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Partial Remediation After a Fire

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a kitchen fire Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO of North Sacramento: 916-587-3438

SERVPRO of North Sacramento knows that fires cause damage but often do not completely destroy a home. These claims are often called “partial losses” because the home has only been partially destroyed. Many families call SERVPRO of North Sacramento regularly to find out what issues to watch out for with partial losses.

In any property loss situation, there are basic steps to follow to ensure the insurance recovery process goes smoothly.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento recommends that you document everything that was damaged or destroyed, file a timely claim, learn and assert your rights to full and fair payment, and get help if and when you need it. Fire restoration work takes patience, understanding, and consistent and timely communication.  Be prepared to dedicate your time, energy, and persistence to work with highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work.   A few important tips for dealing with a fire loss:

1.Structural Smoke Damage Removal

No matter the fire's size, large or small, smoke can impact your whole home. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach.  However, it isn't safe to live inside a house with damage, even if all the smoke is cleared away.  There could still be soot and particles around that you can't see. Smoke damage is a major health risk, as it's the smoke particles which are a health risk.  Immediately after a fire, you may begin to notice stains on your walls, ceilings, or other plaster surfaces. As the hours pass, you may also begin to notice rust and corrosion on metal hardware throughout your home.  In addition, your fabric items may slowly begin to show visible signs of smoke damage.  This level of smoke damage requires professional guidance on how to handle items affected.

2. Limit Activity

Limit your activity and movement in the house until your home is restored.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. During a fire, soot spreads to the whole house, attaching to surfaces.  The acidic properties of soot can further damage your home and indoor air quality if the soot is not removed immediately.  Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn't a fire. Keep people’s hands clean so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean, know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, our technicians are trained to know what cleaning products to use on certain types of materials. 

For further assistance or more information please contact SERVPRO of North Sacramento at: 916-587-3438 

Why Call SERVPRO Fire Remediation Professionals

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of our duct cleaning machine being used Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help SERVPRO of North Sacramento: 916-587-3438

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is an experienced nationwide franchise focused on fire and water cleanup and restoration. It is almost always necessary to have qualified professionals in addition to the adjuster’s inspection. Your insurer will conduct a proper inspections, to thoroughly investigate all damage, including hidden damage.

Limit Mold and Mildew

Firefighters are great at responding to fires, accidents, and other incidents where there are risks to life and property. Full-time firefighters respond to a wide variety of calls from fires to flooding incidents. However, in the process of using water to extinguish a fire, they can introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of North Sacramento strongly recommends you hire trained fire restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can also cause health effects. In addition, it's difficult for an untrained nonprofessional to know for certain if (s)he’s cleaned up all the areas affected by the mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents.

Replace Carpets, Clean and Dry Your Floors

When it comes to floor water damage,SERVPRO of North Sacramento has dealt with many different floor repairs. Your floors and carpets end up absorbing the worst of the damage from all the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, we recommend that carpets that have water damage be pulled up and replaced. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. Mold grows on organic materials that are in environments with trapped moisture or high humidity. This implies that hardwood floors are susceptible to mold growth beneath them in a case of flood or water damage.

Post-fire Odors in Clothing and Ducts

Treating clothing as soon as possible after a fire is a key to removing the smell. It's also wise NOT to immediately use a washer or dryer, as the heat and motion can make the smoke smell set in and become impossible to get rid of. Removing smoke odor from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet. Ask your SERVPRO of North Sacramento professionals about your emergency dry cleaning needs and sealing your ducts in addition to cleaning them.

Fire Remediation Professionals

The team at SERVPRO of North Sacramento has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call us today at 916-587-3438 for assistance.Faster to Any Size Disaster is not merely a slogan. It is a reality. It is an honest description of our ability to receive a call and respond to a client in need, regardless of property size or type.

Preparing Your Home for Fire Season!

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Sacramento, CA

SERVPRO of North Sacramento knows it is common for people to experience several stages of adjustment including shock, anger, depression, and hopelessness after suffering a fire to their home.  This is why SERVPRO of North Sacramento offers steps you can take to minimize damage to your property during the summer fire season.  One of the most important steps in preparing for a fire is creating a defensible perimeter which is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect your home.

  • Create a defensible space around your home:  A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation, debris, and other types of combustible fuels have been treated, cleared, or reduced to slow the spread of fire to and from the building. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends creating at least 30 feet of defensible space between your home and surrounding vegetation to reduce the potential for damage.
  • Apply fire-retardant chemicals:  Fire-retardant sprays can be applied to at-risk areas of your home and yard.  Fire retardants are chemicals that are applied to materials to prevent the start or slow the growth of the fire. They decrease the ability of materials to ignite. These chemicals work by creating a barrier between the fire and the structure.  The chemical creates a reaction that can help slow the fire.
  • Limit roof combustibility:  A "complex" roof (with lots of ridges and valleys) can be particularly susceptible to fire damage because wind can cause embers to catch on the ridges and valleys.  In addition to applying fire-retardant chemicals, consider upgrading the materials used on your roof, regularly cleaning off debris like pine needles and leaves, and inspecting and replacing broken shingles. 
  • Clean your gutters:  Routine removal of debris from trees and vegetation should be cleared out of gutters.  Debris can cause structural damage to your gutters and even to your house, which may provide space for embers to blow in. Debris also can catch fire, particularly during the dry season.
  • Protect your windows:  A heat differential driven by an outside fire can cause the exposed glass to crack and even shatter inward. A window will break after one to three minutes of exposure to intense heat or flames. The California Building Code recommends that buildings constructed in wilfire-prone areas use dual-pane windows.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

SERVPRO of North Sacramento recommends that after any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire:

SERVPRO of North Sacramento knows how overwhelming and stressful matters can be after a fire.  Here are some simple steps that everyone should follow:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of North Sacramento professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Residential fires can lead to unanticipated emotional distress in the ensuing days after the fire.  You should not underestimate the challenge of evacuation, relocation, and rebuilding after a fire.  Losing your home in a fire involves not only the loss of your residence, but also many other things of value such as photo albums, important documents, and treasured objects.  Your home is your place of security, comfort, and safety. After a fire, this sense of security can also be lost and can disrupt the routine of your daily life.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we strive to help families reach a stage of acceptance and become able to move beyond disbelief, bitterness, and sadness.  We work with other professionals as quickly and efficiently as possible to begin the cleanup and restoration of your home, your personal belongings and your life.  Positive feelings can begin to re-emerge as the focus shifts towards the future.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we are here to serve..."Like it never even happened."

Sacramento Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

picture of a building damaged by fire Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sacramento Business or Home.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we understand that fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to its pre-fire condition.  Our technicians are experts in knowing the processes and protocols required to remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.  We strive to leave your home or business "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is faster to any size disaster

Why is this important?  Our professionals are dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.  All insurance companies specify that the policyholder (you) have a duty to mitigate any further damage or vandalism to your property.  To do this, you need a professional fire and water cleanup and restoration expert like SERVPRO of North Sacramento.

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. Our technicians have extensive training and equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. 

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

We will clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques.  Our "restore first" mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

We understand how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable.  Listed below is the fire damage restoration process which will guide you during this difficult time:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of North Sacramento at 916-587-3438. Our staff will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our crews with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, our technicians can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Our technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Our technicians will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Whatever the size of your loss, SERVPRO of North Sacramento is prepared to help 24/7, 365 days per year.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is the Right Choice for Your Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Soot damage on a bathroom counter top. SERVPRO of North Sacramento provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Sacramento

At SERVPRO North Sacramento, we strive to get your property back to preloss condition or better... "Like it never even happened."  Providing education and information may help you prevent a house fire.

Most Common Causes of House Fires

To help avoid a devastating house fire, you have to know what causes them. In 2019, there were nearly 400,000 residential fires in America causing nearly 4,000 civilian deaths and just over $7 billion dollars in damage.  At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, we understand that household fires are by far the most prevalent type of fire in the United States, and, sadly, one of the leading causes of accidental death. The more we learn about how they can start, the better chances we’ll have in preventing them.  Understanding what you can and can’t do, and the consequences of particular actions and negligence, could prevent a fire in your home.  SERVPRO of North Sacramento wants to make sure that your property is safe against fire and destruction.  There are some causes that will be obvious, and some less so. It’s important to learn about all of them to be able to prevent a fire in your home. 

Electrical Fires

Electrical fires occur for a few different reasons, all of which can end up being devastating. One of the most common causes results from short circuits sparking and igniting nearby building materials. Another common occurrence is from circuits being overloaded with current and overheating. Electrical fires tend to be among the deadliest because they’re undetected until it’s too late. Anytime you move into a new house, you should have an electrician look at the wiring to make sure it’s safe.

Home Cooking

Cooking-related fires make up half of all residential fires. They’re usually caused by overheated grease or an oven/stove top being left on unintentionally. If hot enough, grease can ignite by itself. To avoid kitchen fires, never leave the stove or oven turned on while you’re out of the kitchen. If something ignites, you can usually stop it from progressing by smothering the fire with a metal lid and turning the appliance off.  Any portable appliances should be cleaned and left to cool before being stored. One of the easiest things to do is unplug unused appliances during the day.

Barbecues can also be dangerous.  If left unattended, they could spark and ignite a deck, or tip over during a strong gust and start a fire on a nearby structure.  If you use an outdoor grill, the general consensus is that your grill should be 3-10 feet away from any house walls or objects that are easily flammable or could catch fire from an ignition.


In older homes, baseboards and space heaters are common and are heavily used during the winter. When fabrics like bed sheets or drapes are left too close to the heat, it’s possible that they could catch fire. Any heaters that require fuel are dangerous, as are electric heaters that have the potential of having faulty wiring. It’s always a good idea to keep portable heaters away from anything flammable and make sure they’re off and cooled before you put them away. Never leave any type of old heater on when you’re not at home.

Christmas Trees

Another common cause of fire in the winter months is Christmas trees and decorations. Whether or not you have a real or fake tree doesn’t really matter when you’re covering it in lights and other flammable materials like tinsel and garland. If a tree lights, it’ll be engulfed in flames within a few seconds. When it’s fully lit, then you’re in legitimate trouble of a large-scale house fire. Always make sure that the lights and decorations on the tree are turned off when you leave the house or go to bed. 


Candles are dangerous because people forget to blow them out. You might use them to set a mood or to provide you with light during a power outage, but always make sure that your pets and your kids aren’t going to knock them over. Always remember to blow them out when you go to bed. If left too close to anything flammable, you’ll could be dealing with a fire in no time. 


Chemical fires can ignite without notice. These types of fires occur when you’ve got vapors from gasoline or other household chemicals too close to an open flame. A small number of residential fires are chemically-induced.  If you store flammable liquids in the house, ensure they’re kept in an approved container that is sealed.  Also, keep them a fair distance from anything that heats up or might create a spark like a propane water heater.  Propane is highly flammable and any combustible materials nearby can burst into flames.  

SERVPRO of North Sacramento is the Right Choice

We understand how important it is to deal with damage the right way so that you can get back to living your life.   If you’re the victim of a house fire or commercial fire, your property and your health are at risk. Fires do varying degrees of damage depending on how long, and large, they burn. When you’ve had a house fire, call SERVPRO of North Sacramento and we'll be there to help you pick up the pieces with speed, professionalism, honesty and integrity.

SERVPRO of NOrth Sacramento: 916-587-3438 

At SERVPRO North Sacramento, we have faith in our motto, "Like it never even happened".

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of our technicians in their PPE cleaning a garage from fire damage Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sacramento Home.

Starting life after fire damage to your property and contents is overwhelming and stressful.  It's not only the blazing flames that destroy everything, but the damage is continued through the heat, debris, smoke, and soot.  If fire related issues are not handled quickly, then the damage will run deeper.  Managing all of these issues on your own can be difficult and confusing. That is where fire restoration companies like SERVPRO North Sacramento play a crucial role. 

SERVPRO North Sacramento is dedicated to offering performance, integrity (100 words) and responsibility to help you navigate the confusing process of fire restoration.  Homeowners and business owners need to know the restoration process provides professional intervention to ensure property and contents are returned to their pre-fire condition or better.  

Homeowners and business owners often struggle with serious and unexpected gaps in their insurance coverage and a claim process that is often adversarial.  SERVPRO  North Sacramento is dedicated to leveling the playing field between insurers and insureds.  SERVPRO is a national leader of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services.   We have found that what customers want most from any business they patronize is good, old-fashioned service.  We are here to serve. 

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We Discuss Tips for Performing Fire Cleanup in Your Sacramento Home

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire line in front of a destroyed home Contact us anytime at (916) 587-3438 for prompt restoration of your property.

Tips for Performing Fire Cleanup in Your Sacramento Residence

Fire damage can cause several structural problems if you do not take care of it immediately. It can also make your home look unpleasant. Cleaning up after a fire is a complicated task. Apart from being emotionally challenging, it also presents some physical challenges and can be dangerous.

It can be daunting to get started with performing fire cleanup in your Sacramento residence. You may clean some parts of the house or contents on your own. However, remember that improper cleaning may cause permanent damage to your home. To ensure that your efforts are appropriate for restoring your home, you can do the following things:

    •    Air out your house to minimize the smoke scent.
    •    Clean laminated surfaces and porcelain, chrome, as well as aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent etching or tarnishing.
    •    Tape wet cheesecloth over the supply and return registers to capture loose soot that is in the air.
    •    If there is no electricity, remove foods from your refrigerator and let the doors remain open.
    •    Dispose of open food packages.
    •    Take clothes with substantial smoke residues and odor to a competent restoration dry cleaner.

It is necessary to use specific supplies and techniques to clean up your home safely and effectively. Our SERVPRO crew can help you in cleaning up your residence after any fire. One type of fire that affects homes is a protein fire. This happens when food on a stove or oven burns, leaving strong, burnt food odors and smoke on structures and contents of a house.

You may also be dealing with a complex fire. This occurs when natural and synthetic items in a home have burned, causing smoke residues to build upon surfaces. This fire also emits smoke odors. Our technicians can remove smoke residues from the affected surfaces to prevent corrosion.

We can pretest the surface to choose the ideal cleaning method. One method we can use to clean washable surfaces is abrasive cleaning. It involves agitating the surface we are cleaning. Our restorers use different strategies to abrade or agitate residues from a surface. For instance, we can apply cleaning products that contain abrasive ingredients onto the surface. Our SERVPRO team can also apply cleaning products with abrasive materials onto the surface. We can also use products like odor counteracting beads and sealants to deodorize your home.

If your North Natomas, South Natomas, or Sacramento Airport home has fire damage, SERVPRO of North Sacramento can help you in cleaning up the affected areas. Contact us anytime at (916) 587-3438 for prompt restoration of your property.

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How Fire Smoke Damage Pre-Testing Helps with Sacramento Fire Remediation

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman climbing ladder to extinguish 2nd floor fire As soon as the fire truck leaves, we begin our restoration work.

Pre-testing Fire Smoke Damage for Tailored Restoration in your Sacramento Home

A fire produces all kinds of chemical reactions as well as fluctuating the temperature and air pressure in your home. Combusting materials release these chemicals in the form of hot, smoke, which is attracted to cooling air and surfaces. Depending on the type of material combusting, the smoke released can vary between wet and dry smoke. Wet smokes are thick, oily substances that can be odorous and are generally produced by synthetic materials like plastics. Dry smokes, on the other hand, are produced by natural materials like wood and leave behind a sooty, dusty layer of soiling on surfaces. 

Tackling these two-types of fire smoke damage in your Sacramento home can be tricky for a homeowner as cleaning products may be ineffective on certain types. Wet smoke, for example, requires an oil-based cleaning solution, whereas drier smokes can be tackled using vacuums or wet cleaning methods. To avoid choosing the wrong method, and risk spreading smoke deposits around, it is prudent to contact a professional restorer immediately after containment of the fire.

SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FRST) are trained to recognize different types of soiling and stock a full inventory of chemical cleaning agents. By conducting pre-tests of materials and smoke deposits, our restorers can implement a solution tailored to the types of material burned as well as the requirements of each homeowner. We can use both oil-based chemical cleaning agents and water-based cleaning agents. 

Undertaking chemical action occurs after your SERVPRO technicians have thoroughly vacuumed to remove loose soiling from surfaces. When smokes contacts cool surfaces, the temperature, and air pressure cause them to bind to that surface. Chemical action helps to loosen that bind. If a pre-test reveals, soots are water-soluble a technician can apply water-based cleaners. However, oil-based deposits need dissolving in oil-based chemicals (solvents) before wiping away both oil and solvent. 

A fire can continue to cause damage long after extinguishment. Contact SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438 for all your fire damage restoration needs.

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Sacramento Property Owners Benefit from SERVPRO's Off-Site Contents Cleaning and Storage

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Get Boxed in with Cleaning Your Fire Damaged Possessions in Sacramento--Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Off-Site Contents Cleaning

Content Management Solutions for Fire-Damaged Sacramento Homes

Most homeowners throughout the Sacramento area can agree that while they have invested considerable time and money into their homes, they value several of the possessions inside with higher regard and importance. Photos, artwork, and other unique items that cannot get duplicated are treasured belongings. When disasters like fires occur, it can be challenging to protect these items as you might like, and many consider them lost to the compounding effects overtaking the property.

One of the advantages of choosing professional restoration services for fire damage in Sacramento homes is the entire division of content management technicians that our SERVPRO team can provide in these crises. We have highly trained experts capable of assessing the status of multiple items, furniture, and belongings to determine which need temporary relocation and which items can benefit from focused cleaning and restoration efforts in our nearby facility. It is our mission to provide your possessions with the very best care and consideration throughout every phase of the recovery process.
Taking your belongings off-site can be a stress to many homeowners. We help to ease your mind by answering your questions and concerns, and through thorough cataloging of your entire inventory of items to show you detailed accounts of where every individual item is at any time, whether it is getting work performed or it is stored safely in our climate-controlled warehouse. Our CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service documents and is a useful tool for dealing with your insurance adjuster.
While in our possession, our content management professionals can utilize cutting-edge equipment like ozone chambers for large scale deodorization projects and ultrasonic tanks for unparalleled cleaning of soot and smoke-damaged items. Once the restoration work completes in the house, our SERVPRO team can carefully return these removed items to their original positions “Like it never even happened.”
While structural concerns are often a priority for our customers for understandable reasons, the same sense of urgency must get placed on restoring and protecting damaged belongings within the property as well. Our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team can help however you need by calling (916) 587-3438. We have a full roster of qualified restoration specialists that can help you through every phase of fire loss recovery.

What are the First Steps You Can Take After Fire Damages Your Sacramento Home

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Two cars completely affected by the fire. After the 4TH of July fire works, this customer's garage got affected by the fire damage. WE assisted the customer with this loss.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration For Sacramento Homes

When it comes to city size in California and capital cities in the U.S., Sacramento cracks the top 10 for both categories. Unlike most cities that size, many residents comment that Sacramento still feels like a community to the and not some overgrown town that lost connection with its population. That’s true for everyday living, and when disasters like a fire happen. 

Clearing out fire damage to Sacramento homes takes specialized training and equipment. At SERVPRO, we train team members to become Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians or FSRTs.  They learn how to use every chemical and tool in our inventory to clean and restore the property. They also learn when the property is too damaged for restoration or repair. 

Initial efforts of SERVPRO FSRTs begin with a quick inspection to ensure safety and then begin removing items for disposal. Team members take these out of the home to eliminate these sources of odors and to reduce the risk of accidentally spreading powdery smoke residues into unaffected parts of the home. 

After clearing out the fire damaged property, team members begin wiping down every surface to remove smoke residues and odors. They start with dry sponges and then use cleaners for difficult areas. As the residues layers grow thicker or stickier, they use stronger cleaners. If an item is not cleanable without causing more damage, team leaders contact the owner and the insurance company. They either dispose of the item at the company’s direction or continue cleaning it if the owner still desires to keep it and wants to absorb the cost. 

Before our response teams arrive to begin work, there are two things you can do to make the process go smoother. 

  •  Have your insurance documents ready for us. That includes the name of the company, its phone number, your policy number, and the report from the insurance adjuster. It is essential to bring us in as quickly as possible, but the insurance company should view the damage before we begin restoration. That way, team members do not waste efforts on the property the company pays to replace, not repair or restore. 
  • Turn off the power. If the fire damaged any wiring in the home, then an electrical current running through them is another fire waiting to happen. It is also a direct threat to team members, the owners, and anyone else in the home.

At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, our goal is to restore every home to its pre-fire condition here and in the surrounding communities of North Natomas, South Natomas, and Gardenland. If your home has suffered through any size fire, call us at (916) 587-3438 today to begin the repair and restoration process. We are here for you. 

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How Does Fire Fire Damage Assessment Save Money in Sacramento?

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Sacramento to assess your fire damage.

Save Money on Fire Damage Assessment in Your Sacramento Home 

After a fire gets extinguished in your Sacramento home, property owners hurry to get the ball rolling on restoring the house to its original condition right away. In this rush to get the cleaning started, homeowners can often easily risk their health and safety entering a highly compromised portion of a property after a structure fire. Without full working knowledge of what to look for and how to overcome these effects as they get found, owners take unnecessary risks compared to the experienced approach of seasoned restoration specialists performing it instead. 

Many homeowners fail to see how a professional assessment of fire damage to Sacramento properties can save both time and money compared to a DIY approach. The answer lies in the experience and efficiency of certified restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team, and how quickly they can determine both the scope of the damage to the property and the most effective approach to recovering these effects. 

While you can see the structural damages and other pressing effects in your house after a fire gets extinguished, there are many lingering consequences that you cannot see on the surface. Knowing what to look for and how to find it can get attributed to years of fire loss recovery experience and the accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both fire restoration and odor control. 

Another reason that choosing our SERVPRO team to help in damage assessment after a fire can prove cost-effective is the relationship that our organization has with local insurance brands. We know what they need as evidence and documentation for filing a damage claim, so we can work quickly to collect it even before you inform this insurance company about the emergency. 

While you might believe that DIY damage assessment saves time and money for your household, it might end up being more costly when effects get overlooked, or your insurance company requests a professional inspection. Give our SERVPRO of North Sacramento team a call today at (916) 587-3438. 

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Let Our Experts Return Your Fire Damaged Home In Sacramento To Pre-Damage Condition

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Our emergency response crew is available 24/7 to make the fire loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Tackles Fire Cleanup For Sacramento Home

Fire damage brings many challenges. There is damage from the flames and smoke, water or extinguishing agents and odor. The proper cleanup for all of these factors must happen before any rebuilding, or structural restorations begin.

When our SERVPRO team takes on fire cleanup in a Sacramento home, we first scope the room to access the scale of the damage and contain the area if there are unaffected portions of the property. Then we immediately remove items too charred or otherwise in non-restorable condition because at that point they contribute nothing but odor.

We work with both the homeowner and the insurance adjuster and keep them informed with each phase of our restoration so we can stay within the parameters of what insurance covers as well as the budget. We take time during cleaning to ensure it is correctly mitigated to avoid additional damages such as mold from water not removed or foul odors from soot.

Our technicians remove all the debris and work on extraction of water or removal of fire extinguisher residue using handheld vacuums with HEPA filtration to capture to the tiny soot particles. If the odor-causing particulates are not removed or neutralized unpleasant smoke odors remain.

Ventilation is a key component during fire loss restoration, even during the drying phase to remove any remaining moisture. After drying, any areas affected by the fire are both cleaned and disinfected.

SERVPRO technicians have many certifications in the restoration sciences, among them is Odor Control. Soot smaller than the human eye can see can cause foul odors, and is most often found embedded in porous building materials and home contents.

We have equipment ranging from machines that capture and eradicate odorous particulate at the molecular level such as Hydroxyl Generators or Ozone machines. Our technicians also have manual applications to fight fire odors such as thermal fogging that travels throughout the smoke-affected areas and neutralizes odors that have permeated deeply within porous materials. When our technicians finish with the mitigation of the fire loss, the property is left ready for rebuilding with no reminders of the fire.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916) 587-3438. Our emergency response crew is available 24/7 to make the fire loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Remove Smoke Odors From Your Sacramento Home

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team members have the expertise and equipment to restore your smoke-damaged home.

Overcoming Smoke Damages in Your Sacramento Home

Smoke staining, odors, and residue can be among the hardest effects to overcome after a structure fire breaks out in your Sacramento residence. While many homeowners seek to clean up the mess on their own as much as possible, fires can cause too much widespread damage for untrained homeowners to restore.

Fire damage in Sacramento can present itself in many ways after the first responders have left your home. While you work to determine the severity of structural concerns as best and as safely as you can, many homeowners do not realize the full extent of the damages until trained professionals like our SERVPRO team arrive to perform our initial assessment of the scene. This estimation process and cataloging of damages can indicate the portions of the property most affected by the fire and where focused cleanup and smoke effects removal is necessary.

Smoke affects every home differently depending on the source of the combustion and the materials involved. Dry smoke comes from a hotter flame, which often leaves a powdery residue on surfaces and contents of the property. Wet smoke, comes from a smoldering heat that burns for much longer, and this can leave a thick residue that adheres to many surfaces and materials throughout your home and is challenging to remove. This invasive effect can infiltrate more areas of your property through the HVAC system, which also gets inspected and assessed when our professionals arrive.

Wet smoke is also known for leaving the areas with a noxious odor that requires our professional equipment to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to deep clean salvageable surfaces and contents affected by the staining residue of wet smoke, and utilize equipment like our hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers to handle indoor air quality purification and deodorization.

The effects from a fire can prove troublesome for a homeowner to overcome on their own. With our advanced training and industry-leading equipment, our SERVPRO of North Sacramento fire restoration specialists can help you to restore your home entirely after a fire. Give us a call today at (916) 587-3438.

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Our Experts Meet Standards To Provide Excellence In Restoring Your Sacramento Home

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Experienced Restoration for Your Fire-Damaged Sacramento Home

When disasters impact your Sacramento property, not just anyone can fix it to the high standards that you can expect from professional restoration. While our franchise strives to offer each customer that we serve an experience that goes above and beyond their expectations, not every restoration company in our service area can provide that for you. There are important elements that set our team apart regarding fire restoration and recovery, and it begins by providing our clients with experienced and professional technicians.

Something that no Sacramento homeowner should tolerate is excessive waiting periods or unprofessional work when their home becomes a victim of fire damage. You want to protect the home that you have invested your time and money into, and this begins with effective mitigation from a team of technicians with the expertise and equipment to do the job as efficiently as possible. From the moment that you call our SERVPRO franchise, you have a team of certified technicians preparing to roll out to your address quickly.

Each of our technicians that come out for fire restoration work has undergone extensive training to obtain their Fire and Smoke Restoration certification through the IICRC. This organization sets the standard for high-quality restoration work to get performed on residential properties, but this is only the beginning to the educational opportunities and ongoing in-house training regiments that exist to make our technicians elite in the field.

This training extends beyond our ability to manage the damaged elements of your property and begin restoration practices. Our SERVPRO technicians can also keep an open line of communication with our customers and their insurance companies to meet the needs of the other parties while we return your home to preloss condition.

Fire damage in your home can prove challenging to overcome without the right assistance arriving quickly to protect the structure and items that mean the most to you. Give our SERVPRO of North Sacramento rapid response team a call anytime that you need us at (916) 587-3438.

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1/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Damage Assessment and Debris Removal for Sacramento Homes

Fires can become dangerous situations for Sacramento homeowners once the first responders have left the premises. While it might be tempting to forego the cost of professional restoration and work to clean up and assess the damage to your property on your own, this is never a wise choice. Many homeowners lack the experience and training to navigate a fire-damaged property safely and can be unaware of the hazards and risks. 

Damage assessment and debris removal are the first steps to overcoming fire damage in your Sacramento home. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly upon your call to begin our intricate inspection of the property to determine the farthest reaches of the effects from the blaze and the best approach to overcome the situation. 

Our SERVPRO technicians on site have to accurately assess the damages to the property to determine the right personnel, equipment, and approaches to restore the property entirely. This inspection also allows for accurate estimations and documentation of the fire damage for the insurance provider that covers your home. We are familiar with what these providers require to approve a property damage claim for the house following a fire, and we work to comprise the necessary evidence quickly to get your claim secured. 

Debris can present multiple hazards and threats to your property and those inside of it. Our professionals have extensive training in protection equipment to avoid hazardous effects from debris cleanup and to avoid inhalation of airborne particulates, smoke residue, and other potential contaminants. Cleanup of the debris can be the removal of materials from the affected areas, the cleaning of surfaces, and directly improving air quality within the house. 

While there are several steps to restoring a home entirely following a widespread structure fire, knowing the best team to choose from the start can make the process seamless, cost-effective, and high-quality. Give our SERVPRO of North Sacramento rapid response team a call to begin a thorough damage assessment and estimation process that precedes our reputable restoration tactics. Give us a call anytime that disaster strikes at (916) 587-3438. 

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Sacramento, Fire Loss Recovery, and Help from SERVPRO

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Works Hard to Help Sacramento Home Owners After Large Fire Damaging Events

Fire Debris Cleanup and Removal in and Around Sacramento

The wildfires this year around Sacramento have been some of the most destructive in decades. In the most recent disaster, one town burned almost completely in the fire that engulfed it. Removing the damage and restoring the area is going to take time and professional restoration service teams.
SERVPRO cleanup crews from Sacramento work to dispose of the fire debris from these major disasters while also preserving a safe work environment. With so much burned material in a relatively small area, the content level of airborne particles is far higher than in a more common house fire. For basic safety, team members begin efforts wearing breathing masks and other protective gear if needed.
With such an incredible amount of debris, there are dozens, even hundreds of different types of residues present as well. In this environment, the few items not physically damaged by the heat and flames are not restorable due to the smoke and soot. While removing these personal or structural property items, restoration technicians wear protective gloves at the bare minimum to protect their skin against particulates as fine as insulation, chemical residue burns, and other hazards.
SERVPRO teams dispose of everything according to the strict guidelines set up by the California and Federal EPA agencies. Many charred items goe into dumpsters for removal and proper disposal procedures. The residents and their environment already suffered a major blow, adding to the problem by polluting the air, soil and water table is not something we do or condone. Our teams understand that while these actions take time and additional cost, they are the only way to safely restore the area so that residents can return to rebuild their homes and businesses on safe ground.
At SERVPRO of North Sacramento, our goal is to return homes and property safely back to their owners. That can mean pulling down and removing a burned out kitchen, or complete removal of all structural and personal property so the owner can rebuild on a clean and safe foundation. If you have suffered from the recent Camp Fire or another disaster, call our office at (916) 587-3438 to schedule an inspection or to have one of our teams help you get started on the road to recovery.

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Did You Know That a Fire in Your Sacramento Home Creates Different Types of Smoke Damage?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Look at the smoke damage on the ceiling, walls and floors. SERVPRO was able to restore this room to its pre-fire condition

Types of Smoke Damage That Affect Your Sacramento Home

Most Sacramento homeowners could not tell you what smoke damage can do to their homes, let alone what differences exist between various types of smoke after a fire. Our highly-trained technicians have the expertise and the education to quickly access your property following a fire to make determinations such as the type of smoke damage to ensure the appropriate equipment is brought on site to restore the home quickly.

Understanding the difference between smoke types when you experience fire damage in your Sacramento home does not get the situation resolved any faster, but it can help to narrow the field for those experienced enough in restoration efforts to make a significant difference fast. Our technicians have extensive training show them the difference between the residues and causes of dry and wet smoke damages within your home, and what methods are the most effective for restoring these areas to get you back in your property quickly.

Wet smoke damage results from a fire that burned at a lower temperature, causing more of a smolder than a rapidly spreading blaze. These types of fires produce considerable smoke, which can seep into fabrics, furniture, and other areas not directly impacted by the spread of the fire itself. Our SERVPRO technicians have premier cleaning strategies to remove the thick coating and sour odor left behind by wet smoke.

Dry smoke is often the opposite, with its cause coming from rapidly spreading fires burning at very high heat. The spread of this situation produces a thinner smoke and a powdery residue. While much of the unaffected surfaces can get cleaned with traditional solvents and detergents, these types of fires often require our SERVPRO professionals to utilize controlled demolition techniques to prepare the area for reconstruction.

While understanding the types of smoke that could affect your home does not impact what occurs when a fire develops, it can help you to appreciate that not all fire restoration teams are the same. With our advanced equipment and highly-trained technicians, our SERVPRO of North Sacramento rapid response team can clean up the mess fast. Call us today at (916) 587-3438.

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Camp Fire Smoke Engulfed Your Sacramento Home? Just Call SERVPRO for Improved Indoor Air Quality

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Sacramento and All of California After Wildfires

Mitigation for Smoke and Fire-Damaged Sacramento Homes

When disaster strikes, Sacramento residents want to know that there are solutions available to them to restore and protect their property, regardless of the time of the day. With our SERVPRO 24-hour response team, we can offer our customers the full measure of our mitigation services and preliminary restoration techniques at any time that they need them. The availability of our technicians gives us the ability to handle situations as they happen, servicing multiple homes simultaneously as recent wildfire victims have required.

Fire-damaged Sacramento homes require immediate attention to protect and preserve structural elements and the contents of the property. If your home was fortunate enough not to have been destroyed by the Camp Fire, then our mitigation work ensures that at-risk items can get removed by our Contents Department to a safe facility nearby for individual cleaning, deodorization, and storage until they can get returned to the home following successful restoration from our SERVPRO team on-site.

Cleanup is one of the most pressing services for homes that have not gotten ravaged by the recent wildfires. Soot and debris spread quickly throughout the property and require specific techniques to overcome. Our SERVPRO technicians on-site have advanced tools and equipment to help remove this presence from the surfaces, contents, and environment. This process begins with the use of our air scrubbers fitted with HEPA and charcoal filters. These machines can pull particulates, debris, soot, and dust from the air and trap it within the onboard filtering system.

Smoky odors and stains are threats that homes face, even when they do not become substantially compromised structurally. Smoke can infiltrate through openings in the house and spread quickly throughout the open areas to affect the entire house. Our technicians at your address can utilize our equipment like thermal foggers to release a dense chemical solution into the damaged areas to neutralize foul odors on contact. This same process is safe for use on clothing, furniture, carpeting, and upholstery.

Recovering from fire damages in your home, even smaller scale situations, requires the expertise and equipment available to our certified technicians. You can rely on our SERVPRO of North Sacramento rapid response team to show up fast to help. Give us a call anytime at (916) 587-3438.

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Smoke and Soot Damage in Sacramento Home.

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage in Sacramento Home.

This Sacramento home experienced a major kitchen fire. Luckily everybody in the house was safe.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento team helped the customer clean and store all their content in our warehouse while their property was being repaired.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento team will help you through out the process of scoping, fire cleaning, laundry and dry cleaning.

SERVPRO of North Sacramento will help you with providing all claim document to you insurance. Call us to learn more about air duct system cleaning following a fire damage and the value of maintaining clean air duct systems year-round. Check our before and after photos to see the work we can do if fire and smoke damage affects your home or business.

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Smoke and Odor Removal in Sacramento.

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Generator

SERVPRO of North Sacramento uses a Hydroxyl Generator to remove smoke odors, eliminate gases and organic pollutants and to clean the air.

The Hydroxyl Generator is 100% safe for use in occupied areas; no need to remove people, plants and animals during operation.

Unlike ozone, the Hydroxyl Generator does not cause bleaching or breakdown of natural rubber materials.

The Hydroxyl Generator is used to safely remove odors, kill germs and clean the air. It can be used on a fire and flood damage restoration jobs. It is used to destroy odors from cigarette smoke, urine, garbage, airborne VOCs and more. 

SERVPRO of North Sacramento Team is highly trained. We are IICRC certified.  

If you Have any Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Please Call Us Today – SERVPRO of North Sacramento at (916)587-3438