When surveying a fire damaged building, to provide accurate advice, DMA considers the many different smoke characteristics which will often include;
Typical types of fire events which will leave smoke and residue include;
In addition to the initial fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems is also very common and often equally damaging. Where this occurs, DMA’s damage mitigation advice will often replicate those comparable to water and mould damage mitigation.
As fire damage claims can be a complicated process, DMA’s damage mitigation advice immediately preceding an event is critical and will therefore include specialist advice on the following key subjects;
In order to prevent irreversible damage to a buildings structure and its contents, creating an appropriate action plan is very important following a fire event. Immediately following an event, DMA will promptly identify the type of smoke damage which has occurred and determine the appropriate cleaning and restoration process based on the information identified during this initial stage.
Whilst the damage mitigation process is required to be very thorough and detailed, the key steps considered includes;
Undertake a detailed survey to determine the extent of the fire and smoke damage and determine the scope needed to clean and restore the damaged building fabric.
Consider the effects of the fire and smoke on various building fabric. Understand what materials are affected by fire and smoke and consider the appropriate method to enact the cleaning and restoration scope.
Determine what building fabric or contents require protection or relocation away from the affected areas.
Consider protection solutions for the unaffected building fabric or unaffected areas of the building.
Record a detailed inventory of both affected and unaffected building fabric and contents and determine what can be cleaned and what should be replaced.