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Dealing with Fire and Smoke Damage

A fire needs but three elements to survive; oxygen, heat and fuel. Once a fire is in motion, it can be very difficult to control, resulting in damage and devastation long after the fire has been extinguished. Depending on the type of fire and how long it raged before being put out, there can be structural or superficial damage to a building or property, but there will almost always be smoke damage, too.

Smoke damage can be more damaging than the fire itself, so knowing how to deal with it effectively is crucial. Here at Relkogroup, we provide fire and flood restoration which includes smoke damage, too.

It is important to act fast when it comes to fire. Smoke particles are one of worst offenders when it comes to damaging your home and your health. These particles are acidic and corrosive to materials and buildings, and they are carcinogenic too, leading to irreversible internal damage and diseases that can be fatal if left untreated.

Our team of trained specialists have years of experience and knowledge to ensure that any fire clean-up will be carried out safely, in accordance with regulations and protocol and with your safety in mind. As well as utilising the latest PPE, they will assess the damage caused, and by which type of fire. This is especially important as different types of smoke carry different risks.

Wet Smoke

Some fires burn at a low temperature for an extended period of time, and the smoke emitted is often thick and sticky. The wet smoke, as it is known, can build up on surfaces, walls and ceilings, causing a lot of damage. It is tough to clean and smells heavily of smoke.

Dry Smoke

High temperature, raging fires leave behind a fine, powdery smoke residue on surfaces, walls and ceilings. It is relatively easily to clean but issues can arise if this powder gets trapped or rests on very porous surfaces. In these situations, it will begin to smell smoky and musty and will be much harder to clean. everywhere.

Protein Smoke

When living matter or food is caught in a fire, you are left with protein smoke. The smell of this smoke can be very strong and off putting, but the soot damage itself is difficult to see, and it can  discolour painted or wooden surfaces.

Fuel based Smoke

Fires caused by fuel create thick, dark and dense smoke that discolours everything it touches and smells incredibly intense. It is difficult to clean but it can be achieved with degreaser cleaning agents.

For almost 20 years, the Relkogroup have been providing Birmingham and the West Midlands with important fire and flood restoration services, to keep residents and businesses safe, especially from smoke damage. Our team of experts assess the damage to ascertain the cleaning method required, produce a damage and loss report and much more, ensuring that the damage ends there.

For more information on these services, please contact our team on 0800 014 2975.