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Addressing Smoke and Soot Damage After a Fire

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

wall burned, debris on floor, insulation on floor due to severe fire inside a building Severe fire damage to a building in Colorado Springs, CO.

Ways To Handle Soot And Smoke Damage

After a fire, smoke damage at your building in Colorado Springs, CO, can be widespread, and you may need to consult with an experienced fire restoration service to handle the clean-up. Experts who know how to handle smoke and soot damage use various methods to clean and repair parts of your building's interior and the property inside it.

Odor Removal
Smoke from a fire can quickly spread through your building's interior, permeate the air and compromise porous surfaces, including:

  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Clothing
  • Flooring
  • Walls

Fire damage is not always visible; it can lead to lingering unpleasant odors that are difficult to remove. Neutralizing the odor that smoke leaves behind is one of the most vital but challenging aspects of the clean-up process following a fire. Ozone odor removal is one of the most effective ways to eliminate the pungent scent from smoke damage. It involves introducing ozone molecules, or oxygen that consists of three rather than two oxygen atoms, into the environment. The third atom becomes attracted to the offensive odor molecule and neutralizes it, leaving behind two-atom, breathable oxygen molecules.

Stain Removal
Following a fire, incomplete combustion of burning objects results in microscopic, toxic soot particles. It is vital to know how to clean surfaces that contain soot to avoid spreading it deeper into an object and producing permanent stains. The first step involves determining the type of soot requiring removal.
Dry soot is odorless and forms when natural substances burn. A dry vacuum with a HEPA filter can remove dry soot effectively, usually without leaving permanent stains. Wet and oily soot damage from burning plastic, rubber and kitchen products are more complex to manage and require great care when handling. It may be impossible to salvage affected objects.
Smoke damage due to a fire at your building or a nearby structure can have serious consequences. Professional fire restoration services in Colorado Springs, CO, can undertake soot and smoke cleaning measures to minimize the disruption to your operations.

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