Recent Fire Damage Posts

Navigating Fire Damage Cleanup: Tips from SERVPRO of Santa Ynez and Goleta

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and fire damaged kitchen and living room Fire damage is devastating and overwhelming !

Experiencing fire damage in your home or business can be overwhelming. It's a time filled with uncertainty, stress, and a lot of questions. What should you do immediately after the fire? How can you minimize further damage? And importantly, who do you trust to restore your property? As SERVPRO of Santa Ynez and Goleta, we specialize in fire damage cleanup and restoration, and we're here to guide you through this challenging time. Remember, while we collaborate closely with your insurance carrier, we work for you, the customer, not the insurance company.

What to Do After a Fire:

  1. Safety First: Before re-entering your property, ensure it's safe. Wait for a go-ahead from the fire department.
  2. Document the Damage: Take photos and videos of the damage for insurance purposes.
  3. Secure Your Property: To prevent further damage, consider boarding up windows and doors.
  4. Contact Your Insurance: Notify your insurance company about the fire. They'll guide you on the next steps and documentation required.
  5. Call the Professionals: Contact SERVPRO of Santa Ynez and Goleta. We have the expertise and equipment to handle fire damage effectively.

What Not to Do After a Fire:

  1. Don’t Enter a Damaged Property: Structural damage can be hazardous. Wait until professionals say it's safe.
  2. Avoid Washing Walls or Carpet: Improper cleaning can cause further damage. Leave this to the professionals.
  3. Don’t Use Electrical Appliances: After a fire, electrical systems can be dangerous. Wait for an inspection.
  4. Don’t Eat Leftover Food: Heat, smoke, and soot can contaminate food items.
  5. Avoid DIY Repairs: DIY efforts can exacerbate the damage. Trust professional restoration services.

Working With Your Insurance:

At SERVPRO of Santa Ynez and Goleta, we understand the importance of working with your insurance carrier. However, our primary commitment is to you, the homeowner or business owner. We'll provide a comprehensive assessment of the damage, an honest and transparent restoration plan, and we'll communicate directly with your insurance to ensure your claim is handled smoothly. But, our loyalty lies with you. Our goal is to restore your property to its pre-fire condition while prioritizing your needs and concerns.


Dealing with fire damage can be daunting, but you're not alone. SERVPRO of Santa Ynez and Goleta is here to help every step of the way. From initial cleanup to final restoration, we ensure that your property is treated with care and professionalism. Remember, while we work with your insurance, we work for you. For more information or assistance, please contact us. Let's get your property and life back to normal as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Dealing with Fire Damage: Expert Guidance from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

fire damage in a bedroom with heavy smoke on the walls Fire is devastating on every level SERVPRO is here to help.

Fire damage can be a devastating experience, leaving homeowners feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about the next steps. At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, we understand the challenges you face and are dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of fire damage restoration, insurance claims, and local permitting processes. Remember, we work for you, the customer, not the insurance carrier.

Step 1: Immediate Response and Assessment The first step in dealing with fire damage is to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Once the fire department has cleared your property, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara. Our team of experts will quickly assess the damage and provide a clear, comprehensive plan for restoration.

Step 2: Dealing with Insurance Navigating insurance claims can be daunting. At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, we have extensive experience working with insurance companies and can guide you through the process. Our goal is to ensure you receive the coverage you're entitled to. We advocate on your behalf, ensuring that your interests are represented.

Step 3: Restoration and Cleanup Our team specializes in fire damage restoration. We handle everything from soot and smoke removal to structural repairs. Using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, we work diligently to restore your property to its pre-fire condition.

Step 4: City and County Permitting Dealing with city and county permitting can be complicated, especially after a fire. Our knowledge of local regulations and requirements ensures that all restoration work complies with the necessary codes and standards. We will help with the permitting process.

Step 5: Personalized Support and Communication Throughout the entire process, we maintain open and transparent communication. We understand that this is a challenging time for you and your family, and we are committed to providing support every step of the way.

Conclusion: At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, we're not just restoring properties; we're restoring peace of mind. Fire damage can be overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. With our expertise in restoration, insurance advocacy, and local permitting, we ensure a smoother, more manageable recovery process. Remember, we work for you, not the insurance carrier. Contact us today for expert assistance with fire damage.

What to Do After a Fire: SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is Here to Help

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

fire and heavy smoke damaged room Fire damage is extremely overwhelming and stressful SERVPRO is here to help in every way possible

Rebuilding and Moving Forward

Experiencing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming and devastating. The aftermath often leaves property owners in a state of confusion, wondering what to do next. Here at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, we understand the emotional and physical toll a fire can take. Our goal is to help restore your property to its beautiful condition, allowing you to move back in and focus on the more important things in life.

Immediate Steps Post-Fire

  1. Safety First: Ensure that it's safe to enter your property. Always wait for the go-ahead from fire services.

  2. Contact Your Insurance Company: Inform your insurance provider about the fire. They will guide you through the process of filing a claim.

  3. Document the Damage: Take photographs and make a list of damaged items. This will be crucial for insurance claims.

  4. Secure the Property: To prevent further damage, ensure your property is secure. This might involve boarding up windows and doors.

How SERVPRO Can Assist

  1. Assessment and Planning: Our team will conduct a thorough assessment of the damage and create a tailored plan for restoration.

  2. Water Removal and Drying: If there's water damage from firefighting efforts, we’ll promptly remove the water and dry the area.

  3. Soot and Smoke Removal: We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove soot and smoke from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

  4. Cleaning and Sanitizing: Our professionals will clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire.

  5. Restoration: The final step is restoring your home or business to its pre-fire condition. This process may involve minor repairs, such as painting and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms.

Moving Back In and Moving On

Once the restoration process is complete, it’s time to move back into your space. We understand that getting your life or business back to normal is your priority. Our team works efficiently and compassionately to ensure you can do just that. We handle the heavy lifting of restoration so you can focus on healing and moving forward.

Embracing the Future

A fire doesn't have to mean the end of your cherished home or valued business. With SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta by your side, you can face the future with confidence, knowing that your property is in skilled and caring hands. Let us help you rebuild, restore, and renew your space.

Remember, in the face of disaster, you are not alone. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to ensure that your post-fire journey is as smooth and stress-free as possible. Contact us today, and let's work together to bring your property back to its former glory.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez/Goleta are known for their expertise in controlling and removing odors after major fires

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

framing on a building is odor sealed with primer Framing that has been odor sealed after being soda blasted
SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez/Goleta are known for their expertise in controlling and removing odors after major fires. In the aftermath of a fire, the lingering smoke odor can be a significant issue, deeply embedded in the structure of a building. These franchises have developed a robust approach to ensure that this problem is thoroughly addressed, leaving homes not just looking new, but smelling fresh as well.

The key to their success lies in their meticulous process which involves two critical steps: soda blasting and odor sealing the framing. Soda blasting is a gentle, yet effective, method used to clean off soot and char from surfaces without causing damage. It's an environmentally friendly solution that uses sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to effectively remove the remnants of fire damage from various surfaces.

After the soda blasting, the next crucial step is to odor seal the framing. This involves applying a specialized sealant to the frame of the house. This sealant acts as a barrier, locking in any residual odors and preventing them from permeating through the newly renovated or repaired areas. It's a critical step in the restoration process as it ensures that no smoke smell lingers, which could otherwise become a persistent and unpleasant reminder of the fire.

Skipping this process or not executing it correctly can lead to significant issues. A home may look completely restored on the outside, but the lingering smell of smoke can make it uncomfortable and uninhabitable. Moreover, once the reconstruction is complete, addressing these odors can be extremely challenging, often requiring parts of the restoration work to be redone.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez/Goleta understand the importance of these steps in the fire restoration process. They ensure that every job is handled with the utmost care and professionalism, using the latest techniques and equipment to guarantee that once a home is restored, it is free from any residual odors of smoke, making it a fresh and welcoming environment once again.

Fire at Home: What's Next?

12/11/2023 (Permalink)

A home suffering from intense fire damage including a melted ceiling fan. A home suffering from severe fire damage.

Once the firefighting process is complete, you’ll begin to notice that the efforts to put out the fire may have left extensive water damage along with the burnt remains of your kitchen or bedroom or in some cases your whole home. Every fire damage event varies, but most often the restoration process remains the same for each. Here are the typical steps involved in making fire damage in your home feel Like it never even happened.®

Call your insurance company:

Immediately notify your insurance provider about a home fire to initiate the claims process, document the damages, and secure timely assistance. This ensures comprehension of your coverage, adherence to legal obligations, and facilitates a prompt response.


Then call SERVPRO. Be sure to provide as much information about the damage as possible so that we may arrive quickly and fully prepared.

Assessment and Inspection:

Our professionals will then begin to carefully assess the extent of the fire, smoke, and water damage in order to create a detailed restoration plan.

Board-Up and Roof Tarping:

Our restoration team may board up missing walls, windows, and doors or tarp any damage to the roof to secure your property and prevent further damage.

Water Removal and Drying:

Water damage often occurs during firefighting efforts. Our team removes that excess water and uses dehumidifiers and air movers to dry the affected areas.

Smoke and Soot Removal:

We use specialized equipment and cleaning agents to remove smoke and soot residue from surfaces.

Cleaning and Sanitizing:

The restoration team cleans and sanitizes all salvageable items and structures that were damaged by the fire, and fogging equipment and air scrubbers are used to eliminate odor.

Structural Repairs:

Structural damage is then assessed so that we can begin the reconstruction process. This may involve small repairs like installing new tile in the kitchen or large repairs such as the reconstruction of multiple rooms from top to bottom.

From your very first call to SERVPRO to the last handshake after the restoration process in your home is complete, we will take the utmost care and respect throughout the entire process so you can feel confident in your home from then on.

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher hanging on the wall Fire extinguisher near a exterior exit door
A fire extinguisher is an essential safety device that can stop minor fires from becoming major emergencies. This guide will teach you the basic steps for using a fire extinguisher effectively.

Remember "P.A.S.S." for Easy Recall

"P.A.S.S." is a simple mnemonic to remember the four key steps in operating a fire extinguisher:

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim at the fire's base
  • Squeeze the handle
  • Sweep side to side

Safety First

Before using a fire extinguisher, ensure everyone's safety and call the fire department for large or spreading fires. Note that fire extinguishers are designed for small fires only. If the fire grows quickly, evacuate and wait for professional assistance.

Using a Fire Extinguisher: Step-by-Step

  1. Pull the Pin: The pin at the top of the extinguisher prevents accidental discharge. Remove it to activate the extinguisher.

  2. Aim at the Fire's Base: Direct the nozzle or hose at the fire's base. Targeting the base tackles the fire's source, not just the visible flames.

  3. Squeeze the Handle: This releases the extinguishing agent, which could be powder, foam, or carbon dioxide, depending on the extinguisher type.

  4. Sweep Side to Side: While holding down the handle, sweep the extinguisher side to side, covering the fire's base. Continue even if the flames seem to diminish, ensuring the fire source is completely out.

Post-Extinguishing Measures

After extinguishing the fire, remain vigilant for any signs of reignition. If the fire relights, attempt to extinguish it again or evacuate and contact the fire department.

Understanding Extinguisher Limitations

It's crucial to recognize that fire extinguishers are only effective on small fires. They are not suitable for large or fast-spreading fires. Additionally, different types of fires require specific extinguishers, such as using a particular extinguisher for grease fires versus electrical fires.

In summary, knowing how to operate a fire extinguisher is vital for containing small fires and preventing them from escalating. Use the "P.A.S.S." method: pull the pin, aim at the base, squeeze the handle, and sweep side to side. Always be aware of the extinguisher's limitations and call for professional help if the fire becomes unmanageable.

Guiding Steps for Wildfire Preparedness Through Creating a Defensive Zone Around Your Home

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

front of a home front of home with fire defensible landscaping

Wildfires, a common hazard in many regions of the U.S., pose unpredictable threats. Although the occurrence of these fires is beyond control, there are proactive measures you can implement to safeguard your home and family.

This guide outlines essential preparations for wildfire situations and strategies for establishing a defensive zone around your residence, significantly reducing the likelihood of property damage in the event of a wildfire.

Establishing a Fire-Resistant Perimeter

  1. Maintain a Clear Surrounding: Ensure a 30-foot radius around your home is devoid of flammable vegetation and debris.
  2. Regular Yard Upkeep: Remove dead foliage, trim branches, and maintain short grass (approximately three inches high).
  3. Tree and Shrub Management: Position trees and shrubs at least 10 feet from your home to prevent fire from spreading to the structure.
  4. Chimney Safety Checks: Annually inspect chimneys for adequate clearance from your home’s roof, eaves, and walls to mitigate the risk of chimney fires.

Insurance Review and Risk Assessment

  • Insurance Coverage Confirmation: Verify that your homeowner's insurance adequately covers your home, its contents, and any animals on your property.
  • Landscape Hazard Identification: Assess your property for high-risk fire zones, difficult-to-access areas, and hidden spots like canyons or valleys.

Roof and Gutter Maintenance

  • Regular Roof Inspections: Have your roof inspected annually, particularly in high wildfire risk areas.
  • Debris Removal: Keep gutters and roofs free of dead leaves and debris.

Fire-Smart Landscaping

  • Defensible Landscaping: Choose fire-resistant or moisture-rich plants (like palms) for your garden.
  • Vegetation Control: Eliminate flammable vegetation, including dead trees and dry grasses, from your property.


By establishing a defensible space around your home, you can effectively shield your property and loved ones from the dangers of wildfires, while also minimizing potential property damage. This proactive approach is a crucial step in wildfire preparedness and safety.