1. What is the first thing I should do after a fire?
Answer: the property / affected section of the property should not be entered until a hazardous materials report has been issued outlining any possible health hazards. This report should be done by a reputable third-party testing company and not a contractor (general or otherwise)
2. How long does it take to clean up after fire damage?
Answer: Fire cleaning and restoration is an extensive process and it is more important to go through the entire process thoroughly rather than fast. Basic process breakdown A. Photo documentation B. Site setup & exterior cleanup C. Interior cleanup & contents inventory D. Structure removal E. Complete site cleanup F. Restoration and rebuild begins
3. Can I inspect my home and belongings after fire damage?
Answer: this is not recommended unless the hazardous materials report comes back negative.
4. Should I try to clean it up myself?
Answer: we recommend having the site tested and cleaned by professionals
5. What are some safety concerns?
Answer: Asbestos, lead paint, household cleaning chemicals, along with other paints and potentially hazardous materials may have been released into the air or mixed in an unintended and potentially toxic way. Structurally comprised components can cause fall, trip and other dangers.
6. What are mold spores?
Answer: mold spores are tiny structures produced by molds for the purpose of reproduction. A couple ways they travel or by wind and air while also being transmitted when people and or animals come in contact with them and then in contact with a suitable substrate.
7. What causes mold growth?
Answer: for mold to grow and thrive in a given area they must have the following:
A. The right temperature dependent on mold type B. Appropriate moisture content dependent on mold type C. Sunlight or the lack thereof also based on mold type D. An appropriate food source generally cellulose-based
8. How is mold growth detected?
Answer: you can find visual signs of growth usually checking under cabinets and around water sources. if you believe there to be a potential mold problem you can't see you can have an air test done.
9. What can mold do to your home?
Answer: mold in a structure generally will lower air quality and has the potential to cause health issues. Some mold also can affect the structural integrity of wood and other cellulose structures.
10. What is Lead Paint Abatement?
Answer: the removal reduction or lessening of a lead-based hazard.
11. What is the Abatement Process?
Answer: this depends on the specific hazard. Sometime complete or partial component removal is needed while other times cleaning and encapsulating will control the hazard.
12. What are some of the health effects of lead?
Answer:Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead.
13. I thought lead-based paint had been phased out. How many homes still contain lead-based paint?
Answer: lead-based paints were not supposed to be sold past 1979 but if contractors still had them in their warehouse, they were allowed to use them on future projects until the supply ran out. Also, some new paints have low levels of lead in them so we recommend all structures be tested.
14. What should I do if I am concerned about my family's exposure to lead?
Answer: get your home tested and check with your physician.