Even after a fire is put out, the danger is not over. Did you know that smoke and moisture can continue to linger in an area for days or even weeks after the fire is extinguished. This can lead to toxic and dangerous fumes, bacterial and mold deposits, and other hazards. Because of this, it is important to seek disaster remediation as quickly as possible to help check the spread of molds and bacteria and help eliminate odors and moisture that can compromise the occupants health. Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified technicians have the practical knowledge and access to the right equipment to help stop these problems before they become unmanageable.
What Can I Expect From Disaster Remediation?
Every disaster is different, even if it’s of the same type as another. Different areas are damaged and/or left vulnerable to ongoing damage. Some situations may require minimal intervention, while others may utterly devastate the structure. Because of this, the first step is evaluation. As soon as our technicians arrive onsite, they begin the inspection process to determine what risk factors are in play. Once these factors are known, we can then develop a “battle plan” that addresses both potential and actual problems located during the inspection in the most effective and efficient way possible so as to minimize disruption to your home or business.
Our technicians work with a project manager at every step of the inspection and remediation process. The project manager provides guidance to the technicians and ensures the work is being done to IICRC specifications and in compliance with federal standards such as the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) guidelines. In turn, our company works closely with you and your insurance company to make sure everyone is aware of what is being done and why.
What Does A Typical Remediation Look Like?
Umbrella Property Restoration has been in business since 1999, and if we’ve learned one thing in the last fifteen years, it’s that there is no such thing as a “typical” remediation. Different building materials, furnishings, and structural usages change the complexion of what we’re doing substantially, as does the amount of damage involved. However, below is a general checklist version of our remediation services for fire, smoke, and moisture.
During the inspection phase, we identify any and all areas that have been affected by fire, smoke, or water. Then we check the areas thoroughly to determine the extent of the damage and whether mold, bacteria, or toxic chemicals linger. We use state-of-the-art measuring equipment to check for the level of moisture in the environment and to seek out mold and bacterial growths as well as other hazards. Once the inspection is complete, we assemble a plan for dealing with the problem.
Soot and water are the most obvious problems, as well as actual burn damage. During this phase, we use dry-ice machines and thermal foggers to trap and eliminate soot and smoke particulates from the air. Then we employ dehydrators and industrial drying fans to get the moisture out. During this phase, we take ongoing readings to ensure the plan is working. If it’s not, we modify our approach so it will.
Content and Furnishing Restoration
All your salvageable belongings will be removed from the damaged area to a secure, climate-controlled location for cleaning, drying as necessary and storage until your building is ready to be refurnished. This allows us to restore everything we can to its pre-disaster condition. Charred or burnt items are generally not considered salvageable.
Once the furnishings have been removed and the major damage is taken care of, we use cutting-edge cleaners to remove any lingering odors and our thermal foggers to deliver a long-lasting, good-smelling, odor-neutralizing cleaning chemical into every crack and crevice to keep the odors away.
Our other services include, but are not limited to:
- Catastrophe response, mitigation, and repair
- Construction, including cabinetry and historic preservation
- Fire and smoke damage
- Document and electronics drying, thermal imaging, and other high-tech solutions
- Content restoration, pack-out, and cleaning
- Environmental hazards such as lead, asbestos, and mold
Remember, in most disasters work needs to begin within 24 hours to prevent extensive damage. Contact us right away so we can help you get your life back to normal after a disaster.