Having a fire occur in a home or business is a traumatic event for property owners who are often displaced until ServiceMaster completes a complete restoration. Fire cleanup is especially difficult because of multiple types of damage, including water from sprinklers, smoke from fire and soot from burned items. Calling ServiceMaster immediately after a fire is the best thing to do because fast restoration helps to prevent additional damage. Our company keeps vans filled with equipment and cleansers to make repairs as quickly as possible with fast service calls. We often work round-the-clock to finish a fire cleanup to avoid more damage from smoke that seeps into a building’s structures such as wood flooring, paneling and cabinets.
The first thing our technicians must do is verify that power is turned off in a building to avoid gas explosions or electrical shocks. Due to the dangers of contamination, our technicians wear breathing apparatus and protective garments. We install industrial-strength fans near windows and doors to suction smoke from a building as fast as possible. If the fire was localized to an area, then we seal it off with plastic sheeting to prevent spread of debris throughout the cleaning process. Our technicians suction moisture from surfaces to prevent further damage along with slip and fall injuries.
ServiceMaster has a goal during fire cleanup to return a building to its previous condition by using extraction machines to remove water from fire hoses and sprinklers. In many cases, there is ash and soot mixed in with the water used to extinguish flames, leading to a more difficult restoration process. The mixture of soot, ashes and water is dangerous because it often contains chemicals from burned fibers, plastics and metals. Because the burned substances are hazardous, our technicians must remove it carefully according to federal guidelines.
Small fires have less smoke and soot, but water left on surfaces too long can lead to additional problems. Moisture seeps quickly to lower levels of a building where it damages the foundation before entering walls to ruin insulation and electrical wiring. When water is not removed efficiently, it can cause mold to grow inside a building’s venting system, causing poor air quality. Fuzzy mold can lurk for years on ceilings, walls and floors, leading to a building’s occupants developing symptoms such as itchy skin or watery eyes