Fires and mudslides have turned the lives of many Californians upside down this year. Now, the job of restoring the properties affected begins and Empire Cleaning Supply offers solutions to our southern California neighbors.
Any size fire can cause a lot of damage, not just from the fire itself but from the smoke odor and soot as well as the water used to extinguish the fire. A building and its contents may have been badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. Often, the things the fire did not burn up are now ruined by smoke and soggy with the water used to put out the flames. Anything that is to be saved or reused will need to be carefully cleaned. And the ensuing mudslides brought their own intense need for major clean-up.
The clean-up part of the process where the smoke, dust and soot are removed from the interior surfaces can be quite extensive. After a fire, the property will often look dark, stained and charred. Cleaning this off with the proper chemical solutions will start to bring some semblance of normal back to the area. Any odors that can linger after the smoke has been in the room also need to be removed. This might involve carpet cleaning, utilizing wet or dry cleaning methods, and will often need to address adjacent rooms as well as those directly affected by the fire damage. Empire has the correct products from Fiberlock needed to clean, disinfect and sanitize—ideal for use in all restoration and remediation applications.
Smoke, soot and fire damage
While fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to a building and personal property inside, a quick reaction can help minimize the impact of the destruction as some items can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating as the damages will begin to get worse and more difficult to deal with. If smoke goes untreated for long, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. These challenges make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive. Empire provides RECON Smoke Odor Sealer, which permanently encapsulates smoke odors typically found on fire restoration projects.
When smoke and ash mix with water, they produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in a building. Cleaning with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.
Property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm. It is important to neutralize soot residual and deposits in an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren’t affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes and any other items.
Water and Mold Removal
Water and mold removal is a major concern in fire and water damage restoration. Mold can begin developing after the first 24 hours, and once it has started growing it can be difficult to remove. The quicker you remove items from water and begin drying them, the less likely they are to be lost to mold, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Water damage can also cause health problems owing to contamination in the water, so sanitization is particularly important at this stage.
When it comes to deodorization there are many methods that can be employed after the cleaning process. This includes sprayers, deodorant diffusers, ULV’s, thermal foggers and ozone units along with all the precautions for use.
Fire, Water & Mud Disaster Restoration Classes
Taking the right steps in the aftermath of a fire and mudslide are key to achieving full recovery. To assist, Empire Cleaning Supply is offering a Fire, Water & Mud Disaster Restoration Class on Friday, February 9th at our Montebello location. This will provide the best techniques and demonstrate the use of Fiberlock’s specialty products for fire, smoke and water damage restorations, so you, in turn, can best service your own customers. Visit our Academy Page for details.