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Fire Damage Technicians In Seal Beach Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place.

Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Mitigation Of Burnt Furniture

If a fire ever starts inside your Seal Beach home, many different problems can take place. Once something burns, the fire gets hotter and hotter causing it to spread throughout the structure. When the blaze grows, it can consume various things inside your home including structural components and your valued possessions. If a fire can get hot enough, it can gain the ability to burn any type of material even if it is fire resistant. Usually, organic materials burn first then the synthetic materials go up in flames next.

When things burn, parts of items fully combust while others do not. When mitigating fire damage in Seal Beach, our SERVPRO technicians are tasked with determining which contents can be saved and which ones can be replaced. When items get severely burnt, they lose their structural integrity and must be replaced. Building materials such as drywall and wooden studs get removed and rebuilt if the charring is bad enough. The contents inside your house also get assessed for damage.

Any item that has been severely burnt or charred must be disposed of in sealed plastic bags, so that burnt dust does not get into the home's airflow. In some cases, wooden furniture can be saved by treating and refinishing. When assessing the damage with furniture the same rule applies as with wooden building materials. If the damage is more than a quarter inch deep into the surface of the item, then the piece of furniture may be ruined and get discarded. If the burnt material is less than a quarter inch deep on the object's surface than it is possible to save the item with some effort from our IICRC certified SERVPRO restoration team.

In many situations, before we refinish an item, we move it out of the building into a clean and disinfected location. Moving the item allows our technicians to work on your contents separately from your building materials speeding up the entire process. Once the items are moved we sand down the furniture so that there is no more charring present. If the piece has a stained and glossy surface, then we refinish the item and attempt to restore it to pre-damage condition. If the wooden parts of the furniture are painted, then we paint with a specialized sealant before repainting the item.

Sanding and refinishing items can save time and money with the overall project. If you ever need professional help with fire problems, call SERVPRO of Seal Beach / Los Alamitos / Cypress at (562) 431-9400 24/7.

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