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How Adversely Can Smoke Damage My Nashua Home Contents?
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SERVPRO Helps Evaluate the Level of Damage and Use Advanced Cleaning Techniques to Reverse the Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Nashua Property
Although you might not worry much about smoke damage compared to other effects of fire, it can devastate your Nashua property. One unique aspect of smoke damage is that it can affect areas of a property that the heat or flames from the fire do not reach. Even an outdoor fire or one that only affects a detached section, such as a garage, can still cause damages inside the main house. Several factors combine, leading to such outcomes.
What characteristics of smoke are likely to worsen fire and smoke damage in my Nashua home?
It is standard for a fire to produce smoke as different materials combust. Experienced fire and smoke restoration technicians in Nashua are also aware of other common characteristics that smoke exhibits during a fire that influence the resultant damages, including:
• Accumulation of smoke deposits in enclosed spaces
• Penetration of smoke residues into older surfaces
• Accumulation of more smoke residues on synthetic fibers
Such outcomes are influenced by factors like cooler temperatures within enclosed spaces such as cabinets compared to the rest of the open rooms. Older surfaces, on the other hand, tend to be porous, thus allowing deeper penetration of smoke residues, while synthetic surfaces attract residues ionized during combustion, thus collecting more deposits.
How does understanding smoke behavior help when dealing with damages?
Understanding smoke movement patterns help establish where most residues are likely to accumulate for better focus during cleaning. It also eliminates the chances of overlooking some areas such as locked cabinets where you might not expect smoke deposits.
Apart from helping pinpoint soiled areas, understanding smoke behavior can also help in making a better choice of cleaning resources. For instance, when our SERVPRO technicians notice that smoke filtered into a room with closets or cabinets, we prepare several resources to help with cleaning, odor management, and prevention of residues from setting. Typical resources include:
• Dry cleaning sponges
• Denatured alcohol
• Sanding equipment
In the case of old surfaces where we expect deeper penetration of residues, we prepare for several cleaning steps starting with mechanical action to help dislodge residues without sending them deeper into the material. One effective mechanical action is vacuuming the area before using other cleaning procedures such as wet cleaning with solutions.
What signs indicate severe smoke damage on contents?
Smoke tends to deposit residues on items. However, the accumulation of residues does not necessarily lead to serious damage. Most residues are easy to wipe off with a cleaning sponge or wet cleaning procedures. However, some outcomes signify severe damage and may include:
• Bad odor
The changes can appear on a wide range of materials, including plastics, ceramic items, metals, and fabrics. Our SERVPRO technicians use various approaches to clean your contents, thus reversing the damage, “Like it never even happened.”
Yellowing mostly happens on plastic items such as utensils, toys, appliances, or any other plastic item within your house. Whitening the items require a couple of supplies, including a chemical agent to reverse the yellowing, agitation resources, and rinsing or regular cleaning detergent.
Our technicians use chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or other specially formulated cleaning agents to help remove the yellowing. For small items such as utensils and toys without electrical components, we use emersion methods such as ultrasonic cleaning. The system creates and collapses millions of bubbles, and the energy released helps agitate the affected surfaces. Such a system also helps in other aspects of cleaning, such as controlling the amount of cleaning agents used, the temperature of the solution, and increasing the dwell-time, thus improving the outcome.
Is it possible to reverse significant changes such as rusting or staining?
Smoke contains several substances, including particulate matter, water vapor, and chemicals such as nitrogen oxides and tar. When these substances are deposited on different contents in the house, they can cause staining or rust in metallic items or finishes. Our technicians inspect the affected material to determine whether restoration is possible. For fabrics, we use a variety of tests, including:
• Chemical tests
• Specific gravity test
• Burn test
Once we establish that restoration is possible, we use different approaches, including applying chemical agents, agitation, or sometimes we may use enzyme cleaning agents where necessary. For the best outcome, we focus on the stained section and then clean the entire item.
Replacing damaged contents is a costly affair. Call SERVPRO of Nashua to help find a way to save your valuables. You can reach us at (603) 889-2311. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
How Do You Start to Get Rid of Fire and Smoke Damage?
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Check Out the Smoke and Fire Recovery Strategies SERVPRO Customizes for Nashua Households
Few events are more disruptive to your family’s daily life than a residential fire and its aftermath. As you try to get things sorted, it becomes clear quickly that you need reliable and expert help to take the first steps back towards a normal existence.
Is It Safe for Your Loved Ones to Breathe the Smoke?
Fire and smoke damage in Nashua exposes your home and family to airborne particulates, even if the blaze seemed minimal and extinguished swiftly. Smoke contains tiny bits of incompletely combusted structural components and contents. They drift on air currents and through your HVAC system, containing bits of the following materials:
- Plastics and foams
- Organic fabrics, including cotton, wool, and linen
- Wood and wood products
- Synthetic fabrics
- Asbestos and lead-containing materials
Can Smoke Be Cleared Out of My House?
Fire and smoke damage present severe air-quality issues. Cleaning the air of contaminants is high on the list of tasks of the SERVPRO plan. Opening windows and using industrial axial fans to move air out is one method. Another strategy our trained technicians use to reduce the toxic air contamination in affected spaces is the employment of an air scrubbing system.
How Is an Air Scrubber Set Up?
Our team encloses areas of your smoke-damaged home with heavy-duty plastic, sealing the edges of the partition with negative air pressure generated by the air scrubbing machine. We might partition off whole rooms, or build smaller chambers inside large areas with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe or steel tension bars.
What Does an Air Scrubber Do?
Air scrubbing equipment forces the air inside the enclosure through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters before exhausting it to the outside. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) mandates that the filters remove at least 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 micrometers or larger. HEPA filters can clear most smoke particles from the air inside the containment areas we build.
The fire and smoke damage mitigations technicians at SERVPRO of Nashua improve air quality outcomes with proven techniques. Call (603) 889-2311 for a fast and professional response to your household’s crisis.
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Fire Cleanup In Your Nashua Property
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A Sports-Minded Family’s Fire Cleanup in Nashua Enhanced by the Esporta Washing System
A household fire has far-reaching consequences in every room and space of your Nashua home. Unlike other disasters which often confine themselves to a particular area in your house, the smoke and soot can spread throughout every inch of a structure. Contents are not immune to the harm caused by the residues and accompanying odors. We strive to respond to customer content cleaning needs, including researching and purchasing efficient, unique, state-of-the-art equipment.
Soft Contents Include a Broad Range of Possessions
After a kitchen blaze, the fire cleanup in Nashua can include the family’s sports equipment stored in the garage. A family whose members are committed to fun, exercise, and competition can own the equivalent of a small sports shop of equipment. Protective attire and the “tools” of the sports trade include many examples of soft cloth, leather, plastic, cord, canvas, padded, or mixed-media possessions vulnerable to the smoke and particularly malodorous residues a protein-based fire creates:
• Chest protectors
• Shoulder pads
• Wrist/forearm guards
• Pelvic protective equipment
• Compression wear
• Sticks/Bats/Paddles/Balls/Pucks and more
Victory Is Certain with Esporta on the Bench
The time and expense previously needed to replace your family’s sporting equipment after fire damage are negated by our decision to embrace a different type of fire cleanup system. SERVPRO crews can deliver a whole new level of clean for sports necessities with the Esporta iS4000. Separate compartments for and secure containment of a host of otherwise permeable and challenging-to-clean athletic items permit thorough washing and rinsing of your expensive gear. The system avoids the potentially damaging agitation of typical industrial washing machines. Instead, we succeed in saving the game by utilizing the Esporta’s:
• Patented Hydraulic Action
• Proprietary Detergents
• Computerized Cleaning Cycles
Safe and comprehensive contents fire cleanup is just a phone call away. Call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 to experience the evolution of cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing provided by the Esporta iS4000.
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Our Experts Discuss Our Procedures After A Fire In Your Nashua Home
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Fire and Odor Removal and Possible Procedures in Nashua
Dealing with the odor following a fire can be offensive and difficult to eliminate. After even the smallest kitchen fire, odor particles permeate throughout your home into every nook and cranny, creating long-lasting smells. While airing out your home does assist with ventilation, which helps with odor control, it is not enough to eliminate malodor after a fire.
Fire and odor removal in Nashua is difficult at any time of year, but summer and winter present unique challenges. The weather can have an impact on odors after a fire. During winter, it may be difficult to properly ventilate your home, especially if it was a minor fire where you do not need to leave your house. Having open windows and doors to ventilate is not possible if you are trying to function in your home. During summer, the odor may present itself again due to a rise in humidity.
There are four basic procedures for deodorization. There is not a one size fits all method since odor problems tend to be unique and do not always come from one source. SERVPRO restoration technicians create a plan to suit your individual needs following a fire.
First, it is imperative to remove the odor source instead of trying to deodorize the source. Technicians identify and remove charred materials before deodorizing. Debris may give off smoke odors if it is contaminated. Although every situation is different, this first step of removal is standard with most fire restorations.
Then, SERVPRO technicians clean surfaces containing odor-causing residues. Odor particles may keep generating if not adequately cleaned. If the fire in your kitchen was a grease fire, there might be a lot of residue on the stone, vent hood, filters, walls, etc. All of these things need cleaning to ensure deodorization is effective. Sometimes, the whole house needs cleaning since smoke odors often penetrate throughout the structure.
The third procedure is to recreate the conditions that caused odor penetration, except instead of smoke clouding the house technicians use a deodorizing fog or "smoke" from a thermal fogger to attack the odors. This procedure is for the most offensive and stubborn smells as residents and pets need to vacate the home during fogging. The last method of sealing is also reserved for difficult situations. Technicians seal surfaces by painting over walls to trap malodors under the fresh coat of paint, or they seal duct surfaces within the air handling system that are unreachable.
The above procedures to eliminate malodors after a house fire is typically linked with mechanical means. During the cleanup segment of the service, hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers are often deployed in strategic interior locations to physically change the chemical composition of airborne particulates and compounds.
For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”
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Why We Are The Leader In Nashua Fire Damage Restoration
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What is Fire Debris Removal for Nashua Homes?
Understanding the initial steps that homeowners must take once Nashua homes become threatened by fire losses is critical to getting restoration started promptly. There are no situations where loss effects can improve without active involvement in mitigation and cleaning, and this starts with removing the fire debris from the property as quickly as you can. Damaging effects can circulate from the presence of destroyed materials and contents, and these combusted elements make up the majority of debris to get cleaned and removed from the residence.
Fire debris removal in Nashua homes is expressly the responsibility of the homeowner, which can make matters complicated in securing the right personnel to accomplish the task. Ultimately, many property owners can become convinced that cleaning up this damage on their own is the most frugal approach, though without any training or experience in this arena, you can welcome hazardous exposures to airborne contaminants like soot particles and carcinogens. The best approach is to find out how your insurance provider would have you proceed based on the coverage options they provide your property.
Most Coverage A policies offer some degree of debris removal coverage, often a percentage of the dwelling benefits. Understanding what gets covered and what does not can help you to determine the expected out of pocket expenses. Because of our relationships with area insurance companies, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to cut through the red tape of damage claims and get the work afforded as much as possible. We can work with customers to meet their budgets and their expectations with restoring their fire-damaged homes as well.
We have the right personal protective equipment and experience to remove loss debris and other fire damage from the home after a fire. We can catalog damages to the contents of your home and offer focused cleaning and restoration services to recover many of these affected belongings to prevent their total loss.
While insurance can be a great thing for homeowners to maintain for their residence, the process of using this coverage is not always easy to understand. Our SERVPRO of Nashua team has experience with area providers and their requirements, helping us to get the cleaning and recovery project started for your home as promptly as possible. Give us a call today at (603) 889-2311.
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SERVPRO Says Call Us First for Fire and Smoke Restoration to our Nashua Property
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Steps to Help Make Fire Cleanup in Your Nashua Home More Effective
A sudden flare-up in an area like the kitchen is likely to leave surfaces or fixtures such as cabinets, doors, and even the ceiling scorched or caked with soot. You can fix these damages in many ways, including replacing the degraded materials. However, you are more likely to prefer a cost-friendly solution. Fire cleanup offers that solution when done correctly.
What cleanups can achieve
Before choosing a solution such as fire cleanup in your Nashua home, it is essential to establish whether it is appropriate. Cleaning can help you deal with blackened or stained surfaces as well as bad odor. It can also restore charred surfaces effectively if the charring is not too deep. However, you cannot restore damages that compromise the structural integrity of a material.
For minor incidents, you may be able to do the cleanup on your own. Knowing particular tips can help you achieve the right outcome. To deal with surface discoloration and soot from surfaces such as walls, use warm water and detergent. Cleaning products containing TSP, tri-sodium phosphate are great for reducing smoke odors so you can look for cleaning agents containing that agent. Here is the caveat. SERVPRO techs ALWAYS pre-test detergents and cleaning agents before applying to surfaces. Often, DIY'ers smear and stain and exacerbate the fire and soot damage. Try calling us first.
Using Advanced Cleaning Procedures
While conventional methods can be useful at times, in many cases the damages left are too extensive, thus requiring advanced cleaning methods. Otherwise, you would have to replace or resurface the affected materials. Dry ice blasting and soda blasting are two great advanced cleaning options our SERVPRO teams use. They rely on air pressure to drive the abrading material over the surface removing thick soot or charring. Both are also mildly abrasive, so they do not cause additional damages to the surface.
To clean or not to clean?
For surfaces with unique properties such as acoustic tiles or other porous materials, wet cleaning can cause problems, including dissolving the textured surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use Peroxide Active cleaning, which helps remove all soils while retaining the properties of the material. Often, inexpensive, porous materials should be removed and discarded.
Proper cleanup of fire damage can help save cost when restoring your property. Call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Our Experts Can Prevent Further Fire Damage To Your Nashua Home
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Fast Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Nashua Residence Can Prevent Further Destruction
Fires are one of the worst disasters you and your home can suffer because they cause physical destruction and emotional turmoil. Fire can ruin a significant part of your home and possessions. As with other adverse events in life, the only choice you have is picking yourself up and proceeding on with putting your life back in order, even if this may be difficult.
The smoke from a fire can travel along the inside of your house, staining the drywall and other surfaces. To deal with the effects of smoke and soot, you need fast fire damage cleanup for your Nashua residence. If smoke and soot settle on surfaces, they can cause further destruction to the structure of your house and its contents. The synthetic material in flooring and furniture creates chemical reactions that produce corrosive gases and acids when burned.
If you do not clean up furnishings and fixtures, they can become unsalvageable after a short period. The pre-cleaning methods that SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) use can neutralize acids and safeguard at-risk surfaces in your property like glass, metal, chrome, and tile. Our technicians are well-trained in fire damage mitigation and corrosion control.
Water is another problem you may have to deal with after a fire. The firefighters working to save your house can pump hundreds of gallons of water onto it to extinguish the blaze. Some water can evaporate because of the heat of the fire, but some of it may pool on the floor or saturate porous materials like carpets. The water can also mix with spilled liquids, burned plastics, and other potentially hazardous substances. Removing water is a crucial aspect of cleaning up fire damage. We have sophisticated water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment like:
• Moisture sensors
• Industrial-strength pumps
• Air movers
• Thermal imaging cameras
We use up-to-date equipment, procedures, and products in cleaning up the fire and smoke damage. Our SERVPRO technicians identify the surface to determine which products or procedures can bring about the best outcome. For instance, we can agitate surfaces using towels, air and water pressure, and brushes to dislodge residues from surfaces and distribute cleaning products across the surfaces. We're careful to preserve the surface of the material we are cleaning. Since smoke residues bind to the surfaces they contact, we use wet or dry cleaning processes to release and carry away residue particles from the affected surfaces. Our goal during the cleanup process is to restore materials to preloss condition to minimize the expense of a fire damage claim.
If a fire has damaged your house, SERVPRO of Nashua is ready to take care of the smoke and soot damage. Contact us at (603) 889-2311 for cleanup services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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How to Restore Fire Damaged Personal Contents in Nashua
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Advanced Contents Restoration in Fire Damage Removal for your Nashua Home
The lasting impact of a fire in your property can seem catastrophic at the time. However, by enlisting the help of a professional restoration service, you can get your home back to its preloss conditions quicker than you might think. We repaint walls and ceilings, clean surfaces, and restore possessions. Our service is available for minor, medium, and severe property damages.
An essential part of our service is fire damage removal in Nashua properties. When materials have burned at low temperatures for a significant period, personal possessions can suffer heavy soiling and require removal to an external facility for cleaning or storage. SERVPRO can subcontract professional movers on your behalf as well as creating a detailed inventory of your valuables.
One of the advantages of a removal procedure is that cleaning work for structure and structural components are efficient. By removing items, we can gain access to wall cavities as well as performing refinishing or repainting works. Also, third-party general contractors can only begin work on repairing your home's structure once the removal of contents is complete.
At our facility, we can treat items to specific cleaning methods for fire damaged contents. Immersion cleaning, for example, allows us to place dense items like chandeliers or drapery rods into a solvent solution. Ultrasonic soundwaves create high-temperature pressure to the surface of the material and are exceptionally useful at removing stubborn soiling or smoke residues.
Porous items that are not suited to ultrasonic cleaning may include fabrics, drapes, or clothing. SERVPRO can make use of mechanical cleaning methods like Esporta washing machines to restore fabrics. These machines are proven to remove up to 99% of soiling from damaged materials and have a good chance of getting valuable possessions back to their preloss condition without having to resort to an expensive replacement.
Pack out procedures are invaluable in restoring your contents. Contact SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 to see how we can help.
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How to Turn a Fire Damage Situation in Nashua Into Success
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Helping Homeowners with Effective Odor Removal after a Fire in Nashua
When things burn, the combustion creates smoke that deposits soot on any exposed surface. You might not see all of these exposed surfaces, however. Your Nashua home can contain many hidden areas that make removal of all soot deposits impossible with standard equipment.
Because SERVPRO specialists are determined to help homeowners restore their homes "Like it never even happened," we consider it essential to perform Nashua odor removal services after any fire and smoke incidents. Our equipment comes in a variety of different types, ensuring that we always have what we need to protect your family and guests from foul odors.
When smoke fills a room, the solids in that smoke settle as they cool down. Because of the heat pushing the smoke into areas does not dissipate quickly, smoke can enter into small spaces behind walls, above ceiling panels, and inside furniture.
For areas that become sources for smokey odors like this, we use thermal fogging. Hot steam loaded with powerful chemicals that render odor-causing soot inert and unable to get back into the air helps resolve the problem quickly. When other areas of your home require attention, we use different methods.
Walls and ceilings can continue to give off odor, even after cleaning. Priming these surfaces and repainting can stop the odor from coming into the air your family breathes. Various surfaces also respond well with clear sealants. Concrete and brick can hold soot in tiny pores that become worse whenever heat or water vapor in the area increases. Ensuring these particles of soot cannot leave means your home stays fresh-smelling.
When highly porous materials become loaded with soot, like carpeting, we use the application of scented gels and liquids. While these may seem like only a covering of the odors, regular vacuuming steadily removes the particles that cause the odor. Reapplication also helps maintain continued control of odors.
Because we do not live in your home, we rely on your judgment of the effectiveness of our odor removal and control measures. SERVPRO of Nashua considers your involvement in the restoration of your home, including those involving odors, as an essential part of our work. Call us at (603) 889-2311, so we can partner with you when smoke and soot affect the indoor air quality of your residence.
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Are Fire Damage Odors Lingering in Your Nashua Home?
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Indoor Air Quality Concerns for Your Fire-Damaged Nashua Home
Many disasters can impact indoor air quality in your Nashua home. While many homeowners might think of these concerns as particulates and contaminants in the air that can cause health effects or hazards, this is not exclusively the case. After situations like fires, there are smoke and soot particulates in the environment, but there are also harsh odors often left behind from wet smoke situations where fire smolders at a lower heat. These concerns can also make it difficult for families to live comfortably in a home, even with the rest of the property restored.
Addressing fire odor in your Nashua home is often one of the final steps for professional restoration and recovery, as many of the worst elements that worsen these conditions get removed and replaced through demolition and reconstruction. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to identify what areas of your property cannot sustain restoration efforts and require removal and later replacement, and quickly remove these from the area along with other hazardous debris.
When the time has come for odor removal and deodorization, our SERVPRO team has multiple machines that can work to eliminate lingering scents from materials and open areas of your house. Hydroxyl generators, which have likely been in use since the demolition portion of our restoration work, also work to reduce noxious odors throughout your home actively. For more concentrated effects, we can utilize ozone generators and thermal foggers to eliminate these harsh smells permanently.
For the contents of your home that can also fall victim to the wet smoke scent and residue, our contents department can remove these items from the house and take them to our nearby facility for cleaning and deodorizing. They get safely stored in our facility until your home gets fully restored and prepared for their return.
Fire odors can be a challenging effect to overcome without the expertise and equipment of our professionals. You can count on the rapid response and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of Nashua fire restoration specialists. Give us a call today at (603) 889-2311.
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SERVPRO Explains Why You Need Professionals to Restore Your Nashua Fire Damaged Home
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Why Opt for Professional Restoration of Fire Damage in Nashua
Fire causes a wide range of damages to property including structural issues such as holes in the roofing, blackened surfaces due to the smoke residue and charred surfaces or item remains. Even a small fire can leave your property in Nashua caked with smoke residue, and bad odor. The convection currents in smoke movement complicate the situation further by depositing most of the residues on the upper sections of the property where it is harder to reach during cleanup.
Involving a certified technician during the restoration of fire damage in Nashua ensures that you address every type of damage adequately. Since the heat from the flames opens up pores on the affected surfaces, it leads to penetration of smoke residues beyond the surface. Cleaning such areas requires expertise to eliminate the debris without ruining the surface further. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on chemical actions such as suspension or dispersion to loosen the soils that penetrate beyond the surface.
Fire affects a wide range of parts in a structure including the ceiling, walls and HVAC systems. It also affects components such as lighting fixtures and insulation among others. It, therefore, requires different sets of skills to restore the property to its preloss state. A certified restorer knows the best approach to deal with each aspect of loss. Our SERVPRO technicians can tell you what needs cleaning and what needs replacement. For example, insulation might not lose its insulating properties, but cleaning smoke deposits left on it is more expensive than replacing a few top layers.
Depending on the level of damage, the occupants might still use the structure or vacate it. Where the structure remains occupied, the can clean and deodorize affected areas leaving the structure habitable. In case of severe damage, the occupants have to vacate the structure. The restorer can help perform actions that protect the structure including boarding up to keep off weather elements or vandals. Our SERVPRO technicians also take measures to protect surfaces against corrosive action by smoke residues.
Eliminating any guesswork from the restoration process can guarantee a positive outcome. Contact SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 to assist you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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What Goes Into SERVPRO's Fire Damage Restoration Process That Makes It Work In Nashua
The impact of fire is measured on a sliding scale rather than as a singular event.
Restoration After Major Fire Damage In Nashua
The impact of fire is measured on a sliding scale rather than as a singular event. Minor damages could be caused by a kitchen fire and leave behind stains on walls and appliances. Medium level damage would be where a fire is contained to a single room, but smoke has traveled beyond the initial space, spreading into other rooms. Significant damage is when structural components are affected. Today we are looking at significant damages and how to repair them.
Extensive fire damage in Nashua properties requires extensive remediation and, in most cases restoration. These events can be debilitating and impact the daily routine of yourself and your family. For those reasons, choosing the right professional service, and one that is sensitive to your concerns is of utmost importance. SERVPRO uses local technicians who know the community and its surrounding area to get the job done.
In the event of a significant fire, the priority is your safety. Often, you are relocated to safe temporary accommodation while the work is carried out. This process reduces exposure to harmful toxins that may be left behind by the burning of synthetic materials like fiberglass or plastics. Once your family has vacated the property, SERVPRO can begin to get your home back to its preloss condition.
The first part of the journey is making the area safe for tradesmen and contractors to carry out their jobs. We may have to restore power to the property if it has been shut off during firefighting efforts. We also carry out a safety inspection removing hazards like loose structure or debris from the property. Ozone generators are brought into which use O3 gas to remove toxins and restore indoor air quality so that we can carry out our work safely.
SERVPRO can conduct a pack out service for your valuable possessions and furniture. We pack and label each item before sending it off to an offsite facility where it is mechanically cleaned. Using Esporta washing machines helps to remove soot and smoke residues that may appear permanently embedded in fabrics. While possessions are restored off-site, onsite work involves intensive cleaning to remove all signs of secondary fire and water damage.
Before we return your possessions to the property, we can set to work prepping ceilings, walls, and structure for restoration work by laying down base coats. Prepping the area allows remodeling to be carried out with minimal fuss for external contractors, saving time and money. The final step is to deodorize the property and return your newly restored possessions before you return to your property.
Major events like this are upsetting, use a professional, local service to restore your home to its condition before the fire by calling SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311.
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Details on the Various Levels of Fire Damage to Expect in Nashua
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SERVPRO Technicians Provide Effective Remediation Regardless of the Level of Fire Damage Affecting Your Home
Different levels of fire damage result when a fire burns your property. Based on the level of destruction, we can classify the damage as minor, medium or major. It is the degree of damage which helps us to choose the restoration procedures. In this post, we are outlining some of the restoration services we offer when attending to the three levels of damage in Nashua.
If your Nashua property experiences minor fire damage, then on specific areas or rooms need restoration services. Such levels of damage are associated with light to medium smoke particles. During the restoration process, our SERVPRO technicians perform wet or dry cleaning of the floor, ceilings, walls, and other items. We usually recommend minor replacements and the areas that need repainting are few.
Most materials that are subjected to medium fire damage need wet cleaning. The smoke particles are of moderate quantity, and several areas may require repainting and replacement. There is a lot of heat damage to materials in cabinets and around the drywall region. Despite that, we clean most of the items at the site and perform deodorization to neutralize any noticeable odors.
Much destruction is associated with major fire damage incidents, and some emergency services may be required. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians may be forced to provide an alternative source of electricity. A big part of the building contains the smoke particles, and charred structural finishes and framing are noticeable. Extensive cleaning is necessary, and we have to use multiple deodorization techniques to deal with the pungent smoke odors.
In cases where out SERVPRO technicians come across contents which are damaged beyond restoration, we recommend a replacement. Where necessary, we can readily subcontract some specialty cleaning services to attend to your electronics, furniture refinishing, and your artwork. Some reconstruction services may also need to be attended by licensed general contractors.
Allow SERVPRO of Nashua to offer its industry-proven services to restore your damaged property to its preloss condition. You can call us at (603) 889-2311 when you need to know more about our residential and commercial restoration services.
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Aging Electrical Systems Pose a Fire Threat to Your Nashua Residence
Electrical fires can result when circuits are overloaded and the wires and panel are old or not up to code. Contact SERVPRO to remediate fire damage.
Team SERVPRO Provides Both a Home Fire Risk Assessment as Well as Fire Remediation Services
Most homeowners do not actively think about the various threats to their houses. In fact, many find themselves at a complete loss when it comes to disasters like a fire occurring, wondering just how to pick up the pieces and restore their home back to the way that it used to be. Fortunately, there is hope for your fire-ridden Nashua home in the form of certified and qualified professional restoration services.
While smoking hazards continue to be a leading cause of residential fires, another serious concern is electrical wiring shorting out. Many area homes are several decades old, and these were not all built completely to code or with the right fail-safes in place to prevent combustion and to overheat which leads to sparks and flames. Now you have fire damages to deal with in your Nashua home, but fortunately, SERVPRO is always here to help.
One of the significant concerns that you as a homeowner need to keep in mind is the quality of your home's construction. If you can see this stability and strength waning in areas, there is a good chance that the electrical lines (in conduits or not) throughout your home experience the same struggle with their age and perpetual demand.
Another consideration about the aging electrical system is their inability to sustain the power that they once could. Constant draws on the fuse box for high-powered devices and appliances can lead to overheating and eventual combustion when the lines fail to keep up with the demand of the outlet.
Often these vulnerable points happen within the walls of your home, forcing our SERVPRO team to remove portions of drywall and paneling to get to the heart of the damage the fire has caused.
While it would benefit you to have the lines tested and inspected before such issues ever happen, many homeowners do not consider the possibility of a risk. If you experience a fire like this in your home, you can count on our SERVPRO of Nashua fire damage technicians to help you overcome the mess and restore the damage efficiently. Give us a call anytime at (603) 889-2311.
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An Unattended Space Heater Could Cause A Fire In Your Nashua Home
Fire damage should never be left for an extended amount of time before remediation occurs.
An Unattended Space Heater Could Cause A Fire
The chill of winter can cause some people to use devices that are designed to warm up their house, but unfortunately, they can sometimes cause fire damage to your property if left unattended. Generally speaking, devices that plug into a wall outlet and use a heating element of any kind should not be left on their own or else they turn into a fire hazard. However, this does not mean you cannot use space heaters or other devices that are similar; it only means that you should use them responsibly and with caution. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, accidents happen and when they do it is reassuring to know that expert help is close by and available to call.
When we receive your call, we make it our priority to arrive at your property promptly so we can remediate the fire damage inside your Nashua home before it causes further loss. Fire damage should never be left for an extended amount of time before remediation occurs. Many people recommend that you wait and consider all of your options before making an impactful decision, however, it is actually the opposite of what should be done when home damage of any kind occurs. Due to the extreme heat during a blaze, in combination with the spread of soot and ash, many objects inside your home can become discolored. The longer it takes for remediation to occur, the worse this discoloration can become.
Here at SERVPRO, our techs bring advanced equipment with them to your home. We use specific tools to combat fire damage, including hydroxyl generations and thermal foggers to handle the malodorous smell that fire causes. Our SERVPRO technicians can then begin to clean up any charred or destroyed objects in your sitting room, such as burned curtains or books. Additionally, SERVPRO can remove the soot left behind by the fire inside of your home with chemical solutions that separate the particles from the surface.
Do not dawdle after the fire that broke out in your home is put out. Phone SERVPRO of Nashua by calling (603) 889-2311. No matter the time, we can take your call and hurry to your home.
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Why Professional Restoration is Best for the Fire Damage in Your Nashua Home
You do not have to tackle fire damage alone, call the professionals at SERVPRO for expert fire damage restoration.
SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after Fire Damage
As if the fire to your Nashua home was not devastating enough to see, now you have to assess the damages that it created to your home and work through a plan to bring your residence back to the way it used to be. Fortunately, this does not have to be a process that you go through alone, and you can save money and some gray hairs by opting to hire professional restoration services for your current or future disasters.
At SERVPRO, we pride ourselves that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our experience and training through all facets of home restoration give us a unique position to help you through every effect of the fire damage to your Nashua home. Our technicians undergo extensive training to work up the high standards demanded by the company as well as the strict guidelines set in place by safety and health administrations to offer you a professional and expectation-exceeding result.
From the moment that our IICRC certified professionals arrive at your home to begin work on the fire damage you experienced, we prioritize inspecting all of the affected areas for the full scope of the damage and working quickly to prevent situations that could make the present conditions worse. For example, if extinguishing efforts or the fire created holes in the exterior of your home or destroyed windows, we set out to cover these areas and tarp over them to prevent further external damages while the restoration process begins.
We work closely with you to determine what effects trouble you the most and actively threaten comfortable living in your home. This process aids our SERVPRO technicians in determining where to begin and what facets of our process to prioritize. Ultimately, we address every concern that you have: deodorization, soot and smoke damage cleaning, water damage restoration, air cleaning and debris removal, controlled demolition to prepare for reconstruction, and other similar effects.
Perhaps through this brief piece, you can see that having SERVPRO of Nashua helping you work through the damaging effects of a recent fire can help you get your home back to preloss conditions more expediently. You can reach our experienced professionals anytime by calling (603) 889-2311.
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Removing the Odor From Your Fire Damaged Nashua Home
Fire damage involves more than just charred items. When the lingering smell of smoke leaves your home with an awful odor, contact SERVPRO for help.
Team SERVPRO Remediates Damage Thoroughly After a Fire, All the Way Down to the Lingering Odor
Sometimes fires do not leave significant structural damages or any substantial damage at all. When a small kitchen fire occurs in your Nashua home, sometimes the worst of the lingering symptoms is the odor. Necessary cleaning efforts might leave your walls and appliances back the way that they were before the fire, getting rid of the smell of smoke from the affected area can sometimes be one of the trickiest things to accomplish.
There are many things that people tend to try to overcome a significant noxious odor like smoke. Merely trying to mask the smell with a stronger one is a common choice, though it rarely lasts long enough to be useful, and indeed does not last long enough to be deemed a solution for the fire damage to your Nashua home. Professional restoration efforts ensure that the smoke damage is neutralized completely, with no scent at all left behind.
Our SERVPRO professionals have several ways of accomplishing the neutralization of odorous molecules. The first is through the use of dense fogging machines. This chemical fog has no scent, but it reacts with smoke damage on a molecular level and nullifies them entirely. This process has also been proven effective for specific upholstered items, drapes, and furniture in the affected area.
Another piece of equipment that our SERVPRO restoration specialists might choose to use for deodorizing your home is an ozone machine with a HEPA filter. This machine cleans the air of the foul lingering odor and removes any harmful molecules that might also still be around following your recent fire. The choice between these two different approaches becomes based on the condition of your home and how widespread the odor has become by the time you have called in our team to take care of the problem.
Dealing with lingering symptoms of a small fire can make it hard just to live comfortably in your home. Let our experienced professionals restore your home to the way it was before the incident and help you to enjoy life in your house again. Give SERVPRO of Nashua a call today at (603) 889-2311.
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Eliminating Fire Damage Odors in Nashua
SERVPRO has the training and equipment to thoroughly rid your home of the odors left behind by fire damage.
SERVPRO's Three-Step Process to Remove Odor from Fire Damage
In small to medium fires, most of the cleaning cost to a Nashua homeowner is from smoke odors and residues. Cleaning residues can take a lot of time and effort, but the results are fairly easy to see. Eliminating odors is often a more difficult task.
Remediating Nashua fire damage, especially odor removal, requires multiple methods. To put your home back to its pre-fire condition, SERVPRO uses a three-step process we call Multiple-Phase Odor Control.
Chemical Containment is the initial phase. Our technicians spray a deodorizing agent directly onto any visible smoke residues. The agent forms a barrier that slows or stops the evaporation process which prevents odor particles from turning into a vapor. This free vapor is the actual smell in the air.
Vapor Odor Control is phase two. For odor particles already in the air, SERVPRO technicians use counteragents or deodorant vapors to block them. Simply put, the granular counteragents contain a variety of stronger, more pleasant odors that overcome smoke odors.
Thermal Fogging is phase three. For very strong and difficult to remove odors, technicians use the heat generated by a thermal fogging device to break down a deodorant chemical to the same size particles as the odor vapor. These deodorant particles bond with them, which neutralizes the odor particles by changing their chemical composition. The fog evaporates in just a few hours and leaves behind almost no moisture to stain personal or structural property.
This reduced moisture also makes thermal fogging perfect to prevent color running on delicate fabrics, upholstered furniture, and building material sensitive to too much moisture, like drywall. Not every residence needs all three phases to clean and remove odors. Technicians examine the property after each action to determine if they have finished the job, need to repeat a phase, or move to the next phase.
Removing odors from your home is perhaps the most difficult part of the restoration. We have to eliminate every trace, or the smell returns as strong as before. SERVPRO of Nashua has decades of experience in odor removal and can help you return your home to its pre-fire condition. Call us at (603) 889-2311 today to get started.
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Cleaning Up Fire Damage in Your Nashua Home
Have you checked your dryer lint lately? It can help prevent a fire from occurring in your home!
SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration to Nashua Homes
Although some might think it unlikely in Nashua, it is possible for your clothes dryer in your home to catch fire if the right circumstances are present. The accumulation of lint in the vent of the dryer, not lousy wiring, is what starts a majority of dryer fires. Every time your clothes make lint, it gets trapped in the filter when the dryer forces hot air into the drum. If there is too much lint clogging the vent, there is not enough airflow to cool the air down. As the temperature rises, the clogged filter has a more significant risk of igniting, resulting in a dangerous fire.
Fires that started from your dryer can happen when you least expect it. It is advisable that you do not ever run your dryer when you are not present in your home for this reason. When you have experienced a dryer fire in your Nashua home, the best call for you to make is to our staff at SERVPRO. We have the training and knowledge needed to repair the damage and clean up the mess.
We consider various factors when we go to clean the fire damage in your home to figure out how difficult it is going to be to remove the smoke residues.
The type of surface has a significant impact. Porous surfaces and natural fibers are probably the most difficult to clean. Porous materials let particles and odor penetrate further. Nonporous surfaces and synthetic fibers are easiest to clean.
The older the surface, usually the more difficult it is for SERVPRO techs to clean, no matter the type. The hotter the fire was, also causes more problems in cleaning, as heat causes surfaces to expand and become more porous. Heat also chars materials and melts and bubbles finishes. Refinishing is required in cases such as these.
How much moisture is present also affects our cleaning efforts. Moisture sets residues and can stain surfaces permanently. Condensation can also do this.
Several other factors such as the kind of material burned, air pressure, temperature change and impingement can affect cleaning efforts. Impingement is the air movement becoming more turbulent as the temperature gets hotter. This air collides with surfaces and creates splattering on vertical surfaces, leaving residues which are more difficult to move.
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SERVPRO of Nashua is equipped with the knowledge and tools to clean your home after a fire and rid it of harsh residues. Residents in Nashua and the surrounding areas should reach out to us as soon as the fire is out at (603) 889-2311.
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Fire Damage Assessment in Nashua
SERVPRO assesses your home after fire damage so they can properly restore your home, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Thoroughly Evaluates Your Home After Fire Damage
A house fire is one of the most devastating events Nashua homeowners can experience. The resultant damage is difficult to repair, and the restoration process is time consuming due to the complications of the assessment and repairs. Knowledge is crucial in the wake of a disaster. As a homeowner, it is important to familiarize yourself with the fire damage assessment process so that you can prepare for it.
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a house fire, you can count on SERVPRO to reverse any fire damage sustained. We have many years of experience providing fire damage and soot damage restoration services to Nashua residents, and our technicians are IICRC-certified. Using advanced tools and equipment, we can return your home to preloss conditions in no time, "Like it never even happened."
The first stage of fire damage assessment begins outside the structure. SERVPRO assessment crew must first ensure that your house is safe to enter by checking existing damage from the outside. It may appear structurally sound to an untrained eye, but the building could still be a safety hazard.
Our fire damage inspectors note any non-structural damage while they are outside the home. During this time, we also assess external damage to outbuildings, yard, and other nearby areas. Once we are confident the house is safe to enter, we proceed with the assessment.
The first interior room to check for fire damage is usually the basement. If your home does not have a basement, SERVPRO technicians replace this step by checking the interior and exterior foundation. The basement leads to the foundation, which can provide valuable information about the situation of the house. If the foundation is broken, cracked, or swamped, the restoration process could be long. On the other hand, less severe fire damage means quicker repairs and fewer expenses.
The last part of the structural integrity assessment leads to the entire house. SERVPRO professionals have to check load bearing walls for slippage, cracks, and even soot damage. Walls with a porous finish could hold odors, stains, and moisture for a prolonged period, leading to mold and bacteria that weakens structural supports in the long run. It is common for some walls to require replacement even if the fire damage was not severe.
A fire disaster is the last thing anyone would want to experience in their home. If it happens, SERVPRO of Nashua is just around the corner to control the resultant fire damage. Call us today at (603) 889-2311.
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Teach Your Kids Fire Safety To Help Prevent Fire Damage In Nashua
Fires and fire damage can be very stressful. Call SERVPRO to have someone standing in your corner when facing damage and insurance claims.
Prevention and Teaching Fire Safety can Play a Large Role in Stopping Potential Fire Damage on Your Property
Fire is a real fear for any parent. The fire has the potential to cause immense harm and disrupt your life for many weeks or even months during the cleanup. A blaze is a frightening occurrence for family members of any age and especially for children. However, it is also true that many fires are preventable.
Teaching your children some basic fire safety gives them more confidence and you more peace of mind. Tell your kids about some easy, simple fire safety practices that they can understand and do. Getting your kids on board with fire safety helps protect them from harm. Teaching your children fire safety also reduces the risk of accidents and fire damage to your Nashua home.
Teach kids not to play with fire or matches, or to light candles. Put matches or lighters in a secure location that your children cannot get to – it is even better if they do not know about it. It is also wise to teach them about safety when you let off fireworks or host or attend a bonfire. Let your children see how you handle the fire.
SERVPRO suggests talking to your children about smoke alarms and what to do when they hear one. Tell them how important it is to stay low and get out. Practice exit routes together as a family and talk to them about what they ought to do in the event of a fire. Involve them in smoke alarm tests.
Show your kids how to unplug appliances and make sure they know to tell you at once if they notice a frayed cord.
You might like to look up fire safety resources together. There are many free resources available online, such as checklists, articles, or videos.
Sometimes even if you are very careful, a fire breaks out. It is not always possible to avoid a blaze. We recommend you get in touch with us straight away. SERVPRO staff, from our call center to our teams on the ground, are trained to handle fire situations with care and sensitivity. We understand your fears and concerns and endeavor to allay them.
Getting your home back to normal is a top priority following a blaze. Our IICRC-certified technicians have a range of equipment and techniques on hand to clean soot residue from your home and make it livable once more. We also have several deodorizing techniques in our arsenal, such as ozone machines and thermal foggers or air scrubbers. Our aim is to leave your home clean and free of smoke odor - “Like it never even happened.”
For help with cleanup after a fire, call SERVPRO of Nashua at (603) 889-2311 for assistance.
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Three Simple Steps for Taking the Stink Out of Fire Damage in Nashua Homes
Fire damage odors can linger. Call SERVPRO to make sure that they don't!
SERVPRO Technicians Follow a Multi-step Process for Odor Removal
When we think about fire damage, we imagine charred walls, burned carpets, and collapsed ceilings. Our minds tend to picture the worst scenarios because fire is a very destructive force. However, there are lots of ways in which even a small blaze can cause major devastation.
The common misconception is that the flames themselves pose the biggest threat. This is not usually true, particularly when it comes to fire damage in Nashua homes. Smoke and soot can be much harder to deal with. The stains are difficult to remove, they contain harsh toxins, and they leave an extremely stubborn odor.
It is this lingering, acrid odor which requires expert attention from a fire damage repair company like SERVPRO. Keep reading to find out how our technicians use cutting edge deodorization techniques to get homes smelling fresh again.
Removing the Source
Before bringing any deodorizing instruments or tools into your home, the SERVPRO team will first carry out a full inspection. This will allow them to assess the extent of the problem and identify which fire damaged items need removing. If structural materials have been charred, they will remove as much of this as possible.
Preparing the Deodorizer
There are all kinds of different ways to ‘deodorize’ a fire damaged room or area of a house. The reason for this is because the effectiveness of the process often depends on getting the application right. The deodorizing particles released into the area must be able to make contact with the lingering odor particles so that they can neutralize them.
In order to do this, they need to travel and disperse in the same way as the bad smell did. For fire damaged properties, this typically means that a fogging device or machine is used. Smoke does not flood an area; it travels around it in a kind of mist formation. This is why the SERVPRO technicians apply deodorizing chemicals, sanitizers, and neutralizers as a fine ‘mist’ spray.
Sealing and Containment
In some cases, it is also possible to, literally, seal smoke odors away beneath a layer of paint. This will not always be a suitable method, but it is one of the most efficient. If we believe that it will be effective, we will save you time and money by taking this quicker, more affordable step. However, sealing and containment are only really viable in instances of mild to moderate fires, in which walls and ceilings have sustained mostly aesthetic damage.
The damage caused by soot and smoke can be extensive, but it does not have to be permanent. Reliable, effective fire damage repairs and remediation services are just a phone call away. SERVPRO of Nashua is based in your local area, and we are here to help you. Call us 24/7 on (603) 889-2311.
How Fire Damage Affects Nashua Homes After the Flames Are Gone
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Damage Needs Quick Action to Ensure the Best Outcome
Fires are devastating, and the immediate concern when one happens is to keep everyone safe and combat the flames. However, after the flames are gone, most homeowners quickly realize that the trouble has only begun. It is not just the devastating fire itself that can ruin a house's structure and contents, but the problems that a fire event leaves behind.
If you are a homeowner dealing with fire damage in Nashua, you may have noticed that more issues have cropped up well after emergency ended. Here are some of the lasting effects of fire damage and how SERVPRO can help.
Smoke will not only impart an unpleasant smell in your home that sticks and is difficult to eliminate, but it can also permeate just about any porous surface in your home, from walls and furniture to clothing and documents. Off the shelf cleaners will not get rid of smoke from fire damage, but our technicians have the tools and knowledge to deeply and thoroughly clean to get rid of smoke smells for good.
Mold and Mildew
Water is typically used to fight a fire, but the problem is that the water is then left to sit and soaks into the floors, walls, and surfaces of your house. This leads to the development of mold and mildew, which are quite destructive on their own. SERVPRO is careful to extract moisture left from fire emergencies as well as control humidity to prevent the formation of mold and mildew.
Soot is particles that result from fire damage, and they are notorious for wearing through everything from paint to electronics and even furniture. When soot collects in large masses it is visible as a dark, almost chalky looking substance -- you may have seen it on your walls, mantle, or on high surfaces. We use industry leading techniques and equipment to ensure soot does not continue to pose a threat to your home and possessions.
The team at SERVPRO of Nashua has the knowledge and skill to get your house back in excellent shape after any fire event. For a great deal more information about our fire damage restoration services or to obtain a quote, call us 24/7 at (603) 889-2311.
Do you know the two different types of smoke
Did you know that there are two different types of smoke? Wet and dry.
Wet smoke - Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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Nashua, NH Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and Soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- the type of smoke may greatly affect restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Nashua will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.