Don’t Touch Smoky Items with Bare Hands!

Even if you are allowed to reenter the damaged building,call ERS before trying to clean anything up.

Acidic smoke particulates can combine with skin oils and could irreparably damage property that ERS would have been able to save.Call or contact us by email – click the button below.

Don’t Touch Smoky Items with Bare Hands!

Even if you are allowed to reenter the damaged building,call ERS before trying to clean anything up.

Acidic smoke particulates can combine with skin oils and could irreparably damage property that ERS would have been able to save.Call or contact us by email – click the button below.

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Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration


Fire is a universal threat to home and business owners. Even if the fire department extinguished in time to salvage your house, you’re not finished yet! Putting out the fire was just the beginning. Now you need to call the Emergency Restoration Specialists – ERS.

We will hurry to the site when you contact ERS and quickly restore the property. The department might have put out the fire with their hoses, but once they leave, the water still remains. This water, if left unattended, leads to destruction from water. The fire also leaves behind its own damage. Soot left over will be in all rooms touched and cover every surface in these rooms.


We’ll first assess the situation when ERS arrives to see the best attack plan. Then our restoration experts will seal off any openings in the roof or walls created. You don’t want rain pouring in through a new hole burned into the roof.

Once the risk of water damage is taken care of, ERS will concentrate our attention on removing all the leftovers from the destruction for safety purposes. When the home is cleaned, we’ll restore the destroyed portions to look like they were before the fire broke out. Our 24/7 service ensures we’ll be available to give you the care and attention you need when you need it.

Rebuilding your property with our fire damage restoration process

Fire damage remediation services at ERS include:

  • Wall, ceiling, and floor repair
  • Smoke damage repair
  • Carpet cleaning or replacement
  • Upholstery cleaning
  • Damage repair

Don’t let a fire threaten your quality of living and comfort.



The minute the flames are extinguished is when the hard work of restoration begins. Fire produces a dry heat, but as it is extinguished a humid and smoldering flame can raise humidity rapidly. Imagine a sauna: Adding to the heat produces heavy water vapor.

When a house fire is put out, the resulting raised humidity opens the pores of wood materials, allowing moisture and particles in where they can wreak havoc on your home. The experts at Emergency Restoration Specialists have the tools and the talent to remove damaging moisture from your home in all its forms.

This is the inevitable result of stopping the flame from consuming your property. But it isn’t all.


When burned, the wood in your home produces fumes that leaves a chalky black or dark grey residue. Wood, which is a natural material, also produces a litany of toxic chemicals when it is burned, including:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) – as the name suggests, gas is produced by partially oxidizing carbon materials. Carbon Monoxide poisoning results in headache, nausea, vomiting, coma, and death.
  • Acetic acid (C2H4O2) – this organic compound is a main component in vinegar, giving it its sour taste and pungent aroma.
  • Sulfur dioxide (SO2) – an irritant most often seen in areas of volcanic activity. It has a rotten egg smell and can cause respiratory problems and even death.
  • Benzene (C6H6) – present in crude oil and a component in gasoline- has a sweet smell. Benzene exposure is a known cause of bone marrow failures and various cancers.
  • Formaldehyde (CH2O) – highly toxic to humans and animals alike, this compound can result in pulmonary destruction and has been linked to various forms of leukemia.

These compounds are produced by burning only natural materials in your home. We could write a book on the amount of chemicals produced by burning synthetic materials in your home. Burning synthetic materials leaves black smog residue and toxic odors that will stick in your home for years if not cleaned.

Types of Smoke

Different types of fires produce different fumes. Smog also changes its behavior depending on the environment, resulting in different fumes effects. But regardless of conditions, smog in your home will mean removing odors to maintain a healthy living atmosphere.

As it burns, it creates dangerous pressures, spreading fumes throughout the home. This is called driven fumes, which imprints its particles into the walls of your home leading to stains.

Floating fumes occur when pressure building inside the burning home is equalized with the outside pressure. This allows the fumes particles to settle on the ground and any horizontal surface.

No matter the smog type, ERS restores your home, carpets, and furniture to its pre-fire condition. Milwaukee area homeowners have trusted ERS with their disaster clean-up needs since 1990.


There’s no avoiding the mess due to the flames and its extinguishing. But it doesn’t need to be a total nightmare. When you call ERS fire restoration services, our IICRC cleaners return the house to its previous condition with extensive repairs.

Our goal is to reduce the stress on the homeowner after the disaster by rebuilding every inch in our recovery process. Southeastern Wisconsin has come to depend on disaster relief from ERS.


Soot damage refers to the residue left behind after a fire or smoke incident. The type of soot damage can vary depending on the materials burned, but it often leaves an oily residue that requires thorough cleaning before painting or restoration. Our professional fire damage repair technicians are trained to assess the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage and use efficient methods to remove the residue without damaging the surfaces.


We’ve got you covered if you’re looking for professional smoke cleanup services after a house fire. Our restoration technicians remove soot and smoke residue from surfaces using advanced techniques. Whether you need to clean walls, furniture, or other affected areas, we have the tools and knowledge to eliminate odors and restore your space. Don’t let the strong smell of smoke linger after a fire; trust our restoration team to provide thorough and efficient smoke cleanup services.

Smoke Damage in Different Parts of the Home

If any destruction occurs in the home and areas are not almost immediately cleaned, the fumes and remaining residue can cause permanent destruction to the property. ERS professionals begin the fire restoration process to minimize destruction and rebuild it to its previous state.

Types of Smoke Destruction

  • Dry
  • Wet
  • Protein
  • Fuel/Oil

Cleaning Methods for Specific Items

A two-step process of removing gunk and odor must be done correctly. But, restoring a home after destruction involves industrial-grade chemicals and specific equipment.

  • Clothes and Curtains: A mixture of water and trisodium phosphate will be needed before safely washing your items in a regular washing machine. After the clothes are in the solution, additional washing cycles will be required to restore them without odor.
  • Furniture: An industrial-strength vacuum is needed to remove the residue. Any attempt to scrub it out will imbed the chemicals deeper into the product. To do this correctly, hold the vacuum several inches above until completed properly. A sealed ozone layer works best to eliminate remaining smog particles.
  • Carpet & Floors: An extraction or thermal fogging machine is the most effective way to clean all your main surfaces. The intensity and duration of this type of treatment need to be monitored carefully.

The equipment and chemicals necessary for restoration depend heavily on the extent of the destruction and type of property fire. Let our fire damage restoration company relieve the stress of your home reconstruction.


  • Household cleaning products and deodorizers will only be a short-term fix for your destruction. These products will counteract with the residue to create even more permanent odors.
  • Ventilation of the heating and air conditioning ducts must be monitored to prevent toxic fumes from remaining in the home.
  • Humidity and dampness based on the current weather also need to be considered.
  • Ample covers and sealed protection must cover the clean parts of your home, or odor and smog particles could transfer while deodorizing in other areas of the property.
  • Airborne chemicals will be prevalent in the cleaning stages and can cause health problems.

Short term Harm

As soon as fire and fumes spread, it is only a matter of time before the house is covered in acidic residue. Most items will start discoloring, turning to a yellow or brown shade within hours as the residue settles and begins staining.

If not treated quickly, the home risks even more destruction, such as:

  • Wood & Furniture have a chance to be warped and may require refinishing
  • Metal starts to rust and corrode behind repair
  • Painted Walls will immediately show a yellow hue and rust
  • The flooring may need refinishing or complete replacement
  • Clothing & Bedding will have fumes odors in their fabrics until all of the burned chemicals are gone
  • Electronics must not be used after smog destruction has occurred because metal parts or electrical components could be corroded and have the potential to be a serious hazard

Long term Harm

Soot is always found to be acidic. While the flames can destroy a home, leftover residue on surfaces will react to materials long after the burning stops. If not cleaned properly promptly, oxidation and discoloration will continue to destroy all parts of the home. It will only take days after the initial spark to discolor and rust the property’s inside permanently.

Fire damage repair is essential after experiencing a fire in your home. It is important to address fire damage as quickly as possible to prevent further damage and ensure the safety of your property. Our fire damage restoration services can reverse the effects of fire and smoke damage, restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Trust us for all your fire damage restoration needs.

              Contact your local fire damage restoration company today!

Don’t wait to repair damage – call the fire damage restorers at ERS now!

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