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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

What Makes Closter Grease Fire Damage Harder to Cleanup?

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged drywall removed from the ceiling in a kitchen SERVPRO offers fire damage mitigation service that makes your home in Closter look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Closter Fire and Smoke Damage 

A grease fire in a Closter property is not limited to a pan left on a stove to the flashpoint. Another way people have caused fire damage to their properties is by putting frozen turkeys or chickens into outdoor fryers that are operated too close to the structure. During the fire, protein residues spread throughout the room and coat surfaces. While hard to see, they are highly intense, depositing a sticky residue.

SERVPRO technicians handle different types of Closter fire damage cleanup. One situation is from a single pan that caught on fire on a stovetop, and the flames in a pan were not too large until water or flour was used to attempt to extinguish it. These actions are enormous mistakes and rapidly elevate the fire and smoke damage within the kitchen. Flour is explosive, but the real danger is using water. When water comes into contact with the hot oil, it instantly vaporizes, travels upward, and carries the flames. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) recommends the following actions when there is a grease fire: 

  • Turn off the heat source and use a tight-fitting lid on the pan
  • Use salt or baking soda
  • Double-check to make sure frozen items thawed before cooking
  • SERVPRO advises having even a small amount of fire damage mitigated professionally to avoid spreading pungent odors throughout the property

Common Fire Damage Effects

After this type of fire damage in a kitchen, the issues can be widespread. SERVPRO technicians deal with ruined and sometimes melted exteriors of appliances, heat and smoke damage cleanup on cabinets and surfaces, and blackened walls and ceilings. Water damage used by first responders can also be an issue that requires extraction during the fire mitigation service. 

Actions During Housefire Cleanup

SERVPRO technicians section off the worksite when handling house fire cleanup to keep any airborne soot particles within the job area. Once the charred materials are removed, the technicians can inspect the ductwork to ensure no residues can carry odorous soot throughout the home. Property owners can avoid this common post-fire issue through a follow-up cleaning of the ducts and HVAC. Simply changing the HVAC filter will not lessen the potential for spreading smoke odors throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians can:

  • Use unique collection methods to remove dirt and debris from the ducts
  • Cleaning vents
  • Using odor control within the home as needed

Surface Smoke Residue Removal

Protein fires have a lightly-colored, thick residue that deposits tiny droplets on surfaces. Although difficult to see, it has a powerful odor and, once dried, often has a bumpy texture that can be felt on smooth surfaces such as countertops. The stuck-on nature of this kind of smoke damage makes it hard to remove without the use of a strong cleaning agent. SERVPRO technicians mix their solvent-based solutions and emulsions using EPA- approved formulas. Afterward, homeowners can hand off any repairs the property needs, including installing floor to ceiling and painting walls in colors chosen by the homeowner or other cosmetic touches. 

Closter residents with fire damage trust SERVPRO of Northeast Bergen County at (201) 244-0100 with the cleanup and restoration job. The trained, certified technicians are ready 24/7 to make the fire and smoke damage, "Like it never even happened."

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