Expert Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration
It’s hard to imagine anything more traumatising than a fire in your home, threatening your family’s sense of security.
A fire can swiftly bring an enterprise’s operations to a sudden halt, affecting the business and its customers.
An uncontrollable wildfire can wreak chaos in communities.
The first 24- to 48- hours after fire damage are known as the “golden hours” of recovery. An effective emergency response that quickly stabilises the facility ensures the recovery of as much property as possible. The acidic soot and smoke damage that is often produced when fires are extinguished accelerates the deterioration and corrosion of building components and vital assets. To compound the problem, fires are most frequently extinguished with dry chemicals or water. Plus, the toxic smoke odour left behind must be neutralised and deodorised.
The fire damage restoration process includes mitigating damage, providing smoke damage cleanup and water restoration as quickly as possible after the damage first occurs. Beyond the visible structural damage, contents inside the structure must be evaluated for recovery based on a number of factors including:
SRS fire restoration services can include: emergency board-up, demolition, soot removal film application, thermal deodorisation to mitigate smoke damage, and complete reconstruction. Count on SRS fire damage restoration services to answer your call.
Emergency Board-up / Roof Wrap
The SRS team is ready to respond quickly and efficiently. While on-site, we will board up the walls, windows, doors, and other surfaces to prevent your property from suffering worse damage. It is important that trained, organised, and seasoned technicians can quickly arrive at your location to boards up and/or roof wrap the building. By taking measures to safeguard your property to stay intact, more elements of your property can be salvaged. Important documents and precious memories can be gone within a matter of minutes. However, expert fire restoration technicians with the highest caliber of experience can swiftly overcome the effects of the soot and smoke that are still causing damage after the fire is out.
It is important that the soot and smoke are completely removed, because their lingering odour is toxic when inhaled on a regular basis. Smoke and soot particles are Products of Incomplete Combustion (PIC). These are carcinogens that are considered to be dangerous. They can start to degrade contents of a home or business within just a few days, so dealing with them properly and immediately is key.
In the end, there should not be any trace of smoke and soot. But only a professional team like SRS can safely, efficiently and thoroughly clean all surfaces. Prior to any fire damage services, you should contact your insurance company and document the extent of the damage.
SRS outperforms the competition by our diligence and advanced technical procedures to eliminate odour-causing chemicals. The pollutants can still be hidden within the crevices of your walls and surfaces, thereby needing specialised removal. We follow protocol when handling smoke and soot emergencies:
- At first we inspect your property and the extent of its damages.
- We gather your belongings that can later be salvaged and discard items that cannot.
- Next, we pre-clean by vacuuming or dry brushing to pick up ash or dirt.
- We use state-of-the-art equipment to neutralise smoke odours and eliminate biological and chemical pollutants.
- If the home has water damage due to a leaked pipe or broken pipes, we will extract the water and dehumidify the areas.
- We start cleaning walls, ceilings, carpets and floors from the top down.
- Industrial grade equipment such as thermal foggers, ozone generators, and hydroxyl generators will be used to neutralise the smoke odours and chemical pollutants.
These procedures should only be applied by skilled technicians like those on our team, who have over 20 years of experience.
Demolition & Disposal of Building Materials
Demolition and Disposal of Building Materials with a fire, often only a few scraps of items are left without ruin. Instead of disposing of building materials, we recycle items that can be of use. By being environmentally conscious, we are aiming to help our community by reducing waste.
Demolition can be a devastating event. Watching the whole structure become rubble on the ground speaks volumes about the shock and sense of loss.
Unlike water which is matter (made up of molecules), fire is a chemical reaction. It occurs as a process and requires three key elements in order to ignite:
- Heat (ignition temperature)
For example, if you were starting a fire in a fire place you would require 1) oxygen (the open fire place), 2) the fuel (wood and or kindling), and 3) the heat/ignition source (the match).
A fire will continue to burn provided these three elements are available. For Example:
- In order to stop the flame on a gas stove, you need to turn off the gas (fuel).
- If your clothes catch on fire you need to stop, drop and roll (starving the flame of oxygen).
Serious house fires tend to be more prevalent throughout the colder months of the year; approximately one third of house fires in NSW occur between between June & August of each year.
Main Cause of fire in New South Wales as of 1998;
- Unattended heat source
- Undetermined cause
- Short circuit, ground fault
- Other electrical failure
- Falling asleep
- Abandoned, discarded material
- Combustible too close to heat
- Other causes