Recent Fire Damage Posts


8/5/2019 (Permalink)


  • Fire/Smoke Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Wind/Storm Damage
  • Break & Enter/Vandalism
  • Mold Remediation
  • Cleaning 

Whatever your emergency needs may be, we pride ourselves in being able to bring top-notch craftsmanship paired with the ability to empathize and understand the difficulty of your situation. Our team here at SERVPRO of south Pasadena/San Marino we only tackle jobs and situations with these two foundations in mind. We are always on your side and will always do what is best for you.

We deal with homes and families that have been affected by fire and smoke damage, water damage, wind and storm damage, vehicle impact that causes a breaking and entering of your home, as well as vandalism.


Restoring your Home From A Fire Loss

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

When your home or office is involved in a fire, a million things race through your mind. Will you have to move? Are your family pictures or important records safe? What about other irreplaceable items? It’s difficult not to feel like all your hard work has gone up in smoke, but often, cases that seem utterly hopeless aren’t as bad as they appear. Whatever the case, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/ San Marino are here to help you move forward.


After our disaster response team ensures the integrity of remaining structures and safety for our personnel, we do the following:

  • Estimation and Cataloging: our team of experts performs a comprehensive evaluation of your property, noting structural damage and also cataloging all contents by size, serial number, and other characteristics to ensure nothing is missed. We then transport the contents to our facility where we assess what is salvageable and non-salvageable, we begin writing proposals for items we can save, and recommending replacement for those we can’t.
  • Structural Cleaning: We will utilize professional tools and product to completely clean away smoke damage and odor.
  • Restoration of Contents: back at our facility, our team work to restore the contents of your property to their pre-fire state. We do everything from hand cleaning, polishing, refinishing, and deodorizing of items to testing of electronics to save as much as we possibly can. Once finished, the items are stored at our facility until they can be safely returned home

Our team here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino take pride in giving you outstanding results. We may not be able to fix everything, but we promise to give you the best possible foundation on which to build a positive new beginning. Give us a call today 626-799-1762.

Summer Fire Prevention Tips

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is the time for camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. However, it is important that as we try to enjoy ourselves and we exercise caution when using fireworks, grills and other equipment that can lead to fire. With that word of caution in mind, here are some tips that will keep your family and home safe this summer!

  • Don’t use consumer fireworks: Leave fireworks displays to the professionals who know how to conduct them and are equipped to handle emergencies. Don’t be one of the many people each year who end up in the emergency room as a result of burns from fireworks. There are public displays nearly everywhere that the public can attend.
  • Clear the area around your grill: What is summer without some grill time? Unfortunately, grill accident are quite common this time of year. As a way to prevent accidents from occurring, make sure that the area around your grill is clear of flammable materials. Moreover, make sure that you stay away from roof edges, siding, deck railing and tree branches while barbecuing.
  • Inspect the area around your campfire: If you’re camping, clear the area around your campfire of scrub or brush that might ignite from sparks or flame. Also, when extinguishing your campfire use water or sand and watch carefully to make sure that the fire has completely died down before moving on.
  • Remember your smoke detectors: There is no doubt that smoke detectors are lifesavers. Yet, many people forget to do a monthly check of their alarm. You should also check the batteries regularly. Finally, make sure that there are smoke alarms outside each bedroom of your home and that you have a fire evacuation plan in effect for your family.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy: Whether you are grilling outdoors or have gone camping, always try to keep a bucket of water handy. Time is of the essence when a fire starts and you do not want to have to go scrambling off to find something that can extinguish an accidental fire.

After the devastating time that our state underwent last year, the last thing we need is more fire events. Individual responsibility can go a long way in reducing the chances that wildfires and home fires will occur and cause the devastation that always accompanies them. When dealing with the aftermath of fire, our company can handle any type of fire loss in your home or business. 

Fourth of July Fireworks

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Parades, BBQs, fireworks, block parties and red, white and blue. When it’s the 4th of July, that means celebrating often with hours of fireworks.

For those of you who chose to put on your own fireworks show, safety is imperative and no small matter. Fireworks are fire hazards as well as a physical danger, but they’re also a lot of fun so let’s do this right!

    • DO use common sense.
    • DO NOT allow young children to handle or use fireworks and DO closely supervise teens who will be using fireworks.
    • DO only use fireworks outdoors and always have water ready nearby.
    • DO read the instructions and labels on your fireworks before using them.
    • DO obey the law and ensure you can legally use fireworks where you plan on using them.
    • DO only light one firework at a time.
    • DO NOT use homemade or illegal fireworks or explosives.
    • DO NOT light fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • DO soak your used fireworks in water before throwing them away.

Some Grilling BBQ Safety Tips

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

1. Grill outside and away from any structures

Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.

2. Make sure your grill is stable

Only set up your grill on a flat surface and make sure the grill can’t be tipped over. Consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio.

3. Keep your grill clean

Remove grease or fat buildup from both the grill and the tray below the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to completely cool off before disposing of them in a metal container.

4. Check for propane leaks on your gas grill

Before the season’s first barbecue, check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. If there is a propane leak, the solution will bubble. Other signs of a propane leak include the smell of gas near the barbecue or a flame that won’t light.

5. If the flame goes out, wait to re-light

If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes to re-light it.

6. Take care around the grill

Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill. Never try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.

7. Be careful with charcoal starter fluid

If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Consider using a charcoal chimney starter, which uses newspaper to start the fire instead of starter fluid.

8. Wear the right clothing

Clothing can easily catch fire, so be sure your shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings don’t dangle over the grill.

9. Be ready to put out the fire

Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. Never use water to put out grease fire.

Preventing fire

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the time of year the threat of fire is always near. A fire can break out at any time, it may come from a careless spark floating on the breeze. It may come from within your home from an unattended fryer or stove. It’s important to be proactive and protect your family and home from a fire disaster. Remeber to always contact a professional fire damage restoration team like SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino before you enter a home after a fire.

Everyone knows about the most common fire starters but here are a few of the unexpected fire starters.


If you have ever used a laptop, then you know that your laptop can get pretty hot in no time. A hot laptop that’s left on a bed, couch, blanket, or another soft surface can prevent proper airflow in and out of the cooling vents. You can prevent a potential house fire by placing your laptop on a desk or laptop stand to keep it from overheating.

Heat Pads & Electric Blankets

Electric blankets and heating pads might not seem like they may be an issue, but these heating tools can be extremely hazardous if misused. Heating pads and electric blankets have the ability to get very hot and anytime you have excessive heat buildup, a fire can start. To prevent these comforting items from starting a fire, keep your heating pad and electric blanket on the lowest setting and do not use for longer than what the manufacturer recommends.

Charcoal Briquettes

After barbecuing, you may just throw the bag of charcoal into a storage closet and shut the door without a second thought. If the charcoal is damp, it could ignite itself and start a serious fire. To prevent such a devastating fire, place the charcoal in a metal pail or garbage can and secure it tightly with a lid. Store the charcoal in a cool, dry place that has enough space to let heat escape should the coals self-ignite.

The Closet

Stacking your clothes to the top of the closet might not seem like a big deal, but if your wool sweater or cotton T-shirt touches an exposed light bulb, it could lead to a major fire. Surprisingly, nearly 12% of all house fires start in a closet. As homeowners, we do not consider the closet light fixtures to be a danger and we stack combustible materials close to the glowing, hot bulb. You can prevent a disaster from happening inside your closet by installing the properly enclosed light fixtures and keeping your belongings a good distance from the light bulb.

Dust Bunnies

Dust bunnies aren’t just an annoyance — they’re also a danger to your home. Dust can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics, and sockets. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite and cause a fire. Regular dusting and vacuuming with a hose can significantly reduce the amount of dust that lingers near your electrical outlets and appliances. Pay special attention to the back of entertainment centers and any crevices that might collect dust.

It only takes a few minutes to check the closets and other unexpected fire hazards in your home. Make sure that the whole family is aware of these unexpected fire hazards to help reduce the chance of a fire disaster. If a fire does strike be sure you call SERVPRO South Pasadena /San Marino 626-799-1762

Air Scrubbers & Negative Air Machines

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

air scubber

What are air scrubbers?
An air scrubberis a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove contaminants. The size and complexity of an air scrubber system will depend on the size of the space being serviced, as well as the range, type, and size of contaminants that must be removed from the area.

Why should I use an air scrubber? 
Air scrubbers are especially important on restoration jobs where airborne contaminants are present or will be created/disturbed during the restoration process, such as mold, dust, asbestos, lead, chemical fumes, fires, etc. These hazardous particles can settle on carpet, upholstery, and furnishings, or be drawn into the HVAC system and contaminate other parts of a building.

If these contaminants are not removed, they will have a negative effect on the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the worksite. While naturally occurring particles, such as human skin cells, animal hair, and dirt, are nearly always present, toxic gases released by sewage-borne bacteria and mold spores can cause adverse human health effects when inhaled. In short, these contaminants can compromise the quality of the entire restoration job.

Air scrubbers help protect the health of workers and building occupants by providing a clean and healthy environment. They also help protect contractors from costly liability claims resulting from damage caused by hazardous airborne materials.

What is the difference between negative air machine and air scrubber? 
The terms “air scrubber” and “negative air machine” are often used interchangeably; however, the two terms refer to different applications.

An air scrubber stands alone in the center of a room with no ducting attached. The air is filtered and recirculated, greatly improving the general air quality. An air scrubber can be used as a negative air machine, but it requires ducting, a sealed housing, precise airflow adjustment, and a variable speed blower motor.

A negative air machine uses ducting to remove contaminated air from a sealed containment area. The filtered air is exhausted outside of the containment area. This creates negative air pressure (a vacuum effect), which helps limit the spread of contaminants to other areas inside the structure.

What’s the difference between negative and positive air scrubbing? 

Most often, contractors will use ducting and an air scrubber to create a negative pressure environment that will contain the hazardous particles within a workspace. Air will always flow from high pressure to low pressure. So, creating and maintaining a negative pressure environment will create a constant inward flow towards the air scrubber, preventing airborne contaminants and odors from escaping the workspace through any leaks or openings.

Positive air scrubbing techniques are used less often, but do have their place. In some situations, it may be necessary to protect an area from contamination. This is achieved by placing the air scrubber outside the work area and using a duct to direct the “scrubbed” air inside the desired location. This positively pressurizes the area with “scrubbed” air and prevents contaminated air from entering. 

Three types of smoke residue

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke clean up

There are 3 main types of smoke and residues that can be left behind by fire damage in your home:

    1. Synthetic: These synthetic residues appear when oil based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn they will produce a thick black smoke, leaving behind a smeary residue that can create quite the mess if not cleaned up properly. In these situations avoid touching any of the residue to prevent smearing as vacuuming is the best approach to cleaning the residues left behind, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.
  1. Protein: Fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans for example will leave behind a yellowish brown residue. The texture of which is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up. Make sure you  head over to your local Home-Depot type shop and ask for the proper fire cleaning chemical that will work well on cleaning up after protein fires.
  2. Natural: These type of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in colour. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues. Removing the residues can be done by vacuuming with a bristled brush, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.

Now that you are able to identify the different sources of fire smoke and residues you can determine which type you are dealing with in your particular case and apply the appropriate cleaning methods as discussed.

The Help We Provide After A Fire Damage

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino

If your property suffers fire damage, quick action is vital to limiting the amount of damage that is inflicted on your property. You may think that once the fire is put out, the damage has been done and you can start getting things cleaned up at your leisure. Unfortunately, fire damage continues to eat away at materials even after the fire has been put out.

More porous materials often can’t be saved and have to be thrown out and replaced. Less porous materials can be saved if the ash and soot are removed from the surface in a timely manner. A matter of hours can make a difference between an item that can be saved versus one that cannot. This is why our team at SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino offers 24-hour emergency service, so you can call us anytime day or night, and we can start the restoration process immediately.

When we begin the restoration process for fire damage, we offer a number of services depending on the extent of the damage your specific needs. Typically, we begin by bringing in air filtering machines that will remove ash and floating particulate matter from the air to make your air safe to breathe again. As this starts working, we will remove ash and soot from your property and dispose of any materials that can’t be saved.

The amount of restoration you want and need depends on the amount of damage your property sustained from the fire. Give us a call for complete restoration from any fire damage on your property 626-799-1762

Here to Help During Any Fire Losses

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with flame image When Fire Affects Your Home, Call SERVPRO! 626-799-1762

Fires can involve a combination of damages including thermal damage, smoke damage, and damage caused by fire departments and sprinkler systems. SERVPRO of SouthPasadena/San Marino  offers the following fire and smoke restoration processing and procedures to aid in the restoration and repair to a pre-damage condition:

* Full Contents Cleaning and Restoration
* Partial or Complete Pack Out
* On-Site Storage Facility
* Demolition
* Deodorization
* Ozoning
* 24 Hour Emergency Board Up
* Fire and Smoke Odor Cleaning

It takes specialized training and a great deal of professional experience to effectively restore a structure which has survived a fire. SERVPRO of SouthPasadena/San Marino has the skills it takes. Below are some tips that can be passed on to the homeowner if circumstances allow.

In Case of Fire Damage

* Contact SERVPRO of SouthPasadena/San Marino to board up windows, roof, and damaged areas to prevent further loss.
* Clean and protect chrome trim on faucets by washing with detergent and applying a coat of Vaseline.
* Blow off loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies and carpeting.
* Open windows for ventilation (if weather permits).
* Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off and prop doors open to allow circulation.
* Do not wipe or attempt to clean fire residue from walls, ceilings, or absorbent surfaces.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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