Have you ever caught a whiff of an overheated wire or electric motor? It’s a combination of metal and burning, sometimes with a chemical smell added in. With a wire, you might also smell the melting of the coating, which adds to the stench. These are odors that can be intensified and multiplied when a home is struck by an electrical fire. If the situation becomes a full-flame fire, you can add the issue of damaged contents to the smoke and odor of those combustibles. ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip is your best option for fire damage restoration, including odor removal and smoke damage repair in DeKalb County.
Any older home carries with it the ongoing need to balance electrical use and electrical protection. That means checking your electrical panel to make sure that it’s up to code and can handle the load you’re putting on it. Consider how many more electrical appliances, power tools, computers, lights, and other plug-in devices you’re using today compared to a decade ago. Have you experienced any circuits going down when you turn on a device in a given room? Does it happen frequently? Do your lights dim when a major appliance starts up? These are all indications that you may need to upgrade your electrical panel. Of course any sparking, odors, or overheating at outlets should be considered warnings as well.
Some specific types of electrical panels have been shown to be outdated or risky. If you have any concerns, have an electrician inspect yours. An old-fashioned fuse box is not necessarily a risk if it’s been upgraded to meet your needs and you have plenty of fuses on hand. Again, check with an inspector. We want to make sure that you remain safe. If you do have a fire of any kind, we’re here to help you recover with as little hassle as possible. Not only will we handle the cleanup, board up, and pack out after a fire, but we’ll also follow through with all fire damage repair and restoration until the job is done. For residential disaster reclamation in DeKalb, Sycamore and surrounding communities, call ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning Services by Skip.