Fire and Smoke Damage Cleaning
Smoke is the collection of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases.
In fact, the most dangerous components of smoke are the invisible gases
present during the fire. Smoke inhalation is the primary cause of death
in victims of indoor fires. The smoke kills by a combination of thermal
damage, poisoning and pulmonary irritation caused by carbon monoxide,
hydrogen cyanide and other combustion products. After the fire, the gases
disperse but the smoke solids and liquids remain on exposed surfaces.
These deposits are more accurately called “fire residues.”
Fire residues vary in character. Some appear as dry particles, others as
smeary flakes; still others are sticky and viscous. The type of residue
depends on the items that burned and their rate of combustion. Smoke residues
often emit obnoxious odors which persist long after the fire. Our
Las Vegas fire damage technicians can assess your property and provide the restoration services you need!
Types of Fires
Protein Fire – This type of fire typically involves stove-top grease fires, burned and
charred meat, along with most fires where living tissue or hair is involved.
Wood and Paper Fire – This type of fires involves a paper product or wood being consumed such
as fireplace puff-backs. In addition, this includes most trash can fires
and general home fires where mostly the wood structure is involved.
Synthetic Fire – Synthetic fires would include fires consuming carpeting and upholstered
furnishings, electrical fires, and fires where plastic materials have
Most home fires will be a combination of wood and synthetic types.
Even when the fire is out, the damage continues. Much of the material found
in furniture and flooring is synthetic and when burned, it can start a
variety of complex chemical reactions. After only a few days, these items
go from cleanable to unsalvageable.
Our professionals at ServiceMaster are experts in understanding the chemical
combinations that can effectively clean and salvage belongings. We can
even remove soot from at-risk items such as brass, aluminum, chrome, marble,
tile, and porcelain as well as fabrics in upholstery and carpet, thus
helping to avoid additional expenses.
ServiceMaster in Las Vegas uses the latest equipment and supplies in our
five-step fire and smoke restoration process:
- Emergency pre-cleaning (fire mitigation is limited to the pre-cleaning
treatment of “at-risk” surfaces such as metal, marble or any
surface at risk of being etched from the corrosive gasses from the fire)
- Content cleaning
- Content pack-out (when necessary)
- Wall, ceiling, and HVAC cleaning
What to Expect
In addition to the damage caused by the actual flames of a fire and the
immense heat that can reach portions of the structure not directly affected
by the flames themselves, household fires usually contain hundreds of
noxious chemicals which can saturate the items within the structure as
well as the structure itself. This smell is unpleasant for anyone, but
is especially unbearable for anyone who has recently experienced a fire
because it will often immediately trigger a powerful recollection of the
tragedy. To minimize loss, know what to do right from the start. Prompt
action can lower overall costs, as well as save valuable possessions that
might otherwise be lost.
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Call our office today at (702) 896-4197 to request a free estimate for our fire damage