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The Importance of Cleaning Following a Fire

A house fire is one of the most devastating and traumatic experiences you can have as a home or business owner. You may think that once the fire is put out and the firefighters leave, it’s all over, but as Flood Services Canada tells their clients, you still need the services of a professional.

As the leading provider of repair for fire and smoke damage in Toronto, we recommend having professionals clean your home or business immediately following a fire, even if it was something as minor as a small cooking fire. That’s because any delay can cause serious long-term effects for your home.

Ash and smoke can cause corrosion, discoloration, and etching to surfaces in your home. Not to mention powerful odours. While some find the odour of wood smoke to be pleasant, as the leading provider of cleanup for fire and smoke damage in Toronto, we can assure you that this is not the case in most homes.

This is why we recommend you call us to clean fire and smoke damage in Toronto immediately following a fire. Many items such as plastics and metals that weren’t directly damaged by the fire but were still close to the flames may still experience discoloration or even start to corrode. And if ash is left for more than a few days, it will cause your walls to start to discolour permanently; it can also affect clothing and upholstery.

If you don’t call us for repair to fire and smoke damage in Toronto following a fire, this may lead to costly renovations down the road. Unfortunately, there are some items you may not be able to save, but if you take care of fire and smoke damage as quickly as possible, it will reduce, if not completely eliminate, the need for home repairs down the road.

Before we start to clean fire and smoke damage in Toronto, we will first come to your home or business for a thorough inspection, assessing what can be saved and what cannot. From there, we will remove the ash residue; it is very important that this is done quickly, as ash can build up in layers and take on a lacquer-like consistency over time.

We will also locate the sources of any odours and eliminate them using cleaning agents that are powerful, but safe.

Flood Services Canada realizes that you’ve been through a lot following a fire at your home and business and that cleaning up may be the last thing on your mind. However, cleaning fire and smoke damage in Toronto should be at the top of your list following a blaze, even if it’s a minor one.


“Why Professionals Should Clean Smoke Damage From a Fire,” Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification web site; http://www.iicrc.org/why-professionals-should-clean-smoke-damage-from-fire-a-38.html.

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Chad Vanvari

Chad Vanvari has over 20 years of experience as a cleaning & restoration professional. He started out in Montreal, establishing a commercial carpet cleaning company in the early 1990’s. By 2001, Chad had relocated to Toronto and now had extensive knowledge and experience in responding to fire/water related emergencies. He has been instrumental in the cleanup of several catastrophic floods. Currently, Chad is the president and owner of Flood Services Canada, a 24/7 emergency service restoration company.