Stove Top Fire Clean Up in Chattanooga, TN
The fire in this Chattanooga home happened on the stovetop, burning the cabinets above and damaging the back wall behind the stove. It was a small fire, but smoke and soot affected the kitchen, dining room, entry, and hallway. Just as there are different methods of extinguishing a fire based on the type of fire, there are also different methods to cleaning up fire damage. Knowing the source of the fire is beneficial in determining what kind of fire clean up we will be remediating. Below is a list of different types of fire damage:
- Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.
- Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
- Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs.
- Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
- Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue.
In this case, we were cleaning up wet smoke damage. Interior walls, ceilings, furniture, and flooring that is salvageable will be cleaned using IICRC approved techniques. Non-salvageable items will be wrapped and safely discarded to limit contamination. Complex cleaning can be done at our facility by packing and shipping out documented and inventoried items. Smoke, soot, and ash removal is a two-step process. Soot, an oily based residue, requires special sponges, detergents, and techniques for cleaning without staining walls, ceilings, and wood furniture. HVAC system, especially the ductwork, may require special vacuuming and fogging to remove smoke particles and odors. Special foggers are used for final odor removal before an additional application for deodorizing. A fire in your home is a devastating loss, but we are here to make sure the restoration process is as easy as possible.