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Our Fire Damage Specialists Have The Advanced Solutions To Restore Your Home In Springdale
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Advanced Solutions That Help Improve Clean Up After Fire Damage in Springdale
Fire damages properties in different ways including depositing soot and other residues leaving surfaces blackened. The level of difficulty in removing such residues can be easy or difficult depending what the fire burned, and how intense blaze was, among other factors. The surface affected can also determine the difficulty level. For example, cleaning residues from the ceiling is more difficult than cleaning walls. Professional restoration companies use advanced solutions to improve results.
After fire damage in Springdale, residues soil many household items including electronics and fine jewelry. Residues such as soot are acidic so they can corrode the affected items if left in place for long. Cleaning up such valuable materials is tricky because you can damage them in the process. Our SERVPRO technicians utilize specialized equipment such as ultrasonic cleaners to clean non-porous valuables. An ultrasonic restoration cleaner has a pre-soak chamber, ultrasonic chamber, a rinse section, and a drying chamber guaranteeing proper cleaning.
When cleaning some sections of the house like the ceiling, you might face access challenges because of the elevation. Residues falling from the ceiling can also soil other areas such as walls and floors already cleaned. It is possible to overcome such problems with better planning and a degree of innovation. Our SERVPRO technicians organize the process so that cleaning starts in higher areas. We also add extension poles to spotting pad holders to ease access and the angle of attack when cleaning up ceilings.
Choosing a cleanup method should be done with care since it is possible to harm the surface physically in the process of removing soils. For example, surfaces covered in acoustic tiles can lose their sound deadening properties during cleanup. SERVPRO has developed a unique procedure for cleaning acoustical ceilings known as Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaning. It is a water-based solution that utilizes stabilized hydrogen peroxide sprayed at 40-60 psi on the affected surface. The method works perfectly on blown ceilings that might deteriorate or dissolve if wet cleaning is utilized.
Advanced cleaning solutions help solve many seemingly tricky problems. Call SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale to assist you using such an approach. You can reach our crew at (479) 419-5544 any time.
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When Smoke Gets in Your Eyes- How to Neutralize the Lingering Fumes From a Fire in Your Springdale Home
Smoke fumes are lingering effects from fires. SERVPRO can help you neutralize the odors and restore the air quality of your home.
Overcoming Smoke Damages After a Fire in Your Springdale Home
When disaster strikes your Springdale home, you might not entirely be aware of the effects of the incident until you can begin the process of cleaning up the mess and restoring the damage it caused to your residence. With situations like fires, widespread effects can sometimes get overlooked in light of the more pressing and immediate concerns like structural weaknesses or reconstruction needs. Our technicians can help you with every facet of fire restoration in your home.
Many people do not fully know what fire damages exist after one occurs in their Springdale home. This fact is partly due to the potential dangers that exist with assessing the damages on your own. One of the reasons that our SERVPRO emergency response team is available 24/7 is to help you understand the effects of a disaster to your home, no matter when that disaster occurs.
We begin to assess the full scope of the damages and map out a plan to restore these effects entirely as soon as our team arrives at your home. One of the effects that might seemingly get pushed to the side initially is smoke damages. While these are on the agenda to get resolved, it is often one of the final steps in our restoration process to deodorize all of the affected areas and contents of your home.
To do this, we require specialized equipment that helps us to modify the harsh odors left behind after a fire on a molecular level. Thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators can neutralize these odor molecules on contact, leaving no discernable scent behind. This process waits until any demolition, and other restoration steps have gotten taken to maximize its effect.
While you might see fire damages to your home as an intimidating presence, professional restorers like ours can take the weight off of your shoulders and help you to get your house back to the way it used to be. You can count on our SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale technicians to help through every step of this process. Give our emergency response team a call 24/7 at (479) 888-2403.
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Choosing Professional Restoration For Fire Damages In Your Fayetteville Home
Fires can happen with little to no warning and spread quickly throughout your Fayetteville residence.
Choosing Professional Restoration For Fire Damage
Fires can happen with little to no warning and spread quickly throughout your Fayetteville residence. More to this point, there are instances in which there is a clear cause for what caused the damage, and others which remain a mystery. Regardless of how it happened, your focus after the extinguishing completes is restoring the damages and getting your property back to pre-damage condition.
It is good to know your limitations when it comes to cleaning and restorative work for your residence. Homeowners can usually care for many of the lower-scale concerns that their residence faces, but with more widespread and penetrative fire damages in your Fayetteville home, this situation is better left to the professionals at SERVPRO.
Regardless of how a fire began, your first concern in getting the damage restored in your home is to assess just how widespread this damage is. An inspection should give you all of these details as well as a general idea regarding the cost and estimated ballpark timeline to get the process completed.
Another thing that you're going to want to think about that could keep you from being convinced to clean up this mess on your own is the requirements of the insurance provider that you have for the house. When you go to file a claim about damages incurred in a fire or some other type of disaster, they often seek to have these effects restored and repaired by licensed, certified professionals like those on our SERVPRO team.
One final consideration about choosing professional restoration for the fire damage in your home is the structural concerns for your house. You might not be able to assess the threats that exist in your home following a fire like a trained restoration specialist can.
There is little you can do when a fire breaks out in your home than to be hopeful that the first responders can reach it promptly. Once this is over and you have to assess the damage you face, contact the trusted and reputable SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale fire damage restoration specialists. We are available 24/7 by calling (479) 888-2403.
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Putting The Pieces Back Together After Fire Damage To Your Fayetteville Home
Structure fires can get out of control in a hurry, even with the immediate response times of first responders in the Fayetteville area.
Putting The Pieces Back Together After A Fire
Structure fires can get out of control in a hurry, even with the immediate response times of first responders in the Fayetteville area. Within a brief period, the contents and structural integrity of your home are at considerable risk, and you start to consider how this can ever look like the house it used to be once again. Fortunately, this is not a process that you have to deal with on your own.
From the moment that the fire gets extinguished in your house, your insurance company is already likely working with the policyholder to determine the best course of action in setting things right again. Often, this falls on the shoulders of our trusted SERVPRO team who has worked directly with insurance companies on a regular basis. Ultimately, the objective is full restoration of fire damages to your Fayetteville residence.
With widespread damages, your insurance company is going to require a detailed estimation of the cost of the work and what specifically has to happen to restore the damages your home sustained in the fire. This process gets accomplished with one of our estimators, who makes a list of the equipment needed, the damage sustained, and the irreparable areas that need to get demolished and reconstructed.
As is the case with many wide-spreading house fires, there are areas of the construction that are too badly damaged to repair or restore. In these cases, our SERVPRO professionals work to offer build back construction services to reconstruct the demolished areas and make it all a little more "Like it never even happened."
Other effects get dealt with in various ways, from smoke and soot damages to water restoration from the extinguishing efforts.
Ultimately, our team of professionals is a one-stop choice to completely renovate and restore your home after a severe fire incident. While it might seem overwhelming at first, our SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale restoration technicians can help you to clean up the mess and reconstruct the house to restore all of the fire's effects fully. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (479) 888-2134.
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Fire Damage Follows Home Improvement Project In Springdale
Improperly Stored Items May Mean Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup for Springdale Homes--Call SERVPRO for Help
SERVPRO Says to Properly Store Combustible Materials to Prevent Fires
Although many people in Springdale might think the warning on the paint can or solvent is overly cautious, the fact is a significant number of fires happen because of improperly discarded oily rags. Over a thousand homes per year experience fire due to spontaneous combustion according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), The majority of the combustion scenarios involve oily rags. If your home is one of them, we are ready to help with post-fire restoration.
If you fail to properly manage the cleanup of a typical household project like staining a deck or painting a room you can face fire damage to your Springdale home. Oily rags used for wiping and cleaning can pile up as you complete a project. Some oils can oxidize, creating their own heat with no need of an external source, and igniting the material used to absorb them. If the rags are near other volatile substances, a serious blaze can result. We are familiar with the types of residues left on surfaces after oil-based combustion and can assist in removing them and the odor that also remains.
The soot left behind from spontaneous combustion can be thick and sticky. The SERVPRO crew dispatched to your home matches the consistency and source of the soot with the proper cleanser among the range of professional cleaners we employ in our restoration projects. The production team leader on your job assesses the consistency and characteristics of the soot and develops a plan that safely and efficiently eradicates it. If chemical extinguishing products subdued the fire, we consider that as we choose products and methods to remediate the fire damage.
An oil based fire typically leaves a strong and unpleasant odor. SERVPRO takes a deliberate approach to odor elimination. First, we remove the burned items and clean the affected space with appropriate products. If odor remains, we consider using thermal foggers that recreate the fire conditions as deodorizers combust in a heated chamber and bond with the odiferous particles, modifying them, so they are odor neutral.
We also use advancements in this restoration specialty, including hydroxyl generators and other oxygenation equipment. UV light creates radicals that change odor-bearing particles at the atomic level, rendering them free from noxious smells. Air scrubbers fitted with HEPA and carbon filters can also relieve the air of unwanted odors. SERVPRO also considers sealing odors into structural components, creating a barrier that prevents the odors trapped within building materials from releasing in vapor form into the air.
SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale has the knowledge and the trained crews to manage fire damage recovery of any type or extent. As soon as possible after the blaze extinguished, call 479) 419-5544 to start the remediation process.
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Cooking Increases The Fire Damage Risk Indoors And Out In Springdale
A fire that starts in an indoor or outdoor food preparation area features protein, fat, and grease in the smoke.
Cooking Increases The Fire Damage Risk
Springdale summertime fun includes firing up the grill and serving family and friends favorites like burgers, brats, chicken, and ribs. If your carefree mood means you neglect some BBQ safety tips, errant coal may transform fun to fear. When outdoor grilling puts your home at risk of fire damage, we can help.
A flare-up can catch an overhanging eave or a patio umbrella and soon ignite a supporting exterior wall of your Springdale home. Fire damage to a residence is no less devastating because it begins outdoors. Once the blaze takes hold, it can spread quickly into your home. If the winds are strong, the fire can grow fast and threaten a whole house catastrophe. Your first call is 911 and the second is to our 24-hour number to arrange for reliable and speedy fire damage repair.
When the firefighters leave, SERVPRO’s crew arrives. Our production manager takes a quick walkthrough, assessing the tasks needed to return your home to pre-fire condition. We make sure remediation of the effects of the chemicals and water used to knock down the flames are part of the integrated plan. Safety constraints require that the “slip and fall” possibilities posed when slick decks and floors are part of the restoration area need immediate attention. Removing the water and chemicals allows us to move onto the soot and smoke cleanup hurdles.
A fire that starts in an indoor or outdoor food preparation area features protein, fat, and grease in the smoke. The particulates may not combust completely, leaving a sticky thick and black residue inside and out. Protein-based smoke coat surfaces with a thin but tenacious film, almost like a varnish. SERVPRO crew members train extensively to be able to match cleaning products and tools to the type of soot left behind.
We may need a solvent or cleaning agent with wetting agents and surfactants to loosen the bond between the soot and the surface. SERVPRO stocks fire damage response service vehicles with a range of cleaners and equipment to make short work of the debris left behind. Sometimes we employ abrasive cloths or sponges to scour away the soot, Materials that burned hotter can leave a loose ashy byproduct that can be removed with dry sponges or our powerful vacuums.
When accidental fire makes a BBQ a tense and scary event, SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale is here to bring back the joy of summer. Call (479) 419-5544 when the fire is out, and we pledge to make it “Like it never even happened.”
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When Fire Damage to Your Fayetteville Home Forces Reconstruction
It can be overwhelming when fire damage affects the structural integrity of your home, but the professionals at SERVPRO can help restore your home.
Our SERVPRO Team Works Hard to Make the Fire Damage Cleanup Process as Easy as Possible for You and Your Family
There is no easy way to contend with a fire to your Fayetteville home. For many people who have experienced this disaster, the effect on the structure of your home can be overwhelming to see. When it comes to restoring the damages to your home and to reconstruct the weakened portions of your residence following the blaze, professional restoration services are more than just highly recommended.
Your Fayetteville home might show its fire damage in several different ways, but the most pressing of any of these issues are the ones that threaten the structural integrity of your home. These are the lingering effects that must get dealt with before any of the other symptoms from the fire, as these make your home unsafe to live in. Fortunately, our SERVPRO technicians get trained in all aspects of fire restoration for houses, including preparation techniques for reconstruction.
The entire process begins with a thorough inspection completed by our experienced SERVPRO professionals. This inspection determines the farthest reaches of the damage from the fire, our approach to restoring the damage and effects from the fire that trouble you and your family, and lastly to assess what areas of your home must get reconstructed or rebuilt to have the structural integrity it once had.
While no one wants to hear that parts of their home must get rebuilt to be safe to live in, our technicians work to make this process as fast and simple as possible for you. Our team utilizes our training in controlled demolition to remove the highly damaged portions of your home and ready these areas for residential contractors to come in after us and get right to work on repairing the area with new materials.
It is never an easy thing to deal with the effects of a fire, especially when reconstruction is a requirement, but SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale can make this process as easy as it can be. We can restore all of the damage to your home and prepare the worst of this damage for reconstruction. Our emergency response team is available anytime you need us by calling (479) 419-5544.
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Call in The Experts After Fire Damages Your Harmon Kitchen
Substances left behind by a small kitchen fire require the skills and knowledge of SERVPRO professionals to properly clean up.
Even Small Kitchen Fires Require Professional Fire Remediation Specialists
Smart Harmon homeowners assure themselves of quick access to fire extinguishers and quickly manage accidental fires during cooking. Because the crisis seems averted, you may be tempted to take sole responsibility for the post-fire clean up as well. Failing to arrange for professional assessment may be a mistake you want to avoid. We pledge to make our assistance with your fire damage count.
A boiled-dry pot or spattering pan of oil ignites quickly, especially if the cook is distracted in your Harmon kitchen. Fire damage threatens appliances, walls, countertops, and flooring. Fortunately, a handy fire extinguisher knocks down the flames, and you breathe a sigh of relief. Before you treat the aftermath as just a routine cleaning task, invite our fire damage restoration crew to evaluate the situation.
The “soil” left by fire does not always respond well to traditional cleaning strategies. It also contains hazardous substances from the combustion of textiles, wood, insulation, and other structural or appliance materials. Add in the chemical residue from the extinguisher, and the realization grows that this a toxic mix. Cleanup of this type of debris is a job for SERVPRO technicians trained to identify the challenges and manage the potential for harm experienced by the individuals doing the work.
There is also the risk that individuals who are unfamiliar with proven smoke and soot damage cleaning protocols cause more damage when attempting to mitigate the mess. When experienced and certified SERVPRO workers complete the tasks this risk is eliminated. Soot must be assessed for its varied characteristics, and the proper cleaning products and tools chosen to eradicate the various kinds of residues. One fire can deposit light, ashy soot, sticky greasy soot, and soot that hardens into a lacquer-like coating, almost impossible to remove without specialized equipment and professional cleaning products.
The substances generated by fire are highly corrosive and must be eliminated from surfaces as quickly as possible. Permanent discoloration of fabrics and plastics, etching of metals and glass, and deterioration of wood are just some of the ongoing issues caused by fire damage not remediated appropriately. SERVPRO can respond within hours, essential to a successful fire damage recovery as soot and smoke begin to destroy structures and contents within the first day after the fire event.
SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale is ready with the crews, products, and equipment to restore your home after a fire loss. Call us for a consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (479) 419-5544.
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Why You Need Professional Help in Eliminating Odors After Fire Damage in Fayetteville
Fires can leave behind a lingering odor, SERVPRO has a three phase process to rid your home of the smells.
Three Phases to Eliminate Odors Left Behind by Fire Damage
Getting rid of the smoky odor from a fire damaged home can be a tough challenge. The smell of smoke and burnt material can linger on long after the fire damage to your Fayetteville home. Although you can take steps to minimize the odor, it is best to leave this job to the expert professionals.
Fire damage to your Fayetteville home can have you smelling smoke for days after the incidence. Many factors can make it difficult to get rid of the odor entirely and eliminating it is achieved through a multi-phasic strategy.
Heightened Awareness to Smell
Your perception of the scent is heightened if you know that the property was damaged in a fire. If you are aware of the fire damage, you tend to perceive the odors more intensely. It can pose a big problem in eliminating them entirely.
Furthermore, high temperature and humidity can also increase your perception of smell. So, eliminating the odors requires implementation of multiple techniques to counter this effect. That is why, here at SERVPRO, we employ various state-of-the-art techniques to remove the odors.
Multi-Phase Odor cCntrol
SERVPRO experts use a multiple phase odor eliminating strategy to get rid of the smells as entirely as possible.
Phase 1: The first stage is to contain the odor at the source. A chemical counteractant is sprayed on the charred surfaces to prevent the vaporization of the odor molecules. It creates a barrier between the air and the source of the odor and prevents the odor molecules from vaporizing. SERVPRO uses professional grade odor counteractant in this process.
Phase 2: The second step deals with combating the odor molecules that are already in the air. Strong deodorant vapors are sprayed to neutralize the odor-causing particles in the air.
Phase 3: In this stage, a thermal fogger is utilized to spray solvent-based deodorizers. As the thermal fogger uses heat to dissipate the deodorant, it can reach everywhere the smoke may have entered and combat the odors at the source.
These three phases ensure that the odor is entirely and efficiently eliminated.
Call SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale at (479) 419 5544 to schedule an inspection today. Our experts are eager to help you devise a strategy to eliminate the odor from your fire-damaged home as efficiently as possible.
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Quality Fire Damage Restoration Services Available For All Fayetteville Residents
Calling a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO fast after a fire can help reduce secondary damages from occurring. Contact us today.
Our IICRC-Certified Technicians Respond Quickly to Remediate Fire Damage On Your Property
After the fire is out and everyone is gone, the clock starts ticking away. Every minute that it takes you to decide which direction to take next, allows smoke and soot residues to permeate further into various surfaces found in your Fayetteville home.
Immediately after a Fayetteville fire damage incident occurs in your home, smoke and soot residues begin to settle. Soon after, residues cause discoloration that turns to staining if not treated quickly. Within hours, wood furniture may require refinishing, metals start to rust and corrode while clothing and other contents become permanently stained.
The longer you wait, the harder your restoration becomes. Prolonged exposure to smoke and soot residues damage every surface in your home, embedding chemicals into the very fibers of various materials, continually deteriorating items as time progresses. SERVPRO can help stop the deterioration fast and get a hold on secondary damages developing in your home.
Smoke damage travels through crawl spaces, into walls, and your ventilation system. SERVPRO technicians inspect your entire home thoroughly, providing cleaning and deodorization services that help return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, making damage disappear, “Like it never even happened.” All of this and more is only a phone call away.
When treated by the fire and smoke damage professionals at SERVPRO, damaged structure, contents, and personal belongings can survive the effects of a fire. We are fully IICRC-certified, with access to industrial-grade equipment, and have several years of experience providing restoration services to customers just like you.
Our entire staff takes every possible action to provide you with full-service solutions to fire damage in your home. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays, and make your restoration as stress-free as possible. Our Green Fleet vehicles are ready to deploy at a moments notice, fully stocked with everything necessary to address problems that occur on your property.
Get the most out of the restoration services available to you, contact SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale for access to qualified professionals who urgently respond to your request for help. We service the entire area, call today. (479) 419-5544
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Historic Homes in Fayetteville Raise the Risk of Fire Damage
Contact SERVPRO after fire damage in the bedroom of your historic home in order to get you sleeping in the room quickly after remediation.
SERVPRO can Assess BOTH to Prevent or to Remediate Your Property
Beautiful and elegant, homes in our area that are more than a century old bring the possibility of heightened fire risk because of antiquated electrical service. Grounding adapters used with or without extension cords make it easier to plug in electronics, but also expose your home to the possibility of fire. If a spark or overheated adapter start a blaze, SERVPRO helps with the cleanup.
Frustrated with few bedroom electrical outlets, you decided to use an adapted extension cord and power strip to charge your phone. The charger overheated, causing fire damage to your Fayetteville home when nearby bedding ignited. Fortunately, no injury resulted, but you need help dealing with the aftermath of the flames, smoke, and soot. Fire damage restoration is the heart of what we do, and our results prove this focus.
When fabrics catch fire, they often smolder, spreading thick smoke and a covering of sticky soot throughout your home. Even areas far from the actual fire suffer from a black coating and persistent odors. The SERVPRO fire restoration team inspect all interior spaces as the recovery plan develops. Careful attention to the different strategies taught to our technicians to best clean and restore a variety of materials and items add needed details.
Bed linens and clothing respond well to machine washing, taking care to limit the loads and rinse thoroughly. Curtains and wardrobe elements that are not washable profit from dry cleaning, although be sure the shop has experience with fire damage. Foam cleaning is a fine choice for upholstery. Solid surfaces like floors, dressers, and nightstands clean up using a spray and wipe technique. We offer carpet cleaning, definitely not a do-it-yourself option as the gritty and sometimes greasy residue from a fire requires skill to remove.
If you filter light with blinds HEPA vacuuming or immersion cleaning are both viable options. Walls need assessment to decide if dusting or vacuuming is enough, or if scrubbing is indicated. Painting freshens the look but is a choice only after proper cleaning. SERVPRO advises you if you take on some of the tasks like laundering or cleaning knick-knacks.
Smoky or other fire-related odors need professional deodorization. Air fresheners or other coverups are not a permanent solution. SERVPRO deodorization technicians analyze how the smells invaded your home and use methods designed to replicate their spread to eliminate them.
A bedroom fire restoration needs the expertise of SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale. Make the call to (479) 419-5544 immediately, so you soon again rest easy.
A Trusted And Proven Fire Damage Company for Fayetteville
SERVPRO Secures and Cleans Up Your Fire Damaged Fayetteville Home
Rely on SERVPRO for Total Restoration and Cleaning After a Fire
When fire blazes within a home the last thing a person needs is to waste time figuring out the best fire restoration company near me. Even though you never want to make use of this information, know that the answer to that question is SERVPRO, the company you need as your partner every step of the way toward complete recovery.
Rather than wondering, hit the ground running when fire damages your Fayetteville home. Making certain that SERVPRO staff arrive to help you sort out matters is as simple as a phone call. Professional yet compassionate office staff ensure a full complement of trained and certified technicians are on their way, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Each customer receives undivided attention from both on-site technicians and well-connected management who guide you through the red tape of insurance claims and local ordinances.
SERVPRO pledges to restore your home back to preloss condition quickly and professionally. As much as possible, depending on the facts of each situation, the emphasis is to allow you and your family to remain in the home as restoration proceeds. The stress of a move-out exacerbates the fear caused by the fire and makes the homeowner feel out of control. Extra expenses can be prohibitive with the challenges your family already endures, and there is no certainty your insurance coverage is adequate.
You and your family experience the least discomfort possible if SERVPRO and you determine you can remain in your home. The staff assigned to your dwelling is capable of constructing practical and useful barriers, securing your temporarily limited living area away from the work proceeding to restore damaged areas of the house. Even in cases where there was significant damage done to the room or wing where the fire started, the equipment, training, and experience of this industry-leading company allow for safe zones within other areas of your home. The use of air scrubbers and the staff’s familiarity with HVAC issues means air quality remains appropriate in temporary living areas during the technicians’ work.
A garage or other outbuilding available to stage items awaiting cleaning and repair helps the team immensely. SERVPRO always collaborates with you (and your insurance adjuster) to create a complete inventory of moved items, so your home easily returns to its preloss condition as the technicians perform the final touches without the loss of possessions.
What SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale strives to deliver is your satisfaction. The relief you feel when your entire house returns to you “Like it never even happened” makes the restoration process worth every step. Make the call to (479) 419-5544.
Even A Minor Fire Can Affect The HVAC System In Your Johnson Home
Smoky Odors in Your Johnson Home Need the Help of SERVPRO
SERVPRO Remediates Odors After a House Fire
During the aftermath of a minor kitchen fire, you managed yourself you may be surprised at how many of the utility and mechanical systems in your dwelling can be affected. Even in areas of the structure that were far from the actual blaze homeowners can report lingering smoke smell and dirty, sooty residue on furnishings, flooring and in the air. The culprit moving the fire debris throughout your home is likely your HVAC system, both heating and cooling ducts equipped with powerful fans that are meant to control the climate inside your home for your and your family’s comfort. If the fire occurred during a time of the when neither heating nor cooling systems were regularly operating, you might not realize that smoky particulates entered through vents and are now being distributed through your home as you turn the heat on. SERVPRO can help control this unfortunate byproduct of an earlier fire with a professional HVAC inspection, evaluation, and cleaning.
During the fire that ignited in your Johnson kitchen you were most concerned about putting out the blaze quickly, perhaps with a well-positioned fire extinguisher, and getting your household back to normal. If you chose to go it on your own secondary damage could be missed. When we respond to your call, our IICRC trained SERVPRO technicians will inspect both the area where the fire started and the rest of the building, paying particular attention to any area where you report smelling smoke or noticing greasy soot and ash. A critical part of our inspection will be to evaluate the forced air heating and cooling ductwork, potential hiding places for the compounds that were sent airborne during your fire. During temperate weather, the system may have been off, but our technicians will look for evidence that air pressure or magnetism or ionization within the ductwork sucked or otherwise attracted smoky particles.
Once we take a close look at the conditions within your heating and cooling systems, our team will plan how to remediate the smell and the gritty, sticky dust that has now invaded your home. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained, well prepared to make decisions on whether a thorough cleaning will take care of the issues or if other approaches are needed. Our crews will determine if any components of the system are damaged and need to be replaced because of the fire damage. In cases where a comprehensive cleaning of the ducts is impractical duct sealing may be recommended, possibly paired with a thermal fogging for deodorizing purposes. Any steps taken to restore the proper operation of your HVAC system will include protection of household contents and perhaps a temporary evacuation of you and your family until any chemical treatments are complete and healthy air quality is restored.
Call us at (479) 419-5544 to respond to your concerns of collateral damage after a kitchen fire. SERVPRO of Fayetteville / Springdale stands ready to solve your smoky smell and sooty residue problems.