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Does Hiring A Fire Damage Restoration Company in Raleigh Offer Any Evident Advantages?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Charred Picture Frame Better skills and equipment can help deliver satisfactory results when restoring the fire-damaged property.

Better Training and Preparation Ensures that SERVPRO Restoration Teams Can Deliver Efficient Results in Raleigh

After fire guts your home, many people might advise you to consult a fire restoration company since engaging one lifts the burden of handling all the tiresome restoration work involved. However, you may have doubts about whether there are sufficient benefits to hiring one. When SERVPRO crews restore fire loss sites in Raleigh, property owners enjoy many gains apart from a minimized workload, including getting services from a better-prepared team.

What Unique Preparations Do Fire Damage Restoration Companies Make In Raleigh?

Unlike what you might do on your own, professional restorers do thorough preparations exceeding what basic restoration requires in anticipation of challenges, as well as to take advantage of any unique opportunities that arise. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs prepare resources such as:
    •    Adjustable or specific height ladders
    •    Floor protection
    •    Unique packing supplies
    •    Specialty cleaning tools

Preparing the resources in advance ensures minimal time wastage during restoration. For instance, if we need access to elevated sections of the property for demolition, cleaning, or refinishing purposes, we can proceed with the task immediately since we have the appropriate ladders on site. We can also limit the chances of unnecessary secondary damage such as scratches on tiles or wooden floor surfaces, especially when manipulating contents since we bring floor protection supplies.

Does professional restoration offer benefits beyond better tools?

Although having the right tools plays a crucial role during the restoration of fire damage in Raleigh, other circumstances can influence the outcome of such an exercise. The process is a combination of several procedures, including:
    •    Moisture control
    •    Odor management
    •    Mixing cleaning products
    •    Management of different materials

The proper mix of skills is as necessary as the tools used in the restoration process. Our SERVPRO crews include technicians certified in different fields, including Fire & Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, and Applied Structural Drying, among others. The crew chief assesses the strength of individual members of the team and coordinates them to ensure the best outcomes.

A skilled team takes both reactive and proactive approaches when restoring fire damage. For instance, on arrival at the loss site, technicians can set up hydroxyl generators for proactive odor management as they perform other restoration processes. Another proactive step is pre-cleaning and applying protective oil to surfaces that soot might damage permanently. Such a step ensures metallic items do not develop rust, while granite and other stone surfaces do not stain from extended exposure to smoke residues. Running dehumidifiers from the start can also help prevent moisture leftover from firefighting efforts from causing secondary damages.

Do off the shelf cleaning products need further mixing to clean fire residues?

The variety of cleaning products in the market is almost endless. However, not all products produce the right results, especially when you have other factors to consider, such as large surfaces to clean and the need to finish the process promptly. Our technicians receive regular training to update them on the active compounds that help in cleaning different types of soils found in a fire loss site. When we choose cleaning products to purchase in the market, consider more than just the brand name – we consider the active ingredients and the concentration percentages, ensuring that we get a product that works with utmost efficiency.

Apart from ready to use products, we might also need to mix different products to deal with the different soils generated during combustion. For instance, when a fire is quelled with chemical fire extinguishers, corrosive residues are left within the property. Removing such residues requires several steps, including neutralization with other active agents such as isopropyl alcohol or sodium bicarbonate before cleaning the area with regular detergent and water. Firefighting chemicals vary, so evaluation of the residues at your loss site is necessary before choosing the neutralization product.

Sometimes mixing different products can lead to chemical reactions, which produce harmful fumes that can lead to injury. For instance, when using bleach to remove stains, it is essential to avoid mixing it with anything else apart from water. Ammonia and bleach produce chlorine gas, which is harmful to the user while a combination of hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar results in corrosive peracetic acid, which can break down the materials it, is intended to clean. With assistance from SERVPRO technicians, you do not have to worry about the unintended consequences of using cleaning products.

Better skills and equipment can help deliver satisfactory results when restoring the fire-damaged property. Call SERVPRO of South Cary / Apex at (919) 615-1160 to provide a skilled crew to resolve most any damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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