Having to deal with the aftermath of a fire can be a crushing experience for any Lancaster homeowner or business owner. After suffering the loss of your belongings and fearing for the safety of your family or employees, you need a dependable team who will not only clean up the mess, but one that is also sensitive to the trauma that you are all going through. Our reliable team is available 24/7, day or night, to help assess your fire and smoke damage, comfort your family, and begin the cleanup and restoration process. Smoke and flooding go hand in hand with a fire damage incident, so with Renew Restoration’s services, you know you have a reliable and skilled team who can restore your home or business from floor to ceiling.
Three Things To Do Before You Call Us:
- Is the fire out? If you have not been able to extinguish the fire, immediately evacuate the home or office. CALL 911.
- If the fire has been completely extinguished, turn off your heating/cooling system immediately (this includes central AC’s, wall-mounted units, portable heaters, etc.). This will prevent the smoke from being sucked into the air ducts and pumped into other rooms.
- Open doors and windows so that fresh air is allowed to circulate; if you have portable fans, set them by open doors or windows, letting them blow the smoke-filled air outside; turn on your stove’s exhaust fan.
Let’s look at two common causes of smoke damage
The Kitchen Fire
We’ve all done it so no one’s passing judgment. Stove top fires resulting in huge amounts of black smoke are the most common cause of smoke damage we see. When caught early, these fires tend to be small but they quickly cause your Lancaster home to smell foul. If abated properly, this odor can be eliminated within a few days.
Cooking fires often involve burnt meat. The protein within the meat helps the smoke particulates stick to surfaces. Because of this, we’ll use a degreasing agent to remove the protein from walls, ceilings, counter-tops, floors, etc. We’ll then set-up several Air Filtration Devices (AFD’s; also commonly known as “Air Scrubbers”). In this case, our AFD’s will be outfitted with charcoal-based filters. As contaminated air passes through the AFD, the charcoal within the filter bonds with smoke particulates. Because we want to remove 100% of the smoke particulates from the air, we’ll need to run the AFD’s for a few days. The number of AFD’s used and the length of time they’ll be on is determined by the volume of your Lancaster home.
The Electrical Fire
Bad wiring, old fixtures or appliances and damaged outlets are leading causes of electrical fires. These fires tend to produce a smell of “burnt plastic”. Generally speaking, these fires do not produce smoke that has mixed with proteins, but the abatement and cleaning process is similar to that of a kitchen or cooking fire. AFD’s work to purify the air while technicians wipe down surfaces with what’s called a “chem-sponge”. These sponges help lift smoke particulates off of surfaces.
After each type of smoke damage, we’ll clean the affected areas with a 100% biodegradable sanitizer, clean carpets and air ducts and, in some cases, we’ll have all affected textiles (from furniture and drapes to clothing) and electronics cleaned by a company who specializes in restoring smoke-affected items.
The Good News
When treated by a professional, a smoke-damaged structure can be completely restored. While this is labor intensive process, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover our services 100%. Give us a call. We’re here to help.
Smoke & Soot Cleaning and Removal
The odor of smoke permeates into everything after a fire incident. If a home or property is not cleaned or restored properly, it can retain the smell of smoke indefinitely. On top of the smoke smell, soot is also another after effect from a fire. It leaves an oily residue on everything that it touches, so it is necessary that special cleaning solutions and procedures are used to properly remove it. Both smoke and soot damage can be handled by a professional restoration company, and the certified and trained fire & smoke specialists at Renew Restoration are the ones for the job! We have the best equipment available and the certifications to cleanup and restore fire, smoke and soot damage.
Our Fire and Smoke Damage Services Include:
- Fire Damage Restoration and Reconstruction
- Smoke, Odor & Soot Removal
- Structural Deodorizatoin & Cleanup
At Renew Restoration, we are proud to offer a wide variety of fire damage restoration and repair services to our loyal Lancaster customers, all of which are designed to return your property back to its original condition as quickly as possible. Our fire & smoke restoration approaches are second to none, and you can rest easy knowing that we are committed to the highest possible standards for you, your family, and your employees.