Restoring House Contents from Fire Damage in Daytona Beach Properties
The Degree of Damage Dictates the Steps for Cleanup After Fires
Cooking is one of the most satisfying activities in the world. It is also one of the best ways to bring people together. Unfortunately, studies have shown that cooking accounts for almost 50 percent of all house fires, with cooking equipment boasting 19 percent of home fire deaths. Indeed, an unattended skillet or pan on a stove burner can lead to a fire strong enough to bring the house down within hours, if not minutes.
To be safe, you need to have a restoration company at hand. SERVPRO has highly skilled technicians who can restore house contents from fire damage in your Daytona Beach property anytime. Our emergency response is swift and efficient, and we use effective tools and techniques that are up to par with IICRC recommendations.
SERVPRO technicians consider many things during the fire damage restoration process. When cleaning cabinets, for instance, wood finish around the drawer handles often contains the pre-existing damage. We must check this area before cleaning begins.
The intensity of the smoke damage determines the technique we use. Cleanup on light fixtures is done when restoring the ceiling. The electrical power should be turned off before dealing with any electrical fixture. Chandeliers are relatively harder to clean, especially if they come with decorative trim that requires detailed cleaning. With many years of experience, our technicians can gauge the concentration of smoke residue and choose the most efficient cleaning technique.
Insulation is usually more costly to clean up than to replace. Smoke damage can change its appearance, albeit without compromising its insulating capabilities. If applicable, we can deal with the fire damage by replacing the top 3-4 inches of insulation. However, smoke deodorization is necessary before adding a new layer of insulation, to get rid of toxic odors. If water affected the insulation, in most cases tossing and starting with new material is the correct choice to make.
We use two main deodorization methods: thermal fogging and ozone deodorization. Both are designed to neutralize bad odors resulting from the fire damage. The most common challenge is determining the source of each odor, as different odors originate from different materials. Some odor particles are so tiny that they can penetrate virtually any surface. That is where thermal fogging products enter the areas of these particulates, mimicking the trail of the heated smoke, and chemically alter the smelly specs. However, SERVPRO restorers deal with all sorts of odors and therefore have a special procedure for identifying and eliminating them.
In some cases, it may be necessary to initiate a pack-out during the fire damage restoration. A pack-out involves moving your contents to a separate, safe location. It is very labor intensive and only necessary under special circumstances – for instance when there is a need to speed up the restoration process, or the structure has sustained too much damage to accommodate the items.
A fire disaster in your home can lead to considerable loss of property. Fortunately, you can count on SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange, a locally owned company, to minimize the fire damage. Call us today at (386) 788-0358.
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