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Our Crew Can Restore Your Home In Belleair After A Fire Has Caused Significant Damage
Let our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team provide this inspection and necessary mitigation for your property in this troubling time.
Fire Debris Removal And Inspection Of Your Belleair Property
If a fire breaks out in your Belleair home, many owners become most concerned with getting their families to safety or grabbing a few irreplaceable items to protect. Structure fires can spread quickly, threatening not only the property but also those that choose to go back inside once the fire has gotten extinguished. It is never advisable to assess damage on your own, as many hazardous variables could injure or adversely affect the inspecting party.
As your insurance company requires a detailed catalog of the fire damage to your Belleair home after the incident to process a claim, many homeowners might believe that they have no choice but to face these potential hazards to get the approval for their claim. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly after you call to provide this thorough inspection on your behalf, cataloging all of the damage and providing photographic evidence of the effects for your insurance adjuster to expedite your claim’s approval.
The estimator we dispatch to provide this inspection also works to determine the proposed cost to repair and restore the damage to the property. This information includes the personnel required, processes needed, and what areas might require complete reconstruction to get restored entirely.
Additionally, our SERVPRO professionals work to mitigate your loss with this initial visit to your home following the disaster. This process begins with debris removal and indoor air quality control. We can address hazards and risks such as structural failures through this debris removal process, ensuring that glaring concerns get taken care of before the restoration work begins on your property. Our Contents Department can also remove at-risk items through this mitigation process to take to our facility for cleaning and deodorization.
After a fire has affected your home, you do not have much time before your insurance provider needs credible information to substantiate your damage claim. Let our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team provide this inspection and necessary mitigation for your property in this troubling time. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060.
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SERVPRO - Cleaning And Eliminating Fire Damage In Largo Homes
As one of the few cities that touch both coasts, Largo is a unique place to live. Unfortunately, that doesn’t protect homeowners and residents from disasters like extreme thunderstorms and not-as-extreme events like house fires.
Cleaning and restoring Largo fire damage requires a trained, well-equipped, professional agency. SERVPRO restoration teams meet the latest rules and guidelines issued by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). In addition to our extensive, on-hand inventory of cleaning agents and equipment, our office has access to a support network of thousands of other franchises if needed.
It all is required to deal with the extensive types of damage to a home. Besides the obvious, physical damage from heat and flames, there is the cleaning required to property affected by smoke and soot residues. In addition to those problems, there are the odors exuded from burned material. Cleaning each type of damage depends on different factors: The material that burned, how fast it burned, and what type of surface did the residues or odors settle on.
As an example, eliminating odors and restoring items to their pre-fire condition requires several methods of deodorization, which we refer to as multi-phase odor control. SERVPRO technicians start with Chemical Containment.
They use a pump-up sprayer to release a deodorizing chemical onto materials with residues to block odor-causing molecules from vaporizing into the air. The spray creates a barrier which slows down or stops evaporation until other team members can clean or remove the affected item.
Next, technicians release deodorant particles to counteract odor particles already airborne. This Vapor Odor Control method uses granular counteragents in the form of pellets placed at the most malodorous areas. It works particularly well after using Chemical Containment but is also useful individually.
If the odors deeply penetrated an item of personal or structural property, team members use a final method called Thermal Fogging. With a heated fogger device and solvent-based deodorizers, they create a cloud of deodorizing particles the same size as the original odors. These particles can penetrate to the same level as the malodors and neutralize all they encounter.
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Eliminating odors and other fire damage is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Largo uses the latest training and equipment to return each home to its original condition as quickly as possible. Regardless if it was a large fire, or restricted to only one room like the kitchen, call us at (727) 586-0060 today. We are here for you.
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Your Best Guide to Pinellas County Fire Damage Remediation
Regardless of the room or rooms that fire damage effects, SERVPRO can provide effective remediation and restoration services.
Expertly Trained Fire Damage Cleanup & Restoration Technicians Available In Pinellas County
Looking at the amount of damage that can occur after a fire rages through your property, it can be easy to think that many of your belongings are lost or not worth having restored. Luckily, for everyone that couldn’t be farther from the truth. A quality restoration company can provide you with a variety of services to restore fire damaged contents in your Pinellas County home.
Consider how much training and experience your local technicians endure to provide you with fire damage restoration services in Pinellas County. Technicians put their heart and soul into every home restoration process, cleaning countless appliances, furniture, fabrics, and miscellaneous contents without a second thought. Day-in and day-out, you can count on these rugged individuals to be there when you need them, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
When confronting fire-damaged appliances in your home, SERVPRO technicians have to put all of their experience to the test. Appliances can have a variety of surface types, including metal, paint, glass, plastic, composite materials, and even formica. All of these surfaces are nonabsorbent and easily cleaned with a water-based detergent solution. However, smoke damages, involving heavy smoke residues and greasy soils require your technician to increase the alkalinity of the cleaning solution to obtain the best results.
Hardwood surfaces present SERVPRO technicians with many obstacles as well. Since wood finish can contain varnish, shellac, lacquer, paint, or waxes, it can be hard to determine which cleaning methods to use. The finish used on an item affects furniture’s resistance to heat, smoke, moisture, and odors while unfinished wood easily absorbs all kinds of nasty materials that often cause stains. Both dry and wet cleaning options are available for reducing possible losses, although its how a technician introduces the cleaning steps that improve an item’s restorative quality.
Everything from carpets to rugs and mattresses to lampshades generally has fabric woven into their design. Your SERVPRO technicians understand how to apply cleaning services to each of these items and do our best to reduce any losses. In many situations, smoke residues fail to penetrate a fabric items internal areas, making it possible to lift excess soot and restore the item in question.
SERVPRO of Largo stands ready to assist you with all of these cleaning situations and more, providing full fire-damage restoration services throughout the area. (727) 586-0060
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Want It Clean and Fresh After a Fire? Contact SERVPRO in Pinellas County for Results You Can Love
Fire in Your Pinellas County Home? SERVPRO Is Right Behind the Red Trucks with Our Green Ones
The Importance of Testing for Restoration of Fire Damage to Pinellas County Homeowner
Cleaning the mess left behind by fire is more complicated than you might think. The challenges stem from the fact that a fire is not one single action, but rather a series of reactions. Each result is unique and can be influenced by materials, temperature, airflow and surface textures. The only way to combat the varied challenges of fire is by taking a varied, educated approach to restoration.
When we approach fire damage in Pinellas County, we make no assumptions about the best method of cleaning. A SERVPRO technician is trained to thoroughly pre-test the affected area before any work begins. A pre-test provides us with invaluable information about the type of smoke we are dealing with, the nature of the materials that have burned and how well they respond to different methods of cleaning.
It is not uncommon for properties that require restoration to be at high risk of secondary damages. The water used to contain a fire whether by sprinkler or because of fire-fighting efforts can set residues causing permanent damage and staining. Equally, porous materials or older surfaces absorb soot and can be more difficult to clean. By testing for every variable, a SERVPRO technician can accurately assess outcomes and ensure an efficient service.
Cleaning and restoration are more cost-effective than replacement in the majority of services we carry out. These savings you may enjoy by our service remaining within the budget of your insurance claim. By us working with your insurance adjuster, the result can lessen the likelihood of your insurance rates increasing after a claim. SERVPRO has many different methods to restore your home and prevent costs from stacking up.
When it comes to clearing away soot and smoke residues wet cleaning is beneficial. For set residues, we may apply abrasive cleaning solution or steel wool to the affected area. Porous or delicate contents can benefit from dry-cleaning along with expensive fabrics and upholstery. No matter the type of material, SERVPRO can work toward a restore over replace method throughout the service. Often we can continue cleaning of personal possessions at our facility using Esporta washers and ultrasonic tubs. We provide many options in our quest to restore and not replace.
If your property is in need of professional restoration after fire, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for a tailored solution.
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A Hair Straightener Can Cause a Small Fire in Your Bathroom
Hair straighteners look innocent enough but can sometimes cause fires. If your bathroom has suffered through an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO.
Team SERVPRO Tackles BOTH the Fire Damage in Your Bathroom as Well as the Lingering Smell
Hair straighteners can get very hot, but the potential for fire damage does not come from their heating element. A faulty cord or electrical outlet is much more likely to cause a fire in your bathroom, and unfortunately, these types of fires can be somewhat common. Luckily, the fires that break out from these conditions are usually caught swiftly and small in scale, but even a small blaze has the potential to be damaging to your home. It is vital for you to call for professional restoration services after a fire is extinguished in your home.
While the blaze may not have been tremendous, the fire damage in your Pinellas County bathroom can still be worth hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. The drapes of your window caught fire and burned up, while smoke attached itself to your bathtub, toilet, sink, and walls. Additionally, all of the medication in your medicine cabinet have been compromised, and hundreds of dollars worth of self-care products have also been ruined. While your bathroom is structurally sound, the stains from the soot alone must be handled by an expert, as well as the odors left behind. Even a small fire leaves behind damage that needs a professional touch.
When you call SERVPRO, we always aim to arrive at your residence swiftly. Upon getting to your home, the very first thing SERVPRO can do is investigate the soot adhered around your bathroom. Smoke residue cannot only be cleaned with one method.
Depending on how it has attached itself, the temperature of the smoke and the surrounding area, and what it attaches itself to, the method of cleansing may change. Our technicians may need to employ chemical cleaning solutions in your bathtub while using lubricative cleaning methods on your toilet instead.
To rid your bathroom of the odorous scent left behind, SERVPRO can use advanced trade technology to neutralize the smell. We can use devices such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators to combat the odor. Once the smell is gone, the job is done.
Even if the fire that breaks out on your property is small, do not idle. Dial (727) 586-0060 to speak with SERVPRO of Largo. We aim to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
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Fire Damage In Pinellas County Can Negatively Affect Your Personal Possessions
Removing soot from structural parts of your home is essential to save materials and deodorize the house.
Fire Damage Can Negatively Affect Your Possessions
Any time something burns in Pinellas County whether it is indoor or outdoor, smoke exhausted by the blaze can spread to areas far away from the source. This partially combusted gas then floats around and attaches to cooler surfaces. Once smoke hits items with a lower temperature, soots and soils get left on the objects. Residues can ruin the finish on some things and create pungent aromas to exist inside the building.
Removing soot from structural parts of your home is essential to save materials and deodorize the house. If there is ever fire damage in Pinellas County, our SERVPRO technician's clean soils from your contents as well as building components. Soiled contents can also be a source for foul, burnt fragrances. Some types of smoke residues can force items to get replaced while others clean off with minimal effort.
In many situations where your possessions were affected by smoke, our SERVPRO crew packs up and transports your damaged goods to a clean and disinfected area for extensive content cleaning. Once at the cleaning location, we test different materials and draw up a conclusion as to which methods and detergents will work the best on the various forms of soot possibly present. Since there are thousands of kinds of materials things are made of, we have a vast collection of cleaning tools at our disposal.
If the soils are light and easy to remove, a feather duster or dusting cloth can be effective at removing the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry sponges for cleaning slightly heavier concentrations of residue that adheres well to affected surfaces. Porous surfaces should always be cleaned with dry methods instead of using wet chemicals because the moisture in the product can soak the soot deeper into the item causing secondary damage.
Foam cleaning uses a foaming agent to clean fabric and upholstery. Polishing is a rather aggressive method and works well cleaning damaged metal objects or furniture. Wet cleaning with high alkaline products can be the only thing that works for heavy soiling. In more severe cases, semi-refinishing takes place, a process that strips off part of something's surface.
Utilizing the correct techniques can save time and money in the long run. If the wrong method gets used in the incorrect scenario, secondary damage can add cost to the overall scope of the project. Make sure your beloved possessions are taken care of by calling SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 immediately after any problem is noticed.
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Let SERVPRO Take Care of You and Your Home in Indian Rocks Beach After Flood Damage
SERVPRO arrives quickly to remove water and begin the restoration process after a flood affects your property.
SERVPRO Puts Your Family First During the Flood Damage Restoration Process
With spring here, one thing that everyone in Indian Rocks Beach should do is protect their home from possible flooding. In past years, many homes were not ready for the great amount of rain, so what can you as a homeowner do to ensure you limit flooding damage to your home? Checking your gutters and making sure they are clear of debris is a good start. Also, if you live in an area with torrential downpours, check to ensure there are no holes or gaps in the sealant around your windows and doors.
Storing electrical devices upstairs if you are in for massive storms is also wise, as is covering any air vents with plastic. When flood damage still affects your Indian Rocks Beach, it is essential to get the water removed from your home quickly. More damage accumulates the longer the water sits. The technicians at SERVPRO understand this, which is why we do not hesitate to get to your home once you call us for help.
We recognize that flood damage can create a huge setback for you and your family. Because of this, we do everything we need to so you get your home back to normal with minimal disruptions. Our process of restoration is focused on you and your property.
SERVPRO staff does not call a job done until we have met or exceeded your expectations. We are here to help you and want you to feel that way. With compassion and knowledge, we understand what an emergency water extraction requires.
We inspect your home first to determine the full extent of the damage, both visible and hidden. We use tools such as hygrometers and moisture detectors to do so. We also try to help your feelings of helplessness by explaining our process in a way which you can understand what is going on at all times, what to expect, and what you can do.
SERVPRO of Largo is not just here to restore your home in Harbor Bluffs, Largo, or Clearwater, but instead, we also want to restore your sense of security. Getting in contact with us at (727) 586-0060 as soon as you can after your loss helps us to prevent further damage.
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Fire Damage from Oily Rags in Your Pinellas County Home
Oily rags left in your garage can ignite without a separate ignition source, this is know as spontaneous combustion.
SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Process
Although many people in Pinellas County do not realize it, oily rags which are left in a pile on the floor or in a waste can ignite without a separate ignition source. When this happens, it is called spontaneous combustion. Various materials can be prone to self-heating, combusting spontaneously. These can include cotton rags. When there is no ventilation in the area, the process of combustion can be inevitable.
Storing oily rags in metal containers with covers in place can prevent this type of disaster. If a fire did ignite in your garage with an oily rag, you need assistance cleaning up the fire damage to your Pinellas County home. At SERVPRO, all our staff has been professionally trained to handle these situations, and we get to your home quickly with the correct tools to help you out.
When restoring materials that have been smoke-damaged, our goal is to restore them back to their preloss condition. We apply basic principles of cleaning to accomplish this task.
First, SERVPRO staff locate the smoke residues by inspecting the affected areas carefully. We begin our inspection near the fire’s source and trace how far the smoke moved through your structure. We then need to identify the kinds of smoke residues that are present. Different types can exist in the same environment. We choose a cleaning method which effectively removes the kind of residues that we find present.
We also need to identify the kind of surfaces that were affected to determine what products and cleaning methods are safe to use. We are careful to preserve the surface or material we are cleaning, and some materials might not be restorable if they cannot withstand our cleaning process.
Capturing and removing the residues is next. Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they come into contact with. We use wet and dry cleaning processes to release the residue particles and carry them away from the affected area. Lastly, the cleaning waste and debris are disposed of properly.
SERVPRO of Largo knows how to thoroughly clean your home in Largo, Belleair, or Harbor Bluffs of smoke residues after a fire. Just reach out to us as soon as the fire is out at (727) 586-0060.
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Understanding the Fire Damage to Your Largo Home
Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the fire fighters leave for best results.
SERVPRO Technicians are Fully Certified in Remediating Fire Damage
Fire damage is a devastating event for any homeowner. However, understanding the effects of fire, smoke and heat can help you prepare better for the restoration process.
After the professionals arrive at your Largo home after a fire damage incidence, they assess the damage due to smoke as well as the heat. It is essential to understand the difference between the damage caused by the actual burning of the contents and the smoke residue. SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to tackle the damage depending on the source of that damage.
Damage caused due to combustion
Combustion is burning or material due to excessive heat. Technically, combustion is same as burning. The three components required for combustion to take place are fuel (the material that burns), oxygen and heat. If these three components are in perfect balance, all the fuel is burnt, and no residue remains. Unfortunately, these components are not always in a balance during a house fire. In such a situation, the fuel burns inefficiently leaving a ton of residue in the form of charred surface and a ton of smoke. SERVPRO professionals use some of the best equipment and techniques to remove this type of damage.
That said, if the extent of combustion is extensive, there is a lot of structural damage and the ability to restore a property takes a hit.
Damage caused by smoke
Smoke is generated by inefficient combustion, which is a hallmark of a house fire. It contains suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. Gasses such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are also quite common in smoke.
The particles in the smoke can be as small as 0.1 to 4 microns and can penetrate surfaces easily. Once the smoke particles settle on surfaces, it is often referred to as soot. Once deposited on the surfaces, the soot causes discoloration and blackening that is typical of a fire.
The soot particles often react with the moisture present in the air and generate acidic residues that are incredibly harmful to the surfaces. It often causes discoloration and corrosion of the surfaces if not promptly removed.
Seeking professional help as soon as possible is the best option to limit the damage caused by a fire. Call SERVPRO of Largo today at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an appointment.
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Stored Items Can Easily Ignite and Leave You with Fire Damage in Your Largo Residence
SERVPRO works hard to restore your home after a fire, "Like it never even happened."
Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration Services
Preparing for a hurricane often creates a rush to place everything in safer locations throughout your Largo home. Fire is not something that many see as a risk during such a time, and few consider the possibility of such an event.
Because Largo residents store a medley of items together, fire damage can easily happen, and then spread quickly, as well. If your home is unattended when a fire ignites within your stored belongings, the damage can become extensive. Even wet contents can burn if exposed to high enough heat. The steam produced can then cause other types of damage within your home, and affect other, undisturbed belongings elsewhere.
If you are present and able to catch a fire in its initial stages, damage levels often remain low. Hidden problems can still exist, however, and experienced professionals can help locate these areas. This is why no job is too small for us to mitigate. Every job is important, because without restoration, the damage, including minor smoke and fire damage, only worsens.
Our technicians hold certifications from the IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), preparing them for any fire-related disaster that homeowners might find inside their residence. Vast buildings or tiny apartments can pose safety hazards, both large and small, but our employees easily handle all of these.
Discussing the individual situation with you means no further surprises can create additional stress for you and your family. We examine and assess the damage to your home and then explain in detail the processes needed to restore your home fully. Our goal, to make your home “Like it never even happened” is made easier when we have your assistance. Partnering with you from the start of the restoration process also alleviates your concerns regarding timing and the financial costs involved.
SERVPRO of Largo's skilled and experienced professionals know you want your home restored as quickly as possible and can work with you during the entire process. Call our local number, (727) 586-0060, to contact us. Fire damage may seem insurmountable, but we assure you, we can mitigate and restore, so your family can return home again.
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Types of Home Fires and Fire Damage in Largo to Be Aware Of
Many fires start in the kitchen. Be vigilant and if a fire does happen, get to safety and after the fire fighters leave, contact SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Fire Damage Methodically After a Fire on Your Property
Although home fires can begin anytime and anywhere in Largo, there are a few different types of fires which you should be aware of. Knowing them can help you to lower or even eliminate the risk of a fire starting in your home.
The most common kind of fire and fire damage in your Largo home is a grease fire in your kitchen. Grease fires are hazardous since they can get out of hand fast and spread from the stove through the whole kitchen and other rooms of the house. Many grease fires happen when a frying pan is left unattended on the stove. They also occur if a pan is overheated and the grease catches fire. These types of fires can seriously injure you and cause extensive damage to your property.
Other kitchen fires can include appliance and oven fires. Fires also begin in your kitchen when electricity contacts water.
After a kitchen fire, you need the assistance of a professional fire damage remediation company. SERVPRO has plenty of trained and experienced technicians who can help you clean up after a fire and do so in a timely fashion.
If your home is older, it may not have the right wiring to handle the number of electrical appliances many people are using today. Old wiring can be frayed or worn, which causes sparks and shorts that can ignite.
Older breaker boxes are built to shut off electrical current when the circuit is overloaded to prevent fire, but many times these connections are broken or worn and do not activate the switch.
Lighting can also cause electrical fires, which can be started by improper wiring or use of light bulbs which are higher in wattage than what the appliance recommended.
Coil space heaters are very hazardous since the coils ignite anything nearby which is combustible. Keep any space heater at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire including bedding, curtains, furniture, and clothing.
Our SERVPRO staff can assist you with cleanup and repair after any fire. We also clean up water damage from firefighting efforts and help you speak with an insurance agent. We understand that any fire, large or small, is a stressful event, so we strive to make the process of restoration as simple for you as possible.
SERVPRO of Largo can come to your home any time that you need us to help you get your home back to normal. Residents of Belleair Bluffs, Largo, and Belleair Beach can reach us whenever needed by dialing (727) 586-0060.
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Electrical Fire Prevention in Your Largo Home
Electrical Fires Cause Damage and Create Dangers to Largo Residents, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup
SERVPRO Tips to Stop Smoke and Fire from Damaging Your Property
They can begin small, but electrical fires can spread fast, especially if it is inside a socket and able to travel through the wall before you realize there is a fire. Since the way in which these fires start is unique, they also require special measures when dealing with them. Prevention is, of course, the first step, however, in case you have one in your home, you should be prepared how to react. As with any fire, if it is growing too quickly or is unsafe, evacuate you and your family and pets right away.
You should shut down the power source from the electrical panel to help deter more fire damage to your Largo home. The simplest way to do this is to access the main. Be sure you know where your circuit box is and never obscure your path to it. Once the power is cut, spray the fire with a Class C chemical extinguisher. You can also use baking soda. Do not ever use water since it is a conductor and can electrocute you. Do not restore power until a licensed electrician checks your wiring.
SERVPRO, a licensed fire damage remediation company, can then come in to repair any damages and clean up soot and smoke left behind.
Basic steps can deter electrical shorts and sparks from leading to full blown blazes. Begin by not overloading circuits, maintaining electronics and appliances with care, and regularly inspecting your wiring. Exposed or frayed wires should be replaced to stop the risk of shorts. Plus, cut the power to your home so you can open and inspect outlets, looking for singles or frayed wiring which suggests an electrical problem.
Never leave any space heaters, stoves, or electric blankets on while you are not home, and keep a good eye on portable heating units, placing them three feet or more away from curtains and furniture. Also, put these devices on sturdy, hard surfaces to eliminate the risk of tipping over. Check your fire detectors twice a year and cut power from any appliance that begins to smell strange, smoke, or run erratically.
Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle damage after an electrical fire. We repair any damages, plus clean up soot and smoke, deodorize the affected area and dry up any water from firefighting efforts if necessary.
SERVPRO of Largo arrives at your home quickly after receiving your call for help. You can reach us anytime by dialing (727) 586-0060, so do not hesitate to call.
Dealing with Burn Marks and Stains in a Largo Home
SERVPRO Cleans Smoke Stains in Largo "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Fire and Smoke Damage
Even if burns are not very deep, fire can leave obvious visual blemishes across a home. Stains and burn marks can happen to any material, from wallpaper to wood to glass to laminate, and each of these materials and types of burns can require a different approach to clean up properly. This complicated burning result is why many companies fail to adequately solve the problem: they simply lack the training or equipment necessary to handle a broad array of situations. SERVPRO technicians are trained extensively and have access to a franchise supply of tools to ensure that every job gets done right the first time. We are also part of a national network for disaster mitigation.
Superficial Burn Marks
Many burns from fire damage in Largo are, aside from their visual appearance, virtually harmless for the building in question. Aside from discoloration and perhaps a layer of smoke residue, these burns have done very little to degrade the material they coat. Typically, these are easy for our technicians to deal with, requiring only a thorough cleaning with professional grade detergents, hand tools, sponges, and repainting. Another issue, for a future article, explores the problems associated with smoke odors and how to eliminate their pervasiveness.
Some types of smoke may leave stains on various materials, especially when mixed with water. Here is where SERVPRO’s flexibility comes into play: smoke can be tough to remove without damaging many materials. To name a few materials, upholstery, wood, carpet, fabric, and tile grout all require careful attention to adequately and safely clean away the smoke. Smoke and soot can dig deep into a material, sometimes requiring thorough washing or dry cleaning to remove effectively. The nature of the smoke, whether it is wet or dry, is a key factor in utilizing correct IICRC best practices for restoration. We realize the acidic nature of this combusted residue and how pitting can harm many surfaces.
When a fire has burned around an object or surface, it usually causes both visual and structural damage. Materials are often heavily degraded or deformed, and discoloration is typically pervasive. Again, different materials can require different approaches, with flammables such as wood, fabric, and upholstery requiring especially extensive restorations or perhaps replacement.
SERVPRO of Largo is a local fire damage restoration company with national backing and resources. Call us as soon as possible after a fire at (727) 586-0060.