Recent Fire Damage Posts

Post-Fire Safety Precautions In Brandon – What Do I Need To Know?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fires can be devastating and turn your life upside down.

Safety is the First Concern SERVPRO Deals with When It Comes to Fire Restoration and Cleanup in Brandon

If a fire should strike your home in Brandon, you may not even be able to think clearly. Understanding what can happen and knowing what to do to make sure your family is safe is crucial.

My Home Looks OK – Can I Still Enter?

Many times, fires get contained quickly, and the damage seems minimal. Your first thought may be to go inside the home. Your natural instinct would be to see what has been damaged and if the house is livable. The reality is fire damage can be unseen. You can see what the fire and smoke have done to the items in your home. What you can’t see s things like carbon monoxide or structural damage. A fire damage restoration company in Brandon will ensure your home is safe before you enter.

Dealing with the Invisible

Carbon monoxide is a problem even after extinguishing the fire. This silent killer is not something you want to mess around with. Structural components may be compromised, but it will look just fine to you. Our professional crews know what to look for to ensure the safety of the structure. You do not want to put your family in danger should the building collapse. Other things that can be a concern are:

    •    Smoke and soot particles – these can cause lung damage
    •    Hot spots
    •    Flooding from fire hoses
    •    Chemicals from the sprays the firemen use to put out the fire

Fires can be devastating and turn your life upside down. SERVPRO is committed to your family’s safety. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help with any fire damage restoration needs.

Where is Fire Damage the Worst in My Brandon Home?

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged kitchen with microwave Residues and soot can affect every part of your home after a fire. Contact our experienced team to assess and remediate.

Often residues and coatings on surfaces occur the worst in specific areas of the house, and our SERVPRO team can work on cleaning these damages fast.

While smoke and soot residues can circulate throughout your entire Brandon home from its origin point, certain portions of wall surfaces and other materials get the worst of this soiling. Because of the science of cooler air sinking in a structure fire, warmer, smoke saturated air gets forced towards the ceiling of damaged rooms. As a result, the densest concentrations of wall and surface residues are on the upper portions of drywall, ceiling materials, and ceiling fixtures.

Cleaning up these residues as part of the fire restoration in Brandon homes can be a challenge, especially with many homes having high vaulted ceilings. In addition to the obstacle of reaching the damaged areas, which often requires our SERVPRO team to utilize machinery and ladders, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to addressing the residues that we find. With varying compositions, acidic content, and hosting surfaces, there are many approaches to removing wastes and soils without compromising the material underneath it.

What Cleaning Practices Can Address Soiling and Residues?

There is a finite timeline to address soiling on surfaces, especially conditions like soot damage. With an acidic base and particles that are already a carcinogenic health hazard to those exposed, residues can be highly destructive to the surfaces and contents they come into contact with circulating in a house. We have a line of potent products that can help with three unique practices to clear residues from wall and ceiling surfaces, as well as contents and flooring in your home. These include:

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident requires many different practices. No matter what your property needs, our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can help. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

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Content Inspection And Cleaning In Brandon

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt house interior Content management and recovery is a delicate process for post-fire recovery of your home.

Content Inspection and Cleaning after Brandon House fires

Caring for the belongings of your Brandon home after a fire is no simple task. Careful consideration goes into the action taken with each item found in your home after a fire loss. With multiple approaches that we can take with your most treasured belongings, it can help to put your mind at ease to know the most common choices made to protect your possessions and make fire losses “Like it never even happened,” in a more personal way for our customers.

Before our SERVPRO professionals can address the fire damage to Brandon structures more directly, decisions and actions must get taken with the contents here in the residence. While many of the outer-lying contents might be able to get cleaned and restored on-site, it is still advisable to move some of these possessions to an area of the house that is not an active work zone for fire restoration and recovery. Those more heavily affected must get tagged for removal to our warehouse for more focused cleaning and recovery.

In-House Restoration
It is often the priority and focus of our technicians to restore and recover the damaged contents of your home on-site when possible. Not only does this make the entire restoration process a little more efficient, but it is not as costly and often stressful to the customer as the off-site recovery in our SERVPRO facility. With powerful cleaning products to use with agitative and abrasive cleaning methods, we can address threats like soot and odors often without the need for pack-out.

Off-Site Recovery
Heavily soiled items require focused attention that is impossible to provide in a damaged home. Our content management team can take these items to our nearby warehouse for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage. With sophisticated tools at our disposal in our facilities like immersion ultrasonic tanks and ozone chambers for deodorization of an entire room worth of contents, we can reduce unnecessary loss through off-site cleaning.

Content management and recovery is a delicate process for post-fire recovery of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call to help however you need at (813) 741-3473.

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We Have The Experience And Equipment Necessary To Restore Your Brandon Home After A Fire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

A room covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire We can remove the burnt items, eliminate the smoky odors, and make things right again after a fire disaster hits your home.

How to Restore Soot and Smoke Damage on the Interiors of Cabinets or Drawers in your Brandon Home

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When your home falls victim to a fire incident, you may be surprised to find that the areas of most damage are in smaller spaces and cavities in the home. The reason for this is that hot molecules move vigorously in comparison to cooler air molecules. In a fire, hot smoke and ash drive into colder air pockets, which means that the interior of your kitchen cabinets or drawers is likely to sustain the most soot and smoke damage. To make matters worse, the interior cavities of fittings are often without a finish and therefore suffer more from exposure to hot smokes.

Our team is here to help you recover from fire damage in your Brandon home by using our extensive knowledge and experience. Interior cavities can become pressure vaults that push soots and smoke residues into the surface. Damages that are below the surface of a material are no longer cosmetic and may require aggressive action to restore. Unfortunately, scrubbing away at the surface level soiling does not affect the release of odor or visual appearance of smoke. There are several methods SERVPRO restorers can use to adjust your fittings and remove the presence of soiling altogether.

Abrasive action may be a requirement for fittings or furniture that absorbs smoke beyond the surface level. By carefully sanding the surface, SERVPRO technicians can remove layer upon layer of fire damage until all that remains a clean surface. Once a clean surface is apparent, our technicians can refinish the interior of the cabinets to a decent preloss condition. However, not all cabinets use materials that respond well to abrasive methods like sanding.

Non-hardwood interiors do not often respond to sanding. There is also a risk of causing further damage to the affected areas. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians may need to think creatively to take the appropriate action. Odor sealing paints are useful in fire damage situations where materials show significant soiling, but the replacement of the cabinet all together may be expensive for a homeowner. Sealant paints are capable of providing a clean looking finish that seals unpleasant odor and prevents it from being a noticeable issue.

When interior cabinets show significant smoke or soot damage, you may need to enlist professional restorers. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview (813) 741-3473.

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The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation Situations in Brandon

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged yellow room with stairs Make sure that fire residues are removed from the home right away to help ward off lingering odors. Contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave.

Efficient Fire Smoke Odor Removal from Affected Brandon Properties 

When a fire starts in your Brandon home, smoke poses a significant threat because it filters into different sections of the property through convectional currents, leaving residues on surfaces and bad odor in the air. Removing the odor is essential to restore the property to its preloss state, but it takes several steps to accomplish the desired results.

Removing any remains left over after the fire helps with fire smoke odor removal from affected Brandon properties. Fire consumes organic and synthetic materials in the home, leaving varying degrees of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the damage to such materials to establish whether they are salvageable or not.  We clean the salvageable ones and remove the unsalvageable ones for disposal to deal with the effects of the fire incident, “Like it never even happened.”

The smoke residues released during combustion might bond with the surfaces they contact, necessitating mechanical, or chemical force to dislodge them. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming or wiping with dry cleaning sponges to dislodge residues from surfaces mechanically.  We also use wet cleaning procedures because water and detergents help break the bonds residues form with the surfaces they affect. Mixing the cleaning solution with water-soluble deodorizing agents helps ensure no odors remain after removing the residues.

Bad odor might persist even after carrying out a thorough cleaning exercise in your fire-damaged home. Some odors penetrate deep into materials, especially such materials are porous. The volatile nature of odor molecules means the bad smell remains in the property until you deal with the source.  Among the best ways to deal with such odor is to replicate the conditions that create it in the first place. Our SERVPRO technicians can use ULV foggers to deliver a fine mist of deodorizing agent in the affected area. Alternatively, we can use thermal foggers that deliver solvent or water-based deodorizers. We can leave the smoke for periods ranging from 30 minutes to the whole night, depending on the severity of the malodors. Ventilating the area after fogging helps remove the fog.

Removal of all odors after a fire helps complete the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help deodorize your home. We are available 24/7.

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How to Eradicate Odors After A Fire Damage In Your Brandon Home

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment sitting outside the back of a SERVPRO van. SERVPRO will always be first in line when it comes to your Brandon home fire loss.

Let us help you with your Brandon home fire damage, we know what it takes.

Residential fires can be devastating. Not only can the flames cause physical damage, but the smoke also poses a risk of loss. Smoke is a byproduct of combustion that can leave your home with unpleasant odors. Smoke travels further than flames, spreading to different rooms and getting into HVAC systems and ductwork. 

Restoring your Brandon home after fire damage is essential to prevent additional damage. Removing smoke odors is not as easy as lighting scented candles or using cans of air freshener. Such remedies only mask the odor for a short time. The smell can cling to floors, furniture, walls, and clothing, among other items. Eliminating the smoke smell takes effort and time. You can take some steps to help remove the odor, such as: 

  • Leaving several bowls of baking soda around your home for a few days to absorb the odor. Baking soda is a natural and inexpensive odor absorber. 
  • Placing activated charcoal in bowls around your home for a few days to help absorb the scents.
  • Adding one cup of vinegar along with usual detergents in the washing machine to        
  • eliminate the smoke odor out of clothing. 

Enlisting the services of professionals is also vital when dealing with stubborn smoke odors. Our SERVPRO crew can use various strategies to deal with such odors. The exact deodorization process varies depending on the extent of the smell and the materials affected. We can use equipment and products designed to neutralize smoke smells, such as:

Thermal foggers

These devices vaporize solvent-based or petroleum-based deodorizers to generate a “smoke” or fog comprising tiny particles. The particles produced create a mist similar to smoke, enabling the deodorizer to interact more effectively with odor-causing residues.

Deodorant granules or pellets 

These are odor absorbers. Their main active ingredient is fuller’s earth. It acts as a sponge to absorb and hold odors. We can place the pellets in a shallow pan to deodorize a room or closet. 

Injection devices 

Our SERVPRO technicians can use a pump and injection needle to inject a small amount of deodorants into confined spots on upholstery and carpets. We can use this strategy when it is difficult to lift the carpets to access the padding or backing material. 

It is necessary to encapsulate smoke smells sometimes. We can use odor-blocking paints to seal walls and ceilings. 

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview has highly trained technicians who can eliminate smoke odor to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (813) 741-3473 for fire odor removal services in Riverview, Mango, and neighboring areas.

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If Fire Damage Strikes Your Home Call the Professionals at SERVPRO In Brandon Today

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Burned pots on the stove If fire damage strikes your home you need to call someone to help. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

The Right Deodorization Equipment After Brandon House Fires

We have dozens of options for nearly every aspect of fire recovery between the products available and the equipment used to restore Brandon homes. Even damages that are seemingly straightforward like lingering smoke odors can come with an intricate decision in what tool is ideal for the current conditions. Depending on the affected areas, level of severity, and how widespread the odors become, we have multiple machines that can help to overcome these effects in your home.

As much as odors might be lesser fire damage concerns in Brandon properties, this condition still must get overcome to return a house to preloss condition. The determination of which tools might be necessary for this process can become part of the initial assessment and estimation of our SERVPRO team when we first arrive at your damaged residence. Our crew chief and production management can oversee the deployment of these tools as the situation demands, to ensure that every house gets the precise machines and products needed to eliminate this noxious threat.

Thermal / UV Foggers 

These fogging units are among the most common deodorization tools used by our SERVPRO team. These are ideal for soft materials and open areas of a house, making them a highly portable and effective option for restoration professionals. Through the use of thermal foggers, deodorization products get vaporized immediately and dispersed into the environment to neutralize odor molecules.

Hydroxyl Generators 

The active agent in these machines gets generated naturally by the atmosphere when UV rays, water vapor, and oxygen interact. By using this same UV spectrum, we can replicate the same cleaning and deodorization power on broad areas of your home, while simultaneously reducing present threats in the air quality of the residence.

Ozone Machines 

Ozone machines are another highly efficient tool in the arsenal of our recovery professionals, though these tools are unsafe to use around pets and humans. By creating ozone, the new molecules can bond with odor compounds and neutralize them, though this reaction makes the air impossible to breathe.  

These three options are among the most popular choices for deodorization that our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview fire recovery specialists use. No matter when disaster strikes, you can count on our fast response to limit the spread of fire loss effects and our practical tools to eliminate odors. Give us a call today (813) 741-3473.

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A Fire Can Destroy Your Brandon Home

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call at (813) 741-3473 so we can show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Can You Restore Fire Damage To Your Brandon Home Alone?

DIY Brandon home restoration and recovery is a growing trend empowering many homeowners and property owners to pursue learning unique techniques and intricate repairs. In certain situations, it can be more cost-effective and frugal to perform this cleanup without the aid of professional restorers, but this is not a universal truth. In other situations, even with modest training and mid-level equipment, it can be too challenging to remove the set-in effects of fire losses in your house by yourself.

As much as many scenarios could encourage DIY cleaning, fire damage recovery for Brandon homes is rarely one of them. Fire losses present multiple layers of symptoms and effects that can continually worsen without the appropriate intervention. Each of these effects must often get addressed simultaneously, requiring multiple Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) in our SERVPRO Green Fleet arriving quickly with accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Many of these same professionals have additional certifications, such as Odor Control (OCT), Carpet Cleaning (CCT), and more.

Symptoms like soot damage can be especially problematic to address, even more so without the specific equipment, products, and practices used to combat this residue. This layer of possible toxic film is prone to staining and smearing under conventional cleaning approaches, so our SERVPRO team works quickly to address these widespread circumstances.

Another consideration for restoring damages and effects on your own is the safety of those exposed to the environment of your property following a fire. Reducing the presence of damaging particulates, carcinogens, and debris in the air reduces how it directly impacts your family. We have sophisticated tools to filter out these particles from the affected environment, including hydroxyl generators, negative air machines, air scrubbers, and ozone machines.

We have seen firsthand how quickly fire loss incidents can get out of control, and that is why our fire restoration specialists stay available to handle these emergencies 24/7. Give our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team a call at (813) 741-3473 so we can show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How To Tackle Fire Damage Remediation in Your Riverview Residence

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation in your Riverview living room can be a handful. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Limiting Loss from Fire Damage in Riverview Property Through Restoration

Even small-scale fires in a home can result in large amounts of fire damage if the methods for cleanup are inadequate. Soot and odors quickly spread if there is foot traffic in the area or using your HVAC system results in pulling soot into the ductwork.

SERVPRO answered a call to clean up fire damage to a living room in Riverview that received water damage that equaled the amount of damage from the fire. When there is water damage in tandem with fire loss, it is crucial that the extraction of the water happens as quickly as possible.

We contained the living room with heavy plastic and also contained the registers in the room to keep as much odor as possible out of the ductwork. While one team of technicians removed charred contents from the room, another team worked on extracting water from the firefighting efforts. The living room carpet and padding received too much damage from the fire, but was soaked and too heavy to remove before extraction efforts began on the room. We cut the carpet into strips for easier handling.

While one wall required controlled demolition to remove the charred sheetrock, the bookcases in the living room showed residue from the fire but no charring damage, the homeowner was pleased to find out how many fire loss items in the living room our technicians could save through SERVPRO's proprietary restoration techniques.

After drying the area, we deployed air scrubbers to remove any remaining soot in the room. These machines pull in the air through a honeycomb of filtration with an attached HEPA filter to capture particles so tiny the human eye cannot see them.

Smoke residue carries odor, and we used both wet and dry cleaning methods depending on the type of residue left behind. Once the room was cleaned, and without residual smoke odors, our SERVPRO technicians gave the homeowner and adjuster of a list of the completed mitigation actions and the necessary repairs to bring the fire damaged area to its preloss condition.

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 and our team can tackle fire damage in your home. We have the specialized equipment and training, and we serve the local area so We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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When Demolition is Necessary After Brandon Fire Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is equipped for fire damage restoration jobs of any size.

Fire Debris Cleanup Technicians in Brandon Talk About Demolition Procedures

If something ever burns on your property in Brandon, it is possible that many of your building materials and contents can get ruined, forcing them to be removed and replaced. Even during small blazes, fire debris cleanup may need to be conducted by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Whenever we arrive at your house after something burns, we start by figuring out the extent of the damage. During the initial inspection, we determine what we think we can save and which items we believe have been ruined and not salvageable. Once we determine which building materials and contents got damaged and which ones we can restore, we can begin the fire debris cleanup process.  

During any restoration process, we try to save as many items inside your home as possible. A significant part of any fire debris cleanup project in Brandon is cleaning and removing soot residues created by smoke. Many items inside a building that suffer from a burn are restorable from being disposed of by cleaning or refinishing procedures. However, when flames torch objects inside the home they often get burnt beyond repair.  

In most cases, we remove any materials like carpet or drywall that get torched.  We accomplish the demolition process by removing the ruined items and disposing of them in sealed plastic bags. If the fire affected area is only a small portion of a large room, we can contain the burnt region during the demolition process so that soot and dust from the removal procedures do not contaminate unaffected areas of your home.  

If there is evidence that structural components such as your wooden studs or subfloor got charred, then they may have to be removed as well. However, if the charring is only on the surface of the wood and cannot be seen a quarter inch past the surface, then the materials can be sanded down and treated. If you ever suffer from a fire igniting on your property, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 any time of the day.

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SERVPRO Reviving Brandon Homes Devastated by Unruly Fires

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage shouldn't linger in your Brandon home forever. Call SERVPRO to remove odors once and for all.

Processes that Help Manage Fire Damage Odor in Brandon

The combustion processes in property fires produce different smells. Most of these smells go away after extinguishing the fire. However, some incidents of fire damage leave lingering odors which require specific deodorizations steps to eliminate. We are IICRC certified in fire and smoke restoration so we can help deal with all types of bad odor.
 
Among the main steps of managing fire damage in Brandon is the removal of debris, whether partially or fully burnt. On arrival at the loss site, our SERVPRO crews group items into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items. This simple step helps odor management because we remove all the wastes immediately. We also clean the salvageable items and remove those that need in-depth evaluation and cleaning to offsite facilities, thus minimizing sources of bad odor.
 
The smoke produced by the fire contains particles of soot, aerosols and other components. Most of these particles are tiny and therefore driven deep into materials as smoke moves around causing odors to linger even after cleaning. Our SERVPRO crew uses advanced equipment such as Ultra Low Volume foggers to deliver deodorizing agents deep into materials. The ULV fogger atomizes liquid deodorizing agents generating mist with particles as small as 8-15 microns which can reach all areas with odor-causing residues.
 
Ventilating the affected property after finishing all processes including fogging is crucial. Most aerosols float freely through the air, and therefore the bad smell lingers even after cleaning all residues from contents. Our SERVPRO team uses ventilation box fans to generate high-velocity airflow of up to 5,000 cfm. We also have HEPA filtered air scrubbers with activated charcoal that help remove any odor from the air.
 
If your Riverview or Mango home feels uninhabitable due to bad odor after fire damages it, call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview to help deodorize it. You can reach us at (813) 741-3473 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Restore Your Fire Damaged Riverview Home?

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to assess the damage and begin restoring your home.

Fire Damage Experts in Riverview Talk About The Restoration Process

When a fire burns inside your Riverview home, several conditions are created that can ruin the items you own. Even if the blaze is minor and does not burn too many objects, it can still cause fire damage existing throughout your house. Fires burn at different temperatures and use various substances as fuel; therefore, every burn creates its unique scenario. Different types of smoke and soot residues create scenarios where our SERVPRO crews are forced to utilize a variety of techniques to mitigate every problem. Most fire damage situations involve removing burnt materials, cleaning soot, and deodorizing the building.  

Since different materials get burnt, various types of soot and odors can exist. When mitigating fire damage in Riverview, our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of techniques and equipment to deal with the different types of problems that occur. The first step we take when starting a project is to inspect the severity and extent of the issues. We come to your property equipped with a testing kit that helps us determine what we can save and what needs replacing. The kit includes a large variety of chemicals and utensils that we use to see what works best on the different building materials and contents inside your home.  

Once we figure out what the job entails we draft up an initial estimate to give to you and your insurance adjuster. Next, we remove all fire damaged materials that we do not think we can save with refinishing or soot removal. We then clean off all of the surfaces that got affected by smoke.  

If foul odors still exist after we remove the burnt materials and clean off all of the soot residues, then we work towards removing all of the burnt smells. We can accomplish this by using one or more different types of deodorizing systems. If you ever notice burnt smells or soot residues after something burns inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 as soon as you notice an issue.

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How Our Specialists Help You Recovery After Your Brandon Home Experiences A Fire

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can cause many types of damages to your property that spread out even beyond the initial source of the blaze.

Mitigation And Deodorization After Fire In Your Brandon Home

Recovering from a widespread disaster like a fire in your Brandon home involves much more work, and intricate attention than firefighters and first responders can provide. Once the flames get extinguished, you get your first look at the damage that the property has sustained and begin sorting out what you determine is necessary to return your home to original condition.

From the first look at these fire damages in your Brandon home, a homeowner might become overwhelmed by the widespread soot and smoke damages throughout the property alone. Recovering these aspects often requires specialized equipment designed to make this process efficient, but ultimately to provide the most thorough cleaning and deodorization possible for the house.

Once our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your address, we can get to work on mitigation techniques designed to preserve your property and its contents. Processes like pack-outs remove the at-risk furniture and contents within your house to provide a safe place for their storage, as well as specialized attention where needed until it is time to return them to your fully restored home. During their time with our Contents Department, individual items can get cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized to be ready for their return to the property.

Deodorization is something that requires even more of the industry-leading equipment that our SERVPRO technicians have at their disposal. Thermal foggers can help within a home to permanently remove or dramatically reduce overwhelming smoke and noxious odors by neutralizing them on contact with an OSHA approved chemical compound dispersed as a dense gas. This machine is safe to use on soft materials within your home such as clothing, carpets, drapes, upholstery, and more.

Fires can cause many types of damages to your property that spread out even beyond the initial source of the blaze. Our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview rapid response team can help with a comprehensive approach that stays with our customers from the initial emergency call through returning a fully restored property to you. Give us a call for any emergency at (813) 741-3473.

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Can Electronics Be Cleaned After a Fire?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire clean up contact a restoration company in Riverview,FL

Electronics that are not completely ruined by a fire may benefit from being cleaned. Fire cleanup professionals who specialize in electronics rely on several restoration methods.

Corrosion and Soot Cleanup

Restoration experts can remove electronics from the site of a fire and work on them in a controlled location. There, they may be able to address several results of fire damage such as

  • Corrosion of circuits due to the acidity of smoke
  • Formation of a black film of smoke or soot over internal components
  • Warped electronics that suffered closer exposure to fire

These experts may be able to carefully clean corrosion or black film from the inside of computers, mobile devices, or other electronics exposed to smoke damage. Corrosion or black film can both lead to short-circuiting and put residents at risk of starting another fire.

Data Restoration

Even if a device is no longer functional, it may be possible to retrieve data from a storage medium that would otherwise be lost. Restoring data can be a major step toward resuming normal affairs after a fire cleanup. It may not be possible to retrieve data from electronics that have suffered direct exposure to open flames and have either melted or warped.

Proof of Damage

In the case of devices that are beyond restoration or data retrieval, restoration experts that specialize in electronics can supply owners with proof of loss that may make it easier to file a claim and obtain replacements for damaged electronics. Try to locate and submit receipts to support your claim in order to obtain the full value or an equivalent replacement for appliances, computers, or devices that are incapable of being restored.

When it comes to fire cleanup, it is best to rely on experts with extensive experience restoring electronics. Whether you are dealing with fire or smoke damage, contact a restoration company in Riverview, FL.