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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Are You Serving Soot in Your Jamesport Restaurant?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire engulfing kitchen Even small kitchen fires can be devastating to your restaurant. SERVPRO has the experience to restore your business quickly.

Thriving After Fire Damages Your Jamesport Restaurant

No matter how attentive you and your employees are, a kitchen fire in your Jamesport restaurant is always a possibility. So many variables and moving parts are in play as your chefs create, and servers cater to diner’s requests. Equipment malfunctions or human error can turn your well-oiled system into a frightening and destructive inferno. Our team is ready with the emergency, mitigation, and remediation services designed to get you cooking again. 

Kitchen Fires Present Special Challenges 

Fire damage in a Jamesport restaurant nearly always involves burning food, oil, and grease. These materials create a particular type of residue that is protein-based. We manage other soots composed of incompletely combusted building materials and contents. A protein-based residue instead takes the familiar spattering and steaming always experienced in cooking to a new and devastating level. As contrasted with the burning of building materials, a protein fire is characterized by:

  • Lower temperatures at the origin site
  • Reduced levels of visible smoke
  • Evaporation of the burned material
  • Reduction of protein-rich fuel to a fine mist
  • Pungent and persistent odors

The mist travels throughout the space, penetrating hoods, fans, ductwork, and ceiling tiles. It is composed of particles tiny enough to float on air currents and through HVAC systems, meaning it quickly invades your restaurant's dining areas, bars, restrooms, foyers, and even adjacent businesses. Textiles, insulation, paint, woodwork, and other porous or semi-porous materials are all fair game. Pantries, prep areas, freezers, and coolers are also vulnerable to the thin, tightly adhered residue. When SERVPRO crews evaluate the scene, inspection moves far from the original point of ignition. 

Removal of Residue Is a Challenge 

Protein fire residues not only spread widely but also are oil-based and very hard to dislodge. Additionally, the film can be nearly invisible to the eye, increasing the risk of missing some soot. These features make it especially important that SERVPRO professionals conduct a thorough assessment. To loosen and remove the residue, we frequently use solvents, requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) and evacuation of unprotected occupants during the process. Our technicians take care to clear all of the solvents from food preparation and consumption spaces.  

Rely on the professional at SERVPRO of The North Fork to take charge of your restaurant's rejuvenation after a kitchen fire. Call us day or night at (631) 591-3771, so we can start the remediation process.

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