Fire & Smoke Damage Lurk in Hidden Areas
SERVPRO Has the Expertise to Restore Smoke Damaged Items
Fires are one of the most destructive forces a residential home can encounter. This ruin is because fire is the only natural force that can not only create damage in every crevice from floor to roof but endanger lives as well. We are all familiar with the charring, soot, ash, debris, scorch marks, and other damage flames cause in the home. However, what happens after the fire? It may surprise many to know that depending on the type and size of the fire, “after fire” activities can cause more damage to your home. Secondary fire damage is always a factor.
Fire damage in Englewood may be unavoidable in many cases, but with some helpful information about what to do after a fire, you can have a better understanding of the type of fire that has affected your home and what that will mean for you regarding the contents. After SERVPRO has answered your emergency fire cleanup/restoration call, you still have some decisions to make regarding the contents of your home after everything is complete.
Household Textiles and Clothing
Often forgotten after the sudden events of a devastating fire, are household textiles and clothing that were not directly burned or charred by fire. While the odor may be apparent, there is more invisible damage that you do not see that will have affected your fabric furniture, upholstery, carpeting, and clothing.
This unknown makes it important to take action to ensure that your textiles, clothing, furniture, upholstery and more are appropriately and thoroughly cleaned, or thrown away if necessary. Dry cleaning is recommended to remove smoke odors and soot from clothing, but sometimes this is not enough. Many SERVPRO franchises provide an Esporta Cleaning Machine that greatly increases the effectiveness of cleaning soft items and fabrics.
Removing Soot from Textiles
Before you can clean and deodorize upholstery, carpets, drapes, and furniture, visible soot must be withdrawn by our fire damage specialists. Since soot is oily, it is imperative that as the homeowner, you do not touch anything after a fire. A professional will do this job properly and safely.
Removing Smoke Odor from Textiles
After removing soot, the remaining damage will now smoke odor. This will remain in your furniture, fabrics, carpets, and clothing if it is not properly deodorized and cleaned. Ozone treatment is a modern method professional use, as it is a deodorizing process that breaks up smoke molecules to eliminate odors and toxins.
Remember that deodorizing should be done before you remove any textiles and clothing from the home to be cleaned at dry cleaners and professional carpet cleaners.
No matter what type of fire damage you have encountered, remember to call the professionals so that you have the best chances of saving what you can of your home. Contact SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 for help, questions, quotes, inspections, and service. We are available to take your all 24 hours a day, seven days a week.