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SERVPRO Uses Mechanical Agitation in Fire Cleanup for West Monroe Residents

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees standing inside a burned out home SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration technicians conduct a thorough inspection of this home after a fire.

West Monroe Fire Cleanup Essentials

Fires are not only frightening but can leave behind significant amounts of staining, soiling, and odor. A blocked chimney or closed flue can result in ash pouring out of your fireplace and onto clean carpets, upholstery as well as furniture. An out of control fire can burn the upper edges of your fireplace and release hot smoke into your home. This smoke can result in staining on the high walls and ceilings of your home. Sifting through the debris and qualifying which items are restorable and which are not, requires an in-depth knowledge of how materials burn and the chemicals they release. Sometimes, resurfacing your home can be a cost-effective option that removes the need for wide-scale replacements.

The job of fire cleanup in your West Monroe is essential to getting your home back to its preloss condition. While some materials may be beyond restoration, there are a great many that respond well to the various cleaning techniques and equipment SERVPRO provides. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FRST) conduct thorough inspections of materials left after a fire. We may also pre-test and pre-clean carpets during inspection to ensure that materials respond well to the following cleanup.

At high temperatures, smoke particles can physically bond with surfaces that they come into contact with and require solvents to remove. In high-pressure fires, soot may buildup into thick deposits but remain possible to dislodge. SERVPRO use agitative cleaning equipment to dislodge thick soot and smoke. Agitative cleaning equipment usually using mechanical cleaning to get the job done. We can mobilize water pressure, air pressure, sandblasting and rotating brushes to loosen soiling from materials before applying industrial vacuums to the area to remove soot. 

Different materials suit different methods of agitative cleaning. Water pressure, for example, may satisfy the exterior of your home or unfinished areas like garages. However, for your indoor environment, these may not be suitable. Sandblasting equipment is useful for removing charring from structural elements of the home, leaving behind a smooth finish for repainting. Once the removal of fire debris is complete, SERVPRO restorers can refinish surfaces using wood varnishes and odor retardant paints.

Clearing soot is essential to ensuring that your home completely recovers from fire. Contact SERVPRO of Monroe / West Monroe at (318) 345-5121.

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