Removal, Restoration and Rejuvenation from Fire and Water Damage

by / Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Published in Blog

Homeowners live busy lives and allow flammables to collect around the property. They also forget to use safe practices with electrical outlets, leaving them vulnerable to an appliance overloaded outlet and a potential disaster caused by an electrical fire.

Electrical fires spread smoke and high heat very quickly through the home, so that even if the fire department comes quickly, and is able to save most of the structure, there is a complex scenario that sets up from the damage caused by smoke.

The property restoration experts who know what happens with smoke during fires can assess and track smoke patterns in fires and measure the internal and external damage to structural and infrastructural components of a home or business. When smoke is hot from a fire, it will travel to cooler areas and pool there. It will also rise to the highest levels of the structure and fill the fixtures, electrical lines, vents and ceilings. Smoke will travel around infrastructure such as pipes and conduit to move between levels.

Slow burning fires that could have started during a rainstorm will leave heavy slimy deposits on the surfaces. Strong burnt odors will also arise and remain behind. The imprints of the smoke plumes on surfaces can stain heavily and be almost impossible to remove. These are sooty fires and will require a certain type of cleansing process. Dry fires that quickly grow and spread will leave dusty fine debris behind that powder off. If the fire was caused by paints catching fire, there will be heavy pigment and oily residues left that leave discoloration stains on surfaces with very strong odors from paint solvents. The experts at restoration will determine what type of stains the smoke and fire left behind, based on forensic evidence.

Water pipe ruptures or natural floods have varying levels of forensic details to evaluate as well. If a home is flooded, the use of various instruments and tools will be needed to determine if water is still trapped and left in areas of the home after the flood waters have receded. Before the water removal equipment is introduced, there are moisture detectors, hygrometers and infrared photographic meters that will be used to locate all pooling of left over water and moist areas. Once all these areas are identified, then the equipment to remove the water will be set up for constant water removal until all areas are dry. The types of equipment include submersible pumps and gasoline powered pumps that operate continuously. Trucks can be moved in with heavy duty and portable water extractors for highly effective water removal.

The dangers of mold contamination are high in water damaged homes. The restoration professionals have methodology, equipment technology and chemistry to kill and remove mildew and mold that form in water damaged areas. The sanitation process also must be implemented with fungicides and germicides so that bacteria and fungi are eliminated. Finally, all harmful microbes will be purged and the deodorization and sanitation process can be completed.