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Fire, Soot, and Odors in a Lakewood Home! What to Do?
Fires leave behind a great deal of damage, even if it was just a small, quickly-contained blaze within your home. As a homeowner, you may wish to do some of the cleanups on your own but may need to contact professionals for help if you run into a problem such as soot-stained walls or lingering offensive odors.
If your Lakewood Home incurs fire damage, contacting the trained restoration specialists at SERVPRO may save you both time and finances. We have prompt service, proven experience dealing with fire damage, and state of the art equipment and industry-leading formulated cleaners like our Orange-based products to make it "Like it never even happened."
After you remove damaged items from your home, you may find that besides a lingering smell, you have stained walls. Soot is the black residue left behind from a fire. Instincts may tell you to wipe the soot away with a wet rag or sponge. If you had a high-oxygen fire in your home, this action smears the soot and creates more damage. If your walls are porous, wet cleaning can soak the soot into the walls creating further damage. If you have textured walls removing the black residue may be tougher than if you have glossy enamel paint or vinyl wall covers. Other factors, such as the temperature of the fire and age of the surfaces in your home, determine how easily you can clean soot off the walls.
While you are waiting for the SERVPRO technicians to arrive, WE STRONGLY recommend that you do NOT begin cleaning the walls on your own. By using a dry sponge, the process is just as important as the tools and detergents to attain success cleaning results. We strongly suggest that you await our arrival. Soot cleanup can get very difficult, and our goal is to clean and restore and not replace soot-damaged walls. Homeowners can easily make a clean up of sooty or greasy residues into a project requiring wallboard removal and replacement.
For most surfaces, the technicians use a low-alkalinity cleaner, but if the residue is greasy, they use a high-alkalinity cleaner. Every circumstance and fire is different and treated accordingly by choosing the correct cleaning method and cleaners. In extreme cases, the walls may be repainted as a cover to the stains, and also to seal in pungent odors.
Contact SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean for assistance (716) 338-4901. We are available 24/7 to assist. We quickly respond to any home restoration needs. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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