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Fire Damage Mitigation for Different Areas of Your Mahwah, NJ Home

September 17th, 2018 · No Comments

After a fire it’s important to start fire damage mitigation immediately. This helps to minimize the damage caused by smoke and soot residues. These residues, along with damage from the flames, can affect different areas of your home and necessitate different mitigation techniques. Today, we’re going to look at how the fire damage mitigation experts of ServiceMaster Metropolitan treat different areas of your damaged Mahwah, NJ home.


Cleaning Windows

Before cleaning windows, we check for heat cracks or broken seals. If these issues are present, we will replace the windows rather than clean them.

When we clean windows, we use our experience to:

  • Select the mildest type of degreaser for cleaning the frame, runner, and sill. The last thing we want to do is create more damage by using a degreaser that’s too strong. We only use a more aggressive cleaner if the first type doesn’t do the job
  • Repair areas of wooden windows that have been heavily damaged using wood cream.

However, if there’s light contamination, our team avoids wet cleaning and instead utilizes chemical sponges for completing the cleaning and remediation work


Cleaning Oriental Rugs

Cleaning oriental rugs is complex, and the techniques used depends on the type of fire.

When natural substances such as paper and wood burn, dry vacuuming will effectively remove the powdery residue left behind.

However, in the case of a protein fire, it won’t be as easy to get rid of the odorous and sticky smoke residues. The same can be said for low oxygen fires which produce sticky residues when things like plastic burn. Fire damage from these types of fire require more involved fire damage mitigation techniques.

We avoid touching smoke damaged rugs directly as body oils can combine with smoke residues and make them more difficult to remove.  Instead, we use cotton work gloves while cleaning smoke damaged rugs.

If the oriental rug is dry, we make sure that pressure is not exerted during the initial vacuuming to ensure residues are not smeared into surface of the rug.

On the other hand, if the rug is wet, our technicians focus on removing the residues before performing water extraction. This way the likelihood of carbon stains being left by soot is reduced.

Our technicians’ experience and training are the most valuable asset they have. Fire damage mitigation isn’t cut and dry and many factors determine how best to restore your Mahwah, NJ home.

We’re available 24/7/365, so just call ServiceMaster Metropolitan at (855) 560-7999 and our technicians will get to work right away.

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