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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

More Damage from Smoke Than Flames During Fire Restoration in Jacksonville

Self-cleaning the smoke damage left behind in a Jacksonville home post-fire is one of the ways that homeowners accidentally make a problem worse. In many cases of fire restoration services, it is not uncommon for soot staining, smoke odors, and residues to be a bigger challenge than cleaning up the charred areas in a burned home. The water from the fire extinguishing efforts of the first responders can cause the soot to become a dirty mess on walls, ceilings, and floors. SERVPRO technicians can access the situation upon arrival and determine the types of smoke residues so the correct cleaning methods get used during the house fire cleanup service. 

SERVPRO Has Specific Tools for Smoke Damage

The neater the cleanup, the faster a Jacksonville home can get restored to its pre-fire condition. SERVPRO technicians have various tools and cleaning agents they use to remove smoke damage and save homeowners the expense of replacing building materials with a coating of soot. 

As seen in the Before Photo, this stairwell has a large amount of smoke and fire damage. The walls also have visible staining from the water carrying soot downward. The vent over the doorway is caked with residues and debris from the fire. If the walls do not have water damage, in many cases, the techs can save the walls through their cleaning methods such as:

- Use of drying cleaning sponges

- Use of foaming cleaners

- Application of sealants to lock in any residual smoke odors

Air Quality Improvement as Part of Fire Damage Restoration Services

Because soot particulate can be smaller than the human eye can detect and can be airborne, air quality measures are in order during fire restoration services in Jacksonville properties. SERVPRO has several different methods and devices to capture soot and improve air quality in the home. It is not unusual for overlapping applications to ensure the healthiest environment possible within the home. 

Containment is another frequently used method to help limit the spread of soot throughout the home. Anywhere these airborne particles float, they leave fire odors behind. While odor control applications are a common part of the fire restoration process, the technicians work hard to limit spread to currently unaffected areas within the structure. 

Fire Restoration Services in Jacksonville Complete

To view the After Photo, it is not easy to see how this clean, carpeted staircase is the same one in the Before Photo. SERVPRO has a general contractor license # CBC1256211, and once the fire damage cleanup completes, the techs can assist Jacksonville homeowners with all types of rebuilding and reinstallation as needed. This staircase has gotten a deep cleaning, freshly painted walls, and new carpet installed. The fire damage to this structure is "Like it never even happened."