Fire Damage: Sodablasting Away Smoke and Heat Damage
If you have not seen a lot of home fires in Central Oregon, you may not know that heat and smoke cause the most damage. With temperatures well over 1,200 °F, you would be surprised how extensive the damage inside a structure stretches beyond the areas directly burned.
When a disaster restoration company is called in to ‘mop up’ the damage, they replace the portions of the house that aren’t repairable or pose potential risk – as determined by the insurance adjuster. Sometimes, you have walls, trusses, stone and other materials that have minor soot or ash damage that the homeowners or adjusters want cleaned or repaired; sometimes it is sentimental and other times it’s about costs.
Sodablasting is a great option for these jobs, because it is a non-destructive cleaning method that is less abrasive than other high-pressure cleaning systems. It also has a distinct advantage of using compressed air instead of water, which allows us to use it in cases where we are worried about damaging the property on contents further with water.
What is Sodablasting?
Sodablasting in the process in which we used compressed air to clean a surface with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and high air pressure. It’s used in many cleaning applications, such as paint stripping, vehicle restoration and graffiti removal.
How Does it Work?
First, our skilled fire restoration technician will set up a low-pressure containment area to isolate sodium bicarbonate (sodablasting) dust. Then, we will use the sodablaster and an air compressor to apply the sodium bicarbonate to the affected fire damaged surface with a hose and blast nozzle.
Typically, a fire restoration tech will make one to two passes on the fire damaged surface until the black smoke or top-level char is removed – it usually only takes one. With inside damage, the fire tech will collect and remove excess powder from the structure, which will need to be cleaned.
Sodablasting Pros and Cons:
– It’s eco-friendly and nontoxic
– it’s non-abrasive
– no water damage associated
– it’s a decay inhibitor
– cleans and deodorizes
– highly portable and quick
– de-coats and cleans in a singly action
– minimal cleanup
– it doesn’t spark or activate metals
– it will leave a powdery residue
– it may collect in crevices
– direct exposure may harm plants
– no surface profile
Learn more about our sodablasting services and equipment in Central Oregon and watch the Sodablasting Video to see the cleaning process in action.