Overcoming the Obstacles of Riverhead Fire Damage
SERVPRO Restorers Rapidly Address Fire Damage
With dozens of causes, house fires and commercial structure fires have become a common callout for our SERVPRO professionals throughout Riverhead and Suffolk County. We have experience on our team to help:
- FSRT – Fire & Smoke Restoration
- OCT – Odor Control
- CCT – Carpet Cleaning
- UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
- ASD – Applied Structural Drying
There is no time to waste when managing Riverhead fire damage events, especially considering that the situation worsens even after extinguishment. Our professionals approach the problem urgently, mobilizing our SERVPRO Green Fleet and its inventory of tools for mitigation.
Licensed Contractors to Respond
One of the primary obstacles to restoration after fire damage is the structure's condition. Vulnerabilities make it unsafe for the family to re-enter the building, and contractors of our team must work quickly to shore up potential hazards, remove damaged materials, and determine where further controlled demolition might be necessary to help.
Estimations and Damage Assessment
We work with the insurance company to meet their initial demands to approve damage claims for the property. We are a preferred vendor for Suffolk County for fire reconstruction and restoration, so we have standing relationships with many insurance providers to expedite the claims process and get restoration and cleanup started fast. Our estimates and early inspections catalog:
- Damaged contents
- Ruined structure
- Safety concerns
- Salvageable items
Early Mitigation Solutions
Determining the greatest threats to the structure gets these cleanup and restoration measures underway even before the complete inspection of the property, and more detailed claims approval documentation is gathered. Some of these focal points include:
- Water Removal - Fire extinguishment often introduces high volumes of water into the residence, leaving an additional threatening layer of damage restoration professionals must address when cleaning up the property.
- Air Quality Improvement - Circulating contaminants and particles pose safety risks for those without personal protective equipment. Our team uses air scrubbers and filtration devices to help clear out airborne threats.
- Content Relocation - Protecting personal belongings is another mitigative step and can often be as direct as moving items from the damage path to a safer location on-site.
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
A definite obstacle to fire restoration is the presence of soot deposits and residues on surfaces. These soils are challenging to remove without a combination of products, mechanical action, and even abrasive cleaning approaches. We pre-test cleaning strategies to ensure they do not damage the underlying material before being more widely applied.
Odor Removal and Management
An anticipated byproduct of fire damage in homes is smoke malodors. The combustion of multiple materials and contents creates a volatile mixture of smells that is formidable and overwhelming to affected areas. The responding SERVPRO professionals prioritize neutralizing these malodors, including odors trapped in porous materials like drywall and carpeting. Some of the common approaches for this include:
- Hydroxyl generators
- Ozone machines
Large Loss Restoration Providers
An advantage of SERVPRO restoration for fire damage is our ability to overcome the destruction to larger venues and businesses. From the East End Commons to the Long Island Science Center, larger commercial structures can be heavily damaged by fires and require direct measures of mitigation and restoration that match their size. Our trailered equipment and an extensive roster of FSRT-certified technicians can help with these unique emergencies.
When it comes to restoring and cleaning Riverhead fire damage events from homes and businesses, several obstacles make this a challenge. The experience and knowledge of our SERVPRO of The North Fork team help in this regard, allowing us to rapidly navigate loss conditions to protect the structure and contents. Give us a call today at (631) 591-3771.