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READY How Do I Restore a Home after Flash Flooding?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

white dog with SERVPRO items sitting Our SERVPRO Mascot and "Part-Owner" Understands the Need for Flood Water Removal and Mitigation in the Wilmington Area

Storms Can Lead to Flood Damage in your Wilmington Home; SERVPRO Provides Prompt, Safe Assistance for Residents in Need

Is reconstruction necessary after storm damages?

Adverse weather conditions in Wilmington can lead to flash flooding in the area. Rising water levels can back up sewers and overflow roads, which can affect your home. When water intrusion occurs as a result of flooding, it is considered as a contamination issue. Tainted water, often salty in this area, can complicate a water restoration project because many building materials can suffer permanent harm. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, grey or black water intrusion may require demolition to expose hidden moisture and discard ruined elements. The S500 recommends that "restorers should open assemblies" to remove contaminated materials from cavities. These assemblies could include floor-tiles, boards, baseboards, drywall, or other interior structures within the home. Opening assemblies can also help to provide an accurate assessment of subfloor and wall cavities.

How is contamination controlled in a flooded property?

A property with Flood Damage in Wilmington can continue to deteriorate after pumping standing water. Porous materials like insulation, drywall, and sheetrock can absorb contaminated water. Contaminated materials must be assessed for potential removal. In category two, water contamination- greywater- there is a good chance of cleaning wet materials. In grey water contamination, SERVPRO technicians can recover carpets or walls using chemical cleaners and pressure washing equipment. Blackwater requires removal and replacement. It is essential to have an expert assess water contamination. In some situations, pressure washing, for example, can worsen the condition of your home by converting contamination into aerosols.

How do restoration technicians return home to a sanitary state?

  • Remove obstructing assemblies through demolition to assess hidden materials
  • Clean and decontaminate salvageable materials like carpets, drywall, or upholsteries
  • Demolish and dispose of non-salvageable materials that have high-grade water contamination

Flash flooding can make your home unsafe. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 to secure your property.

How Does Soot Get Removed from Fire-Damaged Newport Homes?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Soot covered walls after fire You can count on our professionals with state of the art equipment to quickly restore your property so you can return safely after a fire incident.

Soot is one of the most destructive effects of a fire loss, making it a priority to remove when restoration and mitigation get underway. 

Fire losses that threaten Newport homes and businesses can damage the property in many ways. Among the most challenging to overcome is the presence of smoke residues and soot. Puff backs are a typical example of this threatening black residue throughout the house when an oil furnace has a small explosion in the ignition chamber. Soot can also occur through partial combustion of exposed materials and contents in your home. A thick residue can be a substantial burden for cleaning technicians and present hazardous conditions for the property, so our SERVPRO team works to remove this carcinogen wherever it gets found. 

There are many layers and levels of fire damage in Newport homes that responding technicians like ours must address and overcome. While much of these concerns can get resolved during the mitigation phases with the application of advanced tools and technologies, soot can be a threat in multiple ways. From circulating particles to thick surface residues, there are varying strategies to resolve each of these types of soot and soiling damages to the structure and its contents. 

How Does Airborne Soot Get Removed? 

Circulating soot particles are microscopic, meaning that you might not always be able to identify their presence with the naked eye. Their small size is also hazardous in that breathing in these particulates can allow them to sit deeply into the lungs of those exposed, leading to respiratory conditions or worse. Removing these particles often requires several strategies that begin with addressing the present free-floating carcinogens and the residues on surfaces and contents throughout the structure. A combination of filtering and air purification tools can screen out particles as small as .03 microns with HEPA filtration screens. Tools and tactics for clearing the air often include:

  • Air Scrubber
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Air Duct Cleaning 

What Steps Are Necessary for Soot Removal on Surfaces? 

Soot and smoke residues often vary based on the material affected and the combusting materials. Protein residues, for example, get produced from grease fires in the kitchen. The incomplete combustion of fuels like wood produces thick smoke soiling that coats wall surfaces, ceilings, and floors throughout your house. There are multiple solutions to address these acidic residues, and they get selected based on the underlying materials impacted. We can pre-test potential cleaning strategies through small sample spaces to determine the most efficient approach for your specific construction materials, paints, wallpaper, and other involved products. These strategies for residue removal often include:

  • Soda Blasting – With pressurized air or even water combined with media like baking soda, this cleaning approach can dislodge and blow away thick soot residues on surfaces without damaging the underlying substrate. 
  • Agitative Cleaning – Brushing, vacuuming, and feather dusting can be useful in removing dry smoke residues and a preliminary action to take with thicker soot residues before emulsification. 
  • Chemical Solvents – Oil-based soils can benefit from the application of oil-based solvents. Testing the effectiveness of specific cleaning products can identify the type of residue and the best approaches for removing it. 
  • Controlled Demolition – When all else fails, removing the impacted material entirely and later replacing it is the most direct restoration path. 

How Do Damaged Contents Get Cleaned? 

Your personal belongings can often also get highly damaged by circulating soot particles and residues forming on the surfaces of exposed items. Relocating these belongings to our nearby facility can allow for intricate cleaning and restoration actions to take place, such as:

  • Ultrasonic Tank – Hard materials like glass and ceramics coated with soot residues can benefit from time in the immersion tank. Millions of exploding microscopic bubbles loosen soils on the damaged item and thoroughly clean every crevice. 
  • Surface Cleaning with Solvents – Surface cleaning is necessary for many of the items brought into our SERVPRO warehouse after a fire. We can identify the type of soiling and use chemical solvents, agitative practices, and abrasive methods to remove surface soot. 
  • ESPORTA Wash System – Clothing and soft materials that cannot stand up to the immersion tank can get thoroughly cleaned with a gentle cycle with this advanced restoration technology. 

Soot is often one of the most challenging obstacles for our team and homeowners to overcome after a fire loss incident. With so many variations of how this can damage your property, our experienced SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere team can help with multiple approaches tailored to any soot presence in your house. Give our emergency line a call anytime at (302) 992-0104. 

What Is the Best Option for Restoring My Home After a Fire?

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke on electric wire plug indoors If a fire has damaged your property, contact SERVPRO today.

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Wilmington Home After a Fire or Any Disaster

Fire is the probably most feared disaster for any homeowner. Except for being in a hurricane or tornado, it is the most physically damaging to a home. It leaves otherwise untouched property covered in soot residues left by burning material. 

Which is Worse to Deal with, Soot Residues, or Physical Damage?

There is no worse type of damage, only different methods to deal with the different types of Wilmington fire damage. That’s why SERVPRO is the best option. Our crews train to deal with every type of damage to your home, regardless of what it may be. 

Where Do Your Crews Begin?

After laying down plastic sheeting to avoid tracking residues into untouched areas, our crews pull out everything too damaged to repair or clean. That includes scorched items like carpets, flooring, wall paneling, and more. 

After removing it all from your home, specialists then move in to clean each surface. Depending on the thickness and type of residue, team members use the following methods:

  • Dry Wiping – Specialists use sponges and cloths first to remove powdery residues left behind by higher temperatures and faster burning fires.
  • Wet Wiping – Here, team members use sponges and cloths with water or a cleaner to remove thicker layers of residues and stickier residues left by slower burning fires with a lower temperature.
  • Agitation – This method is preferred on stone and brick surfaces to remove any residues that penetrate the surface and resist dry and wet wiping. 

What about the Smell?

SERVPRO specialists use cleaning agents designed to suppress and eliminate malodors generated by the soot residues. Where needed, they also have access to ozone generators designed to produce particles that bind with and eliminate odors, no matter how deeply they penetrate surfaces. 

Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere today to restore your home here or in Newport. Start the process today by calling (302) 992-0104. We are here for you. 

How Can I Get Sewer Waters Out of My Wilmington Store?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a burst brown pipe You may not get a warning before sewer pipes backup and leak water all over your business floor. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Sewer Backups Can Occur at your Business Premises. SERVPRO Commercial Water Cleanup Specialists Can Help Recover Your Wilmington Business.

Why does sewer backup occur?

Sewer backups occur when there is significant pressure in the waster water mains of your Wilmington business. These can be the result of external forces and come directly from the county wastewater sewer. Alternatively, large amounts of usage or improper maintenance can contribute to a sewer backup. These emergencies can lead to raw sewage entering your premises and may force a temporary closure. SERVPRO technicians are equipped to deal with bio-hazardous substances, including raw sewage by enacting a process that both clears away the damages as well as restoring indoor air quality. In an emergency, our phone lines are available twenty-four hours a day for businesses in need.

Do I need professional cleaning for a sewer backup?

Unsanitary conditions involving sewer water and gases can be dangerous. To ensure your business premises do not pose a threat to staff or customers you should opt for commercial water cleanup services here in Wilmington. A commercial cleaner has the necessary equipment and expertise to assess the level of harm in property and restore it using advanced equipment like self-priming trash pumps. Usually, SERVPRO commercial teams conduct thorough disinfection of the affected area as well as bringing in air filtration devices (AFD) to the property to ensure that sewer gases are restored correctly.

How can I prevent sewer backup?

  • Install a pressure dump in the sewer pipes of your building to avoid costly high-pressure damages
  • Conduct regular professional maintenance of your plumbing to avoid pressure points or loose jointing
  • Identify and isolate potential problem points early to avoid costs further down the line

If your business is facing temporary closure from sewer backup. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 now.

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What Can I Do to Prepare for Storms & Flooding in Wilmington?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

flooded laundry room in a home Floods can occur quickly and cause a large amount of damage to your home and displace you and your family. Call SERVPRO for flood damage remediation.

Wilmington is Prone to Flooding Like Many Parts of Delaware – Having a Natural Disaster Plan is Always Wise

In the United States, flooding is the most common natural disaster. It can happen in every state across the country. Making preparations for when disaster strikes removes the stress and damage to your family and Wilmington home.

Is All Flooding the Same?

Not all flooding is the same. Certain flooding happens over an extended period of heavy, steady rain. Flash flooding occurs rapidly and can occur suddenly with no warning. In the winter, when there is heavy snow and a surge of warm weather that can cause flooding. You are open to flooding whenever you live in near water, near dams, or in low lying areas. Flood damage can happen in your Wilmington home at any time.

Make A Plan

If disaster strikes, your family may not all be in the same place. An emergency plan lays out exactly what to do, so there is no confusion if something happens.

  • How you will contact each other
  • Where you will meet – a place for those inside the home and a place when some are not home.
  • Establish an out of town contact that can help with communications in case calling is a problem locally.
  • Knowing what the emergency plans are for your work, school, childcare, etc.
  • Copies for babysitters and caregivers.
  • Plans for what you will do with pets.
  • Flood insurance policy

When you do the above, you will have prepared your family in the case of any emergency, not just flooding. Practice the plan regularly, especially if you have young children who need to know where to go should something happen.

Put Together an Emergency Supply Kit

You will want to have certain things on hand should you experience a catastrophe in the home. Putting together a kit for the house in general and individual kits for each member of the house is an excellent idea. Make sure you have a good supply of non-perishable food and bottled water. A first aid kit, flashlights, extra batteries, and a battery-powered radio are all necessary items. A backpack with clothing, a special toy for children, water, and snacks is a good idea for each person. Other things to include in your kit may be:

  • Extra medical supplies and copies of prescriptions
  • Sleeping bags and bedding
  • Copies of important documents
    • Driver’s license
    • Social security cards
    • Birth and marriage certificates
    • Deeds
    • Wills

Know What to Look For

Understanding the different weather terms for storms and flooding can help you know what is coming your way. A flood watch means just that. The weather stations are watching for potential flooding in specific areas. Tune in to the local news to keep abreast of the situation. A flash flood warning means to be ready to move to higher ground or evacuate if flooding occurs. This is the time to move sensitive belongings to higher levels as well. If a flood warning is issued, it means flooding is on its way. If an evacuation warning is given, follow it. A flash flood warning means move immediately to higher ground. Don’t attempt to drive.

Emergency Water Mitigation

If your Wilmington home does experience flood damage, SERVPRO has rapid-response teams ready to provide emergency services. They will arrive at your home as quickly as possible and assess the situation for safety and health issues. Floodwaters bring all kinds of contaminants with them, and these must get dealt with on a professional level. Don’t attempt to enter your home until it is safe to do so. After determining the structure is safe, and the biohazard issues in the water are known, water extraction begins. The drying process follows that along with sanitizing and disinfecting.

Water Restoration Begins

Our technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and have years of experience dealing with floods. Once they have your home dry, the cleaning process and restoration of the building and content starts. If possible, items will be cleaned on-site. Packout services are available if that is not possible. The goal is to return your home to you, “Like it never even happened.”

Flood damage is nothing to take lightly, as it can be deadly. But our Green Team is available 24/7 to provide emergency mitigation and restoration services. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992 - 0104 for professional flood damage restoration service. 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can I Tackle My Wilmington Water Damage Before Family Visits?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Two men sliding down a set of stairs on a big red pillow. SERVPRO knows how important family is. Let us handle your water damage, so you can get back to the fun stuff.

SERVPRO Knows Best Practices for Water Mitigation to Ensure Your Entertaining in Wilmington Goes Off Without a Hitch

If you have plans for a family gathering, barbecue, or another celebration, the last thing you want is water damage to put a damper on the festivities. If you had a pipe burst that sends water into multiple rooms, cleaning up water safely and effectively is the best course of action. Instead of taking on the burden, SERVPRO has the manpower, proven cleaning methods, and innovative technology to make sure your Wilmington home is ready when guests are scheduled to arrive. 

Not only is excessive moisture an issue with water mitigation in Wilmington, but there could be several potential hazards present. Our skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) follow best practices for helping you get the results you need. The faster that you take action to address the water, the less cost is involved, and less damage takes hold of your furnishings, belongings, and structural materials.

Can I Do Anything Until SERVPRO Arrives?

Once the pipe bursts and the incident becomes evident, it is essential that you try to shut off the water supply for preventing further loss. You can then contact your insurance company and call our team so that we can deploy a crew to your location. 

How Much Water Damage Could There Be?

Depending on the situation, a burst pipe could send hundreds of gallons of water throughout the immediate loss zone. This water then migrates into dry spaces, leading to the potential for extensive damage to hardwood floors, carpeting, drywall, and anything else in the path. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster with any emergency call so that we can limit further damage to your property. Our crew chief knows how to handle each water emergency, and the assessment begins on arrival so that we can articulate the best possible restoration strategy. 

What Types of Damage Am I Looking At?

We know that DIY methods using consumer products and tools might be tempting, especially if you have a planned gathering coming up. However, our skilled IICRC-certified technicians use the right tools for the job so that we can minimize damage from multiplying. When you have a burst pipe within your home, you could be faced with:

  •   Significant water infiltrating your home may put pressure on your building’s structure and cause wood and other natural materials to warp and deteriorate.
  •   Mold growth may start in as little as 24 hours because extensive moisture creates the ultimate environment for microbes to thrive.
  •   Water may start to migrate into wall cavities and subflooring, which calls for involved structural drying procedures.
  •   Stagnant water impacts your possessions as well as materials like carpeting, where permanent damage could result.

Is This Water Contaminated?

In most situations where a pipe bursts, it sends out clean water throughout the loss zone. This lessens the chance of contamination and increases our ability to salvage your possessions and various building materials. However, microbes are ever-present throughout your interior, and they can reproduce when given a chance to fester. Anything that your water comes into contact with during the event may also pose a challenge during cleanup. 

Addressing Saturated Carpet

Our team gets to work fast when water migrates from a burst pipe in a kitchen or bathroom into adjoining rooms with carpeted floors. We pre-inspect and pre-test carpets to look for:

  •   Carpet style and fibers
  •   The level of soiling as well as the type of soil
  •   Colorfastness
  •   Carpet stain-resistance
  •   Pre-existing damage
  •   Any care instructions or warranties from the carpet manufacturer

Water extraction is critical to salvaging the carpeting, the carpet padding, and also the subfloor beneath. Drying is elemental in conjunction with extraction methods so that we can pull any remaining moisture from the carpet fibers. Effective drying measures keep the fibers from taking on additional soils while preventing microorganism growth. The dry times for your carpets depend on the moisture present, as well as the humidity and temperatures within the loss zone. Our crew follows a formula for drying that requires:

  •   Air movement
  •   Heat
  •   Low humidity

In many situations, we open doors and windows using ceiling fans, industrial fans, air movers, or your HVAC system to create the perfect atmosphere to foster efficient drying. If the weather is humid during the restoration project, we may require additional drying equipment or techniques to achieve our carpet drying goals. 

Will My Interior Have Lingering Foul or Musty Odors?

Our goal is to bring your interior back to life so that you can enjoy your upcoming event or gathering at home. Our team has access to a selection of EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants great for use on non-porous surfaces. We utilize all products per their labeling, and we follow guidelines for dilution and dispersal within your home. Everything is left clean, sanitized, and smelling fresh.


For any water mitigation needs that you have, count on our trained crew at SERVPRO of Hockessin/Elsmere. We are available 24/7 for emergency service by calling (302) 992-0104.

A Burst Pipe in My Wilmington Factory Left Me Dealing With Water Damage. How Do I Restore it?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Wilmington to Perform Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Your Factory.

It can be a significant setback to have your Wilmington factory shut down because of a water intrusion incident. A non-operational factory cannot make a profit, and even several hours of deal can cost you thousands of dollars. SERVPRO technicians can help you reduce losses and get you back to business quickly.

How do you begin water restoration?

We can begin the process of commercial water damage restoration in your Wilmington factory by inspecting the affected area thoroughly. We have advanced equipment that helps us to check the moisture levels on surfaces. Since water can travel into confined places such as wall cavities, and locker rooms, we can use a thermal imaging camera during the inspection. The device helps us to pinpoint areas where we should concentrate on during the drying process. 

What can I do to ensure safety?

Water loss incidents in factories are severe problems for the individual business, emergency services, its staff, and the wider community. The safety of people in the factory is a priority. You can do the following to ensure safety during the water damage mitigation and restoration process.

  • Securing any hazardous or toxic materials
  • Shutting down machinery safely
  • Switching off electric and gas supplies
  • Offering safe access for emergency services

If the water intrusion has caught you unaware, it is essential to notify emergency services about any hazards present in your factory, especially if the rising waters mean that they could become general hazards.

How can you remove the water and moisture?

A majority of factories have an open layout, meaning that water can spread to a wide area of the shop floor quickly. Our team can use industrial-strength pumps to extract the water. Fast water removal can prevent the corrosion of metallic items and damage to the merchandise in your factory. We can also use drying equipment like centrifugal air movers and refrigerant dehumidifiers to restore the contents and structure of the facility to pre-water damage dryness. Our SERVPRO team also provides specialist drying services for delicate equipment and materials.

Once we complete the drying process, we can perform structural and cosmetic repairs. We can help you save money and time handling both the water damage restoration and rebuilding process. Our general contractor's license number is 1992104829.

If a water loss incident has happened in your factory, call SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 for quick restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

A Kitchen Fire Has Ruined My Home. Where Should I Seek Help?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen after fire SERVPRO has the experienced technicians with the equipment and expertise your home needs after a fire mishap. Give us a call right away.

Contact SERVPRO Technicians in Wilmington to Perform Fire  Restoration in Your Property.

Many fires begin in the kitchen, and they can lead to severe destruction in a home. Immediately soot and smoke residues get into contact with water, the solution begins to discolor surfaces. SERVPRO technicians can help you to not only get your property back to its former glory but also minimize as much loss as possible.

What is fire damage restoration?

It is the process where professional restorers repair and restore homes after damage resulting from smoke, soot, fire, and corrosive byproducts. When you contact our technicians to perform fire restoration in your Wilmington property, we can take every restoration step seriously.

The water used to fight the flames may soak into various surfaces, weakening the structure while the charcoal-like odor may start to get stronger each day the fire damage mitigation and restoration process is delayed. Our restoration procedure involves water removal, cleaning soot from affected surfaces, and deodorization.

How do you prevent further damage from occurring?

Our technicians have decades of experience and access to state-of-the-art equipment that helps us mitigate fire damage of any size or scope. Our team of technicians comprises of:

Fabric and upholstery cleaning technician

Water damage restoration expert

An odor control technician

Our priority during restoration is to stop further damage. Heavy rains in your area can put your property at risk of water damage. Our technicians can protect your property from moisture by boarding up any openings, and weakened surfaces. We are proficient in water damage mitigation and restoration. This includes removing water from affected surfaces and drying them thoroughly.

We also check for moisture in a home during the fire restoration process. An eyeball test is not accurate for detecting moisture or areas affected by mold. SERVPRO technicians can use thermal imaging cameras to check for moisture in the affected property.

How do restorers clean surfaces covered with smoke and soot residues?

The soot and smoke residues that accompany a house fire can be impossible to clean without advanced cleaning products. That is because the staining that occurs during the unfortunate incident goes beyond the surface. We can use brown out mixed with shampoo super concentrate to remove colored spots and stains on carpet and fabric.

Cleaning the affected area does not necessarily mean that odors cannot linger throughout your property. The charcoal-like smell can hide in your furniture, carpets, and upholstery. Our technicians can use instant odor counteractant pellets to control the odor in your property. The pellets ensure your home smells fresh and clean.

A fire can cause irreversible damage to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 for help. We can restore your property to its preloss state in a brief period, making the fire loss seem "Like it never even happened."   

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A Storm Has Left Me Dealing with Flood Damage in My Property. Who Can Help Me to Restore it?

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

"Flooding" Our storm damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your property to pre-damage condition.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians in Wilmington to Help You Handle the Flood Damage in Your Property.

When disaster strikes your property, the aftermath can cause more damage leading to costly repairs. Property owners go through a hard time trying to figure out what to do and where to pick up the pieces. However, if you contact restoration professionals in Wilmington within the first 24 hours, we can save your valuable items and property from the secondary damages. 

Why involve a professional restoration company?

Floods in Wilmington can saturate your property and destroy your valuable items if not properly handled. Once the water is gone, most property owners assume that mopping and drying the affected area is enough to keep the storm flood damage in their Wilmington property at bay. However, your home needs more than that, depending on the damage extent. A reliable restoration company like SERVPRO can assess the damage and develop the most efficient restoration plan to turn your property into a suitable living space again. Acting fast by contacting professionals prevents secondary damage from taking place. 

What are the secondary damages that may occur, and how do you handle them?

If flood damage is left unaddressed for over 48 hours, it can lead to:

Mold growth: Mold grows in less than 24 hours and only requires moisture. SERVPRO technicians use advanced products to treat the affected area. We can use Benefect, a disinfectant that destroys 99 percent of microorganisms it comes across on the affected surface. 

Wood rot: When a wooden surface gets into contact with water for an extended period, it rots. This can cause major structural problems if not treated on time. Our technicians can dry the affected area in a brief period using our hi-tech equipment. 

Odors: When floodwater flows, it gets into contact with sewage, tags, and dead animals. With time, odors may linger, and the property may become inhabitable. Our team of experts can use citrus deodorizer, a water-based product to combat the foul smell. We may also use a ULV fogger that produces a fine mist to eliminate the odors.

Electrical damage: When water gets into contact with electrical sockets, it can cause significant damage to the structure and the occupants. Therefore, it is essential to switch off the main switch to avoid such damages. We equip our professionals with portable generators that help with power distribution in an affected property. 

With our expertise and resources, we can thoroughly clean your home’s surfaces and materials to restore it to its preloss state. 

After flooding happens, it is possible to save your property. Contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104 to handle the loss, and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

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There are Smoke and Soot Residues in My Home after a Fire. How Can I Remove Them?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

smoke and soot damaged ceiling and wall Removing smoke damage is difficult. Trust the SERVPRO professionals to restore your home.

Hire SERVPRO Technicians to Perform Fire Restoration in Your Wilmington Residence

Soot and smoke residues may seem easy to clean, but specialized skills and advanced products are required to ensure a sufficient job. Therefore, it is essential to let professionals handle the fire restoration process in your Wilmington home to avoid costly secondary damage.

Why do I need to hire professionals?

The soot and smoke residues left behind after a fire are hazardous and can cause significant damages, including health problems to residents if not appropriately handled. Our SERVPRO team has the expertise and equipment required to perform fire restoration in your Wilmington home. We can assess the fire damage to determine the cost of recovery and to select the proper restoration techniques and equipment.

What secondary damages can soot and smoke residues cause?

It is essential to begin the fire restoration process quickly after extinguishing a fire since secondary damage can start immediately. The damage can cause costly repairs if ignored for an extended period. Some secondary damage can be irreversible, and it can raise restoration costs. Other damage like smoke odor can last for years in your home. The possible secondary damage that can result from smoke residues includes:

  • Discoloration of walls and ceilings.
  • Discoloration of kitchen appliance finishes.
  • Tarnishing of metal.
  • Etching of glass.

Can you remove soot from wood surfaces?

SERVPRO technicians have the skill and decades of experience in the restoration industry. We also have access to state-of-the-art equipment, tools, and products that help us deal with fire damage of any magnitude. Soot and smoke residues can settle on wooden surfaces, like kitchen and bathroom cabinets, shelves, furniture, and wood floors. These surfaces can be challenging to clean without the right products and skills.

Our team of technicians can restore these surfaces to their preloss state. Using a white towel to apply the product on the surfaces, we can use wood crème paste to clean wood surfaces with yellowing and soot and smoke residues. We use a white towel to apply the product on the covers and let it work for around three minutes. Our restorers then use a steel pad to scrub the affected surfaces in a circular motion until the area is clean.

What about the charcoal-like odor that is in my home?

Odors can make it difficult for you to live in the property. We use various professional products to deodorize affected homes. For instance, our restorers can use a ULV mister to apply a water-based wet mist deodorizer to the affected areas. A ULV mister produces a fine fog or mist that allows the chemical to get into surface cracks and crevices where smoke odors are present and eliminate them.

When you need fire restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere at (302) 992-0104. We provide fast fire damage restoration services in Hockessin, Newport, and Elsmere.

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