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Can My Little Rock Bedroom Be Restored After An Electrical Fire?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 for expert flood damage service.

SERVPRO Can Provide Restoration for You Home and Contents in Little Rock

Electrical fires account for approximately 51,000 residential fires each. Of those fires, almost 500 people die, there are more than 1,400 injuries and over $1.3 billion in property damage. Many of these fires could be prevented with proper safety measures. If your Little Rock home experienced a fire, our professional technicians know how to mitigate the damage.

Do I Need to Toss My Bedding?

Your bedroom is a place of rest. You have put a good deal of time into decorating it just the way you want for the most comfort. In this case, a young lady decided to plug her phone charger into an extension cord while getting ready for bed. She tossed her phone on the bed. The end of the extension cord that the charger was plugged into also landed on the bed. Five minutes later, she smelled smoke. The extension cord had exposed wires near the plug. This resulted in her comforter catching on fire. Thankfully she was right there, and the fire damage in her Little Rock home was contained.

The comforter was a favorite. Because it ignited and left burnt spots, it most likely would need to be replaced. If it held special memories, it might be possible to clean it and have it patched by a seamstress. The sheets and pillowcases were not burnt and suffered minimal smoke damage. Clothing in the room had minor smoke film. SERVPRO’s content restoration team takes the following steps to clean clothing and linens:
•    Remove clothes from metal hangers immediately to oxidization on the items. If a room is safe to enter, owners can do this right away too.
•    Remove dry loose residue with compressed air. Blowing out the garments helps remove odor molecules and smoke particles.
•    Use a solvent-based spray odor counteractant. This counteracts the effects of the smoke odor.
•    Thermal fogging is an option for deodorization if laundering or dry cleaning is not enough to get rid of smoke smells.

What About My Mattress & Box Springs?

The good news is when the fire is minor, often the sides of the box springs are what is exposed to heavy smoke. The rest, including the mattress, is covered by blanks, comforters, and quilts. Ticking can occur when residues settle in the fabric coverings of the mattress and box springs. SERVPRO is often able to use the hot water extraction method used for upholstery to clean these two items. Keep in mind; this process does not make it “like new.” Any stain or pre-existing problems may not be removed.

The Area Rug Under My Bed Was Expensive – Can It Be Restored?

Carpets and rugs can typically be restored depending on the extent of the fire or water damage. When there is fire damage to any carpet and rug, our technicians check for:
    •    Test the fibers for shrinkage
    •    Test for colorfastness
    •    Test for water damage or charring

In this situation, there was no charring or water damage.  There is a possibility of chemicals from the fire extinguisher landing on the rug. Once the techs know what type of material they are dealing with, they can then proceed to steam clean the rug. If needed, it can be removed to the warehouse for in-plant cleaning and restoration.

The Whole House Smells Like Smoke

Smoke residues spread quickly through a home, even into areas unaffected by the fire itself. It can spread through the HVAC system as well. If a fire happens in the home, opening the windows quickly can help dissipate some of the smoke and soot. But to completely get rid of the odor, you want professional help. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) use a variety of products to remove the nasty smells caused by smoke.

Ozone generators destroy odors through an oxidation process. Electronic filters, air scrubbers, and ventilation fans help purify the air. We use several cleaning products to bring about various deodorizing actions. These include odor counteracting beads, deodorant granules or pellets, water-based counteractant, and thermal fogging. These are used in the proper combination to provide the best deodorizing techniques for your situation.

Quality Fire Damage Restoration You Can Trust

SERVPRO was able to restore this bedroom and deodorize the home. The results were, “Like it never even happened.” Fire is not something you want to have to experience. Even small contained fires like this one cause damage and interrupt your daily life. We provide quality fire damage restoration that gives you back your home as quickly as possible.

We understand it isn’t the size of the disaster but the response and care given to the situation. That is why our Green Team is available 4/7, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Problems like this don’t take a holiday, and neither do we.

Contact SERVPRO of Central Little Rock / Cammack Village at (501) 217-8723 for expert flood damage service.

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