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What Tools Does SERVPRO Use for Bellevue Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration?

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Equipment to Perform Post-Fire Cleanup in Bellevue Properties

There are different types of fire and smoke damage left behind in Bellevue. These residues need to be handled in specific ways for the best outcome.

SERVPRO technicians handle the cleanup of smoke and fire damage in Bellevue homes. As a fire moves through a room, the articles and building materials that fuel the flames determine the type of soot that collects on the surfaces. It is not unusual for the technicians to encounter the different types of residues such as: 

  • Dry smoke
  • Wet smoke
  • Smoke webs (often from a furnace puff back)

SERVPRO recommends that homeowners do not attempt to clean up as a DIY project. There are a lot of bad examples of post-fire restoration advice to be found on the Internet. For instance, all smoke damage should not be handled in the same manner. Applying wet cleaning solutions to the dry, powdery soot can cause it to stain and drive it further into surfaces. The technicians use tools such as dry cleaning sponges that they turn as they pick up dry smoke residues. Smoke webs are handled in much the same manner for removal without damaging the surface. Portable vacuums, often outfitted with a HEPA filter are often the first choice for residue capture.

Wet smoke is another type of residue that should get professional removal. This greasy type of smoke damage smears easily and can be difficult to remove. Care must be taken not to use abrasive methods, or it can ruin the surface underneath. SERVPRO technicians have various solvent-containing cleaning agents that release the residue's grip so it can get wiped away cleanly.  Air quality is a concern, and the technicians run air scrubbers to capture airborne soot particulates during the restoration service. This process also helps to eliminate pungent smoke odors.

SERVPRO of Bellevue West at (425) 454-3900 stands ready to support Bellevue residents with any size or type of fire damage restoration needed. The trained and IICRC certified technicians are available 24/7.

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