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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What Is the Best Solution for Fire Damage in My San Jose Home?

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck at work site. SERVPRO and their technicians ready themselves for a fire damaged Campbell home.

Have SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians Clear, Clean, and Restore Your Home to its Original Condition

When a fire causes damage to your Campbell home, even if it is quickly extinguished. The intense heat and burning material might not create a large amount of physical damage, but they can still generate smoke and soot damage that spreads throughout the home, affecting everything it touches.

How many types of fire damage are there?

Fire damage to a San Jose home falls into these categories:

Burning and charring from contact with the actual fire
Combustion, melting, and more from the intense heat
Surface and deeper damage from the smoke and soot particles that settle on structural and personal property
Water damage from sprinklers and other efforts to extinguish the fire

To deal with each type of damage, SERVPRO has an intensive training program so that most team member qualifies as a Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician or FSRT.

How bad can the damage get in my home?

It can run from mild smoke damage to the total loss of the structure itself and everything inside. That depends on several factors which include how hot and how fast the fire burned, where it started, how long it burned, and how far did the smoke reach throughout the home. Depending on these factors, fire damage falls into three categories:

Minor Damage – In this category, there is a limited amount of physical damage with only items like paper products requiring replacement. The smoke residues left behind are light to moderate and can be removed from ceilings, floors, walls, and personal property by wiping them down with a dry cloth or sponge. For slightly thicker residue layers, FRSTs might use a small amount of water to break them up for removal.
Medium Damage – Here, the physical damage is more intensive. The intense heat causes damage to tables, chairs, and other furniture as well as structural items like cabinets, drywall, and ceiling tiles. Wood floors may require refinishing and walls and ceilings often need repainting. Smoke residues are sticky and thicker, requiring a cleaning solution to remove them. Thicker residues also leave behind odors that need elimination.
Major Damage – In this category, the physical damage is severe, especially at the fire’s point of origin. Wall and other framing are charred or burned, forcing repairs or demolition and replacement. If the physical damage is severe enough, FRTs may have to board up shattered windows or cover roof damage to secure the home from weather or animal intrusions. Smoke residues in this category penetrate surfaces deeply enough to warrant disposal of the items or using sanders and other abrasive tools to remove surface material that contains residue particles. Odors at this level often require the use of special equipment to neutralize them completely.

How does SERVPRO get all of this accomplished?

Each team has access to an inventory of commercial equipment and chemicals designed for each restoration task. These are a few of the items:

For ceilings, FSRTs use Extension Poles, pads, and Peroxide Active Ceiling Cleaner. The combination allows team members to clean every inch of the ceiling without being immediately under the residues as they fall away. The cleaning agent is powerful, but does not damage the surface, and can even be used on acoustic tiles.
Odors are some of the most persistent types of damage to remove. If the malodor particles deeply penetrated an item, team members use a fogger combined with a deodorizing agent to create a cloud of particles that can get into a piece of furniture or structural property as deeply as the odor. These particles combine with the odor, changing and destroying them thoroughly.
Mechanical means of odor elimination can also include ozone machines and hydroxyl generators.

What about everything that was soaked by the Fire Department?

We attempt to clean carpets whenever possible. The water contains smoke residues and particles from the burned or charred items, which makes them extremely difficult to clean. For everything else, SERVPRO FSRTs use a combination of extraction wands to draw off the water covering the floor and then set up air movers and exhaust fans to draw moisture out of soaked furniture like sofas and structural items like drywall. Doing this quickly enough reduces the damage to the home and eliminates the threat of secondary water damage like mold growth.

How do I keep track of everything that was Restored or Replaced?

At SERVPRO, this is a part of our restoration service after a fire or any other disaster. Each team leader provides a complete list of every action they take for the homeowner and their insurance company when needed. We have Content Inventory Worksheets and software programs to track all items and actions.

No matter how mild or severe the fire damage might be, we can help you restore your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Campbell today at (408) 371-4001 to learn more about our fire restoration services. We are here for you.

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