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What Should I Prepare For After An Attic Fire In My Falmouth Home?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt house interior. Burned furniture, kitchen cabinet, charred walls and ceiling in black soot SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can help you resolve any challenging situation after fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Dealing with Attic Fire Damage in Falmouth Homes Presents Many Challenges, but SERVPRO Can Help You Address Them Conveniently

Fire damage can be localized to a small section of your Falmouth property if it is controlled in time. If the damage is restricted to the attic, you might face a significant challenge of cleaning up and restoring the damaged materials.

What factors make restoring attic fire damage in Falmouth homes challenging?

    •    Attic fires go unnoticed longer
    •    Most of the building materials in the area have unfinished surfaces
    •    Presence of junk or other items stored there
    •    Presence of utility lines such as power cables or air ducts

If a fire breaks out in your Falmouth attic, it might take a few extra seconds or minutes before anyone realizes something is wrong. In most cases, such fires become apparent only when smoke or flames are visible are under the eaves or inside the house. That delay gives the fire a chance to consume more materials and residues to settle deeper into materials, thus adding another layer of challenge for the restorers to handle.

Most of the construction materials in the attic, including trusses and frames, have unfinished surfaces. Such surfaces are porous, which leads to profound residue deposits. Although the materials are out of sight, leaving traces of residues can cause several problems, including persistent odor in the house. Our SERVPRO technicians help clean residues and remove the odor using a wide range of techniques including:
    •    Soda blasting to remove residues
    •    Sanding to remove charring and stubborn residues
    •    Sealing structural timber, with deodorizing pre-sealer

Does smoke leave the attic naturally?

Since attics have minimal openings, ventilating the smoke produced during the fire can be a challenge. Before applying regular ventilation techniques such as forcing the residue-filled air out with box fans, an opening is required. Our SERVPRO technicians can help by opening up the roof or removing the louvers to create the space necessary for proper ventilation.

SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and The Islands can help you resolve any challenging situation after fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (508) 888-5985 to help.

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