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Should Fort Lee Homeowners Clean Fire Damage Themselves?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire and smoke damaged home Fire and smoke damage done to your home is no DIY project. SERVPRO has the man power and equipment for any size job.

SERVPRO Brings Advances Equipment and Techniques for Fire Restoration in Fort Lee Properties

There is more damage caused by a fire than burned fixtures, furnishings, and structural assemblies. The smoke and soot degrade the indoor air quality and can settle on surfaces and cause secondary fire damage.

When a homeowner reports a Fort Lee fire in their home, the damage may all look the same, but there are four different soot types, and each one needs a specific handling method. 

The types of soot SERVPRO technicians deal with regularly are:

  • Dry smoke  
  • Wet smoke 
  • Protein smoke 
  • Fuel oil smoke

As a fire burns through a structure, both dry and wet smoke can get left upon surfaces as the heat of the fire and articles burned change. Slower burning, smoldering fires, and burned plastics tend to leave behind wet residues that smear easily and stick to surfaces. Building materials and wood tend to burn at higher temperatures and leave dry, powdery dry smoke that spreads with ease and should get removed without the use of liquid cleaners. While dry smoke is less staining and leaves a less pungent odor behind, the presence of wet smoke residues may require multiple odor control applications to rid the structure of any residual odors. 

SERVPRO of Fort Lee at (201) 496-6024 brings professional service and experience to all types of fire restoration in Fort Lee homes. 

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