Fire/Smoke Damage

When dealing with the cleanup of damage from a fire, time is of the essence. Even though a fire has been put out that does not mean the damage is gone. You must begin the process of corrosion control and emergency cleanup right away in order to minimize damages.

What Is Fire

Fire is described as the transformation of matter into energy which results in ask and carbon monoxide. Most of the damage that is caused by fires is a result of this. There are many different types of fires and various ways to extinguish them. There are gaseous extinguishers, water and foam extinguishers. All of these extinguishing methods leave behind a mess and must be cleaned up properly.

Loss

There are many different types of losses that can be incurred after a fire has stopped burning. There is also a lot of damage that may go unseen. Usually, whatever a fire burns ends up permeating the air. These particles can attach themselves to surfaces in your property easily. This is what causes such terrible odors after a fire. This residue will be oily and can seep into any cracks and ventilation system in the property. Also, carpeting and furniture could become damaged by these particles. Once the residue enters into a ventilation system, it becomes very difficult to get rid of.

Odor

Another important part of cleanup is deodorizing the air. Professionals will use thermo-foggers that employ a hot, thick stream that can rid the infected area of particles of dust and the odor they cause. Also, these thermo-foggers are able to reach places that are hard to reach that have been damaged with water and moisture. This is a very important part of the restoration process after a fire.

Fire Cleanup

Proper fire cleanup involves a few different steps. The black soot and smoke residue must first be removed. Then, you have to go back and cleanup all the residue from the fire extinguisher and remove any debris.

Odor Removal

One of the main types of problems that can be caused by a fire is the odor it leaves behind. Professional cleanup crews will be able to, after they eliminate the fire, take care of any odor issues that remain.

Restore

This refers to the rebuilding and restoration process that will occur after the fire is put out. You will begin to salvage all the items that were damaged by the fire.

 

Smoke And Odor Damage

Fire can leave behind many unseen damages that must be addressed quickly. By acting fast, you could be able to salvage many more things than you could have if you waited. There are many different kinds of residue that a fire can leave behind. It is important to hire a professional cleaning crew to come and help you properly cleanup after a fire.

Wet Smoke Residue- This type of residue is sticky, smear easily and produce very strong odors. They are a result of smoldering fires that burn with low heat.

Dry Smoke Residue- These residues are generally dry and powdery and produce non-smeaing smoke particles. Dry Smoke Residue is produced after a fast burning fire with a high temperature.

Protein Residue- These residues are normally unseen but are tremendously pungent. This type of residue can also discolor paint easily.

Fuel Oil Soot- This occurs when the furnace releases fuel oil soot

Other Types of Residue- Other residues include tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue. These also need to be properly cleaned so that they do not cause any permanent damage.