At Restoration authority we know how devastating fire damage can be to a home or business. An unexpected emergency like a fire can leave you feeling unsure of what to do or who to call. That’s where our team at Restoration Authority comes in!
These are some of the services we offer if your home or business has been affected by fire damage:
At Restoration Authority we use the latest technology to remove odors left behind by smoke and fire damage. We utilize both hydroxyl treatments and ozone generators as part of our cleaning process. Traditional methods just mask the odor, but hydroxyl and ozone treatments clean both the air and surfaces of harmful particles.
Hydroxyl radicals (OH) are naturally occurring in the environment when the sun’s UV rays react with water (H2-0) and oxygen (O2). This chemical reaction rapidly decomposes chemicals in the air. Hydroxyls work by breaking down hydrogen atoms which in turn breaks down the molecular structure of odors and volatile organic compounds (VCO). Hydroxyl generators reproduce this naturally occurring reaction indoors to clear residences of odors. Hydroxyl generators can be used while spaces are still occupied, but tend to work at a slower pace.
As stated above hydroxyl treatments are the preferred cleaning method for us here at Restoration Authority. You may be asking “what about ozone cleaning?” since this is a popular method for odor removal. Ozone cleaning works by seeking out and destroying problem gasses in the air. It reacts with contaminants in the air, water, fabrics, walls, and ceilings. Ozone generators require spaces to be closed, HVAC systems to be shut down, but they work raster compared to hydroxyl treatments.
Soot is fine black particles made up of carbon, and are smaller than a human hair. These small particles can cover every inch of a room after a fire. Smoke and soot both highly acidic can damage a wide range of materials they come in contact with. We clean the ash residue that builds up on surfaces before it continues to spread and remove any leftover particles of soot.
Smoke and soot after a fire can travel through your HVAC system and get trapped within the ductwork. These particles are harmful when inhaled which is why its recommended to have your HVAC system professionally cleaned after a fire.
How HVAC Cleaning is Done
The correct method uses negative pressure technology. Negative pressure air duct cleaning is a methodical, straightforward process that delivers clear results.
HVAC Cleaning Steps
- Inspect the vents: This allows you to assess the level of buildup in the ducts beforehand.
- Create negative pressure: The technician will simply cut an access hole in the duct, insert the vacuum hose, and seal where they join as tightly as possible.Next, the technician should seal each register with an adhesive cover. The technician will then turn on the machine creating negative pressure.
- Agitate the Dust: Once the system is under negative pressure, the technician will uncover each register and clean the ducts one by one. Legitimate technicians will use rotating brushes, compressed air tools, and simple vacuum cleaners to ensure dust is dislodged and sucked into the vacuum collection device.
- Clean the rest of the system: NADCA recommends cleaning the other components of the HVAC system as well, including the air handler’s blower motor, evaporator coil, and drain pan.
Cleaning these components, along with cleaning or changing the filter, will improve the air quality in your home as well as extend the life and increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.3
The devastation left behind by fire damage can be catastrophic. Sudden and unexpected fires can occur at any time of day or night and at Restoration Authority we are available 24/7 to help.
Why Should I Use a Professional Service?
As stated above, we offer help with 24/7 availability. When you use a professional cleaning service, you’re paying for a quality job. With access to commercial-grade equipment and cleaning materials you can’t get these same results with DIY. Whether it’s soot removal or more heavy-duty cleaning our team of professionals are available and ready to help.
If your home is affected by fire damage, and you need help call us today at 630-995-3516.