Recent Fire Damage Posts

First Steps to Getting Rid of Odor after a Fire!

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage First Steps to Getting Rid of Odor after a Fire! This Photo shows the different Sources of a Fire Loss that can cause Odor to Permeate through a Home or Business.

The First Step to Getting Rid of Odor from a Fire!

If you recently had a Fire in your Home or Business and have a very strong Odor present along with Soot and Debris everywhere the First thing you want to do is remove the Source of the Fire.  Removing the First Source of the Fire, whether it be from an Electrical Fire, a Stove Top, Microwave Oven or even an Electrical Blanket, removing it will assist in getting rid of the Strong Odor Smell.

Of Course, removing all the other Burnt Items and Debris right away will also stop the lingering Odor permeating through the Home or Business. 

Depending Where and How the Fire Started, Once the Source and Burnt Debris are removed the Section that Caught Fire can be contained off with Plastic to stop the spread of that Odor.   

Special Deodorization Equipment can also be placed in the Home or Business to assist with the Odor from a Fire. 

Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for More Information on Fire Damage and Odor Control at 650-794-1000.  We are the Fire Damage Restoration Professionals!

Renters Insurance is encouraged in the Bay Area!

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Renters Insurance is encouraged in the Bay Area! This Bay Area Residence had Personal Belongings affected by Fire, Soot and Water. As the First Responders the Cleaning was started right away!

Why should Tenants have a Renters Insurance Policy?

As a First Responder for Emergency Services in the Bay Area, we see first hand the effects that can be caused by Fire, Smoke and Water Damages.  Not only to the Property, but we see Personal Property and Valuable Assets that become Damaged, Broken, Sooty, Spoiled, Contaminated and even Crumbled.  

It can become very Expensive to come out of Pocket for the Cleaning, Repairing or Replacing of affected Personal Belongings.   Especially if a Renter has to be Displaced for a period of time due to the Property being Damaged and in need of Repair. 

Since most of the Bay Area are Renters it is Highly Recommended to have Renters Insurance!  It is Truly sad to say most Tenants do not have Renter's Insurance and are at a Loss. The Landlords or Homeowners Insurance Policy will not Cover the Tenants Personal Property or Displacement in the Event of Fire or Water Damage.  Having Renter's Insurance will ensure your Cleaning, Repairing, Replacement and Even Displacement Costs.

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno if you have Personal Belongings or Property Affected by Fire or Water at 650-794-1000.  We are your First Responders!

What Happens to Food After a Fire?

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens to Food After a Fire? This Food from the Bay Area has to be disposed. Food that is Opened and Exposed during a Fire is deemed non-salvageable and should be discarded.

Can Food be Saved After a Fire?

Many Customers ask if they can save and eat their food after a fire has happened in their home. Well, Unfortunately, we always recommend "NO", not to Eat or Save Food that has been involved or around a fire.   

Food can become contaminated and spoiled from the Fire's Excessive Heat and Soot becoming Air Borne with Gases and Particles spreading around the Home from the Fire.  The Food becomes non-salvageable and is recommended not to use, Especially any exposed and opened food products.   

When Food is determined to be discarded after a Fire it is best to keep an Inventory with Photos for documentation purposes.  

For More Information on Fire Mitigation Services Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Removing Insulation After a Fire in the Bay Area

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Removing Insulation After a Fire in the Bay Area This Residential Home had Affected Insulation Removed after a Fire. The Soot and Smoke of the Fire Affected all the Insulation.

Why Remove Insulation After a Fire?

Unfortunately, when a fire strikes it not only burns and destroys its encircling environment, but also spreads and affects other surrounding areas with its soot and smoke.

When the Fires Soot and Smoke penetrates through the Walls that Fires Odor will permeate through the Structures Cavities.  Causing the Smoke Odors to retain in the Insulation that may possibly be within the Structures Cavities.  

Smoke Odor can be covered up; however, depending on the environments temperature the Smoke Odor can possibly come back after a period of time due to Smoke Affected Insulation. Smoke Odor is Invisible and the Insulation Fibers will hold onto that Smoke Odor.  It is recommended that after a Fire the Affected Insulation be removed and replaced during the Fire Restoration Process.  

For More Information on Fire Restoration contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno at 650-794-1000!

Fire Damage Board-Up in the Bay Area!

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Board-Up in the Bay Area! This Residential Home in the Bay Area had a Fire Loss. SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno provided the Board-Up to the Property.

Boarding-Up your Property after a Fire!

When a Fire Occurs to your Property the Windows and Doors can be Damaged leaving your Property Exposed and Vulnerable.  It is Very Important to Secure your Property to prevent Theft and Secondary Damages.  

It is Very Important to Complete the Board-Up Right Away.  Do not wait to have this Completed. Depending on the Circumstances of the Fire you may not be able to Stay at the Property and your Valuables will be left with no Protection. 

Boarding- Up Damaged Window and Door Openings will keep your Property Secure and Harder to Gain Entry from unwanted guests. Also, Keeping in mind Cleaning away any Fire Debris left in front of your Property will help assist in keeping the Attention Away from your Property.  

Call SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno right away at 650-794-1000! We are your 24/7 Emergency Service Provider! 

Fire Damage Clean Up in the Bay Area!

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Clean Up in the Bay Area! This Residential Property in South San Francisco Required Fire Damage Clean Up to the Garage. The Fire Department Piled Up the Contents and Debris.

What is Fire Damage Clean Up?

Did you recently have a Fire Loss to your Property?  Is there Soot and Debris all over the Place?  And you don't know where to Start to get the Property back together and cleaned up?  

Well Calling SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno can Help!  

Fire Damage Clean Up consists of Cleaning All the Soot and Debris from the Entire Properties Structure.  That is Cleaning everything from Floors to Ceilings, to every Window and Door within the Structure. Also, Cleaning all the Contents within the Structure, from Couches to Appliances.  There are many different Techniques used when performing the Clean Up, so calling in the Professionals is important.  

SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno Specialize in Cleaning Properties that have been affected by Fire, Soot and Smoke.  From sorting through Debris, Deodorizing and Cleaning Walls and Contents. We take the appropriate steps necessary to get the Cleaning done correctly and efficiently. 

Call Us Now at 650-794-1000 for more Information on Fire Damage Clean Up!

The Spread of Flying Embers

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Spread of Flying Embers Flying Burning Embers can travel away from the main fire point by wind. The Burning Embers can settle and ignite another spreading fire.

Prepare to Defend against Flying Embers

Flying Embers can spread through the wind up to 1 mile or so.  The Embers traveling further from the main fire point are not only Flying, but are burning as well and waiting to settle.  Once the Burning Embers find its resting point they can cause more fire to ignite.  Landing in an area that has plenty of fuel to feed and spread more fire to a flammable home.  To reduce the spread of flames to your home or property start to prepare and defend against the Flying Burning Embers.

Defend your Home from these Burning Embers and Prepare with these simple tips:

  • Clear all Combustible Debris and Hazards around your Home
  • Keep Lawn and Landscaping Watered on a regular basis
  • Cut your Grass or Lawn Regularly
  • Clear Dead Tree's, Branches, Pine Needles and Dead Leafs that accumulate in Foundations, Under Decks and next to your Home
  • Clear the Roof and Gutters of Dead Leaves and any Debris
  • Invest in Fire Resistant Roofing
  • Use Fire Resistant Plants, Rocks and Stone Landscaping next to Structures
  • Secure your Homes Eaves and Soffits with Solid Barriers
  • Have your Vents Screened with Ember Resistant Mesh/ Covers
  • Pile and Store Firewood away from your Home
  • Consider Non-Combustible Shutters
  • Up-Grade Windows
  • Consider Heat Resistant Drapes or Curtains
  • Look into having your Home or Property be Fire Resistant from the Ground Up

We at SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno believe it is very important to protect your investment.  Count on us for assistance and call 650-794-1000.

When a Fire Starts in your Residential Home

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When a Fire Starts in your Residential Home SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Fire and Water Damage Restoration.

What do you do when a fire starts?

It can get pretty nerve racking when a fire starts, especially if you do not know what to do.  You can start to panic and waste precious time that is crucial during a fire.  It is extremely important to remember simple steps to ensure your safety along with your families and others during the start of a fire.

When a fire starts be prepared with these tips:

  • Know how to use/operate a Fire Extinguisher
  • Pan Fires- Place the Pan Lid over the small fire
  • Oven/ Microwave Fire- Turn Off and Close Door for small fires
  • Grease Fire-Apply Baking Soda or Salt- Do Not Add Water or Flour to the small fire!
  • Use a Water Hose or Buckets/Pots Full of Water to Extinguish a small/medium fire
  • Call 9-1-1 right away
  • Yell "Fire" and get out right away if fire is uncontrollable
  • Leave your things and Save Yourself, Family and Others
  • Use Stairs not Elevators
  • Exit through Doors, Windows or Fire Escapes right away
  • Never open doors that are Warm or Hot to the Touch
  • Stay Low if moving through Heavy Smoke and Close the Doors behind you
  • If Trapped Stay in the Room with the Door Closed and place a Wet Towel under the Door
  • Use a Wet Towel to help breath in Heavy Smoke
  • Call 9-1-1 Right Away

It is very important to understand and know when you are not able to control a fire.  Whether the fire is small or large know your capabilities and make wise decisions when trying to determine if you can put out a fire without the help of the Fire Department.  Time is of the essence when a fire strikes and safety is always a priority.

Contact  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno with questions on Fire Losses and Fire Damage Restoration at 650-794-1000. We are here for you.

Did you have a Fire Loss in South San Francisco?

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Did you have a Fire Loss in South San Francisco? SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Residential and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in the San Mateo County.

What to expect after a Fire


Experiencing a fire loss can be emotionally draining and stressful.  It may get difficult to stay focused and make the right decisions and you can become easily frustrated.  It is extremely important to be there for your loved ones and each other during their time of need, especially when experiencing this traumatic event.   It is very important to try and stay positive and know sometimes recovery can take some time, but will eventually get better. 


Steps to immediately recover after a fire:



  • Have all injuries treated by a medical professional

  • Stay calm and pace yourself

  • Let your family and friends know your safe

  • Speak with the Fire Department to know your home is safe to enter

  • Check your home and take many photos of every room

  • Contact your Insurance Company (if applicable)

  • Determine if your home is still livable

  • Come up with a cleaning plan for your home, contents and textiles

  • Start the Restoration Process

  • Begin building back your home 


When the immediate emergency is over and when you are ready the Healing Process can begin and all the pieces can be put back together again.   Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno for more information on Fire Losses and the Fire Restoration Process at 650-794-1000.  We are always here to help.

Simple Fire Safety Tips for your Family

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Simple Fire Safety Tips for your Family SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services in the San Mateo County.

Prepare your family in the event of a home fire


It is extremely important to prepare your family from an unexpected fire in your home.  SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno wants to implement important fire safety tips, so you and your family will be better prepared in case an emergency fire situation occurs.  



  1. Install smoke alarms to the right number of rooms in your home

  2. Teach your family and children what smoke alarms do and how they sound

  3. Ensure your family knows how to escape from every room in the event of a fire

  4. Have a family meeting spot outside the home in case of an emergency

  5. Come up with a communication plan in the event you cannot find each other

  6. Test the smoke alarms and practice escaping every year

  7. Make sure your family and children know how to call 9-1-1

  8. Teach your family and children how to Stop, Drop and Roll


Contact SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno with any questions regarding Fire Losses and Fire Damage Restoration Services at 650-794-1000.   We are always here to help!

San Mateo County Residents: We Specialize in Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage San Mateo County Residents: We Specialize in Smoke and Soot Cleanup SERVPRO of South San Francisco City/ San Bruno specializes in Smoke and Soot Damage cleanup and remove Pervasive Odor in your San Mateo 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 South San Francisco City/ San Bruno 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 – 650-794-1000

South San Francisco Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage South San Francisco Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your South San Francisco 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 South San Francisco City/ San Bruno 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 1-650-794-1000