Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Odor Elimination in Wheaton: Deodorization

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

How do I get rid of smoke smell after a fire?

How do we address and eliminate odors? Here are some frequent questions and comments that we have be asked to solve at SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle:

  • A skunk sprayed my dog. He/she ran into our home and now my house smells. What can I do?
  • There is a bad smell after my toilet overflowed in my bathroom. I can’t make it go away. Can you help?
  • How do I remove the smell after sewage came up in my basement?
  • I found a dead animal in our office drop ceiling, and I need to remove smell.
  • How do you make the smell disappear after a biohazard cleanup?
  • How do I get rid of smoke smell after a fire?

Each odor situation is unique, and we first must inspect to determine the best method for removal. Three methods that we use are use of ozone, hydroxl generators, and deodorants.

Call SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/ Lisle to set up an inspection with a trained professional to determine the best way to eliminate odor from after a fire to a curious pet that gets sprayed by a skunk.

Responding and Rebuilding After a Fire

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Even though the entire structure was destroyed in this fire, all is not lost. Rebuilding can and will happen with SERVPRO.

During the warm summer time, a fire broke out in this garage, destroying the entire building.  It was not able to be saved and required a total rebuild.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to assist. We assisted with a minor cleanup but ultimately, it was rebuilding after a fire that was required, as there was not a lot we could do to help after such a devastating fire.  There was not much to salvage or repair.  Rebuilding was needed more than anything. Many people are unaware that SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle offers complete rebuilding services after a water or fire damage. 

Rebuilding After a Fire

With a team of experts experienced in construction and restoration services, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle can help estimate, design, re-build, and project manage every aspect of construction following property damage. Whether a bathroom needs to be rebuilt or an entire home, our team will handle the entire project.

After a Fire, Cleaning and Restoring

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

A fire on the inside of this building affected the exterior as well. SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to help repair and recover.

Following a fire on the interior, a local business experienced fire and smoke damage throughout the facility, both on the interior and exterior.  SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was called to help with the initial cleaning, disinfecting, and odor control of the facility.  In addition, because of the extent of the fire damage, various parts of the building required replacement of structural elements, such as siding, insulation, as well as interior furnishings.

Recovering and Repairing From a Fire

Our team worked with the facility staff to prioritize the repairs and address the elements that were most important to the facility to reopen.  Starting on the interior and working out, recovery was quick, with operations resuming according to the timeline of the business.  In the end, SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle was able to help the business recover from a destructive fire and recover quickly.

After a Fire, SERVPRO of Wheaton Glen Ellyn Has a Plan

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can completely destroy homes and buildings. If there is anything restorable, SERVPRO of Wheaton/ Glen Ellyn/ Lisle will conduct the tests.

There are many things to consider following a fire. After personal safety, the structure, belongings and the recovery are all considered.  How do you proceed, what is saved, and what needs to be replaced?  When the smell of smoke and soot fills rooms it seems like things may never be the same.  They can and will be with the restoration procedures that SERVPRO has developed for fire damage recovery. 

Testing after a Fire

Whether you experience a small fire with smoke damage or a severe fire that all but destroys a structure, SERVPRO approaches each fire damage with a plan of action.  There are many steps but it all begins with a thorough evaluation and determination of the situation.  All furniture and items inside will be tested to determine what can be restored and what will have to be replaced.  This pretesting process helps determine the path to restoration.  Just one of the ways that SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle helps you after a fire.   

After a Fire: Cleaning up after smoke and fire damage in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle Area

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Damaged by a fire, this smoke and soot covered wall was cleaned by the SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle team.

When a fire erupted in a residential apartment building in the Wheaton area of Illinois, the local fire department responded immediately, extinguishing the fire. The fire and smoke damage displaced many families, and created a massive clean-up effort for SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle.

Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire burned inside 2 units of a large apartment building, creating heavy structural damage. All told, residents from a total of 12 units were impacted and suddenly without a home. The fire and smoke damage was present throughout nearly all of the units adjacent to where the fire took place. There was also water inside several apartments from the fire department’s response, coupled with smoke smell and soot covering the walkways and stairwells, making the entire building uninhabitable for residents. After this fire took place, SERVPRO was called to assist in the immediate cleanup and mitigation from the fire damaged structure. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire created structural damage in two units, but heavy smoke damage and soot covered walls, furniture and personal belongings in many of the adjoining units. Outside of the living areas, the signs of fire were found throughout the building.  Smoke and soot damage covered brick walls up and down staircases.  As part of the cleanup, SERVPRO was called in to clean the charred walls and restore the appearance of the building.  Using a combination of commercial cleaning materials and steam cleaning, SERVPRO crews performed a thorough cleaning of all the damaged segments of the brick walls, removing all traces of the smoke and soot damage, making the brick and the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Wheaton Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Wheaton Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Wheaton/Glen Ellyn/Lisle will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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