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By: Bryson Kaleb
Unfortunately, structural fires affect every community in the country. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are about half a million structure fires in the United States every year. These fires do not just affect the buildings themselves, but also many of the surrounding buildings. Fire and smoke remediation is required for hundreds of thousands of buildings every year.

The effects of fire and smoke go far beyond burned out walls and black soot on the ceilings. Devastating structural fires cause problems for the building that was burned as well as for all of the surrounding structures in the area. Fire and smoke remediation services are required for most buildings in the blocks surrounding the fire and can even be needed by buildings further away.

Fire Remediation

The process of fire and smoke remediation usually begins with fire remediation. Once the structure is deemed safe to enter, fire remediation can begin. Fire damage remediation companies are well-equipped to remove hazardous rubble, restore fire-damaged structural components and inspect the building for hidden damage. If the damage is too extensive, complete demolition may be required.

During a fire, many objects within a building release toxic fumes when burned and leave behind toxic soot. Fires also often uncover toxic building components like lead paint and asbestos. These hazardous materials must be completely removed and safely disposed of. Professional fire and smoke remediation companies can take care of these hazardous materials according to state and local laws.

Smoke Remediation

Smoke remediation is an incredibly important part of the process. Smoke can cause the air quality in a structure to be unsafe for humans. Soot and smoke must be removed thoroughly from the HVAC system and all traces of smoke particles must be flushed out. Soot and smoke can cause negative long-term health effects for those living or working near it. Specialized fire and smoke remediation companies are required to properly remove smoke from the entire structure.

Fire and smoke remediation companies are equipped and trained to thoroughly remove all traces of soot and smoke from affected structures. These companies use state-of-the-art equipment to properly assess and restore HVAC systems after a fire.

Water Damage

Water damage from fire hoses, fire suppression sprinklers or burst pipes is a common issue in buildings that have experienced any size of fire. Fire and smoke remediation companies also find and repair water damaged areas. If left unchecked, water damage can lead to very serious mold issues within the structure that can spread quickly.

Surrounding Buildings

Fire and smoke remediation is not exclusive to buildings that have been the site of a structural fire. Surrounding residential and commercial buildings can also require these services. Smoke travels quite far and can cause toxic soot and smoke to accumulate in buildings adjacent to the fire or even blocks away.

It is very important that adjacent buildings are also inspected by a fire and smoke remediation company to assess the air quality and possible water damage. These companies are well-versed in HVAC systems as well as structural water damage remediation.

Full-service fire and smoke remediation companies are able to properly assess, clean up and restore most fire damaged structures. If the fire damage is too severe, these same companies are well-equipped to safely demolish buildings or parts of buildings as well.

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