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Our Technicians Explain The Damage Caused By Soot In Your Campbell Home

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

No matter how soot and smoke damage affect your home, our SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno team can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Bad Is Soot After Fire Damage To Campbell Homes?

You might not always know what to expect after fire loss incidents affect your Campbell home. As much as you might work to try and get things back to normal as promptly as possible, there are often multiple layers of effects that must get overcome to do this successfully. Understanding fire damage in each of these layers can help homeowners to provide the best possible care for their property immediately following a loss incident, and through the needed professional restoration and recovery efforts to come after.

Smoke residues and soot are two fire damage effects Campbell homeowners can struggle the most with overcoming. Even with experienced individuals capable of handling many potential problems, their residence can experience, soot and wet smoke damage recovery require advanced equipment, products, and tools that our SERVPRO team has to remove entirely. There are two main risks with attempting to remove soot from surfaces and contents of the property without the appropriate approach and equipment:

    •    Improper cleaning techniques can lead to smearing of the residue, which can transfer to new surfaces, areas, and contents of the damaged home.
    •    Without the appropriate products and tools, surfaces and items can become stained during the cleaning process.

Smearing is a substantial issue because it can put previously unaffected and undamaged surfaces and materials in the house at risk. Preliminary approaches to alleviate the bulk of this buildup of soot particulates or thick wet smoke residue involves the use of high-powered HEPA vacuums. These tools not only remove the bulk of this sediment but also reduce these same particulates recirculating through the area.

Staining is another concern that can come from inexperienced soot and smoke recovery approaches. The risk here is that many instances of staining do not appear until days after the “cleaning” occurs. By this point, the damage has already happened, and the only recovery possible is tear out and reconstruction by our SERVPRO professionals.

No matter how soot and smoke damage affect your home, our SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno team can help you make it “Like it never even happened.” No matter when disasters strike, give us a call at (408) 600-2020.

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