Fire Restoration Services to Fort Lauderdale Homes
Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Fire Damage Restoration Services
Most fire damage to Fort Lauderdale homes is from smoke and soot residue. In a smaller number of homes, the heat and flames lead to major structural damage. They destroy interior walls, personal property, and even force the replacement of the roof.
In these cases, fire restoration for Fort Lauderdale requires a service that can do more than just clean off smoke damage, hang new drywall, and then paint over everything. SERVPRO response teams are trained to restore and return homes to their original state after even the worst fires. We do not engage in major reconstruction, but we work closely with homeowners and general contractors to ensure a safe and clean environment.
We start with demolition and removal. Once the fire department declares it is safe to enter the home, we remove and dispose of all property too damaged to clean or repair. It includes not only furniture and appliances, but also building material such as drywall, wood paneling, and interior wall framing.
Next, we tackle the floor. After most fires, soot is so thick on carpets that it is cheaper to replace them than to attempt cleaning. We quickly remove them and examine the surface underneath. If it is a wood floor, our technicians determine if the floorboards are salvageable or if they need disposal as well. In most homes, we can replace the wood flooring unless the homeowner prefers using a professional installer.
With a solid surface under our feet, SERVPRO technicians begin cleaning. In addition to smoke and soot residues, some of the more difficult types of damage to remove are the odors. We start the process by wiping down surfaces with dry sponges to remove powdery residue. For thicker layers, our teams have the option to use vacuums or apply a cleaning agent as appropriate. For sticky residues, we start with stronger cleaning agents to break up the residues and then remove them with cloths and sponges.
Many of the odors disappear with the residues, but in some cases, they penetrate into the surfaces of wall framing or the floors. To remove these, we can use special agents to deodorize the surfaces. If the odors are deeply penetrated, we use ozone generators to produce deodorizing particles that can penetrate as deeply as the odor particles and neutralize them.
Now come the walls. After we remove the damaged property and deodorize the interior of the home, it is a simple task for us to hang new drywall and then paint it or attach wood paneling so that it has as close to the same appearance as before the fire. If there is fire damage to main supports such as load-bearing walls, we leave that to whomever the homeowner hires.
For SERVPRO of Ft. Lauderdale South, this is not just a job. As a local franchise, these are our friends and neighbors we are helping to return home. If you need our services, call (954) 776-2000 today to schedule a visit and inspection. We are here for you.
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