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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. 

The different types of Smoke Damage Restoration Services we provide

Air Cleaning

The most important and first step is purifying and disinfecting smoke damage in the air of your house so it will be safe to breath inside the affected area.

Electronics Smoke Damage

Our most valuable data is stored on electronic devices. We specialize in refurbishing electronic devices. We offer data recovery options for different severities of damage.

Discoloration Restoration

Painted surfaces often get discolored due to smoke damage. We can help remove the sticky residue that latches onto surfaces and causes discolouration.

Clothing and Fabric

Our team is fully equipped to decontaminate and clean your clothes and other fabrics that may be affected by smoke damage. Dry cleaning will NOT fully clean out the smell.

Smoke Damage Explained

What is Smoke Damage?

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.

Smoke Damage Timeline

Types of Smoke Damage and their Effects

Wet Smoke

Caused by slow-burning, low-temperature fires

Side Effects

Most troublesome to clean. Creates a thick and sticky residue that binds to surfaces and objects. Requires stronger agents to be properly removed.

Dry Smoke

Caused by high temperature, "flash" fires

Side Effects

Easier to clean due to its fine powder-like form. Harder to get to it as it travels deeper into smaller cracks and crevices in the foundation.

Oil Smoke

Caused when petroleum (oil) burns

Side Effects

Dark in colour and easily stains surfaces. If caught early can be fully cleaned off with the right combination of degreasers and oil combating agents.

Protein Smoke

Caused when food and organic matter burns

Side Effects

Light-coloured smoke that causes discoloration on painted surfaces and wood if not immediately cleaned off and disinfected. Requires 2-step cleaning.
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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.

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Choosing the Best Cleaner for Smoke Damage

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. 

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Cleaning Techniques

Can I perform smoke damage restoration by myself?

Know your Fire type:
You must first recognize the type of smoke damage you are facing based on the fire type you have encountered. Read this page to find out more about the different types of smoke.
Cleaning vs Disinfecting:
Smoke damage requires two steps. A proper cleaning to remove the residue and soot and a proper disinfecting to eliminate future problems.
Get right in there and clean:
Traditional cleaning methods and tools can not get into the walls, ducts and other normally inaccessible areas in your home where the smoke may have travelled. If you do not eliminate ALL sources of smoke, you will have a much costlier and more dangerous problem in the future.
Leave it to the Pros:
When dealing with smoke damage, it requires a thorough understanding of the science to properly mitigate smoke damage. Trust the professionals and sleep assured at night knowing your family will be healthy and safe.

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