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What Happens During and After A Fire In Your Home?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

A SEVRPO technician is pointing at smoke damage on the home's wall while the homeowner looks on SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is here to minimize the effects of a fire on both your home and your life.

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for any property owner. A fire can destroy your property and its contents. Understanding the theory of fire can help you work through this unfortunate event.

Three components can wreak havoc on your property during and after a fire incident—fire, smoke, and heat. All of these components can cause a different type of damage, and the restorability depends on which component has caused the most damage.

Fire and Heat

Fire and heat are the most devastating component of a house fire. The heat generated during the fire can cause extensive damage to the non-combustible material in your home as well. In many cases, the material that is entirely or partially damaged in a fire needs to be replaced during the restoration process.

Smoke and Soot Residues 

Smoke and soot arise if there is an imbalance in the three ingredients (fuel, oxygen, and heat) required for burning. In an ideal situation, the burning material combines with the oxygen to generate heat and carbon dioxide, and there is no smoke or soot residue. However, during a house fire, the conditions are far from ideal. As the oxygen supply is not optimal during a house fire—and as the types of fuel available vary greatly—the material burns incompletely and generates smoke.

Smoke contains a variety of components, including suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. As the smoke particles are microscopic (about 0.1 to 4 microns in size), they can penetrate porous surfaces such as drywall and fabric and cause discoloration and odors. Once these particles settle on surfaces, it is called soot, which can be challenging to clean and can cause extensive damage to your house and belongings. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle technicians are IICRC certified and have years of experience in handling almost any type of smoke and soot residue. Hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, thermal foggers, and HEPA and carbon-filter air scrubbers are key weapons in our arsenal to combat odors and floating particulates.

Fire Damage Restoration

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Restoration

Fire damage restoration is a job for the professionals at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle. We have all the equipment and expertise to get your home back to its original condition as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle today at (302) 392-6000 for your fire and smoke damage cleanup and restoration services.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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