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Fire Damage Cleaning – Exeter, NH

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It is not a frequent occurrence in New Hampshire, but on occasion a squatter situation can lead to fire damage cleaning needs. This happened at an Exeter property that was foreclosed and vacant. Squatters, who unlawfully occupy an abandoned building, had moved into a once prestigious home. The property was empty for over a year after the owners were foreclosed on. The squatters broke in at some point during its vacancy. Their daily habits, which included illegal drug usage, caused a small fire in the living room. The fire caused smoke damage throughout the property. The damages were discovered by the bank when they inspected the property months later. Soil-Away was called to the Exeter house to perform the fire damage cleaning services.
Soil-Away fire damage cleaning crews washed ceilings, walls and floors. All the remaining fixtures were wiped down. The entire property was completely deodorized from the smoke odor. In addition to the fire damage cleaning, Soil-Away sanitized the entire structure to help prepare it for sale. The combination of the extended vacancy and squatter occupancy had resulted in an unsanitary environment. Only a firm certified in both fire damage and bio-hazard cleaning was fit for this cleanup job. After a few days of hard work, the property was free of smoke odor and sanitary for inhabitation. The bank could get back to selling the Exeter property.

The need to monitor empty buildings

Vacant buildings are susceptible to many sources of damage. Pipes can freeze leading to flood damage. Roofs can start to leak without detection.  Vandals can smash windows. Criminals can break in to steal copper piping. These examples can all lead to water damage and eventually mold problems. If you are involved with a vacant property, it is important to develop sufficient monitoring protocols to avoid serious issues such as these. As with the case with the Exeter property, routine monitoring of the foreclosed property may have helped avoid the need for costly fire damage cleaning.
Fortunately for the bank, Soil-Away’s bio-hazard and fire damage cleaning brought the property back to life. The bank re-listed the foreclosed property. It was sold within weeks. The bank was lucky the fire damage from the squatters did not take the whole property down. The Exeter home was a sitting duck and a disaster waiting to happen. They learned an important lesson on how to manage their vacant properties from there on out.

Fire damage cleaning

Fire damage cleaning is a specialized service requiring significant training and resources. Properties with fire, soot and smoke damage need certified experts to eliminate the problem. Individuals or companies not trained in this arena are not advised to take on fire damage cleaning projects themselves. A mishandled project could results in long-term smoke odor problems or unnecessary staining to surfaces.
Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration specializes in water and fire damage cleaning projects in Exeter and the surrounding towns. The company is ready to respond 24/7 to any property damage emergency. Soil-Away is IICRC master-certified in both water and fire damage restoration. They service all towns on the New Hampshire Route 101 corridor from Manchester to the seacoast. This includes towns such as Candia, Raymond, Epping, Exeter and Hampton.

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Jay KorsenJay Korsen
00:51 04 Aug 22
All I have to say is WOW and FANTASTIC. I just got done building out my new professional office with Soil-Away’s construction division and they went ABOVE and BEYOND. Scott and Mike, the carpenters are skilled artisans. The project got done on time and the project came in on budget! The finished results have been blowing people away. Much better than I could have anticipated. Anyone is welcome to come to our office, Bright Light Chiropractic in Hooksett to check out the fine work they did. Simply can’t sing enough praises for them. Sorry that the picture doesn’t do the job justice. Thank you Jack and your team. -Dr. Jay
Asian BreezeAsian Breeze
04:28 15 Jul 22
Since day one, I’ve known the owner, Jack, to be a hard-working and selfless leader. Through the efforts of him and his team, he was able to restore my flooded restaurant to tip-top shape. I was amazed with Jack’s orderliness throughout the entire process. Jack has proven to me that he is trustworthy, as both a friend and an individual in the work environment.
Breton LangendorferBreton Langendorfer
21:17 07 Jul 22
Highly recommend Soil-Away. A pipe in our upstairs bathroom gave and sent water down through a wall for at least a day before we noticed water dripping through our kitchen ceiling. Our insurance put us in touch with Soil-Away and they were at our house the next morning to assess the damage and dry things out. Joe, Ray and Tom were phenomenal to work with. They explained every part of the process to us and were very professional and friendly. If you have to deal with similar issues call Soil-Away, you won’t regret it.
Maureen CidzikMaureen Cidzik
13:49 15 May 22
Superior service from start to finish. Highly responsive. The entire team is dedicated to quality and customer care and it shows in everything they do – from first call, to estimate, to job completion.
Sarah GrugnaleSarah Grugnale
16:02 14 Jan 22
Joe and Tommy were amazing to deal with, they kept us updated every step of the process. They were punctual and hard working, answering all of our questions that we had. Everything was done as promised and even above and beyond. A great experience from start to finish.