What Happens Next When The Fire is Over? 1

building-on-fireWhen the fire is over and the firefighters leave the scene, the danger has not passed and the building is not safe from further destruction. You will need the professionals at First Choice Restoration to help clean the fire and smoke damage. We help to return your home or commercial building back to normal whether it be in Pottstown, PA or Atlantic City, NJ or anywhere in between. While the mechanics behind fire and smoke restoration are not straight forward, it requires experienced and well-trained individuals to perform the cleanup task correctly. Inexperienced building owners should never attempt to do the cleanup on their own.

While fire is always the immediate danger, once it is over, what it leaves behind will continue to affect the building. Soot and smoke left in the building for a long period time, will cause corrosion and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors. Professionals that are properly trained in cleaning fire and smoke damage can stop this before it becomes a major problem, assuming that they are contacted in a timely manner. Anything that is made out of plastic or PVC and was close to the fire will start to discolor within a few minutes, and within a couple of hours, fiberglass and acrylic will start to yellow and metals will also tarnish. After a few days, soot will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. In most instances, wood will need to be refinished or replaced. Thus, the professionals at First Choice Restoration of Philadelphia can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but we must be brought to the building as soon as possible to stop the ongoing issues that soot can cause. If we are not brought in immediately, the cost of restoration will definitely increase.

The first thing our professionals will do when we arrive on site is to identify all affected materials and the source of any odors. There is only one way to correctly clean smoke and fire damage and that is to be extremely thorough. Soot is easily disturbed and can spread through the building, causing mostly everything to be cleaned. Our experts will identify what can and cannot be saved, and will remove any built-up soot that is coating surfaces. In a short period of time, soot builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a varnish-like consistency. Once this happens, our restorers will pinpoint the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized chemicals that are formulated to neutralize the odor. This is completed by treating one room at a time and sealing off treated rooms from untreated rooms.

There are many companies in the market place that tout their ability to restore buildings affected by fire and smoke, but only those with the right training and IICRC certification should be considered. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the main agency in the United States that regulates the restoration industry. IICRC registrants must take extensive coursework and pass a final exam before obtaining their certification. First Choice Restoration is a trusted IIRC restoration firm that upholds their standards.

About First Choice Restoration
First Choice Restoration is a water, mold, fire, and smoke remediation company headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. The company also operates additional offices throughout other areas of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. The company has been assisting homeowners and businesses with water, mold, fire, and smoke cleanup for over 40 years.

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