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Addressing Foul Odors After A Fire In Your Frederick Home

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Addressing Light Smoke Odors in Frederick Homes

Odors can often be one of the hardest obstacles for Frederick homeowners to overcome, even with lighter emergencies that stay localized to a single room. Addressing these lingering effects can often encompass this origin room, but also adjacent areas, especially with symptoms like smoke odors. We have a strict process that helps us to overcome these concerns every time we head out to a water loss incident.
There is a different process to clear light smoke odor fire damage from Frederick homes. When our SERVPRO team first arrives, we can begin to implement these strategies as promptly as possible to help reduce migration of these effects and permeation into local materials. These situations only get labeled as light losses when there is no present structural damage, residues are light or non-existent, and only a small area in your house has become affected by the incident. Once this designation exists, our technicians begin the steps necessary to eliminate the odor.
Depending on the ignition source of the fire damage, our team can often remove the primary affected materials and contents of the compromised area of your property. These are the most concentrated dosages of harsh odors and charring, and their removal from the premises can often noticeably reduce the potency and severity of scents left behind after the fire loss incident. Once this step completes, our team can work on establishing adequate ventilation through this area to get airflow happening.
Cleaning is one of the keystones of light odor removal, and often requires the use of wall and surface cleaner in our inventory of powerful products. The highest degree of this cleaning takes place in the origin room, less in adjacent areas, and little to none in other rooms and zones farther from the ignition point.
Thermal fogging is one of the top choices of our SERVPRO technicians for eliminating what odor remains after the cleaning. We can even inspect areas like crawl spaces and structural cavities for odors that also must get addressed with the use of our fogging machine.
Fire loss incidents have multiple layers of effects that our SERVPRO of Frederick County team must overcome. As challenging as this process might seem, we have an established system that addressing each effect individually to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (301) 662-1747.

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Why Professional Restoration Services Are Needed for Your Frederick County Home

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can be devastating when you witness the loss to your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Soda Blasting for Soot Damaged Countertops in Frederick

Cleaning up your Frederick home after a fire can feel like an overwhelming task. While there are some homeowners up to the massive undertaking of removing soot and smoke residues from their properties with meticulous and intricate approaches, many have found it much easier to seek out the experienced restoration professionals of our SERVPRO fire recovery team. With our prompt response and experience, we can address even widespread concerns like soot in your countertops and other pricey surfaces with efficient and advanced approaches. 

Addressing fire damage in Frederick homes often must come in stages, beginning with widespread mitigation and cleaning where possible to prevent further damage and degradation of the property. Accomplishing this task gets left in the hands of our competent accredited professionals endorsed through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT), Odor Control Technicians (OCT), and multiple facets of cleaning and other niches. 

Many countertops have a semi-porous composition, making them susceptible to soot staining without careful removal and cleaning. While many surfaces can often get addressed with the combination of high-powered vacuums and chemical sponges, our SERVPRO team also has other approaches that can help to eliminate the soot and protect the surface underneath this layer of carcinogen

Soda blasting is a premier option for our mold remediation team as it can eliminate the entire hyphae of the organism without compromising the substrate hosting the colony. This premise is also true for surfaces housing soot and smoke residues, and soda or media blasting is an abrasive, yet gentler approach that can make your counters look “Like it never even happened.” There are added benefits of clean up without introducing more water to the structure and that sodium bicarbonate is a deodorizing agent.

It can be overwhelming to see the devastation that widespread fire loss events can do to your home, especially without knowing how to get your property back to preloss condition. Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, you can count on our SERVPRO of Frederick County team to arrive quickly with the equipment and expertise to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (301) 662-1747.

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Get the 411 About SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Services!

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

You can count on our SERVPRO team to make your house feel like a home again after a fire.

Fire Damage in Mount Airy Homes Calls for Fire Restoration Cleaning Services

Data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that structure fire is reported every sixty-five seconds. A home fire is traumatizing, and can also threaten the sense of security of your family. When you experience such an incident, you need help from a fire restoration service.

Apart from ruining structures, the heat, flames, and smoke from a fire can also affect items like bedding, electronic equipment, clothing, and furniture, and they require specialized cleaning and restoration. Quick action after fire damage in your Mount Airy home can prevent secondary destruction. SERVPRO understands how structures and contents react to fire, heat, and smoke and the steps that should be taken to reduce damage for homeowners. We can clean the affected structures and contents and work toward protecting your house from additional damage.

Fire damage causes corrosion that can limit the success rate of remediation if you do not deal with it quickly. Decontamination should take priority within the stabilization phase of fire to mitigate further damage to walls, floors, ceilings, and other areas where smoke and soot could settle.

Our fire restoration cleaning process involves cleaning a fire-damaged building to its preloss condition. Our restorers remove smoke residues from the interior and exterior surfaces of a home. Since the residues often emit bad odors, we deodorize homes using enzyme digesters or disinfectants and sanitizers. Enzyme digesters work on protein or organic materials, breaking down molecules into odorless substances like water, carbon dioxide, and water-soluble by-products. Disinfectants and sanitizers kill odor-causing organisms like fungi and bacteria.

Fires at times ruin structures badly, necessitating their complete replacement. We can remove and dispose of the structural items that are charred by flames or blistered by the heat. Our SERVPRO crew also examines a building to determine which structures can be restored and which ones cannot. We also estimate the odds of restoring questionable items. Furthermore, we identify which conditions likely existed before the fire occurred for the customer and the insurance company. It is not a must to address pre-existing conditions as part of the fire restoration process, but we recognize and document them.

When a fire has ruined your home and its contents, contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 for restoration cleaning services. We are ready to help with a rapid response 24/7/365.

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SERVPRO Provides Frederick Property Owners with Premier Fire Loss Mitigation

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Frederick Fire Damaged Homeowners Often Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Carpet Cleaning After a Fire in Your Frederick Home

Even without a disaster, the carpets of your Frederick home can be magnets for dust, dirt, debris, dander, and other potential contaminants. While you work to keep up with these threats and hazards with regular vacuuming and cleaning of trafficked areas of your property, when situations like fires occur, this magnetism for soil can severely compromise the look and feel of your carpeted floors. Effects like soot and smoke residue can directly affect these areas of your home.

With a growing roster of IICRC-Certified cleaning technicians capable of handling the often traumatic and widespread effects of fire damage in your Frederick residence, we can approach every disaster with experience and confidence. We understand the risks of improperly cleaning soot and smoke residues, so our rapid response team arrives with the specialized equipment capable of carefully extracting this sediment and the high-strength cleaning agents, some specially formulated, to restore the look and function of your carpeting.

As soot removal is one of the priorities to restore damaged carpets after a fire, our SERVPRO team arrive with our premier carpet cleaning equipment to implement both dry cleaning and hot water extraction approaches depending on the severity of the situation. Not only can this practice help to remove soot/smoke particulates that could lead to staining of the fibers, but it can also help to thoroughly deep clean the carpets as well from other potential soiling, sediment, and buildup that could exist at the base of the fibers. We may be able to turn a bad situation into a much better one with cleaner carpets than before the fire.

Another concern for restoring damaged carpets after a fire is the smoke smell and foul odors that can get trapped through the material. Our SERVPRO team can utilize UV and thermal fogging machines to neutralize these foul odors on contact. These same machines can also address foul scents from the fire present in open environments, fabrics, and other materials throughout the house.

We attempt to offer the most efficient and thorough solutions to address every fire consequence that could threaten your property. With our expertise in the restoration industry and our growing inventory of recovery and mitigation equipment, our SERVPRO of Frederick County can make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (301) 662-1747.

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