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If you are the victim of fire damage, be sure to contact us for your residential fire damage restoration or commercial fire damage repair needs.

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Fire Damage Restoration and Smoke Damage Restoration Services

TSC restoration ‘s Fire Damage Restoration Services include

  • Dry Cleaning & pack out of clothing, shoes, bed linens, etc…
  • Rush jobs on important items
  • Cleaning and ozone treatment for smoke odor
  • Non-destructive cleaning and restoration procedures
  • Work with experienced general contractors for structural repairs
  • Structural Cleaning
  • Area Rug Cleaning
  • Furniture refinishing
  • Final cleaning per regular TSC restoration services
  • Additional services as they reflect our core competencies

The TSC restoration Specialist has

  • Hands on restoration experience
  • Specialized tools and equipment
  • Working knowledge of the ANSI / IICRC S-500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration
  • Full understanding and application of Psychrometry
  • Specialized tools and equipment
  • Prevent secondary damage
  • Follow the IICRC S-500 guidelines without exception
  • Inspect using instruments that determine moisture levels in the air, on surface materials and sub-surface materials
  • Create a detailed drying plan to safely remove moisture as quickly and economically as possible

TSC restoration Fire Damage Restoration Process

Get expert restoration from a name you trust.  When a tragedy like a fire occurs, you can rely on TSC restoration to get your life back to normal and your business up and running. TSC restoration Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians holds certifications from the IICRC.  As members of the Restoration Industry Association (RIA), we take pride in providing state-of-the-art fire damage restoration services.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The first 48 hours are vital.  Lingering soot or water can cause secondary damage if not immediately addressed by a professional fire restoration company.  Whether it’s midnight on Tuesday or a Sunday afternoon, TSC restoration fire and smoke restoration services are just a phone call away.

1. Inspection and Pack-Out

The fire damage restoration process begins with an inspection of your property to determine the extent of the damage.  Then we will work with you so that you understand the scope of work.  We will list the items that need to be restored.

2. Pack-Out

With pack-out inventory services, we can pack up your belongings, such as clothing, shoes, rugs, and linens, to be dry cleaned.  We can put rush jobs on your important items. We will remove all decor items as well as any other loose contents.  These items will be carefully documented, packed, and taken to our facility to be cleaned by our specialists if needed.  When damage is minimal, items can sometimes be clean on-site.

3. Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

A pre-cleaning of fire damage will be done by vacuuming or dry brushing to pick up lingering ash or dirt.  Then, wet cleaning of carpets, floors, and walls can begin.  For deep smoke damage, TSC restoration offers smoke damage clean up and structural cleaning.

Our technicians utilize equipment to neutralize smoke odors and eliminate biological and chemical pollutants.  Industrial grade equipment such as thermal foggers, ozone generators, and hydroxyl generators will be used to neutralize smoke odors and eliminate biological and chemical pollutants. Air scrubbers may be used to remove particles, greases, and gasses from the surrounding air.

Fire and smoke damage often carry with them water damage, from sprinklers or the fire department. TSC restoration technicians will extract excess water, measure moisture levels, and apply appropriate dehumidification procedures so that you don’t end up with secondary damage caused by water. If your attic or crawl space has been affected, TSC restoration  also offerscrawl space decontamination.

4. Contents Restoration

Fire damage restoration doesn’t end with walls and floors. TSC restoration offers content restoration services to clean, deodorize, and preserve your furniture and belongings.  Items with strong odors my undergo ozone deodorization to neutralize bad smells.  We finally make sure that your documents, business equipment and electronics are restored if necessary.

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Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

Our technicians and customer service staff understand the stress fire and smoke damage can cause, so we respond quickly in an emergency, using our technical expertise to save as much as we can with efficient fire and smoke restoration techniques.

A fire loss is very complex because of the unique behavior of smoke. For efficient fire restoration, it is important to have trained technicians at the fire scene quickly.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows through plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke will greatly affect the restoration process.

The first step at a fire scene is to calm the fears of those affected. Then we move quickly to determine which of the following types of smoke exist – a crucial step for every professional smoke damage restoration process.

Types of Smoke

  • Wet Smoke – Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Fast burning at high temperatures.
  • Protein Smoke  – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes.  Extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff backs cause fuel oil soot.

  • Other Types – Fire extinguisher residue is among the other types of smoke residue we find.

After the type of smoke is known, pre-testing on the property is performed to determine the following:

  • What can be restored versus what can be replaced
  • The most effective cleaning method
  • Conditions to the property before the damage occurred
  • The full extent of the loss
  • How can we eliminate needless replacements
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Disaster Response’s 24 Hour Emergency Response Is Here For You

Recover Quickly

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating. Its not just the fire itself that damages the home, smoke odor invades building materials and your personal belongings of every kind. At Disaster Response, our goal is to protect your property and belongings from further damage and restore your property to its original condition so that you and your family can get back into your home as quickly as possible. From small fires and light smoke damage to complete structure loss, we have the trained professionals you need to cleanup, repair, or rebuild. We work closely with your insurance company to make the process as streamlined as possible.

Protect Your Belongings

Our restoration services go beyond the repair of the structure. At Disaster Response, we also work to preserve and restore your personal belongings. Our technicians pack, box, and remove all contents that can be saved and move them to a secure facility for cleaning and restoration. Often items look irreparable; however, our skilled professionals can often bring items back to pre-fire condition. Smoke damage can cause further damage to your belongings the longer that it sits so it is critical to contact a company that specializes in fire damage restoration as soon as possible.

Our Services

Our staff is professionally trained in fire damage restoration services including:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Response
  • Emergency Board Up
  • Emergency Water Extraction
  • Detailed inventory of personal belongings
  • Removal and Restoration of Personal Belongings
  • Secure Storage Service
  • Temporary Power and Heat
  • Smoke and Soot Removal (odor and staining)
  • Decontamination and Deodorization
  • Demolition
  • Reconstruction of the affected areas
  • Insurance Claim Estimating and Coordination
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Fire Damage Restoration

Up in Smoke…Memories and Dreams

Within hours after a fire, metal fixtures including door handles and faucets can suffer permanent damage if not properly treated immediately.

With knowledge and compassion, each independently owned and operated office has a team of licensed technicians who are fully trained and certified in fire and smoke damage restoration. With knowledge and compassion, they respond, understanding that a fire emergency requires:

Urgency and Sensitivity

When the fire is out, timing is critical. Fire damage repairs must begin quickly to maximize effectiveness. We answer the call and immediately move into action 24/7. Recognizing the trauma and emotional upset that occupants suffer, we work quickly and considerately to mitigate damage on salvageable property, such as household items, fixtures, metals and other contents. Our state-of-the science techniques and cleaning processes often prevent replacement costs, thereby reducing costs. Fire and smoke damage restoration require knowledge and skill; our PuroClean professionals have the expertise to do the job right.

Accurate Assessment and Explanations

Our certified professionals determine the full extent of fire damage, including the impact of smoke, heat, and residues from fire and smoke. We keep home and business owners informed, helping to overcome their loss and restoring hope by explaining what can be saved and how, in a way they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.  Emergency fire damage repair services are then employed.

Thorough Treatment and Respect

When necessary, treatment may include smoke and odor removal, complete cleaning and sanitation, professional deodorization, and air vent and duct cleaning. Our treatment always includes respectful handling of property as if it was our own. We take extra care and the necessary steps to protect the floor and personal belongings.

Our comprehensive emergency fire damage repair services can reverse much of the effects of fire and smoke damage. Restoration and fire damage repairs with PuroClean can make a very trying time much less unpleasant.

Our state-of-the-science techniques and cleaning solutions can dramatically increase the likelihood of saving property without needing to replace it. With 24-hour emergency response service, PuroClean saves you and your insurance company time and money.

PuroClean Franchisees offer the following fire mitigation services:

  • Smoke and Odor Removal
  • Complete Cleaning & Sanitation
  • Professional Deodorization
  • Temporary Protection
  • Carpet and Pad Removal (when necessary)
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Fire Damage Restoration

In the unfortunate event of a fire you will need your property to be cleaned as quickly as possible. Fire Damage can be leave a lot of stains and odours if not cleaned properly. These need to be treated as soon as possible to prevent long term damage.  Boyle Cleaning are Fire Damage Restoration experts. By using state of the art equipment and cleaning products that will remove all stains and odours from your belongings and property.fire-damage restoration

  • Secure the Premises
  • Rapid Response
  • Reduce extent of smoke damage
  • Odour elimination
  • Furniture and property restoration.

Boyle Cleaning will restore your property to pre-fire condition. The team of professional cleaners are trained to clean fire damage. Once the team arrives on site they will secure the premises to prevent any further damage. The area will assessed for all fire and smoke damage. As there are many types of surface types and they all need to be treated differently. This means that there will be no long term smoke damage. The team will start to clean and sanitise the affected areas. Using odour eliminating cleaning products and equipment that will remove the odours and prevent lasting damage. All upholstery, carpets and curtains and plants will be professionally cleaned. Because we have been involved in Fire Damage Restoration  we have the knowledge on how to restore your property and belongings to pre-fire condition. The sooner that you treat for damage the more of your property and belongings that can be restored. This will reduce your overall cost in replacing furniture, flooring and re-decorating.

 

We also carry out a full fire damage restoration service including

  • Painting
  • Decorating
  • Carpentry
  • Electrics
  • Plumbing
  • Tiling

From time of arrival at site we secure your premises until work begins.

All operatives are fully insured and trained to the highest standards.

All work fully guaranteed and we will deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

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Fire and Smoke Damage Clean Up Service

The damage fires inflict on businesses and homes is often devastating and can leave premises unusable and uninhabitable for long periods of time. The immediate visual damage caused by a fire can be distressing enough without the secondary effects such as soot odour, health problems and corrosion.

It is essential that fire damage is cleaned up immediately as not only does it cause financial loss, but failure to do so can lead to further deterioration of buildings and equipment.

Fire Restoration: EcoBlasting

EcoBlasting is a method of using compressed air and a blasting pot, filled with an abrasive (for fire damage restoration this will be bicarbonate of soda), that is forced out of a blast hose onto the surface removing the carbon. The process is abrasive as it needs to remove any coating to the surface, however it is not aggressive and can be used on virtually any surface.

Rentokil Special Hygiene’s professional EcoBlasting service will bring back to life a site which has been affected by fire, removing both the visual aspects of fire damage as well as the associated odours.

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Smoke damage to brick-work
After Eco-Blasting Treatment

After Eco-Blasting Treatment

ECOBLASTING FEATURES:

    • Operationally safe and will not damage glass or chrome
    • Eco friendly, non-toxic and non hazardous to the environment
    • No aggressive or corrosive chemicals
    • Abrasives can be altered to suit a range of different service types or specialist environments
    • Can be used on glass, wood, metal, brick and most stone surfaces (including soft stone surfaces)

When a fire occurs, porous surfaces expand allowing the soot and odours to enter. Once the surface begins to cool, the pores will then close, trapping in the soot and odours. If the removal and cleaning of this fire damage is not carried out correctly, when the air temperature rises, this soot and odour can migrate back to the surface, released through the open pores.

Smoke from fires often travels from hot and cold areas, high pressure areas to low pressure areas meaning the resulting soot damage often spreads far from where the initial fire began, increasing the area that needs to be specially cleaned to prevent future problems occurring.

Our expert understanding of the different types of fires and the resulting detrimental effects, gives us the knowledge to deal with fire damage in a way that helps to prevent any further damage being caused and fully restores your buildings and equipment to an acceptable state ready for restoration and redecoration.

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Extensive Fire Damage and How Fire Damage Restoration Deals With It

Fire alone is incredibly formidable and can cause drastic destruction to any premises. If you have a blaze in your home that goes on long enough, then your belongings will be burned for fuel leaving only ash behind until the entire property is little more than a memory.

If that’s all that extensive fire damage represented then that would be bad enough. In fact though, fire damage is far more extensive and multi-faceted than that and it can impact on your home in ways that you might find almost entirely unexpected. Read on and we will look at the other types of damage caused by fires. To end on a positive note though, we’ll also look at how a good fire damage restoration company will go about undoing each one of these types of damage to get a property back to full health as quickly as possible.

Air Pressure and Shattered Windows

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You might at this point be wondering what’s so interesting and complicated about extensive fire damage. A good example to start off with then, is the way in which extensive fire damage can lead to shattered windows through the power of air pressure.

How does this work? Well essentially, when you have a fire raging in your property, this will be burning by using oxygen for fuel. Oxygen is reactive and when you see a fire, this is actually caused by that reaction.

Extensive fire damage then, removes the oxygen from the air in your home and this in turn creates a ‘vacuum’. That means that there are now fewer air particles in your home and around the fire than there are outside the property. This then causes the air in your other rooms to rush to the fire to feed it – this is due to something called ‘equalization’ which essentially is a fancy way of saying that gas particles in any container always spread out evenly (like a puddle). Remove the air from the living room and more air will rush in from upstairs to even things out.

Eventually though, all the air in your home will have been gobbled up by the fire which will create a massive difference in the air pressure in your home compared to outside. When this pressure difference becomes big enough, this is actually strong enough to cause the air from outside to burst in through the windows causing them to shatter inward. This then showers your property with glass and also causes a hot wind to blow in forcefully to your home!

Water Damage

It might seem like a contradiction but often times extensive fire damage will also lead to water damage. This is why most water damage repair companies also work as fire damage restoration companies.

There are many reasons that extensive fire damage can cause water damage. One is that the fire can burn pipes and cause them to boil and burst. Another is that it can burst water tanks. Less obvious perhaps is that it can burn holes in the roof (and break the windows as we’ve seen) thus causing rain water to come in and cause more damage.

In case you’re thinking that water damage ‘pales’ in comparison to the damage caused by the fire itself, bear in mind that much of this will be contaminated water that can lead to serious illness. Furthermore, this water can come into contact with sockets and extension cables causing electricity to run across your entire property.

Water damage also leads to mold. In as little as 24 hours, a wet surface can become a moldy surface and this means that long after the fire has gone, your home can continue to become more and more unlivable. Especially if the mold that grows is ‘toxic black’ mold.

Bear in mind too that this isn’t just water – it’s boiling water.

Explosions and Rubble

Similar to the way that burst pipes can lead to water damage, extensive fire damage can also burst gas lines and thereby cause gas leaks. This can be dangerous on its own but even more-so when it is in the presence of a huge naked flame likely to cause a massive explosion. It’s no exaggeration to say that an explosion caused by a gas leak in this way can be serious enough to potentially level an entire neighborhood!

At the very least, the explosions and the fire itself can cause severe structural damage to your property making it likely that your roof will collapse, that walls will give way or that the stairs will come away. All these things cause tons of destruction themselves as your property and belongings becomes crushed under the weight of the rubble. Even if it’s something as relatively ‘minor’ as a kitchen cabinet falling off the wall, this can destroy everything that was inside that cabinet and everything that was underneath it. And did you think about your soup and chopped tomatoes boiling inside their cans?

Smoke

Smoke itself is also a big part of fire damage restoration. Smoke is such a big problem because it can get everywhere and it can create a terrible odor and stain things black permanently. Smoke is also terrible for our lungs and quite often it’s the smoke that is actually first to cause serious personal harm rather than the fire.

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As you can see then, extensive fire damage is far more extensive than you might originally have imagined. It’s not just a case of things being burned, but of things being burned, crushed, flooded and blown up.

The good news is that as long as you’re away from your property at the time, you can undo all this damage with a fire damage restoration company. These companies specialize in all kinds of restoration which should include everything from water damage restoration, to mold remediation to home renovations. These companies can go about undoing all the damage caused to your home to the point where you’re able to move in again and get on with your life.

Thermal Imaging – 5 Facts

As part of our services, we have the ability of using infrared thermography, which is a diagnostic technology that lets us visualize thermal imaging.

Thermal imaging of a house in San Diego

By using this Infrared imaging, our certified technicians can detect potential problems that may exist but are not apparent to the naked eye and can confirm those that are. We can capture these images and then make a documented report of our findings which can be provided to you. These reports allow us to more accurately provide you with quick cost effective solution.  Continue reading