A fire damaged house interior

Why Is Cleaning So Difficult After A Fire?

Fire damage has a severe impact on businesses properties and homes. In some cases, it leaves the property un-operational or uninhabitable, with the damage not only being caused by the heat but also by the smoke. Thanks to the extensive experience and expertise of the Bio Response team, we can professionally remediate smoke damage and decontaminate your property.

There’s a lot to bear in mind when coping with a fire’s aftermath than simply obvious damage. It’s also essential to deal with all the extensive issues that smoke and soot can cause.

Properties are affected in various ways by different kinds of smoke. Pressurised “driven” smoke affects vertical surfaces, while heavier “floating smoke” settles on the property’s horizontal surfaces.

Soot and smoke aren’t just unsightly, they also poses a serious health risk when inhaled. Therefore, using the correct equipment and wearing protective clothing is essential cleaning a smoke damaged property.

Safety First Approach

Prior to starting any work, our team will carry out a full method statement and risk assessment which are available upon request

Highly Qualified

Our team of expert cleaning professionals have extensive experience in the industry and have received specialist training in their areas

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We understand the urgency of our clients' needs so we aim to be on site within just 2 hours of receiving your initial contact

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A kitchen ventilation fan that has caught fire

Restoring Smoke Damage

When cleaning smoke damage, it’s important to remove soot depositions from the property. When doing this, you should avoid using water as it makes it harder to get rid of soot stains and makes them look far worse on surfaces. Two kinds of soot may be left after a fire.

The first is dry soot which results from a high oxygen fire burning at more than 500 degrees. The smoke from these fires is forced into cracks, crevices, void spaces, and drawers. Dry soot is easy to see, being grey in colour, dry, loose, and crumbly. It’s relatively easy to clean and control dry soot using dry-cleaning methods and HEPA vacuums.

Wet soot, on the other hand, forms from oxygen starved fires. As the temperature of this type of fire isn’t as high, its particles have a higher proportion of liquid contaminants. Wet soot deposition is smudgy, black, and sticks onto surfaces. It shouldn’t be cleaned either with dry wiping or vacuuming.

  • Protein residues are generated by both cold and hot fires and range from brown to light yellow in colour.
  • Rubber and plastic residues are usually smearable, black, and wet.
  • Fuel oil residue is greyish black and hard and may be either dry or wet particles.

Being aware of which materials have burned will enable us to determine what kind of soot we’re dealing with and, therefore, how to remedy the problem most effectively.

Unfortunately, smoke damage leaves odours that last long after any remediation has been carried out. Bio Response ensures that all areas of the commercial property or home affected by smoke damage are restored correctly to avoid lasting odours.

A fire damaged internal wall

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A fire damaged bathroom

How Do I Arrange Cleaning Of Smoke Damage?

Just give the Bio Response team a call to arrange the most convenient time and date to carry out your free of charge site survey. When we visit your property, we’ll produce an in-depth proposal for you to look at, and if you agree to it and complete the paperwork, we can then start the required works. Get in touch with us now and get your no-obligation free quote.