Fire


Fire

As household disasters go, a fire can be infinitely damaging to any home owner, leaving behind destruction in its wake and the serious threat of long-term damage to any house unfortunate enough to have fallen victim to it.

In most cases, you will need the assistance of a fire damage restoration service provider to reverse the effects brought about by a house fire. Titan Restoration is the answer to all your needs, providing all-around quality restoration services to return your home or property back to its former glory.

Effects of Smoke and Soot Damage

Fire creates smoke as it burns through flammable material, clinging to every surface it can find: walls, ceilings, clothing, appliances, and furniture. Traditional cleanup may help in removing any visible traces, but the very nature of smoke seeps into cracks and crevices that ordinary cleaning materials may miss on their first sweep.

Furthermore, smoke residue can erode surfaces, slowly but progressively creating more damage with the passage of time, and smoke odor lingers. It is also highly toxic in nature, and can cause sickness or irritation to both humans and animals in your residence. Metals corrode over time with exposure to water, succumbing to rust. Fires tend to speed up the rusting and corrosion, which may pose a danger to those living in a house previously fallen victim to one.

Appliances will need to be replaced for the same reason, as smoke can come into them and damage sensitive components critical to their use. Wooden components can also suffer extensive smoke damage long after a fire has been put out. Chemicals left behind after a fire has been put out of a home can linger long after the flames have died down, which may lead to respiratory illnesses, irritation to skin, and other health-related concerns.

Soot is also included in the unfortunate aftermath of a fire. These are impure carbon particles that result from the incomplete combustion or burning of hydrocarbon substances, and can pose a great risk to humans if not properly cleaned up.

Chemical Nature of Smoke

The chemical nature of smoke and soot makes it very difficult to remove, especially in porous materials where it can easily penetrate and seep into them. The formation of chemicals such as hydrochloric acid, when halogen-containing plastics are burned, can easily transfer into other materials as a corrosive reaction.

Smoke and soot corrosion can spell the end of many household items, even if they haven’t been directly affected by the fire. Microelectronic devices have delicate circuit boards, which can easily corrode the sensitive materials found in them. In addition, many smoke components can cause short circuits because they are also considered as conductors that can disrupt electrical pathways along a circuit board.

Because of the immediate destructive caused by fire and the corrosion that follows, it's important to address the damage as soon as possible. That's why it's so vital to have an experienced, sympathetic professional like Titan Restoration on your side to help you through the process. Our team will work with you and the other parties involved to ensure that every detail of the process is meticulously addressed and your investment is restored.

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Titan Pro Tips

DO

  • •  Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • •  If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • •  Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • •  Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • •  Change HVAC filter.
  • •  Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • •  Dispose of any opened packages of food.
  • •  If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
  • •  Take pictures of the structure and damaged contents for documentation.
  • •  Retain all receipts related to your loss. This will help you document your expenditures for insurance purposes.

DON'T

  • •  Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • •  Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • •  Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • •  Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • •  Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.