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What is the Best Way to Handle Fire Damage in Cutler Bay?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Large blaze in kitchen fire.  Growing quickly A fire can start quickly in a kitchen, call SERVPRO as soon as the fire is out to remediate the damage.

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Cutler Bay Home After a Fire

A fire in your Cutler Bay home can be devastating. Your kitchen is a place where a fire can quickly start with a bit of grease and an unattended stove. Even after a small fire, your home can be affected by extensive smoke and water damage. Prompt, professional repair and restoration are needed so additional damage and issues like mold and wood rot can be prevented.

Fires are scary events, no matter the size, and leave behind fire, water, and smoke damage. Your fire damaged Cutler Bay home needs the professionals from SERVPRO to help restore it back to its original condition, and it needs to be done in a timely fashion. At SERVPRO, we understand this and do not hesitate in getting to your home once you contact us.

There are various steps we take to complete restoration services in your home after a fire. With mitigation, the goal is to secure your structure and stop any more damage. Your home is likely wet from fire-fighting efforts, too, so it needs emergency drying to stop any secondary water damage.

Cleaning your home after it has been damaged by fire focuses on removing smoke residues from the structure and deodorizing odors that are given off by these residues. The SERVPRO technician talks with you during the process so you understand which structural components can be cleaned and which cannot be. Replacement or repair is necessary for such items.

Your personal property also must be cleaned of smoke residues. In some situations, we can clean them right at your home. Other times, we need to pack and move some items out to a different location for cleaning and storage.

If the fire and smoke spread into a living room or adjacent room where electronics have been damaged, we often subcontract specialty cleaning of these contents. It can also include furniture refinishing, dry cleaning of clothes, and cleaning of expensive artwork.

Sometimes, fires are severe enough that we cannot restore the structural components of your home. Reconstructing and repairing these components might require different skills, so we work with licensed general contractors to get your home repaired and safe again.

SERVPRO Shares Fire Odor Damage Control Methods for Cutler Bay Homes

Even a small blaze in the home that did minor damage through fire can leave a big problem behind. Fire odor damage is a problem that causes frustration because the odor so deeply penetrates objects and can be very difficult to remove using conventional cleaning methods, especially in this area of Florida as the ordinary high humidity conditions can make smoke odors more distinctive.

A homeowner contacted SERVPRO to remove the lasting memory of a fire in the home. The damage had been repaired by the homeowner. However, the odor of the fire in Cutler Bay remained. Because of the time that had elapsed since the fire, the HVAC system shared the odor around the home, and it was detectable even in rooms on the other side of the home from the original fire. Smoke odor residue can lay on solid objects until effectively cleaned and penetrates porous objects and cannot be removed without the application of deep cleaning efforts. Hard and non-porous surfaces were cleaned with dry sponges to pull off the smoke odor.

The odor left behind by the fire was evident in furnishings and building materials and cannot be removed by merely wiping surfaces. One method of deep cleaning is the use of hydroxyl generators that work by neutralizing harmful gases, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor environments. This method also eliminates bacteria, mildew and mold. Thermal fogging is another deodorization method employed by SERVPRO. This restoration method uses the same principle as the fire to penetrate areas of the room to deliver a heated, strong odor neutralizing fog. Fogging was the method chosen by the technicians to use on this job. Afterward, the homeowner was advised to replace the filter in their HVAC to eliminate residual smoke odors that had collected there previously.

SERVPRO of Cutler Bay is staffed by certified technicians that have the tools and knowledge to tackle any fire odor damage in your home, large or small. Our emergency technicians are available for you 24/7 and arrive within hours after you call (305) 278-8484.

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