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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.

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