Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke Damage Restoration

If you have a fire, the first action is to call your fire department. Your next can be a call to your local fire and water damage restoration contractor. When the fire is out and Fire Marshall allows, they can begin to assess the damage begin immediate emergency board-up and weatherization to prevent further damage from nature. Then they can begin the clean-up and salvage.

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A Time Of Uncertainty

Of course, for the families concerned, the days and weeks immediately following a fire are often a time of uncertainty and stress. But certain decisions have to be made that affect your most precious possessions and the home or business that contains them. Fire and water damage restoration methods were developed based on years of experience, as well as continuing specialist training – including various repair and cleaning techniques which were selected with long-term results and returning your value in mind. Fire losses often result in complex damages due to the unique behavior of smoke.

Some things you may not know about smoke:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. You’ll need trained and experienced professionals who know that smoke can also penetrate deep within cavities of the structure, causing damage and odor which is hidden from view. It’s their knowledge of building systems which helps them to investigate and determine exactly how far the smoke damage has actually spread. That’s why you should only use a trained professional to survey the loss site. They will be able to determine the exact extent to which fire, smoke, heat, and moisture affected the building materials and your valuable contents. There are different types of smoke. A key point that a professional will test for is the type of soot.

Types of soot include:

    • Wet Smoke Residues – From smoldering fires with low heat. These are sticky, smeary residues with pungent odors. Difficult to clean.
    • Dry Smoke Residues – Fast burning fires at high temperatures produce these. These give dry, powdery, small, nonsmeary smoke particles as a residue.
    • Protein Residues – Accompanied by pungent odors, these nearly invisible residues discolor paints and varnishes.
    • Fuel Oil Soot – Often found as furnace puff backs, which distribute fuel oil soot.
    • Other Types of Residues – Miscellaneous residues, such as tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher exhaust also need cleanup.

Inspection and Pre-testing

Trained and experienced technicians will pretest while inspecting the property. These actions will determine the damages and scope required to select needed cleaning, restoration, and repairs. We’ll also investigate to essay the full extent of the damage. How many kinds, types, and quantities of materials were affected by smoke or fire? For each of these, what is the proper method for cleaning? You need specialized carpet cleaning to remove smoke and soot and water damage.  While your home is restored, are you going to relocate your personal belongings? It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by soot and odor before the damage spreads to unaffected areas. This saves your money by isolating the damage. They’ll need to ascertain exactly what materials can be restored and what materials must be replaced. Are all smoke residues effects cleanable? A complete inventory is invaluable, including the inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair.

Testing and Evaluating Gives You Timely Information

Through this comprehensive pretesting, they’ll be able to best determine how long the cleanup will take and let you know what to expect. With experienced and trained technicians, you will be told the most effective cleaning methods and what work procedures are recommended to restore the damaged materials the quickest and most economical way possible. After mitigation starts, professional technicians should keep you informed and answer any and all of your questions while working to help erase any fire and water damage.