Smoke Damage in a home or commercial business is not only very difficult to clean up, but done incorrectly can leave a structure with a long term health impact. Proper PPE (personal protection equipment) it very important during the clean-up process of any fire or smoke damage. It is strongly recommended that only IICRC Certified FSRT Technicians are hired to perform this type of cleaning and structure restoration. FSRT (fire & smoke restoration technician) Certified Technicians have gained special training for dealing with the safety, process and clean-up protocols necessary to restore a structure back to pre-loss conditions.
The light switch plate to the right and what appears to be a burn mark on the wall demonstrate how smoke can travel during a fire. The what appears to be a burn mark is actually a nail hole. The photo was taken by Brian Holter during an inspection of a very large church fire. The fire was on a lower floor of the facility and the smoke was so dense that it traveled throughout the structure walls of the entire building eventually forcing its way out of every nail hole and electrical fixture.
Unfortunately, every year home owners and commercial property owners and managers contact Brian and his team of consultants after trying to solve smoke damage problems themselves.
It is important to remember that Brian and his team have direct relationships with professional restorers in virtually every market place. If you have a loss and need professional assistance Brian and his team can refer a professional in your area free of charge.