Not many disasters can threaten your property and even your life like a fire. Fires are often unexpected and they can quickly burn through your home or building and put you and your family at serious risk for injury or worse. When a fire occurs, you must make sure everyone evacuates safely and then call the fire department to put out the fire. Even when the fire is out, the damage will continue to get worse from the leftover smoke and corrosive byproducts. You must call for restoration services as soon as you can after the fire is put out to prevent the damage from getting worse. ServiceMaster of the Shore Area provides fire and smoke damage restoration services to help homes and businesses in Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township, NJ recover from a fire. We will pre-clean affected materials to save them from permanent damage and repair the structural damage to your home or building.
Understanding Fire and Smoke Damage
The damage caused by the fire itself is obvious as the flames devour anything in their path. However, you cannot forget about the secondary damage that occurs after the fire is out. Byproducts of the fire like smoke, soot, and other residue are still lingering after a fire and they can spread to new areas and damage materials that the fire didn’t touch. Smoke gets absorbed into porous building materials and the soot and other corrosive byproducts will settle on surfaces and materials throughout the home. The affected materials may experience etching and burning from corrosive byproducts which can become permanent damage in just a few days.
At ServiceMaster of the Shore Area, we are prepared and well equipped for any case of fire damage restoration. We use powerful cleaning products that can remove soot and damage caused by corrosive byproducts from a variety of household surfaces and materials. We also provide content cleaning and pack-out services to take care of your personal belongings that have been damaged, as well as complete construction services to rebuild your home or building.
You must call ServiceMaster of the Shore Area for fire damage restoration once the fire department gives their approval. After making the call, the following actions will help you avoid further damage:
- Do not clean surfaces that have been damaged by soot or corrosive byproducts because you can make the damage worse with improper cleaning methods.
- Do not use your air conditioner or furnace.
- Do not touch your furniture, the oils in your hand could make soot damage worse.
- Make sure your electronics and appliances are inspected before using them.
- Throw away any food products exposed to the fire or smoke.
Getting the fire put out is only the first step of the restoration process. Make sure you give ServiceMaster of the Shore Area a call after the fire is put out to begin the cleaning process and inspect the damage so we can form a plan to restore and rebuild your home or building. You can call us 24 hours a day at (609) 445-2035 for emergency fire damage restoration in Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
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