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SERVPRO Helps All Phases of Jacksonville Fire Damage Cleanup

4/5/2023 (Permalink)

before and after fire damage poster SERVPRO technicians help to make you feel "Like it never even happened." Call us for fire damage restoration in Jacksonville.

The Many Faces of Fire Damage Recovery

Because fires can affect a home in many ways, the damage recovery and cleanup of these emergencies involve several steps and stages. We have skilled professionals capable of helping your home through these restoration phases.

When contending with Jacksonville fire damage, it is crucial for restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team to respond quickly. Experienced FSRT-Certified technicians on our roster are ready to roll out when disasters strike.

Early Emergency Services to Help

Actions taken as soon as our professionals arrive can often be the difference in how long fire damage restoration takes or what structural elements and contents can get preserved. Emergency services precede the full inspection of the property to determine the estimation and restoration plan your insurance company will require to complete objectives like:

  • Water Removal
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Air Filtration
  • Fire Debris Removal

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Improvement

The air quality in your home after a fire gets extinguished is not typically safe for house occupants to endure. It is a priority of responding SERVPRO professionals to improve IAQ using a combination of tools and strategies. Debris removal, for example, can reduce concentrations of free-floating soot particulates. Contaminants to the environment overall are met with effective removal equipment like our HEPA 500 air scrubbers, capable of trapping particles as small as 0.3 microns. The result is a less volatile environment for restoration to begin.

Eliminating Soot from a House

Combustion does not always entirely engulf and destroy materials in its path. Partial burning creates carbon particles that stick to surfaces and become a significant obstacle to restoration and recovery. Several practices are necessary for varying levels of exposure:

  • Solvents – Wet smoke damage can be a challenging soil deposit to overcome, often leading to a need for solvents that can dissolve these smoke solids to wipe them away.
  • Alkaline Cleaners –  Basic (non-acidic) cleaning agents neutralize the high pH of corrosive soot particles.
  • Abrasives Blasting – Abrasives like baking soda and dry ice are strong enough to dislodge and remove soot buildup on surfaces but soft enough not to cause marring and permanent fire damage to the underlying substrate.
  • Material Removal – When other solutions have not been effective or are not feasible, controlled demolition is a suitable solution. Soot removal is most effective when the hosting structural element gets eliminated. 

Overcoming Malodors in Various Stages

Strong smells are another unfortunate byproduct of the combustion process, as burning materials and releasing chemicals or aerosols becomes a formidable obstacle for restoration technicians cleaning up after a fire. Malodors require direct action to neutralize or remove; rarely do these smells entirely dissipate. Smoke can become trapped in building materials, allowing for resurgences of offensive smells with changing conditions in the house. We have multiple deodorization methods ranging from fogging to oxidizing.

The Advantage of Skilled Build-Back Services

The combustion of building materials can often lead to a distinct need for repairs and reconstruction following a fire. Fire damage is one of the more challenging conditions for your structural elements, as prolonged exposure can ensure that these materials and unsalvageable. Often, controlled demolition is the suitable approach to help, but this leaves a need for rebuilding when much of the cleaning completes. Our SERVPRO team and our general contractor license can help with the needed build-back services.

Jacksonville fire damage is rapidly moving and overwhelming for the affected properties. As challenging as these situations can be for homeowners to manage, SERVPRO of Pender / West Onslow Counties is here to help you through each step of restoration. Call today at (910) 319-0600.

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