The National Fire Protection Association determined in a 2013 report that Americans suffer an annual average of around 498,000 structure fires. From homes to storage facilities to educational institutions to businesses, structure fires cause around $10 billion a year in damages. But it’s not just the fire that’s doing the damage – smoke is also to blame for the devastation. Fortunately, there is a way to effectively remove smoke and soot remnants.
Smoke is the fuel from the fire that did not burn. It’s essentially particulate matter that is less than 10 microns in diameter, which means it’s going to permeate a great many materials. Wood tars are found in smoke, leading to an oily soot material that collects on anything it touches. Vaporized synthetic materials also pose their own problems, forming black smoke that will also collect on surfaces and leave an unpleasant scent of its own.
While smoke will clear quickly as it cools, the particles within that smoke simply fall on whatever is nearest to it, creating the film and stench commonly associated with a structure fire.
Soot has to be removed before deodorizing attempts can be made, which poses a problem because soot is often oily and builds up on carpets, curtains – anything it can land on, including windows and walls. Smoke can permeate walls, clothing, furniture, and find its way into air ducts where it is trapped.
Metal, brick and concrete aren’t immune to the effects of smoke, either. Soot and smoke will leave long lasting reminders of its presence on these materials in the form of a strong and unpleasant odor.
Cleaning up after a fire is a delicate procedure, and if it isn’t approach correctly, it can lead to more damage. Furthermore, business owners and home owners don’t want to use toxic chemicals to get rid of the char, vaporized synthetic resins, wood tar – anything normally associated with smoke soot. Fortunately, there is a relatively new method of getting rid of smoke soot that is environmentally friendly and safe on most materials. It’s called Dry Ice Blast Cleaning.
Polar Tiger, a subdivision of Tiger Corporation, utilizes a nonabrasive Blast Cleaning method for fire restoration called Dry Ice Blast Cleaning, or Dry Ice Blasting. Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). Polar Tiger technicians use technology that accelerates the CO2 into a pressurized stream that hits the affected areas and removes the soot caused by fire. This fire damage restoration method provides excellent results with no residual side effects to the structure or environment.
Polar Tiger will deploy the appropriate number of service technicians, which depends on the size and scope of the damage, to every job. Our Dry Ice Blast Cleaning technique will remove soot, vaporized synthetic resins, odor, char and contaminates from the affected areas, even in tight corners and around wires and nails. Clients no longer have to worry about their homes or businesses smelling musty or smoky, and they can get back to business as usual with no lingering side effects of the trauma.
While other businesses use solutions such as soda blasting, which leaves behind a big mess, or caustic chemicals that compromise the environment, leave behind more water damage and a bad smell. Polar Tiger provides a fast and affordable, secondary-waste-stream-free method of fire restoration.
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Dry Ice Blast Cleaning compared to traditional cleaning methods
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