Recent Fire Damage Posts
Revealed: IICRC Certified Technicians in St. Petersburg Exceed Fire Damage Remediation Standards
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St. Petersburg's Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Prevention Tactics
Thousands of structures burn every year, and many of them are located in the St. Petersburg area. Once the blaze ignites, fire damage becomes inevitable. If there is enough heat created, many of your contents and building materials can get consumed within minutes. Besides that, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can circulate throughout your house and cause problems far away from the initial source. Once something burns inside your residence, it is a wise idea to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
Our technicians know how to mitigate just about any issue you may run into. Our SERVPRO technicians are used to dealing with a large variety of fire damage situations in St. Petersburg. We can deal with problems ranging from rebuilding burnt structural components to cleaning soot residues. If the blaze is minor, we know how to deal with odors the burn could have caused. When mitigating any type of issue with your home, we utilize the industry's most advanced technology and techniques. Our goal is to always restore your building to what it was before the disaster happened and make it look like the problem never occurred.
However, if you follow proper prevention procedures, you can greatly lower the chances of anything burning inside your home. The number one rule is to be careful with and pay attention to any heat source inside your house. While cooking, it is never a good idea to leave any hot pots or pans unattended. If you use electric space heaters in the winter time, make sure they are not located near any sort of flammable materials. Smoking cigarettes indoors is never a good idea, but if someone does smoke inside your structure, make sure they use an ashtray and properly dispose of their cigarette butts.
Making sure you have operating smoke alarms can also help prevent structure fires and save lives. If you ever want a detailed list of ways to prevent fires or designate SERVPRO as your official restoration contractor, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 24/7.
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If Your St. Petersburg Home Experiences A Fire Call Our Experts!
The residues left in your home after fire damage are toxic, necessitating trained personnel who take appropriate precautions during cleanup.
Why Professional Fire Damage Restoration Is Necessary In St. Petersburg
Homeowners who pride themselves upon researching and then performing home maintenance and repair in St. Petersburg need to reconsider taking on fire remediation as a DIY job. Sound reasoning underlies the decision to engage a reputable fire restoration company as the process is complicated and prone to unfortunate results when undertaken by inexperienced individuals with proper equipment and products.
First and foremost, the residues left in your St. Petersburg home after fire damage are toxic, necessitating trained personnel who take appropriate precautions during cleanup. Our technicians receive certification by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a standards-setting organization for the fire remediation industry. Research-based techniques keep inhabitants and restorers safe during remediation and ensure a thorough clearing of the corrosive soot that otherwise exposes structures and contents to progressive damage.
SERVPRO also offers full-spectrum restoration services, including water removal and structural drying. Nearly all fire damage restoration projects require a preliminary water and chemical restoration step, effectuating recovery from the agents used by firefighters to subdue the blaze. The high-efficiency pumps and water extractors we carry in every service vehicle gets the water out a pace and with a thoroughness a homeowner using big-box hardware store equipment cannot replicate.
The devastation facing a homeowner after a fire and firefighting efforts can feel irreparable. Individuals sorting wet and soot-damaged items might be likely to chuck most of it into the trash because restoration seems impossible. SERVPRO production technicians take “ruined” items and transform them back into fully functional and attractive treasured personal possessions and household goods all the time. Time and money saved, our customers find themselves back in their restored home “Like it never even happened,” a resolution far preferable to replacing nearly all items.
Both water and fire damage swiftly deteriorate building materials and the contents of your home. SERVPRO crews power through cleanup and restoration tasks fast, uniquely positioned to halt the processes that threaten to damage the structure and belongings permanently. We also work with your insurance company, limiting your out of pocket costs as we recover the comfortable ambiance of your home using innovative products and specialized equipment.
There is no shame in partnering with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg when a fire damages your home. Leverage our experience, training, and equipment by calling (727) 522-0000 to get your fire restoration project going.
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Our Fire Damage Restoration Experts Will Remove Soot And Smoke Residue From Your St. Petersburg Home
To come up with efficient fire damage restoration techniques, service providers in the restoration industry must understand the theory of fire.
Controlling Soot and Smoke Residues during Fire Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg
To come up with efficient fire damage restoration techniques, service providers in the restoration industry must understand the theory of fire. It is all about knowing how smoke, heat, and fire affect various items and the structure. Soot residues are not the same, and even if they are the same, they end up resting on different surfaces. Some can be easy to clean, while some are challenging to remove from the various structural components in your St. Petersburg property.
When our SERVPRO team is performing fire damage restoration in your St. Petersburg home, we have to clean the soot and smoke residues that settle on attics, insulation, windows, and glass. It is a big challenge to clean up attics since most of their surfaces are porous, have unfinished wood, their shapes are irregular, and have limited access. During the restoration process, we can use a deodorizing pre-sealer to seal the unexposed structural timber. If you are storing some of your contents in the attics, removing them may be necessary before we can clean the area.
From experience, it cost less to replace insulation than to clean. Though soot residues change the appearance of the insulation, it does not mean its insulation capabilities have been compromised. In most cases, we remove and replace 3 - 4 inches of the insulation's top part. Before covering the lower layer of the insulation with a new one, we make sure it does not have any smoke odor.
We use a low-alkaline glass cleaner to clean window glass. By using a squeegee and a spray bottle to apply the cleaner, we can do the cleaning. We never forget the framework and all the components of the window construction. If there are cavities in the walls, we may decide to use foggers to neutralize the smell.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can offer you the cleaning and restoration help that you need in your residential or commercial property. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and allow our experienced technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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Restoring Your Belongings after Fire Damage Happens to Your Pinellas County Residence
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Pack-Outs Help Preserve and Protect Personal Possessions after a House Fire
Every home in Pinellas County is just that, a home, and much more than a mere house. The people living in a house, their belongings, the house's furnishings, and how it all interacts is what makes it a home. These material items can sustain damage in a disaster, just like the house's structure can. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled at undoing the damage belongings can sustain.
Damaged items within your Pinellas County home can also suffer smoke and fire damage. Often, a pack-out of these items simplifies salvaging and cleaning at our facility. We pack each item into a box so we can handle all of them more safely. We use packing supplies that do not leave ink on them as a newspaper might. We wrap fragile items in bubble wrap to cushion them, as well and take great care in handling packed boxes. Each of these boxes receives specific labels that detail the items and its status. We update this status as needed to keep accurate records. Our barcoding process also helps with your insurance claim.
After thoroughly cleaning all of the belongings in the box, we then deodorize the items. This step ensures that no traces of smoke on these items that once seemed damaged remains. We use two methods that leave no residue or filminess on the items. Thermal fogging and ozone treatments both work wonderfully in removing all remaining odors. After this takes place, your items look and smell like new. Then we repack them in a new box and update the inventory sheet. We also mark the box as 'DONE' and initial it on the corner. We then place it in with other boxes that we have completed for you. All the cartons can be stored until your home is ready to receive them.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg treats your home with the care it deserves, and we handle your possessions with equal care and concern. We know that you need your life back and we can help you achieve this. Fire damage, as well as smoke and soot, can ruin many of your possessions and personal treasures, but we can help you regain control. Call us at (727) 522-0000 if a fire in your Snell Isle, Placido Bayou, or Meadowlawn home has caused disruption and chaos in your life.
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Eliminating The Odors Caused By Fire Damage In Pinellas County Residence
Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County.
Eliminating The Odors Caused By A Fire
Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County. No matter where the fire broke out, the fire's heat pushes the smoke into every corner of the residence. The technicians at SERVPRO focus on clearing your home of charred, burned materials, making way for replacements, but damage also involves changes to your home that you smell.
To protect your Pinellas County home's new materials from any possible residual effects of fire damage, we make sure that your home gets cleaned up of all smoke deposits. Many of the particles in smoke end up in spots that our physical tools can never reach. However, these particles slowly break apart, and the smaller pieces become airborne fairly easily. When your family breathes these tiny particles in, they experience these particles as a strong, acrid scent. This same scent can end up infiltrating new materials.
To keep materials from picking up these foul smells, SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician, certified by the IICRC, performs deodorization techniques to neutralize hidden, hard-to-reach smoke particles. Thermal fogging introduces chemical agents into the same spaces that harbor smoke residue. The heat of the fog helps facilitate the bonding between the fog's chemicals and the odor-producing particles. This chemical bonding makes these particles permanently heavier.
Other particles in furniture and carpeting also require physical removal. Anything that does not show signs of permanent physical fire damage often contains copious amounts of smoke. Cleaning these items with either wet or dry methods removes much of the problem.
However, we must also clean the air to rid it of loose smoke molecules that continue to produce the signature scent of fire damage. We use powerful air scrubbers that remove these and other microscopic debris floating in the air. Once our air scrubbers have cleaned the air, our technicians have removed all traces of smoke from your belongings and the interior of your home, and the thermal fog has cleared the air, we can then bring in the new materials your home requires. We do everything possible to make your home “Like it never even happened” again.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has the professional crew that you need to eliminate fire damage and its many effects from your Snell Island, Shore Acres, or Vinoy home. Contact us at our emergency service line, (727) 522-0000, at any hour of any day.
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Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration In Your Pinellas County Home
With the widespread fire damage in your residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions.
Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration
As if the damage to your Pinellas County home after a fire was not enough to deal with, now you are going to have to devote time to appeasing your insurance company throughout the often drawn-out process of filing a claim. With the right choice in professional restoration companies, this process of filing your claim and getting the work approved to begin does not have to be as complicated.
With the widespread fire damage in your Pinellas County residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to determine on your own. With the guidance and expertise of our SERVPRO technicians, your home can be well on its way towards its original condition while simultaneously our project manager can work through all of the details with the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim.
From the moment that we receive a call about the effects of a fire in your residence, we dispatch a small team of professionals to your home. Among these individuals is a SERVPRO estimator. His/her job is to determine the full scope of the damage and what needs to get accomplished to restore your house fully. This information that he accrues is shared with the insurance adjuster to help expedite approval of your claim.
The project manager for your restoration can walk you through the work that needs to be done and provide a rough time frame it takes to accomplish these tasks. With the insurance company on the same page as our professionals, work can begin much more quickly, and your home can be significantly closer to preloss conditions once again.
Fire damage in your home presents itself in several ways. From the fundamental issues like soot and smoke damage to the need for material removal for reconstruction, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians can help you. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.
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Restoring Small Fire Damages to Your St. Petersburg Home
Small electrical fires can require more than conventional cleaning methods, call the professionals at SERVPRO for help.
Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Big or Small
Small electrical fires are not all that uncommon to residences. When your St. Petersburg home has fallen victim to one of these minuscule situations, you might not be dealing with a substantial structural loss or devastating lingering effects from the blaze, yet you still have problems to overcome. Since most people only have conventional methods for cleaning up their home, it is unlikely they possess the skillset to professionally restore a house after a fire of any size successfully.
So when your St. Petersburg home suffers from low scale fire damage, it is still something that you want to get remedied as quickly as you can. Even without the vast structural concerns and pressing damages, some of the effects can make it challenging to live comfortably in your home. With this in mind, it is advisable to speak with the experienced and dedicated technicians we have at SERVPRO.
With years of experience and thorough IICRC training in all aspects of fire restoration, our professionals can work quickly to make your small fire a distant memory. With smaller, contained blazes like what you have experienced, damage assessment is typically a short and concise process. The most palpable culprits that make it difficult to move on from the incident are often the lingering odor and smoke or soot damages.
Our SERVPRO team can utilize air scrubbers (either dryly or using a wet solution for more challenging soot damages) to restore surfaces, walls, ceilings, and floors back to preloss conditions. The same equipment can often get used for furniture and select affected contents of your home.
Removing the lingering odor from the smoke and charring familiar to a house fire can often prove a challenge for those looking to try and restore damages on their own. However, with our equipment like dense fogging machines with an unscented chemical compound, we can neutralize and nullify noxious odors on a molecular level.
No instance of fire damage is something that you should have to endure alone. You can always count on the experienced and reliable team we have at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. It is easy to reach our emergency response team 24/7; you just have to dial (727) 522-0000.
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Fix Smoke and Fire Damage in Pinellas County Sooner Rather Than Later
Smoke odor, whether from a fire or years of cigarette smoking, can linger for years in a home. Contact SERVPRO for smoke remediation efforts.
SERVPRO Expertly Remediates Smoke Odors in Your Home
Over years of tobacco product usage in a home, the entire building can begin to smell of smoke and cigarettes. Smoke damage is one of the most common and unfortunate types of fire damage to Pinellas County homes because many different sources can cause it.
While smoking has become less prevalent across the United States in recent years, many homes still reek of tobacco and decades of smoke exposure. Whether you inherited the property, purchased it, or just want to fix a years-old problem, SERVPRO is there to help you eliminate the smell of smoke from your home.
While we are known best for our assistance with more large-scale fire damage restoration in Pinellas County, we also help local homeowners with all sorts of fire and smoke-related issues, including many different types and scales of smoke damage. Smoke, while a subtle and slow-building issue, is nonetheless costly to remove with the proper tools and impossible to eliminate without them. Smoke particles can embed in walls, floors, clothing, and anything else in your home, creating sources of odor that can last for many years after all smoking activity in the home stops. Rather than waiting decades for the smell to go away naturally, call SERVPRO to learn how we can help fix the issue now.
We use an array of powerful odor elimination tools known as fogging devices that create a thick chemical fog that works its way into the tiniest crevices of your home and neutralizes individual smoke odor particles within them. We have multiple variants of this technology, such as Ultra-Low Volume foggers that allow us to eliminate smoke odors from HVAC systems and other tight spaces. No matter where the smoke is concentrated and how deep-rooted it may be, we have the power to flush it out of your home entirely.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg provides expert advice, assistance, and restoration services to those dealing with the effects of smoke and fire damage in the local area. Call us at (727) 522-0000.
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Restoring Your St. Petersburg Home After Fire Damage
Small appliances can easily malfunction and cause an electrical fire in your home.
Fast Relief after an Electrical Fire Damages Your Home
Electrical fires are a real and present danger in homes in St. Petersburg. Several things could trigger them, including faulty appliances and outlets. Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs are another common cause of electrical fires. Extension cords, bad wiring, and space heaters are other things that can create fire hazards.
If any of these items have caused an electrical fire in your St. Petersburg home and you are left with fire damage, you need professional help to restore and clean your property. SERVPRO, fire damage remediation specialists, can be at your home quickly once you contact us.
The first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a fire is known to be the golden hours of recovery. Our fast response to your call helps to quickly stabilize your property and ensure the recovery as of much of it as possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is often produced when fires are extinguished speeds up the corrosion and deterioration of building components and personal possessions. To make matters worse, fires are frequently extinguished with water or dry chemicals, and the toxic smoke odor that remains has to be neutralized and deodorized.
SERVPRO’s process for fire damage restoration includes mitigating the damage, cleaning up smoke and soot damage, and restoration of water damage as soon as we can after the damage initially occurred. Beyond any visible structural damage, your contents inside your home have to be assessed for recovery depending on several factors. These include loss of use, replacement cost versus restoration cost, loss of value, the effect of smoke and heat, decreased life expectancy, and sentimental value.
Our restoration services include demolition, emergency board-up, thermal deodorization to remove smoke damage, plus soot removal film application. We work fast to restore your home to its original condition.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can be trusted to take care of your fire-damaged home in the areas of Meadowlawn, Placido Bayou, or Shore Acres. Just reach out to us at (727) 522-0000 as soon as the fire is out so we can get your life back on track.
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How To Effortlessly Solve Fire Damage Problems In St. Petersburg
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Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Fire & Smoke Restoration Help
While none of us likes it when a fire disaster comes calling, the best you can do to counter such situations is by being prepared. As a resident of St. Petersburg you need to take caution by knowing the different options you have when faced with such a situation. Going for the services of a restoration service provider can make such a big difference.
Fire damage issues can make you panic, and that is where the services of a company like SERVPRO can prove vital in St. Petersburg. During such scenarios, move-outs may be necessary, and usually, require significant labor. When we as restorers do a move-out, your valuables are moved to a remote location so that we can restore your property. As restorers we are highly professional since we have to pack, move, unpack, clean, repack and move back your contents.
The restoration process normally begins by inspecting the kind of damage that the fire caused. Even if the fire was put off by firefighters, all is not safe since the extinguishing agents can combine with water and lead to more damage. That means different kinds of damage such as water damage, smoke damage, heat damage and charring can result from the incident.
As a property owner, you may fail to identify the level of damage that was left behind. Experts from SERVPRO have the right tools to address the three primary levels of fire damage – major, medium, and minor – to achieve the preloss state of your property. You should note that a restoration process does not entail the routine cleaning and repair services. Here, experts go an extra mile and perform duties like identifying the source of electricity, locating the charred debris, and if it is during cold weather, we can or suggest winterization to your property.
In a nutshell, you should not gamble with fire damage incidents. Some of the emitted gases are carcinogenic. A certified company uses the right cleaning procedures and tools to secure your safety.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to restore your property after a fire damage incident at any time of the day. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and get the professional services you deserve.
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Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the St. Petersburg Area
Waking up to a house fire can be devastating, call SERVPRO to restore your home back to its original condition "Like it never even happened."
Quick and Efficient Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services
You awake in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke, reaching your kitchen to discover flames soaring out of control. Regardless of what caused the problem in your St. Petersburg home, you now need help to recover, that is where we come in.
We understand that experiencing fire damage on your St. Petersburg property can be difficult. Fires create terrible damage that takes a serious toll on your living environment. However, having a trusted partner with years of experience returning homes just like yours to normal after a fire can help you receive fast, efficient results.
You are not alone; SERVPRO professionals are available 365-days a year, 24-hours a day to provide critical fire damage restoration services in your home. We make it possible for you to gain access to qualified professionals right here in your community. It is our job to minimize any losses you experience and provide you with stress-free services that make it easier to get back on track after a fire.
A small kitchen fire or an event that makes its way through your entire structure is no problem for SERVPRO technicians to handle. All of our technicians receive rigorous in-house training and obtain full IICRC-industry certification before setting foot on your property. With full access to advanced equipment and resources, we work hard to make your recovery faster than you might imagine.
We understand that your home is of vital importance and whether the fire damage is large or small, receiving quality results is a major concern. At SERVPRO, we take providing restoration services to our neighbors seriously and do everything possible to restore your property to a quality pre-fire damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”
The damage itself can grow exponentially worse the longer you wait, especially since most fires also include water damage that can allow residues to dig into surfaces faster and lead to mold damage as well. So, should you be facing a fire problem on your property, call a professional for help as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with any emergency situation you may face, call today. We serve Snell Isle, Vinoy, and Old Northeast anytime, day or night. (727) 522-0000
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Typical Treatments for Walls and Ceilings with Smoke Damage in St. Petersburg
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SERVPRO Techniques Mitigate Fire & Smoke Damage
Most fires damage walls and ceilings primarily through the smoke and its residues. As such, cleaning these surfaces is complicated by the many changes and variations of smoke that can be present in the aftermath of a fire, often simultaneously. SERVPRO uses a variety of approaches to clean and remove smoke from walls and ceilings, including specialized brushes, cleaning agents, and techniques designed specifically for niche scenarios. Here's an overview of the cleaning methods you are most likely to see our crews using during restorations.
Dry Sponge Cleaning
Dry sponges get regularly used in the field, as they apply to a wide variety of St. Petersburg fire damage scenarios. Dry Cleaning Sponges are used when damage is relatively light, or as a precursor to more heavy-duty cleaning methods. These can pick up scattered dust, ash, debris, and other factors which can inhibit and slow down wet cleaning processes. In lighter cases of fire damage, these may be all we need to clean your walls and ceilings adequately. In the event of upholstery and soft fabrics being covered with dry smoke (powder), vacuuming is the first action taken.
Wet Sponge Cleaning
Wet sponge cleaning is not merely a variation of its dry counterpart: this process requires different types of sponges, specialty cleaning agents, and much more careful application. In return, cleaning is much deeper and leaves behind less residue. However, this type of cleaning is limited by the material composing the wall or ceiling. Typically, we only apply wet sponge treatments to painted, metal, or wood ceilings and walls. Surfaces are always pre-tested to ensure no secondary damage will result from the cleanup.
Peroxide Active Cleaning
Some types of ceilings cannot be cleaned with water-based liquids, or may otherwise have damaging elements such as tar that make wet sponge treatments improper. For these, SERVPRO uses peroxide active cleaning regiments, a type of cleaning based on the application of hydrogen peroxide. These treatments are not terribly different from wet sponge treatments, but they rely on a very different chemical process. Quite often, by successfully cleaning surfaces of most of the residue of smoke and soot, our IICRC certified technicians can limit replacement of these materials, and rely upon odor suppressing primers and then a newly finished coat of paint. We always strive to restore, not replace.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a locally owned franchise with national resources dedicated to mitigating and restoring local homes taking damage from fire, water, and mold. Call us around the clock at (727) 522-0000.
Fire and Soot Cleanup in St. Petersburg, FL.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg's Fire Cleanup & Restoration Team...Making it "Like it never even happened" (727) 522-0000
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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