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Smoky Odors and Stains in Your Westlake Property? Whom Should I Call? SERVPRO

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Westlake Dirty, Fire & Smoke Damaged Ductwork? SERVPRO Can Help

SERVPRO - Remediating Fire Damage to Westlake Homes

Every Westlake home fire burns differently, depending on the material which burns and the amount of oxygen. These factors determine how fast the fire burns, which results in the type of residues left on the property from the smoke and soot.
These factors in Westlake fire damage also determine how SERVPRO restoration teams clean each home as well. Our specialists inspect the property to determine the level of damage and which categories it falls into and the methods needed to return each home to its pre-fire condition.
Mitigation – These are our first actions to avoid secondary damage from animal intrusion, weather, and trespassing. Our clean-up crews secure windows and doors with plywood and also cover openings in the home where flames may have burned holes through the roof.
Contents Cleaning – Our initial attempts to clean personal property are in the home when possible. If the residence has significant damage, our specialists take it to our facility or another location to clean the items. These pack-outs are carefully documented and barcoded, then stored until your home is ready to receive them. We maintain a large inventory of cleaners so that if we can clean an item, our team members do so quickly and thoroughly.
Structural Cleaning – If the fire burned for an extended period, SERVPRO technicians know that smoke traveled through the HVAC ductwork, penetrated building material like drywall and wood paneling, and even wood framing and support structures. In these cases, removing smoke and soot residues also removes the source of pungent odors that can linger for months or years after completing other cleaning efforts. Removal often requires very strong anti-microbial cleaners to destroy these residues.
Specialty Restoration – This category deals with items that need special cleaning services, and we recommend the owner uses a service trained for these items. Examples of personal property here include antique furniture, clothing that requires dry cleaning, electronic devices, and artwork.
Reconstruction – When the damage to structural property cannot be cleaned or repaired, our technicians dispose of items like wood framing, other minor support beams, drywall, paneling and may replace them. For major structural damage, the team leader recommends the homeowner engages a licensed, general contractor.
Cleaning and restoring homes after a fire is not a quick process. Our goal at SERVPRO of Agoura / Calabasas / Hidden Hills is to return each home in the best condition possible. "Like it never even happened." If you need our assistance, call today at (818) 991-6292.

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