Cleaning up after a fire

You may be anxious to clean your home after a fire, but unless you take the time to get professional advice, you may be wasting your efforts, money or create further damage. There are several things that will affect the cost of fire and smoke damage repair. While many things can be done by one contracting company, Dririte can help you with all of them to ensure everything is done properly without having to call multiple companies.
Water damage

You will need to dry wet items as soon as possible. Dririte of Tampa will bring large, industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry your carpets and window treatments. If not thoroughly dried, carpets and floors underneath may be quickly damaged beyond repair by mold and mildew. This is an important step – if your carpets don’t get dried quickly, they may have to be replaced which is an expense and hassle for any homeowner. If walls and ceilings have water damage, they will need to be repaired (depending upon the damage) or fully replaced. But, before that decision can be made, the soot needs to be removed to inspect damage.

Soot removal

Soot is oily and easily stains carpets, draperies and other items in your home such as walls or ceilings. For this reason you must remove the soot before you attempt to clean or deodorize items. Dririte can help you remove items such as window coverings and furniture and they will work on removing soot with a heavy-duty vacuum. In some cases, your textiles may just be ruined and need to be replaced so ask if they are worth cleaning before you spend the money to do so. Based on the type of paint and finish you have on your walls and ceiling, your professional will have to use a mixture of chemicals to remove the soot damage.

Odors – furniture and textile deodorizing

Smoke odor may remain in clothing, upholstered furniture, carpets and draperies unless they are properly deodorized before cleaning. Ask us about using “counteractants,” chemicals or additives that break up smoke molecules to eliminate odors. The type of counteractant used will vary with the type of material burned in the fire. Restorers also may provide them for laundering clothes for an additional fee. Fire restorers and dry cleaners sometimes use an ozone treatment to break up smoke molecules and eliminate odors. If the process is done in the home, items are put under a tent while an ozone generator is operating. Keep in mind that most household deodorizing sprays and disinfectants provide only temporary relief. In addition, deodorizing sprays may interact with smoke odor and create an additional odor.

Odors – walls, surfaces and ducts

During a fire, smoke can permeate walls and other surfaces and drift through household ducts, where it becomes trapped. If not properly removed, smoke odor reoccurs from time to time, especially during warm or damp weather. We sometimes use process known as “thermal fogging.” This warm chemical fog penetrates your home and walls just as the fire did, neutralizing the smoke odor as it goes. Depending on how bad the fire was, we also use a chemical sealer to secure smoke permanently to the sides of ducts since these areas, with their joints and crevices, may be difficult to clean with conventional vacuum-and-brush methods. You may need to consider replacement of attic insulation. Insulation may retain odors

If you have any questions regarding fire, smoke or soot damage to your home, give us a call here at Dririte of Hillsborough County. We’re here 24/7 to help in your time of need. (813) 283-2202

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