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Smoke Damage Cleaning & Restoration
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Fires may start small but under the right conditions a fire can spread out of control in a matter of minutes and become catastrophic and tragic.
If you discover a fire, evaluate the situation quickly. With a small controlled fire, you may be able to put it out with your extinguisher if you know how to handle one. But never underestimate the danger from fire. If you’re not sure you can manage it, let the Fire Department do the work.
Some very toxic chemicals may be produced as a result of breakdown reactions from the various parts of construction materials, solvents, glues and other items in the structure.
Our state-of-the-art technology can detect and neutralize these chemicals as well as contain hazardous materials. A fire loss is devastating and complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. It is important to have trained technicians at the loss location. Local Restoration knows how to handle damage from smoke, soot and the other results of fire!
Fire damage restoration companies should test for toxic gases and materials and remove smoke odor and soot from the indoor environment as well as valuable electronics, machinery, books, documents, and artwork.
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
Depending on the type of smoke, it will greatly affect the restoration process.
Identifying Types of Smoke
Local restoration should take steps in, takes charge, addresses your concerns and tests the smoke to see which of the following types of fire occurred.
Wet Smoke – Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Fast burning at high temperatures.
Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff backs cause fuel oil soot.
Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue are other types.
Pretesting Your Property
After a restoration company knows the type of smoke, the next step in evaluating the damage to the property is pretesting to determine:
What can be restored and what must be replaced
The most effective cleaning method
Condition of the property before the damage occurred
The full extent of the loss
Area damage repair companies
· Remove smoke odor.
· Clean soot from electronics, machinery, and other valuable property.
· Detect and removes toxic chemicals.
· Detect and neutralizes noxious gases.
· Restore valuable property back to its original condition, or sometimes even better!
Because fires are the second leading cause of accidental death around the home you should know who to call if you ever have a fire.
Because of the unique behavior of smoke, fire restoration may be complex. It is important to have an experienced restoration team on your side. Fast treatment will help reduce smoke and soot health hazards.