You’re in your kitchen, cooking bacon over your gas stove, when a splash of grease ignites and causes fire damage to a nearby wall. You’re drying your hair in the bathroom when a short circuit results in relatively contained electrical fire damage to your overhead cabinets. Some oily rags in your garage go up in flames after being too close to a halogen lamp, and the resulting fire damage destroys most of the garage and some of the adjoining home structure.
These are just a few examples of the different types of fire damage a home can experience. While they’re wildly different in both size and scope, the fire damage restoration considerations, when it comes to the repair and clean-up, can be remarkably similar.
Fire damage itself can be fairly easy to isolate, because you’re basically looking for the visual cues such as burnt and charred surfaces that need to be replaced, where necessary.
More difficult to determine, however, is the presence and extent of smoke damage. Pretty much all fires produce smoke. Depending on the burning substance – wood, plastic, composite materials, chemicals, etc. – the makeup of the smoke itself can vary considerably. Smoke particulate is easily transferred onto and into any surface or structure it contacts, which is why smoke damage can be such a difficult component to fire damage restoration practices.
Different types of smoke particulate can be particularly corrosive when it combines with humidity in the air. Even after fire damage restoration itself was concluded weeks or months previously, the corrosive effect of smoke damage can continue to eat at wiring in a home and even cause structural damage if left untreated.
ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip understands only too well the risks associated with smoke damage, and we take great care to locate and thoroughly clean any areas that may have been affected by smoke damage resulting from a fire damage event.
We conduct a meticulous fire damage restoration process starting with emergency pre-cleaning all the way through to odor removal and deodorization. Our cleaning staff is trained and certified to ensure the most thorough fire damage restoration possible, and we have the materials and equipment on hand to ensure the job is done right the first time. If you’ve experienced fire damage and smoke damage anywhere in DeKalb County, give ServiceMaster Restoration & Cleaning Services by Skip a call right away.