Why Time Is Of The Essence When It Comes To Smoke And Fire Remediation
Fires can happen any time during the year. But it does seem like we have an increased number of fire losses in the colder months. Mainly due to space heaters, candles, fire places, holiday lights and increased baking/cooking for the holidays. Odor removal is typically the most complicated part of smoke, soot and fire remediation.
Smoke damage doesn’t always leave black soot behind. Depending on the amount of smoke damage, it can be invisible. All fire and smoke damages should be cleaned by a trained specialist to get it out efficiently and quickly.
Time is of the Essence: the sooner you start the fire restoration process, the less the property will be damaged.
What is the timeline of a fire?
America’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) have analyzed the timeline of a fire as follows:
- Within Minutes: Acid soot residues cause plastics to yellow; nearby small appliances to discolor and permanent discoloration of high porous interior décor materials like marble and alabaster.
- Within Hours: Acid residues cause staining or yellowing of: grouting, fiberglass bath fixtures, counter tops and furniture finishes as well as appliances in the vicinity of the fire, particularly refrigerators.
- Within Days: Painted walls will start to yellow permanently; metal corrodes, pits and rusts; wood furniture requires refinishing; vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement; clothing becomes soot-stained and upholstery becomes permanently stained.
- Within Weeks: Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.”
From this, you can see that the damage is likely to escalate at an alarming rate which is why, if you experience fire and smoke damage at your property, you should call out professional fire restoration specialists as promptly as you can.
At 24Restore, we understand the urgency of the damage. Our highly trained team is always geared up and ready to provide a rapid response. Our specialists have the know how and the equipment to ensure any smoke damage repair is carried out correctly, which will mitigate secondary damage and eliminate the unpleasant odors in the aftermath of such a disaster. You can call 24Restore in Minneapolis 24 hours to find out how we can help you following a fire or smoke damage.
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