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Smoke Damage Cleaning

Vinci Response offers professional smoke damage cleaning services for commercial and residential properties across the South of England

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Fire damage can have a devastating impact on your house or business property.

It can leave many homes uninhabitable and businesses un-operational. Apart from the damage caused by heat, smoke can significantly impact a building and the contents within.

With extensive experience, Vinci Response Services can assess and carry out professional smoke damage remediation and decontamination of your property. You can find out more about our smoke damage cleaning services below.

Arrange Your Smoke Damage Cleaning In 3 Simple Steps

  1. Call us today to arrange a convenient date and time for one of our senior surveyors to conduct a free site survey.
  2. During the site survey, we’ll also produce a detailed proposal.
  3. Once the proposal is agreed upon and the necessary paperwork completed, our technicians can commence with the required work.

For a free, no-obligation estimate and to arrange your smoke damage cleaning site survey, call us on 03335 772 996.

Smoke Damage – Cleaning Up Can Be Difficult

When dealing with the aftermath of a fire, there is more to consider than just the obvious damage.

You must also deal with the extensive problems that soot and smoke can cause.

There are different types of smoke that can affect properties in different ways.

‘Driven’ smoke is pressurised and tends to affect vertical surfaces.

‘Floating’ smoke is formed when driven smoke cools down. It is heavier than air and tends to settle on horizontal surfaces.

Not only is smoke and soot unsightly, but inhalation of either is also a significant health risk.

It is essential to wear protective clothing and to use the right equipment when cleaning smoke damaged properties.

As with any restorative and cleaning work, our technicians follow standard health and safety procedures to ensure the work is carried out correctly.

Smoke Damage Restoration

One of the first things you need to do when cleaning up smoke damage is to remove all soot deposition from the premises.

Water is the worst thing to use for soot removal; It can make soot stains harder to remove and make them look worse on your surfaces.

There are two types of soot that can be left following a fire:

Dry Soot

High oxygen fires cause dry soot.

These fires typically burn at over 500 degrees centigrade, and the resulting smoke can ‘force’ its way into drawers, void spaces, cracks and crevices.

It is easier to see dry soot as the deposition is relatively large, dry, ‘greyish’ in colour, crumbly and loose.

Dry soot is comparably easier to control and clean. It can be removed using a HEPA vacuum and dry-cleaning methods.

Wet Soot

Wet soot is left as a result of low oxygen (starved) fires.

Because the fire temperatures are not as high, the particles contain more liquid contaminants.

The deposition can be described as being large, wet, black and ‘smudgy’. Wet soot sticks to surfaces a lot more and should not be cleaned with vacuuming or dry wiping.

The type of soot left behind also very much depends on the materials burned. So, our technicians will also be able to identify:

  • Protein residues – generated from both hot and cold fires, these can range from light yellow to brown in colour (they may even be invisible).
  • Plastic/Rubber residues – plastic, synthetic rubbers and other polymers burn vigorously at low temperatures. The deposition is typically large, wet, black and smearable.
  • Fuel oil/soot residues – often referred to as ‘Puff Backs’- are primarily composed of old soot, which is jarred loose by the impact of a sudden ignition. They can appear hard, grey/black in colour and be both wet or dry particles.

Knowing and understanding what has burnt provides us with the type of soot and, therefore, the best way to remediate it.

Successfully identifying the type of soot present will affect the cleaning methods used.

Take the stress out of the situation! Call today and speak with an experienced professional!

Frequently Asked Questions About Smoke Damage Cleaning

Can smoke damage remediation remove the foul odours?

Sadly, smoke damage can cause odours long after remediation. However, Vinci Response Services will ensure that any and all affected areas of the home or commercial property are correctly restored to help avoid long-lasting smells.

Can I clean the smoke damage myself?

We would not advise untrained individuals to try cleaning up after smoke damage. Minor smoke damage may well be cured with everyday household products, but smoke damage remediation should be left to the professionals. If not cleaned properly, smoke damage can smudge into walls, wallpaper, carpeting and other surfaces.

How do I know what was affected by the smoke damage in my home/office?

In some instances, it will be obvious to see smoke damaged areas, particularly soot. However, there are many less apparent signs of smoke damage.

  • Food – It’s important to know that smoke can penetrate most means of packaging. Therefore all food stored in the home should be carefully inspected before deciding to keep it or not.
  • Fridge – it can be easy to overlook the inside of the fridge after a fire, especially if no smoke damage or soot was found on the outside of the appliance. The contents of a fridge should be carefully examined before consuming.
  • Plants – Smoke damage can have long-lasting effects on house plants. In most cases, wiping down the plant can be helpful, along with leaving it outdoors to help regenerate affected cells.
  • Clothing – It’s important to professionally clean all clothing that may have been exposed to smoke damage. In some cases, overexposure to smoke-affected clothing can cause severe bodily reactions.

Can I stay in my home/office during smoke damage cleaning?

This does depend on the extent of smoke damage to a property. Our technicians use protective gear, including specialised clothing, boots and respirators, to ensure their safety while the job is being completed. They will be able to advise whether you can stay on-site or not.

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