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Why Grease Fires Can Cause a Permanent Smell in Your Kingston Home

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

A grease fire on a stove spreading orange flames and black, greasy soot to other parts of the room kitchen. Contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz to get your home back to normal after a grease fire!

Accidents happen and cooking with oil or grease can ignite and cause a kitchen fire much easier than you think. There are some little-known facts about food fires that make the smell and damage in your home quite tricky to get rid of.

Protein fires usually start from food that is burnt in the kitchen. Think about a cooking pan on the stovetop and the grease has caught fire. Due to the chemical makeup and structure of food proteins, grease can make an especially unique restoration challenge and create odor issues that are difficult to get rid of yourself when they burn.

Important things to know regarding protein/food fires:

*Generally, these types of fires leave little visible residue, often confusing to someone who isn’t trained locate and get rid of. The smell is there but hard to pinpoint where it could be coming from. Occasionally, you might come across a sticky residue on the walls or upper cabinets. Once dust particles have settled on a surface, this creates an unpleasant coating that’s tough to get off without professional products and experience.

*Protein fires create a significantly more distasteful smell than most other fires. Pungent, acrid, noxious, and thick are ways our clients have explained the smell.

*The nature of the burn causes odor to permeate even more completely than other fires, into everything. Inside cabinets that weren’t opened, in a room on the other side of the home, sometimes on a whole different floor.  Items or belongings you never thought would’ve been affected could have some lingering and unforeseen issues. Sometimes the damage can require a sealing agent or even stripping and repainting to completely eradicate the odor.

*If the damage is part of a homeowner’s insurance claim, the insurance carrier will likely recommend hiring a professional, seasoned restoration company to take care of everything so it’s a complete job at one time rather than doing it yourself which is extremely time consuming and costly.

*Keep in mind that the damage may require multiple attempts and methods to achieve the best results. Using a certified remediation company will decrease the attempts and are effective and efficient.

Don’t tackle this issue by yourself, let the trained and certified experts at SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz take care of it. There is no damage too small or large and with over 25 years of  LOCAL experience, we can tell you that When fire and odors take control of your life, we’ll help take it back!.

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