When water damage occurs the first intent is to take steps to make the structure safe from all hazards. This is where quick response is essential, but not all situations are simple and that is why parties involved should call REST. Having a qualified drying company will prevent future indoor air quality problems, but drying companies are only contractors not environmental specialist and that is why it is important to have REST evaluate the water loss before, during and after the clean-up.
Monitoring “Open To Public Building” projects are critical when dealing with biological and dusty environments. This monitoring insures the project is being handled in a professional manner.
Having knowledgeable third party environmental monitoring onsite insures the project is properly policed for environmental health and safety.
After a project is complete a final evaluation should be conducted on both residential and commercial structures. This ensures the project has met the requirements for being safe for reoccupation.
SMOKE TRACING SERVICES
We Prove There’s Smoke Damage!
Have you ever had a fire and once the smoke cleared you wondered how far did the smoke go? Commonly, contractors will test smoke damaged areas using laymen’s tests like:
REST finds the mentioned observations as only the base of a mountain of other evidence that points at further identification of smoke infiltration. REST employs several methods to establish how far smoke travels in a structure. Our investigative skills dive deep into what the truth really is. We evaluate the smoke damage in a building to levels that goes beyond common knowledge. We employ the laws of Thermodynamics, microscopic field readings and formal laboratory analysis to determine the extent of smoke damage.
By having REST test for smoke, the information gathered from our testing will direct cleaning activities. Often times we find contractors and building owners miss their original intent to rid their building of smoke damage based on lack of scientific knowledge.
What Happens When Smoke Damage Is Not Properly Identified?
When smoke damage is not properly identified and repairs are “complete” odors may occur as temperature and humidity increase. As temperature increases odor from residual inorganic compounds will volatilize into the air. When this occurs occupants can smell “smoke”.
What Are The Health Effects From Fire Damage?
Exposure to smoke or soot can result in:
Interstitial Lung Disorder
Constrictive Pulmonary Disease
If Called Before A Loss
Categorize The Water Damage- The Category of the water damage determines if their is the potential for illness. The category also dictates the scope the project.
Examination For Preexisting Microbial Problems- Sometimes there might be preexisting mold damage or bacterial growth in the damaged area. Ignoring these conditions can cause it to spread.
Examination For Hazardous Materials- Often times water damages affect asbestos, lead based paints and poisons in a structure
Commercial Buildings- Commercial buildings require special attention because of the occupants and visitors. Each person has their own biological makeup, therefore they may or may not be affected by the environment around them. Drying projects are known to create airborne dusts and on those dusts microbial materials may attach themselves.
Environmental Protocol In “Open To Public Buildings” Before Work Starts- An environmental protocol or consultation is critical before work starts. This sets the path for the project to eliminate cross contamination and additional claims.
Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. REST has extensive
experience and the best and most healthy removal techniques in the industry. Mold is not something to remove half way! Have the job done right, call REST!
Anything from floor tile to vermiculite insulation, REST can have asbestos removed as quickly as possible. A lot of our customers call the day they are to have new flooring installed stating that the flooring company will not lay new flooring over asbestos tiles...this is true! Call REST, we can help!