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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Burke County Church Fire Damage Walkthrough

Kyle Jacumin introduces us to a duct cleaning and kitchen restoration job at the Burke County Church. They were called to this task after a fire was put out in the church’s kitchen. 

He begins the tour in the church’s gymnasium. It is the highest point in the duct system and to access the ceiling; they had to set-up portable scaffolding. Before bringing it in, Kyle and his crew laid down rubber flooring to protect the gym floor.

As Kyle begins to detail the procedure, the camera points up to show a technician using a brush to clean duct work. Before starting, the HVAC system was turned off and blocked to prevent the accidental spreading of the contamination. Before moving to the duct work, they cleaned the HVAC unit on the roof. If not done first, there would have been a good chance of blowing soot particles into the cleaned ducts.

Kyle describes how they blocked all vents and air registers and then set up a vacuum outside the facility to draw all loose particles outside the system and into a collection bag. After the brush is used to remove heavy particle deposits, technicians insert a compressed air line into the ducts with a ‘whip’ attachment. The attachment whirls around the sides of the duct, removing more particles. The compressed air forces the now loosened particles outside the ducts and into the collection bag.

Next, technicians blow a sealant through the ducts as a fog. It covers any remaining particles and prevents them from causing problems in the future.

Kyle takes us into the kitchen now. Although the fire destroyed the appliances, his team was able to salvage most of the dinnerware, tables, and chairs. As he spoke, the items were being cleaned and were returned after they finished with the kitchen. At this point, the kitchen had been cleaned, and deodorization was underway. Repairs would begin after they finished removing odors.

In the auditorium next to the kitchen, the damage was not quite as severe. Still, the drop ceiling, duct work, and carpets had to be removed and replaced. The walls stayed in place but still needed cleaning before technicians could seal and repaint them. Kyle finishes the walk-through describing how his office meets SERVPRO’s high standards and is a designated member of the Large Loss Response Team.

If you want to know more about what Kyle, his team members and the SERVPRO of Burke County can do for your residential or commercial structures, visit them at http://www.SERVPROburkecounty.com/ or call their office at (828) 874-0966.