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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Degrees of Fire Damage in Crestwood MO

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke Detector in Your Crestwood Home May Prevent Damage

SERVPRO Can Restore Most Levels of Fire Damage

The words 'house fire' send chills through homeowner. At best, they mean extensive cleaning, costs and time spent with insurance adjusters. At worst, it means a total loss of home and property, perhaps even loss of life as well.

Fortunately, most fire damage in Crestwood MO and across the nation falls into much less catastrophic categories. Smoke and fire alarms are very effective today and much of the damage results from smoke and the water used to extinguish a fire. Over our decades of experience, SERVPRO has divided the damage into three categories; minor, medium and major.

Minor - Basically, this is light to a moderate smoke residue. Cleaning and restoration may involve dry and/or wet cleaning of ceilings, floors, and walls. Only a few areas may need repainting. In most cases, property removed from rooms with this level of damage can be cleaned and returned.

Medium - Smoke residue here is at least moderate, and more surfaces will require wet cleaning to remove it. More rooms will need to be repainted, and floors may have to be refinished. Heat damage will be more prevalent at this level and may be visible on structural items such as drywall and cabinets. Smoke odors are more pervasive in this category, and additional deodorization may be needed. Property removed from rooms with this level of damage may not be cleanable.

Major - Damage near the source of the fire is severe. The structure (wood framing for example) itself may be charred, requiring repair and replacement. The smoke residue is found through the majority of the structure. Smoke odors are strong and pungent. Restoration will require extensive cleaning and deodorization. Property removed from a fire of this intensity will have to be removed and disposed of; very little will be salvageable.

At this level of damage emergency services, such as boarding up the structure to prevent secondary loss to the weather and establishing a source of electricity will be needed. It may also be necessary to reduce the smoke odor to make the air safe before our restoration crew can begin work.

Despite all of this doom and gloom, restoring your home from a fire is possible; even if the damage is severe. At SERVPRO of Affton / Webster Groves, we have expertly trained personnel and decades of experience in the business to return you and your home back to normal. Call us today at (314) 638-7749 to get started.

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