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After a Jacksonville Fire Loss, What to Do? Easy, Call SERVPRO!

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Maximizing the Elements of Cleaning Helps Resolve Fire Damage Faster in Jacksonville

Soot and other residues left a house in Jacksonville blackened after a small fire. Because smoke circulates almost indiscriminately, soiling spreads out over the walls, ceilings and also affects the contents in the house. Apart from the residues, a strong odor is another concern after the fire.

When a fire damage incident in Jacksonville mostly involves residue deposits and other slight damages such as charred surfaces, thorough cleanup can resolve the damages. However, the task is not always easy. Our SERVPRO team chose to capitalize on various cleaning elements to speed up the process and restore the home to its preloss condition. The main ones that affect the turnaround time include:

  • Dwell time for cleaning agents
  • Temperature
  • Chemical action
  • Type or level of agitation

At the house, we noted many fabric items such as draperies and carpets had collected considerable amounts of residues requiring extra effort to clean up. Although we wanted to complete the restoration fast, immediate cleanup would not guarantee quality results. By increasing the dwell time for the cleaning agents, the soils could emulsify or dissolve better, thus preventing a repetition of the cleaning task and saving time in the end.

Although most of the residues on walls and other surfaces can be wiped off, some had impinged on the surfaces complicating the cleaning process. Since our team's goal was to finish restoration at the cleaning stage rather than spending resources refinishing the affected areas, we had to find ways to get quality results. SERVPRO technicians clearly understand chemical action during the cleaning process so we can make adjustments at any time to get the right results. For instance, by using the appropriate detergents and maintaining the right pH and temperature levels, we ensured a quick breakdown of the soils, facilitating agitation and removal.

Even after managing the other cleaning elements, we still had to agitate the soiled areas. Fortunately, our teams are well equipped with different agitation tools, including rotating brushes, cleaning sponges, and towels allowing us to clean different types of surfaces without causing additional damages.

The ease of cleaning fire-damaged property may depend on the resources used. Call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 to help deal with any situation, "Like it never even happened."

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