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Fire Damage Repair Needs A Licensed Technician

Hiring a professional for fire damage repair is the best choice after an open flame ravages a home. Even after the smoke clears, and the immediate danger is gone, there are still problems lurking everywhere. Smoke and ash have a tendency to get into every nook and cranny in a building, and will quickly spread once the flames die down. Both can cause nauseating odors, discoloration on the home and furnishing’s surfaces, and nose or throat irritation. In some cases, it can even exacerbate asthma or other respiratory conditions. And the ash doesn’t just eventually go away. It has to be cleaned out and neutralized by a trained crew.

How do professionals handle fire damage repair?

The best way to combat smoke and ash is a deep cleaning. Ash is highly acidic, and if it is allowed to settle on surfaces in the home, it will cause a steady deterioration. Drywall will yellow, glass will etch, and metal will corrode. This damage is irreversible, so quick action is essential to protect the house from further problems. Fortunately, professionals who have certification with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can respond right away to any disaster.

IICRC-certified firms will first take stock of the situation and determine where the ash contamination is likely concentrated. The professionals will then get to work cleaning every surface, including walls, countertops, the tops of furniture, and even the ceilings. Before long,  smoke residue will end up in the building’s ventilation system, so technicians will also scrub out the home’s air ducts. This will keep the home from being contaminated again after the cleaning process is complete.

While cleaning, the technicians will neutralize any ash buildup they come across. If the ash has been allowed to sit for long, it will build up and form a residue on surfaces. This will have to be done with special detergents, especially if odors are present as well. IICRC-certified technicians have the tools to deal with caked on residue, penetrating through the ash, suspending it, and making it easy to remove completely.

Dealing with smoke odor is another major component of fire damage repair. Smoke can be extremely frustrating, because it can pass through all of the home’s walls and settle into spaces that are impossible to reach. Smoke odors will persist until there is an elimination of all smoke particles, so getting smoke neutralizing products behind the walls and above the ceilings is necessary for proper restoration. This is best accomplished with a thermal fogger, a sophisticated piece of technology that only professional restoration workers have access to. A thermal fogger works by emitting a cloud of particles that are similar in composition to smoke particles. The thermal fog particles are designed to neutralize any smoke particles they come in contact with and can penetrate any surface that the smoke can. Thermal fogging doesn’t take long, and by completion, the home will smell fresh once again.

Professional fire damage repair and restoration is the only way to get total peace of mind after a disaster, and when done properly, it can remove any sign that there was a fire in the first place.




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