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Fire Damage In Glendale Often Requires Cleaning Appliances

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

A kitchen with a full blazing fire. SERVPRO knows how serious a kitchen fire can be in your Glendale home, let us help you.

A kitchen fire can take over, let us help you get back to your Glendale kitchen.

The majority of fires, even those that start in the Glendale region, are caused due to accidents while cooking. For example, leaving items on the stove unattended is a major cause of residential fire damage in the United States. When items you are cooking get too hot, they can create problems with smoke or cause an inferno to ignite.

If an item you are cooking burns in your kitchen, the smoke alone can cause several major issues. During fire damage losses in Glendale, smoke residue cleanup can be a significant part of the restoration process. Whenever a professional mitigation company such as SERVPRO arrives at your property, we first start assessing the problems that were created near the source. If the blaze was large, we could test your building materials like your cabinets for charring to see if we can refinish and clean them or if they have to be removed and replaced. During minor burns, we test clean affected surfaces to figure out how much soot residue cleanup is required.

During blazes in the kitchen, one item that gets affected by either charring from heat or excessive residues are your appliances. Especially since appliances like your refrigerator and freezer have cooler surfaces, smoke residues can often stick to these items first. Whenever working towards cleaning your kitchen appliances, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized products and techniques to restore these particular contents.

Most appliances are constructed out of hard non-porous materials such as metal, plastic, and glass. Usually, when cleaning these surfaces, we use water-based detergents like a wall and all-surface or a glass cleaner. In cases where soot is thick and has adhered well to the affected surfaces, we can add to the strength of the detergent by adding alkalinity to the cleaning solution. We can accomplish this by adding an industrial cleaner or Fire Star to the wall and all-surface water-based detergent.

In some situations, the electrical components could have also been affected by soot residues. When this occurs, we unplug the device and clean all of the electrical plugs and wires. Before we plug the appliances back in, we get them inspected by a certified appliance technician.

If you ever suffer from even light smoke damage inside your home after something burns, it is wise to call in the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Eagle Rock / South Glendale at (323) 255-1000 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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