Your Local Fire Damage Restoration Experts
Fires can be devastating, destroying your valuables and keepsakes, and leaving you with many unforeseen challenges. The experts at ServiceMaster are here to guide you through this process and help bring your life and your home back to order.
After a fire has been extinguished, acid from the fire and water damage from fire fighters pose an additional threat to your belongings. Many types of furniture and flooring materials are synthetic and generate complex chemical reactions when burned. In a matter of days, salvageable items can become unsalvageable as this toxic soot covers your belongings. The fire restoration technicians at ServiceMaster Restore understand the chemical combinations that can effectively clean and save your belongings, which helps mitigate additional expenses and time spent replacing these items. We can remove soot from a wide variety of materials including:
Brass, aluminum, & chrome
Marble, tile, & porcelain
Carpets & Upholstery
The Fire Damage Restoration Process
Fires can leave your home or business damaged, filled with water from the firefighters, and covered in soot. Call ServiceMaster and we will work quickly to make sure that the structure is safe, and any standing water is removed before it has the ability to create further damage.
Once the immediate cleaning concerns have been addressed, our team of fire damage restoration technicians will begin cleaning the rest of your salvageable belongings to remove all soot and smoke odors.
Once the contents have been removed from your home or business, our restoration specialists can begin cleaning every part of the structure including ceilings, walls, light fixtures, windows, doors, and ductwork.
Depending on the items that were burned in the fire, there will be a considerable and often overwhelming odor that penetrates every permeable surface in your home or business. Things like drapes, carpets and upholstery are severely affected by smoke odor, but also walls and ceilings will have to be treated and deodorized before your property will be deemed habitable. Our smoke odor experts use a variety of odor removal methods and will work with you until you are satisfied that no traces of smoke odor remain.
Fire Damage Restoration Tips
To keep the damage to a minimum, follow these steps:
What to do if Your Home Has Fire Damage
- Call for professional help. Corrosive byproducts 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 Formica, 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 returns and supply registers 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.
Things to Avoid After a Fire
- Do not touch anything with your bare hands. Oil from your hands can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing additional damage.
- Do not wash the 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.