What To Do Following Fire Damage In Your Jacksonville Home
Fire can destroy your home in the blink of an eye. Even though the blaze might not be catastrophic enough to cause structural damage, you might still face many issues that ruin the house one way or another. Residues, especially those left by smoke mess with the visual appeal of the property. They might also leave bad odor necessitating serious deodorization efforts before your damage property can regain its preloss condition.
Consider the damage not only done by heat but by smoke.
The aftermath of fire
You might not realize this immediately after a house fire but soot residues differ significantly. Some residues are more difficult to clean than others, therefore, requiring care when choosing an approach. Our team in Jacksonville deals with dry, wet, protein and fuel oil smoke residues, eliminating traces of the loss “Like it never even happened.”
Soot and Smoke
Fire produces both dry and wet smoke as it progresses through different stages of its burning cycle. When it produces a substantial proportion of one type such as wet smoke, the entire exposure falls under damage by wet smoke. Dry smoke contains limited amounts of aerosols and deposits smaller particles on surfaces. Cleaning after a house fire such as vacuuming or agitating these surfaces can, therefore, remove most of the deposits. Despite the easier removal, dry smoke deposits originate mostly from hotter fires, so they are likely to singe the surfaces.
Particulates from ash
Wet smoke residues mostly originate from slow burning fires. This type of smoke is usually cooler, so it does not impinge on surfaces. However, its free-floating nature means it finds its way into enclosed spaces and crevices present in the affected area. Our SERVPRO technicians, therefore, prepare to do significant deodorization if we detect wet smoke is predominant in the affected environment.
Kitchen fires involve high concentrations of protein residues from burning meat, chicken or fish. Residue from these materials is ordinarily yellowish or amber, and it easily causes discoloration. The residue is also pungent that it necessitates thorough cleaning of all areas close to the affected areas. Our techs at SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East are likely to clean the entire house if it is affected by such smoke to get rid of the odor.
What should a homeowner do after a loss by fire?
While residents of Jacksonville are no strangers to the threat of natural disasters and severe weather conditions, many homes face threats that could not get predicted by a meteorologist. When your house suffers the widespread effects of a fire, you might struggle to know what to do once the first responders have extinguished the flames.
Contact the insurance company
One of the first things that many Jacksonville homeowners want to do once this situation happens to them is to assess the fire damages for themselves. In truth, the first thing that you should do beyond assessing the status of your entire family and occupants of the house is to contact your insurance provider. They can provide you with some insight into what they need to get a claim started which can ultimately cover the costs of the restoration process.
SERVPRO is your neighborhood fire damage restoration company.
While your insurance company is not just going to take your word for it, you can rely on our SERVPRO rapid response team to help you catalog the damages that your house has sustained as well as perform preliminary mitigation work to prevent the fire damage from getting worse while you await restoration work to begin. This mitigation process can ultimately save you money, and help to ensure that restoring your home does not take longer than necessary to accomplish.
One of the benefits of using our SERVPRO professionals for both estimation and restoration steps is that our experts can work directly with your insurance provider to make the process as seamless as possible for you. This communication helps to keep everyone on the same page and can expedite the claims process instead of requiring legwork from you in an already traumatic time.
Overcoming the fire damages that have affected your home is not always as simple as just cleaning up the mess. From specialized equipment to highly trained personnel, the process is intricate and involved.
You can trust our SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East team to help you overcome every obstacle between the damage and restoring your home to preloss conditions. Give our rapid response team a call 24/7 at (904) 721-2230.
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