Assess the extent of the fire and smoke damage
The true extent of fire damage is often not apparent until a close inspection is examined. Heat rises and smoke can easily travel, which can result in areas such as metal window frames which were not exposed to flames receiving a thin layer of soot. These areas may appear to be unharmed, however they still require treatment to prevent corrosion occuring weeks even months later.
Outline proposed works
We outline the areas which can be restored and if any contain damage which is too extensive and has compromised structural integrity, therefore requires replacement. All waste is responsibly disposed of by us.
We perform risk assessments on all stain removal jobs, but for fire damage restoration, the need for identifying and managing risks is even greater. We ensure the worksite is safe not only for us but for any inhabitents of your property.
Neutralise the chemicals
During the combustion process, chemical reactions occur which produce acid. This results in the stubborn black stains, fire smell and the remaining bi-product which when not handled correctly can cause corrosion weeks or months later.
Draw it out of the substrate
Even though masonry surfaces are hard to touch, they are extremely absorbant and soak up stains deep beyond the surface. This is where it’s important to draw the stain out in a careful manner. Simply scrubbing or sanding away at the stain won’t achieve much except cause crumbling and leave an uneven finish.
We carefully draw the stain out of the surface into a substrate with cleaning formulations developed throughout our 40 years of stain removal experience. By avoiding the use of harsh chemicals such as bleach-based products, we avoid leaving behind white powdery stains or any other trace. The surface is completely restored and free from any trace of fire damage!