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Fire Damage

Sagebrush uses trained personnel along with IICRC standards and the latest technology in equipment, chemicals, processes and procedures to accomplish successful fire damage cleanup and deodorization. Water damage is a collateral affect, along with soot and smoke, as a result of a fire. It is for these reasons, that time related contamination has an effect and needs to be addressed quickly to mitigate exposures and minimize the loss.

Before any removal of fire debris can be done, compliance with State/Local Air Quality and the Federal NESHAP 40 CFR 61 Subpart M must be adhered to. In the event a thorough survey has not been performed at the facility, Sagebrush will assume all building materials are Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) until proven otherwise. In the event of an emergency or after hours incident, Sagebrush will notify Maricopa County Air Quality Division (MCAQD) or ADEQ via afterhours contact and follow up the following business day with an emergency notification. If the building materials can be analyzed and it is determined that they are non ACM, Sagebrush will notify the County or ADEQ. 

There are several key items that have to be identified upon arrival at a fire scene, before proceeding, for the safety of all personnel. If the cause and origin has been determined and the site is not under investigation, Sagebrush will proceed with four evaluation steps. Once those items have been addressed, the site can be entered and evaluated for cleanup activities. Fire damage, in most cases, can be easily recognized; however, it is what you cannot see that will become the problem. Smoke residue (soot) is the by-product of incomplete combustion that generates a special kind of odor problem.

There are two basic types of smoke: driven and free flowing. Smoke odors are normally classified in three categories: Protein, Natural and Synthetic. Before you can address the odors, you have to remove the source of the odors.

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