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Application of Enzymes in Protein Fire Damage affecting your Bristol Home

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage in Kingston Kitchen Calls For Professional Restoration Services

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Leaving the stove unattended is responsible for over fifty percent of house fires in the US. When cooking with fatty foods like meat products, it is essential to keep an eye on the cooking throughout. Grease from animal fats can ignite rapidly and, because they are oil-based, throwing water at the problem can make things worse. While most cooking fires are brought under control relatively quickly, the area around the kitchen, as well as sometimes in adjacent rooms, can become thick with greasy, odorous soot deposits. 

You may find that restoring grease fire damage in your Kingston kitchen is more of a challenge than dry fires. Water and oil repel each other, which means approaching a protein fire in the same way you would approach living room fire can lead to spreading wet-soots around. SERVPRO technicians can gather valuable intel on the types of equipment and cleaners we may need to restore your home by speaking to you directly or by pre-testing soot deposits, testing pH levels, and distinguishing between wet or dry smoke. 

A challenge facing restorers of a protein fire is that many of the grease stains are insoluble in water. Equally, using powerful solvents in a cooking area may have adverse effects on certain materials, finishes, or odors. To combat this, SERVPRO restorers can use natural organic compounds to break down proteins and make them water-soluble. Enzymes are a living organism that can digest soils and make them easier to wash away without leaving behind odors or risk causing acidic damage to surfaces. 

Since enzymes are living microbes, there must be certain practices put in place to use them effectively. There is a careful balancing act to using enzymes correctly, which involves maintaining average temperature, neutral acidity, and moisture, which allows them to thrive. SERVPRO can achieve this by bringing in portable heaters and repeated dampening the surface. Neutralizing surfaces with acid or alkaline levels can be achieved by applying solutions relative to the needed balance. Overall, enzyme cleaning can be ultra-effective with a short dwell time of just fifteen minutes to one hour. 

Protein damages are exceptionally tough to clear away without the right intel and products. Contact SERVPRO of Newport & Bristol Counties at (401) 847-8145.

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