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Speak with a Fire and Smoke Damage Specialist. Call us for Fire and Smoke Damage Assessment and Clearance services today. In Toronto and the surrounding GTA, call 416-575-6111. Free Phone Consultation.

What to do after a fire loss?

If you have just suffered a fire loss within your home, you may be wondering what to do next. Of course, the damage seems like too much to handle but having one of ESG’s specialists to help you plan out the steps of the process to restoring your home can shed some light on the situation.

Being able to identify the extent of the damage. Sometimes a fire can be the most destructive force within a home, unfortunately there are other factors that come into play as well. Water damage and mold damage can occur due to the suppression of the fire and the amount of time between the incident and restoration.

Combustion by-products, or residual compounds/structures associated with fire and smoke damage can be left behind on building surfaces and/or contents, and can cross-contaminate other areas of your home that wouldn’t necessarily be impacted by the fire. This poses a risk to your health and your home.

The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) advises that professional help should be contacted and retained for help with fire and smoke damage restoration. Protecting your health is one of the most important jobs that an environmental consultant has. Making sure that the health effects from an unfortunate situation don’t impact your life negatively is ESG’s top priority. It would be crucial to contact professional help and get a better understanding for what needs to be done in order to restore your home. ESG can help you understand and get through this situation with added peace of mind.

  1. Assess the extent of smoke and fire damage.
  2. Hire professionals to remove smoke damaged materials and clean areas impacted by fire and smoke damage.
  3. Have ESG inspect your home to confirm that the restoration was successful.

What are Combustion By-Products?

Particles or gases from the incomplete burning of various fuels. Fuels can include wood, gas, oil, coal, propane, etc.

In the event of a house fire, all the materials that get burned will release combustion by-products and residual compounds/structures associated with fire and smoke into the air and subsequently on building surfaces and contents. Particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10) pose a health concern because they can be inhaled into and accumulate in the respiratory system. The EPA recommends that the annual exposure be less than 50 µg/m3 with a 24 exposure not to exceed 150 µg/m3.

Assessing the carbon monoxide levels, airborne and superficial particulate matter (soot, char and ash), carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and damaged materials is imperative to restoring your living space. ESG uses scientific equipment that provide us with on-site information and measurements of given parameters, as well as the use of laboratories that analyze particles invisible to the naked eye and that could potentially damage your health and your home further.

What kind of equipment does ESG use?

The use of the Quest EVM-7 is used to sample the general indoor air quality parameters such as Temperature, Relative Humidity, CO2 , CO , Dust Particulates (Fine PM2.5) and Total Volatile Organic Compounds. These six recorded IAQ parameters are graphed and compared against ‘key performance indicators’ derived from current standards, guidelines and good practice.

Laboratory analysis is used to determine the presence/absence and concentrations of Black Carbon (Soot), Carbonized Material (Char) and Carbonized Material (Ash). For environments which have not been impacted by a fire-loss and contain no significant sources of combustion (incomplete or otherwise), it is expected that no presence of Soot, Char and Ash should be present on the sampled surfaces.  As such, the presence of Soot, Char or Ash in any quantity should indicate that the surface/substrate has been impacted by fallout originating from the loss.

Speak with a Fire and Smoke Damage Specialist. Call us for Fire and Smoke Damage Assessment and Clearance services today. In Toronto and the surrounding GTA, call 416-575-6111. Free Phone Consultation.

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