It’s hard to imagine anything more traumatizing than a fire in your home, threatening your family’s sense of security and possessions. Similarly, a fire can swiftly bring an enterprise’s operations to a sudden halt, affecting both the business and its customers.
Fortunately, we’re here to get you back into your home or your business back up and running as soon as possible. The most important thing to do once the fire has been controlled is to contact your insurance company. The first 24 to 48 hours after fire damage are known as the “golden hours” of recovery.
The acidic soot and smoke that is often produced when fires are extinguished accelerates the deterioration and corrosion of building materials and your possessions so it is critical to engage an emergency response team that quickly stabilizes the property to ensure the recovery of as many contents as possible.
Beyond the visible structural damage, contents inside the structure must be evaluated for recovery based on several factors including:
- Replacement Cost vs. Restoration Cost
- Effect of Smoke and Heat
- Loss of Use
- Loss of Value
- Decreased Life Expectancy
- Sentimental Value
Odour and Deodorisation
Deodorisation is a critical component of the fire remediation process. Hazard Restoration utilises three methods for dealing with odour – Ozone Treatment, Hydroxyl Treatment and Thermal Fogging.
Ozone generators are used to remove odours that seem impossible to remove such as the smell of cigarette smoke from a home that has been heavily smoked in. Ozone is a gas that unbalances the regular molecule makeup of oxygen to combat odours, bacteria and particulates. The Ozone molecule is three oxygen atoms (o3) whereas the oxygen we breath is made up of two oxygen atoms (o2). Because of the extra oxygen atom in ozone, this atom can attach itself to other substances which alters the chemical composition of substances in the air – in turn, eliminating odours. Due to Ozone generators causing an imbalance in oxygen molecules, generators must strictly be used by trained professionals within unoccupied buildings.
Similarly, Hydroxyl generators produce hydroxyl radicals that break apart odour molecules.
Thermal Fogging uses specialist fluids, vaporized by an increase in temperature which is then condensed upon introduction to the cooler atmospheric air to create extremely small particles (less than 0.5 microns). These small vapour particles then travel in the same way smoke does, settling on and penetrating surfaces. Thermal fogging is an effective smoke odour removal procedure because it recreates the fire-related properties of heat and pressurization. Porous material picks up thermally activated deodorant droplets in the same manner in which they picked up the smoke odours, closely duplicating what occurs during a fire.