Fire Damage Mitigation

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It is important that the fire damage repairs begin as soon as possible. Smoke residues are acidic in nature and with time they will cause surfaces to corrode and stain permanently. The smoke that was pressurized during the fire will permeate cracks and crevices of building materials and deposit odor-causing residues. Cleaning up soot residue must be done immediately. During combustion, soot residue and volatile vapors are carried by rising and expanding air to surfaces throughout the structure, and are deposited. This process occurs repeatedly until combustion ends, with soot residue building up on surfaces layer by layer. By the time restoration service professionals arrive, lacquer-like soot residue may be quite difficult to dissolve and remove. Within minutes, acidic soot residues cause plastics to yellow, small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; highly porous materials discolor permanently. Within hours, acidic residues stain grout in bathrooms, fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow, uncoated materials tarnish, countertops may yellow, along with finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators and furniture.  Within days, with time acidic residues cause painted walls to yellow permanently, metal corrodes, pits, and rusts, wood furniture requires refinishing, vinyl flooring requires refinishing or replacement, clothing becomes soot stained, and upholstery stains permanently. Within weeks, restorations costs escalate tremendously. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently, glass, crystal, and china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposed to acidic soot residues. (Price varies upon extent of damage)


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