Water, Fire, & Smoke Damage Restoration
Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration is a vital procedure in cleaning your home after it's been damaged by water or sewer. Water damage not only is harmful to your property, but it also can bring about harmful mildew and mold. It's most beneficial to hire a professional restoration and reconstruction company like All New Again® to help clean and rebuild.
All New Again® is better equipped to do a thorough job than you. It's necessary to have specialized equipment and knowledge to clean up and dry out after a major flood. Going to your local hardware store to pick up supplies won't solve the problem. Even if you do, it doesn't make sense to waste money on equipment you'll ideally only use one time.
You will need special floor drying equipment, a dehumidifier, sanitizers, and other items depending on the amount of damage. Health and safety issues are also a concern. All New Again® understands how to inspect your home for mildew, mold, and other health threats. We can salvage water damaged possessions you might think are a lost cause, and tell you what can't be saved.
The principal purpose of restoration is to eliminate the remnants of water or sewer, dry the damp spots, and reduce the damage to the home. Most people underestimate the health risk of water. Clean water can bring about just as many health hazards as dirty water. Mold, viruses and bacteria thrive in the damp areas flooding causes. If the water happens to be contaminated with human or animal waste, infectious diseases are likely to spread. Beyond that, the longer your home is damp, the more likely damage will be done.
The water that is left behind is typically removed using a wet dry vac and a pump. Drying is performed by opening windows in conjunction with a dehumidifier. Your floors might dry too quickly if you utilize a home's heating system, and this can cause structural damage. Fans might also be harmful because they can spread mold spores if there is mold in the area. The best method of removing water in your home can be determined by All New Again.
In conjunction with drying, we will cut out and/or remove the areas that can't be dried and encapsulate all the areas to prevent mold growth. After drying is complete we will reconstruct your house and make it "All New Again."
Fire Damage Restoration
Fire damage can be a devastating event. Fire can literally destroy a lifetime of possessions and hard work; and the cost is not just monetary. However, even with severe fire damage, quick or immediate fire damage restoration can help you to quickly reduce sooth, smoke, and other long term damage and risks in general.
When it comes to fire damage restoration, it involves many components. Obviously, it cannot actually undo the emotional damage and loss that so often comes with a serious house fire. You cannot necessarily restore pictures, or a lifetime of memories and possessions. And of course, there is always the inconvenience of having to find other accommodations. But fire damage restoration does more than just restoring the condition of your home. It is about safety. Yes, you can slap on a new coat of paint. Yes you can make the house look nice. But oftentimes, with fire damage, you see serious damage to the structure of the house as well as buildup of char, dust, and other things that can actually damage health and wellness of any future occupants.
So What Does Fire Damage Restoration Involve?
It depends in part on the fire damage as to what will be involved in fire damage restoration in terms of time, effort, and otherwise. However, there are a few basic steps necessary to ensure your safety and overall satisfaction while we make your home All New Again, like it should have prior to the fire damage, no matter the cause or reason.
- Remove all damaged cells-Any structural component that has suffered serious fire damage is not going to be fixed with some glue and a good coat of new paint. Trying to do a patch work job in fire damage restoration can actually do more damage than good in the long run. Therefore, we remove all structural components that have been damaged in the fire.
- Remove floor coverings-when it comes to fire damage restoration, you have to remove these as they can collect soot, dust, and it can cover other damage that needs to be properly evaluated.
- Evaluate the structural framing and subfloor material-once we have removed the flooring, damaged structural cells, we can do a full evaluation of the subfloor material and other things that you do not see every day to complete a full and helpful evaluation for comprehensive fire damage restoration that won't have to be fixed later on.
- Treat wall framing with odor counteractants-there are cases in which the framing can be saved, and it can therefore save you time, money, and suffering. In this case, we will do what is needed using the appropriate odor counteractants to make sure that there is no microbial contamination or other things that may harm your health or your house in the future.
- Remove or restore the HVAC-this is absolutely critical to real success. The HVAC, depending on the extent of the damage, must be carefully evaluated and thoroughly restored or removed all together depending on the particular case. This will eliminate harmful dust and char particles in the air that could cause scarring or even scarring of the alveoli. Those are the basic steps of fire damage restoration. But there is so much more involved. All New Again takes the best safety precautions while checking each individual room for its fire damage restoration needs. We air out structures, paint walls, salvage lightly damaged structures and replace those that need to be replaced. With our fire damage restoration services, it won't be the odor alone that you will never have to see the evidence of. Our goal in fire damage restoration services is to make it like the fire never even happened in the first place. To make it All New Again!
Smoke Damage Restoration
What is Smoke?
Smoke is basically fuel that didn't burn, made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon and other material. Complete combustion gives off light, heat, the gas carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Smoke contains these gases and particles ranging from 0.1 to 4 microns in diameter. The particulate can include small droplets of wood tars, gases, soot, and ash.
Smoke particles tend to be ionized (electrically charged), and since opposite charges attract and like charges repel, this phenomenon causes some surfaces to attract smoke residue while adjacent surfaces may repel the same smoke particles, and thus have lighter amounts of contamination. Some synthetic materials, like plastic, create highly charged smoke particles when burn. They thus attract heavier concentrations of the particles than do organic materials.
Is the Smoke Damage Limited to What I Can See?
No. Smoke travels. During a fire, the volumetric expansion of hot gases can create pressurization within the contained portion of the structure that is burning. When thermal energy rapidly accumulates in the form of hot gases, and a pressurized compartment has small openings to the surroundings (gaps around windows, outlets, pipe penetrations, etc.) this pressure rise is very rapid. Smoke and particles of combustion can be driven through cracks and crevices and other openings, no matter how small.
Smoke travels with temperature, rising with hot air. When the smoke reaches a cooler surface, like outer walls and windows, the smoke drops down, following the contours of the structure. This principle, along with the nature of the heated air moving to cooler areas, explains how smoke affects areas within the interstitial wall cavities, inside attics, ducts, along pipes, etc.
Smoke damage is accumulative, and many factors affect the level of contamination as well as the degree of mitigation required to remove the physical soot contaminants and odors. Smoke distribution and infiltration can vary depending on many factors including the spatial arrangement (including openings) airflow patterns, temperature of the fire and the fuel(s) the fire consumed. When smoke hits an obstacle, it goes under, over, or around it. Smoke particulate tends to collect behind and around the objects encountered by the smoke, often leaving more smoke particles on the far side or above an object than on the first surface encountered. Smoke may even pass through plastic bags, leaving a stronger odor inside the bag than on the outside.
Can't I just re-paint?
Just painting could be disastrous. During the fire, heat will expand pores in the paint, walls, ceilings, sheathing, etc. and fill the pores with smoke. After the fire, the structure cools and the pores of the pores will open and release trapped smoke odors back into the structure. Although the majority of smoke that is airborne in a structure may seem to dissipate quickly after the fire, the rapid cooling of particles of incomplete combustion leave a film and odor that penetrates throughout buildings and their contents. Surfaces can be damaged by rapid drying of hot oils contained within the residue; they will form a lacquer-like film, especially on surfaces above the heat line. The acidic nature of film causes discoloration, corrosion, and overall damage.