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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Poughkeepsie After A Fire

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

A blue glove with soot on it 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

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A hallway with a large amount of fire damage and soot on the walls and floors. 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?

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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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

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage on ceiling and wall. Smoke detector on ceiling. 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

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

soot and smoke damage on wall and ceiling around window 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

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is on call 24/7 to handle your fire damage needs.

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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How is Fire Damaged Brick and Masonry Restored in Poughkeepsie?

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning fire damaged masonry requires special techniques. SERVPRO's technicians have the training to clean all kinds of textured walls.

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 that can clean these tiny spaces and free them of the residue stuck inside.

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, availability of the product, 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.

Some types of smoke accumulate in the upper corners of rooms, as well as over doorways and the windows of a home. Blasting these areas can bring them back to the same condition as before the fire, "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 so 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 Tivoli, Red Hook, and Pawling. Contact our 24-hour service line at (845) 635-4550, any day of the year, including holidays and weekends.

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How To Take the Headache Out of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Poughkeepsie Home

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Small kitchen appliances can create big headaches when it comes to fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for fire damage remediation help.

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 you 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 the 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 of your kitchen can be tough for you to remove by 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 a 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.

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Tips for after a Fire.

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Contents Restoration

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

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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.

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  4. 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

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

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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