If you’re reading this blog post, chances are your home or business in the fire-affected area of California was either damaged by fire and smoke. You may be wondering what to do next. Rest assured that you’re already on the right track by finding fire and smoke damage remediation experts like us! We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, removal of smoke odors, and deep-cleaning soot from walls, carpets and upholstery. If your home has fire or smoke damage, here is what you can expect from hiring our disaster remediation services in San Jose.
What Is Fire and Smoke Damage?
Fire and smoke damage is a general term used to describe the damage that is done to a building or object as a direct or indirect result of fire. Fire damage is one of the most devastating types of home damage. Smoke and soot are byproducts of fire, and leave a nasty mark on damaged homes as well.
Why Is Fire and Smoke Damage Dangerous?
Fire damage makes a living space toxic and unhealthy. That’s why it’s important to hire fire and smoke damage remediation experts as soon as fire or smoke damage occurs.
After a house fire or wildfire event, fire damage is the most obvious and apparent type of damage. Fire can char building materials, such as wood, paper, plastics and fabrics. In addition to charring, fire produces heat that can distort metal objects, cause paint to blister and peel, and crack glass.
Smoke damage is often more pervasive and harder to see than fire damage. Smoke contains soot, which is a black powder that can discolor walls, ceilings and furniture. Unfortunately, soot can travel throughout a structure even if fire damage was contained in one area – it often ends up in the HVAC system, piping, crevices, behind walls, in your furniture, and every other nook and cranny. In addition, smoke can cause an intense smell that’s difficult to get rid of without the right cleaning products and techniques.
Health Effects of Fire and Smoke Damage
Fire and smoke damage can cause a number of health concerns. The fire itself, along with the fire’s byproducts like heat and smoke, release toxic fumes that pollute the air inside your home or business, leading to short-term effects such as eye irritation, sinus congestion or coughing. Long term impacts include chronic respiratory problems. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot will travel throughout the entire home.
What to Expect From Our Services
When you hire our disaster remediation services in San Jose, we will work diligently to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition. We begin by assessing the damage so that we can develop a plan of action tailored specifically for your property. Next, we work quickly and efficiently to clean all fire and smoke damage. We also use special techniques to remove smoke odors from your home or business. We understand how important it is for you to get back to your life as soon as possible, and our team will work tirelessly to make that happen.
The Restoration Process
Our fire and smoke damage restoration process includes:
- Assessment of fire and smoke damage
- Development of a fire remediation plan tailored specifically for your property
- Removal of all fire and smoke damage, including charring, soot and odors
- Restoration of building materials, fixtures and belongings to their pre-fire condition
Cleaning methods for various types of smoke damage require different procedures. For example, there are multiple varieties of soot:
- Wet Smoke Residues result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors. Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
- Dry Smoke Residues result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeary smoke particles.
- Protein Residues are nearly invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes, and often are recognized by their extreme pungent odors.
Don’t DIY: Opt for Expert Disaster Recovery San Jose Services
When dealing with something as serious as fire and smoke damage in your home, it’s important to work with professionals. Even the cleaning process results in exposure to toxic fumes and particles if done incorrectly. That’s why it’s important to hire fire and smoke damage remediation experts as soon as the disaster occurs. Not only will professionals have the expertise and knowledge to correctly clean your property, but they’ll also have the necessary equipment, like respirators and protective gear, to keep you safe.
Fast Response Times
When emergencies strike, response time is everything. Whenever you need it, our experienced team is there for you. We’ve been helping families and business owners clean up after a disaster or to mitigate property damage since 2008, working throughout the Bay Area—from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, from Livermore to Los Gatos.
Hear it From Our Clients
Don’t just take it from us—let our esteemed clients tell you about their experiences with Shepherd’s Disaster Recovery and Remediation!
“I have to say Bill is very knowledgeable, very punctual, and has never let me down. I would have to say that today is a prime example, as a customer came home earlier than expected, and a part was on back-order, so we called Bill to let him know that they came home early and Bill searched for the part to get the job done early. He is very responsive.” – Jim H
“Bill has come through for me in a pinch time and time again and always provides honest, ethical service. I trust him and his crew to do the job correctly, highly recommended.” – Evan A
If you have fire or smoke damage, don’t wait – call us today for a free consultation! Our disaster recovery experts in San Jose are here to help.
Give Our Fire and Smoke Damage Remediation Services a Call
At Shepherd’s Disaster, we take pride in the work that we do. It’s immensely satisfying to be able to give a sense of peace and calm to those that are suffering. By restoring a space after a catastrophic event, we are able to serve those who need it most. And that’s something to feel good about.
If you’d like more information about our fire and smoke damage remediation services, contact us today by phone at (650) 459-4386. We’re here to help.