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Understanding Fire Damage

If you have experienced a house fire, or know someone who has than you are aware of the complexity of the situation.  At ServiceMaster Restoration we understand how frustrating and difficult a time this is.

That is why we have dedicated our blog to help you understand fire damage and the restoration process.

After a fire occurs, timing is crucial. Repairs need to be made quickly to restore your home.  Items in your home will be affected by the fire. Many materials in your home may be charred, melted and unsalvagable.  Your home may also have soot damage and/or smoke damage. Of course this all depends on the severity of your fire. The two biggest goals during the restoration process will be eliminating the smoke odor and cleaning the soot in your home.

Smoke Damage

Anyone who has had a campfire knows that the odor left in your clothes can last a long time. While a sweatshirt can be thrown in the washer and hopefully be made to smell clean and fresh again after a wash or two, there is no such easy solution on cleaning a home that needs fire and smoke damage cleanup.

Using the analogy of a campfire you can imagine what your house would smell like if a campfire had been burning in your living room for a few hours. However the solution to cleaning up the smoke that clings to your walls and all your possessions and the odor that clings to the air in your house is not easy. Special care has to be taken when doing fire and smoke damage cleanup as trying to do the work yourself could cause more damage.

The length of time needed to remediate a smoke damaged home or business can vary according to many variables including the source of the smoke (plastic, protein or wood) as well as the severity of the loss. While the time it takes to do the job right can be frustrating the results are worth the wait.

Soot Damage

Soot damage is also a big concern after a fire. Soot needs to be removed and kept from spreading further in your home. Unfortunately, damage can continue, even when your fire is out. Much of the material found in furniture and flooring is synthetic and when burned, it can create a variety of complex chemical reactions. After only a few days, these items go from cleanable to un-salvageable.

The professionals of ServiceMaster Clean are experts in understanding the chemical combinations that can effectively clean and salvage belongings. We can even remove soot from at-risk items such as brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, and porcelain as well as fabrics in upholstery and carpets, thus helping to avoid additional expenses.

So how will ServiceMaster restore your home to it’s pre loss condition?

Using the latest equipment and supplies, we follow a five-step fire and smoke damage restoration process:

  1. Emergency pre-cleaning
  2. Content cleaning
  3. Content pack-out
  4. Wall and ceiling cleaning
  5. Deodorization

If you chose ServiceMaster restoration, you can rest assured you have selected the right people to do the job. With years of experience in returning homes back to normal and helping families and individuals like you, we are the best choice for emergency services. We are known for our consistency, speed and high standards of customer service. Contact us today to handle all of your restoration needs. (704) 324-8528