By Moshe Farache
Cleaning and restoration of fire damaged items and smoke odors that develop in your home after a fire occurs often reduces the costs associated with your claim. However, the principles behind cleaning and restoring materials exposed to these conditions present technicians with challenging circumstances. A quality restoration company can provide you with the services you need to restore a variety of items affected by smoke, soot and other residues that develop after a fire. Your technicians fully inspect the affected area to determine the amount of exposure and begin working to identify problems immediately.
There are a variety of residues technicians identify during the cleaning process including dry, wet, protein, and oil. As a fire progresses through various stages, both wet and dry smoke residues form. A fire may often produce large enough proportions of one type of residue to characterize the entire affected area as a moisture rich or dry environment. However, different cleaning methods or a combination of them, help technicians produce quality results.
After identifying the type of residues that exist, the technician decides which cleaning method would be most effective in removing the residue from the material present. Each surface requires particular attention to determine whether restoration is possible. During a successful process, technicians use a dry or wet cleaning process to release and remove residue particles from the affected surface and dispose of residues properly. Temperature, agitation, chemical action, and time all weigh in on the success of a procedure, while the type of residues that exist determine which methods work.
However, the rate of combustion, the amount of oxygen present, and the type of material or substance burning also plays a major role. A fast-burning, oxygen-rich fire produces dry smoke, while oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires often produce more wet smoke. Natural materials such as wood, paper, cork, wool, and cotton, produce dry smoke, while synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber produce wet smoke.
After cleaning each surface affected by smoke and residues, technicians face deodorization of the entire area; this often involves the removal of odors. Many surfaces retain odors as a result of exposure to airborne chemicals, gasses, or tiny particles that escape during a fire.
The technician’s job involves using their nose to locate and remove each of the odors individually, returning your home to a quality pre-fire damage condition, deodorizing the entire area, a process that takes a good amount of effort. Getting the smoke damage and odor removal services you deserve depends on the quality of the restoration company you choose. Ask questions and understand more about the process before deciding which company to use for your home.