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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

We Put Safety First In Raleigh During Fire Damage Restoration

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen with smoke and soot damage After a fire a demolition was necessary to ensure the cleanup would be thorough and allow for full restoration.

Cleaning Walls and Ceilings After Fire Damage in Raleigh

When small scale fire damage occurs, one of the first things homeowners want to do is break out the all-purpose cleaner and start wiping the walls. This, unfortunately, is one of the worst actions to do after a fire.

Outsourcing the cleaning of ceilings and walls that have smoke and fire damage in Raleigh homes is smart. A professional restoration services company knows to test the residue before performing any type of mitigation, so the structure does not receive further destruction.

Special Attention to Ceilings

Light fixtures and vents offer unique challenges when cleaning ceilings. SERVPRO technicians take special care to test the residue on the ceiling before cleaning so they use the correct method for removal. 

Since smoke rises - copious amounts of smoke may be found on the ceiling. Dry cleaning sponges are the most common method used for cleaning as they lift away residue without smearing or driving it in further. 

Safety First on Every Job Site

SERVPRO technicians put safety first during mitigation. Before cleaning ceiling-mounted fixtures, it is a commonplace to shut off the electricity. Whenever possible, they perform in-place cleaning of fixtures to limit the disruption to the home during fire damage mitigation.

Challenges of Cleaning Smoke Damaged Walls

During a fire, when the air heats up, it expands. This expansion drives odor-causing soot into walls, especially when paint bubbles and becomes soft from the exposure to heat. After testing the residue left on walls from the fire, technicians choose the appropriate cleaning methods. It is not uncommon for team members to use different applications on walls than on ceilings. 

Handling Built-In and Kitchen Cabinets

In kitchens or living rooms with built-in cabinets, it is vital to pack out the contents to another area for inspection and cleaning. The technicians make detailed reports of all items handled and moved in a record that includes before and after photographs for easy expediting of insurance claims. The cleaning applications chosen for cabinetry with smoke damage depends on the materials that make up the structure. 

Fire damage should never be a DIY project. Call SERVPRO of North Raleigh & Wake Forest at (919) 790-1222 and get the fire loss in your home cleaned up and forgotten "Like it never even happened."

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