Fire damage to properties not only creates significant physical damage, but also results in the release of an abundance of chemical compounds into the environment, which require specific attention during remediation. For example, hazardous materials such as PCBs may be released during an electrical fire involving transformer equipment, asbestos-containing building materials may be involved, lead-containing paints could be present, mercury-containing components may be present, etc. In addition, extinguishing methods employed by first responders may leave the area directly affected or surrounding areas susceptible to mould growth. The complex mixture of potential contaminants released and materials disturbed during a fire require specific investigation methods to develop customized remediation plans. Furthermore, specific post-remediation testing techniques to ensure that adequate remediation has been performed are also essential prior to reconstruction in order to avoid future problems and ensure the safety of future occupants.
-Restoration Industry Association (RIA) – “Guidelines for Fire and Smoke Damage Repair” – 2nd Edition (June 2007)
– Detailed fire and smoke damage assessments
– Development of fire damage restoration specifications
– Contractor procurement, tendering and bidding management
– Post-remediation inspection
– Air quality, surface residue and soot contamination testing