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Fire Damage In Pinellas County Can Negatively Affect Your Personal Possessions

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Pinellas County Can Negatively Affect Your Personal Possessions Removing soot from structural parts of your home is essential to save materials and deodorize the house.

Fire Damage Can Negatively Affect Your Possessions

Any time something burns in Pinellas County whether it is indoor or outdoor, smoke exhausted by the blaze can spread to areas far away from the source. This partially combusted gas then floats around and attaches to cooler surfaces. Once smoke hits items with a lower temperature, soots and soils get left on the objects. Residues can ruin the finish on some things and create pungent aromas to exist inside the building.

Removing soot from structural parts of your home is essential to save materials and deodorize the house. If there is ever fire damage in Pinellas County, our SERVPRO technician's clean soils from your contents as well as building components. Soiled contents can also be a source for foul, burnt fragrances. Some types of smoke residues can force items to get replaced while others clean off with minimal effort.

In many situations where your possessions were affected by smoke, our SERVPRO crew packs up and transports your damaged goods to a clean and disinfected area for extensive content cleaning. Once at the cleaning location, we test different materials and draw up a conclusion as to which methods and detergents will work the best on the various forms of soot possibly present. Since there are thousands of kinds of materials things are made of, we have a vast collection of cleaning tools at our disposal.

If the soils are light and easy to remove, a feather duster or dusting cloth can be effective at removing the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry sponges for cleaning slightly heavier concentrations of residue that adheres well to affected surfaces. Porous surfaces should always be cleaned with dry methods instead of using wet chemicals because the moisture in the product can soak the soot deeper into the item causing secondary damage.

Foam cleaning uses a foaming agent to clean fabric and upholstery. Polishing is a rather aggressive method and works well cleaning damaged metal objects or furniture. Wet cleaning with high alkaline products can be the only thing that works for heavy soiling. In more severe cases, semi-refinishing takes place, a process that strips off part of something's surface.

Utilizing the correct techniques can save time and money in the long run. If the wrong method gets used in the incorrect scenario, secondary damage can add cost to the overall scope of the project. Make sure your beloved possessions are taken care of by calling SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 immediately after any problem is noticed.

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