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Our Fire Damage Professionals Will Repair And Restore Your Lakewood Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

If you need us, call today at (716) 338-4901.

Restoring Fire Damaged Property In Lakewood Homes

Quick access to the Southern Tier Expressway makes Lakewood a great location for travel, tourism, and raising a family. The drawbacks are the same as anywhere else, though when it comes to disasters like storms, floods, and fires.

For many homeowners in Lakewood, fire damage restoration is more about the loss of personal property, rather than the home itself. Insurance can replace four walls and a roof, even a bedroom set, but it cannot replace a dining room set handed down through three generations. It is one reason that SERVPRO trains its response team members as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians or FSRTs. Each learns six specific methods to clean and restore not only property but memories.

Dry Cleaning is the first and most common used method. FSRTs have the option to brush off or wipe down surfaces covered with soot left by the fire. Here, they use dry sponges, dusting cloths, and even feather dusters on surfaces like glass tables. For thicker layers of dry soot, they also have the option of using vacuums that also pick up larger particles.

Wet Cleaning involves wiping down surfaces with cloths or sponges, and either water or a cleaning agent to break up thicker, and stickier layers of soot. This method saturates any item that absorbs liquids.

FSRTs use the Spray and Wipe method for applying water or a cleaning agent to materials that become damaged with too much liquid. They can apply smaller amounts that can still break up soot layers. In most cases, SERVPRO technicians use this method with a white cloth.

The Foam Cleaning method uses less water for fabrics that might shrink or bleed color if they become too wet. Upholstered furniture, in particular, is at risk for both. FSRTs can use a pump-up sprayer or agitate foam from a bucket of cleaner by hand. To work the particles out of sofas or mattresses, they use a special brush designed for the purpose.

Abrasive Cleaning has two methods: an abrasive cleaner technicians work into a surface to break up layers, or an abrasive tool, steel wool pads, for example, to dig into the surface. FSRTs restrict using this method to surfaces like brick or rock.

Immersion Cleaning is exactly that. Technicians place the item into a tank of cleaning agent to soak and loosen the soot or other contaminants from the item. For heavily covered items, FSRTs also have the option to use ultrasonics to generate bubbles that force the agent through the item.

At SERVPRO of Jamestown / Olean, we use every method to return the contents of area homes and those in Falconer, Frewsburg, and Randolph to a clean, dry state. If you need us, call today at (716) 338-4901.

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