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Smoke Odor & Soot Removal

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire in Kitchen from Leaving Pot on Stove A pot on the stove which eventually caught on fire damaging the entire kitchen. All of the appliances, cabinets, and walls had to be removed.

As with every property loss, SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie restoration professionals help brings the property back to a preloss condition.  SERVPRO of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie restoration professionals are highly trained and skilled in procedures not only to remedy smoke odors and soot removal but also to return customers to their restored property cost-effectively and in the shortest time possible.

After fire burns in your home, the next critical step is to remove the soot from your property and possessions.  Soot stains walls corrode metal objects and will embed themselves in the tiniest cracks of your home if it is not cleaned properly. One thing you’ll notice is a bunch of “dirty cobwebs” along the edges and corners of your ceiling. Soot webs are particles that stick together in chains. They tend to gather along the edges between your walls and ceiling because those areas tend to be cooler, which smoke likes to move to.

The “soft” things in a home such as upholstery, bedding, window coverings, clothes, etc. will need special attention. Because they absorb odors so well and are often easily damaged, they will be very difficult to successfully restore and may require outside specialists. Testing should be conducted to evaluate the success of such efforts. In many cases, the decision is made to simply replace these materials and items.

Smoke and soot cleanups are not a DIY job, as soot is considered to be carcinogenic. Our fire restoration professionals have the proper respiratory equipment and will safely remove toxins from your home.

We use professional cleaning and degreaser products that are specially made for SERVPRO®.The use of negative air scrubbers is part of our standard procedure.  An air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove contaminants.

Once our restoration professionals have finished the cleaning, it may be necessary to use specialized, professional equipment to help remove the very last of the odors.  This will often involve ozone generators. This equipment creates molecules which can follow the smoke into tiny spaces, and both processes effectively destroy the malodorous particles.

As with every property loss, SERVPRO® of Winnetka/Wilmette/Skokie will bring your property back to preloss condition.

Source:  brightpink and A Ryan

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