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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Don't Tackle Fire Damage Remediation Alone in Your Paramus Home

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

drawing house fire flames and smoke Don't Let a House Fire in Your Paramus Home Get You Down--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

How Learning Fire Behavior Helps Restorers When Fixing Fire Damage in Paramus

To the average person, the best way to define the aftermath of a fire is chaotic. The damages left by the blaze affect contents and structure haphazardly. Therefore, it is challenging to know the best place to begin the restoration process. On the other hand, our IICRC professionals recognize patterns, including how smoke residues spread out throughout the property, thus helping in preparing a response plan.

Temperature levels differ in different fire incidents, and this affects the restoration of fire damage in Paramus. Temperatures in a fire incident affect the restoration process by determining where smoke movements deposit residues and how hard such deposits adhere to materials. Smoke from hot fires concentrates near the ceiling, where it replaces cooler air through convection currents.  Finding heat lines in such cases is common. From experience, our SERVPRO technicians understand how difficult it is to clean residues above the heat line, so we remove the affected materials instead of trying to clean them.

As the fire burns, some surrounding surfaces might remain cooler, attracting smoke, which moves towards colder areas (hot to cold). In a room with well-insulated walls, the temperature differential is usually around the windows. As the smoke wafts to the window, it leaves massive deposits of tar and other residues on the back of draperies. Our SERVPRO technicians make a point of checking such areas even when there are no visible smoke deposits on the front. Also, closets and other concealed areas collect large amounts of residues, so we check them too.

Smoke particles can also go through ionization, especially when a fire burns plastics. The electrically charged smoke particles are attracted to surfaces with an opposite charge, which can manifest in smoke webs forming, which are similar to cobwebs. When our SERVPRO team finds signs of ionization, we know that the fire burned plastics even if all physical evidence is gone. We, therefore, prepare for advanced cleaning procedures to remove wet smoke residue and pungent smells associated with such fires

In case of a fire incident in your Westwood, Hillsdale, or Paramus property, call SERVPRO of Paramus to help. You can reach us at (201) 445-5588 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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