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Understanding Bellingham Fire Damage Restoration Phases

3/21/2023 (Permalink)

technician showing a homeowner fire damage on the wall Bellingham property owners rely upon SERVPRO for fire damage cleanup and restoration. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Protects Homes After Fire Damage

Fires are an unfortunate reality for many homes every year. With the thousands living in the Greater Bellingham area and a high number of commercial properties and businesses, a single fire incident could be costly and devastating. We understand how vital loss mitigation is for these emergencies, so our SERVPRO team reaches properties as soon as possible for efforts like:

  • Inventory Services
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Content Care
  • Water Removal
  • Bulk Material Removal

Bellingham fire damage occurs from many possible triggers. From accidents around the stovetop to an overloaded outlet, fires can spark quickly and move beyond the ignition point at a rapid pace. Our professionals appreciate the urgency of restoration, so we keep skilled technicians ready to mobilize 24/7 when disasters strike.

Thorough Inspections for Detailed Estimation

Many parties are privy to the details of a fire damage restoration project. The customer, the restoration provider, and the insurance company involved all have a similar stake in understanding the condition of the house and the expected plan to restore and recover the residence. Our production manager conducts a thorough walk-through of the property early to document damage, catalog content loss, and formulate a detailed restoration plan and estimation.

On and Off-Site Content Cleaning

Managing the contents impacted by fire losses is another essential part of SERVPRO's restoration response. While we strive to protect or clean items on-site for a customer's peace of mind, off-site cleaning and storage are sometimes necessary. At our SERVPRO facility, we can provide more intricate cleaning and restoration like:

  • Submersion tank for cleaning hard-surfaced contents
  • Soft material wash station
  • Ozone chamber for deodorizing multiple items
  • Drying approaches

Soot Removal Solutions

Removing soot is one of the more complex areas of fire damage restoration our SERVPRO team performs. Inadequate measures can see soot permanently mar surfaces underneath the soil deposits. The corrosivity of acidic soot and its ability to stain porous surfaces requires fast action with surface cleaning, media blasting, or controlled demolition.

Different Smoke Damage Threats for Homes

Smoke damage is not all the same because the combusted materials and environmental conditions between disasters change considerably. Common smoke damage types include:

  • Wet Smoke – Thick and moist residues on horizontal surfaces typically require solvents to dissolve to prevent smearing and staining.
  • Dry Smoke – A product of high heat fires characterized by chalky, thin smoke residues.
  • Protein Residues – Formidable, thick deposit of grease and oily residue deposited by range top fires.

Cleaning Commercial Large Loss Situations

Bellingham is home to many businesses and commercial properties, making our experience in Large Loss recovery significant for fire damage restoration. We have industrial-grade equipment sizable enough for massive production facilities like warehouses and call centers to the right tools that manage fire losses in multi-story structures and historic properties in the county.

Build-Back Services After a Fire

Few structure fires that impact homes and businesses in our area do not require some reconstruction or repairs. With a general contractor license, we can keep this work in-house and limit the time that the full spectrum of restoration and recovery services takes. Our experience with this next group of actions after fire loss restoration saves customers time and money on pursuing a subcontractor to complete the job on a new schedule.

Bellingham fire damage presents several layers of threat to a home or business. Even with the experience of our SERVPRO of Whatcom County team, not starting restoration right away can have costly and disastrous results for the property. We are ready to mobilize when emergencies occur. Call now at (360) 733-1800.

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