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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

SERVPRO Restores Smoke Damage in a St. Petersburg Garage

The Before Photo of this St. Petersburg garage left significant soot and charring on the ceiling beams and supports. Homeowners typically do not have access to tools that can remove fire and smoke damage odors and residues, but St. Petersburg SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians do. This Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) -accredited firm is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, also weekends and holidays, to provide emergency-response house fire cleanup.

  1. Petersburg SERVPRO Pros Prepare for Soot and Smoke Damage Cleanup

When St. Petersburg SERVPRO teams prepare for fire damage cleanup, they may do the following to ensure that homeowners’ properties stay clean and safe during fire damage restoration:

- Move St. Petersburg garage contents outside of the garage for on-site or off-site cleaning at a SERVPRO-approved warehouse

- Establish negative air pressure with HEPA-filter air scrubbers to prevent odor-causing soot particles from spreading outside the affected property during cleanup

- Perform light manual cleaning with dry cleaning sponges and EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions, going from ceiling to floor

SERVPRO Ice Blasting Salvages a St. Petersburg Garage After Fire and Smoke Damage

SERVPRO abrasion cleaning with blast media like soda ash and corn cobs is common for stripping char off of materials affected by smoke damage. Ice blasting, another form of abrasion cleaning, is unique in that the ice pellets vaporize into the air after making contact with charred materials. The ceiling beams shown in the St. Petersburg Before Photo were treated using this method.

Instead of melting, the pellets undergo sublimation, which turns a solid into a gas without entering a liquid state. This process prevents moisture on the property from making soot acidic and potentially corroding metals and other materials. After abrasion cleaning, SERVPRO HEPA-filter air scrubbers could collect soot particles that dropped from the ceiling in a St. Petersburg garage.

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup in St. Petersburg Includes SERVPRO Contents Cleaning

Smoke damage after a fire can make its way into every nook and cranny of a St. Petersburg garage. SERVPRO professionals carefully clean salvageable contents to eliminate odors and stains. The IICRC-certified crew at SERVPRO coordinates with St. Petersburg property owners and insurers to provide house fire cleanup compliant with a homeowner’s insurance policy. This process also streamlines the claims filing process.

Cost-Effective SERVPRO Fire Restoration for St. Petersburg Properties

The St. Petersburg garage depicted in the After Photo was successfully returned to a pre-fire damage state with the help of SERVPRO fire damage restoration tools, particularly ice blasting for gentle abrasion cleaning. Establishing negative air pressure helped SERVPRO technicians collect smoke damage residues with minimal need to replace structural materials. SERVPRO’s restoration-first approach saves St. Petersburg property owners time and money when disaster strikes and allows them to safely enjoy using a garage that fire restoration professionals have cleaned.