Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Moves Quickly

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

We all know that a fire can spread quickly and widely and while that may be true, sometimes a fire in the home can be small. While the immediate damage may look small the soot and smoke may have gone throughout the entire home. It is possible that there can be residual smell from the fire as well. Our trained and professional technicians go through the home and make sure to document all damages and we will make sure to communicate with your insurance company all recommended repairs and cleaning services that may be necessary. We take our time to care for your property in the right way and without delay. Any loss in your home can be devastating and many questions may arise during the repairs. The last thing you want to have to deal with is unanswered questions and the unknown. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes, we try to make sure and answer all of your inquires so you are always in the know.

Can You Really Prevent a Fire?

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

It may seem silly, but fire prevention is often overlooked. Here in sunny Southern California fires have definitely made themselves well known. So much so that we even have fire season. While we mostly have beautiful weather and like spending our time outdoors, it is important to take the following necessary precautions as well:

-It is good to check often for any kind of gas leaks or split wires that may cause a fire to spark.

-Before you go out on that lovely hike, ensure the stove has been turned off from making that healthy breakfast.

-When having that bonfire in the backyard make sure that it is far enough away from your home and that an adult is always present. When putting out the bonfire you’ll want to make sure it is completely out prior to walking away.

 Taking these steps can be what keeps your home safe and sound when it comes to fire prevention.

Prevention is Key!

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team can always ensure families and business owners that we can help with damage caused by an unexpected fire. We understand that these kinds of situations can be stressful and confusing, but with our assistance we will try with all efforts to make this process simple and fixed quickly. With the dry summer heat approaching, it is not any help in preventing fires completely.

                With out any possible delays, such as asbestos and lead testing, a fire job can be completed within a week. Our SERVPRO technicians are specialized in making sure jobs are done efficiently and quickly, like the damage never even happened. SERVPRO uses only the most modern equipment specialized in a way that achieves maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.

                We also make sure communication is clear with the customer and our team, and insurance if applicable. Our goal on every job is to quickly get it finished and back to normal. Not only does it help us clear our job board, but we want to make sure all customers are satisfied and do not have to worry any longer for their home and or business. We strive for pleased and content clients.

The Aftermath

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Need an expert on fire/smoke damage restoration? Well, look no further! SERVPRO Palos Verdes can help you make it through the aftermath of a fire. Fire damage restoration can help reverse the damage caused by a fire on your premises. We have hands-on technicians that can be on-site as soon as an hour after your call. That is right, only an hour!  It takes time and the right equipment to clean up any residential or commercial space. SERVPRO’s trained professionals will assess the extent of the damage, consult with you on how to proceed with cleaning, and begin the restoration process all in the same visit. From water extraction and smoke remediation, to mold prevention and total property cleaning -- SERVPRO Palos Verde’s pros can do it all. If you need to get back to normal living as quickly as possible, call SERVPRO Palos Verdes today for an estimate on fire damage restoration.

California Fire Season

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

It can be hard to deal with any loss in a home, but a fire loss can be devastating causing a total loss at times. Here in California instead of harsh winters we have sweltering hot summers, which can be very detrimental when you’re in the middle of a drought. We have seen some awful summers with multiple wide spread fires that have affected many homes. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes we are prepared to assist from the smallest to even the biggest disaster. We work hard to make sure we help every step of the way during a loss. A fire can be very different than a water loss and often, we will take inventory of everything that has been affected in the home and we carefully clean what can be salvaged. We ensure plenty of documentation is done so we can then relay all information to your insurance company prior to beginning any full repair work on the property.  Although the loss may have created a mess, we want to make sure we make things clear on moving forward to getting your property back to the way it was prior to the loss even happening.

Put Your Trust in Us!

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can be scary and when it happens in your home it can be disheartening. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes we know how stressful it can be to deal with any loss when it comes to your home. Our trained and professional technicians make sure to communicate with you from the very beginning regarding the scope of what is needed. The technicians will gather all the necessary documentation needed so we can communicate with your insurance company regarding what is recommended as far as repairs. When going through a loss it is important to make sure you are aware of the steps that are needed to get your property back to the way it was prior to the loss even happening. We believe in transparency, and we want you to feel like you can put your full trust in our team to help you get through this tough time.

California Fires

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Last year California experienced a couple sets of major wildfires that left families having to evacuate their homes without knowing what they would be coming back to in the future. Unfortunately, not every loss that occurs on our properties are small and can easily be taken care of within a week or a two. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes we are ready and willing to jump right into the mess and take care of the big or small losses for you, so you can take care of the many other issues that may be at hand during such a trying time.

A fire loss can be devastating and while that is true, our goal here at SERVPRO is to come in and restore the property like the damage never even happened. Our trained and professional technicians are knowledgeable in every step of the restoration process working hand in hand with insurance companies to make sure everyone is on the same page from the beginning of the job to the very end.

Here For It All

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Driveway fire damage Dama

Our name says it all, and here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes we aim to serve our community the best we can. Communication is key in every aspect of life and our trained and professional technicians are prepared to answer all questions and concerns. Whether it be a water loss, fire loss, or mold remediation any kind of damage to your home can be devastating. We understand that going through such a loss poses challenges that you may have never expected. While we assist with the physical labor of repairing your home, we also ensure that even the small details are taken care of so you can focus on the larger and more important issues. Our office communicates every step of the way with the technicians and your insurance company acting as a liaison for all necessary paperwork, action plans, and approvals that may be needed to complete the work on your home.

We Can Do It All!

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes, we often get calls pertaining to a home disaster originating from a fire, overflowing toilet, and even mold growth. Many times, we are asked do you only work on residential homes. The answer is, NO! SERVPRO is trained and equipped to handle any job big or small. With COVID-19 lurking among us, there have been many concerns, especially in areas where there lots of individuals that gather such as schools or libraries, of how to ensure that everywhere is sanitized. Our trained and professional technicians have gone to numerous large and small sites sanitizing the location in multiple ways to ensure the safety of those that frequent there. Making sure we are taking the necessary precautions to beat this virus has become the number one priority amongst the world and here at SERVPRO we are taking the necessary steps to lend a helping hand during this pandemic.

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes can be contacted at (424) 570-9900.

What else is involved in fire restoration?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Requirements of Fire Restoration

Recently, Southern California was affected by large brush fires that engulfed many homes. California is widely known for its fires and earthquakes, but what happens to the homes that are damaged due to a large fire. When our technicians are called out to a fire loss, they are not only looking at the structure of the home and the repairs needed, but they are also accessing the personal contents of the home to see what can be cleaned and salvaged. Here at SERVPRO of Palos Verdes our technicians are trained and certified to do a thorough walkthrough of a home and note every area that is need of repairing as well as being able to determine what home contents can be restored at our facility back to the original condition.

We try our very best to provide all the services that may be necessary in restoring your home due to a loss, so you do not have to deal with 10 different companies during an already difficult time. We do all the work for you by communicating with insurance companies from the start to even storing belongings.

For a quote please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Palos Verdes at (424) 570-9900.

Christmas Tree Lighting

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Launching off the Christmas season with Peninsula Community Church's fifth annual Christmas tree lighting.  Join us Friday, December 4 at 6:30 pm online at as we gather LIVE for an evening of Christmas songs, and the lightning of our tree while you stay home, all nice and warm.  

Here are a few tips that you need to know before setting up your Christmas lights:

  • Consider using LED lights instead of incandescent lights. 
  • Never leave your lights unattended.
  • Get rid of old lights.
  • Securely fasten all outdoor light strings.
  • Avoid using electric lights on metallic trees.
  • Be smart in using extension cords.
  • Keep your Christmas tree from becoming a fire hazard. 

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is available any time and day of the week. Contact (424) 570-9900.  We would like this time of year to be bright and merry, but most importantly safe for the family and friends to cherish. 

COVID-19: Clean Surfaces

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

General cleaning and disinfecting are an imperative part of lessening the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Routine cleaning with soap and water alone can reduce the risk of exposure and is a necessary step before you disinfect dirty surfaces. 

Areas frequently touched by multiple people, such as desks, door handles, phones, light switches and faucets, should be cleaned and disinfected daily.  More frequent cleaning may be required based on level of use. 

Not only do you benefit but doing something to enhance the quality of your health but also with the help to the community that surrounds all of us.  

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes services our local community and is equipped to clean and disinfect any home or commercial establishments.  Locally owned and can be contacted via phone (424) 570-9900 or email at

Ready to Weather the Storm

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Winter Season Weather!

Ready for any size disaster and ready to weather the storm.  Although heavy rains may impact our neighborhood and often challenging, SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is powered and equipped to 24/7. The winter season is here and here are a few tips of staying warm at home: 

  • Invest in thermostat radiator valves.
  • Maximize you insulation.
  • Block out the draughts.
  • Use timers on your central heating.
  • Wrap up warm
  • Use your curtains.

Keep the heating systems clear. A radiator wont produce maximum heat unless air can flow through it.  If your room feels chilly, make sure furniture or other items aren't restricting airflow. If you have any questions or concerns in keeping your home warm do not hesitate to give our skilled technicians a call at (424) 570-9900.

Understanding Covid 19

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

As we are returning to our normal lives we still need to continue to practice safety from washing our hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, covering the nose and mouth with the face mask and social distancing. SERVPRO of Palos Verdes offers a state of the art disinfectant service known as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC).

Businesses all over the world are taking precautions to protect the people and SERVPRO is always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If this is something that you are interested in, please do not hesitate to give us a call.  

SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is here to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

For a quote please contact (424) 570-9900.

Fire Safety for Kids 2020

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Cartoon figure of a mother scolding her child for holding matches, also with the text of 10 Fire Safety Tips for Kids at Home Fire Safety for Kids 2020

Every year kids under the age of five have a much higher risk of dying in a residential fire compared to children in other age groups, according to the US Fire Administration.  Majority of these fires occurred in homes without smoke detectors.  

To protect your kids and family safe, the following are recommended for each home:

  • Reduce clutter
  • Do Not overload electric outlets, extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Hide all matches and lighter out of reach of children.
  • Make sure all fire extinguishers are conveniently located in your home.
  • Replace any electrical outlets.  
  • Do not use really old appliances.
  • Keep an eye on Garage safety.
  • Keeping your clothes dryer system proper maintenance.
  • Replace circuit breakers with arc-fault circuit interrupters. 

2020 Women in Restoration

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Half body shot of a woman holding a hard hat with a tool belt, with the text of Recognizing Women in Restoration Honoring the Best of the Best in Restoration!

Women are taking more remarkable roles in the restoration industry every year. This year's 2020 Recognizing Women in Restoration campaign is the award's fifth anniversary.  This is all about finding and recognizing leading ladies in all positions within the restoration industry.  

Women are creating a new voice in the restoration industry and generating new ideas and ways restoration companies should be run. 

Here are the requirements to this years campaign:

  1. Women have to have at least 10 years experience in the restoration business.
  2. Women can nominate themselves or by a colleague.
  3. Include any images, references and so on you feel will help strengthen the profile submission. 
  4. Any questions to email the R&R Editor Michelle Blevins at:

Deadline for entries is: Friday, February 28, 2020

Stay or Go

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

2 firemen's shadow ablaze is a large wild fire in front of them Evacuate of Shelter in Place?

In a wildfire or earthquake, do you evacuate or shelter in place?  Palos Verdes Peninsula CERT is sponsoring a free talk on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm covering a "Stay or Go."  An open forum for a Q & A mainly geared mainly toward the inexperienced Peninsula resident who is unprepared, which is unfortunately includes many of us.  

Topics will include what it takes to be ready to Evacuate your family as well as what you need to do to be ready to Shelter in place.  Learn simple steps you can take today to protect yourself, your family and your home.  

Location:  Hesse Park

29301 Hawthorne Blvd.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. 90275

This event is FREE for all Peninsula residents. 

Small Brush Fire in Palos Verdes Estates

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Helicopter pouring water over the hillside of Palos Verdes Estates dousing a brush fire. Palos Verdes Brush Fire!

On the 2700 block of Paseo Del Mar in Palos Verdes Estates, a brush fire broke into flames but was doused quickly burning less than two acres.  Fire and police officials quickly on the scene of the fire a little after 6 am.  Road closure was needed in the area while the firefighters battled the blaze. 

Fire helicopter were on site within ten minutes along with the Palos Verdes Police Department. A little after an hour the fire was then declared 100 percent contained.  

It is safe to notify the Lunada Bay area and its surrounding areas that there were no structure damaged and all the local citizens are safe along with pets.  

For any fire damage cleanup call SERVPRO of Palos Verdes for a quote at 424-570-9900.

Fire Clean Up in Los Angeles!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

2 firefighter spraying down a very large fire with foam. Cleaning up after the fire!

As most of the fires from Simi Valley, Ca to Ventura county are mostly contained, and the ashes have settled.  The realization of building or cleaning up after fire effects can be stressful. 

With SERVPRO of Palos Verdes always ready to help available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to our nearby locals.

Here are some tips that you need to know about any Fire Damage Cleanup:

  • Fire causes reactions that release noxious and even deadly chemicals that can contaminate other parts of the building. A MUST is top always protect and decontaminate yourself with personal protective equipment. 
  • Try not to pose yourself for any risk by gutting or or cleaning up any debris. Please refer to any professionals for any cleanup.

Update: Los Angeles Getty Fire

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Freeway with the hillside a blazen. The freeway direction of Getty Ctr Drive, Sunset Blvd and Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles Getty Fire 2019

Los Angeles was engulfed with the Getty Wildfire and is till this date 79% contained. With the cause of the fire being from an accident start, caused by a tree branch that broke off and subsequently landed in nearby power lines during the high winds of Santa Ana.  Thankfully there were no civilian injuries. 

But there was about 15 homes that have been damaged and 10 homes that have been destroyed.  Realizing that the remediation to these properties will be stressful SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is ready to help.

To make life easier for our fellow LA residents, give us a call and request for a quote at (424) 570-9900. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Serving the Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Palos Verdes Estates area.

Palos Verdes Celebrates Fall Festival 2019

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Grassy area with white portable chairs and tables under an array of trees and christimas lights with lots of community people Fall Festival 2019

Fall Festival 2019

Palos Verdes homeowners have a new fall activity to enjoy at the South Coast Botanic Garden 2019.  October 12 and 13 from 11 am- 5 pm.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate all things Fall.   this would include garden themed jewelry, artwork, food and drinks (available on purchase)  The Festival will be featuring pieces from "Hide and Seek: Art Meets Nature," The Garden's new art exhibit.  This is a special season  at the Garden and will include games and activities for all ages, fall wares, and seasonal harvest beer and wine. 

Also for fun you will be able to hop on the tram for a free ride to and from the tram of the festival.  There will be a Garden Craft sale and will feature a pumpkin beer for sale.  

This event is free with your paid Membership or you can purchase a general admission ticket for $9 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children 5-12 and anyone under 4 is free.  

Located at South Coast Botanic Garden at 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula. 

Before SERVPRO Arrives

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Left side of couch where one side has soot from fire damage,and the right side is clean after our services. Fire Preparedness

Once SERVPRO of Palos Verdes is dispatched for a fire emergency service here are a few tips before we arrive:


  • Place any dry towels in all carpeted walk ways to prevent any secondary soiling. 
  • Limit any kind of movement at the location to prevent any sediments in growing.
  • To protect any chrome trim to provide a light coat of lubricant. 


  • Do not try to clean any furniture or upholstery unless first consulting a SERVPRO professional. 
  • Do not try to was wash or clean any of the walls and first to contact a SERVPRO professional. 
  • Last but not the lease to also not clean any electrical appliances without consulting a SERVPRO professional.

Locally owned and available 24 hours 7 days a week for any emergency services give us a call at 424-570-9900.

Palos Verdes Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home and walls, causing hidden damage and odor. At SERVPRO of Palos Verdes, our smoke/soot 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:

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • 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 Palos Verdes 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 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 –