Dear DIY'er North Fort Myers Homeowner, Ask SERVPRO about Fire Damage Cleanup
Tips for Handling Fire Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home
Fires are among the most extreme kinds of disasters that occur to homes in North Fort Myers and may even leave the property owners displaced. The resulting fire damage is not only caused by fire but a combination of smoke, heat, soot, and water from firefighting efforts, which lead to different problems that need to be addressed. The magnitude of the damage depends on the potency of the fire.
If the fire is due to a short circuit or gas leak, it can spread quickly, resulting in severe damage to the structure and contents of your property. It is crucial to begin the process of restoring your North Fort Myers home after fire damage soon to prevent secondary. To get started with the restoration process, you should contact your insurance company. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you can receive compensation.
You should also open all windows for ventilation and odor reduction. If the fire and smoke damage are not significant, you can clean the affected areas yourself. Make sure that you wear rubber gloves, goggles, and appropriate clothing, such as an overall to protect yourself. You can use a dry cleaning sponge to clean the walls and ceilings. A dry cleaning sponge differs from a standard sponge in that it is designed to remove soot and stains from smoke and residues.
After that, soak the affected surfaces with rubbing alcohol, vinegar or paint thinner. Then use a solution of hot water and trisodium phosphate cleaner to wipe down walls. Wipe down other surfaces such as appliances and countertops too. You may also use a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to pick up loose soot particles gently. SERVPRO advises to call us for this cleanup, if not none correctly, the mess is worsened.
Apart from the visible destruction, smoke can cause further damage to your property and possessions with its odor. Clothing, carpeting, upholstery, and other fabric materials usually absorb smoke smells. This can ruin the affected items, and the smell may remain in your home for a long time after the smoke and fire are gone. The smoke particles may get embedded deep into the materials, making it daunting to eliminate the scent. Odor molecules are volatile, and they vaporize easily. The heat of fire also causes surfaces to expand and become more porous, making it easier for odors and residues to penetrate surfaces. It is therefore advisable to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to remove the odors.
We do not merely cover up the lingering scents, but rather seek out the sources of the smells and eliminate them. We use advanced deodorization equipment, such as:
· Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers
· Thermal foggers
· Air scrubbers
With a high level of precision and attention to detail, SERVPRO is committed to dealing with fire damage to make it “Like it never even happened.”
When a fire has ruined your home in Fort Myers, Punta Gorda or Fort Myers Shores, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda for effective restoration. You can reach us any time at (941) 575-5910. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.