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What Is Unique About Fire Damage Restoration in Merrimack Homes?

2/13/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the table and counters Regardless of the room affected, facing fire damage can be a daunting task. Partner up with SERVPRO to help. Our technicians are standing by 24/7.

SERVPRO Probes Fire Damage for Unique Problems When Restoring Merrimack Homes

Fire is a destructive phenomenon that leaves clear signs such as hanging ceiling panels and heavy soot deposits on vertical and horizontal surfaces. However, the fire at your Merrimack home might also cause unclear or unprecedented damages hampering your restoration efforts.

You can perform better fire damage restoration at your Merrimack property if you understand the different ways a fire affects materials. The fixtures you have in the house also determine the outcome of such incidents, making professional assistance from a team like SERVPRO essential.

Irregular damages can be triggered by:

  • HVAC units spreading debris haphazardly
  • Smoke depositing unique residues
  • Residues concentrating in hidden locations

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system can spread residues far beyond the rooms touched by the fire. Alternatively, it can keep re-soiling the house after cleaning. The main issue you might face because of the HVAC system is unending odor issues. Our SERVPRO technicians assess your system to determine whether cleaning or parts replacement is necessary before operating the utility.

Damage Caused by Fire Residues

Fire is known to produce soot that collects on various surfaces. What you may not anticipate is the uniqueness in the physical qualities of the soot residues leading to problems when cleaning. 

Fire residues can be classified as:

  • Lipophilic
  • Lipophobic
  • Hydrophobic
  • Hydrophilic

Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate residues before starting restoration then choose a cleaning solution based on the principle of "Like dissolves like." So, for example, if we discover the soils are lipophilic, we choose oil-based cleaning products.

As the fire burns, smoke moves around driven by convection currents resulting in unusual outcomes. For instance, the insides of cabinets and closets are colder than the surrounding areas, so smoke moves towards these areas, resulting in exceptional soiling levels.

SERVPRO of Merrimack explains in detail what sort of issues we expect at your property before we start fire damage restoration. Call us at (603) 262-9293.

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