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How Can SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Help Me Clean Up My Home After A Fire?

10/9/2022 (Permalink)

firefighters fighting a fire How Can SERVPRO Of Hermitage/Donelson Help Me Clean Up My Home After A Fire?

The damages that come with a fire in your home are devastating. In addition to the fire damage and damage from the smoke and soot, your Nashville home may also suffer from issues related to the water firefighters will use in putting the fire out. A mold infestation is also a very unwelcome factor in water damage. 

At SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson, we know that you will also be struggling with the emotional fallout from such an event. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of Hermitage/ Donelson will treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with the utmost care.

What Steps Does SERVPRO Take To Get My Home Back To Normal After A Fire?

Here is what our fire damage process looks like: 

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event to help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment. We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service. Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present). The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces. We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. We use various cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration. Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

What Can I Do While I Wait For SERVPRO To Arrive?

While you wait for the SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson team to arrive, there are a few things you can do to start the fire damage restoration process:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator, and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

SERVPRO of Hermitage/Donelson specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore vs. replace” policy can help you save money while preserving irreplaceable precious keepsakes. We pre-test your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. 

This franchise is independently owned and operated. 

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