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Why Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration in New Orleans is Essential
One of the most common fire damage complaints in New Orleans that we receive is the smell of smoke. Regardless of whether or not they came from a fire, smoke smells are almost impossible to eliminate without the aid of professional tools and cleaning solutions like those carried by SERVPRO. If your home smells of smoke, here are a few questions (and answers) that you might have about setting things right.
What cleaning techniques can I use?
Unfortunately, like other types of fire damage in New Orleans, smoke damage is not easy to repair without special industrial-strength cleaning tools and products. Chemicals sold in department stores fail to eliminate most smoke particles in the air, and no matter how hard you scrub down the surfaces of your home, it is impossible to target the odor molecules embedded deep within wood, fabrics, and other porous materials with household cleaning supplies. You may be able to deep-clean fabrics on your own, but be careful, as this can lead to further damage to the materials and significant color bleed. We can help with our Esporta cleaning system.
How long will it take for the smell to go away?
Without a thorough cleanup, smoke smells can persist in a home for years. Occasionally, we get calls from people in the area who survived a fire many years ago but can still smell smoke in parts of their homes. With the kind of treatments provided by SERVPRO, we can eliminate smoke odors in the entire home within days. We cannot rid the home of Phantosmia, the imaged odors after a fire.
How does SERVPRO approach the problem?
We use industrial-strength chemical and thermal fogging machines to create a dense fog of specialized anti-smoke mist that targets odorous particles and neutralizes their scent. These machines mimic the spread and chemical properties of smoke to ensure that every surface and material reached by the fire receives treatment. Most of our machines are large and able to treat entire rooms at once, but we also carry ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers to target crawlspaces, air ducts, and other tight spaces in your home. We have ready to use hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, and activated carbon air scrubbers as mechanical devices.
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview has the personnel and equipment needed to eliminate smoke odors once and for all in your home. Don't let the smell of smoke control your home - contact us at (504) 468-3046.
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The Danger in Your New Orleans Home Following Fire Damages
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What To Expect After A Fire Strikes in Your New Orleans Home
Among the most pressing of concerns following a fire in your New Orleans home are the dangers that you cannot see. From structural integrity loss to widespread effects from the fire itself, many homeowners are not fully aware of just how detrimental the situation can be for their health and wellness. Understanding these concerns can help you to appreciate your need for professional restoration services following such an incident in your residence.
Once first responders have extinguished the blaze, you have a mindset of getting the fire damage restored in your New Orleans home. Your insurance company is going to want to get their own assessment of the full scope of the damage, which is part of the service that our SERVPRO team provides. Even with a confirmation that the fire is entirely out, a homeowner could encounter many potential hazards in photographing the damage or cataloging ruined contents.
One of the first potential pitfalls that a homeowner might encounter after fire damages is the weakening of structural components and construction materials throughout the residence. These could be ceiling materials, walls, flooring, supports, framework, and more. These weakened portions of material are unstable and can fall, collapse, or give way with little or even no pressure at all. Our SERVPRO technicians get uniquely trained to handle safety concerns like these through both our assessment and throughout the restoration process.
The air quality is another concern that should give a homeowner pause before rushing back into their home after a fire. There is any number of potential contaminants, smoke, and debris floating around in the environment that could adversely affect your health. Our professionals have personal protective equipment designed to improve their air quality until the appropriate measures are taken via air scrubbers to detoxify the atmosphere.
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It might seem like you are getting the ball rolling quickly for yourself by assessing the damage on behalf of your insurance company before filing a claim. Our SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview team works directly with insurance providers and their adjusters to catalog the full scope of the damage and help to expedite the claims process to get restoration started promptly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (504) 468-3046.
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Appropriate Cleaning Methods to Restore Your New Orleans Property After Fire Damage
Fire damage can leave a residue on many types of surfaces. SERVPRO technicians have many efficient techniques to remove certain residues.
SERVPRO Technicians Use the Most Effective Techniques to Clean Residues After a Fire
Fire damage incidents require immediate action to avoid ending up with the need to refinish or replace your items - which are more costly options. Fires consume several items, and that means the use of several restoration methods is necessary. We are going to look at some of the methods that we use when restoring items after such incidents take place in New Orleans.
If our SERVPRO technicians discover the fire damage event in New Orleans left behind light-to-medium particles, then dry cleaning can be an option. We usually use this technique when residues are non-greasy, and when we need to do pre-cleaning as a way of removing the excess residues before introducing wet cleaning methods. During this cleaning method, we can use vacuuming or dry cleaning sponges to remove surface dust.
To remove moderate to heavy particles from surfaces, our SERVPRO technicians use a wet cleaning procedure. During this process, we thoroughly saturate the item we are cleaning using a cleaning agent or water. Since the particles we are dealing with are somehow heavier, the process is a little bit aggressive. Spray and wipe is a form of wet cleaning whereby we use a spray bottle to apply the cleaning product. We use the technique when it is necessary to control the cleaning product, in cases where saturation may cause more damage.
In some cases, upholstery fabrics can shrink, or its dyes fade after direct exposure to a cleaning agent. We avoid such, our SERVPRO team derives some foam from a cleaning agent and use it to do the cleaning in a method known as foam cleaning. The method is efficient when we are dealing with delicate materials that have light residues.
Our SERVPRO technicians can also use abrasive cleaning when there is a strong bond between the residues and the surface. When agitating the residues, we are careful not to leave scratches on the surface by applying a sufficient amount of the cleaning product so that there is enough lubrication.
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview has the right training and expertise to handle fire, water, storm, and mold damage disasters. Call us at (504) 468-3046 for a stress-free restoration process irrespective of the size of the disaster.
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Reasons To HIre Professionals For Fire Damage Recovery In New Orleans
Each surface is evaluated before a cleaning strategy is employed by SERVPRO to restore as many items as possible.
Rely on the trained professionals at SERVPRO after fire damage
Cleaning up after a fire event in your New Orleans home is not comparable to any other type of household task. The soiling, air quality issues, and progressive damage to structural materials, and the contents of your home can be extreme and permanent if those managing the jobs fail to observe the proper protocols or to use appropriate equipment, and products. Our fire and smoke damage specialists have the training, tools, and experience to restore your damaged premises fast.
Speedy assessment, planning, and implementation of the plan’s designated steps are crucial when restoring fire damage in New Orleans. Our well-qualified team arrives ready to start immediately, handling post-fire tasks with confidence. Many times the first job is water removal and structural drying in response to the firefighting efforts. Managing the water is necessary to avoid slip and fall and electrical shock risks efficiently resolved with truck-mounted pumps and water extractors.
The soot left on surfaces after a fire varies depending upon characteristics of the materials burned during the event. SERVPRO employees evaluate the coatings, matching cleaning techniques and products to the residues. Care must be taken during cleanup as the byproducts of a fire can be toxic as well as challenging to eradicate entirely from surfaces. Ordinary cleaning approaches can fail to remove the soiling or set and spread stains.
Fire residues are highly acidic and corrosive, causing progressive deterioration. Smoke and soot particles remaining embedded in the building materials or contents etch glass, tarnish metal, discolor plastics, and degrade fabrics and carpeting. SERVPRO experts are trained and familiar with the restoration industry best practices through courses sponsored by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our crews have the preparation to remove all traces of smoke and soot damage, returning your home and its contents to pre-fire condition.
When faced with visible fire damage to personal possessions many homeowners believe the articles are ruined. Our SERVPRO restoration technicians often transform seemingly destroyed items back to their original appearance and function. Taking advantage of our specialized skills and experience can result in more of your treasured heirlooms, important documents, and household goods and furnishings being returned to you “Like it never even happened.”
One of the most frustrating parts of fire damage restoration is the odors that can linger even after thorough cleaning. SERVPRO employs methods and equipment that neutralize the odor-bearing particles, airborne and ground into surfaces and furnishings. We recreate the environment that developed the smells through thermal fogging or utilizing advanced technology like hydroxyl generators that chemically change the molecules that carry the smell to a non-noxious form.
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview prepares our employees to respond quickly and efficiently to your fire damage scenario. Call (504) 468-3046 anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to arrange for a fire restoration assessment and plan.
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Cleaning Fire Damage From New Orleans Homes
Immersion cleaning can be used to clean items with substantial soot damage
Cleaning methods employed by SERVPRO certified technicians
Cleaning and restoring homes and offices following a flood is almost routine for New Orleans. Cleaning property and putting everything back together again after a fire is an entirely different set of problems.
Fortunately, SERVPRO has the solutions for New Orleans fire damage. Our restoration teams train extensively to remove smoke and root residues and return both structural and personal property to its original condition.
When smoke from a fire leaves behind light, non-greasy residues, technicians use Dry Wiping to remove them. Tools include sponges, dusting cloths, and feather dusters. If the residue layer is thick, they have the option to use vacuums to remove the bulk of the residue and then wipe down the surfaces.
If the residue is a little heavier and sticky, our restoration teams use Wet Wiping. They start by adding water to the sponges or cleaning cloths. In some cases, they saturate the surface with water before wiping. For thicker layers of the sticky residue, technicians mix in a cleaning agent to break them up before wiping them off the surface.
When saturation might damage an item, SERVPRO technicians use Spray and Wipe. They apply the cleaning agent/water mix with a spray bottle. This cleaning method is very effective on fabrics to prevent the color from running.
If even less moisture is needed, our specialists use Foam Cleaning. Here they use a pump-up sprayer to inject air into the cleaning agent. It allows them to apply a more substantial amount of cleaner without using much water, which is important for upholstered furniture to prevent fabric shrinkage.
For rough surfaces like rock or marble, our teams use Abrasive Cleaning methods. They apply a thicker cleaning agent with steel wool or a wire brush to ensure all of the residue releases from the affected surface.
Finally, there is Immersion Cleaning for very heavy smoke and soot residues. Technicians lower property with heavy residues into a tank filled with a concentrated cleaning solution. Then, they use sound waves to generate bubbles and force them across or through surfaces. This agitation process works very well and does not require any additional hand scrubbing.
If you are attempting to remove fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview at (504) 468-3046 to schedule an appointment. We are to return your home to its safe, pre-fire condition.
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SERVPRO Can Help Make the Fire Damage Restoration Process Easier on You
Fires are not entirely uncommon to Kenner homes, but each one presents a unique look at the same kinds of effects for professional restorers. Finding a way to overcome the specific issues that make comfortable living a challenge in your home is a hurdle for any restorer to overcome, and much of that comes with going the extra mile for the customers and clients. One way of doing this is keeping an open dialogue with the homeowner to ensure that needs and milestones are getting met throughout the restoration process.
While you might not ever get prepared for fire damages to your Kenner residence, SERVPRO is always here to help you through every piece of restoring the house back to preloss conditions. As was mentioned above, our team works hard to keep an open dialogue with every customer and client we serve to ensure that things are getting done to their specific specs and expectations, addressing the most pressing and property damaging elements before other restoration tasks occur.
Another step forward towards making your life a little more comfortable through this challenging time is our ability to work directly with insurance adjusters for your home to coordinate the work needing to get completed with the claim getting filed. Ultimately, our goal is to make this process as streamlined as possible for you, as this time in your life is trying enough as it is. It is also beneficial to have experts in the restoration field negotiate this battle for you in getting your claim pushed through because we have a credible reputation as a leading company in this niche of business.
While fire damages might occur in different ways from house to house in the area, fighting their effects and getting the fire damage restoration process does not have to be a drawn out and involved ordeal. Trust the experienced technicians we have at SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview to help you clean up the mess and get your house back to the way it should be. We can be reached anytime at (504) 468-3046.
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SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview Seeking Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is currently seeking a qualified candidate for a Soot and Fire Cleaning Production Technician opening. Candidates do not need prior experience with restoration, but it is preferred.
Interested individuals must meet certain expectations, which include (but are not limited to):
- Following specific instructions set forth by crew chiefs to complete tasks in a timely manner.
- Being a self-starting individual with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
- Have the ability to work with or without direct oversight and supervision.
- Maintain a clean work space, equipment, and work vehicle.
- Have a social aptitude to speak with clients about their project and meet their expectations.
We require our SERVPRO technicians to perform intricate and sometimes complicated restoration assignments while upholding guidelines and regulations set forth by our company and safety and health administrations. We expect employees to uphold these guidelines at all times, as they ensure the safety of every employee and the professionalism of our final product.
SERVPRO of North Kenner, Harahan & Lakeview is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will never discriminate personnel practices on account of race, disability, sex, veteran status, nation of origin, or any characteristic protected by law.