It goes without saying that fire is dangerous and damaging, but even if a property is saved from burning to the ground, it will still be in need of significant repair. Fire burns away at a building’s interior, warping, weakening, and damaging what it doesn’t consume outright, so fire damage restoration is crucial. Smoke is acidic and carcinogenic and will corrode, stain, and adhere to almost any available surface. Furthermore, sometimes the methods used to stop a fire can cause damage as well, especially if a large amount of water is used. All of this combined means that fire damage repair and restoration are an essential part of the recovery process. This is why, in addition to helping with flood restoration, Flood Services Canada also serves as a smoke damage cleaning company.
Manpower: The basic principles behind fire and smoke damage repair and restoration are simple, but executing them properly is very labour-intensive and still requires some expertise to get it right. Chances are that you lack the time and energy to perform fire and smoke cleaning yourself, even if you didn’t have the more pressing concern of your property having just caught fire.
Cost Control: Ash and smoke can damage your property very quickly. Discolouration starts within minutes, and after a few days, it can not only become irreversible, but even materials like wood, metal, and vinyl can be affected even if they escaped the main fire. Replacing all these materials takes time and money, so it’s much more affordable to have an expert smoke and fire cleaning company started as soon as possible.
Precision and Experience: One of the basic functions that smoke and fire damage cleaning companies will perform is surveying the area and identifying any and all affected materials. Smoke and ash can travel surprisingly far through a building, and repair and restoration experts have the knowledge and tools to track it. Furthermore, the untrained eye may mistake some smoke or fire-damaged items as beyond saving while a repair and restoration expert knows the proper techniques for salvaging it.
1.Contact: The process begins when you contact a fire and smoke repair and restoration company. A quick-response team will be dispatched to your location.
2.Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment: The affected and adjacent rooms will be inspected for fire and smoke damage. This will help formulate a cleaning and restoration plan.
3.Boarding and Tarps: Fire can easily damage windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain structural integrity and security, most fire and smoke cleaning companies will board up any missing/damaged windows and put tarps on the roof during the cleaning process.
4.Water Removal and Drying: Since a fire will have to be extinguished, there may be lingering water on the property. This residual water will be removed using extractors, and the property will be dried out using dehumidifiers, air scrubbers and fans before we can move on to repairing smoke or fire damage.
5.Removal of Smoke and Soot: Fire and smoke restoration specialists will go over every inch of the affected areas and employ specialized techniques and equipment to eliminate smoke, ash, and soot from every surface.
6.Cleaning and Sanitizing: Many objects may have been damaged by fire and smoke. This stage is when numerous cleaning techniques are used to prepare items so that they can be repaired and restored as much as possible to their pre-fire condition.
7.Restoration: This final step can involve minor structural repairs like replacing drywall or a coat of paint, or it could require the rebuilding of an entire property.
Trained Fire, Smoke, and Water Damage Cleaning Specialists
The key when choosing a fire and smoke damage cleaning company is to get one with experienced and trained professionals who you can trust. Flood Services Canada has been a mainstay of the Greater Toronto Area for years, providing expert repair and restoration services in the event of flood, fire, smoke damage, and more. Contact us at (416) 302-2107 to learn more about how to protect your property, or use our emergency hotline at (416)-999-3930 to get our rapid-response teams deployed to your area.
Smoke And Fire Damage Restoration Frequently Asked Questions
What is smoke damage?
Smoke damage is the physical damage caused by the smoke of a fire. This damage is typically insured by a homeowner’s insurance policy and should be cleaned by professional fire damage restoration companies. A good smoke damage clean-up company will document the damage, review and help you understand your insurance policy, and work with your insurance adjuster to ensure you have all you need to file a smoke damage insurance claim.
How do you clean smoke damage?
It may seem as if clearing the fire removes all danger, but smoke can also pose a threat to your home. Smoke damage cleaning companies are trained to handle such danger. Professional fire damage companies are able to clean your home of smoke and restore items affected from a fire by removing all residue, treating the sources of odour with special detergents and neutralizers, and sealing off materials to protect them from any odours looming in the air.