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SERVPRO Saves Your Valuables After A Wilmington Fire
SERVPRO has the right equipment to remove soot after a fire saving your belongings from further damage.
Restoring Personal Belongings Affected by Fire Damage Helps Restore Your Wilmington Home
The saying goes “where there's smoke, there's fire,” and many times, the smoke is just as destructive as the flames. At SERVPRO, we mitigate damage to both your Wilmington home and the contents inside. We know that your family's belongings are what makes your house 'home' and without them, things are just not the same. Our goal is to make things “Like it never even happened” for you.
When a family's home in Wilmington sustains fire damage, SERVPRO technicians working on the house's structure to remove damaged areas also take the items inside into consideration. We box things up, room to room, in clean boxes and label each with its inventory sheet's number. We take the majority of these items to our facility to clean and restore them.
We can set aside any items that your family needs immediately so we can work on those first, making sure that you receive them as soon as possible. Soot can spread its griminess with the slightest touch. We have the equipment to remove residue, even in the deepest grooves and minute details of your belongings.
We use ultrasonic cleaning techniques that act in a way similar to hydrogen peroxide, with its bubbling action, to remove foreign substances after fire damage. While we can clean hard surfaces in your home with special cloths that trap soot particles, textured items require more attention. A short time in the ultrasonic cleaning equipment works well at removing soot that manual cleaning might take hours to accomplish.
We can restore and clean items that can be immersed in water and also dry quickly. Your Grandmother's china and knick-knacks from your parents' vacations can once again find their place in your home and look just as lovely as before. Many customers find that years of dust that accumulated on their belongings no longer dulls them. Our equipment is this effective. Therefore, if antiques should not receive this treatment to maintain their patina, please inform us, so we know to use other restoration methods. While these might take longer, the final effects are our goal and your satisfaction with our work.
Once cleaned, some items might require deodorization. We use special chambers to do this with hydroxyl generators that remove the odors still embedded in these things. We only use ozone on completely dry items, and both methods are equally effective.
SERVPRO of New Hanover wants to help families in Kure Beach and Castle Hayne in the restoration of their homes and their belongings. We know that small things can bring immeasurable joy to your family members, and fire damage makes this quite apparent. Call us at (910) 762-8180, so we can mitigate everything and get things back to normal.
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When A Fire Has Destroyed Your Home In Elizabethtown Call The Professionals At SERVPRO
A fire can be the most devastating thing to happen to your Elizabethtown property.
Faster Response Times And Reliable Fire Damage Restoration For All Elizabethtown Residents
A fire can be the most devastating thing to happen to your Elizabethtown property. When the fire is out, and everything is said and done, you need someone by your side to protect against loss. Everyone wants to save money, minimize damages, and relieve this increasingly prevalent threat. However, not everyone has the tools, training, and resources to pull it off in the best possible manner.
Every homeowner throughout the Elizabethtown area can benefit from helpful tips from a fire damage restoration expert. Our experts want you to recover as soon as possible, and these tips can help ensure that you do. Always start by checking your coverage with your insurance provider. You need to verify that you have the proper coverage, so you’re never left out in the cold.
When an incident occurs, call your agent immediately to begin your claim process as soon as possible. You’ll also need to secure your property and belongings before calling it a day. Your highly-trained SERVPRO team can help you minimize damages to your property and help prevent additional problems from forming in exposed areas of your home.
It is especially important to maintain a record of household contents, take pictures and record everything of value before accidents happen. SERVPRO’s entire staff can help you implement a plan to help protect your property and reduce stress related to any problems that might arise. We help you think of every possibility and cut down on surprises.
You should also maintain records regarding living expenses while displaced from your home. Repairing fire damage in your home can be a lengthy process, one that requires the attention of experienced professionals. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians have access to advanced restoration equipment and provide you with services you can count on to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of New Hanover offers full-service solutions to fire damage on your property, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week for your convenience. We also go that extra mile to provide you with fast response times and quality services you can trust. Call our office, today (910) 762-8180!
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Leaving a Space Heater Unattended inside Your Wrightsville Beach Home Can Cause Fire Damage
Space heaters are great for warmth but can cause damage to your home if they are the cause of a fire. Be vigilant and call SERVPRO after a fire.
SERVPRO Technicians are BOTH Certified and Properly Equipped to Remediate After a Fire in Your Home
Sometimes rainstorms and fall weather can bring chilly days that make you want to take your space heater out of storage, but leaving it unattended can cause fire damage. You may be tempted to attend to chores in another part of your home, but leaving it can be dangerous. A rug that is pushed too close to the heater or an electrical malfunction can cause a blaze to start.
Fortunately, catching the flames early and extinguishing it can avoid severe fire damage to your Wrightsville Beach home. However, the damage that was done can still leave you in need of remediation services. Due to the nature of fire-based damage, the quicker that you call for help, the more likely a successful remediation can occur.
When you call SERVPRO, our team of IICRC-certified technicians makes it their priority to arrive at your residence as swiftly as possible. Upon arrival, our techs can investigate the damage and then our estimator can walk you through it, answering any questions while giving you an estimated time-frame for the remediation. Once we are all on the same page, our technicians can begin to work.
SERVPRO can remove any remains of the carpet that burned as a result of the fire to begin the process. To remove the soot stains off of your wooden flooring, SERVPRO can choose a gentle alternative to chemically-based cleaning products. Instead, our techs can choose to use lubricative cleaning methods, which lift the dirt and grime away from the wood. We can do the same for nearby furniture or decorations.
After thoroughly cleaning the space where the fire occurred, SERVPRO can then use a thermal fogger to help neutralize any odor that is left behind. We always strive to remove all reminders of the damage that happened inside of your home, including scent. After we have completed the remediation successfully, you can rest assured knowing your home has been returned to its preloss state.
When a fire breaks out onto your property and causes damages of any degree, do not hesitate. Get in touch with SERVPRO of New Hanover by calling (910) 762-8180. 24/7, we are available for you.
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Why It Is Important To Clean Your HVAC System during Fire Damage Restoration in Carolina Beach
Fire Damage Often Means Cleaning the HVAC System in Carolina Beach Properties
Complete Fire & Smoke Residues and Odor Remediation Needed? Call SERVPRO
Fire damage incidents are always frightening. Luckily, if you promptly take the right restoration actions, you can prevent further damage and salvage most of your contents. It is not all about cleaning the soot and smoke particles that you usually see after a fire; there are inspections that we perform in your Carolina Beach home during the restoration to uncover hidden issues. For instance, have you ever asked yourself what it takes to clean a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system after a fire event?
While cleaning the HVAC unit may not be mandatory during fire damage restoration in Carolina Beach, our SERVPRO technicians never take chances. If the system is contaminated, it can spread smoke residues within the structure once you switch it on. When we are performing HVAC duct cleaning, we adhere to the state and local regulations. We are going to look at some of the steps we follow when cleaning these vital systems.
Our SERVPRO technicians start by identifying the location of the fire in relation to the return side or supply side of the HVAC system. Even if the system was off, air pressure might develop from the heat which can move smoke particles into the ducts. Knowing whether the unit was operating during the fire and the duration it took is equally essential. So, irrespective of the situation, we have to inspect the system and check whether it has smoke residues and odors. Our Green Fleet supplies our SERVPRO technicians with the heavy-duty equipment and cleaning and deodorizing products to complete the task at hand.
Once we are sure some level of contamination exists in the unit, checking the extent of the damage follows. It is the time when we identify the type of smoke particles and whether odors are present. Our SERVPRO technicians are familiar with the design and operation of HVAC systems, and that helps us to identify mechanical damage, and if present, we may recommend a replacement. Depending on the state of the filters, we can clean or do a replacement several times during the recovery process. By using ULV Foggers, we can perform deodorization to neutralize the odors.
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After a Fire We Can Reduce Smoke Odors
Fire damage restoration often includes dealing with water damage as well. Contact SERVPRO to remediate both right away.
Certified SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training to Remediate Fire and Water Damage in Your Home
Fires can occur at any time and without any prior notice. When there is a fire in your home, call professionals to inspect the home as soon as possible. They are experienced in fire damage restoration and can make your home look “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO fire damage services in Wrightsville Beach also include water removal when needed. At times, firefighters use a great deal of water to extinguish the fire. When that occurs, our technicians may use a variety of methods to extract water from the affected area. Extractors remove water from areas such as carpets, upholstery, and floors. To remove water from carpeting, flooring or upholstery technicians may use the vacuum extractor. If there is a large amount of water in the home, the team may use a pump. To dry the area, technicians, typically, use air movers or high-velocity axial fans to speed up drying.
When dealing with smoke odors, the crew can reduce smells in your home. Smoke can be pungent and offensive and often lingers in the area after a fire. The team will remove charred furniture and other burned items with the homeowner's consent. Also, the crew can shut off the HVAC system during cleaning to prevent smoke residue, ash, and soot from spreading throughout the home via the vents and ductwork. Fire, ash and smoke residues can contaminate ducts if it filters through ductwork. We inspect the HVAC system to determine the extent of smoke residue and to check for smoke odors. If smoke residues are there, we clean the affected areas to prevent ash, soot, and smoke from being blown throughout your home when you use your HVAC system.
Our first objective is to prevent fire and smoke damages from further damaging your home. We may need to board or tape to secure the property and to prevent intruders from coming in the home. It is important to note that if the structure needs major work, homeowners must call a contractor to do the repairs.
We provide 24/7 emergency services. Call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 for a fast response.
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Cleaning Walls and Ceilings of Residue caused by Fire Damage in Your Wilmington Home
You can rely on SERVPRO to restore your home after fire damage leaving it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Fire Damage
Many of the homes in the Wilmington area contain unique wall coverings that add a special touch to their interiors. When a fire occurs, these surfaces can pose difficulties because their textures retain considerable amounts of greasy soot. Making them come clean requires specialized cleaning treatments.
Wilmington homeowners whose properties sustain any size fire often notice the immediate area exhibits smoke residue on surfaces. You might see a distinct line between soot-covered areas and the still-clean surfaces that remained covered by an object during the fire. In other areas of the home, however, soot contamination may not show as easily. If soot and ash fell in a less-dense manner, this can occur.
We have different ways to discover where soot contamination fell in sparse enough layers to avoid detection. By using a Dry Cleaning Sponge, our technicians can reveal many of these areas. Smoke can permeate into areas that might seem off-limits to smoke, such as closed rooms, drawers, and closets, and detecting these locations helps us eliminate more of the soot that can cause odors later. The possibility that soot contains carcinogenic properties also raises concerns for many homeowners.
When wall and ceiling paint consists of more durable, washable paints, we can use wet sponges or cleaning cloths. Depending on the surfaces cleaned, as we can use these for other things, as well, such as trim and moldings, we may or may not use a cleaning agent or plain water. Our goal in restoring your home "Like it never even happened" means we always use the method that provides the results you, the customer, wants. Returning your home to its preloss condition only happens when we undo the damage caused by the fire.
Although our employees remove the majority of the soot the fire produced, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help immensely by providing your home with treatments designed to neutralize any remaining soot particles. These produce odors whenever they disintegrate and become airborne again. Thermal fogging can eliminate these odors quite efficiently and thoroughly because the fog acts in a similar way to the smoke.
SERVPRO of New Hanover strives to assist the communities of Castle Hayne, Carolina Beach, and the surrounding areas. You can reach us by calling our 24-hour hotline, (910) 762-8180. If fire damage has become an unwanted aspect of your life, let us help you resolve the problem and get your home and life back under control.
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Fire Damage Deodorization in Wrightsville Beach
Fire damage comes in a variety of forms requiring professional restoration services.
SERVPRO Restores Your Home after Fire Damage to its Pre-Loss Condition
Damage caused by a fire starting inside your Wrightsville Beach home comes in a variety of forms. The flames and heat coming from a blaze, char contents and building materials inside your house making replacement a requirement. Smoke coming from the fire spreads across the building and affects surfaces with soot residue.
After materials get cleaned and removed, sometimes smoke odors still exist. As a final step, SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Wrightsville Beach deodorize the structure. When getting rid of foul smells, we use a few different chemicals, application methods, and techniques.
Deodorization chemicals help fight odors in two primary methods. Some chemicals bond to the odor molecules and cause a chemical reaction with them to neutralize the smell. Other chemicals work as masking agents and overtake the foul odors with more appealing aromas.
In some cases, just spraying the chemicals out of an electric or hand sprayer works for eliminating the foul odors. In other situations, the compounds need to get applied in the same way the malodor particles got inside the materials in the first place. Combustion causes smoke particles to become microscopic and penetrate deep into porous materials. When mitigating foul smells, our SERVPRO experts attempt to re-create smoke behavior by breaking chemicals down into tiny particles.
When using a fogging system, microscopic chemical particles gain the ability to penetrate into surfaces that emit foul odors. The chemicals then attach to the odor molecules both neutralizing and masking the pungent smells. The restoration industry typically uses both dry and wet fogging methods depending on the scenario.
Ultra-Low Volume or ULV foggers dispense chemicals in "wet fog." The machine breaks down liquid chemicals to a size of 8 to 15 microns. ULV foggers are useful in a variety of general air deodorizing applications and often get used to seal and deodorize ventilation ducts and air-handling systems.
Thermal foggers heat up chemicals and turn them into a "dry smoke." The thermal fogging system can break down compounds to the size of one half of a micron. Thermal fogging is the best way to mimic the exact conditions that took place when the odor particles entered the affected materials.
After any fogging gets completed, the structure gets ventilated so that no hazards exist. For professional help with removing smoke-related odors, call SERVPRO of New Hanover at (910) 762-8180 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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Fire Damage Can Ruin Your New Year in Wrightsville Beach
SERVPRO restores your home after fire damage "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is Here to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage
Fires come in many sizes, just as homes range from small to extravagantly large. Large homes might have the luxury of spaciousness, but that can also cause homeowners to have a more difficult time detecting problems early. Fire is one such problem.
When a home in Wrightsville Beach burns, homeowners often worry about the amount of fire damage their home suffers. However, the smoke and particles in soot pose just as much of a hazard to residents. These particles can carry carcinogens and irritants that make breathing difficult. SERVPRO removes all the damage, making your home, no matter how large or small, “Like it never even happened.” again, ready for your family to live in comfortable and familiar surroundings once more.
Removing charred building materials that once made up your home's interior can make your home seem bare, but it is part of the process we implement to prepare for new materials. Smoke-free, these materials pose no risk to your family's health.
Fire damage can impact any area of your home, from floors to ceiling, and we do our best to match new sections to undamaged areas. We know that continuity in your home, from one area of a wall to the next, is one of those small aspects that mean a great deal aesthetically. We want a clean, polished look for your home, just as we know your family appreciated before the fire.
Cleaning up the contents of your home is a job we perform by hand. Some items, such as knick-knack collections, clean up well on-site, in large tubs that we bring specifically for that purpose. Our team gathers together and transports other items, including large draperies and window blinds, for cleaning at our facility. Once completed, all steps, from the restoration of your home to cleaning and removal of soot and grime of your personal belongings and household furnishings, bring together your house, fully restored and waiting for your return home.
SERVPRO of New Hanover can be reached at (910) 762-8180. We know a fire can cause severe damage to your home, and we can help undo the damage. When working with homeowners experiencing fire damage, we understand there are many questions, but we have the answers and the experience to help get your family through this traumatic event in your lives.
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Fire Damage In Your Wilmington Apartment Needs Professional Remediation
When a small blaze happens in your kitchen, SERVPRO can solve this problem.
Professional Fire Damage Remediation
Apartment leases in Wilmington commonly contain a clause regarding forfeiture of deposits whenever extensive damage exists in a dwelling upon vacating of the unit. What many leases do not contain is the fact that it is very simple for landlords to report uncompensated damage on any court filings, which can later end up in credit reports. If future potential landlords view this negative information, it can hinder the search for future apartments.
Accidents can happen to the most careful tenants in Wilmington, and fire damage is no exception. When a small blaze happens in your kitchen, SERVPRO can solve this problem. Doing so can help save your reputation as a responsible renter, and help you receive your deposit when it is time to relocate.
Carefully removing the charred wood and drywall can help reduce the amount of smokey smell remaining in your kitchen. However, we need to go deeper than this and also treat your furniture and carpeting with special odor-blocking agents. These neutralize the soot particles that continually produce the noxious odor.
Clearing away the soot clinging to the walls and ceiling in your kitchen also reduce the odor you smell. The longer we wait to remove this, though, the less efficient it is at removing the soot and restoring the paint or wallpaper. Waiting can result in the need to repaint or rehang wallpaper.
If a grease fire was the reason for your kitchen mishap, cleaning this without special cleansers can prove extremely difficult. At SERVPRO, we have the correct cleaning agents and tools to remove all traces of the fire and the damage it leaves behind. Certified by the IICRC, we know the latest in accepted procedures and can provide the attention you need to make things “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of New Hanover helps homeowners, landlords, and tenants in restoring their dwellings to pre-disaster condition. When fire damage happens to your home or apartment, call us for 24-hour services.
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Understanding Various Smoke and Fire Damage Possible in Your Wilmington Home
Smoke spreads quicker than fire and has the potential for creating more damage. Contact SERVPRO to assess the damage and remediate.
Our Technicians Assess the Fire Damage and then Create a Tailored Remediation Plan
A serious emergency, house fires in Wilmington leave you facing a major cleaning project once the fire has been put out. While the flames themselves can create extensive damage to your home, smoke is a primary cause of damage as well when a fire happens.
Scheduling a fire damage restoration service in Wilmington for your home fire is the smart thing to do. Companies such as SERVPRO are specially trained and certified to handle all kinds of fire damage correctly and help you salvage anything possible. Our technicians use clues to figure out the kind of smoke which has damaged your home. We can restore your home back to excellent condition after a fire.
There are various types of smoke damage that we take the time to identify before we begin restoration. Wet smoke damage is caused when a fire burns or smolders at a lower temperature. They produce few flames but usually put out much smoke. We distinguish wet smoke damage by its powerful smell and thick coating.
Dry smoke damage, unlike wet smoke damage, is created from high levels of heat. A dry fire in your home, when hot, creates a dry, thin, and powdery substance. The residue which is left by dry smoke damage, in general, is many times easier to clean than what is left from wet smoke damage.
A more unusual kind of smoke damage is fuel oil smoke damage. When a fire is caused by flames in an oil burning furnace, your home can be affected by fuel oil smoke damage. It creates a powerful odor and can wreck couches and other upholstered pieces. At SERVPRO, we can help you clean up even a mess like this.
We can also clean up smoke residues from protein fires and fire extinguisher residue.
SERVPRO of New Hanover is available for all your smoke, and fire damage needs anytime you need us. If you live in and around the areas of Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, and Castle Hayne, you can reach us just by dialing (910) 762-8180.
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Help Avoiding Fire Damage in Your Wrightsville Beach Home
Be careful not to overload outlets in your home. Keep an eye out for damaged wiring that could start a fire. If you have a fire, call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians can Assess Your Home for Possible Preventable Damage from a Fire
You may find it surprising, but a variety of house fires continues to affect homeowners on a regular basis. Fire-related losses soar as many of you attempt self-repairs trying to limit the costs associated with fire, or simply do not want to report smaller fires that would raise your insurance rates.
The majority of fire damage reported throughout the Wrightsville Beach area includes fire-related losses caused by preventable incidents. Paying more attention, learning to use products safely, or having a qualified professional inspect your home for possible hazards can teach you how to avoid causing fires in your home.
One of the leading causes of house fires is faulty electrical wiring. As we put more emphasis on electronics as a society, these types of fires become more common. Frayed cords, cracked or broken connectors and even outlets can lead to a fire. It is important to keep an eye out for any damage that might pose risks to you and your family.
Always avoid covering electrical cords with flammable items, be aware of each socket’s capacity to avoid overloading circuits and learn the difference between surge protectors and regular power strips. While both allow you to install multiple devices, only surge protectors can help you avoid damage caused by electrical shorts or spikes.
When SERVPRO technicians inspect your property, we check everything. We have several years of experience providing homeowners with solutions that fit their unique situation. Whether you need professional technicians to help recover from a recent fire or want help eliminating possible hazards, we can provide you with an answer.
Having your home inspected by an IICRC certified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, can help you avoid problems plaguing your home. We can help you locate problems, make repairs, and protect your home against possible issues before things get out of hand. When emergencies occur, our advanced equipment and a variety of resources lend you the assistance you need to return everything to normal as quickly as possible.
SERVPRO of New Hanover has qualified technicians available 24-hours a day to assist you, call today. (910) 762-8180
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The Role of Filtration Agents When Repairing Fire Damage in Wrightsville Beach
Smoke odors can linger long after a fire has been put out. Call SERVPRO and let our proven techniques work for you.
SERVPRO's Experience with Odor Removal can Help with Fire Damage Remediation in Your Home
One of the biggest responsibilities for fire damage restorers is matching the methods to the environment. It is of particular importance when picking the right deodorizing formulas and chemicals. There is such thing as ‘one fits all’ for eliminating acrid smoke odors in a home.
There are several substances which SERVPRO can use to tackle fire damage in Wrightsville properties and neutralize bad smells. Some of the most common are absorption and filtration agents. They are designed to either filter the unclean air or absorb water from the air while re-odorizing the space at the same time.
There are two main types of filtration/absorption agent used by fire damage technicians.
Most sorbents are made up of three primary ingredients – sodium sulfate (the inert carrier), sodium bicarbonate (the absorptive compound), and a fragrance emitting substance. They have a limited impact, so SERVPRO never uses them alone. Normally, they get combined with more potent deodorizers and (sometimes) masking agents.
They are most effective on short pile carpets because longer fibers can end up trapping sorbents and making them difficult to vacuum later. While this is useful for the eradication of smoky odors, it is not good for a carpet to be in contact with these chemicals for too long.
The other option is activated charcoal. Rather than being absorbent, it is actually AD-sorbent. The difference being that instead of drawing odor particles into their chemical structure, they cause them to stick onto the outside.
Activated charcoal is a type of high-grade wood, which gets treated with super-heated air (more than 600 degrees Fahrenheit). It causes the wood to expand, and the surface area of the material substantially increases. The bigger the size, the more odor particles the charcoal can pick up.
This substance is a common part of filtration deodorization procedures. Odors get eradicated by drawing affected air through filters of charcoal. These filters neutralize volatile organic compounds (VOCs) via adsorption. In some cases, SERVPRO then re-odorizes the fire damaged space by introducing a pleasant fragrance.
SERVPRO of North Hanover has spent many years serving homeowners in the Wrightsville Beach area. We have all the skills and expertise you need to get rid of smoke and soot for good. Call us 24/7 at (910) 762-8180 for fast, reliable fire damage repairs.
Fire Damage Needs Careful Cleanup
Fire Damage to a Myrtle Grove Property Needs the Help of SERVPRO
SERVPRO's Restoration Techniques Find Hidden Pockets of Contamination
The dangers of fire damage can last much longer than the initial fire blaze. Two of the most toxic types of damage are the fire itself and the resulting smoke damage. Smoke and soot can damage a home by permeating through the walls, upholstery, ceiling, insulation, air conditioning vents, and other hard to clean places.
This is why it is important to understand that fire damage in Myrtle Grove homes can present itself in many ways. Depending on the type of fire that attacks your home, not only are the apparent soot, ash, and fire damage unsightly, but possible structure damage and future contamination are possible.
Never Have Your Fire Damage Overlooked Again
For example, depending on where a fire burns in a structure, it can affect support beams, load-bearing walls, and it can wreak havoc on wiring and insulation. Even if your fire emergency seemed localized to a particular area in the house, remember, the attic must be checked for damage as well.
SERVPRO uses our advanced cleanup methods and detection tools to check from closet to closet, room to room, and floor to ceiling, to detect all fire and post-fire damages. We know where to check to make sure your HVAC system will not spread smoke and toxins after a fire. We will make sure that your insulation is intact and that the structure of your home is safe. If we detect any need for replacement and restoration, we provide a range of services, including building services, that can take care of any fire and water damage and debris.
Because secondary fire damage, such as water use from firefighting efforts can also be an issue, our specialists pay much attention to a full, detailed analysis of your home’s damage before making a plan of action and beginning cleanup and restoration.
Contamination is not always seen by the untrained eye. It can be hidden in places such as your HVAC (air conditioning and heating) systems. SERVPRO inspects the home from attic to basement, to ensure that all vents and air circulating systems are completely clean. If you were to neglect this part of fire damage cleanup, there is always the possibility of blowing toxic dust, ash, and soot, even on the microscopic level, into your cleaned home, effectively re-contaminating it and exposing residents to its dangers.
Our 24/7 Emergency Service line is at your disposal. Contact SERVPRO of New Hanover anytime at (910) 762-8180 for quick response to your fire emergency, or to ask questions.
Finding All of the Hidden Fire Damage
HVAC Systems Must Be Cleaned So That They Don't Spread Fire Damage
The most extensive part of fire damage to a facility is not usually the fire itself. Most commercial structures and many private homes now have fire suppression systems in place. It is the hidden damage from that which can wind up costing more than actual flames.
Fire damage in Wilmington homes and businesses caused by flame and heat is readily visible and for the most part, quickly demolished and removed. Soot damage is also easy to see and either remove or clean depending on how extensive it is and how long it has been left in place. SERVPRO knows that smoke damage has to be sought out and found the same way an inspector examines a home or facility before it goes into escrow.
Every room and closet have to be checked. Ceiling tiles have to be examined and removed so crawl spaces can be examined. HVAC systems must be inspected and cleaned before they are reactivated. If not, then the damage can be blown into areas that previously had no damage from the fire. All of this, especially the crawl spaces, must be accomplished in appropriate safety gear which can range from a basic mask and gloves to a protective suit and breathing apparatus.
This is why fire suppression is so important. Flame and heat damage can be stopped quickly with the right set-up, and water damage can be ameliorated if caught quickly enough. Smoke and soot damage, once it occurs, usually requires extensive cleaning and repainting at best or removal and replacement at worst.
SERVPRO of New Hanover has been in the business of restoring the effects of fire damage to commercial facilities and private residences for many years. We are proud to serve our North Carolina communities with some of the best trained and experienced inspectors and restoration crews in the industry. If you have need of our expertise or wish to schedule a free inspection to determine a preventive plan, contact us at 910-762-8180 today.
How Items are Salvaged From Fire Damage
Fine Art That is Damaged in a Fire Can Be Restored by a Specialized Conservator
Certified SERVPRO Technicians Can Evaluate What Items Can Be Restored and What Needs to be Replaced
When a fire strikes, it is often far more than just the burned out region that suffers damage in a home. Fires create debris, smoke, ash, and end up touching almost every part of a house and even sometimes neighboring properties. Damage can sometimes be merely cosmetic, requiring little more than a little cleaning, however, more often than not heavy equipment must be brought in to truly rid a property of all traces of the fire.
Windows, Mirrors, and Smooth Surfaces
Smooth surfaces such as windows and mirrors are often one of the easiest types of Wrightsville Beach fire damage to clean up. Typically, only one side of a window will need cleaning, and this can be accomplished with simple mops, soap and water, and sanitizing materials. One should always be careful to shield the eyes, nose, and mouth when cleaning soot off, however, as it may be harmful to the body if it enters any of those regions.
Electronics are often a loss in a fire, unfortunately. Soot and ash can work their way into the internals of electronics, and it is difficult if not impossible to clean out the internals of most electric devices. If a device is not initially working, there is often little chance it can be recovered, although SERVPRO teams will always evaluate what can be done.
Smoke odors can often remain in a home long after a fire has been otherwise cleaned up, serving as a constant reminder of past damage. To prevent this, heavy industrial deodorization equipment must be used. These machines, typically ULV or thermal foggers, can clear an entire room at a time of embedded smoke particles and smell.
Another common concern homeowners have is for their fine art and paintings. It is difficult to clean smoke and soot from a painting without damaging the valuable art lying underneath, and such work typically requires the careful hand of a specialized conservator or art restorer. SERVPRO contracts a number of qualified individuals for this purpose, and you should typically be able to fully restore art which has not been burned.
SERVPRO of New Hanover is a locally owned and run company which employs trained and competent cleanup crews to help homeowners with any disaster that comes their way. If you require the services of a professional cleanup and restoration company, please don't hesitate to contact us at (910) 762-8180 for 24/7 service and advice.