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How Challenges of Fire Damage Remediation Work Carried Out in Mahwah, NJ, Homes

October 10th, 2019 · No Comments

Fire can cause a lot of damage and destruction to your home in Mahwah, NJ, and making your house livable again can be a Herculean task. You’ll have to hire the help of a professional fire damage remediation firm such as ServiceMaster Metropolitan to ensure your home and its belongings are restored as required and there are no lingering smoke odors to remind you of the disaster. Here, we look at the challenges our experts face when they carry out fire odor mitigation.


Fireproofing and Odor Removal

If steel pillars, beams, and deck assemblies in your home have been sprayed with fireproofing, then there are certain challenges to be taken care of.


Our fire damage remediation experts understand that if the correct odor removal steps are not taken, then such porous fireproofing will become a source of persistent smoke odors.


Odor Removal Techniques

Removal of contaminants is usually the preferred technique that fire damage restoration technicians utilize in any fire damage situation.


But, we at ServiceMaster Metropolitan avoid such a strategy when it comes to cleaning and restoring fireproofing affected by smoke odors. We know that complete removal of fireproofing and its replacement can prove to be a time-intensive and cost-prohibitive task.


Analysis of Available Options

Before starting the actual fire damage remediation work, our experts check with structural engineers to ensure that the fire has not affected the bond between the fireproofing and the steel structure.


If there is no such issue, then our technicians start to work on odor mitigation. They utilize their experience to select an odor removal method that will provide the desired results and avoid those that are ineffective.


Wet Cleaning

Our fire damage remediation experts avoid wet cleaning because they know that this can change the thermal resistance of fireproofing.


Moreover, they understand that if the wet cleaning reaches the substrate, then the bonding strength will be compromised and it will become necessary to replace the fireproofing.


Alcohol-based Sealers

Another option that our fire damage repair technicians stay away from when cleaning up fireproofing is alcohol-based sealers. Our odor mitigation experts know that the alcohol and solvents in such sealers tend to have a negative effect on fireproofing.


Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning using vacuuming cannot effectively reach nooks and corners where fireproofing is present, so our fire damage remediation technicians also avoid using this type of cleaning.


Water-based Sealers

Use of water-based sealers proves to be the best option since these sealers allow water vapors to permeate the fireproofing. This way, such sealers prevent vapor barriers and condensation from forming, which often results in mold growth.


From the preceding details, it’s quite clear that there are several challenges that need to be managed during fire damage remediation, requiring restorers to have extensive knowledge and experience in such work.


Experts at ServiceMaster Metropolitan have the required industry training, certification, and experience to take on these challenges with relative ease. Count on our pros in Mahwah, NJ, and throughout northern New Jersey for easy and effective fire damage restoration.


If your home in Mahwah, NJ, has been damaged by a fire, then give us a call at (855) 560-7999 as soon as possible since, with time, the smoke and soot residues will cause further damage to your home. After you call, our team will visit your home, check its condition, and quickly start remediation work.

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