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What is So Dangerous About a Wet Ceiling?

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Water collecting within any area of your Dallas property can present hazards, get it handled professionally by SERVPRO.  

When a business receives water damage from a broken pipe or a leaky roof, safety needs to be a priority. SERVPRO technicians inspect the area that needs restoration and determine if there are any potential safety issues. Commonly seen problems after this type of event include:  

  • Danger from sagging ceilings falling on someone causing injury  
  • Potential for shock from water coming into contact with electrical outlets  
  • Slip and fall accidents on wet floors  

Can I Keep My Business Open During Commercial Water Damage Restoration Services?  

Upon arrival, the SERVPRO crew chief can scope the property and determine any safety issues that may prevent the company from remaining open during the commercial water damage cleanup in the Dallas business. Also, the type of water present can have a bearing on whether or not daily operations can continue. If the water gets tested and shows the presence of bacteria or sewage, it can be dangerous to come into contact with, and in cases like this, the property needs to close during the mitigation.  

Locating the water can lessen the number of structural elements that need to get removed during extraction and drying. If the advanced moisture detection equipment shows no seepage under the flooring, there is no reason to lift it, and the surface can get dried in place. In situations that require the removal of sagging sheetrock or a ruined portion of a wall, SERVPRO techs always remove the minimum amount necessary to make repairs fast and easy. This is just one of the many ways that the certified techs save property owners the cost of replacement whenever possible.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 is available 24/7 to assist local properties with any size commercial water damage restoration. The experienced techs arrive quickly and get your business back to normal as fast as possible. 

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How Do I Get Flood Water Out of My Dallas Home?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

bucket collecting flood water from floor Flood water can be hard to remove from your home after damage. Contact SERVPRO for 24/7 professional remediation and mitigation services.

SERVPRO techs know you cannot remove flood water from your Dallas home without professional equipment for the best outcome

Big D is no stranger to wild weather, and anyone that has lived in Dallas Texas knows you can have tornadoes, flash floods, and then sunshine and rainbows all in one day. Cleaning up your property after flood water enters can be daunting. In many cases, the water enters the home and recedes just as rapidly as it came in. This presents the challenge of not only extracting and drying the property but locating all areas of water migration to ensure no water damage gets left behind.  

Do I Have to Wait Until the Water Recedes to Order Flood Water Removal?  

Once the need for flood water removal arises in your Dallas home, it is crucial to the ball rolling on cleanup and restoration as soon as possible. The reason is the longer the building materials in your home have exposure to excessive moisture conditions, the less of a chance of full recovery through restoration techniques. Extreme damage from flooding in your home can lead to:  

  • The need for removal of sheetrock from walls and ceilings
  • Strong, musty water odors
  • Formation of mold
  • Ruined flooring and subfloor  
  • Water in the crawlspace 

How Does SERVPRO Locate Water in My Home?  

One hundred percent of the floodwater in your Dallas Home cannot get identified through visuals only. SERVPRO technicians have numerous types of moisture detection equipment.

Moisture Sensors are ideal for detecting hidden moisture in carpets and padding. The sharp probes on this device go quickly through the carpet backing into the pad and determine if the subfloor underneath has seepage. While it does not measure the amount, this device is an indicator of whether or not the carpet requires extraction and drying.

During the initial scoping of the property, SERVPRO techs are often seen using thermal imaging cameras, sometimes referred to as infrared or thermography). This type of equipment does not actually find moisture but instead displays temperature differences. Residual water tends to show at a different temperature than the surrounding materials, and this reading is a good indication for if other extractor or drying measures need to get taken. More benefits of using thermal imaging include:  

  • They are an excellent way to determine if a structure is thoroughly dry
  • This equipment uses both evaporation and thermal capacitance to locate moisture
  • The ability to inspect for water retention in challenging to reach areas

While it does not allow the technicians to "see" behind walls or under floors, it assists in alerting them to the presence of the moisture. Certain factors can result in false readings such as sunlight and shadows, electric heat, and indoor air conditioning. SERVPRO techs have specific methods for ruling out false readings to ensure they are on the trail of migrated water every time.

During the cleanup of floodwater in a home, the use of moisture meters is beneficial. Most of these meters have scales for both wood and non-wood materials. Some of these hand-held units take measures through the use of radio frequencies while others use penetrating probes. Both methods are accurate ways to determine moisture content on-site.

How Can I Dry My Home After a Flood?  

A big mistake many homeowners make after a flood hits their property is to blot up as much water as they can with mops and rags and then set up fans. At best, these dry surfaces but nothing about the water that may have migrated under flooring, behind baseboards, and other areas. And this type of drying does nothing to reduce the interior humidity levels by continually circulating moist air.

The drying equipment that the SERVPRO team brings on-site delivers airflow at such high velocity that any embedded moisture left behind after the extraction phase begins to rise. This effect hurries the drying process along because the techs set up industrial dehumidification equipment to capture the water vapor and port it off-site.

It is not unusual for the floor coverings such as tile and carpet to require removal to dry the slab or subfloor underneath. When needed, the technicians have specific drying equipment such as drying mats to force the warm, dry air directly into the floor. Other frequently seen applications include "tenting," usually used to dry a smaller scale area of water damage. The techs place plastic over the wet spot and direct the air movers in, and the dehumidifier pulls moisture out. 

When you need fast and efficient flood water removal, contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. The trained technicians have decades of experience cleaning up and restoring homes from all types of water damage.

What’s the Timeframe for Cleaning Up Water In Dallas Before Damage Sets In?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water SERVPRO knows how to ensure your water mitigation needs get met so that we can cut down the need for extensive restoration and costs.

For Rapid Water Mitigation, SERVPRO Arrives at Your Dallas Property with the Latest Technology and Methods

It is crucial that you never delay when you have standing water in your Dallas home. The longer that it takes for water removal, the more secondary damage sets in. Beyond that, mold and mildew begin to colonize in as little as 24 hours after the initial incident. You can avoid the destructive qualities of water and leftover moisture when you enlist our skilled technicians from SERVPRO.

What Does Water Mitigation Include?

When you contact us for water mitigation in Dallas, we arrive quickly to get your water damage under control. The process follows several main steps that depend on the severity of the water event, which includes:

    •    Water Cleanup
    •    Drying and Dehumidification
    •    Disinfection and Sanitization
    •    Controlled Demolition (if necessary)

Whether to call for help from a water mitigation company rests on you. However, DIY methods alone often leave behind hidden moisture that increases the onset of costly damage to your structure. SERVPRO uses powerful drying equipment and professional moisture detection tools to ensure that your interior is free of hidden moisture.

With any water damage event, it is vital to keep the following timeline in mind:

    •    Within Minutes – Water migrates quickly to dry areas, saturating everything along the way. Moisture gets into floors, walls, upholstery, and belongings.
    •    Within the First 24 Hours – Metal surfaces will tarnish, and drywall can swell and crumble. Wood furniture can expand and crack while musty odors begin to develop.
    •    Within 48 Hours to a Week – Mildew and mold spread rapidly while structural elements warp and buckle. Flooring will also swell and paint blisters as the interior is on the verge of potentially biohazardous contamination.
    •    After One Week – The cost of restoration and cleanup now becomes immense, with the majority of materials requiring extensive cleaning or total replacement.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County knows how to ensure your water mitigation needs get met so that we can cut down the need for extensive restoration and costs. Call (972) 227-0800 to have a crew deployed to your property as soon as possible.

A Plumbing Issue in My Dallas Office Building Caused Severe Water Damage. Where Should I Seek Help?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Hire SERVPRO Experts in Dallas To Handle the Commercial Water Damage in Your Office Building!

When you notice that water is seeping into various surfaces in your office building, act immediately to minimize damage. Seek help from professional restorers in Dallas to avoid costly repairs. SERVPRO technicians can restore your office building to its pre-damaged state in a brief period.

Why call professionals?

At SERVPRO, we have a team of technicians who have undergone thorough training to handle the commercial water damage in your Dallas office building. Our technicians use advanced equipment and approved restoration techniques. With our experienced workforce and know-how, we can mitigate the water damage.

What are the possible consequences of water damage in an office building?

A water intrusion incident in your office building can ruin office equipment, supplies, books, furniture, and carpets, among other items. Metal surfaces can also sustain damage. If computers get damaged, the files in them that are not backed up can get lost completely. The incident may also lead to loss of revenue if the normal operations shut down.

Water can also cause secondary damage like mold infestation and ruination of porous building material like drywall and wood. The office may also have poor indoor air quality, which can cause health issues. Our restorers can help you to prevent these and other consequences.

What does commercial water damage restoration involve?

With the decades of experience we have in the restoration industry, we have restored millions of commercial buildings to their preloss state with success. Our water damage mitigation and restoration process usually involve:

    •    Thorough inspection
    •    Water extraction
    •    Drying
    •    Deodorization
    •    Sanitization

How do you identify the areas with water?

During the restoration process, we use our advanced equipment from the beginning to leave no detail behind. We take moisture and humidity readings regularly throughout the procedure to ensure our drying process is effective. Water can get into confined areas that can be costly to repair if demolished. In such a situation, our technicians can use borescopes to check for any contamination.

Do I have to replace the soaked carpets?

If you begin the restoration process on time, we can save your carpet and pad. We can remove the carpet without damaging it using knee kickers, carpet shears, and stair tools. Removing the carpet helps us dry the area effectively. However, if the carpeting has only absorbed a small amount of water, we can dry it effectively.

We can use penetrating moisture meters to get the exact moisture readings to determine the best drying technique. For moderate moisture levels, we can use a low grain refrigerant dehumidifier to dry the affected area.

If your office building has water damage, act immediately by contacting SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 to mitigate the damage, and restore the affected areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

How Can Flooding Affect Different Areas of My Dallas Home?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO technicians can clean up and dry your Dallas home from any size flood water damage

Texas does everything bigger, including storms, and when heavy rains happen, so can flooding. No matter where the water from the storms entered your Dallas home, it is vital to get it out in rapid fashion to limit the loss. The longer the high moisture conditions remain within the home it can:  

  • Damage paper products such as books or important documents
  • Ruin the backing of the carpet 
  • Delaminate tile and cause them to become loose
  • Cause the removal of sheetrock that wicked the water

Why are the Outcomes from Damage from Rain Water and Flooding so Different?  

When the damage from water, flooding, and storm winds affect Dallas homes, each case has unique qualities. Not every bedroom or living room has carpeting, not every kitchen has the same type of tile flooring and all types of building materials and furnishings react differently to exposure to water. There are a few reasons that the outcome from different types of water loss have vastly different results. This is due to the fact as water ages, it rapidly degrades, and after waiting 48 hours or more for cleanup, even clean water gets rated as a biohazard and requires specialized handling. 

Outcomes From Rainwater Entering a Home

When a tree limb or high winds cause damage that allows rainwater to enter. It can cause a host of issues such as:   

  • Damaged roofing enabling water in the attic
  • Require removal of insulation for drying and reuse in some cases
  • Migration of water to the ceiling of lower levels 

When any of these scenarios occur, as long as the cleanup begins within 24-hours, the potential for drying and reuse of the wet articles and building materials is a possibility. In the case of a leak in an attic, SERVPRO technicians have vacuums with attachments for the collection of fiberglass insulation for drying and cleaning outside the loss area and saving the homeowner the cost of buying new insulation. 

Rainwater that enters through a broken window can usually get extracted and dried from within carpet and padding. When upholstered furnishings receive the effects, many considerations determine the restoration potential of the furniture, including:   

  • The materials used to construct the furniture
  • Whether or not moisture has ruined the joints through swelling or cracking the wood
  • If the upholstery has fabric that shrinks or bleeds due to the water

Extraction to the point of dry passes is a large part of lessening the drying process. Then for articles such as carpeting, the set up of direct drying applications such as floating where the carpet in the loss area gets loosened and warm, dry air forced underneath assists in removing any embedded moisture rapidly. 

Outcomes for Floodwater in a Home  

Groundwater is the most unwelcome of any type of water damage. In Texas, it can contain a host of contaminants such as sewage or chemicals and occasionally, fire ants which will float on each other and quickly swarm on anything they encounter, whether it is a person, pet, or piece of furniture. 

This type of water carries a rating as a biohazard, and in most cases, any furnishings that are porous and absorb it are a loss. While flood cuts on sheetrock can be a part of any type of water loss that migrates into the building materials, it is most frequently seen with groundwater-type damage. SERVPRO techs cut away the ruined portion above the waterline and ensure no further damage occurs. This can be the difference between replacing a foot or two of sheetrock instead of replacing entire walls after drying the property. Carpet is another frequent victim to floodwater as it has no potential for returning to a sanitary state for reuse and requires disposal as a biohazard. 

Items that came into contact with the water get cleaned at cleaning stations and set aside to bring back into the home after the mitigation efforts complete. 

Cleaning and disinfection is a big part of the restoration process. SERVPRO techs have their own unique antimicrobial and antibacterial solutions that are ideal for surface use. After cleaning, the techs can perform testing to ensure that the loss area gets verified as sanitary. This is particularly crucial in the cases of groundwater intrusions into the home. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 proudly serves the local community with all types of water and flooding cleanup and restoration services. The technicians are available 365 days a year around the clock to make the loss to your property, "Like it never even happened."

Why Should I Call Skilled Technicians to Help with Dallas Fire Damage?

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire at night with flames coming out of the windows of a house Fires in your home can put unnecessary stress on you and your family. Contact SERVPRO for professional fire damage remediation.

Fire Restoration is a Breeze When SERVPRO is On the Job at Your Dallas Property

Stress, worry, frustration, and heartache are just a few of the emotions that a homeowner goes through when faced with a fire in their Dallas home. Instead of compounding the chaos by handling the cleanup on your own, you can get the trusted assistance you need by calling SERVPRO. We are readily available to help 24 hours a day, every day of the week to ensure your home's interior is “Like it never even happened.” All you need to do is reach out to us, and we deploy our Green Fleet in four hours or less to begin the fire loss assessment.

What Qualifications Does SERVPRO Have?

When you call in our team to help with fire restoration in Dallas, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Homeowners do not understand the intricate nature of fire damage cleanup, but our team has all of the training and certifications necessary to get the job done. Our patient, friendly, and knowledgeable team features:

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT)
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCT)
  • Water Restoration Technicians (WRT)

Our team has been through rigorous training to receive accreditation with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our skilled crew has the understanding and ability to restore your fire damaged home, but we also take the time to ease your worry throughout this process.

What About the Water Used to Extinguish the Flames?

In addition to our debris cleanup and smoke and soot techniques, we can handle any water or chemical removal left after first responders put out the fire. We locate any hidden moisture areas, making sure no pockets get left behind that can lead to further damage and the onset of mold.

SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County is available when you need us by calling (972) 227-0800. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and you can trust us to handle your fire restoration needs!

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Did You Know About These Hidden Sources Of Water Damage In Dallas?

7/25/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water spreading If you are concerned about hidden sources of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO!

Dallas Homeowners Must Be Aware Of Unseen Water Damage

Homeowners in Dallas want to keep their homes in tip-top condition. A well-cared-for home is much nicer to live in than one that hasn’t been maintained. Looking after your house also keeps its value up in case you want to sell it one day.

Homeowners should take the risk of water damage in Dallas seriously. Some water leaks are apparent, such as a leaking faucet or a puddle forming under an appliance. However, there are some hidden sources of leaks.

What are some hidden sources of water damage?

Some common unseen causes of water damage include:
    •    Clogged water lines including plumbing lines but also HVAC systems and gutters
    •    Corrosion in pipes due to age and rust
    •    Damaged pipe joints or warping due to sudden temperature changes
    •    Loose or broken connections between appliances and water lines
    •    Tree roots intruding into pipes and breaking them

How can I look for hidden leaks?

Keep an eye out for any signs of water damage in your home, such as damp spots on the walls and ceiling, signs of mold growth, damp patches on the carpet, or a sudden change in your water bills. Always be vigilant and do not ignore any signs of water damage.

What can SERVPRO do to help?

If you suspect water damage, call SERVPRO as soon as you can – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. We train our teams to assess and remedy water damage quickly and professionally. For example:

    •    We have a range of equipment on hand to test moisture levels, including moisture meters, thermal hygrometers, thermal imaging, and moisture wands
    •    We are equipped with different types of free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to remove larger volumes of water
    •    We use a range of air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry your home
    •    We have access to industry-standard cleaning and disinfectant solutions that we will use if needed

We take care of every aspect of water damage remediation, so you do not have to worry about a thing. Our range of equipment means that no matter the location or the extent of the damage, we have the right tools for the job.

If you are concerned about hidden sources of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800.

Do Restoration Companies Fix Damaged Dallas Homes Better?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Takes Several Steps to Analyze the Problems and Find the Right Solutions

Different incidents can cause varying levels of damage to property. When such damage occurs, mounting the correct response is essential to restore normalcy. SERVPRO has highly trained and well-equipped crews who can respond to most types of property damage in Dallas 7 days a week.

What are the most likely causes of damage to homes?

Various issues can damage your home, forcing you to search for restoration companies operating in Dallas. The common incidents that leave properties heavily damaged include: 

  • Bad weather like storms, strong wind, and hail
  • Crime incidents including theft and vandalism
  • Fire
  • Accidental water release from supply pipes or appliances

Although the causes of damage may vary, different incidents may have similar outcomes. For instance, weather-related events tend to leave moisture damage, the same way accidental water releases such as burst water pipes do. 

How do restoration companies help when fixing damages?

  • Exhaustively analyzing damages
  • Use of sophisticated restoration approaches
  • Use of advanced restoration equipment

Damages are easy to notice because they involve physical changes to the affected materials. For instance, drywall tends to develop a darker shade of color when saturated with moisture. In case of fire damage, surfaces are caked with dark soot residues or layers of charring. 

Although the visible signs confirm damage to materials, a more in-depth understanding is necessary to ensure that the right restoration procedures are taken. For example, knowing the level of moisture absorbed by the drywall helps determine whether drying procedures can resolve the issue, or it would be better to remove the material altogether. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to probe the affected areas to determine the level of wetness. Since there are different variations of moisture meters, we choose the ones calibrated to evaluate the type of wet material in question for accurate results. For instance, moisture meters meant for wood have a moisture scale ranging from 5% to 40% moisture content, while those meant to take gypsum readings have a scale range of 0.2% to 50%.

Does in-depth probing help improve the outcome?

You may think that once the property is damaged, fixing the ruined materials is the only thing that matters. However, gaining a deeper understanding of the problems helps in many ways, including: 

  • Establishing hidden problems
  • Finding ways to complete restoration faster 
  • Salvaging more items thus saving costs

From casual observation, it is possible to underestimate or overestimate how much damage an incident causes at your property. For instance, without proper probing, it is hard to differentiate hard-to-clean wet smoke residues from dry smoke residues, which are easier to clean. Therefore, you might underestimate the cleaning resources you need or throw away salvageable items. Carrying out the necessary evaluations does not take long since our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained.

Our technicians use systemic to ensure thorough evaluation without delaying the restoration processes. For instance, we do a quick evaluation of the affected contents and separate them into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable. Such classification clears the loss site faster. It also allows for a deeper evaluation of the questionable items without delaying restoration.

Sometimes, evaluation helps quicken the restoration process. A typical case is removing wet materials from hidden areas such as the wall or floor cavities. Evaluation with advanced equipment such as thermal cameras can help establish whether the entire area is wet, or if the moisture is limited to one section. Demolishing the entire area would be a waste of time when the problem is limited to a small section. 

Do personal preferences influence what restoration companies do?

Although restoring the damaged property to its preloss state may be your main priority, you might also have specific preferences that may clash with the objective, leading you to question whether involving a restoration company is the best solution. Our crew chiefs take time to highlight what steps we intend to take during the restoration while also finding out whether you have special requests. Some of the steps we take as we prepare to start restoration include:

  • Finding out where there are pre-existing conditions
  • Establishing whether there are restricted areas
  • Requesting a list of expensive or valuable items
  • Explaining the health and safety implications of the restoration process
  • Providing an estimate of the completion date

Restoring damage at your Cedar Hill, Lancaster, or Hutchins property can be a tedious or time-consuming process. Involving professional restoration companies can help simplify the process. Call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 to help you address any incident, "Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Deal With The Water Damage To My Dallas Business?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Water covering the floor is bad for any Dallas business. It keeps customers and employees out, shutting off the income to pay the bills until removed and the facility dried. Floodwater is even worse, however, than a split inlet hose.

How Much Worse Can Floodwater Be?

Since it contains contaminants and debris picked up from the outside as it entered your BBQ restaurant in Dallas, commercial flood damage involves far more time and effort when it comes to cleaning. SERVPRO specialists use a series of cleaning agents that not only neutralize any bacteria in the water or on the affected property; they also reduce the risk of mold infesting the structure afterward.

Does It Affect SERVPRO’s Other Efforts to Restore My Restaurant?

Before our team members begin removing water, they have to spray the surface and all affected surfaces with the anti-bacterial agents. After that, we perform other operations in the same manner. There is only one added step in the process, and that is to spray every item now no longer under the floodwater before cleaning.

How Long Does All This Take?

Like any other task with alleviating flood damage, it depends on the size of your building, how much water got inside, and high it rose. That can mean one or several weeks. The smaller the facility, the quicker SERVPRO specialists can complete cleaning it and move on to the other tasks:

    •    Cleaning every affected surface
    •    Drying the surfaces
    •    Examining property for non-restorable damage
    •    Disposal of carpets and other items that cannot be returned to a safe, clean state
    •    Replacement of drywall, floor trim, and other structural property

To schedule a service call or if you have more questions, call SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 today. We are here to help reopen businesses here, in Cedar Hill, and the surrounding area.

What Solvents Do I Need to Remove Smoke from Walls?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technicians in Dallas Stock a Full-Range of Solvents and Chemical Cleaners for Smoke Removal

Do all solvents remove smoke?

Solvents are powerful cleaning methods that need to apply with caution when removing smoke from the walls of your Dallas home. Most solutions, like most smoke residues, have a neutral, alkaline, or acidic base. These industrial cleaners can be ineffective, or even cause further harm to your home, if they are not applied correctly. To assess different types of smoke, SERVPRO technicians use Litmus paper to record the acidity or alkaline level. We can then match the pH level to the equivalent acid or alkaline cleaner. When applying these to a smoke residue, the goal is to restore the area to a neutral level by using an alkaline on acid or vice versa. Doing so requires some expertise as well as careful measuring of the specific smoke residue.

Does it take time to remove smoke residues?

One of the essential parts of fire restoration in your Dallas home is time. Dwell time is how long a chemical agent needs to suspend smoke residues or soils. These usually take ten to fifteen minutes, but leaving a solvent too long can damage the surface. Once smoke residues successfully suspend in a solvent, our technicians can use a rinsing agent to remove both the soiling and the solution. Often, we can sand the affected surface after solvent cleaning to provide a smooth surface for repainting or an odor-sealing primer.

How do I choose the right solvent for smoke soiling?

  • Use litmus paper to understand the acidity or alkaline of the smoke soiling
  • Inspect the smoke residue and the sources of the fire to realize whether deposits are water or oil-based
  • Always vacuum the surface before applying solvent to remove any unbonded soots

Removing smoke residues from walls is complex and requires different types of equipment. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800. 

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