How Professionals Setup Fire Remediation Success

Professional assessment of Scarsdale fire damage follows research-driven protocols developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC develops and continuously refines standards specifically formulated to respond to the unique needs of residential and commercial properties suffering from the effects of heat, charring, smoke, and soot. AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford technicians certified by the IICRC use proven best practices to evaluate the specific circumstances of each fire scene. Favorable outcomes rely on proper investigation and testing before implementing individualized recovery strategies.

Visual Inspection

The effects of Scarsdale fire damage vary depending on the cause, intensity, and type of building materials affected. To create the most effective mitigation and remediation plan, our IICRC-certified crew views all interior spaces, looking for:

  • Safety hazards, including: 

  • Trapped water and flooding from firefighting efforts

  • Wet, submerged, cut, or damaged electrical and other utility lines

  • Weakened or charred-through structures

  • Exposed asbestos and lead-based paint surfaces

  • Smoke-filled areas 

  • Soot-covered surfaces 

  • Wet and soiled contents, including fixtures (carpeting, built-ins); rugs and window treatments; furnishings; appliances; electronics; documents and books; and a wide range of personal items 

Testing for Moisture Migration and Residues

AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford technicians first address water issues. Moisture detection and metering tools map the perimeters and measure the quantity of hidden firefighting water seepage before extraction and drying. 

While water removal proceeds, IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) determine the kinds of soot damage found throughout the property; depending on the materials heated and burned, the type of soot and the methods for fire damage cleanup vary. Expect more than one approach matched to the soot we find on different surfaces.

  • Dry Soot 

This form is ashy and loose, composed of burned wood and paper products. Avoiding wetting the residue is vital to prevent smearing and staining. Typical cleaning techniques are brushing, use of compressed air, vacuuming, and careful dry sponging.   

  • Wet Soot 

This variant is sticky and often coats items thickly, created when plastics and rubber burn, melt, and vaporize before attaching to surfaces. Technicians test different types of cleaning products in inconspicuous areas to decide which works the best among water-based, detergent, or oil-based options. 

  • Protein-Based Soot 

These residues occur after cooking fires, with dehydrated foods and superheated oils combining into a fine mist that forms a transparent, varnish-type substance in the kitchen and throughout a home or business. Great care to find all deposits is essential as the “clear” soot will discolor underlying surfaces. Because the food and oil mix heated past the smoking point, the soot has an unpleasant stench impossible to avoid when traces remain. Solvents and abrasive additives or tools are frequently necessary to loosen and emulsify the coating before removal. 

Once AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford assess the residues and assign cleaning agents and tactics, the fire damage remediation in Scarsdale proceeds. Trained and experienced crews adjust variables such as agitation intensity, temperature, and dwell times to improve the results. Wet and protein-based soots often require the addition of grit to a cleaning solution or scrapers or steel wool to break the bond between residues and surfaces. Pack-out and off-site restoration of removable contents is an available service that permits more efficient fire damage resolution within the damaged building.

Have confidence that the team from AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford has the skills and equipment to resolve fire damage in Scarsdale efficiently and safely. Call for an assessment at (914) 505-6570 as soon as practical.

AdvantaClean of Westchester, Rockland and Stamford 

(914) 505-6570

145 Summerfield St, Scarsdale, NY 10583

Schedule an Appointment or Call (914) 505-6570

To request a service call, please fill out the form below and we will contact you via phone, email or text as soon as possible to confirm an appointment time. You will receive an email confirming your service request.
Phone to call (914) 505-6570