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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Fire Damage in Westerly Bedroom from Forgotten Candle

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A Candle burning. Fire damage in your Westerly home from a candle can be hard to wrap your head around, let us be there.

Let SERVPRO help with your Westerly fire damage.

Candles provide both a pleasing look and aroma to rooms. They are also a source of fire damage in homes when left unattended.

A homeowner in Westerly needed help with fire damage to his daughter's bedroom after she left a candle burning, and a fan blew a piece of paper into the flame. Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly, but smoke damage covered much of the room. 

Removal of Charred Items

The burned contents of the room around where the candle sat were too damaged for restoration through cleaning and required removal. the techs do not dispose of any items without approval of the homeowner or adjuster; this ensures that property owners know what is going on with their restoration, and no actions taken by SERVPRO are out of the scope of coverage by insurance.

Testing Before Cleaning

In the case of removing smoke residues, it is vital to test them before applying any solutions, so the appropriate agents and methods get used. Depending on the heat of the fire and the objects consumed by flames, the residue can vary, and both dry and wet smoke may be in the same room. 

The techs rely on dry cleaning sponges to gently pick up the dry smoke found frequently on walls and other painted surfaces as a fine, dark particulate. Wet smoke often needs solvents to release its grip on surfaces.

Odor Control for the Bedroom

Removal of charred items goes a long way to reducing the fire odors in the room. However, because hot air expands during a fire, it literally pushes odorous smoke into porous objects. In many cases, the scents have the potential for removal by using odor control methods that work in the same manner, such as thermal fogging. 

Duct Inspection

Even though the fire loss occurred only in the daughter's room, the family used the HVAC, and the potential for soot spreading throughout the home via the ductwork was high. SERVPRO technicians cleaned the ducts, so no residual odors remained.

SERVPRO of Washington County at (401) 315-2337 restores properties with fire damage to their preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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