Fire, Smoke & Soot

When a fire occurs that creates smoke damage, certain events take place that need to be addressed. The soot particles that are released are microscopic and therefore detailed cleaning must be conducted to ensure that all agents that release VOC's (volatile organic compounds) are removed.

One of the first orders of business on a fire damage is to remove charred or unusable building materials from the workspace. All Dry always starts at the source of the fire and works outward from there. This attention to detail enables the proper fire damage restoration techniques to be effective.

There are many implements that are used on a fire loss. Here is a list of specified scope of fire damage restoration that must be conducted on all losses.

Hepa vacuuming :
Hepa stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. HEPA vacuuming achieves the removal of soot particulates from surfaces without exhausting them back into the atmosphere.

Wipe Down:
Once HEPA vacuuming is done, all surfaces and substrate are wiped down with a smoke odor counteractant to eliminate any deposits created by the smoke particles.

Air Scrubbers:
Air Scrubbers contain HEPA filtration and capture soot particles. All Dry will always utilize these devices paired with activated carbon filtration to be 60 times more effective in the particulate removal process.

Thermal fogging:
Thermal fogging recreates the smoke generated by a fire. The fog infiltrates all areas with smoke odor counter-actants to make sure all cracks and crevices have been covered.

Generally ozone is the last step utilized on a fire loss. Ozone changes the particles that are airborne so that they contain no more agents that can release VOC's.