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Can Onondaga Hill Office Staff Switch on the HVAC During Fire Damage Restoration?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged office with soot covering the walls Commercial fire damage is very hard to mitigate by the office staff. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and mitigation services.

Office Workers Keen To Keep Their Onondaga Workspace Fresh During Fire Damage Restoration

Every office worker in Onondaga knows there is nothing worse than a stuffy, overly hot workspace. A stale-feeling room leads to fuzzy-headedness and lessened motivation.

When it comes to fire damage restoration in an Onondaga business, air quality is an even more significant concern. During a fire, burning materials form soot, which then sticks to walls, ceilings, and furniture and leaves behind an acrid smoky smell.

We know it is tempting to switch on the HVAC to get some fresh cold air flowing. However, please do not do so, because:

  • If any parts of the system are fire-damaged, you risk further harm
  • It is better not to switch the system on before a professional examines it
  • HVAC systems can spread sooty residue and smoke odors through the entire office complex

The best thing is to call us as soon as possible and not touch the system until we arrive.

What can SERVPRO do to clean the HVAC?

Examining the HVAC system is part of every fire damage remediation project. Our technicians know how easily soot can penetrate the system. There are different ways to clean it:

  • If the soot has only reached the front grills and vents, we can wipe these clean
  • If there is damage further back, we have long-handled brushes at our disposal
  • We can dislodge stickier residues with a mild detergent
  • We can use powerful HEPA vacuums to hoover up soot and prevent it from re-entering the air

Our technicians can also use thermal fogging machines to deodorize every nook and cranny of the HVAC system and eliminate hard-to-reach soot particles.

When is it safe to turn the HVAC back on?

One of our Franchise experts will let you know when it is safe to turn the HVAC system on.

Soot gets into all the smallest places, but do not worry. We are on hand to scrub away every particle and leave your office Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

For help cleaning soot from your HVAC, call SERVPRO of SW Onondaga County at (315) 488-3900.

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