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Why Wait? With SERVPRO You Don’t Have To
If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess.
Dean Koontz once said, “We are not born to wait. We are born to do.” This is a true statement, especially when it comes to things that affect your livelihood.
If your home or business is struck by disaster, it can become easy to get overwhelmed or frustrated, but the quicker you react, the better you’ll be in the long run. That’s why we are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week—and prepared for prompt action.
So, if a disaster or accident hits your home or business during the middle of the night on a Saturday, you don’t have to fret! Call us, and we will have a pro headed your way.
After fire damage. Fires are known for the big flames covering the entire building, but we sometimes forget that many other components come with fire.
Even if your possessions and house structure don’t go up in flames, other elements can damage significantly. For example, soot and smoke can coat everything in the house, sticking to walls and possessions and leaving nasty residue and odor.
Something else to consider? When firefighters extinguish a fire, they use lots and lots of water. That soaks your possessions and the structure of your building, which can turn into water damage if not removed quickly.
After water damage. Water damage of any kind or size requires prompt treatment. When water is left unmitigated for an extended period, it can quickly cause other significant issues. It only takes 48 hours or less before standing water.
While this all can be overwhelming, the truth is that it can be an easy fix. Call in the professionals and let them clean up the mess so you can focus on restoring your livelihood!
When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.
Why Homeowners Need Professional Fire Restoration in Hyde Park
When fire affects your home, effective clean up and remediation is needed. Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians for services.
Expert Fire Restoration in Hyde Park from a Company Like SERVPRO Brings Things Back to Normal
It can be overwhelming to deal with the aftermath of a fire. Apart from the soot and smoke residue associated with fires, firefighting efforts might cause water damage. Do not wait long to address the fire damage because it can result in more extensive repairs. Restoring a home after a fire is a multistep process. To restore your home, you need the assistance of a fire repair company like SERVPRO that is trained in soot, fire, and smoke damage restoration.
To perform fire restoration in your Hyde Park home, our technicians can inspect your property and come up with a plan to return it to pre-fire conditions. The inspection process accounts for the extent of the destruction and determines the repairs that need to be done. We act quickly during this step because the longer soot, smoke, and water linger in a house, the further the damage they cause.
During the fire damage repair process, our SERVPRO technicians can address destruction to your property’s physical structure and materials like flooring, drywall, windows, and roofing, among others. Our fire restoration process may include these steps:
- Securing the property by installing fencing around it.
- Controlled demolition of heavily charred structures.
- Water remediation and dry out.
- Removal of smoke and soot residues.
- Rebuilding the fire-damaged areas.
Cleaning up and removing smoke damage is one of the most intensive aspects of fore restoration jobs. This step involves manual labor to remove soot and smoke from affected surfaces. The common cleaning action that our SERVPRO technicians use is loosening the soils, followed by suspending and dispersing them in cleaning products. We then extract the soils along with the cleaning products. Suspension occurs when soils dissolve in the cleaning products they mix with or when soils emulsify inside cleaning products they do not mix with. Our cleanup process also involves duct cleaning to eliminate any smoke, debris, or smoke that could have settled in ducts.
Following proper cleanup, our SERVPRO team can use deodorizing agents to remove smoke odors fully. To return the property to preloss condition, we can rebuild the fire-damaged structures.
The fire damage restoration process requires expertise. Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550. We can make the fire incident seem, “Like it never even happened.”
Do You Know the Leading Causes of House Fires?
Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess is here for you if your home is affected by a fire.
As a homeowner, you take precautions to prevent any number of disasters and emergencies, with fire being among them.
But even after years of awareness campaigns, we still see more than a quarter of all reported fires occurring in homes.
That’s why we want you to take a few minutes to review some of the top causes of house fires. This can help you become more aware and hopefully reduce your risks!
Cooking. Most house fires occur in the kitchen. In fact, 50% of them! The leading cause is unattended cooking. So while you prepare dinner, make sure you stay aware and present in the kitchen to help reduce your risk.
Heating equipment. Heating implements are the second-leading cause of house fires. Mishaps and malfunctions are among the most common culprits, but placing a heating device too close to something flammable can also contribute. Space heaters are a particular danger.
Electrical fires. Fires related to the electrical system are the next most common. This type of fire is most common in older houses since their electrical systems are often outdated. If you live in an older home, have your electrical system inspected regularly. In any type of home, avoid using frayed wires or cords, and don’t overload electrical outlets.
Intentional fires. Sadly, there are 28,000 intentional home fires started every year. We’re not talking about fires that got out of hand; these are fires that were set purposefully with the intent of destruction.
Smoking materials. If you choose to smoke in your home, you must be very careful! While smoking materials only cause about 5% of house fires, they are the leading cause of house fire deaths. These deaths often occur when someone falls asleep while smoking.
Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by a fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.
Prepping for Fall: Fire Safety Edition
Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.
As the air is getting crisper, the leaves are changing colors and at times you might even need a light jacket.
Fall is on its way here, which brings about some beautiful scenery changes and makes camping or sitting around campfires a little more relaxing.
Like every other season, fall brings its own fire hazards. So now is a good time to sit back and cuddle up to read over these safety tips.
Whether you are out camping with family and friends or in your own backyard, sitting around a campfire can certainly bring camaraderie amongst everyone.
While it could make for a “faster” fire, you should never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid. And it’s smart to build your fire away from anything flammable, such as tents or picnic tables.
Before you head to bed, go out of your way to ensure that the fire has been completely extinguished. Keep a water hose or a large bucket of water close in case things were to get out of hand.
Portable space heaters can become your very best friend during the crisper days ahead, but it’s important to realize the potential dangers they can bring as well. These little heaters can put out some serious heat, and while you know to keep them away from anything flammable, it’s important to recognize that these heaters are one of the most common causes of house fires.
When using the heater, make sure you keep it on a level surface and away from bedding or anything else that could easily catch fire. Most heaters come with an automatic shut-off capability, but make it a habit to ensure that anytime you leave the room, you turn the heater off.
While Halloween seems to be far away, it does creep up on you fast. Just a briefing on these now—remember candles and lighting or décor are all possible fire hazards, which is why it is imperative to be attentive to your surroundings.
If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.
How Do Hyde Park Homeowners Deal with Fire and Smoke Cleanup?
IICRC certified techs at SERVPRO are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration.
SERVPRO Rapid-Response Fire and Smoke Cleanup Preserves Hyde Park Structures and Contents
Fire and smoke damage are among the most common residential disasters, affecting an average of one in 325 homes every year. Fires can be six times more expensive despite being up to seven times less common than other categories of claims.
Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited restoration pros at SERVPRO provide fire and smoke cleanup for Hyde Park properties. This firm’s sanitation and stain removal technologies include over 100 proprietary cleanup blends designed to maximize the restoration potential of structures and contents.
Dry Cleaning Options for Fire and Smoke Damage Soils
Dry cleaning from ceiling to floor is how SERVPRO fire damage technicians address smoke and soot stains. This cleanup process allows soils to fall to the floor for cleanup and minimizes the need to clean the same space multiple times, saving Hyde Park homeowners both time and money.
- SERVPRO Dry Cleaning Sponges specialize in eliminating light to medium concentrations of non-oily soils on porous surfaces that do not require or should not be wet-cleaned
- HVAC cleaning tools focus on agitation with whips, brushes, and augers to dislodge soils from sheet metal vents. Replacement is a safer and more cost-effective solution for flex ducts after a fire.
- Debris, Dry Cleaning Sponge Shavings, and soils can be vacuumed with SERVPRO’s two-motor, HEPA-filter vacuums.
Homeowners can call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 for service that makes homes look and feel “Like it never even happened.”
What Is Defensible Space? | SERVPRO® of NW & SE Dutchess County
If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of NW & SW Dutchess is ready and able to repair any damage.
To come home and see your home in any kind of disarray is disheartening, but to see it up in flames is unimaginable. People most often think of wildfires when they are on your TV news station, but they are more common than you think.
And because our world is made up of combustible items, wildfires can spread rapidly!
With that said, we are learning more precautions to take to help prevent the spread of wildfires. Certainly, the best precaution is simply being more careful.
The Basics of Defensible Space
Defensible space is much like a barrier of protection that you can create around your home. You can do this by removing things that add fuel to the fire, such as dead limbs or trees.
By adding flame-resistant gravel around your home, or using responsible planting and pruning practices, you are removing more potential of adding fuel to the fire.
Defensible space can be a defense mechanism, designed to protect your home in the event of a wildfire by slowing or stopping the spread of fire. By providing this “defense,” you are giving firefighters their best chance at stopping a wildfire before it breaches your home’s perimeter.
Our area requires that you maintain a defensible space around your home or commercial property to help minimize the number of wildfires we see.
The Increase of Wildfires
Wildfires are common and can happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.
California accounted for 10,000+ fires out of the 59,000, but the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was right under 1,000. In New York, we saw 192 wildfires last year, burning 1,123 acres of land.
Because these fires can and do happen anywhere, it’s important to do what you can to protect your home and property. Defensible space is one way to do that.
If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.
How is Fire Damaged Brick and Masonry Restored in Poughkeepsie?
Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County when it comes to your Poughkeepsie fire damage needs.
Fire Damage can Affect Brick and Other Textured Walls in Your Poughkeepsie Home
When a fire burns in Poughkeepsie, it produces smoke. Many of the belongings in your home contain synthetic substances. When these burn, the smoke produced leaves dense layers of soot on the surfaces within the entire residence. Smoke can become so hot and have enough force behind it from the fire's intense heat that it finds its way into the smallest spaces.
If your Poughkeepsie home contains walls with textured surfaces, fire damage can include soot that adheres to these surfaces. Removing this soot from the deepest places can seem impossible. SERVPRO uses a blasting method to clean these tiny spaces and free them of the residue stuck inside.
Sand Vs. Dry Ice Blasting
Many people are familiar with sandblasting and how it can etch glass. Instead of this dense, highly coarse material, we use a much finer substance. Sodium bicarbonate, sometimes called soda, also has advantages over another option that we occasionally use – dry ice pellets. While it is true that we need to clean up the soda after we use it, we remove this when we vacuum up the soot blasted off the surfaces.
Other advantages of soda over dry ice revolve around cost differences, product availability, handling requirements, and specialized equipment, including protective gear, needed. Also, dry ice pellets can damage softer surfaces like brick or painted stucco, while soda does not create any additional damage.
Fire Damage Restoration for Walls and Ceilings
Some types of smoke accumulate in the upper corners and over doorways and the windows of a home. Blasting these areas can bring them back to the same condition as before the fire damage, "Like it never even happened." Walls and ceilings with textured coverings can sustain some minor peeling where thinner layers of paint existed, but priming these and then repainting can make things like new again, without the odor typical to homes that sustained fire damage.
SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County is always ready and nearby to help resolve all aspects of fire damage and how it can affect your residence in Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, and Beekman. Contact our 24-hour service line at (845) 635-4550, any day of the year, including holidays and weekends.
How To Take the Headache Out of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Poughkeepsie Home
Smoke and soot damage from a fire is no easy task. SERVPRO has IICRC certified techs for any size fire disaster restoration.
Failing to Clean Your Toaster Could Cause Fire Damage in Your Poughkeepsie Home
Every time you make toast, small crumbs fall to the bottom of the device, and over time they can build up and eventually cause fire damage. The bread dries out and becomes increasingly stale, turning into a fire hazard. As they build and continue to use your device without cleaning it, a fire is bound to break out.
Fortunately, the fire damage inside your Poughkeepsie kitchen was relatively small. Using the fire extinguisher beneath your kitchen sink, you managed to keep the fire damage contained to the corner of your countertop where your toaster sat. Soot has stained the walls, cupboards, and counter. However, only the toaster, and the bread box beside, it burned up in flames.
Without that much lost in your kitchen, you may wonder if it is necessary to call for help. Here at SERVPRO, we have a reputation for tackling damages large or small. The stains inside your kitchen can be challenging for you to remove yourself, as can be the odor. For this reason, it is always wise to call for professional help immediately upon extinguishment.
When SERVPRO receives your call, we always swiftly put a team of IICRC, Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certified technicians together and send them to your home for prompt arrival. Upon arrival, our technicians can launch into an investigation and then create a remediation plan. SERVPRO can start by throwing away the charred bits of your bread box, your ruined toasted, and bits of plastic wrapping at the fire consumed. From there, we can use a cleaning solution designed to tackle greasy soot. Using a simple spray-and-wipe method with a lubricative cleaner, we can lift the grime away from the surface of your countertops, the walls, and your cupboards, while protecting the finishes on each respective surface.
Once all of the soot stains are gone, all that remains is removing the odor from the fire. SERVPRO can use a hydroxyl generator to neutralize the particles that carry the malodor. Our goal at SERVPRO is always to make every aspect of the blaze disappear, "Like it never even happened."
When forgetfulness causes fire damage inside of your home, always call for help right away. Get in touch with SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County by calling (845) 635-4550. Night or day, we're ready to lend our assistance.
Need Fire Restoration Services in Hyde Park – Call SERVPRO
Fire damage restoration services needed for your home are an easy choice. SERVPRO has IICRC certified techs for any size disaster.
Smoke, Water and Fire Restoration for Residences in Hyde Park – Call SERVPRO
The damage caused by fires, smoke residues, and chemicals or water used to quell the fire presents various cleaning challenges. The fire's temperature, the amount of oxygen, moisture, and gases all impact the amount and type of smoke residues generated by the fire.
SERVPRO fire restoration technicians in Hyde Park are trained to deal with all of these variables and apply many techniques during house fire cleanup activities. Smoke residue on hard surfaces is treated using different cleaning methods compared to fabrics and porous surfaces.
SERVPRO aims to complete house fire cleanup operations as quickly as possible and restore your contents. We utilize a variety of methods, including:
- Multiple ways to agitate surfaces
- Various products to interact with residues on surface types
- Cleaning procedures that use heat and dwell time to remove residues
Our SERVPRO team can help with all of your water and fire damage restorations. We use the latest techniques and products for fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup.
Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County for fire restoration in Hyde Park and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (845) 635-4550.
Looking to Repair Your Poughkeepsie Home After a Fire?
You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.
SERVPRO Handles Fire Damage Restoration for Your Poughkeepsie Home
Poughkeepsie, New York, is a city found in the Hudson Valley, between New York City and Albany. Affectionately known as "The Queen City of the Hudson," it is a popular tourist destination, particularly for people who enjoy various outdoor activities. It is also a great place to escape from the daily grind of the city since it is just 90 minutes from Manhattan.
Poughkeepsie, derived from the Wappinger language, U-puku-ipi-sing, has the rough meaning of "the reed-covered lodge by the little water place." This refers to a stream in the area that fed into the Hudson River. The Dutch initially settled the city in the 17th century. Shortly after the American Revolution, Poughkeepsie was one of New York's first early capitals before eventually settling in Albany.
Present-day Poughkeepsie offers a plethora of outdoor activities including, hiking, kayaking, skeet shooting, and horseback riding. There is something for just about everybody to enjoy in the region. Many people take advantage of the vast trail system in the area. Another popular activity amongst visitors and locals is scenic drives during the fall to view the beautiful leaves showcasing the emerging season change from fall to winter.
The former railroad bridge, now called the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, is currently a pedestrian bridge. It sits at 212 feet above the Hudson, providing visitors a breathtaking view of the surrounding area. It is the world's longest pedestrian footbridge, with a total length of 6,768 feet (1.28 miles). It averages over 600,000 visitors per year. On the east bank of the former railroad bridge is Poughkeepsie and on the west bank is Highland. Interestingly, during WWII, the bridge was painted black to not be a visible target at night.
Here are Some Important Dates in the Bridge's History:
- 1889: The double-track railroad bridge reached completion as part of the Maybrook Railroad Line.
- 1974: Taken out of service due to a fire, most likely from a spark from a train breaking. It was challenging to put out due to the height of the bridge and un-cleared pipes.
- 1979: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- 2008: Entry updated in the National Register of Historic Places.
- 2009: Opened as a pedestrian walkway.
SERVPRO Repairs Your Home Following a Fire
Fire damage restoration is multifaceted as each fire situation is unique, requiring different things to restore your home to pre-fire conditions. First and foremost, our technicians wish to keep your family safe while also ensuring the workers' safety. Although each situation is different, technicians handle each emergency carefully.
Emergency Service Activities May Include:
- If electricity was compromised, technicians establish temporary power.
- Boarding up the structure to keep your home safe from intruders or wildlife.
- Conducting thorough building inspections to ensure health and safety standards.
- Drying the structure after fire-fighting efforts.
For 24/7 assistance with home restoration in Poughkeepsie and the surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550. We make it, "Like it never even happened."
Fire Restoration in Hyde Park Gets Professional Attention from SERVPRO
Containment of a fire damaged property is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the fire restoration service needed.
Local Hyde Park Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Fire Restoration
The obvious part of cleaning a home post-fire damage is the removal of the charred items. The mitigation that SERVPRO performs for local properties goes far beyond that step.
When SERVPRO technicians handle fire restoration in Hyde Park properties, they do far more than taking out items too burned for any type of reuse by cleaning. Typical standard procedures during the cleanup after a fire in a property include:
- Containment to halt the spread of soot
- Improvement of air quality through the use of specialized equipment
- Removal of soot and smoke damage residues from surfaces
Two necessary actions to finalize the cleanup of the residence involve duct cleaning and odor control. During a fire, hot air can push itself into the ductwork and other areas of the room. Anywhere the soot particles remain, they continue to produce pungent smoke odors. SERVPRO techs can clean the ducts and treat the property to eradicate any remaining odors within the house.
SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 stands ready to serve local Hyde Park residents for all types and sizes of fire restoration services.
Hyde Park Board Meetings Are Held Virtually
SERVPRO works to provide Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration to Your Commercial Property.
Videos of Previous Hyde Park Board Meetings Are Available
Hyde Park is situated in Dutchess County, bordered by the town of Poughkeepsie and roughly midway between Albany and the downtown core of New York City. Hyde Park's town board meetings are held on the first and 3rd Mondays of every month, beginning at 6 pm. Current health guidelines require that all town meetings are held virtually while the town hall is closed. Observers can watch the sessions live on the town's Livestream YouTube channel. Videos of the previous meetings are archived and can be found on the cities website.
February meetings are scheduled as follows:
Monday, Feb 1st, 2021
Monday, Feb 15th, 2021
Beginning at 6 pm
Participants can find details for submitting information in preparation for the meeting on the cities website in PDF format. Check for changes in structure, timing, and venues before all meetings. Hyde Park is divided into four wards, with a representative from each ward attending and the council supervisor and secretary.
SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County provides fire damage assistance to Hyde Park companies and surrounding areas. Call (845) 635-4550. Our SERVPRO team is always prepared and ready to respond 24/7 to help with all your fire damage needs.
Tips for a Happy—and Fire-Safe—Holiday Season | SERVPRO® of Putnam County
Our team is available 24/7 when you have a fire emergency. SERVPRO of Putnam County is here to help.
The holiday season is just around the corner. That means many different things to different families—big meals, trees and gifts. But while you’re celebrating with the people you love, be sure you’re also taking the steps you need to take to keep your home safe.
Understanding Thanksgiving Fire Risks
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the biggest fire threats during the Thanksgiving holiday revolve around the kitchen.
Don’t leave the stove unattended. While it’s tempting to leave pots simmering while you socialize, or to stick the turkey in the oven and forget it until your timer goes off, the truth is that this habit is a risk for fire. Be sure you’re checking your food regularly. Not only does it help guarantee your meal will taste great, but it also helps you spot possible kitchen fires before they become a real issue.
Check your cords and appliances. Your kitchen works overtime to prepare for Thanksgiving. You might have everything from your coffee maker to an air fryer plugged in to help you prepare for the feast. Be sure the cords are placed in ways that don’t pose a tripping hazard to children darting into the kitchen or busy cooks working on finishing the meal. These appliances can be a fire hazard if they’re pulled off the counter or malfunction.
Practice good candle safety Fall holiday candles are popular additions to many Thanksgiving parties. But if they’re knocked over or left burning too long, they can cause a fire hazard. Be sure to place candles in safe places that small children can’t reach and don’t leave them burning unattended.
Tips for a Safe Christmas
When it’s time to decorate your home, be sure you keep fire safety at the top of mind when you’re stringing lights and putting up your tree.
These tips from a leading insurance provider can help you and your family put together a festive atmosphere and still protect your home from fire risks.
The “Thanksgiving rules” still apply to the kitchen. While Thanksgiving is known for family feasts, most Americans cook a big meal for Christmas, too. Be sure you watch simmer pots and cooking turkeys or hams carefully.
Keep your tree away from heat sources. As a general rule, you’ll want to be sure your tree is several feet away from hot vents, space heaters, and fireplaces. This reduces your risk of accidentally starting a fire in your home.
Turn the lights off when you leave. While twinkling lights look pretty from your window at night, leaving them on when you’re not home can raise your house fire risk.
We’re Here to Help
Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes have an accident or an unforeseen circumstance regarding a house fire. If it happens to your home, we’re available any time day or night to help you start repairing the damage and restoring your home.
Our team is available to help 24⁄7 when you have a fire emergency, so don’t hesitate to call us if you need us.
Why Do Residents Use Professional Fire Restoration Services?
SERVPRO Removes the Soot and Smoke--"Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage Restoration is a Challenging and Time-consuming Task. SERVPRO Helps Poughkeepsie Residents Overcome Soots and Smoke Deposits after Fire.
What household products are useful for fire damage?
Cleaning the appearance of your Poughkeepsie home after a house fire is a priority. Soots and smoke deposits can cause unpleasant odors or settle onto surfaces causing further damage. Introducing water at the wrong moment can harm some types of smoke soiling. However, using mild agitation on sections of a wall can help remove non-bonded dry soot deposits. Gentle agitation is often safe to carry out with household items like feather dusters, brushes, vacuum cleaners, or compressed air. By applying these directly to a surface, you can avoid further damage while mitigating and removing dry soot deposits.
What particular products remove soot?
- Dry cleaning sponges are made from rubber and can be useful on dry soots
- Mineral oil dusting clothes can attract light soot deposits
- A crumbly cleaner that is useful for painted surfaces or photos and artwork
What products do professionals use for fire restoration?
When removing dry soots from a property with fire damage in Poughkeepsie, professional fire technicians use many household products. However, for stubborn residues or stains, we may bring in more extensive and more abrasive equipment. This equipment could include sandpapers, steel wool, or abrasive powders. Often our technicians combine these items with mechanical equipment. A roto brush, for example, spins sandpaper or steel wool and can be used to buffer and polish surfaces and remove large amounts of dry smoke. SERVPRO technicians typically reserve this equipment for properties with extensive damage and soot.
What are the advantages of using agitation for soots and smoke residues?
- Time-efficient without requiring the use of chemical action
- Can effectively remove many types of soot damage
- Can be used on delicate items like artworks or photographs
If you are struggling to remove soots, dust, or smoke residues from your home, contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County (845) 635-4550.
Exterior Burning and Smoke Damage to Poughkeepsie Homes
SERVPRO helps Poughkeepsie property owners with their fire damage claims. We gladly try to expedite the claims process.
Structure fires can take a toll on neighboring properties as well, and our SERVPRO team can help with efficient cleaning and repairs
While we have become a leading fire restoration company for Poughkeepsie homes and businesses, we can also help structures indirectly damaged by a disaster. Often with the short distances between homes and businesses throughout the city, a blazing structure fire can have disastrous effects on adjacent properties that require the thorough fire restoration and repairs that our contractors and technicians offer. Nearby properties to a total loss structure fire can experience:
- Partial Combustion
- Soot/Smoke Residues
- Missing Exterior Materials
Regarding fire restoration for Poughkeepsie homes that suffer exterior damages, a combination of our general contractors and experienced fire damage technicians can make these situations "Like it never even happened." Controlled demolition is often necessary when siding, fascia board, and wood become damaged directly by the heat or spread of a fire. Brick and masonry can usually be cleaned with soda blasting, sandblasting, and other abrasive cleaning techniques.
Are Demolition and Reconstruction Necessary?
Reconstruction and repairs sound expensive and costly, but these needed actions can often get covered by your home insurance policy. Determining what steps and approaches are necessary to restore and recover exterior damages to your home is a combination of efforts by our project manager assessing and estimating the work, the insurance adjuster preparing a claim, and the homeowner. Our fast response to this situation can often prevent the spread of soot particles and smoke odors into the structure.
Exterior damages are more common than many homeowners might believe. We can help you to repair siding and masonry outside walls with efficient cleaning and controlled demolition. Give our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team a call anytime disasters strike at (845) 635-4550.
What Different Residues and Substances Exist After Fire Losses in Poughkeepsie?
Each fire loss recovery that our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team addresses is unique.
Fire Damage In Poughkeepsie
Residues and soiling are substantial obstacles for restoring your Poughkeepsie home, so we work quickly to remove these threats.
The loss incidents that threaten your Poughkeepsie home are not the same as every other emergency. You have different contents, structural layout, unique materials, and conditions that set your residence apart from others that have contended with fire losses in the past. These differences also impact the way that your property can get cleaned.
Varying materials require different strategies to remove fire damage in Poughkeepsie properties. Residues, soils, and other harmful substances can adhere to surfaces and contents throughout your home, requiring numerous cleaning products and practices to address it all. In some situations, the ideal solution is controlled demolition for how long specific materials take to clean and recover. If it is more cost-effective to replace rather than restore, this is often the most favorable path.
Some of the soiling threats that our SERVPRO team encounters after a fire loss include:
Soot - Soot gets created from incomplete combustion of various fuels like wood. Each of these microscopic particles is a health hazard for those exposed, so cleaning surfaces should be a contained approach that removes the entirety of the residue.
Oils - Oily soilings are also a common threat after fire extinguishment. Emulsification is one of the best strategies here, and this can happen with the application of potent water-based solvents in our cleaning product line.
Smoke Residues - Between wet and dry smoke, there are several factors to consider. Thick residues left behind by wet smoke often also come with strong odors. With efforts like soda blasting, we can simultaneously address both the coating and its effects.
Each fire loss recovery that our SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County team addresses is unique. We can thoroughly inspect your property and make sure that we are taking the most efficient steps to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (845) 635-4550.
Who Can Provide Me With Fire Restoration Services in Poughkeepsie?
Fire damage can occur in any room of your home. Stay safe and deal with damage by contacting team SERVPRO right away.
SERVPRO of Poughkeepsie Can Quickly Provide Your Property With Fire Restoration Services
If your Poughkeepsie home has come to face fire damage, it is never wise to wait. If the fire is large enough to call for the fire department, the best thing you could do for your home is to call for remediation services as soon as you finish your first call. The quicker it is addressed, the easier the remediation becomes.
One of the trickiest aspects of fire damage is how quickly the damage on your Poughkeepsie property can become challenging to remove. Once a fire is put out, remediating specific objects gets put on a clock. As plastics, and other materials cool, they can become discolored and begin to look weathered.
What Objects in my Home Should be Remediated Immediately?
Should a fire occur inside your home, our SERVPRO technicians may find their hands full due to the number of tasks that must be seen. After clearing out any debris, our technicians can see to quickly:
- Removing any furniture that is smoke damaged and needs to be cleaned
- Send any artwork that requires special remediation services to our facilities
- Set up air scrubbers, to begin to filter out malodorous particles from the air
A lot of our work involves doing many of the same tasks at the same time. For this reason, our technicians work in teams.
What Happens When My Furniture, Clothing, and Belongings Are Brought to Your Facilities?
Sometimes, our advanced equipment is too large to bring to the site of the fire damage. When your belongings need special equipment, they are:
- Carefully packed, labeled, and then stored at our facilities
- Once there, they are remediated by our expert technicians
- After remediation services, they are once again carefully packed and stored
Never wait to get help. Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County by dialing (845) 635-4550. Trust our fire damage restoration technicians to help you when you need it.
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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Poughkeepsie After A Fire
We have the best techniques for cleaning the soot off of your belongings. Please call our experts right away to prevent further damage.
Smoke Puff Back Furnace Poughkeepsie
What can you do when furnace puff back affects your property?
To give your home the best chance of a full recovery without causing further harm to paintwork or carpets, you should enlist professional fire damage restoration services from the Poughkeepsie area.
What is a smoke puff back made from?
Smoke puff back from a furnace in your Poughkeepsie property is a composite of different soils that can stain furniture, embed into carpets, cause odors or damage your paintwork. You can expect to find a mixture of wet and dry soots in a furnace puff back. Some soots may be several months old, which can vary the texture, greasiness, and cleaning methods we need to use. It is prudent to pre-test each soot to understand how they react to cleaning methods as well as how the base material reacts.
Do not apply water or household cleaning products until necessary or with expert advice. Some puff backs can contain fuel oil, which is insoluble in water. Applying a water-based cleaning product to oil-based soiling can split, which usually results in spreading fire damages further around. SERVPRO technicians stock a full range of water and oil-based chemical agents to help remove soots from surfaces with minimum harm.
What is furnace puff back?
A puff back occurs when there is un-burned oil at the bottom of a boiler or heater's combustion chamber. When the ignition is applied, the un-burned oil quickly explodes, sending fuel oil, ash, soots, and other debris through the venting system. While the force of the explosion is not usually enough to cause structural damage to your home, it can dislodge soot buildup inside venting and create enough pressure for soots or debris to be blasted out of return ducks throughout the home. A common sign of a furnace puff back is soot lines directly above and in front of ducts.
Why does puff back occur, and how to avoid it?
The most common cause of a puff back is poor maintenance of a boiler or fuel burner. Over the years of use, boilers perform less efficiently. These can be the result of blocked ignition or spray nozzles that leave oil un-burned in the combustion chamber. Issues can also be the result of:
- Improper shut-down of the boiler
- Leaky or loose-fitting fuel supply lines
- Inadequate chimney fittings (too short) or weak installation of a furnace in the home
- Heavy usage over long periods
- Leaving flues closed during operation
What signs are there that a puff back could occur?
Usually, there are warning signals that a homeowner can be aware of to prevent a puff back from occurring. The most common signs are odorous, dirty, or noisy operation of the furnace. Unusual sounds, smells, or emissions can all be symptoms of an inefficient furnace. These can often be treated cheaply by getting professional inspection and repair. Further signs may include:
- Soots or other types of marking around the furnace
- Slow ignition
- Slow shut-down
- Rumbling noises in your boiler
- Oily smells from both venting ducts and furnace itself.
What can I do to remedy a puff back?
Smoke puff backs are composed of wet and dry smoke residues as well as fuel oil. These can make cleaning efforts challenging without industry training and experience. However, relatively safe measures you can take are to shut-down your boiler. Light-vacuuming, the affected area, can be an effective way of tackling dry soots. You may also want to avoid foot traffic in the affected area to prevent any residual soots from pushing into carpet fibers or other areas.
Is puff back smoke damage on my carpets permanent?
SERVPRO technicians can help you to understand which items are salvageable and which are not salvageable. Our workers conduct a simple equation regarding the cost of replacement, cost of restoration, and cost of materials before deciding to discard carpets. Often our exceptional pre-cleaning, pre-conditioning, and rotary machines can help to reduce heavy soils from a carpet and restore it to a preloss condition.
Massive set soiling in thick carpets can also benefit from emulsifying cleaning technology. Emulsifying powders can be applied directly onto most carpets and loosens the bond of soots and carpet fibers. Often the emulsifying powder dislodges soots successfully with both soot and powder being extracted from the carpet at the end of service. If your carpet features thin carpet fibers, you may benefit from a replacement that SERVPRO can perform for you on-site.
Furnace puff backs are not easily avoidable, but they can impact your home visually, physically, and affect your indoor air quality. Using professional assistance can help to ensure that your property returns to its preloss condition without the risk of further harm occurring.
If you suspect a furnace puff-back in your home, contact SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550.
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Fire Damage Restoration In Poughkeepsie Can Require Wet Cleaning Walls
Let SERVPRO assist and use our methods for your Poughkeepsie home after a fire damage.
Fire damage to your Poughkeepsie can be super tricky depending on the different surfaces in your home.
When an inferno breaks out on your Poughkeepsie property, a significant portion of the problems that get caused can be related to the smoke coming from the blaze. Smoke coming from an item that burns can cause different types of fire damage, including the presence of pungent aromas and soot residues. Even if the blaze was minor, mitigating issues the smoke created could become costly and time-consuming.
During a fire damage situation in Poughkeepsie, the smoke could have traveled far away from the source of the blaze. These partially combusted particles can also penetrate deep into the building materials and contents inside your house that contain porous surfaces such as softwood or drywall. The smoke can also vary when different fuels get burned during the inferno. The various types of smoke can adhere differently to surfaces inside your residence.
The general rule a professional restoration company like SERVPRO uses when determining the best soot residue cleaning method is that porous surfaces are best cleaned using dry rags or sponges and non-porous surfaces come out best using wet cleaning methods with water-based detergents. For example, your wooden walls and ones that are painted with a water-resistant gloss can be cleaned with H2O-based products, but other surfaces could soak up moisture and are best cleaned with dry methods.
When cleaning soiled walls, using wet cleaning methods, our SERVPRO technicians first test clean the area to figure out which chemical products will work best on your various surfaces. Once we determine the best products and techniques to use, we start the process by moving your furniture away from the walls and creating a staging area by coating your floors near the affected walls with plastic to prevent solid chemicals from falling onto your flooring.
We then mix the chemical product with the manufacturer's suggested amount of water and put it into a bucket. Next, we take rags and submerge them into the mixed solution. We use the wet rags to clean your walls with side to side strokes. After cleansing the affected areas, we then use our wall rinse solution on the affected regions.
If you ever need help cleaning your wood panel walls after they get coated with soot residues, call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 24/7.
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Is Fire Damage in Your Poughkeepsie Bedroom Causing Nightmares?
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Cleaning Bedroom Fire Damage in Poughkeepsie
Fire damage leaves behind numerous issues for homeowners to deal with, primarily when it occurs in a bedroom. This area is the one room in the home where people want to relax and not smell reminders of the fire that happened.
When fire damage happens in a Poughkeepsie bedroom, SERVPRO technicians get to work immediately to find items with restoration potential. Items too charred for recovery through cleaning get photographed and logged for ease of filing insurance claims.
Older Mattresses are a Fire Hazard
If the homeowner purchased the bedroom mattress before 2007, there is a good chance it does not meet current Federal Mattress Flammability Standards in terms of flame retardant materials used in the construction. When a mattress received the effects of smoke or charring, it is considered a loss and removed off-site.
Avoiding Repainting Through Cleaning
Depending on the type of smoke residue left behind, painted walls may have restoration potential and not require repainting, which saves the homeowners the cost of hiring painters. The specialized professional cleaning agents include solvents to release the grip of wet smoke residues on surfaces. They remove dry smoke by the light application of dry cleaning sponges to avoid driving the soot into the paint.
When there is no visible damage to the walls, but odors are present, SERVPRO technicians can apply sealants before the repainting of the walls, so the homeowner does not have to deal with a wall tear-out and reconstruction.
Upholstered Items and Window Treatments
These items are not necessarily a loss when they receive exposure to heat and smoke. When a fire travels throughout a bedroom, the hot air expands and drives odor-causing soot into porous objects. When SERVPRO technicians neutralize odors, they use the same principles when they utilize thermal fogging equipment.
Fire damage needs fast action to minimize loss. Call SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550; the certified technicians are available 24/7 to clean up and restore any amount of fire loss and make it, "Like it never even happened."
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SERVPRO can Remove Smoke and Fire Damage in Poughkeepsie
Smoke and soot damage quickly spreads throughout your home. Call us today for fast, effective remediation.
SERVPRO is Ready to Help with Poughkeepsie Fire Damage
Any fire in a Poughkeepsie home can create multiple layers of damage. While these circumstances are often overwhelming, calling the professionals right away for help ensures excellent results. SERVPRO is available with proven methods for cleaning up after a fire wreaks havoc on your home.
Homeowners dealing with fire damage in Poughkeepsie are overwhelmed with the obstacles in front of them. SERVPRO has the certified technicians you need on your side to help with the cleanup process. We possess certification as Fire and Smoke Restoration technicians and have skills for odor control while using the latest equipment in the industry today. Such skills and equipment allow us to make a difference in the cleanup process to take the stress off of your shoulders. Once you call us, we can send a team out to manage symptoms like soot damage and lingering smoke odors.
No matter the fire damage severity, odor control is a crucial phase for the restoration and recovery process. We have trained SERVPRO technicians with access to products and tools for deodorization. Combined with a vast knowledge of fire recovery, we get the job done quickly to restore your home to the preloss state. These are some of the devices we employ:
Thermal Foggers – Fogger technology helps eliminate any lingering smoke odors in the home. Such machines are portable and easy for us to bring throughout the home to address odors both efficiently and promptly. The fogging product mimics the path of the heated air, which is transporting the smoke and soot. It, therefore, can interact with the partially combusted compounds with the embedded materials.
Hydroxyl Machines – These units are used to eliminate or reduce any tough odors in your fire-damaged home. When in use, these units filter debris, particulates, soot, and dust that remain throughout the compromised areas of your home. These work very effectively in tandem with HEPA filtered air scrubbers.
Do you need help handling the fire damage in your Poughkeepsie home? With one phone call to our team at SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County, we can be there to get to work as soon as possible. You can reach us by calling (845) 635-4550 seven days a week, 24 hours a day!
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SERVPRO Understands Fire Damage Restoration Risks in Poughkeepsie
The damage looks minimal, but professionals always look for hidden dangers. before restoration begins. Call us today to restore your home.
How SERVPRO Addresses Risk-Filled Situations While Working on Homes with Fire Damage in Poughkeepsie
At our initial arrival to a customer's residence in Poughkeepsie, we check the extent of the destruction experienced by the disastrous event. We also check the safety of the structure and make a note of any immediate, although temporary, changes we must implement to make the area safe for us to carry out our activities.
We quickly survey each property in Poughkeepsie slated for fire damage mitigation and restoration work. We pay close attention to debris that can cause numerous problems. These can cause someone to trip and fall. Additional debris might soon come loose from overhead areas, especially if extensive damage occurred to ceilings below storage or occupied areas of the house. Debris might come from a mix of personal belongings, furnishings, or structural components damaged during the fire.
Wet areas on the floor can lead to someone slipping. We assess the source of the water because if it comes from overhead (broken pipes, opened roof, a saturated upper story from firefighting efforts) cleaning it up may only suffice for a short period. It can also mean that electrical wiring now poses serious shock hazards in specific areas. Hanging wires from opened areas of ceilings in rooms and closets can become serious problems if the electrical current still is active in parts of the property.
On the other hand, a lack of electrical power can lead to areas that remain dimly lit, even during daylight hours. Locations like this still require our attention, but we also need to see while we work to do the job thoroughly and stay safe at the same time.
SERVPRO professionals learn how to solve such problems safely through both the training we receive and experience on each job site. Because each fire damage restoration project brings new skills, our teamwork means we learn from each other, also. Making things safe for work to begin happens as quickly as possible, so it does not delay the work on your property.
Many of these fixes are simple to do but extremely important. Cordoning off the area directly below an opened up ceiling can keep anyone from venturing into the area directly below. The same can help when water continues to trickle down from overhead onto tile floors. Dangling wires might need pulling back after we cut the power to the area. Bringing in our lighting fixtures and setting up a portable power supply can illuminate darkened areas needing restorers' attention.
Our building services crew assists us on these tasks, and many others, so SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County's mitigation and restoration professionals can quickly put your property back into its preloss state, "Like it never even happened." Fire damage makes any home unlivable. Call us at (845) 635-4550 when your residence in Hyde Park, Beekman, or Red Hook needs experienced restoration professionals.
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What Should Homeowners do After a Fire in Poughkeepsie
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Tips for Poughkeepsie Homeowners with Fire Damage
When fire damage occurs, there are often several layers of loss to deal with in the property. The charred fire debris, water cleanup, and smoke odor are the most common issues left behind after a fire.
There are a few things Poughkeepsie homeowners with fire damage can do before SERVPRO technicians arrive on the scene.
- Consult with the fire department responding to the call and ascertain if it is safe to reenter the home
- Open the windows to assist in ventilation of the fire loss areas in the home
- Do not attempt to wipe away soot; it has the potential to grind in the soil on fabrics and porous surfaces
- Turn off the HVAC to stop the spread of soot via the ductwork
When our technicians arrive onsite to mitigate fire damage, we test the residue to determine the best cleaning methods to increase the restoration factor for both building materials and possessions. We use multiple approaches for cleaning away smoke residue from surfaces.
Air quality in the home is a big concern after a fire. SERVPRO technicians ventilate the work area during the cleanup, and we deploy air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particles. Even though we use containment and cover vents to stop the spread of soot, we inspect the ductwork and clean as necessary to remove any residual smoke odors.
Through the practices as taught by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, SERVPRO technicians have training and access to the specialized equipment to remove smoke and soot from items effectively. This expertise lessens the fire loss for homeowners and saves them from having to replace possessions.
For fire damaged items that are a loss, our technicians fully document and photograph each phase of fire cleanup as well as items handled with before and after photos. This report assists in expediting the insurance claims process with proof of restoration services as well as possessions or portions of the structure that required removal. We work until the fire debris is cleaned up and if necessary, prepped the residence for rebuilding or repairs.
SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County at (845) 635-4550 serves the local area providing restoration services 24/7 from fire damage. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and arrive within an hour to restore your home to its preloss condition.
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Tips for after a Fire.
Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.
The Fire Damage Restoration Process
SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County Professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible.
Your Contents after a Fire.
SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County technicians specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition.
We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
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Smoke Damage in Pleasant Valley Home
Stove top fires are common in most homes. They can start out small, but can quickly get out of control. This customer experienced just that while making dinner one night. After all the proper steps were taken to get the fire under control, SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County was called in to assist with the cleanup. Although not much structural damage occurred, there was significant smoke damage throughout the home.
Our technicians worked with the homeowner and their family to ensure that all rooms and the contents within were cleaned to SERVPRO and industry standards. The homeowner was so thrilled when we were able to clean some of their more sentimental items.
When you have fire or smoke damage in your home or office, be sure to call the professionals at SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess COunty at (845)-635-4550
What to do incase of a Fire in your Dutchess County Home.
The first few days after a fire are crucial in the restoration process. SERVPRO of NW and SE Dutchess County understands the emotional strain fire and smoke damage in a home or office can take. We recommend taking the following steps after a fire to help make a difference between restoring or replacing.
- To prevent any further damage to unaffected areas, it is best to limit movement in the home or office. Movement of belongings and persons will move soot particles in the air.
- In high traffic areas, rugs and on upholstery, place clean old linens to help prevent further damage.
- Chrome faucets, trim and appliances are subject to damage from soot particles, so we recommend coating them with petroleum jelly or oil.
- If water is used to extinguish the fire, it is best in carpeted areas to place aluminum foil or wood blocks between the furniture legs and the wet carpet.
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces
- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
- Do not clean any electrical equipment
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner. This may set smoke odor if clothing is improperly cleaned
Home Safety Tips- Fire
Do you know what to do when catastrophe strikes in the form of a fire in your home?
When a fire starts, you could have less than two minutes to escape. Early warnings are key to a safe exit, so working smoke alarms and a practiced fire escape plan are important when avoiding disaster.
Top Tips for Fire Safety
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
- Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.
Dutchess County Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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