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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

House Fire Cleanup

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

What happens in the aftermath of a house fire?

How To Handle The Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Process 

Once fire damage has hit your home, it's important to know which course of action to take so your property can be restored as quickly and efficiently as possible. To ensure that the restoration process is as smooth and seamless as possible, consider implementing the helpful strategies found below:

Hire A Smoke Damage Restoration Company
When a fire wreaks havoc on your property, it's prudent to contact SERVPRO. These individuals possess the experience and knowledge necessary to expedite and optimize the fire restoration process. Additionally, professionals possess the specialized equipment required to restore your home to its original condition. There are several tasks that remediation specialists will handle for you. Some of them include removing the smell of smoke, cleaning up soot, and rebuilding areas that have been affected by fire damage

Although you may be inclined to put off calling a fire damage company to handle other matters, this is not the thing to do. In fact, it's imperative that you contact the contractors immediately. Soot is quite damaging to glass, countertops, metal, and furniture. The longer it remains on your furniture and valuables, the harder it will be to remove. Additionally, fire can generate odors that permeate the entire home and penetrate your valuables. These are just two of many reasons that you should contact SERVPRO as soon as you can. Also be sure that you contact your insurance company. In some cases, they may recommend a contractor.

Things You Can Do To Facilitate Restoration
Although a professional restoration company will handle the majority of the cleanup, there are several cleanup tasks you can complete to facilitate the remediation process. Here are some tips and tricks to help complete the cleanup: 

• Limit movement through your home to prevent soot particles from spreading.
• Be sure that your hands are clean at all times. 
• Cover regions of the house where you sit and walk with old towels or linens. 
• Change the filters of your air conditioning and heating systems.
• Trap residual soot by covering your air vents with two layers of cheesecloth.
• Use petroleum jelly or oil to cover Chrome.

What Will The Professionals Do?
When the restoration company arrives to assist you, there are several things that they will do. Generally, they will begin with testing that helps determine what type of smoke residue is in your home. They will then use advanced tools and techniques to remove the soot. In addition to removing soot, the contractors will use special equipment to eradicate unpleasant odors from your living space. They will also remove any excess water that may be lingering in your home. This step is important because it prevents the growth of mold.

Although dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your home can be challenging, there are several strategies you can implement to simplify the process. In addition to handling some of the cleanup yourself, you can expedite the restoration process by hiring a team of trained professionals. If you're searching for the best that the remediation industry has to offer, the search stops with SERVPRO. Our team of restoration specialists work with unprecedented determination to renew your home so that you can resume living a peaceful, stress-free life. Contact us today to obtain a consultation and estimate!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of San Leandro is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the San Leandro community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. 

Our expertise in fire damage restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (510) 352-2480

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