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The Challenge of Smoke and Fire Damage Cleanup in Mankato and Waseca, MN

June 27th, 2014 · No Comments

ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca provides Fire and Smoke Restoration in Mankato, MN and surrounding areas

Whatever is not charred or destroyed by fire can often be saved and restored. Yet in many instances, when the actual fire damage is minimal, smoke damage can be extensive and require a variety of techniques to make an interior and its furnishings like new again. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is ideally suited to take on fire and smoke damage restoration.

Why is smoke damage so difficult to restore? Every surface is different. From wood to plastics to fabrics and textiles to metal, each has a different molecular structure that determines the surface geography. To that, add the additional variables of the smoke itself. Smoke particles come in a range of sizes and shapes depending on the molecular makeup of the fuel mixtures that fed the fire. Often an electrical fire will contain plastics from wires, while various chemicals stored in close proximity will reflect whatever was in that potentially caustic cocktail mixture.

It’s important that smoke and fire restoration begin as soon as possible because the damage doesn’t stop when the fire is out. The longer smoke residue is allowed to seep into a surface, the harder it is to clean. Plus, the chemicals may continue to react with each other or with the chemistry of the surface material and make the damage much worse.

If that isn’t complex enough, consider that smoke permeates everything, including the inside of appliances, cupboards, closets, HVAC systems, vents, and ducts. The odor will remain unless all surfaces are effectively cleaned properly. No matter one’s diligence, it is difficult to reach all the nooks and crannies with the right cleaning materials using the right technique. The best solution overall is to use a professionally trained restoration company, qualified to tackle smoke odors and residue. If your home or business has been hit by a fire, even a small one, consider the long-lasting detriments of smoke particles. Contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for a prompt response and the best possible solution.


 

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