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Why it is Important to Clean HVAC Systems After Fires in West Palm Beach

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Top of HVAC unit Once smoke gets into your HVAC unit, it travels. We can clean your air ducts to minimize smoke and soot spreading throughout your home.

Fire Damage West Palm Beach – Does My HVAC System Need to be Cleaned

An HVAC system forces air, either heated or cooled throughout the home. During a fire, smoke residue may be drawn into the system and redistributed throughout the entire house. Not only does your whole house need to be cleaned and deodorized, so does your HVAC system.

SERVPRO provides fire damage restoration services in the West Palm Beach area. Our experience has shown that many HVAC systems need cleaning after a fire. However, it depends on the type of fire, how long it was burning, and proximity to cold air return vents. We can inspect and evaluate your system to assess cleaning requirements. No one wants to redistribute smoke odors throughout a restored home from a residue filled HVAC system.

HVAC System Assessment

Factors SERVPRO takes into account include: did smoke enter the system, length of time the fire burned, was the HVAC system operating at the time of the fire, type of smoke residue, amount of residue, presence of smoke odors. Also, factors such as damaged HVAC components, duct type, is the disassembly of the system required, and do the filters need to be replaced are considered.

In some situations, such as disassembly, an HVAC professional may assist with inspection and reassembly of the system.

Cleaning Process

After a full evaluation, SERVPRO can prepare recommendations for cleaning. Small fires that burned for a short amount of time may not require significant cleaning of the HVAC system. The cleaning process may involve: cleaning of all vent registers and air intakes, replacement of all air filters, clean all accessible interior surfaces. Denser concentrations of smoke residue may also require fogging of all of the ducts. We can introduce fogging from the vents as well as from the central plenum to remove all smoke odors. Cheesecloths can also be placed over all vents to trap particles.

We replace some components in more severe fire damage situations. SERVPRO, in conjunction with an HVAC professional, can prepare recommendations as required.

Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth at (561) 588-9777 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Manalapan, Hypoluxo, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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