Fire Smoke Damage Cleaning
Fire smoke damage can be very difficult to clean and remove in your home, especially if you don’t have the proper training. At First Response Services all our technicians have been certified by the IICRC Fire and Smoke Restoration course.
According to the IICRC the longer you wait to clean the damage the more in cost and damages you will incur.
What Happens When You Don’t Clean Smoke Damage Immediately
“Within Minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.
Within Hours: Acid residues stain grout in bathrooms; fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish, counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; furniture finishes may discolor.
Within Days: In time, acid residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot stained; upholstery stains permanently.
Within Weeks: Restoration costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.”
As soon as your home or business has fire smoke damage don’t wait to call a professional, call First Response Services immediately.
Smoke Cleaning Contents
One of the most difficult items to do without professional help is to clean your fire smoke damaged contents. The smoke from the fire will permeate the material leaving an odor, leave oily soot behind causing damage to the surface or worse. It’s important to remember to have good documentation on all high dollar personal belongings for insurance purposes. When is comes to cleaning, leave it to the professionals.
Smoke Deodorization Techniques
- Thermal Fogging
- TOMI SteraMist
- Hydroxyl Radicals (Machine)
- Ozone Machine
Smoke removal is not easy, smoke can in the smallest spaces and crevices and cause damage you may not see on initial inspection. Smoke damage from a fire will get behind your cabinets, vanity, and even your wall outlet sockets. The only way to clean in these areas and remove the smoke odor is to remove the cabinets off the wall in order to get behind them and to use a specific technology to fog the space in order to deodorize those spaces unreachable by hand. Don’t attempt to clean your home yourself before consulting a smoke removal professional company, many times without the right expertise and tools, you can cause more harm than good.