Phase 1 Restoration can help!
Smoke damage can be categorized into two major areas, smoke vapor and soot residue. Smoke vapor is the very pungent odor left behind after a fire and depending on what was burnt will determine the specific odor and remediation technique. Soot residue is the fine thin coating of dark matter left behind after the smoke clears. This matter is actually the incomplete combustion of whatever items were burning.
Smoke Damage Concerns
Smoke vapor can permeate into walls, insulation, framing and even heating/cooling ducts where it becomes trapped. These vapors if not removed properly will reappear during warm or damp weather which can linger for years. Soot residue is highly acidic and extremely hard to clean. This residue is magnetic and attracted to cold surfaces, if not cleaned correctly and promptly soot residue can cause permanent damage in a number of ways including the corrosion of electronics, staining of countertops and etching of metals. Clothing exposed to any smoke or soot residue will need an ozone treatment by certified professionals to break up the smoke molecules and eliminate odors. Do not attempt normal washing and drying because this will permanently set odors and stains into the clothing.
Smoke Damage Remediation and Restoration
1. IICRC Certified technicians carefully inspect, identify and soot test all affected areas.
2. A comprehensive plan of action and expected results is reviewed for your approval.
3. Lead tests completed to identify if there is a presence of lead contamination.
4. Removal of all burnt debris and contaminated materials.
5. Water extraction and structural dehumidification begin.
6. Application of antimicrobial solution to inhibit mold growth in all affected areas.
7. Application of sanitizing solution to decontaminate all affects areas.
8. Structural drying begins to remove all remaining moisture.
9. Air purification and final odor removal process begins.
10. Scheduled inspections to guarantee results are being achieved.
11. Final consultation with results and recommendations is presented.