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What Makes Hiring Experts for Fire Damage Restoration a Necessity in the Aftermath of a Fire in West Orange, NJ?

May 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

Has your home in West Orange, NJ, or elsewhere in northern New Jersey, been engulfed by a fire? If so, ServiceMaster Metropolitan is here to help with professional fire damage restoration services. Today, we will explain the importance of hiring professionals by examining how experts utilize their experience and knowledge to properly clean walls after a fire.

Let’s examine the challenges technicians face while cleaning painted wall surfaces that have been damaged by a fire.

Challenges in Cleaning Painted Wall Surfaces After a Fire

Different types of paints can be used to paint a wall surface, but each may require a different cleaning technique. Our technicians are skilled at determining what cleaning technique is needed for the type of paint used.

Examples include:

  • Water-Soluble Paints: If water-soluble paint has been used in your home, our fire damage cleanup technicians will be able to wash them. Water-soluble painted surfaces easily absorb moisture, requiring professionals to perform smoke damage cleanup before cleaning the wall to prevent absorption of the smoke residue by the painted surface. However, if the paint is older, such as calcimine paint applied on top of plaster, the wall can’t be properly washed.
  • Water Soluble Oil Paints: Accumulated residues or rigorous scrubbing can lead to oil soluble paints becoming dull. Therefore, fire damage restoration professionals take extra care while performing fire damage mitigation on oil soluble paints.
  • Clear Finishes: Generally, these clear finishes (such as shellacs, varnishes, lacquers, and sealers) tend to be solvent based. Our cleaning professionals can easily clean them using cleaning solutions that are water based. However, our experts understand that some of these clear finishes will peel off in cases where water is used to clean them. Such finishes are commonly found in trims and doors of older homes. It can be difficult to tell the difference between these finishes in both old and new homes since their appearance is identical. But our professionals understand how to perform the necessary tests in order to select the right cleanup method for the finish that has been applied to your masonry or wood surface.

Technical expertise is an important factor in fire damage restoration. Our experts have the required certification and experience to handle any situation and are able to perform a successful fire damage cleanup in your home.

If you need fire damage remediation, give us a call at (855) 560-7999 and we’ll send a team of experienced technicians to evaluate the situation at your home in West Orange, NJ, or elsewhere in Northern New Jersey, and start restoration work.

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