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Handing Soot and Fire Damage in New Rochelle Homes

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

black soot on white wall SERVPRO FRST crews mitigate smoke and soot damage with special cleaning products and equipment. "Like it never even happened."

What Makes Soot Challenging Fire Damage?

Because soot damage is one of the expected effects of structure fires, SERVPRO professionals arrive with the tools and products to overcome these threatening conditions. As a homeowner, there are things you can know about this fire disaster byproduct to show why professional restoration is a necessity.

You Must Remove Soot

Before managing the many layers of fire damage in New Rochelle homes and businesses, you must have a credible attack plan for soot and smoke residues. Many property owners mistakenly believe these conditions will lessen or disappear entirely on their own with enough time, but that could be a big mistake with the corrosive composition of soot particles and sensitive underlying substrates that could get ruined.

There Are Multiple Types of Soot

Because several types of materials can suffer damage in your home, the subsequent byproduct of this combustion varies in composition. Several types of smoke damage exist:

  • Dry Smoke – Using chemical sponges and dry HEPA vacuums, SERVPRO professionals can often resolve the bulk of dry smoke damage on surfaces.
  • Wet Smoke – Emulsification and pairing agents work well to lift soils from the surface after wet smoke effects. Wipe cleaning could smear on the surface, so pre-testing is essential.
  • Protein Residues – Protein or grease residues can coat kitchen surfaces and be a challenging soil deposit to remove. Solvents are a helpful product in these cases.

Soot Needs More than DIY Cleaning

One of the common misconceptions about soot damage in your home is that it is easy to clean. While dry smoke can be less of a burden on professional restorers, cleaning up after any fire damage situation should be done by experienced technicians to prevent irreparable harm to the affected materials. We have special cleaning products, tools, and IICRC training to handle specific situations and return your property to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle can help with soot and fire damage cleanup. Call now at (914) 684-1560.

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