Fire & Smoke Restoration

The burning of different materials produces many different types of smoke deposits, which penetrate into and behind any area in a property that is not completely sealed.

The impact of a wrong approach to smoke damage restoration can, in extreme cases, render a return to pre-incident condition impossible. Our technicians will correctly identify and deal with the various types of soot contamination on both buildings and contents.

Smoke comes in four basic varieties:

Wet Smoke  Low heat, smouldering, pungent odour, stick, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke Fast burning at high temperatures.
Protein         Virtually invisible, discolours paints and varnishes. Extreme pungent odour.
Fuel Oil Soot    Furnace/Boiler puff backs cause fuel oil soot.

After the type of smoke is identified our technicians will determine the most appropriate course of action required. Unaffected areas need to be protected quickly from soot and odor before the damage spreads.

One of the most important elements of their evaluation is what personal items and structural components can be restored versus what needs to be replaced. It also helps determine the most effective cleaning method as well as eliminating needless replacements.

Fire damage restoration requires a combination of cleaning techniques and very close attention to detail. A fast response is critical to minimising the damage caused by smoke contamination - our fire damage technicians can be at a property within hours of notification.

Step 1. Inspection and survey of property.

Step. 2 Remove all salvageable items.

Step 3. Secure storage of personal items.

Step 4. External restoration works.

Step 5. Sanitise effected areas.

Step 6. Internal decoration.

Step 7. Refit.

Step 8. Test and certify.

Step 9. Policyholder satisfaction.

Priority actions may include:

  1. Installation of drying equipment to lower humidity levels and prevent acid corrosion.
  2. The removal of electrical items for emergency decontamination and possible restoration.
  3. Neutralisation of acid compounds on sensitive surfaces such as uPVC and finished wood surfaces.
  4. Strip-out of unsalvageable structure (where agreed).
  5. Freezing of documents to avoid ink-runs, stuck pages, mould growth and other forms of degradation.
  6. Testing of portable electrical items for safety before going back into use.

In many cases items can be restored on site, whilst more extensively damaged items may need to be taken away to our facility in Dublin for restoration. Often fire damaged properties are subject to water damage as a result of the fire brigades’ actions to extinguish the fire. This results in high levels of humidity within the property, causing the formation of hydrochloric acid which corrodes sensitive items such as uPVC and electronic components.

Our technicians carry the right equipment to recognise and lower the humidity levels and stabilise conditions, thus removing the threat of further damage to the property and its contents.

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