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Upper West Side Office Fire Restoration Cleaning Challenges

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Phone on Fire Don't let fire damage take over your commercial property, Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362.

What Factors Make Fire Restoration Difficult?

Cleaning up after a fire is rarely straightforward. Office buildings feature hundreds of surfaces and contents, each with its own obstacles for soot removal and restoration.

Conditions of the Affected Surface

Fire restoration in Upper West Side office buildings involves various potential surfaces and materials. From contents like electronics and furniture to drywall and short pile carpeting, the type of impacted hosting element for smoke damage plays a part in its salvageability. Factors can include:

  • Type of Underlying Material – The composition of impacted surfaces affects their cleanability, such as non or less-porous materials being easier to clean.
  • Age of Impacted Element – Typically, the older a building material is, the more challenging it will be to clear of soot damage.
  • Cost of Replacement – In some cases, it is cheaper and easier to replace a material rather than go through an extensive restoration process.

Environmental Conditions of the Fire

Specific environmental factors can also slow or stall cleaning. We are mindful of the influences of:

  • Air Pressure – The air volume increases with the fire's heat. Soot can be driven into cracks and crevices of materials and surfaces under this pressure. 
  • Heat – Higher heat conditions open pores in surfaces more, forcing turbulent smoke into these broader points to become trapped when the material cools.
  • Moisture – A wet environment makes surfaces and contents more likely to become marred or stained by circulating soot damage. 

Accessibility of the Damaged Areas

Another critical element in the restorability of your office construction elements and contents is the accessibility of the damaged areas. We must consider the most efficient and direct approaches that preserve most of the exposed structure. 

Multiple factors and conditions influence the ease of cleaning surfaces and contents from fire-damaged offices. Our SERVPRO of Upper West Side FSRT-Certified technicians can respond fast to emergencies. Call now at (917) 498-1362.

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