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Expert Fire Damage Restoration in Bay Ridge

1/8/2024 (Permalink)

Fire and soot damage in a kitchen. If your Bay Ridge home has fire damage, call SERVPRO. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Professional Fire Cleanup by SERVPRO®

When a fire engulfs a home, the aftermath is daunting for any homeowner. In Bay Ridge, a neighborhood known for its charming residences, the impact of a fire is profound. Due to the proximity to many homes, a fire in a neighbor's house can deliver smoke damage to nearby properties.

In Bay Ridge, instances of fire damage, though unexpected, can wreak havoc in residential areas. Imagine a fire breaking out in a living room – quickly consuming furniture, electronics, and precious family mementos. Such a calamity not only disrupts the lives of residents but also calls for immediate and effective restoration measures that involve fire cleanup and water damage mitigation.SERVPRObay offers expert fire restoration services with empathy and professionalism from start to finish.

Risks After a House Fire

The complexities of fire damage in a Bay Ridge home include:

  • Compromised Structural Stability: Charred beams and weakened foundations pose serious risks.
  • Electrical Dangers: Damaged wiring and electrical systems increase the risk of further accidents.
  • Air Quality Concerns: Persistent smoke and soot particles lead to hazardous breathing conditions.

Post-Fire Actions

To combat these challenges, SERVPRO's strategy for restoring fire-damaged homes is comprehensive:

  • Debris Removal: Clearing away burnt materials sets the stage for rebuilding efforts.
  • Soot and Smoke Elimination: Specialized cleaning methods remove corrosive particles from surfaces.
  • Air Quality Enhancement: Employing air scrubbers and foggers to cleanse the air of contaminants and odors.
  • Water Damage Restoration Needs: Utilize dehumidifiers to tackle water damage from fire-fighting activities.

Professional Equipment Makes a Difference

Their advanced equipment and techniques define SERVPRO's approach. The team uses thermal foggers and ozone generators to eliminate odors and use their exclusive cleaning agents to restore belongings. 

When fire damage affects your life and property, connect with SERVPRO of Bay Ridge at (718) 765-5572. The certified, trained team is always available 24/7 and Here to Help®

The Main Components of Bay Ridge Fire Damage Restoration

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

soot damage on the wall of a home Structural fire damage receives mitigation and repairs from SERVPRO. We help our Bay Ridge neighbors, "Like it never even happened."

Our Stages for Fire Damage Recovery

You might not put much thought into the specifics of fire damage recovery until your home is damaged. Our experienced team of professionals can help in every facet of cleanup and restoration, even working with your insurance company to meet specific requirements for the property and its care. We break our recovery processes into five distinct phases to ensure that our restoration of your home is thorough and complete:

  • Emergency Services
  • Mitigating Loss
  • Addressing Soot
  • Malodor Management
  • Repairs

Fire damage in a Bay Ridge home requires prompt action. We have experienced and accredited professionals ready 24/7 to mobilize when disasters strike. Our preferred status with insurance companies gives us a distinct advantage in a fast turnover between the actions of first responders and the earliest mitigation solutions we provide.

The Pre-Mitigation Emergency Services

Some actions that we take must precede mitigation. Emergency services are vital to keeping your family safe and the structure from unnecessary harm. While several of the actions we take to help might fall under this heading, a few specifics that have the most direct impact can include:

  • Water Removal
  • Temporary Construction
  • Debris Removal

Our Mitigation Solutions

Mitigation follows directly after emergency services. Emergency services are the actions taken to address situations that could make cleanup slower or more dangerous. Mitigation involves specific efforts to keep the situation from getting worse. Much of this process involves improving conditions inside the house, such as air quality. This phase is also when we focus on relocating and cataloging loss of contents during the detailed estimation services we provide. The keys to mitigation include:

  • Content Management
  • Improving Air Quality
  • Demolition

The Threat of Soot

Partial combustion creates a volatile residue that distributes across multiple surfaces and contents. These carbon deposits are corrosive and harmful to those exposed, making it necessary to prioritize surface cleaning in the presence of these threatening particles. When removing soot, the appropriate solution is often to emulsify or dissolve the residue on the surface to protect the underlying substrate. When this is impossible, abrasive cleaning might be necessary, or even controlled demolition.

Removing Harsh Smells

Another separate phase of fire damage recovery will be our efforts to remove the smell of smoke and burning materials from your house. This process is multifaceted, addressing strong smells the combustion process has left behind and even trapped in porous materials. We must also provide suitable solutions for imaginary odors impacting customers after extinguishment. Early deodorization includes products to neutralize smoke smells. We address the odors of the mind with strong masking products to leave a pleasant scent where damage exists.

Are Fire Damage Repairs Necessary?

From high-heat fires that blaze through multiple rooms to slow and smoldering disasters that do not move as quickly, every house fire often needs repairs or reconstruction. Instead of waiting for weeks to vet and schedule an additional contractor to help, we have a general contractor license to help with the build-back needs of your home. Every needed team member is active in recovering your home from the earliest controlled demolition and emergency repairs to full reconstruction after a structure fire.

Fire damage is an alarming and overwhelming situation to face. You can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Bay Ridge team to help when every minute counts. Our work with your insurance company helps to keep you from excessive leg work during an already traumatic time. Call our professionals when disaster strikes at (718) 765-5572.

Fire Damage in Bay Ridge Includes Tobacco Smoke to Kitchen Fires

3/14/2023 (Permalink)

Room Under Soot Fire damage? SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

We Protect Houses From the Effects of Fire Damage

Quitting smoking is a wonderful accomplishment, but doing so can make it clear how badly tobacco smoke can make the interior of your house in Bay Ridge stink. One of the worst pitfalls when learning to cook something new might be a yucky grease fire. Both are considered side effects of fire damage.

Many families in Bay Ridge trust SERVPRO's fire damage experts for cleanup and restoration. Long-term smoking inside results in the accumulation of tar from tobacco, and a grease fire is very similar, although it happens within a short period.

Our highly trained crew can handle freshening up your home after either, giving you and your family a clean, fresh, and beautiful start. Read on for explanations of how we clean tobacco tar and cooking grease accumulations from certain surfaces in local residences:

  • Painted surfaces
  • Porous wood
  • Varnished wood

Painted surfaces can develop stains from greasy smoke, including that from ongoing smoking or a cooking accident. We remove deposited layers from painted surfaces using a wet cleaning method that includes our Wall and All Surface Cleaner (#351). These surfaces can include walls, ceilings, paneling, countertops, cabinetry, and shelving. Stained areas might require applying a sealer, followed by repainting.

Porous, unfinished wood is often found inside cabinetry, drawers, and attics. Several methods are used to clean by-products from fire or smoking in these areas. Because of their porous nature, they absorb particles more easily, making odor control very important to the results. We dilute the residues with alcohol, then apply SERVPRO's in-house Smoke Deodorizer (#302). During this time, we place anything from drawers and cabinets into bins so we can return everything correctly when we finish.

Cleaning varnished wood is similar to cleaning painted surfaces but also requires the application of conditioners to keep the wood underneath from drying out.

When you need a professional crew to help with damage from fire, call SERVPRO of Bay Ridge at (718) 765-5572.