A fire is a very stressful ordeal. In the aftermath, you will likely be facing severely-damaged property, soot over your belongings, and an acidic odor which permeates your entire home. Let the Culver City CA fire damage experts take the stress out of cleanup. We are here for you with 24/7 fire and smoke damage cleanup services from certified experts.
Our Fire Damage Services
Depending on the size of the fire, its location, and how it was put out, fires damage cleanup can involve many different things. We at Culver City CA Water Damage are equipped to handle all of the problems related to fire damage, as well as secondary problems which may occur in the aftermath. Our fire damage services include:
• 24/7 emergency services
• IICRC certified technicians
• HEPA air filtration
• Structural bracing
• Tarping and boarding-up services
• Soot removal
• Cleaning of all surfaces
• Contents restoration
• Water damage remediation and drying
• Demolition and debris removal
• Damage assessments
• Insurance company billing
Fire Damage Emergencies
After a fire has been put out, you are probably stressed and frazzled. As tough as this time can be, it is important that you keep a clear head and get to work on the fire damage cleanup process immediately. The longer you wait, the more damage the soot and water will cause to your home, and the longer it will take to clean up. The IICRC outlines the following timeline for fire damage:
• Within minutes: Acid soot causes yellowing of plastics. Porous items near the source of the fire (such as stone tile) will discolor permanently.
• Within hours: Acid soot will stain grout and fiberglass, metals will tarnish, and many finishes and countertops will yellow
• Within days: Paint will become permanently yellow, metal will corrode, wood finishes will deteriorate, vinyl finishing will break down, and fabrics (including upholstery) will permanently yellow
• Within weeks: Soot causes pitting and scratches in glass, silver corrodes, and carpets will become permanently stained
This timeline does not factor in the damage which can be caused by water and mold damage. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours after exposure to water, and it will stain items while causing a severe health risk.
The Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup Process
Whether you had a small kitchen fire or an entire part of your home went up in flames, you can count on us to get the job done. Here is an overview of the fire damage cleanup process so you know what to expect.
2. Emergency Tarping and Board-Up
3. Pre-cleaning surfaces sensitive to soot damage
4. Corrosion mitigation
5. Surface cleaning
6. Content cleaning
7. Hand cleaning of sensitive items
8. Content pack-out
9. Sanitization and deodorization
10. Water damage remediation
FAQs about Fire Damage Cleanup
What should I do after a fire?
It is best to call for professional help with the cleanup process as soon as possible. You will also want to take documentation for any insurance claims. Avoid going into the damaged area as you may just track soot throughout your home. If you must enter the area, wear a respirator. Seal off the damaged area to prevent soot from blowing into other areas, and open any windows to get air flowing.
What damage can soot cause?
Soot is very acidic and can cause permanent damage to all types of materials. If left untreated, it can corrode metals, etch glass, and destroy finishes. It will also quickly stain many surfaces, and staining becomes permanent on many materials after just a matter of hours or days. Do not forget that soot is also very hazardous to your health. If it can corrode metal, imagine what it is doing to your body when you breathe it in!
Can’t I clean up fire damage myself?
Fire damage cleanup is best left to experts who have equipment for dealing with acidic soot safely. The experts at Culver City CA Water Damage wear respirators, goggles, and protective suits to reduce exposure. We also utilize equipment like professional HEPA filters and methods like tarping to keep soot contained as we clean it up. If you try to clean up the fire damage yourself, you risk dislodging soot into the air, harming your health, and contaminating other areas of your home.
How long will the cleanup process take?
There are too many factors to consider to give a general time-frame for fire damage cleanup. Our experts will provide you with a time-frame for what to expect with each stage of the cleanup process.
Call us at (310) 591-3179 for immediate fire damage cleanup services in Culver City, CA.