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Keeping Your Smoke Detectors Clean in Your Colorado Springs Home

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Your Smoke Detectors Clean in Your Colorado Springs Home Protect Against Fire & Smoke Damage in Colorado Springs with Installed Smoke Detectors

Colorado Springs Property Are Better Protected Against Fire & Smoke Damage with Installed Smoke Detectors

You should be changing out your smoke detector batteries at least once per year. However, did you know you also need to clean out your smoke detectors about every six months? Pollen, dust, and smoke all can make the sensor in your detectors dirty and keep them from working correctly in case of a fire.
 
There are two basic kinds of smoke detectors to help you avoid fires and fire damage in your Colorado Springs home – Ionization and photoelectric. An ionization alarm takes a small amount of radioactive material to ionize air inside the sensing chamber. In comparison, a photoelectric alarm is made up of a light emitting diode and a sensor sensitive to light. These alarms are engineered for detecting smoke but not necessarily flames. They are the most used type of detectors. Ionization detectors are best for rapidly spreading fires, with lots of flames but not much smoke. They are commonly used in kitchens because they are not as likely to be triggered falsely by cooking fumes.
 
When a fire does happen, be sure to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible so they can assist you in cleaning up and repairing any damage from the fire and firefighting efforts. You need the help of professionals, and our technicians are specially trained, and IICRC and UCTP certified to handle these types of emergencies.
 
So how do you clean your smoke detector? It should be done every six months and involves two main activities – vacuuming the unit out and wiping down the exterior vents. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for regularly vacuuming out the detectors. Typically, this involves taking the face of it off and then using a soft brush attachment to brush the unit gently with the device. Then, take a clean wipe with a mild detergent to get rid of the build-up from the outside of the alarm. You particularly want to clean the vent openings to make sure air flow is not obstructed to the sensor inside.
 
Fires can completely disrupt your life, and at SERVPRO, we understand that. If you need our services, we take the time to go over our processes with you and take care of as much as possible so you can just worry about you and your family. We work efficiently, with you in mind so that you can get back to life as normal as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
Proper maintenance of your smoke detectors is needed, but when an emergency does arise, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes for help cleaning up the mess left behind. A phone call to (719) 434-4626 is all it takes.