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What is the Best Way to Avoid a Fire in a Garage?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Garage on fire SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a fire mishap. Give us a call right away.

SERVPRO techs have the training and equipment to help local Belmont properties recover from damage to their property and contents.

After a fire in your Belmont garage, it can be disheartening to see the amount of cleanup needed to use the space again. Unlike most fire restoration jobs, this is one type where the property owners can frequently remain on-site during the cleanup. This is because usually, there are no vents from the house leading into the garage, so there is no chance for the soot to spread into the ductwork of the home. For attached garages, as long as containment measures get applied to the entrance from the interior of the house to the garage,  most potential for cross-contamination gets avoided. Organization in your garage is one of the best ways to prevent a fire, using methods such as:  

  • Shelving to keep clutter to a minimum  
  • Never storing flammable chemicals in the vicinity of anything electrical or with a potential to spark  
  • Keeping gas cans with fumes out of the area  
  • Ensuring outlets are not overloaded
  • Keeping products with VOCs out of the closed environment of the garage

What is the Process for Handling Stubborn Fire Damage Residues?

Once the charred items get removed from the site with fire damage in a Belmont home, SERVPRO technicians work on cleaning the surfaces in the house. Attention to the surface is as essential as the type of smoke damage being removed. The techs carefully test surfaces to ensure the chosen method of removal has no adverse effect on the article getting cleaned. Just as some surfaces can get damaged by the use of water, others can deteriorate after exposure to certain solvents. The three critical steps in using solvents to dissolve residues are:   

  • Wash the surface with the solvent; this action suspends the particles
  • Rinse the surface from both solvent and smoke residues being careful about the disposal
  • Dry the surface 

This type of cleaning brings responsibilities towards the community and environment for safe disposal of the cleaning solvents used in this type of fire and smoke damage removal. SERVPRO techs are always careful to adhere to local, state, and federal regulations. Some of the main rules are:  

  • The solvents can never get disposed of within the sewer or septic system as the dry-cleaning solvents, in particular, is an industrial waste product  
  • Also, the cleaning wastes should never get disposed of in storm drains or gutters
  • Wastewater used in cleaning that does not contain solvents can get disposed of through a treated sewer line, toilet, or utility sink  

What are Other Methods for Removal of Soot?  

After SERVPRO techs handle the restoration services for damage from a fire in a garage, this can include a large amount of controlled demolition resulting in removing the sheetrock and insulation if present. Whenever stubborn smoke residues remain, there are other methods besides liquid cleaning solutions to remove them from the surfaces, particularly on the wood framework. The techs have access to high-powered equipment to perform abatement; one of the most popular is soda blasting. This uses sodium bicarbonate (yes, baking soda) delivered at a high velocity to remove any soot still adhering. Another tactic that gets used in the same fashion uses ice pellets. The removed material that gets then extracted gets picked up using hand vacuums to ensure all of the residues get removed.       

Prepping for rebuilding is a must during the restoration services. Before repairs or reconstruction can occur on a fire-damaged garage or any other part of the home, the worksite must be free of soot, charred materials, and smoke odors.   

The odor control phase of the restoration services can take many forms, and frequently the technicians need to take a multi-layered approach to ensure there are no signs of the previous fire that occurred. The techs use air scrubbers to improve air quality during the mitigation process, along with the detailed hand cleaning that the techs perform, the use of specialized equipment assists in the permanent removal of pungent fire odors. Two of the most typically seen tactics involve thermal fogging for eradicating embedded odors present and the use of hydroxyl generators to remove airborne particulate and neutralize it at the molecular level.   

SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 is the premier choice for fire damage restoration no matter where within your property the fire occurred or how widespread the damage is. The trained, certified techs bring the know-how and expertise along with state-of-the-art equipment to make the home disaster, "Like it never even happened."

The Laconia Store Next Door Has Water Damage – Should I Be Worried?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

ripped up ceiling revealing pipes Water damage to your shop can cause business to cease. Contact SERVPRO for professional water damage remediation to get your shop up and running.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Unique Circumstance of Commercial Buildings – We Can Track the Water and Provide Water Removal in Your Laconia Jewelry Store

When you share space in a strip mall, you run the risk of being a victim to the circumstances of your neighbors. The store mentioned had an HVAC leak that caused water damage overnight. The jewelry store runs the risk of needing water damage services at the Laconia location.

How Can You Trace the Water Movement?

It can be disheartening to come into work and discover a water intrusion. You can spend hours trying to determine the source only to discover it came from next door. Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art tools to trace the path of the meandering water. Moisture can collect in walls and other cavities that you cannot readily see. To find the hidden water and provide the needed water mitigation in your Laconia shop, we use the following:

  • Moisture Meters – penetrating and non-penetrating meters evaluate moisture levels
  • Moisture Detectors – used to find wet areas
  • Thermo-hygrometers – measure relative humidity and temperature
  • Thermal imaging – exposes possible trapped water
  • Borescope – used to look inside cavities and around tight places

Can You Help with Water Damage?

Our technicians can extract water from the premises. Drying equipment such as professional air movers and dehumidifiers aid in the drying process. If the walls have water damage, our crew is trained to use the proper drying techniques. This can include drilling precisely placed holes at the base of the wall. Carpets can be cleaned and restored. Affected display cases are salvageable as well.

When you need fast water mitigation, SERVPRO is here to help. Downtime for your store means loss of revenue. We work with you to prevent as much disruption to your jewelry store as possible.  Contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 for expert water mitigation service. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Does My Laconia Factory Need Mold Removal?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

blank conveyors on a blurred factory background Your business needs to run smoothly and has no time for mold. Contact our team for effective mold removal services.

Laconia Business Owners Are Looking For Reliable Mold Removal

Anyone who owns a factory in Laconia knows that looking after such large buildings can be a challenge. From damaged roofs to structural problems and even flooding, many things can pose a challenge for factory owners.

Mold removal in Laconia is another challenge facing local factories. Does your factory need mold removal?

What is mold?

To understand the impact of mold on your factory, let us begin with the basics – what is mold?

Mold means fungi that grow together in hyphae – a type of cellular thread-like structure that joins all the spores together. Mold is a naturally occurring growth, which is most commonly seen on spoiled food or growing in patches in damp buildings.

Mold can grow anywhere that has moisture, food, and oxygen. Fungi can grow on:

  • Foodstuffs such as cheese and bread
  • The surface of damp smooth materials such as around taps or on shower curtains
  • On wallpaper or in the grout between ceramic tiles
  • Building materials such as wood and drywall
  • Fabrics such as leather, cotton, clothes, drapes, and carpets

Where might mold grow in my factory?

Most factories do not have much in the way of office furniture. However, mold can grow on walls, floors, ceilings, wood, drywall, and windows and doors. If a factory building is damp, it can provide a ripe breeding ground for spores.

Mold smells and looks unpleasant and can have health effects. If left untreated, it can spread further and grow on more surfaces. That is why SERVPRO recommends calling a mold removal team as soon as possible.

Are there any particular species of mold to look for?

It is not especially important to know which species of mold are present. SERVPRO trains our teams to handle any commercial mold infestation in Laconia. However, some of the species most likely to grow in a factory include:

  • Stachybotrys chartarum – when people think of mold they are usually thinking of this black mold whose growth is easily spotted
  • Chaetomium grows in drywall that has suffered water damage and causes a musty smell around your factory
  • Aureobasidium grows on wood and materials such as painted walls or wallpaper and has a pinkish black spotty appearance

Visible patches of green, black, or brown spores or slime are clear signs that your factory has mold. However, SERVPRO of The Lakes Region urges you to be aware of other signs of mold. These include damp patches on walls or ceilings and a musty odor.

If you suspect mold growth in your commercial premises, give SERVPRO a call as soon as possible. We train our technicians to handle any mold situation, and we’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can SERVPRO rid my factory of mold?

No – mold is a naturally occurring substance, and it is not possible to completely eradicate it. Please be wary of any company that promises total mold removal.

However, do not worry – there are many steps we can take to remediate your mold problem. Our teams can clean mold from surfaces, deep clean porous surfaces, use negative air filtration to remove mold from the air, and thoroughly dry your factory to discourage further growth.

What is the mold removal process?

The first step in mold removal is an assessment of the situation. We liaise with you to let you know our findings and our proposed plan of action – nothing will happen to your business premises without your say-so.

Next, we set up containment to keep the spore outbreak in one place and discourage spores from spreading further into your business. We also use negative air filtration to pull microscopic mold from the air and vent it outside your premises.

We remove any mold-infested materials that we cannot salvage.

Once the mold is contained, we set to work scrubbing and cleaning every mold-infested surface to remove as many spores as possible.

If your factory needs repairs such as replacing drywall or removing and replacing damaged brickwork, our team is on hand to carry out the restoration.

We also take care of odor removal, so you do not have to worry about lingering musty smells.

Should I make a disaster plan in advance?

You cannot predict when a disaster will happen in your business, including a mold infestation. That is why we recommend the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). ERP is a popular tool for preparing for fire or flood, but it is also useful for mold. Simply download the app, set up your free account on a PC, and follow the on-screen prompts.

You will carry out a walkthrough of your business and take note of details such as water shutoff points and emergency contact details. You can also add us as a contact for remediation, and put in your insurance details. ERP means that if you spot mold, you can take action quickly.

For help with mold removal in your factory, call SERVPRO of Laconia at (603) 527-2518.

What Steps Should I Take After Flood Damage in Belmont?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

living room flooded with floating chair and no one above After a week, our team will check in with you to be sure you are happy and answer any questions.

Belmont Homeowners Want To Get Back To Normal After Flood Damage

Belmont homeowners take pride in their houses, and naturally, want to continue life quickly after a disaster. However, in the face of a disaster, the choices and list of tasks can seem overwhelming. It can be challenging to know where to start.

SERVPRO understands that flood damage to your Belmont home is distressing. It is hard to see rooms flooded with water and beloved belongings and furniture waterlogged. However, it is essential to resist the risk to start cleaning up right away.

Why should I wait for the professionals?
Cleaning up after flood damage can be hazardous:
    •    Standing water might contain sewage, bacteria, or other harmful microbes
    •    If your home is damaged, there is a risk of injury from falling drywall, buckled supports, or sagging ceilings
    •    Handling electronics or electricity shut-off points might not be safe

As well as potential hazards, it is harder for the untrained eye to assess what needs doing, and the best order in which to do those things. Our technicians know how to evaluate the situation, which actions to take for maximum safety, and the most effective order to carry out remediation tasks.

Is there anything I can do while I wait?
If there is no standing water in a room and is entirely safe to do so, you can start taking photographs for insurance purposes. Documenting the damage before clean-up will help your claim. When our team arrives, they can liaise with your insurer on your behalf.

What kind of equipment will SERVPRO use?
We equip our teams with industry-standard equipment:
    •    Truck-mounted and freestanding pumps to remove water
    •    Dehumidifiers and air movers to help dry your home
    •    Moisture meters and thermal imaging equipment to monitor drying and check for hidden damp spots
    •    Air scrubbers, spot cleaning chemicals, and odor repellents to deodorize afterward
    •    Personal protective equipment to maintain a safe working environment?

After a week, our team will check in with you to be sure you are happy and answer any questions. If your home is flood-damaged, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 immediately.

How Can I Dry Out My House After Items Inside Get Wet After a Storm in Belmont?

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in property If you ever notice that your carpets or furniture are wet after a storm floods out your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region!

For Flood Damage Mitigation When Moisture Gets Inside Your Home in Belmont During a Storm Call SERVPRO

During the monsoon season in the Belmont area, a large amount of rain can pour down quickly. When rain keeps coming down at a steady pace, flooding conditions can occur. Once the water starts to get deep outside, it can leak in from door seals or come up from underneath your house.

How can you remove moisture once it gets inside my house?

During flood damage mitigation in Belmont, the quicker water gets extracted, and the faster your wet contents and building materials get dried out, the less likely secondary issues can occur. Since it is easier to remove H2O when it is still in liquid form, our SERVPRO technicians start the restoration process with extraction procedures. We can remove liquid water from your floors and furniture using heavy-duty extractors and specialized attachments. Once all of the liquids are extracted, we can then begin the applied structural drying or ASD phase.

How do you dry out my wet floors, walls, and furniture?

The key to rapid structural drying is to speed up the natural evaporation process. We can increase the drying speed by using the following air moving equipment.

    •    Centrifugal Air Movers: These devices consist of a moving pice where blades move around a central shaft, which pushes air through the outlet or the machine. Centrifugal air movers can be used to force air underneath carpets to dry out your subfloor.
    •    Axial Air Movers: These air movers have a large fan blade and can move larger volumes of air then centrifugal devices. Axial air movers can push air at a lower pressure at a higher volume, which enables them to cover larger areas.
    •    Structural Cavity Drying Equipment: These units push air through tubes that get placed into holes that are drilled in your drywall to dry out your studs and wall cavities.

If you ever notice that your carpets or furniture are wet after a storm floods out your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 immediately.

Are There Restoration Methods for Fire Damaged Knick-Knacks in Belmont?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged furniture in the interior of a home Fire damage can put a strain on your family financially and mentally. Take that stress away and contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Specially Trained Technicians at SERVPRO’s Production Facility Stand Ready with Innovative Fire Restoration Options for Belmont Residents’ Smoke and Soot Damaged Treasures

The devastation of a household fire is hard to comprehend, but you can rest assured that our team will have your Belmont home back on track fast. Although the damage to structures is disruptive, seeing treasured personal property encrusted in soot can be heartbreaking. New gypsum boards can be painted to look just like your pre-fire walls. Tarnished and filthy heirlooms cannot be so easily replaced.

What Strategies Work for Loose Fire Damaged Items?

Fire restoration of your Belmont furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions follow different protocols depending on the type of materials and damage involved. Non-porous items covered in soot and grime need special treatment. Technicians evaluate the nature and probable source of the soot (oil or water-based), and how durable the affected article appears. We select the proprietary cleaning product our training and experience suggest will work best. A test run of the product and method establishes whether the match is on point.

What Are  Immersion and Ultrasonic Cleaning?

Intricately detailed items covered in soot need a different type of treatment. SERVPRO technicians consider manipulating the dwell time and agitation level to loosen residues without harming the underlying materials. The choices include:

  • Immersion Cleaning

Selected cleaners mix in a basin, and the items soak for a time to break the bond between the residues and the surface. Brushing or rubbing removes the remaining soot.

  • Ultrasonic Cleaning

Advanced training certifies our technicians to use prescribed additives and equipment that uses sound waves to dislodge deeply embedded residues. The sound waves created brief superheated jets of solution to “bubble” the soot away.

The hard-working crew at our production facility represents SERVPRO of The Lakes Region well. The well-loved articles that make a house a home take center stage, cleaned and restored for many more years of memories. Call 24/7 at (603) 527-2518 to explore what we can offer.

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What Can Water Mitigation Specialists Do for Your Laconia Home?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO teeam members standing in front of SERVPRO trucks and vans Our Green Fleet is always standing by, ready to take your call.

Mitigation Services Encompass Multiple Strategies and Approaches Happening Simultaneously to Resolve Pressing Water Loss Concerns for Your Property  

Understanding the mitigation process can help many Laconia homeowners quickly come to terms with the necessary restorative steps required to protect their homes and belongings. We have skilled and certified water restoration (WRT), structural drying (ASD), and microbial remediation (AMRT) professionals to help in the various niches necessary to recover property after a substantial water loss event. 

When it comes to the specifics of water mitigation for Laconia residences, several individual actions make up this recovery phase's entirety. Beginning as soon as our team first arrives at a damaged address, we use mitigation techniques exclusively designed to reduce the impact that disasters have on the property, protect personal belongings, and ensure the safety of those still in the area when restoration work begins. There are many methods for accomplishing this approach, including construction solutions, extraction, content management, and similar actions. 

Do Contractors Respond with Restoration Technicians?  

It can be a considerable challenge to see your property in disarray after a water emergency, especially when repairs and construction work is necessary. Because our organization includes a team of in-house contractors capable of performing controlled demolition, we can dispatch these professionals alongside our restoration technicians. Depending on the house's situation, temporary construction solutions and recovery efforts might precede the mitigation process. Broken portions of plumbing, for example, can be a continual threat for further water damage until this area gets repaired. We can look to our residential contractors to oversee specific tasks on a water restoration site, including: 

  • Repairs
  • Debris Removal
  • Controlled Demolition 

What Approach is Most Efficient for Extraction? 

There is no mistaking the value of water removal during a disaster. Many situations can leave multiple areas of the property contending with standing water and pooling concerns. Standing water can create a damaging situation in the house, as absorption into porous materials can allow for structural degradation and the migration of these water loss effects. A limited damage area can grow exponentially without addressing the need for extraction quickly. There are several tools in our warehouse that can address these pressing concerns, such as: 

  • Submersible Pumps – Electric submersible pumps can be a cornerstone of efficient water removal when no solids or debris accumulate. We utilize smaller and more versatile units with a 2 HP motor for quiet and continuous water removal. 
  • Wet Vacuums – Vacuums are among the most versatile and practical tools in our inventory for water removal, primarily because of its use with various attachments. These machines are ideal for less severe pooling water. 
  • Carpet Wands – Porous materials like carpeting can quickly absorb high volumes of standing water, leaving your house with a need for water removal solutions for these flooring types. Wands pull water from the top layer of carpeted floors and can be ideal for situations where the padding is getting replaced. 

What is Content Management?  

Water mitigation by our SERVPRO professionals also fixates on protecting your personal belongings, furniture, and other residence contents. Job scoping allows our project manager to inspect these items and determine which can benefit from varying types of recovery options. Some items only require relocation, while others might need more thorough and intricate cleaning and restoration at our nearby facility. The pack-out process is rarely the most cost-effective solution, but it can be vital to restoring your belongings when no other possibility works. We have three primary approaches to content management, including: 

  • On-Site Relocation
  • In-House Surface Cleaning and Drying
  • Off-Site Recovery Solutions 

What Happens After Mitigation?  

While the water mitigation phase in Laconia is a vital element of your home's overall recovery after a water emergency, several actions must follow promptly. Drying is often the heart of restoration for water loss incidents after mitigation completes, and this involves several tools in our inventory like air movers and dehumidifiers. In addition to thorough drying, sometimes the situation requires reconstruction and repair in areas where these fixes might not have been pressing concerns during the emergency services or mitigation phases. 

There is a reason your neighbors have chosen to entrust their homes with experienced professionals from our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region team. Regardless of what individual mitigation tasks your property might require, we have the equipment and the technicians to help. Contact us anytime at (603) 527-2518.

What Is the Role of a Light Wand in Water Restoration?

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

bottles of SERVPRO cleaning products SERVPRO Says Our Proprietary Cleaning and Deodorizing Products Complement Our Advanced Equipment for Water Damage Mitigation in Laconia Homes

SERVPRO Has All the Equipment Needed to Handle Water Restoration in Laconia

Laconia residents want their homes to remain safe, dry, and pleasant to live in. However, it is always good to know that help is on hand should a disaster happen. SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we have all the vital equipment on hand to help.

Water restoration in Laconia should be fast, professional, and reliable. That is where SERVPRO comes in. If you are not part of a water restoration crew, you might not know about the different equipment we use and why it matters.

What is an extractor?

An extractor is a device that removes water after a leak, storm, or another incident. Extractors are essential because we need to remove as much water as possible before moving on to the other steps in water restoration, such as drying and deodorizing.

What kinds of extraction equipment are there?

There are several types of extraction equipment, including:

  • Extraction units which pump water out of your home – we use both free-standing and truck-mounted models
  • Deep extraction tools that use weight to squeeze water out of carpet and pad can be self-propelled or rely on the weight of the technician who uses them
  • Light wands – small hand-held devices

What is a light wand used for?

A light wand or carpet wand has three main uses:

  • Extracting water from the surface of a carpet at the start of water restoration
  • Removing leftover water after the use of deep extraction tools
  • Vacuuming water from the glue-down carpet where there is no underlying pad

Carpet wands are small and light. Because they are hand-held, it is easy to maneuver them into the smallest nooks and crannies, or into the corners of a room.

Thorough water removal relies on using a range of equipment in the correct order. We train our technicians on the best use of each type of extractor and judge the best extractor for each situation.

Water removal also includes drying, cleaning, and deodorizing, and you can rely on our crews to carry out each step.

For help with water removal, call SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518.

I Am Worried About Flash Flooding In Laconia – Can A Professional Water Damage Company Help?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding Room With Blank Frame Hanging On The Wall Flash flooding is scary and deadly. But our Green Team is available 24/7.

SERVPRO is Standing by to Help Homes in Laconia That Are Damaged by Flash Flooding

Flash flooding happens almost yearly in Laconia, and it leaves homes with flooded basements and lower levels. This type of flooding can rapidly inject over a foot of water into your residence.

What can I do if my home gets flooded from storm damage?

You can’t predict the weather, but you can predict your response if flash flooding does occur in your area. Your first response should be to call in professional water mitigation experts and do it immediately. By calling in SERVPRO’s team of experts, you reduce your flood damage in Laconia. We strive to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Dealing with More than Water

When storm floods occur, they bring with them more than just massive amounts of water. The water that surges through your home can carry all types of debris and contaminants. This is considered black water and needs the proper tools and equipment for removal. Our goal is to provide you with emergency mitigation, and this includes:

    •    Rapid water extraction – may involve mucking out debris
    •    Protecting the content of your home from further damage.
    •    Cleaning and sanitizing exposed surfaces.
    •    Drying out the home.
    •    Controlled demolition when needed.

Saving Your Home from Extensive Loss

When SERVPRO’s Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) trained technicians get to the flood damage as soon as it happens, it can save you from extensive loss. Our goal is to help you avoid secondary damage, which can mean tearing out and reconstructing the house’s framework.

There When You Need Us

Flash flooding is scary and deadly. But our Green Team is available 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! Contact SERVPRO of The Lakes Region at (603) 527-2518 for expert flood damage service.

What Obstacles Prevent Successful Cleaning of Belmont Homes After a Fire

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged foyer Fires are extremely stressful for homeowners. SERVPRO is equipped for fast remediation.

Understanding factors that affect cleaning fire loss effects can make the restoration of your fire-damaged property more efficient and cost-effective 

Cleaning is a vital component to fire loss recovery in your Belmont home, and with so many types of actions that this term could embody, some of these approaches happen as soon as our SERVPRO technicians arrive. From the removal of fire debris on the flooring throughout the residence to removing surface soot and odors, we have numerous obstacles that stand between our qualified professionals and restoring your property to preloss condition. 

When it comes to addressing fire damage in your Belmont residence, we rely first on the qualified opinions and findings of our project manager's preliminary job scoping effort. This evaluation indicates which areas of your home require the most urgent attention, contents that might have become damaged during the structure fire, and what personnel and equipment will be necessary during the restoration process. With no loss incidents being the same, this job scoping narrows the field of appropriate corrective actions and shows responding technicians which surfaces and contents require cleaning. 

What Cleaning Challenges Exist After a Fire Loss?  

With the team that has seen many fire loss incidents since we first opened our doors, we have a confident approach regarding what works and what does not. Cleaning up fire debris throughout the property is one of the immediate actions that our team can take to reduce compromising conditions like soot and odor circulation. There are often many obstacles preventing the successful cleaning of damaged elements and content throughout the property after a fire loss. Generally, these can get broken down into four primary categories: 

  • Type of Material
  • Heat and Moisture Present
  • Smoke Residues Present
  • Air Flow 

How Can the Fire or the Materials Affected Impact Cleanup?  

Understanding these potential problems can help our technicians to offer suitable alternatives to provide the same expected level of recovery and restoration after a disaster. Much of the concerns that exist involve the type of material impacted by the spreading fire loss effects in Belmont. The surfaces affected by residues, soiling, and odors can be any within the active fire path before extinguishment. In most house fires, conditions can continue to get worse until the appropriate restorative actions get taken. Cleaning up after a fire loss is not without possible hurdles, however. while hundreds of situations could slow or stall fire restoration cleaning, these are often the most common: 

  • Age of Surface – The age of the material affected has a substantial correlation with the ease of cleaning. It is not unreasonable to suggest the older a surface has become, the harder it becomes to clean. This principle can also be for wall services where paint has begun to deteriorate and allow the surface to be more porous overall. 
  • The Heat of the Fire – How hot the fire burns can often be an indicator of the difficulty our technicians will have with cleaning services. The hotter the fire, the more that affected surfaces expand and absorb migrating threats like smoke and odors. Excessive heat can also lead to charring and melting, which renders cleaning inefficient and requires refinishing instead. 
  • Type of Material Burned – The type of material affected has a direct impact on the challenge of cleaning to come. Natural materials often leave behind a dryer residue that is easier to clean, synthetic materials like plastic can leave a thicker, more challenging residue to contend with when we arrive. 
  • Air Pressure – The presence of heat in the air causes expansion. Rising temperatures can lead to an expanse of air that forces soot into crevices and cracks under substantial pressure. 

What Are the Most Effective Post-Fire Cleaning Methods? 

While you might not realize how many actions and tasks can fall under the heading of cleaning after a fire loss incident, there are specific approaches that have proven more effective than others when it comes to removing residues and odors. Fire loss recovery in your home is more efficient and cost-effective because of practices like: 

  • Agitative Cleaning
  • Soda Blasting
  • Wipe Cleaning
  • Emulsification 

There is no universal solution when it comes to cleaning up your home after a fire loss incident. When disaster strikes, you can trust in the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of The Lakes Region team to help. We have efficient equipment and extensive education in post-fire cleanup to make it, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (603) 527-2518.