One of the most difficult challenges in cleaning up after a fire is determining the level of remaining fire and smoke residue. We typically are aware of these residues as visual traces (e.g., soot, char, or ash on surfaces), smoky odors, or health effects (e.g., burning eyes, difficulty breathing, etc.).
There are two primary concerns with fire and smoke residue:
- Has the fire or smoke residue been removed to an acceptable level?
- Are there any health or exposure concerns with any remaining traces?
Fire produces a complicated mixture of particulates (soot, ash, and char) and chemicals that makes a comprehensive analysis challenging. By combining analyses of these major components, a far better and more inclusive picture of the residues can be accomplished.
There are two primary fire situations, indoor or structure fires and wild fires. Indoor fires are complicated by the contents and building materials, as well as the level and strength of the fire. Wild fire smoke can travel long distances and impact buildings miles away from the main fire.
Our capabilities include air sampling, technical review, particulate sampling, and material sampling. Contact our team for assistance with planning your upcoming project or to learn more about fire and smoke residue testing.