Why SERVPRO was Ideal for this Dallas Garage Fire Restoration
When this Dallas home's garage was exposed to a fierce fire damage incident, much of the exposed surfaces were covered with soot and soils. Because of the accelerants and fuels stored in the garage, these residues became a formidable obstacle in cleaning and restoring this room of the house. Our SERVPRO professionals utilized multiple approaches to prevent the need for controlled demolition and restore the garage to its intended appearance. In this situation, we would have to provide:
- Smoke remediation
- Odor removal
- Surface cleaning
- House fire clean up
Controlling Continued Damage to Contents
As the Before Photo illustrates, soot and smoke residues coated multiple surfaces throughout the garage. With the powerful smells and soot damage to the structure, any of the contents and items caught in this area of the home required focused cleaning and restoration. We cataloged this damage and removed these items from the garage for advanced soot removal and deodorization at our nearby SERVPRO warehouse.
Clearing Soot Damage from Wall and Ceiling Surfaces
Several approaches were necessary to remove stubborn soot residues and smoke soils from the drywall and painted surfaces in the garage. Initially, our SERVPRO team chooses chem sponges and their natural rubber composition to clear buildup and soot from the walls in these cleaning efforts. In some situations, little else is necessary. For this garage damage, technicians applied additional solvents and detergents to dissolve thick residues and loosen soils to wipe them away.
Priming and Painting Cleaned Building Materials
After soot cleanup, our team moved quickly to begin painting the newly cleaned wall surfaces. Primers were an essential part of this process because they can prevent odor recurrences by sealing these noxious smells in the pores of the drywall. Once the area was primed, we followed the homeowner's wishes and chose a new shade of paint for an accent wall, and matched this color with the newly painted door, as can be seen in the After Photo.
Deodorization for this Dallas Garage
Despite the assistance that odor counteractant primers can present to the property, our SERVPRO professionals understood that greater measures would be necessary to rid the garage of harsh burning smells completely. After oils and fuels were added to the fire damage while the blaze spread in the room, the after-effects became overwhelming noxious odors. Ventilation of the room helped some, though ultimately, we removed these incredible odors with strategically placed hydroxyl machines.
Cleaning the Finished Concrete Floors
Among the final steps to finish this fire restoration project for this Dallas home was cleaning up the floors. From the painting and cleaning of the wall systems and ceilings, dust, debris, and even lingering soot was on this flooring material. With the homeowner's investment in the finished concrete of this area, we knew to take great care to ensure that it returned to its original sheen and polished appearance. As this was the final measure, the first thing that the customer saw was a completely restored garage area.