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Fire Restoration in Fontana, CA

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

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You may have heard about the fire near Fontana, CA in August of 2021. The blaze scorched over 690 acres and caused many people to evacuate their homes. This San Bernardino fire caused many residents and business owners to fear for their belongings, businesses and friends and family.

We understand how nerve wracking it can be if your home or commercial property is involved in a fire, and want to assure you, our trained professionals are experts at restoration and prepared to respond quickly.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (909) 357-4337

What sets SERVPRO of Fontana apart from other competitors, is the fact that we focus more on restoration rather than replacing. This skillset not only helps protect your valuables and beloved heirlooms, but it's also cost effective too.

Our highly skilled staff members at SERVPRO of Fontana have been through rigorous training in restoration techniques, and we have the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property like it never even happened.

Looking for a trusted professional to help with fire damage or smoke damage in Southern California? Look no further than our experts. CONTACT US today to learn more.

What causes California Wildfires?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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In Southern California, wildfire season peaks between July and November. The dry winds, lack of rain, and fall air create the perfect storm for wildfires to thrive. 

As we continue through fire season in California, it is important for to know what you can do to help prevent fires and protect your home or business. Throughout 2021, California has faced another dire drought situation, forcing governor Newsom to press a state of emergency in many California counties. This late summer and early fall have continued to create dangerously dry conditions.

As of September 30, 2021 42% of the state of California was facing extreme drought conditions, while 46% was facing exceptional drought conditions. Exceptional is the worst level a drought can reach. Drought combines with rising temperatures and dry wind to evaporate water sources, dry soil, and kill trees and other plantlife. In turn, conditions for wildfires become an elevated risk and precautions must be taken by those who live and work in Southern California.

No two wildfires are the same. They have different sources, speeds, damage levels, and impacts. In Southern California the drought situation combines with other factors to start fires, while the wind contributes to spreading them throughout the dry brush once plants have died and the soil has dried.

The conditions can be right for a wildfire, but an outside factor still has to be the source. Outside factors can come from nature, such as lightning, but most of our fires are results of human error or arsen. 

Many of California’s most damaging wildfires have ignited from downed power lines, sparks from car accidents or flat tires, fireworks, cigarettes, and arson. Each of these has been the source of some of the biggest fires in California’s history. 

It is important that we listen to state officials and avoid any activities that may create an elevated risk of starting these wildfires that wreak havoc on our communities. If your home or business has been struck by damaging fires this wildfire season, contact us today for an immediate response at (909) 357-4337.

Hot and Dry Weather means More Southern California Fires

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Sierra California Fires Report

Amidst a historic drought and unusually high temperatures, the Southern Sierras are a hot spot for unruly wildfires this season. Just last Saturday, the KNP Complex fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park burned over 58,200 acres and was only 20% contained. 

According to Cassie Adams, public information officer present at the scene of the fire, there were 659 people forced to leave their home with evacuation orders for the communities of: Big Meadows, Weston Meadows and Quail Flat in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, as well as Grant Grove, Wilsonia and Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park.

Not only do wildfires effect the people, economy and businesses nearby, but sadly nature and wildlife. As you can imagine, there is a large concern for the towering, beautiful sequoia trees in those areas as well. Officials say it will require patience and more time to predict the extent of the tree mortality due to these fires.

Fires can be Devastating

At SERVPRO, we understand that fire damage can be completely devastating. From family heirlooms to entire homes, there's no stopping a fire from consuming our most treasured possessions. And although the start of some fires are impossible to prevent, we promise to help with the restoration and resolution after the damage has been done. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experienced staff members, and equipment ready to restore your home or commercial property back to life. We are committed to your happiness and ensuring your establishment feels the way it did before any fire damage.

To learn more about our fire restoration services, give us a call today. (909) 357-4337

We will answer your questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage.

SERVPRO of Fontana Fire Damage Specialties

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Specialties

  • We are locally owned in the Fontana CA area
  • We've been a trusted leader in Fire Damage Restoration for many years
  • We have 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Our technicians are highly trained in fire restoration services

Although we specialize in the Fontana, CA area, our services actually expand to San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County.

If your residence or business has undergone fire damage from any of the recent California wildfires, our experienced team at SERVPRO of Fontana is ready to help you! Since we're so close by, we're ready to respond quicker than other leading restoration specialists.

IICRC Certified for Fire Damage 

Did you know that SERVPRO of Fontana is IICRC Certified? This just means that we require our staff to comply with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This certification meets the highest standards for cleaning and restoration industries, so you know you're in great hands. Our team of professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, and mold remediation to just name a few. We also encourage our employees to complete more continued education courses on fire damage restoration. Not only are we actively implementing our knowledge on the job site, but we have the training to ensure even more accuracy. 

Have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us today!

SERVPRO of Fontana
P: (909) 357-4337

15218 Summit Avenue, #300-426
Fontana, CA 92336

FEMA Fire Tips

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

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When wildfire threatens:

- Wear protective clothing

- Take your emergency supply kit.

- Lock your home or business.

- Tell someone when you left and where you are going.

- Choose a route away from fire hazards.

- Close windows, vents, doors, blinds or noncombustible window coverings.

- Shut off all utilities, if possible.

- Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.

- Move flammable furniture into the center of the home.

- Turn on a light in each room to increase the visibility of your home.

- Seal attic and ground vents with precut noncombustible coverings.

- Turn off propane tanks.

- Place combustible patio furniture inside.

- Set up a portable gasoline - powdered pump.

- Place lawn sprinklers on the roof near above ground fuel tanks.

- Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home or business.

- Gather fire tools.

Fire Damage Tips for Insured

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

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If you're insured and need Fire Damage Tips, allow SERVPRO of Fontana to share some ideas.

HOW TO PREVENT FIRE DAMAGE:

-Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

-Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with light coating of lubricant.

-Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a professional.

-Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with a professional.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service professional. 

-Have an emergency ready plan in place.

If you need help, call our experts at SERVPRO of Fontana

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (909) 357-4337

Fire Damage Remediation with SERVPRO of Fontana

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

2020 was an eventful year for Californians, to say the least - from the global pandemic to the domino effect that ensued after, and of course the cherry on top, our destructive wildfires that destroyed plants, animals, and acres of land. Many Californians who faced fire damage in 2020, have been forced to put off fire repair and restoration services due to lockdowns and personal circumstances. As SERVPRO of Fontana is a local company based in Southern California, we understand the importance of restoring your property as soon as possible following fire damage. As we move into a new year, we will undoubtedly find ourselves facing the fire season again in 2021.

 

What you need to know about Fire Damage in Southern California

 
  • Wildfires create more than surface-level damage
  • Wildfires (and all other fires) can create extensive cosmetic damage to your home or business. This can be extremely upsetting to find your property with destruction. In addition to the surface-level damages, you will also find that your property has extensive damage that may not be so evident to the naked eye.
Following fire damage, your home or business will need immediate repair and require time to restore the structure and integrity of the space. The air quality is not optimal for staff and residents. Smoke and other contaminants will be present in air vents and filtration and create a dangerous circumstance without proper removal techniques.

Additionally, your property will likely face water damage from firefighting efforts. This adds to the stress and disappointment following wildfires, brush fires, etc. Water damage can be extremely disruptive to your property, so it is important to take care of your water damage remediation and removal needs as soon as possible following a fire.

That's where SERVPRO of Fontana comes in.

 At SERVPRO of Fontana, our goal is to serve our community in times like these. We understand that fire and water damage can be extremely upsetting and detrimental to your business - if steps are not taken to properly solve the problems that exist following natural disasters.

Our technicians are highly trained and provided with state-of-the-art technology to ensure that we have a great team who is equipped to take on all jobs — big or small. Call us for your fire damage repair and restoration needs at (909) 357-4337.

California Fires 2020: What to prepare during evacuation

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Amidst pandemic season, Orange County encountered several wildfires. In October alone, there were two recorded wildfires in Silverado and in Blue Ridge which affected massive amounts of land and people.

Silverado Wildfire

As of October 27, 2020 according to The Sun, 13,354 acres of fire with 5% contained was recorded and there were two firefighters critically injured. It has been difficult to contain this casualty because it is wind-driven, and with the gravity of the situation, they forced to evacuate 90,000 Irvine residents because the Sta. Ana winds continues to push flames toward homes. The chief said that 500 firefighters are deployed and they are moving as efficiently as they can in order to contain the fire. Overall, the fire was contained on November 7, 2020 with a good amount of damage to homes and to the area itself.

Blue Ridge Wildfire

Another fire was recorded just on the edge of Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County engulfing 14,334 acres of land. There are no known cause as to how the fire started but it has been contained pretty much the same time as the Silverado fire.

“We’re dealing with extreme wind and erratic fire behavior, and we have two fires burning simultaneously in the county,” Orange County Fire Capt. Greg Barta said.

Wildfire Plan

Create an evacuation plan with your family and in order to do that, it should include:

  • Emergency meeting location - check for evacuation areas designated by your community.
  • Learn the escape routes inside your house and within your community. Making sure that you have the route all mapped out allows you to be more efficient in times of quick evacuation.
  • Make sure to include your pets and livestock in evacuating.
  • Establish a contact to your loved one and keep them updated on your condition and the casualty.


Also you need to prepare:

  • Always have a fire extinguisher ready at home.
  • Make sure that the family is oriented on how to act during evacuation. Turn off the things that need to be turned off.
  • Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit.
  • Maintain a list of Contact numbers.
  • Make sure to pack all the important documents and secure it with your personal belongings.

And most importantly, make sure that you always listen to the announcement from the fire department. Wildfires are unpredictable. Although in these cases, firefighters are trying to fight it before it can reach any house or any property but if worst comes to worst, do not panic. Keep a level head and keep in mind the things you need to do and move as efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO of Fontana Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (909) 357-4337

Why You Should Hire Professionals for Your Fire Damage Repair

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

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As a homeowner or business owner, there are few things that are worse than being hit by a fire. The damage caused by a flood or other  disasters are less when compared with the damage caused by fires.

With other forms of disasters you can still do some repair, but with a fire the damage could be total destruction, even if you are lucky enough to escape.

Even if the fire that affected you was not excessive, the damage and trouble it would cause can still be substantial. 

It's also not as easy task to repair the damage. It presents some complication that make handling it rather difficult.

Why Fire Damage is Difficult to Take Care of

As mentioned, a fire causes some damage particularly tricky to address. It might only burn a portion of a room, but the repair could involve the whole home, office, or business. The smoke might also cause grime to appear on the walls and the ceiling, which could render the entire place a total mess.

Making use of ordinary cleaning methods will not work in removing the damage from the fire and the smoke. Overlooking parts of the house or commercial business which were only partially damaged by the fire can also be dangerous, since you can no longer trust their structural strength.

DIY Fire Damage Repair


Still there are those who insist they can handle the repair of the damage caused by a fire in their homes or business on their own. If you feel confident you can handle it on your own, you will need the skill and knowledge of the professionals like a SERVPRO of Fontana team member.

We can clean up your home or business in no time!

Professional Fire Damage Repair

There are special contractors like those at SERVPRO of Fontana who specialize in handling damages from fires and other disasters.When you need assistance in handling the fire damage in your home then the professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana are ready to help.

Fire and Water Damage

It's not only the fire that damages your property, but also the water used by the firefighters to put it out. The water can cause moisture, damage and mold growth which need to be handled quickly and effectively. 


The SERVPRO of Fontana professionals have the right equipment to manage the damage for you.

Safety is also another reason why it's beneficial for you to hire SERVPRO of Fontana professional fire damage technicians. When you do your own cleaning and repair on a fire inflicted home, you may not be able to assess if the property is safe which means you could be putting yourself and others in harm's way.

SERVPRO of Fontana contractors can assess the condition of a building based on their knowledge and experience. Our motto has always been: restoration services "Like it never even happened." We want you to feel safe and secure no matter the damage that's been done, so don't forget to get in touch with us today if you have any fire concerns!

Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Summer is officially over - as much as we hate to admit it, and winter weather is just around the corner. Colder temperatures pose a variety of challenges for homeowners, and now is the perfect time to start preparing. Learn how to prevent fires this season and ensure you won't run into any fire or water damage.

Here are a few easy tips from SERVPRO of Fontana to winterize your home.

Have your Fireplace Inspected

Those of us who can’t stand cold winter weather can take some solace in the thought of a cozy evening by the hearth. But if it’s been many months since you last used your fireplace, it’s a good idea to inspect it beforehand and ensure that it’s safe to operate.

Check your chimney both inside and out. Shining a flashlight up can illuminate crumbling bricks or mortar, as well as any leaves or other debris that may have collected. You’ll also want to ensure that the flashing on your roof is secure, and that any tree limbs that may have grown too close to the chimney are pruned back. If your roof is difficult to access or if you have safety concerns, call in a professional to carry out the inspection (as well as any necessary repairs).

Clean out your Drain Pipes and Gutters

It’s a smart idea to clean out your gutters and drain pipes at least a couple of times per year, and this is the perfect season to do so.

Your home’s gutters and drainpipes serve an important role - guiding rain and snowmelt off the roof and a safe distance away from the foundation. During autumn, it’s not uncommon for gutters and drainpipes to become clogged, as trees start to shed leaves and twigs. This can cause water to build up and seep into your attic, walls, and/or basement, leading to expensive repairs. An hour or two spent cleaning today can save you a ton of hassle down the road.

Check your Smoke Alarms

How do you handle chilly days and freezing nights? Probably by cranking up the thermostat, boiling up some hot tea or cocoa, and pulling the old space heater out of storage.

Increased use of electrical equipment can lead to a heightened risk of fires during the winter months, so this is a great time to inspect your smoke alarms and ensure that they are working properly. Swapping out the battery periodically is easy enough, but remember that the equipment itself can degrade over time—the U.S. Fire Administration recommends replacing your smoke alarms every 10 years or so.

Install a Water Alarm

Many people aren’t even aware that “water alarms” exist, but these little devices serve an important role in any house. They work similarly to a fire alarm, alerting you to the presence of unwanted moisture and giving you the chance to contain a flood before the damage becomes too serious. Install them in the more flood-prone areas of the home, like your basement or attic.

Fit your Entrances with Door Sweeps

Ever notice those little strips of rubber or plastic you’ll sometimes see attached to the bottom edge of a door? Those are called “door sweeps”, and they’re meant to help seal the entrances to your home—against both cold-weather drafts and minor flooding from melting snow or ice. Door sweeps generally cost only a few dollars, and are easy to install in minutes, making them a very cost-effective choice for any home.

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For Southern California water, fire, and mold damage restoration, there’s only one SERVPRO of Fontana. We are Locally Owned and Operated and would love to hear from you. Give us a call at (909) 357-4337 and let us know how we can help.

Returning to Normal After Fire Damage

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

A fire is devastating to homes and businesses. Following a fire, property and belongings are left with damage not only from the fire, but smoke and often water, from the efforts of the firefighters on the scene. When you’ve been affected by fire at your home or office, professional help is often needed to clean up and restore your property and belongings to before-the-fire condition. You can start the process, and then call in the professional to complete the task of returning you and your home or business back to normal.

How You Can Help After a Fire

After a fire, limit your movement in the property, as doing so will prevent soot and other particles from being ground further into carpet and upholstery. As you try to recover some of your belongings, keep your hands as clean as possible, and if you do move around inside, place clean towels where you are walking through. If your electricity is off, empty your refrigerator and freezer, propping the doors open safely. Changing your HVAC filter will help the recovery as well.

If you want to get the clean up started, you can clean chrome and protect it with oil or petroleum jelly. Stop your cleaning efforts there and let the professionals complete the job. You shouldn’t attempt to clean walls or carpets or upholstery. Improper cleaning my set in stains and odors. If your appliances were close to the fire, heat, or water, you’ll want to call on the professionals for assistance and safety.

Restoration and Your Return to Normal

At SERVPRO, you’ll find the professionals you need to restore your belongings and expedite your return to normalcy. At SERVPRO, the team is specially trained in restoration of items damaged by fire and water. The test your belongings to determine if they can be restored to pre-fire condition, and if so, via dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and immersion, they get the restoration done, preserving your belongings. 

If extensive cleaning and restoration of your property is required, the SERVPRO team can even organize, pack, and move your belongings to expedite the remodeling and restoration.

Electronics damaged by fire and water can be hazardous. You should not turn on or operate any device that could be damaged, instead, let the SERVPRO team coordinate the restoration of your electronics.

Finally, the professionals at SERVPRO can help you with document restoration, including photos and important documents. Though many documents can’t be restored to their condition prior to the fire, they can often be salvaged to prevent additional damage.

If you have been the victim of fire damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help you return to normal as quickly as possible following a fire.

San Bernardino County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Damage from Fire Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your San Bernardino County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fontana will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (909) 357-4337

San Bernardino Wildfire Damage

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Wild Fires SERVPRO of Fontana provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in San Bernardino County

The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Fontan we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Fontana is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Fontana

SERVPRO of Fontana specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help  (909) 357-4337

How to Manage Fire Damage in your Orange County Home or Office

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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If you’ve been the victim of a fire in your home or business, you know the devastation which comes with the experience. When the fire trucks have departed, you are left to manage the damage to your Orange County home or office. The first question is often where to begin, after all, you are facing fire and smoke damage, but also water and flooding damage from the valiant efforts of the firefighters.

Professionals at SERVPRO of Fontana are ready to help

With the expertise needed to clean up and restore your home to the condition it was before the fire. They know how to get the job done effectively including the removal of smoke odors and soot. While you wait for the SERVPRO of Fontana team to arrive, there are some steps you can take to manage the situation, beginning with a determination of whether it is safe to stay in your house. Often electrical problems, wet surfaces, and other damage can create hazards for you and your family.  

Be careful!

Take care and limit movements in areas with the most damage as you can further set soot into your carpet and upholstered furnishings. If you need to walk around, place towels over rugs, upholstery, and carpeting. If your electricity is off, you’ll want to empty the refrigerator and freezer and prop the doors open. You can also take the time to wipe off your indoor plants, change your HVAC filter, and attach double layers of cheesecloth to air handler vents.

Let us take care of the cleaning

There are also steps you should leave up to the SERVPRO of Fontana professionals. Don’t wash walls or other painted surfaces, or attempt to clean your carpet or upholstery. Let SERVPRO of Fontana get the job done right for you! You’ll also want to avoid turning on appliances, lighting, or ceiling fixtures until you are certain wiring has not been damaged. Your SERVPRO of Fontana professionals are ready to respond quickly following a fire, which can limit further damage and reduce your restoration costs. They will see that your home is restored to pre-fire condition with water removal and drying, plus the removal of smoke and soot, as well as any cleaning and repair needed.

Air Quality Alert! Are the California Fires Harmful to your Health?

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Southern California fires Fires in Orange County and Southern California

Thanks to strong winds and an insane amount of dry brush, California has been hit with some of the most harmful fires to date. Starting in San Bernardino County, due to high gusts at almost 70 mph, the wind-driven fire was first reported around 1:30am on Thursday morning, according to San Bernardino County Fire Chief, Don Trapp. Although firefighters rushed the area, in just a couple hours the roaring blaze engulfed 200 acres and 6 homes. And that's just the start.

Since then, other brush fires have ignited, affecting areas in: Fullerton, Brea, and most recently the Getty Fire right near Brentwood Park and the Pacific Palisades. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Fontana for Fire Damage Help?

Right now, the Los Angeles Fire Department is teaming up with SERVPRO of Fontana and other fire and public safety agencies to coordinate resources to battle the most recent fire in Los Angeles,  the Getty Fire. SERVPRO of Fontana specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and our restoration team works hards to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

How do California Fires Affect Air Quality?

With all this being said, what do the California fires mean for air quality in Orange County? Residents are very concerned, as it's one of the top searched phrases on Google right now in Southern California. As you may know, wildfires release excess amounts of carbon dioxide, black  and brown carbon, and ozone precursors into the air. These emissions affect our environment on regional and even global scales. Whether you live in Los Angeles or North Orange County, to stay up to date on air quality in your city, visit Air Now for a list of up to date air quality right now.  If your home has been damaged in the California fires, please call your local fire department or give SERVPRO of Fontana a call today! Call us at (909) 357-4337. Our experts focus on restoring instead of replacing the affected area of your home to ensure the most cost effective approach. Demolishing and replacing those areas will result in higher costs to the resident. It's our mission to provide exceptional work while saving you money in the long run.

Returning to Normal After Fire Damage

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

A fire is devastating to homes and businesses. Following a fire, property and belongings are left with damage not only from the fire, but smoke and often water, from the efforts of the firefighters on the scene. When you’ve been affected by fire at your home or office, professional help is often needed to clean up and restore your property and belongings to before-the-fire condition. You can start the process, and then call in the professional to complete the task of returning you and your home or business back to normal.

How You Can Help After a Fire

After a fire, limit your movement in the property, as doing so will prevent soot and other particles from being ground further into carpet and upholstery. As you try to recover some of your belongings, keep your hands as clean as possible, and if you do move around inside, place clean towels where you are walking through. If your electricity is off, empty your refrigerator and freezer, propping the doors open safely. Changing your HVAC filter will help the recovery as well.

If you want to get the clean up started, you can clean chrome and protect it with oil or petroleum jelly. Stop your cleaning efforts there and let the professionals complete the job. You shouldn’t attempt to clean walls or carpets or upholstery. Improper cleaning my set in stains and odors. If your appliances were close to the fire, heat, or water, you’ll want to call on the professionals for assistance and safety.

Restoration and Your Return to Normal

At SERVPRO, you’ll find the professionals you need to restore your belongings and expedite your return to normalcy. At SERVPRO, the team is specially trained in restoration of items damaged by fire and water. The test your belongings to determine if they can be restored to pre-fire condition, and if so, via dry cleaning, wet cleaning, spray and wipe, foam cleaning, abrasive cleaning, and immersion, they get the restoration done, preserving your belongings. 

If extensive cleaning and restoration of your property is required, the SERVPRO team can even organize, pack, and move your belongings to expedite the remodeling and restoration.

Electronics damaged by fire and water can be hazardous. You should not turn on or operate any device that could be damaged, instead, let the SERVPRO team coordinate the restoration of your electronics.

Finally, the professionals at SERVPRO can help you with document restoration, including photos and important documents. Though many documents can’t be restored to their condition prior to the fire, they can often be salvaged to prevent additional damage.

If you have been the victim of fire damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help you return to normal as quickly as possible following a fire.

Dealing with Fire Damage in Southern California

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Fontana, CA

California, especially Southern California, has recently been hit with a number of major fires. These raging wildfires aren’t the first the state has had to deal with, and they likely won’t be the last. Since the beginning of 2018, there have been 4,587 separate fires raging across the state, which is only slightly above the average for the past five years. More than 600,000 acres have been affected. A number of people have been killed in these fires, including civilians and firefighters, and thousands of residential and commercial buildings have burned. In addition to those who have lost their homes, thousands of other residents have had to leave their houses due to the proximity of the fires. Some of these blazes still aren’t contained and continue to threaten people’s homes.

The Dangers of Fire Damage

Even if it doesn’t destroy your home, fire damage can seriously impact your property and your health. Fire damage can weaken the structure of your home, making it more susceptible to damage from earthquakes or other disasters. When firefighters put out the fire, the water from their high pressure water hoses can also cause water damage to your home, leading to mold growth and other issues.

Even if there’s no major structural damage from the fire, you may still have smoke damage. Smoke can cling to carpets and walls, leaving your home with an odor for months. It can discolor paint, flooring, and furniture, make asthma and other breathing conditions worse, and leave everything you own smelling like smoke. It’s not something you can simply live with—it’s something you need to have professionally cleaned.

What SERVPRO of Fontana Can Do for You

As a professional cleaning company, SERVPRO of Fontana is here to help you deal with fire, smoke, and water damage. We have the tools and experience needed to deal with any fire or smoke damage, no matter how horrible it is. We will assist you in removing soot, cleaning your floors and possessions so that they’re usable again. We can assess the damage and let you know what isn’t salvageable plus temporarily board up any holes or tarp your roof until you can have your home properly repaired.

Don’t assume a quick carpet cleaning and a fresh coat of paint is all it takes to get rid of smoke damage. This is a bigger issue that does require professionals to handle.

Contact us today for more information about our fire and smoke cleaning services or to make an appointment. 

Lilac Fires in San Diego

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Lilac Fire San Diego

You might remember the Lilac Fire – one of many wildfires that popped up in Southern California at the end of last year, and one of the largest (with about 4,100 acres burned and 10,000+ people displaced).

After the fire was contained, SERVPRO of Fontana’s team of fire damage restoration professionals spent 5 weeks out in the San Diego area, working on residential fire damage claims. Even after the immediate danger of a wildfire has passed, affected homeowners still need to move quickly in order to clean up any damage from smoke and/or flames and make the home safe to live in once again.

The aftermath of a wildfire can be a really taxing time for homeowners. That's why SERVPRO of Fontana aims to take as much off of your plate as possible. We're available 24/7 and respond immediately – because in emergency situations, any amount of waiting will cause damages (and cleanup costs) to rise exponentially.

What To Do When Wildfires Approach

Climatologists are warning that wildfires may be the new normal in large parts of California. Do you have a readiness plan in place for your household? Ready.gov provides simple guides to help you and your family prepare for disaster events, covering basic wildfire info as well as topics like where to find shelter and which evacuation route to take.

When disaster actually approaches, the safest thing you can do is to evacuate the area with your loved ones: there’s nothing you can do by staying put. Head to the shelter you’ve identified when preparing your readiness plan, and only return to your home when the “all-clear” is given.

If your home suffers fire damage – whether from a wildfire or any other source – professional restoration is your best bet. It’s not safe to live in a house whose structural integrity may have become compromised, nor is it any fun to deal with the smell of smoke caked into your walls and carpets for years on end. Check out our fire damage tips, where we cover the basics of what to do and what not to do after fire and/or smoke events.

SERVPRO of Fontana offers 24/7 service, including all major holidays – because emergencies don’t wait for normal business hours.  For fire damage restoration, storm damage cleanup and other residential or commercial services, call us today at (909) 357-4337.

Deodorization Equipment

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- Ultra low volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumlate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.

- Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

FEMA WILDFIRE TIPS

1/5/2016 (Permalink)

When wildfire threatens:

- Wear protective clothing

- Take your emergency supply kit.

- Lock your home or business.

- Tell someonewhen you left and where you are going.

- Choose a route away from fire hazards.

- Close windows, vents, doors, blinds or noncombustible window coverings.

- Shut off all utilities, if possible.

- Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.

- Move flammable furniture into the center of the home.

- Turn on a light in each room to increase the visibility of your home.

- Seal attic and ground vents with precut noncombustible coverings.

- Turn off propane tanks.

- Place combustible patio furniture inside.

- Set up a portable gasoline - powdered pump.

- Place lawn sprinklers on the roof near above ground fuel tanks.

- Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home or business.

- Gather fire tools.

Contents Cleaning

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*FIRE DAMAGE

On fire damage claims all of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. SERVPRO professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more. Finally, SERVPRO can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items if requested.

Fire Structural Cleaning

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO OF FONTANA will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with painting or refinishing. In other cases, SERVPRO will clean to "prepare for painting". This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

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Fire Damage Tips For Insured

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

-Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

-Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with light coating of lubricant.

-Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a professional.

-Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with a professional.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service professional. 

-Have an emergency ready plan in place.

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Garage Fire in Fontana, CA

11/19/2013 (Permalink)

This garage was fire damaged from a floor fan that caught fire. SERVPRO of Fontana was called to save the day.

A fan caught fire in a garage in Fontana, CA.  This picture shows the soot on walls and contents after the fire had been put out.

SERVPRO of Fontana was called in to clean up all the damages caused by this fire.  The homeowner was so happy, she said, "The garage had never been this clean in the 40 years that I've owned this property.....thank you SERVPRO".