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How Can I Remove This Debris from My Home After a Fire?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Handles Debris Removal in Morris Plains to Get Your Fire Damaged Home Back to Normal

Following a fire loss event in your Morris Plains home, all of the debris and waste can seem daunting. Not only do you have to remove unsalvageable belongings and furniture, but certain areas of your structure may also have to be completely stripped down. When you hire professional restoration services, expert technicians get to work immediately to address any debris to clean up the impacted space.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Services?

Our team is quick to act when it comes to addressing debris removal from fire damage in Morris Plains. We arrive on your property and determine the scope of the project, which allows us to select the best size dumpster. The cleanup then commences, and we get it done quickly so that your restoration can begin, and you are one step closer to your home being “Like it never even happened.”

Can I Clean My Own Home After a Fire?

With any fire loss, materials burn inside the structure and leave behind soot residue and burnt particles that cause unpleasant aromas. Along with safely removing all charred materials and debris, trained technicians also have the skills and products necessary to thoroughly deodorize your home to rid the structure of any foul odors.

During a fire-related restoration call, our technicians work to:

•    Secure the building to ensure safety for our crew as we go through the steps of restoration; we put our General Contractor License #: 13VH06046200 to work
•    Inspect your property, taking note of any potential hazards
•    Address any potential safety issues, including burned and hanging drywall, broken lighting fixtures, and other hazards

After our team does the initial assessment and deem the structure safe, we then start to remove any items that are severely burnt and unsalvageable. There are many times after a fire loss where materials are charred to the point that they must be removed entirely and replaced. However, there are times when our skilled crew can salvage them using specialized cleaning and restoration techniques.

How Do You Deal with Charred Building Materials?

There are a few different ways that we address charring during a fire damage job, including:

•    If the charring is only around a quarter of an inch deep within the building materials, such as wooden studs, our crew may remove just a portion of it. Once the charred content gets removed, we can then seal it and refinish, if necessary. In some cases, we may also use agitation to remove charring to go onto the next phases of the restoration process.
•    If the charring is substantial, our technicians may use sanding to remove as much as possible. Steel scrub brushes work well to remove burned materials, but we also have the option of dry ice blasting or soda blasting to work on removing charring.

How is the Debris Taken Care Of?

The disposal of garbage and debris is taken seriously by our team at SERVPRO. The EPA calls for proper, timely, and safe management of all waste produced from a fire. Proper management of debris is necessary to reduce injuries on the site, to protect human health, and to cut back on environmental impact. We take control of all debris and damage by setting up proper disposal protocols to remove all unsalvageable materials, charred wood, rubble, and ash.

How Do You Ensure My Home is Free of Smoke Damage?

After a fire in your Morris Plains home, SERVPRO has several methods for removing difficult soot and smoke residue. During the fire, hot smoke permeates all areas of the house, penetrating porous materials and flowing through walls. The nature of the smoke that developed during the blaze plays a role in the types of measures that we take to proceed with odor restoration.

There are several types of smoke, both wet and dry, that pose a challenge after a fire. Our technicians test out the soot located through your home to determine the damage level and to select the right cleaning procedures.

•    Dry Smoke – This type of smoke develops at higher temperatures. This fast-burning smoke tends to rise with the heat from the fire and comes from materials like wood and paper.
•    Wet Smoke – This type of smoke is created with lower heat that often comes from burning plastics and rubber. Such smoke is difficult to clean because it webs, creating a pungent, sticky residue that smears to the touch.

We use a variety of deodorization tools and products to help remove smoke odors and particles from your home. The goal is to make sure that your interior is returned to pre-fire loss condition.

•    Air Scrubbers help to remove various airborne particles from the air.
•    Injection Devices allow us to impart small amounts of deodorizers into upholstery, carpeting, or confined spaces.
•    Wet Fogging equipment works by atomizing deodorizing liquids to produce a fine mist, which combines with odor-causing particles.
•    Dry Fogging equipment, or thermal foggers, works by vaporizing solvent-based deodorizers that chemically react with residues that cause odor, thus eliminating them rather than masking them.

When it comes to all of your debris removal and fire damage restoration needs, SERVPRO of East Central Morris County is here to help. Call us at (973) 887-9100, and we can send out a team 24/7 for assessment.

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