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Mild Fire Damage Leaves Big Smoke Residues in Los Angeles Bedroom

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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You Will Need an Experienced Team on Your Side After a Fire Strikes

Bedrooms are the second most frequent area in the home that fire damage occurs, accounting for an overall 7% of house fires. Because of the number of soft fabrics, plush comforters, and pillows, when a fire happens, it tends to spread rapidly. 

A bedroom in Los Angeles with fire damage can look like a total loss at first glance. However, looks can be deceiving when it comes to this type of cleanup.

Inspection

Scoping the loss area in the bedroom is a critical part of the restoration process. SERVPRO techs use their equipment to look for places that need water extraction from fire extinguishing efforts, the scale of the cleanup, and whether or not the mitigation requires containment measures.

Difference Between Charred and Restorable

It is not unusual to find every item in the bedroom piled in the middle of the room and drenched with water. This heap is a common firefighting tactic that stops smoldering contents from re-igniting. The techs go through this wet pile and look for belongings with restoration potential. Something covered in smoke damage may have recovery possibilities through the advanced cleaning methods. Items with charring in most cases are a loss but get disposed of only with the approval of the adjuster or property owner.

Testing 

The cleaning of substantial smoke damage on bedroom furnishings such as solid wood nightstands, metal or hardwood headboards, and footboards is not a one-size-fits-all process. SERVPRO techs have several different types of tests they conduct on the residues and surfaces to ensure the right kinds of cleaning agents get used. While mattresses constructed after 2007 have to meet more stringent fire retardant standards, it does not protect them from charring, or smoke damage, and mattresses are often a loss. 

Odor Removal

Once the techs finish with the removal of charred items and wiping away smoke residues, they apply odor control methods in the bedroom, so there are no reminders of the fire. It is often a multi-layered process that uses one or more types of specialized equipment that does not cover odors but removes them at the molecular level.

SERVPRO of Highland Park at (323) 255-1001 cleans up and restores homes with fire damage, making the loss "Like it never even happened."

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