After a fire at a local restaurant in Concord, NH, soot was left to the dismay of the managers and workers. The owners of the restaurant thought about calling a janitorial company to clean the soot to save money, but they knew that the companies did not have a professional background in soot cleaning. Instead, they looked for professional soot damage cleaning companies that would take care of the soot properly and relieve the restaurant from fire damage.
Soot is a black powdery substance that is created from an incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. Inside the small black particles of soot contains mostly carbon, but also acids, chemicals, metals, soil, and dust. Soot particles are tiny (usually smaller than dust or mold, with some particles having an extremely small diameter), and cling to walls, ceilings, and building contents.
There are two main types of soot: oily soot and dry soot. You can tell what kind of soot if you run your finger across the surface. If it smears, it’s oily soot, if not, it is dry soot. When materials are burned, they yield either oily or dry soot depending on their complexities.
Some people might say, “Oh it’s just a little soot, why is it so bad? Fires have soot, candles have soot. Certainly, soot isn’t harmful to me.” It might seem that way, but in all truthfulness, soot damage is hazardous, no matter how much it amounts to. The combination of an extremely small size and toxic composition can make soot dangerous. Breathing in the tiny particles of soot can cause health issues such as heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, and others.
Soot is not only dangerous to individuals, but also the environment. Sulfur dioxides and nitrogen oxides can combine with moisture in the air to form acid rain, which tampers the water quality, damages soil and crops, and changes nutrient balances within ecosystems. Obviously, this is beyond the realms of one’s home or business, but it’s important to know how one small particle can multiply and affect air quality if it is not properly handled.
What makes soot even more challenging is that it is difficult to remove, sometimes impossible, depending on where and how it clings to surfaces. For this reason, it is always best to seek out soot damage cleaning companies who specialize in this process. A damage restoration company has trained professionals who know how to dispose of soot and return your home or business to its pre-damaged state.
The owners of the restaurant in Concord, NH called Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services and asked if they could send their IICRC trained technicians to come and take care of the soot damage. Soil-Away has a great reputation and has restored thousands of damaged homes and businesses throughout New Hampshire.
Upon arrival, the technicians examined the soot affected areas and then got to work. They cleaned the oily surfaces with degreasing detergent and the dry surfaces with cleaning sponges. They then cleaned with a HEPA vacuum to remove as much soot as they possibly could. The technicians advised the owners that one method may not work, so they came prepared to tackle soot with several different methods and tools to clear out the soot damage.
There are several different soot damage cleaning companies one could find, but Soil-Away is one of the most reputable damage restoration companies that is local, offers 24-hour emergency services, and has been in the business since 1990. Soil-Away not only covers soot damage, but also other forms of fire damage, water damage, mold removal, and reconstruction services. Call Soil-Away Cleaning and Restoration Services today at (603) 641-6555.
By A. Phelps