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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration the SERVPRO Way

5/10/2024 (Permalink)

Dry cleaning sponge with soot on it from affected concrete wall Use of a dry cleaning sponge during a fire damage restoration inspection.

Every fire damage is a little different, which requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below explain our process for a "typical" fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process beings when you give us a call. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage which will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We're also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

This home in Gobles, MI needed our services after their garage experienced a furnace puffback. A puffback occurs when your oil burner backfires and shoots smoke and soot into your property. Soot covered this homeowners recently updated two stall garage with bead board ceiling, concrete walls and floors, and all their contents. During the inspection, our Restoration Manager used a dry cleaning sponge to see what areas were affected and to test how easily the different areas would clean up.

If your home or business encounters fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Allegan / Barry County and SERVPRO of Van Buren County for an inspection and assessment, 269-686-0664. We are trained in fire damage restoration and are always Here to help®

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