Fire Damage To Your Santa Rosa Beach Property
The effects of a home fire are not usually charred wood and roofless houses. Most of it comes from the smoke and soot that result from the slow-burning materials. These residues cover personal property and structural components which destroy both just like flames and heat if not quickly cleaned from the surfaces.
Structural components are those items attached to a home. Cleaning them requires knowing about the type of surfaces on the cabinets, drapery rods and hardware, and lighting fixtures for example. SERVPRO has decades of experience in Santa Rosa Beach when it comes to restoring components and other property affected by fire damage.
Cabinets need a thorough inspection before cleaning. Our technicians identify pre-existing damage and determine the material both inside and out. Exteriors have paint or some veneer that require either a particular cleaning solution or just water for removing smoke and soot residues. Before the first chemical is applied, technicians remove all hardware (i.e. knobs and hinges) to reach every inch of surface possible.
Interiors in most cabinets are usually unfinished wood and therefore easier to clean. There is less damage from soot if the cabinets were closed, so to protect them from smoke residues, our personnel use denatured alcohol to block smoke from setting into the wood pores. The alcohol help prevents not just visible damage but eliminates odors as well.
Before we start cleaning drapery rods and brackets, we make certain they are still firmly mounted to the wall. If we do have to take them down, (due to damaged drywall for example) technicians take pictures to make certain they can be returned to their original positions. Most rods, brackets and other hardware can be easily wet cleaned with a simple detergent. Once they have finished cleaning, technicians lubricate moving pieces with a silicone spray where needed.
Lighting fixtures can be cleaned as part of the ceiling restoration. Technicians attempt to leave them in place but remove some styles such as chandeliers to prevent physical damage while cleaning. If residues remain on the surfaces for only a short time, most fixtures can be cleaned with spray bottles, mild detergents, and soft cloths.
Personal property damaged by smoke and soot is removed and cleaned using an extensive inventory of tools and cleaners. Structural components usually have to be cleaned in place with fewer options available. To ensure this is accomplished in a professional manner, contact us here at SERVPRO of N. Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes & Washington for a free inspection. Call today at (850) 267-0746. We are here to help.