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Do All Electrical Fires Produce the Same Kinds of Damage?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke from cord on outlet Help prevent electrical fires by inspecting your outlets and extension cords often for signs of damage.

SERVPRO Professionals Have Access to a Vast Array of Professional Equipment and Cleaning Agents for Restoring Sarasota Homes from All Types of Fire Damage 

When an electrical fire occurs in a Sarasota home, they tend to be high heat fires that leave behind light powdery residues known as "dry smoke,".  However, the intense heat that can be generated in an electrical fire can cause more damage to the property and contents than other types of fires.

There are five leading causes of electrical fires, and each can deliver significant damage depending on where it occurs in the structure:

  • Faulty electrical outlets and appliances
  • Improper use of electrical devices such as running a cord under a rug
  • Using light bulbs with a wattage that exceeds the rating of the light fixture
  • Overloading extension cords and adapters
  • Misuse of space heaters (during the occasional Florida cold-snap)

Is Fire Damage Restoration Possible for Carpet and Area Rugs?

In Sarasota homes, the fire damage restoration potential to carpeting and area rugs depends largely on the extent of heat damage, which can result in charring, or in some cases the melting of synthetic fibers. The technicians can test to determine the different dyes, coatings, and materials used and select the most effective restorative applications. While floor coverings often avoid the worst of the heat damage from a fire, they are often severely soiled or scarred by the fallout from hot debris and soot that can collect in the fibers. Water damage to carpets also frequently occurs as part of the firefighting efforts. Our SERVPRO crew understands the need for rapid water extraction to mitigate secondary damages. Testing is also an important step in the cleaning process, to reveal the best method to restore carpets and fine rugs. Steam cleaning, when proven by testing, is often the best method. SERVPRO technicians use their state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products, and training to remove as much of the soils, stains, and odors as possible.

In the event building materials or elements such as tile or carpet require disposal due to damage levels being beyond restoration potential, there is a solution. Our SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #CGC1504870 and can help the homeowner replace the items destroyed by the fire in a seamless transition from restoration to rebuilding.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 serves the local community by providing fire damage restoration services. The trained, certified technicians have comprehensive training for the safe handling of discarded materials as we strive to save the property owners the cost of replacement.

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