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6 THINGS TO DO AFTER A FIRE

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 6 THINGS TO DO AFTER A FIRE Soot removal after a fire by SERVPRO fire specialist

We’re not going to kid you. Fire damage restoration is tough work. People call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning frequently to ask for advice on how to clean up after a fire.  Here are seven of the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration.

Most people can put these tips into practice. But remember that fire damage restoration takes time, work, and skill. Realistically consider whether you want to try these ideas on your own or whether you’d be better off hiring the highly trained staff of SERVPRO Beaumont/Banning who will guarantee their work.

  1. Remove Smoke Damage

With any fire you’ll have a degree of smoke damage to your walls, wall paper, and paint. If the smoke damage is not too serious, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Soot from smoke damage is greasy stuff, so always try to dust as much of it off from a surface before trying to scrub the surface clean. Often, you’ll want to repaint, but make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before you paint.

  1. Limit Activity & Other Simple Fire Damage Restoration Steps

Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 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 (one example: Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.) Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants. Change your HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Call SERVPRO Of Beaumont/Banning for Cleanup and Restoration.

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  1. Get Rid of Mold & Mildew

Firefighters are great. They save many a live and many a home. But they do introduce mold and mildew into houses when they must use water to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew. Mold and mildew can cause serious health problems. It’s difficult for a nonprofessional to know for certain if all the areas affected by the mold and mildew are cleaned properly. And mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls, and vents. The best thing you can do immediately is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

  1. Replace Carpets. Clean And Dry Your Floors

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, SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning recommends that you pull up any carpets that have water damage and replace them. Water can also seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood. You must address this. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it BUT . . . calling SERVPRO is a better for your peace of mind.

  1. Avoid Smearing Soot Into Clothing

Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Make sure you don’t smear the greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes into the wash. Often times dry cleaning is the best bet, and you should ask around local dry cleaners to see if any have experience with post-fire laundry.

  1. Scrub, Soak, And Cleaning Dishes

Dishes are also important items to clean thoroughly after a fire because they will be in contact with your food. Scrub all dishes well, let them soak in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and scrub some more for safety. When in doubt, if a dish, pot, or pan won’t come clean, cut your losses and throw it out – especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Call SERVPRO Of Beaumont/Banning for Cleanup and Restoration. 

(951) 922-2900.

We have the know how and the extensive experience to help you make it . . .

"Like it never even happened."

FIRE SEASON 2019

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRE SEASON 2019 SERVPRO of Beaumont/ Banning is there

We all have been through a very wet winter and spring here in the Pass Area of California. The green and growth, while beautiful, is created fodder for a very precarious fire season.

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is ready and waiting to be of assistance to any of our area's wildfires that may occur in our very hot and dry desert area.

Living in SoCal has prepared us for the massive fire chances and we at SERVPRO have the trained crews and equipment to help clean, prepare and resolve the soot, grime and smoke smell and damage that occurs with a fire loss.

Remember SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is there to make it  . . .

"Like it never even happened."

CALL WHEN THE NEED IS THERE WE ANSWER 24/7

951-922-2900

PASS AREA WILDFIRE DAMAGE

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage PASS AREA WILDFIRE DAMAGE Soot is a sticky hard to remove substance we can help.

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 “Idyllwild Fire” in the Riverside County area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the parts of the 10 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Western Riverside 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 Beaumont/Banning 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 Beaumont / Banning is here to help.

About SERVPRO of Beaumont / Banning

SERVPRO of Beaumont / Banning 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.

Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help  951-922-2900

SMOKE AND SOOT CLEANUP

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SMOKE AND SOOT CLEANUP Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Beaumont / Banning / Desert Hot Springs Home

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 Beaumont / Banning 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 –

951-922-2900

Beaumont/Banning Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

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 Beaumont/Banning 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 –SERVPRO Beaumont / Banning

951-922-2900

Look at our video on soot clean-up

Smoke and Soot Cleanup by SERVPRO Beaumont / Banning

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke and Soot Cleanup by SERVPRO Beaumont / Banning Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in in Your Beaumont/Banning 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 Beaumont / Banning 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 – 
951-922-2900

WILD FIRES AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

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 Beaumont/Banning, 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 Beaumont/Banning is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning 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 

 (951) 922-2900

Restoring Your Home After A Fire

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Home After A Fire It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire. At SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning, we work hard to recover your structures and contents.

It’s always devastating when a family experiences a house fire. At SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning, we work hard to recover your structures and contents after a fire. We also remove soot and even the smell of the smoke from your home, so that you and your family can returned to your safe, clean space. Our goal is always to make your home “Like it never even happened.” 

What to Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 951-922-2900. SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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 Beaumont/Banning 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. 

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 – 951-922-2900 

Positive Feedback

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Positive Feedback As a company, nothing makes us more happy and confident than to receive positive feedback and testimonials from our customers.

At SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning we specialize in fire and water clean-up and restoration services. As a company, we treat every job the same, regardless of size. In each job, we work hard and diligent to provide quality and cost-effect service to our customers. As a company, nothing makes us more happy and confident than to receive positive feedback and testimonials from our customers. It is the greatest compliment anyone can give us.

We recently had the opportunity along with other SERVPRO franchises to help households in the San Diego County affected by the Lilac fire. The feedback we received was amazing! We had the opportunity to help households get back on track after being affected by a disastrous fire. Nothing gives us greater satisfaction than to know we did a difference in people’s lives. Here are some of the testimonials of people we had the opportunity to help.  

“On December 7, 2017 our home was involved in the Lilac fire. 75 of our neighbors lost their homes. We were one of the lucky ones. Although our home was spared, there was smoke damage. Tracy and her SERVPRO team were wonderful. She made me feel everything was going to be ok. Tracy reassured us when we moved back in, the smoke smell would be to a minimal if not gone all together.  It was gone when we got home. And our home was cleaned inside and out. They did a wonderful job. It almost felt as it nothing has every happened. I feel Tracy went up and above what she needed to do and we will be forever grateful.” — Maureen Smith in Fallbrook, CA.

“The pro part of SERVPRO was pretty evident in the professionalism with which they showed in getting our house and contents cleaned. They did a very thorough job. When you are affected with something like a wild fire it is nice to have something go right.” — Samuel David Murdock in Fallbrook, CA.

It was our pleasure to serve them, we would love to serve you.

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 – (951) 922-2900

Restoration Services Can Help to Save those Items that Don’t Have A Price

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Services Can Help to Save those Items that Don’t Have A Price The faster we can get out to help, the better are our chances we can restore more property and personal belongings versus having to replace them.

Putting out a home fire is just the beginning. What you do thereafter can make a huge difference. The faster a restoration company can get out to help, the better are the chances they will restore more property and personal belongings versus having to replace them. And although this may depend on the extent and size of the fire, getting the fire turned off quick and having mitigation services begin immediately, makes all the difference in helping keep costs of replacement down and lessens the time of recovery. And let us not forget those items that do not have a price, like that piano that has been passed down for generations or that comfortable recliner that was a gift given to you by a loved.

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning understands that your home and personal items mean a lot and are priceless. As a company, we work hard and strive through our mitigation services to ensure that your home and personal property, when applicable, is restored fully to its preloss condition.

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 – 951-922-2900

Beaumont, Banning, and Desert Hot Springs Wildfire Damage Event

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Beaumont, Banning, and Desert Hot Springs Wildfire Damage Event SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Beaumont, Banning and Desert Hot Springs.

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 Beaumont/Banning, 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 Beaumont/Banning is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning 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  (951) 922-2900

There's More to A Fire Then You Think

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage There's More to A Fire Then You Think We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Exposure to smoke, ashes, and soot from a fire can have harmful effects to your home and health. Long-term exposure to toxins found in smoke, ashes, and soot can contaminate and damage your home as well as have a damaging effect to your lungs and heart.

It's possible your home may have dangerous toxins.

If your home has recently been exposed to smoke, ashes, or soot from a fire, it's possible that dangerous particles and contaminates have settled into your home. And although smoke damage can be visible to the eye, it can also be invisible and hard to trace, hiding in hard to reach places. Behind furniture, attics, air ducks, and other air cleaning systems.

A simple clean or wipe down is not enough, and in most cases, can even worsen your situation.

Improper cleaning can further spread dangerous toxins to other areas of the house not affected by a fire. Turning on fans and other HVAC units too can further spread toxins throughout your home, making your home a fire and toxin hazard. Smoke odor and toxins may also remain in furniture, clothing, carpet, and other places after a fire, unless properly cleaned and deodorized. Professional chemicals and equipment are needed to eliminate smoke, ashes, soot, odor and other dangerous toxins. Preparing and Informing yourself for a fire can be the best thing you can do for your home and your health.

We Can Help!

Our specialized professionals at SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning can inspect, clean, and restore your property. Bringing your home back to the conditions it was prior to a fire. "Like it never even happened." Making your home a safe environment for those you love is what we do.

Our Community

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning has worked with many homes in the community that have had fire losses or have been exposure to nearby brush fires. Our specialized staff and equipment have helped to get many homes back on track. If you have a loss, we can help.

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 at (951) 922-2900

Don't Let Unexpected Events Ruin this Holiday Season.

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Let Unexpected Events Ruin this Holiday Season. No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens."

Fire and water damages are never planned for, they usually come unexpected. And although one cannot fully plan to avoid them, one can however plan to be prepared if and when they do come. What are you doing this holiday season to plan for the unexpected? Do you have a Contingency Plan that can help you in case of a fire or water loss?

If not, we can Help!

The holidays can be overwhelming as it is, from shopping, to cooking, to planning for social events, losses can come unexpected and destroy what would otherwise have been a beautiful and memorable event. From a burst water pipe, to a faulty Christmas light wiring, or something as simple as a toilet overflow, fire and water losses come at a time least expected.

On this holiday season, let SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning help you to prepare for the unexpected!

Our professionals can help develop an Emergency Ready Profile just right for you. The Emergency Ready Profile will contain all the important information needed to help you get through an emergency situation. Giving you a peace of mind on this holiday season. The holidays should not be a time of worrisome and stress, instead they should be a time of fun and laughter with friends and family.

As the Holidays draw near, we at SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning want to wish you all a safe and wonderful season.

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 (951) 922-2900

Residential Services

Whether your Beaumont, Banning, or Desert Hot Springs home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Beaumont, Banning, or Desert Hot Springs commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Beaumont, Banning, & Desert Hot Springs Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Beaumont, Banning, & Desert Hot Springs Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Beaumont, Banning, & Desert Hot Springs 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 Beaumont/Banning 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 – 
(951) 922-2900

Banning and Beaumont - What to do if your house smells smoky from burned food - and a GREAT recipe!

7/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Banning and Beaumont - What to do if your house smells smoky from burned food - and a GREAT recipe! Frijoles de la Olla are delicious! Read the recipe for a Crock-Pot beans recipe to make sure that you don't burn them!

There isn't a whole lot that beats the taste of "Frijoles de la Olla," a nice big pot of freshly cooked pinto beans. A dash of pepper, a sprinkle of cumin - simmered up in a big pot for hours, filling the air with the essence of a Mexican kitchen. Just the thought of it sends my tastebuds into overload with anticipation!

BUT... have you ever burned the beans? Burning beans can very quickly turn the smell of heavenly legumes into a hellish nightmare.

Sometimes, when boiling a pot for 3+ hours, people get distracted and forget about the bubbling stew on the stove.  Maybe someone wants to go out for a jog, maybe they get an unexpected call from friends, and the beans are FORGOTTEN!

It is very rare for a fire to break out from a pot of forgotten beans. Unfortunately,  the one thing that is unavoidable is the SMELL!

Burned beans have a tendency to permeate EVERY surface in the home.  Furniture, rugs, wood, clothing - they are all susceptible to the overpowering aroma caused by the scorched legumes.  

What should you do if you burn the beans?

1) THROW THE BEANS AWAY! - Once burned, they cannot be salvaged.  Sorry!

2) Open all windows and turn on the fan of your AC. - You want to get the smoke out of the house as soon as possible.

3) Call the experts at SERVPRO. - While there are countless DIY instructions on how to clean the smell out of a house, SERVPRO has been doing this since 1967. We have the equipment and know-how to quickly and efficiently get the smell out of your home.  Many DIY methods take weeks, and even then a residual smell can linger for a year or longer. Don't live with that stench for a year! Let us clean it up! It will be "like it never happened."

Here is a recipe for "Frijoles de la olla" that you can do in a crock-pot.  Much safer than leaving a boiling pot on the stove!

Recipe 

(from "The Other Side of the Tortilla")

CROCK-POT FRIJOLES DE LA OLLA

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

No-fuss recipe for frijoles de la olla made in a slow-cooker with pinto beans.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frijoles pintos (pinto beans)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (substitute with vegetable broth for a vegetarian version)
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 of a white onion, sliced 1/4 inch-thick
  • 1 chile guajillo
  • 1/2 of a small head of garlic (about 4-6 cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (to be added in last 45 minutes of cooking)

Instructions

  1. First, rinse your beans under cool water to remove any dirt or debris and get rid of any broken beans. There’s no need to soak the beans overnight!
  2. Layer the onion slices along the bottom of the crock-pot. Place the beans directly over the top of the onions. Tear off the stem of the chile and tuck it into the beans. Add the chicken broth. Remove the papery skin from the garlic cloves and place in the crock-pot whole. Add the ground cumin.
  3. You’ll notice the chicken broth isn’t enough to cover the beans and keep all the ingredients moist while cooking. Add 4 cups of boiling water over the top, making sure all the ingredients are under the broth and water and then put the cover on the slow-cooker.
  4. Turn the heat on to high for 5-6 hours (individual slow-cookers can vary slightly in temperature). If the beans start to get dry during cooking, add 1-2 extra cups of boiling water. I only had to add about one cup in the last hour. You can substitute boiling chicken broth in place of the extra boiling water if you like. Add the salt in the last 45 minutes of cooking and stir it in gently to incorporate.
  5. The beans should be soft to bite and have a nice broth when they’re finished, but shouldn’t be watery.

A few notes: if you don’t have a guajillo chile at home but you have other dried chiles, any other red chile you like and have is a fine substitute. If you have frijoles bayos instead of pintos, that’s a fine substitute as well. To prep this dish the night before, add everything to the crock-pot except the liquids and salt. The next day, add the liquid and turn on high. If you’re planning to let this cook while you’re at work all day, use a slow-cooker that has a timer that will turn the heat off or to a very low “keep warm” setting after the cooking time. You can then add the salt, reheat them for 30-60 minutes in the slow-cooker and enjoy!