Remediating Fire Damage to Drexel Homes
The Five Categories of Fire Damage Restoration
Like anywhere else, each Drexel house fire is different. That means the clean-up has to be individually tailored. To determine if the damage is minor, medium, or major; we examine how fast the fire burned, what it consumed, and the amount of oxygen available as well as other factors.
After determining the types of fire damage in a Drexel home, we pull cleaning and restoration methods from five primary categories. SERVPRO then develops a restoration plan, so each method has the time, equipment, and personnel needed to complete work promptly that returns a clean, safe home to the owners.
Mitigation – This category is our first action after an inspection. Our efforts here are to prevent secondary damage from weather, trespassing, and animal intrusion. Restoration team members board up doors and windows as well as points where the fire may have burned through the roof or a wall.
Contents Cleaning – If possible, we try to clean personal property at home. If our technicians are unable to secure the home or if there is significant structural damage, then we take it to our facility to clean and place in storage until it is safe. We keep an extensive inventory of cleaning agents on hand to ensure we can restore as much of the contents of the home as possible.
Structural Cleaning – This is where we deal with damage on the walls, ceilings, and floors. If the fire burned for an extended period, then the smoke likely penetrated the walls and got into the framing, support beams, and the ductwork. We remove the residue left behind to prevent physical damage and to remove odor-causing particles. For crawlspaces we cannot fit into, we use a chemical fog machine and an anti-microbial cleaner to destroy residues.
Specialty Restoration – This is technically contents cleaning, but covers items which need special services and SERVPRO typically sends to a sub-contractor. Personal property in this category includes artwork, electronics, dry-clean-only clothing, and furniture that requires refinishing after we complete residue removal.
Reconstruction – When there is major damage to wall framing, columns, and other support beams, our response team installs jacks, and other temporary supports to prevent further degrading of the structure. As a licensed contractor in North Carolina, we can do everything from replacing a door frame to placing a new roof on the home.
Remediating the damage and restoring your home after fire damage is not a short process. The goal should always be returning to a safe, clean home instead of getting back inside one that is still a potential threat. SERVPRO of Burke County is ready to help our neighbors do just that. Call our office today at (828) 874-0966 for more information.
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