Small or large, fire is a damaging, destructive force.
From a small fire that causes light smoke damage to an intensive fire causing complete structural loss, Flood & Fire Solutions will work with you and your insurance provider to restore your property as quickly as possible.
With a call to Flood & Fire Solutions you set in motion a variety of fire damage restoration services that can include:
- Emergency response and board up service
- Smoke and soot removal
- Corrosion control
- Water damage cleanup and restoration
- Complete cleaning
- Deodorization services
- Soda Blasting
Let Flood & Fire Solutions help you recover from fire damage, and minimize disruption to your home or office. Contact us today at 208.521.9741 to learn more.
Is the Damage Done?
No! Not necessarily. After a fire there could be water from the fire department or corrosive soot that left alone can go into action and start the process of destroying what is left. Unmitigated damage within minutes includes: Yellowing of plastics, stains from furniture, discoloration of marble. Hours include: discoloration of bath fixtures and grout, Furniture delaminates, metals tarnish, yellowing of countertops, furniture finishes discolor.
Days include: yellowing of painted surfaces, Corrosion and pitting of metals, permanent staining of clothes, permanent staining of upholstery, doors and window casings swell. Weeks: carpet fibers yellow, etching of glass, china, crystal, mildew on sheetrock, wood, carpet, silver plating corroding permanently. Think about all your possessions, especially priceless items like photos and heirlooms. Your going to want these back. The restoration contractor is responsible to take reasonable efforts to prevent the damage from getting worse. With the application of equipment and chemical technology readily available to us we have the potential to restore most property.
This topic is for you and your insurance adjuster to mill over. A quick point to make here is a example of a $100.00 small sofa. To clean it might cost $100.00 or a new one can be purchased at your local store for $100.00 – ish dollars. More than likely the default is going to be purchase the new exact model vs. clean the sofa. Understand that Flood and Fire Solutions does not have the say-so in this example. Every insurance policy is different and you and your adjuster/agent can make those decisions.
Odor needs a transport mechanism in order to move into the realm where we can begin to detect it.
- Humidity: the higher the humidity, the greater the perception of odor.
- Temperature: Higher temperatures can intensify an odor.
- Volatility: How volatile the source is. How fast does it evaporates.
- Penetration: The penetration of the odor into the structure, fabrics, or contents is greatly increased by high temperature. Fires, for example, can literally drive odors into the structure.
Basic Principles of Deodorization
First we must understand how odor is detected. Receptors are concentrated in the epithelium, a thumbnail sized area with about ten million sensory neurons. These receptors are so sensitive they can detect one odor molecule among millions in the air. On Average, men can identify 3,000 to 5,000 distinct odors. Women identify close to 10,000. These nerve endings are the only nerves that are replaced every few weeks, In addition, they have only a thin layer of mucus protecting them from stimuli in the environment.
This is significantly different from nerve endings under out skin, behind our eyeballs or inside our ears. These nerves are truly where our brain meets the outside world. This may be why there is such a connection between odor and memory. Odors can trigger memories. Seeing a stain where we previously smelled an odor may spark a recall of that odor. This psychological odor is not a real odor but your brain can’t tell the difference.
Odor Reduction Principles
- Principle #1: Eliminate the source
- Principle #2: Clean the Source. Misting some “smell good stuff” on an area where you still have contamination will most likely not eliminate the offensive odor.
- Principle #3: Recreate the conditions that caused the contamination. Did smoke fill the room? Maybe us fog or dry vapor to correct.
- Principle #4: Seal the Area if necessary. This usually entails the use of a pigmented or clear alcohol based sealing shellac or acrylic sealer.
Tools of the Trade
Hydroxyl Generators, Ozone generators, Vapor Diffusers, Thermal Foggers, Wet Foggers, Air Scrubbers, Exhaust Fans, etc. The lists is hundreds of individual tools and methods applied in combinations depending on conditions and application. Your restoration pro knows the best methods for each kind of fire or smoke damage.