The complexity of property loss or destruction due to fire damage is a result of the unique behavior of smoke.
A trained fire damage professional should survey the loss site to determine the extent in which the fire, smoke, heat, and moisture have impacted the building materials and contents.
Our team of experienced fire restoration professionals know that areas seemingly unaffected by fire damage are still a danger to homeowners.
Smoke can penetrate within cavities of your home's structure, causing hidden damage and odor. The knowledge that RESTORx's professionals have of building structures helps them to investigate how far fire and smoke damage may have spread within your home.
RESTORx has the equipment and the experienced team needed to handle even the most challenging fire and smoke damage situations.
- Once at a fire scene, a RESTORx professional will test the residual soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred.
- Cleaning procedures and treatments used will be based on the information gathered during the initial fire damage pretesting.
Types of Soot:
- Smoke will migrate to cooler areas and the upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke will flow around the plumbing system, using the holes around the pipes to go from one floor to the next.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the fire damage restoration process that RESTORx uses.
Inspection and Pretesting:
- Dry Smoke Residues - Results from fast burning fires at high temperatures. Residues are often dry, powdery, and small.
- Wet Smoke Residues - Results from smoldering fires with a low heat. The residues from these types are sticky, smeary and have pungent odors.
- Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace puff backs that will distribute fuel oil soot throughout your home.
- Protein Residues - Invisible residues that will discolor varnishes and paints. Also produces and extreme pungent odor.
- Other Residues - These residues also require cleanup to prevent damage; Tear gas, fire extinguisher and fingerprint powder.
- A RESTORx professional will pretest while inspecting the property to determine the extent of fire damage and the scope of needed service for cleaning, restoration, and repairs.
- It can be vital to protect areas that were not affected by the soot and odor before the damage spreads to these areas. A RESTORx professional will determine the areas that need protection from further damage. It will save you money in the long run!
- Pretesting also allows the RESTORx to focus on saving precious items or keepsakes for you.
Once the fire damage mitigation begins, RESTORx
will keep you informed and answer your questions, all while working to restore your home.