FIRE & SMOKE CLEAN-UP SERVICES
Watching your home and personal possessions get consumed by fire is one of the most devastating losses any homeowner can ever have the misfortune of experiencing. Recovering from such a catastrophic loss can be made more accessible by having clear guidance and support while salvaging your personal property from fire and smoke damage.
At Olympia Water and Fire Damage Pros, our fire and smoke damage technicians are more than talented experts; they’re caring people. We work hard to get you back to your home as quickly as possible. We will always keep you informed at every step of the restoration process. With our comprehensive range of fire-damage services, including odor removal, smoke, and soot removal, we have you covered.
COMMON TYPES OF FIRES
Protein Fire: Caused by food that is burned in the stovetop or oven. Protein fires leave a strong odor that can be difficult to remove, burned-food leaves odors and smoke residue the surfaces within your home.
Complex Fire: When multiple burns inside your home, a black smoke residue can build-up on all surfaces. The black soot will also be accompanied by synthetic smoke odor. When this occurs, at-risk surfaces must be protected with emergency corrosion mitigation.
Natural Fire: Typically, this type of smoke damage occurs when trees, shrubs, and bushes have burned, and smoke. Often the result of wildfires that had smoke penetrate the structure from outside, leaving a strong smoke odor.
Furnace Malfunction: When oil-fired furnaces malfunction, they can cuase smoke to be distributed throughout the home.
FIRE DAMAGE IS MORE THAN BURNT ITEMS
- Ash and smoke will continue to cause damage and corrosion if left on materials.
- The odors from smoke will remain in the home long after the fire is out. They will continue to cause problems if not removed.
- Walls and other surfaces can become discolored in as little as a few minutes.
- Finishes on most kitchen appliances turn yellow within a matter of hours.
- Smoke will start to etch in a glass after just a short time, and smoke will tarnish metal quickly.
NOT ALL FIRE DAMAGE IS THE SAME.
OUR THOROUGH FIRE RESTORATION PROCESS INCLUDES:
- Identifying the source of the fire to determine the type of fire that is being treated
- Inspect the wet areas that were created as a result of firefighting to evaluate what may need treatment
- Remediating water damage (if necessary)
- Evaluating delicate materials that may be damaged from smoke & soot particles
- Removing contents—including the collection of items you may need to use for the next weeks. These items could include clothing, prescriptions, toys, school books, business needs, etc.
- Packing out remaining contents for cleaning & storage
- Performing structural restoration, including removal of charred materials that may seal in smoke, such as insulation & burned wood
- Evaluating carpets & floor coverings that may need to be removed
- Inspecting the framing of the house & subfloors for safety
- Treating affected surfaces for smoke odors
- Sealing to prevent odors from leaking back into the house
- Cleaning, eliminating odors & deodorizing surfaces to pre-loss condition
- Returning items to the original location & helping to restore your normal life
DON’T TRY TO DO IT YOURSELF!
The residue from house fires is a biohazard. The residue can cause health problems if it is not appropriately treated. Attempting to clean up after a fire on your own could cause more damage. This is a job best left to professionals to get the job is done correctly.
QUICK TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A LOSS
- If temperatures permits, air out the house. Helping to dissipate the smoke odor.
- Hard surfaces like laminate, chrome, porcelain, and aluminum fixtures need to be cleaned. Cleaning as early as possible will help reduce the chance of permanent tarnishing or etching.
- If your HVAC system has uses forced air, change the filter.
- Secure damp cheesecloth over HVAC returns and supply registers, this will help capture any loose soot in the air.
- Trow away any open food packages.
- If the electricity is off, you should clean out the refrigerator and prop doors open, so mold does not grow inside the fridge.
- Clothing with substantial smoke damage should be sent to a qualified restoration dry cleaner to be properly cleaned.
Things not to do
- Do not touch anything that has been affected by smoke, soot, or ash with your bare hands. The oil from your skin can permeate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, thus causing additional damage.
- Do not wash any walls. Incorrectly cleaning the walls could compound the soot residue making it more difficult to clean.
- Do not try cleaning carpets and upholstered furniture.
- Do not use any electrical appliances that have not been checked by a professional.
- Do not try using any ceiling fixtures while the ceiling is wet.