Smoke Damage & Puffback Philadelphia
Smoke Damage & Puffback in the Philadelphia Area
Oftentimes, smoke, soot, and puffback damage doesn't mean your home is inhabitable, but it certainly isn't livable. After a minor fire, or even a furnace puffback when you restart your system in the fall, you may notice a lingering, smoky odor in the air, and, even worse, scorch marks, soot, and discoloration on surfaces. What's left behind is actually a toxin, and needs to be carefully cleaned by a professional so you can breathe easy again.
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- State-of-the-Art Equipment & Techniques
- Cleanup from Furnace Puff Backs from Oil, Gas, Forced Air or Hot Water Furnace Systems
- Preserve Your Belongings From Further Damage
- Smoke Odor Removal
- Soot Cleaning with Non-Toxic, EPA-Approved Chemicals
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If you have had a fire in your home or business or have had exposure from a nearby fire where smoke has infiltrated your building, you could have a mammoth cleaning project on your hands. Often times the damage is not visible without the detailed inspection of the building and its contents. For example, in most cases there will be a film of soot on everything from the contents in your home to the hard surfaces that will need to be removed using special vacuums and cleaning products. If you have central air, your entire duct system could be affected and in need of professional cleaning. The soft goods such as upholstery, drapes, and wardrobes take the brunt of the damage as they absorb odor and need to properly deodorized and cleaned. At Quantum Restoration Services we have a profound understanding of the steps that need to be incorporated to remediate smoke damage in a building and restore affected content. Our dedicated staff of restorative cleaning professionals will work diligently and efficiently to bring your home and belongings back to a pre-loss condition.
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Frequently Asked Questions
It's never a quick fix, though we've gathered together a multi-discipline team of contractors and technicians to work in tandem to complete the work as soon as possible. From structural repairs to sand/soda-blasting smoke damage and soot to odor removal to contents cleaning, our fire damage restoration crew begin as soon as the project scope is determined, and we don't stop until the job is done and both you and the insurance company are satisfied with the results.
Most often, yes. You'll need to check your specific policy for the full scope of coverage, but in general, if the damage was caused by a flame, it's covered. Your best bet is to hire a professional restoration team to help you through the claims process. We know how to avoid some common missteps when it comes to making sure the entire loss is documented and covered. Many homeowners and insurance companies forget, for instance, to consider that your HVAC system will need to be cleaned of soot, and, since fires are extinguished using water, many areas of your home may need to be restored due to water damage even if they weren't directly affected by the fire.
Depending on the extent or location of the fire damage, some homeowners can move back in a few days or longer. The fire department will usually turn off electricity and gas to the property right away, and that won’t be restored until a building inspector says that it’s safe to turn those utilities back on. If you experienced significant smoke damage and the home’s occupants include elderly persons, young children, or those with chronic health conditions, you may be wise to stay until the smoke cleanup is complete. Contracting with a company experienced in fire damage restoration can often get you back home sooner, because they’ll have the resources to hire and manage the many tradespeople who will need to work together to make the home liveable again.
DIY soot removal is not recommended. Commercially available products can actually cause permanent damage to surfaces. Soot itself is primarily oil-based, but that residue also contains toxic, possibly biohazard contaminants.
Smoke damage is rarely limited to one area of the house, and it leaves behind residue that can hide in crevices and out-of-reach areas, and a simple "airing out" may not be sufficient. We recommend consulting with a smoke damage technician who can help you troubleshoot the next steps.
Why Use QRS?
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- QRS facilitates every facet necessary to perform the complete job
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