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Understanding the Fire Damage Restoration Process in West Orange, NJ

May 6th, 2019 · No Comments

About 370,000 fires occur in homes every year, resulting in significant loss of property. If your West Orange, NJ, home has experienced a fire, it’s important that you call the fire damage restoration experts at ServiceMaster Metropolitan immediately so further damage from smoke residues and water can be prevented.

Fire damage restoration is highly complex and made up of different steps. Today, we’re going to look at the process our technicians use to return your home to its pre-loss condition.


Test and Creating a Plan of Action

Our fire damage restoration experts perform surface, VOC, and air sampling to determine the different quantities and types of unsafe chemicals that are present in your home. We then develop a plan of action for particulate and soot remediation that describes the steps we will be performing for decontamination and cleaning.

We also utilize the latest laboratory instruments to check for the presence of chemical smoke residues consisting of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs).

By examining these chemicals our technicians are able to understand the kind of materials that burned which helps them determine how persistent these smoke residues will be.

Just cleaning smoke particulates won’t take care of the SVOCs and VOCs. We utilize different processes to completely remove VOCs and SVOCs.


Using Advanced Equipment

We use advanced equipment to perform effective fire damage remediation. Some of the equipment we use includes:


  • HEPA vacuums
  • Power tools for collecting dust
  • Foam applicators
  • Hot water extractors
  • Chemical degreasers and cleaners
  • Encapsulants
  • Smoke sponges
  • Ultrasonic cleaning machines



Use of Hydroxyl Generators


Our fire damage cleanup technicians also make use of hydroxyl radical generators for odor removal that create a cascading effect to effectively remove smoke odors from your home.


As part of the cascading effect, these radicals react with smoke odors to produce secondary chemicals. These chemicals continue the reaction to breakdown complex smoke molecules into simple substances like water vapor and carbon dioxide.


However, to get the best results, our odor mitigation experts first remove building materials that have been damaged by the fire before the hydroxyl generators are used in your home.


There are many different aspects to be looked into during fire damage restoration. Additionally, fire damage repair experts need to expedite the drying process so mold growth can be stopped. They also need to work on soot removal and ensure there are no lingering smoke odors after the cleanup work is finished.


ServiceMaster Metropolitan is a company with many years of experience in these tasks. We utilize the necessary cleaning solutions and equipment to ensure everything is cleaned within the shortest time period so you can start living in your home as early as possible.



If your home has experienced a fire, contact us immediately at (855) 560-7999. Our trained and experienced technicians will respond quickly in West Orange, NJ and all of northern New Jersey to assess the situation and begin work to restore your home to its pre-loss state.


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