A fire can be one of the most terrifying disasters to encounter in your home or business. With the ability to happen at almost any time, fires can result in significant damage and endanger anyone in the immediate area. Because of this, it is essential that you evacuate the building and call your local fire department for help. After the fire has been extinguished and the fire department has left, you are responsible for the restoration. ServiceMaster Restoration by Complete can help homes and businesses in Bergen County, NJ, with the fire and smoke damage restoration services we provide. We are quick in responding to your call, immediately working to stabilize your property and to clean it, preventing permanent damage.
Because fires can be caused by so many things, they are considered to be one of the more dangerous disasters. A fire’s flames work quickly and can severely damage an entire building. People commonly believe that the damage is in the past once the fire has been put out, but that’s not the case. Secondary damage can be caused by corrosive byproducts, such as smoke and soot, and may be even worse than the initial harm. The high heat produced in a fire results in corrosive byproducts, and they linger even after the fire is extinguished. If not treated in time, the smoke and soot damage can become permanent.
At ServiceMaster Restoration by Complete, our technicians know how urgent it is to get immediate fire damage restoration done on your property. This is why we arrive at your home or business within 1 to 2 hours of your call for help. We will stabilize all significant structural damage right away. We reverse the effects of soot and other corrosive byproducts by using advanced chemical cleaning products. The following can be expected from our fire and smoke damage restoration services:
- Emergency pre-cleaning
- Ceiling and wall cleaning
- Pack-out and content cleaning
After you call us for our fire and smoke damage restoration services, there are actions you can take to begin the recovery process.
What to Do After a Fire
- If the temperature is 60 degrees or above, open your property’s windows and doors to air out the place.
- Wipe soot off from aluminum, chrome, Formica, and porcelain surfaces.
- If your furnace uses forced hot air, change the air filter.
- To assist in capturing loose soot, put a damp cheesecloth over every return and supply register.
- Throw out any food products that were exposed.
- If you lose power in your property, do a thorough cleaning of your refrigerator’s interior.
- Set aside any smoke-damaged clothing and other fabrics for restoration dry cleaning.
What Not to Do After a Fire
- Do not come into contact with drywall, wood, upholstery, or any other porous materials that have been affected by soot. The natural oils in your hand can worsen the soot damage.
- Do not try washing walls damaged by soot. If you don’t employ the correct cleaning methods, then you might just worsen the damage.
- Do not try cleaning your upholstery or carpeting.
- Do not use any electrical appliances until inspected and deemed safe to use.
- Do not turn or use any ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
If your property is the site of a fire, then you need to know that the worst damage often occurs after the fire has been extinguished. Knowing this, contact ServiceMaster Restoration by Complete immediately after the fire has been put out. Our technicians will clean, repair, rebuild, and restore your home after suffering damage by the fire, smoke, and soot. Call us at (732) 840-3570 at any time of the day for the fire and smoke damage restoration services we provide in Bergen County, NJ.