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What Tools Can Eagle Rock Homeowners Use to Address Structural Mold Damage?

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

microscopic view of mold spores SERVPRO gives you access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists that put vast resources and years of experience to work for you.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO Professionals Implement Steps from Mold Inspection to Remediation

While Eagle Rock homeowners may be familiar with mold damage’s potential to cause damage, they may also be surprised to find that mold damages more wood each year than fires or termites. This quality can prove costly for repairing wood fixtures, furniture, and valuables in a given residence without careful remediation.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO technicians’ mold damage cleanup can safely reduce mold using EPA-registered antimicrobials and personal protective equipment (PPE). SERVPRO professionals cannot implement total mold removal because all buildings contain some number of mold spores. Still, they are available 24/7 to remediate contamination until the affected property returns to a pre-contamination state.

Common Species That Cause Mold Damage

Mold damage, regardless of the species that causes it, tends to prefer similar conditions: humid or dusty environments with stagnant air and relative humidity levels above 50%. Species that homeowners might encounter can include:

  • Alternaria, a prevalent greenish mold that prefers to linger around bathrooms, leaky windows, and similarly damp areas
  • Black mold, also known as Stachybotrys, prefers to hide in humid indoor areas and ventilation systems
  • Mucor, also known as “pin mold,” is a light-colored fungus that likes to colonize in wet carpet, drywall, and wood

Homeowners can lessen the likelihood of extensive mold proliferation spreading by circulating dry air through clean ventilation systems. However, the air movement may spread spores if the fungi are present.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO Mold Remediation Reduces Microbes to Safe Levels

Mold damage mitigation from SERVPRO technicians is a careful process that emphasizes occupant safety and a restoration-focused approach. Restoration crewmembers focus on sanitizing structures and contents with OSHA-approved biocides. Mold inspection is also crucial to success and is implemented before, after, and during cleanup. Thermal imaging cameras, for example, can locate potential mold growth in a home by identifying changes in temperature consistent with elevated moisture.

Drying affected spaces, like subfloors and wall and ceiling cavities, with air movers and dehumidifiers are crucial to remediating the conditions that cause mold to spread in the first place. SERVPRO professionals can also carefully remove non-salvageable debris and contents that exacerbate mold growth. We can perform controlled demolition and discard contents following local codes.

Wood wall studs and ceiling joists, which can prove vulnerable to mold growth, can be cleaned, sanded, and primed with an odor-suppressing product to prevent further mold proliferation. Restorative processes such as these can reduce the likelihood of potentially costly home repairs being necessary during cleanup.

Odor Control Technicians can use water or solvent-based deodorizers to eliminate residual malodors from mold damage. Powerful ventilation fans clear the air after mold damage remediation by circulating over 3,000 cubic feet of air per minute throughout the home before and after odor control measures are implemented.

When homeowners need a team that has a track record of proving that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, they can call (323) 255-1000 for mold remediation from SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale.

How Can Eagle Rock Homeowners Prevent Water Damage from Impacting Their Property?

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

gray dehumidifier rigged with manifolds on a hardwood floor SERVPRO restores homes in Eagle Rock to preloss condition with advanced equipment, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Water Removal Services Mitigate Eagle Rock Residential Disasters

Whether cracked pipes or excess pressure are the culprits, dealing with plumbing leaks can be tricky without the right tools and equipment. Fortunately, homeowners can watch for signs that allow them to catch the damage early and minimize water damage repair and replacement costs.

Certified SERVPRO restoration technicians specialize in water removal services in Eagle Rock, including leaky and burst pipes, for many disaster situations. Water cleanup services can lessen damages and minimize the risk of other problems, like mold contamination, impacting a home’s structural integrity, contents, or indoor air quality.

Tracing Plumbing Leak Water Damage

While SERVPRO IICRC-trained water damage restoration technicians are ready to deal with plumbing leaks 24/7, there are steps homeowners can take to expedite the water mitigation process while lessening the impact of a potential leak. SERVPRO can then assess the leak’s extent with calibrated sensors and meters and establish a drying plan unique to the affected structure.

To confirm that the water source is a plumbing leak:

  • Examine appliances for water exposure or check walls, ceilings, and floors for these signs
  • If a visual inspection does not reveal the leak’s location, shut off all appliances and faucets and log the reading on your water meter
  • Consider taking a photo or marking the needle location with a piece of tape
  • Leave water fixtures off for eight hours or overnight, then reread the meter before turning fixtures back on
  • A plumbing leak is likely if the needle on the water meter has moved from its prior location

Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most common areas for plumbing-related damages to occur. During an inspection in these areas of the home, homeowners should examine faucet pipe joints and sink P-traps for signs of moisture. Rusty valves and supply line fittings can indicate an appliance leak, regardless of whether the source is a dishwasher, refrigerator, or toilet. Cabinetry may also exhibit visible water stains, warped materials, or a damp odor.

How SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Saves Structures and Appliances

SERVPRO water mitigation covers everything from initial inspection to repair and renovation services after a plumbing leak. Water cleanup typically entails careful sanitation and drying after extracting moisture with specialized units. Extractors typically only need one of their three built-in systems to perform water cleanup unless fibers, carpet, or upholstery are involved.

Structural drying with air movers and dehumidification units works by pulling moisture out of surfaces and into the air for dehumidifiers to collect. Refrigerant coils or desiccants, like silica gel, collect water from the air and store it for removal while expelling warm, dry air. Sanitation for water damage restoration can be applied with various EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions, including proprietary SERVPRO cleaners tailored to address multiple aspects of water damage.

Property owners can call (323) 255-1000 for water cleanup services from SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale, making it “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Structural Fire Damage Impact Eagle Rock Home Surfaces?

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

siding home with severe fire damage, melted siding, and burned roof. Fires can be devastating. After ensuring your safety and the safety of your family, contact SERVPRO to inspect the property right away.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Returns Eagle Rock Homes to a Clean, Safe Condition for Occupants

In the United States, a home fire occurs approximately every 93 seconds. This figure includes fires that leave behind only a small amount of damage. However, Eagle Rock homeowners can benefit significantly from quickly removing even small-scale fire damage from their properties.

Highly-trained SERVPRO restoration technicians can remedy fire and smoke damage in Eagle Rock homes with fast-responding 24/7 service. This commitment to constant availability ensures that homes can be restored as thoroughly as possible. 

Common Types of Fire Damage Residues

As differing substances burn, they produce varying soot and stains that require equally varied mitigation methods for cleanup.

  • Dry smoke stems from substances like unfinished wood, paper, and similar dry goods burning. These substances produce high-heat, fast-burning fires. The chalky, dusty soot left behind by these fires is much easier to clean than other types of smoke damage.
  • Wet smoke, meanwhile, comes from burning rubbers and plastics. These residues are odorous, sticky, and smear when wiped off a surface.
  • Protein residues typically left behind by burnt meat, poultry, or fish, pose a unique challenge compared to wet and dry smoke. Proteins require more specialized fire odor removal, and their lack of visible staining can make it easy to unintentionally spread pungent malodors throughout a home.

Eagle Rock SERVPRO Teams Perform Fire and Smoke Damage Removal

SERVPRO technicians can focus on mitigating fire damage with a combination of manual debris disposal, EPA-registered sanitation solutions, and odor control tools. Fire damage residues are removed from ceiling to floor and lightest to heaviest to ensure the process is as efficient as possible. Structural drying may be necessary if moisture from fire suppression is present.

Dry soot is typically the easiest for SERVPRO technicians to remove. Dry cleaning sponges, Crumbly Cleaner, and agitation tools can eliminate a significant portion of this type of fire damage from a property. Heavier charring on surfaces like wood cabinets is removable with the help of fire restoration tools like abrasion blasting. Gentle but effective blast media, such as soda ash or dry ice, can save structures and contents and lessen repair and replacement costs for homeowners.

Wet cleaning with OSHA-approved antimicrobial solutions or heavy-duty alkaline solutions may be necessary for heavier fire damage stains. Proteins, meanwhile, can be addressed with the help of enzyme digesters that encourage fire odor removal by eating protein residues and converting them into water-soluble byproducts. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can then implement dry foggers, which use solvent-based deodorizing solutions to remove smoke odors.

HVAC cleanup is another essential aspect of fire mitigation. SERVPRO trucks are outfitted with augers, brushes, and whips designed to remove odorous debris from vents and stop the spread of unpleasant smells throughout an Eagle Rock home. HEPA-filter vacuums are also instrumental for soot removal.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale is ready to return homes to a “Like it never even happened.” After fire damage to your property, call (323) 255-1000.

Need Property Cleanup and Restoration after an Emergency in Eagle Rock? Call SERVPRO

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO truck parked in front of a home Regardless of the size and extent of the mold infestation, team SERVPRO has the technicians and equipment to remediate. Contact us day or night.

Why Eagle Rock Homeowners Choose SERVPRO for Home Restoration Services

When any type of damage from water, fire, mold or storms happens in Eagle Rock residences, the clock starts ticking on how much loss occurs to both property and possessions. That is why it is vital to bring in a professional restoration services company as quickly as possible to repair and recover both structural elements as well as home contents.

Time is the biggest enemy when it comes to water damage in Eagle Rock homes. The more prolonged exposure to excessive moisture happens, the more damage occurs to building materials and home furnishings. Plus the seriousness of the water cleanup builds with each passing hour.

Imagine a simple supply line break spills category one or clean water all over a bathroom floor. If the homeowners were away on vacation and did not return home for two to three days, that situation would require that the standing water would need handling as a Black Water cleanup and that carries a rating as a category three biohazard which requires our technicians don protective gear during mitigation for health and safety reasons.

When SERVPRO arrives on the scene, we begin scoping the home with our moisture detection equipment to determine areas of excessive moisture. Our team members hold certifications as Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASDT) and Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT). This training gives them the knowledge and skills they need to properly perform water extraction with the right equipment for the job.

Once we complete the water removal phase, we use powerful air movers to lift deeply embedded moisture from within the structure. The followup with both cleaning and disinfection inhibits the growth of mold and foul odors in the property.

When SERVPRO handles fire damage to an Eagle Rock residence, whether large or small, it can feel overwhelming. We assist property owners by compiling reports for insurance claims, including a detailed report with descriptions and photographs of building materials and items in the home that required removal or remediation through our proprietary cleaning methods.

When our technicians work on large-scale fire damage, often the best outcome for the property is to prepare the residence for rebuilding. It may involve actions from fire debris removal to controlled demolition techniques for cutting away charred areas of the structure to leave it ready for restorative reconstruction. Our location has a General Contractor License #999460, and we handle all phases of fire damage in homes from cleanup to restoration and save property owners the hassle of searching for and hiring different agencies for remediation and rebuilding.

Smoke odor is a massive issue as the end result of even small fires in a home. Our certified odor control technicians utilize multiple methods to neutralize odors from smoke, water damage, musty mold odors and more using both cleaning techniques and specialized equipment such as negative air machines, hydroxyl generators and thermal fogging.

Mold damage in Eagle Rock homes often first gets discovered as a musty odor that does not dissipate. As certified mold remediation specialists #CMRC-82464, our technicians have the training and equipment to find mold colonies in your home and perform abatement to remove them. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians do more than simple mold remediation; we find the cause of the mold growth, so the cycle does not repeat itself. Common reasons include:

  • An unchecked slow leak in a home
  • Poor drainage in a basement or crawlspace
  • Blocked or poor ventilation such as from an exhaust fan leading to an attic
  • Hydrostatic pressure forcing groundwater into the home space and the water is not adequately extracted and dried

Containment is a common way we stop the spread of spores around the property and often used with air scrubbers to capture airborne spores and reduce the numbers. Once the colonies are dried, we use manual removal techniques, and in stubborn or large-scale infestations, soda blasting is a useful abatement technique to remove all traces of the former mold problem.

Storm damage in Eagle Rock homes tends to happen suddenly, and often there is little to no warning to prepare your home, especially for microburst storms and flash floods. If the water that enters your home is from rain through the leak in the roof or perhaps a broken window from a tree limb, that is considered a clean water spill, and as long as the water cleanup happens within 24 to 48-hours, and carries a rating as a category one or two level water cleanup.

When flood water enters a home, it is severe and requires handling as a category three or black water level cleanup. The groundwater has the potential to have debris, contaminants, even sewage, and homeowners should avoid contact. When our technicians perform cleanup, they were protective clothing, including eye protection and respirators.

SERVPRO technicians have different types of equipment to remove water quickly. Some of the most commonly used are portable pumps to cover small areas of water extraction and weighted extraction wands to push water out of soft or porous surfaces, such as saturated carpeting to make it easier to remove. Our truck-mounted industrial units deal with large scale water removal in short order. No matter what type of flood damage you are dealing with, SERVPRO employees assist homeowners in realizing as little loss as possible through our specialized drying methods to salvage as much of the affected home contents as we can using our cleaning and restoration methods.

WHY SERVPRO? We have a commitment to quality restoration services for both residential and commercial properties. Our technicians hold numerous certifications in the restoration sciences, and because we are members of the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) - State of California #999460, we assist property owners not only with the initial cleanup of water damage, fire loss or mold remediation, but also any repairs or reconstruction that is needed. This seamless service is especially helpful when filing insurance claims as you get a cohesive report from the start of cleanup to the finish of rebuilding to turn in to your carrier complete with photographs of before and after.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale stands ready to serve our local community with restoration services for all levels of fire, water, mold or storm damage in residential and commercial properties. Call (323) 255-1000 and our emergency response team can arrive on site quickly because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Factors That Affect Fire Damage Cleaning in Eagle Rock Homes

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

smoke coming from under the crack of the door of a room with a fire in it When fire and smoke pervade your home, professional mitigation services are essential. Call SERVPRO right away to assess and remediate the damage.

Overcoming Challenges for Fast Fire Damage Cleanup

No two fire loss incidents are the same, as many variables influence the ease of cleaning after exposures. We have a vast inventory of powerful solvents, detergents, and restoration equipment to circumvent the challenges of post-fire cleanup.

The Heat of the Fire

While hotter fires can often relate to dry smoke fire damage in Eagle Rock homes, heat also increases the size of pores in the surfaces impacted by soot and smoke solids. Residues and odors can become trapped within the material, making them permanently damaged or considerably more challenging to clean.

The Age of Affected Materials

Older materials are almost always going to be harder to clean. The longer that material is exposed to the wear of daily life, the surface increases in porosity and becomes weaker against direct damage that fires can do. No matter the surface between contents, carpets, or wall assemblies, age can be a considerable obstacle to the salvageability of materials.

Wet Surfaces After a Fire

Environmental moisture can become a significant factor in efficient cleaning, as well. The more moisture present, the more likely surfaces are to become stained. Moist residues are thick and formidable, which is common when water gets used to extinguish the blaze through the sprinkler system or firefighting efforts.

Type of Surface Impacted

The type of surface impacted by the fire damage will also have an impact on how difficult it is to clean. Porous materials are notorious for being a greater challenge, so paper wall coverings and natural fibers become the greatest challenge for surface cleaning. Some of the easier materials to clean that are damaged by smoke include:

  • Synthetics
  • Vinyl coatings
  • Concrete
  • Tile

Many look to our SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale team for our fast response in emergencies to get mitigation and restoration work started as soon as possible. Call today at (323) 255-1000.

Our Certified Professionals Have The Expertise To Handle Your Water Removal Services

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment in the hall of a commercial building When your commercial space is riddled with water damage, team SERVPRO is the company you need. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Glendale Water Removal Proceeds Smoothly With SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan

A significant water emergency in your Glendale business is both unexpected and predictable. Commercial spaces are threaded with water and waste lines that can break, often shared with neighboring businesses. Sprinkler systems, required by law, can engage due to the heat and smoke of even a minor fire, and they sometimes malfunction as well. Heavy rain can enter because of storm damage or poorly designed or maintained gutters and downspouts.

The many potential causes requiring water removal in your Glendale company can be anticipated and planned for with our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). Our team of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians share many years of on the job involvement in responding to and successfully mitigating and remediating substantial commercial water losses.

To get started on your ERP, contact SERVPRO. We send a seasoned water mitigation and remediation professional to assess your space for its strengths and vulnerabilities if water intrudes. A detailed layout, complete with digital photos, is saved, so our crews know what to expect if water removal becomes necessary. Utility shut-offs and locations of critical equipment are delineated.

You use our mobile app to add details, priorities, and contact information for the contractors and vendors who designed and built your space and support your systems and equipment. If you are unavailable during a crisis, nominate members of your staff or other individuals to make decisions. Clarify that SERVPRO is your preferred restoration company in your Profile.

We combine our assessment with your information into one concise digital document that guides our response if a water loss occurs in your business. Expect us to offer suggestions and recommendations to adapt storage and equipment positioning to minimize long term damage during a water crisis. Together our IICRC-certified technicians can also determine ways for you to maintain your relationships with the public and your customers during restoration. Our goal is to facilitate a fast resolution while allowing you to provide services and products continuously throughout the event.

Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000 today to begin the process of developing your ERP. You worked hard to build your reputation. We pledge to help you retain it.

Mitigate Content Loss in Eagle Rock with Professional Fire Damage Restoration

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with debris everywhere Fire damage cleanup needs to happen quickly and efficiently in order to be effective. Contact SERVPRO to assist with the process. We are here 24/7.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration with SERVPRO Is Best in Eagle Rock

It is natural to become stressed and overwhelmed when you have a fire at your property, but there is help. Hiring a skilled team for cleanup lessens the burden, but you may also be surprised at how much can get salvaged. Why contact SERVPRO for house fire cleanup? Because we possess the skills, experience, and equipment to quickly bring fire-damaged homes back to preloss condition. We offer rapid response 24/7, meaning a crew will be at your Eagle Rock property and ready to work within hours of initial contact.

When it comes to fire damage restoration in Eagle Rock, SERVPRO has responded to many calls – we continuously adapt accordingly to meet the needs of each project. Our crew understands the sentimental value of your home and its contents, so we take the utmost care when handling everything. This includes careful inspection to see what can get salvaged using our proven methods.

Contents cleaning and pack-out/move out services

Part of the fire damage restoration process involves packing up items for various reasons. We may:

  • Pack up items that get moved off-site to our warehouse for safe storage during the restoration. Some things may get relocated to cleaning stations at our warehouse, where we will use immersion or abrasion techniques to remove soot soiling carefully.
  • Pack up items to move them outside to staging areas where we will further evaluate and clean.

All items will be carefully logged throughout the process, and detailed information gets put into our inventory system. This keeps a track record of the whereabouts of your belongings through each phase of the project. Once we are done handling the soot odors, grime, and deodorizing, everything gets packed back up and moved into their rightful places within your newly restored property.

SERVPRO of Eagle Rock/South Glendale is the team you need on your side for all damage restoration. Why trust your cherished belongings to anyone else? Give us a call at (323) 255-1000.

A Burst Pipe Inside of Your Glendale Crawl Space May Leave You in Need of Water Removal Services

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

the crawl space of a house Excess water in your crawl space can quickly affect the structure of your home. Call SERVPRO right away to investigate and remediate the water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Dry Out Your Property to Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

When a pipe that runs through your crawl space bursts and creates a need for professional water removal services, the situation can be challenging. Crawl Spaces are small and can be difficult to maneuver inside of, which can make it hard to remove the still water from within it. However, settling to try and take the water out yourself with an everyday wet/dry vacuum might not be very practical, and the equipment to dry the space thoroughly is very pricey. Hiring professional services can save you money on this cost and makes sure that the job is thoroughly done.
 
Removing the water from your Glendale crawl space may not be easy, but it is essential to get it out of your home. Leaving the water for prolonged amounts of time can cause the potential for mold growth to rise. If the floor of your crawl space is a dirt floor, the mixture can cause mud to form, making it even harder to operate inside. Excessive water can rust any metal that is inside of the space, especially around the piping. To avoid complications caused by the initial problem it is best to get the water out as soon as possible.
 
SERVPRO can arrive at your home to begin the removal very soon after your initial call. Our team of IICRC-certified techs can investigate the damage and devise the best plan for the unique size and placement of your crawl space. SERVPRO uses advanced equipment like extractors and portable pumps to remove the water. If there is a low enough spot in your crawl space, we can even use a submersible pump to drain water from the area. Our goal is to get the water out as quickly as possible, and these tools allow us to do so.
 
Do not hesitate if a burst pipe leaves any part of your home flooded with water that needs removal. Dial SERVPRO of Eagle Rock and South Glendale at (323) 255-1000. We strive to arrive quickly to get the work started.

Safety Precautions During Flood Damage Remediation in Your Glendale Home

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded bathroom with furniture floating everywhere Flooding can eat away at the contents and structure of the home. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal effort. Our team is here 365 days a year.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Restore Your Home after a Flood

Flooding can occur no matter where you reside. Being prepared ahead of time is the best way to prevent flood damage to your Glendale home. Floods can happen when the capacity of the existing drainage system is overwhelmed by water runoff. Heavy rains can also enter buildings through windows, doors, or cracks in the foundation. You may not be able to prevent floodwaters from getting into your home entirely, but there are actions you can take to minimize the damage.

Investing in a sump pump, rain gutters and sandbags for your Glendale home are just a few precautions you can use. When the floodwaters still get in, however, you need to have the flood damage handled right away. The longer the water sits, the more damage is done, so reach out to our professional SERVPRO staff. We have the tools and experience to get the water out of your home promptly.

Since floods can cause significant damage to a building, storm-damaged structures can pose hazards. Long-term exposure to water can weaken materials like drywall and flooring, which creates a danger for everyone. We look for structural hazards before we proceed with water mitigation and restoration. We have you and your family stay out of the home until we are sure it is safe. In cases that are extreme, an engineer may need to inspect the building.

If there is any sign of a gas leak, we leave and call the local gas company or fire department right away. If water was able to enter from above, we check for trapped water in the ceiling. Drywall softens when wet, and ceilings could fall onto you or our workers. We drill weep holes to free the water that is trapped in the ceiling.

Particle board floors which have been exposed to water might not support the weight of people or machines. We examine the subfloor to figure out what it is made of and how stable it is. We also watch out for any exposed nails, broken glass, splinters, or other sharp objects that could be present in the water and the water damaged structure.

Above all else, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale wants to make sure you and our workers are safe as we restore your home in Atwater Village, Highland Park, or Eagle Rock. Give us a call at (323) 255-1000 as soon as floodwaters have invaded your home so we can help you dry out again.

Should I Apply Water to Smoke Deposits, Soils, and Residues in Glendale?

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Chair on Fire Deciding on the most effective restoration method requires careful assessment and planning of the types of damage sustained in the property.

Introducing Water to Smoke Residues Can Cause Further Damage. SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Services in Glendale Can Mitigate and Restore your Home Professionally.

Is It Wrong to Apply Water to Smoke-Damaged Surfaces?

We have extensive experience working with residents in Glendale to help them overcome the aftermath of a fire. While water can be an effective measure to clean surfaces of smoke residues, the introduction of water is usually reserved for a later restoration stage- once other options are exhausted. Dry soots, for example, often respond better to mechanical action than water. The mechanical movement focuses on producing friction, which can dislodge soots from surfaces. It can be a useful measure, especially on textures or materials that may respond negatively to the introduction of chemicals or water-based cleaning methods. SERVPRO recommends that you perform light vacuuming over smoke residues before introducing liquids, a low-risk method of dislodging soot particles from surfaces.

What Tools Do Professionals Use for Dislodging Soot and Smoke Residues?

When performing fire damage restoration for Glendale residents, SERVPRO technicians have several tools at their disposal. Dry soots may be tough to remove with household vacuum cleaners in large quantities. These dry soot deposits may need massive agitation to dislodge them from surfaces. We use roto pads and brushes, which rotate rapidly and can be effective at buffering or polishing solid surfaces like wooden floors or metal surfaces. Blast cleaning is an even more aggressive strategy that fires tiny particles of sand, dry ice, CO2, or baking soda against the surface to wear away exterior layers of dry soots and smoke. Blast cleaning can hurt porous surfaces, so our technicians carefully assess the area before using heavy agitation equipment.

What Household Items are Helpful for Dislodging Dry Soots?

- Dry cleaning sponges are useful on dry soots but spread oily deposits

- Feather dusters and dusting clothes with a light mineral oil

- Crumbly cleaner, which is useful on fragile surfaces like photos or artwork

Deciding on the most effective restoration method requires careful assessment and planning of the types of damage sustained on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000.