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Surface Washability Factors into Fast Everett Fire Restoration

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

Chairs on fire Fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none.

Finding Washable Surfaces During Fire Restoration

Surface cleaning is always one of the most preferred methods of cleanup and restoration for soot-damaged surfaces after a fire. Unfortunately, not all building materials and contents can be restored this way. Our professionals have to assess the condition of the house and its exposure to fire loss effects to determine the viability of surface recovery.

Thorough Scoping for Damage

The earliest action in determining how readily surfaces can be cleaned or restored during fire restoration of Everett homes is a thorough inspection. Our project manager walks through the damaged home to evaluate the condition of exposed materials. Factors that can influence the washability of surfaces to include:

  • Corrosive Soot Damage
  • Trapped Odors
  • Dampness
  • Rarity
  • Material Age

Can the Affected Material Be Washed?

Determining what surfaces are washable is another important distinction with the fire-damaged residence. Technicians can easily clean some materials, especially non-porous surfaces like tile or concrete, of even stubborn wet smoke damage. When semi-porous or highly porous building materials are impacted, however, pre-testing is necessary to decide if needed cleaning strategies are too aggressive for the condition of the underlying substrate to handle.

Is the Material Worth Saving?

SERVPRO cannot save some materials exposed to fire loss effects like soot and smoke solids. The porosity of aging materials can be to blame, or it might be determined that the cost of replacement is more agreeable than the incurred costs of surface cleaning and drying. Essentially, SERVPRO decides whether the element is worth saving and restoring, which might not always be the answer homeowners might expect.

Determining the viability of restoration is an important distinction for experienced recovery professionals reaching the job site after a fire. As leading restorers, SERVPRO of Medford / Everett can effectively inspect the structure and determine the methods necessary for cleanup and repairs. Call us today at (781) 395-4444.

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