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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What Complicates Fire Damage Restoration in Bloomingdale Properties?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke detector and timber SERVPRO advises our Bloomingdale neighbors to keep smoke detections functional with battery checks to help prevent house fires

SERVPRO Handles All Aspects of Fire Damage in Bloomingdale Homes Professionally

You may expect fire damage restoration to be a straightforward process since once you remove charred materials and remove soot accumulating on surfaces, your property should be clean. Replacing damaged materials and refinishing surfaces should complete the fire restoration process.

However, you might face many challenges once you start fire restoration at your Bloomingdale home. The challenges vary from simple to complicated ones requiring specialist skills to resolve. SERVPRO can help you overcome any difficulty, whether it requires specialized skills or equipment.

Some common fire restoration challenges include:

  • Soils collecting in hard to reach areas
  • Re-soiling of cleaned areas
  • Stubborn soils that prove difficult to remove

Some challenges arise from poor planning on the part of the restorer. Appropriate ordering of restoration tasks helps prevent any unnecessary spreading of soils and other challenges. For instance, although you may expect to start cleaning from the ceiling going downwards, you might encounter problems if the method is wet cleaning. The correct ordering is to start with the walls then progress to the ceilings to prevent cleaning solutions from dripping to soiled areas and causing streaking. Our SERVPRO technicians observe this religiously even when only cleaning walls, starting from the bottom and then moving upwards.

Other steps that ensure orderly fire restoration include:

  • Packing out movable contents from affected areas
  • Using drop cloths to cover immovable or delicate items like pianos
  • Attaching cleaning sponges to extension poles for easier reach of elevated areas

Challenges can also arise when residues like soot prove difficult to remove. Normally, soot is light and powdery, making it easy to wipe off surfaces. However, some fires produce wet, smeary soot which adheres to surfaces. However, with the right cleaning resources, it is easier to clean. Our SERVPRO crews use steel wool pads instead of regular cleaning sponges to agitate surfaces. We can also blast cleaning with a soda blaster, which lifts off residues or even charring from surfaces.

SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale helps shoulder the burden of fire restoration, allowing homeowners to cope. Call us at (630) 830-6236 for assistance that makes it "Like it never even happened."

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