Los Angeles Fire Damage, the Nuances of Smoke, and SERVPRO Cleanup
Some Fire Damage is Caused by Firefighters when Saving a Home in Los Angeles
When a fire happens in Los Angeles, temperatures soar inside a home's enclosed space. Smoke grows thick and prevents firefighters from seeing any more than a foot or two directly in front of them. Even during the day, this can make things nearly pitch black.
When firefighters respond to a call in Los Angeles, they often make ventilation holes in the exterior to help control the amount of fire damage to interior structures. These holes in the roof and exterior walls help reduce the temperature inside the home. Quite often, firefighters decide to break windows instead of making holes in the structure, as this can happen faster and with less permanent damage to the home.
Ventilation holes also allow smoke to exit the home so firefighters can see more easily to contain the flames and rescue anyone trapped inside. During a fire, it is very common for residents who know their home well to become disoriented and confused about the layout of the house. Firefighters do not have prior knowledge of the home and clearing smoke from the house helps them do their work in less hazardous conditions.
After the firefighters leave, these holes in your home remain. SERVPRO can get these covered with heavy-duty tarps or plywood boards protecting the interior of your home from invasive pests and rain. The glass from broken windows also remains. We get these hazards cleaned up, as well as the debris that making the holes created. Broken glass and splintered wood pieces can cover your belongings, as well, so we mark these items accordingly. This information helps protect the next SERVPRO technician who handles or cleans any of the affected items.
Just as firefighters follow a set of protocols that help all of them know what others are doing and how their actions affect the home, SERVPRO technicians receive training that allows them to work effectively and efficiently as team members. Teamwork significantly reduces the amount of time involved in mitigating fire damage caused by both the firefighters and the fire itself, and gets your family back home, “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Silver Lake / Echo Park knows emergencies happen at all hours of the day and night, so we offer those in and around Lincoln Heights and Elysian Park emergency mitigation services for fire damage and other disasters. Call us at (323) 255-1000, 365 days a year, whenever you need help making your home safe again.
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