Smoke Remediation

K&K Cleaning: Smoke Remediation Process

K&K is Certified by The IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration, and Odor Control

  1. Assessment
  2. Secure the Structure
  3. Water Extraction, Drying, and Dehumidification
  4. Removal of Soot and Smoke
  5. Cleaning and Sanitization
  6. Odor Removal

Smoke Remediation Services

  • K&K specialists will conduct a detailed inspection of the structure to assess the degree and scope of the fire, smoke, soot, and water damage
  • Secure the structure to prevent further damage from weather and vandalism. Damaged windows, doors, and walls will be boarded up, and damaged roofs will be tarped
  • Extract all standing water utilizing specialized equipment, enhanced evaporation of remaining moisture, collection and removal of water vapor
  • Water, soot and smoke damaged articles are segregated for possible salvage. Burned objects and structural components are properly disposed of
  • Structural restoration is accomplished through the utilization of specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, doors and windows, floors, and air duct systems
  • All restorable structural components, furniture, and personal belongings will be inspected, pretested, and professionally cleaned and restored to their pre-fire condition
  • Smoke odor will be removed from the source. Air duct systems are thoroughly cleaned during the early stages of the restoration process. A variety of techniques are utilized to remove the odor entirely from the air:
  • Air Scrubbing: HEPA Air Scrubbers are operated throughout the restoration. Air scrubbing effectively removes 99.97% of particles from the air that are 0.3 microns and larger in size
  • ​Thermal Fog: Thermal fogging units use a petroleum based deodorizer and fill the affected area with a mist like deodorizer using fragrance modification for permanent odor neutralization
  • ​Vapor Modification: Vapor modification utilizes mineral oils that are non-toxic and non-oily. Aromatic compounds are vaporized and penetrate affected porous contents such as upholstery and drapery for a permanent neutralization method
  • ​Ozone Generation: Ozone generators are a powerful oxidizer that neutralizes odorous molecules. Ozone is deployed within a controlled environment such as an ozone chamber

What You CAN Do:

  • Obtain permission from the fire marshal first before reentering the structure. Safety is the most important factor
  • Secure the property
  • Turn off the HVAC system to prevent airborne soot particles from contaminating other areas of the structure. Change the furnace filters
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers and returns
  • Limit movement within the structure as much as possible. Airborne soot particles can become impregnated in carpets and upholstery
  • Wear a respirator to avoid breathing in soot should it become necessary to reenter the structure
  • Have the fire restoration work initiated as soon as possible. Time is of the essence regarding fire and water damage as mold and mildew can begin growing within 24 hours
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly, Vaseline, or oil

What You Should NOT Do:

  • DO NOT: Enter into the building until the fire marshal declares the building structurally safe
  • DO NOT: Turn the electrical power on until an electrician inspects the structures wiring
  • DO NOT: Use any appliances until they have been professionally tested and cleaned
  • DO NOT: Throw away any damaged goods until an inventory and photographs are taken
  • DO NOT: Attempt to wash any walls, ceilings, or other absorbent surfaces
  • DO NOT: Attempt to clean or shampoo any carpet, furniture, upholstery, or drapery​