Often, as in the case of many moderate fires, although structural damage may be minimal, smoke and soot damage occurs throughout the home. This damage must be addressed immediately in order to minimize the long-term damage to the home and contents.
In the event of more extensive fire damage, extreme caution should be taken while inspecting for repair work as structural or utility damage may have occurred, or there may be hazardous materials and toxins making the situation more dangerous. Our team will be there throughout the process from start to finish.
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One of the most common losses we are called upon to restore, water damage can appear as a small stain on a ceiling or can extend to an entire home or business including contents.
At Leda, our professionals are certified in water-damage restoration by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC) – the industry standard. This means in-depth and continued training on the proper handling of water-related repairs which is important to minimize damage to property and contents.
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Soot consists of hundreds of chemical compounds and when combined with moisture, adheres to surfaces throughout the home. This can be particularly problematic when protein or vegetable oils are involved, as in a kitchen fire.
When inspecting a fire it is imperative to open drawers, closets and inspect in places you wouldn’t expect the smoke to travel. During a fire as the air temperature rises, the air volume increases. For every 10-degree Fahrenheit increase in air temperature, the air volume doubles. This expanded air needs somewhere to go and will follow the path of least resistance. Not only will it escape out doors and windows, but it will find its way into all kinds of cracks and openings throughout the structure and contents. The heat will also cause surfaces in the home to expand and allow soot to contaminate its pores. When the surface is cooled, pores close and the soot is trapped. This can make some surfaces impossible to clean. After initial cleaning is complete, the structural damages can be addressed and then finishing touches completed to bring the dwelling back to its original condition.