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Structural Cleaning for Fire- and Smoke-Damaged Structures

The damage caused by fire is immediate and often extensive. In addition to complete destruction, smoke and soot can permeate walls, flooring, and fixtures, allowing harmful toxins and unpleasant odors to be continuously released. With our comprehensive structural cleaning and decontamination process, ATI Restoration is here to address these issues and restore smoke-damaged structures to their pre-fire condition (or better).

ATI Restoration is the nation’s largest family-run fire and smoke damage restoration company. With more than 60 regional offices, we’ve earned our distinguished reputation through an unwavering commitment to prompt service, open communication, and superior craftsmanship. Our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians have the experience and know-how to address even the most complex situations.

To contact our residential structural cleaning and decontamination professionals, call ATI Restoration right away. Our lines are open 24/7/365, enabling us to quickly send a team of technicians to assess the damage and provide a clear and swift plan of recovery.

In addition to homeowners, ATI Restoration provides advanced structural cleaning and decontamination services to businesses and other smoke-damaged structures nationwide. Learn about our commercial fire and smoke damage services.

What Is Structural Cleaning and Decontamination Following Fire?

After a fire, it’s essential to promptly remove soot, ash, and burn marks from the structural components of your home, such as foundations, floors, walls, and ceilings. When left untreated, these residues damage your home’s aesthetic appeal and can compromise the strength and durability of its physical structure. Over time, untreated damage can lead to further deterioration, increasing the risk of structural failure and collapse.

ATI Restoration uses cutting-edge technology and the most advanced techniques to ensure the safest and most effective removal of soot, odor, and other remnants of fire damage. This may include high-pressure washers to eliminate heavy soiling, along with advanced scrubbers to clean more delicate surfaces. For areas that are difficult to reach or require more detailed attention, specialized brushes and chemical solutions might be used as well.

As residues are removed, our crew can more clearly identify areas weakened or compromised by the fire. This real-time assessment of smoke-damaged structures enables immediate action to be taken, whether it’s reinforcement, repair, or complete reconstruction. We are fully committed to restoring your home to its pre-fire condition, or better, in the shortest amount of time possible.

In addition to structural cleaning following a fire, ATI Restoration can address the damage done to your home’s contents, furnishings, and documents during firefighting efforts. Learn more about our water damage content cleaning and restoration services.

Structural Cleaning and Decontamination After a Fire

Soot & Odor Removal

ATI Restoration’s IICRC-certified technicians offer a systematic approach to assess current damage and prevent further harm to smoke-damaged structures. Our highly trained service professionals are ready to address all aspects of fire and soot damage—from concrete and steel restoration to roofing replacements— using state-of-the-art methods and technology to ensure you can return to your home as quickly as possible. This may include:

Cleaning Concrete

Cleaning concrete may require a range of solutions depending on the extent of the damage and can be applied either through pressure washing or industrial scrubbers. Concrete is relatively resilient to fire, but it can easily stain from burns. If the fire is large enough, it can compromise its strength as well.

Soot embedded in concrete can also stain adjacent materials. If the concrete is indoors, the residue can cause health complications. Cleaning these structures is vital in protecting the health of the property’s occupants and the integrity of the building’s foundation.

Cleaning Steel

Cleaning soot from steel surfaces is important as it can be a health hazard when inhaled. What’s more, when exposed to enough heat, steel loses its strength and may deteriorate or buckle, loosening screws or bowing beams that would otherwise be hard to see in a smoke-damaged structure. To return your property to a safe and functional state, it is crucial to address these structural deformities quickly.

Cleaning Wood

Wood is particularly vulnerable to fire and smoke damage, requiring specialized cleaning techniques to remove soot and char. At ATI Restoration, we may use a combination of techniques—including sanding, soda blasting, and chemical treatments—to restore the wood’s integrity and appearance.

When dealing with unfinished wood, extra care is taken to remove surface residues without damaging the natural grain, allowing for a smoother refinishing process down the line. It may also be necessary to seal unfinished beams to fully restore their appearance and integrity.

Cleaning Drywall

Drywall is susceptible to both fire damage and moisture from firefighting efforts. We employ advanced drying techniques, followed by meticulous structural cleaning to remove soot, stains, and odors embedded within the walls. Painting may also be necessary to ensure the most pleasing outcomes.

Cleaning Plaster

Plaster walls and ceilings can absorb smoke odors and may even crack under intense heat. ATI Restoration’s cleaning process involves scrubbing away surface contaminants and assessing for structural soundness. Where necessary, damaged plaster may be removed, replaced, and refinished to ensure the continued safety and integrity of your home.

Cleaning Flooring

Various types of flooring—whether tile, hardwood, or carpet—present unique challenges after a fire. At ATI Restoration, we utilize specialized cleaning agents and equipment tailored to each flooring type. Our crews include licensed carpet and flooring professionals who can repair and replace all types of flooring, including laminate, vinyl, cork, and more.

Safe Removal of Contaminants

Particularly in older buildings, asbestos or lead may have been used in building materials like pipes, paint, flooring, siding, or insulation. These materials are typically safe when encapsulated and undisturbed and can be left in place. When a fire exposes these materials or burns them, causing contaminated soot and other residues, they become an environmental hazard that requires professional remediation as part of structural decontamination. ATI Restoration’s technicians have the certification and experience to safely abate and mitigate these environmental hazards to ensure building occupants will not be at risk.

Reconstruction Services After Fire

The damaging effects of fire can extend far beyond visible signs, often leading to hidden structural issues within smoke-damaged structures. Exposure to high heat can weaken or warp critical support elements like beams and columns, while fire suppression efforts may further stress the structure.

ATI Restoration offers a complete line of reconstruction services, enabling us to address every aspect of damage without having to rely on outside contractors. This, combined with a Fast Track Reconstruction protocol that helps to streamline both the permitting process and the filing of insurance paperwork, works to ensure your home is restored to its former glory in the shortest amount of time possible.

Structural Cleaning & Repairs After Water Damage from Firefighting Efforts

Water, one of the most common fire suppressants, can erode and rust the metal in your home’s frame and foundation. Following significant water damage from firefighting efforts, our disaster recovery team will scan affected surfaces for hidden water and moisture that could reach load-bearing materials (like steel) and cause erosion or rust.

We utilize advanced tools to map the moisture in the building, marking the areas—including the foundation of your home—in need of repair and waterproofing/sealing. Our extensive water extraction and dehumidification processes help to safeguard your property against the lingering effects of water damage.

Why Choose ATI Restoration for Fire Damage Cleaning & Decontamination?

At ATI Restoration, striving for excellence is a core value. We are committed to helping homeowners return to normal as quickly as possible following fire damage with our:

Rapid Response

We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, without exception, to respond to your call.

Certified Technicians

Our licensed technicians complete thorough in-house training programs and hold certifications from the IICRC as well as their respective trades.

Unparalleled Experience

Since 1989, we’ve tackled every cleaning and decontamination challenge imaginable.

Fast-Track Reconstruction

We handle the permitting process, streamline insurance paperwork, and send the right people for every job.

Advanced Technology

We employ the safest, most effective, and latest tools and techniques to ensure the most pleasing outcomes.

Quality Services

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in both the results we produce and the customer service we provide.

Combining the personal touch of a family-operated business with unmatched efficiency, ATI Restoration is here to walk you through the structural cleaning and decontamination process. Prompt, professional, and thoughtful, we will work directly with you—keeping you informed of progress and remaining available for questions—throughout the entire process.

Learn more about our company values and culture at
ATI Cares.

Count on ATI Restoration to Help

Fire damage is often extensive, though not always visible. Even if your home looks okay after a fire, the residual impact of soot, smoke, and firefighting efforts can lead to gradual erosion and structural destabilization. We are available 24/7/365 to answer your call and provide peace of mind. We are prepared to dispatch a crew to your home as quickly as possible to assess the damage, formulate a plan, and begin the process of restoring any smoke-damaged structures to their original condition.

For an evaluation of your property, contact ATI Restoration for immediate assistance. We serve customers nationwide through our 60+ regional offices and are here to help whenever you need us.

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