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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

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.

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