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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

We Are The Choice You Can Trust In Chicago After A Fire Disaster

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

A stove top covered in grease and soot after a fire This grease fire on the stove top of this home caused soot and smoke damage and our experts arrived right away and began restoration.

Manipulating Temperature for Pre-loss Fire Damage Restoration in your Chicago Home

Fire Damage Chicago

While a recent house fire may seem like catastrophic harm has come to your home, necessary cleaning and restoration tasks can go a long way toward reducing the expense of your claim. You may also find that with professional cleaning solutions, many of your possessions can return to their preloss condition and return to your home "Like it never even happened." The cleaning procedure relies on a good knowledge of how fire works and being able to identify the different types of smoke damage as well as the materials they effect. By using trained experts in the field, you give your home the best chance of returning to a preloss condition.

Our roster of fire damage restoration technicians here in Chicago is capable of performing a detailed assessment of your home. During SERVPRO pre-testing, we try to locate smoke residues, use ph testing equipment to help us identify different residues, and note down the type of surface material. These steps are essential to successfully capturing, removing, and disposing of smoke residues. Often, we may need to take debris to a waste facility for correct, safe disposal, which we include in our service.

Each surface in your home is going to respond differently to cleaning efforts. These individual responses are what can make fire restoration a challenge. SERVPRO may use temperature as a means of removing soiling. With higher temperatures, chemical reactions speed up as well as the movement of particles on a molecular level. Heat can help to remove soils that bond with surfaces or speed up the dissolving of smoke residues into a cleaning solution. We can use truck-mounts to heat chemical cleaning solutions or bring in portable heaters to increase the overall temperature of the room.

Another method of removing stubborn soiling from fire damage is to agitate the surface. SERVPRO technicians may use necessary equipment like scouring pads, brushes, or dry sponges to loosen soiling from walls or ceilings. In some situations, we may use more advanced equipment like air whips or sandblasting. Often this equipment have more of an aggressive impact on the surface itself and can sometimes be useful at removing layers of the material that are soiled beyond repair. Certain woods can benefit from being sanded down and refinished rather than replaced.

When dealing with fire restoration, many different methods require know-how to enact correctly. Contact SERVPRO of West Loop / Bucktown / Greektown at (773) 434-9100.

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