Cleaning and Restoring Fire Damaged Contents in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks
What to Consider when Cleaning Fire Damaged Contents
After a fire, more than likely the fire department efforts have left your home or office with a huge wet mess or you could have minimal damage with only grease, smoke, or soot damage. Our SERVPRO® fire restoration team handles each loss and considers the best means to clean and restore your fire damaged items.
Restoration methods can include dry-cleaning, cleaning with ultrasonic waves or with other specialized treatments to help remove odors, preserve photos and documents and clean electronic equipment. We take certain steps in determining how to best clean your contents.
Assess the Damage
Our first step would be to determine whether the item (s) can be restored or are they non-salvageable. Contents with smoke or soot damage usually can be restored, such as photos or documents, however, burned or charred items would be considered a loss.
The durability of the fabric, or the material of the damaged item (s) is considered when determining the cleaning and restoration method. Delicate items subjected to the fire incident may not withstand even our most gentle of treatments.
The porosity of an item is important in determining the best cleaning and restoration method. Porous items such as clothing and textiles can benefit from our ozone treatment to dry cleaning. Delicate, non-porous items made of glass or ceramic, can more than likely be immersed and cleaned with ultrasonic waves. More delicate porous items are handled more carefully and limited to moisture exposure.
We recommend always having your fire damaged items cleaned by a professional restoration company. SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks offers a full range of content cleaning options as well as content storage. When we clean your contents, we box and label your items, to deliver back to you once your home has been restored or another location has been determined. Fire Damage Cleanup in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks? Call 252-331-7889.
Author Kim Calantropo