How Can Kent Homeowners Determine What is Causing Attic Water Damage?
Water damage needs to be dealt with quickly so you can continue with your daily life. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for remediation and mitigation services.
Certified Restoration Technicians Perform Water Mitigation for Kent Attic Leaks
Attic leaks are among the most common maladies that can affect a home. Kent homeowners should keep an eye out for signs like damaged roofing, ventilation system troubles, and plumbing concerns. These factors can contribute to water damage that can compromise flooring, walls, subflooring, insulation, and any belongings you may have stored in your attic.
When your Kent home requires rapid-response water mitigation, SERVPRO is a phone call away from returning your property to a preloss state. Your local franchise location enjoys the benefits of both being locally owned and operated and access to the broad array of resources that have allowed SERVPRO to respond to calls from over 1,700 locations in the United States and Canada.
What Factors Contribute to Attic Water Damage?
- Condensation. Attics are contained spaces prone to collecting humidity, especially if your HVAC system is in the attic. Consider installing a dehumidification system to keep potential water damage under control.
- Roof damage. Whether shingles and flashing are compromised by wind, rain, or an accident, your roof is a crucial line of defense that sits between your attic and the elements. Have your roof inspected by a professional once or twice a year, especially after inclement weather.
- Ductwork. Your heating and cooling systems can cause the ducts to expand and contract with temperature changes, leading to potential leaks and gaps in your ductwork over time.
What Principles Make SERVPRO’s Structural Drying Process Effective?
Technicians are well-versed in determining how to dry a structure with commercial-grade equipment. Several factors are taken into account during the drying process, including the relative humidity of a given area, the specific humidity of surfaces damaged by water like wood and drywall, and the ideal temperature and humidity levels to facilitate faster drying while minimizing secondary water damages.
SERVPRO of Kent proves that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when you call (253) 850-1500.
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Why Do You Need A Fire Cleanup/Restoration Crew That Understands Odor Removal?
Our fire damage experts can have your home back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”
Kent Homeowners Want Their Homes To Smell Good After Fire Cleanup/Restoration.
Kent homeowners do not want to deal with a disaster in their house. However, no matter how careful you are, disasters can still happen. When it does, SERVPRO of Kent is here for you 24 hours, all year round. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, so it is a good idea to call us as soon as you can.
If you need fire cleanup/restoration in your Kent home, it is essential to choose a company that understands odor removal. Our SERVPRO customers often tell us that the lingering smoky smell is one of the worst parts of a fire in the home. Even when the house is cleaned up, and life is back to normal, the smell of soot can be overpowering. It is hard to move on from the trauma of a blaze if the smoke smell is a constant reminder.
Why is it so hard to get rid of smoky smells?
Smoke is a notoriously tough odor to deal with. If you happen to know someone who smokes cigars or even burns incense and candles, you see how the smell of smoke lingers. This is much worse after a fire in the home, where there was a lot more smoke.
Soot is created during incomplete combustion of materials in a fire. The combination of the small soot particles with the warping of surfaces as the fire burns makes it easy for soot to bond to all kinds of things. Soot can bond to:
- Wooden furniture and floors
- Melted plastic surfaces such as kitchen utensils or toys
- Textiles, including clothes, linens, and towels
- Books, magazines, and artwork
There are several different types of soot, including dry soot, wet soot, and protein soot. Dry soot is easy to wipe or vacuum away, but wet soot is much stickier and bonds deeply with surfaces. Protein soot, which usually occurs due to a kitchen fire, is particularly bad-smelling.
Why is odor removal such an essential part of fire cleanup and restoration?
The first step in fire cleanup is assessing the situation and drawing up a cleaning plan. SERVPRO technicians use a range of mechanical actions and carefully chosen cleaning products to remove soot stains and restore your home.
Our team can also plan and supervise restoration jobs, such as:
- Removing and replacing damaged parts of the walls or ceilings
- Fixing or disposing of soot-damaged electrical items
- Hanging new wallpaper and replacing burned carpets
- Sending rugs and drapes out for professional cleaning at our off-site facility
- Remediating smoke damage on furniture and textiles
We also extract water leftover from fire-fighting and dry out your home if needed.
When we have finished cleanup and drying, we turn our attention to odor removal. Odor removal is an essential step because smoke particles can spread throughout your home and cause nasty smells. Our job is to locate both obvious and not so apparent sources of odors and remediate them.
What can SERVPRO do to remove odors?
We train our technicians to use a range of odor-fighting techniques. In cases of fire cleanup/restoration, we might choose from:
- Air scrubbers that have several powerful filters, including carbon filters, to trap soot particles
- Ozone that which energize oxygen to create ozone, which in turn traps odors by oxidizing the odor-causing particles
- Hydroxyl generators that transform contaminating particles into a harmless mixture of water and carbon dioxide
- Thermal fogging that uses heat to produce a fine fog of cleaning chemicals that is easy to spray into the tiniest nooks and crannies
The choice of technique is individual to each situation. We train our teams to understand the theory of odor removal and assess which approach is best.
For example, ozone generators are powerful but are not safe for use while your home is occupied. Ozone can also be harmful to pets and plants. Ozone generators are a good choice if you are not living in your home during remediation. Hydroxyl generators are gentler and might be a better choice if you live at home during remediation. Hydroxyl generators are safe for use in occupied houses. Thermal fogging is not always suitable for delicate fabrics, so our technicians test all textiles before using a fogging machine.
What about smelly carpets or other textiles?
Sometimes smoke smells get buried in carpets, drapes, rugs, linens, and clothes. We can use spot cleaning or ultrasonic cleaning to dislodge soot particles and remove odors. We can also send items to our cleaning facility for gentle yet effective hydraulic cleaning using the ESPORTA system.
If you are worried about smoky smells after a fire, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.
What Do Homeowners Need When Their Tukwila Home Floods from A Storm?
Flooding in your home can quickly get complicated to deal with. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation services.
Tukwila Residents Need the Experienced, Professional Restoration Provided by SERVPRO
What Are the First Actions Taken?
SERVPRO begins clean-up in Tukwila with the following:
- Spray standing water and the surrounding surfaces with an antibacterial agent
- Remove standing water with a combination of pumps and other extraction devices
- Thoroughly clean the now exposed surfaces to eliminate sources of damage and potential health threats
Why Does SERVPRO Begin by Spraying Chemicals in A Residence?
Any flood damage in Tukwila homes is a problem, but when the water comes with a storm, there is an additional issue with contaminants. These include dirt, animal waste, fertilizers, and even human waste if the storm was intense enough to backup nearby sewers.
Our technicians match anti-bacterial agents with the affected surfaces to carefully clean everything from drywall and wood floors to outlet covers and appliances. Matching the right cleaner means that we not only clean everything but also work to preserve the surfaces. If the structural property (e.g. drywall) does not absorb too much water, then technicians can leave panels in place, which eliminates the cost of replacing them.
What Happens with Personal Property?
The initial cleaning usually takes care of items with hard surfaces, such as tables and bookcases. For upholstered furniture, technicians place the items on blocks or pellets to help drain excess water. Once up, they use a cleaning agent with a brush or powered agitation device to work it into the fabric. To dry the items, they next use exhaust fans to increase air circulation and air movers to force warm air over the surface which forces out the moisture.
To begin restoration of a home here or in Maple Valley, call SERVPRO of Kent today at (253) 850-1500. We are here to provide a safe, clean environment so local families can get their lives back to normal.
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Why Does Drywall in Kent Homes Get Removed After Water Exposure?
Our general contractors can reinstall new materials after restoration “Like it never even happened.”
Drywall is a sensitive building material to water exposure, making it often one of the first elements to get removed and replaced after a disaster in Kent.
Porosity is the ability of a material to allow water inside of it, and there are many porous materials in the construction of your Kent home. Drywall is among the most sensitive materials used in modern construction. Because of its positioning and ability to become readily exposed to water damages, avoiding these concerns is often impossible. Absorption can begin almost immediately with sheetrock and continue until the material is overburdened with water and falls apart.
After construction materials become exposed, water damage repair for Kent properties is often required. For the drywall, this process begins with removing the baseboard and wood trim to provide access for drying and test the wall with probing moisture meters and determine the likelihood of salvaging the wall. It is most often advisable and more cost-efficient to remove a portion of the drywall rather than restoring for multiple reasons:
• Access to Damaged Areas for Drying
• Access to Plumbing for Repairs
• Visual Inspections for Microbial Threats
What is the Process for Removing Portions of Drywall?
Because full panels of 8x4 drywall do not always need to get removed after a water disaster, we determine a set dryline based on how far up the gypsum water has wicked from the baseboards. This step gets completed with a combination of thermal imagery and moisture meters. Once this line is marked between undamaged and unsalvageable materials, we can cut out what must get discarded and begin restoration work as necessary.
With better access to the damaged area, drying processes can be more efficient and cost-effective for the customer. Our general contractors can reinstall new materials after restoration “Like it never even happened.” Give our SERVPRO of Kent team a call today at (253) 850-1500.
Why Kent Residents Trust SERVPRO to Guide their Home to Recovery from Mold, Water, Storm or Fire.
SERVPRO can be there for all of your emergency damages as soon as you need them.
SERVPRO Can Assist to Ensure There Are No Ongoing or Underlying Issues After Your Kent Disasters.
Enacting an insurance claim is never a nice feeling. Not only are there ongoing issues within your Kent home, but there is also a lot of filing and expense to consider. Here at SERVPRO of Kent, we value our customer service as much as our expert restoration. Our owner Kirk Mcdonald is the proud receiver of award recognition in this community and has built us a diverse roster of restoration technicians. We currently cover mold, water, fire, and storm-related damages, bringing with us a can-do attitude and a wealth of experience dealing with disasters, as well as the homeowners that suffer them. Contact us today to see how we can help you overcome a property emergency cleanly and efficiently.
The impact of water damage in your Kent home can be a short-term blip or a longstanding issue. Which of the two options occurs depends on how well you respond to the initial problem. Moisture can become cancer for a property bringing in mold, bacterias, and rot, which can appear as yellowing, discoloration of fabrics or paintwork, and unpleasant odor. However, you do not need to panic. We can help to mitigate existing losses, reverse some damages, and help you to complete a stress-free claims procedure.
Using professional restoration services is your home's best chance of making a complete recovery with no secondary damage concerns. SERVPRO technicians live and work in Kent, allowing us to guarantee a call-out time of within four hours of notification of loss. The shorter the call out times are, the more likely it is that precious items like carpets, furnishings, and upholstery can make a full recovery when items like these suffer exposure to moisture for a prolonged period the likelihood of permanent harm increases.
SERVPRO restoration service trucks are equipped with state-of-the-art air-scrubbing equipment. Air-scrubbers fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) grade filters can remove microbes as small as 0.3 microns, restoring your indoor air quality to its preloss state.
Fires release hot smoke into the surrounding environment, which can contain chemicals as well as leaving behind a residue of soot and ash. During a fire, smoke is attracted to cooler surfaces, which may result in the interior of cabinets, cupboards, and drawers sustaining substantial fire damage in your Kent home. To complicate matters, interior cabinets often feature unfinished materials, which, during the high-pressure of a fire, can result in soiling bonding with the surface of your fittings.
SERVPRO restoration services tailor our approach to the specific needs of each Kent resident. We achieve this by conducting a thorough pre-test of materials as well as smoke deposits. Some deposits may be dry and comfortable to vacuum away, and others may have a greasy, oil-based texture that requires a concentrated, attentive restoration service. There is also the issue of smokes or soot spreading during cleaning and affecting previously unaffected areas.
One way a Kent homeowner can speed up the restoration service is by covering any items, surfaces, and floors with old sheets to prevent cross-contamination. SERVPRO technicians can deploy negative air-pressure machines during cleaning to draw any remnants of soots or smoke out of the affected area. The ducts of a negative air pressure machine draw soiling out of the affected area and are released outside of the home through an exterior exhaust, creating negative air pressure. These can be vital in preventing cross-contamination and removing larger particles that can affect indoor air quality.
We make it our mission to inform homeowners with mold damage in Kent about how and why these issues occur. By sharing our accumulated knowledge and experience, SERVPRO restoration services hope to reduce the impact of microbial fungi across this community. It is crucial to understand that mold is a natural part of your home environment. It is only when these dry spores come into contact with moisture and proliferate that mold becomes an issue for a Kent homeowner.
Mold proliferates when there are ideal temperatures, a food-supply as well as a source of moisture. The first thing SERVPRO can do in your property is to find, dry, or shut off the source of moisture. This vital action prevents mold from coming back during or after the restoration service. SERVPRO technicians may also recommend you install a vapor barrier or consider replacing insulation in some regions of your Kent home if you suffer from persistent microbial growth issues.
Industrial cleaning equipment can make a restoration service much less time-consuming. At SERVPRO, one versatile piece of equipment we use is a truck-mount. Truck-mounts are adaptable and can be used in water, fire, and storm restoration services. These equipment combine an extraction tool, heating elements as well as dispersal of cleaning agents. During microbial remediation, SERVPRO technicians can load a truck mount with anti-microbial cleaners and apply it directly to areas of infestation in the home, such as upholstery, to not only clean these items but also protect them against future damages.
There is a tight timeframe when it comes to storm damage here in Kent. In rough weather conditions or the threat of an impending flood, you may need to evacuate your home temporarily. SERVPRO recommends that you put together a storm preparation plan well ahead of time as well as a kit of valuable documents, medicine, and communication equipment. Ideas for storm kits are available on state websites as well as news agencies and libraries. Planning does not make a storm emergency any less debilitating, but it can smooth the transition period and secure your safety.
For Kent homeowners, being displaced can cause anxiety. While away, there is a chance your home and contents suffer exposure to the elements. SERVPRO is here to safeguard your property during the interim period. Our role is a go-between for first responders and general construction services. We can enter the property, restore power, perform safety and scoping tasks as well as begin to mitigate losses immediately.
Emergency services may include board-ups or sealing cavities in your Kent home's structure using tarps. Inside the property, we can rapidly remove standing water, pre-clean carpets, and put in place equipment to begin the drying process. These steps can prove vital in the restoration service, preventing excessive loss as well as creating a safe space for third-party workers to enter and perform specialist rebuilding.
When you face a property emergency, you are not alone. For water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages, contact SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.
I Need Help in Handling Fire Damage in My Home. Which Restoration Firm Should I Hire?
The situation can feel quite overwhelming when your home is affected by fire damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.
Call SERVPRO to Help You Deal With the Fire Damage in Your Kent Home.
A fire is not something anyone wants to deal with. Even if a fire does not cause severe destruction, in your Kent residence, the smoke damage can be significant. That’s why you need the assistance of a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO to mitigate the fire damage.
What can I expect when I hire your company?
When you hire our firm to perform fire damage restoration in your Kent property, you can expect things to return to normal condition within a short time. We are experts in restoring fire-damaged homes, and our general contractor license number is SERVPCS911LE. After contacting us, our technicians can arrive at your property within four hours and conduct a complete fire damage assessment. We can inspect your home using a moisture meter or thermal imaging camera since there may be wet materials resulting from firefighting efforts. If there are holes in your property, we can board them up.
If the fire destroyed your roof, we could place a temporary covering over it to protect your home from further damage. Our technicians can use cutting edge restoration processes to restore walls, woodwork, flooring, and ceilings with smoke damage. We can also restore salvageable furniture and fixtures. Our restorers can remove all smoke residues from the surfaces in your home using wet and dry cleaning processes.
Which steps do you take during the restoration process?
At SERVPRO, we know that all fires are unique, and they cause their own set of issues. We also know the importance of restoring homes quickly. We can take the following steps to mitigate fire damage and decrease the time it takes to repair your home.
Ventilate your home to eliminate the smoke and soot in the air. This can make the property safer for our technicians to start restoring it.
Separate the salvageable and non-salvageable items.
Remove residual water and moisture using air movers and dehumidifiers.
Clean all the affected areas of your home, including floors, walls, ceilings, and permanent fixtures. This helps prevent damage that acid soot can cause.
Clean upholstery and carpets to eliminate smoke and soot and prevent additional destruction to the items.
Removing smoke smells using effective deodorizing products and equipment like thermal foggers, odor counteracting beads, and sealers.
Fire damage restoration hinges on taking action fast. In doing so, fire restorers can reduce damage and loss.
SERVPRO of Kent provides efficient fire restoration services that can bring your home back to normal after a fire loss quickly. Call us anytime at (253) 850-1500 for effective restoration.
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My Cleaning Crew Is Overwhelmed -- Can I Get Help in Kent Before the Water Damage Gets Too Out of Hand?
There is no warning for a water pipe bursting at your business. Call SERVPRO for water damage repair and remediation services.
Let SERVPRO Lift Some of the Stress Surrounding Water Damage Repair for Your Kent Warehouse
Commercial building owners in Kent often rely on their cleaning staff for entry-level water loss response. This can be a good work-around for the short term. Still, professional water remediators must review the situation to ensure that all hidden water and absorbed moisture is addressed. Failure to remove all water and dry the structural components exposes your business to the risk of permanent water damage and secondary concerns like mold growth.
How Can I Be Sure the Entirety of the Water Damage Is Found and Remedied?
When a supply line bursts in your Kent warehouse, water damage repair requirements guide your next moves. You have a tight timeline because water’s corrosive action is immediate and progressive. Unremoved water or high moisture levels in porous materials also host mold growth if not managed in the first 24 to 48 hours. We do not rely solely on a visual inspection, but also leverage our training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to locate water that migrated from the pipe break using moisture detection tools and infrared imaging.
How Can Vast Amounts of Water Be Removed from a Large Warehouse Space?
One benefit of teaming with SERVPRO is our scalable workforce and equipment inventory. It is not fiscally sustainable for your company to own and store a fleet of water damage repair equipment nor employ dozens of staff awaiting a water emergency. On the other hand, our ability to respond fast and with adequate resources is precisely why we exist, to help our community business partners. To that end, our crew:
- Assesses the scenario, including performing a safety inspection and moisture/fluids detection
- Positions and operates appropriate quantities of water removal equipment, including:
- Truck-mounted extractors (each capable of removing 36,000 gallons daily)
- Portable extraction units for recessed and otherwise confined spaces
- Performs controlled demolition such as flood cuts of drywall between wall studs and drilled or sawn holes in other structures to release water using our construction division crew later for repairs
- Plans and implements structural drying with heat, air movers, and dehumidifiers
Contact SERVPRO of Kent when a water damage repair situation has your cleaning crews drowning. The additional trained workers and equipment are just a call away at (253) 850-1500.
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Can Flooding Interfere With The Energy Efficiency of My Kent House?
A flooding incident can cause long-term problems such as higher power bills or discomfort.
SERVPRO Has Extensive Experience Resolving Flood Damage Related Issues in Kent Homes
If you always worry about the home maintenance expenses you are likely to incur in the future, you are not alone. Many homeowners worry about the uncertainties posed by unexpected repair bills. Even after resolving the initial damage caused by flooding, other problems can keep cropping up, later on, causing inconveniences and costing more money. For instance, certain factors from flooding can bring down the energy efficiency levels of your Kent home, leading to higher bills.
Which aspects of flood damage affect energy efficiency in Kent Homes?
• Damage to insulation leading to loss of R-Value
• Foundation shifts preventing doors and windows from sealing properly
• Problems with heating systems such as furnaces
As the floodwater spreads around the Kent property by wicking through materials or other processes such as evaporation and condensation, it affects various materials, including drywall and insulation. In most cases, the restoration of damage caused by floodwater involves making flood cuts a few inches above the visible water line on the walls to remove the materials soaked directly by the water. However, moisture migration might extend beyond the visible water line, thus affecting other materials.
How does moisture affect insulation?
Different types of insulation react differently to water exposure. For instance, cellulose mattes when wet, fiberglass may not change physically, while mineral wool may develop rust. Apart from the physical changes, water also affects insulation in other ways, thus diminishing its effectiveness. For instance, the resistance or R-value is temporarily or permanently lost when the insulating material accumulates moisture because water is a better conductor of heat than air.
Our SERVPRO technicians inspect walls thoroughly using penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to establish the true moisture spread patterns. In case you have fiberglass insulation, we can restore its full protective capabilities through drying. For other types, we might need to remove and replace all the wet insulation to ensure your property remains energy efficient.
How does a shifting foundation from flooding cause energy inefficiency?
Flooding increases the hydrostatic pressure in the soil, which pushes against the foundation of your structure. Foundation shifts can occur depending on factors such as the soil type or the time it takes for the floodwater to recede. The level of shifting differs, so in some cases, it might be pronounced while in others, it might only be slight. A slight shift can leave gaps around exterior doors and window frames, but since it is not an obvious problem, signs like cracks or sticking doors or windows may not develop, so you might not notice immediately.
Our SERVPRO technicians are aware that such shifts happen after flooding events, so we inspect all openings leading to the exterior of the house for signs of misalignment. In case we notice a problem, we can advise you immediately so that you involve a building contractor who can help fix the problem.
Does flooding cause severe damage to furnaces?
When considering the effect of flooding on energy efficiency, you should not forget the source of the heat. The heating system has several constituent parts, including:
• Air ducts
• Electronic boards
• The furnace
There are four prominent types of furnaces used in heating systems:
• Oil furnaces
• Natural gas furnaces
• Electric furnaces
• Propane furnaces
When the HVAC system is exposed to floodwaters, various damages can develop, including clogging with dirt, corrosion of electronic components, damage to valves and other controls, or breaches to the refrigerant system. One this that is even more worrying is that the system may look okay from casual observation and might even run when you turn in on. However, it is crucial to have it thoroughly inspected to establish which parts may require replacement to guarantee its proper functioning or even to prevent pre-mature failure.
Since flooding situations differ, you might not be sure whether you need to involve a professional HVAC technician. Our SERVPRO crews can help you make the right decision by considering the dominant factors in the flooding incident that affects your property. We inspect the layout of your system and then consider the depth of the floodwater that breached your property. If we establish parts of the system were submerged, we try to estimate how long they remained submerged, then we can advise you on the best course of action. If the damage caused by flooding is addressed in time, your HVAC system can continue performing optimally, allaying any fears you have about energy efficiency.
A flooding incident can cause long-term problems such as higher power bills or discomfort. SERVPRO of Kent can help resolve any issue that might trigger such an outcome, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (253) 850-1500.
Is there an Easy Way to Repair After a Massive Water Leak in my Home?
You can trust our SERVPRO technicians to swiftly handle any water damage in your home.
The Most Efficient Way to Restore Your Kent Home After a Leak Requires a Call to a Reputable Water Restoration Company.
You may be seeing water all over your Kent home, with no clear path on how to return it to mint condition. Before you despair, call a reputable water restoration company to give you a factual assessment of the level of the damage and the steps to reverse it. The longer you wait, the harder it is to curtail the expense and scope of the loss.
Homeowners in Kent with water damage in their homes can call SERVPRO to be the guiding voice in the restoration process. Our technicians are certified by industry experts in their knowledge of the theory behind water damage restoration, and we bring our expertise to each of the homes we serve. Rather than rely on well-meaning friends' advice, let the experts take over by calling our hotline open 24/7 as soon as the emergency occurs.
What does it take to eliminate water damage?
There are several steps to eliminating water from your home to avoid further damage. Our SERVPRO technicians focus primarily on extracting excess moisture, which is not the same as removing all moisture, followed by disinfecting and sanitizing. To achieve optimal moisture readings, our team uses infrared technology and other industry-specific tools to measure humidity. For the extraction part of the process, we use some of the following equipment-
Truck-mounted pumps for larger volumes of water
Drying mats for your flooring
Injectidry technology to evaporate water hiding in wall cavities
Along with specialized equipment above, we use dehumidifiers, air circulators, and smaller pumps to assist in water extraction and drying. Along with fungicide and cleaning solutions, our team leaves your home ready to enjoy it again.
SERPVRO of Kent is more than a cleaning company. We are a team of professionals ready to restore your home. Call us at (253) 850-1500 and let us be your ally in this emergency. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”
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How Can I Repair My Maple Valley House After My Walls Inside it Gets Burned as a Result of a Fire?
Knowing how smoke behaves in a structure can help us mitigate any issues caused by the blaze.
For Fire Damage Restoration After Building Materials in Your Home in Maple Valley Get Torched Call SERVPRO
It can happen fast, one minute you are just trying to cook dinner for your family, and then suddenly you notice your Maple Valley kitchen is in flames. Mishaps, while cooking is the most common cause of structural blazes. Since your appliances are usually nestled against one of your walls, there is a good chance your drywall and studs can become fuel.
What happens to my house when it gets partially burned?
During a fire damage disaster in Maple Valley, flames can continue to engulf your building materials and contents until the fire gets extinguished. If your walls or other items get severely charred, then our SERVPRO technicians can remove and replace them in sections. Since different parts of the blaze are hotter than others, some fuels may not fully combust or turn from a solid to a gas when the heat is applied. These partially combusted particles can then travel throughout your house in the form of smoke. The smoke coming from an inferno can cause several problems with your structural components and possessions.
How does smoke behave inside my house?
• Temperature of Smoke- How hot the smoke coming from the fire has a lot to do with how it behaves. Convection is the process of heat being transferred through air movement. Hot air always rises because it is not as dense as cooler air. As the warm air moves up, cooler air moves down closer to the flames that then heats up and rises. These types of air movements are called convection currents.
• Temperature of Surrounding Surfaces- Smoke that is hotter than the air around it tends to head towards cooler surfaces in your house such as your upper walls and ceilings. Due to convection as the warm air rises, it will push cooler air surrounding surfaces down and replace it with the hot, smoky air that can then negatively affect your wall or ceiling surfaces.
Knowing how smoke behaves in a structure can help us mitigate any issues caused by the blaze. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Kent at (253) 850-1500.