How To Prepare For A Successful Smoke Damage Restoration
In order for smoke damage restoration to be most effective, the job should be approached as soon as possible by a professional. Technicians can remove and neutralize odors, and identify which items may be able to be restored. Smoke, ash, and even the water used to put out the fire contribute to the devastation, so having someone with the proper training is crucial. The IICRC offers classes and certifications so that technicians can receive the necessary training to salvage and return rooms to a previous state. A technician with certifications in Carpet Repair and Reinstallation, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Fabric and Upholstery Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, Health and Safety, Odor Control, Mold Remediation and Prevention, and Applied Structural Drying will have all the skills necessary to tackle the job. They should have past experience in dealing with fire ravaged buildings, as well as up-to-date licensing and insurance.
The cost of smoke damage restoration depends on a few variables, such as the extent of the original damage and how long it takes to start the cleaning process. Soot residue can become acidic, so the longer it is left, the more destruction it can wreak. Soot, when left on surfaces, can corrode and permanently discolor in the span of a few hours. If left for days, the issues can become irreparable and require the replacement of furniture, floor coverings, counter tops, and much more. Burnt smells may linger, which make odor neutralization another important part of the process. Knowledge of mold prevention and removal can also come in handy. Each remediation is unique, so base rates are a rarity and estimates are usually created after a pre-inspection.