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Did Your Sterling Laundry Room Catch Fire?

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Burned washer and dryer Clothes dryers cause around 3,000 fires each year. We have effective cleaning methods to remove the smoke and soot damage.

Fire Damage in Sterling Laundry Room 

Nearly 3,000 residential clothes dryer fires causing an average of $35-million in property losses occurs yearly. Regular maintenance of the dryer works to prevent some of the causes of this type of fire. 

After fire damage in a Sterling laundry room caused by a dryer, SERVPRO technicians work to restore the loss area and contents within as much as possible to save the homeowners from the cost of replacing appliances and possessions.  

Inhibiting Cross-Contamination is Crucial

SERVPRO technicians limit the ability for soot to travel outside of the fire loss area in the home through the use of containment measures, placing plastic barriers over doors and vents, or in some cases, negative air chambers are set up. 

Careful Cleaning of Appliances

A dryer that caught on fire requires removal. However, the washing machine in the room may have only exterior smoke damage that needs cleaning. SERVPRO technicians make a note of the overall condition of appliances before cleaning, including photographs to ensure existing dents or scratches go on record. For dry smoke residue, the techs often use dry cleaning sponges to pick up the dry, dusty powder. Wet smoke residue usually requires cleaning agents mixed with a solvent to release the residue from the surface. Care is taken to use only cleaners that are safe for use on painted surfaces.  

Odor Control Measures

After the removal of charred items and cleaning the laundry room, technicians determine the level of odor control necessary. In some cases, the removal of smoke damage and clearing out fire loss materials is enough. Sometimes stubborn smoke odors linger and require more robust applications such as hydroxyl generators, which are safe for people and animals to be around when the machine is running and capturing odor-causing soot and neutralizing it. 

Another commonly used odor neutralizing method is thermal fogging, which sends a heated solvent throughout the fire loss area, and it behaves like smoke, penetrating porous objects, and eradicating odors.  

SERVPRO of Fitchburg-Leominster at (978) 537-1500 when any room in your home has fire damage. The certified technicians have the training and equipment to make the loss in your home, "Like it never even happened." 

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