Cleaning Up Smoke Damage After A Fire

If you have experienced smoke or fire damage  in your Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill / Cary home contact us today. In addition to being restoration specialists we are North Carolina licensed general contractors who can tackle any job.

Professional Restoration Services can help homeowners that have had damage done to their homes by fire or water, even under the worst circumstances. But in order to achieve the best results it’s important that they contact us immediately after the fire is extinguished.

The smoke and ash residue left behind mixes with the water used to put out the fire and turns into an acidic, black mess. This acid can further damage any surface that it’s in contact with, making a bad situation even worse.

The only way to prevent further destruction of the home and it’s contents  is with a thorough cleaning, using professional grade chemicals designed to neutralize the acid and stop it from reacting with the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, appliances, and other personal belonging.

This type of clean up isn’t easy, and isn’t something that a typical home or business owner is equipped to handle on their own. The restoration technicians at PRS are trained and experienced professionals with access to special equipment and cleansing  products designed specifically to handle smoke and ash damage.

Even though the fire is out, the immediate urgency of the damage isn’t over. The ash residue is already working to further damage your home, which is why we are prepared to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our staff will show up quickly and begin working immediately on a full-scale cleanup.

After a fire it is likely that smoke odors will fill the entire home, and we can provide equipment designed to not only vent the foul smelling air out of the house, but clean the source of the odor so that it doesn’t return in the future. This is a difficult task, and requires the used of thermal foggers and other sophisticated odor removal equipment.

If your home has been damage by a fire, and you need help cleaning up the mess left behind, contact us today. We’ll work with you and your insurance company in order to keep the out of pocket costs to an absolute minimum. Your home will be completely restored back to it’s normal state in as little as a few days.

Turkey Frying Tips to Avoid Fires and Injuries

Here in North Carolina, we love frying everything, including turkeys. Unfortunately, sometimes this leads to fire damage and even injury.

If you have a home damaged by fire please see our fire damage restoration service.

Grease Fires

Grease fires result in all types of injuries. We covered a few tips recently, including how to extinguish a grease fire and fire extinguisher safety tips. Improper handling of hot grease can result in a “flame burn”. Flame burns are from fires and are almost always full thickness or deep dermal burns.  If clothing or bedding is involved, the burns tend to be deeper and involve the full thickness of the skin or worse (reference).

This is what a turkey grease fire looks like:

Here is a video, courtesy of State Farm:

Basic turkey frying tips

Follow these tips at your own risk. We will not be held liable for anything in this article or any turkey frying injuries! These are just basic common sense statements, nothing more.

  • Keep children and pets FAR away from the fryer
  • Do not let the oil temp exceed 350
  • Read and follow your fryer’s instructions
  • Make sure the turkey is DRY before it goes into the fryer
  • After frying is complete, let the oil cool on its own (do not add ice)
  • Only fry outdoors

Fire Damage from Turkey Frying

Fire damages siding and can even burn a home to the ground. The fire departments in Raleigh are always busy on Thanksgiving.


To our customers, vendors, families and friends:

Professional Restoration Services, like so many other small businesses in our community, is doing our part both to stop the spread of Coronavirus and remain focused on the safety of our employees and growth of our company.  Over the last few weeks, we have taken the necessary steps to limit our staff’s presence in the office allowing everyone to work remotely.  The foundation of our scope of work is to help customers with water damage and the repairs that follow, no matter when they happen.  Our employees are now working in our customers’ homes wearing the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).  With that in mind we are continuously monitoring the rapidly evolving situation regarding this pandemic and we are continuing to make the necessary adjustments.

We have implemented the following measures to ensure the health and safety of our customers, staff and vendors:

  • Our amazing staff is working remotely.  We are so thankful for technology that allows this to happen.
  • We will be continuing to meet with potential customers and inspect properties, wearing masks, gloves and shoe covers. 
  • During normal times we love a handshake but these days we are opting for a friendly air high five or an air fist bump, a wave or even a simple word of  “thanks”.  Please know we appreciate your business.
  • While jobs are in progress, if you have any questions or concerns, we ask that you contact your Project Manager by phone or email directly.  They will address them immediately.

During these uncertain times, we remain hopeful.  We believe these efforts are in the best interests of our employees, customers and the community.  We will get through this.  Our Mission remains the same:  To provide exceptional service during all aspects of the restoration process through clear communication and always putting our customers first.