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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

The SERVPRO Science of Fire, Smoke, and Soot Removal and Restoration for Kingston Properties

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

soot soiled wall and ceiling and a wiped down clean area SERVPRO Says--Call Us for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Kingston

North Kingston Fire Damage Residue Cleanup Basics

After a fire in your North Kingston home, it can be hard to imagine that any efforts can bring the scorched and soot-covered surfaces surrounding you back to preloss condition. The fire insurance industry has confidence that our well-trained and equipped restoration professionals can minimize disruption to you and your family while also saving time and money through efficient and effective cleaning of fire residues. We master the principles and elements of cleaning through the comprehensive Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses.

Cleaning Principles

Our goal is to transform the fire damage in your North Kingston home back to the appearance, function, and comfort you enjoyed before the blaze. Fire residues vary, even within the same dwelling, depending on the materials burned, the temperature and oxygen levels during the fire, the air movement, and the surfaces affected. We hit the marks by applying the following principles to your unique circumstances:

  • Discovery and identification of fire residues through a full-home inspection
  • Evaluation of the characteristics and durability of the soiled surfaces through pre-testing
  • Capture, removal, and disposal of residues through careful matching of techniques and products to the data gathered above

Cleaning Elements

The ultimate purpose of fire cleanup is to dislodge and suspend the residues deposited on surfaces. Once the particulates mix freely with a cleaning solution, they can rinse or wipe away, ready for appropriate disposal. SERVPRO technicians manipulate four specific elements during cleaning, working toward effective interactions that facilitate the loosening of residues in anticipation of removal.


Applying heat increases the speed of chemical reactions set in motion when we introduce cleaning products. We adjust the temperature with care, vigilantly avoiding damage to surfaces and the production of hazardous fumes or other unintended consequences.


Causing movement across the soiled surface dislodges adhered coatings and assures all parts of the surface are in contact with the cleaning solution. Examples of agitation include:

  • Brushing
  • Scrubbing
  • Application of water or air pressure
  • Use of ultrasonic vibration (sound waves) -- submersion in a tank

Chemical Action

Choosing the correct cleaning product causes reactions that loosen the residues. Effective reactions that lift away or remove soiling include:

  • Dissolving
  • Emulsifying
  • Bleaching
  • Oxidizing
  • Altering pH
  • Digesting


Calculating reasonable and appropriate dwell times for cleaning products to work efficiently without harming the soiled surface.

SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties is ready to apply the fire restoration industry's best practices to make it "Like it never even happened." Call (401) 847-8145 for a professional assessment and fire recovery project plan.

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