Smoke damage restoration is one of the hardest cleanup efforts you will ever face because you are racing against time. If not done properly, your initial damage costs can quickly escalate to astronomical numbers. Shortly after the initial fire, smoke and soot begin to settle on surfaces which immediate begin to cause further damage. Water from the extinguishers help mold spore and grow in as little as 24 hours. Fabric and other odour absorbing materials begin to discolour if left for too many days. Our Decontamination division specializes in handling all types of chemical and odour contaminations. By utilizing state-of-the-art equipment coupled with proven scientific methods, we can identify the type of hazard and how to remediate it in the fastest and least costly way possible. The first step you need to take is to call and have a technician inspect the property and guide you on your road to recovery.
Smoke damage is the secondary damage caused during a fire incident (big or small). It is the damage caused to objects and areas that were not necessarily in the confined area of the original fire. It is made up of multiple complex compounds, often resulting in a greasy layer left behind making it that much more difficult to remove through traditional cleaning methods.
The residue and smoke particles that stay behind as the smoke travels everywhere often have toxic compounds which are a result of the melting and burning items that originally burned. Plastics and other toxic fumes are more dangerous, but when exposed to over a long period of time, all smoke toxins (regardless of how small an amount) are a health risk.
Types of Smoke Damage and their Effects
Perhaps you had a small fire that is quickly dealt with. Insurance paid for fixing the burned stove and cabinets, and everyone is glad the incident is behind us. Sadly, it’s not as simple as that.
Smoke dissipates quickly after the fire is put it. But it isn’t destroyed. It’s actually quite invasive. Travelling through tiny cracks and small ducts, its travels up and out easily flowing through active air ducts and behind walls. As it comes in contact with surfaces, soot and other odour residue is left behind on the surface. We mitigate smoke by recreating the smoke clouds using special disinfectants. This process is called “Fogging” and it allows for the cleaning agents to travel in the same pattern as the smoke originally did. Our trained technicians can quickly recognize common problem spots that generally remain hidden to the untrained eye. By disinfecting and deodorizing the air inside the walls using our smoke damage restoration service we are able to eliminate all harmful agents residing after the original fire. This will help you prevent future odours and hazardous bacteria growth in your home.
There is no one way that fixes all types of smoke damage. Only properly trained and certified technicians can assess and fully clean out a smoke-damaged property. Smoke damage restoration requires the use of special equipment and disinfectants in different ways and methods to properly eliminate soot, odour, and all contaminants caused by smoke damage. Due to how complex each situation is, there is no “one-fix” when it comes to cleaning up smoke damage. That is why we offer a free consultation to assess and guide you on the best course of action to deal with your particular incident.