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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

North Utah Fire Damage Walkthrough - SERVPRO of North Utah County

During fire incidents, you are likely to expect the flames to cause most of the severe damage. In some cases though, the other aspects of the blaze such as smoke are to blame for these damages. In this house fire walkthrough, Mike, one of our technicians at SERVPRO of North Utah explains what various aspects of the damage tell about the fire that caused it.
"If you take a look here, you can see some sort of round kind of spots on the wall, and that is actually where the nails are," Mike says referring to the small round concentrations of soot on the walls and ceiling. In a scorching fire, the smoke produced moves towards the cool surfaces first. Since the metal in the nails is initially cooler than the surrounding drywall and paint, it leads to higher smoke deposits on surfaces directly above the nails, causing the round spots.
The heat lines on the walls are another indicator of a hotter fire since they form when temperatures are very high, and the smoke movements deposit soot and other residues on the upper half of the walls. Based on the experiences our SERVPRO technicians have had with similar situations, rigorous cleaning efforts are necessary to remove these deposits because they penetrate the affected surfaces.
In the kitchen, Mike explores more damages from the smoke. In this section, the fire left more soot deposits because of the fuel source involved. "If you take a look at some of the walls, this used to be a white tile. Some of this tile was even clear glassy tile," Mike explains as he explores the pitch black, soot-covered wall surfaces. The volume of the soot and the fact that some of the residues from wet smoke penetrates beyond the surface meant that our SERVPRO technicians could not guarantee a perfect outcome through cleanup only. Mike concludes that "most of the walls will need to be removed; all the sheetrock, the floors. We are going to do a complete reconstruction."

For proper restoration of your fire-damaged property, call SERVPRO of North Utah County. You can reach us at (801) 785-5228 any day.