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We Can Restore Your Air Quality After A Fire In Your Bow Home
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Clearing Indoor Air Quality Threats In Your Fire-Damaged Bow Home
Fires can pose significant risks to your Bow property that make it unsafe or even impossible to manage damage assessment or fire debris removal on your own. In most cases, it is already advisable to seek out the training and expertise of professionals like our fire restoration team, but this is, even more, the case when it comes to managing potential indoor air quality concerns that could cause health effects to those directly exposed. With the fast response of our professionals with air purification equipment, we can manage these threats quickly to get mitigation, reconstruction and restoration work moving as promptly as possible.
While many fire damage effects threaten your Bow home after the disaster, many of these require focused cleaning and traditional restoration efforts to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals can appreciate the concerns of indoor air quality threats like soot and smoke particulates, chemical residues and vapors, and other contaminants. With our fast response with filtration equipment, our team can work to quickly reduce the presence of these threats in the breathable air.
One of the ideal machines that arrive with our Green Fleet to fire-damaged homes is our hydroxyl generators. These devices have a two-fold effect on environmental threats. With an onboard HEPA filter, the machine can begin trapping harmful particulates and debris in the air. These devices are also ideal for preliminary odor reduction, which can be a common effect to battle with widespread fire damages.
Ozone generators also provide this same effective two-fold air quality purification, with a greater ability to reduce harsh odors and eliminate them permanently. Often our SERVPRO professionals choose these units when people and pets are not in the home for the restoration and recovery. These machines are not safe to use in these situations.
While it might be tempting to perform a damage assessment or preliminary cleanup of your property on your own, you cannot always anticipate the indoor air quality threats. Let our SERVPRO of Concord rapid response team make all of the fire damage effects “Like it never even happened.” Give our crew a call today at (603) 225-2825.
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Do You Struggle With Fire Damage in Bow After a Heating Unit Fire?
Space heaters are often necessary when it gets cold. But they can cause fire damage when they are not attended. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.
Cleaning and Removing Space Heater Fire Damage in Bow Homes
At this time of year, Bow residents are more interested in staying warm and saving money than worrying about a disaster like a fire. Cold nights and distracted homeowners though, can be a dangerous combination.
A space heater is a useful, money-saving way for residents to stay warm. The fire damage in Bow that can result from leaving one unattended needs a professional restoration team like SERVPRO to clean the damage and put everything back together.
In most space heater fires, the damage begins with the floor where the device failed or tipped over. Because of this, the physical damage from heat and flames results in more property that our technicians dispose of, rather than clean and remove smoke or soot damage. Depending on how long the fire burned, the damage can extend to the subfloor, and require more demolition and disposal. If there was a carpet or rug over the floor, it requires disposal as well. Team members can replace the sub-floor and floorboards if required.
Next, SERVPRO technicians examine nearby walls and ceilings for damage. Since the fire started at a lower point, more floor trim and drywall panels are physically affected. Team members remove the damaged panels for disposal, and then an inspector checks the wall framing behind them.
If they discover scorch marks on the wall framing, then technicians have options depending on the severity of the burned material. For surface damage only, they can use hand or powered sanders to remove the burned material without affecting the structural integrity. Covering the wall framing with new drywall only hides the physical marks. The burned material eventually begins to exude smoke odors and then the entire piece, and any new drywall soon requires replacing as well.
Every fire can be devastating to a homeowner. At SERVPRO of Concord, our goal is to restore every home to its pre-damage condition. If you are working through the results from a recent fire, contact us today at (603) 225-2825 to schedule an inspection or a service call from one of our teams.
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How Our Crew Of Professionals Restore Your Bow Home After A Fire
When entering a fire damaged building, personal safety should be a priority.
Industry Proven Services In Bow To Restore Your Fire Damaged Property
When entering a fire damaged building, personal safety should be a priority. It is meaningless to try salvaging your items and put your body and that of our team on the line. Our restoration team puts on latex gloves, eye protection, and respirators. In incidents where water is used to extinguish the flames, molds may grow and subject occupants to possible health effects if the water is not removed. That is why immediate response counts a lot when addressing such incidents in Bow.
We reduce the number of times our experts handle your items when your Bow property experiences a fire damage event. Soot particles are very small, and they can stick to the contents or even penetrate further with every single touch. The abrasive nature of soot can also lead to further damage through scratching. When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the site, we perform an assessment and record the condition of your damaged items. Such information is useful when contacting your insurance provider to seek for the necessary compensation.
Our SERVPRO technicians start by using a dry cleaning technique to remove the dry soot particles resting on dry surfaces. If we use a wet cleaning technique at this point, we may drive the soot further into your contents and make them hard to remove. Through HEPA vacuuming, we can remove the loosely attached smoke particle from surfaces. When vacuuming, we make sure the nozzle does not come into contact with the surface.
If there is oil or wet soot in the building, our SERVPRO technicians use a wet cleaning method. For instance, we can use damp-wiping to clean the soot from the surface. We first perform a pre-test before selecting the cleaning agent that we use to wipe surfaces. Some cleaning product may chemically react with certain surfaces and lead to further damage. After thoroughly cleaning the surfaces, we apply a disinfectant to deactivate any present mold spores.
SERVPRO of Concord is a trusted company that offers 24-hour emergency cleaning and restoration services. Our highly trained technicians use advanced equipment to make your business or home "Like it never even happened." Call us at (603) 225-2825 and benefit from our industry-proven services.
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Cleaning and Removing Fire Damage to Bow Homes
If your home has had a fire, contact SERVPRO to assess the structure and contents. The remediation process will start right after an investigation.
SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Damage That BOTH Smoke and Soot Can Cause to Your Home
Homeowners in Bow tend to worry more about storms than fires, but the weather this summer increased the risk for many residences. In a smaller town, fires may burn slightly longer since there is not a robust system of firehouses to support each other when multiple incidents happen.
Even with a longer burning fire, damage to Bow homes is still primarily smoke and soot-related. SERVPRO restoration teams examine key factors that help them determine what methods, tools, and products are needed to restore as much structural and personal property to its original, pre-fire condition.
First, technicians determine the type of surface. Non-porous surface, such as enamel paint, marble countertops, and metal covered appliances like refrigerators, resist penetration of smoke and soot residues. It makes them easier to wipe down and clean than porous surfaces such as latex paint, wood furniture, and wallpaper.
Next comes the age of the surface. New paint, fabrics, and carpets are more resistant to smoke residues than older materials. That makes them not only easier to clean, but also to remove odor-causing particles.
SERVPRO technicians also determine the temperature level in a fire. Higher levels of heat can warp and expand furniture items and force air pockets or bubbles into varnishes and paint. They also allow odor-causing particles to penetrate deeper into the wood. Highly heated air also moves through a home more rapidly than cooler air, spreading residues farther and causing more damage.
Moisture affects surfaces as well. Even a thin layer of water on a countertop can make residues harder to remove and even stain or ‘yellow’ surfaces more intently than if residues settle on a dry surface.
As they remove damaged property, the type of material which burned tells specialists what residues to expect. Synthetics such as plastics and carpet fibers leave a thick, sticky residue. It is difficult to remove without strong cleaning chemicals and a stiff brush or another agitation tool. Natural materials burn more quickly and evenly, leaving behind powdery residues on surfaces which can be cleaned with a dry sponge and a mild cleaning agent when needed.
Our restoration goal at SERVPRO of Concord is to return the personal and structural property of each home to its clean, pre-fire condition. If you have lingering odors or other effects from a recent fire, call us at (603) 225-2825 today to schedule an inspection.
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Letting an Expert Fix Fire Damage in Your Bow Home Reduces Anxiety
House Fire Cleanup and Smoke Odor Removal Needed for Your Bow Home? Call SERVPRO
Bow Odor Control Post House Fires Needed? Contact SERVPRO
Whether it is a small kitchen fire or a faulty electrical outlet that bursts into flames unexpectedly, you have to admit there is a moment of anxiety that only passes when the embers die down. Although small, such a fire can develop into a full-blown blaze that could bring down the entire structure. For many Bow homeowners, the initial panic only gives way to real worries once the smoke clears. Even a small fire can cause widespread damages because of the heat and smoke produced. We offer professional assistance and advice that helps homeowners deal with the mess in a stress-free manner.
In most cases of fire damage in Bow, salvaging contents for restoration and cleaning up the areas affected by smoke and heat are some of the top priorities. Calling SERVPRO lightens the load for you because our technicians know the best methods to use for such cleanup. For example, our cleanup crew makes the right call whether to use dry or wet cleaning techniques. Even though both are viable cleaning methods, making an incorrect choice may lead to further damage or lengthening of the process unnecessarily. Think of the extra drying time that wet cleaning introduces to an area whereas dry wiping does not require such additional time.
We train SERVPRO technicians to understand combustion processes clearly so that they can take appropriate actions. Although all fires emit smoke, its chemical composition differs based on the materials that burn. For this reason, different methods might be required to deal with the soot and other residue left in areas affected by the smoke. Our crew members have the necessary tools and cleaning agents to remove the soot and restore any affected area to preloss conditions, whenever possible. "Like it never even happened."
Apart from soot and other residues left on surfaces, fires can leave smoke traces all over the property. While smoke appears to be just a gas, it also includes suspended particles and aerosols from the burnt materials. Opening windows might not get rid of all the smoke traces; it can even exacerbate the odor problem. SERVPRO technicians understand this and therefore deodorize the affected zones to ensure a habitable environment once restoration is over. Different techniques and tools such as hydroxyl generators are used to deodorize the affected areas thoroughly.
Unlike handling a fire cleanup process on your own, calling SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 gives you total peace of mind.
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Leaving A Candle Unattended In Your Bow Bedroom Can Cause Fire Damage
Leaving a candle unattended on your vanity table for even a few moments can lead to a fire starting in your bedroom.
Fire Damage Caused By A Candle
Sometimes you can be forgetful, but it is never a good thing when forgetfulness leads to fire damage in your home. Leaving a candle unattended on your vanity table for even a few moments can lead to a fire starting in your bedroom. It is exceptionally easy for the fire from your candle to spread elsewhere if you leave it sitting next to your open container of cotton swabs for makeup application. In just a few minutes, the fire can spread from your candle to your makeup and skincare products, leaving a bubbling mess of cosmetic goods, greasy stains, and soot behind in its wake.
While most fires that happen inside the homes of everyday people are rather small, even a small blaze can leave significant fire damage behind in your Bow home. Makeup and skincare products are incredibly expensive, so even a small and contained fire can do hundreds of dollars worth of damage. If you are someone who collects cosmetics or works in the industry, it could be thousands.
Losing many of your cosmetic products can be upsetting, but it is crucial that you call for professional help as soon as the fire in your home is extinguished. SERVPRO makes it a priority to arrive as quickly as possible. Getting the call out as soon as you are able can help make that a reality. If we can get to your home swiftly, we are more likely to perform a successful remediation.
Once SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can go through the remains of the fire with you and make an inventory of all of the products that you lost so you may submit an insurance claim. After cleaning up the charred bits and ruined containers, our technicians can begin to remediate the damage left behind.
SERVPRO techs can use tools like thermal foggers to help neutralize the odor the fire caused. To handle the adhered soot and stains left on your vanity table, we can use lubricative cleaning methods to lift the grime away. SERVPRO's goal is to leave your home in the condition it was in before the fire took place.
Forgetfulness can be embarrassing when it causes a fire, but never allow it to let you hesitate. Reach out and contact SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825. We are open 24/7 and ready to take your call.
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When Fire Damages Affect Your Bow Residence
When the Fire Trucks Have Left, Call SERVPRO for Bow Cleanup and Restoration
SERVPRO Has the Answers for Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration
Of all of the disasters and unfortunate events that could befall your Bow residence, fires are among the worst. No matter the severity of these incidents, there are always lingering effects that a homeowner must contend with to be able to move on with their life. While some of these effects might be on the lower end of the threatening spectrum, nearly all of them still require professional restoration services to remedy.
While you might not ever want to think about fire damages to your Bow home, this unfortunate event is something that several homeowners have to face at some point. With our efforts to respond rapidly to every call, our SERVPRO professionals are a wise choice for restoring the damage to your home. Our unique training in modern techniques and the latest equipment for fire damage repair and restoration makes us individually qualified to handle anything you might face after a blaze in your house.
From the moment that our professionals arrive at your home, we get to work on assessing the damage. There may be damages in your home that require boarding up or tarping over to protect them from further external damages; we prioritize this process. When the damage is too severe or widespread, a residential contractor must complete this repair before our restoration process can begin or continue. This inspection also looks for signs of water damage present in your home, which is a common side effect of the extinguishment effort.
Deodorization is a significant component to restoring a home after a recent fire because the noxious odor of smoke and charring can linger for a long time. Remedying this effect utilizes thermal foggers with a chemical compound that neutralizes this harsh scent on a molecular level, effectively removing it. Soot cleaning is another critical piece of the restoration process, as it affects surfaces and contents of your home that have been aesthetically marred by the recent fire. We set out to do this with sponges and high-powered vacuums to pull soot out of fabrics, textiles, and porous surfaces.
Finding a way to recover from a recent fire might not always be an easy thing to do, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to remain overwhelming for long. You can trust the experience and dedication of SERVPRO of Concord restoration specialists to help you overcome the damage and begin the process of moving on. Give us a call anytime you need us at (603) 225-2825.
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Fire Damage from a Space Heater in Your Bow Home
Space heaters can be very dangerous and should be kept away from flammable objects.
SERVPRO is Here to Help if a Fire Starts in Your Home
In the colder winter months in Bow, homeowners commonly use some type of portable space heater for one reason or another. Using them in bedrooms at night is one popular use. However, many people do not think about the potential dangers of these heating devices when they are misused. You need to keep anything combustible away from the heater, and if something fell onto it or close to it while you are sleeping, a slow fire can start.
Before you know it, your bedroom could be filled with smoke, even from a small fire. The fire damage your Bow home sustains needs to be taken care of right away. The soot and smoke damage left behind can continue to do damage after the fire is out. Our staff at SERVPRO are always standing by to help you after a disaster like this. We can get it cleaned up for you in a timely fashion so you can get back to life as usual.
Fire damage creates several different challenges when it comes to cleaning it up. A building that has burned includes various complicated reactions between various elements. These include how much oxygen, heat, and moisture are present, the kind of material being burned, the kinds of smoke that are present, the airflow patterns in the building, and what kinds of surfaces are impacted by heat and smoke.
When it comes to surfaces, SERVPRO understands that porous ones let particles and odor permeate deeper and are a lot more difficult to clean. Surfaces that are nonporous, such as glossy enamel paint and vinyl wall coverings, are easier to clean than paper wall coverings or flat latex paint. Synthetic fibers attract greater concentrations of residue than natural fibers. However, synthetics clean better than natural fabrics.
Also, the older the surface is, the harder it can be for us to clean. Heat causes surfaces to expand and then become porous. Odors and residue can penetrate surfaces more efficiently. It does not matter whether it is fabric, paint, or carpet. As old paint deteriorates, for example, it becomes more porous, and its adhesion is weakened.
SERVPRO of Concord has the training and tools to clean the fire damage in your home in Bow, Penacock, or Concord correctly and thoroughly. Reach out to us at (603) 225-2825 when you are dealing with damage left after a fire.
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What Makes It Difficult to Clean-up After Fire Damage to Your Bow Home?
SERVPRO technicians fully understand the different factors that affect your home during a fire and how to properly clean them.
Factors Affecting the Fire Damage Cleaning Process
Not all fire damages are alike; while some are easier to restore, some can be quite a challenge. The cleanability of your property after a fire damage depends on many factors including the type of fire and the material involved.
Knowing these factors can make it easier for you to prepare for the extent and the time required for a complete fire damage restoration of your Bow home. Here is a closer look at some of these factors in detail.
The Type of the Surface Involved in the Fire
The type of surface involved has a significant impact on the cleanability of your home by SERVPRO professionals. While non-porous surfaces such as glossy enamel paint and vinyl wall coverings are easier to clean, porous material such as flat latex paint and paper wall coverings are more difficult to clean. The smoke and soot particles can penetrate into the pores and cause damage that is notoriously difficult to clean. Similarly, if synthetic fibers and the plastic material is involved, the thick and greasy smoke can cause a significant damage compared to natural material such as wood.
Age of the Surface Involved in the Fire
Older surfaces are harder to clean compared to newer surfaces. As old surfaces such as paints, carpets or wall coverings age, they develop pores that pose a significant challenge to clean compared to newer surfaces that do not have such pores.
Amount of Moisture
Moisture can also affect the ability of the smoke and soot residue to set and cause staining. Accordingly, if sprinklers were activated or surfaces were saturated with water due to firefighting efforts, the damage is more difficult to clean.
In some instances, if the smoke residue contains hot oils that are quickly cooled, they can form a film on the surface that can be difficult to clean.
Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians have an extensive experience in dealing with various kinds of damage. We use some state-of-the-art equipment to get the damage under control in no time.
Call SERVPRO of Concord at (603) 225-2825 today to schedule an appointment and speak to one of our expert technicians regarding your restoration needs.
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Wintertime Fire Damage Concerns In Bow
Candles are also a common fire hazard, especially if knocked over at gatherings or neglected and allowed to burn down to a non-protected surface.
Fire Damage Concerns
Winter is finally coming around the corner after a long, warm autumn in Bow. When the weather changes, it is likely to occur quickly. Prepare for the increased fire risks of our winter temperatures, holidays, and storms ahead of time to avoid inconvenience and even tragedy. Line up a restoration company in case a crisis happens despite your planning.
Changes In Interior Climate Control
The best time of year to check out the condition of furnaces and heat pumps is now. A problem or malfunction of your heating system is the second most common cause of fires in the United States. The three winter months beginning with December, and ending with February see the most house fires traceable to heating. Not surprisingly, space heaters are a common appliance in roughly 40 percent of home heating fire disasters. Use with caution, and never unsupervised, especially with children or pets in the area.
Snow And Ice Storms
Severe storms featuring sleet, slush, heavy snow, and strong winds increase fire risk in a number of ways. The temperature often plummets, causing us to turn up the heat or switch on the space heater. Winter leads the rest of the year in the number of home fires, with heating issues reported in 1 out of every 6 fires. The ice and snow stress electrical lines, resulting in downed wires that can spark a fire.
Downed wires impel prepared homeowners to use safer standby or riskier portable generators. In recent years the improper use of generators during the three month winter season is responsible for half the generator-related deaths in a year. Although many of those deaths are due to a buildup of carbon monoxide, fires also spark, particularly when a transfer switch is not used and extension cords covered in snow and slush snake outdoors to deliver the power to a home.
Home Holiday Decor
Real pine garlands and trees are highly flammable. Inexpensive strings of lights are prone to shorts, which can be a real disaster when the lights drape over a Christmas tree. Candles are also a common fire hazard, especially if knocked over at gatherings or neglected and allowed to burn down to a non-protected surface. Take care to shield candles and place on non-flammable holders. Keep away from pets and children and avoid the edges or surfaces and draperies or other fabric when displaying.
SERVPRO of Concord hopes your winter months are merry and bright, but if a fire damages your home, give us a call at (603) 225-2825. We are experts in fire damage restoration and will devise a plan that gets your house back to preloss condition.
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Removing Smoke and Fire Damage Around Your Bow Home's Fireplace
SERVPRO can help to make sure your fireplace is safe and ready to keep your family warm this winter.
Preventing Fire Damage Caused by Your Fireplace
It is time again for chimney sweeps and fall weather. Homeowners in the Bow area who want to use their fireplaces this winter should prepare now. Chimney sweeps clean the interior of the chimney and points out problems that need attention from roofing specialists, as well as interior defects when they exist.
Bow area homes should have their fireplaces cleaned professionally to eliminate smoke residues and the risk of fire damage. Local chimney sweeps do not perform restoration of the exterior fireplace and mantel area. However, we can perform these and other services to help ensure that your fireplace functions perfectly when you use it and looks beautiful when it is idle.
Cleaning away smoke and soot from your fireplace's interior can expose any defects, which the chimney sweep likely already discussed with you. The mantel can brighten up your room after cleaning, of course, but the reduction in soot and creosote also reduces the number of carcinogens in your home. Even if this substance seems hard to the touch, continual use of your fireplace can heat these areas up and release toxins into the air.
You might be surprised to find out how far the soot from your fireplace can travel in the room. Even though it is not a typical fire that causes damage in a home, fires burnt in the fireplace produce soot, smoke, and ashes. Most of this remains either inside the fireplace or leaves via the chimney, but microscopic amounts steadily escape into your living area each time you use your fireplace. These build up over time on your walls, woodwork, windows, and every other surface in the area.
At SERVPRO, we want to help homeowners by ensuring their homes are truly clean and safe for every member of their family. To many families, a fireplace is a source of inexpensive heat that helps regulate utility costs during the harsh and cold New England winters. We can help you do this safely and with fewer risks to your family and home.
The professional team members at SERVPRO of Concord want to help you remain warm this winter while staying safe. Please call us at (603) 225-2825 to find out how we can assist you in doing that this winter. We always answer our phone, so you never need to wait for a response from us.
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How to Seal Up Smoke and Fire Damage in Concord Properties
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to be your ally during the entire process. You'll be happy with the results.
SERVPRO Technicians Thoroughly Remediate Fire Damage
In recent years, the use of primers and sealers has become very common among fire damage restorers. While they are not suitable as a primary strategy, they can be very effective as a supplemental response to stains and odors. When a high-quality sealer gets applied to a wall or skirting board, for example, it traps the sooty residues inside.
It is something which conventional paints cannot do. They let smoke stains and odors seep back through the material, while sealers isolate and bond settled combustion particles. They hide discoloration and minimize the transmission of unpleasant smells. For all of these reasons, SERVPRO regularly uses them when repairing fire damage in Concord homes.
Most primers and sealers require a clean, smooth surface for a successful application. It is why SERVPRO spends time removing surface soot and caked on grime before using any of these products. There are two types of combustion particles which develop after a fire. They are surface contaminants and settled residues.
Surface contaminants get captured in a HEPA vacuum. It is a fast, effective way to remove large amounts of dry, dusty soot. Cellular rubber sponges pick up additional particles. The problem is that the tiniest particles tend to escape surface wiping because they are small enough to hide within microscopic dips and troughs.
Consequently, this kind of cleaning is usually a two-step process. These much smaller settled residues are, in most cases, water soluble. So, the SERVPRO technicians can wet wash to prevent the electrostatic bonding of particles. For embedded dirt and soot, a degree of abrasion is necessary. If the stained area is sizable, we can power sand or grit blast it.
Once the surface is as smooth and clean as possible, a sealer chemical gets sprayed onto the targeted area. The process may take some time because successful odor prevention depends upon the construction of a flawless membrane. There can be no gaps or holes in the sealant. The spray nozzle must be held perpendicular to the surface for even coverage.
It should be made clear that sealers and primers are not a magic cure. They are powerful and effective, but they age just like everything else. So, while your treatments should last a long time, you may need a respray a number of years down the line. If you require help with this or you have a poorly applied primer which needs fixing, SERVPRO is here to lend a hand.
SERVPRO of Concord has many years of experience handling smoke and fire damage. We are in your neighborhood and ready to assist with repairs whenever you need them. Call us 24/7 at (603) 225-2825 today.
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A small fire can cause a lot of damage
Heavy smoke damage to the home after a small fire.
This home in Lyndeborough had a small fire but it caused a tremendous amount of smoke damage through out. SERVPRO of Concord was called in to clean up the aftermath. It takes team work to restore a home back to it's original condition and SERVPRO of Concord has just that team to get it done and get it done right. Having a fire in your home can be a traumatic experience and leave you feeling that you have no control in your life. We can help restore that feeling of control by guiding you through the process and answering all your questions and help you take control of your life again. If you or anyone you know experiences any type of fire or smoke damage call the experts at (603)225-2825.