Recent Fire Damage Posts

Can Cleaning Restore Smoke-Damaged Electronics?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a fire in a San Diego salon We have the proper tools and experience to restore your fire damaged property.

Electronics damaged by fire will likely need to be replaced, but it may be possible for fire cleanup experts to restore appliances and devices that have only sustained smoke damage. There are several methods that may restore the functionality of items exposed to smoke.

Clearing Out Corrosion

Smoke contains acidic compounds and water vapor that combine to cause corrosion on metal components such as circuits. Electronics cleaning experts may:

• Remove corrosion
• Prevent short-circuiting
• Reduce the risk of an electric fire

It is unsafe to use electronics that have corroded components. It is safest to rely on the expertise of fire cleanup experts in a controlled off-site location than to attempt to clean corrosion.

Cleaning off Black Film

Another telltale sign of smoke damage is a black film that forms across internal electronic components. This film is caused by smoke and soot and:

• Adheres to dirt or dust
• Can cause overheating
• May prevent devices from functioning

Cleanup professionals can also safely remove this black film, which may restore the normal functionality of electronics. It is important to use specialized cleaning and repair equipment to avoid further damaging delicate parts.

Safely Testing Electronics

You may run the risk of starting another fire by attempting to test electronics damaged by excessive heat or smoke. It is safer to allow experienced professionals to attempt to clean damage and then test items in an off-site facility. In addition to testing, these specialists can provide:

• Data recovery or backup
• Proof of damage or loss
• Restored electronics

It is best to hand off electronics to a content cleaning service to have restoration attempted elsewhere. Items with irreparable damage should be claimed as losses and replaced.

Electronics cleaning experts are likely to have the best results when it comes to restoring electronics. Rely on a fire cleanup firm that provides off-site content cleaning and storage in San Diego, CA.

How To Prepare for a Fire at Home

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage on a wall from a candle that was too close We are fire restoration experts, ready to respond to your call.

It’s often important to prepare for an emergency in your home in San Diego, CA and having a fire escape plan can help keep you and your family safe. There are several ways in which you can prepare yourself for a fire in your home.

1. Take Preventative Steps

Having tools in place that can alert you to a fire quickly can be a key part of preparing for a fire. It can sometimes be helpful to test your fire alarm to ensure you and others in your home know what the alarm sounds like. Additionally, you should make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once yearly and replace your alarm once every ten years.

2. Know How To Escape

A key part of emergency preparation involves creating a plan to escape your house. While you hopefully will never have to use your fire escape plan, having a plan in place saves you the time of having to decide how to escape. Often, it’s best to have multiple routes of escape in case you are unable to enter a certain area. Consistently practicing your emergency escape plan will make it quicker and easier to escape if the need arises.

3. Plan a Meeting Place

In addition to knowing how to get out of your home quickly if needed, it’s also often wise to plan a place for you and your family to meet once you are all out of the house. It can be helpful to choose a place that is a safe distance from your home, such as a neighbor’s mailbox, to meet. With everyone agreeing to meet at one place, you will easily be able to see who is out of the house, and you will be able to provide emergency responders with accurate information.

Having a fire escape plan can help you and others in your home feel prepared in the event of a fire. If your home has been damaged by a fire, you might find it helpful to work with fire restoration experts.

How to protect your pets during a fire emergency

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a dog This is Toby, our furry family. He is the SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown shop dog, who comes to work with Josh, our Operations Manager, every day!

Our pets are not just our pets; they are our family.  We need to be extra careful to protect Fluffy and Fido in case of a fire. Pets can become disoriented and scared during a fire emergency.

It is important that you designate one person to take care of the pets during the event of a fire emergency. Make sure that this person knows what to do in the event of an emergency.

Here are some tips to keep your furry family members safe:

  • If possible put your furry family member in their carrying case.
  • Make sure to give them plenty of water and food.
  • Lastly, make sure to give them plenty of affection and love. Pets usually scare easily during an emergency.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here to help you with all your fire remediation and restoration needs. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133.

Space Heater Fire? Call the experts! SERVPRO to the rescue!

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a house. This photo shows a San Diego home that had a fire several months ago. SERVPRO was referred by the insurance company to assist with the cleanup.

Did you know that unattended space heaters cause many fires per year? They do! In fact, according to…”NFPA urges the public to use portable space heaters with caution. ... Between 2011 and 2015, portable and stationary space heaters accounted for more than two of every five (43 percent) U.S. home heating fires and five out of six (85 percent) home heating fire deaths.”

Here are 4 tips to avoid such a tragedy:

1) Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

2) Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces.

3) Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.

4) Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here to help you with all your fire restoration needs! We are fire cleaning and restoration experts. We will come out and access the damage, pack your belongings for safekeeping, and provide you accurate estimates of the costs. We are here 24/7/365 at (619) 583-2133.

We hold several IICRC designations, which is the organization that sets the standards for water and fire restoration.

Who is the best fire cleanup company in San Diego?

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a building with no drywall. This is a photo of a recent fire that SERVPRO performed the cleanup and demolition for. It was a burned out warehouse in San Diego.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown in San Diego is one of the top water remediation and fire restoration companies in San Diego.

 When you have a fire to your home, the loss of control is terrifying.  That's where we come in.  Allow us to explain a little bit more about the fire cleaning process. -You call SERVPRO, we first determine whether an emergency board-up is needed.-If an emergency board-up is not needed, we schedule a time to come out and meet you onsite to assess damage and make a game plan.-You file an insurance claim, and provide us with that information.  This allows us to work on your behalf directly with your insurance carrier-We perform a detailed fire cleaning to the structure of your home, and determine the best path regarding your contents-Sometimes contents are removed and cleaned offsite at our secure facility, othertimes when appropriate we clean personal belongings onsite-Deodorization-Reconstruction While it may seem like a fire cleanup process is daunting, it truly does not have to be.  When you call SERVPRO in San Diego, we make you our top priority and hold your hand every step of the way.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133.

Who do I call if I had a fire in my home?

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of the siding of a home. This is a photo of a home in La Jolla that SERVPRO did the fire cleanup for.

If you have smoke damage to your home due to a fire, don't worry, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown San Diego can help.  

 We know one of the scariest things you can experience is a fire in your home.  Even the smallest of fires can wreak havoc to your belongings and your home. Here are a few common types of fires: -Candle fire-Kitchen fire-Grease fire-Electrical fire We know the feeling of loss of control and fear when your home is damaged due to smoke/ash/soot. That's why we do what we do.  We specialize in helping homeowners get back their sense of safety and control after fire damage to their home. A few of the service offerings related to fire damage include: -Emergency board-ups. It's paramount that you protect your property-Structure fire cleaning-Contents fire cleaning-Reconstruction-Deodorization-And more. We will bill your insurance company direct, eliminating some of the hassle from your life. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133. We are always here to help.

Who cleans your house after a fire?

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

A photo of a burnt building This is a photo of a commercial structure that had a major electrical fire. SERVPRO received the call to help the building owner.

If you had a fire at your property in San Diego, chances are you don't know what to do aside from calling your insurance carrier to file a homeowners insurance claim.

SERVPRO is here to help you put back your home or business after a fire, and there is a reason so many people choose SERVPRO in San Diego to help perform their fire cleanup.

1.) SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for most insurance companies.  This means we will bill your insurance carrier direct, taking away some headache and hassle from you. This way your energy can be spent focusing on your family.

2.) We are licensed, we are bonded, and we are insured. We are also a IICRC certified firm, a premier industry designation that not all cleanup companies have.

3.) We are locally owned and operated. With us, you deal directly with the owners, Ben Sussman and Jordan Katz, and they are incredbily invested in the communities in which we do business.

For the best fire cleanup company in the area, call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133. 

Kitchen fire in San Diego. Who is the best cleanup company?

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

A photo of a home with fire damage. This is a photo of a residential fire that occurred in Little Italy from a malfunctioning microwave.

It is a very scary thing to imagine your home going through a disaster such as a fire. Although you cannot control everything, here are a few steps that you can take to help to reduce the risk of fire and smoke damage in your San Diego home or business.

-Test your smoke detectors regularly

*Checking the battery frequently will ensure it is in working condition in time of need

-Inspect all Heating sources

*Check the wiring and the filters

-Never leave your kitchen unattended while cooking

*A fire can break out in only a few seconds being unattended

-Keep your stove and oven clean and free of debris

*Ensure that there is no food debris in the oven or by the burners that catch on fire

-Maintain all cords

*Not only that they are in proper functioning order but also that they are not being pinched between furniture or by rugs

-Always check you dryer (behind as well as the lint trap)

*The lint trap is not the only cause of fires. Also ensure the exhaust hose is properly ventilated

-Practice caution when burning candles

*Place them on an uncluttered stable surface

-Properly store flammable products

-Use caution while utilizing your fireplace

-Keep fire extinguishers near by

*Train all in the home about P.A.S.S.





For the best fire damage cleanup company in San Diego, SERVPRO can help you.  Call us 24/7 at 619-583-2133.  We perform emergency board-ups, fire/smoke/soot cleaning, deodorization, and we bill insurance direct.

Best Fire Damage Cleanup Company in San Diego

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

electrical for chair in dental office covered in extinguisher foam An electrical fire at a dental office from malfunctioning equipment caused minor smoke damage at this San Diego building.

When you have fire damage at your San Diego business, you need a professional and reliable cleanup company to assist you.

There is a reason so many people turn to SERVPRO to assist them with their fire cleanup, including smoke/soot/ash cleaning, and deodorization.

-We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, every single day of the year

- We are experienced. We have the knowledge to handle even the most specialty jobs, whether it be commercial or residential fire damage

- We are locally owned and operated by San Diegans

-We are licensed (CSLB #1037786), bonded, and insured

-We bill insurance directly - which alleviates some hassle and stress off your plate

For the best fire damage cleanup company in San Diego, SERVPRO can help you.  Call us 24/7 at 619-583-2133.

Fire in my home, who do I call?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Interior of a commercial building after a fire. Here is a photo of a commercial building in San Diego that had a fire and called SERVPRO.

When you have extensive fire damage to your San Diego property, there is a reason so many call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO, the team in green, is the industry-leading company that you know and trust for your mitigation needs.

When you have a fire, it can be scary and it can feel debilitating. You often don't know where to turn or what to do, or where to start. That's where we come in. As the trusted team in green, there are a few reasons why so many San Diegans turn to us in their time of need:

1. We are licensed, we are bonded, we are insured.

2. We have the experience you want in a restoration contractor.

3. The owners of our company, Ben Sussman and Jordan Katz, make customer service our TOP priority, and that shows in how our staff treats you and communicates with you.

4. We bill insurance directly, so we take away some of the stress and hassle of the insurance claims process from you.

5. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime at 619-583-2133.

Can I do my own fire damage cleanup?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage at a San Diego home.

When someone has a "small" fire in their home or property, they sometimes wonder, "is this something I can do my own?" There is really no easy answer to that, but here are some tips to help you decide. But first and foremost, know that SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown, does free estimates and free inspections. And it's hard to find an honest company like us - it's 100% true that we've seen some small fires where we told homeowners or business owners that it may not be worth filing a claim, and we told them how to handle it on their own! Each scenario is different, so read on.

Obviously, in the event of a fire, the most important thing is that you and your family or employees are safe. Once everyone is safe and out of harm's way, you'll want to start making plans for how to restore your home to even better condition than before the fire. That's where we come in. Now would be a good time to call us (619-583-2133) for a free inspection.

If we think you need our services, then we'll tell you. We're honest and straightforward! You should know that if you need a professional fire cleanup company like ours, it's very important to hire someone licensed, insured, and has decades of experience with fire cleanup restoration. This is not the time to hire your cousin's friend that's a handyman.

Fires can cause irreplaceable harm to household items, furniture, clothing, and more. They also can cause a of damage to your property. You need someone who knows what they're doing, who you can trust, and who you can ask a million questions to! That's us.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer board-up services as well as fire, smoke, soot cleaning services, and repairs. Call us at 619-583-2133.

Wildfire preparation for San Diego homes and businesses

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your San Diego home for wildfire season by following these tips.

With the rising number of wildfires affecting the state of California, and the wildfires that San Diego has seen over the past 20 years, preparation is key when it comes to minimizing potential fire, smoke, or soot damage to your San Diego home or business.

While wildfires pose particular threats because they often begin unnoticed and can spread quickly, there are some things you can and should do to help prepare.


Keep your home maintained by cleaning your gutters regularly, and make sure your smoke alarms are working and you have a few fire extinguishers handy and operational. If you have a multi-level home, have an escape ladder available.


Consider landscaping your home with wildfire safety in mind. Use fire-resistant shrubs and trees. Rock, stone, crushed concrete flower beds and gardens can provide ground cover for bare spaces and could act as firebreaks.

Defensible space

Ensure you have defensible space between structures and natural growth that is free of brush, trees and grasses. Move wood  piles away from your home.


Create a survival kit, map out an evacuation plan, and create a home inventory of all your belongings.

If you or someone you know suffers damage from a wildfire, call SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown at 619-583-2133. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are a preferred vendor for most insurance companies. We'll hold your hand every step of the way.

Apartment Fire in Point Loma/Midway District San Diego

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Apartment fire in Point Loma area of San Diego, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown handled the cleanup.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown recently got a called from an on-site property manager of an apartment building in the Point Loma/Midway District area of San Diego for a unit that had an electrical fire. The tenant was not injured, thankfully, but the unit sustained serious damages.

When the onsite manager called their insurance broker, the broker referred them to SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown.

Often times when a property sustains fire damage, owners wonder whether or not a full smoke and soot cleaning and mitigation work is needed. And sometimes it isn't, depending on the size of the fire, how long it burned, what it burned, etc. In this case, a complete cleaning was needed, so we worked hand-in-hand with the insurance company to ensure all the proper procedures for cleaning were approved and followed by our team.

If your property in San Diego sustains fire damage, big or small, call SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133. We are preferred vendors for most insurance companies.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Centre City Uptown - Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

San Diego - Smoke and Soot Cleanup / Fire Damage.

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 Centre City Uptown 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 of Centre City Uptown at 619 583 2133.