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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

It’s Not Just the Flames that Do the Damage to Your Highland Home

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

A photo of a basement with burned wooden beams and scorched and charred walls. Soot and water damage do just as much damage as the fire itself. Call the experienced pros to handle it all if you're dealing with a fire!

Whether it’s at your Highland home or your Saugerties business, a fire is a devastating occurrence. Once the flames are out, the next steps are often confusing at to who to call, what the cleanup truly entails and what kind of damage has really been done.

Horrible flames are what most of us think of, but the fire itself isn’t always what causes the most damage. Smoke, soot and water damage go together with a fire, no matter the type, and it’s vital to work with a trusted and reliable restoration company that understands how to handle all these issues, work with your insurance company and get you back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

The Types of Damage That Fires Can Cause 

Smoke Damage Smoke inhalation is the #1 cause of fire-related deaths, and smoke damage is also one of the most severe ways a structure can be impacted after a fire. Smoke seeps into absolutely everything, damaging furniture, walls, flooring, even the furthest rooms. For areas not physically touched by the flames, paint discoloration, corroded appliances and unbearable odors can all be expected following simply due to the smoke. 

Soot Damage- Soot is an inescapable, nasty substance that WILL cover nearly anything in a layer of extremely hazardous film. Soot is the deposit that smoke leaves behind, which often contains many chemicals as a result of the burning of plastics and other combustibles. Not only can soot linger on items, but it can also infiltrate the ducts of the HVAC system in a home or business leading to contaminated air quality. Hiring an experienced restoration company that can also clean out your HVAC system and ductwork is key to improving the air quality.

Water Damage Whether it is from firefighting efforts or automated sprinkler systems, water damage and fire damage are often intertwined. Not only can water damage result in additional damage to susceptible items such as electronics, but it can also result in mold growth if it is not removed quickly by a professional. In the right humidity and temperatures, mold will start to grow within 48 hours.

Though putting out the fire should always be the first concern, it is important that cleanup and restoration is done properly and efficiently in order to mitigate as much damage as possible and to avoid secondary issues.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz has been the trusted, LOCAL fire and water damage remediation company since 1992. We have the certified professionals who will handle any remediation needed, in either a commercial or residential property and get you back to normal quickly. Our professionals are on standby and ready to mobilize 24/7.

If your home or business has been impacted by a fire, we are here to help! We’re here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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