Fires, diving into the demolition part two
Last time we talked about general wall and ceiling demolition for odor. This time we are going to talk about smaller fires and how mitigation is performed if there is not major structural damage.
For smaller fires that get under control quickly the process shifts more to cleaning and odor control.
For every fire all salvageable content is thoroughly cleaned and returned to the homeowner. This process can take days even weeks depending on the size of the project. If there is no major burned structure, walls ceilings and floors can be cleaned. This is a three step process: sponge, wet wipe, and seal. Sponging removes as much soot as possible that is just sitting on the surface. Next, wet wiping gets more of that hard to get off soot from the surface. Finally we seal for odor to ensure that fire smell dissipates and it doubles and a prep for repainting afterwards.
After this we go back through all the content and do a thorough walk through of the property to double check we didn't miss anything.
Brandywine Flooding Early September
Our crews have been tirelessly working helping as many people affected by the flooding from the storm two weeks ago. We have seen all sorts of water damages from this between major flooding to minimal water damage. No matter the size of the job or the severity of the damage we are ready and able to help.
This storm pushed the Brandywine River to the highest it has been in the past few years. Causing more damage than ever before to Pennsylvania as well as Delaware. While it's typical stream does tend to run pretty high during a light storm this was something else all together. For a lot of people this was their first flood situation and they were not too prepared. Some were even woken up by fire fighters in their homes and evacuated due to how high the river got and the water penetrating into their homes first floors and basements.
It is national preparedness month so lets do what we can to prepare for these natural disasters and protect our homes and valuable memories.
Fires, diving into the demolition
After a fire there are many things to get done. What most people do not think about is the water mitigation after the fire fighters leave. After removing all salvageable items from the home removing wet materials is our next priority. Removing wet materials decreases chances for microbial growth.
Depending on the size of the fire will determine the length of mitigation and demolition needed before things can even think to begin rebuilding. If there is significant damage it is not uncommon to remove all of the drywall and insulation in the home. This is done because they are porous surfaces and they absorbed the smoke from the fire leaving a very specific odor. After drywall and insulation are removed we take sponges and wipe down all wood studs and framing. This removes an extra layer of the soot from the wood so it can be sealed to help eliminate that odor. This process can take quite some time.
Stay tuned for more of this process.
SERVPRO does do general cleaning as well as specialty cleaning! Moving out and want your home cleaned before new owners move in? Need your carpets cleaned? While we are not a maid service we still do offer deep home cleaning services. Nicotine damage to a home you are looking to buy? Do you have a dirty basement with block wall that needs a nice cleaning? Call us for a quote! There are a plethora of services that we offer! Our sanitizing services for homes and businesses have been the most sought after this year! We are living in a new era of clean and are here to help you achieve the Certified SERVPRO Clean status we pride ourselves on. We are here to make it "Like it never even happened."
When many people ask us why SERVPRO we answer with not what we think but the recommendations of others. A question we constantly ask is how did you know to call us? Most of the responses are that they were recommended by either a friend, family member, associate, or insurance company. While others say they see our advertising or our bright green trucks driving around the area!
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Then we know you will be able to answer the question why SERVPRO?
We are always looking for new commercial clients! We offer a plethora of services and are prepared for any size job that comes our way! Some of our more popular services include COVID 19 Sanitation, Emergency Services, Duct Cleanings, Mold Remediation as well as Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. We recently added Cubicle Cleanings to our local repertoire! Our sales team will begin circulating the county again in the coming months and we are eager to meet new clients and have you know who to call when things don't go as planned! The commercial clients we have worked with over the years have been extremely pleased with the work that we do and the amount of money we end up saving them through mitigation and not forcing a total rebuild! Give us a call today for more information on our commercial services!
Tips for Fires!
Obviously we would prefer to avoid fires all together! No one wants to have a fire in their home or work space! There are a few things you can do to avoid this such as unplugging appliances you are not using, making sure wires are not tangled and in tight spaces, and ensuring that candles are blown out when no one is around them! Now some fires happen with no rhyme or reason that you can prepare for or avoid! We are prepared for anything and ready to go all the time! No matter what the situation make sure that you know who to call when the fire trucks leave! We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call!
There is a chance of snow in our area tomorrow!
So take the time today to prepare! If you haven't gone to the grocery store maybe take a trip and get the essentials you know milk, bread, eggs, etc. Trust us we are over this weather too! How long until spring again? Don't even get me started on summer!
But anyway lets take this time to prepare for this! Set your heat a little higher to try and prevent pipes from freezing! Keep an eye on the basement and related areas to stop damage faster! Give us a call if you see anything out of the ordinary! We are available 24/7 for emergency work! The last thing you want is to let any type of damage sit and become even worse!
The last thing anyone wants is to have a fire in their home! The damage between melted items, smoke and soot damage could have you scratching your head asking why me? We are here to help! We handle all sorts of fire damages from whole house to one room. No job is too big or small for us to complete for you! If you left a candle burning and it fell over or if you burnt a turkey on a holiday and it got out of control we are here and ready to make it "Like it never even happened." We are the best in the industry and are ready to help with one simple phone call! So when the fire trucks leave give us a call!
Recently we completed a cubicle cleaning for a commercial client of ours! They had tried to do it themselves and there seemed to be some sort of chemical reaction between the cleaning product and the cubicle itself leaving some yellow staining. When we approached the situation we tried our own chemicals and rinsed the cubicle and were left with that same staining until rinsed a second time! While this way would have worked most of the stains were coffee and related beverages and such so we took a different approach. We steam cleaned the cubicles with some hot water and suction and the stains were removed with ease! After they dried they looked almost new with the exception of some large ink stains that will be taken care of at a later date! This is a newer service for us that we will be offering to all of our commercial clients! If you would like to schedule give us a call today to set up an estimate!