We do not want to appear presumptuous if you have gone through recent fire damage. We know this is a sensitive and emotional time for you. One of a homeowner’s greatest nightmares is for the home they own to catch fire. The emotional experience is agonizing regardless of the damage. If the fire is extinguished before it destroys everything in its path, there is an excellent opportunity to minimize loss and restore your home to its previous beauty. We know that fire damage is dispiriting. We want you to know that ServiceMaster Quality Services understands the depth of your anguish. If you are reading this because you need immediate emergency services, stop reading this article now and call us at 985-872-1029.
Can a home that suffers damage caused by fire, smoke, or soot really be restored? Well, a lot of that depends on how quickly you respond after the flames are put out. But come along and let’s see if we can discover anything helpful.
What is Fire? Fire generates from a chemical reaction between oxygen and some type of fuel, such as anything made of wood, cloth, or gas. This is known as a complete combustion. Synthetic material is one of the most dangerous types of fuel for a fire because of the noxious, poisonous gasses that are emitted.
What is Smoke? Smoke occurs when there is not enough oxygen to burn the fuel completely. This is known as incomplete combustion. Smoke consists mostly of tar, oil, ash, and carbon.
What is Soot? It’s that black, oily, and yellow substance that remains long after the fire is over. Soot is a byproduct of the burning of such things as wood, paper, plastics, and other synthetic materials. The smell is bitter as gall.
After the fire fighters extinguish the burning flames and the fire marshall has given the okay to enter your home, you want to get to work and begin an extensive detailed cleaning. Don’t do it! In case that didn’t catch your attention, here it is again: Don’t do it! Call ServiceMaster Quality Services instead. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We will visit your home, assess what can and cannot be restored, and offer you a free, non-commital, quote. Speed is of the essence. The quicker you respond, the greater the chances of saving and restoring that which remains.
The following is directly from the ServiceMaster website and are some of the restoration tasks we will perform
- Identifying the source to determine the type of fire that occurred
- Evaluating the areas that are wet as a result of firefighting that may need treatment
- Remediating water damage (if any)
- Evaluating sensitive materials that may be damaged as a result of smoke and soot particles
- Removing contents from the home
- Performing structural restoration
- Cleaning, eliminating odors and deodorizing surfaces to pre-loss condition
- Returning items to the original location and helping to restore your normal life
Contact us for more information regarding how we can not only restore your home to its previous condition but also restore your peace of mind. Even if you just have questions go ahead and give us a call – you will be glad you did!