Recent Fire Damage Posts

Tips for Preventing Fires in the House

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

Large Home Fire Restoring your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition is our main goal.

Tips for Preventing Fires in the House

When your home and personal things are damaged or destroyed in a house fire, the experience may be painful and stressful. However, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of an uncontrollable house fire by following the most common fire safety prevention tips daily.


Homeowners should check their smoke detectors every month to ensure that their batteries are in good condition and operating correctly. On the other hand, if you don't check your smoke detectors for an extended time, you might end up with malfunctioning equipment that can't detect smoke or fire.


It would help if you had a licensed electrician or home inspector examine all of the outlets in your house to look for any problems with the wires. If you are unsure where the problem with your home's wiring lies, an outlet fire may occur suddenly and without warning.


It's best not to overload a surge protector with too many devices, particularly those you don't use very often. When you're going for the day or on vacation, unplug any devices or kitchen appliances you aren't presently using.


When using your stove, oven, or any other kitchen device, remember to always keep an eye on yourself. When baking or cooking, never leave your oven unattended. If an unplanned grease or oven fire occurs, have a small kitchen fire extinguisher on hand.

Are you searching for a fire damage restoration service near me in Livermore, CA? SERVPRO of Livermore is here to assist. Give us a call today at (925) 341-9040.

Causes Of Fire Damages.

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Burnt down home Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools, and knowledge to clean up fire damage and remove the smell of smoke.

Causes Of Fire Damages.

Fire is the most destructive natural catastrophe. It may disrupt daily life and cost considerable cash, accompanied by several issues. When it comes to restoring your property, it is in your best interest to get started as soon as you possibly can. Not only will this help you save money, but it will also avoid more damage to your home.

Let's take a look at some of the most common sorts of harm that fire may inflict.


Burning will cause a lot of delamination, such as a charred stairway or a hole in your wall or ceiling, and prioritize these repairs.

Disgusting smells and filth

Smoke and soot damage may permeate a room for days or weeks, and many surfaces become permanently stained. Smoke can discolor the walls and carpets of your home. Even in regions not directly damaged by the fire, it may leave a trail of ash, ash residue, and soot everywhere. So, getting rid of it will be a top priority for any fire damage repair company that comes into your house or place of business.

Water Damage

Damage from both fire and water is quite common. This is because fire damage may create a broken pipe or tank, allowing water to flood over your building, or fire damage can produce holes in your property, which can lead to leaks during poor weather. In addition, firefighters will use water to put out the fire, resulting in water damage to your property.

Hiring a team of restoration experts is the most effective action after fire damage. They know how to remove smoke and soot from your possessions and fix structural damage and restore your home to its pre-incident state. Trust SERVPRO of Livermore to handle all fire damage effectively. Give us a call today at (925) 341-9040.

Actions to Take in the Event of Fire Damage

7/16/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools and knowledge to clean up fire and smoke damage.

Actions to Take in the Event of Fire Damage

Fire damage can be a terrifying experience. However, after a moment of disbelief, homeowners often ask how they might begin the cleaning procedure. Thus, taking the required precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones is essential.

Ask First whether You're Allowed to Enter Your Property

Make sure that the Fire Marshall has given the go-ahead for you to enter the building. In that case, you should be aware of potential hazards in your house, such as hot spots and unstable beams. Waiting until it is safe to see whether your treasured possessions have been spared the fire's ravages is preferable to dealing with an injury that might prolong the process of clearing up the fire damage.

Take Pictures of the Fire Damage.

It's also a good idea to take photographs of the damage to show them to the insurance companies and other possible service providers while you're getting bids. Some damage may not be apparent, such as removing the smoky smell from clothing and furnishings.

Call a Fire Damage Restoration Company for Help

However, there are certain things that you can handle on your own, such as removing clothes and linens that may be laundered or brought to the dry cleaners. Items that have been severely damaged by fire, smoke, or water should not be handled. A restoration firm should be contacted immediately after a fire. These businesses are dedicated to restoring and repairing damaged property.

SERVPRO of Livermore is here to help if you require fire damage restoration services. There is no job too big or too little for us to handle. Give us a call today at (925) 341-9040.

SERVPRO Training House

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

Training Facility SERVPRO Headquarters has a fire cleanup training building.

SERVPRO Training House

SERVPRO Industries, Inc., one of America's largest franchise systems provides training for 1,700 independently owned and operated franchise locations.

SERVPRO of Belmont/San Carlos owners learned how to perform fire cleanup at the SERVPRO training house at corporate headquarters.

The two story home is "smoked up" with a variety of different types of smoke. (There are at least four basic types of smoke and each is cleaned with slightly different cleaning agents.) Certain materials when ignited produced different gases and soot. Each major type of soot presents cleaning challenges.

Participants in the training classes perform hands on cleaning. They use the techniques and cleaning agents innovated by SERVPRO. This assures better results when a SERVPRO franchises and their technicians respond to a local and "real" fire.

Contact SERVPRO of Livermore at  (925) 341-9040.

What happens when fire damages contents?

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

Files damaged from fire damage Contents, even important documents are often damaged during a property disaster.

Fires in homes and offices may completely destroy some structural materials and personal items (contents) too.  Depending upon the insurance coverage purchased, policies will customarily pay to rebuild or replace structural materials, including personal contents that are destroyed. Insurance jargon refers to these astotal lossor non-salvageable items. Adjusters request that restoration companies make an honest evaluation of what can be cleaned or repaired and what cannot be salvaged. If there is uncertainty, they direct the restoration provider to make a test by attempting to salvage. If the results are not satisfactory we are to stop cleaning. SERVPRO will provide an inventory of items that are deemed to be total loss/non-salvageable. The “total loss” inventory is usually supported by photographic evidence and job notes/reports. Sometimes, the adjuster or property manager/agent may want to personally inspect damaged items. It is the adjuster who makes the final determination concerning the total loss items based upon the terms of the insurance policy. Final cost settlement (reimbursement) is between the policyholder and the insurance company (not us).

Please Note: the term is “total loss” is not total lost. At all times, non-salvageable items are in a chain of custody. They are not lost. In fact items are disposed of only after we receive an “Authorization to Dispose” form from you (the policyholder) or at times your adjuster who has gained your approval.

If your property suffers a damage, we are here to help. If you need content cleaning or advice, please call us at: SERVPRO of Livermore (925) 341-9040.

Why Can Homeowners Get Fire and Smoke Cleanup Services in Livermore?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Premier Provider of Fire and Smoke Cleanup Services in Livermore

The sight of your home having smoke damage is unwelcome. However, once the fire-fighters extinguish the fire, the road to recovery is long and should be started immediately. You may think that the destruction to your home is limited to the damage which is visually confirmed. At SERVPRO, we know that this is not true. Smoke, water from firefighting efforts, and the residual odor can affect contents, surrounding areas, and ventilation systems, which need to be treated properly so that they can leave your property. 

We offer fire and smoke cleanup services in Livermore the same way as though it occurred to our homes. After the fire and smoke damage, a building, walls, woodwork, flooring, and carpeting often require thorough cleaning. Our SERVPRO team pretests the damaged areas to determine the extent of the destruction. We then use different cleaning products and specific equipment to protect different kinds of surfaces found in your home. Depending on how much soot is available, we can minimize the expense by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on certain surfaces. This can help you avoid the cost of refinishing and repainting. During our initial inspection, our restorers can do the following:

  • Inspect all areas of your home for smoke or soot damage.
  • Use a combination of materials and sponges to test contents and surfaces for destruction.
  • Offer a free estimate for cleaning and repair.
  • Answer different questions that pertain to your loss.

SERVPRO cleans the smoke, soot, and odor using different methods that take place at different stages of the cleanup project. We use a combination of air cleaning devices, cleaning agents, and deodorizers. Using chemical sponges is essential in this phase. They collect particles and soot when it contacts them. Chemical sponges also prevent streaking on surfaces and walls. Our SERVPRO restorers usually clean walls and ceilings with a dry chemical sponge and then with a degreaser and deodorizing agent. This way, we ensure that ceilings and walls are clean and that residual odor is eliminated. 

Fire and smoke damage requires effective cleaning techniques. When in need of fire and smoke cleanup in Livermore, call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040 for fast restoration. 

Who Can Livermore Residents Call for Help with Fire Damaged Homes?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Assist With House Fire Clean Up in Livermore

When a fire breaks out inside your house, the flames can quickly engulf things near it until it gets put out. However, the heat and smoke coming from the fire can also damage your building materials and contents that were far away from the fire's source. Smoke can travel throughout your structure and turn into soot residues when it contacts cooler surfaces.

During fire damage restoration in Livermore, cleaning soot residues can become a major portion of the work. Since different types of soot residues adhere to the various surfaces in your house, we often must utilize a combination of cleaning methods. For example, if contents like your wooden furniture get affected by soot, we use special procedures to clean them.

For light residues, we can clean your wooden furniture with dry cleaning methods such as using a feather duster, a dry cleaning sponge, or a vacuum with a dusting tool attached. We can use a wall and surface cleaner or wood oil soap when dealing with moderate residues. If the residues are heavy, we can use a wood creme paste to semi-refinish the surface. 

Along with cleaning your building materials and contents after a fire, our SERVPRO technicians can also provide the following services:

  • House Fire Clean Up
  • Repair Fire Damaged Homes
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Fire Restoration

If you notice that items like your wooden furniture got coated in soot residues or otherwise damaged after a house fire, call SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040.

What Are the Advantages of Prompt Fire Debris Removal in Livermore Homes?

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

"Faster to any size disaster" For 24/7 assistance from our trained emergency response team, contact SERVPRO of Livermore at (925) 341-9040.

Emergency Services Focus on Providing the Most Efficient Fire Restoration Process for Livermore Properties. 

Shoveling and vacuuming out fire debris is a critical mitigation process for fire damaged homes to expedite fire restoration and recovery. The house can be overwhelmed by these solids and soils after combustion, which can include:

  • Charred materials
  • Ash
  • Burned contents
  • Debris and bulk materials

Advantages of Fire Debris Removal 

Fire and smoke mitigation for Livermore properties rely on several actions. When fire debris removal is one, this is an effort that can benefit the property immensely in the earliest fire restoration stages. Debris removal can show where structural damage exists and where surface cleaning is necessary. This process also helps to reduce harsh odors and circulating soot particles after extinguishment.

Additional Emergency Services our SERVPRO Team Conducts

While debris removal can be one of the critical emergency services our SERVPRO team provides, it is not the only mitigation action that can help fire damaged homes. Smoke damage removal through HEPA air filtration can be instrumental in improving indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns such as circulating particles, contaminants, ash, and other solids.

Removing fire debris and other emergency services can help quicken the restoration process and reach the point where our SERVPRO of Livermore team is putting the final touches on the property. We are ready to help however you need when you call (925) 341-9040.

What Causes Fire Odors in a Livermore Home?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a home. Fire odor can be hard to deal with in all aspects, call SERVPRO of Livermore.

SERVPRO of Livermore Incorporate Odor Control into House Fire Cleanup

Fire odors are generally caused by the release of toxins or chemicals into an indoor space. Sometimes these odors can be localized to a specific area, such as when walls or ceilings are heavily coated in smoke residues. However, in some situations, especially relating to synthetic odors, they can be harder to find. We can help with odor and:

  • Smoke damage 
  • Fire restoration
  • House fire cleanup

Odor control in the house fire cleanup of your Livermore is a vital part of the service. Since odor sources are sometimes tough to locate, using a multi-pronged approach is often the most efficient. We use a range of odor control equipment to tackle smoke odors left behind from a house fire.

  • Fumigation of the property using water or oil-based thermal fogging equipment can catch hard-to-find odors. 
  • Odor counteractant beads or pellets are often useful for placing inside air vents, crawlspaces, and wall cavities.
  • We monitor the property daily until unpleasant odors have been neutralized or are no longer apparent.

To control fire odors, contact SERVPRO of Livermore quoting house fire clean up at (925) 341-9040.

Call SERVPRO for Fast Fire Damage Restoration in Livermore

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke on walls of a hallway. Smoke and fire damage will not stand a chance with SERVPRO on the scene.

Livermore Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Efficient Fire Damage Restoration

Fire and smoke can wreak havoc on your Livermore property. The damage due to the fire and smoke residue's heat can be significant, and you should only trust professionals with house fire cleanup. SERVPRO technicians have years of experience and expertise in fire and smoke damage restoration. Our goal is to try and restore the material to preloss condition.

Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup at your Livermore home are complicated tasks that require the right strategy and proper equipment. SERVPRO technicians are trained to handle almost any situation of fire and smoke damage. Our technicians use some of the most sophisticated equipment to get the job done “Like it never even happened.” 

The Principles of Cleaning in Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup Process

SERVPRO technicians apply the following cleaning principles for fire damage restoration and smoke remediation:

  • Locate any trace of the smoke residue by thoroughly inspecting your Livermore property
  • Identify different type of residue and prepare a plan for remediation
  • It is crucial to identify the various surfaces involved in the fire and smoke damage. The cleanup strategy for fire damaged homes in Livermore may vary significantly depending on the type of surface and extent of damage
  • Capturing and removing the residue is one of the most important tasks during house fire cleanup. SERVPRO restorers use both dry and wet cleaning processes depending on the type of residue involved.

Call SERVPRO of Livermore today at (925) 341-9040 for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup.

Is Replacing Soot and Smoke Damaged Belongings Expensive?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage to a burnt home Call SERVPRO of Livermore for your fire damage needs today.

SERVPRO of Livermore Uses Cost-Efficient Restoration and Cleaning after a House Fire 

Fires release smoke which, in an enclosed environment, stain or soil your belongings. Restoring these contents through professional cleaning is a less expensive option than replacing them. Standard techniques may be wet cleaning for stubborn soot or dry cleaning for light dry soot. 

Performing fire and smoke cleanup successfully in Livermore relies on using the proper cleaning techniques and products. Hot smoke naturally seeks out and bonds with cool surfaces. This phenomenon means that you may find the interior of cabinets, draws, and wooden furniture most adversely affected by a fire. SERVPRO technicians can frequently restore hardwood furniture removing the need to source costly replacements.

  • Dry cleaning hardwood uses brushes, dusters, and vacuums to remove upper layers of soot from a cabinet or drawers but may struggle against oily or bonded soils.
  • Wet cleaning uses low alkali cleaning solutions to eliminate moderate soot without risking damage to the wood surfaces beneath.
  • When heavy smoke residues buildup, a semi-refinishing cleaner for hardwood furniture with wood creme paste can often restore the item to a preloss condition. 

Avoid expensive replacement with effective restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for fire and smoke cleanup at (925) 341-9040.

Why Should Professionals Handle Livermore Fire and Smoke Cleanup?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out the window of a home Fire and smoke damage can be a headache to deal with, call SERVPRO of Livermore for assistance.

Toxic residues and corrosive processes require an expert touch

As fire blazes through a Livermore residence, it consumes building materials and contents as fuel. The items burned include paper, wood, rubber, plastics, food, and oils, among other things. Incompletely combusted structures and articles create smoke and soot, the residues of which coat every surface inside your home. These residues are highly acidic and contain a wide range of hazardous substances that can negatively impact your family’s health.

How Does SERVPRO Manage Dangerous and Corrosive Smoke and Soot?

Our highly-qualified managers and technicians rely on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training arranged to ensure our crews can efficiently complete fire and smoke cleanup in Livermore. To protect our customers and crews, we mandate personal protective equipment (PPE) and containment of the affected spaces. We handle the cleaning by:

  • Assessing the types of soot deposited, which can vary throughout the fire-damaged areas
  • Matching the soots found with cleaning products, tools, and methods that dissolve, emulsify, or suspend the residues for removal
  • Augmenting cleaning attempts with 
  1. Detergents
  2. Abrasive tools or additives
  3. Agitation
  4. Temperature moderation
  5. Increased dwell time
  6. Specialized equipment like ultrasonic or immersion tubs to loosen soils 

SERVPRO of Livermore uses a broad array of strategies to remove the toxic and acidic smoke and soot residues  from your home. Contact us at (925) 341-9040 to schedule an evaluation.

How Do Professional Restoration Services Remove Fire Odors?

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Livermore Has Highly Trained Odor Control Technicians to Help Reduce and Remove Odors

In the Tri-valley region of Alameda County is Livermore. The large city has a population of 90,189 residents who live on the San Francisco Bay Area's borders. Like most Californian cities, the first settlers to the region were Spanish Catholics. During the 19th century, Mission San Jose's region became a popular stopover point for prospectors seeking a fortune during the Gold Rush. One of the areas most famous stopover was a ranch owned by Robert Livermore. Livermore's death saw the establishment of a township around the farm, which later grew into the city of Livermore.  The modern-day downtown was at one point a part of the ranch that provided its name. Despite significant passing trade, the early part of the nineteenth century was reasonably quiet for Livermore. It was from the mid-century and the construction of major pacific railroads that the population began to explode.

Twenty-first century Livermore has a mixed economy that encompasses both scientific and agricultural sectors. The Livermore Valley is one of the oldest wine-making regions in the United States, which produces, distributes, and exports American Viticultural Area (AVA) wines worldwide. The semi-arid, Mediterranean climate combined with coastal breezes produces excellent grapes that have earned a global reputation. Livermore is also a renowned center for scientific excellence with two Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Crucial scientific advancements in nuclear energy and the discovery of several super-heavy elements result from Livermore's scientific laboratories and research centers. Livermore's culture primarily reflects these two economies with annual festivals, such as the Livermore Rodeo, paying tribute to its agricultural and ranch traditions. The development of a suburban community has given rise to several contemporary arts and theater venues in the historic downtown. 

The Livermore Valley is one of the leading producers of AVA wines in the United States. Just east of San Francisco, the region offers over 40 wineries for visitors to sample and tour.

The Bankhead Theater on First Street is at the heart of Livermore's downtown district and is ideally located alongside numerous restaurants and nightlife gems.

The San Francisco Premium Outlets center on Livermore Outlets Drive offers a range of coveted brands at discounted prices. The area has 130 stores with high fashion outlets like Armani, Burberry, and Prada.

Livermore Residents Can Use SERVPRO for local Fire Restoration Services.

A property fire can cause extensive odor problems. Odor particles are microscopic and can penetrate materials, textiles, and cavities in your home with high pressure and temperature. Often, a comprehensive cleaning and deodorization strategy is the only way to control and reduce these odors. 

Our fire damage restoration services in Livermore can help to reduce the impact of burnt odors. Using nationally accredited cleaning agents and industrial fumigation equipment, we can rid the home of unpleasant smells. Odor Control Technicians (OCT) are licensed and certified to carry out deodorization safely and securely. 

  • Using pH relevant cleaning agents, we can dissolve and remove odor-causing residues from surfaces in the home. 
  • Our Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers can fumigate quickly and efficiently.
  • Technicians perform air exchanges up to sixty times to ensure your air quality is safe after fumigation.

Get rid of burnt odors from your home. Contact SERVPRO of Livermore for fire damage restoration at (925) 341-9040.

How Do Harsh Smoke Odors Get Removed from Livermore Homes?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

smoke billowing under door, light from fire Need help with fire damage restoration and smoky odor control in your Livermore home? Call SERVPRO!

There are many deodorization practices for area residences after a fire.

One of the most challenging lingering effects in Livermore homes is the smell of combustion and smoke after a fire. Because deodorization is one of the final stages of restoration for your fire-damaged property, several other initial actions can have an impact on the overall severity of this condition. Fire debris removal and controlled demolition can both impact the concentration of smoke odors through specific areas of your house.

What Equipment Gets Used for Odor Removal?

Choosing the right approach for odor neutralization means picking the devices and products that best suit the situation to mitigate fire damage in Livermore residences. There are multiple machines capable of deodorization, including:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines
  • HEPA filtration equipment

Fire losses do not get restored and cleaned up overnight, but our SERVPRO of Livermore team can help make the process as efficient as possible. You can reach us 24/7 to help at (925) 341-9040.