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Debris Removal And Cleaning In New Orleans

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage “Like it never even happened.”

How Do You Clean a Fire-Damaged New Orleans House?

SERVPRO professionals can help you through nearly all phases of emergency debris removal and cleaning your New Orleans residence after a fire.

Cleaning up after a fire loss in New Orleans can feel overwhelming and stressful, especially when you are not sure what services your renter or home insurance might cover. Despite how challenging it might initially feel, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to understand what processes are necessary to return your home to its preloss condition as efficiently as possible. With both fire restoration professionals and cleaning technicians responding to these emergencies, we can offer the most reliable and cost-effective solutions.

Who is Responsible for Fire Debris Removal in My House?
Removing debris is one of the first steps of fire cleanup in New Orleans homes following our response to the disaster. This service often occurs even before the full scoping of the job to determine the extent of damage in your residence. Our professionals utilize shoveling, dry vacuuming, and wet vacuuming to remove loose sediment and particulates from the floors. There are multiple benefits to clearing piles of ash and debris from the house.

One of the first advantages that come from addressing fire debris in the house immediately is better identifying damages and problem areas that exist. Debris and rubbish after a fire can conceal structural damages and other concerns, which can make starting restoration hazardous. We prioritize this initial cleaning procedure to gain a better perspective on the work that your home needs. Debris removal can also reduce the severity of soot and odor threats throughout the house, making these conditions easier to manage in later recovery stages.

Most home insurance plans offer some degree of coverage for this debris removal service. Even if plans can vary significantly after this initial effort, it is universally understood that fire debris removal can improve the efficiency and safety of restoration efforts to follow. Our SERVPRO team can help you to find out the specifics of your coverage and role in affording restoration practices needed to make losses “Like it never even happened.”

How Do You Get Rid of Soot and Residues on Walls?

    •    Agitative Cleaning
    •    Abrasive Cleaning
    •    Potent Chemical Agents

One of the most substantial hurdles in both safety and cleaning in New Orleans homes is soot and residue removal from surfaces and contents. Agitative cleaning practices can help to reduce the severity of layers of residue and soot on surfaces. From light agitating like feather dusting to harsher agitative cleaning practices like scrubbing with steel wool, each case is unique and requires assessment by our responding technicians. The appropriate practice can be the difference in replacing damaged surfaces and cleaning/restoring them.

Abrasive cleaning is another level up from the preliminary results that agitative cleaning accomplishes. With soot threats, especially, many cleaning practices are ineffective, and in many cases, can mar or stain surfaces. Abrasive cleaning approaches like media and soda blasting can eliminate soot residues on specific surfaces without harming the underlying material. Some surfaces cannot withstand the pressurized blasts of water or air for cleaning, so this is another assessment that our responding SERVPRO team must make on-site.

Oily soils and other smoke residues can be another challenge that our cleaning technicians face when we begin restoring damaged surfaces in your home. We have potent cleaning and chemical agents that can clear much of these residues through reactions like emulsion.

Does Cleaning Remove Smoke Odors from My New Orleans Home?

    •    Cleaning Residues
    •    Dry Cleaning
    •    Deodorization

Cleaning can have a direct result on the severity of smoke and burning odors in your New Orleans home after a fire. Cleaning residues, for example, can lessen the severity of these effects in the immediate area. Abrasive cleaning for soot removal, such as soda blasting, can also help to reduce trapped odors in the underlying materials noticeably.

Many fabrics and soft materials in a residence can succumb to odor damage by allowing smoke to get trapped in fibers. Dry cleaning can improve both the appearance of areas like drapes, carpeting, and upholstery, but also noticeably reduce the severity of odor damage as well. Deodorization practices are often still necessary to remove these smells altogether from the damaged areas. However, these initial cleaning practices can help to make this phase more efficient and direct.

Removing odors often falls into the hands of our SERVPRO professionals after fire loss incidents as part of the comprehensive restoration package we provide. We have multiple tools that can help to remove harsh scents from the environment and what has become trapped in porous materials in the residence. We can primarily lean on thermal fogging, hydroxyl machines, and ozone generators to neutralize odor compounds wherever they get discovered.

Do Restoration Companies Help with Post-Construction Cleaning?

    •    Controlled Demolition & Build Back
    •    Post-Construction Cleaning
    •    Seamless Transitions Between Restoration and Reconstruction

Because we offer a full-service approach to restoration and recovery, including reconstruction and build back for New Orleans homes after fire losses, our cleaning technicians also address the cleaning needs before and after construction completes. In many ways, the bulk of this necessary cleaning occurs during the controlled demolition phase to prepare the area for the reconstruction and repairs that your home needs.

After reinstalling removed structural elements, our professionals can get to work on the final cleaning that your property needs before our work officially ends. With cleaning being such a vital effort in every recovery job that we undertake, this final cleaning effort after construction encompasses any area that could have become affected by the dust and debris that residential contracting can produce.

One of the advantages to all of these qualified technicians and contractors being in-house is the fast transition between mitigation and reconstruction. Not only does this allow for a more streamlined approach to restoration as a whole, but it also helps in the upkeep and cleaning of your property throughout each phase.

No matter how damaging fire losses can be to homes and businesses in the area, our SERVPRO of The New Orleans Westbank technicians can help with efficient cleaning and restoration solutions. Give our experts a call anytime at (504) 348-7526.

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