Fire damage cleanup is particularly challenging because of the soot and smoke which is spread throughout your home. Soot particles are only 2.5 micrometers in size – which is smaller than even mold spores and dust. Because they are so small, they can embed themselves into virtually any surface. A chemical reaction begins which can lead to permanent staining and foul odors. Smoke is just as destructive. It is even smaller than soot particles (less than 1 micrometer) and can contain a slew of carcinogenic substances. Just wood smoke can contain chemicals like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, methane, formaldehyde, and benzene. Because smoke and ash can easily disseminate in the air, and they are so acidic, they can cause damages immediately.
To save your property in the aftermath of a fire, you need expert help. We are proud to say that we are up to the challenge of fire damage cleanup and restoration. Our expertise and arsenal of cleaning equipment will help you get through this disaster with as little loss and stress as possible.
Why Call Us for Fire Damage Cleanup Services?
• A trusted name in Marina del Rey
• Extensive knowledge of soot, ash, and smoke cleanup methodology
• Over 2 decades of experience
• Large staff of IICRC certified experts
• Guaranteed 30 minute response time
• Industry-grade soot and smoke removal equipment
• We take care of insurance billing for you
• Committed to our customers and helping them through this stressful time!
Containment – the First Step in Fire Damage Mitigation
Keep in mind that soot and smoke particles are much smaller than dust or mold particles. This makes them very adept at floating throughout your home. Even a small fire in your kitchen could lead to damages in your entire home if you aren’t careful. For these reasons, the first step of fire damage cleanup is to contain the area to prevent contamination of other areas. We arrive on scene with professional containment tools like “zip walls”, poly sheeting, cross beams for creating barriers, adhesives, and asbestos bags.
Soot and Ash Cleanup
Soot and ash from a fire don’t just smell bad and look bad, but they can be very dangerous to your health. The acidic residues from the fire get into the air and can then be breathed in, damaging your lungs. They can also irritate your skin and eyes. It is very important that you do not try to clean up soot and ash from a fire yourself. The job must be done by professionals with safety equipment like respirators, goggles, gloves, and full coveralls.
The soot and ash cleanup process varies depending on the material which is affected. In general, the following steps are used for cleanup:
Soot Removal from Soft Materials such as Mattresses and Upholstery
• Particulate removal with HEPA vacuum
• Spraying damaged areas with specialized cleaners which loosen soot
• Agitating material with brushes to bring soot to the surface
• Removal of soot with extraction machines
• Drying with professional-grade fans
• Deodorization in ozone vaults and/or specialty cleaners
Soot Removal from Hard Surfaces such as Tile, Concrete, Walls or Flooring
• Particulate removal with HEPA vacuum
• Dry cleaning with soot sponges and specialty cleaners
• Wet cleaning with specialty cleaners
• Drying and deodorization
Soot Removal from Wood such as Hardwood Floors or Furniture
*The process varies depending on whether the wood is finished or not.
• Cleaning with HEPA vacuum (for oil-free soot) or chemical dry-cleaning sponges (for oily soot)
• Agitate soot out of the wood
• Hand-sand heavily affected areas
• Specialty cleaners and deodorizers
Smoke Odor Removal
Long after the fire has been put out, the smell of smoke can remain. The smoke odor can remain even after you clean up the soot and redecorate, which is why it is important to choose a fire damage cleanup company which will address odors as part of their cleanup plan. Depending on the source of the smoke odor, we may use one or more of these methods to get smoke odor gone for good:
• Use air movers to exhaust air outside
• Install HEPA air scrubbers with carbon filters fitted with carbon filters to absorb odors
• Apply deodorizers and seal affected surfaces
• Air duct cleaning
• Use thermal foggers
• Remove affected insulation
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