Fire & Smoke Restoration
Experiencing fire and/or smoke damage in your home or business can be very difficult. ServiceMaster Restore is here for you. Many years of experience has trained our company in returning homes and businesses back to their pre-loss condition, and people just like you make us the best alternative for fire and smoke emergency services.
We are well known for our integrity, performance and high standards of customer service. Our mission is to restore your property timely and efficiently.
Services we can provide to our customers:
- Carpet & Upholstered Furniture
- Tarping & Board-UP
- Wall & Cabinet Washing
- Clothing & Fabric
- Soot, Smoke & Odor Removal
- Content Cleaning & Restoration
Common types of fires that occur:
- Protein fire: food from the oven or stove has burned, leaving strong burnt food odors and smoke residue on contents and surfaces.
- Complex fire: multiple natural and synthetic items inside your home have burned causing black smoke residue on contents and surfaces and synthetic smoke odors. Here, emergency corrosion mitigation is needed to protect at-risk surfaces.
- Natural Fire: trees, shrubs and bushes have burned, and smoke has penetrated the structure from outside, so smoke residue and odor are present.
- Furnace Malfunction: Heating appliances such as oil-fired furnaces, that have malfunctioned and caused smoke to be distributed throughout the property.
Fire damage goes beyond burning items:
- Ash and smoke can continue to cause damage and corrosion to materials if they are left behind.
- Odors from smoke will stay in a room or a home long after the fire and continue to cause problems if they are not removed.
- In minutes walls and other surfaces can be discolored
- In hours finishes on kitchen appliances turn yellow.
- Smoke causes etching in glass after a short time, and smoke can and will tarnish metal quickly.
Not all fire damage is the same, so we treat each as such in fire restoration:
- Identify the source to determine the type of fire that occurred.
- Evaluating the areas that are wet as a result of firefighting that may need treatment.
- Remediating water damage if any.
- Evaluating sensitive materials that may be damaged as a result of smoke and soot particles.
- Removing contents from the home: ollecting immediate items you may need for the next 7 days such as clothing, prescriptions, toys, school books, business needs, etc.
- Packing out the remaining contents for cleaning and storage.
- Performing structural restoration: Collecting immediate items you may need for the next 7 days such as clothing, prescriptions, toys, school books, business needs, etc. Packing out the remaining contents for cleaning and storage.
- Removing any charred contents that may need to be removed.
- Inspecting the framing of the house and subfloors for safety
- Treating affected surfaces for smoke odors and sealing to keep any leftover odors from leaking back into the house.
- Cleaning, eliminating odors and deodorizing surfaces to pre-loss condition
- Returning items to the original location and helping to restore your normal life.
Don’t try to do it yourself!
- The residue left behind after a fire is a biohazard and can cause health problems if it is not taken care of correctly and thoroughly. You do not want to attempt to clean up your home on your own after a fire or you may cause more damage.
Did you know that smoke continues to destroy your home and its contents even after the fire it out?
- Smoke that has coated or penetrated surfaces continues to affect the chemical composition of fabrics, metals, walls, ceilings and even tiles.
Odor damage caused by fire and smoke:
- Odors stemming from fire and smoke damage are an invisible threat that can disrupt your life and your health. In particular, smoke and odor particles continue to be airborne many days after a fire has stopped.
- In the case of a house fire, smoke, soot, and associated odors can linger long after the flames are extinguished. This means that while you’re trying to restore your home you could be breathing nasty smoke particles into your lungs, in addition to dealing with the stench.
- Smoke and soot residue from nearby wildfires can cause interior and exterior damage to your home. Wildfire smoke can easily seep into drywall, wood and textiles, and fine toxic soot can coat and damage a range of materials, leading to stains, residue, and permeating odors in addition to increased health risk.
Odor removal techniques:
- Air scrubbers use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration to remove odorous particles from the air, enhancing the efficiency of cleaning and clearing the air for safe breathing.
- Thermal fogging neutralizes odor, using a strong deodorizer that penetrates everywhere the smoke traveled
- Ozone in an oxidizing agent produced by a portable ozone generator
- Hydroxyl generators use hydroxyl radicals to eliminate odor from the surrounding areas.
What to do if you’re in the middle of a loss:
- Corrosive by-products can cause irreversible etching in as few as 72 hours.
- If the temperature is above 60 degrees, air out the house to reduce smoke odor.
- Clean laminate surfaces as well as chrome, porcelain and aluminum fixtures to prevent permanent tarnishing or etching.
- Change the air filter on your furnace if it uses forced hot air.
- Tape damp cheesecloth over items to capture loose soot in the air.
- Discard any open food packages.
- If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
- Send clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner.
What NOT to do if you’re in the middle of a loss:
- Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls and woodwork causing additional damage.
- Do not wash walls. Incorrect cleaning could compound the soot residue.
- Do not attempt to clean carpets or upholstered furniture.
- Do not use electrical appliances until having them checked.
- Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.