FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION QUESTIONS
What is the fire restoration process used for fire damaged homes?
Remove all non-salvageable materials from the fire damaged house. This allows us to prevent smoke odors to return after the fire damage cleanup in any already deodorized areas.
Clean salvageable surfaces and items to physically remove odor-causing residue.
Chase remaining odor with an odor counteractant. In the case of fire damage odor removal, create a deodorizing fog or gas that seeks out and combines with odor-causing substances.
Seal salvageable fire damaged surfaces that are inaccessible or slightly scorched, not only for aesthetic purposes, but primarily to encapsulate fire smoke odors and prevent progressive recontamination.
If we have fire damage, what should we not do?
Attempt to wipe or wash the walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces after fire damage.
Use upholstered furniture if it can be avoided.
Use exposed food goods or canned goods that have been subject to excessive heat.
Use TVs, stereos, or any other electrical appliances until cleaned and checked by a fire restoration company.
Send smoked garments to an ordinary dry cleaner, because improper cleaning may set the smoke/odor.
Turn on your heating and air conditioning system if it is not currently on.
Are all fire smoke residues the same?
Wet Smoke Residues – Result from smoldering fires with low heat. Residues are sticky, smeary and with pungent odors. Smoke webs can be difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke Residues – Result from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, small, non-smeary smoke particles.
Protein Residues – Virtually invisible residues that discolor paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff backs distribute fuel oil soot.
Other Types of Residues – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residues also need cleanup.