The first step for every smoke damage situation is to identify what type of fire caused the damage. Contrary to what some may believe, there is more than one type of fire. The type of fire dictates the type of damage and the cleaning method needed to restore that damage. There are three prevalent types of fires:
- High oxygen fires produce dry soot. Dry sponges and a low-alkali detergent followed by a thorough rinse is the best way to combat this type of damage.
- Low oxygen fires produce greasy, wet soot. Use high-alkali detergents with warm water to wash damaged areas. Rinse, then paint over.
- Kitchen fires are often the most challenging as soot residue is difficult to detect. Cabinets, drawers and other appliances need to be removed to adequately clean damaged areas.
Smoke Damage Cleanup
Smoke and soot can penetrate all kinds of surfaces including paint, upholstery, carpet, and clothes. Carpet and clothes can be cleaned easily enough, but properly restoring walls, structures and other objects is a different story.
Wearing protective gear such as gloves, a mask, long-sleeved shirts and pants is important when cleaning to minimize contact with ash. All contents should be remove from the house. Some contents may have to be discarded, but others may need cleaned by hand. Windows and doors need opened to ventilate and remove odor. Beware of potential contaminants such as lead and asbestos. Disturbing these contaminates can take a smoke damage restoration job and turn it into a biohazard cleanup if you are not careful.
A thorough duct cleaning should follow restoration because smoke and soot tend to become trapped within a building’s duct system. This can disburse contaminants and odors throughout the building, undoing all of your hard work.
Triage Restoration: The Best in Philadelphia Smoke Damage Restoration
Smoke damage restoration is one of the most tedious types of repair work because it involes the use of chemicals and specialized equipment. So, streamline your cleanup by calling Triage Restoration. Our services include:
- Smoke Odor Removal
- Soot Removal
- Professional Deodorization
- Structural Repair
Triage technicians are here to talk you through every step of the smoke damage restoration process and while giving you the peace of mind knowing that your home is in good hands.
Call us at 215-399-9590 or reach us online via our website today. In a smoke damage emergency, every second counts. So, you can’t afford to wait!