Fire Damage to Monument HVAC Systems
Team SERVPRO Inspects Your Property Thoroughly For Damage After a Fire
Any Monument fire is a bone-chilling experience. For most homeowners though, it is one that does not mean the loss of their residence. The right restoration service can return almost any home to its pre-fire condition.
One of the problems with fire damage to Monument homes is that people forget that much of it is hidden. Many victims never look past the scorch marks or the soot residue to make certain their home is completely clean. At SERVPRO, our inspectors and technicians are trained to find every possible area of concern.
That includes odors that get into walls and ceilings as well as soot and smoke that contaminates the home heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, or HVAC. To determine the possible extent of the damage, we put a series of questions to the homeowner and residents.
Was the HVAC in operation when the fire began or at any point before it was put out?
How long did the fire burn?
How close to the fire point of origin is the furnace or any of the vents?
Did smoke enter either the return of supply sides of the HVAC?
The answers to these four questions help our inspectors determine how extensively the smoke and soot penetrated the HVAC system and the probable types of residue. Regardless if the system was turned off, smoke travels quickly, and there is some contamination, even if it barely gets past the vents. Our next step is a physical inspection. We look for the following:
Is the ductwork flex duct, duct board, or sheet metal? Flex duct is fairly cheap, so it is usually more cost-effective to remove and replace each contaminated section than to spend the labor hours cleaning them. Duct board is more expensive to replace, so it is cheaper to remove and clean if the layers of soot are not too thick.
Sheet metal is the easiest to the clean. SERVPRO technicians can often use a fogger to force an anti-bacterial cleaner throughout the ducts and then use exhaust fans to remove the soot. If there is any minor damage, we repair that after completing cleaning.
If the filters are contaminated, we remove and replace them. Although some filters are reusable, the presence of soot residue makes cleaning them very difficult.
There is also the possibility that the motor or other mechanical parts of the HVAC system were damaged. SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes is trained to service most HVAC systems and perform whatever else is needed to return your home to its original condition. If you need our help, call us today at (719) 434-4626.
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