Cleaning Up Smoke And Soot Caused By Fire Damage In Ridgefield Homes
Cleaning Up Smoke And Soot
The most pervasive symptoms of a residential house fire are the oily soot which clings to walls and ceilings and the acrid smell of smoke. Together, these two things present a unique challenge for fire damage restorers. While replacing charred items is a simple process, eliminating soot and smoke requires changes to be made to the atmosphere.
Moreover, different types of fire require different cleaning techniques. High oxygen blazes create dusty, dry clouds of soot. They are easy to extract with vacuums, but they can spread very quickly throughout the house. Low oxygen fires, on the other hand, create greasy residues which stick to household surfaces. It is why SERVPRO always forms a customized plan of action for fire damage in Ridgefield. Keep reading to find out how our technicians tackle stubborn soot and smoke after a fire.
Step One: Ventilate
The first step is creating good airflow. The SERVPRO technicians ventilate the affected area, by opening the windows and letting clean air inside. If there are no windows (your fire was in a basement, for example), we can bring in ozone generators. These machines use artificial UV light to create odor eliminating particles. Once in the air, they react with the smoke particles and render them inert. We may also use ventilation box fans to generate a healthy flow of clean air in spaces which don’t have direct access to the air outside.
Step Two: Evacuate
After establishing a healthy flow of air, the technicians can start to remove charred and burned items. It is important that any object affected by the fire is either removed or contained. Many materials (particularly fabrics) react with smoke and soot. If not thoroughly deodorized, they can continue to emit odors even after the home is clean. We always take a full inventory of the items which leave a property. They are tagged and logged so that nothing gets lost during the restoration process.
Step Three: Renovate
SERVPRO conducts a full deodorization program in most fire damaged homes. If the air is not clear of odor causing smoke particles, bad smells cannot be fully banished. It is why this step is always carried out before cleaning and redecorating. The type of cleaning depends on the extent of the damage. Dry soot stains can usually be scrubbed by hand or washed off walls with a pressure sprayer. However, wet and greasy soot may require a different approach. If we cannot remove stains from walls and ceilings, the best option is to paint over them with a special sealant.
At SERVPRO of Montgomery, we approach every case in a unique way. We are a local fire damage restoration service. With our help and expertise, homeowners in the Ridgefield have all the support they need in a crisis. Call us 24/7 on (334) 284-1612.