Imagine returning home or arriving to work only to find your property completely engulfed in flames with heavy black smoke everywhere. This is a scene no one wants to see or experience but unfortunately these dangers exist and happen all too often. What can your clients do to protect their home or business? Gain a better understanding of the science of fire and smoke damage from your restoration technicians and staff. How can your restoration staff be ready for these types of unfortunate circumstances?–By not only educating themselves in fire and smoke, but also expanding that knowledge through state-of-art training and comprehensive courses from experts in the restoration industry.
5 Key Components of Fire & Smoke Damage
According to restoration industry experts, you should be aware of five key components that can severely affect how well your property and personal belongings can be successfully restored. But, before we get started, you might be wondering what exactly smoke is. The first component is the temperature. Hot air rises, along with the smoke, and typically travels to outer walls and windows. When the air cools it sinks and then heats up again, distributing soot and residue everywhere. The second component focuses on the surrounding areas. Smoke particles and residue are small enough to travel throughout your home or business and settle in places far beyond the fire. You may find smoke damage in unexpected places like inside drawers, ductwork and pipes. Ionization of smoke particles is the third important factor in understanding fire and smoke damage. Smoke particles are electrically charged and are directly attracted to some items, leaving behind huge amounts of soot, while being completely repelled by others in the same location.
The fourth factor deals with the arrangement of space and airflow. Smoke travels in the direction of natural airflow. As smoke travels within a space, it usually goes all around an object but may not directly affect it. And the final and truly important factor in understanding the effects of fire damage, particularly for restoration technicians, deals with time. Every minute counts in effectively restoring and cleaning affected surfaces and buildings. Smoke, moisture and humidity are all main problems in restoration and develop quickly. The sooner you are able to begin work on a home or business affected in this way, typically within 72 hours, the better chance you have in restoring it back to pre-damage condition.
- Smoke Particles
- Ionization of Smoke Particles
- Arrangement of Space & Airflow
- Effects of Fire Damage
Winners’ Circle Training Center has the tools and expertise to better prepare your restoration staff for fire and smoke damage. Our fire and smoke restoration technician training course is a three-day, IICRC certified course that teaches how to effectively manage fire and smoke related damage.
Topics include, but are not limited to, insurance coverage, emergency and structural cleaning and job site safety. Technicians have the opportunity to practice in our real slab flood house to gain a greater understanding of technical and practical procedures. Your clients will have peace of mind working with your well-trained and prepared technicians on any critical fire and smoke restoration project.