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We Have State Of The Art Equipment To Restore Your Los Gatos Home After A Fire

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

We are prepared to assist you 24/7. Our highly skilled and IICRC certified crew is the best in the industry and can restore your fire damaged home.

Necessary Cleaning Actions after Wild Fire Damage in Your Los Gatos Home

Wildfires like the ones experienced in Northern California during the 2018 season are very destructive and usually raze homes in their path to the ground. If your home is not in the direct path, but in the vicinity, you still have to contend with secondary damages because such fires produce thick smoke spread widely by strong winds. The restoration process from such incidents mostly involves cleanup. Our professional restoration services can help. 

The intensity of the wildfires means it reduces most materials it affects to ash. Restoring forest fire damage in your Los Gatos home, therefore, means you have to deal with soot as well as ash. While most of these residues are deposited on surfaces, some remain suspended in the air where they can cause respiratory problems or settle on cleaned surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians run Air Scrubbers with HEPA filters at the loss site to capture any particulate matter suspended in the air.  

Different materials in your house are wooden, and due to its porous nature, wood readily absorbs soot. Some of the wooden materials such as joists and other structural supports are unfinished which complicates the cleanup process further. Pressure washing can help deal with the residues deposited on such surfaces, although there is a risk of water damage if the excess moisture is not addressed. Our SERVPRO crews carry out steps to dry the affected areas after the cleaning. We might also encapsulate the unfinished wood by painting or applying varnish to counter any effects of soot remnants after fire damage

Upholstery items and carpets tend to collect soot and other residues easily. Failure to clean them properly can lead to staining, and the smoky odor in the house can linger over extended periods. HEPA vacuuming such materials helps remove most of the loose residues. Shampooing and drying synthetic carpets might be necessary to remove oily soot in case it has a chance to set in. Our SERVPRO technicians also use specialized upholstery cleaning machines which apply water-based solutions for wet cleaning or solvents for dry cleaning. 

If secondary damage from smoke makes your Monte Sereno, Cambrian Park or Lexington Hills home uninhabitable, SERVPRO of Los Gatos / Monte Sereno can help. Call us any time at (408) 600-2020. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 


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