SERVPRO Provides a Studly Service to Fire Damaged Homes in Easthampton
Fire Damage Technicians in Easthampton Talk About Treating Burnt Studs
If a fire ever breaks out on your Easthampton property, it can cause a variety of problems. Some fires burn very hot and grow extremely quickly, which can cause extensive fire damage. Fires that have plenty of oxygen and burn hot can destroy more items inside your home but the smoke created is a dry smoke which is relatively easy to wipe off most surfaces. When a burn smothers at low heat and is oxygen starved, then it might not burn as much but the smoke created is wet which makes it tougher to remove. During most fire damage situations, our SERVPRO technicians mitigate problems caused by both heat and partially combusted materials or smoke.
The first step to any restoration process is to secure the work area, then come up with an initial estimate. During the first write up, our SERVPRO estimators inspect the fire damage on your Easthampton property and determine what should be considered a loss and what can be salvaged. Many times items that only receive smoke damage can be cleaned and deodorized and do not require replacement. However, if heat affected structural components severely, extensive reconstruction work could have to take place.
During the initial estimate of the damage, we inspect the entire property and figure out which materials got charred by the fire. Drywall often protects studs from getting burnt, but if the blaze gets hot enough, the wooden studs making up the walls of your house can become partially or entirely burnt. If wall coverings appeared to be charred, they usually get removed so that the studs can be checked out. The general rule is if the charred wood is deeper than a quarter inch, then the studs must be removed and replaced. A visual inspection, when done with the customer and the insurance adjuster, generally can conclude quickly how to proceed and what to toss.
If there is charring that is only on the surface and not quite a quarter inch deep, it is possible to treat the structural components and avoid removing them. When mitigating surface charring, our SERVPRO team often sands or sandblasts the burnt material off of the surface. We can also use dry ice pellets that are directed under pressure at the blackened surface to braid it down to clean, raw wood. The affected wood then gets sprayed with a specialized sealant paint that traps in any foul odors created by the burn. If you ever notice that a fire burns items on your property, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 seven days a week.
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