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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Grease Fire Restoration in Shreveport

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO on job-site SERVPRO should handle fire damage restoration services for your home. We will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

SERVPRO Can Remove Wet Smoke Damage from your Home

Grease fires are among the most common callouts that we attend each year. Cooking oils, animal fats, and gas stoves are all flammable, so even turning away for a moment can lead to a sudden outbreak. These fires are quickly contained in most cases, but the short time they burn can lead to thick, greasy soot deposits on appliances, stove hoods, and ceilings. Grease fires are generally difficult to clean because they reject most water-based household cleaning products. In fact, applying a water-based solution to a wet smoke deposit can lead to spreading the soot around without removing it at all.

SERVPRO Provides

  • Smoke removal
  • Appliance cleaning
  • Fire and odor restoration

We offer fire restoration to Shreveport residents for all types of emergencies. In the case of grease fires, our technicians can bring a full range of proprietary cleaning products specifically designed to target and remove wet smoke deposits. Oily soots can sometimes be removed by emulsifying them with detergents. At a molecular level, detergents resemble oils, grease, and fats. This similarity means that the oils in the smoke deposit can mix with water, a process we call emulsifying with a detergent that allows soil, a cleaning agent, and water to be removed altogether. 

Thick soot deposits may require cleaning agents that are more powerful than a detergent. In these situations, technicians must dissolve the soil in a solvent before removing it from the surface. A solvent removes soil by dissolving it in a solution. This process is referred to as suspension. Once the soil is suspended in a solvent, we can disperse it in a rinsing agent -usually a detergent- to remove all staining from the surface. 

Applying solvents to grease soot

  • Pre-testing a discrete area is essential to ensure the procedure is effective without causing accidental damage to the surface.
  • Mix the solution in the recommended dosages and allow dwell time for the soot to dissolve before applying the rinsing agent.
  • Some solvents require special disposal for environmental reasons. 

To restore your home after a grease fire, contact SERVPRO of South Shreveport for fire restoration at (318) 865-4655.

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