Recent Fire Damage Posts

Grease Fire in Mission Valley Kitchen?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

The walls around a stove are damaged by a grease fire. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

The National Fire Protection Association reports cooking fires as the number one cause of fire damage in homes in the United States. Our team in Mission Valley East has the training, equipment, and experience to mitigate and restore fire damage, no matter how big the job is. Here are some tips from the NFPA for cooking safely:

What you should know about home cooking safety
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • Be on alert! Don’t use the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire. Keep oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop.

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Cooking fires can happen at any time in Tierrasanta. When your Mission Valley home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Mission Valley East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Detector Safety Tips for Tierrasanta Homes?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke rises towards a smoke detector on a ceiling. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in San Diego.

Our team in Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day, every day of the year in Tierrasanta. Smoke alarms play a critical role in a home fire escape plan. Working fire alarms give residents early warning so they can get out of the house quickly. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

Call Us Today!

When your Tierrasanta home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Mission Valley East will restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Microwave Fire in Clairemont Mesa East?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

A microwave oven sits on a countertop. We restore fire damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”

Clairemont Mesa East families are busy. Microwave ovens are convenient to use, and they simplify our lives and make it easy to heat up a meal or quickly defrost dinner. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East offers these microwave oven safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.
  • PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm a bottle up in a bowl of warm, not hot or boiling, water, or by running it under the tap.

Call Us Today!

When your Clairemont Mesa East home or business has fire damage, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East will restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”  Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Cooking Safety Tips for Kearney Mesa?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

A man is cooking in his kitchen. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Do you know that most cooking fires in the home involve the kitchen stove? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies each year in Kearney Mesa, and we offer these tips from the NFPA for cooking safely:

  • Be on alert! Don't use the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains) away from your stovetop

Call Us!

When your Kearney Mesa home or commercial business needs fire damage services, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained technicians is on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Chimney Safety Tips for Linda Vista?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

People are sitting in front of a roaring fire in their fireplace. We are leaders in fire damage restoration in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies every winter and wants Linda Vista residents to be safe around heating equipment. Fireplace and woodstove chimneys require routine maintenance and cleaning to avoid the dangerous buildup of creosote. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for fireplace and woodstove safety:

  • Do not burn unseasoned wood
  • Keep glass doors open to allow air to flow freely through the flue. The longer the smoke is in the chimney, the more likely it is that creosote will form.
  • Make sure the damper is open wide enough
  • Do not close down the stove damper or air inlets on a wood stove too soon or too much
  • In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup

 Fireplace and Woodstove Safety

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace or woodstove
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from your home
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home

Call Us Today!

When your Linda Vista home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East has a team of technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Electrical Fire in Mission Valley?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas lights are shown. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies more often during the winter months than at any other time of the year. Here are some electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets, so you don’t have to use extension cords.

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When you have a fire damage emergency in your home or business, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Escape Planning in Grantville?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A family is having a family meeting. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Grantville families need to know.

Have you practiced your escape plan lately? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only one out of every three households who have developed an escape plan has actually practiced the plan. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East offers these tips from the NFPA for escape planning:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or a mailbox) a safe distance away from the home where everyone can meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave as a closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area
  • Install alarms on every level of the home
  • Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of the home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors

Call Us Today!

When your Grantville home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Here to Help. ®  Call us today at 619-303-3599.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Pet-related Fire Damage in Serra Mesa?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A cat is sitting by a lit candle. We are trusted leaders in fire restoration in San Diego County.

Do you know that your pet could start a fire by bumping into, turning on, or knocking over cooking equipment? Pets are curious and can cause fires. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Serra Mesa. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), pets and wild animals play a role in starting over 750 home fires each year.

Here are some pet fire safety tips from the NFPA to keep your pets safe around fire:

  • Keep pets away from stoves and countertops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents.
  • Have a “pet-free zone” of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day to fire damage emergencies in Serra Mesa. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Linda Vista?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

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We’re Certified to Clean and Restore Fire-damaged Belongings

When my Linda Vista home caught on fire, the firefighters were able to contain the fire to my kitchen and family room and put out the fire quickly. Even though the fire was small, smoke odor and soot permeated the whole house. I called SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East, and they sent a team out right away. They inventoried and sent out all of my computer equipment to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Electronic Cleanup

I had no clue that fire-damaged electronics could present a serious hazard. The SERVPRO technicians explained to me that smoke residues could contain acids that corrode metals and metal surfaces. They sent out my electronics to be professionally cleaned because if the residues are not removed, corrosion can occur and cause electronic failure in the device. Who knew? 

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Stereo Systems
  • Computers
  • And more

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage cleanup and restoration services in your Linda Vista home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll clean and restore your fire-damaged belongings, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips for Protecting Your Property Against Fire in Mission Valley

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Protection Tips for Mission Valley Homeowners

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East wants Mission Valley residents to be safe and prepared for wildfire season this year. The San Diego County website offers information on ways to protect your home from fire:

  • Existing trees and large shrubs should be pruned by cutting off any branches up to 6 feet above the ground to prevent ground fires from spreading upwards into trees.
  • For fire truck access, remove vegetation within 10 feet of each side of your driveway.
  • Remove any tree limbs within 10 feet of your chimney.
  • Work with your neighbors to clear common areas between houses.
  • Avoid planting trees under or near electrical lines.
  • Any removed trees may be chipped and left on your property if they don’t present a fire hazard. Contact your local fire agency to find out how to do this.
  • Don’t forget to legally dispose of all your cut vegetation. You may contact your local landfill to inquire about green waste recycling.
  • Stack firewood and scrap woodpiles at least 50 feet from any structure and clear away any combustible vegetation within 10 feet of the piles.
  • Check and clean your roofs and gutters on all structures several times during the spring, summer, and fall to remove debris that can easily ignite from a spark.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is ready to respond 24-hours a day to fire damage emergencies in Mission Valley. Call us today at 619-303-3599.

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Pit Fire in Mission Valley?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A large fire is blazing in an outdoor fire pit at night. We mitigate fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

A Fire Pit Fire Fiasco

The fire happened so fast. One minute we were laughing and having a good time around the roaring fire in the fire pit, and the next thing we knew, the wooden deck was on fire! The firefighters from the Mission Valley Fire Station had the fire contained in no time. Thankfully, the fire damage was minimal, and the fire never had the chance to go past the wooden deck or the side of the house.

Building and Reconstruction Services

We called SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East and they came out and quickly and provided an assessment of the damage. They wasted no time cleaning up the charred lumber and firefighting debris and boarded up the sliding glass door. As a licensed general contractor, they supervised the building repairs to the deck, the side of the house, and the sliding glass door, providing me with one manager for the entire job.

  • General Contractor License #: 1037786
  • California State License Board (CSLB) #: 1037786

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is ready to respond 24-hours a day to fire damage emergencies.  Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Mission Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Clothes Dryer Fire in Mission Valley?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

The inside of a residential clothes dryer is shown. We are fire damage restoration specialists in San Diego!

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is the failure to clean them. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to many fire damage emergencies every year and know that even a small fire can cause a lot of damage to a home.

Here are some safety tips from the NFPA to help minimize the chance of having a clothes dryer fire:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper airflow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies in San Diego 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-303-3599.

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Winter Fire Prevention Tips for Mission Valley

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

The charred exterior corner of a fire-damaged home is shown. San Diego relies on us to mitigate fire damage!

Home Fires Occur More During the Winter Months

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a great resource to learn about fire safety for your home or business. This nonprofit organization’s mission is to help save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge, and passion. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East wants all Mission Valley residents and commercial business owners to have a safe, fire damage-free winter. We respond to many fire damage emergency calls during the winter months and offer some tips and interesting facts from the NFPA website to help you stay safe this winter season:

  • December, January, and February are when half of all home heating fires occur.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms and test them at least once a month.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year.
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
  • Store cooled ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep it outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.

Call Us!

If you have a fire damage emergency,  SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is #HereToHelp. ® Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage in Mission Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Garage Fire in Mission Valley?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A fire has burned the contents of a garage, including a car. We restore fire-damaged properties in San Diego

Fire Damage Tips

It’s lucky that this garage in Mission Valley was built with cinderblocks, or the entire house would have been a total loss. After the fire was extinguished, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Station 45 reported the source of the fire was a car battery that exploded. Even though the fire was contained to the garage, smoke and soot managed to permeate the rest of the house.

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East has the advanced training, experience, and equipment necessary to mitigate fire damage of all kinds and no job is too big. Our highly trained fire restoration technicians are on call 24 hours a day and typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Here are some safety tips from our website on what to do after a fire:

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

Call Us!

When your Mission Valley home experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is here to help you. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire Prevention in Mission Valley?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple strings of lighted electric holiday lights shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in San Diego.

Electrical Fire Prevention

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a great online resource for safety tips to keep your family and loved ones protected from fire hazards. Throughout the year, San Diegans use lots of electrical appliances and computer equipment at home and work. In December, holiday lights wrap around Christmas trees and can be seen draped along the rooflines and window frames of houses and stores in Mission Valley. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage emergencies often during the holiday season, and we witness firsthand the damage even a small electrical fire can do to a home or business. Here are some electrical safety tips and reminders from the NFPA to help prevent electrical fires:

Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Sparks from an outlet

Call Us!

When you need help restoring fire damage in Mission Valley, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is here to assist you. Our highly trained technicians are on call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Power line fire Mission Valley?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

The broken limbs of a tree are stuck and are making contact with a power line. We are fire damage restoration specialists in San Diego.

Power Line Down?

San Diego has seen its share of fires this year, and downed power lines are listed as the fifth leading cause of California electrical fires at 8 percent. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East responds to fire damage calls 24 hours a day and sees the damage an electrical fire can do to a structure. An electrical ark can cause a spark that can become a fire in no time at all. We are proud of our team of highly trained technicians and their dedication and experience count when mitigating fire damage. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association on how to prevent powerline fires:

  • Have a professional tree cutting service trim branches that might fall on electrical wiring.
  • Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder outside.
  • Keep the ladder at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Never touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed wire.
  • Powerlines may be live; stay a safe distance away.
  • Report downed wires to authorities right away.

Call Us!

When you need help restoring fire damage in San Diego, SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is ready to assist you. We have the training, experience, and specialized state-of-the-art equipment to mitigate any size job. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Holiday Cooking Fire Emergency in Mission Valley?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A person is shown checking a Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in San Diego.

Thanksgiving Fire Facts

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving are also top days for home cooking fires. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East has been restoring fire damage in the San Diego area for years, and we have a team of highly trained technicians on hand to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Here are some more interesting Thanksgiving Fire Facts from the NFPA:

  • In 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.  

For more information on staying safe and preventing home cooking fires, visit the NFPA website. They have lots of great information on how to prevent fires from occurring in your home and workplace.

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is ready to assist you with any size fire damage cleanup and restoration job. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage in Mission Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Document Restoration Services in Mission Valley?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Important financial reports are shown yellowed by a recent fire. We are document restoration specialists in San Diego.

Fire Damages Everything

Fire damage is so pervasive, and there will always be collateral damage as well. For instance, emergency fire responders may have to break down doors or windows to enter a home or structure that is on fire, the water used to extinguish the flames will cause damage to any surface it touches and the smoke and soot from the fire will leave hard to clean residue and the smoke odor will permeate every surface in the house. A report published by the National Fire Protection Association lists residential fires as the fourth-largest property loss category between 2014 to 2018, with 328,399 fires reported during this period. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East has been assisting the San Diego community for years by providing fire cleanup and restoration services and has a team of highly trained technicians on hand to respond to your call 24 hours a day.

Document Drying Services

Although some documents may not be able to be restored to pre-fire damage condition, we can save a great deal and minimize additional damage. Depending on the extent of the fire damage to your documents, we may employ one of these five restoration options:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is ready to assist you with any size fire damage cleanup and restoration job. Call us today at 619-303-3599. We’ll restore your fire damage in Mission Valley “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East is Independently Owned and Operated.

Why SERVPRO can handle any fire damage cleanup and restoration job in Mission Valley.

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician is on site of a commercial property damaged by fire. A records storage room in a commercial building is on fire.

SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East wants you to know that when a fire damages a commercial business, every hour spent restoring that business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Business owners of San Diego will benefit from our highly trained specialists that are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. Our ability to immediately respond to a commercial fire emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Here are some of the fire damage and other commercial services we provide:

  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration
  • Water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Building services
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Trauma & Crime Scene
  • Vandalism & Graffiti

If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a fire, SERVPRO of Mission Valley East wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore properties damaged by fire for San Diego business owners. Call us today at 619-303-3599 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your commercial fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated.

Grass Fire Season Prevention Tips for San Diego

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A grass fire is shown in full force. Grass Fires are a threat to Mission Valley this year.

Did you know that human activities are the cause of the majority of brush, grass and forest fires? According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 4 percent of these fires are caused by lightning and the rest are caused by people. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East offers these steps to prevent grass fires from harming your commercial property or residence in San Diego:

  • Maintain defensible space around your property
  • Remove all dead vegetation and pine needles from roofs, rain gutters and yard
  • Relocate wood piles to 100 feet away from the home and neighboring property
  • Trim tree branches and remove dead limbs
  • Remove vegetation from underneath your deck that could ignite
  • Create separation between anything that could catch fire: patio furniture, trees, swing sets, etc.
  • San Diego County requires a minimum of 50 feet of clearance in Zone 1. Check with your local fire department for any additional defensible space or weed abatement ordinances.

These are just a few tips for preventing grass fire damage to your commercial property or residence and should be incorporated into your fire safety plan. Practice the safety evacuation plan with all family members. SERVPRO of Mission Valley East wants to make sure that San Diego is prepared!  Call us at 619-303-3599.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated.

Top Electrical Fire Causes in San Diego

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

power strip overloaded with plugs Electrical safety saves lives in Mission Valley.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 79 percent of household fires are the result of the improper use of a space heater. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East offers these important electrical safety tips to help prevent fires from occurring in your residence or commercial property this winter:

  • Keep your heating equipment and anything that can burn at least 3 feet apart
  • Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord
  • Never plug a space heater into a power strip
  • Turn off heaters when you leave a room or go to bed
  • Inspect for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections and replace any before using
  • Never use or store flammable or combustible liquids near or in rooms with heaters
  • Be sure to test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed

These are just a few tips for using an electric heater safely and should be incorporated into your fire safety plan. Practice the safety plan at least twice a year and when evacuation is necessary, make sure that everyone knows the spot to meet outside. SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is proud to serve San Diego and wants to make sure that you are prepared!  Call us at 619-303-3599.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated.

Stats on Businesses Reopening After a Disaster in the San Diego area

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

The letters FEMA on an official U.S. Department of Homeland Security form laid on an American flag. Knowing some Causes of Commercial Fires Beginning Can Help You Avoid Disaster.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)  over 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster such as a storm damage, fire damage, water damage, or other disruption.

Of those that do reopen, it is estimated that only 29% of those remain open for two more years.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Commercial Fires in San Diego area are:

  • Cooking
  • Equipment: Almost 38% of business fires start from faulty equipment or from mis-used equipment. Some materials can catch fire or explode when exposed to heat
  • Carelessness: Remember to cover light bulbs, turn off equipment at the end of the day, and to replace frayed cords

Our technicians are IICRC certified to handle even the most complicated restoration jobs. When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East wants you to remember that the best way to fight fire damage or smoke damage is prevention.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/

The Best Fire Control is Fire Prevention in Mission Valley East

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Turn your attention to fire prevention written on the side of a fire truck. Turn your attention to fire prevention.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Mission Valley East will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help. 

The best fire control is fire prevention.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East notes that the 2019 Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East offers these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include light bulbs, fireplaces, stovetops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.

Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Safety Tips when using Candles in Mission Valley East

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Candle sitting on a kitchen counter. Enjoying a beautifully lit candle is relaxing. Cleaning up smoke and fire damage is not. Practice safety while using candles.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. SERVPRO® of Mission Valley East wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. It is important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your Mission Valley home. 

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Do not let children near candles
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom. 
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle in your San Diego home, your friends at SERVPRO of Mission Valley East are just a phone call away. 

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Candles

https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf 

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in San Diego

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

women cooking at stove that has caught fire Fire damage requires fire prevention to keep you and your home safe.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your San Diego area home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Mission Valley East shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including: dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stovetop
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your home.



SERVPRO of Mission Vallet East reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Different Types of Extinguishers in San Diego

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

cartoon man with a decoder for extinguishers Having the right tool on hand in case of a fire can help save lives.

All of us at SERVPRO of Mission Valley East hope your San Diego area business stays safe from fire.  If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage. 

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Mission Valley East recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers.  

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office.

If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone else should leave the office and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East explains the Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:


Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame.  Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances.  Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in San Diego

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Infographic on how to use a fire extinguisher When using a fire extinguisher, remember PASS; Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.

Here at SERVPRO of Mission Valley East, we hope you never experience the devastation that comes with fire damage. However, in the event that disaster strikes, be aware that our IICRC certified technicians are qualified in all aspects of cleaning up the damage left by smoke and fire in your business or residence in San Diego.  

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them. 

SERVPRO of Mission Valley East wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher:   SERVPRO of Mission Valley East suggests you remember 

P.A.S.S.

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side



SERVPRO of Mission Valley East is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Here To Help with Fires in Mission Valley East

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

residential home with fire damage Here To Help with Fires in Mission Valley East

Fire and smoke damage can affect anyone, anywhere and at any time. We at SERVPRO of Mission Valley East have years of experience helping to clean up your San Diago area home or office after a kitchen fire, electrical fire or soot damage. Our crews of trained, experienced and professional technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year.

Our crews are able to help to clean up the structure like the walls and fixtures as well as your contents like photographs, clothes, textiles, and furniture. If your San Diago area home or office has damage from smoke or soot, we are can clean it up and help to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you when disaster strikes.