what happened. The winds howled with gusts over 50 miles per hour and it was not long before they brought down a power line and sparked the conflagration to be known as The Holiday Fire. It was several days until the fire fighters were able to tame this beast but in the meanwhile the fire had burned over one hundred acres, twenty-eight structures and thirteen homes. It was not long after that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta was called into action. Wildfires consume massive amounts of fuel and turn that fuel into smoke and ash and soot. This burnt material becomes easily airborne and once it reaches your house, it looks for opportunities to come inside. Openings around doors or windows, vents in the attic, doggy doors… you name it and any possible opening presents an opportunity for soot and ash to come inside. Many homeowners are able to do much of the cleaning on their own but when it comes time to clean an attic, it is a good idea to let the professional technicians at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta handle the load. When an attic smells like smoke, it is important to remove the source of the odor and that usually means removing the insulation. Whether it is blown in or rolled, our techs will be able to remove it all. Afterwards, we will HEPA vacuum the areas and then replace the insulation with new insulation. If necessary, we will perform an ozone treatment to get rid of any lingering smells. If your attic smells like ash after a fire, please give SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta a call at 1-805-963-0606.

DIY after a fire is never a good idea-let SERVPRO help

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage fire place burned up the wall Let SERVPRO help with your fire damage

Once your home in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez is affected by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to try and do the projects themselves. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of these tasks yourself?

Standing water left behind after the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Unfortunately, fire damage also comes with water damage.

The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta have in their arsenal.

In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are actually salvageable. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and issue you a Contents Claim Inventory Service form--CCIS. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.

If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta to put your home back in a repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Buellton, Montecito, Santa Ynez, Goleta, Solvang, Los Olivos and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara community. Call us to help you. (805) 963-0606

What to do in the event of a fire

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

garage fire A fire in your home can be one of the most devastating events

You Need Fire Damage Experts to Get the Job Done Right

One of the most devastating events that can affect your home in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez is a fire.  In addition to the financial damage, fires can destroy your valuable possessions and cause unwanted water damage. This can cause a feeling of hoplessness and stress. 

In many cases, homeowners are tempted to start the cleanup process by 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.


After analyzing the exterior of 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.

If your home in Santa Barbara or the Santa Ynez Valley has been partially destroyed because of fire, it's important that you allow a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta 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.

We live and work in Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your fire or damage emergency.  We are available 24 hours a day.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

Santa Barbara County wildfires bring smoke and soot

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfire burn area The wildfire got close to this home but didn't burn it down, but now there's smoke and soot damage to clean up.

Fires in the Santa Barbara foothills sadly not uncommon.  And our firefighters work hard to protect the homes in those areas.  Those flames though are not the only thing that homeowners have to worry about.  Soot and smoke come right along with the fire and they try really hard to get into your home.

You close your doors and windows to try to keep the smoke out but as long as there is a way for air to get into your house, smoke and soot come along for the ride.  Once they get into your house, they bring an odor that is unpleasant.

How do you get rid of these unwanted odors?  Well SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta of course.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has all of the equipment and all of the experience necessary to clean your home and get rid of odors and residue.  We will bring your home back to its preloss condition and make it smell "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

Big or Little Fire, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire A small fire in the kitchen can lead to damage throughout the house

There are big fires and there are little fires that may only burn a small area of your home.  Both can cause damage and SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to help when they do.  If you have a large fire in your home, the structure can be severely compromised, contents possibly may be burned, smoke damage could be throughout the house, and there might even be water damage from firefighters hoses or sprinklers.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help out with all of those issues.  SERVPRO has professionals that have specific training for both fire and water damage restoration along  with the experience to make sure that your home is quickly and efficiently brought back to its preloss condition.

During a smaller fire, you may be able to get to the flames quickly but often there is an issue with smoke and ash afterwards. Smoke can travel throughout a large area.  Unless you are completely able to remove that residue, you will continue to smell the smoke.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is able to do a detailed cleaning of any of the affected areas.   In addition to cleaning walls, floors, and ceilings, SERVPRO will make sure to address any contents that may have been impacted by the soot.  We can clean any non-porous contents and we have the resources to make sure that any porous materials, such as clothing and bedding, are cleaned properly.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606 to help restore it "Like it never even happened."

Don't let a space heater cause a fire in your home.

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a small black electric space heater electric space heater

According to energy.gov there are about 25,000 residential fires a year in the United States from the use of space heaters in the home. Space heaters should be setup at least a three feet away from any thing that can catch fire such as furniture, boxes, paper or other combustible items. Check your space heater equipment often and clean it regularly. If you have any doubt replace it. New space heaters have more safety features then old ones.  It is a good idea to unplugged the space heater  whenever not in use or when you leave your home.  Cleaning your space heater can be done by blowing compressed air throughout the inside and vents to get rid of dust and debris that may accumulate and wiping down where you can.  You may need to remove the front cover to do so.

A good source for safety information regarding space heaters is ESFi  (The Electrical Safety Foundation International)

If you have had a fire or smoke damage in your home or business call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. We are available 24/7/365